As we go into the last week of shows leading into the Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) on Nov. 20, 2016, at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the one main storyline WWE is pushing in the Monday Night Raw vs. SmackDown Live elimination matches is that none of the teams can get along.
There are three traditional Survivor Series elimination style matches and that’s the main focus in each one.
Raw (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman)
Owens and Jericho are best friends while Reigns and Rollins used to be but then hated each other but maybe are starting to rebuild the bridge Seth burned when he broke up The Shield. They both very much hate Owens and Jericho. Strowman, meanwhile, only sees food when he looks at each one of them and he’s very hungry. The hatred between them all is so deep Stephanie McMahon literally booked them in a Fatal 5-Way on Raw this past week in the hopes it would get their aggression against each other out so they can work together come the PPV.
SmackDown Live (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Shane McMahon)
Styles and Ambrose have been feuding over the WWE world championship and just for good measure, James Ellsworth was added as team mascot even literally everyone on the team hates him. The only guy who likes him, Ambrose, doesn’t really even actually like him. Orton joined up with Wyatt but they’re really only out for themselves. McMahon is the Commissioner and therefore the authority figure and therefore hated for possessing power. Also, he’s the idiot who made Ellsworth the team mascot even though everyone hates him. They’re scheduled to appear on “The Cutting Edge” next week, where Edge, whose neck is held together by duct tape and band aids, will attempt to “contain this group’s combustible energy,” as WWE.com put it.
Raw (Charlotte, Nia Jax, Bayley, Alicia Fox, Sasha Banks)
Bayley and Sasha are friends now but considering Sasha’s history it’s only a matter of time before she snatches her edges. Alicia Fox is in but we can be reasonably certain she’s not even sure what’s going on and it wasn’t long ago she was throwing cake boxes at Nia Jax’s face during a temper tantrum. Speaking of, Jax is utterly fed up with the entire division and may or may not go into business for herself. Charlotte is the champion but even her friends don’t like her.
SmackDown Live (Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi)
Carmella has made it her life’s mission to destroy Nikki Bella. They’re actually booked for a match on SmackDown Live this coming week. Meanwhile, Lynch is only women’s champion because the referee blew a call during a match with Bliss this past week, and Alexa is livid. Naomi is just sort of there. Natalya was named the official coach of the team but as we saw on SmackDown Live last week, she can’t keep them together.
Tag Team match
Raw (The New Day, Enzo & Cass, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows, Sheamus & Cesaro, Shining Stars)
Enzo & Cass have been having issues with Anderson and Gallows, who are just coming out of having issues with New Day and have vowed to destroy fun time. Sheamus and Cesaro have been going after the titles held by New Day and they can’t even get along with each other. The Shining Stars are sure to disrupt the team by attempting to sell them time shares in beautiful Puerto Rico.
SmackDown Live (Heath Slater & Rhyno, The Usos, American Alpha, Breezango, The Hype Bros)
American Alpha is only on the team because Chad Gable recently recovered from the knee injury he suffered at the hands of The Usos, who are still upset over their inability to defeat Slater and Rhyno to win the tag team titles. Otherwise, this is actually a fairly well put together team that should co-exist peacefully, assuming Mojo Rawley doesn’t get too hyped (and he will).
In WWE’s first attempt at a real rivalry between Raw and SmackDown since the brand split, they’ve booked a series of matches where the real focus is on how none of the teams can get along with each other.