WWE Survivor Series 2016 could be the impetus for major changes on “Monday Night Raw” and “SmackDown.” While the WWE Universal Championship and WWE World Championship won’t be defended at the pay-per-view, the event on Nov. 20 could feature multiple title changes.
It appears that the Intercontinental Championship and Cruiserweight Championship will be the only two belts on the line at the PPV. The stipulation added to both title matches indicates that two new champions have a good chance to emerge in Toronto.
When WWE’s brand split became official with the draft on July 19, the IC Title became exclusive to “SmackDown.” In September, the Cruiserweight division was introduced to “Monday Night Raw.” That could change when the respective champions face members of the opposing roster at Survivor Series. IC Champion Dolph Ziggler will face Sami Zayn of “Monday Night Raw,” and Brian Kendrick will put his Cruiserweight Title on the line against Kalisto, who is a member of “SmackDown.”
The introduction of the stipulations indicates that WWE has plans of switching the titles, though there is a chance that both Ziggler and Kendrick will retain. One thing, however, is for certain: either both wrestlers will keep their championships, or both Ziggler and Kendrick will lose their respective belts.
WWE has already made changes to the Cruiserweight division. A WWE Network show featuring only cruiserweights called “205 Live” will start on Nov. 29. Considering the program will air on Tuesday’s directly following “SmackDown,” it only makes sense that the entire division will move from “Monday Night Raw.”
WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and WWE World Champion AJ Styles will face off at Survivor Series, though the belts won’t be on the line. Owens will join Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and Seth Rollins on Team Raw against Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton and Shane McMahon of Team SmackDown.
Reigns is the United States Champion, but he won’t have a title match at Survivor Series. Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte will lead Team Raw against SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and the rest of Team Smackdown.
Brock Lesnar will face a returning Goldberg in the main event of Survivor Series. Neither wrestler holds a title.