Way-Too-Early Predictions For WWE Survivor Series 2022

Anthony Mango@@ToeKneeManGoFeatured Columnist IIIAugust 21, 2022

Way-Too-Early Predictions For WWE Survivor Series 2022

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    Teams from Raw and SmackDown will be in brand warfare at WWE Survivor Series. / Credit: WWE

    SummerSlam is behind us and WrestleMania 39 is still quite a bit away, but the next of the Big Four WWE events is ahead: Survivor Series on November 26.

    While even Clash at the Castle on September 3 doesn't yet have a full card, who's stopping us from trying to predict what will happen when Raw and SmackDown collide in the fall classic?

    Survivor Series is an event with two extremes. Some of the past shows have been major game-changers with tournaments to settle vacated titles and huge moments such as The Montreal Screwjob. But others have just been duds.

    This year, we will finally see what Triple H has in mind for Survivor Series after taking over WWE Creative. What might he have in store for the card?

    Let's try to look a few months ahead and predict the lineup for the show.

Undisputed WWE Universal and Tag Team Championship Matches

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    There can't be a Raw vs. SmackDown element to the Universal Championship or tag team titles when The Bloodline holds both sets of belts.

    Instead, they will either defend their titles—maybe not even necessarily against someone from Raw, as they are technically SmackDown Superstars—or they might not even be featured on the card at all.

    Roman Reigns might sit this one out. Based on his recent track record of skipping a few shows, it would be unlikely he would have a match at SummerSlam, Clash at the Castle, Extreme Rules, Crown Jewel and then also at Survivor Series.

    Then again, Triple H might have a different idea of booking The Tribal Chief than Vince McMahon and at least make sure he is on each pay-per-view.

    If Reigns does defend the titles, he'll have moved past Drew McIntyre. Maybe he'll revisit his feud with Shinsuke Nakamura that didn't get to play out, considering The Artist just took intercontinental champion Gunther to the limit.

    The Usos could well face the newly returned Hit Row, if they're able to build up enough momentum. Otherwise, any random team will do, as those belts are staying around the waists of Jimmy and Jey Uso.

Raw vs. SmackDown: Women's Champions

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    Bianca Belair and Liv Morgan currently hold the Raw and SmackDown Women's Championships, respectively, but it is highly unlikely both walk into Survivor Series to fight each other.

    Despite her popularity and support from the WWE Universe, fans alone can't save Morgan from having a strong chance of dropping her title in the coming months. Belair isn't 100 percent safe, either, but she is more likely to keep her belt.

    The two biggest threats to Morgan are Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair, whenever she returns. While Shayna Baszler is next in line for a title shot, and Triple H could well put the belt on her to offset how poorly she's been booked since leaving NXT.

    However, Rousey and Flair are the two stronger choices to walk into WrestleMania 39 defending the championship.

    Belair against either would make for a marquee match and would likely lose to either of them.

    Without knowing if the plan for WrestleMania next year, it is hard to tell who will beat Morgan and when. But it is safe to say the underdog will be outmatched soon and won't face Belair at Survivor Series.

Raw's United States Champion vs. SmackDown's Intercontinental Champion

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    As it stands, Bobby Lashley vs. Gunther would be the midcard champion match.

    Considering The All Mighty has called for that contest numerous times, it seems likely to happen.

    Gunther's NXT UK Championship reign was a record 870 days. If he keeps up that trend with the intercontinental title, he'll have no problem holding on to it until Survivor Series.

    Lashley would be one of the biggest names he could face to level up his credibility on the main roster. The All Mighty is in need of new challengers to keep things fresh, too, and this feud would certainly be different.

    This would also provide a much-needed clear fan favorite, as fans would be cheering mostly for The All Mighty.

Raw Women's Team vs. SmackDown Women's Team

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    The 2022 WWE draft has yet to be announced, but it's likely to take place sometime soon.

    That will shake up the roster in numerous ways, switching talent between Raw and SmackDown, as well as likely seeing some call-ups from NXT.

    There is no telling who will be on which brand by November, but it is safe to say some women will be featured on their respective teams—wherever they land—just to make sure they're on the card.

    However, not everyone can take part when there are only five places per team.

    Alexa Bliss, Asuka, the new trio of Bayley, Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky, and Rhea Ripley are current Raw Superstars who could easily make it onto the red brand's team.

    On SmackDown, a few standouts include Lacey Evans, Liv Morgan, Natalya, Raquel Rodriguez, Shayna Baszler and possibly Xia Li or Shotzi.

    If Sasha Banks and Naomi return, they're surefire favorites to join the women's match, too.

    For a bonus prediction, watch out for Bayley to be the captain of her team against Morgan.

Raw Men's Team vs. SmackDown Men's Team

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    As stated, the draft will move Superstars between Raw and SmackDown in too many ways to know who will be eligible to join each team just yet.

    However, some key players should be rather obvious inclusions if they aren't involved in other contests at Survivor Series.

    As far as current Raw Superstars go, AJ Styles, Theory, Kevin Owens, Riddle, The Miz, Omos, Seth Rollins and Ciampa stand out.

    On SmackDown, Drew McIntyre is a given, provided he's not fighting Reigns in the men's title match. Baron Corbin could get a place, alongside Ricochet, Shinsuke Nakamura, Madcap Moss, Karrion Kross, Sami Zayn and Sheamus.

    When it comes to predicting the captains, McIntyre will probably head up the SmackDown crew while Rollins will be the leader of Team Raw.

    Any number of unforeseen changes could render this all moot. If Bron Breakker graduates from NXT 2.0, he'll likely be on a team.

    There's no way of knowing, but we'll find out as the build to the show unfolds over the next few months.

    Anthony Mango is the owner of the wrestling website Smark Out Moment and the host of the podcast show Smack Talk on YouTube, Spotify and everywhere you find podcasts. You can follow him on Facebook and elsewhere for more.


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