Wrestle Review: The Last Ride? Submitted by Andy Sullivan on 11/21/2020 at 12:09 PM
Before I get to Survivor Series, a few tidbits. Will Hobbs joining Team Taz Wednesday on Dynamite was something I didn't see coming. Yes, Taz has been recruiting him for a few weeks when the Darby recruitment failed. Brandi and Mox getting attacked this past Wednesday were two separate deals. We know who attacked Brandi. Who attacked Mox, though? My money is on Hangman Page. Think about it: Omega was in the ring for the contract signing and it was too obvious that he would've jumped him earlier. Page is someone we haven't seen much of since his loss to Omega at Full Gear. A heel turn and reformation of their partnership could be coming. The Cleaner and the Cowboy.
Now to Survivor Series. It just doesn't feel like it used to. Even NXT, which was rolling at one point, has been lackluster at best lately. I could blame it all on Covid but the company themselves should take blame as well. I mean, Impact is still tearing it up during the pandemic. Turning Point last Saturday was very entertaining. I love that the Good Brothers won the Impact tag titles. Shifting back to the fall classic, well it used to feel like that, let's look at the Survivor Series card.
Six matches and the Undertaker's "Final Farewell" make up the show. I put that in parenthesis because, well I'll believe it when I see it. I wouldn't be at all shocked if this speech was interrupted by The Fiend and we get Fiend vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Taker did say that the Fiend was the one person he wished he had the chance to face. He also said his days in the ring were "long gone". I guess we'll see which statement rings true.
United States Champion Lashley faces Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn. I'm glad we didn't revisit the Lashley's sisters incident in any way. With The Hurt Business' ongoing issues with Retribution, I'm picking Sami to take advantage of the masked crew's interference and get the win.
Raw tag champs New Day face Smackdown tag champs the Street Profits in what could be an entertaining match. Both teams are fan favorites so loyalties might be mixed. If you really want to elevate the Profits, they pick up the win here.
Asuka and Sasha Banks clash in the battle of women's champions. I'm picking Asuka over Bayley. For one, Bayley might interfere. Two, Sasha could take and L and be confronted by Carmella, moving right into her first title defense.
Now we move to the 5 on 5 matches. First, the women's match. Nia, Shayna, Lacey, Peyton and Lana make up a weird Raw team vs the Smackdown group of Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riot and, I can only assume, Bayley and someone she chooses. I mean, you can't very well say this is "MY team" as she has said and not even be on the card. I've thought for weeks that Smackdown wins this one.
The men's 5 on 5 is Team Raw(AJ, Keith Lee, Bruan Stroman, Riddle and Sheamus) vs Team Smackdown(Kevin Owens, Jey Uso, Corbin, Seth Rollins and...somebody)Perhaps that somebody will be Dominick Mysterio or Murphy. Imagine the tension if it's Murphy. The tension between Murphy and Seth Rollins, who had a good one last night, would be off the charts. Maybe they could say that Murphy won his way onto the team by beating Seth last night. I'll pick team Smackdown because Raw is a dumpster fire.
Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs new WWE Champion Drew McIntyre is the headline match of the show. I pick Roman to win here. It'd be good for Roman to give the rub to Drew but I don't see that happening. Plus, a loss for either brand doesn't mean anything here, or any of the matches. Survivor Series is more or less a show full of exhibition matches. They can yell "brand supremacy" all they want but we know better.