Call the Spot on the Card #13: WWE Survivor Series 2017 Team Members | Smark Out Moment

Call the Spot on the Card #13: WWE Survivor Series 2017 Team Members

Posted by Anthony Mango Thursday, November 9, 2017
Welcome to the thirteenth edition of CALL THE SPOT, where we present a list of five wrestlers and you must choose what place on the WWE Roster Hierarchy they should be put in: 1) Main Event, 2) Upper Midcard, 3) Midcard, 4) Jobber, or 5) Released.

The rules are that each spot must be filled and only one person can be in each spot, so no ties can happen, nor can anyone opt out. No matter how difficult it might be, you have to pick.

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This edition will actually be 4 lists grouped together as we'll be focusing on the teams for Survivor Series 2017. As there are five men and women on both Team Raw and Team SmackDown, we'll be ranking each team separately in their own section.


TEAM RAW = Alicia Fox |vs| Asuka |vs| Bayley |vs| Nia Jax |vs| Sasha Banks
TEAM SMACKDOWN = Becky Lynch |vs| Carmella |vs| Charlotte Flair |vs| Naomi |vs| Tamina

5) RELEASED = Nia Jax / Tamina

I can't help but feel like a jobber role for Nia Jax is kind of insulting, but if she got released, I wouldn't miss her.

The same kind of goes for Tamina, but even more so on the scale of not noticing that she'd be gone, since she never gets any solid enough push for audiences to ever really care about her, even though I think she should have by now.

4) JOBBER = Alicia Fox / Carmella

Funny enough, these two women are grouped together in a somewhat similar capacity as being the heels who can come off kind of delusional and crazy while not being anywhere near the best in-ring competitors, but just good enough to wrestle and lose.

I like them both and I'd like to see more done with them, but compared to the other women on this list, they have to fall into the loser category.

3) MIDCARD = Bayley / Naomi

Bayley can lose and still be lovable and have her fans support her. She's perfect for a midcard role. Treat her like the female Sami Zayn, who was perpetually in that spot and it didn't stop people from liking him.

With regards to Naomi, I like her being higher up on the totem pole and really was glad that she got a solid title reign, but I can't give her a spot over the other two women as they just purely take priority in the grand scheme of things.

2) UPPER MIDCARD = Sasha Banks / Becky Lynch

Part of me really wanted to put Sasha as the midcarder, yet Bayley works much better for getting sympathy. I can't deny Sasha's importance and in-ring abilities, so she needed to be toward the top, and I even think she's better than Asuka, but right now, I have to go with where the momentum is.

When it comes to Becky Lynch, I feel basically the same way, wherein I enjoy her much more than Charlotte Flair overall, but WWE has done a better job in building up the latter for the main event spot and it's hard to deny that.

1) MAIN EVENT = Asuka / Charlotte Flair

I'd be shocked if this wasn't the duo that most people had as the main event. It's just the fact of the matter, even if I have other women who I prefer to watch much more than these two.


TEAM RAW = Braun Strowman |vs| Finn Balor |vs| Jason Jordan |vs| Kurt Angle |vs| Samoa Joe
TEAM SMACKDOWN = Bobby Roode |vs| John Cena |vs| Randy Orton |vs| Shane McMahon |vs| Shinsuke Nakamura

5) RELEASED = Jason Jordan / Shane McMahon

Poor Jason Jordan gets a worse rap than I think he's entitled to, and I'd actually like to see him get a decent push and maybe even an Intercontinental Championship somewhere down the line. Still, there's no way in hell I'm picking him to be higher up on this list while firing someone else. Sorry, Jason. Them's the breaks.

Shane McMahon is an oddball here. I'll play the cop out card and say that I would release him from in-ring competition while keeping him as a figurehead. If that doesn't count, then I'd release him in that on-screen role, too, because we spent years without Shane and even though I love having him around, I can't release anybody else.

4) JOBBER = Kurt Angle / Randy Orton

Copping out again, I suppose, but if I had to pull the trigger on these two, I'd make them "jobbers to the stars" wherein they'd have these programs with people who need the rub and they'd always lose to them.

Their careers are past the point where they need to get big victories. If Kurt Angle fights Triple H, then sure, he should win, but if he fights Seth Rollins, give the win to Rollins. The same goes for Orton, who should lose to someone like Roode or Nakamura or whoever else he's up against, when push comes to shove.

3) MIDCARD = Finn Balor / Shinsuke Nakamura

Finn Balor is overrated both in the ring and on the mic and in terms of character. I see some value in him, for sure, but holy shit do I think that he's better suited for a midcarder role than a main event, and I think that's perfectly okay.

The same kind of applies to Nakamura, but I don't find it as annoying when people go gaga over him, because at least they tend to acknowledge how he's extremely limited on the mic due to the language barrier. I think his flaws are exposed more, making it okay to put him in the midcard and have him work his way up to the Intercontinental or United States title, which he should have realistically won by now, but that's another story—same for Balor.

2) UPPER MIDCARD = Braun Strowman / Bobby Roode

Boy do I hate not having Braun Strowman in the main event, but when push came to shove, I had to be honest that Samoa Joe is the better overall entertainer at this point, even though Strowman has improved drastically in such a short amount of time. You won't hear me saying anything bad about the guy here. He's one of my favorite acts of 2017.

Bobby Roode should have been in WWE years ago and should be holding a midcard title right now, on his way to a potential world title in 2018...and he should be a heel.

1) MAIN EVENT = Samoa Joe / John Cena

Samoa Joe, as mentioned above, is just the best all around performer of the bunch at this stage in his career and the person that I would trust the most to hold a world title if I were booking a company with those five options to pick from.

Do I even need to explain Cena? Nope. Didn't think so.


Tony Mango is the founder, editor-in-chief, head writer, host of Smack Talk, and much more for Smark Out Moment as well as all branches under A Mango Tree including Fanboys Anonymous. He is a pundit, creative director/consultant, media manager and more. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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