WWE Survivor Series 2020: Preview
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, November 22, 2020
One of WWE’s big four events: Survivor Series, takes place tonight and this year’s event is special as it will a celebration of The Undertaker’s 30-year career with the company. WWE is billing it as “The Undertaker’s Final Farewell”, which has many fans speculating on what could possibly take place as well as if it will in fact set the stage for one final WrestleMania match for The Deadman.
Since the brand split, WWE has made Survivor Series an annual brand vs brand affair that features the traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series tag team match and champion vs champion matches for bragging rights on who has the superior brand.
Here are some matches to keep an eye on tonight:
Drew McIntyre (WWE Champion) vs Roman Reigns (WWE Universal Champion)
Every year, WWE has had a big title change before the Survivor Series event to shake things up and provide unique matchups. This year has followed that same formula as Drew McIntyre captured the WWE Championship this past week on Raw when he defeated Randy Orton in the main event and changed this match from Orton vs Reigns to McIntyre vs Reigns.
2020 has been an excellent year for McIntyre; he won the 2020 Royal Rumble match and then went on to main event night two of WrestleMania, where he defeated Brock Lesnar in 5-minutes to become the new WWE Champion. McIntyre then went on to defend his title for months in entertaining feuds with superstars like Dolph Ziggler, Bobby Lashley, and Orton.
Reigns has also had a significant year; the Universal Champion turned heel when he made his return after the main event of SummerSlam and attacked both Braun Strowman and The Fiend. Reigns then followed that up by aligning with Paul Heyman and captured the Universal Championship at Payback. Reigns has referred to himself as ‘The Tribal Chief’ and has excelled in his new role, which was seen in both the leadup and matches with Jey Uso.
Reigns will most likely come out the winner in this champion vs. champion match, but there are two possible scenarios for that could lead to it. First, current Mr. Money in the Bank, The Miz, has teased a cash-in and tonight’s event could be the perfect opportunity to do so. In fact, if Miz cashes-in his briefcase and becomes the new WWE Champion, it would be exactly 10-years to the day that he last cashed-in to become champion and would be in the same arena, Amway Center.
Another scenario would be for McIntyre’s longtime friend, Sheamus, to cost him the match and attack him afterwards to set up a feud between the two for the WWE Championship. Sheamus and McIntyre could be a great feud on Raw for the remainder of the year as the company builds towards WrestleMania and would also keep The Miz involved in the feud.
Team Raw (AJ Styles, Riddle, Keith Lee, Sheamus, and Braun Strowman) vs Team SmackDown (Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, Jey Uso, King Corbin, and Otis)
The buildup to this year’s traditional Survivor Series tag team match has been much different than past years. Usually, both teams invade each other’s shows and set aside any ongoing feuds for the event however, this year the buildup has been in-fighting with the team Raw on who the leader is while team SmackDown has been involved in their own feuds and have not really spent too much time showcasing their talents as a unit.
The two stars to keep an eye on in this match are AJ Styles from Raw and Kevin Owens from SmackDown. If there is only one sole survivor, those two would be the likely superstars that could benefit from a big win as they have not been involved in the world title picture for quite some time and being the sole survivor could put them back in the mix.
Team Raw (Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Lacey Evans, Peyton Royce, and Lana) vs Team SmackDown (Bayley, Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, and Natalya)
The women’s Survivor Series tag team match will be a match fans should keep in mind for having a potential surprise finish that is not expected. With Raw Women’s Champion Asuka and SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks competing in a champion vs. champion match and not really having a definitive challenger or potential feud going on, this tag match could not only be an indicator of who will challenge the champion of their respective brand, but it may also be a starmaking performance.
For SmackDown, Belair is the most likely to set herself apart and become the next big female star. Belair was one of the most popular female superstars when competing on NXT so a great performance in tonight’s tag match could put the wheels in motion for a big push and potential SmackDown Women’s Championship feud with Sasha Banks at either the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania.
For Raw, an outcome that may surprise fans would be Lana being the sole survivor and winning the match for her team. For weeks, Lana has been the target of Nia Jax, who has continued to put her through the announce table every week on Raw. The weekly attacks from Nia Jax could be used as a way to get Lana over as a resilient babyface that overcomes the odds and gets the big win for team Raw.
Which match are you looking forward to at tonight’s event?
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