One of WWE’s premier events returns on Saturday as the Survivor Series arrives in Boston. For the first time, WarGames will be the focus of the second oldest pay-per-view in promotion history.
WarGames were a staple for NXT, but the match that became famous in the NWA and WCW was never played in the WWE main roster. That changed this year with five-on-five matches for both men and women.
In the match, two members of each team start in the ring, and members of other teams are added one at a time. There is a cage around the two rings and there is traditionally a lot of chaos and wild moments in the match.
Let’s take a closer look at who our CBS Sports experts predict will come out on top in the WWE Survivor Series, which kicks off Saturday at 8:00 pm ET at Boston’s TD Garden and streams live on Peacock.
WWE Survivor Series Predictions 2022
Pedigree (Roman Reigns, Jay Uso, Jimmy Uso, Solo Sikoa, Sami Zayn) vs. The Brawl Brutes Pedigree (Sheamus, Ridge Holland, Butch), Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens (WarGames Match)
It would make a lot of sense for The Bloodline to take a beating here and freshen up some Reigns contenders and maybe even send Zane out of the group to hook up with Owens, now knowing inside information about how Reigns and his family work. But WWE seemed so committed to protecting the group, even when they could suffer a pointless loss here or there. Holland and Butch provide two bodies that are more likely to swallow loss than anyone on the Bloodline side other than Zane if they choose to move this story forward now. I wish things had gone the other way, but choosing The Bloodline always seems safe. Choice: Bloodline wins — Brent Brookhouse
Very rarely does The Bloodline have the opportunity to lose cleanly in a major tournament. Their status as record-breaking champions makes them almost bulletproof, but WarGames drops their titles out of the equation. The ongoing struggle of Bloodline could sow the seeds of something like Zane’s exit or a group upheaval. A win for the good guys will give Sheamus and Owens their well-deserved undisputed world title fights against Reigns. Simply, there are too many positive and intriguing outcomes stemming from The Bloodline’s defeat. Choice: The Brawling Brutes, McIntyre and Owens win — Shaquille Mahjuri
Bianca Belair, Asuka, Alexa Bliss, Mia Yim and 1 TBA vs Damage CTRL (Bayley, IYO SKY, Dakota Kai), Rhea Ripley and Nikki Cross (WarGames Match)
At the time of this writing, a fifth member of Belair’s team has not been announced. I’m going to assume that this person will be the returned Becky Lynch. If it’s Lynch, it’s hard to imagine that her return won’t tip the scales. Anything booked in these locations should create something else in the future, and Lynch’s return will help keep Damage CTRL’s attention away from the never-ending feud with Belair. Of course, someone has to take the title from Belair eventually, and Bayley felt that was the best option. But dragging it out any longer seems pointless after they’ve had so many matches lately. Choice: Team Belair wins — Brookhouse
Damage CTRL’s success since its debut has been mixed, but the return of Kai and Sky to the women’s tag team titles is a good sign. Simply put: the villainous team is more cohesive. Bailey’s faction is tight-knit, they have a constant ally in Cross, and Ripley is doing well in Doomsday. Ripley has become a breakout member of her faction and a win here should lead her to a title match with Belair. I will reconsider my choice if Beth Phoenix becomes the last member of Belair’s squad. Choice: Team Damage CTRL wins — Makhjuri
SmackDown Women’s Championship — Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Shotzi Blackheart
There is no logical reason why Shotzy should win. She wasn’t warned as a major threat before becoming the #1 contender and that hasn’t changed. Rosie’s villainous escape and her renewed alliance with Shayna Baszler can be squeezed a little juice. Rosie should win without much resistance and then move on to the next one. Choice: Rousey retains title — Makhjuri (also Brookhouse)
US Championship — Seth Rollins (c) vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Teori
Yes, Rollins is still quite early on in his run, but WWE has laid a lot of twists and turns in this story, and it’s a situation where it’s easy to see the title change hands multiple times. Theory has had to swallow a rather nasty situation with his Money in the Bank cashout, but now he might be able to steal the title as Lashley and Rollins are killing each other. Call it intuition, but Theory, having triumphed and forced to somehow navigate the hunt for Rollins and Lashley, makes a lot of sense here. Choice: Theory wins the title — Brookhouse
The Rollins title in the US is too recent to be abandoned now. Rollins put a lot of people and was finally awarded the title run in singles. He can play well with almost anyone, and he has fans behind him. Lashley is gearing up for a trilogy with Brock Lesnar. The theory was not constructed in such a way as to justify winning here. Rollins will stay in a fun match that uses a variety of styles. Choice: Rollins retains title — Makhjuri
AJ Styles vs. Finn Balor
Doomsday just keeps missing the opportunity to fully catch on as a top tier power. Recently, Styles was joined by his old OC teammates and then Mia Yim was added to the mix. Looks like it’s time to let Styles take the singles win and stay on top of the map while Balor can keep spinning wheels with a doomsday group that just isn’t working. Choice: Styles wins — Brookhouse (also Mahjuri)