Thumbs way up. Best match: Punk vs Del Rio Worst Match: Henry vs Big Show. I was at MSG live tonight, and this was by far the best show and hottest crowd I've ever seen live. Everything on this show, from top to bottom, was phenomenal. Even the Women's match had it's moments, particularly with the finish. The live crowd was hot all night long, Zack Ryder merchandise was everywhere, and his shirt was selling out at all the merchandise stands. For whatever reason, I did see them confiscate some Ryder signs, not sure what that's all about. The opener was great, but really, this should have been Zack Ryder's match. The crowd crapped all over John Morrison because he really had no business being in this match after being booked as a prelim job guy for months, and everyone wanted to see Ryder in this position. Dolph Ziggler is fantastic, and definitely has a bright future ahead of him. Zack Ryder got one of the loudest pops of the night when he came out for his deal. The women's match was good for what it was. The Survivor Series match was fine, maybe a little rushed. Everyone looked kind of confused as to what to do after Sin Cara injured himself, not sure how it came off on TV, but he really screwed up that dive and hurt himself fierce. I was actually shocked to see the heels go over, and them beating Orton clean in the middle, could they actually be trying to build new guys and push them as stars? Nah, that's silly. Henry vs Big Show was mostly a bore, the crowd popped big for the spot where Henry threw Show into the barricade, and Big Show's elbow off the top. I think a lot of people expected an Undertaker tease here, and were miffed when we didn't get it. Lots of chants for Daniel Bryan at the end too. The pop CM Punk got eclipsed everything on the show, including The Rock. Fantastic match between him and Del Rio, great crowd heat, and the reaction when CM Punk won was deafening. The main event was no great shakes, but the crowd loved Rock and hated Cena. Glad to see they didn't make Miz and Truth out to be totally inept in the ring, but Miz getting pinned right off the elbow was kind of lame. The crowd was dying for the opposite ending than the one we got and really wanted Cena to go heel against Rock, but obviously that won't happen, at least not right now. Overall however, for a show that looked like it would be nothing on paper, this turned out to be spectacular.
Best Match: Ziggler vs. Morrison
Worst Match: Henry vs. Big Show
Unlike Vengeance I watched this with about 35 people (Which meant we all pitched in just under 2 dollars per person for the show) and I have to say I enjoyed the show. There were some things I could nitpick but all in all it was a fun show in front of a loud crowd which made the show seem even better.
All the matches had something I could say I liked from them (although I found the main event and ending really disappointing). Even the worst match had a post match that did a good job of building a match at TLC (If that was the goal). I could go into everything that was good and bad about this show but what I noted most was that this crowd was very hot (though at times smarkish to the point of annoyance) and it really contributed to the presentation of the show. Not a top 5 Survivor Series show in my opinion but still one of the better ones.
I thought the Survivor Series was a solid show that was rendered
nearly unwatchable by the commentary. I mean, it is truly awful, to
the point that it is really hurting the product.
I would give the pay per view a Thumbs Up All match were entertaining and for the most part the booking was actually good for a change and some good finishes.
Best Match Cm Punk vs. Del Rio
Worst Match Eve vs. Beth Phoenix
Thumbs up show.
Best Match: THE ROCK/John Cena vs. Miz & Truth
Worst Match: Big Show vs. Mark Henry
Truth be told, I was rather bored for a good deal of this show. I was bothered that all they did with Ryder was a run-in when clearly he was one of the most over guys on the show. I don't know why they didn't put him in the US Title match. I wasn't feeling the traditional tag match at all, and Sin Cara getting hurt made it ever worse. Big Show and Mark Henry was just boring, and I thought the finished sucked. Then the final two matches turned this thing around for me. I thought CM Punk vs. Alberto del Rio was really, really good, especially the finishing sequence. Big fan of that. Fink doing the announcement at the beginning and end for CM Punk was a nice touch.
Then, the main event.
The Rock is really just above and beyond anyone else in this business...even after being out of the ring for seven years. I thought everything looked crisp, and I loved the crowd just going absolutely crazy. The main event was all about The Rock and not the other three geeks. Yes, they were all just geeks. Fucking great main event with The Rock being awesome, and the crowd not caring one bit about John Cena. I loved this.