Things got REALLY heated when Smackdown invaded Raw and beat the snot out of the roster, prompting the hastage #UnderSiege. Raw would retaliate the night before and do the same thing – and so the stage was set with a brutal set of matches that were sure to rock the WWE. So let’s get down to it to see if it delivered.
To kick things off, we had The New Day versus The Shield. It would be easy to write this off as an easy Shield victory, but The New Day have proven in the past they are tough sons of bitches. The crowd were quite polarized here as both cheers and boos were sent for both teams. But they put on a hell of a match! From Big E spearing Ambrose through the ropes up to a triple powerbomb from the top rope on Kingston, both teams brought their best. It was a vicious, chaotic and savage opener – and I loved every minute of it! The Shield came out on top, but it felt like they had to go through a battle to get there. Score one for Team Raw!
We then had Smackdown women’s team versus Raw women’s team, consisting of Becky Lynch, Carmella, Natalya (replacing Charlotte who was now the Women’s Champion), Naomi and Tamina on Team Smackdown and on Team Raw we had Alicia Fox, Bayley, Nia Jax, Sasha Banks and Asuka. It started off with the team captains Becky and Alicia duking it out, but ended with Bayley getting a sneaky pin on Becky – which was bullcrap! Thankfully, Tamina put Bayley away pretty quickly after that. F*** you, Bayley! Team Smackdown got another win on Raw after Nia Jax was counted out, but Asuka evened things by eliminating Carmella. Alicia Fox was eliminated by Naomi is a really sloppy looking pin, before Sasha made her tap to the Banks Statement. After that it was down to the last two. Natalya made Sasha submit to the Sharpshooter, but then Asuka submitted both Tamina and Natalya in quick succession – giving her the win for her team and another point to her undefeated streak, which just keeps on climbing.
I really wish Becky wasn’t eliminated so quickly! I was SO looking forward to seeing her and Asuka fight it out. Oh well, another point for Team Raw!
Thankfully for Smackdown, Baron Corbin is able to even the odds against The Miz, in a fight that had some quite big heat on Twitter as Corbin insulted Miz’s pregnant wife Maryse, who is now pregnant. Miz tried all of his usual tricks, including using his Miztorage – but in the end, as Corbin put it at the end of the match, Corbin’s hand went up, and Miz’s mouth went shut! The current score at this point is 2-1 to Raw, but Smackdown wasn’t far behind.
We move onto the tag team match with The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) against The Uso’s. I would have preferred them to fight Rollins and Ambrose as originally planned, but boy was this a good replacement and then some! A true case of strength versus speed, it could have gone either way, with both teams hitting their biggest moves and having them broken up or kicked out of. It was exhilarating and ended with one of the best tags I’ve ever seen! One of the Usos knocked down Sheamus and then did a suicide dive to Cesaro on the outside, whilst tagging in his partner to hit him with a splash – and thus the match was over. Maybe it’s just me, but both these teams seem to have a knack for putting on amazing matches. This evens the score for Smackdown at 2-2.
The women take centre stage again for Charlotte Flair versus Alexia Bliss. I would have to say that this was one of the best women’s matches I’ve ever seen. In between Alexia’s brutal assaults and Charlotte perfectly selling the moves, it made Charlotte look a real underdog here. For a while it looked like Raw would get another win over Smackdown, but Charlotte fought through the pain and beat Alexia with a Figure-8. But damn did both girls gave it there best! At the end, Charlotte even gives a nod of respect to Alexia whilst she cried in the corner. Smackdown is now in the lead with 3-2.
The last single match of the night involved the champions of their respective shows – WWE Champion AJ Styles versus Universal Champion (and part time part timer – anyone who watches WWE will know what I mean by that) Brock Lesnar. At first glance, it looks like Brock would curb stomp AJ – and for the first few minutes it looks just that as Lesnar tosses him around, kicks him and takes him to suplex city. It reminds me of the Cena versus Lesnar match at Summerslam where he just blasted through him. However, AJ picks up steam and starts hitting back, damaging his knee, countering his F-5 and even putting him in the calf crusher. For a moment it looks like AJ might just have this won.
But no, Lesnar hits the F-5 to win – because of course he does! Still, it was actually nice to see Lesnar get his arse kicked for a bit. And even though Lesnar won, it actually worked more in AJ Styles favour in my opinion. After all, he went with Lesnar longer than even Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe! That has to count for something! But either way, Raw is now tied with Smackdown and it all comes down to the final match.
On Team Raw we have Kurt Angle, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman and the returning Triple H! Previously it was gonna be Jason Jordan, but due to a kayfabe injury, Triple H took his place. And thank god for that! On Team Smackdown we have Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura and the returning John Cena – who, spoiler alert, does absolutely diddly s*** during this match!
So anyway, the match begins – and after the little “fan service” tussles (which included a bout between Finn and Shinsuke which had the crowd salivating – seriously WWE needs to do something with that!) Shinsuke and Roode are unceremoniously destroyed by Strowman, putting Raw in the early lead. However, Strowman gets suplexed through a table by ALL the team members and it puts him out of action for a bit – but thankfully not out of the match. Smackdown manage to get one back when John Cena pinned Joe (ok, maybe Cena did SOMETHING), taking advantage of the bad blood between Finn and Joe. But then Kurt Angle came in to defeat Cena with the Olympic Slam.
Remember when John Cena used to just power through everything? Yeah, that doesn’t happen much these days. In fact he kinda felt wasted in this match.
On a side note, Kurt Angle here does a HECK of a lot more than he did in his TLC match. Shows he has still got it, albeit with a bit of a lacklustre effort. Triple H though never missed a step. It’s like he’s never been away (which he hasn’t, judging by his appearances on the European Tour)
Anyway, the match goes on and Randy Orton hits Finn with an RKO to take him out of the match. It’s now down to Shane and Orton to fight for Smackdown’s pride. But who should make a surprise appearance? Why none other than Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens of course, who proceed to beat the s*** out of Shane. Shane fights them off, but during the confusion, Randy gets squashed by Strowman. Now Shane is on his own against Angle, Triple H and the Monster Among Men. At this point it’s pretty much a done deal, there’s no way Shane can fight back, right? Right?
Well for a second it LOOKS like there might be a chance. As Angle hits Shane with the Ankle Lock, Triple H surprises everyone (including Strowman) by hitting a Pedigree on Angle, allowing Shane to get Angle eliminated. But just when it looks like Triple H is going to help Smackdown win, he destroys Shane and then pins him for Raw to win the match – and the Survivor Series.
But it’s not over yet!
Strowman is furious at Triple H betraying Kurt Angle and goes right up in his face. Triple H has none of that and tries to Pedigree Strowman. But Strowman picks him up and powerslams him – twice! Triple H may have won the match for his team, but Strowman is the last man standing! Sure there will be repercussions for Strowman down the line, but for the moment he is the one standing tall – in more ways than one!
And that concludes an awesome event! I would go so far as to say that this was the PPV of the year beyond a shadow of a doubt! The mix of brands made for some highly entertaining matches – so much so that I’m having trouble picking my favourite! It was high stakes, high energy and deeply satisfying. Sure some parts of the matches were a little slow and some results were disappointing – but the matches themselves were solid as hell as all the performers put on the show of their lives.
All in all, Survivor Series delivered – helped by the last minute line up changes. Can you imagine if Brock Lesnar versus Jinder Mahal had gone ahead? Sure, the outcome would have been the same, but it wouldn’t have been nearly as phenomenal (no pun intended) as AJ Styles. Everyone did their job this night and left the fans with a satisfying event.
Survivor Series 2017 from me gets a 5 out of 5! Certainly the best of the “Big Four” this year.