Survivor Series Redux Pt. 3

Where I was near perfect selecting the RAW roster, I was way off with the RAW women’s team and the mystery pick for RAW’s tag team. You can’t win them all I guess.

The Seth Rollins selection was never in question. Next.

The Sasha Banks exclusion for me was silly and I’ll admit that. But Alicia Fox’s inclusion I did not see coming. But in hindsight this makes sense. With Natalya watching intently on the side, Dana Brooke will become the equalizer for team RAW. But that also leaves Emmalina in question. When will she debut? The perfect time would have been before Survivor Series in order to give her some traction.

The inclusion of The Shining Stars was also an obvious choice as they are an actual tag team and The Golden Truth have zero momentum.

With the new selections set here’s where we stand:

TEAM RAW:

  • Kevin Owens (Co-captain)
  • Chris Jericho (Co-captain)
  • Roman Reigns
  • Braun Strowman
  • Seth Rollins

TEAM SMACKDOWN:

  • AJ Styles (Captain)
  • Dean Ambrose
  • Baron Corbin
  • Bray Wyatt
  • Randy Orton

This match is a chance for Strowman and Corbin to break out. A strong performance here from both would raise their stock, especially with Corbin being rumored to feud with John Cena. The real intrigue here is who will be the sole survivor. This match is too star-studded to assume that there will be more than one survivor. But as always, I stand by my prediction of a Smackdown victory with Wyatt as the survivor. Simply because he has Luke Harper and Randy Orton at his disposal. Orton has a history of being a sole survivor, but something tells me he’ll be eliminated, but the viper will strike one more time when it really matters deep into the match. And with Rollins feuding with The Authority, he’s bound to turn on Jericho.

PREDICTION: BRAY WYATT IS THE SOLE SURVIVOR

 

TEAM RAW

  • Charlotte (Captain)
  • Bayley
  • Nia Jax
  • Alicia Fox
  • Sasha Banks
    • With Dana Brooke

TEAM SMACKDOWN

  • Nikki Bella (Captain)
  • Becky Lynch
  • Alexa Bliss
  • Carmella
  • Naomi
    • With Coach Natalya

With my bottom two picks as part of RAW, the dynamic changes drastically. Bayley and Sasha have beef with Charlotte and Dana Brooke. Alicia Fox has beef with Nia Jax. Yet despite this, Team RAW will still be victorious here. Just different survivors. Why? Because if you compare Team RAW to Team Smackdown, the ladies of the blue brand are just outmatched. The main thing here is the history with Charlotte and Sasha. There have been rumors floating around of Bayley being booked to take the title off of Sasha. Sasha will need momentum going into the title match that will end with her breaking Charlotte’s streak of PPV wins. Nia Jax will be eliminated due to shenanigans with Alicia Fox. But she will not be pinned or submitted to keep her booking strong. This will give Smackdown a slightly better chance, but in the end, RAW has the best two women on the main roster, and that is too much to overcome.

PREDICTION: CHARLOTTE AND SASHA BANKS ARE THE SURVIVORS

 

TEAM RAW

  • The New Day (Captains)
  • Gallows and Anderson
  • Enzo and Big Cass
  • Sheamus and Cesaro
  • The Shining Stars

TEAM SMACKDOWN

  • Heath Slater and Rhyno (Captains)
  • The Hype Bros.
  • American Alpha
  • The Usos
  • TBA

With either The Vaudevillians or Breezango taking that final spot, this will still be a team RAW victory. Further thought suggests that Gallows and Anderson will indeed stab Team RAW in the back. But Team RAW will still prevail. Possibly without The New Day and I’m going to go with an interesting prediction here. The Shining Stars will fall victim to Heath Slater and Rhyno, but Smackdown will fall one-by-one until it’s the Usos and American Alpha. The Usos will unsurprisingly turn on American Alpha and leave them to the RAW wolves. But this is where American Alpha shines. Their gutsy performance sees them eliminate Enzo and Big Cass first, than a questionable miscommunication between Anderson and Gallows and The New Day will result in an elimination for The New Day. Sheamus and Cesaro’s tension will also allow Gable to pull off a quick roll-up, but Gallows and Anderson will take advantage of the chaos and kill the magic for Team Smackdown.

PREDICTION: GALLOWS AND ANDERSON RE-ESTABLISH CREDIBILITY 

 

 

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