WWE Survivor Series has lost some of its importance in recent years, but there is renewed interest in the pay-per-view in 2016. Sunday’s event features the return match of one of the biggest names from the Attitude Era, and the brand split has added a new wrinkle to the Big Four PPV.
After months of speculation, Goldberg and Brock Lesnar will finally face off in a rematch of their fight from WrestleMania 20. Goldberg has insisted that it will be his final match in WWE, though Sunday’s result could open the door for him to make more appearances in the future.
All of the scheduled matches, other than the main event, will pit members of Monday Night Raw against wrestlers on the SmackDown roster. That’s the case with both title matches, and the winner of each match will bring the championship back to their respective shows.
Six matches are on the card for Survivor Series 2016, though more could be added before the event begins. The WWE Universal Championship and the WWE World Championship won’t be defended.
Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg
No one in WWE is protected like Lesnar, and there’s little chance he’s going to lose to a returning Goldberg. Lesnar hasn’t been defeated clean since WrestleMania 29 on April 7, 2013, and he won’t be beaten by a 49-year-old that hasn’t wrestled in 12 years. Goldberg will look better than most of Lesnar’s opponents, hitting a Spear and coming close to winning. But in the end, Lesnar will stand tall.
Prediction: Brock Lesnar
Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown in a 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Men’s Elimination Match
Monday Night Raw is still WWE’s flagship show, and the team will likely get the win, as a result. The Undertaker’s return to SmackDown also indicates that Team Raw will win, since the Deadman indicated that he could have matches against members of Team SmackDown if they lose. Braun Strowman could be the lone survivor since he likely won’t be pinned or submitted, but Roman Reigns has the best chance to finish the match.
Prediction: Team Raw