Monday, November 24, 2014

Survivor Series Review

Okay, so first things first, Survivor Series opened with a promo from Vince McMahon, The Authority and John Cena. With only five matches, you gotta fill time somehow right? All this accomplished was that it announced that if Team Authority loses, the only person who can bring them back will be John Cena. Onto the actual card, we open with the WWE Tag Team Title match. Everyone but Miz and Damien Mizdow are sporting new attire. This was fun and every team got the chance to shine. It started slow but picked up in the final few minutes. After an Uso splash, Miz blind tags in, but when he throws out an Uso, Mizdow blind tags in and steals the pin, giving us new champions! Miz celebrated with both titles while Mizdow was his stunt double self. Good match that went just over 15 minutes and I'm interested in what happens with them as champions. ***

Traditional Survivor Series match coming up as the Total Divas mostly were involved. Natalya, Naomi, Emma and Alicia Fox teamed up against Paige, Summer Rae, Layla and Cameron. This match got ten times better when I saw that Natalya brought out Tyson Kidd with her. The girls tried here but messed up a fair amount, especially Summer. Naomi pinned Cameron, Alicia pinned Layla and Emma made Summer tap, leaving Paige alone. Tyson, being the awesome douche that he is, tweeted a photo saying they were winning because of him. Paige attempted a rally, but fell to Naomi in the end, giving the face Divas a clean sweep after 14 minutes. I can't believe this got that much time. Again, there was effort but the execution was off. *1/2

Next up, the battle pitting Bray Wyatt against Dean Ambrose turned out to be better than I expected. Bray hasn't had great matches with the exception of the Royal Rumble so I was worried that this wouldn't deliver. There was no wrestling sequences early on as this was a straight up fight. Ambrose copied Bray's signature taunt in the corner and eventually, used a steel chair to get disqualified. The match went about 14 minutes. He then brought in more chairs, put Bray through a table and teased us all by bringing in a ladder. He would just stand and pose atop the ladder but it was announced shortly after that in three weeks at TLC, Bray and Ambrose will meet in a TLC match! That excites me since I will be there live. ***1/2

Because this show had time to fill, we get a thrown together tag team match featuring Adam Rose and the Bunny taking on SLATER GATOR! This was at least kept short when The Bunny got the win in just over two minutes and Adam Rose looked sad as the Exotic Express danced away with the Bunny, leaving him behind. This was a segment that didn't belong on PPV. DUD.

The Divas Championship is defended here and goes about 30 seconds. Yup, you read that right. On a show where they had tons of time to fill, they pulled a Daniel Bryan/Sheamus WrestleMania 28. As the bell rang, Brie Bella got on the apron with the Divas Championship to distract AJ Lee. When AJ went to confront her, Brie planted a kiss on her. HLA! HLA! HLA! That allowed Nikki to level her and then hit the Rack Attack to become the new Champion. I didn't like how short the match was, but I do like the idea of a new champion. I sense Brie vs. Nikki for the title very soon. No Rating.

The main event came on next and let me just say that this thing was tremendous. I was not a big fan of the team that John Cena put together so my expectations weren't great. The match started and Mark Henry was first eliminated. Then, to my surprise, Ryback was the first member of Team Cena out. I would have had Show go out first. Rusev got eliminated but stayed protected as he tried to put Dolph Ziggler through a table and missed, getting counted out. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper went at it, but Rowan was eliminated. Big Show then turned heel for the millionth time, knocking out Cena and allowing Seth to eliminate the captain! The heel turn wasn't surprising but Cena being out third was! Show shook Triple H's hand and walked out, getting counted out. Dolph was left alone and had taken a beating. He managed to somehow rally and eliminate Kane. Then, Harper entered and Dolph got rid of him as well! It was down to Seth and Dolph!

Dolph somehow also managed to avoid the Curb Stomp and get near falls that had Triple H going insane. After a Zig Zag, Triple H pulled out the referee. He would do it again shortly after, before getting in the ring and taking matters into his own hands. He would beat up Dolph and plant him with the Pedigree before calling out his own referee, Scott Armstrong. As Armstrong counted to two, music hit and the titantron started to flash and STING CAME OUT! STING WAS IN A GODDAMN WWE RING! I was speechless and didn't know what to do. He had a long staredown with Triple H before blocking a punch and hitting the Scorion Death Drop. He then placed Ziggler over Seth and the three was counted. An amazing main event that had me on the edge of my seat. Dolph pulled a Shawn MIchaels circa 2003 and it was fantastic. I don't give this score out easily but this match made me do it. *****

Damn, that main event was insane. I loved it. Besides that, the show was good. The opener was fun, the Divas tag was okay and Bray/Ambrose delivered. The Bunny stuff sucked, but the Divas Title match, while short, did what it was supposed to. That main event though. And Sting. 8.5/10. One of the better Pay-Per-Views this year.

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