It’s Survivor Series as Raw takes on Smackdown to see who is the dominant brand with the most stacked SS card there has been in ages. Lets see how it goes.
Kick-off Match 1 – Matt Hardy vs. Elias
This was quite good for just a random kick-off match. Guys worked harder than they probably needed to, even adding an apron bump to the mix. Elias works on Matt’s left arm throughout which Hardy sells throughout and plays nicely into the finish where it prevents him hitting a twist of fate, allowing Elias to hit Drift Away and get the 3 count. Solid stuff.
Winner: Elias (via Drift Away) ***
Kick-off Match 2 – Cruiserweight Title Match: Enzo Amore (c) vs. Kalisto
This was decent, Kalisto was certainly impressing but Enzo just doesn’t work that well as guy in control, so that’s what lets this down a little. There is also a weird bit at the end where Enzo tries eat defeat on the apron but Kalisto blocks it and it just looked awkward and pointless. Anyway Enzo ends up retaining, it was fine.
Winner: Enzo (via Eat Defeat) **3/4
Kick-off Match 3 – Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens vs. Breezango
Of coruse Sami and Kevin cut a promo before the match and they complain about everything in a fun manner before Breezango interrupt and say their own thing.
Match was pretty decent, was a standard TV tag match with Zayn and Owens getting control early on, Breezango getting the tiniest of comebacks and then Owens hitting a pop-up powerbomb to get the win. I guess it gave them something to do at least.
Winner: Zayn/Owens (via Pop-up Powerbomb)
Match 1 – The Shield vs. The New Day
This was a really good opener to kick off the main show, both guys get their own control, though New Day appear to get a little more, then they kick it up a gear with a great finishing stretch with some nice near-falls before Shield hit a triple powerbomb off the top rope to get the victory. Strong outing from both teams as you’d expect.
Winners: Shield (via super triple Powerbomb) ****
Match 2 – Becky Lynch/Naomi/Natalya/Tamina/Carmella vs. Sasha Banks/Asuka/Nia Jax/Alicia Fox/Bayley
This was a decent match. Did have a few dodgy bits including a messed up elimination, plus Lynch got eliminated way too early and Tamina was in the match most out of her team which is probably more than she should have been, but she didn’t do too bad. They all did pretty well and the crowd were certainly invested which I think helped elevate the match somewhat. They also did well keeping Asuka looking strong, crowd were firmly behind her and she eliminated Natalya and Tamina as the sole survivor to win it for her team. Some of the other booking of this was questionable but it worked well enough. Elimination were as follows
-Becky Lynch Via Roll-up.
-Bayley via Splash.
-Nia Jax via Count-out.
-Fox accidentally via pinfall when she didn’t kickout quick enough to lead into Naomi’s submission.
-Naomi via Bank Statement straight after Fox.
-Carmella via Asuka Kick to the head.
-Banks via Sharpshooter.
-Tamina via Cross Armbreaker.
-Natalya (via Asuka Lock).
Winners: Raw Womens Team **3/4
Match 3 – The Miz vs. Baron Corbin
I thought this was a good little match, Heel against heel can be tough but I think they did well, with both guys some getting control and Miz working on Corbin’s leg which affected him at points. In the end though Corbin hits an End Of Days to get a victory, though I’d have preferred Miz to have got it considering the great run he is having. Ah well solid match still.
Winner: Corbin (via End of Days) ***
Match 4 – Sheamus & Cesaro vs The Usos
Really tag good match, another Heel against heel contest but Usos appeared to be more of a face team here which worked nicely. Again both teams get their own little control bits before leading into a great finishing stretch with Usos getting the victory. Don’t think it was as good as Shield/New Day but it was certainly close.
Winners: The Usos (via Big Splash) ***3/4
Match 5 – Charlotte vs. Alexa Bliss
This was another really good match, both women worked hard and delivered some really solid action with some nice near-falls. Bliss gets some control and injures Charlotte’s rib which is somewhat of a focus throughout the match. In the end though Bliss can’t keep Charlotte down and taps out to the figure-8. Lovely stuff.
Winners: Charlotte (via Figure-8) ***3/4
Match 6 – Brock Lesnar vs. AJ Styles
I loved this and thought it was awesome, had some pretty stiff moments too. Styles basically gets dominated in the beginning but eventually finds an opening go after Lesnar’s leg, from there he finally as a fighting chance, but despite his best efforts which included him using the Calf Crusher, Springboard 450 and Phenomenal forearm he gets caught with an F5 whilst going for a second forearm, giving Lesnar the victory. Styles is a great opponent for Lesnar, he can be easily thrown about and always full of energy which can help cover Lesnar’s seeming lack of stamina. There were a couple of things that didn’t go so well and having this before the main event with Raw 1 point behind Smackdown meant it was certain Lesnar would win, but I was still heavily invested and on edge throughout and I think this is the best match Lesnar has had in ages. Superb stuff.
Winner: Lesnar (via F5) ****1/2
Main Event – Shane Mcmahon/Shinsuke Nakamura/John Cena/Randy Orton/Bobby Roode vs. Kurt Angle/Triple H/Samoa Joe/Finn Balor/Braun Strowman
I maybe in a minority here but I really liked this match and I mean all of it, not just the start of it. The beginning is certainly red hot with some great interactions and it does start dying down after Strowman is put through an announce table with the booking becoming rather odd, but I was strangely compelled throughout it all and really enjoyed it ,even with it’s more awkward moments. I think my biggest problem with it was Sami and Owens interference, because they just get quickly chased off by Shane with a chair making it all pointless and leaving them looking like geeks. Anyway at the end Shane is left as the sole survivor and Angle ha him hooked in an anklelock. Triple H comes in and pedigree Angle, letting Shane eliminate him. It looks as though H has decided to protect his brother-in-law but instead he pedigrees Shane and win the match taking all the glory for himself, which appears to piss Braun off. Not a match for everyone but I still found it entertaining. Eliminations as follows
-Nakamura via Poweslam
-Roode via powerslam
-Joe via AA
-Cena via Angle Slam
-Balor via RKO
-Orton via Powerslam
-Angle via Pedigree
-Shane via Pedigree
Winners: Raw Survivor Series team ***3/4
-After the match Triple H is all smug about winnign but Strowman grabs him by the throat and tells him not to mess with him, he looses go, turns his back and Triple tries to attack him and go for a pedigree, but Braun gives him two powerslams leaving him standing tall ending the show. Glad they did that at the end make Braun look the strongest of them all and sets up some potential future things.
Overall I really enjoyed this PPV, it may not have lived up to it’s fullest potential but I think nearly every match delivered nicely and Lesnar/Styles in particular was awesome. Really solid show from top to bottom, look forward to seeing how things play out from here.