Every week, our WWE Weekly Preview provides a breakdown of each WWE show for the week. This week, in particular, is huge because it is the last “Big Four” weekend of 2017. On top of the four usual shows, Survivor Series is this Sunday (11.19) and NXT TakeOver: War Games is on Saturday (11.18).
Monday Night Raw (11.13.17)
In what seems to be normal as of late, Raw has a pretty good show lined up before heading to war with SmackDown Live at Survivor Series. Perhaps the biggest part of the show is the return of Roman Reigns, who has been dealing with a virus that kept a small portion of the roster away from the ring. Reigns is reuniting with the Shield for the first time in about a month and Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose probably want to get revenge on the New Day for costing them the Raw Tag Team Championships last week.
Speaking of title changes, the last episode of SmackDown Live saw AJ Styles defeat Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship. This means that all of the trash-talking Paul Heyman did a couple weeks ago towards Mahal is useless now because Brock Lesnar has a new opponent for Survivor Series. Styles is a very different, and considerably better, performer than the Modern Day Maharaja, so it will be interesting to see how Heyman and Lesnar prepare for the Champion vs. Champion bout.
There is only one match advertised for Raw this week and it determines the final spot in Raw’s female Survivor Series elimination match team. Team Captain Alicia Fox has already drafted Nia Jax, Asuka, and Sasha Banks to her group and there is still one spot remaining. Bayley will face Mickie James and Dana Brooke in a Triple Threat Match to determine the last member of the team.
SmackDown Live (11.14.17)
Just five days before several Champion vs. Champion matches, SmackDown Live has two matches scheduled that could change everything. Natalya is scheduled to face current Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss, but she only will if she can retain the gold against Charlotte Flair. Also, Baron Corbin must defend his United States Championship against Sin Cara before taking on the Intercontinental Champion, The Miz.
In non-title action, The New Day are scheduled to face Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens after the two teams got heated last week. It is also intriguing to see where James Ellsworth stands in WWE now that he was attacked by the entire women’s division.
205 Live (11.14.17)
205 Live this week should be the same type of show as normal, with perhaps something between Enzo Amore and Kalisto before they collide for the Cruiserweight Championship. After the special guests from the United Kingdom division last week, it will feel a bit empty without them this week.
WWE NXT (11.15.17)
The last episode of NXT before a TakeOver tends to keep things pretty lowkey, but there are some exciting things advertised here. Drew McIntyre and Andrade “Cien” Almas will finally go face-to-face before they battle for the NXT Championship, and Ember Moon will go one-on-one with Mae Young Classic competitor Mercedes Martinez.
NXT TakeOver: War Games (11.18.17)
Like all of our coverage for WWE Pay-Per-Views and TakeOver specials, there will be a more extended preview coming later this week with predictions. For now, here is the current match card, topped with the return of the War Games Match.
- Kassius Ohno vs. Lars Sullivan
- Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream
- Kairi Sane vs. Ember Moon vs. Peyton Royce vs. Nikki Cross – Vacated NXT Women’s Championship
- Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas – NXT Championship
- SANitY vs. The Undisputed Era vs. The Authors of Pain & Roderick Strong – War Games Match
Survivor Series (11.19.17)
Like NXT TakeOver: War Games, Survivor Series will also have a dedicated preview later this week, with predictions. Here is the card as of this writing, which could change depending on the title matches on SmackDown Live this week.
- Enzo Amore (c) vs. Kalisto – WWE Cruiserweight Championship
- The Miz (Intercontinental Champion) vs. Baron Corbin (United States Champion)
- The Usos (SmackDown Tag Team Champions) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro (Raw Tag Team Champions)
- Alexa Bliss (Raw Women’s Champion) vs. Natalya (SmackDown Women’s Champion)
- Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Jason Jordan, Finn Balor, & Samoa Joe vs. Shane McMahon, Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, & John Cena – Survivor Series Elimination Match
- Alicia Fox, Nia Jax, Asuka, Sasha Banks, & [Undetermined] vs. Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Naomi, Tamina, & Carmella – Survivor Series Elimination Match
- Brock Lesnar (WWE Universal Champion) vs. AJ Styles (WWE Champion)
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