Survivor Series is regarded as the most controversial and unforgettable main event in WWE history. This year was no different.
Here’s a quick recap!
Cross-Branded Tag Team Battle Royal
To kick off the night, representatives from NXT, RAW and SmackDown were pitted against one another in a Battle Royal. The rule was pretty basic: if even one member of any team were eliminated over the top rope, their team would be disqualified. Since there was no build-up prior to the event, the fans failed to find a connection with the match. Due to this reason, the entire match got reduced to nothing but huge men throwing around punches and jabs at one another. In the end, Ziggler and Roode won.
NXT Cruiserweight Championship
To add more fuel to the cross-branded action that dominated the entire event, Lio Rush was made to defend the NXT Cruiserweight championship against Kalisto and Angira Tozawa who represented SmackDown and Raw respectively. This match proved that no matter how skilled and well-trained a wrestler could be, he or she could not save the overall performance if there was no proper storyline to support it. Rush successfully defended his title.
The Viking Raiders vs Undisputed Era vs The New Day
The final match of the kick-off show ended up between the tag team titleholders of SmackDown, RAW, and NXT. The Vikings represented RAW, SmackDown sent The New Day, and NXT was represented by Undisputed Era. Unlike the previous two matches, this one was a thrilling ride and worth being included in the PPV. It was fast-paced, and the highs were truly epic. In the end, The Viking Raiders dominated the match.
Women’s Elimination Match
This traditional survivor series match had five wrestlers each from RAW, SmackDown, and NXT. The match received thunderous applause from the fans at ringside as they witnessed the underdogs Brooke and Logan being utilised justly for once. The match and its pace were overall quick. However, some articulated that the booking was off. Team NXT came out victorious in the end.
AJ Styles vs Roderick Strong vs Shinsuke Nakamura
You expect nothing but greatness when AJ Styles and Nakamura step into the same ring. However, what came as a surprise was that Strong defeated both of them strategically. With Sami Zayn essaying his role perfectly, this match was hard-hitting and nothing less than fantastic. It was this match that surpassed the expectations of fans.
NXT Championship match
As the night progressed, Adam Cole and Pete Dunne entered the ring to face each other for the NXT championship match. This was yet another A-grade match as both wrestlers showed excellent skills and swift moves. Considering that Cole didn’t completely get the time to recover from the WarGames match he competed in the previous night, the guts he exhibited were truly the sign of a superstar.
Universal Championship Match
Seems like Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt just can’t stay far away from one another for too long. Bryan simply bowled us with his brilliance even though he ended up losing the match in the end. The Fiend (Bray Wyatt) was also at the top of his game. The constant back and forth dominance shown from both sides was a treat to watch.
Team Raw vs Team NXT vs Team SmackDown
For this match, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre, Randy Orton and Ricochet represented Team RAW. Team SmackDown had Roman Reigns, King Corbin, Shorty G, Mustafa Ali and Braun Strowman, and Team NXT had Tommaso Ciampa, Walter, Damian Priest, Matt Riddle and Keith Lee. Despite being utterly chaotic and supremely messy, this match had its moments. Roman Reigns won the match for Team SmackDown through a well-executed Spear!
No Holds Barred Match
Lesnar took Rey Mysterio, and his son to the Suplex City in this No Holds Barred Match. WWE had the chance to go for the predictable angle where Dominick could have turned against his father. To our relief, this didn’t end up being the case. The match ended with Lesnar delivering an F-5 on Rey, and the rest was history.
Becky Lynch vs Shayna Baszler vs Bayley
The top female wrestlers of WWE went for a triple threat match to establish brand superiority. Unfortunately, all of them failed to leave an impact as they seemed out of form. To add more damage, the fans were equally dead throughout the match, so there was no participation from their end either. Baszler beat Bayley through a tap out.