Here are my predictions for the 2016 WWE Survivor Series PPV. Check back for Survivor Series 2016 results and review coverage here.
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Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
Some might argue that this should have happened at WrestleMania, but I think this is the right call. Survivor Series could use a big event like this (since it's one of the Big Four shows) and I think Goldberg hasn't been around long enough to justify taking a WrestleMania spot away from someone else. Without a doubt, this match will be better than their previous encounter, so I'm looking forward to it. Brock will win, for sure, and Goldberg will use this momentum to go into the Hall of Fame next year.
PREDICTIONS: Brock Lesnar wins.
Men's Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins) vs. Team SmackDown (AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Dean Ambrose and Shane McMahon)
Supposedly, there's a stipulation that the winning team can pick a few members from the opposing roster to add to their own, but this hasn't been elaborated on or mentioned in any sort of official capacity. If that does happen, then I think SmackDown desperately needs a few more people, but then again, Raw only has a surplus due to the cruiserweight division, so if there's no crossover planned with those stars, they might not be able to afford losing anyone big. Both sides will be hurt if they lose anybody.
This is one of those things where Team Raw looks better on paper, but Team SmackDown will probably win because that show needs to feel more important. Everybody views it as the B-show and if they lose, they'll definitely look like it. At least for the first year of this new brand split, SmackDown should likely come out on top to counterbalance that perception. I'm not a fan of Shane McMahon replacing Baron Corbin, as I was happy to see Corbin finally get to do something of significance and note.
PREDICTIONS: Team SmackDown. Bet your entire life savings on it. C'mon. What's the worst that could happen?
Women's Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw (Charlotte, Bayley, Nia Jax, Sasha Banks and Alicia Fox) vs. Team SmackDown (Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Carmella and Naomi)
Alicia Fox is on Team Raw? Whaaaaat? Don't get me wrong, I'm more of a fan of her than most people, but she's barely been used for the past year and they had Dana Brooke and Emmalina who should have taken priority over her. I'm extremely surprised about that. I suppose she's going to be the easiest lamb to sacrifice.
I'm also surprised Team SmackDown has Nikki Bella as the captain instead of Becky Lynch. Watch out for Natalya (the "team coach") to get involved and screw things up for them. I'm convinced she's going to be the death knell for the team which allows Team Raw to pick up the victory. One of the questions I have, though, is who will be the survivors. I could see Charlotte being alone just to give herself more room to gloat, but I could also see her being eliminated and flipping out, having to depend on someone like Bayley to get the win instead. Then again, what if Nia Jax is the last woman standing as a means to give her a big push? I definitely don't expect a clean sweep whatsoever, as I think the final number will be one or two people on Team Raw and that's it.
PREDICTIONS: Team Raw.
Tag Team Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team Raw (The New Day, Enzo Amore & Big Cass, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, Cesaro & Sheamus, and The Shining Stars) vs. Team SmackDown (Heath Slater & Rhyno, The Hype Bros, American Alpha, The Usos and Breezango)
Outside of the whole situation with The Golden Truth and The Shining Stars, his was the setup that was most likely going forward, with the four other teams being no surprise whatsoever. I'm a little shocked they didn't go with the Neville/Zayn duo that I thought I was being clever predicting, but that's what you get when you try to call a blind shot.
Very glad to see Breezango getting some love by being on the team, but I definitely expect them to be the quickest elimination for Team SmackDown. Overall, the blue brand's tag teams are a good squad, yet I don't think they'll get the job done.
PREDICTIONS: Considering their tenure as champions, The New Day should lead their team to victory.
WWE Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge Match: The Miz (c) vs. Sami Zayn
For those unaware of how this went down, Dolph Ziggler issued an open challenge for any Raw superstar and Sami Zayn was victorious over Rusev to get that spot. Then, The Miz was able to defeat Dolph Ziggler for the championship, taking his place. Oddly enough, this means both Dolph Ziggler and Rusev don't have anything to do on the card, unless it's spontaneously turned into a Fatal 4-Way on the pre-show or something along those lines. When this was Ziggler against Zayn, I was super confident that the title wouldn't change hands, but now, not so much. Sami Zayn could win the belt and move over to SmackDown through some crazy shenanigans, but I think it would be a HUGE mistake if Zayn took the belt to Raw.
PREDICTIONS: The Miz retains, as I really don't want to see Raw have both midcard titles.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Brian Kendrick (c) vs. Kalisto
This certainly came out of the nowhere, considering Kendrick's feud with TJ Perkins, the tease that Rich Swann or Noam Dar could be next in line for a title shot, and Kalisto's absence from the past few months due to injury. There's a stipulation where if Kalisto wins, SmackDown gets the cruiserweight division, and with 205 Live being taped after SmackDown, I'm assuming that's what happens here, but Kendrick JUST won that championship and if Raw doesn't have the cruiserweights but SmackDown has the division, why does the 2-hour show have more people now than the 3-hour show? Very confusing...
PREDICTIONS: Kalisto wins.
I don't think any more matches will be added to the card unless something weird happens with the pre-show.
Wrestlers still available to be added to the card in some fashion: Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, Darren Young, The Golden Truth, Jinder Mahal, Neville, Rusev, Titus O'Neil, The Vaudevillains, Apollo Crews, Curt Hawkins, Jack Swagger, Kane, The Spirit Squad, Luke Harper, Dolph Ziggler, The Ascension, The Undertaker, The Headbangers / Dana Brooke, Emmalina
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