Another Survivor Series is wrapped up and in the books, as the 26th annual Survivor Series is now said and done. As stated in some of the previous articles, The Survivor Series makes sure to deliver on a level that that will keep all the viewers talking for quite sometime afterwards. Tonight was no exception.
Results and Summary
Bonus 10 man traditional tag match
Team #1) Broadus Clay, Justin Gabriel, Tyson Kidd, Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio Vs Team #2.) Tensai, Primo, Epico and The Primetime Players
Summary: This was an unannounced “traditional” survivor series match opening the ppv. A little bitter sweet, due to the fact that A.) great that there will not just be only 1 10 man tag. And B.) It was unannounced. This PPV overall already feels somewhat hotshotted, and to do this just adds to the already existing stigma. But never the less, we were granted a match. The first 10 min of the match was pretty exciting and we got some solid offense from the faces. Funny because both of the big men where eliminated first. Tensai and Clay went out first. The 8 remaining were pretty much level. The highlight of this match was Tyson Kidd indeed. Tyson eliminated both Titus O’Neal and Epico. Eliminated Epico with the Sharpshooter. Kidd is gonna be that guy down the road. Good start to the ppv. Great energy.
Winners: Broadus Clay, Justin Gabriel, Tyson Kidd, Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio (Survivors: Justin Gabriel, Tyson Kidd, Sin Cara and Rey Mysterio)
Match #2) For the WWE Divas Championship
Eve (Champion) vs Kaitlyn
Summary: Before the match, Kaitlyn was almost ambushed by Aksana, but Kaitlyn was able to dodge the attack, shades to her being attacked at Night of Champions. Kaitlyn was in control for most of the match as she showed a great amount of offense. Even was able to hit her body drop to the knee finisher on Eve. However Eve got the upper hand back when she out smarted Kait to lure her to the outside thus taking her momentum with a vicious trip on the ring apron. Followed b a neck breaker and pin.
Winner: Eve (Retains title)
Match #3.) For the WWE United States Championship
Antonio Ceasaro (champion) vs R-Truth
Summary: As mentioned in the predictions article, I was very frustrated that this match didn’t receive adequate build up. Here are two ring veterans who deserve a much more dignified way of advertising this championship match. But nevertheless, the show must go on. Standard match, nothing too much in depth about it. Very standard style. Ceasaro caught R-Truth at a sliver of vulnerability, and hit his finisher and won. I see Ceasaro holding that title for quite some time.
Winner: Antonio Ceasaro (Retains)
Match #4.) For The World Heavyweight Championship
The Big Show (Champion) vs Sheamus
Summary: I was looking forward to this match, but it deserved a gimmick, especially with it being a rematch from a match that was a normal match from last month. Making this match a No DQ match would’ve created an element that would’ve made all the sense in the world. But even with the lack of gimmick, this was still a hard hitting match. From Sheamus trapping Show into the ropes and pounding his chest. To Big Show giving Sheamus a spear when Sheamus was coming off the top rope. Just like last month, this match had many elements of pain involved. Loved it. Sheamus showed absolute raw strength and resiliency in this match. The highlight was Sheamus giving The Big Show “The Electric Chair”. Absolutely impressive. The climax of the match came when Sheamus went for the broughe kick, but Big Show pulled the ref into the cross fire of the kick. While the ref was knocked out and was being attended to, Show hit Sheamus with the knock out punch, and scored the pin victory. However, after the refs discussed the previous outcome, the officials reversed the decision and DQ’d the Big Show for his actions against the ref. Sheamus wins but Big Show holds the belt. Absolutely physical contest. Top contender for match of the night.
Winner: Sheamus (Via Disqualification)
Match #5.) Tradition Survivor Series Match
Team Ziggler (Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Damien Sandow, Wade Barrett and David Otunga) vs Team Foley (Randy Orton, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston and The Miz)
Summary: This was the Survivor Series match that had a number of changes to it before the bell even rings. This is the traditional survivor series match that actually has the significant build up for the show, which is well deserved considering the talent. There were a couple of quick eliminations with Damien Sandow exiting early, same with Kane, quickly making it 4 on 4. The issue that I have with this is the problem that I’ve had with most “Traditional” Survivor Series matches in the last 6 years as they aren’t given enough time to tell the story of each competitor and whom they are standing opposite of in the ring. A lot of that took place in the early settings of this match. Barrett was impressive in the match, by eliminating Kofi and he showed why I have been saying that he is a future world champion. The Miz came in with a tremendous amount of steam which really is helping his validity of being a top face soon. But Miz would soon be eliminated by Del Rio. The later parts of the match were very “edge of your seat” worthy, which really screamed shades of 2003, 2004 and 2005 Survivor Series when Orton was the sole survior and it looked like it could be that. But Ziggler would change those hopes as he would outsmart the Viper and get the win.
Winner: Team Ziggler (Sole Survivor: Dolph Ziggler)
Match #6.) WWE Championship
CM Punk (Champion) vs Ryback vs John Cena
Summary: I cannot put my finger on it, but the match did not click with me for it being a championship triple threat main event. This definitely was a “color by numbers” match if there ever was one. The one highlight of the match was the part when both Punk and Cena worked together to give Ryback a suplex on the commentators table. Shades of Wrestlemania 20 Triple H and Shawn Michaels working together to give Chris Benoit a suplex. The end of the match showed Ryback getting attacked by three men, Roman Range (?), Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, all from NXT. With this attack Punk took advantage and scored the victory on John Cena. As publicized during the whole match, CM Punk will walk into Raw tomorrow night as a 1 year WWE Champion. Tied with Hulk Hogan at #8 in the all time list.
Winner: CM Punk
PPV Summary: I honestly will score this PPV at highest a C. It really did not ever capture that Survivor Series feel to it. I felt like last years Survivor Series in Madison Square Garden felt historic and this one felt like it fell by the wayside. It is a possibility that much of the focus was taken off this PPV due to Linda’s campaign run. The World Title match between Big Show and Sheamus once again stole the show, but everything else fell flat. And yes, setting the bar higher because this is a big 4 ppv. If this were Over The Edge or something, then it would be different. But this is Survivor Series, a measurement for history, and tonight not too much lived up to that. However, I did appreciate the development of younger talent. As this was a gateway for the dawning of a new era within the WWE.
Top 3 Highlights
1.) World Heavyweight Title Match
2.) Dolph Ziggler
3.) Tyler Black!
Top 3 Lowlights
1.) WWE Title Match
2.) The Vickie/AJ Drama
3.) The hotshotted Traditional Survivor Series Tag match.
Thank you very much for reading.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer For Rant Sports