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Survivor Series (2018)
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PromotionWWE
Brand(s)Raw
SmackDown
DateNovember 18, 2018
CityLos Angeles, California
VenueStaples Center
Theme
song
(s)
"Let Me Live / Let Me Die" by Des Rocs[1][unreliable source?]
Sponsor(s)WWE Elite Collection[2]
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Survivor Series (2018) is an upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brands. It will take place on November 18, 2018 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.[3] It will be the thirty-second event promoted under the Survivor Series chronology.

Production

Background

Like the previous year, the theme of Survivor Series is "brand supremacy", with champions of the Raw brand facing their counterparts of the SmackDown brand in non-title matches: the Universal Champion against the WWE Champion, the Intercontinental Champion against the United States Champion, and the Raw Tag Team Champions against the SmackDown Tag Team Champions. A match between the Raw Women's Champion against the SmackDown Women's Champion was also planned but called off due to the SmackDown Women's Champion sustaining a legit injury just days prior to the event. The Raw Women's Champion was instead scheduled to face a former SmackDown Women's Champion. Also, as the WWE Cruiserweight Championship does not have a SmackDown counterpart, it will be the only title defended on the show. The card will also include three traditional Survivor Series elimination matches. Two will pit five male and female wrestlers from Raw against five male and female wrestlers from SmackDown, respectively, while the third will be a tag team elimination match, pitting five tag teams from Raw against five tag teams from SmackDown.[4][5]

Storylines

The card will consist of eight matches, including one on the pre-show, that resulted from scripted storylines, with results predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw and SmackDown brands.[6][7] Storylines were produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, and the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live.[8][9][10]

At Evolution, Ronda Rousey defeated Nikki Bella to retain the Raw Women's Championship, while Becky Lynch defeated Charlotte Flair in a Last Woman Standing match to retain the SmackDown Women's Championship.[11] During a backstage interview following her win, Ronda Rousey was confronted by Becky. A interpromotional non-title match between the two champions was scheduled for Survivor Series the following night on Raw.[12] On the November 12 episode of Raw, Becky led the SmackDown women's division in an invasion of Raw and applied the Dis-arm-her Ronda.[13] During the melee, Becky suffered a legit broken face and concussion following a punch from Nia Jax. Due to the injury, Becky Lynch was pulled from the Survivor Series match and chose Charlotte Flair as her replacement.[14]

At Crown Jewel, AJ Styles defeated Samoa Joe to retain the WWE Championship, while Brock Lesnar defeated Braun Strowman to win the vacant Universal Championship, setting up a rematch between Styles and Lesnar from the previous year's event.[15] On the final SmackDown before Survivor Series, however, Daniel Bryan defeated Styles to become the WWE Champion, replacing Styles as Lesnar's opponent. After the match, Bryan attacked Styles, turning heel in the process.[14]

During the Crown Jewel pre-show, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Rusev to retain the United States Championship.[16] Following the event, a match between Nakamura and Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins was scheduled for Survivor Series.[15]

At Crown Jewel, The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) retained the SmackDown Tag Team Championship against The New Day (represented by Big E and Kofi Kingston),[15] while on the November 5 episode of Raw, AOP (Akam and Rezar) defeated Seth Rollins in a handicap match to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.[4] A match between the two teams was then scheduled for Survivor Series.[5]

At Super Show-Down, Buddy Murphy defeated Cedric Alexander to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.[17] On the October 31 episode of 205 Live, Mustafa Ali defeated Tony Nese to become the number one contender,[18] and his championship match against Murphy was scheduled for Survivor Series.[19]

On the November 5 episode of Raw, Acting Raw General Manager Baron Corbin revealed Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre as the first three members of Team Raw's men's team while naming himself as captain, although stating he would not compete due to his managerial position. Kurt Angle interjected, wanting to replace Corbin as captain, so Corbin had Angle face McIntyre where if Angle won, he would have been on the team; however, Angle lost.[4] The following week, Finn Bálor defeated Ziggler in a match and returning Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon rewarded Bálor by adding him to the team. Later, Bobby Lashley won the final spot by defeating Elias. Also that episode, Stephanie promised Strowman another Universal Championship match against Brock Lesnar and also a match against Baron Corbin, who had cost Strowman his Universal title match at Crown Jewel (with Strowman choosing the stipulations for either match), if he could lead Raw to another victory over SmackDown.[13] For Team SmackDown's men's team, on the November 6 episode of SmackDown, the brand's Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Paige appointed The Miz and Daniel Bryan co-captains of Team SmackDown. Miz and Bryan then added Shane to the team, as Shane had won the WWE World Cup at Crown Jewel. Later, Rey Mysterio and Samoa Joe joined the team after defeating Andrade "Cien" Almas and Jeff Hardy, respectively. A brawl then ensued between Joe, Bryan, Miz, and Shane.[5] The following week, Bryan was removed from Team SmackDown; Jeff Hardy replaced him after defeating Andrade "Cien" Almas.[14]

On the November 5 episode of Raw, Acting Raw General Manager Baron Corbin named Alexa Bliss as captain of Team Raw's women's team, but in a non-competing capacity due to injury.[4] The following week, Bliss revealed Mickie James, Nia Jax, Tamina, and Natalya, who was absent, as her first four picks and revealed that the winner of a match between Bayley and Sasha Banks would be the final member. During the match, however, the women's team attacked Bayley and Banks, causing a no-contest ruling, and Bliss said neither would be on the team and then introduced Ruby Riott as the final member.[13] For Team SmackDown's women's team, on the November 6 episode of SmackDown, SmackDown General Manager Paige revealed Asuka, Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, and Charlotte Flair as the members of Team SmackDown, but Flair did not show up;[5] the previous week, Paige asked Flair to be captain, but Flair felt she was not the right person but said she would think about it.[20] Flair was instead named Becky Lynch's replacement to face Ronda Rousey, and the final member of Team SmackDown was not revealed on the final SmackDown before Survivor Series.[14]

On the November 6 episode of SmackDown, The Usos (Jey and Jimmy Uso) defeated The New Day (represented by Big E and Kofi Kingston) to become the captains of Team SmackDown in the 10-on-10 tag team elimination match. Immediately after the match, The Usos chose The New Day as their first pick.[5] The following week, The Usos added Sanity (Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain), Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, and The Colóns (Primo Colón and Epico Colón) to the team.[14] On the November 12 episode of Raw, a tag team battle royal occurred to determine Team Raw's captains. The team of Bobby Roode and Chad Gable defeated The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson), The B-Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel), Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik, Kalisto, and Lince Dorado), The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor), and the team of Heath Slater and Rhyno to win the captaincy of Team Raw, composed of all of the teams in the battle royal except Slater and Rhyno, and the tag team elimination match was scheduled for the Survivor Series pre-show.[13]

Matches

No. Matches* Stipulations Times
1 Ronda Rousey (Raw) vs. Charlotte Flair (SmackDown) Singles match[21]
2 Seth Rollins (Intercontinental Champion) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (United States Champion) Singles match[22]
3 Brock Lesnar (Universal Champion) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE Champion) Singles match[23]
4 Team Raw (Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor, and Bobby Lashley) (with Baron Corbin and Lio Rush) vs. Team SmackDown (The Miz, Shane McMahon, Rey Mysterio, Samoa Joe, and Jeff Hardy) 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match[24]
5 Team Raw (Mickie James, Nia Jax, Tamina, Natalya, and Ruby Riott) (with Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan) vs. Team SmackDown (Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Asuka, and TBD) 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match[25]
6 AOP (Akam and Rezar) (Raw Tag Team Champions) (with Drake Maverick) vs. The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) (SmackDown Tag Team Champions) (with Big Show) Tag team match[26]
7P Team Raw (Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson), The B-Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel), Lucha House Party (Lince Dorado, Kalisto, and/or Gran Metalik), and The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor)) vs. Team SmackDown (The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso), The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston, and/or Xavier Woods), Sanity (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, and/or Killian Dain), Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, and The Colóns (Epico Colón and Primo Colón)) 10-on-10 Survivor Series tag team elimination match[27]
8 Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Mustafa Ali Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship[28]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • P – indicates the match will take place on the pre-show
    *Card subject to change

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