Team SmackDown Is Screwed At Survivor Series

Cain A. Knight

WWE’s Survivor Series 2020 is coming up on Nov. 22, and like usual we’re getting a lot of Raw versus SmackDown matches.

The traditional 5 vs. 5 men’s elimination match could potentially be the main event of the card. Raw has named four members of its team: AJ Styles, Keith Lee, Sheamus, and Braun Strowman. SmackDown has two members currently official: Jey Uso and Kevin Owens.

Just look at those team members again; I’m pretty sure that Team SmackDown is screwed here.

Braun Strowman is very good at the whole Survivor Series thing. He has competed in this elimination match every year from 2016 through 2019, and he has never been pinned. In 2017, he survived after eliminating Shinsuke Nakamura, Bobby Roode, and Randy Orton. He capped off the night by powerslamming Triple H. In 2018, Braun survived after eliminating Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio, The Miz, and Shane McMahon. The only way he has ever been eliminated in one of these matches is via count out.

Braun is now joined by Keith Lee, who eliminated Seth Rollins last year and went toe-to-toe with Roman Reigns.

AJ Styles and Sheamus aren’t exactly slouches. Styles in particular often hovers around the top of the card and is tough to beat.

Then there is the fifth member of Team Raw, who we don’t know yet. Sheamus actively tried to recruit Drew McIntyre for that spot this week, and Strowman expressed the same desire on Raw Talk. McIntyre won’t have a match against Randy Orton at Survivor Series, so even though he resisted Sheamus’ offer for now, it’s not hard to see a scenario where Drew joins as the fifth man. If not, other possible names include The Fiend, Bobby Lashley, The Miz, and Tucker Ricochet.

Now let’s look at Team SmackDown. Jey Uso has recently been elevated to a top spot. He has picked up singles wins over AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan during that time, and gone toe-to-toe with Roman Reigns on multiple pay-per-views.

After that is Kevin Owens, who hasn’t been booked on pay-per-view since defeating Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 36.

Team SmackDown will have to add three more names that don’t include any current champions. Some of the top stars left include Seth Rollins, King Corbin, The Mysterios, Big E, Otis, Lars Sullivan, and Aleister Black.

Maybe WWE will try to make this a battle of big dudes by adding Lars Sullivan, Big E, and Corbin. Though we haven’t seen Corbin since the draft, so perhaps that spot will instead go to Rollins.

It’s still early, but I can’t see too many combinations of five men from SmackDown who look like they can match up with Team Raw. What do you think?