WWE Survivor Series

Survivor Series will come and go, and (aside from a few notable pushes that will be discussed) it’ll be largely forgotten about by the time Royal Rumble rolls around. That’s the hidden beauty of this Raw vs. SmackDown format. WWE can put it back in a box marked ‘Open In November 2019’ and move on as though nothing happened.


WWE Survivor Series

2018 Nov 18  – 07:00


As for the matches themselves, well, they’ve become a little more difficult to predict. WWE have made sizeable changes to the card, including putting Daniel Bryan in AJ Styles’ place against Brock Lesnar and using Charlotte Flair as a replacement for the injured Becky Lynch opposite Ronda Rousey. The challenge here will come in choosing who WWE are happy to sacrifice so close to WrestleMania season.

Survivor Series boasts eight matches if one includes the pre-show tag-team elimination, but only a handful have any real interest behind them. The least exciting, like Buddy Murphy’s routine win over Mustafa Ali, the aforementioned Kickoff match and the women’s elimination, aren’t included here.

Everything that could shape the future is. Here are some late predictions on what Survivor Series holds in store…

As crazy as this sounds, WWE will broadcast it’s Fall Classic Survivor Series this Sunday live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. While there has been virtually no build to the event at all, with the main focus being on Evolution and Crown Jewel, Survivor Series is always an anticipated event, and there are sure to be some shocks and surprises on this Sunday’s show.


To kicks things off, Buddy Murphy will defend the Cruiserweight Championship against Mustafa Ali. Then the RAW v. SmackDown action kicks off as the tag teams of RAW and SmackDown go head to head as Bobby Roode, and Chad Gale, The Revival, The B Team, Lucha House Party, and Ascension take on The Usos, The New Day, Sanity, The Good Brothers, and the Colons.

Also, the Tag Team Champions from each brand go head to head as The AOP take on The Bar. The Women of RAW take on the Women of SmackDown as Mickie James, Nia Jax, Tamina, Natalya, and Ruby Riott take on Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Asuka, and a mystery partner.

In the main matches for the night, Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins will take on United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey will take on Charlotte Flair, who is replacing the injured Becky Lynch. Universal Champion Brock Lesnar will take on new WWE Champion Daniel Bryan.

Also, in the traditional 5 on 5 Survivor Series Tag Team Match RAW’s Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Finn Balor, and Bobby Lashley will take on SmackDown’s The Miz, Shane McMahon, Samoa Joe, Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio. With all of that being said, here are three things possible this Sunday at Survivor Series.

Be sure to stay tuned to Sportskeeda for the latest breaking news and rumours as Survivor Series draws closer and closer.

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Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey will finally meet one on one
In one of the multiple changes to this Sunday’s card, RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey will now be taking on Charlotte Flair, who is replacing an injured Becky Lynch.

Lynch, who was scheduled to take on Rousey Sunday, suffered a concussion and “broken face” from a punch from Nia Jax this past Monday on RAW. On SmackDown, Lynch chose Charlotte to replace her and to beat Rousey as she would have. Rousey vs Flair was an anticipated match and was even rumored to main event WrestleMania 35, but we are getting it early.

I believe this match has an opportunity to the main event the show, but even if it doesn’t, it will undoubtedly steal the show. We know what Charlotte is capable of in the ring and Rousey in her short time in WWE, has proven to be pretty good herself.

With that being said, I don’t see Rousey losing cleanly at least until WrestleMania where she might face Lynch, and Charlotte can afford a loss, which could add to the current story being told of her “losing confidence”.

Survivor Series is one of the most anticipated shows of the entire year, as it’s billed as the one night where Raw and SmackDown Live go head-to-head. This year will follow the same format, and there are some intriguing bouts to look forward to featuring champions from the brands battling it out in competition and, of course, our traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series matchups. What’s particularly interesting this year is how drastically the card changed just five days out from the show. Keep on reading to find out exactly what has gone down.

Survivor Series will begin with a kickoff show at 5 p.m. ET before the main card starts two hours later at 7 p.m. CBS Sports will be previewing Survivor Series throughout the week, so be sure to stick with us.

2018 WWE Survivor Series matches
Heavyweight Champions — Brock Lesnar (Raw, Universal) vs. Daniel Bryan (SmackDown, WWE): In what was a rather shocking and confusing move, Lesnar recaptured the universal title when he defeated Braun Strowman for the vacant championship at the Crown Jewel event. Even more shocking, Styles dropped the WWE title on Tuesday night — five days before the show — to Bryan after defeating Bryan in a title match just prior to Crown Jewel. WWE apparently decided a repeat of last year’s thrilling Lesnar-Styles match was not to be at this time … perhaps they are saving it for WrestleMania 35?

Women’s Champions — Ronda Rousey (Raw) vs. Charlotte Flair (SmackDown): In what was clearly looking like the main event of Survivor Series, Rousey and Becky Lynch had a tremendous war of words over the last two weeks that culminated Monday night in Lynch strapping Rousey in the Dis-Arm-Her backstage during Raw. Unfortunately, Lynch broke her face and suffered a concussion in the ring moments later, and Tuesday on SmackDown, chose Flair as her replacement for the match. Many believed this would be the first women’s WrestleMania main event. That could still be the case, but it won’t be the first time Rousey and Flair square off. That will be Sunday.

Men’s Survivor Series Elimination Match — Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Finn Balor & Bobby Lashley (Raw) vs. The Miz, Shane McMahon, Samoa Joe, Rey Mysterio & Jeff Hardy (SmackDown): The teams are now set for the match that, more or less, is telling the story yet again of the dueling McMahon siblings. Stephanie McMahon wants retribution on her brother Shane for his actions in claiming the World Cup at Crown Jewel, and a victory by the Raw team on Sunday would apparently satisfy the Monday night commissioner enough. There was an entertaining dynamic involving Bryan and Miz co-existing as captains, but that was changed at the last moment.

Women’s Survivor Series Elimination Match — Natalya, Mickie James, Nia Jax, Tamina Snuka & Ruby Riott (Raw) vs. Carmella, Naomi, Asuka, Sonya Deville & TBA (SmackDown): The SmackDown women’s team was compiled in one night, while it took the Raw women’s team and captain Bliss a bit longer as she made Sasha Banks and Bayley battle over the final spot only to name Riott as the fifth member. The SmackDown women’s team sent the first message, though, as Lynch led the female invasion from the blue brand on the go-home edition of Raw on Monday night. There needs to be a replacement for Flair here.

Midcard Champions — Seth Rollins (Raw, IC) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (SmackDown, U.S.): This match was quietly made official on an episode of SmackDown Live last week, and it has the potential to be a tremendous bout. Given the immense popularity of Rollins, the crossover feud could actually end up doing wonders to this heel Nakamura character that has been just kind of hanging around recently.

Tag Team Champions — AOP (Raw) vs. The Bar (SmackDown): This is quite the interesting clash of heel championship teams at Survivor Series. After retaining the titles at Crown Jewel, we knew Cesaro & Sheamus would be representing SmackDown on the show. The question of who would be the Raw champions they’d be facing was answered this past Monday on Raw when AOP defeated Seth Rollins, who was unassisted by former Shield brethren Dean Ambrose in the 2-on-1 affair for the titles.

Tag Team Survivor Series Elimination Match — Bobby Roode & Chad Gable, The Ascension, Lucha House Party, B-Team & The Revival (Raw) vs. The Usos, New Day, Good Brothers, SAnitY & The Colons (SmackDown): The Raw team was finalized on the go-home edition Monday night with Roode & Gable earning the right to captain the team after winning a battle royal. The SmackDown team was completed on Tuesday night. The Usos defeated New Day on SmackDown Live last week to become the captains of the blue brand, and they immediately chose New Day as members of the team as a show of respect.

WWE Cruiserweight Championship — Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Mustafa Ali: Ali could not dethrone friend Cedric Alexander when he was champion, so now the Chicago native will try his hand at taking the titles from Murphy. These two have already had excellent matches with one another this year, so this one in Los Angeles should also be a treat for fans as 205 Live gets its rare PPV slot.