This year’s Survivor Series pits the best of Raw against the best of SmackDown. Best of the Best! AEW mentions all the old CZW legends, WWE takes their show names. What a wild world. Looks like an intriguing little show on paper with some interesting matches on tap.
So, theoretically, if you were to place money on this thing for some reason or another, who should you place it on? Of course, as usual, my suggestions here are for entertainment purposes only. Should you find things entertaining on Sunday night…well, I’d feel kind of sleazy asking for a cut. Perhaps I should make an Amazon Wishlist? In any event, lines are via betwwe.com.
(Men) Team RAW (-155) vs Team SmackDown (+110)
FireFace Skipper BroLee Dopey…….. and people wonder why I stopped playing team sports. And No matter what crap you sow on clothes @AJStylesOrg you are not the damn CAPTAIN!!!!
— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) November 10, 2020
Raw’s team has had all sorts of issues since it was formed. AJ Styles keeps insisting he’s the captain. Keith Lee, Sheamus & Braun Strowman can’t get along with each other. Riddle is being Riddle. Individually, they all have a pretty good chance of beating anybody. Collectively, they haven’t proved they can beat anybody except themselves.
SmackDown’s team doesn’t look a lot better in that regard. You might be able to get Jey Uso, King Corbin & Seth Rollins on the same page. Kevin Owens, not so much. I feel like the story is Raw somehow overcoming their issues and getting the big win, with Rollins peacing out while Jey, KO & Corbin find things to do involving each other and whoever the fifth man is.
(Women) Team RAW (-200) vs Team SmackDown (+140)
— WWE (@WWE) November 18, 2020
Much like the men’s match, there’s a ton of drama going on with the Raw team. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler don’t want Lana on the team, so Jax keeps putting Lana through tables in hopes that she’ll go away. That hasn’t worked. However, they were able to knock Mandy Rose off the team, and Reckoning of Retribution took Dana Brooke out of commission. Lacey Evans & Peyton Royce have replaced Rose & Brooke, and they at least have a shared hatred of Lana to bond over, I guess.
As tough as Jax & Baszler will be to beat, and it’s a little disconcerting that SmackDown’s team only has three people on it prior to Friday’s show, I have to like the team with Bianca Belair, Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan on it. I especially like Belair’s chances of going over and getting a bit of a push out of this match. Put your money on SmackDown here.
Bobby Lashley (-278) vs Sami Zayn (+190)
So fitting that a call for peace is met with aggression from the United States champion. https://t.co/GkV7FilT97
— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) November 15, 2020
I like Sami as much as anybody does, but the poor guy can’t even host Talking Smack anymore. Bobby is featured on Raw every week and the Hurt Business are doing big things. There’s only thing that makes me think Sami has a chance…
Don’t you think Sami & Retribution have a lot of things in common?
Don’t be surprised if those crazy masked men & Mustafa Ali make their presence known and get Sami an unlikely win.
The New Day (-112) vs Street Profits (-125)
EXCLUSIVE: #TheNewDay’s @TrueKofi & @AustinCreedWins drive home their tag team superiority ahead of a showdown with #SmackDown #TagTeamChampions @AngeloDawkins & @MontezFordWWE at #SurvivorSeries! #WWERaw pic.twitter.com/vAOvSmkR5s
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) November 17, 2020
I feel like I’ve been picking against Street Profits most of the year, and doing so would have cost one a good bit of money. They’ve been out of action since October 30 while Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods just had a tough title defense against the Hurt Business. That’s why the Profits have a chance. I still have to go with the veterans here, Kofi & Xavier are money in these kinds of situations.
Asuka (-134) vs Sasha Banks (-106)
— $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) November 14, 2020
Asuka is 2-1-1 against Sasha here in 2020. They traded the Raw Women’s Championship in the summer. Sasha has been more active lately, embroiled in a bitter feud with Bayley. Something with Carmella seems to be on the horizon too. As for Asuka, she hasn’t been doing a whole heck of a lot. Her last two title defenses were against Zelina Vega, we know they’re not going back to their feud.
Should be a really good match, as these two typically have. Asuka seems like the smart pick here, Sasha will have an easier time getting her heat back and has no shortage of things to do.
Roman Reigns (-230) vs Drew McIntyre (+160)
— WWE (@WWE) November 17, 2020
It’s always tough to bet against the Tribal Chief. Especially when you consider that the Universal Champion has been undefeated in matches against the WWE Champion at Survivor Series. Also of note: Paul Heyman has been in the corner of the Universal Champion in these matches. The odds are certainly against Drew Mac here, but that’s nothing new for him. He’s spent most of this year facing men with reputations even bigger than Roman’s. Brock Lesnar has been the most dominant force in WWE since his return in 2012. Randy Orton is a fourteen-time world champion. Drew’s record against both here in 2020 has been phenomenal. He’s never been better. You could say he’s peaking at the right time, except that 2020 might not be the right time for one to peak.
Roman is also peaking, at least character-wise. The long awaited heel turn has led to some interesting storytelling from WWE. It feels too early for him to be losing to anybody, doesn’t it? I’m not betting against Roman Reigns this time around.