WWE Survivor Series: brand supremacy, fantasy warfare and more

Posted on 20 November 2016
By Khyle Deen
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The 30th annual Survivor Series is live on the WWE Network this Sunday.

It’s set to be an explosive night of WWE action, RAW vs SmackDown Live go head to head in 5 blockbuster matches, Titles are on the line, as well as brand supremacy, if that wasn’t enough, fantasy warfare gets real as The Beast, Brock Lesnar challenges the iconic Goldberg to a match that is set to an encounter for the ages, Lesnar is out to avenge his loss from 12 years ago against Goldberg at WrestleMania XX.

RAW will also go head to head with SmackDown Live in 3 team matches and 2 singles matches for both the WWE Intercontinental and WWE Cruiserweight Championships, here’s a rundown of these 5 matches:

WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Brian Kendrick is the current Cruiserweight Champion after defeating TJ Perkins at WWE Hell In a Cell back in October, not many people are thrilled with this, as the Title was won via underhanded tactics, nevertheless, much is at stake this Sunday when SmackDown Live Superstar Kalisto challenges RAW’s Kendrick for the Championship, if Kalisto can capture the Title, the entire Cruiserweight Division will be moved over to SmackDown Live!

WWE Intercontinental Championship

This past week on SmackDown Live, The Miz defeated Dolph Ziggler (with help from wife Maryse) to become the NEW WWE Intercontinental Champion, which means that at Survivor Series, he’ll be defending his new Title against RAW’s Sami Zayn, this is quite an interesting scenario as SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan & The Miz have a strong dislike for each other, and has even expressed interest in trading The Miz to RAW in exchange for Zayn. So this one should be quite an interesting match-up, with the aftermath potentially leaving SmackDown Live without one of their singles Championships, the possibility of a trade is in play too.

Team Raw vs Team SmackDown Live: Tag Teams

In the first of 3 brand vs brand matches, 5 of RAW’s best tag teams will go head to head with 5 of SmackDown Live’s best tag teams, both the RAW and SmackDown Live Tag Team Champions are captains of their respective brand with The New Day heading RAW and Heath Slater & Rhyno headlining SD Live. What’s interesting about this match is the high chance of implosion amongst the teams as American Alpha and The Usos are at war, yet their differences must be put aside for one night as they group together with the SDLive Champs, the Hype Bros and Breezango to rally against Team RAW. On the other brand, Enzo & Cass must put their issues with Gallows & Anderson aside when they team up with Champs The New Day, Sheamus & Cesaro and The Shining Stars in an attempt to take down Team SmackDown Live, will they manage to co-exist or will brand loyalty be thrown over the top rope with the teams imploding from within?

Team Raw vs Team SmackDown Live: Women’s Division

Similarly to the tag teams of each brand, the women of each brand must also put their troubles to the side and come together in order to defeat the other show. On the SD Live side, we have team captain Nikki Bella at odds with team mate Carmella, the WWE Smackdown Live Women’s Champion Becky Lynch is embroiled in a feud with #1 Contender Alexa Bliss. Team coach Natalya has surely had her work cut out in order to keep Team SD Live together. Over on Team RAW, we have team captain, WWE RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte having to put her months long feud with Sasha Banks aside for a night as they team with Bayley, Alicia Fox and Nia Jax in a bid to prove that RAW is the dominant brand.

Team RAW vs Team SmackDown Live: Men’s Division

Finally, in the latter of our 3 brand vs brand matches, RAW’s top male Superstars will take on SmackDown Live’s top Superstars, RAW have 2 “best friends” in WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho along with former Shield members and brothers, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, they’ve managed to put their beefs to join with the monster Braun Strowman. They’ll be taking on Team SmackDown Live’s AJ Styles, who’s the current WWE World Champion, Dean Ambrose (#1 Contender for that Title), 2 members of the new Wyatt Family, leader Bray Wyatt and new member Randy Orton and finally, the SmackDown Live Commissioner, Shane McMahon. This is arguably the biggest of the 3 matches with brand supremacy on the line.

With those matches, 2 inter-promotional Title matches (with high stakes) and the blockbuster match between Brock Lesnar and Goldberg, this year’s Survivor Series is set to be one of the biggest in history.

You can catch WWE Survivor Series LIVE at 1am GMT, with the Kickoff show starting at 10pm on the WWE Network. Survivor Series is also on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and on select cable providers in the US.

Check your local listings to make sure you don’t miss any of the action.

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