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Monday, November 7, 2016

SURVIVOR SERIES: When the 'Lone Wolf' becomes a team player

Baron Corbin
Courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
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Survivor Series 2016 is right around the corner. Chad and I will be blogging about different historical aspects of the November tradition when the event gets closer. But today I'm going to talk briefly about something the two of us joked about over social media recently.

As I write this post on Monday afternoon (Nov. 7) the Raw vs. SmackDown Live men's elimination match is still being put together. Raw will be represented by WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens, his best buddy Chris Jericho, U.S. Champion Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and TBA. The team battles WWE Champion AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt and Baron Corbin. Yes, that's right the wrestler who's gimmick is being a loner is a part of a team.

Corbin vs. Ambrose
Courtesy: WWE
I'll admit this year's Survivor Series elimination matches differ from previous years (except for a few notable exceptions) in that good guys and bad guys (and women) are on the same team. It'll make a for a different dynamic, but I'm curious to see how Corbin as the Lone Wolf fits into the match. Full disclosure, I'm not a huge fan of his and probably would not have made him one of the Elite 5. I would say the same about Braun too. 

In my perfect Survivor Series world, there would be the three Raw vs. SmackDown Live matches. Then I'd have two more elimination matches, a Raw vs. Raw team and SDL vs. SDL team. Throw in the singles match of Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar and I'm a happy camper. I love the elimination match concept and hated it when WWE veered away from the idea as far back as 1992. 

Bad News Brown leaves in a huff
Courtesy: WWE
I imagine Corbin pulling a number like Bad News Brown did in 1989 and walk out on his team. Brown was billed as the bad ass loner type too. Don't be surprised if Corbin has some miscommunication with his team and does the same thing.


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