With just four days left before WWE presents Survivor Series 2015, two more matches have been added to Sunday’s card. At last night’s SmackDown taping, the speculated match between Dolph Ziggler and Tyler Breeze was confirmed. While that match has not been posted to WWE.com’s Survivor Series preview page, the WWE site did announce that a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination match — a grueling 5-on-5 competition — will be added to show on November 22. The participants in that match have yet to be named.
Traditional 5-On-5 Survivor Series Elimination Match — When WWE posted their Survivor Series update, they provided just enough information to get everyone speculating and arguing about who will be featured in November’s most revered gimmick match. I think we can safely assume that there won’t be any big surprise returns for this match, and there’s no reason to believe this will mark the debut of any NXT talent on the main roster. If you go through WWE.com’s active WWE Superstar list, eliminate those who are already booked in another Survivor Series match (Roman Reigns, Dolph Ziggler), eliminate those who are injured (Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins) and the part-timers (Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho), you’re still left with almost 40 WWE Superstars — enough for four Elimination matches.
Until WWE reveals the 10 participants — and who even knows if they’ve decided yet — speculation will run rampant. In fact, in the announcement itself, the wrestling conglomerate encouraged the WWE Universe to ponder the possibilities:
“With the semifinals of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament now set, the WWE Universe is left to wonder which 10 Superstars will forge alliances and enter Atlanta’s Philips Arena to compete in Survivor Series’ namesake match this Sunday.”
Even before the official announcement, many already made Survivor Series predictions with at least one Elimination match in mind. Given everything we know about the possibilities, which of the available WWE Superstars seem most likely to get booked in this match? Reviewing the losers of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament quarterfinals would be a good place to start, as none of those wrestlers are currently booked for Sunday night, and WWE obviously has a little faith in them. Cesaro lost to Roman Reigns, Kalisto lost to Alberto Del Rio, and Neville lost to Kevin Owens. Cesaro, Neville and Kalisto would likely be on the same team, along with Kalisto’s tag team partner, Sin Cara. Based on who is left among the faces that WWE has pushed at all lately, Ryback would likely get that fifth and final spot.
For the heels, you’ve got to believe that The New Day would be an integral ingredient, whether all three of them wrestle, or Xavier Woods simply provides the soundtrack. If Neville and the Lucha Dragons are on the face team, it would make sense to have the Cosmic Wasteland — Stardust and the Ascension — on the heel team. But that would leave no room for “Mr. Money in the Bank” Sheamus or this year’s King of the Ring, Wade Barrett. And that leaves you without such regular participants as the Dudley Boyz, the Prime Time Players, Bo Dallas, Los Matadores, Fandango, or the recently returned Usos. It also puts WWE staples The Big Show and Mark Henry on the bench.
Based on television time and perceived pushes being received, the most likely scenario seems to involve a face team of Cesaro, Neville, Ryback, and the Usos vs. The New Day, Sheamus, and Wade Barrett. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a “Wild Card” match thrown onto the Survivor Series kickoff show, with a face team like the Lucha Dragons, Prime Time Players, and R-Truth vs. The Big Show, the Cosmic Wasteland and Bo Dallas.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze — Ever since Tyler Breeze debuted on SmackDown attacking Dolph Ziggler, many have speculated that they would meet up at Survivor Series to try to settle things. As What Culture reported, the Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze at Survivor Series was made official at last night’s SmackDown taping. Just a year ago, Dolph Ziggler seemed to be headed for a push, as he overcame a 3-on-1 situation in the main event of last year’s Survivor Series, where he pinned Kane, Luke Harper, and Seth Rollins to retain his job and remove The Authority from power (temporarily). Now relegated to the mid-card in a match with a rookie, “The Showoff” still has a chance to put on the match of the night with an opponent as talented as “Prince Pretty” Tyler Breeze.
Other matches previously confirmed for WWE’s Survivor Series 2015 include:
- Brothers of Destruction (Kane & Undertaker) vs. The Wyatt Family — Bray Wyatt will pick two members of the Wyatt Family to face the Undertaker and Kane in a simple tag team match.
- Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose — In one of two semifinal matches, the “Prizefighter” goes up against the “Lunatic Fringe.”
- Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio — In the other semifinal match, the “Big Dog” squares off against the United States Champion.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Finals — The winners of the two previous matches advance to the match that determines the winner of the vacant title. Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose is the odds of favorite for most likely Finals match-up.
- Charlotte vs. Paige — In the only confirmed women’s match of the night, Ric Flair’s daughter defends the WWE Divas Championship against the “Anti-Diva.”
The 29th edition of the WWE Survivor Series airs live and on-demand through the WWE Network. The kickoff show begins at 7/6c on Sunday, November 22.
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