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Writing The Book: WWE Survivor Series 2018



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Before the event itself goes down, see how Abe Odeh would book WWE Survivor Series 2018!

Before we get started, I’ll mention that I didn’t book the cruiserweight match because I wanted to stay focused on the battle between Raw and Smackdown. The Cruiserweight Championship match is currently not on the pre-show and I hope it stays that way. Buddy Murphy and Mustafa Ali had one of my favorite matches of the year this summer so hopefully they’ll have a chance to recreate some of that magic for a bigger audience on the main card.

5 v 5 Survivor Series Tag Team Match
Team Raw (The Revival, Bobby Roode & Chad Gable, The Ascension, B-Team, & Lucha House Party) vs Team Smackdown Live (The Usos, New Day, The Colons, Sanity, and Gallows & Anderson) 

Winners: SD Live

Sole Survivors: Usos and New Day

Order of Eliminations: Ascension (via New Day), Lucha House Party (via Sanity), Colons (via B-Team), B-Team (via G&A), Roode & Gable (via G&A), Gallows & Anderson (via Revival), Sanity (via Revival), Revival (via Usos)

Since this match is on the pre-show, I made pretty standard booking decisions. The Usos and New Day are the clear best teams among the ten competing so they get to be the sole survivors. If this match was in the middle of the card, I’d probably give that honor to Sanity because we all know they need that big win. The Revival are the most legitimate tag team on the Team Raw side and they could also use some spotlight. Toppling both the New Day and Usos is a big leap so I decided to have them go on a small roll then barely fall short in the end.


  • SD Live 1
  • Raw 0

Champion vs. Champion
Raw Tag Team Champions AOP vs Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Bar

Result: AOP goes over clean with The Last Chapter.

AOP just became the tag team champions and I imagine they’ll be holding the belts for awhile in a shallow Raw tag division. They need the win much more than Sheamus and Cesaro.


  • Raw 1
  • SD Live 1

5 v 5 Women’s Survivor Series Match
Team Raw (Mickie James, Nia Jax, Tamina, Ruby Riott, & Natalya) vs Team Smackdown Live (Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Asuka, & TBA) 

Winners: Raw

Sole Survivors: Nia Jax and Tamina

I’m going to make a couple changes to the teams before I get into the eliminations. It doesn’t make sense that Natalya is a lone babyface on a team of heels. For this reason, I would have the Riott Squad attack Nattie backstage and have her unable to compete in the match. Natalya is currently in a feud with Ruby Riott so that further adds to the reason. She would then be replaced with Alicia Fox who is already friends with both Mickie James and Team Captain, Alexa Bliss. Also, at the time of this article being created, Smackdown has not announced a fifth member for their women’s team. It was likely going to be Charlotte but she had to replace Becky Lynch in her match. I’m giving that fifth spot would go to Mandy Rose. She lobbied for her chance to replace Charlotte last week and now she’ll be given that opportunity.

Order of Eliminations: Sonya (via Tamina), Alicia (via Naomi), Mickie (via Asuka), Mandy (via Nia), Carmella (via Ruby), Ruby (via Asuka), Noami (via Tamina), Asuka (via Nia)

I want several things to happen in this match: Mandy accidentally causes Sonya’s elimination, Ruby gets an elimination, and Asuka gets two. There were seeds planted last week of Sonya and Mandy having a falling-out so Sonya being eliminated because of Mandy would further that story. Since I can’t give Asuka the luxury of winning the Survivor Series match for a second year in a row, I gave her two consolation eliminations. The superstars that need it more are Nia Jax and Tamina. They’ve just formed a new tandem so they need to solidify their stable with a win. Asuka’s elimination should be the result of slightly bent rules. It’ll be 2-on-1 at the end of the match so Nia and Tamina would gang up on her until they have the advantage.


  • Raw 2
  • SD Live 1

Champion vs. Champion
Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura

Result: Nakamura wins with a Kinshasa.

A lot of people expect Dean Ambrose to make an appearance but I decided to work around that since I have interference occurring in other matches. After a grueling 20-minute, show-stealing match, it looks like Seth is about to pick up the win. But right before that can happen, The Shield’s music hits, leaving Seth in shock and confusion. It can’t be Roman Reigns and Dean is done with The Shield. As Seth looks around for Dean, he loses sight of Nakamura and walks right into a knee. Nakamura wins and Dean causes Rollins the match without even having to show up.


  • Raw 2
  • SD Live 2

Raw vs. Smackdown
Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair

Result: Charlotte wins by submission (let me explain)

If this match was still Ronda Rousey vs Becky Lynch, it would have been my last match on the card. This is a match we expected to see a WrestleMania but was forced to be made the week of the show. That’s why I want Ronda to have a reason why she loses this match. As Ronda walks out to the ring second, she’ll be wearing her leather jacket as always. But when she takes it off, her arm will be heavily bandaged. Her arm is still damaged after Becky’s ambush. Charlotte’s eyes light up and commentary highlights it. They go through their match and Charlotte begins to take shots at the arm. Ronda eventually finds a way to turn the tides and tries to lock in the armbar. However, she can’t lock it in completely because she’s only able to pull with her one good arm. Charlotte fights out and locks in the Figure-8. Ronda’s bad arm is the arm closest to the ropes. She tries to reach but is visibly agonized at the slightest attempt of stretching her injured arm. She has no choice but to tap.

When I first went through the Survivor Series card, Ronda was one of the first names I circled as an obvious win (which probably will still happen). But when I finished picking the winners, the final result was Raw winning 5-2 and that can’t happen. I needed to pick another match to sway in Smackdown’s favor and Ronda’s potentially injured arm gave me that opening. If the original match stood, Becky would have been my winner so now Charlotte gets that win and gets her confidence back. The questionable win also gives Ronda a claim for a proper rematch in the future.


  • SD Live 3
  • Raw 2

Champion vs. Champion
Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs WWE Champion Daniel Bryan

Result: Brock wins with an F5 after interference from AJ Styles

As much as Vince McMahon loves Daniel Bryan, he’s not letting Brock Lesnar walk into the UFC fresh off a loss to a much smaller opponent. AJ is surely still fuming after having his historic title reign ended with a low blow so he’ll do whatever it takes to make sure Daniel has a miserable night.

Before this match got flipped on its head Tuesday, I was thinking of ways for AJ’s and Brock’s match to end in a no-contest. I didn’t want AJ to lose to Brock two years in a row so I was toying with the idea of having the night end with an even 3-3-1 record between the brands.


  • SD Live 3
  • Raw 3

5 v 5 Men’s Survivor Series Match
Team Raw (Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley, & Finn Balor) vs Team Smackdown Live (The Miz, Shane McMahon, Rey Mysterio, Samoa Joe, & Jeff Hardy)

Winners: Raw

Sole Survivor: Drew McIntyre

Order of Eliminations: Shane (via Dolph), Finn (via Joe), Braun (via countdown/Mysterio), Mysterio (via Lashley), Lashley (via Miz), Joe (via Drew), Hardy (via Dolph), Dolph (via Miz), Miz (via Drew)

Somehow Shane McMahon has found himself on a Survivor Series team for the third straight year. Dolph should eliminate him in a couple of minutes to rectify what happened in Saudi Arabia. When Mysterio enters the match, Braun will asked to be tagged in, leaving the fans with a pretty interesting face-off in the center of the ring. The two will go back and forth for a bit until the fight spills to the outside of the ring. The ref starts his count. Once the ref reaches 5, Braun will try to tackle Mysterio through the barricade but miss. Braun spends the second half of the 10-count laying in the rubble and Rey somehow comes out on top. However, when the referee is focused on Braun outside the ring, Randy Orton sneaks in, gives Rey an RKO, then leaves, before the ref notices. Rey has been the target of Randy’s for the past couple of weeks so now that story continues. My original plan was for Randy to replace Shane in the match but I already had something similar happen earlier in the night.

At this moment, Braun is eliminated and Rey is lifeless in the ring. Lashley runs in to pick up the scraps, covers Rey with a cocky pin, and eliminates him. Since this was such a bogus elimination, it gives Lio Rush the right to celebrate in an even more obnoxious fashion. This celebration becomes so obnoxious that the ref has no choice but to throw Lio Rush out. Lashley is distraught that his manager is gone so Miz rolls-up Lashley for the pin while he’s distracted. Daniel Bryan’s heel turn suggests that The Miz will turn babyface soon so he needs a moment like this. Now the real fight begins.

The former tag champs of Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler are now faced with the challenge of The Miz, Samoa Joe, and Jeff Hardy. The match turns into a real battle. Joe is eventually eliminated by McIntyre, and Jeff is pinned by Ziggler. Miz is now at the disadvantage. Miz is able to eliminate Dolph and is now head-to-head with Drew McIntyre. The crowd is getting behind Miz in their exchanges as he’s had the appearance of a babyface in the match. Unfortunately, Drew is just too much of a beast to overcome and is the last man standing for Team Raw. The man who is most likely to challenge for the Universal Championship next is the last face we see before the show concludes.

Final Score:

  • Raw 4
  • SD Live 3

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