WWE Survivor Series Review: Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan
- Show: WWE Survivor Series
- Location: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
- Date: Sunday November 18, 2018
- Review by: Amin Ajani
Team RAW (Nia Jax, Bayley, Mickie James, Tamina & Sasha Banks) w/Alexa Bliss def. Team SmackDown LIVE (Asuka, Carmella, Mandy Rose, Naomi & Sonya Deville)
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️
Tamina eliminated Naomi with a super kick. Carmella came into the match next and eliminated Tamina with a schoolboy. Sonya Deville delivered a running knee to Mickie James. Mandy Rose entered the match and pinned Mickie. Bayley pinned Carmella with a Bayley-to-Belly suplex. A brawl broke out on the floor as Bayley and Sonya Deville were counted out. Sasha Banks eliminated Mandy Rose after applying the Bank Statement. Asuka and Sasha had a nice back-and-forth exchange. Nia Jax turned heel on Banks as she shoved her off the top turnbuckle. Asuka then applied the Asuka Lock as Sasha tapped out. Nia Jax entered the match and delivered three straight leg drops to Asuka. Finish came when Nia delivered a Samoan Drop and pinned Asuka.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fine match as everyone looked fine. Story was placing Nia as the top heel on the RAW Women’s division and getting her ready for her championship match against Ronda Rousey.)
WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins def. WWE United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2/4
The crowd sang for Shinsuke Nakamura when he came out. The match started with some chain wrestling. Rollins delivered a guillotine leg drop to Nakamura. Rollins went for a dive but Nakamura caught him with a knee strike. Nakamura sent out some “Bad Vibrations”. Rollins made a comeback by delivering a sling blade and followed up with three straight dives. Rollins delivered a springboard clothesline to Nakamura for a near fall. Nakamura delivered a spinning wheel kick. Nakamura placed Rollins on the top turnbuckle and followed up with a running knee strike for a near fall. Nakamura delivered a lung blower but Rollins made a comeback by delivering a super kick for a near fall. Rollins charged but Nakamura caught him with a high kick. Rollins went for clothesline but Nakamura countered by applying a triangle. Rollins broke free by deadlifting Nakamura and delivering a buckle bomb into the turnbuckle. Nakamura and Rollins had a great back-and-forth strike exchange. Nakamura delivered a Tiger Driver for a near fall. Rollins leaped onto the turnbuckle, delivered a nice looking superplex and followed up with a Falcon Arrow but Nakamura kicked out for a close near fall. Nakamura delivered a reverse Exploder. Nakamura went for the Kinshasa but Rollins moved and delivered a Ripcord Knee Strike for a close near fall. Rollins went for a Frog Splash but Nakamura moved and delivered a Kinshasa to the back but Rollins kicked out for a close near fall. Nakamura and Rollins exchanged counters. Finish came when Rollins avoided the Kinshasa and delivered The Stomp for the win.
(Amin Analysis: The match started slow but this turned into a really good match as both Nakamura and Rollins worked really hard and are so fun to watch.)
RAW Tag Team Champions Akam & Rezar (w/Drake Maverick) def. SmackDown Tag Team Champion Sheamus & Cesaro (w/Big Show)
- Rating: ⭐️ 3/4
Cesaro and Sheamus double teamed Rezar in their corner. Cesaro delivered a running European Uppercut to Rezar as Sheamus followed up by delivering a Brogue Kick. Sheamus had the match won but Drake Maverick placed Rezar’s foot on the rope. Cesaro chased Maverick around the ring. Big Show delivered a shoulder tackle to Maverick. Big Show then grabbed Maverick. There was a hideous comedy spot as Maverick pissed his pants. Off the distraction, Akam and Rezar delivered a double team neck breaker/power bomb combination to Sheamus for the win.
(Amin’s Analysis: This match was really dull and the Drake Maverick comedy spot was beyond LAME and not funny.)
Buddy Murphy def. Mustafa Ali to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 2/4
Ali delivered a nice looking flip dive to Buddy on the floor. Ali delivered a standing drop kick to Buddy. Buddy launched Ali to the floor and followed up with a great looking flip dive. Ali delivered a super kick and followed up with a reverse hurricanrana which looked crazy for a close near fall. Ali made a comeback by delivering a nice looking tornado DDT in-between the ropes for a close near fall. There was a crazy spot as Ali leaped on the announcers table and delivered a standing Spanish Fly to Buddy to the floor as the crowd chanted “This is Awesome.” There was also a 205 Live chant. Ali climbed the turnbuckle, went for the 054 but Buddy stopped him by delivering a cheeky Nandos kick. Buddy delivered back-to-back powerbomb to Ali for a close near fall. Ali leaped off the turnbuckle but Buddy caught him with a V-Trigger. Finish came when Buddy delivered Murphy’s Law for the win.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a really good professional wrestling match as both Ali and Buddy worked really hard and are such great wrestlers.)
Team RAW (Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley, Dolph Ziggler Drew McIntyre & Finn Balor) w/Baron Corbin & Lio Rush def. Team SmackDown LIVE (Shane McMahon, Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio, Samoa Joe & The Miz)
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/4
Strowman wanted to started to the match but McIntyre tagged himself in. Joe applied the Coquina Clutch but McIntyre broke free. McIntyre delivered a Claymore Kick and eliminated Joe. Ziggler delivered a Famouser to Shane for a near fall. Shane went for a reverse back elbow but Ziggler countered by delivering a Zig Zag but Miz broke the count. McIntyre tagged himself into the match and started to brawl with Strowman. Rey delivered a 619 to Strowman. The SmackDown LIVE team cleared the announcers table. Shane delivered his crazy looking diving elbow drop as Strowman went crashing through the announcers table. Balor delivered a baseball slide to Miz. Balor delivered a sling blade to Jeff on the floor and a running Woo dropkick to Miz who went into the barricade. Balor delivered a sling blade and followed up with a Woo dropkick as Mysterio went into the turnbuckle. Balor went for the Coup de Grace but Rey moved. Rey delivered the 619 and followed up with a springboard splash as he eliminated Balor. Lashley tagged in, went for the delayed vertical suplex but Rey countered by delivering a DDT. Ziggler delivered a jumping DDT to Jeff for a near fall. Jeff delivered a Twist of Fate, went for the Swanton Bomb but Dolph got his knees up. Shane tagged in, delivered the Coast-to-Coast dropkick and pinned Dolph. Miz encouraged Shane to go for another Coast-to-Coast dropkick on Lashey but Strowman appeared and swatted him away. Strowman countered a Twist of Fate and delivered a Running Powerslam and eliminated Hardy. Rey went for the 619 but Strowman caught him, delivered a Running Powerslam and eliminated him. Miz charged but Strowman caught him and eliminated him with a Running Powerslam. Strowman delivered a Woo dropkick to Shane and followed up with a running splash into the turnbuckle. Strowman delivered a Running Powerslam, eliminated Shane and won the match.
- Post-Match: Strowman posed as Corbin attacked him from behind. Corbin, Lashley, Lio and McIntyre posed on the entrance ramp as Strowman looked very angry.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a really fun match as there were some nice creative spots. There were lots of stories and everyone looked good in the match. Strowman was the star of this match and looked like a true superstar.)
RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey def. Charlotte Flair via Disqualification
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Both Charlotte and Ronda got mixed reactions when they came out. The crowd began as Charlotte and Ronda exchanged counters and holds. Charlotte rammed Ronda into the turnbuckle. Charlotte delivered an overhead suplex to Ronda for a near fall. Charlotte delivered elbows as Ronda was bleeding from the mouth. Ronda made a comeback by applying an armbar against the ropes. Ronda went to climb the turnbuckle but Charlotte retuned and crotched her. They battled on the turnbuckle as Ronda yanked her off and went for the armbar but Charlotte rolled over to break free of the hold. Ronda applied a triangle but Charlotte countered by applying a Boston Crab. Charlotte went for the Natural Selection but Rousey countered by grabbing Charlotte’s hand. Charlotte delivered a backbreaker and then rammed Ronda against the turnbuckle. Charlotte went for the top rope reverse moonsault but Ronda got her boot up. Charlotte delivered a huge (which Ronda sold great for) for a really close near fall. Charlotte applied the Figure-4-Leg Lock but Ronda countered by turning Charlotte over. Charlotte and Rousey both rolled to the floor to break the hold. Ronda rammed Charlotte into the barricade. Charlotte made a comeback by delivering a big boot, went for an overhead suplex but Rousey countered into an armbar but Charlotte rolled to the floor. Ronda delivered a spinning uranage, went for the armbar but Charlotte rolled to the floor. Rousey charged but Charlotte attacked her with a kendo stick as the referee called for the DQ.
- Post-Match: Charlotte delivered multiple shots with a kendo sticks. Charlotte shoved the WWE referee’s away as the crowd cheered. Charlotte delivered a Natural Selection to Rousey on a chair. Charlotte placed a chair around Ronda’s neck and stomped on her. The crowed loudly chanted “Thank you Charlotte.” Ronda was attended to by WWE officials as the crowd booed. Ronda walked up the ramp, then looked back and was heavily booed by the crowd.
(Amin’s Analysis: This was a terrific match as both Charlotte and Rousey worked really hard as there were some awesome sequences and exchanges. The post-match angle was interesting as this could likely lead to a Charlotte heel turn but was loudly cheered. Was interesting to see the crowd turn on Ronda who has been awesome and so great to watch. At some point Rousey should turn heel but the question is when should it happen?)
WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar (w/Paul Heyman) def. WWE Champion Daniel Bryan
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Bryan came out, played heel as he didn’t do his “YES” pose and mocked Lesnar’s pose. Lesnar dominated the first part of the match as he delivered a huge clothesline to Bryan. Lesnar delivered back-to-back release German suplex and followed up with a triple overhead suplex to Bryan. Lesnar posed with the WWE Universal Title. Lesnar rammed Bryan into the barricade. Lesnar lifted Bryan up, applied a bear hug and then slammed him to the mat. Lesnar delivered another release German suplex. Lesnar delivered another overhead suplex and then planted Bryan with an F5. Lesnar had the match won but he lifted Bryan off the mat. Lesnar went for another F5 but he swung Bryan into the referee. Bryan made comeback by kicking Lesnar below the belt line. Bryan delivered his flying knee but Lesnar kicked out for a close near fall. Bryan worked over the knees of Lesnar. Bryan delivered a running knee from the ring apron to Lesnar on the floor. Bryan went for a dive but Lesnar caught him and rammed him into the ring post. Lesnar went for an F5 but his knee gave out as Bryan delivered another flying knee for another close near fall. Bryan wrapped Lesnar’s leg around the ring post. Bryan delivered a missile dropkick to Lesnar. Bryan went for another flying knee but Lesnar caught him and went for the F5. Bryan countered by applying the YES Lock in the middle of the ring. There was a great tease but Lesnar powered out of the hold. Finish of the match came when Bryan applied a triangle but Lesnar powered out delivered an F5 for the win.
(Amin’s Analysis: The match started slow but this turned into a fantastic match as both Bryan and Lesnar worked really hard. There were some great teases and at a few points WWE had you thinking that Bryan might win.)
-Overall: WWE Survivor Series was a pretty good show which had some good to great pro wrestling matches. In terms of brand supremacy, WWE Monday Night RAW won all the matches on the main PPV show. Overall, WWE Survivor Series gets a big thumbs up.
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