Due to their own insane event schedule - Survivor Series will be the fifth pay-per-view (PPV) in just over two months, and third in 21 days - WWE didn’t have much time to build a card for Nov. 18’s “Big Five” show in Los Angeles. Which is why a theme was established, matches made and teams assembled at a breakneck pace over the past couple of weeks.
The Raw and SmackDown episodes filmed in Manchester, England this week (Nov. 5 - 6) were making moves so fast it was hard to keep up. So for my own confirmation and clarity if nothing else, I wanted to lay out exactly where we stand with only two shows to go before Survivor Series...
- Universal champion Brock Lesnar vs. WWE champion AJ Styles
- SmackDown Women’s champ Becky Lynch vs. Raw Women’s champ Ronda Rousey
- Intercontinental champion Seth Rollins vs. United States champion Shinsuke Nakamura
- Raw Taw Team champs AOP vs. SmackDown Tag Team champs The Bar
- Team SmackDown (The Miz, Daniel Bryan, Shane McMahon, Rey Mysterio & Samoa Joe) vs. Team Raw (Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, TBD & TBD) in a Traditional Survivor Series 5-on-5 Elimination Tag match
- Team Raw (all TBD) vs. Team SmackDown (Charlotte Flair(?), Asuka, Naomi, Carmella & Sonya Deville) in a Traditional Survivor Series 5-on-5 Elimination Tag match
- Team SmackDown (The Usos & The New Day) vs. Team Raw (all TBD) in a Traditional Survivor Series 5-on-5 Elimination Tag match
The event is advertised for the same 7PM Eastern start time all PPVs get these days, and there’s no word yet on if the pre-show will be one or two hours - or how many matches might be featured on the Kickoff.
For the main show, this is probably enough to fill 3.5 - 4 hours of Network time. It also gives us an odd number of matches, meaning either Shane or Stephanie McMahon will be able to claim victory in the “Battle for Brand Supremacy” at the end of the night.
There are several big names missing, however, and they don’t all fit into the open slots in the team matches. Dean Ambrose could join one of the Raw teams, but what will Randy Orton or Jeff Hardy be doing? Are the IIconics sidelined again? Does Team Red really have tag teams we’ll believe would defeat the New Day/Usos supersquad?
Let us know what you think about those questions, or any others that spring into mind when looking at the card. We’re less than two weeks away from “the one night of the year where Raw and SmackDown go head-to-head”!