To say the least, there’s been mixed things said about Survivor Series. Some people say it’s the best ppv in several years. Other people said it was a stain. Here’s my quick thoughts. Quick because I have been watching wrestling since I woke up at 6 this morning and I’m still not done:
Gulak, Nese, Daivari vs Swann, TJP, Dar: Really loved this match. They let them off their leash a little bit and got to show a TON of personality, especially TJP. I already liked him but his facial expressions and body language were amazing in this one. I wish the “heel/face” lines weren’t so stark though. Nese and Gulak are just as good as anyone out there and they need to give them that chance.
Harper vs Kane: I really didn’t care about this whatsoever. Put Harper not with other big dudes so he can show out.
Women’s Survivor Series Match: Holy shit they’re finally taking the women seriously. That double suplex spot with Nia was awesome to see in a women’s match. I feel like they were running out of time and Alexa (your #1 contender on SD) shouldn’t have been so easy to pin with a big boot. Otherwise ecstatic with how this went. Also the idea that Charlotte “paid” Nattie to take out Nikki could set up an awesome feud shades of Rikishi and Stone Cold!
Sami vs Miz: While Sami Zayn is my favorite and I love Miz, this one didn’t invest me like I had hoped. It was well done and the finish was pretty brilliant to piss off the hometown crowd but I was really hoping Sami would take it home to RAW
Kendrick vs Kalisto: There was a time I thought Kalisto was the next big thing. Luckily he got to show that side of him again which was nice. But interfering with this match by bringing in Baron Corbin for a feud no one wanted to see continue takes away from the meaningfulness of this Cruiserweight match. I want the cruiserweights to tie in to the main story lines, but it’s not quite ready for that yet. Also, it just makes more sense to have the Cruiserweights on Smackdown for 205 Live. You’re telling me you’re going to take the youngest and smallest guys and make them travel the most and work them into the ground? Seems like a recipe for disaster.
Tag Survivor Series Match: Cesaro finally got some love and Breezango’s reaction to being eliminated was fantastic. I’m glad they made this a showcase for everyone else and not just New Day’s antics.
Men’s Survivor Series Match: Even though it was longer than some network specials, I really liked this. The continuity of storylines (You still owe me 15000 dollars!), Kev’s bromance with y2j, Dean hating AJ, Shane almost killing himself (and Roman), and the Shield reunion. It all worked. It fit together. And it made sense for the guy with his own faction to win. Now, I never pick Bray for anything, but I get what they were doing. Randy Orton is also a god. He’s so freaking smooth at EVERYTHING. 2 of the best RKO’s of all time=Seth and Randy.
Goldberg vs Lesnar: OK, this is the one most people either loved or hated. I’m just going to say I was surprised. Word in the news circles is that Brock asked for a longer program and requested they have a blowoff match at Mania. It also gives Goldberg time to actually train so he won’t be winded in 20 seconds. Is it ridiculous that Goldberg beat Lesnar in 2 minutes? Fuck yes it is. But remember Vince McMahons favorite thing is to shove people in a pool. Isn’t that how you felt at the end of this? I’d like to see where this goes before I judge if this match was terrible.