Survivor Series Proves WWE Still Has Some Tricks Up Their Sleeve with Great Show

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2012

Photo: (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns put Ryback through a table)
Photo: (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns put Ryback through a table)

What a show. WHAT A SHOW!

WWE Survivor Series was a WWE pay-per-view done right. There were almost no weaknesses on a card where it did not look like anything special could come of it.

If you are waiting to watch a replay and do not wish to know the results of the show, then stop reading right now.

The show started off strong with a bonus five-on-five elimination match with SinSterio, International Airstrike and Brodus Clay defeating Prime Time Players, Epico, Primo and Tensai in a very entertaining match.

The babyfaces won with only Clay being eliminated from their team. The four high-flyers got the crowd in the right mindset early by hitting all of their finishers on Darren Young to end the match on a high note.

This led into the Divas title match which saw the resolution to the "Who attacked Kaitlyn" storyline and Eve retaining her title in a decent match.

Antonio Cesaro and R-Truth had an entertaining but short match for the U.S. title, ending with the Swiss Sensation getting the win and keeping his title. Had this match had five more minutes, it could have done so much more, but it was a good effort by both men.

Tamina got involved in the Vickie/AJ feud by laying AJ out during an argument. That seemed to be the only segment which did not make the crowd happy.

Big Show and Sheamus followed up their Hell in a Cell match with another brutal slugfest. The match had a bit of a dirty ending, though.

Big Show pulled the ref in the line of Sheamus' Brogue Kick and ended up getting the win after another ref counted the pin for him. A different official reversed the decision, and Sheamus won, but he did not get the title. This sent him into a rage, and he attacked Big Show with a chair up and down the entrance area.

This seems to be setting up for a Chairs match at TLC next month. We shall see.

Team Foley vs. Team Ziggler was a fast-paced match that had a little bit of everything. For me, this is up for match of the night against the WWE title match.

Everyone pulled their weight in this one, and the match got down to Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler. Orton set up for a punt kick only to run right in a beautiful Superkick from Ziggler to give the Show Off the pin and the win for his team.

Ziggler getting a clean win as the sole survivor is the perfect starting point for a push that leads to him cashing in for the World title, possibly at TLC after a nasty chairs match leaves whoever is champion incapacitated.

The final match of the night had the biggest shocker of them all, and it is sure to keep the wrestling world buzzing until Raw airs on Monday night.

NXT stars and IWC darlings Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins made a massive impact during the WWE title match by ambushing Ryback and putting him through the Spanish announce table.

CM Punk retained his title and extends his run to a full year, Ryback doesn't get pinned and we get three new stars with more exposure than 3MB has had since forming.

WWE put on one hell of a good show for Survivor Series, and they once again proved that they are not as predictable as we all like to think they are.

Ryback showed a lot of promise by keeping his cool against two of WWE's best and having a great match with CM Punk and John Cena.

Sunday's show was a success because of a combination of good storytelling, excellent performances by the superstars and Divas and a shocking twist to end the show.

After a year of hot and cold PPVs, it seems like WWE found a groove during Survivor Series that helped lead to one of the most buzz-worthy moments of the year.

How all this will be dealt with is sure to make for a very interesting Monday Night Raw, but we as fans got to enjoy a show that had a lot of memorable moments.

What did you think of Survivor Series, and how would you grade the show as a whole?

What did you think when you saw Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns come in and destroy Ryback?


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