Despite the overall weak build, I think this could be a pretty strong show in the ring, much like the last pay per view, which was also pleasantly surprising.
Here are my predictions from start to finish...
[The Authority comes out to start the show]
Triple H: So it's come to this has it? 29 years of tradition, and it all comes down to this one night.
Stephanie: Survivor Series has been known for many things over the years, whether it be Montreal screw jobs, hit-and-run vehicular assaults, legendary debuts or even hatching of Gobbledy Gooker eggs, whatever those are.
Triple: And tonight, the tradition continues. Through sacrifice and pain, men and women will scratch, they will claw, they will sweat, some may even cry. And it's all for the purpose of proving who the best really is. Tonight is the night that champions will be crowned, brothers will reunite, feuds will be settled and teams will fight for survival. So with that in mind, we want to kick off the Survivor Series, and continue that tradition!
Alberto Del Rio vs. Roman Reigns in a semi-final match in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
Triple H and Stephanie shake hands with Del Rio and Zeb as they pass by. I think of the four tournament matches on Raw this week, Del Rio's was probably the weakest, as I didn't think he had much chemistry with Kalisto. I do like that both the Intercontinental and U.S. champions are in the semis, because even in defeat, the guys who beat them will compete for the heavyweight title, which actually kind of elevates both mid card titles regardless of the outcomes. I think this should be a great match though, although it probably won't compare to the classic between Reigns and Cesaro on Raw. The story of this match will be Del Rio continually focusing on Reigns' arm. He eventually sinks in the cross arm breaker, but Reigns holds on for an extended period of time, and eventually powers his way up and powerbombs his way free. Del Rio later hits the stomp that he now does off the top rope, but only gets two. He then goes for the rolling cross arm breaker again, but Reigns rolls through it, and then ducks a superkick, and follows up with a huge spear to advance.
[Footage is shown of The Undertaker's debut at Survivor Series 1990]
[Roman Reigns is backstage, being congratulated by a number of Superstars, as he spots Triple H coming out of Dean Ambrose's locker room]
Reigns: What the hell was that all about?
Triple H: Oh, hey Roman! Congratulations man! Big win!
Reigns: Cut the crap, Hunter. You heard what I said. What did you want with Dean?
Triple H: Well that's really between myself and Dean, isn't it? What's the matter, you don't trust your own brother?
Reigns: It's you that I don't trust.
Triple H: Yeah, I see your point. But Dean Ambrose is no Seth Rollins. As a matter of fact, neither are you. But I did say that you were a close second to be the man in The Authority. Who do you think was third?
Reigns: I know Dean better than anybody, and I know for a fact that he ain't a sell out either. Believe that!
Triple H: Well then you've got nothing to worry about, do you? Good luck tonight, Roman! And maybe you're right about Dean...maybe.
[Triple H leaves and Reigns has a paranoid look on his face]
[Footage is shown of the Undertaker vs. Undertaker match at SummerSlam '94]
Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose in a semi-final match in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament
After the match, Owens attacks Ambrose from behind and drags him to the outside, where he hits that powerbomb against the ring apron. The referees and officials then come out and check on Ambrose, who is eventually carted out on a stretcher, but refuses medical attention, and basically crawls his way to the back.
[Footage is shown of The Undertaker vs. Mankind in Hell in a Cell at King of the Ring '98]
[Renee Young is set to do an interview]
Renee: Ladies and gentlemen, my guest at this time: Becky Lynch!
Renee: Becky, after everything that's gone on between Paige and Charlotte in the last few weeks, where do you stand in all of this?
Becky: Renee, unless you've been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you should know that there are some serious problems in the PCB family; most of which were caused by Paige, and hopefully all of which will be dealt with tonight. I'd like to say that I am neutral in all of this, but after Paige's actions in recent weeks, I stand firmly behind my girl Charlotte in this one. And just in case you've forgotten, I beat Paige just under two weeks ago, so either way it goes, I'd like to think that I'm next in line for a Divas Championship match. So good luck girls. I'll be watching!
Charlotte vs. Paige for the Divas Championship
[Up next, they air footage of The Undertaker's return as The Phenom at WrestleMania 20]
[The announcers then go over the rules for the traditional Survivor Series match]
The New Day and The Ascension vs. The Dudley Boys, The Usos and Ryback in a classic Survivor Series elimination match
[Up next, they air footage of the recent Undertaker vs. Lesnar trilogy]
The Undertaker and Kane vs. The Wyatt Family
After the match, the brothers of destruction clear the ring of the other Wyatts, and focus on Bray, as they both really lay into him. This will eventually lead to the blow-off casket match between Taker and Wyatt, possibly at The Rumble.
[Dean Ambrose is shown, being checked on by doctors, as Roman Reigns walks in]
Ambrose: What's goin' on brother? We made it! This is gonna be sick!
Reigns: Listen Dean, are you okay? I mean we don't have to have this match if you're not up for it. Owens really did a number on you.
Ambrose: Say what? What the hell are you trying to say, Roman?
Reigns: I think I'm saying it. You're hurt, man. We can have this match another day.
Ambrose: In all the time that you've known me, when have you ever known me to be a quitter? I mean I'd have to be nothing but a shrunken head in a glass jar, before I ever back out of a match. I knew there was something on your mind by the look on your face. I sensed it the moment you walked in here. It's just that that ain't it.
Reigns: What are you talking about?
Ambrose: What, you think I'm stupid? I hear things too, Roman. I know about the little conversation you had with Triple H. You're thinking I'm gonna sell out like Seth did?
Reigns: I didn't say that.
Ambrose: You didn't have to say that! I can see the doubt in your eyes. But you know what, I'm even less of a sellout than I am a quitter, and if you want to doubt me, then you go right ahead. But it just occurred to me, how do I know that you haven't taken his offer into consideration?
Reigns: Wait, you think I'm a sellout now?
Ambrose: My point is whether or not one of us sells out, which damn sure isn't gonna be me, we're gonna go out there and beat the hell out of each other, and find out who the best really is.
Reigns: Now we're speaking the same language. I ain't a sellout either, but I'll be more than happy to whoop my best friend's ass if it means getting my hands on that WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Ambrose: I'd expect nothing less. But after everything I've been through tonight, I mean I almost killed myself just to get to this point, and if I'm willing to do that to myself, just think about what I'd be willing to do to you, friend.
[Ambrose and Reigns literally get nose-to-nose for an intense stare-down to end the segment]
Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze
After the match, Summer springs to her feet, and shows that she was faking it (I don't think I meant to say that, but what's done is done)
[The pay per view panel gives their thoughts on the night thus far, and predictions for the main event]
[The announcers then show highlights of the tournament]
Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose in the finals of the tournament to crown a new WWE World Heavyweight Championship
After the match, both guys struggle to their feet, and embrace with a hug.
Ambrose then goes to the floor, keeping one hand close to his ribs, and grabs the belt to personally hand to Reigns. Before Ambrose can do that though, Sheamus rushes into the ring and shoves Ambrose head-first into Reigns. Sheamus then throws Ambrose to the floor, and announces that he's cashing in Money in the Bank. As Reigns struggles to his feet, Sheamus hits a brogue kick, but only gets two. Sheamus then hits a second brogue kick, as Reigns struggles to one knee, but again only gets two. Sheamus starts getting frustrated, and places Reigns against the ropes, and hits multiple brogue kicks, and then lifts up Reigns' dead weight and finally plants one more brogue kick into Reigns' face to win the title.
So there you have it.
Here are my match predictions for TLC:
Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns in a chair match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship - Sheamus is the leader of the new Authority, along with Kevin Owens, Alberto Del Rio, The New Day and Paige, so it'll be all the champions in the group.
Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose in a ladder match for the U.S. Championship
Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena in a TLC match for the U.S. Championship - This entire pay per view will be focused on Cena's big return, and this will be the main event.
The New Day vs. The Dudley Boys vs. The Usos in a triple threat table match for the Tag Team Championships
Paige vs. Charlotte for the Divas Championship with Becky Lynch as the special guest referee
Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Cesaro vs. Neville in a Seasons Greetings ladder match, with the winner getting a future WWE World Heavyweight Championship match
Bray Wyatt vs. Kane