WWE Survivor Series 2019 Review
It's finally here! The ultimate battle to determine the brand of supremacy as for the first time ever, it's RAW vs Smackdown vs NXT! With a loaded card, this PPV looked like a must see event as we were in for some interesting matchups. Who came out on top? Which brand gained the right to say that they're the superior brand? Let's review the show to find out!
Pre-Show: 10 Man Tag Team Battle Royal
This match featured teams from all three brands in what was a standard battle royal where guys would be eliminated rapidly. It all came down to RAW's Street Profits and Smackdown's Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode as they collided for a bit. Montez Ford would hit Ziggler with a big Frog Splash but unfortunately as soon as he got up, Roode immediately eliminated him and Smackdown gets the first win of the night thanks to Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler!
Pre-Show: Lio Rush (C) Vs. Akira Tozawa Vs. Kalisto (WWE Cruiserweight Championship)
Good fast paced match as these three guys absolutely wrecked one another for the championship. Tozawa showed so much strength as he repeatedly nailed both opponents with German Suplexes. Kalisto and Rush both showed speed with multiple strikes and quick maneuvers which was really cool to see. Kalisto went for the Salida Del Sol on Tozawa then immediately afterwards, Rush comes off the top rope with a Frog Splash on Kalisto for the win, retaining the NXT Cruiserweight Championship!
Pre-Show: The Undisputed Era Vs. The Viking Raiders Vs. The New Day
Good match as all three teams pulled out all the stops against one another. UE may be beaten up from War Games but that didn't stop them from bringing the fight to their opponents. Ivar was a crazy man in this match as he was flipping all over the place while showing his strength at the same time, that man can't do no wrong. Kofi and O'Reilly battled at ringside as he was going for the Trouble in Paradise but ended up hitting the ring post, then gets taken out by UE with the High Low. Big E battled Erik til he was nailed with a Knee Strike then it was down to the Raiders and UE. UE made an effort to win but couldn't overcome the agility of Ivar as he took them out with the Springboard Elbow then finishes them off along with Erik with the Viking Experience for the win! The score's now all tied at this point as each brand has 1 point added to the scoreboard.
Team RAW Vs. Team NXT Vs. Team Smackdown (Women’s Survivor Series Match)
Candice LaRae and Io Shirai were both taken out of the match early with injuries, leaving Team NXT at a disadvantage. Nikki Cross was first eliminated as Bianca Belair rolled her up with her foot on the ropes with an assist from Rhea. Bianca then eliminated Sarah Logan with an impressive 450 Splash! Charlotte eliminates Carmella with the Natural Selection then Sasha eliminates Kairi Sane with the Meteora followed by a quick pin. Asuka then eliminates Dana Brooke with a Roundhouse Kick then suddenly she starts having problems with Charlotte Flair as they both began shoving each other. Asuka wasn't done though as she purposely sprayed Charlotte in the face with the green mist then walks out of the match, eliminating herself! Lacey Evans would then knock Charlotte out with the Woman's Right for the elimination. Natayla would then roll up Lacey for an elimination then applies the Sharpshooter to Toni Storm while Sasha applies the Bank Statement as well then Storm taps for the elimination! Natayla and Sasha would then take out Bianca with the Hart Attack for the elimination then Sasha would nail Natayla in the back of the head for another elimination! It's all down to Rhea Ripley and Sasha Banks and the two of them went the distance! Sasha applies the Bank Statement then suddenly Io Shirai and Candice LaRae came back out as they reveal to not be injured at all! Candice would distract the referee as Io nailed Sasha with a big Dropkick off the top rope. This allowed Rhea to hit the Riptide for the win! NXT gained the lead with 2-1-1.
AJ Styles Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura Vs. Roderick Strong
Good match as expected between these three veterans. Throughout the match, these guys all had a chance to showcase their maneuvers and I must say Shinsuke was especially brutal with his striking abilities. Roderick definitely wasn't a slouch as he delivered some vicious Backbreakers to both guys and AJ of course was Phenomenal. Shinsuke nailed Strong with the Kinshasa but AJ would break the pinfall in time. AJ would then nail Shinsuke with the Phenomenal Forearm but then Roderick tossed him out of the ring and stole the pinfall for the win! NXT continued to stay up the scoreboard with 3-1-1.
Adam Cole (C) Vs. Pete Dunne (NXT Championship)
Solid match at first but as it went on it got really good. Both guys came into this match really banged up from their wars at War Games, but hurt or not they weren't gonna go down without a fight. Both guys were out on the apron as they struggled to lift one another due to their nagging injuries, but that didn't stop Cole as he would hit the Panama Sunrise on the apron! They both make it back into the ring just in time as Cole would nail Dunne immediately with a wicked Superkick for the close near fall! Dunne wasn't giving up easily as he would snap Cole's fingers and then went for the Bitter End but Cole countered it into another Panama Sunrise. Cole then nailed Dunne with the Last Shot for the win, retaining the NXT Championship!
The Fiend (C) Vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE Universal Championship)
Solid match for sure as Bryan was putting up a good fight, but The Fiend wasn't gonna go down for anything. Bryan even hit a big dive onto Bray from the top rope at ringside, knocking the creature down. Bryan would then continue to hit Bray with Roundhouse Kicks but Bray kept getting back up as he wasn't fazed by them at all. Bray would then beat down Bryan for a little then Bryan came back with the Running Knee for a near fall. Bray would then rise behind Bryan but then Bryan would attempt the Running Knee again but gets caught in the Mandible Claw and couldn't get out of it. Bryan passed out then the referee counted the pin and The Fiend retained the Universal Championship!
Team RAW Vs. Team NXT Vs. Team Smackdown
Drew McIntyre eliminates WALTER first with the Claymore Kick and fans were NOT happy about that at all. Kevin Owens then eliminates Chad Gable with a big Frog Splash then shockingly he gets eliminated by none other than Tomasso Ciampa! Randy Orton eliminates Damian Priest with the RKO but then gets rolled up and eliminated by Matt Riddle. Orton decideds to RKO Riddle anyway then King Corbin takes advantage by pinning Riddle, eliminating him. Braun Strowman was eliminated next as he takes out everyone at ringside but gets nailed with the Claymore Kick from McIntyre and couldn't get back in the ring in time from the count out. Ricochet was out next as he was put down by King Corbin with the End of Days. Drew McIntyre was gone next as he teases hitting the Claymore on Ciampa but gets intercepted by a Spear from Roman Reigns for the pin. Corbin comes into the mix to battle Ciampa but suddenly Roman delivers the Superman Punch to him and Spears him, allowing Ciampa to pin him for the elimination! Ciamp unfortunately was out next as he eats a Superman Punch then the Curb Stomp for the elimination. It's down to Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Keith Lee as they go the distance for a while. Seth Rollins was shockingly eliminated as he was put down by Lee with the Fireman's Carry Jackhammer! Now it's down to Lee and Reigns and they exchange near falls that had fans on the edge of their seats! Lee went for the Moonsault but Reigns dodge it and hits a Spear to pick up the victory for Smackdown! Smackdown was the runner up now as it became 3-2-1.
Brock Lesnar (C) Vs. Rey Mysterio (WWE Championship)
A little bit of an underwhelming match but it was fine for what it was. Rey would keep reaching for the led pipe but Brock would stop him each chance he gets. Everything was going fine for Brock til Rey's son Dominic made an appearance and low blowed Brock! Rey would then grab the pipe and beat down Brock for a bit then Dominic nails Lesnar in the back with a chair. The spot of the match came next as Rey and Dominic simultaneously hit the 619 on Brock then both laid Frog Splashes on him for a near fall! Brock then takes out Dominic with a German Suplex then lays out Mysterio with the F5 for the win, retaining the WWE Championship.
Becky Lynch Vs. Shayna Baszler Vs. Bayley
Boy, talk about a main event that didn't live up to the hype. This literally felt like a normal Triple Threat Match that you'd see on RAW or Smackdown as it wasn't anything too special at all. Becky was taken out early on so Bayley and Baszler would mainly battle for a bit. Becky eventually would come back in and go toe to toe with Baszler til Bayley would come back in the mix. This mainly went on throughout the match til the end where Baszler caught Bayley in the Kirifuda Clutch for the submission win! With this victory, NXT officially won and became the superior brand as they ended the night with the score 4-2-1. Becky Lynch wasn't gonna let this slide as she attacked Baszler by putting her through the announce table to end the show. Despite the outcome, this was a big night for NXT as they've emerged victorious in the brand of supremacy!
Show Rating: 8/10
Show Rating: 8/10