Smackdown Women’s Team, Men’s Team Captain, Creative Changes
Posted On July 29, 2020
On Raw this week, Alicia Fox won the right to serve as team captain for the Raw brand during their match against the women of Smackdown at Survivor Series. On this week’s Smackdown show, Becky Lynch won a Fatal 5-Way match to become team captain for her show’s team. She will be leading the team of Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Tamina, and Naomi at Survivor Series in November. Aside from Alicia Fox, no members of the Raw women’s team have been announced as of yet. It seems likely that Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Mickie James will be announced as the remaining participants for the Raw brand, but that is just speculation at this point.
Another match set to take place at the Survivor Series pay-per-view is a 5-on-5 elimination match between some of the male members of the Raw and Smackdown rosters. None of the participants for the Raw team have been announced so far, however, we do know who the captain of the Smackdown team is going to be now. Randy Orton defeated Sami Zayn on this past Tuesday’s show to earn his spot as team captain in the match. None of Orton’s four teammates have been announced yet either, but next week’s Smackdown will see Dolph Ziggler face Bobby Roode in a 2 out of 3 falls match, and Kevin Owens battles Shinsuke Nakamura as well. The winners of each match will earn a spot on the team.
It was reported a few days ago that creative changes were made to this past Monday’s Raw show just moments before the show went on the air. Similarly, it appears that this may have been the case for Tuesday’s Smackdown as well. It was previously announced that an eight-man tag team match would be taking place on yesterday’s show with The Usos and The New Day taking on Chad Gable, Shelton Benjamin, Aiden English, and Rusev. Instead, The New Day faced Gable and Benjamin in a match with The Usos on commentary. Gable and Benjamin won the match, and it appears that they are next in line for a shot at The Usos’ Smackdown Tag Team Championships. Rusev and English were not featured on the show at all.