What's the story?
According to a report from Dirty Sheets, the two separate creative teams for Monday Night RAW and SmackDown LIVE are engaged in their own backstage Survivor Series squabble as they are unable to agree on which brand should win which match at the WWE's upcoming pay-per-view. However, it is alleged that Vince McMahon has stepped in and told WWE Creative that Raw needs to come out on top in Houston.
In case you didn't know...
Survivor Series is the only pay-per-view in WWE's year that puts Superstars from Monday Night Raw against Superstars from SmackDown LIVE. This year there are a ton of inter-brand matches as the two shows battle for brand supremacy, with RAW General Manager Kurt Angle's job on the line if his brand doesn't win.
The heart of the matter
The Dirty Sheets have reported the following regarding the current booking of Survivor Series and the conflict between the red and blue creative teams,
During preliminary discussions, regarding how to the book the matches and results at the Survivor Series PPV, it’s being said that neither writing team were willing to see their brand members weakened and a lot of the discussions ended in deadlock.
However, this report goes on to suggest that, as always, the Survivor Series results are ultimately Vince McMahon's decision and the Chairman has stepped in, instructing his conflicting teams that 'Raw needs to prevail 3-2.'
The article also contains speculative match results that have been 'pencilled' in, with The Dirty Sheets suggesting that Brock Lesnar is currently planned to beat Jinder Mahal and that The SmackDown LIVE women's team will win their Traditional Survivor Series match.
If the statement about Vince McMahon wanting it to be 3-2 in RAW's favour holds any water, then we can surmise that RAW will win two of the three remaining matches, being the Tag-Team Title match, the US vs Intercontinental Title match, and the men's traditional Survivor Series match. This would also allow Kurt Angle to keep his job!
So, I think it goes without saying that all of this is highly speculative at this point; for example, Brock Lesnar might not even face Jinder Mahal at Survivor Series depending on how Tuesday's SmackDown LIVE in the UK goes, so it appears any plans that The Dirty Sheets may have gotten hold of are nowhere near set in stone with the WWE creative team changing things regularly.
However, I think this suggested booking for Survivor Series is plausible at the very least.
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