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WWE Survivor Series 2017 predictions: Raw vs. SmackDown

WWE returns to pay-per-view (PPV) -- if your cable provider is carrying the event, of course -- tomorrow night (Sun., Nov. 19, 2017) live from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas with its Survivor Series event starting at 5:00 p.m. ET with the Kickoff show leading right on into the main course at 7 p.m. ET on the WWE Network.

Set for the card: It’s Monday Night Raw vs. SmackDown Live! And an Enzo Amore vs. Kalisto match.

Luckily for you Cagesiders, our staff of learned wrestling blowhards is here to help figure out just how the event is going to play out with predictions for each match on the card.

Let's get to it.


Survivor Series predictions

Brock Lesnar vs. AJ Styles

Geno Mrosko: AJ Styles has found the one man who possesses the farmer’s strength and who is indeed man enough to feel the pain. Brock Lesnar wishes to acquire some. Pick: Brock Lesnar

Sean Rueter: Here’s hoping the challenge of going against another IWGP Heavyweight champ gets Brock to go more than ten minutes for the first time in a while. Bryan’s promo on Tuesday set the stage for that, and I think pushing The Beast to that point will be AJ’s victory. Powering through fatigue and winning anyway will be Lesnar’s. Pick: Brock Lesnar

Kyle Decker: It’ll be interesting to see how they book this. How strong does Styles end up looking against the unstoppable Beast that is Lesnar? Does Jinder interfere at all? I’d be very surprised if the Phenomenal One gets the win here given that they likely want Brock going undefeated until he loses the title, like at Mania. Pick: Brock Lesnar

Cain A. Knight: Paul Heyman is selling this match as the one that will determine who the top champion in WWE truly is. And we all know the top champion in WWE right now is Brock Lesnar...so that he can lose that status to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 34. On a different night these guys can easily have an all-time classic, but that's not going to happen at Survivor Series because the match doesn't have a proper build. On this particular night, one F5 will be all it takes to put down the Phenomenal One. Pick: Brock Lesnar

ReverendKain: Brock don’t want none, he ain’t got that farmer strength, he ain’t man enough to deal with the pain, and he sure ain’t breaking this redneck. Pick: AJ Styles


Raw men vs. SmackDown men

Geno Mrosko: There’s every reason to think Monday Night Raw is going to win this thing, but Triple H is on the squad and I don’t trust him as far as I can throw him and that ain’t far. Pick: Team SmackDown

Sean Rueter: Look. I don’t know how they’re gonna script this thing, but if the team with Braun Strowman and The Shield (and by that I mean auxiliary members Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe and Triple H) doesn’t win, somebody’s got some ‘splaining to do. Pick: Team Raw

Kyle Decker: One of my favorite things about this match is the fact there are so many factors that could affect the outcome. Will Sami and Kevin screw team blue? Will Rusev? On Raw’s side, can Triple H and Kurt Angle co-exist? Is Jason Jordan angry enough to cost his team the match? Will there be any turncoats? In the end, I’m going with Raw since SmackDown was the aggressor in this and Kurt winning would be vindication. But really, I have no idea. Pick: Team Raw

Cain A. Knight: This match will have it all. There will be flashbacks to Shane and Angle's brutal war at King of the Ring 2000. There will be attempted murder on Braun Strowman by Kane. There will be interference from disgruntled SmackDown stars Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, probably screwing Shane over during his latest daredevil stunt. There will be Triple H burying glorious superstars like Bobby Roode and Shinsuke Nakamura. There will be Randy Orton (the youngest member of Team SmackDown) continuing to remind us how boring and stale he is compared to Handsome Rusev, yet probably the favorite to survive because Vince McMahon can't help himself. There will be Samoa Joe and Finn Balor failing to coexist with each other before falling victim to CenaWinsLOL. There will be Triple H and Shane McMahon facing off in the ring in one of those encounters potentially loaded with confusingly worked drama over who is really inheriting the company one day. But somehow it feels like this epic match full of so much star power will come down to Jason Jordan turning heel to screw over his fake father. Pick: Team SmackDown

ReverendKain: Raw has a Monster Among Men and a King of Kings! HHH is literally Shinsuke Nakamura’s liege, people. How else is this supposed to end? Pick: Team Raw


Raw women vs. SmackDown women

Geno Mrosko: One team has Asuka. The other team does not. Easy peasy. Pick: Team Raw

Sean Rueter: The Asuka problem is easy... DQ her for kicking too much ass (preferably Tamina’s so I don’t have to watch her almost kill someone with her offense). After that, I don’t really know, but Alicia’s CAH-RAZY, so that’ll probably screw things up, lead to some in-fighting between the remaining red team members and, well, blue’s got to pick up some wins somewhere. Pick: Team SmackDown

Kyle Decker: If Raw were to lose, that would mean that Asuka would have to get pinned or submitted. I can’t imagine they bring her up undefeated only to take her first loss in this type of match. They could end up having her over come some odds (such as coming back 4-1 or 3-1) to help build the main roster mystique of the Empress. Pick: Team Raw

Cain A. Knight: The only way SmackDown can win is if Asuka and Nia accidentally butt heads and cause each other to be eliminated, perhaps by count out to keep Asuka protected. Let's face it, Asuka and Nia Jax don't even need the rest of their teammates to win this one. That would have been true even if the SmackDown team included Charlotte, but now they don't even have her. This one is extremely lopsided. Pick: Team Raw

ReverendKain: 100% feel like they’re gonna want to split the difference on the eliminators, and the Asuka problem is easily solved by castigo de excesivo, as Sean points out. Ergo... Pick: Team SmackDown


The Shield vs. The New Day

Geno Mrosko: I love me some New Day but there were better trios who ran up against The Shield and were beat down. Feel how you want about them individually, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and Seth Rollins collectively are arguably the most legendary unit in WWE history. Pick: The Shield

Sean Rueter: Wish this was a longer feud and possibly vehicle toward a bigger story for The Hounds, but we’re probably gonna have to settle for a great match. Which, you know... 2017 wrestling fan problems. Everybody stays baby, hands are shaken and fingers crossed E impresses enough to get pushed towards a singles title. Pick: The Shield

Kyle Decker: I could make an argument how New Day could use the win more since they’re a still an active unit while the Shield are likely on a temporary reunion tour. However, this is the Shield’s first big match back. They’re not going to lose it. Pick: The Shield

Cain A. Knight: This match could easily main event a lesser PPV and could very well steal the show at Survivor Series. As awesome as New Day has been against tag teams full of mid-card acts over the last 2+ years, they have never been presented on the same level as teams with main event stars like Evolution or Undertaker, Kane, and Daniel Bryan. Their stature falls well short of the Shield. And the Shield simply won’t lose in their first PPV match back together. Pick: The Shield

ReverendKain: Seriously, how else is likely, dudes? Pick: The Shield


Alexa Bliss vs. Charlotte

Geno Mrosko: Plenty of reason to believe Charlotte emerges victorious here but I won’t go against one of my favorites. Pick: Alexa Bliss

Sean Rueter: WWE is gonna take this surge in popularity for all things Flair as far as they can, I reckon. And they’d be dumb not too, especially here where a loss doesn’t really matter. Pick: Charlotte Flair

Kyle Decker: Charlotte just won the title. It would be surprising for her to lose her first match after, even a non-title one. I could see shenanigans in this one, such as Bliss opting for a count out or taking a DQ, but I don’t see the Queen taking a clean L. Pick: Charlotte

Cain A. Knight: Charlotte Flair is the superior performer and can wrestle circles around Alexa Bliss in a fair fight. Alexa will probably need Carmella to get involved to have a chance here. Pick: Charlotte Flair

ReverendKain: Yeah, Charlotte is the obvious favorite here, and she’s even 2-0 on Bliss to date, but that’s NXT, and every streak ends. (100% not a shoddy tossed off contrarian pick motivated by the fact that I’m picking at the last minute with a raging migraine folks, I guarantee it!) Pick: Alexa Bliss


The Miz vs. Baron Corbin

Geno Mrosko: This has been fun to watch on social media but I’m not so sure it’s going to be fun once they get in the ring. You have to think future plans are bigger for Miz than Corbin, at least in the short term, and that means a victory for the Intercontinental champ. Pick: The Miz

Sean Rueter: My heart says Miz. My mind (which, in all honesty, usually isn’t worth any more than my heart when it comes to these predictions posts) says they’re saving his wins to keep adding days to his time with the Intercontinental title, so why waste one here? Because, again, for all the red vs. blue bluster, these matches don’t really matter. Pick: Baron Corbin

Kyle Decker: For a heel vs. heel match that hasn’t gotten much TV time, I’m really looking forward to it. Just two obnoxious loud mouths going on on one. Corbin is newer and could probably benefit from this champion vs. champion win more than the Miz, who is too good at what he’s doing now to lose any standing with a loss. Pick: Baron Corbin

Cain A. Knight: What a sorry and boring excuse for an interbrand match. I don't care who wins, I just want it to be over as soon as possible. Anyway, I'm going with Corbin because he's taller. Pick: Baron Corbin

ReverendKain: The Miz is the hero we need, and I’m actually curious to see what he can get out of Corbin. I choose hope, and maybe a dash of assistance from the Miztourage even though Baron has had trouble putting Sin Cara away over the last month. Pick: The Miz


Cesaro & Sheamus vs. The Usos

Geno Mrosko: Guaranteed fun. Pick: The Usos

Sean Rueter: Feel like a broken record, but... this should rule, and it doesn’t matter. Jimmy and Jey are the slightly more babyface-ish group here, and looking at the show overall, I guess I’m thinking Raw wins the main event(s) while SmackDown wins the night. Pick: The Usos

Kyle Decker: These teams killed it when they met up last year at Survivor Series, that time in the tag team elimination match. There’s no reason to think this isn’t going to be awesome. It’s really a crap shoot to who’s going to win this one. I’m going with the Usos only because I think the men’s elimination match is going to be the tie breaking match between the brand and based on my other picks, choosing the Usos here will put them at 3-3. Pick: The Usos

Cain A. Knight: These 4 superstars are among the most reliable performers on the roster when it comes to delivering high quality action in the ring, and so this match should be a ton of fun. The Bar lost their match on Raw this past week while Jimmy Uso won his match on SmackDown, so I'll stick with the reverse scenario for the PPV. Pick: Cesaro & Sheamus

ReverendKain: Cell doors are made of bars, ergo the Uso Penitentiary shall remain on lockdown after these four dudes tear the house down. Pick: The Usos


Enzo Amore vs. Kalisto

Geno Mrosko: There’s no reason to think they give us another surprise here, unless Drew Gulak turns or something along those lines. There are simply better ways to get there. Pick: Amore

Sean Rueter: No offense, my man, but my interest in 205 Live and this entire division has been in decline since Kalisto became Zo’s primary rival. Get a good lucha thing out of him and bring on Cedric Alexander. Pick: Enzo Amore

Kyle Decker: There’s no sign that the Zo show is ending any time soon. Pick: Enzo Amore

Cain A. Knight: Enzo is the main star in the cruiserweight division and nobody is even close to reaching his level, including Kalisto. I just don't see a title change happening here. Pick: Enzo Amore

ReverendKain: Happy birthday! I’m sorry. Pick: Enzo Amore


That’s how we see the card playing out.

How about you?

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