The yearly battle of the brands comes to the fore this Sunday, as fans will be treated to the only night of the year when Raw and Smackdown go head-to-head in one-on-one competition and the WWE Survivor Series 2020 match card is almost complete.
After last year’s resounding success by the third brand of the company, WWE has decided to keep them apart this year, most likely due to COVID-19 concerns. The PPV returns to the format followed from 2016-2018, with the traditional Survivor Series matches and the battle of the champions.
It’s not difficult to book a card for Survivor Series, as the matches write themselves, and both the brands put forward the best they have to offer in the respective divisions.
The Undertaker is celebrating 30 years in WWE, and the company has announced a “final farewell” at Survivor Series, and that could be the last time we see him.
We take a look at WWE Survivor Series 2020 match card announced so far, and give our thoughts and predictions on how the PPV will go down.
Kickoff: Battle Royale
WWE has officially announced a match for the WWE Survivor Series Kickoff pre-show. The match will feature numerous Superstars from both Raw and SmackDown in a Battle Royal.
“The battle of the Best of the Best will start off with fireworks, as Raw and SmackDown Superstars will clash in a Dual-Brand Battle Royale on the Survivor Series Kickoff. Who will step up for the red and blue brands to send the night’s first message?” reads the announcement from the WWE.
The New Day vs. Street Profits
The New Day has become a consistent fixture on the Survivor Series card, but this time they shall represent the RAW brand, after Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods were moved to the RAW brand a few weeks ago.
The talent on offer in this match is outrageously good, and a great match is on the cards. However, the problem with babyface vs babyface matches is that a good story becomes difficult to tell in the ring, apart from ‘who’s the better face’.
Street Profits should come out on top in this battle, as New Day doesn’t really need a win at this point. With RAW and SmackDown rosters coming together for this PPV, could we see an appearance by Big E?
Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn
The Almighty Bobby Lashley has come into his own in 2020 with the golden partnership with MVP. The CEO of Hurt Business will take on the CEO of Homelessness in this battle between the two heels.
Sami Zayn hasn’t done much with the title so far and has felt lost in the shuffle with all the other things going on in the blue brand. Lashley, meanwhile, has consistently featured in the top segments of RAW and will deservedly take the win in this matchup.
It will be interesting to see if Retribution has any part to play in this matchup.
Asuka vs. Sasha Banks
Asuka and Sasha Banks have produced fantastic encounters over the years, and even had a long feud during which the duo traded the RAW Women’s Championship a few months ago.
This has the potential to be the show-stopper of the night, and the viewers will finally get a face vs heel match on the card. Asuka is currently lost in the shuffle on RAW and is left without credible opponents, while Banks is in an engaging feud with Bayley.
A distraction from Bayley leading to Asuka winning the match is the way to go for WWE in this match, as it helps all the three superstars.
Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns
Originally scheduled between Randy Orton and Roman Reigns, this matchup saw a twist earlier this week on Raw as Drew McIntyre defeated Orton in a title match to reclaim his WWE Championship. Reigns will now face Drew McIntyre at Survivor Series this Sunday.
A few days before Raw, McIntyre interrupted Reigns’ promo on SmackDown and warned him that that once he got done with Orton on Raw, he would be coming after the Universal Champion at Survivor Series.
The last time these two powerhouses locked horns was at at Royal Rumble this year where McIntyre threw Reigns out of the ring over the top rope. Now that McIntyre has overcome Orton to possess the WWE Title once again, the showdown between McIntyre and Reigns promises to be a collision of epic proportions.
With Jey Uso at Reigns’ side and The Miz and Orton lurking in the shadows, the odds are not in McIntyre’s favor.
5-on-5 Women’s Elimination Match
RAW quickly found their team for the matchup, with Women’s Tag Champs Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler leading the charge. Lana, Nia Jax’s recent playtoy, found an unexpected spot in the team, which is going to create a lot of hurdles for the red band’s team in order to stay united. Mandy Rose’s unexpected injury has forced WWE to replace Rose and Dana Brooke with Lacey Evans and Peyton Royce on Team Raw.
As for SmackDown, Bianca Belair and Ruby Riott have already found their spot and, last week, in a Fatal Four-Way qualifying match, Liv Morgan came out on top and will be joining her Riott Squad partner. The remaining members of the team will be announced this Friday on SmackDown.
Women’s Survivor Series matches have been a mess over the years due to co-ordination issues often arising, which has led to less than memorable battles between the two brands, as compared to the Men’s version.
5-on-5 Men’s Elimination Match
The biggest match of the Survivor Series PPV, featuring the best superstars from both the brands, is currently a work in progress. Team Raw is now complete as Riddle recently joined former World Champions Sheamus, AJ Styles, and Braun Strowman, along with Keith Lee.
As for SmackDown, Rollins and Corbin won their qualifying matches and joined Kevin Owens and Jey Uso. The final member of Team SmackDown is yet to be finalized.
The 5-on-5 matches are highly entertaining due to the face-offs fans get to see, with the addition of a chaotic five-man team with everyone hating each other. This year will be no different.
Over the years, other feuds have come into these matchups, giving an extra flavor to the match, and it won’t be surprising to see Owens or Uso having to face problems due to their ongoing rivalries. The absence of NXT will bring down the playing field this year, but the excitement levels won’t dip by any chance.
It is very tough to predict a winner in these matches, but Jey Uso’s recent alignment with the Tribal Chief could mean a big push for him is on the cards.
Note that all the matches in the WWE Survivor Series 2020 match card are subject to change as per WWE, though it is unlikely at the moment.