WEEKLY OVERVIEW – WWE (thru 11/8): Lesnar wins UniversaL Title, Triple H injured, schedule, Survivor Series, media interviews, social media, commentary on Survivor Series main event and brand supremacy theme

By Zack Graham, PWTorch contributor


The following is the latest in a new series of weekly in-depth articles exclusive to PWTorch which will help put in perspective major wrestling promotions with a weekly overview, looking at news and roster developments, results, future line-ups, social media activity, key interviews, plus a timely commentary at the end. We will be featuring similar features on other promotions each week and each will be updated weekly.


•Top Stories of the Week

  • Brock Lesnar won the Universal Championship at Crown Jewel and the Authors of Pain won the Raw Tag Team Championships on Raw
  • WWE announced that Triple H sustained a torn pectoral muscle during the DX vs. Brothers of Destruction match at Crown Jewel. The injury appeared to happen fairly early in the match, but he continued with the match and heavily favored the injured arm. Triple H is expected to cut his international tour short and come back to the United States for surgery to repair the torn muscle.
  • WWE TV this week avoided Crown Jewel as little as possible, only showing brief video packages to recap the storylines being advanced at that show including the Universal Championship and DX vs. The Brothers of Destruction. Shane McMahon talked about the World Cup tournament on Tuesday as well. All focus has shifted to Survivor Series because there is only one more week of television before that event which takes place on 11/18/18.

WWE Weekly Event Results

WWE Live Event – Raw Roster (Madrid, Spain) 11/3/18

(1)    Finn Balor beat Bobby Lashley

(2)    Dana Brooke, Nia Jax, Bayley, & Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss & The Riott Squad

(3)    The B-Team beat The Revival

(4)    Braun Strowman beat Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre in a two-on-one handicap match and pinned Ziggler

(5)    The Authors of Pain & Jinder Mahal beat Apollo Crews, Heath Slater, & Rhyno

(6)    Ronda Rousey defeated Nikki Bella by submission

(7)    Seth Rollins beat Baron Corbin

Source: PWTorch.com Report

WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster (Cardiff, Wales) 11/3/18

(1)    Randy Orton beat Jeff Hardy

(2)    The Usos defeated The Colóns

(3)    Mark Andrews beat Wild Boar

(4)    Naomi & Asuka defeated The IIconics

(5)    Shinsuke Nakamura beat Andrade Cien Almas & Rey Mysterio in a Triple Threat Match

(6)    Daniel Bryan beat The Miz

(7)    The Bar defeated The New Day

(8)    Becky Lynch beat Charlotte

(9)    AJ Styles beat Samoa Joe in a No Disqualification Match

Source: PWTorch Report


 

WWE Live Event – Raw Roster (Barcelona, Spain) 11/4/18

(1)    Finn Balor beat Bobby Lashley

(2)    Nia Jax, Bayley, Sasha Banks, & Dana Brooke beat Alexa Bliss & The Riott Squad

(3)    The B-Team beat The Revival

(4)    Braun Strowman beat Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre in a two-on-one handicap match

(5)    The Authors of Pain & Jinder Mahal beat Heath Slater, Rhyno, & Apollo Crews

(6)    Ronda Rousey defeated Nikki Bella to retain the Raw Women’s Championship

(7)    Seth Rollins beat Baron Corbin to retain the Intercontinental Championship

Source: PWTorch Report

WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster (Aberdeen, Scotland) 11/4/18

(1)    Daniel Bryan beat The Miz

(2)    The Usos defeated The Colóns

(3)    Rusev beat Andrade Cien Almas

(4)    The Bar beat The New Day to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships

(5)    Asuka & Naomi beat The IIconics, Carmella & Lana in a triple threat tag team match

(6)    Rey Mysterio & Jeff Hardy beat Shinsuke Nakamura & Randy Orton

(7)    Trent Seven & Mark Andrews defeated The Coffey Brothers

(8)    Becky Lynch beat Charlotte to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship

(9)    AJ Styles defeated Samoa Joe to retain the WWE Championship

Source: ProWrestling.com Report

WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster (Birmingham, England) 11/5/18

(1)    The Bar defeated The New Day to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships

(2)    The Usos beat The Colóns

(3)    Daniel Bryan defeated The Miz

(4)    Asuka & Naomi beat The IIconics

(5)    Rey Mysterio & Jeff Hardy beat Randy Orton & Shinsuke Nakamura

(6)    Rusev & Lana defeated R-Truth & Carmella

(7)    Mark Andrews & Trent Seven beat The Coffey Brothers

(8)    Becky Lynch beat Charlotte to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship

(9)    AJ Styles beat Samoa Joe in a No Disqualification match to retain the WWE Championship

Source: ProWrestling.net Report


 

WWE Live Event – Raw Roster (Leeds, England) 11/6/18

(1)    Nikki Bella beat Natalya

(2)    Braun Strowman defeated Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler in a two-on-one handicap match

(3)    The B-Team beat The Revival

(4)    Nia Jax, Bayley, & Sasha Banks beat The Riott Squad

(5)    Zack Ryder defeated Curt Hawkins

(6)    No Way Jose beat Curt Hawkins

(7)    Elias defeated Curt Hawkins

(8)    The Authors of Pain beat Chad Gable & Bobby Roode

(9)    Seth Rollins beat Dean Ambrose via Disqualification

Source: PWTorch.com Report


WWE Live Event – Raw Roster (Cologne, Germany) 11/7/18

(1)    Finn Balor defeated Bobby Lashley (w/ Lio Rush)

(2)    Sasha Banks, Bayley, Ember Moon beat The Riott Squad

(3)    The Authors of Pain (w/ Drake Maverick) beat Chad Gable & Bobby Roode to retain the Raw Tag Team Championships

(4)    Nikki Bella defeated Natalya

(5)    Seth Rollins beat  Dean Ambrose via Disqualification to retain the Intercontinental Championship after Dean Ambrose hit Seth with a low blow

(6)    Zack Ryder beat Bo Dallas

(7)    Titus O’Neil beat Bo Dallas

(8)    Elias defeated Jinder Mahal (w/ Sunil Singh)

(9)    Braun Strowman beat Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler in a two-on-one handicap match when Strowman pinned Ziggler. Baron Corbin attacked Braun with a chair after the match.

(10) Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, & Dolph Ziggler beat Braun Strowman in a three-on-one handicap match. After this match Braun beat down all three men and went to leave.

(11) Braun Strowman defeated Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, & Dolph Ziggler after Corbin restarted the match again to try and win again via count out. Braun pinned Corbin for the win

Source: ProWrestling.net Report

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•WWE TV Match Results

WWE Crown Jewel (Aired on WWE Network) 11/2/18

(1)    Pre-Show: Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Rusev to retain the United States Championship after a low blow head butt missed by the referee.

(2)    Rey Mysterio defeated Randy Orton to advance in the World Cup Tournament

(3)    The Miz beat Jeff Hardy to advance in the World Cup Tournament

(4)    Seth Rollins defeated Bobby Lashley (w/ Lio Rush) to advance in the World Cup Tournament

(5)    Dolph Ziggler (w/ Drew McIntyre) beat Kurt Angle to advance in the World Cup Tournament

(6)    The Bar (w/ Big Show) beat The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Big E w/ Xavier Woods) to retain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships

(7)    The Miz defeated Rey Mysterio to advance to the finals of the World Cup Tournament

(8)    Dolph Ziggler (w/ Drew McIntyre) defeated Seth Rollins to advance to the finals of the World Cup Tournament

(9)    A.J. Styles beat Samoa Joe to retain the WWE Championship

(10) Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) defeated Braun Strowman to win the Universal Championship.

(11) World Cup Tournament Finals

  • The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler stopped due to The Miz suffering a knee injury
  • Shane McMahon (already at ringside) stepped in to replace The Miz
  • Shane McMahon beat Dolph Ziggler to win the World Cup Tournament

(12) DX beat The Brothers of Destruction

For a more in depth review of the show, you can check out Wade Keller’s Crown Jewel report HERE.


Monday Night Raw TV Results 11/5/18

(1)    Natalya, Sasha Banks, & Bayley vs. The Riott Squad ended in a No Contest

(2)    Apollo Crews defeated Jinder Mahal (w/ Sunil Singh)

(3)    The Authors of Pain (w/ Drake Maverick) defeated Seth Rollins in a two-on-one handicap match to win the Raw Tag Team Championships

(4)    Elias defeated Dolph Ziggler

(5)    Nia Jax beat Ember Moon

(6)    Bobby Lashley (w/ Lio Rush) defeated Finn Balor

(7)    Drew McIntyre beat Kurt Angle. With the loss Angle will not be the captain of the Men’s Survivor Series Team.

Smackdown Live TV Results 11/6/18

(1)    The Usos beat The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods) to become the captains of the Tag Team Survivor Series Team

(2)    Becky Lynch defeated Nikki Cross

(3)    Rey Mysterio beat Andrade Cien Almas

(4)    Samoa Joe defeated Jeff Hardy for a spot on the men’s Survivor Series Team

WWE Mixed Match Challenge Results (Aired on Facebook Watch) 11/6/18

(1)    Country Dominance (Bobby Lashley & Mickie James) (w/ Lio Rush) beat B’ N’ B’ (Finn Balor & Bayley) when Mickie James pinned Bayley

(2)    Day One Glow (Jimmy Uso & Naomi) defeated The Fabulous Truth (R-Truth & Carmella) when Naomi pinned Carmella

Updated Mixed Match Challenge Standings

Raw Standings

  • Monster Eclipse (Braun Strowman & Ember Moon) 3-0
  • Country Dominance (Bobby Lashley & Mickie James) 3-0
  • B’ N’ B’ (Finn Balor & Bayley) 2-2
  • Mahalicia (Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox) 0-3
  • Team Pawz (Bobby Roode & Natalya) 0-3

Smackdown Standings

  • Awe-ska (The Miz & Asuka) 3-0
  • Fenominal Flaire (AJ Styles & Charlotte) 3-0
  • Day One Glow (Jimmy Uso & Naomi) 2-2
  • The Fabulous Truth (R-Truth & Carmella) 0-3
  • Ravishing Rusev Day (Rusev & Lana) 0-3

**The team from Raw and Smackdown with the best record will compete at WWE T.L.C. on 12/16/18 to determine the winner of the Mixed Match Challenge.

205 Live Results (Aired on WWE Network) 11/7/18

(1)    Lucha House Party (Kalisto & Lince Dorado) defeated TJP & Mike Kanellis (w/ Maria Kanellis) when Lince Dorado pinned Cedric Alexander who removed his mask only to reveal a second mask being worn underneath.

(2)    Lio Rush defeated Josh Morrell (local talent)

(3)    Buddy Murphy beat Mark Andrews

Lio Rush vs. Cedric Alexander next week

The Brian Kendrick & Akira Tozawa vs. Drew Gulak & Gentleman Jack Gallagher next week

Main Event Results (Aired on WWE Network and Hulu) 11/7/18

(1)    Tyler Breeze defeated Mojo Rawley

(2)    The Revival beat Chad Gable & Bobby Roode

Source: PWTorch.com Report


•Upcoming Lineups for Stadium/PPV Events

Survivor Series on Nov. 18th from Los Angeles, Calif.

(1)    Ronda Rousey (Raw Women’s Champion) vs. Becky Lynch (Smackdown Women’s Champion)

(2)    AJ Styles (WWE Champion) vs. Brock Lesnar (Universal Champion)

(3)    Shinsuke Nakamura (United States Champion) vs. Seth Rollins (Intercontinental Champion)

(4)    Women’s Survivor Series Match: Team Raw (TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD, & TBD) vs. Team Smackdown (Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Asuka, & Charlotte)

(5)    The Authors of Pain (Raw Tag Team Champions) vs. The Bar (Smackdown Tag Team Champions)

(6)    Men’s Survivor Series Match: Team Raw (Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, TBD, & TBD) vs. Team Smackdown (Daniel Bryan, The Miz, Shane McMahon, Rey Mysterio, & Samoa Joe)

(7)    Tag Team Survivor Series Match: Team Raw (TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD, & TBD) vs. Team Smackdown (The Usos, The New Day, TBD, TBD, & TBD)

(8)    Buddy Murphy vs. Mustafa Ali for the Cruiserweight Championship


•Upcoming Events

Thu. 11/8/18 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany

Thu. 11/8/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, The SSE Arena, Wembley, London, England

Fri. 11/9/18 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Unipol Arena, Bologna, Italy

Fri. 11/9/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Brighton Center, Brighton, England

Sat. 11/10/18 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Palalottomatica, Rome, Italy

Sat. 11/10/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Butlins Arena, Minehead, England

Sun. 11/11/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland

Mon. 11/12/18 WWE Raw, Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.

Tue. 11/13/18 WWE Smackdown, Enterprise Center, St. Louis, Mo.

Sun. 11/18/18 WWE Survivor Series, Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

Mon. 11/19/18 WWE Raw, Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

Tue. 11/20/18 WWE Smackdown, Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.

Sat. 11/24/18 WWE Starrcade, U.S. Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio

Sun. 11/25/18 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Grossinger Motors Arena, Bloomington, Ill.

Sun. 11/25/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wis.

Mon. 11/26/18 WWE Raw, Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wis.

Mon. 11/26/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, US Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Tue. 11/27/18 WWE Smackdown, Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn.

Sat. 12/1/18 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Arena Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

Sun. 12/2/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, College Park Center, Arlington, Texas

Mon. 12/3/18 WWE Raw, Toyota Center, Houston, Texas

Tue. 12/4/18 WWE Smackdown, Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas

Wed. 12/5/18 WWE Live Event –Raw Roster, Movistar Arena, Santiago, Chile

Thu. 12/6/18 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Luna Park Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Fri. 12/7/18 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Luna Park Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sat. 12/8/18 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Antel Arena, Montevideo, Uruguay

Sat. 12/8/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Sun. 12/9/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Stampede Corral, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Mon. 12/10/18 WWE Raw, Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, Calif

Mon. 12/10/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, Calif.

Tue. 12/11/18 WWE Smackdown, Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.

Fri. 12/14/18 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.

Sat. 12/15/18 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, Calif.

Sat. 12/15/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif.

Sun. 12/16/18 WWE T.L.C. SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.

Mon. 12/17/18 WWE Raw, Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, Calif.

Mon. 12/17/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Stockton Arena, Stockton Calif.

Tue. 12/18/18 WWE Smackdown – Save Smart Center, Fresno, Calif.

Mon. 12/24/18 WWE Raw – No listing currently on wwe.com

Tue. 12/25/18 WWE Smackdown – No listing currently on wwe.com

Wed. 12/26/18 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.

–          Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman in a steel cage match for the Universal Championship

–          Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre for the Raw Smackdown Tag Team Championships

–          Ronda Rousey vs Mickie James for the Raw Women’s Championship

–          Tomasso Ciampa tweeted out an image of a 10-man NXT tag team match scheduled for this event: Velveteen Dream, Pete Dunne, Johnny Gargano, Ricochet, & Aleister Black vs. Tomasso Ciampa & Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong, & Bobby Fish.) All ten men are listed on the wwe.com event listing as well.

–          Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Bayley, Bobby Lashley, Alexa Bliss, Jinder Mahal, and Elias all scheduled to appear as well

Wed. 12/26/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Allstate Arena, Chicago, Ill.

Thur. 12/27/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, N.Y.

Thur. 12/27/18 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

Fri. 12/28/18 WWE Raw (wwe.com has Raw scheduled for Friday 12/28 in Detroit, Mich. Tickets being sold through the site also have it listed as a Raw television show for Friday 12/28)

Fri. 12/28/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Md.

Sat. 12/29/18 WWE Smackdown(wwe.com has Smackdown scheduled for Saturday, 12/29 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Tickets being sold through the site also have it listed as a Smackdown television show for Saturday 12/29)

Sun. 12/30/18 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla.

Mon. 12/31/18 WWE Raw – No listing currently on wwe.com, WWE could be playing tape delayed version of Raw from 12/28 scheduled Raw event

Tue. 1/1/19 WWE Smackdown – No listing currently on wwe.com, WWE could be playing tape delayed version of Smackdown from 12/29 scheduled Smackdown event


•Latest TV Highlights

Monday Night Raw           

  • The Authors of Pain win the Raw Tag Team Championships after Baron Corbin forces Seth Rollins to defend them by himself. Rollins got in quite a bit of offense, but eventually lost. After losing Dean Ambrose comes to the ring through the crowd and asks Seth if he wants to know why he turned on him. Instead of answering he hit Seth with Dirty Deeds and left. The announcers asked Renee if she knew what was going on (addressing the fact they’re married) and she said “There’s no reasoning with him right now”
  • Survivor Series teams are starting to take shape. Baron Corbin announces Bliss is the captain for the women’s Survivor Series Team, but she will not be wrestling. No women participants have been announced. Corbin announced Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, and Braun Strowman are three members of the men’s team. Kurt Angle was scheduled to fight Corbin for the right to be the captain of the men’s team, but this match was changed by Corbin to be Angle vs. McIntyre. Drew McIntyre won in dominating fashion (I assume this makes Baron Corbin the captain?) and the announcers really played up how humiliating the loss was for Angle.
  • Ronda responded to Becky Lynch’s promo last week. Ronda acknowledged the fan support for Becky (a Becky chant broke out) but noted that she shouldn’t mistake her respect for weakness. Ronda also mocked Becky’s time in Clown College and her former job as a flight attendant saying that while Becky was doing those things, she was dominating the sport of MMA. Ronda ended her promo by saying Becky may be “The Man,” but “I am the baddest bitch on the planet.”

Smackdown Live

  • Charlotte named to women’s Survivor Series team, but there has been some signs of doubt. Last week Paige asked her to be the captain of the team, Charlotte initially turned it down, but at Paige’s request Charlotte agreed to consider it. This week Paige announced the members of the team and when she announced Charlotte, she did not come out.
  • Becky Lynch responded to Ronda Rousey’s promo on Monday. Addressing Ronda mocking her former jobs, Becky said she wasn’t hand-picked like Ronda was. Becky also said that Ronda’s titanium body will be let down by her weak mind. Becky closed out by saying “I don’t care if you’re the baddest bitch on the planet, because I’m going to make you mine.”
  • The men’s Survivor Series team was announced tonight. Shane McMahon and Paige named Daniel Bryan and The Miz the co-captains. Together they selected Shane McMahon to join them. Daniel Bryan wanted Rey Mysterio to be on the team and The Miz agreed as long as he impressed in his match (which he did.) For the final member they each picked someone to fight for the final spot, Daniel Bryan picked Jeff Hardy and The Miz chose Samoa Joe with Samoa Joe winning the spot. After winning the match, Samoa Joe gloated in front of Daniel Bryan who attacked him, then The Miz when he yelled at him for attacking Joe, and lastly Daniel Bryan blindly arm dragged Shane who came down to calm everyone down.
  • For a more detailed rundown of all the major happenings in WWE, you can read the WWE TV reports HERE.

•WWE in the Media

-Ronda Rousey was interviewed on The PWI Podcast last Thursday. Ronda was interviewed after being named the number one women’s wrestler in Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s first “Women’s 100” list which was expanded from the “Women’s 50.” Ronda talks about her expectations when arriving to WWE considering other people wrestle on the independent scene for years before being signed by WWE, but she didn’t have to do any of that. Ronda said she honestly expected fans and other wrestlers to hate her for that, but that everyone has been very welcoming and she also understands how privileged she is knowing that other women work for years just to get noticed.

Ronda said the biggest challenge is trying to cater to both her MMA fan base who is watching WWE for her, while also catering to the WWE fans and that’s a hard balance to find. Ronda talked about the tough travel schedule, saying her schedule is much easier than most of the wrestlers with WWE, noting that when she first joined she thought they only wrestled for television and there wasn’t a live event schedule.

Ronda also said that the one person she wants to wrestle right now is Sasha Banks and that she needs to improve her abilities before doing so because she doesn’t think she is on Sasha’s ability level right now. Ronda closes by talking about what the goals on women’s wrestling should be, saying in the short term she hopes they can main event Wrestlemania, but looking further into the future she’d love to see the women represent 50% of the roster and 50% of the matches on a PPV card. The interview with Ronda begins at 8:55 and you can listen to it HERE.


•WWE Social Media Highlights

Triple H shared a picture of his chest and arm Monday afternoon before his scheduled surgery Tuesday morning.

Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch had an exchange on Twitter this week. Becky is really embracing the new confidence in her character on Twitter picking fights with any WWE wrestler. Last week it was Alexa Bliss and this week it was Seth Rollins.

Karl Anderson tweeted this out on Sunday. This is a good look at the behind the scenes moments these wrestlers go through having to leave their family every week to travel.


Closing Commentary

-The Survivor Series main event (i.e. final match) needs to be Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch. While we still have one week of television for us to find out the majority of the Raw teams, nothing they could announce will change my mind. Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch has gotten the most build out of any of these “champion vs. champion” matches. Part of the reason for that was Crown Jewel and the men’s championships not all being decided. The Smackdown Tag Team Championships, the United States Championship, the WWE Championship, and the Universal Championship were all defended at Crown Jewel. The build towards Ronda vs. Becky started right after Evolution with the video of the two talking after they both successfully retained their championships. Becky Lynch has been excellent delivering promos and Ronda’s response Monday was good as well. I think that they’re doing an excellent job of building up the match even though there has been no face to face interaction. I know this match probably won’t go on last because Brock Lesnar is there and his match with AJ Styles could be pretty good as well, but I think the women should main event Survivor Series and to me it isn’t even a close call.

-Can we please stop with this ridiculous Survivor Series “brand supremacy” stuff? Two years in a row now of having to listen to the announcers pretend to care about their brand like anyone actually cares. Are there any WWE fans at all who only root for Raw or Smackdown like they are their own separate entities? What differentiates the two shows apart from name and primary color? They share the same equipment, the stage looks the same, the ring looks the same, Corey Graves is on both shows. The only other difference I can think of is the location of the commentary table. It’s annoying that November hits and suddenly everyone has brand loyalty and pride, it’s almost as ridiculous as when September or October hits and they have to find a reason to have feuds go into a Hell in a Cell match. The saving grace this year was actually Crown Jewel. As hard as it is to find a positive about that show, I think this is it. We may have escaped Survivor Series season without another awful invasion angle, but we still have one week to go so I’m not holding my breath.


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The following is the latest in a new series of weekly in-depth articles exclusive to PWTorch which will help put in perspective major wrestling promotions with a weekly overview, looking at news and roster developments, results, future line-ups, social media activity, key interviews, plus a timely commentary at the end. We will be featuring similar features on other promotions each week and each will be updated weekly.

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