Twitter Reacts to Brock Lesnar's Big Win, More WWE Survivor Series 2018 Results

Kevin Berge@TheBerge_Featured ColumnistNovember 19, 2018

Credit: WWE.com

WWE Survivor Series 2018 had everything going against it. The card was in constant flux. Arguably the biggest match on the card, Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey, was taken off just a few days before the event thanks to an injury to The Irish Lass Kicker at the hands of Nia Jax.

Throughout the night, fans in attendance were cheering for Lynch. Everyone noticed her absence, and it felt like a weight that the show could not recover from:

Hairy Wrestling Fan @hairywrestling

That video package was not about Ronda whatsoever. 100% about how much of a badass Becky is. She is the most money thing in WWE right now #SurvivorSeries

Ryan Dilbert @ryandilbert

There is a Becky Lynch-sized hole in this show and it hurts like hell. #SurvivorSeries

However, something came out of this pay-per-view that no one expected: After a one-sided domination in favor of Team Raw, the two main events were freed up to tell spectacular stories of their own.

Rousey pushed Charlotte Flair to her limit until something just snapped, while Brock Lesnar faced one of the toughest challenges of his career when Daniel Bryan brought an incredible game plan in a near-impossible situation.

It was a weird night but also one filled with strong wrestling, making it an event everyone was talking about.


Charlotte Flair Snaps and Sets Up an Incredible Sequel

Major expectations were attached to Rousey vs. Charlotte. It was the biggest women's match possible for The Baddest Woman on the Planet after Lynch's withdrawal. Survivor Series lived up to that hype with a brutall bout in which the Raw champion was busted open early.

The contest was not the cleanest of fights with the two looking a little inconsistent from the start, but they settled in and ramped up the tension to a fever pitch, never letting up.

Once more, Rousey managed to top her best, and fans didn't ignore this:

Scott Fishman @smFISHMAN

Every Ronda Rousey match so far has been a happening. Haters can hate, but she lives up to the hype when the bell rings. #WWE #SurvivorSeries

Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com @SeanRossSapp

Ronda Rousey does not take it easy in pro wrestling

However, the big talking point was the ending when The Queen threw out the match to vent her frustrations on the UFC Hall of Famer. Charlotte lost her cool in a way that was reminiscent of her best friend, Lynch, and clearly turned heel for the first time in years.

Despite being a villainous turn, the fans embraced the attack as a heroic act by Charlotte. It was the first time in months The Queen had been cheered, and it seemed everyone was enjoying the carnage:

Chris Mueller @BR_Doctor

I remember when brutal attacks like this were guaranteed to get someone booed. Nowadays it just gets them over. #SurvivorSeries

Pat Laprade @PatLaprade

I just love everything about the Becky/Ronda/Charlotte feud! Wow! 💙💙💙 #SurvivorSeries2018

This moment defined Survivor Series and made it far more than just a PPV in which Raw dominated SmackDown.

It was a night the women stood out even without the true star of the division.


Brock Lesnar Barely Survives Impressive Daniel Bryan Performance

A good big man always beats a good little man: It's the mantra fans often point to whenever others talked up the potential of Lesnar fighting Bryan. It was never realistic that The Beard could challenge the former UFC champion.

WWE played this up to the max in the main event as the WWE champion came in confident only to be quickly squashed by the power and strength of The Beast Incarnate. However, that wasn't the simple end to this story.

After a referee bump, The "Yes" Man found his opening with a low blow and began to rally, creating a brilliant story that took fans through a roller coaster of emotions:

Cageside Seats @cagesideseats

The beginning was rough - like I had to look away rough - but Bryan’s rally was a thing a beauty. Lesnar May have won, but Bryan looked great. But maybe next time less head drops. #SurvivorSeries

Adam Pacitti @adampacitti

When Brock cares about his opponent, he'll give a compelling wrestling match every single time, even if we don't get the result we want. Bryan vs Brock told a hell of a story. Loved it. #SurvivorSeries

WrestlinGifs @WrestlinGifs

Lesnar limping Bryan on the floor, smiling What a ending and match, this feud is money https://t.co/4uaCe1j6Sc

Ultimately, the WWE universal champion's athletic gifts were too much to handle, but it did not take away from an incredible fight. Bryan brought a story to fruition he has likely been considering for years and proved he's still one of the best in the business:

David Bixenspan @davidbix

Bryan Danielson is the pro wrestling genius of our generation. #SurvivorSeries

Blake Oestriecher @BOestriecher

LOL at Daniel Bryan just stealing Shinsuke Nakamura's gimmick and being 100 times better at it. #SurvivorSeries

It was arguably the match of the night and certainly worthy of its main event spot. In a rare moment, The Beast let loose and worked, and it made for one of the best matches of his career.


Braun Strowman Runs Over Team SmackDown to Get Everything He Wanted

Few wrestlers were given a reason to fight at Survivor Series beyond brand loyalty, but Braun Strowman was offered everything by Stephanie McMahon. Apparently, that incentive mattered because The Monster Among Men almost single-handedly defeated Team SmackDown.

The performance by the new No. 1 contender was as dominant as he has looked including last year when Strowman eliminated three men.

It was obvious by the ending that Raw's dominance was being established clearly:

David Murphy @D1Smurphy

It's a repeat of last year! Braun eliminates everyone and Shane is last on team SD. And Raw wins again. And wins the ppv overall. What a thrashing this has been... #SurvivorSeries https://t.co/ZgLanlL93F

Tom. @NotThatTomGreen

Vince McMahon got so upset about the Midterms that he had to book a Red Wave. #SurvivorSeries

The match overall was good, particularly once the action broke down, but one man got left out after a disappointingly quick eliminationSamoa Joe went down right off the bat following a Claymore.

Fans who have watched The Samoan Submission Specialist throughout the years know how good he can be, so the reaction to his quick elimination was not just directed at the immediate booking but also the big man's treatment in recent months:

Khleo Thomas @KhleoThomas

I’m about tired of how Samoa Joe gets played in the WWE...

john @toshanshuinLA

tears at samoa joe having probably the loudest crowd reaction coming out then immediately getting kicked in the face in 30 seconds and pinned


Jax Seemingly Rewarded After Injuring Lynch

Multiple stories dominated the opening match of Survivor Series, with the women fighting for an early advantage in the battle for brand supremacy.

After some awkward reshuffling on the Kickoff show, this women's five-on-five match showed some impressive potential.

However, the early parts of the bout were more frustrating than exciting. Following the unfortunate trend of past five-on-five women's elimination matches, Naomi went down within minutes, leaving many annoyed especially after she was named team captain:

EVE - Women's Professional Wrestling @ProWrestlingEVE

Such a shame to see @NaomiWWE out of the match so soon. Really enjoy watching her perform. A fantastic athlete who we'd love to see given more in-ring time. #SurvivorSeries

One wrestler who didn't have to do anything to be hated was Jax. Fans loathed her from the moment she walked out from behind the curtain:

GIF Skull @GIFSkull

The boos for Nia Jax. People are very, very angry. #SurvivorSeries https://t.co/KymEOpihnU

Rumble Ramble @TheRumbleRamble

And Nia Jax takes the lead for loudest reaction of the night. Goodness gracious those boos were loud. #SurvivorSeries

In the end, that heat was a key factor in the whole match as The Irresistible Force even turned on her own teammate to take the win on her own. Given most wanted to see Jax punished for what she did to Lynch, fan were livid at the result:

TWM.news @TWMNewsUK

That is the ultimate troll job right there from WWE. Apparently injuring the company's biggest star gets you rewarded. #SurvivorSeries

Dell 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 @agbnufc

So Nia causes the biggest feud going into the PPV to be cancelled, and goes over in the 5-on-5 as a reward, this company is something else! #SurvivorSeries https://t.co/1qIcekwGF6

For better or worse, Jax is more over than she has ever been, and the company is using that heat. It will be interesting to see if she continues to build momentum in the coming months or is thoroughly taken down by Rousey and Lynch.


Drake Maverick Used for Embarrassing Comic Relief

The clash between The Authors of Pain and The Bar was not all that exciting for fans, and it showed in the reaction early on. During the contest, fans were more excited about Enzo Amore making a surprise appearance in the crowd and getting escorted out:

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Enzo Amore getting kicked out of Survivor Series. https://t.co/Y6VdXik3nV

Bryan Alvarez @bryanalvarez

Enzo downstairs with WWE and building security and LAPD at the moment. #SurvivorSeries

In order to make this heel tag team champions showdown memorable, WWE resorted to some terrible storytelling. As the match ramped to a finish, Big Show lifted up AOP's manager Drake Maverick and made him piss his pants.

While it did not take away from a match that was already the weakest at Survivor Series, this moment was embarrassing for a star who has done brilliant work for WWE. Fans were quick to point how absurd this moment was:

Sym @symmering

The whole point of this match was to set up Drake Maverick pissing himself. Vince McMahon, everyone! #SurvivorSeries

woman like olivia🌹 @LIVtheVIRGO

why oh why did they have drake maverick peeing on himself? are we 5? #SurvivorSeries https://t.co/dSR2VLkfCs

The worst part was that the follow-up to the segment was Buddy Murphy vs. Mustafa Ali stealing the show. The 205 Live general manager even got a serious cameo in the promo video for the match.

This company may be getting better lately, but there's still so much room for growth. Right now, WWE booking continues to get in the way of the genuinely loaded roster.