This week saw most of the traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series matches take shape, with both Raw and SmackDown selecting many of the competitors who would represent them at the interbrand pay-per-view.
The men’s match still has one question mark, however. AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, and Baron Corbin will represent SmackDown against Raw’s Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman. That leaves one more spot on the team for Monday night’s show.
The storyline seems to be building for Seth Rollins to take that last slot, but a conspicuous image circulating from WWE.com seems to indicate otherwise. The image shows Sami Zayn as Raw’s fifth man.
It could be a spoiler, it could be a mistaken intern on WWE’s web team, or it could be some photoshop fun from a fan.
Zayn was the last man eliminated in the Battle Royale that put Braun Strowman on the Raw team, and his mounting feud with the big man could add some drama to a Survivor Series match. It would be good to see the former NXT champion in such a big spot, but pushing out Seth Rollins for that position would certainly seem bizarre.
The other two announced matches would feature Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi, and a ringside Natalya taking on Raw’s Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax, Bayley, and two unannounced competitors. The tag team match will feature the New Day and seven other wrestlers taking on Heath Slater and Rhyno, the Hype Bros, American Alpha, the Usos, and one announced tandem.