Survivor Series as an event always holds a special place in my heart as a wrestling fan. It was Survivor Series 1991 that was my first ppv that we were allowed to order, when I was 11, and watching that show, and seeing matches like The Undertaker defeating Hulk Hogan, got me hooked and made me a wrestling fan to this day, some 25 years later.
And it was with these eyes that I viewed Survivor Series last night. I mostly enjoyed the buildup to this ppv, the first clash of the brands since the brand split, Raw vs Smackdown for a new era, I was so hyped up for this show, especially the main event, which the buildup was also great for, surprisingly, considering that the last time Brock Lesnar and Goldberg locked up it was one of the worst matches in Wrestlemania history.
Now, usually with these things I’ll do a breakdown of the whole show, what I thought of each match, and then grade the thing in the end on its merits as a show, and what it sets up for the future. With matches such as Sami Zayn from Raw taking on Smackdown’s The Miz for the Intercontinental Title, and Kallisto vs Brian Kendrick for the Cruiserweight Title, this could have been a game changing show, something that shook up the foundation of who the players were on each brand in the brand split, that could have happened last night. But it didn’t. Not one game changing moment whatsoever, except possibly in how the main event played out, but we’ll get to that in a bit.
I get it. I get it. I get it Vince. Raw is the flagship show of the company, it always will be. Even though the quality of the show has gone downhill since the brand split, it’s still going to be the show with the prestige because of it’s history with the company. That still doesn’t justify total domination of Raw during most of the formulaic, no story driven, boring traditional Survivor Series style matches that we had in both the tag team divisions and the women’s match. I was expecting the women’s match actually to go the way it did, but the tag team match could have been a great moment for American Alpha to establish themselves as the top talents they are, instead of still trying to give us this Sheamus and Cesaro tag team that you guys want for some reason.
And speaking of those Survivor Series matches, there were no surprises to be had in there whatosever. In fact, all three matches had the almost same basic structure, right down to the, oh wow, everybody is in the ring fighting each other right now, it’s a real Slobberknocker! How shocking and original…except in…I don’t know..nearly every Survivor Series match….in history. I wasn’t drawn in to any of the matches, except for a few moments here and there, Shane doing another crazy jump spot during the Men’s match, Shane doing another spot and injuring himself, The Shield reunion, those were all great one off moments, but they did nothing to further the story going forward. Nothing happened last night in those matches that kept me on the edge of my seat, or anywhere close to the edge, I was leaning back on the couch, scrolling through my phone, occasionally glancing at the screen but for about 90% of the show I was bored. My girlfriend says this could be a sign of me out growing wrestling, but a lot of my friends it seemed were feeling this same way, there was nothing new that happened. So, it’s not just me, it was a bad, poorly booked show. Except…for the main event…maybe.
They hyped up this Brock Lesnar vs Goldberg match as a match from the video game come to life, that was even the art for the show was the video game pictures of Brock and Goldberg, fantasy warfare brought to reality. And it was just that, a video game match. If the other player doesn’t know the controls and the other player has a cheat code put on. It was over before I could say anything. The commercial for the video game featuring the two of them fighting in a backstage brawl lasted longer than their actual match. Which, compared to their last match is a 5 star classic. But, it’s like…all that hype…for this. Now, if there’s more to it than just this, if it’s build up to something huge at Wrestlemania, then in the end this could be a good thing. It did get people talking about the show, for shock value. But long term wise, it remains to be seen what the purpose for that match ending the way it did was. Goldberg hits Brock with a spear, then another spear, then the jackhammer, 1,2,3. He’s had longer matches in WCW against Glacier, as one of my friends put it. Remains to be seen what the future holds, and I’ll be watching tonight, but I’m not excited for it, I’m not going to be thinking about what’s going to happen on Raw tonight all day today waiting to see the aftermath, because they’ve left me with nothing to be excited for. Here’s hoping the show gets better soon. I’m going to watch the NXT Takeover special later on today, here’s hoping that can reignite some passion to watch wrestling still, but after Survivor Series, they may have just made me lose my smile for watching on the regular.