Monday, November 22, 2010

WWE Survivor Series 2010 Review

The 24th annual Survivor Series had a hastily thrown together card, and earlier this year it looked like there wasn't even going to be a Survivor Series, but despite all that, did WWE put together a "Big Four" worthy show?

Daniel Bryan vs. Ted DiBiase was a last minute addition to the card, but served as the perfect opener for this show. Bryan continued to prove that he is the modern day Excellence of Execution and gave DiBiase the best singles match of his career thus far. Certainly wasn't an easy task for Bryan, he had to bump like a damn pinball to get people to care about Junior, but he seemed more than willing. Suicide Dive was beautiful, that suplex from the apron was NASTY! and Bryan definitely had to injure his back carrying this entire match. These two set the tone for the level of athleticism expected on this show and the bar was definitely set high. Great stuff.
Predictions: 1 for 1

John Morrison vs. Sheamus was next and I had high hopes for this match considering the awesome bout these two had on Raw Roulette back in September. I was not let down by their second meeting, and while the falls count anywhere match might be the best on TV this year, I think this match may have been the more mature wrestling contest. Sheamus looked like the established veteran main eventer, despite only being in WWE for about a year and a half, and John Morrison played his role of the plucky up and comer perfectly. Morrison got his ass kicked, but stuck it out and nailed the Celtic Warrior with a flurry of moves to score the upset victory.
Predictions: 1 for 2

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kaval for the Intercontinental Championship was another late addition to the card, but much like the US Title match, it raised the bar for in-ring competition in WWE. Say what you will about WWE, TV-PG, or the general direction of the company, but even the smarkiest of smarks have to be in awe of the fact that both Bryan Danielson and Low-Ki are wrestling on PPV for both secondary championships and absolutely tearing the house down in the ring. I think this has to be my pick for Match of the Night, and with Kaval taking the red-hot Dolph Ziggler to the limit, you'd have to think he is now officially a Superstar within the WWE Universe. Tons of back and forth action in this one with Kaval getting a ton of near falls and blasting Ziggler with a NASTY kick to the face (maybe even broke his nose), but it just wasn't enough for the crafty IC Champion. Give these guys a rematch at TLC, because they have more chemistry than just about any potential opponent I could think of for Dolphy Z.
Predictions: 2 for 3

Team Mysterio vs. Team Del Rio in the only traditional Survivor Series match was a ton of fun, but there's no denying that the wrong team won here. And of all the people to survive, Big Show and Mysterio, the guys that just won a battle royal on Smackdown? Seriously? I like the guys and all, but c'mon, this should've been Alberto Del Rio's night. He was taken out by a hard right hand from Big Show, but never officially eliminated, he should've come back and stole a win to save the day to get mega heat. Big Show and Mysterio winning does absolutely nothing for anybody, and we're talking about a Survivor Series match, which has little to offer to begin with. I don't want to be a total Debbie Downer about it though since it was a really fun match, but the ending left a sour taste in my mouth.
Predictions: 2 for 4

Natalya vs. LayCool for the Diva's Championship naturally wasn't given much time, but in spite of that, these three women put on a decent wrestling match. Granted, putting on a decent Divas match in WWE in 2010 isn't exactly saying much, but at least Natalya got a decisive win by taking out both of the most hated women in wrestling. Beth Phoenix making her surprise return to save Natalya from the post-match beatdown was a nice touch as well, and if Natalya and the Glamazon form the Anti-LayCool, I will be a happy Razor. Female wrestlers getting to wrestle? Yes please!
Predictions: 3 for 5

Kane vs. Edge, as expected, wasn't bad, but it was still a Kane vs. Edge match. You mean to tell me that Kane can dominate The Undertaker for three PPVs in a row, but he can't put away Edge? In fact, he gets pinned by Edge, but the only thing that saves his championship reign is the fact that Edge's shoulders were down too? I applaud WWE for going with something different to keep the feud going, and the ol' double pin is an interesting idea, but I just have a hard time buying it considering the people involved. I assume Edge will get Kane in a ladder match next month since its "his" match, but with all the Paul Bearer stuff and the simple fact that it's Edge vs. Kane, I'm not exactly holding my breath in anticipation.
Predictions: 3 for 6

Nexus vs. Santino & Kozlov for the WWE Tag Team Championship was more enjoyable than you thought it would be, and the crowd, for some odd reason, was hotter for this match than most other match on the card. The crowd was pretty dead for the whole show, and considering the same venue already had one of the biggest Raws of the year (where Nexus formed), maybe WWE should consider spreading the PPV love a bit? Maybe that's a personal bias since I live in an area that rarely gets PPVs, but c'mon WWE. Match wasn't anything special, but Nexus obviously retained, and beat the only other tag team in WWE.
Predictions: 4 for 7

Randy Orton vs. Wade Barret w/ John Cena as the special guest referee, for lack of a better term, might be the most anticlimactic finish to a WWE event in years. There were several options here, like turning John Cena heel and officially joining Nexus; Barrett winning, Cena gets set free, kicks Barrett's ass and Miz cashes in MITB; or just Barrett winning and getting his ass kicked... but WWE went with the easy, safe option, the one that was most boring: Orton retaining and Cena being "fired." Cena's not getting fired, every wrestling fan with a functioning brain (which okay, that eliminates more than a few), knows Cena isn't going anywhere.

How many times have we been down this road with the Stone Colds and Rocks of the world? Fake firings are just that, fake... and with Monday Night Football kicking their ass and just one PPV away from the start of the Road to WrestleMania, there's no way John Cena is going to be off TV for long, if at all. Granted, the could keep him off TV for a bit and fill the void with a returning Triple H, but we're still left with Orton as WWE Champion, no one besides The Miz as a viable contender, and Nexus is weakened yet again. Maybe Barrett could pull the ultimate a-hole move and NOT fire John Cena to truly punish him, but then it's just another stipulation that WWE backs away from.

The match itself was okay, felt short to me and wasn't very exciting, but that's an Orton match for ya. I don't know where they're going from here, but after totally dropping the ball to do something shocking - especially at Survivor Series, the ultimate controversial PPV - they're going to have to come up with something in the next few weeks, otherwise the top of the Raw card is going to be yawn-inducing.
Predictions: 4 for 8

I really liked Survivor Series this year, aside from the weak ending to the main event that will be rendered meaningless sooner than later, I think it turned out to be one of the best PPVs of the year. Definitely a front-loaded card thanks to four really fun matches to start things up, but even with some puzzling endings, the quality of wrestling rarely dipped below solid. The Cena situation is concerning though, because it's more evidence of WWE being afraid to take a risk, which I thought they were moving away from when they put Cena in Nexus, but for whatever reason, they continue to play it safe.

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5 comments:

  1. Natalya and Beth Phoenix together at last! The Sisterhood of Slam!

    But I think the end of this pay-per-view is exactly why a lot of internet fans think they could develop a storyline better than that is being presented... because there really is no drama with that ending.

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  2. I hate playing armchair booker and all, but I'd think every wrestling fan with even the slightest interest in the backstage elements of the show would find tonight to be the least dramatic ending possible.

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  3. I only play armchair booker because I like playing around with story elements like an erector set. I don't get foamy at the mouth about it though.

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  4. I didn't watch the ppv since I didn't want to pay for it, and the parts that interested me the most were the story which I could read about here. Perhaps once I've watched more than one episode of Raw I'll feel comfortable about actually paying for and watching for a PPV, but until then I'll just read about other people watching it.

    I was specifically interested in the resolution to the Barret, Orton and Cena thing. But I have to admit, the stuff I read made me feel vaguely disappointed. It seemed rather bland.

    I'll play, uh, armchair booker, for a second here and say what I was hoping would happen. I was hoping that if they didn't turn Cena heel, they would find some interesting way to keep him. I was thinking if they really wanted to make Orton a good guy and make me interested in him, they could have him lose to Barret on purpose. Granted this wouldn't be all that in character for him, but perhaps you could have Orton almost win and Cena almost count Barret out and then Orton changes his mind, gets up and declares there are more important things than titles and let's Barret win. Granted, that might have been an even worse way to end things. I don't really know wrestling very well. But I think it might have made an interesting story, plus you could have Orton and Cena team up together to get all the belts the Nexus stole back.

    But honestly, what disappointed me the most, was the impression that one part I was initially interested in, the Cena/Nexus storyline, is coming to an end. But everything has to come to an end sometime...

    That said, I'll be really disappointed if Cena comes back tonight. I read about the end and how they made a pretty big deal over him leaving, and it seemed like a nice way to leave. But if he comes back tonight, then all his conflict over what he should do would be for nothing. He could have just told Barret he wouldn't do it, quit and then come the next day. Even though I like Cena, I really hope he stays away for at least a month. Unless they do something like Barret didn't actually fire him.

    So, I suppose it was good I started watching when I did, because now I'm interested in other stuff, like the actual wrestling. I really want to see more of Daniel Bryan (I hope that's his name). He really impressed me.

    ...I am apparently incapable of being concise. Sorry about that.

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  5. I predict a chair match between kane and edge in TLC - but since the last Chairs match was a half thought invention (no DQ at all? only no DQ when using chairs?), it will be using wheel chair (one or more), maybe similarly to a strecher match?

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