Extended view (the play by play of all the matches can be found on The Review Board)
Back in the day, when it was just the Big 4, Survivor Series was my number two favorite. (Royal Rumble is actually my number one favorite; Wrestlemania fanatics are dropping their jaws.) The reason why I liked Survivor Series was because of the premise it was built on: the dynamics of certain teams working together. Some of the alliances were questionable (if the two people teaming together have a common enemy but don’t like each other, is that enough for success) while you gave others props for their cohesiveness.
Slowly, but surely, Survivor Series has gone away from that formula. I’ll be very surprised if Survivor Series doesn’t eventually get phased out, and that will be very sad for me to see. It’s almost like an afterthought that they put the elimination tag team matches in there. It seems they have forgotten what made Survivor Series so special, anyway.
Survivor Series 5-on-5 Traditional Tag Team Elimination Match: The Usos, Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Shield and The Real Americans was one of the best matches on the card. The Usos are really coming into their own. Cody and Goldust performed really well. There was a lot of excitement in this match, and although I was glad to see Rey Mysterio back, he didn’t add as much to the excitement as I would have liked.
The most impressive thing wasn’t the continuity of the Usos, Cody & Goldust, and Rey Mysterio but The Shield. Roman Reins, to be exact. The comeback and the victory by The Real Americans and The Shield was due to Roman Reins. Another thing that stood out was the fact there was no attack (3 on 1) after the match was over.
It looks like more hints are being thrown that The Shield may be separating, and Roman Reins wants to go solo. On top of that, I didn’t hear a whole lot of boos when Reins won.
Survivor Series WHC Match: Alberto del Rio vs. John Cena: This was a very lackluster match. I expected a bit more, considering this was in Cena’s backyard. Instead, the typical WWE formula for Cena’s success was in play: have Alberto del Rio do well for the majority of the match, followed by Cena making the amazing comeback and securing victory, despite all odds. The ending didn’t surprise me; I just wish it wasn’t so predictable. For me, next to the Divas match, it was the most boring match of the evening.
The match that has provided more questions than answers is Randy Orton and The Big Show. The Authority said they weren’t going to have any interference in the match. They said nothing about they weren’t going to show up and watch. Randy winning the match didn’t surprise me. It was what happened prior to Randy’s match and what happened afterwards.
Before the match, Randy walked in to speak with The Authority and found John Cena in there with them. Then, once Randy shows up, Cena goes to the nearest exit. After Randy’s victory, Cena made it a point to come out there during what is supposed to be Randy’s time to shine. Randy didn’t come out attempting to upstage Cena when Cena won his match. I smell unification.
I give this a 3.5 (closer to 3) out of 5 stars. If it weren’t for the Wyatt Match, the match involving The Shield, and the things that make you go hmm moment at the end of the Main Event, it would have gotten ranked much lower.