Bianca Belair will compete at WWE Survivor Series as the first member of the SmackDown Women’s Division to qualify, but who will join her?
Whereas WWE dropped the ball on Raw by only having one qualifying match for the Raw Women’s Division’s WWE Survivor Series team, it looks like we are at least getting multiple qualifying matches on Friday nights to determine the five-on-five women’s team for SmackDown.
The EST of WWE competed in a Triple Threat match against Billie Kay and Natalya, and, of course, she won it, showing off her elite athleticism and charisma as SmackDown’s next big star. It would be nice to see an up-and-coming singles competitor like Kay join her in a second qualifying match, but there are a lot of other wrestlers on the brand who could make the team.
Let’s predict the remaining four members of Team SmackDown at WWE Survivor Series for the traditional five-on-five women’s match.
Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott
Over on Raw, we have two tag teams filling up four of the five Survivor Series slots. Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Dana Brooke, and Mandy Rose could have a tough time co-existing on the same team on Nov. 22, and there could be another interesting layer if a third women’s tag team is present but on the other team.
Morgan and Riott need to win those titles at some point in the near future. They are the most talented women’s tag team in WWE right now, and both women are also capable of being singles champions. It would be wonderful to see them competing at Survivor Series, adding more highlight moments to their resumes. This match might even help Morgan and Riott earn an opportunity at the titles.
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I’m not sure what the future holds for Bayley, who is getting an opportunity to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship back on the Nov. 6 episode of SmackDown next week. Bayley, of course, took a shot at Sasha Banks again, saying that Banks has yet to prove she can retain a world title.
It’s hard to see Bayley taking the title back, though it’s not impossible. Assuming she isn’t the champion heading into Survivor Series, she could work her way into the team before then and tease a feud with Bianca Belair on SmackDown.
Both Bayley and Bianca could be the sole survivors on Team SmackDown, trying to out-do each other before standing tall.
SmackDown are the heavy favorites to win the five-on-five match, after all, and Bayley could make for an interesting dynamic as the heel “leader” of the team. The match would benefit a LOT from having Bayley involved.
WWE has a future star in Zelina Vega, who impressed in her Raw Women’s Title rivalry with Asuka at Clash of Champions. Zelina is a decent wrestler, but she really makes her mark on the mic and could do a great job of adding to the hype of the five-on-five match at Survivor Series, which requires a lot of selling on the part of the wrestlers since WWE doesn’t give these matches meaningful stakes.
As we’ve seen since the Fall of 2017, Zelina is one of the best in the company at getting fans to care about something. It would be awesome to watch her in the ring at Survivor Series, too, fitting in with the team and trying to make a name for herself on Friday nights.
Like Kay and Belair and the tag team of Riott and Morgan, Vega is a wrestler who has a bright future on SmackDown. It would be wonderful to watch her get some shine in the five-on-five match on Nov. 22.