WRESTLING REVIEW: Survivor Series — 13 years after the Invasion, Sting is here!
WWE pulled out all the stops this year as they offered WWE Network free to non-subscribers for the month, which included Survivor Series. The stakes were high with championships up for grabs and the possible ousting of The Authority. When the three hours was up I must say I had a smile on my face and was entertained. Here’s my breakdown of the night:
(C) Indicates champion going into the match.
Fatal Four Way Tag Team Match
Gold and Stardust (C) vs. The Miz and Damien Mizdow vs. The Usos vs. Los Matadores
This match had to be entertaining. After all, 15 minutes of Mizdow by himself is enough to make it watchable. Every type of possible move happened in this match. There were team-ups, high flying aerial moves, bodies laying everywhere… you know, the usual. In the second biggest pop of the night, Mizdow slid in quick for the pin and a stunned Miz celebrated with his “stunt double” as they attained the tag championships.
In all honesty, it’s more a mid-B, but Mizdow is just that entertaining. Now the best part is we will see him every week for sure.
4-on-4 Divas Tradional Survivor Series Match
Alicia Fox, Emma, Naomi and Natalya vs. Paige, Cameron, Layla and Summer Rae
They gave the ladies the ability to go at each other with a decent-length match. WWE continued a lot of the storylines coinciding with the Total Divas show. Fox’s team made relatively quick work of Paige’s team and pulled a clean sweep, knocking all four women out of the match.
Didn’t burn more time than it needed. It was interesting to watch them allow the clean sweep to happen. It was more entertaining than what I thought it would be.
Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose
This match was great. Both combatants went off on each other throwing hard hits and a lot of high power moves were exchanged. One of the biggest highlights was Wyatt viciously slamming Ambrose onto the ring steps. Just watching it made me feel like I needed a chiropractor. Ambrose finally went over the edge, as we could assume since his character is nicknamed “The Lunatic Fringe,” and was disqualified after hitting Wyatt with a steel chair. After launching an assault with the chair, Ambrose went a step further and put Wyatt through a table as well. Being that the next pay-per-view is T.L.C., it was a nice prelude.
Solid match. Good storyline build-up into the match and continuing into the pay-per-view next month, which got Ambrose a lot of cheers.
Heath Slater and Titus O’Neal vs. Adam Rose and The Bunny
Thankfully this match only lasted two and a half minutes. It was obviously filler and just being used to build up the eventual unmasking of the bunny and the feud with Adam Rose. As for the actual match, much to the chagrin of Rose, The Bunny hit a missile dropkick on Slater for the three count.
Nonsense match that could have been done on Raw but didn’t take up too much of my time so I can’t be mad. Plus, how often do you see a bunny dropkick someone.
Divas Title Match
AJ Lee (C) vs. Nikki Bella (with Brie Bella)
Two years ago, AJ kissed Daniel Bryan, who turned around to catch a Brogue Kick from Sheamus and lost his title. Brie apparently decided to return the favor that AJ did for her real life husband and kissed AJ just after the bell rang. As soon as AJ turned around, Nikki hit her with the Rack Attack and, in a grand total of 35 seconds, the belt changed hands.
Not because of the kiss, but because it caught me so off guard.
5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Match
John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Erick Rowan and Ryback vs.
Seth Rollins, Kane, Mark Henry, Rusev and Luke Harper
With The Authority’s jobs on the line, Rollins and team were hoping to make quick work of Team Cena. First in the ring were Big Show and Mark Henry. Literally seconds into the match, Big Show hit Henry with a knockout punch and, just like that, the momentum was going. Rusev was next in for The Authority, up against Ryback. As much as they are trying to hype Ryback up as the next big guy, it seemed Rusev went through him rather easily with an assist from Rollins and, just like that, we were all tied up.Ziggler jumped in to the ring and cheers rained down. Rusev and Ziggler spilled out of the ring and Ziggler slid back in at the last second to avoid the 10 count, as Rusev would have been counted out. Harper then entered the ring going, against his former Wyatt Family brother Erick Rowan. After some great back and forth, Harper was able to eliminate Rowan once again with a little help from Rollins. Back at even again, Cena became the entrant. As it looked like Big Show was ready to take on the three remaining members of Team Authority, he turned and knocked out Cena. Rollins and team stood in shock until finally pinning Cena, eliminating him. Big Show then proceeded to walk out of the arena being counted out in the process. Ziggler, still staggering, pulled a Zig Zag out of nowhere and was able to get Kane out of the way. Another back and forth with Harper ended up with Ziggler pinning him after a catching him with a Famouser. Rollins and Ziggler then proceeded to throw heavy massive hits and finishing moves in an attempt to win for their teams. After HHH ran interference, pulling refs from the ring, the corporate ref ran to the ring. One. Two. Darkness.
The sound of crow calls filled the arena. A face that had never graced the WWE ring was here. Sting had finally arrived. After a lengthy walk down the ramp, taking in the cheers, he entered the ring. A stare down with HHH ended with Sting hitting him with a Scorpion Death Drop. He then proceeded to roll Ziggler back on Rollins as a new ref entered and made the three count, ending the tyranny of HHH and Stephanie McMahon.
Do I really need to explain why? Aside from an awesome match, it’s Sting!
Overall Grade: A
I’d have to say I was thoroughly entertained and it delivered as a good pay-per-view. TLC should be very interesting next month.
Latest posts by Adam Huss (see all)
- #Debauch2015 Interview: Reluctance - August 20, 2015
- Event Review: Ronin Pro Wrestling 6 - June 3, 2015
- Review: UPROAR Pro Wrestling presents First Strike 2015! - April 9, 2015
- VIDEO: Interview with Horror Legend Robert Englund - February 24, 2015
- REVIEW: Ronin Pro Wrestling III – Part One - December 11, 2014