November 24th, 2013
Release length: 2:45:00
Other than the matches mentioned, there wasn’t really anything spectacular on the tab. The pre-show match between Kofi Kingston and The Miz was a well paced match between two superstars who know how to really be entertaining in the ring. Despite The Miz appearing as though his character somehow regrets abandoning Kofi in the ring on a previous episode of Raw, his olive branch handshake of a job well done led to receiving a rather strong bitch slap, ending the early festivities with a small build of the story line.
Next was a five-on-five tag team elimination match, and it was just recycled from a previous Raw taping. Cody Rhodes, Golddust, Rey Mysterio, and the Uso’s against The Real Americans and The Shield. It played about pretty much exactly as it did before. First Dean Ambrose was eliminated, then the Real Americans followed suit, though those two put on a better show. All that was left was Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, who once again prevailed, taking out three of their opponents before Rollins was eliminated, leading to a quick victory for Reigns with two spears.
This wasn’t the only tag-team elimination match. Later the Total Divas stars went up against the non-Total Divas, and it went about as you would expect. The match didn’t last as long as the earlier tag-team fight, and didn’t have any really engaging moments. A clip before hand showed AJ Lee putting the other give on her team down, and you couldn’t help but expect some dissension later on, but it never happened. Jojo finally made her WWE in ring PPV debut, and it was as pitiful as it was uneventful. It was like watching a grown-up (Tamina) push a child around, ending with AJ pinning her. The match ended with Natalia performing the sharp shooter on AJ Lee. I can’t help but feel Jojo was meant to be the one to win, building up an underdog edge to her character, but was changed because Natalia’s father was there as one of the pre-show commentators.
Then there was Big E Langston against Curtis Axel for the Intercontental Championship. Big E won the title on Raw back on the eighteenth of this month, so this was meant as a rematch for Curtis. It was a standard fight that showed Langston’s nerfed dominance and strength, and the post-fight interview with Renee only pushed the Face turn for him by pandering to the crowd by relating his victory to the Red Socks being champions. Ryback called out anyone from the locker room once more, which led to the big reveal of this year’s Survivor Series 27, the return of Mark Henry, who is now bald. While not that impressive, it seemed like he was moving pretty fast compared to some of his previous matches, ending with both “The World’s Strongest Crossbody” and “The World’s Strongest Slam” to give Mark Henry the win.
Finally it was time for the three main counter-driven matches, especially in the World Heavyweight Championship bout between John Cena and Alberto Del Rio. The fight lasted a good while and, with Cena’s parents in attendance, it was obvious that the two were going to pull out their best, which they did. While it wasn’t one of the most impressive, it was paced well enough to not really become boring. The only thing that wound up being stale were the typical “Let’s go Cena” and “Cena sucks” chants that erupted the moment the match began. After a while, it was basically counter after counter, and a few arguments with the referee. Even John Cena was shouting at him claiming it was three despite the official only hitting the two count. Of course, it’s Cena in a title match. Despite the “injury” that is played up in two backstage scenes, he wins and retains the championship.
Next was “The Beard and The Best” against the Wyatt Family. Bray sat in his chair looking on as his disciples did the dirty work. While not a bad match, it clearly was meant to build the dominance of the Wyatts, as well as push Daniel Bryan, especially since CM Punk was pretty much knocked out most of the match. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper took their time dissecting Daniel Bryan, as well as just walking around the ring and talking to one another. Even Bray Wyatt got involved by “coaching” Erick and telling Daniel this is all his fault. But, after a number of counters and CM Punk eventually getting a few good shots in, the Wyatt’s end up losing the fairly standard, sometimes boring match despite the crowd chants of “This is awesome!” Bray did approach the ring towards the end, but never entered, clearly indicating this story line may not be over yet.
But one that did end is Randy Orton and The Big Show. The entire pay-per-view, Orton seemed to be trying to find support through his usual whiny spoiled child manners, even trying to bribe the official. It was unclear if he had any support when the match began, though he sure took his time by being outside the ring most of the time. It was worth it though to see him get caught up in the lower ring the second escape attempt, then just stopped and laughed at his own failure.
The rest of the headlining match was The Big Show manhandling Randy Orton, even throwing him into the official who rolled around the ring clutching his leg. Orton grabbed a chair, but The Big Show managed to get it out of his hands and throw him around some more. Randy gained control for a moment, but The Big Show took command again, bringing him in the ring, and before he could get the pin, Triple H and Stephanie came out. The distraction caused Randy Orton to land the RKO and retain the championship. But, during the celebration, John Cena entered the ring for a “my dick is bigger than yours” moment, both holding their titles high, and establishing the next WWE Championship story line between them.
Survivor Series 27 found no championships changing hands, and even a rehash to push the two members of The Shield that were losing popularity on what was their one year anniversary as a team. The seven-on-seven diva tag-team elimination match was good, but short, and of course only continued to push Total Divas, much like the brief commercial for the Power Slammers and Money in the Bank arena that finds Los Matadores and Fandango in the same room with R-Truth and Santino Morella, as well as a random John Laurenitis appearance, that finds some of them breaking character enough to push the product. Aside the return of Mark Henry, this wasn’t really anything exciting in this pay-per-view event. Aside a few boring moments, they were largely standard, well-paced battles that were a little longer than a typical cable television broadcast. This event wasn’t quite worth the full ticket price, but it definitely wasn’t bad, and it had the decency to actually have an ending this time around.
|Initial Pressing Score: 7/10