As the 2021 calendar winds down, WWE returns to one of their big traditional events when they hold Survivor Series on Nov. 21 in Brooklyn. Survivor Series is the second oldest annual WWE pay-per-view, behind only WrestleMania.
While the event initially was constructed around tag matches between teams of five men, it has transitioned in recent years into a focus on matches between Raw and SmackDown’s top stars. This traditionally means non-title clashes featuring the WWE champion against the universal champion, Raw’s women’s champion against SmackDown’s women champion and so on. There is also likely to be one or two matches using the old “Survivor Series tag match” formula featuring large teams of men and women in elimination tag matches.
While there aren’t really storylines beyond brand vs. brand, the novelty of brand crossover matches is such that the event maintains a high level of intrigue.
Let’s take a look at what we know — and what we expect — at WWE Survivor Series.
WWE Survivor Series l matches
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WWE Survivor Series predictions
WWE champion Big E vs. Universal champion Roman Reigns: Big E won the WWE championship on Oct. 13, cashing in his Money in the Bank contract on Raw and beating Bobby Lashley. He has since mixed it up with Reigns a few times, once in six-man tag action with his New Day teammates against The Bloodline and once in triple threat action with Lashley also in the mix. Reigns has been universal champion for more than a year, dominating all comers.
SmackDown women’s champion Charlotte Flair vs. Raw women’s champion Becky Lynch: Flair and Lynch have a long and storied history both as teammates and opponents. They have shared the ring more than 45 times on TV and PPV and more than 200 times when live events are factored into the equation.
Intercontinental champion Shinsuke Nakamura vs. United States champion Damian Priest: Nakamura’s championship reign has been a bit forgotten, but Priest has been getting a character refresh on Raw. In recent weeks, Priest has shown a new aggressive edge, showing new levels of violence and being less of the “fun-loving character” he was at WrestleMania when he teamed with music superstar Bad Bunny.
Raw tag team champions RK-Bro vs. SmackDown tag team champions The Usos: The Usos and Reigns have dominated SmackDown while Randy Orton and Riddle have made for a great odd couple team on the Raw side. The two teams are in need of fresh opponents, which is exactly what they’ll get at Survivor Series.