Every week, WWE posts a “Five-Point Preview” for Monday Night Raw. As the only live show WWE produces, Raw is also the only show without spoilers available. WWE.com’s preview highlights five different story lines in the WWE world that will get some attention on Raw. With Survivor Series less than a week away, and only a few matches confirmed for the event as of Monday morning, the focus of almost every segment will be on WWE’s annual Thanksgiving tradition.
The WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament quarterfinals are all scheduled to take place tonight, and of course there will be further development in the Wyatt Family-Brothers of Destruction feud.
Cesaro vs. Roman Reigns — According to a poll at WWE.com, the WWE Universe has a much bigger “Cesaro Section” than we may have realized. When asked who they wanted to see win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament of the final eight competitors, Cesaro’s 37% is almost as much as the second and third place votes combined. It is clear: the WWE Universe wants Cesaro to win this match tonight, but as WWE fans have been dealing with for the last year or so, WWE wants Roman Reigns to be the next major face of the WWE. It would be one of the most shocking moments of the year if Cesaro upsets Roman Reigns tonight.
Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler — Ever since it was announced that the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship would be decided via single elimination tournament, even before the participants were announced, sites like What Culture have been predicting a Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose final with Reigns taking the title. Ever since Ziggler had to give up the World Heavyweight Championship due to injury in 2013, WWE hasn’t given him a significant push. A Ziggler upset seems even less likely than a Roman Reigns loss. It seems likely that Tyler Breeze will be in his VIP section during the match, and could play an integral part in costing “The Showoff” this match.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kalisto. WWE called Kalisto’s victory over Ryback a huge upset, which immediately brings up thoughts of guys like Rey Mysterio and Daniel Bryan, huge successes in WWE as underdogs. WWE now has an underdog-sized hole to fill in the roster, and it’s possible that Kalisto could be just the fit. Neither Kalisto nor Del Rio seem to be likely candidates for the next World Heavyweight Champion, but putting Kalisto in a semifinals match on the Survivor Series card could do big things for his career. Will Del Rio and Zeb Coulter — the founders of “Mex-America” — be upset by one half of the Lucha Dragons?
Kevin Owens vs. Neville –Much like Kalisto, Neville has the potential to be the next big underdog in WWE. Kevin Owens, on the other hand, could be the biggest heel in WWE in the very near future. The Internet Wrestling Community would love to see Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose in the semifinals, and it looks like that’s exactly what they’ll get. A match between two former NXT Champions, you can bet they’ll pull out all the stops to try to have the match of the night.
Brothers of Destruction and The Wyatt Family — Undertaker accepted Bray Wyatt’s challenge on Thursday Night SmackDown, so we know at Survivor Series that the Dead Man and Kane will face off against Bray’s choice of two members of his Family. It’s safe to assume Wyatt will have something to say tonight, and someone on the WWE roster will fall victim to the Wyatt’s cruelty.
Not mentioned in WWE.com’s preview is the WWE Divas Championship match scheduled for Survivor Series between champion Charlotte, and challenger Paige. The incredibly hot New Day haven’t been booked for a Survivor Series match yet — despite being the current WWE Tag Team Champions — and not a single Traditional Survivor Series Elimination match has been booked. Expect a lot of this to be addressed before the end of tonight’s show.
This week’s episode of WWE Monday Night Raw will air live from Greenville, South Carolina. The show starts at 8/7c on the USA Network. The pre-show begins 30 minutes earlier on the WWE Network.
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