Date: November 22, 2020
Location: Amway Center in Orlando, FL
Show Recap --
The pre-show panel was Charly Caruso, Jerry Lawler, Booker T, JBL, and Peter Rosenberg. They ran down tonight’s card, and that was followed by an Undertaker video package. The panelists shared memories of Taker.
Kayla Braxton interviewed Paul Heyman. He doubled down on his statement that Roman Reigns was the champion while Drew McIntyre was a temporary placeholder in the history of Raw. He said Reigns will leave a legacy that no one will match.
Rosenberg disappeared during a replay and Bianca Belair appeared in his seat. She planned on showing how great she was tonight. Natalya showed up. JBL thought it was appropriate that a Hart was at Survivor Series.
Natalya and Belair argued about who the team leader should be. Natalya called herself the BOAT and Belair compared her to the Titanic. Natalya thought she was talking about the movie and took it as a compliment. They seemed to be on the same page but were just giving each other a hard time.
Rikishi was shown with Jey Uso in the back.
Sami Zayn interrupted the panel. He joked about Rosenberg not belonging at the table. He also wanted the respect he deserved from the rest of the panel. Booker put him over. Zayn repeated his claim that the IC title was more important than the US title because it represents every country. He made a crack about the States and JBL asked if he had a problem with the country. Zayn started ranting but they cut him off because they had to go to break. He left.
R-Truth showed up because he wanted to honour 30 years of the Gobbledy Gooker. They told him it was actually Undetaker’s night. Truth brought in the Gobbledy Gooker as a guest. Akira Tozawa showed up which distracted Truth long enough for Gooker to pin Truth to win the 24/7 title. They all ran off. One of the Gooker’s feet fell off and the announcers were very amused.
The Miz won a dual-brand Battle Royal (12:11)
Dominik eliminated John Morrison 30 seconds into the match. Kalisto and Rey Mysterio had an exchange but they were attacked by Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander. Alexander eliminated Kalisto. Dolph Ziggler eliminated Mysterio. Ziggler is wrestling in a Smackdown baseball cap. Angel Garza eliminated Humberto Carrillo. Hurt Business eliminated Garza.
Ricochet eliminated Alexander after a suplex on the apron. Benjamin eliminated Ricochet, Apollo Crews eliminated Benjamin. Robert Roode eliminated Murphy as Murphy was fighting Ziggler. Ziggler’s hat is gone. Dominik eliminated Roode and Ziggler. Shinsuke Nakamura eliminated Crews with some incidental help from Elias. Jeff Hardy eliminated Nakamura and Elias.
The final four was Hardy, Miz, Dominik and Chad Gable. Gable eliminated Hardy. Miz hit Dominik with It Kicks but Dominik avoided elimination. Dominik thought he eliminated Miz but the referees said Miz wasn’t eliminated because he had rolled back in the ring for a moment before being kicked under the bottom rope. The announcers seemed confused by this.
Gable tossed Dominik around with suplexes as Miz waited outside the ring. Dominik countered a suplex and followed with a 619 before eliminating Gable. Dominik thought he won but Miz slipped back in the ring and eliminated him. Miz won.
This was a nothing match. It was basically a series of eliminations until the final four and not much happened there either.
Baron Corbin confronted Kevin Owens in the back. He wondered where Owens was on Smackdown and questioned his loyalty. Owens seemed like he wanted to say something but Corbin kept ranting. Corbin wanted Owens to follow his lead and Owens said he’d think about it. Corbin believed him. Before leaving, Owens quickly turned around and said no.
Billie Kay tried giving Corbin her resume but he wasn’t interested.
AJ Styles was shown talking to team Raw.
SURVIVOR SERIES MAIN SHOW
Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Samoa Joe are the announcers. Cole said AJ Styles was accompanied by his associate “Omos.” They said his name as if it’s been known this whole time.
5-on-5 men’s elimination match: Team Raw (AJ Styles, Riddle, Keith Lee, Braun Strowman & Sheamus) defeated Team SmackDown (Jey Uso, Kevin Owens, Otis, Seth Rollins & Baron Corbin) (18:59)
- Sheamus eliminated Seth Rollins (6:04)
- AJ Styles eliminated Kevin Owens (12:17)
- Riddle eliminated Baron Corbin (13:07)
- Braun Strowman eliminated Otis (16:39)
- Keith Lee eliminated Jey Uso (18:59)
Lee has new music. Sheamus and Corbin each came out last for their teams.
Corbin and Uso got the advantage over Styles but he managed to tag in Riddle which led to an encounter between Riddle and Otis. Owens tagged in and worked over Riddle’s bare feet. He even headbutted one of Riddle’s feet. Riddle tagged in Sheamus. Rollins wanted in so Owens tagged him.
Rollins looked at his team and said, “for the greater good.” He faced Sheamus and fell to his knees. Sheamus gave him the Brogue Kick for the elimination. Team Smackdown was pissed. Owens called Rollins and a piece of trash.
Team Smackdown had a discussion on the outside until Strowman ran them over. Strowman demanded his team work together.
Owens ran wild and handed out stunners to Lee, Riddle and Sheamus but Styles caught him with the Phenomenal Forearm for the elimination.
Corbin almost eliminated Styles but he was saved by his teammates. Riddle eliminated Corbin with a Floating Bro.
Otis ran wild next and handed out suplexes, including an impressive one to Lee. Otis also gave Strowman a powerslam and caterpillar elbow drop but Riddle distracted him and Strowman nailed a running powerslam to eliminate Otis.
Uso was the only man left for his team. He handed out superkicks before taking out team Raw with a dive. Uso superkicked Styles and went for a dive but Omos pulled Styles out of the ring.
Uso superkicked Styles off the top rope. Lee blind-tagged in but Uso didn’t notice. Uso went for a splash but Lee caught him and hit the Spirit Bomb for the pinfall win.
Team Raw sweeps Team Smackdown. Team Raw celebrated together after the match.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Street Profits defeated Raw Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods in a non-title match (14:07)
Big E came out with Kingston and Woods but he left before the match started. They wore their Gears of War outfits to the ring. A trailer for the game played featuring their characters. The Street Profits cut a promo in the back before entering. They put over Undertaker before saying that they start their own legacy tonight. They were extremely excited.
The Street Profits were in control early until Kingston wiped out Ford with a dive and New Day took over from there. Kingston mocked them by drinking out of an empty red solo cup before kicking it away.
Ford gave Kingston a DDT before tagging in Dawkins who handed out suplexes to both opponents. The Street Profits double-teamed Woods and the attack included Ford doing a sliced bread off Dawkins’ body. New Day followed with Midnight Hour on Ford for a nearfall. Kingston gave Ford three consecutive Boom Drops but Ford followed with a dropkick.
Dawkins gave Kingston a spinebuster and Ford followed with a frog splash but took too long to make a cover and Kingston kicked out. Kingston gave Ford an SOS but Dawkins broke up the cover. Woods took out Dawkins with a missile dropkick. Ford ducked Trouble in Paradise and hit one of his own. Woods gave Ford a gutbuster for a nearfall.
The Street Profits finished off Kingston with an electric chair/diving blockbuster combo for the pinfall win. New Day embraced Dawkins and Ford after the match.
Very good match and the right team won.
United States Champion Bobby Lashley (w/Hurt Business) defeated Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn in a non-title match (7:47)
Lashley took about 90% of the match and won with the Hurt Lock. Zayn tried to tempt the Hurt Business to attack him so Lashley would get disqualified but they didn’t bite. He tried a few other tricks, including “tripping” over MVP’s foot but the ref wasn’t buying that. He got one nearfall on a schoolboy before tapping to the Hurt Lock.
Jimmy Uso was with Jey outside of Reigns’ locker room. Reigns wasn’t happy that Jey lost. Jimmy defended him by saying it was five against one. Reigns didn’t care and told him to leave. He did. Reigns basically said Jey let him down and he didn’t have time for losers.
SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks defeated Raw Women’s Champion Asuka in a non-title match (13:03)
Banks was in control early and hit a backstabber a few minutes in for two. Asuka came back with a kick, running hip attack and shining wizard. Asuka used Yes Kicks but Banks ducked a kick and applied an abdominal stretch. They traded moves until Asuka knocked Banks off the apron with a hip attack.
Banks tried a Meteora off the barricade but Asuka caught her with a Codebreaker. Banks avoided another hip attack and followed with a kick to the head and backstabber for a nearfall.
Banks hit a double knee strike in the corner and applied the crossface. Asuka tried reversing into the Asuka Lock but Banks slipped out. Asuka followed with another Codebreaker for a nearfall. They traded rollups for a series of two counts.
Asuka kicked Banks in the head, but as Asuka was perhaps going for another shining wizard, Banks caught her in a rollup for the pinfall win. Banks beats Asuka. Pretty good match.
Banks celebrated and Asuka appeared stunned.
In the bank, the Gobbledy Gooker was distracted by birdseed so Tozawa put it in a schoolboy to win the 24/7 title. Truth then pinned Tozawa to win the belt back.
5-on-5 women’s elimination match: Team Raw (Tag Team Champions Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler, Lana, Lacey Evans & Peyton Royce) defeated Team SmackDown (Bayley, Bianca Belair, Natalya, Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan) (23:24)
- Peyton Royce eliminated Bayley (9:58)
- Natalya eliminated Peyton Royce (11:45)
- Lacey Evans eliminated Natalya (12:38)
- Shayna Baszler eliminated Ruby Riott (16:57)
- Liv Morgan eliminated Lacey Evans (18:04)
- Nia Jax eliminated Liv Morgan (19:07)
- Bianca Belair eliminated Shanya Baszler via DQ (22:32)
- Lana won after Bianca Belair and Nia Jax were eliminated via double countout (23:24)
Instead of wearing blue and red t-shirts, everyone on team Smackdown wore a combination of blue/black gear and everyone on team Raw wore a combination of red/black.
Belair and Natayla gave Royce a double vertical suplex where they squatted her a few times. Baszler tagged in and the announcers reminded us that she won the main event last year over Becky Lynch and Bayley. Jax tagged in and knocked over several members of Smackdown before Lana tagged herself in.
Natalya tagged in and Lana managed to get the advantage. Lana wanted to tag out but nobody wanted to tag her. Jax finally tagged herself in. They yelled at Lana to stand on the stairs and she pouted like a child, almost in tears.
Belair pressed Royce and dropped her over the turnbuckle which they called a snake eyes and a tribute to Undertaker. This led to everyone getting involved and trading spots.
Bayley wanted to do a dive onto a pile of bodies but Royce caught her with a roundhouse kick and suplexed her onto the pile. This looked rough. (Lana was the only one not involved.)
Royce gave Bayley a spinning brainbuster for the pinfall elimination. Royce was doing well against Natalya but Natalya got an assist from a teammate. Natalya tried a surfboard I think but they messed it up so she used a Sharpshooter instead and Royce tapped for the elimination.
Natalya had Baszler in a Sharpshooter but Evans gave her a Woman’s Right for the pinfall elimination. Evans gave Belair a Spanish Fly off the top but the Riott Squad broke up the cover.
The Riott Squad double-teamed Jax and might have had her beat after a Codebreaker and Riott Kick but Baszler tagged herself in. Baszler put Riott in the Kirifuda Clutch but Riott rolled into a pin attempt. Riott had her beat but the ref was distracted by Jax. Riott passed out because Baszler still had the hold locked in. Baszler let go and covered Riott for the pinfall elimination.
Morgan eliminated Evans next with a crucifix bomb. Morgan went after Jax but Jax eliminated her after a Samoan drop.
Belair was the final member of team Smackdown against Jax, Baszler and Lana. Belair ran wild on Jax but Jax gave her a powerslam and leg drop for a nearfall. Belair dropkicked Jax out of the ring but Baszler had tagged herself in. Belair tried a handspring elbow but Baszler leaped up and caught her in the Kirifuda Clutch, which looked cool.
Belair fought to her feet and got a rope break as she passed out. Baszler wouldn’t let go of the hold so the ref disqualified her for the elimination.
Jax grabbed Belair and wanted to put her through the announce table but Belair pushed her into the steel steps. Belair tossed her over the barricade but couldn’t get back in the ring by the ten count. Both Belair and Jax were eliminated by countout. Lana was the sole survivor.
Lana celebrated like she actually won something here. Jax was pissed.
They could have really made Belair here but they did this instead.
The announcers plugged TLC and said it would happen at Tropicana Field.
Universal Champion Roman Reigns (w/Paul Heyman) defeated WWE Champion Drew McIntyre (24:52)
They faced off before the match and the production team turned up the crowd noise to make it feel like a big moment.
They exchanged holds early until McIntyre knocked down Reigns with a big shoulder block which sent him out of the ring to regroup. McIntyre used chops but Reigns came back with fists. McIntyre fought back momentarily but Reigns posted him.
Reigns tossed McIntyre into the steel steps as loud booing played over the speakers. Reigns tried a cover but McIntyre aggressively kicked out at two. Reigns followed with knees and a vertical suplex for two. Reigns cut off another comeback attempt with a leaping clothesline.
McIntyre came back with clotheslines, an overhead suplex, a neckbreaker but Reigns blocked a Future Shock DDT and hit a Samoan drop for two. McIntyre blocked a superman punch and hit a spinebuster for two. McIntyre tossed Reigns into the post and steel steps but Reigns knocked him down as they re-entered the ring.
Reigns taunted McIntyre. McIntyre headbutted him and they exchanged big boots. McIntyre ducked a superman punch and hit a Future Shock DDT for a nearfall. McIntyre went for a Claymore kick but Reigns hit a superman punch. Reigns tried a guillotine but McIntyre suplexed him. Reigns booted McIntyre before tossing him shoulder-first into the post.
McIntyre countered a spear into a Kimura but Reigns got a rope break. McIntyre went after Reigns on the outside but Reigns gave him a Samoan drop onto the announce table (which didn’t break). Reigns gave him a second Samoan drop through the table.
Reigns broke the ref’s count before spearing McIntyre through the barricade. Reigns pushed McIntyre into the ring for a cover but he kicked out. Reigns tried a spear but McIntyre kicked him. Reigns bounced back and hit a spear anyway for a close nearfall.
Reigns went for another spear but ran into a Claymore kick. Reigns fell back into the ref who fell out of the ring.
Jey ran down but McIntyre immediately knocked him off the apron. Reigns gave McIntyre a low-blow and Jey hit a superkick.
Reigns followed with a superman punch and applied a guillotine. A new ref ran in. McIntyre got to his feet for a moment but he passed out and the ref called for the bell. Reigns wins.
It started slow but the last few minutes were quite good, ref bump aside.
Jey applauded Reigns from the stage. Reigns approached him and nodded before embracing him. They seemed to be on the same page. McIntyre was displeased.
Undertaker's Final Farewell
They introduced Shane McMahon, Big Show, JBL, Jeff Hardy, Mick Foley, Godfather, the Godwinns, Savio Vega, Rikishi, Kevin Nash (who entered to the nWo theme), Booker T, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Triple H, and Kane (wearing full Kane attire). They all shook hands and hugged as they entered the ring, except for Kane who stayed in his gimmick.
As each person entered, the announcers ran down the history Undertaker had with each of them. They aired an Undertaker video package after everyone entered.
Vince McMahon was in the ring after the video and everyone else was gone. McMahon talked about Undertaker’s run going back to “WWF” and now WWE. Vince said Undertaker’s legacy would live on eternally. He introduced Taker.
Taker had a full entrance and came out in his dead man attire. Instead of climbing the ring steps, a platform raised him to ring level. Once he hit the ring, he seemed to be soaking it all in as his music continued to play. (I timed it for fun: Taker’s entrance took about 7 and a half minutes.)
“Undertaker” chants and loud cheering played over the speakers as he continued to pace around the ring.
He spoke in his Undertaker voice and cut an Undertaker promo (which is a bit odd considering we recently saw a long documentary with him as a normal person). He said he laid many souls to rest but his time has come. “Thank you Taker” chants played and he paused.
He said it was time for Undertaker to rest in peace.
Taker went to a knee and did his pose as a projection of Paul Bearer appeared in front of him.
Loud “Undertaker” chants continued to play. Taker remained in his pose as a single spotlight shone over him.
He got to his feet and did the throat slash as his music played.
He left the ring and went to the ramp. He took one last look at the ring before raising his fist in the air. He left.
(I suppose they could have done one of two things here. Have the real man come out and interact with his old friends like a real person, or do what they did. I’m not sure this was the right choice. That being said, if live crowds return in big numbers someday, they can always do the other thing later.)