I've generally enjoyed the build for this show, as opposed to SummerSlam last month, which I found to be very lackluster. They seem to be doing a great job with making these b-level shows seem more important than they are, as this one in particular is headlined by two WrestleMania-worthy matches.
Even though I'm looking forward to the Smackdown pay per view a little more, this one has caught a bit of my interest, so I'll definitely be checking it out live, and at the very least, it should be a strong show in the ring.
Here are my thoughts and predictions from start to finish...
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro and Sheamus for the Raw Tag Team Championships
Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor
[Highlights are shown of the Mae Young Classic finals, and then the winner of the Mae Young Classic, Kairi Sane is shown at ringside]
Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks vs. Emma vs. Nia Jax vs. Bayley in a fatal five-way match for the Raw Women's Championship
[Kurt Angle is in his office, talking on his cell phone, as Jason Jordan walks in]
Jordan: You wanted to see me?
Angle: Yeah, I did. Have a seat. You know, Jason, I didn't get to tell you after Raw on Monday Night, but I am extremely proud of you. You defeated five of the greatest Raw Superstars to become the number one contender for the Intercontinental Title. Now I remember when I won that title. I defeated Chris Jericho almost 18 years ago, and it was one of the proudest days of my life. But it will pale in comparison to the pride I'm going to feel when my son walks out of here as the new Intercontinental Champion.
Jordan: Just trying to live up to the family's legacy. I have big shoes to fill.
Angle: Oh, you're well on your way. Which actually brings me to another reason that I called you in here. I wanted to address the comments that The Miz made after your match, when he called you a... a "bastard." Look, I just want to say...
Jordan: Kurt, no need to explain. What happened on Raw was The Miz's mistake. He not only insulted me, but he insulted my family. That will no go unpunished. I will be the new Intercontinental Champion. It's true... it's DAMN true!
Neville vs. Enzo Amore for the Cruiserweight Championship
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
[The pay per view panel provide their thoughts on the night thus far, and predictions for the main event]
The Miz vs. Jason Jordan for the Intercontinental Championship
Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman for the Universal Championship
So there you have it.
Here are my match predictions for Survivor Series (Even though there is still a Smackdown pay per view between now and then, I will predict the card first, and then make any necessary changes after my Hell in a Cell predictions next month):
Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor for the Universal Championship
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship - Nakamura wins the title from Jinder Mahal, and Owens beats Shane. After Hell in a Cell, Triple H is named the acting Commissioner of Smackdown, due to Shane McMahon's injuries at the pay per view. Triple H either continues to play the heel, and grants Owens exactly what he wants, or he plays the babyface, and Owens blackmails him to get this title match. So this eventually leads to Triple H against Owens or Triple H against Shane at WrestleMania.
Team Raw (John Cena, Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, The Miz and Jason Jordan) vs. Team Smackdown! Live (AJ Styles, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Jinder Mahal and Rusev) in a traditional Survivor Series elimination match
Team Raw (Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, Sheamus and Cesaro [they manage to patch things up by then], The Hardy Boys, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, and The Revival) vs. Team Smackdown! Live (The New Day, The Usos, The Hype Bros, BreeZango, and Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable) in a traditional Survivor Series elimination match
Team Raw (Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax and Asuka) vs. Team Smackdown! Live (Natalya, Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Naomi and Tamina Snuka) in a traditional Survivor Series elimination match
Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan vs. Braun Strowman in a three-on-one handicap match