Chicago will be the host of WWE’s second longest-tenured pay-per-view (next to WrestleMania) in Survivor Series. Not only did NXT have their own TakeOver special the night before, but they will be pulling double duty as they will be involved in Survivor Series for the first time. The buildup here has been great so far, with the shows invading other shows […]
Chicago will be the host of WWE’s second longest-tenured pay-per-view (next to WrestleMania) in Survivor Series. Not only did NXT have their own TakeOver special the night before, but they will be pulling double duty as they will be involved in Survivor Series for the first time.
The buildup here has been great so far, with the shows invading other shows for the past few weeks with NXT getting a lot of recognition to the main roster crowds. In tradition, there will be tradition Survivor Series elimination tag matches between the male and female divisions but NXT will be joining the fold. The secondary, tag, and Women’s champions from each brand will also be in their own triple threat match for brand supremacy. The main titles (WWE, NXT, and Universal title) will have their own matches.
Much like the other big four pay-per-views, this will be a long one but there are a lot of exciting matches to see. Here are my predictions for the 2019 edition of Survivor Series.
The Viking Raiders (Hanson and Rowe) (Raw Tag Team Champions) vs. The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Big E) (SmackDown Tag Team Champions) vs. The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish) (NXT Tag Team Champions)
Prediction: The Vikings Raiders win
This will be a great triple threat tag match between some of WWE’s best-talented tag teams. Kofi Kingston and Big E of The New Day are popular with the crowd so they do not need the win here. While The Undisputed Era winning would be nice, I think Ivar and Erik winning here would work better. WWE has done a great job pushing The Vikings Raiders as a legit tag team and having them win only shows it more.
AJ Styles (United States Champion) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Intercontinental Champion) vs. Roderick Strong (North American Champion)
Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura wins
This match is a toss-up for me and I think it is one of the more underrated matches on the card. Styles, Nakamura, and Strong are veterans and will put on a show here in this triple threat match. All these guys can take a loss here but with Nakamura debuting a new Intercontinental Championship belt, how about giving him the win to legitimize the brand new design.
Becky Lynch (Raw Women’s Champion) vs. Bayley (SmackDown Women’s Champion) vs. Shayna Baszler (NXT Women’s Champion)
Prediction: Bayley wins
We have seen Lynch and Baszler have been going back and forth for the past few weeks and while Bayley has been involved, she seems to be on the backburner here. Lynch is a star and so is Baszler. My prediction is that Bayley wins here to continue her build as a new heel character here.
Women’s Survivor Series Elimination match – Team Raw (Charlotte Flair, Natalya, Asuka, Kairi Sane, and Sarah Logan) vs. Team SmackDown (Sasha Banks, Carmella, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, and Nikki Cross) vs. Team NXT (Rhea Ripley, Candice LeRae, Bianca Belair, Io Shirai, and Toni Storm)
Prediction: Team Raw wins
Much like the other matches, this could be a toss-up here but I guess that the Flair wins with Natalya and they team up to take on the Kabuki Warriors for the Women’s Tag Team titles down the line. We already saw a tease of that a few weeks back so that may make a comeback once again. It’ll be interesting to see how Ripley, LeRae, Belair, and Shirai do here after their WarGames match the night prior.
Men’s Survivor Series Elimination match – Team Raw (Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens, Randy Orton, and Ricochet) vs. Team SmackDown (Roman Reigns, Mustafa Ali, Braun Strowman, King Corbin, and Shorty G) vs. Team NXT (TBD)
Prediction: Team NXT wins
The unknown here interests me. There is a lot of tension between Reigns and Corbin on SmackDown as well as Ricochet and Orton on Raw. I feel that that will be a huge factor here and the teams make not generally get along with each other. NXT as a whole seems like they want to prove that they are the superior brand despite the differences between the superstars. This should be a good one.
NXT Championship – Adam Cole (c) vs. Pete Dunne
Prediction: Adam Cole retains the NXT Championship
Dunne won this opportunity after winning the previous night. Regardless, I think Cole wins this one. This is a way to introduce the main roster fans to the NXT brand here. It’ll be a good one but a predictable outcome here.
WWE Championship – Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Rey Mysterio in a No Holds Barred match
Prediction: Rey Mysterio wins the WWE Championship
If the No Holds Barred stipulation was not a factor, I would have said Lesnar would retain with ease. However, I think this will allow Cain Velasquez to interfere to help Mysterio win the title. It’ll be a nice change of pace, as Lesnar rarely shows up as a part-timer and it allows the main title to be on Raw week after week. This gives Mysterio once last run in the WWE while it may plant the seeds for a Lesnar Velasquez rematch down the line.
Universal Championship – “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
Prediction: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt retains the Universal Championship
After months of waiting, I do not see Wyatt dropping the title anytime soon. The Fiend revive has done wonders for him and has received a great reaction from fans, so why have him lose? Expect Wyatt to win in dominant fashion here and it’ll be interesting to see what the plans are for Bryan once this match is over.
The NXT insertion in Survivor Series only works here. For years, we have seen just SmackDown vs. Raw but has gone stale for a while now. It is a good way to twist things up here. On top of that, the main titles will be defended so that was a good call. The main thing to look at here is how will NXT be a factor here after last night’s WarGames TakeOver.