Survivor Series takes place at 7 p.m. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Air Canada Centre. Taking center stage are the formidable teams from Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live. There will be three elimination matches, with each brand pitting their best WWE superstars against one another. The women will compete in a five-on-five match. Tag-teams will compete in a 10-man elimination match, and there will be a five-on-five match for the men should close out the evening for the WWE.
While those are three big matches for the WWE, there are still three others that could have a huge impact on WWE programming moving forward. Kalisto, for Team SmackDown, and The Brian Kendrick, for Team Raw, will do battle to see who gets to keep the entire Cruiserweight division. Sami Zayn has a date with the Miz for the Intercontinental title. The winner gets to take the belt back to his respective brand. Lastly, Brock Lesnar and Goldberg are rekindling their rivalry, one that spans a decade, in their rematch.
This is the first time since 2014 that Survivor Series is going to be relevant in the eyes of the WWE Universe. There is a reason to fight at the pay-per-view, which was lost in recent years. Before 2014, when Sting returned, it went through a lot of mediocrity and meaninglessness without a brand split. If the split was good for one thing in 2016, it was for one of the big four PPVs in the WWE. Disregarding Lesnar and Goldberg, the three elimination matches are sure to shock the core audience
During the State of the WWE Universe address with Shane McMahon, Mick Foley, Stephanie McMahon, and Daniel Bryan, true emotions were displayed right before Survivor Series. Bryan and Foley were at each other’s throats with verbal battles the WWE Universe loved. It was early enough to help promote the event justly. The Hardcore Legend has completed some promotion himself. According to Daily Wrestling News, Mick Foley spoke to DC101, a radio station covering the event, about implications regarding Survivor Series, as well as the big match, Lesnar vs. Goldberg.
“Survivor Series was the one big PPV that has struggled to remain relevant. All of a sudden, this year with this format, man, the 5 on 5 matches take on an entirely new meaning. They’re not just random teams thrown together, this is a battle for domination. When people ask me if this rivalry is real, I’m like, if you don’t think this is real, you don’t know the McMahon children. It’s very real!
“I think for 12 years those guys have wondered ‘what if, what if we brought the intensity that night.’ I think they’ll make up for it, maybe too much intensity!”
No longer is their rematch a hypothetical situation. It will commence at Survivor Series on November 20. The one great thing about the pay-per-view is its versatility and amount of matches they have on hand. If the sole reason for Survivor Series was Lesnar and Goldberg, then the show wouldn’t have value past the end of the show. The elimination matches have to have consequences for the losing teams, especially if there is more than one for a brand tonight.
In a recent article by the Inquisitr, Shane McMahon was added to the card, perhaps was a last-minute decision to add more intrigue to the show in general. Baron Corbin was a nice addition to Team SmackDown, but the WWE may have done the right thing. Shane is a bigger star than Corbin, but it made sense to add him. WWE officials are doing what they can to make Survivor Series a great show. Hopefully, the booking is as good as advertised.
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