Now that Crown Jewel is in the rearview mirror all of the focus will be solely placed upon WWE’s annual Survivor Series pay-per-view coming up in November. The annual event has been a staple for WWE for decades and it’s a personal favourite of mine. It’s a place where never-before-seen dream interactions take place for superstars from both respective brands.
Over the past three years, the event has been widely known for the battle for brand supremacy as Raw and SmackDown Live went into head-to-head in competition. This year though, for the first-time-ever NXT will be included in the battle and the possibilities are endless.
Below I will be highlighting some of my favourite brand supremacy matches from the last three years.
#1 Men’s Survivor Series Traditional Match: Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Shane McMahon, Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton (with mascot James Ellsworth): 2016 Survivor Series
Some of the most memorable moments were when Kevin Owens got disqualified after using The List of Jericho which allowed Randy Orton to eliminate his best friend Chris Jericho with an RKO outa nowhere. Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles’ hatred for each other got “The Lunatic Fringe” eliminated from the match early on. Roman Reigns speared Shane McMahon out of his boots during a Coast-to-Coast attempt.
Ambrose came back out and all three former members of The Shield delivered a wicked Shield-Bomb to Styles through the announce table.
— WWE (@WWE) November 21, 2016
The new and improved Wyatt Family ensured SmackDown Live the victory with a Sister Abigail and RKO double-team finisher on Reigns.
#2 The Shield vs. The New Day: 2017 Survivor Series
The Shield vs. The New Day had been considered a dream match since both factions arrived in WWE. It took a few years but WWE Universe finally witnessed the colossal six-man tag match at the 2017 Survivor Series.
On the October 23rd episode of Raw, Shane McMahon and the SmackDown Live roster took Monday Night Raw “under siege” completely obliterating superstars from inside the ring to the backstage area. A few weeks later during a Raw Tag Team Championship Match, The New Day cost Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins their Raw Tag Team Championships during their title defence against The Bar. Once Roman Reigns returned from an illness he demanded the Commissioner of Raw Stephanie McMahon made the match official.
Words can’t describe how awesome this match was and describing the high-octane action does not do it any justice. I implore you to go back and rewatch this match.
#3 WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Universal Champion Brock Lesnar
This match was simply “Phenomenal” (pun intended) and AJ Styles worked his ass off to make this champion vs. champion match feel special. The WWE Universe was red-hot for this dream match which made it that much more exciting. “The Beast Incarnate” Brock Lesnar took Styles to Suplex City and overpowered his smaller opponent.
Styles played the gutsy resilient babyface who withstood a huge amount of punishment. “The Phenomenal One” was given an appropriate amount of time to prove why he’s one of the most gifted athletes in WWE bringing the fight to Lesnar. Definitely go watch this match this dream match lived up to expectations.
#4 Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs. United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura
After months of criminal mistreatment, “The King of Strong Style” Shinsuke Nakamura was looking to bounce back after his recent string of devastating losses. “The Kingslayer” Seth Rollins was letting the Los Angeles crowd know why he’s dubbed “Monday Night Rollins!”
It took a little bit for Nakamura and Rollins to find their groove but once they did it was awesome.
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) November 19, 2018
Rollins delivered high-octane offence to Nakamura keeping the United States champion on his toes with several near-falls. Nakamura executed his stiff strikes and utilized his huge arsenal of dangerous submissions. The Intercontinental champion delivered another gutsy performance and executed the Stomp to gain a huge victory for the Raw brand.
#5 Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair
The SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch was set to battle Ronda Rousey until she got her nose busted by Nia Jax during an invasion attack on this week’s episode of Raw. Charlotte Flair was appointed by “The Man” to take her place and beat the holy hell out of “The Baddest Woman on the Planet.” This was an incredible dream match for the ages. “The Queen” was standing her ground in the squared circle against the MMA star Rousey. From start to finish the action was fast and furious. If you want to see one of the best women’s matches of the past few years then do yourself a favour and rewatch this match.
— WWE (@WWE) November 19, 2018
The match ended when Flair grabbed a kendo stick and began viciously attacking Rousey. The WWE Universe loved every second of it myself included.