We are less than a week away from WWE Survivor Series, the last of the ‘Big 4’ PPVs of the year.
Just when we thought we were all set for the 35th edition of the prestigious event, a couple of tweaks have been made to the traditional men’s and women's 5 v 5 elimination match.
Also on the card, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair will add another chapter to their historic rivalry, as the pair will square off in a champion vs champion match in the battle for not only brand supremacy, but who the superior woman is inside the squared circle.
Away from the ring, members of the NXT UK roster hit the stage and did their best impression of the popular Magic Mike.
Major changes less than a week before Survivor Series
We are just days away from WWE Survivor Series, where Raw and SmackDown go head-to-head in the battle for brand supremacy.
WWE champion Big E, will represent Raw as he takes on Universal champion Roman Reigns of SmackDown.
US champion Damien Priest will face IC title holder Shinsuke Nakamura and Raw tag champs RK-Bro will face the tag team champions of SmackDown, The Usos.
The men’s and women’s 5 on 5 elimination matches are one of the most highly anticipated events on the WWE calendar.
However, officials Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville have made alterations to the teams just days before the event.
Aliyah, one of SmackDown’s newest editions and member of the Survivor Series team, won her debut match this past week alongside Naomi and Sasha Banks in a six-woman tag, only to be removed from the team without any explanation, leaving her devastated.
Sami Zayn and Jeff Hardy were ordered to face one another with their place on the men’s team on the line, and after the 'Charismatic Enigma' picked up the win, he was kicked off the team.
On Raw, Pearce removed Rey Mysterio from the group of five after he was annihilated by Bobby Lashley, who replaced his son Dominick last week, and replaced him with young rising star Austin Theory.
With both of SmackDown’s teams needing one spot filled, who will be chosen to represent the blue brand on Friday and how will gel with their teammates with hardly any time to prepare? And will Theory be able to rise to the occasion as he lines up alongside four former world champions on Raw's team?
Becky and Charlotte’s rivalry intensifies as Ric Flair weighs in!
One of the most intriguing matches this Sunday sees Raw women’s champion Becky Lynch face SmackDown women’s champion Charlotte Flair.
‘Big Time Becks’ cut a savage promo on her friend turned bitter rival on Monday, after ‘The Queen’ called her a “fabricated champion” last week.
“I’m the person who had to do so much more than be just a rip-off of somebody else!” Lynch yelled, before promising to “beat the ever living p**s” out of her opponent.
This sparked a response from Charlotte’s dad Ric Flair, who blasted ‘The Man’ for her comments.
He tweeted: “I Think I’m Going To Have To Make The Trip Personally To See You Beat The P**s Out Of @MsCharlotteWWE!
“I Don’t Think So Sister, The Man, Big Time Becks, Or Whatever You Call Yourself. There’s Not Enough Choreography In The Business To Save You @BeckyLynchWWE.”
The pair have engaged in intense battles in the past, most notably their fantastic last woman standing match at the all-women’s pay-per-view Evolution in 2018, and being two thirds of the first women’s WrestleMania main event with Ronda Rosuey at WrestleMania 35.
We can expect more of the same from their encounter at the Barclays Centre on Sunday, which Lynch describes as a battle of “personal legacy.”
NXT UK takes to the stage!
NXT UK’s Tag-Team Champions Pretty Deadly have been very impressive in the ring.
They captured the belts from Gallus in February, ending their reign just short of 500 days, the longest stint with the titles to date.
The team are on course to break that record, as they currently have the second-longest NXT UK tag title reign in history.
But the dynamic duo decided to swap the ring for the West End, treading the boards at Channing Tatum’s infamous Magic Mike Live at the Hippodrome Casino in London.
BT Sport captured footage of the day, starting with Pretty Deadly stumbling in on Magic Mike dancers during rehearsal and ending with the NXT UK Superstars learning the notorious routine and giving the legendary finale a go themselves… WWE style!
One of the cast joked the tag team made the theatre ‘look small’, and the boys made sure to do their best all as they watched the dancers provide a demo of the routine.
After they watched the experts, Sam and Lewis soon tried the routine themselves and their teachers were impressed with how quickly the tag champs were able to pick up the moves.
The grapplers were pleased to be able to try something new and are keen to combine the words of Magic Mike and WWE.
“If there’s one thing we do, it’s entertain the WWE Universe,” Sam explained. “And I think there’s a Magic Mike Universe out there we wanna enter. Let’s make that multiverse happen.”
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