WWE's Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) has now come and gone after a tremendous amount of build-up, and the promotion certainly didn't fail to disappoint on putting on an amazing show.
While the PPV was made primarily up of RAW vs. SmackDown Live matches, the preshow featured some brand exclusive matches as per usual. The night kicked off with Elias defeating former multiple time Tag Team Champion Matt Hardy in the first match of the day. Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore would then successfully defend his title against Kalisto.
On the final match of the preshow, SmackDown Live stars Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were successful in tag team action as they defeated Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango). It was after these three matches that the battle of the brands got underway.
The Shield (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose) started RAW off with a big win following an epic clash with The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Big E). The first Elimination Tag Match of the night took place, as the women of WWE did battle next.
RAW picked up a 2-0 lead as Alicia Fox, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Asuka, and Nia Jax defeated SmackDown Live's team of Becky Lynch, Naomi, Carmella, Natalya, and Tamina (who was accompanied to the ring by Lana).
A rather personal match-up between United States Champion Baron Corbin and Intercontinental Champion The Miz took place next, and "The Lone Wolf" was able to pick up the first win of the night for SmackDown Live.
SmackDown picked up another win when their Tag Team Champions The Usos downed RAW Tag Team Champions The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro). Team Blue then took the lead when SmackDown Live Women's Champion Charlotte Flair defeated RAW Women's Champ Alexa Bliss.
RAW's Universal Champion Brock Lesnar tied things up by beating WWE Champion AJ Styles, who gave "The Beast" quite the run for his money. With things all knotted up; Team RAW (Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe, and Triple H) would take on Team SmackDown Live (Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura, and John Cena) to determine the night's winner.
Braun Strowman flat out obliterated for Team RAW early on by taking out two of SmackDown's teammates in Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode, before getting put through an announce table that would down him for the majority of the match.
John Cena would then eliminate Samoa Joe before getting put down himself by Kurt Angle, thanks to some help from Finn Balor. Balor would eat an RKO from Randy Orton and was then eliminated from the match before Braun Strowman made his return to eliminate "The Viper" with a Running Powerslam.
Shane McMahon then found himself all alone against Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, and Triple H. "The Game" then turned on Angle by hitting him with a Pedigree and allowing Shane to pin the RAW General Manager for the elimination.
For a split second it seemed as though Triple H was going to side with Shane against Strowman, however, he then kicked McMahon in the gut and hit him with the Pedigree to pick up the win for Team RAW. RAW would win the most bouts on the night, and thus won the war with SmackDown Live, but Strowman wasn't happy nonetheless.
"The Monster Amongst Men" hit Triple H with a Running Powerslam twice and left him in the center of the ring before walking away backstage. It should be interesting to see how the storylines for both RAW and SmackDown progress moving forward as we head into WrestleMania season.
What are your thoughts on Monday Night RAW reigning supreme over SmackDown Live at Survivor Series last night (Sun. November 19, 2017)? Do you think that WWE made the right call in having SmackDown Live once again be labelled as the 'B-Show?' Or should SmackDown Live have gone over at the event? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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