WWE’s annual November event is less than a week away, and WWE has only confirmed five matches for the 2015 Survivor Series. The WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament will conclude, Bray Wyatt will choose two members of the Wyatt Family to face the Undertaker and Kane, and Charlotte defends the WWE Divas Championship against former champion Paige.
Last night’s episode of WWE Monday Night Raw resulted in the semifinals being set in stone for the tournament to award the vacated WWE World Heavyweight Championship. One can expect to see Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio and Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens early in the show, with the finals coming at or near the end of the twenty-ninth Survivor Series.
Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio — Alberto Del Rio has made quite a comeback. He was a surprise challenger for John Cena’s WWE United States Championship at Hell in a Cell last month, and he won the belt quickly and cleanly. Aligned with Zeb Coulter as the founders of “Mex-America,” ADR faced no real challenge until this tournament was announced. He defeated Stardust in the opening round, and then defeated fellow luchadore Kalisto last night in the quarterfinals. Even with all of that momentum on his side, it is highly unlikely that he’ll get past Roman Reigns, who is often cited as Vince McMahon’s choice for the “next John Cena.”
Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens — Kevin Owens is one of the fastest rising heels in WWE’s recent history. He made his televised in-ring debut under the WWE umbrella at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution on December 11, 2014. He won his match and then attacked new NXT Champion Sami Zayn at the end of the show. At the next NXT special on February 11, he won the NXT Championship. Three months later, his main roster debut match at WWE Elimination Chamber was a victory over John Cena. On September 20, ten months after his debut match in NXT, Owens captured the Intercontinental Championship and holds it to this day. However, he faces Dean Ambrose at Survivor Series, who is getting his chance to prove himself as a top face in the company, with both John Cena and Randy Orton currently inactive. While Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns wouldn’t be a bad match, the most likely final match is Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose.
Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose — Even before the participants of the tournament were announced, a lot of sites like What Culture suspected Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose would be the final match. With Seth Rollins’ injury leaving a spot for a new top heel, rumors and debates fill the pro wrestling dirt sheets about one of these two guys turning heel. But even that begs several questions: will Roman Reigns turn on Dean Ambrose, or vice versa? Will the heel turn be revealed during the match, leading to the heel becoming the new champ? Or will the loser of the match snap and attack the new champion post-match? Will the new heel be aligned with The Authority, or will he be a lone wolf? “Mr. Money In The Bank” Sheamus has been quiet lately — could he cash in at Survivor Series?
Monday Night Raw ended with the contract signing between Charlotte and Paige. It’s rare that WWE would end the show with a Divas segment. But the “Divas Revolution” is in full force, and the WWE can’t afford to back down now.
Charlotte vs. Paige — Charlotte ended the longest WWE Divas Championship reign in history when she defeated Nikki Bella at Night of Champions in September. Now she’s up against former two-time Divas Champion, Paige. We’ve seen them wrestle before, and they’re a big part of the reason that the WWE Universe is treating the women’s wrestling in WWE with some respect. Rumors have it that Charlotte is set to hold the title for a while, and there’s really no reason to believe that WWE feels Paige is due for a third reign.
Brothers of Destruction (Undertaker & Kane) vs. The Wyatt Family — Despite the Wyatt Family recently growing to four, the minimum number of men required for a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match (they even had such a match on SmackDown), the WWE has decided to go with a tag team match at Survivor Series, and it may not even involve the story’s leading antagonist. Bray Wyatt will pick two members of the Wyatt Family — to be announced just before the match begins — to face the recently reunited Undertaker and Kane. It seems an unusual booking decision, especially if Bray isn’t officially a part of the match.
Of course, the three hour special (and hour-long kick-off show) can’t be filled with just five matches. It is expected that a few more matches will be announced at the SmackDown tapings tonight, but as of Tuesday morning, no other matches were confirmed by WWE. The red-hot WWE Tag Team Champions, The New Day, could easily be set up with a title defense or aligned with someone like Wade Barrett or Bo Dallas to form a Traditional Survivor Series team.
WWE threw together a Divas Traditional Survivor Series Elimination match at last year’s event. One could easily be thrown together, with Team B.A.D. bringing on Summer Rae or Eva Marie to face Natalya, Becky Lynch, Brie Bella, and Alicia Fox. Even if The New Day and the Usos get set up for a tag title match, there are plenty of guys left over to throw together a few Traditional Survivor Series Elimination matches. Stardust, The Ascension, and Bo Dallas could face Ryback, Lucha Dragons, and Neville. Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler and the Prime Time Players could team up against King Barrett, Sheamus, The Big Show, and Tyler Breeze.
Five solid matches are confirmed for this year’s Survivor Series, and a least a few more should be announced in the coming days. WWE’s Survivor Series 2015 will air live on the WWE Network on November 22.
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