21/02/2024

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WWE Survivor Series: WarGames will take place on Sunday, November 27 and is spearheaded by the specialised steel cage match that was adopted in NXT five years ago.

The structure that encompasses two rings will be featured twice at the Premium Live Event; one match for the men and the other dedicated to the women.

While Survivor Series has traditionally focused on brand vs brand warfare for several years, it will be taking a different direction in 2022 under Triple H’s creative control with the use of the WarGames stipulation.

The build for this show will be minimal as a result of WWE’s focus on Crown Jewel, which just occurred this past Sunday.

However, the women’s WarGames match was mostly confirmed on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw with Damage CTRL, Nikki Cross and one more female competing against the team of Bianca Belair, Asuka, Alexa Bliss and two other women.

At this stage, the men’s contest is still unknown and should be given more clarification on Friday Night Smackdown this week. Both matches should hopefully be finalised by the end of next week, as there is only just over a fortnight until Survivor Series commences at the TD Garden in Boston.

The Inner Sanctum will provide a guide on who should be featured in the men’s WarGames match, ahead of a potential announcement soon.

The Bloodline vs. Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens and The Brawling Brutes

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It was revealed during Crown Jewel that the WarGames matches will hold 10 people, with two teams composed of five members. As soon as this was announced, it became clear that the men’s version would have to consist of The Bloodline as one of the two quintets.

The Bloodline has been one of the most enjoyable features on weekly television and is WWE’s biggest stable, led by Roman Reigns and more notably the ongoing dispute between Jey Uso and Sami Zayn.

With the Tribal Chief unlikely to defend his Undisputed Universal Championship at Survivor Series, it strengthens the chances even further that he and the rest of The Bloodline will pariticipate in the men’s WarGames match.

Regarding who The Bloodline should face inside the steel structure, the most intriguing team would consist of Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens and The Brawling Brutes.

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The Scottish Warrior has been feuding with Karrion Kross for several weeks and needs to be injected into a different storyline on Smackdown, while he poses as the perfect figure to lead a team that would contest The Bloodline.

Not only does he have an obvious history with the Undisputed Universal Champion, but also should renew his hostilities with Solo Sikoa after the Street Champion cost him the title at Clash at the Castle.

Kevin Owens should also be included in the men’s WarGames match to battle against The Bloodline, as he hasn’t been seen on main roster television since Smackdown on October 1.

The Prizefighter has a history with the Tribal Chief like McIntyre, as the two were involved in an intense rivalry for the Universal Championship in late 2020 to early 2021. The deeper link with The Bloodline for Kevin Owens though, is his long-time best friend and now Honorary Uce, Sami Zayn.

Owens has been attempting to convince Zayn for months that The Bloodline don’t appreciate him and that he is much better off without them, but the latter has always thought differently and is relishing the time he has spent with the group.

It has been a much-loved staple on weekly television that has always kept the WWE Universe eager to see what happens next with Zayn and The Bloodline, but more importantly Jey Uso.

Integrating the former Universal Champion is a fantastic way to bring him back on television, as Owens is a fan favourite and has been treated incredibly since Triple H took control of creative.

Finally, The Brawling Brutes would round out the final three members to take on The Bloodline alongside McIntyre and Owens.

Not only would Butch and Ridge Holland want to seek revenge following their loss to The Usos at Crown Jewel, but Sheamus would also be desperate to get his hands on The Bloodline after the vicious assault Jey, Jimmy, Solo and Sami unleashed on the October 22 edition of Smackdown.

The quartet attacked the Celtic Warrior’s arm with the assistance of multiple chairs and steel steps, which has written him off television ever since. Much like Owens, the WarGames match would be a brilliant way to incorporate Sheamus back on Smackdown.

Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods of The New Day have also been floated as possible options to team with The Brawling Brutes against The Bloodline at Survivor Series.

The Usos are arguably their biggest rival, and are competing against the duo for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships on this week’s Smackdown to protect their record as the longest reigning Tag Team Champions of all time.

However, The Brawling Brutes would need some real starpower alongside them and with no disrespect to The New Day, Owens and McIntyre fill that void more proficiently.

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