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Complete Primer for Survivor Series 2016

Sam BrooksNovember 20th, 2016Blog, News0 Comments »

Survivor Series 2016: Goldberg/Lesnar II, Team Warfare, High Stakes

This Sunday, WWE’s take on “Fantasy Warfare” comes to life, as for the first time in recent memory, they actually put thought and emphasis on the traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination matches, and booked the rematch that nobody liked the first time! Before all of that, though? The Suplah goes to war. Team Beheh and the Originals will clash… for no real reason, it’s just the theme of the event.

Join us at 8p GMT/3p EST at Suplah Series! We go through the card and discuss what we think will happen over the course of 2 hours. Follow the link above to check it out! Meanwhile; have you missed the long build for the event? Have no fear; the primer is here!

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The Brian Kendrick (c) vs Kalisto – Singles Match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

The winner of this match gains ownership of the entire Cruiserweight Division! In a match with high-stakes, the deal was struck between the two brands to equalize the potential outcome of the Intercontinental Championship match later in the evening. Raw’s own The Brian Kendrick will defend his title against SmackDown’s own “good lucha thing”, Kalisto.

Kenrick has zero support from the rest of the locker room, and Kalisto has been painfully overlooked during the entire revival of the Cruiserweight division; the outcome here could change the landscape, or the airscape, of the WWE…

The Miz (c) vs Sami Zayn – Singles Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

Here’s where the aforementioned equalizer comes into play. When Dolph Ziggler captured the title from the Miz in an emotional bout at Payback, everyone was excited to see where he would go with this new victory… as it turns out, he’d go right back to where he was before, as he lost the title to The Miz on the SmackDown before the PPV, giving Miz his 6th reign as champion.

Meanwhile, before all of that unpleasantness, then-champion Doop Zoopler made an open challenge to the Raw locker room for his championship. Naturally, being an open challenge, Steph and Foley hand-picked their superstars. Rusev and Sami Zayn would duke it out to earn the chance at the title, potentially bringing it over to Raw. Zayn got the upper hand, and now we’re here.

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The 10-on-10 Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match

Hooo boy, here we go. On Team Raw, we have; The New Day, Shesaro, The Club, Enzo and Cass, and the Shining Stars. On SmackDown, we have; Slayno, the Usos, the Hype Bros, American Alpha, and Breezango.

Details to note are as follows; The Club hate the rest of their team, and Breezango are now the fashion police. Golden Truth were originally a part of Team Raw, but R-Truth sold their spot on the team for timeshares, courtesy of the Shining Stars. King Booker came back to inspire Team SmackDown. There, you’re caught up. Next!

The 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Women’s Match

On the women’s side, the following superstars will clash: on Team Raw, we have Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax, and Alicia Fox… with Dana Brooke giving support. SmackDown assembled Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Naomi, and Carmella… with Natalya giving support. The entire women’s locker room is set to throw down.

Nikki Bella earned the title of captain by defeating Natalya in a singles match, and Carmella made life difficult for the rest of the team as a result. Charlotte was made captain of the opposing team by default, and the rest of the team gradually turned on each-other, as expected. The SmackDown before the PPV saw the two teams collide, with SmackDown gaining the upper hand after working together. Nia Jax ran into a barricade at one point.

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The 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Men’s Match

The elites of both brands have been put together, and they all (conveniently or otherwise) appear to be in rivalries with one another. Raw boasts the team of Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman. SmackDown, on the other hand, has AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, Shane McMahon… and James Ellsworth. Sure. Why not.

Originally, Baron Corbin was a part of Team SmackDown, until Kalisto finally got his “revenge” on Corbin (see: good lucha thing promo for context), by busting his leg and removing him from the team. Daniel Bryan did the only sensible thing, and replaced him with Shane McMahon. Before the PPV, Team Raw was invaded by the opposing brand, ending with the unlikely duo of Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns standing tall at the end of the encounter.

SmackDown then saw the return of the Cutting Edge, and the Undertaker, who threatened to steal the souls of the entire team if they lost. Team Raw would probably all be emasculated by Stephanie McMahon for an uncomfortably-long amount of time. I couldn’t tell you which would be a worse fate, to be honest.

Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg – Singles Match

What?

Yeah, we’re here again. After Goldberg was shockingly announced as the pre-order bonus for WWE 2K17, the cover star of which being Brock Lesnar, the fans were tentatively on the edge of their seats as they heard rumblings of a potential rematch from WrestleMania XX. Remember that awful match? They’re doing it again 12 years later.

After Goldberg appeared on Raw and electrified the entire stadium, he announced his intentions to face off against Lesnar one more time. The Beast issued the challenge, with the intent of avenging his original loss to the WCW star. Goldberg would accept, then proceeding to attack Rusev. During this attack, Goldberg fell over, leading to questions about his preparedness. The lack of training for the match itself would then come to light. And then Goldberg would injure his shoulder in a confrontation with Lesnar and various security guards on Raw. And then everyone cried.

Saying that, I personally never got to watch the original encounter between Goldberg and Lesnar, so it’ll be interesting to see what it’s like in the modern day. We will all either be pleasantly surprised, or we’ll have a lot to talk about at the End of Year Awards.

Join us tonight at 8p GMT/8p EST for Suplah Series, live on YouTube!

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