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The reason Vince McMahon was going to scrap Raw v SmackDown theme for Survivor Series

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We're only three days removed from the controversial Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia, but WWE are already less than two weeks away from their next pay-per-view - Survivor Series.

One of the original 'big four' shows, the event in recent years has held less significance compared to the likes of SummerSlam and the Royal Rumble - even Money In The Bank has felt more important.

An interesting new element has been included the last two years though, as the 'brand warfare' aspect has seen Raw take on SmackDown.

This first occurred back in 2005, when Randy Orton was the lone survivor as SmackDown defeated Raw - a match which saw The Undertaker re-appear in a flaming coffin to end the show.

And in 2016 and 2017, the two brands are all-square when it comes to the mens elimination match, with Orton and Bray Wyatt victors for SmackDown first, and last year saw Triple H gain a victory for the red brand.

2018 will be no different, with many Champion versus Champion matches already set up, and we are definitely getting a womens elimination match as SmackDown GM Paige has already asked Charlotte Flair to captain the Tuesday night brand.

But we almost didn't get the Raw against SmackDown theme this year - and it was all down to Vince McMahon.

The WWE chairman, according to reputable Twitter account WrestleVotes, did not want to see a match-up between Roman Reigns and AJ Styles at the event, which would have happened with both holding the Universal and WWE titles respectively.

AJ Styles and Roman Reigns had a great mini-feud in 2016, but Vince McMahon did not want to see them in the ring together at 2018 Survivor Series.

But obviously plans had to change with Reigns stepping away from the ring to undergo treatment for Leukemia, and as the creative team shuffled plans about, McMahon is clearly fine with seeing Lesnar face Styles instead, just like last year.

No reason is given for McMahon not wanting to see Reigns v Styles, but it doesn't seem like AJ has good omens heading into the show, as the fact the boss will let him face Brock but not Roman suggests that another loss is heading his way.

You really can't complain about the current card though - Ronda Rousey against Becky Lynch, Shinsuke Nakamura battling Seth Rollins and Brock versus AJ, with more matches set to be announced this week - the next instalment of Survivor Series is already on the way to being brilliant.

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Roman Reigns
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