WWE: Harrison's Analysis: A Look Back at Survivor Series 2009
Hello everyone, Andre Harrison here again with another slideshow. And in the 4th in my series of Flashback Analysis', I'm going to be taking a look back at last year's Survivor Series Pay-Per-View, which featured two Triple Threat Matches for the the World Championships, between The Big Show, The Undertaker and Chris Jericho for the World Heavyweight Championship, and John Cena put his WWE Championship on the line against Triple H and Shawn Michaels.
And to top it off, we even got THREE Survivor Series Elimination Matches. Sounded awesome didn't it? Well, let's took a look back at Survivor Series 2009, here, on The Harrison Analysis!
Team Miz Vs Team Morrison (Elimination Tag Team Match)
Team Miz (The Miz, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus) vs Team Morrison (John Morrison, Finlay, Shelton Benjamin, Matt Hardy and Evan Bourne)
Result: The Miz, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus survive for Team Miz after a High Cross from Sheamus
Match Length: 20:54
Harrison's Analysis: A pretty good opening match up. I liked the early beginning of the match between Dolph Ziggler and Evan Bourne, even though it's sort of a shame that Swagger and Ziggler didn't survive in the end, but this match was sole focused on the older, more experienced guys, putting the newer ones on Team Miz over. And it kept John Morrison strong at the end as it took three men to pin him. A good match, with the WWE basically saying; "We're pushing these guys whether you like it or not!"
Harrison Match Rating: *** ¼ Stars
Batista Vs Rey Mysterio
Batista vs Rey Mysterio
Result: Batista wins after referee stoppage from a third Batista Bomb
Match Length: 6:50
Harrison's Analysis: Wow...After Batista's epic heel turn at Bragging Rights, he came out and literally, destroyed Rey Mysterio here. This match was surprisingly short, but the booking here was sublime, making Batista look like a genuine monster, putting Rey out of commission for...about a month. Besides the point, the match ultimately was a little disappointing, but it did exactly what it needed to do.
Harrison Match Rating: ** ½ Stars
Team Orton Vs Team Kingston (Elimination Tag Team Match)
Team Orton (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, William Regal and CM Punk) vs Team Kingston (Kofi Kingston, Christian, Mark Henry, MVP and R-Truth)
Result: Kofi Kingston is the sole survivor after a Trouble In Paradise to Randy Orton.
Match Length: 20:40
Harrison's Analysis: Remember what I said about this show making stars out of people? Yeah, times that by 10,000 and you get Kofi Kingston after the match. Michael Cole said it perfectly; "In 8 Seconds, Kofi Kingston just pinned, two, former World Champions!" He couldn't have been more right. This was a much faster paced match, they eliminated the bystanders very early on, like Henry and Truth, and focused on the better workers here, with Punk, Christian and Kofi really standing out.
We also got a great mini match between the two former Tag Team Champions Kingston and Punk, which was great. After Kofi counters a roll up into one of his own, Orton runs in, straight into a TIP, and Kofi is a star, cleanly pinning Orton and Punk in seconds. Awesome booking here.
Harrison Match Rating: **** Stars
The Undertaker Vs Chris Jericho Vs The Big Show (World Heavyweight Championship)
The Undertaker vs The Big Show vs Chris Jericho, Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Result: The Undertaker retained after making The Big Show tap to the Hell's Gate.
Match Length: 13:38
Harrison's Analysis: I feel a little bit sorry for these three, having to perform after a match as good as the last. And believe it people, Chris Jericho really is the best in the world at what he does. Somehow, he managed to get a very good match out of two guys with a combined age of 85, and over 750 lbs. Don't ask me how, he just did. It was a great storytelling match, with Big Show and Jericho double teaming show until the inevitable split happened, leading to every man being out there for themselves, giving Taker the chance to capitalize and choke Big Show out. Win!
Harrison Match Rating: *** ½ Stars
Team Mickie Vs Team Laycool (Elimination Tag Team Match)
Team Mickie (Mickie James, Melina, Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim and Eve Torres) vs Team McCool (Michelle McCool, Layla, Beth Phoenix, Alicia Fox and Jillian Hall)
Result: Melina wins for Team Mickie with a Sunset Flip Powerbomb (Mickie and Melina Survive)
Match Length: 10:38
Harrison's Analysis: Beth Phoenix was the best part of the match, she was great here. Shame as the match itself was sloppy with some notable botches, but at least it was faster paced so it was more watch-able. Above average women's match.
Harrison Match Rating: ** Stars
John Cena Vs Triple H Vs Shawn Michaels (WWE Championship Match)
John Cena vs Triple H vs Shawn Michaels (Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship)
Result: John Cena retains after an Attitude Adjustment to Shawn Michaels.
Match Length: 21:13
Harrison's Analysis: Tremendous match. Probably the best story-telling match of 2009. The kick to Triple H at the start was an amazing and Cena sold it like a pro. Only gripe besides that was that it was like a revolving door for the first 13 minutes as it was a revolving door singles match. But I don't care, it was awesome, and the best match of the night. Real shame TNA Turning Point had such an amazing Triple Threat of its own just a week before, because that set the bar incredibly high.
Harrison Match Rating: **** ¼ Stars
The Harrison Hitlist and Overall Thoughts
This was a great Pay-Per-View from the WWE, one of the best and most consistent they had done all year, I really enjoyed it. I have little to criticize besides the predictability of the two Main Events, but besides that, more of this WWE, these shows with less matches tend to do better. Me likes. I've been Harrison101, and that was your analysis, thanks for reading, and Sayonara!
+ WWE Championship Triple Threat
+ Team Kofi vs Team Orton
+ World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat
+ Batista's Beat-down was well done
+ Newcomers get the spotlight
- Overall Predictability
Harrison's WWE Survivor Series 2009 Rating: 8.25 out of 10 - Excellent, Recommended Buy