The 2015 WWE Survivor Series just went off the air not too long ago and I actually just got back from a connection flight from the site of the Survivor Series, Atlanta, Georgia. Since I’m arriving late and starting the show at 11:15PM, I’m going to get into the big finish of the show and my thoughts on that before I get into the highlights of the show. If you haven’t seen the show and don’t want it to be spoiled stop reading now…..
OK so obviously tonight Sheamus cashed in his money in the bank briefcase on Roman Reigns following Reigns winning the title from Dean Ambrose in the finals of the WWE World Title Tournament. In theory I have no problem with this as the person carrying the money in the bank briefcase should cash in after the champion has fought two matches. Here are my two problems with the cash in. First, this is way too similar to the cash in from Summerslam 2013 where Daniel Bryan beats John Cena clean, confetti falls as Bryan stands triumphant with Triple H raising his hand. Of course on that night Triple H turned on Bryan to start the authority as Randy Orton cashed in and won the title right in the middle of the confetti. Sound familiar? Well yeah because it’s basically what happened tonight. Next and it’s my even bigger problem with Sheamus winning the world title, he was made out to be a huge goof in the beginning of this show. He comes out with the New Day rapping terribly to the point that they want nothing to do with him and to the point that the announcers joke that he should cash in his money in the bank briefcase for a new personality. Then he loses his traditional survivor series match to Jey Uso, Ryback and Kalisto. This is not the same as Seth Rollins losing to Randy Orton the same night he cashed in at Wrestlemania because Orton was a clear number one contender for Rollins after that. With all due respect to Jey Uso, Ryback and Kalisto I don’t think either of those guys is getting a title shot at TLC, so it just made Sheamus look bad. Don’t get me wrong, I love badass Irish ass kicker Sheamus and if the idea here is to bring that Sheamus back then great but if not then what is the point? As for Roman Reigns, I think we’re building to Reigns and Triple H at Wrestlemania and that’ll be great but I really think they oughta just see what they have in the guy instead of just pulling the carpet out from under him ime and time again. Otherwise, they may pull that carpet out one too many times that people may think he’s a loser. Reigns should also never cry like he did at the end of the show but instead get angry. I’m interested to see were it goes from here.
Aside from that finish, which again I thought could have some positives if this brings back the badass Sheamus, I thought there was a lot to like about the Survivor Series so let’s get into it.
1) The Golden One Returns- It was a really cool way to start the show with a bonus Traditional Survivor Series match. It was a good way to get everyone on the show, in particular seeing my boy Bo Dallas getting a spot on the kickoff show. Of course the big story here was the return of Goldust that came out of nowhere and got a great reaction from the crowd, coupled by the great reaction by Stardust. This was so good that I wished it had taken place on the main show as it got a great reaction and there weren’t any surprises during the main show traditional survivor series match. I am still holding out hope that Stardust and Goldust get to have a big blow off match at Wrestlemania as, if tonight was any indication, people would be into it. Goldust looked great by the way and seemingly gets better with age. One last note on the kickoff match, it really seems like Titus O’Neil is being featured more prominently as a single. He got to survive here, got a tournament match, and got an elimination in this match. I wonder if he will silently be pulled away from the prime time players or if maybe Darren Young is just taking some time off, time will tell.
2) The Tournament Semi-Finals- Starting with Roman Reigns and Alberto Del Rio, this makes Roman Reigns two for two on great matches this week, first with Cesaro and now tonight with Alberto Del Rio. He gets the 50/50 reaction but works real hard in the ring and I thought this match was really good. Roman’s one arm lifting sitout powerbomb was just nasty and I really liked how they teased the spear with Alberto constantly finding a way to get out of it several times. Alberto has been a great addition to the roster since his return. As for Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose, such a great hard hitting match and I also enjoy watching Owens talking to the referee and crowd. It was really nice to see Dean Ambrose get a big win because I honestly can’t recall too many big match clean wins he gets. Owens was also great in his backstage promo with Reigns and I hope to see those two down the line.
3) 25 Years Of Undertaker- This entire show was built around the Undertaker and WWE did a great job in making everything about him seem like a big deal. From the video packages throughout the show, it almost felt like this could very well be it for the Undertaker. Of course, it likely isn’t it but I think we are getting down that road. Perhaps he’s got one more Wrestlemania in him and he goes into the hall of fame this year? Just speculation…In any event I think JBL summed this entire match up best when he said to take it all in now because it isn’t gonna last forever. This was pure nostalgia with the highlight for me being the Brothers of Destruction entrance. Kane setting the Undertaker symbols on fire as The Undertaker slowly made his way to the ring, such a spectacle that had to be incredible to see live. As for the match, it was like the greatest hits of both the Undertaker and Kane and the fact that I see people on twitter complaining that the Wyatts lost makes no sense. This was the Undertaker’s 25th Anniversary, there was no way that he was going to lose, nor should he have. The closing scenes here were both very cool. Kane giving the Undertaker the ring to acknowledge the crowd was so unique and as close as you’ll ever see to the Undertaker breaking character. It also definitely seemed like this was the swan song for the Brothers of Destruction as a team with the two slowly walking together and classically turning back to acknowledge the crowd. One of the Undertaker’s greatest legacies in WWE is actually Kane when you think about it. Here’s a character, in Kane; who’s been around for over 18 years and it’s spun directly off of the Undertaker.
4) Reigns Vs Ambrose- To me this match felt really fresh and was nice to see a completely new 1st time ever match in the main event. The two are obviously good friends and left it all out in the ring. I liked that, unlike in the Del Rio/Reigns match the crowd wasn’t split with “Let’s Go Roman/Roman Sucks” Chants but rather “Lets Go Roman/Lets Go Ambrose” Chants. To me that shows that people are paying to see both of these guys as opposed to the first chant where it’s all about Reigns. That was always the problem with the Cena chants. The crowd either wanted Cena to win or lose but it didn’t matter who beat him because there was no emotional connection to the guy who beat Cena, just that he did it. My favorite moment in the match came when both guys sat up and started to first slap and then straight up punch each other. It showed that both men were putting their friendship behind them and worrying about winning the title. No problem with the finish here as Ambrose simply got caught with a spear at the very last second so both stayed strong and showed each other the respect at the end. They obviously want to keep Ambrose and Reigns together for now and I have no problem with it.
Well that’s going to do it for me tonight as it’s nearly 2:30 AM in New york. I hope you enjoyed all of the Survivor Series material up here on the site over the weekend. For now, what did you think of the finish of the Survivor Series? Wat were your favorite moments from the show. Let me know in the comments section below or on twitter @Daily_Spotlight