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WWE Survivor Series 2018 card and predictions

Brock Lesnar faces Daniel Bryan in a dream match at WWE Survivor Series on Sunday night.

Raw's Universal Champion meets SmackDown's newly-crowned WWE Champion in a non-title match in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Flair stands in for the injured Becky Lynch in a WrestleMania worthy clash with Ronda Rousey.

Traditional Survivor Series 5-on-5 elimination matches will take place, with male and female teams representing both shows.

New WWE Champion Daniel Bryan

Raw's Tag Team Champions AOP challenge SmackDown's top dogs The Bar, while a 5-on-5 tag team match will also be hero.

And another non-title bout sees Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins square off with Champion Shinsuke Nakamura.

Here is a match-by-match breakdown of the show.

Buddy Murphy faces Mustafa Ali at Survivor Series

Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Mustafa Ali

Survivor Series will be Buddy Murphy's WWE Cruiserweight Championship, which he won in memorable fashion in his native Australia at Super Show-Down last month. Mustafa Ali defeated Tony Nese on 205 Live on the new number one contender, but his chances of overcoming the former NXT Tag Team Champion are slight. Murphy is currently producing the finest work of his WWE career and for all of Ali's qualities – and the high quality of this match is definitely not trading hands here.

Predicted winner: Buddy Murphy

The 5-on-5 Survivor Series team team elimination match

5-on-5 Survivor Series tag team elimination match

Team Raw (Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, The B-Team, The Revival, Lucha House Party, and The Ascension). Team SmackDown (The Usos, The New Day, Sanity, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, and The Colons)

The Kickoff pre-show will feature a massive traditional Survivor Series match featuring no less than 10 tag teams, with five from each of the brands. The Usos will lead the charge for SmackDown, joined by their longtime rivals The New Day, SAnitY, The Colons and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Raw's side will be captained by Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, who have selected 205 Live duo Lucha House Party, plus The Ascension, The Revival and The B-Team.

Jimmy and Jey's unit is far more impressive on paper, with only Red and Gable, two very accomplished tag team workers, and the former NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival measuring up to SmackDown's assorted riches. Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado) rarely if ever appear on Raw, while The Ascension have never been booked as credible on the main roster. They could fall in the morning, while the B-Team may well have a comedy role and provide some light relief mid-match.

The Colons Primo and Epico are two solidly experienced workers, yet they are restricted to occasional SmackDown appearances. How SAnitY are booked will be interesting, with them yet to make a real impression on Tuesday nights, but they like Gallows and Anderson are unlikely to make it to the closing stages. It would be great to see The Revival. However, it's hard to look well. The Usos and The New Day have too much for Team Red.

Predicted winners: SmackDown

Seth Rollins faces Shinsuke Nakamura at Survivor Series

Champion vs. Champion match

Seth Rollins (Intercontinental Champion) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (United States Champion)

An unheralded contest that Seth Rollins face Shinsuke Nakamura for the first time. Rollin 'to the United States Champion as a "generational talent" and it' s easy to forget what was his / her life with AJ Styles, "he said," and the Intercontinental Champion are two of the finest workers not only in WWE but in the world today, so this should be special. "" A result that would protect both people and the future. "Ambrose would be a narrow win for Nakamura, with The Lunatic Fringe providing the assist .

Predicted winner: Shinsuke Nakamura

The Women's 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match

5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match

Team Raw (Mickie James, Natalya, Nia Jax, Tamina and Ruby Riott) (with Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan). Team SmackDown (Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Asuka and TBA)

Alexa Bliss is currently injured, meaning the dominant former Raw and SmackDown Women's Champion has to be the non-competing captain or Team Raw's women's team. She has picked Mickie James, Nia Jax, Tamina, Natalya and Ruby Riott and will be supported by Riott's allies in the Riott Squad, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. Other Monday night stars, including Sasha Banks and Bayley, will sit on the pay-per-view, but it has allowed for a scenario where all group, with the exception of Nattie, will clash with a big babyface SmackDown side.

The blue brand will be represented by Asuka, Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville and as yet unconfirmed substitute for Charlotte Flair, who has replaced the concussed SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch as Ronda Rousey's opponent elsewhere on the card. Regardless or who the fifth lady turns out to be, hopefully the way this match is booked will allow for the rehabilitation of Asuka on Tuesday nights, with The Empress or Tomorrow emerging as the sole survivor against the collective might or Nia Jax and co.

Predicted winners: Team SmackDown

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Authors of Pain will face The Bar at Survivor Series

Champions vs. Champions match

AOP (Akam and Rezar) (Raw Tag Team Champions) (with Drake Maverick) vs. The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) (SmackDown Tag Team Champions) (with Big Show)

Two of the hardest hitting duos in all of WWE collide as Authors of Pain, the newly-crowned Raw Tag Team Champions, clash with European effervescent Cesaro and Sheamus, aka The Bar. This should be a great hoss fight. SmackDown's Tag Team Champions have greater technical prowess and experience, but Akam and Rezar possess raw power and youth. However, while AOP have the conniving Drake Maverick at ringside, The Bar can call upon the colossal Big Show. It's hard to see anything other than another win for the blue brand with the largest athlete in the world in favor of the Swiss Cyborg and Celtic Warrior.

Predicted winners: Cesaro and Sheamus

The Men's 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match

5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match

Team Raw (Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor and Bobby Lashley) (with Baron Corbin and Lio Rush). Team SmackDown (The Miz, Shane McMahon, Rey Mysterio, Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy) – 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match

Acting Raw General Manager Baron Corbin picked the former Dogs of War trio or Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre as the first three members of Team Raw's men's team, before adding stars Finn Bálor and Bobby Lashley to the mix. The Lone Wolf will also be flanked by Lashley's hype man Lio Rush at ringside, but he may need more than that to protect him from Strowman, who is screwed out of the Universal Championship at Crown Jewel by hitting him with the title belt before his match with Brock Lesnar started.

It's safe to say that all the members of Team Raw are not on the same page – we have not got to the burgeoning rivalry between Braun and McIntyre – Kurt Angle submit in a dominant performance on Raw in Manchester earlier this month. However, The Monster Among Men has been promised a rematch with Corbin by Raw commissioner Stephanie McMahon if he can get the job done tonight.

Stephanie, as ever, is desperate to get one over on her brother Shane McMahon, who abused his power by inserting himself in the main event of the WWE World Cup at Crown Jewel in place of the injured Miz, before winning the trophy for SmackDown. Shane O'Mac will again, as part of a side captained by The Miz. Daniel Bryan was originally his co-captain, but he has left the team, having become a Champion by dethroning AJ Styles last Tuesday.

He has been replaced by Jeff Hardy, who will also join Samoa Joe and the legendary Rey Mysterio. It's interesting that Randy Orton has left out of this side – a man who has been at odds with both Hardy and Mysterio in recent months. Could he have a part to play here? It would not be unlike The Viper to put his personal ambitions above the rest of the Smack Down roster and help hand victory to Team Raw.

Predicted winners: Team Raw

Ronda Rousey faces Charlotte Flair at Survivor Series

Singles match

Ronda Rousey (Raw Women's Champion) vs. Charlotte Flair

Becky Lynch versus Ronda Rousey was shaping up to be the most anticipated match on the card, due to the SmackDown Women's Champion's rapid rise since her very turn this summer. The Irishwoman has become one of the most popular stars in WWE, rechristened herself as 'The Man' and morphed into something of a female 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin, a transition that was cemented when she ambushed Ronda on Raw, put her in an armbar, then decimated Raw's locker room, despite having her face busted open in the process, a la The Rattlesnake himself.

Sadly, despite being a powerful visual, Lynch was legitimately hurt, having suffered a facial fracture and reported concussion when she received a stray elbow from Nia Jax. Ruled out of the match by WWE doctors, she picked Charlotte Flair as her replacement, just going as far as her new friend, who just pissed off a pulp in the blow first women's pay-per-view Evolution. While it was a jarring misstep, Flair was the only obvious replacement for Becky – perhaps Asuka aside.

So now we have Flair versus Rousey with no build whatsoever – a match many predicted could headline WrestleMania 35 next April. It's hard to know if this will turn out to be a great example of emergency booking, or go down as one of the biggest wasted opportunities in WWE history. Ronda is improving week-on-week, and the Baddest Woman on the Planet is still green. Can she work a long, competitive and entertaining match with Charlotte? Perhaps we will see in a short contest for some external shenanigans, allowing for a proper rematch between the pair.

Predicted winner: Ronda Rousey

Brock Lesnar faces Daniel Bryan at Survivor Series

Champion vs. Champion match

Brock Lesnar (Universal Champion) vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE Champion)

Raw's Universal Champion Brock Lesnar was set to face SmackDown's WWE Champion AJ Styles in a rematch of their thrilling non-title bout at Survivor Series last year, which was narrowly won by Lesnar, despite Styles pushing him all the way to the limit. But on SmackDown this week, after Brock's lawyer Paul Heyman stoked the fire, Styles and Daniel Bryan came to blows. That led to a title match which saw Daniel AJ's record-breaking reign, thanks in part to a low blow. Tuesday night finally have a new champion, Bryan has a new personality and the Beast Incarnate has a new opponent on Sunday, in a bona fide dream match.

Heyman hinted at the tale early in the show, stating that we'd never get to see Bryan versus Brock. But here we are, 24 hours or so ahead of a contest pitting one of the finest technical wrestlers on the planet against the most dangerous. If Bryan was still a baby face, this could have been reminiscent or Eddie Guerrero against Lesnar at No Way Out in 2004 – a classic David versus Goliath battle, which saw the late, great Eddie win against the odds. But now we have very versus very, Bryan just five days into a new WWE Championship reign, and Lesnar an unpopular substitute champion, who has only the Universal title because of Roman Reigns' fight with leukemia.

Fans may well still want to cheer for Bryan, regardless of his character switch, when it comes to this opponent. We all know Brock is preparing for another tilt at UFC Heavyweight Champion, but it is said to have been signed with WWE for WrestleMania 35. It seems extremely unlikely that Vince McMahon will want to book his favorite destroyer to lose here, but what purpose could him battering Bryan have? There is also the added concern that Bryan's documented concussion issues, he can afford to allow him to be the child of stiff beating favored by the Beast Incarnate, or multiple German suplexes, putting the back of his head at risk? Booking this is going to be real skill and there's a suspicion suspicion it may end in some kind of no contest.

Predicted winner: No contest

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Full card

1. Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Mustafa Ali – Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship

2. Team Raw (Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, The B-Team, The Revival, Lucha House Party, and The Ascension). Team SmackDown (The Usos, The New Day, Sanity, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, and The Colons) – 5-on-5 Survivor Series team team elimination match

3. Seth Rollins (Intercontinental Champion) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (United States Champion) – Champion vs. Champion match

4. Team Raw (Mickie James, Natalya, Nia Jax, Tamina and Ruby Riott) (with Alexa Bliss, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan). Team SmackDown (Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Asuka, and TBA) – 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match

5. AOP (Akam and Rezar) (Raw Tag Team Champions) (with Drake Maverick) vs. The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) (SmackDown Tag Team Champions) (with Big Show) – Champions vs. Champions match

6. Team Raw (Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor and Bobby Lashley) (with Baron Corbin and Lio Rush). Team SmackDown (The Miz, Shane McMahon, Rey Mysterio, Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy) – 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match

7. Ronda Rousey (Raw Women's Champion) vs. Charlotte Flair – Singles match

8. Brock Lesnar (Universal Champion) vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE Champion) – Champion vs. Champion match

Watch WWE Survivor Series 2018 live on the WWE Network or on Sky Sports Box Office at midnight on Sunday, November 18.

You can follow all the action as it happens in the Mirror Sports WWE Survivor Series 2018 Live Blog on Sunday, November 18.

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