The Rope Break #24: WWE Survivor Series 2017 Predictions!!

By Curtis Suthard – 11/18/2017

 

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Ugh! Still reeling from a cold, but still pressing on. Tomorrow night we’ve got the thirtieth edition of WWE’s Survivor Series and man-o-man, I know I’m going to goof this one up with my predictions. All of the last minute changes to the matches really threw me. I was pretty convinced a few weeks ago that A) I didn’t really care all that much about this show & B) Most of the matches seemed like they had pretty obvious outcomes. I mean, did anyone really think that Jinder stood any chance of getting a clean win over Lesnar? Please! Fortunately, WWE has thrown more than a few curveballs at us, in an attempt to improve this show. Not to mention that the buildup has been surprising good with the multiple invasion angles. Add to that a ton of rumors that are currently swirling around the wrestling world right now and you’ve got a potentially unpredictable and exciting show headed our way. So, without any more blabbering, let’s get right down to it.

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WWE Survivor Series 2017 Predictions

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Kalisto VS. Enzo Amore (WWE Cruiserweight Championship): So the only non-“Brand VS Brand” match of the night and probably the match with the most obvious outcome will be kicking things off on the Pre-Show. Enzo, the current Cruiserweight Champ and , as hard as this is to admit, the reason I’ve been watching 205 Live a bit more regularly, has been doing just fine as the top heel of a relatively stagnant division. What he admittedly lacks in in-ring skills, he makes up for with charisma and the ability to draw massive amounts of heat, all the while managing to still be somewhat popular amongst the fans. Meanwhile, Kalisto, who should have been a part of the Cruiserweight division from the start, has made the leap over, but failed to really light things up there. Maybe, if the rumors are true, things may pick up a bit more on 205 Live if/when Hideo Itami (KENTA, if you’re nasty) joins starts putting everyone to sleep. Not to mention the possibility of Rockstar Spud popping up in the very near future, as well. Spud is fun and has already lost to a toddler (All Hail King Maxel) and could definitely work well either with or against Enzo. Anyway, I don’t expect this match to be heavy on technical wrestling, but it could be fun. Enzo will retain, most definitely through some dirty trickery and go on to give everyone a good reason to tune in on Tuesdays after Smackdown Live.

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My Pick: Enzo Amore

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The Miz VS. Baron Corbin: So…this match is gonna happen, I guess. I don’t know of anyone that has really been clamoring for it, but, we’re going to get it anyway. The Miz has been on a roll lately and was seemingly being set up for a potential feud with the “Big Dog”, Roman Reigns, before Reigns went and got all viral. Corbin, on the other hand, has just sort of been going through the motions since winning the United States Championship. I’ve been a champion of Corbin over the last year or so, constantly trying to point out the fact that he has shown a lot of improvement since making the jump to the Main Roster. But, lately, he’s been a bit of a snore, feuding with the likes of Sin Cara. Maybe this match will blow everyone away? Though, I’m not so convinced about that. Heel VS. Heel, doesn’t always work well. I got to give this one to the Miz. I’m sure that the Miztourage will get involved and help the champ out, which could be just the distraction he needs to win. I have confidence that Miz will do his best to make this one fun and enjoyable, I just don’t know if it will be executed well.

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My Pick: The Miz

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The Bar VS. The Usos: I would have been happier with The Usos facing off against the Hardyz, but, alas, we don’t always get what we want. Anyway, both teams have been putting on great matches this year, so this match up isn’t displeasing. I may actually be looking forward to this match more than most others. The Bar only recently took back the RAW Tag titles, from two-thirds of the Shield, to free them up for a confrontation against Smackdown Live’s trio of Positivity, The New Day and ensure that the Brand VS. Brand/Champ VS. Champ motif would continue with the Tag Champs of each show getting a match. On the other side of things, The Usos convincingly won the SD Tag titles back from the aforementioned New Day a while back and have maintained their position as the top talents in Smackdown’s Tag division. I could go either way with this one, but I’m pretty confident that Usos will win out in the end. Sure, there will probably be some underhanded tactics and shenanigans throughout. Especially because this is yet another Heel VS. Heel match. But, I think that The Bar winning the titles back may only be temporary, until the Shield possibly take them back. Whereas, the Usos will more than likely reign for a while over on their show, so the momentums with them.

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My Pick: The Usos

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Alexa Bliss VS. Charlotte Flair: Another of the recent shake-ups that transpired was Charlotte shocking the world and winning the Smackdown Women’s Championship from Natalya. It wasn’t the shock of Charlotte scoring a win over Natty that provided the shock. It was the fact that she won it in her hometown, which seems to rarely ever happen anymore in WWE. Anyway, maybe this was done because Bliss VS. Natalya just didn’t feel like that big of a deal. Honestly, neither does Charlotte VS. Bliss, really. This one could really go either way, in my mind so I’m fully prepared to get this one wrong. Besides, there has been a persistent rumor running around lately that Carmella could show up and cash in her Money in the Bank briefcase either before or immediately after this one ends. The even weirder rumor has been that not only will Carmella cash in, but she may cash in on Alexa Bliss, win the RAW Women’s title and make the jump to the Red Brand. I’m not sure that I see this one happening, but, you never know. Anyway, I’m going with Charlotte for the win, because she’s hot off of her victory over Natalya and I don’t know why they (The Powers That Be) would stifle any of the momentum that has come from that.

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My Pick: Charlotte Flair

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The Shield VS. The New Day: This match maybe the one that a lot of people are excited for, but I just can’t get too hyped for it. I mean, I don’t really care. I’m sure it’ll be fun and all six men will give it their all. But, there just hasn’t been too much of a build for this one to really mean anything. With that being said, I can’t imagine that the newly reformed Shield will lose in this outing against New Day. Much like the last match, there are plenty of rumors swirling around this match. Both rumors that I have been reading are suggesting that there will be a heel turn from within the Shield, with either Ambrose (which, I think WILL eventually happen) or Reigns (which is highly unlikely) turning on the other two members for some reason. I seriously doubt that there will be anything like that happening and expect that this one may go down clean, with a decent finish and possibly both groups showing each other some respect.

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My Pick: The Shield

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Team RAW: Alicia Fox, Asuka, Nia Jax, Sasha Banks & Bayley VS. Team Smackdown: Tamina, Carmella, Becky Lynch, Naomi & Mystery Member (Women’s Survivor Series Match): Whew! So, the first of two traditional Survivor Series matches pits RAW’s best and brightest from their Women’s division against Smackdown’s sort of weak version of that same division. I mean, I like Becky and Naomi is fine. But, Tamina and Carmella don’t really grab my attention. Whereas, Team RAW has a great lineup, even including Alicia Fox who has been pretty dang good lately. Also, RAW has Asuka, period. But, here’s where I go out on a limb: I’m going with Team Smackdown. “WHAT?!?” You may ask. I think that the mystery member, whether it be Paige or Lita or Maria Kanellis or Michelle McCool or an arrival from NXT like Ember Moon, will be the highlight of this match and may provide the win. “So…what about Asuka?” you may be asking next. I think that Asuka will be eliminated through a count out or some other wonkiness, but will not be pinned or submitted. Another reason that I went with Smackdown is that it helps set up the remaining matches and my picks for each of them, as I do not see either show completely blowing out the other. Meaning that there has been some balance to these things, at least in my mind, with each Brand scoring multiple wins, especially in these Event specific matches.

*UPDATE*: Natalya has been announced as the final member of Team Smackdown! his does nothing to change my pick, but, definitely steals a little bit of the mystique from this match by taking away the mystery team member. I guess it was better to announce it now, than to just let everyone down by doing it at the show.*

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My Pick: Team Smackdown

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Team RAW: Kurt Angle, Triple H, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe & Braun Strowman VS. Team Smackdown: Shane McMahon, Shinsuke Nakamura, John Cena, Bobby Roode & Randy Orton (Men’s Survivor Series Match): The last minute additions of both John Cena and Triple H have been interesting. Triple H being added to Team RAW was kind of cool. Cena, on the other hand, was less so. I would much rather have seen someone else from Smackdown (cough*Owens*cough*Zayn*cough*) get the spot. But, it’s fine, as I am sure that there is every chance that Owens & Zayn may make their presence known at this show, just maybe not in this match. Anyway, both teams have great lineups and I am looking forward to some of the match ups that we may get throughout the whole thing. Cena VS. Angle. Finn VS. Nakamura. Roode VS. Triple H. Orton VS. Joe. There a ton of possible combinations that could lead to some truly incredible confrontations. I also would not be surprised to see this one break down into total chaos, sort of like the Main Event from RAW’s last big show, with stuff happening everywhere. Owens & Zayn could pop up. Maybe, Kane will also. Who knows? But, I’ve made my pick based on two things: 1) Team RAW has just got a more intimidating lineup & 2) I already went with Smackdown’s Women’s Team to win their Survivor Series match. So…

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My Pick: Team RAW

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A.J. Styles VS. Brock Lesnar: Everything in me says that Styles stands no chance of getting a win over Lesnar. Not with the way that he has been built up over the last few years, let alone just this year, taking down the likes of Strowman, Samoa Joe and Goldberg. So, does Styles stand any chance? Yes, absolutely! It’s A.J. frickin’ Styles, man! It would be an incredible moment to be sure. Now, I am almost positive that we’ll see Jinder Mahal and/or the Singh Bros. show up and interfere, which could lead to Styles suffering a cheap loss to Lesnar, put at least saving some face by losing in that manner. It’s also just as likely that Lesnar could have someone pop up, gunning for him. Who that would be, I honestly don’t know and if I hear one more Undertaker rumor, I’m walking. Oddly enough, though, I have high hopes for this match, which is not something that I normally say when speaking about a match involving Brock. I’ve fooled myself before, imagining that Samoa Joe or Strowman really stood a chance in putting the Beast down. So, maybe I’m just doing that again with this one? But, I just can’t seem to help myself.

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My Pick: A.J. Styles

 

So, there we have it. Survivor Series 2017 has the potential to be an exciting and unpredictable show that either blow us all away or just not live up to the hype. Be sure to check back here the day after for my review of the show, as I either gloat about guessing a majority of the winner’s right or just don’t mention it at all if the opposite happens. Also, head over to my page to check out all of my other Rope Breaks, as well as some of the other stuff that I do here, BY CLICKING RIGHT HERE!

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