Last week on Smackdown Live, Commissioner Shane McMahon and SDL General Manager Daniel Bryan challenged Stephanie McMahon and RAW GM Mick Foley, and the RAW roster, to a traditional 5-on-5 elimination tag team match at Survivor Series on November 21st. On this week’s episode of RAW, Stephanie and Foley officially accepted the challenge.
Shane and Daniel proposed two more traditional Survivor Series matches between RAW and Smackdown’s best respective Tag Teams, and RAW and Smackdown’s top Women wrestlers, to which the RAW Executives were happy to oblige.
This seems to confirm what many people, including myself, predicted when the draft was first announced. Survivor Series will act as the show where they could present the gimmick that the pay-per-view ‘Bragging Rights’ once held, in which both brands would pick their best wrestlers and pit them against each other (the teams, not the individual wrestlers), to win the Bragging Rights cup at the end of the night.
The two singles elimination tag matches are easy to understand. My predictions for the Single Male Elimination match are Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Sami Zayn and Rusev for Team RAW, and for Team Smackdown Randy Orton, Curt Hawkins, Bray Wyatt, Kalisto and Luke Harper/Kane.
For the Single Female match, I predict Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax, and Emmalina for Team RAW against Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Nikki Bella, Carmella and Naomi for Smackdown.
What confuses me is how they are going to work the 5-on-5 Elimination Match with the Tag Teams. That’s not meaning 5 wrestlers who are a part of tag teams, like I had initially thought. That means 5…TAG…TEAMS. That’s New Day, The Club, Enzo & Big Cass, Sheamus & Cesaro and Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel/The Shining Stars for Team RAW, and Slater & Rhyno, American Alpha, The Usos, The Hype Bros, The Ascension for Team Smackdown. 10 Men, 1 Ring. I’m sure they don’t mean for it to sound like a Bukkake video.
No matter how it turns out, I’m sure all these matches will be entertaining to watch live on November 21st, on the WWE Network, for only $9.99.