For the first time in nearly eight months, a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion will be crowned. With Seth Rollins being forced to vacate the title because of an injury, Survivor Series 2015 will be highlighted by the conclusion of a 16-man WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament on Sunday night.
Four wrestlers are left with a chance to win the title, and three of those WWE superstars have never been the company’s No.1 champ. Sunday’s PPV is reminiscent of Survivor Series 1998, which saw The Rock turn heel and defeat Mankind to win a WWE Championship Tournament.
The Undertaker defeated Kane in the tournament 17 years ago, but The Brothers of Destruction will team up this weekend. The Undertaker made his WWE debut at Survivor Series 1990, exactly 25 years to the day of Sunday’s PPV.
A traditional Survivor Series match could be added later in the week, but one wasn’t on the card as of the Nov. 16 edition of “Monday Night Raw.” Last year’s Survivor Series ended with Sting making his first WWE appearance to help Team Cena defeat Team Authority.
Only two belts will be on the line, since both the Intercontinental Champion and United States Champion are competing in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament. Notable names that don’t have a match at the PPV include John Cena, Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton.
Below are predictions for every match on the card for WWE Survivor Series 2015.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament
Three matches will determine the company’s new top champion. Roman Reigns is almost certain to defeat Alberto Del Rio in one semifinals match, and Dean Ambrose has the edge over Kevin Owens in the other. There’s a good chance Reigns would have beaten Rollins on Sunday if the former champ was still healthy, and it looks like he’s finally going to win the title.
It’s not out of the question that the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match ends with a swerve. The most likely scenario might be Ambrose turning on Reigns to win the title, but having Reigns join The Authority to win the belt would make a lot of sense, as well. However, the predictable finish is a clean victory for Reigns over Ambrose or Owens, and that’s likely where WWE is headed.
Prediction: Roman Reigns over Dean Ambrose
The Undertaker & Kane vs. The Wyatt Family
The Undertaker didn’t get one clean win over Brock Lesnar in their three matches, and it seems like forever since Kane won a match of any significance. The Brothers of Destruction should bounce back with a win on Sunday night, defeating the tag team chosen by Bray Wyatt. Don’t expect Bray or Braun Strowman to get pinned.
Prediction: The Undertaker & Kane
Charlotte vs. Paige (Divas Championship Match)
The feud between the two Divas was certainly intensified on Monday night when the contract signing for the match closed out “Raw.” It’s hard to believe that Charlotte will lose the title after having defended it just once, but the finish should keep the door open for another match between Charlotte and Paige at TLC in December.