WWE Survivor Series 2022 takes place tonight (Saturday, November 26) from the TD Garden Arena in Boston, Massachusetts. The show begins at 8 p.m. ET on pay-per-view (PPV), Peacock, and the WWE Network.
Triple H fixes another Vince McMahon mistake
WWE’s annual Survivor Series event has blunted into a soulless battle for brand supremacy in recent years, with WWE commentators blatantly lying about how it’s the one night a year when Raw and SmackDown superstars compete against each other.
Thankfully, that nonsense is gone now that Vince McMahon is no longer running WWE. Triple H turned instead this year Survivor Series in the highly anticipated main roster debut of the WarGames competition. Many WWE fans have been hoping to see this gimmick on WWE pay-per-view since WCW shut down more than 20 years ago, but for whatever reason, McMahon was never interested in booking it.
There are two WarGames matches on tonight’s card, one for the men and one for the women. Each match is contested between two teams of five members and is fought in two wrestling rings surrounded by a cage. The rules are as follows:
• Two teams will be placed in separate cages, with one member of each team starting the game.
• After five minutes, a member of the privileged team is released to participate in the match.
• After a three minute period, alternating members from each team will enter the match until all competitors are in the cage.
• Once all participants are registered, WarGames will officially begin.
• The only way to win the match is by pinfall or submission.
Another line from the NXT iteration of the match will likely carry over as well; if any member of a team chooses to escape the competition by climbing out of the roofless structure, their entire team will be disqualified.
Unlike the traditional Survivor Series tag team matches (which are completely missing from this year’s map), WarGames is not an elimination match. All it takes is one wrestler to be pinned or submitted to end the match.
The full lineup for Survivor series
These five matches are currently being advertised Survivor Series:
WarGames: Sheamus, Butch, Drew McIntyre, Ridge Holland, Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns, The Usos, Sami Zayn, Solo Sikoa
Kevin Owens and Drew McIntyre would both have already ended Roman Reigns’ run as Universal Champion without the endless interference from the rest of The Bloodline. That’s why Drew and KO didn’t hesitate to join The Brawling Brutes in trying to end The Bloodline’s dominance in this WarGames match. The Brutes have their most recent feud with Roman’s family after the heels broke Sheamus’ arm last month.
The big focus here is on the relationship between old best friends Owens and Zayn, who are on opposite sides of this war. Kevin has warned Sami that The Bloodline has no loyalty to him and will eat and spit him out once he is no longer useful to them. Owens advised Sami to knock them down first before turning on him. Jey Uso overheard the conversation without Sami’s knowledge, who then lied to Jey about it.
The end of this match could very well hinge on whether Sami takes Owens’ advice, or whether Jey will pre-emptively undermine Sami as he proves he can’t be trusted.
An added wrinkle is that the babyface team won the WarGames advantage for this match. Will The Bloodline try to solve that problem by taking out one of the babyfaces earlier in the evening?
WarGames: Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch, Asuka, Mia Yim, Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley, IYO SKY, Rhea Ripley, Nikki Cross, Dakota Kai
This WarGames match is the culmination of the feud between Belair and Damage CTRL that began on July 30th at SummerSlam.
Becky Lynch was an early victim of that feud and was immediately placed on the injured list, but she made her surprise return to WWE last night SmackDown.
Bayley pinned Bianca in a team game Collision in the castle in September, but Belair successfully completed the Raw women’s championship against her several times since then. Meanwhile, Alexa Bliss and Asuka have traded the WWE Women’s Tag Team titles back and forth with IYO SKY and Dakota Kai.
This one looks like an uphill battle for Bayley’s group given how Bianca has already dominated them without Becky Lynch by her side. The EST teaming up with The Man sounds like it’s going to be too much for Damage CTRL to handle.
On the other hand, Bayley’s team won the War Games advantage for this fight, and it only takes one betrayal among the ranks to end the match quickly. Alexa Bliss could very well decide to turn her back on Bianca when she’s tired of playing second fiddle and wants the next shot at Belair’s championship gold.
Mia Yim and Rhea Ripley are also part of this war, carrying over their issues from the ongoing feud between The Judgment Day and The O.C.
Finally there is Nikki Cross, who is no longer a fanatical superhero wannabe. She’s temporarily fighting alongside Damage CTRL for this war, but she’s completely unhinged and very capable of taking on anyone in the ring at any time.
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Theory for the United States Championship
Seth Rollins essentially stole the U.S. Championship from Lashley after Brock Lesnar ambushed Bob last month. Austin Theory then tried to steal the title from Seth using his Money in the Bank contract, but failed when Lashley got involved and they both kicked ass.
Theory was mocked as an idiot for flushing his MITB contract down the toilet, and he’s grown more intense and motivated in the wake of that humiliation. Lashley only cares about hurting people until he gets his title back, and he’s very good at that. Seth is gaining momentum as a babyface and will do anything to keep the title here.
It is likely that one of these three men could walk away as the winner of this competition.
AJ Styles v Finn Balor
AJ Styles surprised The Judgment Day when he brought Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson back to WWE and battled Finn Balor’s gang. However, it didn’t work out too well for The O.C. as Rhea Ripley is always there to screw them up.
The dynamic changed recently when Mia Yim returned to WWE and joined the Styles club. She’s there to neutralize Ripley. Yim and Ripley are both involved in the women’s WarGames match, so it’s not safe to assume they’ll even be at ringside for this fight.
Styles and Balor are the de facto leaders of their respective factions, so the outcome of this fight could determine which group will dominate Monday nights from here.
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Shotzi for the SmackDown Women’s Championship
This filler match feels like it’s only there because Rousey is a star who has something to do with pay-per-view. Shotzi was rushed to this spot due to the lack of depth on the SmackDown women list.
She got here by pinning Lacey Evans to win a six-pack challenge. Meanwhile, Rousey has aligned herself with Shayna Baszler and viciously broke the arm of Raquel Rodriguez, who stood up for her boyfriend Shotzi.
Shotzi says it’s personal now and she’ll shock the world if she beats Rousey for the title. She may have to run over Rousey with her tank for that to come to fruition.
It’s taken a long time, but WarGames has finally made it to WWE, and Survivor Series fits well with this concept. The two WarGames matches are the big attractions here, and as long as they perform, this event will be a definite success. The rest of the map doesn’t even matter that much.
What are you looking for Survivor series?