0 of 0
Survivor Series has always been defined as a night of teamwork, with groups coming together to compete in elimination matches. Recently, the lines were drawn directly between Raw and SmackDown Live to define which brand is larger.
To spice up this Big Four show, WWE often takes risks, pushing the boundaries of the narrative with the brand's supremacy on the line. This makes it an exciting night for the joy of seeing what the company will do to arouse excitement.
Last year, Triple H decided to give a low kick in Kurt Angle and was still the winner, only to face the punishment at the hands of partner Braun Strowman. The previous year, Goldberg returned to WWE and defeated Brock Lesnar in less than two minutes.
What will happen this year? What surprises are waiting? WWE has taken several risks just to create this card, from the shocking Daniel Bryan leap and the title win to the Charlotte Flair assumption of responsibility for fighting Ronda Rousey instead of Becky Lynch.
There will be surprises and absolute clashes along the way, but these are the big moves WWE will make at the Survivor Series on Sunday to make sure this year's show stands out.
1 out of 4
It's typical of evenings like this that Raw and SmackDown fight until they tie before the main event decides the dominant brand, but unless Raw wins for the third consecutive time or WWE plans an impressive turn, the blue mark will need to leave the gates quickly to be the best.
The biggest games on this card are Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan and Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair, and both have a high probability of ending with a Raw win. Assuming that both games end as expected, the rest of the night should be about SmackDown.
It would be a much more unique story to have Raw being embarrassingly swept away so quickly that major events turn into reclaiming honor. It's a similar idea as it was started in 2016, when Raw won the night before the men's tie, where SmackDown took the victory just to regain some momentum.
Commander Stephanie McMahon made big promises to Raw Superstars, but SmackDown's Shane McMahon has shown she will do anything to win over her sister. It's about time the supposed B-program gets a win.
As brand supremacy rarely matters until the end of the year, this would just be a shock at night. Still, it would be a good way to differentiate this year's show from past brand-war events.
2 of 4
Team SmackDown is a short member for Sunday. While the most obvious move would be to put Mandy Rose there, given her recent demand to be on the team, there is a much more interesting decision that WWE could take for the Survivor Series.
Nikki Cross debuted at SmackDown when the blue label went overseas in early November in what could have been a single, but there's no reason why NXT's Twisted Sister could not stick to its new brand. This would add the necessary excitement to a game without real stories.
Team Raw has an overload of underdeveloped female jumps that do not stand out. Even with her recent alliance with Nia Jax, Tamina is not an imposing threat, and Mickie James has long been a partner to scare anyone.
The formation of Team SmackDown, however, also lacks enthusiasm. Asuka may be great, but it's easy to forget she's on the main list given her recent reservation. While they are former champions, both Naomi and Carmella have disappeared in the same way.
The appearance of the cross would make this fierce and flattened dispute more engaging and, hopefully, would lead some of the women to take some risks. That would give the blue mark the right edge to win Raw.
3 out of 4
The Incarnate Beast did not return to WWE to lose. Until his new contract expires and his UFC suspension is up, he's in the company to dominate. However, how he dominates will probably be different from the opponent to the opponent.
At the Crown Jewel, Lesnar barely gave Strowman three minutes of his time. He rarely does a full performance these days, but one of those rare moments was at this event last year when The Beast turned serious against AJ Styles.
Survivor Series 2017 was not a perfect showing for The Conqueror, but it intensified in a 15-minute war. We hope to see the same this year. Paul Heyman has to be in Lesnar's ear, letting him know exactly what kind of competitor he is about to enter the ring.
Daniel Bryan compares well with some of the greatest rivals in Lesnar's career. He is a quick technical mage who can take Lesnar to the limit without the WWE universal champion having to try hard.
Nowadays, it's a shock when Lesnar stays for 10 minutes, but that should be an exception. Heyman said on Tuesday that he considered "Yes" Man the best wrestler in the world, and that probably is not just the script he is reading. He believes, and so should Lesnar.
4 out of 4
When the Irishman Lass Kicker was injured and forced to shoot him in Rousey for someone else, he changed the appearance of Survivor Series. The new game between The Baddest Woman on Planet and The Queen was rushed – especially for a competition that many considered a potential clash with WrestleMania.
It only makes sense that WWE does not want to give this game easily, so it is likely that some wrestlers will get involved to ensure there is no clear winner between two of WWE's top female stars. Nia Jax, especially, seems like an obvious choice to interfere.
Standing as No. 1 candidate for Rousey, she has an interest in this confrontation. If she got involved, though, it would be shocking if Becky Lynch did not show up either. The female SmackDown champion has a score to settle with Jax, and the two will often be separated by marks.
Lynch is still unable to get too physical given his recent concussion but it would be a great pleasure for fans to have The Man appear and defeat Jax. This would also ease a way for Rousey to remain undefeated while protecting The Nature Girl with a distracting end.
No one looks bad and there are stories for so many future confrontations. While it is possible Lynch is not released for any physical contact until Sunday, that is the only thing that prevents this being the obvious surprise for the women's confrontation.