Thumbs in the middle.
Best match: Del Rio-Cena
Worst match: Divas tag
Decent but not incredible show, largely predictable except for the excellent Reigns
"break-out" performance. Del Rio was excellent and credible. Big Show and Orton were
okay, but lacked the chemistry. Punk tag match fine, pretty much as expected. Ryback
continues on his downward spiral.
-- Mike Omansky
rating--- Thumbs Down
best match--- USOS & CODY RHODES & GOLDUST & REY MYSTERIO vs. JACK SWAGGER & ANTONIO CESARO & THE SHIELD
worst match--- RANDY ORTON vs. BIG SHOW
The best match was similar to the free one offered on Raw last week. That says a lot when determining whether or not to pay $55 on a WWE PPV.
Daniel Bryan was the most over guy in the main event. The "boring" chants in the Show/Orton match told the story. Horrible match. The dead crowd didn't want to see that match and made that clear. Thank you to the Boston crowd.
Dan PetrucciWWE Survivor Series
Best match: Misterio/Usos/Rhodes Brothers vs Shield/Real Americans
Worst Match: Mark Henry vs Ryback
Amazing what a difference six months can make. Curtis Axel was going to be HHH's hand-picked new golden boy. Dolph Ziggler was going to finally rocket to the top. Fandango was going to be a media darling with his dancing heel gimmick.
On this night, Axel was jobbing to a clumsy musclehead in less than eight minutes. Fandango was relegated to a comedy skit to sell toys. And Ziggler? He was nowhere in sight.
Instead, the WWE hooked its rocket to the back of a charismatic heel with limited experience but great genetics and history. Roman Reigns may not be the second coming of the Rock, but for a promotion that is starved for new main event talent, they're going to give him a shot.
And Ziggler? Axel? Fandango? Daniel Bryan? Back to midcard.
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Best match: Rey Mysterio, Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Goldust & Cody Rhodes vs. Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose
Worst match: Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Eva Marie, Jo Jo, Naomi, Cameron & Natalya vs. A.J Lee, Tamina Snuka, Alicia Fox, Aksana, Rosa Mendes, Kaitlyn & Summer Rae
If I was being generous, my thumb would be in the middle. However, after the main event, my generosity eludes me.
The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston: A fast paced opener. Too bad I had playback issues, it looked good.
Rey Mysterio, Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Goldust & Cody Rhodes vs. Antonio Cesaro, Jack Swagger, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose: I didn't like the quickness of the Ambrose fall, because it wouldn't happen in a normal match. If WWE conditioned us during their million hours of TV that a top guy could get pinned in a minute, then I'd have no issue with it. Maybe I'm just nitpicking, because from there it was relentless action with a roar inducing finish.
Moving on to Lawler's Andy Kaufman joke involving a shovel and a flashlight. I found it tasteless and equally hilarious.
Big E. Langston vs. Curtis Axel: Not a bad little match. Langston showed great talent winning over the indifferent crowd. Fun promo, too. They've got something in him.
A.J's not so Knute Rockne pep talk felt like a re-run and drew out something as painful as a medical procedure.
Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Eva Marie, Jo Jo, Naomi, Cameron & Natalya vs. A.J Lee, Tamina Snuka, Alicia Fox, Aksana, Rosa Mendes, Kaitlyn & Summer Rae: The cruel sadist who booked this was probably cackling sinisterly deep in the bowels of the Garden. The majority of the falls were basically a spot or two and a lot of it boggled the mind. Like why does Rosa get more offence than Summer? And if Jo Jo is old enough to be on the main roster, why isn't Paige? It's a travesty that the Funkadactyls, Kaitlyn, Brie, Summer and Alicia weren't allowed to show their capabilities. This should of been streamlined to the most talented and each Diva could of had more time and worked something half decent. Also, there was some bad directing, missing Tamina's tap out and the camera not following Rosa getting Irish whipped into the turnbuckles, actually, maybe that's good directing. I find it hard to fathom with so many talented performers left off this card, that all these women got a shot. If WWE refuse to put these Divas in situation where they can shine, what's the point? It's an insult to women's wrestling and wrestling fans everywhere.
Ryback vs. Mark Henry: Better than Wrestlemania, still well below average.
John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio: A very good match, even though I wasn't emotionally invested in it. I never bought Del Rio could win at any point.
C.M Punk & Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan: This had a big match feel and it just about delivered. Wyatt's entrance gave me goosebumps and I'm incredibly high on Harper. I think he has the potential to be the next Undertaker. The two power bombs were fantastic. I'm a bit disappointed the Wyatt's didn't win. If they did, they would be a serious threat and it wouldn't of harmed Punk and Bryan.
Randy Orton vs. Big Show: Probably the worst main event of the year. They're two guys who've been on top forever and everyone wants someone new as the Boston crowd proved. Then, that awful finish. If WWE wants to claim they're sport, then they need to stop doing distraction finishes. Every Raw, Smackdown, Superstars and Main Event has at least one every damn week. It's overbooked to the point of nausea and it never, ever happens in any sport. Why? Because in sports they're professional athletes with attention spans of human beings, not goldfish! Rule number one, never take your eye off your opponent!
As for Cena coming down at the end. I didn't get it. If they're unifying the titles, great. I've wanted that for years. But, and there's always a but, I couldn't care less what WWE do right now. They'll just mess it up.
Overall: Thumbs Slightly Down
Best match: Opening Traditional Survivor Series Match
Worst Match: Orton vs Big Show
To sum up the show, it was okay till the main event. Orton and Big Show just took the win out of mine and apparently the live crowds sails. it had ups and downs, but that main event was just uneventful.
Pre-Show was a match of who is more irrelevant. Miz turned heel, but I still do not want to see him and Kofi is just a guy who can put on a solid match, but offers nothing on a personal level.
The opener was really good, had some bad parts like the heel elimination order, but overall it was fine. I don't know why they'd eliminate Ambrose first instead of Swagger or Rollins considering they're booked the weakest of the group and Ambrose didn't get much of a showcase during the match. Coming out of it though, Reigns is clearly being positioned for big things in the future, hopefully he doesn't end up like projects of failed past.
Big E vs Curtis Axel was a good enough match, not expecting a classic out of either guy, but I do not give a single fuck about Axel, his most defining characteristic was that he was a "Paul Heyman Guy," now he's not that, so who cares. In ring work is average, there is NO investment in him, as far as I'm concerned he should go away permanently. The greatest irony being that Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig provided the sperm for "Average" Joe Hennig.
Divas Survivor Series Match: No Comment
Ryback vs Mark Henry: Glad to see Mark back, decent quick match. Ryback is still not something to be cared about though.
Cena vs Del Rio: It was a match that again didn't care about, but I get that it needed to be on the card. Del Rio is just not a main eventer to me. His promos are weak and just terrible to say the least. Del Rio's in ring work, it fine, but really doesn't excite me much. Haven't cared about him since his debut feud with Rey.
Punk and Bryan vs Wyatts: Second best match of the night for me, just solid overall. No real complaints or observations to add, just enjoyed it from beginning to end.
Orton vs Big Show: What the hell was this? Not even the crowd cared for anything. Ortong "hit" the supposedly banned Punt and not even that popped the crowd. This whole Authority angle is failing on all levels, only thing that can be hoped for is unexpected injuries and that is amoral. The distraction finish was predictable, especially after the explicit qualifier that no "psychical" interference would occur. With all that said, I still didn't care.
Thumbs way down for Survivor Series.
Best Match: Bryan/Punk vs. the Wyatts
Worst Match: Orton vs. Show
I was at the show--my first live WWE show since it was called WWF. I went to lots of WWF shows in the old Garden as a kid, but since have stuck to the indies. I paid more than I liked to pay for anything for these tickets and went to the show determined to have a good time despite what I thought was a terrible card. I did have a good time, but not because the wrestling was any good. And at least where I was the rest of the audience seemed to feel about the same way. The crowd was consistently dead. They were into Bryan and Punk and popped for the angle that concluded the show (Cena really is incredibly charismatic. In his match, it was a typical split crowd and nobody much cared--in the promo at the end everybody loved him, even though the angle was rank bullshit. I supposed they loved him in part because he was conveying the only tiny trace of significance that this PPV could claim). Throughout the main event, people in my section spent most of the time chanting for Foley, as the preshow crew's platform was nearby. You know you've got a bad main event when the audience is more interested in retiree sitting in a folding chair. This show was abysmal.
I did think the Punk/Bryan/Wyatts match was pretty strong, though, and the survivor series match was ok too. It was nice to see Reigns getting to shine--but I hope they don't rush to break up The Shield (who were also pretty over). No response for Rey whatsoever.