WWE Survivor Series 2015 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterNovember 23, 2015

WWE Survivor Series 2015 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

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    WWE Survivor Series 2015 climaxed amid a ring covered in confetti—an unfulfilled feeling hanging over it all. 

    The pay-per-view featured a narrative twist that was not nearly as interesting as the ones many fans had been dreaming up leading into the show. Still, if told right, there's great potential for what may await Roman Reigns as he has to be nearing his breaking point after another failure on a major stage.

    WWE didn't execute Reigns' heartbreak well, though. The ending felt slapped on, not something that was properly foreshadowed.

    Reigns and Dean Ambrose did their part in the ring, but like too much of Survivor Series, it felt like something was missing with their clash.

    The show's celebration of Undertaker, Charlotte's successful title defense and Tyler Breeze's biggest match to date all mimicked that feeling. Survivor Series had its successes (Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio chief among them), but it did too little to get fans psyched about what lies ahead.

    The following is a look at every matchup that comprised Survivor Series, breaking down what worked and what misfired.

Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match

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    Bo Dallas, The Miz, The Ascension and Stardust vs. The Dudley Boyz, Neville, Titus O'Neil and Goldust 

    Goldust's surprise return had Stardust frazzled. The brothers traded blows to open the bout. 

    The babyfaces dominated early, goofing around as they hammered their opponents. Both members of The Ascension were quickly ousted from the contest. 

    Stardust and Dallas soon found themselves facing a two-on-four disadvantage. They still managed to gang up on Goldust, punishing him in their corner. Once Stardust found himself alone, though, he tried to retreat.

    The Dudley Boyz pinned him instead.

    Result

    The Dudley Boyz, Neville, O'Neil and Goldust win via pinfall with four team members still standing.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Goldust eliminates Viktor in mere seconds.

    Neville dives outside the ring onto Stardust, Bo Dallas and Konnor.

    "You want tables? You guys want tables? No!"—Stardust mocking the fans.

    Grade

    D

    Analysis

    It's bizarre that WWE stuck this on the pre-show with no buildup at all. What a way to crap on the pay-per-view's tradition.

    Goldust coming back was a fun moment. And with Cesaro now out with a shoulder injury, Stardust may move on to facing his brother instead of the Swiss strongman.

    Everything else was filler fare. Without stakes and without real rivalries involved, the match failed to compel. Why Goldust was made to look so resilient, while emerging star Neville was so easily disposed of, is hard to understand, as well.

Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio (WWE Championship Tournament Semifinal)

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    After Lilian Garcia belted the national anthem, the pay-per-view was officially underway.

    Alberto Del Rio zeroed in on Roman Reigns' shoulder in the early going. He remained vicious on offense, stunning the bigger man as Triple H watched on from backstage.

    Reigns continued to fight back, but Del Rio kept control of the bout. Del Rio scored several near-falls. He failed to finish off the babyface, though.

    Even a cross armbreaker couldn't get the job done. A banged-up Reigns speared Del Rio for the win.

    Result

    Reigns advances to the touranment finals via pinfall.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Fans welcome Reigns to the ring with boos.

    "Right now Roman Reigns doesn't know what he is or where he is."—Jerry Lawler.

    Del Rio dodges a Superman Punch and nails a Backstabber for a close two-count.

    Del Rio feigns a knee injury to sucker Reigns in for a superkick.

    Grade

    A

    Analysis

    Triple H watching the action with a grin planted more seeds of him playing a key part in how the tournament played out. 

    The action was tremendous. WWE wisely put Cesaro and then Del Rio in front of Reigns to assure him memorable bouts en route to advancing.

    This match buzzed with energy for much of it. The near-falls were mighty convincing.

    It was Reigns making another emphatic statement to his doubters.

Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens (WWE Championship Tournament Semifinal)

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    What began as a mat-based match quickly morphed into a brawl. Dean Ambrose had Kevin Owens reeling until the powerhouse pushed him off the top turnbuckle.

    The two foes traded hard shots and traded the advantage.

    Owens battered Ambrose for much of the action. The Lunatic Fringe held on, though. Even a pair of superkicks didn't put him away.

    Ambrose slipped out of the beast's finisher attempt to land his own match-ending move for the win.

    Result

    Ambrose wins via pinfall to advance to the tournament finals.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Chinlock City, baby!"—Owens taunting Ambrose.

    Owens misses a moonsault from the top rope.

    "Tell him to stay down, damn it!"—Owens to the announce team.

    Owens hurls Ambrose face-first onto the announce desk.

    Ambrose counters the pop-up powerbomb with a Frankensteiner.

    Grade

    B+

    Analysis

    This featured a slower pace than Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio, and it was not quite as electric. Still, both men performed well, with Owens looking especially strong despite the loss.

    The outcome, just like the other semifinal, was the expected one. It entertained in spite of that. Ambrose vs. Reigns was seemingly left to provide the curveball that this tournament so desperately needed.

Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match

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    The New Day, Sheamus and King Barrett vs. The Usos, The Lucha Dragons and Ryback

    Before stepping into the ring, The New Day mocked its opponents. The tag team didn't fare well at first, with Xavier Woods and crew getting tossed outside and flattened.

    The heels recovered, focusing their attention on Jey Uso. 

    Eliminations came in a hurry at this point. Sin Cara, Barrett, Jimmy Uso and Big E all fell in succession. The New Day took Big E off to the locker room to attend to him. That left Sheamus alone against three babyfaces. 

    Jey's superkick and Ryback's Shell Shocked put the powerhouse away.

    Result

    The Usos, The Lucha Dragons and Ryback win via pinfall with three team members surviving.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Woods tells Jimmy Uso not to touch his James Brown-esque hair as they lock up.

    Ryback dives onto everybody from the top rope.

    Sin Cara monkey flips Kalisto onto Kofi Kingston.

    Jey hits a nasty flying forearm on Sheamus.

    Grade

    D+

    Analysis

    Other than The New Day's antics, this was a sluggish spot fest. There was little reason to invest. Thank a lack of buildup as well as underwhelming action.

    WWE has gutted the significance of the Survivor Series traditional tag match. Just throwing guys together at the last minute is a waste of the concept. 

    This advanced nothing. It did little but highlight The New Day's cowardice.

Charlotte vs. Paige (Divas Championship)

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    The Divas Championship match was marked by viciousness. Paige and Charlotte ripped at each other's flesh and threw each other into the ring apron. 

    Charlotte controlled much of the action, hammering the challenger in search of revenge. Paige, though, had her own violent flurry. The back-and-forth matchup moved to the outside of the ring where there was more fighting than wrestling.

    Once the two women moved back in between the ropes, Charlotte locked in the Figure Eight for the win. 

    Result

    Charlotte wins via submission.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I'm the Divas champion!"—Paige.

    Charlotte locks Paige in the figure-four while hanging outside the ring.

    Charlotte slams Paige's face onto the ring apron.

    Charlotte spears Paige off the guardrail.

    Grade

    B-

    Analysis

    It was a hard-hitting, personal battle built well on these two rivals' issues. At moments, it felt like a No Disqualification bout was about to break out.

    It's early to have Charlotte get such decisive revenge, though. It leaves little reason to continue this story. 

    And the action ended a touch too quickly. A bit more lead-in to the climax would have made this more of a standout clash.

Tyler Breeze vs. Dolph Ziggler

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    Just moments into the match, Tyler Breeze retreated. He used Summer Rae as a human shield, desperate to get away.

    One underhanded shot turned things around, though. Prince Pretty then stayed on top of Ziggler, wrenching his leg back, grounding him.

    The Showoff rallied back, but a back-and-forth bout ended abruptly after Breeze hit the Unprettier to get the win.

    Result

    Breeze wins via pinfall.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Breeze flings Ziggler face-first into the bottom rope.

    Ziggler dropkicks Breeze out of the air.

    "He doesn't even need Summer Rae. He's carrying on a love affair unassisted."—Jerry Lawler on Breeze.

    "Take a damn selfie, son. You deserve it!"—John "Bradshaw" Layfield on Breeze.

    Grade

    C

    Analysis

    Several awkward moments and a lack of great chemistry kept this from being the coming-out party it was meant to be. Breeze and Ziggler just didn't click on this night. 

    The announcers continued to try and elevate Breeze by talking him up. That and the decisive win against Ziggler is a sign that Prince Pretty will (for now at least) be treated as more special than WWE has treated other gimmicky guys like Adam Rose and Fandango.

Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper vs. Undertaker and Kane

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    After a stunning Undertaker entrance, The Brothers of Destruction teamed up to chokeslam Erick Rowan out of the ring. Bray Wyatt chose Luke Harper to fight alongside him.

    Harper suffered a series of Undertaker's signature moves. Braun Strowman's interference shifted things The Wyatt Family's way, though. Wyatt led the way as the heels pounded Kane into the mat.

    Kane and Undertaker fought back—first putting Strowman away outside and then planting Harper to get the three-count. 

    Result

    Kane and Undertaker win via pinfall.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    A pair of Undertaker's symbols burned in the background, and images of Undertaker at different stages in his career projected from a giant coffin as he walked to the ring.

    Kane and Undertaker chokeslam Strowman through the announce table.

    The Brothers of Destruction both sit up in their trademark style at the same time.

    Grade

    C+

    Analysis

    A subpar match followed a stunning entrance. This felt like an exhibition bout to honor an old-timer, not the culmination of a feud that has been marked by attempted soul-stealing and kidnapping.

    There were some fun little moments, but this failed to compel aside from those hat-tips to The Deadman.

    Even with Undertaker winning, WWE should have done more to have him pass the torch to Wyatt. Why go through all that "now I control the thunder" stuff to just push Wyatt so far into the background?

Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose (WWE Championship Tournament Finals)

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    Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose wasted no time in pushing aside the friendship in pursuit of championship gold.

    The friends went full-throttle against each other. Reigns flung Ambrose around. The Lunatic Fringe flew at Reigns.

    The intensity didn't lessen as the two tournament finalists clashed. They hit each other until they both struggled to stand. Reigns hit his bad shoulder on the ring post, but even that and Dirty Deeds didn't garner him the win.

    Reigns hit spear to win the world title. Confetti rained down on him.

    Triple H came out to congratulate the new champion, but Reigns speared him. Sheamus clocked him with a Brogue Kick and cashed in his Money in the Bank contract, beating The Big Dog.

    Result

    Reigns wins via pinfall to become the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Sheamus then won via pinfall to dethrone him.

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Reigns Superman punches Ambrose in midair.

    "Reigns reached the summit, and he got Brogue Kicked off the frigging' mountain."—John "Bradshaw" Layfield.

    Grade

    B

    Analysis

    An extremely hard-fought, entertaining match did not generate the dramatic power it should have. It ended too early, clearly to leave room for the shenanigans after the bell.

    That hurt what was supposed to be a huge dramatic moment when Reigns goes from jubilation to disappointment. 

    Had Sheamus not been booked as such an afterthought leading up to this, his cash-in would have been more significant, more powerful. As it stands, everything felt odd, unfinished and a touch hollow.

    There is reason to be positive moving forward, though. Reigns' growing increasingly enraged and desperate as he continues to miss out on being champ is potentially one hell of a story.