WWE Survivor Series: Thoughts & Predictions…

Tossing Salt Presents:
WWE Survivor Series 2019
Thoughts & Predictions
November 24, 2019
DougMaynard.com

Tonight is the WWE Survivor Series where not one, not two, but all three WWWE brands (RAW, Smackdown & NXT) battle to determine who’s the top brand, the King of the Hill, the baddest of the bad and the coolest kids in town. It’s live from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL, showing eon the WWE Network and all other standard pay-per-view providers. So let’s settle down from the craziness and dare I say it, awesomeness that was NXT Takeover: War Games last night and take a look at the future and Survivor Series. Are you ready for some predictions? Let’s do this…

WWE Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio – No Holds Barred, No Disqualification.
It’s no holds barred and no disqualification which is a great thing because otherwise it would be a very short match. In a fair fight, one on one, Brock would and should totally decimate the tiny warrior, Rey Rey. But throw in some plunder, some friends and family (Dominic and Velaquez) and Rey might stand a chance of giving Brock some payback and maybe even winning. Bwah-ha-ha-ha! Rey ain’t winning… period! I think it will be a fun match to watch and there will be lots of drama, intrigue and outside shenanigans to contend with, but when the dust settles, look for Brock to take out Rey and retain his WWE gold.

Winner and STILL WWE Champion: Brock Lesnar

WWE Universal Champion Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan.

Bray is a monster who only recently won the title a few months ago and it’s too soon to take it off of him. Bryan is going to give Bray a fight for the ages and both men will come out looker better as a result of this match, but I don’t think it’s the end. I think (hope) it’s the start of a long and fun back and forth fight between the two that leads Bryan back to the side of “Yes” while cementing Bray’s character and demented nature and run as the Universal Champion. It’ll be tough and go, but the right crazy fiend will walk out with the title intact. And by the way, no stupid red lights on the ring during the match. That annoys the piss out of me. Just saying.

Winner and STILL WWE Universal Champion: Bray Wyatt

WWE NXT Champion Adam Cole vs. Pete Dunne

Dunne had to beat two men in a fantastic match last night at Takeover to get this golden opportunity while Cole also wrestled an amazing match and took one brutal bump towards the end so both men will be beaten up, bruised and battered. That in mind, I don’t expect this match to go as long as a typical NXT match or be quite as sharp or refined. It’s going to be war though and a clinic of great wrestling. Cole shouldn’t lose the belt here, but Pete Dunne is so damn good and given their matches last night, Cole has a ready made excuse for any loss. I expect we’ll see some Undisputed Era antics from the outside and some crazy shenanigans taking place. And what the hell. We’re getting a new champion.

Winner and NEW NXT Champion: Pete Dunne

WWE Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley vs. WWE NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler.

Of the three women involved, who doesn’t seem to fit into the mix? All the hype has been mainly Becky and Shayna and it seems that Bayley is there just to either take a fall and keep the other two women strong or else take advantage of being overlooked and scoring a surprise win to take home the big win. This is probably my most anticipated match on the card because these three women can go. They’re not Ivory (Lisa Moretti) of course, but then again, who is? I think we’ll see an upset. Look for the Smackdown Women’s Champion, Bayley to sneak in and steal one, maybe with a distraction from Sasha to cement things).

Winner: Bayley

WWE United States Champion AJ Styles vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. WWE NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong.

AJ doesn’t need to win here. No one is expecting to see Nakamura win, but he has Sami Zayn outside the ring to place the blame on if things don’t work out quite so well. I think that this one needs to go to Roderick Strong. NXT needs to win something and this match would be perfect. Strong is a phenomenal performer (all apologies to AJ) and it would just be right.

Winner: Roderick Strong

WWE Raw Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders vs. WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. WWE NXT Tag Team Champions The Undisputed Era.

NXT and the team of Fish & O’Reilly are not going to win here, but they should. They have a long history with the Viking Raiders and have shown in the past that they can beat the bigger team. And with Xavier Woods out of action and the New Day down to just two members, they shouldn’t be winning anything either. But then again, it’s WWE and Vince loves the New Day so who knows? What the hell. Let’s have another surprise and shocking ending. Look for NXT to dish out the upset.

Winners: The Undisputed Era

Team Raw: Seth Rollins & Kevin Owens & Randy Orton & Ricochet & Drew McIntyre vs. Team SmackDown: Roman Reigns & Braun Strowman & Ali & Shorty G & King Corbin vs. Team NXT – Survivor Series Elimination Match.
Last night at Takeover, Kevin Owens took a trip back in time and joined NXT to be part of the War Games. So can Team RAW trust the prize-fighter to stick with them tonight and fight against the very people he teamed with the night before? Team NXT hasn’t even been announced yet and the plans are for HBK Shawn Michaels to come to the “Kickoff Show” and reveal the names then. I’m expecting that we should have an all-star lineup of NXT talents with Ciampa leading the charge and if it was up to me, I’d have the men who didn’t compete last night or were not in the most kick-ass matches. Use Velveteen Dream. Riddle and Balor should be good as well even though they did compete last night. And the fifth man? I love a swerve so Kevin Owens joins Team NXT and leaves Team RAW at one-man disadvantage. When Seth and Roman end up facing off, it should be a memorable moment. At the end, it’ll be typical WWE booking and look for Team Smackdown (and Roman Reigns) to walk out with the final win.

Winners: Team Smackdown (Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Ali, Shorty G & King Corbin)

Team Raw: The Kabuki Warriors & Charlotte Flair & Sarah Logan & Natalya vs. Team SmackDown: Sasha Banks & Dana Brooke & Carmella & Lacey Evans & Nikki Cross vs. Team NXT: Rhea Ripley & Toni Storm & Io Shirai, Bianca Belair & Candice LeRae. – Survivor Series Elimination Match.

Look at this talent. Years of WWE booking make me think that Charlotte will end up winning and being the last woman standing, but Charlotte doesn’t need to be protected. She’s quite okay regardless of how it all goes down. This will and should be a chance to spotlight the women lower on the roster who are just as good, but don’t get the spotlight quite as often. I’m talking Sarah Logan, Dana Brooke, Carmella, Nikki Cross and Toni Storm. And it should be a spotlight for Ripley, a true legit badass to be sure. Look for alll of the ladies to get their spots in, but when it’s all over, I think Ripley will be the dominant female in this match. She won’t win, but will give one hell of a fight and kick ass clinic in being a tough hombre. I think Nikki and Evans will be the last two women standing and will take it home for the blue brand.

Winners: Team Smackdown (Sasha, Dana Brooke, Carmella, Lacey Evans & Nikki Cross).

WWE NXT Cruiserweight Championship
Lio Rush (c) versus Kalisto versus Akira Tozawa

This match was just added at the last moment to be part of the Kick-Off Show and is a triple threat match for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. Lio Rush is the current man holding the 205 Live featured title and has, thus far, done a great job with the title as part of his redemption tour, rebuilding himself in the eyes of fans and his peers after the removal as Lashley’s sidekick on the main roster. Actually, after watching the recent antics of Lashley with Lana, I wish Rush was with him again instead of the Ravishing Russian. I hate that damn storyline. But Rush is the champion and King of the Cruiserweights. I don’t think Kalisto will be winning the belt. He’s a former U.S. Champion and seems more focused as part of the Lucha House Party trio and being champ and a party animal doesn’t seem to me would be compatiable. Tozawa is so damn good and he has an energy and presence that I enjoy and find appealing. If I was going to switch the title right now, Tozawa would be my choice of the three in this match. But that’s me and just because I would do it doesn’t mean WWE will. I think they’ll play it safe and keep that belt right where it’s at. This match will be incredible and get the fans going as it sets the pace for the rest of the show, but there won’t be a title switch here.

Winner and STILL WWE NXT Cruiserweight Champion: Lio Rush

And there you go. Am I right with my predictions or could I have done better? Who do you think will survive this event and be spotlighted as the future of WWE and NXT? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading. Any comments, questions or other thoughts, just let me know. And now, I’m out of here for now. Things to do and people to see. Have a great one and enjoy the Survivor Series. Take care and I’ll catch you on the flip side. Take care.

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