- WWE Survivor Series will take place at the Allstate Arena in Chicago on November 24th
- For the first time ever, NXT will be involved in the battle for brand supremacy with Raw and SmackDown
- Which show is expected to reign supreme according to the odds
WWE touts Survivor Series as the one night of the year that Raw, SmackDown and NXT go head-to-head-to-head, and while that’s far from true, it has been exciting to see the black-and-gold brand involved in the tired brand supremacy storyline for a change.
The November classic is quickly approaching, yet there is still a lot that remains unknown about the event. For starters, we have no idea what these brands are exactly fighting for (if anything), and NXT’s teams in the men’s and women’s elimination matches have yet to be announced.
As a result, odds aren’t available for all of the advertised matches as of this writing, but they are for most of the main ones. With that said, let’s look at who fans are picking to reign supreme in the battle for brand supremacy and in the night’s anticipated championship clashes.
Universal Championship Odds: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs Daniel Bryan
All odds taken November 21
The Fiend is fresh off winning the Universal Championship from Seth Rollins at last month’s Crown Jewel event. His feud with Bryan kicked off two weeks ago in a backstage segment and has unfortunately fallen flat so far.
With more time, however, this is a rivalry that could really mean something and help re-establish Bryan as the best babyface in the entire company. In the meantime, there’s no reason to believe he’ll be winning the world title on Sunday, and the lopsided odds in The Fiend’s favor reflect that.
It’s possible WWE goes with a non-finish here to prolong the program and to build to a gimmick match of some sort at TLC in December. Either way, the chances of Wyatt dropping the belt so soon are slim to none.
Bryan gave Wyatt one of his greatest matches ever at Royal Rumble 2014, but we’ll see how strong their chemistry will be this time around with Wyatt portraying The Fiend, especially since Wyatt’s recent run-ins with Rollins were pretty poor.
Men’s Survivor Series Elimination Match Odds
It’s unknown who Team NXT will consist of as of now, which would likely explain why they are behind Raw and SmackDown in the betting odds. What we do know, however, is that Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, King Corbin, Mutsafa Ali and Shorty G will be fighting for SmackDown while Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton and Ricochet will be representing Raw.
On paper, Raw has the significantly stronger team. Then again, it’s difficult to imagine both Reigns and Strowman getting eliminated, so SmackDown’s decisive lead in the betting odds is logical.
SmackDown debuted on FOX in early October and has been positioned as the “A-show” ever since. They’re the safe bet here, but Raw’s dominance in this type of match over the years should be documented as well.
This is a bout that could very well go either way, but even if SmackDown doesn’t end the evening with bragging rights, they can at least count on winning the matchup that matters most for them.
Viking Raiders vs New Day vs Undisputed Era Odds
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Say what you will about WWE’s lacking tag team division, but this Triple Threat is stacked with star power. Viking Raiders have dominated the Raw ranks since debuting in April, Undisputed Era have had a stranglehold on NXT’s tag team titles for years, and New Day are one of the most decorated tandems in WWE history.
From an in-ring standpoint, this is bound to be a blast. Viking Raiders are heavily favored over their opposition here, but they were also the odds-on favorites to win the WWE World Cup at Crown Jewel and didn’t, so that doesn’t necessarily mean victory is guaranteed for them at Survivor Series.
In fact, this is a match designed for Undisputed Era, who are ultimate opportunists and have been known to steal wins when fans least expect it. They can pin New Day here so Viking Raiders never factor into the finish.
Then again, New Day haven’t won seven tag team titles together for nothing, meaning they could conceivably win this thing as well. It’s truly a toss-up, but based off their track records in matches such as this, Undisputed Era are the best bet, despite what the odds indicate.
AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura vs Roderick Strong Odds
This is another match that could very well steal the show on Sunday considering the immense amount of talent involved. Styles, Nakamura and Strong are all exceptional athletes and have waged war with each other many times in the past, but never before in a Triple Threat.
Styles winning is a bit more clear-cut than the other three-way matches, if only because of how he’s been booked as United States champion since the summer. He’s been a prominent fixture on Raw lately, while Nakamura has flown under the radar as Intercontinental champion.
Strong, on the other hand, isn’t nearly on the same level as those two main event players. Both he and Nakamura will have stellar showings, but Styles will secure the victory for Raw.
Women’s Survivor Series Elimination Match Odds
Similar to the men’s Survivor Series elimination match, Team NXT has yet to be revealed. No indication was given on Wednesday’s episode of NXT who will make up the squad for the black-and-gold brand, making it all the more surprising that they’re currently leading in the betting odds ahead of the event.
There can be little doubt that NXT boasts the best women’s division of any WWE brand at the moment, but it’s difficult to imagine a scenario where they’d be booked to win over the likes of Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, and their respective squads. Four of NXT’s finest lost to four females from SmackDown last Friday, so their odds of winning this aren’t as strong as some may think.
While Team NXT should win, they aren’t the smartest choice for fans to be putting their money on. It’s more a question of who will emerge victorious between Raw and SmackDown, and Raw would seem to be the better pick.
In addition to Flair, Raw will be represented by Natalya, The Kabuki Warriors and Sarah Logan. Needless to say, Logan should be eliminated fairly quickly, but on the whole, that’s a more well-rounded team than SmackDown’s Sasha Banks, Nikki Cross, Carmella, Dana Brooke and Lacey Evans.
Becky Lynch vs Bayley vs Shayna Baszler Odds
Lynch has been the best thing going in WWE since WrestleMania 35 and has beaten every challenger to her Raw Women’s Championship in that time. However, she may have met her match in Baszler, who has been dominant in her own right this year.
Lynch, Baszler and even Bayley have done a tremendous job of generating genuine excitement for this Triple Threat. The outcome isn’t as predictable as the others on the Survivor Series card, but Baszler winning would be the most intriguing possibility of them all.
The WWE Universe understands that as well, which is why The Queen of Spades is favored over her opponents in the betting odds. It’s possible Lynch or Bayley steal the win by pinning the other, but Baszler is in the midst of a major push at the moment and should come out of this three-way on top.
If not Baszler, then Lynch is fine choice as well. Either way, Bayley feels like a major afterthought in this outing.
WWE Championship Odds: Brock Lesnar vs Rey Mysterio
Mysterio has made a career out of overcoming the odds, but Lesnar is a totally different type of threat. Their feud has been fun to follow in the weeks preceding the pay-per-view and The Master of the 619 has convinced fans that he will walk out of Chicago the new WWE champion.
Storyline-wise, Mysterio avenging the attack his son Dominic endured at the hands of The Beast Incarnate makes the most sense. It’d also make for a magical moment in the same city Mysterio won his first WWE world title over a dozen years ago, but it’s rare Lesnar is defeated by Superstars smaller than him.
Lesnar has defended a top title at the last two WrestleManias and it doesn’t look like WrestleMania 36 will be an exception. Mysterio should come close to capturing the championship, but Lesnar will remain WWE champion for at least a little while longer.
The odds are accurate in predicting a decisive victory for The Conqueror come Survivor Series.
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