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WWE Network Dive | Survivor Series 2017

Jul 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; WWE wrestlers of The New Day known as Kofi Nahaje Sarkodie-Mensah (left) and Ettore Ewen (center) and Austin Watson (right) arrive on the red carpet for the 2016 ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Instead of turning back the clock en route to taking a look at an event from the past, FRS SLAM! is now peaking ahead at the future — albeit the very, very near future. With yet another pay-per-view event currently on the immediate horizon, the WWE Universe should most definitely be tuned in to Survivor Series 2017 this weekend.

Announced Matches:

  • Enzo Amore vs. Kalisto [Cruiserweight Championship]
  • The Miz vs. Baron Corbin
  • Team Raw (Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and Triple H) vs. Team SmackDown Live (Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena)
  • Team Raw (Alicia Fox, Nia Jax, Asuka, Sasha Banks and Bayley) vs. Team SmackDown Live (Becky Lynch, Carmella, Naomi, Tamina and TBA)
  • The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) vs. The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro)
  • Brock Lesnar vs. A.J. Styles
  • The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins) vs. The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E)
  • Alexa Bliss vs. Charlotte Flair

Despite the fact that Survivor Series 2017 will ultimately feature a slew of main-event-caliber matches, there are three bouts in particular that will have the WWE Universe sitting toward the edge of their seats come Sunday evening in Houston, Texas.

5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Match

This one is pretty self-explanatory. While such a match has remained popular since the early days of Survivor Series, the most recent brand split has added even more intrigue to Sunday’s 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match. With SmackDown Live earning the victory in 2016, is it now Raw’s time to shine after getting the last laugh this past Tuesday?

With Braun Strowman, Bobby Roode, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura serving as the new blood in this match, the WWE has also decided to add a little extra attitude to this year’s bout. While both John Cena and Randy Orton simply cannot be left out of such a match at this point in their respective careers, the addition of Triple H, Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon will definitely help draw the interest of fans created during the infamous “Attitude Era.”

Yes, this will surely be a match for the ages because it is honestly difficult to have an un-entertaining 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match. However, this also has show-stealer written all over it because such a battle is most certainly a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.

Can The Beast Actually Be Tamed?

Does A.J. Styles actually have a shot at beating Brock Lesnar 1-on-1? Probably not, but because this matchup was seemingly thrown together overnight, the ultimate outcome remains quite unpredictable. While it is hard to imagine Lesnar taking yet another loss after allowing Goldberg to steal some of the limelight over the last year, there is a zero percent chance that Styles does not put on a spectacular performance here.

With Styles yet to disappoint in the WWE, Lesnar is more than overdue for a lengthy battle against a worthy opponent. Look for this one to turn some heads come Sunday.

The People’s Main Event

Yet another match that was made in the last week, The Shield against The New Day cannot be overlooked on the looming card. Like the vast majority of the matches on this year’s installment of Survivor Series, the storyline surrounding this showdown won’t be able to last past the pay-per-view due to the separation between Raw and SmackDown Live. Nonetheless, and due to the popularity of both tag-teams, The Shield versus The New Day has turned into a must-see matchup.

In addition to the entertainment value comprised within both teams, the in-ring ability of all six of these superstars cannot be denied. With this bout in line to become a wild one, it will be hard for either team to come out as losers regardless of the eventual outcome. With The New Day likely headed for a rivalry with Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens upon returning to SmackDown Live, The Shield’s future remains incredibly cloudy following the recent return of Roman Reigns. Win or lose, expect the WWE creative team to solidify at least one upcoming storyline for The Shield — after all, everyone knows that this tag-team can become quite the volatile trio…

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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