2.) Asuka (c) vs. Mia Yim [Raw Women’s Championship]
On last week’s WWE Raw, Mia Yim of RETRIBUTION announced that she wanted to bring salvation to the Raw Women’s Division by dethroning Asuka. There’s no doubt that Asuka would accept this challenge, so this championship match will inevitably occur before Survivor Series and very likely take place on this week’s episode.
RETRIBUTION has been losing every match since debuting on Raw, so it should come to no one’s surprise here that Asuka will defy the numbers game to retain the Raw Women’s Championship and battle SmackDown Women’s Sasha Banks at Survivor Series, as scheduled. Banks has unfinished business with Asuka, not Mia Yim. Henceforth, this should be self-explanatory.
1.) Randy Orton (c) vs. Drew McIntyre [WWE Championship]
Our Kevin Parvizi asserted that Drew McIntyre will not win back the WWE Championship from Randy Orton this year. Although that should be the case, it is still doubtful that the WWE will follow typical booking 101 in this case scenario. Drew McIntyre will win back the WWE Championship from Randy Orton this year, and it will actually happen before Survivor Series. Let’s apply precedent to substantiate this prediction.
In 2017, AJ Styles dethroned Jinder Mahal on the go-home episode of SmackDown to become the new WWE Champion and battle then-Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. In 2018, Daniel Bryan dethroned AJ Styles on the go-home episode of SmackDown to become the new WWE Champion and battle then-Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. What would stop the WWE from booking a title change for the WWE Championship this year?
Naysayers could make the argument that Orton just won the championship and he would be losing the title too soon, especially if the rumor is true about the plan for him to defend the title against Edge at WrestleMania 37. However, most of Orton’s reigns in recent memory tend to be short (e.g. lost WWE Championship and United States Championship to Jinder Mahal on two separate occasions in his first title defenses) and a rematch with Edge for the title is unnecessary.
Thanks to Orton’s track record, it would not be too far fetched to foresee him losing the WWE Championship back to McIntyre. Besides, Orton and Roman Reigns are both heels. Unlike the other champion vs. champion matches, they have not addressed each other at all during the entire build to Survivor Series. The signs show a babyface McIntyre winning the title back in order to battle Reigns in what was already a rumored match for the main event of Survivor Series.
While Orton and Reigns did have a tense encounter at Royal Rumble 2017, McIntyre and Reigns had a more recent encounter at Royal Rumble 2020. McIntyre eliminated Reigns to win that Royal Rumble, and Reigns will aim to get that win back at Survivor Series. As for Wyatt, he will have to wait a bit longer to get his revenge on Reigns from WWE Payback 2020 but that won’t stop him from attacking McIntyre after his scheduled segment on Moment of Bliss.
This would allow The Miz to find an opening to cash in on McIntyre. However, The Miz will fail his MITB cash in because the whole point of Wyatt’s attack on McIntyre will be to sell a future championship match between McIntyre and The Fiend at WrestleMania 37. While Big E is a deserving favorite to win the Rumble, anyone would be remiss to forget about The Fiend, who has a bone to pick with both Reigns and McIntyre at this stage of his career.
Prediction: Drew McIntyre