Expectations were high heading into this year’s Survivor Series event which took place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The Authority had their jobs on the line whilst The Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback all faced a risk of being fired should Team Cena lose in the main event.
There was additional excitement in the air even without the huge main event, there were strong rumours that Randy Orton would appear at the event and play a part in the outcome of the match – which he didn’t – whilst Roman Reigns also cut a promo, revealing that he will be back next month. But there’s always a chance the WWE could surprise the fans again with a much sooner return.
However, the biggest surprise of all was by the man called Sting, who finally made his long-awaited debut in the WWE.
Pre-Show: Fandango defeated Justin Gabriel
Pre-Show: Jack Swagger defeated Cesaro
WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal 4 Way: The Miz and Damien Mizdow defeated Gold and Stardust, The Usos and Los Matadores – NEW Tag Team Champions
4-on-4 Divas traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match: Team Fox defeated Team Paige
Bray Wyatt defeated Dean Ambrose – Disqualification
Tag Team match: Adam Rose and The Bunny defeated Slater Gator
WWE Divas Championship: Nikki Bella defeated AJ Lee – NEW Divas Champion
5-on-5 traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match: Team Cena defeated Team Authority
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As a whole, every match was of a high standard and you could tell by looking at the superstars and divas that they knew expectations were high, with Survivor Series regarded as one of the more important events of the year, meaning not every superstar is lucky enough to compete on this level.
We were treated to two pre-show matches with a new-and-improved Fandango showing off a new dance partner in Rosa Mendes. To add to that, he showed off his new mean streak against Justin Gabriel who did also get a decent amount of offence in the match but we all knew which way this was going to go.
Cesaro was out to brown-nose The Authority a little more and Jack Swagger came out to put a stop to it. The fans, who were slowly filling in the arena due to bad weather, did show their appreciation for a good pre-show match.
The fans played a big part in the Tag Team Championship match. Even though Los Matadores weren’t really a big threat to the champions, the fans made it clear who they wanted to see victorious. It was a great match with three teams looking like they stood a genuine chance of winning it and the fans reactions said it all, a victory for Damien Mizdow to top off a good opening match.
The first of the traditional Survivor Series elimination matches saw Team Fox take on Team Paige and it was a predictable match to say the least. The majority of fans saw that Team Fox had the stronger divas in the team, but it was good to see them in the spotlight. A big negative of this was that it was too long, even longer than the Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose match. At times the crowd weren’t interested and the pace dropped. But they did surprise the fans regardless, a 4-0 clean sweep wasn’t expected in the slightest.
Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose had a big job on their hands to make their first official match of the feud an interesting one as many believe this feud hasn’t really hit the heights it had expected to. The two are set to clash once more at the TLC pay-per-view and I believe the ending for this match was brilliant. Bray Wyatt decided to get a microphone as he realised Dean Ambrose was a fighter, he wouldn’t stay down and the disqualification ending showed that neither man was the weaker at the end of the night.
The inclusion of the tables, ladders and chairs was also a fantastic way to conclude the evening for both men before their next big showdown next month.
An impromptu tag team match where The Bunny stole the show, pinning Heath Slater in an average tag team match which was clearly there to fill a valuable time slot.
AJ Lee and Nikki Bella didn’t really get the opportunity to showcase their skills in what could have been a good divas match even though we knew which was this was going to go. It’s understandable why the WWE decided to go with a quick finish to replicate the Daniel Bryan and Sheamus infamous 18 second finish. But the reality is, the two or three minutes wasted on the previous tag team match should have been given to AJ Lee and Nikki Bella to actually put on a competitive performance for the fans.
The main event was always going to be pure chaos and the fans loved it. From the start where Mark Henry was eliminated instantly to Rusev being counted out, and nobody will forget The Big Show’s betrayal. Dolph Ziggler stole the show with his incredible performance and he does warrant a serious push to the top, but with the titles being unified who knows whether the fans will be treated to another run with Dolph at the top.
Triple H played a key role in making sure it wasn’t a simple finish, which was exactly what was needed and Sting concluded perhaps the most memorable Survivor Series event in years.
A Vince McMahon appearance and shock announcement surrounding Cena’s ability to re-sign The Authority, Bad News Barrett back on television, Roman Reigns receiving a great reaction from the wonderful St. Louis crowd, and an epic debut and main event; it’s safe to say Survivor Series exceeded the high expectations as the WWE pulled out all the stops for an event which was free on the WWE Network.
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