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Elimination Match: Shawn Michaels, Cryme Tyme, Rey Mysterio, Great Khali vs. J.B.L., M.V.P., Kane, John Morrison, The Miz - Before I get started, if you look at the members of each team and just compare their characters to each other...these are probably the two biggest "odd couple" teams in Survivor Series history. Anyways, this first match would showcase a pattern throughout the night in that it had some booking decisions that hurt more than helped as they had around 3 quick eliminations right from the start...including one of them being Kane. If you can get past that, the match itself was a good solid opener that did it's job in getting the crowd fired up and I'll make an extra note here in that I really enjoyed the commentary as well as Matt Striker clearly showed why he's one of the best commentators in wrestling (not just WWE) today.
Elimination Match - RAW vs. SmackDown: Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Jillian, Candice Michelle, Kelly Kelly vs. Michelle McCool, Maryse, Victoria, Natalya, Maria - This match was just bad as there were just too many botches here that even WWE post-production couldn't edit around or take out like they normally would do on a PPV replay to the point where it sounded like the crowd started to turn on this match at one point. The only other thing noteworthy here was that despite the fact that they were fighting for their brands, McCool & Maryse still kept getting into it due to their feud over the Divas title...something that often gets forgotten about when they put the faces & heels together in tag matches like this. Anyways, this was botchamania that's only worth looking at if you like watching car crashes.
Casket Match: Undertaker vs. Big Show - After their two previous encounters, this match was a big dissapointment. I'll give some credit here in that Big Show played the storyline well about him being afraid of the casket to the point where he kept yelling at the referees to shut the lid for him because he didn't want to touch the casket and even later turning it over. Eventhough the ending was a new twist on how to win a casket match, it was a very weak ending and this match disappointed. If you get the chance, look up the cage match they had on SmackDown weeks later that made up for this one.
Elimination Match: Batista, R-Truth, C.M. Punk, Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy vs. Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, Shelton Benjamin, Mark Henry, William Regal - This match was booked better than the first one as the only quick elimination here was William Regal (he was sick so they got him out early) which resulted in a funny moment of Layla throwing her shoe at C.M. Punk. Good match all around and everyone had their moments in one way or another and was without a doubt the match of the night.
WWE Champion Triple H vs. Vladimir Kozlov vs.... - This was one of those "bait & switch" tactics as Jeff Hardy was suppost to be the third guy in this triple threat match but WWE ran a story (that even got picked up by the national media) about Jeff Hardy being found knocked out at his hotel forcing him out of this match after the entire buildup surrounded him going back to his "extreme" ways on both HHH & Kozlov to get into this match. Triple H tried with the grounded wrestling they did but it wasn't a PPV quality title match and this match seemed longer than it actually was to the point where you heard chants from "We Want Hardy!" to "TNA! TNA! TNA!" to the point where it was just dead silent they didn't even bother to chant anything at all. It once again became a triple threat match because "he's here!" and the ultimate opportunist in Edge returned (looking like Mike Knox little brother with that beard) with Jeff Hardy finally making an appearence before Edge stole another championship victory. For this match, the only part worth watching was the last 5 mins. as the angle involving taking Hardy (the most over challenger in the match) out at the last minute was a bad decision...so bad that TNA decided to pull the same angle two months later on their PPV.
World Champion Chris Jericho vs. John Cena - Just like Jericho's main event with Batista at Cyber Sunday, this was another match that you had a pretty good idea of what was going to happen going into it as the entire promotion behind Survivor Series was about John Cena returning to WWE in his hometown (well, as close to it as he's going to get). After what I thought was a real good series of matches between each other in 2005 (Vengance with Christian, SummerSlam, and their final match on RAW), this one was another disappointment as Cena had some ring rust here that showed here while Jericho targeted his previous injury & focused on the neck. The match wasn't bad but they would put on a better performance at Armageddon the next month but it didn't live up to the expectations based off their series years earlier.
So in the end, 2008 was probably the most solid year of WWE PPV's since 2001 (or maybe even 2002) but this was easily the worst one of the year as this heavily reminded me of the average TNA or old school WCW PPV there were too many bad booking decisions here along with disappointing & just bad matches here. The only two matches good here were the male elimination matches (again, if you can get past some of the booking there) but that's not enough to save this PPV so this is one you can skip or try for a rental at best.
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Thank god I didn't pay for this PPV. I really don't know what else to say, but I sincerely hope you take my word for it and refuse to spend your hard earned money on this DVD. I feel bad enough for everyone in the crowd and everyone else who paid to see this on PPV. Hell, I didn't pay for it and I feel bad for myself just for watching it! I almost don't even want to review this garbage but let's get on with it. Matches are rated out of 5 stars (*****).
1. Traditional Survivor Series Match
Team HBK (HBK, Mysterio, Cryme Tyme, & Khali)
Team JBL (JBL, Kane, Miz and Morrison, & MVP)
Pretty solid opener. Crowd was into this match. Very predictable ending and I felt like this could have been a lot better. I figured for sure Michaels and Morrison would be the last two going at it for their respective teams, which could have been really good, but it didn't turn out that way. Still a pretty good match, but relatively uneventful. **1/2
2. Traditional Survivor Series Match
Team Raw (Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Candice, & Jillian Hall)
Team SmackDown! (Michelle McCool, Natayla, Maryse, Maria, & Victoria)
Botchfest of a match, truly terrible. There were some moments of decent action but they didn't last very long at all. 1/2*
3. Casket Match
Big Show vs. Undertaker
This was an awful match. I haven't seen a match with this little energy/charisma in a long while (well probably not that long considering the current state of the product but you get the idea). There was a nice table spot, and that's the only thing keeping this from being a DUD, it is that bad. I thought this would be pretty good, as I enjoyed their previous two encounters, but this was atrocious. 1/2*
4. Traditional Survivor Series Match
Team Batista (Batista, CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy, & R-Truth)
Team Orton (Orton, Cody Rhodes, Shelton Benjamin, Regal, & Mark Henry)
Good match, match of the night. I quite enjoyed this one. There were some slow parts but for the most part there was good action all around. I loved the finish and it was nice to see Orton and Rhodes the survivors. ***1/4
5. WWE Championship
Triple H (c) vs. Kozlov (vs. Edge vs. Jeff Hardy? I guess)
Oh my holy good lord this was absolutely shockingly poor. I can safely say this was the worst match I have seen all year. The crowd rightfully defecated all over this one, and when they got tired of chanting "boring, we want hardy, and TNA," they just stopped making any noise whatsoever (can we blame them?). I wouldn't be surprised if Kozlov is dropped from the storyline completely after this one, he may have killed his career. After 12 minutes of wrestling so bad you'd have to see it to believe it, Vickie comes out and says "he's back," of course alluding to Edge, who comes out, soon to be followed by Jeff Hardy. Edge goes on to win the title in what has to be considered one of the worst WWE Championship matches in history. Don't get me wrong, I love Edge as champ, but this was a disgraceful match that makes me want to vomit just thinking about it. This gets my first ever minus rating. - **
6. World Heavyweight Championship
Chris Jericho (c) vs. John Cena
Solid match, nothing even remotely close to their match at SummerSlam 2005 or their loser leaves Raw match the following night. Very slow, lots of rest holds, but the action picked up a bit by the end. Not a bad match, but not at all what you'd expect as a fan. Cena was obviously lacking and barely did anything in this match, and I give Jericho all the credit in the world for making this match decent. Had edge not won the title the match before, I would have never watched WWE again after the finish to this match, it made me that angry. This was as predictable a match as you can get: Cena got beat, he got beat, he got beat, he got beat, he got beat, he got beat, he got beat, he got beat, 5 moves of doom, match over. The announcers, by the way, didn't even seem to care when he won. Seriously, I am not kidding. On a side note the announcing for the show as a whole was of a caliber so uninspiring and uninteresting I felt like I was watching Barney and Friends. Anyway, ok match, ending made me sick. As Michael Cole said, "the champ is back." Just what we all wanted (or at least what those morons in WWE creative thought we all wanted). **3/4
This show was absolutely terrible, and I never ever want to see it EVER again. The only show from WWE in the past 4 years that has been worse than this is WWE Royal Rumble 2006. It seems as though WWE tried making up for this disgrace of a wrestling show by making it newsworthy and relevant with the two title changes, but we weren't fooled. Take my word for it, avoid this show like you would a deadly disease. If you watch it you may never be able to enjoy WWE again. I know as a lifelong fan I feel like I've been punched in the stomach.