Sunday, November 22, 2009

Survivor Series 2009 Review

After the success of my live blog during Raw last Monday night, we're going to try it for the first time ever for a PPV. Keep refreshing your page for constant updates throughout the night!

Team Miz - The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre, & Sheamus vs. Team Morrison - John Morrison, Evan Bourne, Finlay, Matt Hardy, & Shelton Benjamin is unsurprisingly our opener for the evening, definitely looking forward to seeing these ten guys mix it up. John Morrison is also rocking the Wampa coat tonight, so I wonder if that'll be good luck for his team. Evan Bourne's getting a lot of work in early, which is nice to see, beautiful backwards leaping hurricanrana off the middle rope as well... I'm really just thrilled that he made it to PPV. Shooting Star Press on Dolph Ziggler, Bourne scores the first elimination! Yeah, Ziggler's ship has sailed.

In the time it took me to write that sentence, McIntyre nailed Bourne with the double-underhook DDT. And as I'm trying to keep up, Sheamus knocks Finlay out with the big boot to score another elimination for Team Miz. Match has slowed down with Swagger and Matt Hardy going at it, I honestly wasn't expecting this in this match. With all these high-fliers and heavy-hitters, I was expecting a breakneck pace. A bit of an ugly mix-up with all remaining competitors getting in the ring, but Morrison gets things back on track and eliminates Jack Swagger after Starship Pain!

Shelton Benjamin gets a surprising bit of offense in, I honestly wouldn't have been shocked if he was the first to go. Lots of nice moves on The Miz, but the US Champion hits the one move that counts - Skullcrushing Finale and Shelton is gone! Matt Hardy and McIntyre in the ring now, Matt misses the moonsault and another double-underhook DDT and Matt's goes out not with a bang, but with a whimper. Looks like John Morrison is all by himself. John Morrison vs. The Miz, Drew McIntyre & Sheamus, I'm not liking the IC Champions odds. Morrison puts up quite an effort, but runs into the brick wall known as Sheamus, one Irish Edge later, this one's over.
Survivors: The Miz, Sheamus & Drew McIntyre
Predictions: 0 for 1

Hilarious bit backstage with Team Kofi and playing up on the fact that Christian's the only white guy on the team.

Batista vs. Rey Mysterio up next, I'm honestly surprised this one is going on so early. Crowd's pretty split here, which makes sense considering Batista is from Washington DC, where the event is being held tonight. Both men try to end this one early with their respective finishers, but it doesn't work for either man. I like Rey hitting the two 619s to Big Dave's abdomen to set up the normal one, but he wastes too much time on the top rope "channeling" Eddie Guerrero and misses the Frog Splash. One spear later, I think this is going to be the end of Rey Rey. Spinebuster. Batista Bomb. Batista Bomb #2. Batista Bomb #3 and the ref stops the match.
Oh wait, there's more - Spinebuster on a steel chair. Well, that was lame... this match could've been so much more, hopefully Rey can get a proper match with Davetista at WrestleMania.
Predictions: 1 for 2

I could watch CM Punk mock Randy Orton on a daily basis.

Team Orton - CM Punk, William Regal, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase & Randy Orton vs. Team Kofi - Kofi Kingston, MVP, Mark Henry, R-Truth & Christian is up next, and after two disappointing matches, I hope this will be the match to get this PPV on track. Did Matt Striker just call Mark Henry the "Chef of Hell's Kitchen?" Okay, as much as I love Striker, sometimes he says some really stupid stuff, like that. Mark Henry isn't from anywhere near Hell's Kitchen and I'm pretty sure he's never been a chef. Anyway, Henry's got Orton in a bearhug... RKO OUT OF NOWHERE! Henry's out in a matter of seconds! Speaking of a matter of seconds, Punk nails the Go To Sleep on R-Truth and he's out! That'll teach you to dump whiskey and cigarettes on the Straight-Edge Superstar! Team Orton's up 5 to 3.

Christian and Punk mix it up next, which makes me a very happy Razor, but then Punk has to tag in Ted DiBiase, which makes me sad. But hey, Christian hits his middle rope sunset flip and eliminates the trust fund baby! Finally get to see Kofi Kingston in this one, going toe-to-toe with William Regal (there's a match I'd like to see in the future), but Kofi tags MVP, who eliminates the ECW Superstar after a lightning-quick Player's Boot - we're all tied up at 3 vs. 3! MVP's on fire, hits Cody Rhodes with the Ballin' Elbow, but perhaps too much showboating and he's caught with Cross Rhodes for the elimination! Christian's in next, Cody tries getting cute with a leap frog and is nailed with the Killswitch!

Now we have ourselves a match! Kofi Kingston & Christian vs. Randy Orton & CM Punk, I'm definitely down with that. Orton goes for the RKO, but Christian reverses, KILLSWITCH! Agh, Punk makes the save at 2 and Orton hits the RKO to eliminate the ECW Champion. That sucks. Orton vs. Kofi up next, but Orton slides out of the ring like a coward and sends Punk in the ring. Oh well, Orton's actually doing me a favor here since I don't have to watch him wrestle and I can see Punk and Kofi, which is a feud that needs to happen somewhere down the line. Damn, Kofi's SOS is a badass move, he needs to use that more, maybe even make it a secondary finisher. These two are putting on a clinic in here, great back and forth action, each time one guy hits a big move (like Punk's Falcon Arrow), the other responds with one of his own (Kofi's crossbody). Kofi picks up a shock pin after reversing Punk's roll-up, and before I can even type "oh here comes a surprise RKO," Kofi nails Trouble in Paradise on Orton and picks up the win! Michael Cole's got the call of the night "in just six seconds, Kofi Kingston has pinned two former World Champions." A star is born, indeed! It's a rare occasion when I'm this happy to be wrong with a prediction, but Survivor Series 2009 will go down as Kofi Kingston's night!
Sole Survivor: Kofi Kingston
Predictions: 1 for 3

Looks like WWE is going back to the formula of using the Divas for the cool down match, because the World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat is up next.

The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Big Show starts off slow, but once they take it to the outside, it's pure awesome. JeriShow mugs the World Heavyweight Champion on the outside, and as they're throwing him back in the ring, we get one of the greatest Jericho moments ever:
Fan: "Go back to Toronto!"
Jericho: "I'm from Winnipeg, you idiot!"
I can't believe I'm watching Jericho dominate The Undertaker, even hitting him with a superplex?! Big Show's spending a long time outside the ring, he's got that left knee braced up, I wonder what the deal is with that? Luckily, Show's able to get back in and this is where this match really kicks into high gear. Lots of back and forth action, Jericho accidentally nails Show with the World Title, Taker eventually goes for the Tombstone, but Big Show clocks both men with the malignant fist! It looks like history could repeat itself here, Big Show's going for the Chokeslam, which won him the title at Survivor Series 99, but Undertaker drops to the mat and locks in Hell's Gate! Big Show taps! Great stuff, not the kind of match you see everyday, but a lot of fun and very unique. As I said earlier tonight, I wouldn't have been upset if Jericho walked out the Champion, but I'm glad to see Taker apparently getting a longer reign than our last few World Champions.
Predictions: 2 for 4

Team McCool - Michelle McCool, Layla, Beth Phoenix, Jillian & Alicia Fox vs. Team Mickie - Mickie James, Gail Kim, Eve, Kelly Kelly & Melina can't end fast enough and apparently WWE agrees with rapid fire eliminations. Layla's out quick, Gail's out seconds later after the Faithbreaker, Jillian's out after a flying sunset flip from Eve, then Eve's out after the Glam Slam, the another Glam Slam on Kelly Kelly, then Mickie catches Beth with a crucifix pin! All that happened while I was typing. Right now, Mickie and Alicia Fox are going at it, Mickie does a beautiful roll through on Alicia's Northern Lights Suplex and has her in position for the DDT... oh God, Alicia Fox is going to break her neck again. Thankfully, Alicia blocks, saving me from the cringe, but she doesn't save herself from elimination after Mickie's flying Thesz Press!

We're down to Mickie James & Melina vs. Michelle McCool and this fast-paced match comes to a screeching halt with McCool's yawn-inducing style. Mickie tags in Melina to save the day, and she seems to have a reversal for almost all of McCool's offense. The Ann Coulter of WWE is no match for the Divas Champion and falls victim to the sunset flip powerbomb!
Survivors: Mickie James & Melina
Predictions: 3 for 5

Cool-down match out of the way, it's time for the Main Event!

Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. John Cena is your main event of the evening and the WWE Championship is on the line!
A bit surprised and a little bummed to see DX enter together; makes sense in the context of the storyline, but I wanted to hear "Sexy Boy!" I'm with Striker on this one, I don't think two egos like HBK and HHH can coexist when the stakes are this high. This is Triple H we're talking about, there's no way I can believe that he's out for anyone but himself when that belt is on the line. This guy has shown time and time again that he will do anything and turn on anyone to win that - OMG SHAWN MICHAELS JUST SUPERKICKED TRIPLE H OUT OF THE RING! Okay, that was awesome, pure awesome, Sweet Chin Music in the first second of the match and we're starting off with HBK and Cena, which I'm always excited to see.

Great stuff in the early goings with Cena and HBK, shades of their classic main event match from WrestleMania 23. Michael Cole mentions that we're not seeing the fun-loving DX Shawn Michaels and he's absolutely right, this is The Heartbreak Kid! This is the Shawn Michaels that made Survivor Series the most controversial PPV in history. Outside, HBK is setting up the announce table, but wastes too much time and Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment through the table, but Triple H makes the save?! They say turnabouts fair play, and Triple H gets his revenge by putting HBK through the table himself with the Double A Spinebuster!

Okay, I had to take a step away from the computer to devote the proper attention to a match that had this much awesome early on, and these guys did not let up one bit. The very definition of "back and forth," everyone had control at one point and I would've been fine with anyone winning after they put on this kind of match. The finish might be the best finish to a match all year: HBK goes to piledrive Triple H, gets backdropped onto Cena's shoulders, wriggles out of the Attitude Adjustment, Triple H goes for the Pedigree on Cena, catches Sweet Chin Music, then Cena Attitude Adjusts HBK on HHH and covers The Game for the win! Beautifully insane and the perfect ending to a damn near perfect match.
Predictions: 4 for 6
*Match of the Night

The show started off a bit rocky; it wasn't that I disliked the opening bout, but it didn't live up to my lofty expectations. The result worked though, definitely does good things for Miz and the two relative newcomers, Sheamus & McIntyre. The Batista/Mysterio match was a huge disappointment, but if the rumors about Rey's knee injury are true, I suppose it makes sense, but the contest was still lackluster. The rest of the PPV was great though, Team Orton vs. Team Kofi would've been Match of the Night had it not been for the awesome main event, the World Title Triple Threat was a blast, the Divas match could've been a lot worse, and of course, we all know how the WWE Title match played out. I don't think it was the best PPV of the year, but I'd easily put it in my top 5. Make sure you catch the replay if you missed this one, definitely do not let this week end without seeing Cena vs. HBK vs. HHH and the rise of Kofi Kingston, two of the greatest wrestling moments of the year.


  1. Yay, I have 3 from 3 on the predictions so far.

    I think this really puts Kofi into a good position going into the Royal Rumble. Now to make this night even better, Jericho and Michaels have to walk out Champions and Mickie needs to get back at Michelle for her 'Piggy James' taunts.

  2. Damn you Undertaker. Now the perfect record is spoiled.

    I dunno, by reading this review I can't see anything that can be faulted. Kofi comes out looking like a legend, The Undertaker retains with Jericho and Show looking strong, The Miz wins. Sure, Batista vs Mysterio doesn't sound like a technical masterpiece, but to continue the feud it serves its purpose.

  3. "This guy has shown time and time again that he will do anything and turn on anyone to win that - OMG SHAWN MICHAELS JUST SUPERKICKED TRIPLE H OUT OF THE RING!"

    Best Line in the review.

  4. I really did love this PPV, fantastic I thought. I enjoyed every single match from start to finish (apart from the Divas collision).

    I have to say though Razor, while there's nothing WRONG with you live blogging, I feel like we're missing out a lot on what makes the blog so good, which is your opinions and thoughts on the shows. When the blogging is live, it ends up being a recap as opposed to a review.

  5. I think you're right, TKz. Survivor Series is tough to write about anyway because I feel like every match will sound like "Lots of back and forth action here, some cool spots, etc." and just get repetitive. But I think from now on when I live blog, I wont write anything while the matches are going on and type up my thoughts in between bouts. Thanks for the feedback though, always looking for stuff like that.

  6. Like I say, it's awesome that you'll be willing to do that, but it just ends up losing a little bit of what makes kickoutwrestling special and different from every other site.

    I also can't imagine it's as fun to live blog when your trying to watch the shows, I have trouble just typing up my thoughts on EWB while RAW is on.

    I also have to disagree with you on the opening contest, I thought it was great! Though I will admit that Hardy & Swagger was the least interesting part, which is a shame as I've got a feeling it was more to do with Matt than anything else, I feel like he's lost his edge since leaving ECW back in 08.

  7. It's not that the opener was bad, I was just expecting a lot more. My own fault for getting my hopes way up.

  8. I can't help but question the decision to try and cemet Batista's heel turn in his home state. Just very weird to see that match and have the fans love every second of it. That and booing Rey for paying respect to Eddie.

    What's the deal with Scott Armstrong? Is he legitimately hurt after that incident with Sheamus? It just seemed odd to me that he would remain laid out at ringside rather than be taken to the back for proper treatment but i'm no medical expert, maybe there are risks involved in moving people in these situations?

    I love Matt Striker's work at the booth and was excited at him being part of the show but, I dunno, something didn't click. I'm not sure being part of a 3 man team suits him. Plus he seemed a bit over excited which became grating at times. Shoe horning in yet another Morrisey/Smiths reference whilst William Regal is present was as wonderful as ever though.

    Overall, loved the show.

  9. Word on the street is Armstrong got a concussion when Sheamus accidentally kneed him in the back of the head.

  10. I think Matt just couldn't really work his usual magic because Cole wouldn't let him for the first half of the show. As for King, I think that's probably not a great match to be honest. I did like having a heel in the booth again though, I'd like him to play that up more with Todd Grisham. Striker's at his best when he's talking up the bad guys and making fun of Todd. I think when you pair him up with a veteran, him making fun of them feels a little off.

    Speaking of Grisham, I've grown quite fond of him lately, he's really improved as an announcer I feel.

    As for Sheamus, I thought it was just to build him up some more >_> The guy does enjoy attacking random people for no reason after all! It's what Monster Heel's do best!