WWE Superstars do not want ‘Brand Warfare’ for Survivor Series 2020

Published 11/04/2020, 12:46 PM EST


WWE has once again managed to disappoint its employees with their upcoming PPV. Survivor Series is in less than three weeks and the WWE locker room is unhappy with the ‘brand warfare’ concept. Survivor Series has been a battleground where Raw and Smackdown fight it out to determine the better brand.

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The tradition stopped in the late 2000s and was discontinued till 2015. The Brand Split in 2016 provided the impetus for another Raw vs SmackDown battle at Survivor Series.

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Superstars do not want the traditional Survivor Series

According to Dave Meltzer on the Wrestling Observer Radio, the locker room does not want the brand warfare concept as it interferes with existing storylines. Storylines such as Roman Reigns vs Jey Uso, Randy Orton vs Drew McIntyre , and Sasha Banks vs Bayley will have to take a backseat for Survivor Series. WWE opting to go the traditional way for the iconic PPV has upset the superstars.

At the PPV, Randy Orton and Roman Reigns will clash in a Champion vs Champion match, as will Sasha Banks and Asuka. This will be to determine which brand has the better champion to lead them into the new year. Reigns has been on an absolute roll as Universal Champion. A loss to Randy will halt his momentum, while Orton losing will damage his credibility, having only just won the title.

“Granted, Roman Reigns has no opponent, but Orton does and they aren’t doing it, and it’s not like Roman Reigns is on the show this week doing something with Orton. I mean, Orton’s program is with McIntyre and the subtle thing with The Fiend, well maybe not even that subtle, and it has nothing to do with the pay-per-view because they’re locked into this traditional thing”, said Meltzer.

Uninspired and boring matches

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“I know a lot of people are, what’s the word I’m looking for, I know people who are not in agreement on that, in the sense of why do we have to do Bobby Lashley against Sami Zayn when nobody wants to see it, just because last year we did it this way.” Meltzer is making a bold but accurate claim about Bobby Lashley vs Sami Zayn being one of the most uninspiring matches on the card.

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While some matches may not spike interest, Asuka and Sasha Banks are more than capable of assembling a Match of the Year candidate. Reigns and Orton have good chemistry, harkening to their SummerSlam 2014 match. The New Day vs the Street Profits might just be the most exciting tag team match WWE can put forth in 2020.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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