The Survivor Series pay-per-view is now in the books and we know Sheamus is our new WWE World Heavyweight Champion after he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Roman Reigns.
The card did look depleted heading into the event and it was clear it didn’t feel like a Survivor Series event. We can compare it to last year when fans were excited about most of the matches, as well as a potential Sting arrival which did happen.
Survivor Series 2015
This year it wasn’t the same. Sure we had a 25th anniversary to celebrate but with no Seth Rollins, a change of plans, an underwhelming card and a potential terror threat Survivor Series felt like an average night.
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THE GOOD – OPENING MATCH
Some good moments did take place at the Philips Arena and one of those was the opening match between Reigns and United States Champion, Alberto Del Rio.
The night kicked off with the first semi-final and it’s safe to say the match did exceed all expectations fans had set. Reigns looked good for most parts of the match and it didn’t feel rushed.
Heading into the match, everyone believed it would be smooth sailing for Reigns but Del Rio ensured that wasn’t the case. The match had plenty of close calls and Del Rio genuinely looked like he was going to steal a win numerous times.
It was a good start to the night, but unfortunately not all of the matches had the same impact.
The following match of the night was the second semi-final between Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens. While it didn’t top the previous match it was certainly entertaining thanks to the Intercontinental Champion.
Owens interrupted Reigns after his match and he certainly left an impression because most of what he was saying was true, and he did well to make the transition into the ring where he wore down Ambrose.
Owens was his usual self with his in-ring tactics and he definitely entertained with his constant heel comments directed at everyone around him in a match where he dominated.
Most of the night was built around The Undertaker and the fact that he made his debut at Survivor Series 25 years ago, and, although his match wasn’t fantastic, the occasion as a whole was memorable.
It was mainly his entrance where it felt like Survivor Series was his event and we saw just how The Deadman has evolved during his time in the WWE.
I did think more could be done to mark the occasion, but his entrance on the night was a good reminder of just how lucky this generation is to witness a superstar like The Undertaker.
THE BAD – MATCHES THROWN TOGETHER
The night had its fair share of bad points too and one of those was the fact that numerous matches were thrown together for the sake of it.
The tournament was understandable as Rollins is injured and a new champion needed to be crowned.
Dolph Ziggler and Tyler Breeze have barely done anything memorable in the run-in to Survivor Series yet they had an underwhelming match, and it’s a shame to see Ziggler drop so low considering he ousted The Authority last year.
The 5-on-5 traditional Survivor Series matches looked as if they were thrown together at the last minute as well and it really made the event look ordinary.
Survivor Series is famous for the 5-on-5 elimination tag team matches. It’s competitive, it’s exciting and it’s fun for the fans to watch.
Over the years, we’ve had some fantastic matches with some huge names involved in them but this year it felt as if the WWE threw tradition out of the window and gave the fans two matches nobody really cared about.
Sure, the matches were of an average standard but the eliminations were too quick, there was no story which was what was missing. We didn’t see any recruitment which adds a competitive side to it but they missed it all out to fill the time and they paid the price for it.
THE WYATT FAMILY LOSE AGAIN
This is becoming a worrying trend now as The Wyatt Family lost again. For weeks, Bray Wyatt did what he usually does to get inside the heads of Kane and The Undertaker and they should have spoiled The Undertaker’s occasion to look like real threats.
Instead, we saw Erick Rowan disappear, Braun Strowman looked weak as he was put through a table and The Wyatt Family lost again.
Where do they go from here? How much longer can they keep going out on a weekly basis and act as if they’re in control? It’s becoming stale, and they need to turn their situation around as soon as possible.
QUALITY OF MATCHES
Although the opening match was a solid one the remainder of the card was average. The card looked weak and the matches were weaker and that was a shame as there were some really good in-ring competitors involved on the card.
In every single match it’s hard to pick out one stand-out point which made the fans excited, they all seemed like matches you’d see on an episode of SmackDown and the main event match felt too short and rushed.
If we had longer matches with better spots then maybe we could have said the event had solid matches, but unfortunately hardly any of the matches were worth watching again.
SHEAMUS LOOKED WEAK
Sheamus cashing-in looked quite obvious heading towards Survivor Series especially with the Rollins injury, but it hardly helped their situation.
Sheamus didn’t look too strong earlier on in the evening yet somehow he walked out with the title, and even then he couldn’t keep Reigns down with his first Brogue Kick.
The champion needs to look strong and dominant and Sheamus was the complete opposite of that.
Ratings seem to be an issue for the WWE as well, is Sheamus as champion going to help that? I certainly don’t think so. All in all, I felt that Survivor Series was one of the worst events of 2015, there was nothing special to note on the card even though it’s one of the big four events.
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