WWE has turned Survivor Series into the pay-per-view where the best from Raw and SmackDown cross over and face each other (with very little really on the line). This year’s installment features six matches along with the Undertaker’s “Final Farewell” on Sunday (7 p.m., WWE Network).
The Post’s pro wrestling writer Joseph Staszewski takes his best shot at prognosticating how all the 2020 Survivor Series matches will turn out.
Sami Zayn (SmackDown, Intercontinental champion) over Bobby Lashley (Raw, United States champion)
This version of Zayn has made his name by finding unique and underhanded ways to secure victories and this match should be no different. Lashley can lose and go back to his Hurt Business faction — which is booked as semi-babyfaces anyway — and not skip a beat. Zayn winning, no matter how he does it, gives him something go back to SmackDown and gloat about as only he can, especially defeating someone of the size and stature on Lashley. WWE — in typical fashion — could even have the Hurt Business rough up Zayn just a little bit after the match.
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, New Day (Raw tag team champions) over Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins, Street Profits (SmackDown tag team champions)
The young and up-and-coming Street Profits should go over here to continue some disappointment around New Day after being split from Big E, but I’m not sure WWE is ready to pull the trigger on that. Kingston and Woods will win in one of the matches of the night and the two teams will shake hands in a sign of respect afterward. WWE could use the Street Profits not winning as part of the story for another match with more stakes down the line.
Raw women’s team (Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Lacey Evans, Peyton Royce and Lana) over SmackDown women’s team (Bianca Belair, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Natalya and Bayley)
Lana has to win this for team Raw or what the heck was the point of putting her through nine announce tables? Belair will be made to look strong, eliminating Jax. Lana will be left against two SmackDown women. She will pin one on her own and some attempt by Jax and Baszler to ridicule her will open the door for Lana to get the clinching pin. Lana gets the last laugh, a new tag partner stops her from going through a 10th table on Raw and they go after Jax and Baszler’s WWE women’s tag team championships.
SmackDown men’s team (Kevin Owens, Jey Uso, King Corbin, Seth Rollins and Otis) over Raw men’s team (Keith Lee, AJ Styles, Sheamus, Braun Strowman and Riddle)
Team Raw can’t seem to get its act together. A miscommunication caused them to lose to Retribution earlier this week. Hard to see that changing here, though they’ll look good early. SmackDown will find a way to win unless WWE throws a curveball. Retribution may insert itself into the match and win with four members instead of five for a much-needed boost or Styles’ 7-foot-3 bodyguard Jordan Omogbehin gets involved in the match to help Team Raw.
Sasha Banks (SmackDown women’s champion) over Asuka (Raw women’s champion)
Especially considering Banks’ recent lack of success against Asuka, she needs to starting winning these kind of matches to continue to build the idea she is at her best right now. If WWE wants the easy out of a clean finish, Carmella — who has already attacked Banks — interferes and causes her to lose. Chances are Carmella just beats Banks up after the win.
Roman Reigns (SmackDown, Universal champion) over Drew McIntyre (Raw, WWE champion)
McIntyre has been pinned recently, so seeing it happen again won’t do anything to hurt him as it would to Reigns. The Tribal Chief has regularly used a low blow from underneath his opponent to change the tide and win matches. That happens again here to bring more heat to him and add a Drew can’t beat Roman wrinkle to their story for use down the road. With McIntryre out if it, Miz attempts to cash in. The champ will either end up Claymoring him to win and give the show a happy ending or Sheamus thwarts the cash-in attempt to set up a feud with McIntyre.