2020 WWE Survivor Series matches, card, predictions, start time, Raw vs. SmackDown teams, location, date

One of the premier events on the WWE calendar is ready to return as the 2020 Survivor Series approaches. Despite winning the night during last year’s event, however, the NXT brand will not be partaking in the Survivor Series festivities. This year, the Survivor Series event will return to the Raw vs. SmackDown format as the battle for main-roster brand supremacy rages on. 

Champions from each brand will face off in a series of standard matches and, of course, we’ll be treated to a pair of iconic Survivor Series elimination tag matches with one featuring men from each brand and another highlighting the women. It makes for a night of unique pairings just months before WWE hits the Road to WrestleMania.

Survivor Series takes place on Sunday, Nov. 22 from the ThunderDome inside Orlando’s Amway Center. The pay-per-view will kick off at 7 p.m. ET following an hour-long kickoff show beginning at 6 p.m., with both streaming live on WWE Network.

WWE Survivor Series card

Roman Reigns (Universal champion) vs. Randy Orton (WWE champion): Like most matches on the card, this is happening strictly because of the brand champion vs. brand champion layout of the event. Orton won the WWE championship from Drew McIntyre at Hell in a Cell following multiple failed attempts to beat McIntyre in the prior months. On the Nov. 16 edition of Raw, Orton will defend his title — and spot at Survivor Series — against McIntyre. Reigns returned to action at SummerSlam and won the universal title at Payback, defeating Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman. Reigns has shown a very dark side since his return and now has Jey Uso serving his needs after defeating him at Hell in a Cell and forcing him to “fall in line.” Pick: Roman Reigns wins

Men’s Team Raw (Keith Lee, AJ Styles, Sheamus, Braun Strowman and Riddle) vs. Men’s Team SmackDown (Kevin Owens, Jey Uso, King Corbin, Seth Rollins, 1 TBD): Lee, Styles, Strowman and Sheamus cemented their places on the Raw men’s team by picking up wins in qualifying matches. Riddle received a second shot to qualify and beat Jeff Hardy and Elias in a triple threat match to secure the final spot. Lee, Strowman and Sheamus as bruisers combined with Styles and Riddle’s technique and speed set up Team Raw as a strong group, though there are some internal tensions plaguing the team. The SmackDown side has been coming together with Owens and Uso as the initial qualifiers — though they had significant issues on the Nov. 6 SmackDown — and Corbin and Rollins joining the fold.

Women’s Team Raw (Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke & Lana) vs. Women’s Team SmackDown (Bianca Belair, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, 2 TBD): On the Oct. 26 edition of Raw, the first four members of the women’s team for the Raw side were announced as Rose and Brooke along with tag champions Jax and Baszler. The fifth spot was up for grabs in a fatal four-way between Lana, Lacey Evans, Nikki Cross and Peyton Royce, with Lana taking advantage of the other three women taking each other out to earn her spot on the team. SmackDown has not yet formed a team. Belair was the first to secure her spot and Riott followed up by swooping in to score a win in a three-way with Natalya and Zelina Vega. Morgan won a fatal-four way against Chelsea Green, Tamina and Natalya to secure her spot.

Asuka (Raw women’s champion) vs. Sasha Banks (SmackDown women’s champion): Another champion vs. champion match, and one we’ve seen several times in recent months. Banks won the Raw women’s title from Asuka in July, only to have Asuka regain the belt at SummerSlam the following month. Banks then returned to SmackDown, where she eventually won the SmackDown women’s title from Bayley inside Hell in a Cell and defended the title successfully against Bayley on the Nov. 6 edition of SmackDown. Banks and Asuka may not be a fresh pairing, but the duo always deliver high-quality matches. Pick: Asuka wins

The Street Profits (SmackDown tag team champions) vs. The New Day (Raw tag team champions): Raw tag champs New Day and SmackDown tag champs The Street Profits actually switched brands in the recent WWE Draft. The two teams then exchanged title belts to align with their new homes while retaining their status as champions. This is a first-time ever match — assuming WWE doesn’t somehow run a form of it ahead of the pay-per-view — and has potential to be the best tag match held in a WWE ring in 2020 if given the time to live up to potential. Pick: The New Day wins

Bobby Lashley (United States champion) vs. Sami Zayn (Intercontinental champion): Intercontinental champion Zayn returned to action in September, wrestling his first match since March. Sidelined due to his concerns over COVID-19, Zayn was stripped of the title but won it back in a wild ladder match at Clash of Champions. Lashley won the United States title from Apollo Crews at Payback and has remained dominant since, though his focus has largely been on his role in The Hurt Business and their ongoing issues with Retribution. Pick: Sami Zayn wins

Undertaker appearance: The show was originally advertised as a “celebration of 30 years of The Undertaker,” so it already seemed a near guarantee that we’ll see him make an appearance during the event. WWE has since confirmed that the event will feature an appearance by Undertaker for a “Final Farewell,” seemingly ending his career officially where it all started 30 years ago after several semi-retirements.

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