Fantasy warfare just got real! Here we are, ladies and gentlemen, with the world’s biggest video game commercial! With a match twelve years in the making, Goldberg returns to take on Brock Lesnar for the first time since Wrestlemania 20. Also, we’re getting three traditional Survivor Series matches: one for the men, one for the women, and one for the tag teams. So, Adam and I are back again; this time, to bring you our 2016 Survivor Series predictions!
Brian Kendrick (c) vs. Kalisto: Cruiserweight Championship (if Kalisto wins, the Cruiserweight division goes to Smackdown)
Adam: I think we all know the Cruiserweight division should’ve been on SmackDown to begin with, and maybe WWE is now realizing the same thing. I’ll take Kalisto to win.
Nick: 205 Live is coming to the WWE Network, and it tapes on Tuesdays. It makes much more sense to bring the Cruiserweight division to Tuesday nights rather than have them travel between Raw and Smackdown. I think Kalisto wins and takes the division with him.
The Miz (c) vs. Sami Zayn: Intercontinental Championship
Adam: We’ve heard plenty of Daniel Bryan speaking of wanting to trade Miz in the last few weeks if he isn’t the IC Champ. So, I’m going to take a shot in the dark and say Bryan will cost Miz the match and later trade him to RAW for Cesaro.
Nick: I think that there needs to be a mid-card title that stays on Smackdown. If Zayn wins, Smackdown loses their IC title. By hook or by crook, I’ve got Miz retaining.
Tag Team Traditional Survivor Series Match: Team Raw (The New Day, The Club, The Shining Stars, Enzo and Cass, Cesaro and Sheamus) vs. Team Smackdown (Heath Slater and Rhyno, American Alpha, Breezango, The Usos, The Hype Bros)
Adam: For months now, many fans (myself included) have been clamoring for a heel turn from the New Day. The ideal scenario here is finally pulling the trigger on that. It would allow them to begin a feud with Enzo and Cass in the coming months, and the SmackDown teams would be taken more seriously.
Nick: I’ve also got the Smackdown team winning here. Smackdown has a bit of a bigger tag team division than Raw does, so it pays to make them look good. It also makes more sense if the rest of the card falls the way I think it will.
Women’s Traditional Survivor Series Match: Team Raw: (Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax, Alicia Fox) vs. Team Smackdown (Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, Carmella, Alexa Bliss, Naomi)
Adam: Everything is pointing to RAW’s women winning, but I have a hunch that Team Blue will get the job done.
Nick: I have to go with Team Raw. The women they have are just too good, and it makes the score 1-1 going into the men’s five on five match. This gives the last Survivor Series match more purpose.
Men’s Traditional Survivor Series Match: Team Raw (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman) vs. Team Smackdown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Shane McMahon)
Adam: Since the brand split, Smackdown has been miles ahead of RAW in terms of quality. However, we know Vince McMahon, and we know he will always view RAW as the A-Show. I think someone on SmackDown will cost their team the match, which would hopefully transition them into a feud with the Undertaker.
Nick: I’m actually picking Team Smackdown for the win, with Shane McMahon probably putting himself over somehow. It gives more legitimacy to any opponent Undertaker has in the near future, and gives the Survivor Series matches a happy ending. The underdog show wins, Shane wins, Ellsworth wins, everybody’s happy!
Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg
Adam: I don’t think there’s any way Brock doesn’t go over. Unless they do a DQ or count out to further the feud en route to an eventual WrestleMania blowoff, the Beast will conquer yet another legend.
Nick: I’ve definitely got Brock. In their last encounter at Wrestlemania, Goldberg won and became a “blemish” on Brock’s legacy. This time around, I think Brock wins to set up Goldberg/Lesnar 3 for a future date, probably Wrestlemania 33.
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