Predictions for WWE Raw, SmackDown and AEW Dynamite for November 16
Just six days before the Survivor Series pay-per-view, WWE presents television with heightened implications for the annual extravaganza, thanks to a pair of high-profile championship encounters on its flagship show.
Raw features Randy Orton defending the WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre, while The New Day put the red brand tag titles up for grabs against Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander of The Hurt Business.
Could Murphy finally silence Seth Rollins on this week's SmackDown, and what might Pac be up to on Wednesday's Dynamite following his stunning return to All Elite Wrestling last week?
Find out with these predictions for the week to come.
Randy Orton Retains in Chaotic Raw Main Event
The exchange between Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns on Friday's SmackDown may have left fans hotly anticipating a Survivor Series main event between them, but it will prove little more than a red herring as Randy Orton retains the WWE title on Raw and sets himself up for a battle with The Tribal Chief.
Having drawn the ire of Reigns on SmackDown, do not be surprised if McIntyre finds himself screwed out of the championship by a Big Dog who really wants nothing to do with facing the Scot at Sunday's pay-per-view.
The championship encounter, coupled with what is sure to be interference from the blue brand, in the go-home edition of Raw will make for a wild, chaotic conclusion that sees The Viper slither away with his reign intact—as it should.
What reason would there be to take the title off McIntyre in the first place if the plan is to put it right back on him here? It would have been a championship change for the sake of one, something the company has purposefully stayed away from over the last couple of years.
Orton retains, WWE Creative keeps alive the possibility of a high-profile McIntyre-Reigns showdown in the future, and the result is a much hotter end to Raw than we have seen over the last month.
New Day Narrowly Escapes The Hurt Business With Their Gold Intact
The New Day's Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods defend the Raw Tag Team Championships against The Hurt Business' Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander Monday night, with heightened implications for the Survivor Series card.
A win for Kingston and Woods keeps the dream match against The Street Profits alive, but a loss puts Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins in the path of Raw's hottest faction.
While it would be a nice touch for The Hurt Business to add more gold and even jump-start a rivalry with The New Day, the promos from the Raw tag champions and The Street Profits have created a genuine sense of excitement for their prospective showdown.
Ripping that dream match away from the fans in the name of a cold, mostly meaningless match with no real impact on anything moving forward would be a major letdown.
As such, Kingston and Woods will retain their titles Monday night and set themselves up for a clash with Ford and Dawkins in one of Sunday's more anticipated bouts.
Pac Wins First Match Back while Rey Fenix Draws a Line in the Sand
"The Bastard" Pac returned last Wednesday on AEW Dynamite and immediately set his sights on Eddie Kingston and his "fam."
This week, the angry Brit wrestles his first match since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic when he battles The Blade in singles competition.
Pac will win to remind the AEW fans he is a top contender for any championship he so cherishes, but it will not be the most pertinent development in the feud with Kingston.
At the conclusion of last week's main event between Lucha Bros' Penta El Zero M and Rey Fenix, Kingston appealed to best friend Penta while simultaneously kicking Fenix out of the ring. That will come back to haunt the world title contender as Fenix pledges allegiance to former Death Triangle partner Pac.
What that means for The Lucha Bros remains to be seen but don't be surprised to see Penta shake off the friendship he has with Kingston to stand alongside Pac and Fenix in a war with the loudmouthed New Yorker, The Butcher and The Blade.
WWE Creative Writes Seth Rollins Off Television With Loss To Murphy
Former Raw women's champion Becky Lynch is expected to give birth in December, and her real-life partner, Seth Rollins, will be written off SmackDown on Friday in the culmination of a year-long storyline.
Rollins will battle former disciple Murphy in a much-anticipated singles match that will spell the end of the former WWE and universal champion as an on-screen character for the time being.
Murphy will exorcise the demon that is his "Messiah" and establish himself a viable threat on Friday nights while Rollins will take a much-needed hiatus that will not only allow him to spend time with his fiancee and their new baby but also freshen up a character that needs it.
The development will prove mutually beneficial and serve as an appropriate conclusion for a storyline that covered a ton of ground in 2020.