Years ago, the event known as ‘Survivor Series’, premiered with a signature 10-man elimination style tag team match-up. For thirteen years, the event held some of the most brutal and gut-wrenching moments in the history of the business, including the 2002 Elimination Chamber. After a six-year hiatus, the event returned along with the return of brand extension. The event now had a renewed purpose by becoming and Iron Man match-up between brands, much how ‘Bragging Rights’ functioned during the last brand extension. Earlier this month, the feud launched once more as Shane McMahon took Raw under siege in an attempt to strike early in this war for brand supremacy with hopes to once and for all shake the “B-Show” label. With Stephanie McMahon demanding that action is taken to remind her brother why Raw is the premier brand and placing Kurt Angles job on the line, Kurt put together his teams to put Smackdown in its place and ordered a counter-raid on Smackdown Live and literally putting Shane back in his place. On November, 19th, the two brands converged once more on Houston, Texas, for what would likely be one of the best if not the best Pay-Per-View events of the year. This event showed me non stop quality action and quality performances. Champions went head to head for stake, and the Battalions picked each other apart for gain. Here is a quick look at how those went down.
As the brands prepared for the conflict ahead, others took to the war zone to settle grudges. As Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn prepared to take their victory over Breezango, Matt Hardy fell to Elias. Before the trumpets sounded, Enzo Amore slimed his way past Kalisto with style once more for the bragging rights over 205 Live.
The Shield V The New Day – 3v3 Tag Team
As the Hounds of Justice stormed the ring the put an end to The New Day, fans cheered on for the carnage and high octane action that ended up being one of the better Shield matches I’ve seen and almost convincing me that the return was the right move. With both teams giving plenty big shoes to fill as the night went on, ultimately the Hounds did the Raw brand justice with a premiere victory of Smackdown Live.
Alicia Fox, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax and Asuka V Becky Lynch, Natalya, Tamina Snuka, Naomi and Carmella – 5v5 Elimination Tag Team
Irish Firecracker, Becky Lynch, looked to lead bloodline veterans Natalya and Tamina Snuka into the trenches with young guns Naomi and Carmella at their side with intent to set Smackdown Live in the right direction. But, Raw had other plans, as the longest standing veteran in the WWE locker room, Alicia Fox, led the Boss Sasha Banks on a path of destruction with Bayley taking her newly found ruthless aggression threatening to explode at any moment. With the help of the two most dangerous females in the business today (Nia Jax/Asuka), the Raw women were able to out power, out strike, and outclass the Smackdown brand once more, thanks to the overcoming, sole survivor victory pulled off by the legend in the making, Asuka.
The Miz (Int) V Baron Corben (US) – Champion V Champion.
As the minor titles’ holders were set to fight for their prestige, Baron Corben and The Miz had more than their titles or brands in mind that Sunday night. The Miz was fighting for the honor of his family and Baron was fighting for supremacy over the entire WWE. The match was intense and well paced, but in the end, a well-fought match fell in favor of the new blood, with Corben restoring hope for the Smackdown Live locker room.
Sheamus & Cesaro V Jimmy Uso & Jey Uso – Champions V Champions Tag Team
As the Smackdown Live brand trailed, The Uso’s looked to capitalize and restore the balance against The Bar. Once again, The Uso’s pull off, in my opinion, the best match of the night, only this time against the one team I could rank over The Uso’s. With veteran Sheamus and fellow powerhouse Cesaro standing in their way, the Uso’s put it all on the line to come away with the narrow victory.
Alexa Bliss V Charlotte Flair – Champion V Champion
With both teams neck and neck, the dangerous Alexa Bliss sought out a victory against the natural talent, Charlotte Flair. The winning team would leave the other brand to win two in a row for any chance of victory. With a fight that left both wrestlers stunned at the other’s resiliency and will to win, it was Charlotte that ultimately got the better of little miss Bliss, leaving the Raw brand in a position that would leave Angle without a job.
Brock Lesner (Universal) V AJ Styles (WWE) – Champion V Champion
In a match that would serve to prove as one of Brock Lesners better matches as of late and one of AJ Styles biggest challenges, AJ Styles was dominated from the very beginning, but found a way to bring Brock to his knees and even leave him walking out with a limp, but the Beast would ultimately put the raw brand back in the game with a victory over Styles that would leave the two brands in a sudden death position.
Kurt Angle, Triple H, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe V Shane McMahon, John Cena, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode and Shinsuke Nakamura – 5v5 Elimination Tag Team
With weeks of brutal attacks, jobs on the line, Jason Jordan being sidelined for no reason other than one’s own self-being trusted more than those hired to do the job, as well as, the bragging rights for the next year, ten men came to the squared circle for the deciding factor of the 2017 Survivor Series. With team smackdown falling rapidly to team Raw, Shane McMahon was left to fend for himself against three of Raws top talent including the Monster Among Men, Braun Strowman. With Asuka pulling it off for Smackdown earlier in the night, Shane attempted to give it all he had until Triple H showed the world why he is the Cerebral Assassin, by seemingly betraying Raw to protect his brother-in-law, only to deliver the final blow in the name of his wife. With Raw taking the victory for brand supremcay in the long waged war, one man did not take this well. The night capped off with a thunderous blow from Braun Strowman to The Game.
Once again, Raw proves that it is the A-List brand and takes the bragging rights for another year to come. Champions showed each other just why they hold those titles, grudges were left resonating, and one of, if not the best event of the year for the WWE, serves as a show of force for all. What did you think of Survivor Series 2017? Let us know in the comments below and follow us for our up and coming Pro Wrestling focus.
Written and Edited by, Jack Flowers