Survivor Series opened with a previously unannounced Survivor Series match in Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Justin Gabriel, Tyson Kidd and Brodus Clay vs. The Prime Time Players, Primo, Epico and Tensai. It was decent, if quite unbalanced in its result.
The Divas Championship match was surprisingly quite good. It told a story and had other qualities associated with good wrestling, but not usually associated with the Divas.
Antonio Cesaro should change his gimmick to stand-up comedian. He's very funny. He also thankfully won a very average match against R-Truth.
The despicably awful feud between Vicki Guerrero and AJ Lee sadly carried over onto the pay-per-view, where we're lucky enough to pay to see it. It was contemptuously bad, but then Tamina (who ought to have been Divas Champion by now) unexpectedly attacked AJ. It's a shame she didn't use a hammer like Doc in TNA.
The Big Show vs. Sheamus was a bit of a plodder, but it picked up after the very impressive Electric Chair spot. Disappointingly, though, it ended with silly referee-based booking, and we'll no doubt have to be subjected to another match between the two, which Sheamus will win.
Sheamus repeatedly struck Big Show with a chair afterwards, a clear indication they'll be having a Chairs Match. Around this time last year, they completely neutered Mark Henry by having him get disqualified to retain against The Big Show when he'd previously beaten him clean at Money in the Bank. If the WWE doesn't now go with Big Show as a coward (compared to Sheamus at least) rather than a monster I'll be surprised.
The main Survivor Series match was OK. It featured again Alberto Del Rio stupidly going to the top rope when there's no move he can do other than get dropkicked by Randy Orton. The spot's been done so many times, and it always takes me out of my suspension of disbelief. As soon as Orton indicated he was going for the punt kick, I knew exactly how it would end because he and Dolph Ziggler did exactly the same spot in a match on Raw last year. It was far better executed then as well.
Before the main event, we were treated to some fan Touts. I can't believe the WWE would air these and actively perpetuate the notion that wrestling fans are incredibly stupid. Shame on them.
During the Triple Threat WWE Championship match, after Ryback had gone through the table and CM Punk reversed the Attitude Adjustment into the Go-to-Sleep, not a single part of me thought John Cena wouldn't kick out. That is the problem with John Cena, and only Cena—confirmed by the fact that when Cena hit the AA on Punk, I did think there was a genuine chance he wouldn't kick out.
Predictably, with Ryback not being able to afford the loss, they came up with some other way of keeping him out of it. Oddly, it's John Cena who took the role of being pinned pretty much cleanly in the same way as The Big Show at SummerSlam.
The Rock waiting at the Royal Rumble killed all excitement for the WWE Championship over the past few months. It could only be either Punk or Cena facing him, and more likely Punk after he attacked The Rock at Raw 1000. We've got TLC to come of course, but I think we can be pretty sure Punk will hang on to the strap until the Rumble. At which point The Rock, of course, will win the title.
What let down Survivor Series was the silly endings for both title matches and an average titular match. Had any one of these things been different, it might have been more memorable. Instead, we had a PPV so pointless that it may as well have not happened at all.