If you haven’t watched Survivor Series yet, just pretend it ended after the men’s Raw vs Smackdown match.
Raw Women’s Team vs Smackdown Women’s Team
The decision to insert Natalya into the match was very smart. She’s the only Canadian in the women’s roster, and she was obviously going to receive some sort of pop. However, it’s obvious that Natalya was the one to attack Nikki.
I was extremely shocked how Carmella was the first one to be eliminated. I thought for sure it would be Alicia Fox. With that being said, Fox was the second to be eliminated after Bliss took her out with ease. I truly thought Bliss came out with the most development in this match. Of course the normal big names looked strong (Charlotte, Sasha, Becky, & Bayley) but Alexa was booked to be on their level.
Once team Smackdown was cut down to Becky and Alexa, the intensity grew rapidly. I had no idea how Jax would be eliminated, and the second she tapped out, I marked out. Let’s be honest, I’m sure most people were expecting her to take a DQ or count out elimination.
I’m not sure if having Bayley (non champ) pin Becky (champ) was the best choice. The last three that were left worked perfectly, but it may have been more logical to have Charlotte pick up the pin.
Sami Zayn vs The Miz
For some reason I was truly expecting some sort of twist in the opening of this match. It seemed like the perfect time to include a twist into the show.
These two have had the least amount of build for this PPV. In that sense, it was difficult to get invested. Maybe in hindsight, it would’ve been smarter to give these two some screen time (meaning having the Miz win the title before last Smackdown).
I don’t think I truly cared about anything until the very end. Most of us were definitely expecting the Miz to cheat somehow, but I thought the fake bell was creative.
Raw Tag Teams vs Smackdown Tag Teams
As Torontonian, it was great to hear the references Enzo made. Even though most of his reference were about Drake, they were still funny.
I’m glad they took the route of eliminating teams instead of individuals. That allowed for this to move faster and smoother. Considering how over the New Day is, was it the smartest idea to eliminate them early on? That was a questionable decision in my opinion.
It was difficult to get every team a chance to shine, but somehow that happened. However, there were a few slow moments. After the first five minutes, the match lost a ton of steam. Once it came down to the Usos vs Sheamus and Cesaro, the intensity felt real. I couldn’t believe how close the action felt at that point. Overall, the finish was solid, and fit into the entire Cesaro-Sheamus angle.
Brian Kendrick vs Kalisto
Even though the Cruiserweight division hasn’t meant anything, the idea of them moving shows felt like a big deal. Also Kendrick did an awesome job at building this on the pre show. His interaction with Kalisto showed why he currently is the champ and most talented wrestler in the division.
Match wise, the in ring action was pretty strong. Kendrick and Kalisto built instant chemistry, which was impressive considering how they haven’t wrestled before. Along with that, their characters are complete opposites and that worked well in telling a story.
I don’t know what others thought of the finish, but I loved it. It completely made sense for Corbin to come out and cost Kalisto the match. This way Kendrick wins through cheap means, and the Corbin-Kalisto feud is advanced.
Raw Men’s Team vs Smackdown Men’s Team
This should’ve very well been the main event. Coming out of this week it had more steam than any other feud. However, I knew the WWE was doing their best to push Brock vs Goldberg over everything else.
While it was great to see Seth and Dean lock horns early on, the highlight of the first half was Jericho telling Ambrose how much he owed him. Y2J overall did a brilliant job at carrying a lot of the drama.
The one thing I was was worried about was Shane coming across as a threat. Well, thankfully that wasn’t the case, as Shane took a huge ass whoopin from Team Raw. I can respectfully say that I take back much of my intial complaining. That must also be an indication that Shane himself knows he shouldn’t be able to hang with these men.
The moment McMahon put Strowman through the table, I lost my mind. However, it was tough to take that in, because the rest of the competitors just continued to brawl. It was around these few moments that this match had become all out war.
The big elbow drop was great, but was hardly as entertaining as Jericho’s reaction to what Owens did to the list. He sold that heartbreak tremendously, and it’ll definitely be addressed on Raw. After the time and effort he put into that list, it was tough to not feel bad for him.
Since the Shield was split up, seeing them reunite was a big deal. It also made sense, because Dean wanted to screw AJ after what happened earlier. The live crowd was going nuts, and it had me on the edge of my seat. Now that the brand split is in full effect, moments like this will mean much more.
The finish to this match was done perfectly in two different ways. It created another layer in Orton’s relationship with Wyatt, and it reminded the fans that Wyatt is still a force on the top card. It appears the story for the eater of worlds is about to grow larger than it currently is.
Side note: Shane deserves a ton of credit for how he wrestled in this match. He doesn’t need to get involved in the matches, yet he does and never holds back. It appears that he was injured in this match, and hopefully everything with him is fine.
Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg
Well this match was absolute garbage. Consider this to be the modern day finger poke of doom.
The live crowd seemed to love what happened, and I’m pretty confused as to why. If Brock losing was the plan from the start, why not use smoke and mirrors to give the fans something more? It doesn’t matter how dominant Lesnar has been, he’s accomplished too much to go down the way he did. In my opinion, it felt like a waste. Does this mean Goldberg is higher up on the food chain than everybody else Lesnar has defeated?
So often fans clamour for strong storytelling and consistent narratives, but this was the complete opposite.
I was actually looking into getting tickets for this show, and I’m glad I decided to get them for Raw instead. Most of the matches were decent, but that ending just ruined everything. Along with that, the men’s Raw vs Smackdown match should have been the main event. It was too hot to leave as the second last one on the card. There’s an issue when the WWE can’t trust it’s top 10 guys to headline a big four PPV. The low point was the main event, while the high point was the men’s Raw vs Smackdown match. Overall, I give this show a 5/10 (that main event brought the overall score down quite a bit)
As mentioned, I’ll be going to Raw, so I won’t be able to write a review. I’ll be back on Tuesday for Smackdown.