Well I may have cut the WWE Network cord back in April, but this Sunday is the one PPV of the year that actually tempts me to tune in, WWE Survivor Series!
If you've been reading my stuff at all over the last almost-seven years (Jesus, I need a life), you probably know that I have a soft spot for WWE's second-oldest PPV event. Ever since the company announced in October of 1987 that their new supercard would feature teams of five going to war in elimination matches, I've been fascinated with the possibilities inherent in this format. The first two Survivor Series events rank among my all-time favorite PPVs, and while sadly most editions since haven't even come close to being as good (2016 and 2018 got the job done), whenever there's a lineup featuring multiple elimination tag matches my ears perk up.
That said, it's high time WWE loses the Raw vs. Smackdown rivalry, at least for the elimination matches themselves. While I do enjoy the champion vs. champion concept, which gives us the chance to see big matches we might not otherwise get, assembling teams of heels and faces bound by brand loyalty is and has always been utterly phony. Does anyone watching actually buy the brand rivalry nonsense? Why would good guys and bad guys set aside their differences simply because they're on the same show, especially when next year they may not be? It makes no sense. Instead how about if the babyfaces from both brands group together to stop their mutual enemies? Wouldn't that be a much more compelling story?
Anyway, as has been the case the last four years, the 2020 Survivor Series looks plenty strong on paper. The men's elimination match and the women's champions match in particular have the potential to be pretty great. We'll see if they deliver.
This being The Undertaker's 30th anniversary with the company, they'll have some kind of special tribute to him, which will probably take up way too much time and end with someone attacking him and starting a new feud. It is once again telling that the poster for this event features the 55-year-old semi-retired Undertaker (a pic from ten years ago, mind you) and not any of the current stars.....
US Champion vs. Intercontinental Champion: Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn
One match that has very little potential is this one. I don't know why they took the belt off Sami months ago only to put it back on him the moment he returned from self-quarantine. I like Sami a lot but he hasn't been presented strong at all. There's zero chance he beats Lashley here either. This will be a short near-squash.
Tag Team Champions: New Day vs. Street Profits
This one actually could be really good, with all the athleticism involved. I honestly have no idea who wins this, but the smart move at this point would be to give Street Profits a win over the legendary New Day, in order to get them over. New Day doesn't at all need this win.