The 30th Survivor Series PPV Match kicked off with the first of its three Survivor Series Matches on the card.
Team RAW def. Team Smackdown
There was a bit of a delay in the match’s start. Smackdown’s team captain Nikki Bella was attacked just before the match began. Faced with no other option, D-Bry made the call for Natalya to take her place.
When the match started, it was obvious Smackdown had no chance in hell even with the experienced Natalya joining their team. Becky Lynch would eventually eliminate Nia Jaxx but by then, she was the last remaining member of the team. She was eliminated by Bayley.
After the match, Charlotte wasted no time turning on Bayley and viciously attacked her. While yes, it was a temporary alliance, it wasn’t necessary. At least it was saved until after the match this time. We all know what happened at Hell in a Cell.
- Alicia Foxx
- Sasha Banks
- Nia Jaxx
- Alexia Bliss
- Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch
Following the match, James Ellsworth was in a backstage promo involving Mick Foley, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and Braun Strowman. Without naming it specifically, Foley referenced Ellsworth recently signing a full-time contract with WWE and offered him a spot on RAW.
After turning down the offer, Ellsworth bumped into Strowman and wisely ran for his life.
Intertercontinental Champion The Miz def. Sami Zayn
…The match’s ending was a bit controversial but the IC Title will remain on Smackdown.
After getting locked in the Figure Four by the RAW Challenger, The Miz’s wife Maurice rang the bell. The Miz took advantage of the momentary distraction to get the 3-count, retaining the IC Title.
Backstage, AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose started to get into it with each other. Shane McMahon stepped in before things could escalate further.
Team RAW Def. Team Smackdown
There were a few surprise twists and turns, most notably Caesaro and Sheamus winning the match for Team RAW. The New Day getting eliminated early wasn’t that big of a surprise to me though it was a surprise.
After The Hype Bros. were eliminated, all hell broke lose as the remaining teams went back and forth. Gallows and Anderson eliminated as well as Caesaro and Sheamus both eliminated two tag teams each, the latter pair deciding the match.
Caesaro and Sheamus outlasted The Usos in the end, winning the match for Team RAW.
- RAW Tag Team Champions The New Day (Kofi and Big E participated in the match)
- The Hype Bros.
- The Shining Stars
- American Alpha
- Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
- Smackdown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Rhyno
- Enzo Amore and Big Cass
- The Usos
Steph and Mick announced Caesaro and Sheamus will challenge RAW Champions The New Day for the Tag Team titles the following night on RAW.
Cruiserweight Champion Brian Kendrick def. Calisto
The match itself was interesting but due to Baron Corbin’s interference, Corbin retained both the Cruiserweight title and the Cruiserweight Division for RAW.
D-Bry confronted Baron Corbin backstage. The Lone Wolf was unaplogetic about the fact his actions cost Smackdown potentially winning the Cruiserweight Division.
Next year’s Survivor Series was announced to be November 20, 2017 in Houston, Texas.
Team Smackdown def. Team RAW
Team Smackdown mascot James Ellsworth came out first to greet Team Smackdown as they came out one by one. Michael Cole made an interesting note as Randy Orton came down the ring: The Viper ties Kane for the second-most Survivor Series appearances at 9. Only Shawn Michaels has more at 11. Not a stretch to believe Orton will tie or break the record.
On to the match itself. Unlike the women’s match, the Monster Heel wasn’t used off the bat and in fact, there were no eliminations for a large stretch of time. Having had enough of the stalemate, both teams entered the ring and all hell broke lose.
A momentary scuffle between Ambrose and AJ Styles was just the opening Braun Strowman needed to eliminate The Lunatic Fringe. Bray Wyatt confronted Strowman, who wasted no time making it clear taking out his former leader. Randy Orton jumped in to help Bray recover before the two pinned him to the table…long enough for Shane to dive off the top rope, taking out Stroman.
AJ Styles carried Shane into the ring but it was obvious he was far from 100%. Strowman was about to get back in the ring when James Ellsworth grabbed his leg, preventing him from beating the countout. Furious, Strowman threw Ellsworth through a table next to the ramp before going backstage.
Back in the ring, Shane and Kevin Owens continued the match. Despite being nearly broken in half earlier, Shane was far from done when Jericho tagged in to finish him off. A short time later, Kevin Owens was kicked out of the elimination match after he hit AJ Styles with The Listt of Jericho. An RKO later, Jericho was eliminated.
This left Rollins and Reigns to carry Team RAW and carry it they did. Then Shane McMahon recovered enough to return to the match…only to be eliminated by TKO after getting speared in mid-air by Roman Reigns. The blow knocked out Shane, the recoil causing damage to Reigns as well. The Smackdown commissioner was helped out of the ring by WWE Medics after he was eliminated.
Back in the ring, Rollins and Reigns rallied to keep Team RAW alive but they would get the unexpected help of Dean Ambrose, who came down to the ring to attack AJ Styles. The former Shield members Triple Powerbombed The WWE Champion through one of the remaining announcers’ table and he was eliminated shortly afterward.
The surprise appearance by Luke Harper at ringside was enough to shift the momentum in favor of Orton and Bray just long enough for an RKO out of nowhere to eliminate Rollins from the match. The odds stacked against him with Luke Harper at ringside, Reigns rallied but fell to Bray Wyatt. Orton taking a speak for Wyatt from Reigns gave The Eater of Worlds the opening he needed to clinch the match for Team Smackdown.
- Dean Ambrose
- Braun Strowman
- Universal Champion Kevin Owens (by DQ)
- Smackdown Commissioner Shane McMahon (TKO)
- WWE Champion AJ Styles
- Seth Rollins
- United States Champion Roman Reigns
Goldberg def. Brock Lesnar
…Unsurprisingly, this match was saved for last.
No one could have imagined how the match would have ended: It only lasted 3 minutes. Two Spears, a Jackhammer and a 3-count. Everyone–myself included–was STUNNED at how Goldberg easily dispatched The Beast.
I’m sure everyone expected the match to last much longer than it did. Clearly, Lesnar had been asked to put Goldberg over. The only reason I can think of for this is we haven’t seen the last of Goldberg. It’s the only possible explaination.
The RAW fallout from the Mens’ team losing will be the big question going into tomorrow night’s episode. Steph has promised a steep penalty if they lost the match. There’s also Sami Zayn failing to bring the IC Title to RAW. His future with the brand is questionable now.
The Smackdown fallout from Corbin costing the Blue Brand the Cruiserweight division will be a big topic. I’m more interested in seeing what will happen between The Miz and D-Bry with the former having retained the IC title for Smackdown.