And then there was Survivor Series, the time of the year when WWE’s brand split “means something” and members of each roster go head-to-head to show which brand is… the best? Ignore the fact that both this year and last year we had brand drafts a month before so a good amount of the wrestlers representing each brand were on the other brand a month ago.
So on the plus side, in theory the card writes itself - each brand has 4 championships (discounting the WWE 24/7 title and the brand-floating WWE Women’s Tag Team titles) so they face off along with a men’s and women’s classic survivor series style matches. On the minus side, despite the card writing itself my backgrounds for each match became far more complicated as each match called for material from both shows instead of just one per match. On the minus minus side, does “brand supremacy” mean anything? When bundles with the brand draft only being a month ago, it really doesn’t mean anything. Do the wrestlers really care what color shirt they wear now?
This year especially there seems to be far more in-fighting between the survivor series teams, though that may be chalked up to the surprisingly refreshing lack of brand-against-brand attacks on each show. Usually those become just a clusterfuck in most cases. Not all cases - it really made The Man Becky Lynch back in 2018 when Nia Jax accidentally broke Lynch’s face (re: clusterfuck) mid-brawl giving us the best wrestling visual of easily the last 5 years, snowballed into stopping the planned Becky Lynch/Ronda Rousey match due to legitimate injury which then gave us that match (plus Charlotte Flair because Charlotte Flair) in the fucking main event of WWE WrestleMania 35. In fact, the likely main event, Drew McIntyre vs Roman Reigns, has that same WrestleMania-calibur feel to it. But overall? It mostly feels like we’re killing time until WrestleMania-season starts with the Royal Rumble.
How do we make it feel important? My proposal would be to add stakes to the men’s and women’s survivor series matches by giving each brand (and presumably the surviving wrestlers of each team) the chance at getting the #30 spot in the Royal Rumble. Does the #30 spot always win the Rumble? No, only three times (Undertaker in 2007, John Cena in 2008, and Triple H in 2015), but it’s always presented as a coveted spot. And what about the singles titles matches? How about the winning champion gets to main-event one of the WrestleMania nights (because we should continue WrestleMania being a 2-night affair). This guarantees we have both a men’s and women’s title matches as the main event and gives more than just “bragging rights.”
Now, before we get to our staff stats, how about some Survivor Series stats - you know, for the brand supremacy. Since the current brand-split began in 2016, there have been 4 Survivor Series shows. Raw defeated Smackdown 2-1 in 2016, Raw defeated Smackdown 4-3 in 2017, Raw defeated Smackdown 6-0 in 2018 (Smackdown did win a match on the pre-show but for some reason it doesn’t count), and then out of nowhere NXT defeated both Smackdown and Raw 4-2-1 in 2019. Because NXT was so awesome last year they have not been invited back, and to be fair I’m pretty sure Bobby Lashley and Sami Zayn would straight-up murder NXT North American champion Leon Ruff. Or maybe Ruff would comedically win due to amazingly botched interference from Johnny Gargano. Aw man now I want that.
Oh and we’re celebrating the Undertaker’s 30-year anniversary after debuting at the 1990 Survivor Series. Give us an Undertaker/Fiend interaction of any kind, you cowards!
With WWE’s stats out of the way, let’s check in with Quixotronic’s Wrestling Shame Challenge™. What with how long the #quixotine is taking, right now I think we’ll run the challenge through WrestleMania to give us 1) a natural ending spot for stats, and b) plenty of time to figure out how best to share the shame with you. As of right now, the loser will need to rap the AWA WrestleRock Rumble rap at you, our dear readers. For a horrible horrible preview, please see below. I regret nothing.
Previously on Fanboy Wrestletronic…
Standings going into AEW Full Gear 2020
First Place: Kyle, 61% (62-39)
Second Place: Tim, 56% (36-28)
Third Place: Ryan, 47% (21-24)
AEW Full Gear results & scores:
NWA Worlds Women’s Title Match: Allysin Kay vs Serena Deeb ©
Your Winner: Serena Deeb
Kyle: Serena Deeb (1-0 / 63-39)
AEW World Title Tournament Final: Adam Page vs Kenny Omega
Your Winner: Kenny Omega
Kyle: Kenny Omega (2-0 / 64-39)
John Silver vs Orange Cassidy
Your Winner: Orange Cassidy
Kyle: Orange Cassidy (3-0 / 65-39)
AEW TNT Title Match: Darby Allin vs Cody Rhodes ©
Your Winner, and NEW AEW TNT Champion: Darby Allin
Kyle: Cody Rhodes (3-1 / 65-40)
AEW Women’s Title Match: Nyla Rose vs Hikaru Shida ©
Your Winner: Hikaru Shida
Kyle: Hikaru Shida (4-1 / 66-40)
AEW Tag Team Titles Match: Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) vs FTR (Cash Wheeler & Dax Harwood ©
Your Winners, and NEW AEW Tag Team Champions: Young Bucks
Kyle: FTR (4-2 / 66-41)
Elite Deletion Match: Matt Hardy vs Sammy Guevara
Your Winner: Matt Hardy
Kyle: Sammy Guevara (4-3 / 66-42)
Chris Jericho vs MJF
Your Winner: MJF
Kyle: MJF (5-3 / 67-42)
AEW World Title I Quit Match: Eddie Kingston vs Jon Moxley ©
Your Winner: Jon Moxley
Kyle: Jon Moxley (6-3 / 68-42)
And now the conclusion…
New standings after AEW Full Gear 2020
First Place: Kyle, 62% (68-42)
Second Place: Tim, 56% (36-28)
Third Place: Ryan, 47% (21-24)
Who will survive!?
If you want to watch WWE Survivor Series 2020 live on Sunday, you’ll want to subscribe to the WWE Network. Until then, here’s your Quixotronic preview of the show.
WWE Survivor Series 2020
Raw vs Smackdown Battle Royal
The Background: It was announced on Twitter there would be a duel-brand battle royal before the November 20th Smackdown. It will be on the pre-show. No penalties for predictions - a point for both brand and wrestler.
Fanboy Fantasy: I’m still Team Andrade (see Fantasy WrestleMania 37) so I’d give the win to him. Mustafa Ali, who I think may win w/ Retribution help, would also be welcome.
Quixotronic Bullpen Predictions:
Kyle: Team Raw, Mustafa Ali - basically I think Smackdown will get the most wins so I’m going with Raw so it’s “close”. I assume we want to set up McIntyre’s next feud.
Tim: Team Raw, Elias.