Everyone thought that the teams for Survivor Series were pretty much set in stone for the traditional elimination-style tag matches. Well, nothing is ever quite as it seems in WWE, and there have been major changes to the Survivor Series card with just a week-and-a-half to go until the event. A brand new championship match, with an interesting stipulation, has been added, and one superstar has been replaced in one of the elimination tag matches.
As the Inquisitr reported earlier this week, the final member of Team Raw was announced and it is Seth Rollins who will compete alongside Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, and Braun Strowman. They were set to face Team SmackDown LIVE which was the team of AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Baron Corbin, and Randy Orton.
Well, that has now changed.
WWE taped SmackDown LIVE earlier today in Glasgow, Scotland, and according to Wrestling Inc., Baron Corbin is now off of the men’s team. He was an odd choice that many didn’t expect in the first place, but he’s no longer on the team and he has been replaced by…Shane McMahon.
Shane-O Mac is no stranger to the ring or big-time matches with his most recent battle coming at WrestleMania 32 when he faced The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell.
During tonight’s SmackDown LIVE, James Ellsworth was named the mascot for the Survivor Series team from Tuesday nights. Shane McMahon also announced a main event match of Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Randy Orton vs. James Ellsworth, Dean Ambrose, and Baron Corbin.
Corbin later told McMahon he didn’t want to be in the main event so he was pulled from it and Kane was put in his place. Shane put Corbin in a match with Kalisto that never really started and ended in a brawl which saw Kalisto working on Corbin’s legs.
Apparently, WWE is working an injury angle with Corbin which leads to him being taken off the Team SmackDown LIVE squad. Soon after, Shane McMahon announces he will be replacing Corbin on the team at Survivor Series.
Another match was also added to the Survivor Series card, and it could have huge implications on one division. According to WrestleZone, during the SmackDown LIVE taping, a Cruiserweight Championship match was made for the pay-per-view (PPV) which will have Brian Kendrick defending his title against Kalisto.
The interesting thing about this match is that Kalisto is a member of SmackDown LIVE while Kendrick is on the Monday Night Raw roster. That is where the big match stipulation comes in. If Kendrick wins, he simply retains his title. If Kalisto wins, the Cruiserweight Title will move brands from Raw to SmackDown.
That is a huge stipulation, especially considering the majority of the cruiserweight division competes on Monday nights. Then again, the Intercontinental Title could also change brands/nights if Sami Zayn is able to defeat Dolph Ziggler at Survivor Series.
The current card for Survivor Series is as follows:
- Men’s Elimination Tag Team Match: Raw vs. SmackDown Live
- Women’s Elimination Tag Team Match: Raw vs. SmackDown Live
- Tag Teams Elimination Match: Raw vs. SmackDown Live
- Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Sami Zayn
- WWE Cruiserweight Title Match: Brian Kendrick (c) vs. Kalisto
There you have it. WWE will have the four-hour Survivor Series take place next Sunday (Nov. 20) and there are six confirmed matches for it. More may be added, but the changes made today are big enough all around for the event.
The new Cruiserweight Title match could see the title jump brands from Raw to SmackDown if Kalisto ends up defeating Brian Kendrick. In the 10-man traditional Survivor Series elimination-style tag match, Baron Corbin is out and Shane McMahon is now in as the battle for brand supremacy will take place in three huge bouts. Things are heating up big time as both shows will see who is going to stand tall after the eliminations are over.
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