Brock Lesnar actually interested in a match!
Triple H turns on everyone! And who needs new talent? I’m Oli Davis, and this is the
one night a year when Raw and Smackdown compete in head-to-head competition, Survivor Series
2017…in about 4 minutes. Elias beat Matt Hardy
The one night a year when Raw and Smackdown compete in head-to-head competition began
with Raw wrestler Elias beating Raw wrestler Matt Hardy.
Enzo Amore beat Kalisto Then Raw Cruiserweight Enzo Amore beat Raw
Cruiserweight Kalisto. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn beat Breezeango
And Smackdown team Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn beat Smackdown team Breezeango. All three
matches were either unimportant or below average. Shield beat New Day
The New Day and The Shield opened the proper Survivor Series show, which isn’t only the
one night a year when Raw and Smackdown compete in head-to-h-yeah, I get the point. It’s
also a night where all five WWE announcers do commentary at the same time.
It’s a testament to how good the Shield vs New Day match was that they were able to
overcome the ear cacophony on commentary. While the match was very good, the teams’
respective Usos and Bar encounters from the last few months were much better.
Women’s Elimination Match Stephanie McMahon addressed the Raw women’s
team like they were a school sports team before their match because, just in case you forgot,
WWE is about the McMahons, not the actual wrestlers.
The match was a mixed bag, beginning with frustratingly early eliminations for Becky
Lynch and Bayley, and Alicia Fox botching her fourth finish to a WWE match this year.
It’s almost like her new gimmick – the unpinnable Alicia Fox, but only because she keeps forgetting
how matches are supposed to end. But the Nia Jax & Tamina confrontation was
well executed, as was Asuka getting three eliminations and standing tall at the end
Baron Corbin beat The Miz Baron Corbin and the Miz actually had a pretty
decent match, but that might only be because expectations were so low. Corbin overcame
the Miztourage to win, hitting an End of Days…from outta gimmick infringement.
The Usos beat The Bar The Usos and The Bar had the night’s second
best match – with great near falls and an insane flying tag dive combo to the outside.
If this had an actual feud heading into it, giving both teams more story elements to work
with, this would’ve been incredible. Charlotte beat Alexa Bliss
While I’m all for giving matches a lot of time, with the average main card duration
being 18 minutes long – Charlotte vs Alexa Bliss could’ve been cut down by a third.
Bliss tapped to Charlotte’s Figure 8. Brock Lesnar beat AJ Styles
Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles, however, was exactly right.
The first third was AJ having an in-depth tour of Suplex City, with Brock picking him
apart – like all the Lesnar’s other recent matches. But here, there was a difference.
Brock actually cared, giving AJ a terrific comeback. Phenomenal Forearm to the outside,
450 Splash, and – in the spot of the night – Lesnar screaming in AJ’s Calf Crusher,
and then smashing Styles’ head on the mat like an angry gorilla.
But after multiple finisher attempts from AJ, it only took one F5 for Brock to win – making
it all the more impressive when Roman Reigns eventually kicks out of it at WrestleMania.
Lesnar brilliantly continued to sell his leg after the match, a bit of doubt in his eye
that maybe, on another day, AJ could’ve beaten him. This was a sublime encounter,
and – just like the Balor bout at TLC – I want to see a rematch.
Which makes it neck and neck going into the main event, both Raw and Smackdown having
three wins apiece. Men’s Elimination Match
The men’s 5-on-5 elimination was a match of two halves, and then an extra bit at the
end. The first half was dream match tease after
dream match tease. Finn Balor vs Shinsuke Nakamura, with a Too Sweet headpoke. Kurt
Angle vs Bobby Roode, Kurt Angle vs Nakamura. Triple H vs Nakamura. Triple H vs Triple H.
I mean Bobby Roode. Triple H vs Kurt Angle…wait a second. Triple H vs Shane McMahon… no,
stop it. Triple H vs Braun Strowman… Triple H, go home. You’re drunk on power.
All the early dream match promise was scrapped in favour of contrived and possibly damaging
booking. Nakamura and Roode – your two newest call-ups, were the first to be eliminated.
Samoa Joe and Finn Balor followed in the next five minutes. And John Cena was taken out
by Angle after a cool bit of nostalgia, but, ultimately, a complete waste of a Cena appearance.
Thanks for stopping by, John. We’ll see you at WrestleMania season.
With Strowman put through a table, this made the last third of the match all about Triple
H, Randy Orton, Kurt Angle and Shane McMahon – hardly exciting up-and-comers. There was
a brief moment of hope when KO and Sami tried to take McMahon out, but 47 year old untrained
wrestler Shane fought them off with a chair – making Smackdown’s most intriguing heel
faction look completely worthless. Once Braun eliminated Randy, the average age
of the match became 44¼ years old, with the least qualified person in the ring being Team
Smackdown’s sole survivor, and somehow not tapping to a prolonged Ankle Lock.
Then Triple H turned on everyone! First he turned on Kurt, breaking up the Ankle
lock and giving Shane the pin. And then he turned on McMahon, Pedigreeing Shane to win
the match. Meaning neither Raw or Smackdown won Survivor Series – Triple H did.
It was overdone, narcissistic booking that took the crowd out of the action, but there
is one positive: Triple H then putting over Braun Strowman very strongly. After awesomely
screaming “YOU WILL NEVER PLAY THIS GAME AGAIN”, Babyface Braun hit Triple H with
two running powerslams to close the show. So that was Survivor Series 2017 in about
four minutes. Here’s Raw’s ratings recap, from top to bottom – In Awe, Cor, AVRAWGE,
Poor and Bore. I’ll reveal my rating very shortly, but
first, vote in the poll above my head to give yours. I’ll announce the results in tomorrow’s
WrestleTalk News. The show was way too long to be enjoyable
all the way through – watch NXT the previous night for how a wrestling show should feel
– the commentary became an unintelligible din and the main event showcased some of the
worst elements of WWE booking. But… this was a very fun show. AJ vs Brock was fantastic.
The majority of matches delivered. And Braun was left standing at the end
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