Headlined by the 2 5-on-5 conventional matches and “The Undertaker’s Ultimate Farewell,” Survivor Sequence 2020 is about for Sunday evening stay from the WWE ThunderDome – also referred to as the Amway Heart in Orlando – starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
Whereas no official particulars have been given as to what surrounds The Undertaker’s farewell, we’ve put collectively previews and predictions for every match on the cardboard Sunday evening.
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Males’s 5-on-5 Survivor Sequence Match
Crew Uncooked (AJ Types, Keith Lee, Matt Riddle, Sheamus, Braun Strowman) vs. Crew SmackDown (Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins, Jey Uso, King Corbin, Otis)
Crew Uncooked has been seeing crimson amongst its personal teammates, whereas Crew SmackDown has been as cool as a blue ocean breeze. … That’s a superb analogy, proper?
You possibly can learn the disfunction amongst Crew Uncooked in two methods: 1) they’re so dysfunctional that a number of of the members will find yourself costing the crew a win, or 2) they’re decided to show to one another that they’re the very best, due to this fact they are going to win in any respect prices.
Personally, I’m within the former camp. AJ Types has accomplished his finest to steer the squad within the route of camaraderie, however alas, the self-appointed captain hasn’t been in a position to quell the testosterone of the opposite members. Crew Uncooked has extra energy on it, actually and metaphorically, than SmackDown with powerhouses like Braun Strowman and Keith Lee, and up-and-coming star Matt Riddle (I refuse to acknowledge his title change to only “Riddle”).
In the meantime, SmackDown hasn’t seen a lot dissension amongst the ranks. Fairly than play up a pressure story on tv, the blue model has as an alternative hung out increase some particular person tales of their members, making them look sturdy in their very own particular person approach.
Jey Uso is maybe the largest benefactor of particular person stardom over the previous two months, because of his compelling storyline alongside Roman Reigns. Seth Rollins has been coping with Murphy and the Mysterio household, Baron Corbin has hung out persevering with his generic King character, whereas Quebec native Kevin Owens will captain the squad.
Prediction: Crew SmackDown wins (Sole Survivor: Kevin Owens)
Girls’s 5-on-5 Survivor Sequence Match
Crew Uncooked (Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax, Peyton Royce, Lacey Evans, Lana) vs. Crew SmackDown (Bianca Belair, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Bayley, Natalya)
To recap our earlier match preview: Uncooked is mad, SmackDown is comparatively mellow.
And to start this match preview: Uncooked is mad, SmackDown is comparatively mellow.
It appears as if the Uncooked locker room is full of people who all simply can’t get alongside, irrespective of the circumstances. On the Uncooked forward of Survivor Sequence, two members of Crew Uncooked have been eliminated as a result of harm, when Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke have been attacked individually and compelled off the squad. The place different members needed to qualify for the crew, Peyton Royce and Lacey Evans have been merely inserted on the crew.
Now that Royce is on the crew, I’d love for Billie Kay to finish up on the SmackDown crew so we will all speak about what an superior crew The IIconics as soon as have been, and the way it was ridiculous to separate Royce and Kay aside. In the meantime, Nia Jax has put teammate Lana on a desk each week for 9 consecutive weeks main into Survivor Sequence.
On the SmackDown facet, there’s a remarkably completely different really feel. The place there doesn’t look like any clear route for the ladies on the Uncooked crew when it comes to elevation in direction of the primary occasion degree, the SmackDown facet options three girls who’re in prime place to probably problem Sasha Banks for the SmackDown Girls’s Championship within the close to future.
Bianca Belair is the brightest of the trio, with a powerful probability to sooner or later headline the ladies’s division. There is a chance for every lady on the SmackDown crew to shine and elevate themselves within the eyes on followers, whereas Uncooked has nobody near that feeling.
Prediction: Crew SmackDown wins (Sole Survivor: Bianca Belair)
Drew McIntyre (Uncooked – WWE Champion) vs. Roman Reigns (SmackDown – Common Champion)
Congratulations are to ensure that Drew McIntyre, who turned a two-time WWE Champion when he re-captured the title from Randy Orton on the final version of Monday Evening Uncooked earlier than Survivor Sequence.
The very fact McIntyre captured the championship forward of Survivor Sequence offers this champion-versus-champion match a unique really feel, because of a powerfully emotional verbal alternate between McIntyre and Roman Reigns on the Nov. 13 version of SmackDown.
Whereas WWE instantly broke their very own rule of not integrating Uncooked and SmackDown wrestlers on the identical present, this promo was value it. The alternate between McIntyre and Reigns elevated this match into an enormous combat really feel. Take a look at a portion of promo under.
McIntyre has been superior currently, seemingly choosing up steam after dropping the WWE Championship in late October. Reigns, although, has simply been on one other planet. Nevertheless sturdy WWE wished to make Reigns look when he was touted as the highest babyface within the firm, they’ve succeeded in that quest now that he’s a heel.
Reigns seems to be unstoppable, and there are too many components surrounding McIntyre (Randy Orton, The Fiend) that would price him a victory.
Prediction: Roman Reigns wins (SmackDown)
Asuka (Uncooked Girls’s Champion) vs. Sasha Banks (SmackDown Girls’s Champion)
Right here’s what I’m hoping for on this match: Asuka to get a while to remind us of why she’s superior. Keep in mind Asuka from NXT? And bear in mind Asuka from when she was first known as as much as WWE? There’s a lurking feeling that the aforementioned variations of Asuka are slipping away. There haven’t been any reliable girls who appear to be they might maintain the Uncooked girls’s title since Becky Lynch, the previous title holder who has been off tv since April, and Asuka hasn’t had a possibility to shine within the meantime.
Excellent news for me: Sasha Banks can provide Asuka one hell of a match. Banks has confirmed on the blue model that she stays one of many prime girls’s wrestlers on the earth, that means she might lastly present Asuka with one thing the place the Uncooked champ might show the exact same. I’d like to see this match get ample time however I really feel as if we’ll get some form of ga-ga by way of outdoors interference from both Carmella or Bayley.
Prediction: Asuka wins (Uncooked)
The New Day (Uncooked Tag Crew Champions) vs. The Avenue Income (SmackDown Tag Crew Champions)
This match has a possibility to steal the present. The New Day are coming off the most effective WWE tag matches of the yr this previous Monday, retaining their titles towards Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander of The Harm Enterprise, and are in prime place to have one other top-tier match with The Avenue Income on Sunday.
This match has had some enjoyable construct on each side, with every crew making enjoyable of the opposite. Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins have been attempting to make use of New Day’s lately divorced (not by alternative) brother Large E to achieve intel on the squad forward of the match. Large E has balked at every alternative to squeal secrets and techniques surrounding his former New Day brethren. With Large E always being injected into this story on SmackDown, it stands to motive that he’ll play a job in figuring out the winner.
I might be completely shocked if ‘E’ did something to price New Day a win, although. The Avenue Income have been enjoyable, and have proven flashes of brilliance, however haven’t had a signature match since arriving on the primary roster in late 2019. Right here’s their alternative. These 4 wrestlers have the prospect to placed on a clinic.
Prediction: The Avenue Income (SmackDown)
Bobby Lashley (Uncooked – United States Champion) vs. Sami Zayn (SmackDown – Intercontinental Champion)
I’ll say proper off the bat that Sami Zayn is by far my favorite wrestler in all of WWE. His efforts out and in of the ring are so distinctive by each normal you could possibly measure skilled wrestling, and it actually helps that he’s Canadian.
The Montreal native has been such a tremendous, smarmy, good IC champ. His most up-to-date title defence towards Apollo Crews on Nov. 13 ended brilliantly when he trapped Crews’ leg below the ring earlier than leaping again below the ropes to safe a count-out victory. Zayn has additionally been touting that he’s a champion of all international locations because the IC Champ, whereas Lashley is the champion of only one nation because the U.S. Champ. As a Canadian, that resonates with me, and I hope it resonates with you, fellow Canadian readers. Sami is representing us proudly!
Zayn has been pontificating across the reality he’s smarter than Lashley, and due to this fact he holds the benefit. In the meantime, Lashley has been destroying every part that strikes over the previous variety of months. Combining Lashley’s current dominance with the very fact a loss to Lashley will do no harm to Zayn in the long term, I imagine Lashley will win. However I imply… it will be candy if Zayn pulled off the upset.
Prediction: Bobby Lashley wins (Uncooked)
Keep in mind to return to sportsnet.ca on Sunday evening for full protection of Survivor Sequence. We’ll have match breakdowns and highlights, and we’ll function content material from members of Aftermath, Sportsnet’s WWE roundtable present. Protection begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.