Welcome back to another post and after reviewing the Best PPV Matches of 2017 we have the last Pay-Per-View of last year in the form of Survivor Series.
In terms of future releases, we have a review out early next week or potentially the weekend if I can get them watched over the next night or so of Sasha Banks : Iconic Matches and Bayley from the same series.
More information in that review but watch out for this but we are back on the Blu-Ray’s this time out for this Pay-Per-View.
Start of the show was brilliant, we had the Shield vs the New Day. Full of great action and one of the best tag team matches on a WWE PPV in my opinion last year, they put in a real good show and it really hyped the crowd up which is a new technique WWE have been using to keep the crowd hot throughout the show and it works. When all 6 men got back to his feet and battled there was only going to be one winner though and that was the Shield who hit the triple powerbomb after a long opener which was brilliant throughout.
Following that we had Women’s Elimination Match between Team Smackdown which was made up of Becky Lynch, Carmella, Natalya, Naomi & Tamina vs Team RAW which was made up of Alicia Fox, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax and Asuka.
The match started with Becky Lynch and Alicia Fox but after some early offence, Bayley was tagged in and rolled the lasskicker up to eliminate her early doors. Bayley though was then eliminated by Tamina after Bayley thought Carmella nailed her with a superkick which allowed Tamina to pick up the pieces hitting her Superfly Splash to eliminate her.
Tamina then basically eliminated Nia Jax following that, she hit two superkicks that sent her to the floor which was followed by Naomi helping the cause by hitting her with a crossbody. Tamina then hit another Superkick then got onto the ring steps and jumped onto her to take her down and so she was eliminated by countout.
Fox was hit with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker in a bit of a messed up spot which allowed Naomi to score an elimination and an easy Bank Statement then eliminated Naomi from the equation.
Carmella was then gone being hit with a knee to the face and a kick to the head after building up some momentum but it wasn’t fruitful against the Empress of Tomorrow Asuka who scored the elimination.
Sasha Banks was next gone being eliminated by Natalya after Banks looked to be in pole position locking in the Bank Statement but Tamina was there to help and it allowed Natalya to hit the Sharpshooter to eliminate ‘The Boss’. Tamina was next to be eliminated being tapped out by an armbar from Asuka.
Asuka then ended up winning for Team RAW with her trademark Asuka Lock to defeat Natalya with the two best wrestlers right now from both teams remaining, it was an alright match but nothing which will set the world alight, still worth a watch though.
Following that is Baron Corbin vs The Miz in a battle of the United States and Intercontinental champions. It was a pretty good match but one between two heels so it is hard to get behind one specific wrestler. It was Corbin who took the win via pinfall. The finish happened when Miz went for an attack in the corner only for Corbin to hit the End of Days for the victory after just under 10 minutes. It was a match full of action but the heel vs heel element meant that it restricted it a bit from truly flourishing.
Sheamus & Cesaro vs The Usos came next and as expected, it was brilliant. There were a lot of near finishes throughout which definitely meant I stayed glued to the screen and of course it helps that they are two of the best tag teams in the company right now. The finish came when Jimmy hit a dive on top of Cesaro and then Jey hit a top rope splash onto Sheamus which allowed him to grab a pinfall victory. A very enjoyable match overall like most of this PPV so far.
Charlotte vs Alexa Bliss in another Battle of the Champions between SmackDown and RAW. This was a proper good match and despite it’s slow build really built up well to a great match. The last five minutes especially really made the match with the near misses really keeping the intrigue alive as to who would win in the battle between the two brands but the loss for Bliss meant it was 3-2 to SmackDown going into the final two matches.
Next up was the penultimate match and it was between Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles, this is the best match on the card by a mile. Lesnar is brilliant and brings the best out of his opponents and that is whoever he faces so add Styles into the dynamic and you get a bonafide match of the year candidate. Both men went through the rigmarole with Lesnar clutching his knee and really selling his injuries at the finish. It is his F5 though showing his strength which won him the match. The other main good thing about this match as well is that it doesn’t go on for too long at less than 20 minutes which for a match of this quality means that it is all action from the word go and that is exactly true in this case.
Finally we have the traditional Survivor Series Match between Team RAW which is Kurt Angle, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman and Triple H vs Team SmackDown which is Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena. This match was a disappointment with Triple H & Braun Strowman winning for Team RAW, for me it seemed like there was stacks of talent but they only focused on the older guys in the form of Triple H and Shane O Mac, Strowman was taken out of commision for a whole in a sort of ganging up move a bit like at the Royal Rumble which will probably be the spot they use this Sunday haha. The match just felt a bit disjointed to be honest, it gave victory to RAW so you could see why what happened ended up happening where Hunter turned on his brother in law and the SmackDown GM but they could of booked it in so many other ways. It could lead to a feud going into Mania I’d say with a battle between the pair with potentially Strowman involved if he doesn’t go on to Main Event but if not this is a wasted booking.
Rating – 7/10 – A quality PPV for the most part. The main event though let it down but barring that most of it if not all was great and I would definately recommend giving it a watch if you get a chance,
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