According to noted news sources WrestleVotes on Twitter, Survivor Series wasn’t supposed to have a Raw vs SmackDown feel to it but with Reigns’ hiatus from WWE, those plans were changed:
Some thoughts / insight as to Survivor Series. Easier to get it all in one tweet, reason for the notepad image. pic.twitter.com/kSanNNQ4v4
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) November 4, 2018
Sir Mitch Says: The Brand Warfare gimmick that has become the norm for Survivor Series the last few years was rumored to be going the way of the dodo for this years show. So I’m inclined to believe WrestleVotes report.