WWE Survivor Series Preview and Predictions

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WWE presents Survivor Series live on pay-per-view and the WWE Network (which is free for November, don’t cha know?) at 8pm ET Sunday night. The card has a less-than-robust five announced matches, plus the return of Fandango on the free pre-show. Below are my predictions for the card. Feel free to leave yours in the comments!

Team Cena (John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, Ryback and Big Show) v. Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Mark Henry, Kane, Luke Harper and Rusev)

The stipulation added on Friday’s Smackdown that every member of Team Cena would be fired if Team Authority is victorious took a lot of the mystery out of the result of this match, at least in my opinion. They could always do the old trick where the members of Team Cena get fired then Vince McMahon comes out to save the day, but that seems like a lot of effort for a bait and switch.

WWE really needs to do something big at this event because of the WWE Network being free this month. In their minds, Randy Orton returning in his hometown and causing The Authority to be ousted from power might be enough. In the minds of potential subscribers, it may be too predictable.

No matter how they go about it, my bet is that Team Cena overcomes the odds and wins the big one.

Prediction: Team Cena

WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal 4-Way Match
The Miz & Damien Mizdow v. Los Matadores v. The Usos v. Goldust & Stardust

It seems like the luster is wearing off of the Goldust & Stardust team and, conversely, the popularity of the Miz/Mizdow pairing is soaring. (Mostly thanks to Mizdow.) Taking the titles off Goldust & Stardust leaves them both with seemingly nowhere to go, however. What’s more likely is Miz, being jealous of Mizdow getting all the attention, doing something dastardly and turning on his partner, costing them a victory and setting up a feud between the two.

Prediction: Goldust & Stardust retain

Dean Ambrose v. Bray Wyatt

I saw these two go at it at a house show a few weeks ago and am excited about what they’ll bring to a pay-per-view contest. As for who will win, it’s really a flip of the coin. I think Wyatt gets the best of Ambrose in round one of what will likely be a multi-month feud.

Prediction: Bray Wyatt

Divas Championship Match
Nikki Bella v. AJ Lee

The obvious outcome is Brie Bella costing her sister the match. On the flip side, this whole “feud” has run its course and I could see Brie helping Nikki as a way to get back at AJ for DDT’ing her on Monday’s Raw, reuniting the sisters.

The only problem is that would make both Bellas heels. With them being the focal point of Total Divas and also shining such a strong light on the Brie-Daniel Bryan marriage, it’s hard to imagine both Bellas being villains.

I think WWE goes the obvious route (which isn’t always the worst way to go) and AJ Lee retains.

Prediction: AJ Lee

Natalya, Alicia Fox, Naomi and Emma v. Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae and Layla

There’s very little to this storyline outside of the Paige-Alicia Fox mini-feud. I’m going with Team Nattie in this one with hopes that it leads to a Paige-Natalya storyline.

Prediction: Team Natalya

Divas Elimination Match Added to Survivor Series

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A fifth match has been added to the Survivor Series lineup, WWE announced today. Natalya, Naomi, Emma and Alicia Fox will take on Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae and Layla.

The updated Survivor Series card, which comes to you live on WWE Network and pay-per-view this Sunday, looks like this:

Team Authority (Seth Rollings, Kane, Luke Harper, Mark Henry and Rusev) v. Team Cena (John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Erick Rowan and Ryback)

Divas Championship Match
Nikki Bella v. AJ Lee

Dean Ambrose v. Bray Wyatt

WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal 4-Way Match
Los Matadores v. The Miz & Damien Mizdow v. The Usos v. Goldust & Stardust

Natalya, Naomi, Emma and Alicia Fox v. Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae and Layla

Fandango is also advertised to return to action on the Survivor Series pre-show.

Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Title Match Added to Survivor Series

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WWE announced that a Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Championship match has been added to the Survivor Series card, as Goldust & Stardust will defend the straps against The Miz & Damien Mizdow, Los Matadores, and The Usos.

The addition brings the official match count to four for the pay-per-view card. The others include Team Authority v. Team Cena, Bray Wyatt v. Dean Ambrose, and AJ Lee defending the Divas Championship against Nikki Bella.

Jim Ross to Announce GFW’s Presentation of New Japan’s Annual Tokyo Dome Show

Global Force Wrestling teased a huge announcement coming this morning and, quite unlike TNA, they delivered in spades. The company will be handling the United States and Canada presentation of New Japan Pro Wrestling’s annual Tokyo Dome Show, Wrestle Kingdom, and the lead announcer will be one of the all-time greats, Jim Ross.

GFW and Jim Ross announced the news in a statement released Tuesday morning. The event will air live on pay-per-view in the US and Canada on January 4, 2015 at 2:00 am EST. The show will re-air at 7pm EST.

No mention has been made yet of a broadcast partner for Ross but you can be sure that it won’t be difficult to find a good color commentator that wants to call some excellent wrestling with – at least in my opinion – the greatest pro wrestling broadcaster of all time.

The card is headlined by an IWGP Heavyweight Championship match between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Kazuchika Okada, along with an appearance by The Bullet Club.

AJ Lee Will Defend the Divas Championship Against Nikki Bella at Survivor Series

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WWE announced today that Nikki Bella will challenge AJ Lee for the Divas Championship at Survivor Series. The announcement brings the official match count to three for the card, which is less than two weeks away.

Nikki earned the championship shot after winning the Halloween Costume Battle Royal on the October 31st episode of Smackdown.

Team Cena v. Team Authority and Dean Ambrose v. Bray Wyatt are the other announced matches, with more likely to be made official during or following tonight’s episode of Raw, which airs on tape delay from the UK.

Previewing the Potential Survivor Series Card

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WWE will present Survivor Series on Sunday, November 23rd on pay-per-view and the WWE Network. With only two weeks to go, only one match is official and all the participants haven’t even been announced yet for that main event. WWE did announce a second match on its Facebook page but has yet to mention it elsewhere, including WWE.com.

Below is the current card along with my predictions for how it’ll shape up.

Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match (Official)
If Team Authority loses, The Authority will be removed from power
Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Kane, and three others) v. Team Cena (John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, and three others)

Dean Ambrose v. Bray Wyatt (Official)

Divas Championship Match
Nikki Bella v. AJ Lee

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Los Matadores v. Goldust & Stardust

United States Championship Match
Sheamus v. Rusev

Eight Matches Official for WWE SummerSlam

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Several new matches were added to the SummerSlam card over the last few days, bringing the match count for WWE’s second-biggest show of the year to eight. Here’s the current lineup, which shakes out almost exactly as I expected.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Brock Lesnar v. John Cena

Roman Reigns v. Randy Orton

Brie Bella v. Stephanie McMahon

Chris Jericho v. Bray Wyatt

Flag Match
Jack Swagger v. Rusev

Dean Ambrose v. Seth Rollins
(Stipulation to be announced)

Divas Championship Match
AJ Lee v. Paige

Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler v. The Miz

Re-evaluating the Potential SummerSlam Card: Orton v. Reigns, Brie v. Steph, AJ v. Paige

A1K_jz2KuNL._SL1500_Yesterday I wrote about the SummerSlam card starting to take shape and following Monday’s episode of Raw the picture is becoming even more clear. With that sharpening view comes an addendum to the potential card, with a Brie Bella v. Stephanie McMahon match looking obvious and Roman Reigns liking battling Randy Orton instead of Triple H. Below is my potential SummerSlam card, version two.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Brock Lesnar v. John Cena

OFFICIAL

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler v. The Miz

This match isn’t as obvious now that the two squared off on Raw, but with Dolph winning clean it sets up a title match down the road.

Seth Rollins v. Dean Ambrose

Not as sure about the cage match stipulation today but it seems like these two need some kind of stip to settle the score.

Randy Orton v. Roman Reigns

Originally I predicted Triple H v. Reigns but after Reigns attacked Orton when Triple H was about to name him as John Cena’s SummerSlam challenger, we’re looking at Orton v. Reigns.

Chris Jericho v. Bray Wyatt

Divas Championship Match
Paige v. AJ Lee

After Paige attacked AJ and turned heel, this feud has new life.

Stephanie McMahon v. Brie Bella

After Stephanie slapped Brie and was subsequently arrested, this match is all but a lock. We’ll probably get the added stipulation of Brie being re-hired if she wins.

Complete WrestleMania 30 Card

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We’re four days away from WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans. While the build has been a little strange, the end is in sight and WrestleMania is always an exciting time. Here is the complete card for the biggest show of the year:

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Batista v. Randy Orton v. Triple H/Daniel Bryan winner

Brock Lesnar v. The Undertaker

Winner Enters the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Daniel Bryan v. Triple H

Andre the Giant Memorial 30-Man Over the Top Rope Battle Royal
27 Participants Announced: Dolph Ziggler, Big E, Fandango, Alberto Del Rio, Damien Sandow, Titus O’Neil, Christian, Sheamus, Big Show, Mark Henry, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Kofi Kingston, The Miz, Brodus Clay, Darren Young, Justin Gabriel, Rey Mysterio, R-Truth, Santino Marella, The Great Khali, Zack Ryder, Sin Cara, Brad Maddox

John Cena v. Bray Wyatt

The Shield v. Kane & The New Age Outlaws

Vickie Guerrero Divas Invitational Divas Championship Match
Naomi, Cameron, Natalya, Summer Rae, Tamina, Layla, Rosa Mendes, Aksana, Emma, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Alicia Fox, Eva Marie, AJ Lee

Pre-Show: WWE World Tag Team Championship Fatal Four-Way Match
Rybaxel v. The Real Americans v. Los Matadores v. The Usos

Updated WrestleMania 30 Card and Hall of Fame Lineup

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With just under two weeks until the biggest show of the year, WWE has seemingly finalized the card for WrestleMania 30 in New Orleans. Of the 67 active competitors listed on WWE.com, 46 of them have matches right now. This year’s Hall of Fame roster has also been set. Below is what we know so far:

WrestleMania 30 Match Card
Hosted by Hulk Hogan

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Batista v. (Triple H/Daniel Bryan winner) v. Randy Orton

Winner Added to WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Daniel Bryan v. Triple H

Undertaker v. Brock Lesnar

John Cena v. Bray Wyatt

WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Rybaxel v. The Usos

Kane & the New Age Outlaws v. The Shield

Andre the Giant Memorial 30-Man Battle Royal
Participants announced (28 so far): Big Show, Rey Mysterio, Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Great Khali, Sin Cara, Zack Ryder, Darren Young, Justin Gabriel, Brodus Clay, R-Truth, Santino, Kofi Kingston, Christian, Mark Henry, Sheamus, Goldust, Cody Rhodes, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Fandango, Damien Sandow, Big E, Alberto Del Rio, Titus O’Neil.

WWE Divas Championship Diva Invitational
Natalya v. Tamina v. Brie Bella v. Nikki Bella v. Aksana v. Naomi v. Cameron v. Rosa Mendes v. Layla v. Summer Rae v. Emma v. Eva Marie v. Alicia Fox v. AJ Lee

2014 Hall of Fame

Inductees are: The Ultimate Warrior (inducted by Linda McMahon), Jake “The Snake” Roberts (inducted by “Diamond” Dallas Page), Scott Hall, Lita, Paul Bearer, Carlos Colon (inducted by Carlito and Los Matadores), and Mr. T.