WWE Survivor Series, one of WWE’s big 4 pay-per-views, will transpire tonight in Toronto, Canada. We’ll be providing live updates and match recaps throughout the evening. Its the second pay-per-view to feature performers from both the Raw and Smackdown brands since the draft divided the roster in July.
In the main event two of professional wrestling’s greatest physical specimens in history will combat one another when Goldberg returns after a 12-year absence to take on Brock Lesnar. Goldberg won the first matchup between these two back in 2004, but it remains to be seen how much the former WCW phenomenon has left in the tank at 49 years old. Lesnar will attempt to become only the sixth ever wrestler to defeat Goldberg.
Also on the menu for tonight are a trio of Raw vs. Smackdown traditional survivor series matches: a 5-on-5 men’s match, a 5-on-5 women’s match, and a 10-on-10 tag team match.
Plus The Miz will put the Intercontinental Championship on the line against Sami Zayn, and The Brian Kendrick will defend the Cruiserweight Championship against Kalisto.
Check out my preview and predictions for every match below. We hope you’ll follow along with when the action starts north of the border beginning at 7 p.m. EST on WWE Network. With so much talent being showcased, it should be an entertaining show.
WWE Survivor Series 2016 Card
Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg
In an absolutely stunning moment, Goldberg was able to beat Lesnar in just a few minutes The WCW legend nailed the Beast Incarnate with two straight spears to start the match and before Lesnar knew what him, Goldberg finished him off with a Jackhammer. The arena then serenaded the former WCW champion with “Goldberg” chants.
Wow. You have to wonder if this was the original plan or if WWE called an audible because they didn’t think a 49-year-old Goldberg could last a full match. Either way, this match was bonkers, and something wrestlings fans will likely never forget.
Goldberg def. Brock Lesnar via pinfall
Team Raw (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins) vs. Team Smackdown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton and Shane McMahon) (with James Ellsworth) in a 5-on-5 traditional survivor series elimination match
With a ton of time allotted to this match, all of the Superstars are able to show off their stuff for a lengthy period without any eliminations. The first elimination occurred after Dean Ambrose went after his teammate AJ Styles, who he’ll take on in two weeks for the WWE Championship. Braun Strowman came in the middle of them and delivered a huge powerslam to Ambrose to eliminate him first. After the first elimination, Raw had a 5-4 lead.
Then after Randy Orton hit an RKO outta nowhere on Braun Strowman, he and Bray Wyatt laid Strowman flat on the announcers table. Then Shane McMahon, in vintage fashion, landed a flying elbow from the top rope to the announcers table, taking both himself and Strowman out. AJ Styles dragged Shane into the ring, and Strowman tried to beat the 10-count on his own but was unable to because James Ellsworth was grabbing at his leg. Strowman then destroyed Ellsworth by throwing him off the stage at the top of the ramp through a table.
Next, with AJ Styles on the offense against Y2J, Kevin Owens entered the ring and started attacking Styles with the List of Jericho. The referee disqualified Owens for using the foreign object, giving SmackDown a 4-3 lead. Then with Jericho scrambling to get his cherished list out of the ring, he was hit with an RKO by Randy Orton, who then pinned Y2J which left Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins as the only two remaining Raw competitors.
After Shane McMahon got some offense in on Roman Reigns, he lined up the Big Dog for the Coast to Coast. But with Shane in the air, Roman launched himself and hit Shane with a huge spear. After some confusion after the referee didn’t actually count to 3 on the pinfall, Shane McMahon was declared out of the match. It looked like he might have suffered a legitimate concussion. 3-2 SmackDown.
Then when AJ Styles was standing alone in the ring with everybody else down on the outside, Dean Ambrose ran into the ring to go at the champion. Then when security were trying to remove Ambrose from the area, Rollins and Reigns fought them off. Then in a Shield reunion, Ambrose joined Rollins and Reigns in a triple power bomb of Styles through an announcers table. Rollins then threw Styles into the ring and pinned the WWE Champion to eliminate him. It was then 2-on-2 with Reigns and Rollins representing Raw, and Orton and Wyatt representing SmackDown.
After a stare-down, Wyatt family member Luke Harper appeared outside the ring. Rollins quickly got the better of Wyatt and set him up for a Frog Splash, but Orton flew in from outta nowhere to hit Rollins with an RKO. After the 1-2-3, Rollins was eliminated.
Then with Reigns teeing up Bray Wyatt for a spear, Randy Orton shoved Wyatt out of the way and sacrificed himself. Wyatt then took advantage by hitting the Sister Abigail on Roman Reigns, and picked up the pinfall to give Smackdown the victory. In the end it was Wyatt Family members Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton and Luke Harper standing tall in the ring after a match that nearly lasted an hour but was exciting throughout.
Smackdown def. Raw with Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton as the survivors
The Brian Kendrick (c) vs. Kalisto for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
This was a decent if unmemorable match, and then Baron Corbin came in and beat the hell out of both the competitors because he’s an enormous asshole and he didn’t want any more little pests coming to SmackDown Live. After the disqualification, Brian Kendrick retains the Cruiserweight Championship and the division remains on Raw.
The Brian Kendrick retains the WWE Cruiserweight Championship after being disqualified due to Baron Corbin’s interference
Team Raw (The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (with Xavier Woods), Sheamus and Cesaro, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Enzo Amore and Big Cass, and The Shining Stars (Primo and Epico)) vs. Team SmackDown (Heath Slater and Rhyno, The Hype Bros (Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley), American Alpha (Jason Jordan and Chad Gable), The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso), and Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango)) in a 10-on-10 traditional survivor series tag team match
Kofi Kingston almost immediately eliminated Breezango after pinning Fandango. Then right after Raw captains The New Day were eliminated when Kofi Kingston was rolled up by Jimmy Uso. 10-on-10 quickly became 8-on-8. Next eliminated were the Hype Bros, after Gallows and Anderson hit Zack Ryder with a magic killer. After that Chad Gable landed an awesome flying attack on one of the Shining Stars, who Jason Jordan had in the Electric Chair Position. But the joy wouldn’t last, as American Alpha was next eliminated after Jason Jordan was hit by a Magic Killer by Gallows and Anderson to give Raw a 6-4 advantage. Then Rhyno nailed a gore on Karl Anderson to eliminate him to even the score. Then Enzo eliminated Smackdown’s Champions by pinning Heath Slater. Quickly after one of the Usos was able to pin Enzo.
In the end it was Cesaro and Sheamus for Raw against the Usos for SmackDown. After a flurry of offense that included a 619 and a crossbody, Jey Uso was able to kick out. Then Cesaro did a Giant Swing but before he could get Jey in a Sharpshooter, Jimmy broke it up and Jey was able to get the Swiss Superman into the Tequilla Sunrise. But Cesaro was able to reverse it into a Sharpshooter, and when Jimmy ran in to try to break it up, Sheamus nailed him with a Brogue Kick. Jey was forced to tap out, and Team Raw gets the win.
After the match, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley announce that because of this performance, Sheamus and Cesaro will get a tag team championship opportunity on Raw tomorrow.
Team Raw def. Team Smackdown with Sheamus and Cesaro as the sole survivors
The Miz (c) (with Maryse) vs. Sami Zayn for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
After a back and forth match. Sami Zayn put The Miz in his own finishing submission, the figure four leg lock. Then suddenly the bell rung, and it seemed like Zayn had won the title. But a look over to the bell revealed that it was Maryse who was ringing it. Then Miz rolled Zayn up with a handful of tights for the 3 count.
It made no sense for Maryse to ring the bell while Miz was in a submission because, as the Montreal Screwjob taught us, the bell being rung signals the end of the match so the referee could have easily declared Zayn the winner. And when the referee looked to her, she pointed at the timekeeper as the one who rang the bell, which would make it only make it appear more like it was a legitimate result and Zayn had won.
Anyway, Miz retains the Intercontinental Championship. After such a disatisfying ending, you’d have to think Sami is on his way over to Smackdown to continue to chase the title
The Miz def. Sami Zayn via rollup pinfall to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship
Team Raw (Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Nia Jax, Alicia Fox and Sasha Banks) (with Dana Brooke) vs. Team Smackdown (Natalya, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Carmella and Naomi) in a 5-on-5 traditional survivor series elimination match
Before the match, Nikki Bella was shown injured after being blindsided by an unknown attacker. Natalya came into the scene and because Nikki Bella couldn’t compete, was given her spot in the match.
Carmella was the first eliminated after a leg drop by Alicia Fox. Immediately after, Alexa Bliss hit the Twisting Bliss on Fox to even up the score at 4-4. Then after Naomi did a crossbody to take down Nia Jax on the outside, Naomi was unable to get up and was counted out to give Raw the 4-3 lead. Then in a surprise, Sasha Banks was rolled up by Natalya to even the score. Soon after Natalya was eliminated by Charlotte Flair after taking a big boot to the face. Raw once again took the lead, 3-2. Then after Nia Jax landed a double suplex on both Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss, Lynch and Bliss went on the attack and Jax was eliminated by a Dis-Arm-Her by Becky. Next up, Alexa Bliss was eliminated after another big boot to the face by Charlotte.
In the end it was Charlotte and Bayley representing Raw against Smackdown’s Becky Lynch. Bayley was able to win it for Team Raw after hitting Lynch with the Bayley-to-belly. After the match as the referee was raising Charlotte and Bayley’s hands as the victors, Charlotte viciously attacked Bayley and then continued to throw her around outside the ring.
Team Raw def. Team Smackdown with Bayley and Charlotte Flair as the survivors
Kane vs. Luke Harper
Kane def. Luke Harper
Noam Dar, Rich Swann and T.J. Perkins vs. Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak and Tony Nese (Kickoff Show)
Noam Dar, Rich Swann and T.J. Perkins def. Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak and Tony Nese
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