Predicting All Champions' Fate At Survivor Series 2018
#3 Seth Rollins vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Intercontinental Champion vs. United States Champion)
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Seth Rollins is one of the few dream matches fans have been waiting anxiously to witness. However, with the current situation, it's impossible to address the issues here.
Nakamura was the hottest commodity to move from NXT to the main roster in several recent years.
But, unfortunately, after his overall lackluster main event feud with AJ Styles and a US title run that has largely been forgotten about, he finds himself in no man's land on Smackdown.
No one wants the United States Championship and hence, we've barely seen Nakamura on TV or competing at recent PPVs.
The IC Championship, on the other hand, has not been in the best position as well since Rollins has been part of multiple tag matches and tournaments for the most part of his title run. However hot story-lines, a constant presence on TV, Shield reunion and the recent Ambrose heel turn have all kept Rollins at the upper echelon of the RAW roster even when not defending his IC championship.
With all factors considered, this one too feels like a RAW win. Rollins is by far a priority for WWE right now than Nakamura is.
Given their respective ages, promo skills and the ability to possibly base the brand around, Rollins is the guy WWE is invested in more.
However, this is where the "entertainment" side of things come up. Rollins will not lose anything if he loses to Nakamura after an Ambrose interference. A Nakamura win here will check several key boxes.
Firstly, it will bring Nakamura back to TV with a bang who can then be built as the big deal he really is.
He will have a win to brag about on the blue brand and can use that as something to build momentum ahead of his possible programs with Rey Mysterio or Daniel Bryan.
It will also help level up the RAW vs. Smackdown theme of the night as it's highly unlikely we get more Smackdown victories going forward (more on that!).
Rollins too will have no strings attached like the world cup or champion vs. champion match after that and can dive straight into his red-hot program with Ambrose after the frustrating loss due to interference.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura