Last night, NXT took over in Toronto, putting on a great show in the Air Canada Centre. Tonight, it’s the main roster’s turn. WWE brings us the first joint pay per view of the brand split era as Survivor Series comes our way tonight from the same venue. We’ll get to see three traditional Survivor Series matches between the Raw and Smackdown rosters, but we’ll also get to see matches with stipulations on the line. Brian Kendrick will defend his Cruiserweight Championship against Kalisto, but if he loses, the cruiserweight rosters and the title will move to Smackdown. The Miz will defend his Intercontinental Championship against the challenge of Sami Zayn from Raw, which could move the title to the red brand. And of course – the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar, will engage in what WWE is calling “fantasy warfare” against Goldberg, who has declared Lesnar “last.”
The full card is as follows:
- Team Raw (Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, and Seth Rollins) vs. Team Smackdown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, and Shane McMahon); Men’s Raw vs. Smackdown Survivor Series Elimination Match
- Team Raw (Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Alicia Fox, and Nia Jax) vs. Team Smackdown (Nikki Bella, Becky Lynch, Naomi, Alexa Bliss, and Carmella); Women’s Raw vs. Smackdown Survivor Series Elimination Match
- Team Raw (Enzo Amore and Big Cass, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, Sheamus and Cesaro, and The Shining Stars) vs. Team Smackdown (The Usos, American Alpha, Heath Slater and Rhyno, the Hype Bros, and a team to be named); Raw vs. Smackdown Tag Team Survivor Series Elimination Match
- The Miz (c, w/Maryse) vs. Sami Zayn; WWE Intercontinental Championship; if Zayn wins, the title moves to Raw
- Brian Kendrick (c) vs. Kalisto; WWE Cruiserweight Championship; If Kalisto wins, the title and the division move to Smackdown.
- Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) vs. Goldberg
The show was hosted by the normal panel of Renee Young, Booker T, Lita, and Jerry Lawler. After some initial banter they threw it to Tom Phillips, who will be with Kevin Owens later to answer Twitter questions in the Social Media Lounge.
The arena was nearly empty, so yes, this started way too soon. Kane vs. Luke Harper will take place on the show, as will a six-man cruiserweight tag match. The hosts discussed the matches, and various video packages were run.
Backstage, Sami Zayn thanked Mick Foley for believing in him, but Foley told him he earned the shot. He said his son told him about Zayn and said his son was never wrong, because Foley was impressed with him. Foley started to try and pump Zayn up but he cut Foley off, calling Foley an inspiration. He said Foley had a dream and at 14, Zayn had the same dream. He said he would become the Intercontinental Champion tonight.
The Miz crashed the panel, complaining about Foley giving Zayn the speech but Bryan giving him nothing. He put over the title and said all his heroes held the same title when he was a kid. Miz said that he and Maryse will prove how awesome they are when they keep the title on Smackdown.
Becky Lynch and Nikki Bella spoke backstage about the women’s Survivor Series match. Charlotte and Dana Brooke entered, and Charlotte talked about making Nikki tap to win the title. Nikki said she has waited 18 months to wipe the smile off Charlotte’s face and said that Charlotte tears others down to build herself up. Charlotte said she put Nikki in a neck brace before and would have no problem doing it again.
They had the social media lounge segment, with Tom Phillips hosting Kevin Owens. Phillips pointed out that Owens was wearing blue even though he’s on the red brand, but Owens told him he likes money so he made a shirt with Toronto Blue Jay colors. Owens summoned Jericho to join him and a “Kevin Owens Show” logo popped up. Jericho noted it was red like the Raw blood in their winning veins.
The duo answered fan questions, one of which was about a scarf. One asked what Owens thought of James Ellsworth (who, by the way does have a WWE contract now I hear…). Owens called Shane McMahon the Smackdown mascot and Jericho said Ellsworth is wearing a worm costume. When Phillips told Jericho he has no chin, Jericho told Phillips to be a star.
Owens and Jericho made fun of Phillips leaving Raw to join the Smackdown broadcast team “that already has too many people on it.” Owens didn’t care if they were sole survivors, as long as the team wins. Phillips asked Owens if he thinks Jericho has him on the list. Owens took the mic and he and Jericho talked into it, making fun of Phillips and then Jericho said he was on the list for asking dumb questions.
Match #1 – TJ Perkins, Noam Dar, and Rich Swann vs. Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak, and Tony Nese
Winner: Perkins, Dar, and Swann
The Summary: Mauro Ranallo and Corey Graves called this one. There was a woman talking who asked if she could be heard then noted nine minutes. Match length? Anyhow, Perkins caught Gulak in the knee bar, but Nese and Daivari broke up. The teams bickered going to a break.
Daivari got the better of Dar and scored a near fall. Graves put Ariya over as the most successful of the Daivari family. Shawn surely disagrees. Swann got in a run of offense later that drew a good reaction, especially the huracanrana that pulled Daivari off the second rope. A bit later, rapid fire dives took place, and the referee stopped Perkins which drew heat. Perkins waited for the referee to look away and hit his to a big reaction. Swann hit his standing 450 splash to score the win.
A weird match when the official gets more heat than the heels, which continues to be a testament to booking issues. Anyhow, a solid match to get the crowd engaged, with some fun spots. Hopefully the beginning of the 205 Live show will help sort out the division and get things moving in the right direction.
Renee Young hyped 205 Live coming in a week from Tuesday then sent it to an interview with Kalisto. He said Smackdown blue is in his veins and mentioned Eddie Guerrero (of course he did). Brian Kendrick appeared and mocked Kalisto saying he could be the face of the division. “How would anyone know?” He said anyone could wear Kalisto’s mask, and he will continue to be the face of the division.
Match #2 – Kane vs. Luke Harper:
The Summary: David Otunga and JBL joined Mauro for the call. JBL compared Harper to Bruiser Brody. Harper hit an early suicide dive that drew raves from the commentary team. Harper got in a couple of two counts, one coming on the heels of a big boot. We got another Survivor Series hype package going to a break.
Harper stayed in control and worked the crowd for heat. Kane cut Harper off as he went to the ropes, hitting a superplex. Harper came back and threw a drop kick that amazed Otunga – “what can’t Luke Harper do?” Kane hit a DDT, but Harper came back with a swinging sidewalk slam for a two of his own. Kane caught Harper coming off the setup for the discus clothesline and hit a chokeslam to win.
Harper still just feels like a sidekick, but I did appreciate the way the commentary team built him up and talked about his athletic ability. I hope they end up doing more with him than being Wyatt’s sidekick.
The panel discussed the match, with Lita joking that she didn’t know if her ex husband was going to pull that match out. Lots of “Goldberg” chants in the background while they were talking. Booker talked about Goldberg appearing on his radio show but Lesnar refusing to do the same, and how he was Goldberg’s “only” friend when he showed up in WWE.
Lawler chose Lesnar to win the main event, while Lita chose Goldberg. Booker made a joke and predicted pain but no winner. They aired a video package to end the 2-hour marathon pre-show.
WWE Survivor Series, Live on pay per view and WWE Network from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario
They opened with a video package focusing on Goldberg vs. Lesnar and the Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown theme. Mauro Ranallo checked in with the attendance of 17,743. Graves, Mauro, JBL and Byron Saxton are on the call.
Bayley got her entrance, then the rest of the entrances happened. Nikki was supposed to be last, but she didn’t answer the music. They found her laid out backstage, and a trainer said she wouldn’t be able to compete. Natalya said she could represent the team and Bryan agreed. The Toronto crowd popped for it.
Match #1 – Team Raw (Charlotte, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, and Alicia Fox) vs. Team Smackdown (Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Naomi, Natalya, and Carmella); Survivor Series Elimination Match
Winner: Team Raw (Bayley pinned Becky Lynch)
The Summary: The ladies generally wore red or blue to their team colors, with Nia Jax being the only one who wore a red t-shirt. Lynch was the only one with a Smackdown t-shirt.
Charlotte tagged herself in early on to work with Becky, but Sasha reached in to tag herself in. Charlotte and Sasha pushed and shoved early on and Bayley tried to moderate. All ten women hit the ring and went at each other.
Alicia Fox scored the first elimination, sending Carmella to the showers. Bliss came off the ropes and eliminated Fox quickly thereafter. Naomi dove onto Jax out on the floor. Jax came back by throwing Naomi into the ring post, then flinging her off the apron to the floor. Naomi got counted out to be eliminated next.
Banks hit a knee press from the apron to Natalya on the floor. Back in the ring, Natalya tried a suplex that got blocked. Sasha set up her finish but Bliss cut her off. Sasha was distracted, which led to Natalya rolling her up to eliminate Sasha.
Natalya and Charlotte went at it. Natalya hit a nice suplex which led to a “suplex city” chant. Natalya hit a powerbomb and had her pinned, but Jax broke the count. Natalya locked on Sharpshooter, but Brooke at ringside pushed the ropes to Charlotte to break the hold. Charlotte threw a kick to eliminate Natalya.
Bliss and Lynch bickered, but teamed up on Jax to hit a suplex that she got right up from. Bliss and Lynch double teamed her with a DDT that looked ugly. Lynch got Jax in the Disarmer to get her tapped out and eliminated. Jax roughed up Lynch after being eliminated. Back in the ring, Charlotte hit Bliss with a big kick and sent her packing.
It was down to Charlotte and Bayley vs Becky Lynch. Lynch got the better of Charlotte, hitting the Dublin Jam off the ropes. Bayley broke up the pin, which got some groans. She tagged in proper and stared down with Lynch. Bayley hit her with the Bayley to Belly to get the win over Lynch.
After, Charlotte smiled then attacked Bayley. She dumped her to ringside, running her into the barricade then hitting a big boot.
The post match just didn’t get much heat. Odd to see Jax go out by submission when she’s positioned as a beast. they didn’t protect Becky as the champion of the Smackdown brand by having Bayley beat her clean. Some weird booking, but the action was fine. Interested in who will be revealed as Nikki’s attacker, the most interesting angle of the whole match.
After a break, James Ellsworth walked backstage only to be confronted by Gallows and Anderson. They bullied him, calling him a nerd. Gallows noted that Ellsworth pinned “our old friend” AJ Styles. Foley told them to knock it off, and asked if they’d like being picked on for bald heads. “We shave our heads,” they said.
Ellsworth marked out for Foley, recalling Foley being tossed off the Hell in a Cell. Foley said that “tossing off” means something different in other countries. Ellsworth praised Foley, who tried to recruit him to Raw. Ellsworth said he is loyal to the Smackdown brand. Foley respected it and wished him well. Ellsworth turned into Braun Strowman, who asked “don’t I know you?” Ellsworth split.
This was fine. Ellsworth has history with Strowman, which is how this whole run got started.
Michael Cole tagged in to the commentary team for the next match. Looks like we’ll be getting rotating play-by-play callers throughout the night.
Match #2 – The Miz (c, w/Maryse) vs. Sami Zayn; WWE Intercontinental Championship
Winner: The Miz to retain the Intercontinental Championship
The Summary: Fans booed Miz and sang along with Zayn’s entrance. Cole noted that Zayn is 3-0 against Miz. Early, Zayn hit a nice moonsault off the barrier, but Maryse distracted him momentarily. Zayn sold his leg that Miz clipped outside on the floor.
Zayn hit a clothesline, then limped into a dive over the rope onto Miz. He followed with a Michinoku Driver for two. Miz came back with a DDT for two. Cole said he thought Miz had him, but no one in the building bought in. Miz threw drop kicks in the corner.
Miz taunted and mocked Daniel Bryan. He tried for a corner clothesline but Zayn came back with a Blue Thunder Bomb for two. He tried to set up the Helluva Kick but Miz rolled out. Miz tried for the Skull Crushing Finale, but Zayn countered with a roll up for two. Zayn hit the Exploder and tried to follow with the Helluva Kick but Miz bailed.
Miz came back with the Figure Four. Zayn tried to get to the ropes but Miz dragged him back to center ring. Zayn rolled it over, but they rolled into the ropes for a break. JBL noted that Zayn’s speed has been neutralized because Miz has been working on his leg. Miz unloaded kicks on a kneeling Zayn, but he ducked the wind up.
Zayn locked in his own Figure Four, but the bell rang out of nowhere. Maryse was putting the hammer down as the camera rolled to the timekeeper area. Zayn got up and celebrated, but the official waved it off. In the distraction, Miz rolled Zayn up and grabbed the tights to get the win. He and Maryse celebrated as Zayn argued with the official.
A solid match, but that finish…ugh. We’ve seen it way too many times in too many different variations from her especially. I could buy in to the idea that it’s true to the characters, and that it gives Zayn an out, but honestly, the Smackdown midcard could use Zayn, and what a better way to move him over than to put the belt on him and have him go back to Raw and say “see ya” as he’s horribly mis-used there.
Backstage, Dean Ambrose was watching when AJ Styles walked in. AJ noted the win and said Team Smackdown would get the win if they listen to him. They bickered, throwing in some hype for their title match at TLC, until Shane McMahon entered. He told them that Smackdown had lost one match, and couldn’t afford to lose another.
Enzo and Cass did their entrance mic work to a good reaction. Cass worked in a Tim Horton’s reference to a cheer and did their SAWFT routine. The Shining Stars didn’t get a lot of love, but Sheamus and Cesaro got decent reactions. New Day came out and delivered a short promo about it being about “all of us” putting a whooping on Smackdown. No promos for the Smackdown team, but American Alpha got a good reaction.
Match #3 – Team Raw (New Day, Sheamus and Cesaro, The Shining Stars, Enzo Amore and Big Cass, and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) vs. Team Smackdown (Heath Slater and Rhyno, American Alpha, Breezango, The Hype Bros, and The Usos); Survivor Series Elimination Match
Winner: Team Raw (Cesaro tapped out Uso)
The Summary: Ranallo is back on the call. Fandango decided to hand out fashion police tickets early. New Day hit Midnight Hour quickly to send Breezango to the showers, then Uso hit the ring to hit Kofi with a big kick to send New Day to the showers.
Rawley got in and bell-clapped Epico. Ryder tagged in and went on a flurry against Anderson, setting up for the Broski Boot. Gallows pulled him to safety but Ryder followed with a drop kick through the ropes. Gallows and Anderson teamed up for the Magic Killer to send Hype Bros to the showers.
American Alpha hit double drop kicks before Gable got trapped in the Raw corner. A bit later, Epico hit his tripleta of suplexes. Gable fought back, tagging to Jordan. They hit their avalanche on Primo to eliminate the Shining Stars. The remaining teams got in the ring for a stare down, then they battled. Cass threw Enzo onto the men at ringside, then Slater followed with a dive onto the group of men as well.
In the ring, Alpha set up something but Sheamus cut off Gable. Cesaro swung Jordan, but Gable broke it up and hit a suplex. Jordan threw Gable onto men at ringside. Jordan went for a dive but got cut off. Gallows and Anderson hit Magic Killer to eliminate Alpha. Nooo!
Cass and Gallows argued, which let Slater tag to Rhyno. Rhyno gored Gallows to send them packing. Cass hit big boots on both Slater and Rhyno, then Enzo and Cass hit Boom-Shaka-Laka to eliminate Slater and Rhyno. Uso battled with Enzo, hitting a superkick. Splash from the Usos sent Enzo and Cass to the showers.
Down to the Usos and Cesaro and Sheamus. Sheamus hit White Noise off the ropes, but Jey had tagged so he followed with a splash. Cesaro saved the match, then waited for the tag. Cesaro got on the Uppercut Train and hit several before taking one from Uso. Cesaro turned around and hit a springboard uppercut.
Cesaro got rolling again and hit several uppercuts on both Usos, then hit a cross body block for a good near fall. He followed with a swing on Jey that the crowd counted along with.
In the end, Cesaro got locked in the Tequila Sunrise. He rolled it over and locked in the Sharpshooter to a big reaction. Uso tried to intercept with a superkick, but Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick to cut him off. Uso tapped out and Team Raw won. Cesaro and Sheamus celebrated, with fans reacting differently to each of them.
A solid tag team match that could have been a real mess with that many bodies involved. I was hoping for more shine for American Alpha. What they did was good, but I was hoping they could have been the guys at the finish. The finishing sequence was pretty cool, as well.
Backstage, Stephanie and Mick celebrated the 2-0 lead. They agreed to give Sheamus and Cesaro a title shot against New Day for winning the tag team Survivor Series match. They noted that Foley put the entire cruiserweight division on the line. A video package set up the match.
Match #4 – Brian Kendrick (c) vs. Kalisto; WWE Cruiserweight Championship, if Kalisto wins the division moves to Smackdown
Winner: Brian Kendrick by disqualification
The Summary: Ranallo and Graves on the call for this, and they hyped 205 Live. The crowd reacted politely for Kalisto, and flat for Kendrick. After the handshake, Kalisto got a quick start with some two counts. Kendrick used a roll-up that flung Kalisto into the corner. Kendrick then put him between the post and the steps then kicked the steps.
Kalisto hit a Spanish Fly off the ring apron. That drew a tame “holy shit” from the crowd, but Ranallo sold it hard at commentary. The fans chanted “10” along with the ring count. Kalisto hit a suicide dive on Kendrick, then went top rope. Kendrick went up with him and in a cool spot he pulled Kalisto down and into the Captain’s Hook, but Kalisto was able to get to the ropes to break the hold.
Kalisto started to pick up the pace, using a cartwheel driver. He hit Salida Del Sol, but Kendrick broke the count by getting his foot on the ropes. Kalisto set up for a move off the ropes, but Baron Corbin hit the ring. He clubbed Kendrick from behind, then Kalisto tried to hit a springboard dive onto him. Corbin caught him instead, and hit End of Days. That threw the match out.
The crowd didn’t react much to that one. They didn’t seem to care about Corbin interfering in the match either. I think a lot of folks were hoping that Kalisto would win and they’d move the division over to give them a reboot, since it seems like it’s not working on Raw. Not to mention the logistics of travel for 205 Live and Smackdown. The guys worked hard and put on their best effort though, and the match was entertaining for me.
The panel checked in and talked briefly about the show. Corbin was shown walking backstage when Daniel Bryan confronted him. He asked why Corbin got involved and cost them not only the title but a chance to move the cruiserweights to Smackdown. Corbin said that Kalisto was a little pest and they didn’t need a bunch more little pests on the show. Bryan told Corbin he would deal with him on Tuesday.
There’s a LOT of time to fill here – and you know they can’t go 2 hours with the men’s match and Brock vs. Goldberg.
They fed it into a video package to hype up the five on five men’s elimination match.
Match #5 – Team Raw (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, and Braun Strowman) vs. Team Smackdown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, and Shane McMahon, w/James Ellsworth); Survivor Series Elimination Match
Winner: Team Smackdown (Wyatt pins Reigns after Sister Abigail)
The Summary: Smackdown got their entrance first, with good reactions for Ellsworth, Shane, and AJ Styles, Wyatt got his normal subdued reaction. Ambrose came out last to a good reaction. They questioned whether Styles and Ambrose could get along for the greater good.
Team Raw made their entrance, with Rollins getting cheered and Reigns getting a hearty round of boos. Jericho and Kevin Owens came out last to big reactions. Owens and Styles immediately jawed as the teams stared each other down. Big chant for Jericho as the match got underway. Owens and Styles started the match off.
Jericho tagged in to a big pop. After a hug from Owens, he and Styles went at it. He knocked Styles down with a shoulder block and posed, then ran the ropes and ate a drop kick. Some mocking from the teammates led to a rough tag to Rollins. Rollins and Styles stared down but Styles tagged to Ambrose. Rollins and Ambrose worked some chain wrestling. Both set for their finish but escaped into a stalemate. They stared at each other and Jericho tagged himself back in. Jericho yelled about the $15,000 jacket and went to work on Ambrose.
Ambrose tagged to Shane. Shane threw hands at Jericho, who rolled to ringside. Jericho got back in and took some more hands. He countered a Shane charge with a boot then a missile drop kick. Rollins tagged in and hit a suplex for two. Reigns tagged in to boos, and he and Rollins did a wishbone spot.
Reigns continued the assault with corner clotheslines. Raw worked quick tags, with Rollins hitting a punch off the ropes on Shane. They continued to control Shane on their side of the ring. Shane hit a backdrop, and both Shane and Rollins tagged out.
Ambrose and Owens in the match. Ambrose hit a forearm, then Owens countered and set up a cannonball. Ambrose got up and hit a punch to stop him, then sent Owens to the floor. Ambrose followed with a dive.
Strowman tagged to make himself legal but both teams stared down. A brawl broke out with bodies everywhere. Styles dove out on Strowman, who was carrying Ambrose. Owens went top rope and hit a dive onto everyone. Shane McMahon followed up to the top, but Strowman cut him off.
Smackdown ganged up on Strowman, with Shane taking out Strowman with a clothesline over the top. Reigns hit the ring and was booed as he went at Styles. Styles hit a Pele kick on Reigns to cheers. Styles yelled at Ambrose and poked at him, then they bickered. Shane intervened but Ambrose tackled Styles. Shane got involved again, and Styles hit Ambrose. The brawl ends up allowing Strowman to catch Ambrose with a running powerslam to eliminate him.
Styles bumped over the ropes for Strowman, then Orton tried for the RKO. Strowman countered, then went face to face with Wyatt. Jericho got in the ring and yelled about being the captain and not listening to Wyatt. Strowman grabbed them both and shoved them down, then worked on Wyatt. Strowman threw a dropkick (!?) to Wyatt to send him to ringside.
Strowman ripped apart the announce table, then Orton hit him with the RKO onto the table. Orton and Wyatt held Strowman on the table then Shane hit a big elbow drop that sent Strowman through the table. Big pop for the fans. Bodies are strewn everywhere.
Styles helped Shane into the ring, and Strowman tried to get to the ring but didn’t make it, so he was eliminated by count-out. Turns out Ellsworth grabbed his leg. Strowman pulled Ellsworth out and chased him as he ran up the ramp. He caught him at the stage and tossed him off into a table by the stage before exiting.
Owens went to work on Shane, taking a moment to mock his shuffle before hitting a senton. Owens tagged to Jericho, who worked a chinlock. Jericho hit Codebreakers on both Shane and Orton, netting a two count on Shane. Shane avoided a top rope splash and tagged to Styles.
Styles got Jericho in the Calf Crusher, but Jericho slammed him face first to the mat. Styles took a shot on Owens on the apron.
Owens hit the ring with the List and hit Styles, then hit him with the Pop-Up Powerbomb. The referee threw out Owens for that, so he’s eliminated. Jericho was distraught and gathered the paperwork up to hand to another official at ringside. That let Orton hit the ring and nail the RKO to eliminate Jericho. “Your co-captains just got eliminated by a list.”
Shane sold on the apron, then began to pull himself to vertical after Orton hit a superplex on Rollins. Reigns tagged in to boos, working on everyone on the opposition. Reigns hit a sit-out powerbomb on Styles for two, then teased a Superman punch, but Styles cut him off. Styles tagged to Shane, who was now vertical.
Shane threw punches, took one, then came back with a DDT. Shane dodged Rollins then hit a clothesline. He caught Rollins going for a kick and slammed Rollins’ face first to his own knee. Shane avoided a charge and threw him hard to the corner.
Shane set up to go coast to coast, but Reigns speared him. A weird cover for Reigns and it looked like Shane rolled the arm up. They said Shane was eliminated, but it may have been for medical reasons as trainers tended to him in the ring. The other competitors rolled out to fight at ringside while they did that.
Back in the ring, Wyatt hit a senton then some short elbows. It’s Wyatt, Styles, and Orton vs. Reigns and Rollins at this point. Rollins hit a blockbuster and followed with a high knee on Styles. Rollins dove on Wyatt at ringside and yelled for a reaction from the crowd. He focused on Styles again while the fans chanted against Reigns.
Orton broke up a cover then worked on Rollins until Reigns threw a punch. Reigns said something to the announce team, then ripped their table apart. Rollins and Reigns looked for a powerbomb on Orton.
Ambrose hit the ring again and attacked Styles a second time, with referees following from behind. They tried to stop him, but no such luck. Rollins and Reigns attacked the security and officials, freeing Ambrose. We got a Shield reunion, unintentionally, and the three hit a triple powerbomb on Styles. Rollins threw Styles in and covered to eliminate Styles.
It’s down to Reigns and Rollins vs. Orton and Wyatt. Luke Harper appeared and attempted to join the match but Reigns took him out with a spear. After some action, Orton hit Rollins with an RKO to eliminate him.
It’s down to Reigns vs. Orton and Wyatt. He fired off a Superman punch on Orton then continued the assault on Wyatt. He threw Orton to the steps, then Wyatt through the barricade. Harper tried to get involved but took a spear for his troubles.
Wyatt tried for Sister Abigail back in the ring, but Reigns stopped him and hit a Superman punch. Reigns cued the spear, but Orton shoved Wyatt out of the way and took the bullet. Wyatt jumped up and hit Reigns with Sister Abigail for the victory.
The first obligatory statement is that this match filled a boatload of time. I thought “how in the world would two matches fill all this time remaining?” and this answered part of the question. If the goal was to establish Orton with the Wyatts, they did that. A very odd fit, though. A good match though, and it was fun from the perspective that they got to see a lot of moves and characters with no real rooting interest either way. There wasn’t a lot of story here and the intensity of having them being separated for a year or something like that just wasn’t there otherwise.
The commentary team gave credit to Smackdown for winning the previous match, then sent it into a video package to hype the match between Lesnar and Goldberg yet to come. We got entrances for the main event. Goldberg surprisingly got a lot of love from the live crowd as they chanted his name quite loudly as he made his entrance.
Match #6 – Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) vs. Goldberg;
The Summary: JoJo handled the introductions. Goldberg and Lesnar stared each other down mid ring. Lesnar drove Goldberg to the corner, but Goldberg fired back with an immediate strike that sent Lesnar down. Goldberg fired off two quick spears to a big reaction. Lesnar stumbled to his feet, and Goldberg hit the Jackhammer. It’s over, just that quickly.
The commentary team recapped it as Goldberg played to the fans. Goldberg jumped out of the ring and went to his wife and son to celebrate, then shake hands with fans around ringside. He brought his son into the ring and celebrated again and played to the fans. That’s the show, as Cole sends it home.
I honestly did not see this coming, at all. There were so many things that I saw playing out in my mind – some sort of screwball finish that let Goldberg win and set up a future Wrestlemania match for Lesnar, Lesnar straight away winning clean, or some sort of double DQ or double count-out type finish that gave both men an out. I didn’t see this.
I guess one way of looking at it is that Goldberg may be feeling good, want to do more than a one-off, and this was a way to set it up. But, I felt like they could have accomplished the same thing with more of a match than what we got. Add in the fact that this is Brock Freaking Lesnar. The guy that took the Undertaker’s streak. The man who has been booked as an unstoppable freak of nature for the past year. And Goldberg was the guy who took that. I’ve got nothing. I need to process all of this, I suppose.
The whole show was “wonderfully chaotic” I guess is the best way to say it. Raw will definitely get to claim bragging rights for winning two of the three Survivor Series matches. There’s the immediate follow up questions of what comes of the Raw men’s team losing, what of the Cruiserweight match finish, and of course the direction of the women’s division. I see a lot of opinions flying around on Twitter about the show – so be sure to put them in our poll which you can find at this link or at this link.
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