Survivor Series gave WWE fans one of the most shocking results of 2016 as Goldberg destroyed Brock Lesnar in the main event, and left us with a number of questions about the direction of both Raw and SmackDown. Here are 12 questions we have about WWE following Survivior Series:
Is Bayley in line for a Raw Women’s Championship shot?
Bayley secured Team Raw's victory in what was the biggest moment of her main roster career so far, only to be viciously attacked by Raw Women's Champion Charlotte while celebrating the win. This is hopefully the start of a major storyline for Bayley, who has been a colossal hit with fans since arriving.
When will Asuka make the jump to the main roster?
I was really hoping Asuka's music would hit as Charlotte was brutalizing Bayley, as it would have been a great time for the NXT Women's Champion to make her debut after her second (classic) match against Bayley a few months ago ended with the two women embracing in the ring.
Asuka successfully defended her title Saturday night at TakeOver against the returning Mickie James, and there's really no one left for Asuka to face in the developmental division at this point. Like many of the stars on the NXT roster, Asuka's too good to be performing in house shows in front of a few hundred people.
What does Sami Zayn do now?
Maryse helped The Miz retain the Intercontinental Championship (yet again) at Survivor Series, which means the title is staying on SmackDown. The Miz is a worthy champion (and has had a phenomenal year), but Sami Zayn's loss leaves him in an awkward spot on the Raw roster. He hasn't been a part of the Universal Championship picture and now the championship he should be competiting for is stuck on the other show. Daniel Bryan has previously said he'd like Zayn to be on his roster, so perhaps there could be a trade in the works.
Who’s next in line for the Raw tag team titles?
The awkward part of Survivor Series is that each brand had to put their own championship storylines on hold, and WWE now faces the task of re-booting them. The New Day is on the verge of breaking Demolition's record for the longest tag team title reign (something they'll accomplish by the next Raw pay-per-view), but Cesaro and Sheamus have made a strong case that they should be the No. 1 contender for the titles, especially after sealing Raw's win in the tag team elimination match Sunday.
How will Daniel Bryan punish Baron Corbin?
Baron Corbin is seemingly doing the best he can to get fired by Daniel Bryan, and on Sunday he likely cost the show the entire cruiserweight division by attacking Kalisto during his match against Brian Kendrick, thereby handing Kendrick a DQ victory. Bryan confronted Corbin after the match and promised that he'd “deal with” him on Tuesday. Maybe he'll be fed to The Undertaker.
Is James Ellsworth OK?
Braun Strowman tossed James Ellsworth off the Survivor Series stage through a table, and we never got an update on Ellsworth later in the show. He might still be lying there in Toronto.
Are Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho still best friends?
Kevin Owens got himself disqualified from the men's elimination match when he took the List of Jericho and bashed AJ Styles with it – causing the painstakingly curated pages to spill all over the ring. An anguished Jericho hurriedly grabbed them all and handed the List off to an official, but the distraction allowed Randy Orton to set him up for an RKO, which resulted in Jericho's elimination.
This could just be a bump in the Owens-Jericho friendship, or it could be the event that sparks a Kevin Owens-Chris Jericho feud. No one on the Raw roster deserves a title shot as much as Chris Jericho.
Is Shane McMahon OK?
Shane McMahon put his body on the line a number of times Sunday night, and he had to be helped out of the ring after Roman Reigns countered the Coast-to-Coast dive with a midair spear. Randy Orton immediately went over to console McMahon's family after checking on him in the ring, but we still don't know the extent of McMahon's injuries.
Is The Shield back?
The team of Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose briefly reunited Sunday to put WWE World Champion AJ Styles through a table, after Styles allowed Ambrose to be eliminated earlier in the match. (Ambrose and Styles will meet in a title match at TLC next month.)
Was this a one-time only reunion for The Shield, or will Reigns and Rollins continue to work together on Raw? (Also of note: Toronto hates Roman Reigns. The boos were deafening.)
Is Goldberg seriously going to retire?
When Goldberg accepted Brock Lesnar's challenge to a fight, he said that not only was Lesnar next, “most importantly, you're last.”
If Goldberg, who is now 49 years old, wants to leave the WWE forever, there is no greater finale than squashing Brock Lesnar in the main event of a pay-per-view in under two minutes. He can't possibly top that result, and he's certainly not going to come back full-time.
Still, Goldberg is beloved by fans, and he's clearly in outstanding shape. It's logical that Brock Lesnar would want a rematch, which would make a pretty good main event for the Royal Rumble or even WrestleMania.
When will Brock Lesnar return?
No one saw that result coming. Brock Lesnar was the heavy favorite to win against Goldberg, and instead fans saw the WWE equivalent of a first-round knockout. It's astounding that Lesnar, who for years has been billed as the most dangerous man in the company, could be beaten so decisively – and it makes you think that Lesnar might be about to take an extended break. He can't jump in to another feud while the Goldberg loss is hanging over him, and if Goldberg really isn't coming back, it could be a while before we see Lesnar again.
How will The Undertaker respond?
The Undertaker made his return to WWE to make the surprising announcement that “WrestleMania will no longer define” him, and to threaten the SmackDown men's roster.
Although Raw won Survivor Series 2-1 overall, the SmackDown men prevailed in an epic 50-minute elimination match – so The Undertaker shouldn't really have beef with any of the participants. It'd be an awful tease by WWE for The Undertaker to declare that he's “back” and then disappear, however, so expect him to pop up again soon.