Instead of giving us yet another Dolph Ziggler vs. The Miz Intercontinental championship match at the next WWE pay-per-view (PPV), SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan ran down Miz while setting up Ziggler to issue an open challenge to anyone from the Monday Night Raw roster. The belief, logically enough, was Ziggler would show up at Survivor Series on Nov. 20, 2016, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, issue the challenge, and a surprise opponent would answer.
Instead, this week’s episode of Raw saw Sami Zayn and Rusev wrestle for the right to answer the call. Zayn won with the Helluva Kick, so he’s the guy.
The updated Survivor Series match card:
- Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
- Raw men’s team (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Braun Strowman) vs. SmackDown Live men’s team (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, Baron Corbin)
- Raw tag team (The New Day, Enzo & Big Cass, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows, Shining Stars, Cesaro & Sheamus) vs. SmackDown Live tag team (Heath Slater & Rhyno, The Hype Bros, The Usos, American Alpha, TBA)
- Raw women’s team (Charlotte, Bayley, Nia Jax, Alicia Fox, Sasha Banks) vs. SmackDown Live women’s team (Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi)
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Sami Zayn (Intercontinental championship)