WWE are deep into their build-up for Survivor Series with several matches already announced for the Raw vs SmackDown pay-per-view.
Raw general manager Kurt Angle announced almost the entire card for the show a couple of weeks ago, which includes two traditional Survivor Series Elimination matches, men and women, and four Champion vs Champion matches.
The Champion vs Champion matches on the show are Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs United States Champion Baron Corbin, Raw Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins vs SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos (or Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin), Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. SmackDown Women's Champion Natalya, and Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs WWE Champion Jinder Mahal (or AJ Styles).
The teams for the two traditional Survivor Series Elimination matches, both men's and women's, are starting to fill up as well. The Raw women's team currently has Alicia Fox and Nia Jax with three others left to be confirmed, while the SmackDown women's team is already full with Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Tamina, and Carmella.
As for the men's Survivor Series teams, Raw currently has Angle (whose general manager position is on the line in this match) and Braun Strowman with three others left to be confirmed, while the SmackDown men's team only has one more position left to be filled with Bobby Roode, Randy Orton, Shane McMahon, and Shinsuke Nakamura already confirmed.
With Survivor Series being built as a Raw vs SmackDown pay-per-view, one of the brands, in the end, is going to have to come out on top. According to The Dirty Sheets, the two separate creative teams for Raw and SmackDown have been unable to agree on which brand should win which match at the upcoming show.
However, they reported that Vince McMahon has stepped in and told WWE creative team that Raw has to come out on top 3-2 when the show takes place in Houston on November 19.
Lesnar should come out on top against either Mahal or Styles, so that result was already penciled in for the creative team. The SmackDown women's team should win their Survivor Series match. That would make the score 1-0 to SmackDown.
As for the rest of the card, the Raw Tag Team Champions Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins should beat whoever is the SmackDown Tag Team Champions by the time of the show, while Corbin could get a cheeky win over The Miz. This makes the score 2-1 to SmackDown
Bliss should be able to get the better of Natalya, and then the Raw men's team should win in their Survivor Series match, allowing Angle to keep his job in the process as well as making the final score between the two brands 3-2 to Raw.
As we know with the WWE, nothing is ever set in stone, so this must be taken with a pinch of salt. At the moment though, it looks like Raw will be crowned as the superior brand by the end of Survivor Series. We didn't need a pay-per-view to tell us that.