17/04/2024

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WWE's final Premium Live Event of 2022 will be headlined by two very personal WarGames matches, with more than just supremacy and dominance on the line.

WWE Survivor Series WarGames will emanate from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts this Sunday on the WWE Network at 12pm AEDT. The final Premium Live Event for 2022 will be undergoing a different direction this year, headlined by two WarGames matches.

Survivor Series under the former administration traditionally focused on brand vs brand warfare for several years, but the new regime has drifted the show’s focus on the specialised steel cage match that originated in WCW and was adopted in NXT five years ago.

While the event has not received a proper and lengthy build due to Crown Jewel taking place at the beginning of the month, the WWE Universe remain excited for Survivor Series and particularly The Bloodline squaring up against Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens and The Brawling Brutes.

The show will also serve as the platform for multiple rivalries to reach their conclusion, before WWE turns their attention towards the Royal Rumble which occurs in January.

Below is The Inner Sanctum‘s preview and predictions for each match at Survivor Series WarGames.

Ronda Rousey (c) vs Shotzi – Smackdown Women’s Championship

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In her first Smackdown Women’s Title match, Shotzi will have the opportunity to dethrone the current champion and Baddest Woman on the Planet, Ronda Rousey.

The challenger earned her way into this match by winning a six-pack challenge on the November 12 edition of Smackdown, defeating Liv Morgan, Raquel Rodriguez, Sonya Deville, Lacey Evans and Xia Li.

Shotzi was full of confidence after the victory and told Rousey’s friend, Shayna Baszler that she will defeat the champion and win the gold at Survivor Series. However, the Queen of Spades placed the challenger in a sleeper hold and issued a warning that Rousey was going to humiliate her.

Shotzi was then able to recapture her momentum a week later, defeating Baszler in a singles match with assistance from Rodriguez.

This match will give Shotzi some spotlight and exposure after not prominently featuring on television, but Rousey should secure a comfortable win and retain her Smackdown Women’s Championship.

The Baddest Woman on the Planet after Survivor Series should have bigger fish to fry heading into WrestleMania, where she could potentially face Becky Lynch in a long-awaited one-on-one.

Prediction: Ronda Rousey

AJ Styles vs Finn Balor

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After a four-on-four between The Judgment Day and O.C. was anticipated for Survivor Series, AJ Styles and Finn Balor will instead meet in a singles match that should see the culmination of their rivalry.

The two have been feuding for months, as Balor had always attempted to persuade The Phenomenal One in joining The Judgment Day and failed. Styles consistently refused and he brought back Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson to reform The O.C. on the October 11 edition of Raw.

The rivalry between both factions then intensified and a six-man tag team match took place at Crown Jewel, where The Judgment Day secured the win due to an interference from Rhea Ripley. To combat the Eradicator’s influence, The O.C. aligned with the returning Mia Yim on the November 8 edition of Raw.

This was where a four-on-four contest was expected to happen, but Ripley and Yim instead joined the women’s WarGames match and it opened the door for an alternative; a one-on-one between Styles and Balor.

Both superstars need a victory, as Balor is coming off a United States Championship defeat to Seth Rollins from the November 15 edition of Raw and Styles is aiming to compensate for The O.C.’s loss at Crown Jewel.

It does feel like Balor is heading towards a much more important direction individually and should capture any win he can if true, although it would be at the expense of AJ Styles who has looked weak for a long time.

Prediction: Finn Balor

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Seth Rollins (c) vs Bobby Lashley vs Austin Theory – United States Championship

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Seth Rollins asked for it and he was granted his wish on this week’s episode of Raw; The Visionary will defend his United States Championship against Bobby Lashley and Austin Theory in a triple threat match.

The three superstars have been intertwined into one big rivalry and it all began on the October 18 edition of Raw, when Rollins won the title from The Almighty after the latter suffered a pre-match assault from Brock Lesnar.

Ever since, Lashley has been on a warpath and eager to win back the United States Championship he thought he should have never lost.

Austin Theory then inserted himself into the picture on the November 8 edition of Raw, where he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on a decimated Rollins and failed due to a relentless attack from Lashley.

The next week, Theory was seeking revenge and launched a brutal assault on The Visionary in what was a dramatic character change for the rising star.

Rollins will have a lot on his plate at Survivor Series, as both of his opponents are still seething after their respective recent events. However, he has been on a hot streak since winning the United States Championship and has become increasingly popular with the WWE Universe.

There is no reason for him to lose the title after only attaining it a month ago, as he should be given some fresh opponents post-Survivor Series. Where that leaves Lashley and Theory remains to be seen, but both should be primed and built up for impressive performances in the men’s Royal Rumble match.

Prediction: Seth Rollins

Bianca Belair, Asuka, Alexa Bliss, Mia Yim & TBA vs Damage CTRL, Rhea Ripley & Nikki Cross – Women’s WarGames Match

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Bianca Belair and Bayley’s ongoing feud since SummerSlam will finally come to an end at Survivor Series, when their respective teams meet inside the destructive WarGames match.

It was always suspected that the two groups led by the E.S.T and Role Model would face each other inside the steel cages, as Belair officially laid down the challenge on the November 8 edition of Raw. However, both parties only consisted of three members at that stage and needed more artillery.

Nikki Cross then emerged to join Damage CTRL, forming an alliance with the trio after helping Dakota Kai and IYO SKY recapture the Women’s Tag Team Championships at Crown Jewel. One week later, the returning Mia Yim evened out the situation and united with Belair, Asuka and Alexa Bliss.

It wasn’t equalised for long though, as Rhea Ripley decided to join Damage CTRL and Cross on the same night in spite of Yim aligning herself with The O.C. The Eradicator rounded out the quintet and gained the WarGames advantage for her team on the November 22 edition of Raw, defeating Asuka in the main event.

Belair’s team at present still consists of four members and will reveal their fifth on this week’s Smackdown. The majority of the WWE Universe are hoping for Sasha Banks to make her return to the company, with Survivor Series taking place in her hometown.

The other potential candidates to join the E.S.T’s group include Liv Morgan and Candice LeRae.

The latter befriended Belair, Asuka and Bliss to aid the trio in combatting Damage CTRL when she returned to WWE in September. Meanwhile, the former Smackdown Women’s Champion has a brief history with Ripley.

Morgan and the Eradicator became a duo together earlier in the year and even competed for the Women’s Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania, before Ripley betrayed Liv to join The Judgment Day. As of this writing, this year’s Ms. Money in the Bank is also advertised for Survivor Series.

With Bayley’s team obtaining the advantage and in order for her to amend two consecutive Raw Women’s Championship losses to Belair, her quintet need to win and Alexa Bliss might be the difference.

This match could potentially be the setting for her to turn on her group and kickstart a potential reunion with Bray Wyatt, which has been teased since Crown Jewel. Even if it doesn’t happen, Damage CTRL, Ripley and Cross should score the victory to conclude Bayley and Belair’s prolonged rivalry.

The contest could also set up a feud between the E.S.T and Eradicator, as the two were supposed to have a title match at Money in the Bank that was cancelled due to an injury Ripley sustained.

Prediction: Damage CTRL, Rhea Ripley & Nikki Cross

The Bloodline vs Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens & The Brawling Brutes – Men’s WarGames Match

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In what will be a thrilling and captivating main event, The Bloodline will step inside WarGames to collide against the team of Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens and The Brawling Brutes.

When it was announced at Crown Jewel that the WarGames matches would hold two teams of five, it was expected that The Bloodline would feature and it was only going to be a matter of who they would face.

The contest garnered some traction on the November 12 edition of Smackdown, where Butch and Ridge Holland told The Bloodline they have had enough of always being outnumbered. The confrontation then led to the return of their leader, Sheamus who made his first appearance after suffering a vicious assault from The Bloodline three weeks prior.

Both parties then engaged in a brawl and The Bloodline still had the numerical advantage, until Drew McIntyre entered the fray and joined The Brawling Brutes.

After this episode of Smackdown, there was still one more member to align himself with The Scottish Warrior and the Brutes. Kevin Owens was the most ideal option and despite reports he had sprained his MCL, he joined McIntyre and the Brutes to equalise The Bloodline during another brawl the following week.

Apart from the potential of what both teams will produce in the ring, the history The Bloodline’s opponents have with them makes this match very enticing.

McIntyre is still seeking revenge from Clash at the Castle, where he fell to Roman Reigns in an Undisputed Universal Championship match due to an interference from Solo Sikoa.

Butch and Holland are looking for retribution after losing an Undisputed Tag Team Title contest at Crown Jewel to The Usos, while Sheamus is out for blood after how The Bloodline attacked him on the October 22 edition of Smackdown.

While Kevin Owens is also after vengeance for his three title defeats to Reigns, the most intriguing factor of this match is his relationship with Sami Zayn. The two have considered each other as brothers since what feels like the dawn of time, as the Prizefighter has attempted to convince the Honorary Uce for months that The Bloodline don’t like him and will eventually abandon him.

It now sets the stage if The Bloodline will actually betray Zayn, with Jey Uso consistently trying to push him away from the group. Whether it occurs or not at Survivor Series is unknown, but a clearer picture should be provided on where Zayn stands in The Bloodline.

Regardless, the men’s WarGames match will steal the show and the result could depend on what happens with the Honorary Uce. With Owens returning to television, the wheels are potentially in motion for him to tag with his best friend again and Survivor Series could begin the process.

Prediction: Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens & The Brawling Brutes

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