The NXT brand have been portrayed very well in the build up to their inclusion in Survivor Series, with NXT stars invading Raw and Friday Night SmackDown and stars from the red and blue brands showing up on NXT.
Triple H and D-Generation X even led the crew on the final episode of SmackDown before the event and spent a few episodes trying to woo Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens back to NXT…which was kind of weird because he never tried to get Drew McIntyre back on side, or the Revival, or Ricochet, or half of the main roster, especially considering four out of five members of Team Raw are former NXT guys.
Honestly, I would kind of like to see the majority (if not all) of the main roster NXT guys turn on the WWE guys at Survivor Series and really put some power behind this invasion angle as that would gut Raw and SmackDown.
Regardless, the inclusion of NXT has led to one of the more exciting WWE pay-per-view builds in a long time, and really helped put some emphasis on Survivor Series for the first time in years so let’s get down to the predictions…
Given what we’ve seen from Brock Lesnar in recent weeks and months, it would not surprise me at all to see him open the show here, especially as championships aren’t really the focus of Survivor Series at the best of time.
Anyway, I can’t help but think that this whole angle came around the wrong way; since Lesnar attack Rey’s son, Dominick, it really feels like Rey should have gotten his shot at Lesnar before Cain Velasquez, lost at Crown Jewel, and then brought in Velasquez to face Lesnar to get his revenge. Instead, we see Lesnar bulldoze his hated rival from his MMA days and now, randomly, return to this “blood feud” with Rey Mysterio.
The bottom line is, though, it doesn’t matter how much you stack this match in Rey’s favour or how many steel pipes he has, Rey is going to die in this match. There is, surely, no way the WWE are going to put the WWE Championship on Rey Mysterio and have him beat Brock Lesnar so I fully expect to see Lesnar retain here.
My prediction: Brock Lesnar to win and retain the WWE Championship.
Sami Zayn presented Shinsuke Nakamura with a sexy new Intercontinental Championship on the last episode of SmackDown before this event, which looks absolutely fantastic and blows Bray Wyatt’s blue reimagining of the Universal Championship right out of the water!
Anyway, this is a battle of the mid-card champions; I think we’ll definitely see AJ Styles and Nakamura team up for a bit, given their history, before that breaks down and it becomes a free-for-all. I feel that NXT should win some pivotal matches in order to stay strong but I think everyone will come out of this a winner, given the talent involved, and AJ needs to win more given the rocky ground him and his O.C. buddies are continuously on so I could totally see him sneaking in and stealing the win away from Roderick.
My prediction: AJ Styles to win.
As I said above, NXT need to win some pivotal matches to look strong and this is definitely one of them; what send a better message about how great the NXT women’s roster is than Rhea Ripley pinning one of the golden girls (Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair) in the middle of the ring?
I think that might be a great way to go; have Team NXT be whittled down to Rhea alone against Sasha and Charlotte and overcome them both, which should strap a rocket to her back and really help capitalise on her popularity.
My prediction: Team NXT to win, with Rhea Ripley as the sole survivor.
I’m still quite sour about the New Day being randomly shoe-horned into this match instead of the Revival, and that Kofi Kingston has been relegated back to the tag team ranks after such a strong run with the WWE Championship. I get why but that doesn’t make it any better.
Still, this one has the go to the Undisputed Era; the New Day definitely don’t need the win, the Viking Raiders can stomach a loss as I’m pretty sure they’ll crush some jobbers in the following weeks, but the Undisputed Era are on too hot a streak and have been too pivotal to the invasion to lose here.
My prediction: The Undisputed Era to win, by hook or by crook.
This is another of those matches that has to go to NXT, mainly for the same reasons as the women’s Survivor Series match but, also, to show how dominant and destructive Shayna Baszler is ahead of her inevitable debut on Raw or SmackDown. Or, if they keep her on NXT, this will keep her strong for her equally-inevitable loss to Rhea Ripley and, if Rhea wins and is the sole survivor as I would like, this would tie their two stories together quite nicely.
The bad news about that is that it’s highly likely that Bayley will be eating the pin here but I would argue that it sends a much stronger message to have Baszler pin Becky Lynch to get the win considering the hot streak Lynch has been on this year.
My prediction: Shayna Baszler to win.
I can’t be the only one who finds Daniel Bryan’s recent face turn very jarring, can I? It literally wasn’t that long ago he was being a complete asshole but now he’s cheered and beloved again because his henchman turned on him?
Either way, it’s led to a nice revisitation of one of the rivalry between Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan, with Wyatt taunting Bryan about his/their past and attacking him, as the Fiend, at every opportunity. It made sense to give the Universal Championship a blue coat of paint, given that it’s on SmackDown now, but I would have preferred to see Wyatt debut an entirely new, fiendish (hah!) version of the belt.
This one is most likely going to end in some kind of no contest or disqualification as we’re only scratching the surface of this feud and I can totally see at least two more championship matches between these two. It’ll piss a lot of people off, as the WWE really dropped the ball on the endings to the Wyatt/Rollins matches but, hopefully, they’ll learn from those mistakes and have the non-finish be done in a smart way.
My prediction: The Fiend, Bray Wyatt, to retain due to a non-finish.
Survivor Series is tomorrow night and we still have no idea who will be on Team NXT; given how SmackDown ended, I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see Triple H and his cronies on the yellow team!
Hopefully, we get real NXT stars like the Velveteen Dream or Johnny Gargano; I could maybe see Finn Bálor end up on the team but his recent heel turn kind of rules him out as a liability. Maybe we’ll see an NXT UK guy like WALTER get a spot as well but, at this point, the only thing I can really say for sure is that Team NXT must win this match. If they lose other matches in the night, this must be a win for them if they’re to be taken seriously going forwards.
Also, Team NXT needs to have a clean sweep and not have any of their guys eliminated. They need to do the finisher-fest to get rid of Strowman and decimate the final three (Reigns, Rollins, and Orton) to get the win, preferably without Triple H being the guy to make the final three count.
My prediction: Team NXT to win in a clean sweep.
What are your thoughts on this year’s Survivor Series? Do you have your own predictions? Weigh in below and come back next week to see how my predictions turned out.