For the third night in a row, WWE comes to us from Toronto, Ontario. Last night was Survivor Series, and while Raw was successful on many fronts, the men’s Survivor Series team lost to the Smackdown men. Will Stephanie and Mick extract retribution for the loss? Will Seth Rollins try to collect that which he claimed he was promised to work the match? Is there friction forming between best friends Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho after last night’s match? Bayley picked up the win for the Raw women’s team – will that earn her a shot at Charlotte and the championship? Goldberg, to the shock of many, put away Brock Lesnar in about 90 seconds last night. Will he address his future, and will Lesnar and Heyman try to goad him into one more match?
Show Open, Live from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario
They opened with still shots and audio of Goldberg squashing Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. Cole checked in with Graves and Saxton for the call.
Goldberg’s music hit and he got a loud chant from the fans. Goldberg made his way through the backstage area, dressed in jeans and a t-shirt along with a black jacket. Goldberg made his way to the ring with a mic, and waited out a chant. He held his arms up and acknowledged the crowd. “I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you,” he started. He said the fans had given him the ability to come back and be Goldberg again and grab a piece of the limelight he yearned for. The fans retorted with “you still got it,” and he acknowledged them.
Goldberg thanked his wife, who was shown at ringside. He said he can be a mean moody son of a bitch at times and said she had to put up with that while he trained for six or seven weeks. He thanked his son and asked for a round of applause for him. He said it was his son that gave him the desire to be a superhero again.
Goldberg said he did what he was going to do. “I came, I fought, and I conquered the beast.” He said there’s a simple reality in life that all good things must come to an end, which was greeted with boos and no chants. Goldberg said that a funny thing happened while walking backstage after the match. He said he crossed paths with Stephanie McMahon, who said Goldberg was right about having one last ass kicking left in him.
Goldberg said she looked him in the eye and asked if he had one more title run left in him. The fans popped and Goldberg said “You bet your ass I have one more title run left in me.” The fans chanted for him and he recalled Stephanie telling him the road to the title match is through the Royal Rumble. He said everyone in the Royal Rumble match is next.
Cole hyped that he believed we have the first entrant to the Royal Rumble, while Goldberg exited and slapped hands along the aisle. Cole stressed that the winner of the Rumble would challenge the champion at Wrestlemania.
A good segment with Goldberg that came off very likeable and believable. I really don’t think we’ll see Goldberg in a title match, but I do hope they set up at least some sort of camera-time angle with Kevin Owens. I think having him in the Rumble could do wonders to protect him from having to do a long match, and they can still get to a rematch with Lesnar (if that’s the direction) by Mania.
Backstage, Sheamus and Big E got into a shoving match, and Cesaro broke them up. The tag team championship match was up next.
They ran still shots of the various Survivor Series matches, then it was time for the tag title match. New Day came out first and delivered some mic work, saying they led their Survivor Series team to victory last night. He noted they were eliminated early, but great captains lead their teams to the promised land.
Woods noted they have held the title longer than any team in WWE history. He noted the differences in the titles back in the da that were held by Demolition. He noted the 478 day record (which New Day is now 22 days short of, I think). Kofi said the Demolition record will be demolished in 23 days. That got a boo, oddly enough.
Match #1 – New Day (c, Kofi Kingston and Big E w/Xavier Woods) vs. Sheamus and Cesaro; WWE Tag Team Championship
Winner: New Day to retain the championship
The Summary: Cole hyped Royal Rumble tickets going on sale soon. He noted the current New Day title run as the match started, and Sheamus and Cesaro got an early advantage. Back from break, Sheamus leapt into a drop kick. Later, Cesaro caught Kingston off the ropes and hit a backbreaker in a neat spot.
Late, Kingston tapped to the Sharpshooter but the official didn’t see it because Woods was distracting him with the trombone. Cesaro released the hold, then got rolled up while Woods held Sheamus back from breaking things up.
Was this a heel turn? The crowd didn’t like it, and Saxton didn’t defend them when Graves tore into the way things finished. Very weird booking here. The match was fine, I just don’t think they’d want to change the New Day’s dynamic before breaking the title record, if that’s indeed where this is going.
Backstage, Chris Jericho was asked about Team Raw losing at Survivor Series. He said they fell apart when the list got used as a weapon and his deepest thoughts were spread all over the ring. He said he would explain who is to blame on the Highlight Reel later.
Saxton hyped that Charlotte would explain her attack on Bayley after the Women’s elimination match.
Backstage, Enzo Amore was stuck outside his locker room naked, yelling at Cass if he thought it was funny to leave him in the hallway naked. When the camera pulled back, they censored his lower half and Enzo started walking. Titus yelled at him to put clothes on, then Enzo came across Lana. “How you doin?” he said. Rusev showed up and wasn’t pleased, then Cass showed up to back up Enzo. Rusev covered Lana’s eyes and said he would crush Enzo later.
Naked Mideon called. He doesn’t want that gimmick back either.
Graves acted outraged, then Byron said the same thing happened to him in college. They moved on to recap the Intercontinental Championship match.
Mick and Stephanie talked about Team Raw and Goldberg being in the Royal Rumble. Foley gave her credit for getting Goldberg for the Rumble. Foley asked if she was serious about firing talent, and she said she was just trying to motivate them. Sami Zayn entered.
Foley said he was touched that Zayn was inspired by his career but there would be ramifications for losing the Intercontinental Championship match last night. He booked Zayn in a match against Braun Strowman. “Okay, then,” Zayn said.
Cedric Alexander came out for a match against Ariya Daivari. They ran a teaser for 205 Live starting next Tuesday.
Match #2 – Cedric Alexander vs. Ariya Daivari
Winner: Cedric Alexander
The Summary: Daivari cut a promo before the match saying he heard Canada was better than the US but Canadians are no different. Daivari skipped the handshake and went for a punch. Alexander locked in an armbar but the official broke it up since the match hadn’t started.
Alexander tried a springboard move but Daivari tripped him and covered for two. Daivari clotheslined Alexander for two, and Alexander came back with a handspring kick that woke the crowd up. Alexander hit the Lumbar Check to win.
Good that Daivari got a promo in, and he tried to get some heat going but it didn’t go quite as intended. I’m not sure why WWE keeps putting the babyfaces over, because the heels get nowhere if they cut a heel promo then lose. Here’s hoping when 205 Live starts that we’ll see more development.
Chris Jericho was sulking backstage, and Graves hyped the Highlight Reel for after the break. They showed more still shots from Survivor Series.
Chris Jericho came to the ring for the Highlight Reel, and got a big reaction from the live crowd. Jericho had the List with him and he waited out a loud “Y2J” chant. He welcomed fans to the Highlight Reel and called it an autopsy into the biggest upset in Survivor Series history. Kevin Owens didn’t wait to join Jericho as he came to the ring.
Owens asked who was to blame, and Jericho said he was about to tell everyone. Owens said he knows, and used the Jeri-Tron to show Styles setting Jericho up for the Styles Clash, and Owens hitting him with the List “because I’m your best friend.” Jericho asked Owens if he really is his best friend and said Owens should know how much the List means. Jericho said the List means everything to him.
Owens said he sacrificed himself for Jericho at Survivor Series and got disqualified when he saved Jericho. Owens said Jericho was so concerned about the list that he walked into an RKO. Owens said Jericho wasted his sacrifice and their friendship. Jericho said that if that’s how Owens really felt then maybe they didn’t have much of a friendship. Jericho said Owens is never there when he needs help and he said he was finished with the conversation and with Owens. Owens spun him around while saying he would tell him whose fault it was.
“Roman Reigns.” They hugged. Fans chanted Roman sucks. Owens said it’s Roman’s fault, and it’s just as much Seth Rollins’ fault as well. That brought Rollins to the ring. Rollins said he was promised certain opportunities for agreeing to be on the team. Rollins said the future is now, and the opportunity he wants is a shot at the Universal Title, tonight.
The fans chanted yes, and Owens retorted that “the guy that used to do that isn’t relevant anymore, so you can stop.” Rollins said he would take the title from Owens, and run through both of them to do it. Rollins punched Jericho but the heels quickly got the better of him. Roman Reigns’ music hit and he ran to the ring for the save, clearing Jeri-KO from the ring.
Mick Foley came out and said that Rollins was promised an opportunity, and made Owens vs. Rollins in a no-DQ match for the title with Jericho and Reigns banned from ringside. The fans cheered.
I’m sure the match was cheered, not Reigns being barred. I wonder – do we finally get Triple H showing up to build another layer of his story with Rollins?
The commentary team set up a recap of Goldberg’s segment from the top of the show. They then talked more and Graves said Goldberg has to be the early favorite in the Rumble. Saxton hyped up Charlotte’s upcoming explanation. Graves hyped Noam Dar vs. TJ Perkins vs. Rich Swann in a triple threat match to earn a title shot at Brian Kendrick on 205 Live next Tuesday. Enzo vs. Rusev was up next.
Lana came out and talked, calling the Canadian crowd “Americans.” That got booed. Graves said he was surprised because Canadians spend so much time trying to be Americans. Enzo and Cass came to the ring. They did their normal mic work and said that if they saw Rusev without his clothes, there would be only one word to describe him.
Match #3 – Rusev (w/Lana) vs. Enzo Amore (w/Big Cass);
The Summary: Enzo didn’t stand much of a chance, getting destroyed quickly then locked in the Accolade for the submission win. I guess Rusev needs these kinds of things, and it looks like they’re heading toward Rusev vs. Cass.
Cole hyped the main event, then Saxton added Golden Truth vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, with the winners getting a shot at New Day next week.
Match #4 – Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson vs. Golden Truth; Winner gets a shot at New Day for the Raw Tag Team Championship next week;
Winner: Gallows and Anderson
The Summary: Gallows and Anderson isolated Truth early. Goldust got a hot tag and worked on Anderson as the fans rallied behind him. Anderson caught Goldust on the ropes, then he and Gallows teamed up for the Magic Killer to win.
Boy, I can’t get excited about this, really. The last runs up against New Day were just awful for these two, and I can’t say this would be much better. Can you, Doctor Gallows?
Cole hyped the Wrestlemania 33 on-sale party, then they showed Braun Strowman backstage while the commentary team noted he would face Sami Zayn after the break.
They aired more stills from Survivor Series, and hyped Houston hosting Survivor Series 2017.
Sami Zayn came to the ring, and Braun Strowman attacked him from behind.
Match #5 – Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn;
Winner: Braun Strowman
The Summary: Strowman hit a running clothesline. Sami rallied with a couple punches but Strowman cut him off again. Strowman tried to pick Zayn up but the official pulled him off to check on Zayn. Strowman picked him up and clotheslined him again, then rinse and repeat the spot. Strowman threw knee shots and clubbed him. Strowman picked Zayn up and tied him in the tree of woe, but Foley came out and stopped the match.
A solid dominant win for Strowman where Zayn came off protected because he got jumped. The official looked bad here because everyone on commentary thought the match should have been stopped, but he left it go. Weird.
Saxton hyped up Charlotte’s segment. Emmalina is still coming soon, and dirty old men are salivating.
Charlotte headed to the ring for her segment, with Dana Brooke in tow. She knocked Bayley and the rest of Team Raw from last night, calling them peasants. She compared herself to Wayne Gretzky, but said she’s better than him. Sasha Banks came to the ring and asked how Charlotte’s neck and back were. She said she is owed a rematch from Hell in a Cell, and wants it now.
Charlotte played to the crowd and asked Sasha what she thought about them going at it one more time. The fans wanted it, and Charlotte agreed but said it would happen next week in her hometown of Charlotte, NC. She insulted the crowd, saying that the town is in the United States. She said she beat Sasha in Sasha’s hometown, and now she will do it again in hers next week.
Nia Jax came to the ring, saying she’s not here for Charlotte She addressed Sasha, saying she wasn’t dominant at Survivor Series. She called her an overrated purple-headed Barbie. Sasha said when she gets the title back, she will show Nia how overrated she can be. Charlotte stirred the pot, and Nia added that she will show Sasha that she’s not the Boss standing next to her.
Sasha decided she had enough and decked Dana for speaking up, but Nia planted her in the corner and splashed her. Charlotte threw in a cheap shot as well. Bayley ran out for the save, and the heels toss Sasha out of the ring at her feet. Bayley got on the apron but Nia knocked her back down. The ladies stared at each other going to a break.
Match #6 – Bayley and Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax and Charlotte;
Winner: Bayley and Sasha Banks
The Summary: Foley made this match during the break. Charlotte and Bayley went at it early, then Sasha tagged in to keep offensive control. Bayley tagged back in, but this time Nia tagged. The heels took over at that point, with Jax flooring Bayley. Charlotte continued the assault when she tagged in. Charlotte threw a cheap shot at Sasha.
Nia tagged back in to keep control of Bayley. She avoided a Jax splash, but Charlotte cut Bayley off from making a tag. Bayley countered with a monkey flip and got the hot tag to Sasha. Sasha went at Charlotte with a cross body and covered for two. Nia broke the pin attempt up, then grabbed Bayley and Sasha by the throat. They countered her and hit her with a double suplex. Charlotte used the commotion to roll Sasha up for two, but Sasha came back with the Banks Statement to win.
I can sense some direction for the ladies coming out of this, but they’ve got to get past Charlotte/Sasha to get there. Looks like we’ll get at least one more match – unless Sasha wins, in which case it’s again a rematch. My head hurts thinking about that – not because the matches are bad or not entertaining, it’s just an overexposed feud. But it looks at least immediately that they’re going to Charlotte/Bayley and Sasha/Nia Jax. We’ll find out.
They sent it to another recap of the Goldberg segment from the top of the show.
Backstage, Charly Caruso interviewed Seth Rollins. Rollins said the best part of the main event was that Jericho was barred from ringside. Rollins said the title is meant for the best of the best, and while he wasn’t taking anything away from Kevin Owens, everyone knows when it’s Rollins vs. Anyone else in a one on one situation, he’s the man. Rollins said everything comes full circle tonight when he reclaims Raw and takes back the title.
I can’t help but feel like someone is getting involved in this match….
Brian Kendrick joined commentary for the next match.
After the break, the commentary team fed it to a video package for The Rock and Sock Connection, and they used that to promote Disney’s “Moana” that will hit theaters on Wednesday. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the lead voices of the animated film.
Match #7 – Noam Dar vs. TJ Perkins vs. Rich Swann; #1 Contender’s Match for the Cruiserweight Championship, Triple Threat Rules;
Winner: Rich Swann to become #1 Contender
The Summary: The commentary team noted that the winner of the match will take on Brian Kendrick on the premiere of 205 Live next Tuesday after Smackdown. The three men traded moves to start, with Swann and Dar going at it. Swann hit a drop kick that sent Dar to the floor. Perkins and Swann exchanged offense in the corner, with Perkins gaining an advantage going to break.
Out of the break, Perkins continued to control Swann. Dar re-entered the match and started to focus on Swann’s leg. Dar threw an uppercut then took a shot from Perkins. Dar blocked the Detonation Kick and locked in an ankle lock. Swann missed a kick but followed with a second, then went at Perkins. Perkins locked on the knee bar, but Dar broke it up.
Dar hit a corner drop kick to Perkins, who retaliated by locking Dar in the knee bar. Swann hit Rolling Thunder on Perkins then threw a sick kick to score the win. Swann celebrated while Kendrick looked on from commentary.
Backstage, Charly interviewed Kevin Owens. He ripped Rollins’ performance at Survivor Series, and said the reward he got for joining Team Raw will also be his punishment for failing. Owens said it doesn’t get any bigger than the match tonight and there must be a winner. His name will be….Kevin Owens. He called Charly “Renee” then exited.
There was a WWE Shop ad for Christmas, featuring Enzo and Cass to hype Black Friday.
Yes, Enzo was dressed this time.
Match #8 – Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins; WWE Universal Championship, No Disqualification Match
Winner: Kevin Owens to retain the Universal Championship
The Summary: Owens got his entrance first, then Rollins. JoJo handled the in-ring introductions. Owens rolled out to the floor and went under the ring to start but Rollins gave chase and fought him on the floor. The fight moved back inside, and Rollins tried for a springboard knee that got him a two count. Rollins got a table, which got a good response from the fans. Owens cut him off and hit a powerbomb for two. Owens kept control of the match going to a break.
During the break we’re told Owens hit a DDT and he got two out of it. Owens grabbed a chair and struck Rollins, then threw some punches and talked trash. Rollins hit a slingblade as he started a comeback, then threw Rollins to ringside. Rollins ran the ropes to hit a dive, then brought Owens back in. He grabbed the chair and set it up for a jump pad, launching himself into Owens in the corner. Rollins dropped Owens on the chair for two going to another break.
Into the overrun, Owens set Rollins up in the corner with a chair and hit a cannonball onto him for two. Owens got more chairs and tried a powerbomb but Rollins countered with a backdrop onto the chairs that netted a near fall and a “this is awesome” chant.
Rollins got another table and perched it up in the corner of the ring. Rollins hit a superkick for two, then powerbombed Owens through the table for a good near fall. The fight spilled back out to ringside and Rollins clotheslined Owens over the barrier. Cole said they battled up to the stage by them during the break. Rollins controlled most of the fight in the crowd, though it was hard to see what was going on.
Owens teased a powerbomb by the entry, but Rollins pulled himself up and dove onto Owens in a neat spot. The fight moved back toward the ring with Rollins in control. Rollins got up on the barricade to set a move, but a masked man tripped him.
Rollins ripped the mask off to reveal Chris Jericho. Cole was upset and said Jericho was banned. Graves said he wasn’t at ringside but was in the crowd. Jericho jumped over the barricade but took a Pedigree for his troubles. Owens caught Rollins with a kick during the distraction and powerbombed him onto the apron. He rolled Rollins in to pin him for the win.
After, all three members of the commentary team were in agreement that something had to be done with Jericho. “Once again, Chris Jericho has ruined a fantastic WWE Universal championship match and opportunity for Seth Rollins,” Graves said as the show ended.
This was a hot main event that put some life into the feud between Owens and Rollins directly. I groaned at the Jericho interference – kinda felt something was coming and there it was. The commentary team laid it on pretty thick, so you have to wonder what’s coming out of this. I didn’t get a sense that they were headed in a direction of Reigns vs. Owens, which is getting some local advertising in this area (Pittsburgh) for the Roadblock event, but there’s time if they do decide to go that way.
The Goldberg segment to start the show and this main event really made this show for me. The rest of the show was “okay” but felt like a reset as the company gets ready to build toward that Roadblock event in December. We’ll see how they move stories forward after the Thanksgiving holiday this week here in the United States.
Drew Koscelek will have your Smackdown coverage and more to say on this show and all things wrestling in his Around the Ring segment tomorrow. I’ll be back on Wednesday with Ring of Honor coverage and Ring Rap Audio. Thanks for following all our Survivor Series content all weekend long.