The Survivor Series‘ swerves just keep on coming, and they might not stop until the big event has finally ended. Daniel Bryan, Shane McMahon, and the SmackDown Live crew initiated the cross-branded competition before RAW‘s Hell In A Cell event, and the pieces have fallen into place ever since.
As we all know by now, Survivor Series will feature three traditional Survivor Series elimination matches pitting teams from the blue brand against teams from the flagship show. The majority of the build towards November 20 has been centered around filling out those teams, but the show will likely be headlined by the mega-match being billed as fantasy warfare; Brock Lesnar against Goldberg.
The big news coming out of Tuesday’s SmackDown, of course, was Shane McMahon agreeing to become the fifth and final member of the men’s Survivor Series team against that of RAW‘s. Shane replaces Baron Corbin who was written off the team due to a storyline injury at the hands of Kalisto.
Speaking of Kalisto, who had been “injured” by Corbin three months ago during their program, he now sets his sights on more important things. It was also announced on SmackDown that Kalisto would challenge Brian Kendrick for the Cruiserweight Championship at Survivor Series. Not only will this be the fifth cross-branded match on the card, but if Kalisto wins, he will bring the title and the entire Cruiserweight Division with him to SmackDown.
The other inter-promotional singles match at Survivor Series will feature Dolph Ziggler defending his Intercontinental Championship against Sami Zayn. Zayn defeated Rusev on RAW to earn the right to face The Show-Off with major implications on the line at the pay-per-view. So because neither world championship, tag team belts or the women’s titles will be up for grabs at Survivor Series, the stakes have been raised for the IC and Cruiserweight straps.
And according to Cageside Seats, it appears that the plan is to execute a double switch in regards to those championships. The double switch is different than a double turn, though that too was discussed back in August. The superstars in question there were Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, but since the latter was turned face in the weeks following that report, the major double turn was nixed.
The double switch, talked about now, would be in regards to the aforementioned title belts. The plan, as of now, is for Kalisto to defeat Brian Kendrick for the Cruiserweight Championship at Survivor Series and bring it and the rest of the division with him to Tuesday nights. That plan makes sense considering the fact that the WWE will be introducing 205 Live to the fold with a show exclusively featuring the cruiserweights, which will air immediately after SmackDown.
Bringing the entire division with him would offer Kendrick the opportunity to exercise his rematch option if the WWE wanted to put the belt back on him. But ever since the brand split was announced, followed by the re-introduction of the cruiserweights, fans felt the logical thing to do was to put them on SmackDown, especially considering the fact that Daniel Bryan was advocating hard for them. Not to mention, he was in the broadcast booth for the uber-popular Cruiserweight Classic on the WWE Network.
That brings us to the second part of the plan, in which Dolph Ziggler would also lose his championship at Survivor Series. In this case, an entire division would not relocate brands, but Sami Zayn would win the belt and defend it on Monday nights.
The puzzling thing, of course, is that would mean there would be two mid-card titles on RAW and none on SmackDown. Roman Reigns is the current United States Champion, and there are no plans in the works that would see him switch shows.
There haven’t been any indications that Ziggler would move to Monday nights, and the possibility of him retaining at Survivor Series certainly remains. However, because his relationship with the on-screen authorities on SmackDown has been positive, it would be peculiar to see him change sides. We should also keep in mind that Ziggler will first defend the IC title against The Miz next week on the 900th episode of SmackDown. And The Miz has certainly had his issues with blue brand management.
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