What's up, ladies and gentlemen? My name is Eric Kanes and we are just several hours removed from this year's Survivor Series event, marking the in-ring return of The Rock after over seven-and-a-half years.
While this wasn't the greatest Survivor Series ever, I have to say that it was very solid and possibly one of the best PPVs of the year. There were several strong matches and the right people won for the most part. Without any further ado, let's get right down to my thoughts on the PPV.
Dolph Ziggler d. John Morrison (**1/2)
Can someone tell me what the point of this match was? Like I said in my PPV preview: "This would actually be a pretty good way of turning Morrison heel and leading to a feud with Zack Ryder. I don’t think that will happen, though. It’s probably a typical bad decision that WWE made. Oh well. The 'We Want Ryder' chants should be fun." Spot on there. That's exactly how this match went. The whole time all you could hear from the crowd was "We Want Ryder."
At the end, Ziggler cut a promo saying that it would suck to follow that. Someone should've told him that he was supposed to follow that himself. Genius. The whole time the crowd was chanting "We Want Ryder" and finally Zack Ryder ran out and attacked him. Why not just put him in the match in the first place? I don't get that.
Beth Phoenix d. Eve Torres (*1/2)
This was a typical divas match that I don't really have to describe. The only notable thing was the finish with Beth hitting the Glam Slam on Eve off the top rope. That was pretty cool. Other than that, boring. How many more months does Kharma have off?
Backstage, we got a great promo from The Rock, who went over his history in New York City and said that it would be "Boots to Asses" all night long. The crowds seem to love chanting that. They also chanted "Lady Parts" for John Cena.
Team Wade Barrett d. Team Randy Orton (***1/2)
This was a very good 5-on-5 elimination match that was booked almost flawlessly. There was one botch at the beginning where Kofi Kingston and Sin Cara where supposed to dive onto Cody Rhodes and Hunico. Sin Cara caught his foot in the top rope in mid-air. The announcers said he had a ruptured patella tendon and will be out for 6-9 months. I don't know how legit that is, but that sucks. It seems like his white ring gear is cursed.
Anyway, the way the match was booked was perfect. Dolph Ziggler was eliminated early on. It must have been too tough for him to follow his earlier performance. Sin Cara was eliminated due to injury, Mason Ryan was eliminated after Cody Rhodes made a blind tag, and Kofi Kingston was eliminated by Wade Barrett's Wasteland.
Sheamus and Orton were the only ones left on their team. Sheamus came in and all four guys started attacking him. He fought them all off and then got angry, so he kept attacking Jack Swagger until he got disqualified. It was down to 1-on-4. Randy Orton pinned Jack Swagger right away. Hunico tried to blindside Orton but got caught in a mid-air RKO. Randy Orton then set up for the RKO on Barrett, but Rhodes distracted him, so Barrett hit the Wasteland and won the match.
It ended with Barrett and Rhodes as the sole survivors. I would've preferred just Barrett, but I can't complain about this, either. It was obviously well thought out. Sheamus was protected because he got disqualified and then hit a sick-looking brogue kick on Jack Swagger, Randy Orton was protected because it was 1-on-4 and Wade Barrett looks even stronger as his winning streak continues. I'm loving it. At this pace, maybe it could be Wade Barrett vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania. If they keep booking him like this, he will be a star.
Big Show d. Mark Henry via DQ (*1/2)
Their last two matches were very good. Obviously, it's not easy to do a third match with totally new spots and keep things fresh. WWE doesn't know when to stop. I bet there will be yet another match at TLC. Anyway, there were two cool spots with Big Show hitting a superkick and then going to the top rope and hitting a diving elbow.
Other than that, it was a pretty slow match and was pretty much what you'd expect to see from these two. The finish was Mark Henry hitting a low blow and getting disqualified after Big Show went all out. He tried to break Big Show's leg with his splash, but Big Show hit the knockout punch and then hit a leg drop on Mark Henry's leg, which was wrapped in a chair.
CM Punk d. Alberto Del Rio to become the NEW WWE Champion (***)
Before the match, CM Punk had his own "personal ring announcer" in Howard Finkel, which was pretty cool.
This was much better than their previous matches on RAW. I think the fact that they've already faced off many times before hurt this match—just like Big Show vs. Mark Henry—but it was still a solid match for the most part.
What people will remember, anyway, is not the match itself but the fact that CM Punk finally won the title here.
Alberto Del Rio tapped out to the Anaconda Vice after a boot to the head. Punk then celebrated with the hot crowd. He even jumped into the crowd twice. Very nice ending. I'm looking forward to seeing where his reign goes from here.
The Rock and John Cena d. The Miz and R-Truth (***)
This match went as expected, with John Cena getting worked on for most of the match, Rock getting the hot tag, cleaning house and getting the win after a Rock Bottom on R-Truth and People's Elbow on The Miz. The crowd was hot for most of it. Rock hit a few impressive moves to which the crowd chanted, "You Still Got It." That was what this match proved.
Now, I know a lot of people will complain that The Miz and R-Truth didn't get the win, but like I said in my preview, they couldn't be considered winners even if they got the win. The way they were built up and the way this match was built up made it all about The Rock and John Cena. With that said, unless The Miz and R-Truth got a clean win (which is realistically impossible), getting a win after The Rock or John Cena betrayed each other wouldn't have done much for them anyway.
Back to the match, afterwards Rock called Cena back into the ring. They posed to the crowd, which was hot for Rock but booed the hell out of Cena. Cena got ready to leave, but Rock hit him with a Rock Bottom to end the show.
Overall, I have to give this PPV a solid 7/10. It was above average. The Rock returned, CM Punk won the WWE title and Team Barrett defeated Team Orton. What else do you want?
Yes, it would've been a lot better if Zack Ryder had faced Dolph Ziggler. Yes, it would've been better if we got the two 5-on-5 matches I suggested in my PPV preview instead of just one. Yes, it would've been better if the main event was built up better and the heels won.
However, it wasn't a bad PPV by any means. For the most part, the right people won. I also went 6-0 on my predictions, so I pretty much got what I was expecting.
Until next time, I hope you enjoyed this PPV Preview. I'm out.
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