Brought to you tonight by Cyberpunk 2077 (December 10th cannot come soon enough), WWE’s November extravaganza of brand warfare continues tonight. If you are joining us after the PPV happens, this is a live rundown done during the live stream of the event. Without further to do, let’s talk turkey…
Kick-off show starts with the crew pushing the card and then a major Undertaker spot (featuring the same Metallica song he rode out with at Wrestlemania) with tons of other wrestlers coming in and selling Taker again. I love the man, loved what he has done, but if this isn’t an official farewell tonight, this is just too much. Derek Jeter’s retirement wasn’t this drawn out. Jerry Lawler continues to sell Taker and the Survivor Series being billed as “The Best of the Best.” Booker T recalls being a new guy that opened up about Taker welcoming him in the locker room with open arms. JBL talks how Taker has always been on top and calls him the GOAT. They cut to backstage and Paul Heyman is here to discuss the Roman vs. Drew match.
Heyman’s laughing at the interviewer asking him to retract his statement on Drew not being a real champion and sells Roman as the true guy. Calls him a prop and an executive ploy. “A babysitter for the belt,” he goes on. He slowly whispers Roman’s name as he leaves back to Roman’s room. 45 minutes until the show starts. They start pushing the 5-on-5 women’s match. Despite the fact they are on the same team, Natalya and Bianca Belair fight back and forth over being the unofficial team captain instead of Bayley. The roundtable then discuss the tag team match of New Day vs. Street Profits, and the consensus is New Day are experienced and poised to continue being a big deal in the WWE, and the Street Profits could steal the show and beat the New Day, proving they can be just as legendary as them.
Rikishi, who looks pretty fly today, is backstage with Jey Uso, who is getting ready for his Smackdown team battle. They cut to Bobby Lashley and Sami Zayn’s match, Booker mentioning he needs this win to prove himself. Sami Zayn then cuts in and demands respect. Everyone gets defensive and Jerry Lawler cuts to Zayn and asks him what does the IC title mean vs. the US title and Sami tightropes his way through not calling out the United States for being the fireball of hell it is right now. He then gets cut off, in which he feels disrespected and lets all of them know it. Mic drop.
R-Truth comes in and pays tribute to the superstar having a 30th anniversary, the Gobbeldy-Gooker. No shit. Then everyone reminds him it’s Taker’s 30th anniversary. In which R-Truth brings out the Gooker and the Gooker actually wins the 24/7 championship after a distraction from Akira Tozawa. He runs off.
Dual-Brand Battle Royale
Rey Mysterio comes down to a mostly filled ring of superstars with Murphy and Dominik. Miz comes down next with the MitB briefcase. John Morrison comes out with. We get started with a massive brawl. Morrison gets eliminated by Dominik. Kalisto and Rey have a quick spot then Kalisto gets eliminated. Robert Roode tries to powerbomb Rey Mysterio and he gets him set up for 619 but he gets superkicked and eliminated by Dolph Ziggler. Angel Garza gets eliminated by Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin of the Hurt Business. Ricochet gets involved and nails Cedric with a German suplex on the apron and eliminates him, but Shelton comes and eliminates Ric, then Apollo Crews eliminates Shelton, continuing the history of Crews and the Hurt Business. Robert Roode goes to save Ziggler on the outside a little later on and gets eliminated by Dominik after Murphy was eliminated slightly before. After a long exchange, Dominik lands a dropkick on Ziggler to eliminate him. Miz, Crews, Elias, Shinsuke Nakamura, Chad Gable, Jeff Hardy, and Dominik remain.
Shinsuke lands a massive knee strike on the apron to Crews to get him out. Jeff eliminates Nakamura after getting him on the apron and kicking his feet out. Elias and Jeff Hardy go at it, keeping their long-standing feud going. Hardy kicks Elias out and the final four are in the ring. Gable. Hardy. Miz. Dominik. Gable eliminates Hardy. Dominik goes for a 619 on Mix, but Miz counters with a boot. Miz lands his series of kicks on Dominik, but Domfires back and finally gets Miz out. (Or so we thought.) Gable and Dominik. Gable throws Dom around like a ragdoll in a flurry of suplexes.
Dominik finally gets a 619 in on Gable and eliminates him and starts celebrating. Miz comes back in and eliminates Dominik and wins the battle royale. He went over the top rope to get over on the apron, but he rolled in the ring before he was kicked out and that counted as under the bottom rope and wasn’t eliminated.
2 1/2 stars upon initial watch. Wasn’t a great battle royale, just a good one with some really weird spots.
King Corbin is backstage calling out Kevin Owens and says he doesn’t know what team he’s on – SmackDown or Raw, and Kevin Owens blows him off. Billie Kay hands over her headshot and resume, but he just doesn’t care. She walks off. We get an updated package of McIntyre and Reigns – solid, as usual. And the kickoff has ended. Welcome to the main card.
5-on-5 Tradtional Survivor Series Match – Team Raw (AJ Styles, Matt Riddle, Keith Lee, Braun Strowman, & Sheamus) vs. Team SmackDown (Jey Uso, Kevin Owens, Otis, Seth Rollins, & King Corbin)
AJ Styles starts pushing his captain status and how they are going to win, but Matt Riddle interrupts. Lee, Strowman, and Sheamus come out with normal effect. Jey Uso comes out for the blue brand and Paul Heyman is watching backstage. KO, Otis, Seth, and Corbin follow. AJ and Jey start.
AJ starts offense on Jey early, but Jey lands a huge Samoan drop and Corbin gets in. Corbin capitalizes on AJ’ and tags out quickly to Otis. AJ gets away from Otis and gets Matt Ridle in, Riddle getting a sleeper on Otis before Otis gets KO in. Riddle somehow gets a tag to Sheamus and Rollins wants to tag in. After being tagged in, Seth sacrifices himself with a Brogue Kick to the head and a 1-2-3. Sheamus eliminates Seth Rollins. SmackDown regroups and wonders what they are gonna do and then the Strowman Express comes in. Strowman then screams at his team and demands working together.
Keith Lee and Otis face off shortly after. Someone plugs “the new Natural Disasters” and I popped. Keith lands multiple shoulder blocks and Otis stands. After some striking from both, Keith Lee lifts Otis but doesn’t get a big slam and Otis tries as well, but also fails. A big left from Lee drops him and Lee tags to Strowman. Strowman lands an improbable shotgun dropkick and tags in AJ. After a short exchange, Kevin Owens gets back in and lands a few big moves, culminating in a massive tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Kevin Owens then Stunners the entire Raw team and AJ comes out of nowhere with a Phenomenal Forearm and gets the pin. Corbin comes in after the pin for an End of Days and almost gets a pin before it is broken up by Strowman.
Riddle gets tagged in and eliminates King Corbin with a huge splash off the top. A massive exchange of moves from all connect and leave Strowman and Otis around. Strowman eventually eliminates Otis after some interference from Riddle. Uso gets in and lands a massive splash on the team on the outside. Uso and Strowman are the legal men. It’s Jey all by himself. Lee catches Uso into a Spirit Bomb from a Uso Splash to AJ. 1-2-3. Team Raw had a clean sweep. Was not expecting this.
3 1/4 stars upon initial viewing. A decent start to the night, but we’ve had plenty better SS elimination matches. Team Raw celebrates.
Don’t you dare be sour…
Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Street Profits
New Day come out in their Gears 5 look. Street profits get a little bit of talking before they come down. (I assume this was for time to pull the armor off.) Even the New Day are dancing for the Profits. A lot of talking and Ford and Kingston really start the match. From the start, both teams mirror each other in every little movement, laying the foundation out. After a double flapjack from the Profits, New Day get a little control and Kofi lands a big dive on the outside on Montez Ford. New Day then isolate Ford and start breaking down Ford’s core. As Xavier holds on Ford, Kofi kicks a cup into the air, disrespecting the Profits.
At this point, it’s worth noting The New Day just aren’t being normal. They’re really doing a ton on of heel playbook stuff and it really works here with the Profits. Every step, these two are giving it all and New Day are trying their best to keep the Profits at bay, working through a lot of situations to get through a massive spurt of Profits offense. Profits nailed their finisher but couldn’t make the pin, because Ford was so hurt, but after a few more New Day attempts – including a massive gutbuster from Xavier Woods – and near falls, Street Profits finish off Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston with a Blockbuster. Huge win for the Profits.
3 3/4 stars. Pretty good match, keeps Profits’ name high and New Day clearly have something going on, having a moment in the ring after.
A quick plug for the 5-on-5 women’s match occurs with Bayley trying to control everyone around and Nia telling the rest of Team Raw that Lana won’t be tagged in and her being very upset about it.
Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn vs. United States Champion Bobby Lashley
Sami and Lashley start real slow, with Hurt Business getting involved and distracting Zayn. Zayn starts to set up a run, but whipping Lashley to the other side and attempting to lariat him down, only for Lashley to literally run through him. Lashley rarely took any big moves from Zayn early on, and continued to land massive power moves, keeping control in his hands for a while. After Sami attempting a suplex, Lashley lifts him up and drops him. Zayn cries that he is having a bout of vertigo, something he has done before, but then he rolls up Lashley, but Bobby pushes out. Lashley then continues to pounce on Zayn repeatedly, stopping Zayn from leaving the ring and bringing him back in. Zayn gets a nice counter but it’s not enough to stop Lashley as the big man chokeslams the IC champ. Lashley applies the Hurt Lock and Sami taps after MVP throws him back in the ring.
2 stars. Not a great match, although Zayn had some good moments and Lashley is still impressive as an athlete (shocker).
The Usos are standing outside Roman’s room and the Tribal Chief shoos off Jimmy. Roman explains that Jey may not have a place at the table anymore.
Raw Women’s Champion Asuka vs. SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks
Tight, quick traditional chain wrestling starts out. These two are not holding back right from the get go. Asuka fends off an armbar attempt, and they roll around to gain an advantage, but Asuka barely fends off a Bank Statement. In rebuttal, Banks barely avoids a Asuka Lock, nailing a backstabber and a near fall. Quick work to nail a 2 count, but Banks and Asuka aren’t playing around here. Asuka lands a hip attack and pushes Banks on the outside, taunting her and mirroring the previous exchange where Banks did the same. Asuka almost gets a pin in, but slides out into an Ankle Lock and keeps her momentum going with a few strong kicks.
Asuka starts slowing it down with a hammerlock, stomping on her wrist and shoulder. Asuka gets the knee strike she was looking for before being spilled outside and nails it, getting another near fall. Banks counters Asuka’s next move by locking in an arm stretch into an abdominal stretch. Asuka tries to get out, but Banks continues. Asuka powers her way into the turnbuckle, but Banks counters with a big foot to Asuka’s crown. A small combination of moves occur on the apron, with Asuka getting the big hip attack on the apron, knocking Banks to the outside. Asuka tries to get it back inside, but Banks counters and then lands a baseball slide to the outside. Attempting to capitalize, Asuka counters and puts Banks on the barricade and Banks jumps off, trying to land a Meteora but landing into an Asuka facecrusher.
Asuka misses another attempt at a hip attack, and Banks almost lands the 3 after a Backstabber. To continue, Banks lands the Meteora in the corner and goes for the Frog Splash, but Asuka puts her knees up. Sasha catches them and spin Asuka around into a Bank Statement. After struggling, Asuka almost gets her in the Asuka Lock, but Banks moves out. Asuka gets Banks on the apron and lands a massive facecrusher over the middle rope.
Asuka and Sasha slide around and land massive strikes into a series of pins, and Sasha just happens to get a 3 count in one. Not the finish I expected, but it could’ve been far worse.
4 stars for an initial viewing. Great match, can’t complain outside of the finish.
Commentary plugs the dual-brand battle royal from before. They also plug the Gobbledy Gooker for winning the 24/7 championship, in which we come back to the Gooker noticing there’s a lot of bird seed on the ground. Akira Tozawa pops out of nowhere and pins the Gooker, and while he’s celebrating, R-Truth shows up and wins his 45th 24/7 championship.
5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match – Team Raw (Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Lacey Evans, Peyton Royce, & Lana) vs. Team SmackDown (Bayley, Bianca Belair, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, & Natalya)
Decent start for SmackDown, Natalya and Bianca Belair getting a big double squatting suplex on Royce. Royce starts getting in some offense; Morgan tags out to Riott. Riott and Baszler in the ring after a quick tag from Royce. Riott gets a lot of work done on Baszler, Baszler goes to Nia. Nia starts, but Lana tags herself in. Natalya gets in after a short exchange and things start picking up from here. Lana actually gets a series of moves, including some very nice kicks and Lana tries to tag in, but no one tags her out. The entire team completely bitches her out and Peyton Royce gets in with “captain” Bayley.
Royce gets a gorgeous stretch on Bayley over the rope, and Bayley escapes and finally gets Belair in. The EST of WWE only gets one move in, though, because Bayley hops in for one of the ugliest elbow drops off the top I’ve ever seen. A brawl extends to all the members of both teams, leaving Bayley alone in the ring. As Bayley sets-up for a big moment, Peyton Royce kicks her and she snap suplexes Bayley off the top rope on the outside into the group of everyone except Lana. Royce lands her finisher and pins Bayley. The longest reigning Smackdown Women’s champ has been eliminated in the most surprising of ways. So happy for Peyton.
Natalya botches a huge stretch and just goes for a sharpshooter on Peyton Royce, eliminating her after her big moment of the match. 4-on-4. Lacey Evans gets in and goes for her step-up moonsault, but just misses. Natalya is eliminated by Evans’ Woman’s Right after Natalya attempted to go for a sharpshooter on Baszler, leaving SmackDown without Bayley or Natalya, their most experienced teammates. Belair joins in after Natalya, Evans getting a massive top rope Spanish Fly and a near fall broken up by Riott Squad. Nia gets in and Riott Squad go after her, but fail repeatedly. After a series of moves actually landed on Nia, Jax tags out to Shayna. Baszler immediately comes in with her typical ferocity and it gets her in trouble fending off both members of Riott Squad.
Shayna puts in the Kirifuda Clutch and Morgan was going in to save her, but Jax was on the outside and during the outside interference the ref was paying attention to, Riott had the pin for a seven count, but when the ref came back, Baszler kicked out to a nonconscious Riott. Morgan fired up gets a massive momentum shift and gets Lacey Evans eliminated with all her anger and motivation. Morgan calls out Jax and Baszler. Jax eliminates Morgan after she tried her best to come back, meaning we are techinically now at 3-1. Baszler, Jax, and Lana vs. Bianca Belair.
Bianca Belair gets a comeback of epic proportions before Jax finally gets a knee up to counter an athletic move. Belair somehow kicks out of a Jax leg drop, trying to stay alive as long as she possibly can. Jax gets up on the second rope and Belair kicks Jax out, but Shayna tags Nia. Belair lifts Baszler in the middle of her Kirifuda Clutch attempt and crawling to the rope, trying to get free from a certain loss. Shayna holds the clutch too long and gets DQ’d. Jax tries to put Belair all the way out, but both get counted out. Lana is the Sole Survivor. Team Raw wins.
3 1/4 stars upon initial viewing. Lana celebrating is exactly what I wanted to see. Nice ending to a good elimination match. It’s not exactly a smart decision, but it happened.
Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. WWE Champion Drew McIntyre
Coming down with an actual goddamn claymore and kilt, McIntyre looks fuckin’ ready. What has been set up before us, not only leading to this match but the past year of work these guys have had in the ring together, is going to be something fierce. This is poised to be a very great match right away, and the real importance of this match could mean a ton going from here into Mania next year. McIntyre and Reigns meet in the ring with a staredown, Roman looking away first. Commentary properly mentions Miz is lurking around and could possibly cash in.
These two are not worried about time. A slow build to action, very traditional side headlocks and takedowns start us out. McIntyre lands a few explosive shoulder tackles and McIntyre stands and waits for the Tribal Chief to gather himself. Striking each other back and forth in the corner, Reigns slams McIntyre into a corner post and Drew is feeling it for a bit. Roman capitalizes on Drew, striking and powering the WWE champ down to multiple near falls. Reaching the peak of this momentum, Reigns lands a huge clothesline and almost gets a 3.
McIntyre fires back with multiple lariats and gets a massive throw landed into a big neckbreaker, kipping up and launching into a huge counter from Roman as he Samoan Dropped Drew dead center of the ring for a 2 count. McIntyre is starting to look hurt and Roman sees his opening, going for a Superman Punch, but the Scottish Warrior just won’t lay down and pushes him into the ropes for a huge spinebuster on the rebound. Near fall aside, the match continues on the outside where McIntyre continues to break down the Universal champ.
A phenomenal exchange occurs immediately following them entering the ring. Roman taunts McIntyre in the ring and tells him he’s #2. McIntyre answers with a Glasgow Kiss and they go back and forth for a moment before a Future Shock for a 2. McIntyre gets a Claymore set up, but Roman lands a Superman Punch. McIntyre counters the guillotine. Roman moves out of the way again of the Claymore and throws Drew into the corner post, shoulder first. Roman tries to finish him off with a Spear, but Drew spins around and puts in a kimura lock. Roman barely grabs a rope to break the submission, but both min are gassed, hurt, and now mentally feeling it.
McIntyre almost hits Reigns on the outside for a huge move, but Reigns lands not one, but two Samoan Drops on commentary table. (The second one actually broke the table.) And if that wasn’t enough, Roman spears Drew through the barricade. But somehow, Drew kicks out. Drew stops another spear, but going for a Claymore, he takes another one. For sure, it’s over—- WHAT. HE KICKED OUT AGAIN?!
DREW LANDS A CLAYMORE AND ROMAN LANDS ON THE REF, spilling him on the outside. Jey Uso shows up. McIntyre fights him off, but Roman gets a low blow, Uso lands a superkick, and finishing with a guillotine. McIntyre stands up, but then doesn’t respond. Another ref shows up and calls it. Roman wins.
4 1/4 stars upon initial viewing. Super slow and boring stretches in the beginning, but the ending made up for all of it. And then some.
The Undertaker’s Final Farewell.
Shane O Mac, The Big Show, JBL, Jeff Hardy, MICK FUCKIN’ FOLEY OH FUCK YEAH, THE GODFATHER (hell yes), The Godwins (wow, just wow), Savio Vega, RIKISHI, BIG DADDY COOL KEVIN NASH, Booker T, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Triple H, and Kane all arrive. A package covers the entire history with a ton of great names talking through it.
Vince says some nice things about Taker and then the entrance happens. I cannot describe any of this with real insight. You have to see it for yourself, and if you’ve read through all of this and won’t, I got no hope for you.
Taker stands in the ring for what feels like an eternity, but we both know this isn’t going to last forever. It’s a goodbye. He mentions that he’s done it all time and time again, and now “my time has come to let the Undertaker rest… in… peace.” He takes a knee and does his pose as a hologram of Paul Bearer joins him in the ring. The bell begins tolling again. He finally stands, and he cuts his throat in classic Taker fashion with his eyes rolled into the back of his head. He gets out of the ring. He slowly walks back up the ramp. He turns. And then he throws up one last fist into the air. He walks into the back. Fade to black.