With WWE currently in Manchester, England for a UK tour, tonight’s episode of Raw has already been taped. And, as a result, we now know the 16 Superstars who will be competing in the tournament to crown a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion at Survivor Series, after the title was declared vacant when former Champion Seth Rollins suffered a severe knee injury during a live event in Dublin, Ireland.
Preliminary matches are scheduled to occur on Raw and Smackdown, but there has been no confirmation thus far on how many rounds will air on the Pay Per View.
SPOILER WARNING: The following contains spoilers for tonight’s episode of Raw, including the results of one of the opening round matches! Do not continue reading unless you really want to know!
All right, here’s the reported graphic for the tournament, with some interesting choices for participants. Most notably, there are currently no “surprise” part-time entrants (although that could always change), and John Cena is also not entered, suggesting that WWE may actually be letting the current roster “sink or swim” without rushing Cena back to television. You’ll also notice that Roman Reigns has advanced to the next round by beating The Big Show, which we’re sure comes to the shock of absolutely nobody.
— Faryad (@bookert2003) November 9, 2015
In case you can’t read the graphic, here’s the opening round matches:
Roman Reigns vs. The Big Show
Cesaro vs. Sheamus
Alberto Del Rio vs. Stardust
Kalisto vs. Ryback
Titus O’Neil vs. Kevin Owens
King Barrett vs. Neville
The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler
Tyler Breeze vs. Dean Ambrose