WWE Survivor Series 2020 Results: Reviewing Top Highlights and Low Points
WWE Survivor Series 2020 was advertised as the "best of the best" in competition with each other. But was it one of the company's best events of the year?
It certainly had a lot of potential with matches such as Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre, The New Day vs. The Street Profits, the farewell of The Undertaker and more on the card.
How did things play out? What were the standout moments of the event, for better or worse?
Presented in order of appearance, here is a breakdown of some of the highlights and low points of WWE Survivor Series 2020.
Full Match Results
WWE Survivor Series 2020 Results
- The Miz won the Dual-Brand Battle Royal on the kickoff.
- Team Raw won the men's Survivor Series elimination match.
- The Street Profits defeated The New Day by pinfall.
- Bobby Lashley defeated Sami Zayn by submission.
- Sasha Banks defeated Asuka by pinfall.
- Team Raw won the women's Survivor Series elimination match.
- Roman Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre by submission.
Highlight: Kickoff Pre-Show
Most of the time, nothing happens in the kickoff. It's usually just an hour of video packages and a match that means nothing.
This time around, though, The Gobbledy Gooker won the 24/7 Championship by pinning R-Truth on its 30th anniversary since being hatched at Survivor Series.
The Miz then won the dual-brand Battle Royal by last eliminating Dominik Mysterio. While this match was far from the most important on the card, it gave Raw a point, showed Mysterio has a lot of promise and the new Mr. Money in the Bank is building more momentum every day.
That leaves The A-Lister as an even bigger threat for the WWE Championship, as he is cunning enough to pull off a swift win.
Highlight: Men's Traditional Elimination Match
Team Raw dominated the men's elimination match with a clean sweep that could have been boring to watch but was anything but.
In a rare showing of balance and logic, WWE booked each member of the team to score an elimination, rather than focus entirely on one singular person to push.
SmackDown had some moments to not look like total losers, too. Otis did his best to be the powerhouse of that team, for instance.
The only real loser of the bunch was Seth Rollins, who sacrificed himself at the start to give the red brand the advantage. Like a true heel, he had no interest in anything but his own agenda and screwed his team in ways they couldn't come back from.
Assuming he now takes time off, this was an interesting way to send him away. He'll be the perfect scapegoat to blame the loss on, minimizing any damage done to the others for losing.
Keith Lee debuted a new theme that is much better than what he's been using since joining the Raw roster, too. That was the cherry on top of a fun opening match.
Highlight: The New Day vs. The Street Profits
WWE couldn't go wrong pairing The New Day with The Street Profits and just letting them do their thing.
Both teams are so talented and energetic that this was a guaranteed success.
Ahead of the bell ringing, the teams felt hyped up—The New Day in their Gears of War outfits and The Street Profits with their backstage promo.
Throughout the match, they spouted trash talk but never crossed over into heel territory. It was just friendly competition, as evidenced by their embrace when the contest was over.
The right call was made with Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins coming out on top. They're the younger team who needed to prove themselves against the established Hall of Fame-worthy unit.
This was a flawless section of the night. Kudos goes to everyone involved in setting this up and executing it so well.
Highlight: Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn
Sami Zayn was never going to be that much of a challenge for Bobby Lashley, who has been on a tear these past few months. However, WWE found a happy medium of humiliation that wasn't entirely a squash.
The intercontinental champion was able to get some shots in, but he was outclassed from the start.
Having The Hurt Business in the United States champion's corner threw Zayn off his game, as they perpetually foiled his plans to cheat.
One of the best moments of the match came when The Great Liberator purposely tripping over MVP's foot in an attempt to force the referee to call for a disqualification. That is a great example of finding a way to come out with positives despite taking such a one-sided loss.
Zayn didn't get the win, but he scored some extra character points. He came out of this looking like a better cowardly heel than before, even though he was bested rather easily in the ring.
Highlight: Asuka vs. Sasha Banks
While it wasn't as bombastic or amazing as some contests that preceded it, the clash between the Raw and SmackDown women's champions was as rock solid as one could ask for.
Had Asuka and Sasha Banks not already fought several times earlier this year, it would have been a bigger deal, but this may have been their best match.
Without Bayley ringside to dictate their heel style, The Boss was able to just wrestle, which is her greatest strength.
It's a shame Asuka has been rather inconsequential as of late and suffered another setback here, but she put up a great fight and only got caught with a quick pin. That's far from a weak showing.
Low Point: Women's Elimination Match
This was one of the longest fights on the card and boiled down to nothing more than another setup for another joke about Lana. She watched much of the match unfold from the ring steps and was then declared the sole survivor by default.
A double count-out for Nia Jax and Bianca Belair was a good way to pull off that joke, but it wasn't funny enough to be the only payoff for this match.
No one will be talking about Belair's impressive showing because she only took down the women's tag team champions through passive methods of a disqualification and count-out, rather than pins and submissions. And you've probably already forgotten how Bayley was the first eliminated by Peyton Royce.
The only story out of this is the momentary chuckle of watching Lana win by just standing there. And what good does that do? She looks no more credible after such a hollow victory and will probably be put through a table again on Monday night anyway.
This could have been so much more, but WWE clearly thought giggling about Lana was the biggest priority.
Highlight: Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns
The commentary team noted the "slow and methodical pace" of this match early on, but things picked up swiftly.
Once Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns kicked things into gear, it was much more enjoyable. In particular, it was fun to see the Scot take two Samoan Drops through the commentary table and a spear through the security barricade only to kick out.
The WWE champion took all that punishment and more, including interference from Jey Uso and a low blow before passing out to Reigns' guillotine choke.
One problem this match wasn't able to escape, though, was how it was a moot point who would win. Ahead of the contest, SmackDown was unable to equal or surpass Raw in points on the night, so it didn't matter whether Reigns was victorious.
Still, the right call was made. The Tribal Chief shouldn't lose until at least WrestleMania 37 at least, while McIntyre went out looking strong.
Highlight with a Heavy Heart: The Undertaker's Final Farewell
From one perspective, The Undertaker's final farewell was always going to be a low point. It's sad to see arguably the greatest wrestler of all time bow out, particularly in an empty arena. He deserved better than that.
However, we all knew this was coming one day. However, the highlight here isn't that The Deadman's time in the ring is over, but rather the fact that we were able to celebrate such an amazing career.
He is called The Phenom for a reason. There will never be anyone else like him in the industry.
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