Liam Hoofe rounds up all of the action from the week in WWE…
Tag Team Fun
Going into Survivor Series the tag team 10 man match looked like it could be a mess, and in some ways it was, but what a hot mess it was. The match was the perfect way to open the show- full of high spots and surprises, a theme that ran through out the night.
One issue I had with the match was the speedy elimination of The New Day. I have written in the last two weeks about New Day have been made to look weak on television and having them knocked out straight away here didn’t do them any more favours. The tag champs have now been pinned clean in their last 3 matches, hardly the dominance we should be seeing from them.
The ending of the match featured some great back and forth between Sheamus and Cesaro and The Usos. It was a great match to end a great match and it set the precedent perfectly for the rest of the night.
The Intercontinental Title is Staying Where it Belongs
While many fans may be mourning yet another Sami Zayn big match loss on PPV I was relieved to see The Miz walking out with the title this Sunday night. Zayn is the perfect babyface and having The Miz cheat to beat him is a great way to continue to generate heat for the champion.
The ending was also a good spot, if not slightly ridiculous. Maryse is a great throwback to the fiendish manager who will help her man win by any means necessary.
The Intercontinental Title should be kept on the blue brand so this was the right result all around.
Women Continue to Shine
As expected the women’s traditional survivor series match also delivered on the night. Nia Jax being eliminated clean was a surprise, as personally I expected a more controversial exit for her. But the rest of the match followed a lot of the beats that were expected of it.
Bayley finally getting a big win was a nice moment and Charlotte’s post match beat down of her instantly took us away from the one night only feeling and reminded us all that there are on going story lines on each brand.
The Men Steal the Show
The main Raw vs. Smackdown traditional Survivor Series match give us everything we could have asked for, and some more. Clocking in at just over 50 minutes the match was superb and easily the best outing on the night.
Through out the build up to Survivor Series I had complained that the night felt quite inconsequential, but in many ways that what was made the night so great. This match was all about surprises, fun and spectacle and it delivered on all three of them, whilst it did build on a few story lines it felt as though it wasn’t its main aim.
Shane McMahon putting Braun through a table, The mini Shield reunion and James Ellsworth causing Braun to be eliminated were all great moments and made the match move along at a great pace despite its lengthy run time.
The ending of the match was great as well. No-one would have picked Orton and Wyatt as Smackdown’s sole survivors on the night and the ending made the Orton/Wyatt team feel legitimate, and dare I say it, interesting.
Baron Corbin, Again
The Cruiserweight title match had arguably the biggest stakes on the night, with a whole division potentially moving shows if Kalisto walked away the victor.
The match itself was solid enough, right until the end. Baron Corbin came into the match, attacking Brian Kendrick, causing Kalisto to get disqualified before then attacking Kalisto himself.
Baron Corbin vs. Kalisto was a boring feud the first time around and is clearly being renewed to fill up the TLC card, as we will discuss later in the article, and having such a big match end in such a stupid way really put a dampener on the match.
WTF… Goldberg squashes Brock Lesnar
Nearly a week after watching this match I am still unsure as to whether it was a good or a bad thing.
All the hype around the show was built towards this match, and the smart money was on Lesnar defeating Goldberg after a hard fought bout. What no-one on the planet would have predicted was Goldberg beating Brock Lesnar in less than two minutes in the second shortest main event in the company’s history (Hulk Hogan vs. Yokozuma at Wrestlemania 9, in case you were wondering.)
What I do know is that I have not been as excited to tune into an episode of Raw as I was this Mondays as I have been in ages. The company pulled the rug from underneath us and in these days that is never a bad thing. However what will determine whether this was a smart move or not is the aftermath. Lesnar has been built like no superstar in the history of the company over the last two years, and hopefully WWE haven’t thrown all that away here.
Match of the Night: Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown Men Traditional Survivor Series Match
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