Fandango def. Justin Gabriel via pinfall
Jack Swagger def. Cesaro via submission
Damien Sandow and the Miz def. The Usos, Los Matadores, Goldust and Stardust via pinfall
Natalya, Alicia Fox, Naomi, and Emma def. Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae, and Layla via pinfall
Bray Wyatt def. Dean Ambrose via DQ
Adam Rose and The Bunny def. Titus O’Neil and Heath Slater via pinfall
Nikki Bella def. AJ Lee via pinfall
Dolph Ziggler, John Cena, Ryback, Erick Rowan and Big Show def. Kane, Mark Henry, Rusev, Luke Harper, and Seth Rollins with Rusev being eliminated via count out. Everyone else via pinfall.
I usually dedicate this section to the best moments of the show, or the moments that stood out the most for me. Well, I’ll have to switch up the formula a little this time. Because the entire show, for the most part, delivered. If Survivor Series was going to broadcast for free in order to reel in new subscribers, it had to deliver more than the WWE has offered lately. And it brought enough to the table to surprise new subscribers while reminding hardcore wrestling fans why we fell in love with wrestling in the first place.
Everything, including the Divas tag team match, shined in their own way. It clearly showed the amount of talent in the Divas division that could deliver a few great matches if given the time,but are being overlooked for whatever reason. We like seeing pretty women. Hell, we even like seeing pretty women fight every once in a while. But what wrestling fans want from a wrestling program is… you’ve guessed it… wrestling. Come on WWE creative. Stop treating your Divas like children. Stop writting silly storylines that go nowhere while basing your entire divison upon getting one or two Divas over. We’ve had a taste of the possiblities. We’d like some more please.
Speaking of the Divas division, Nikki Bella vs AJ Lee was probably the weakest part of the show. It wasn’t a bad segment, but it felt off for some reason. There are rumors that AJ is planning on leaving the WWE. Although it seems like both her and the company are on good terms, the transitioning of the strap in a way that was similar to how she cost Daniel Bryan the championship seems like a hidden message. It could have went down the way it did due to time restraints, but it just stood out as very strange to me.
We were also treated to an amazing match between Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt. If there was any indication that the WWE probably has developed entirely too many pay per views over the years, this would be it. In the younger days of the WWF, a feud like the one between Ambrose and Wyatt would build to a huge payoff. But with an event every month, Survivor Series is just a part of a feud that will continue in to TLC. I feel like the match itself was more interesting than the build up. Hopefully, they can both capitalize on such a great match and add more to the build up next time. Because this feud should go on for a while and the WWE should milk every great promo they can out of the two.
The show was filled with surprises from The Miz and Mizdow winning the tag team straps, to Sting making an appearance at a WWE televised wrestling event for the first time ever. The main event had Big Show betraying his own team, and Dolph Ziggler being the MVP of the match. The entire show was incredible and had me on the edge of my seat. The WWE very rarely delivers a show that lives up to the level of excellence older fans have come to expect. It clearly shows that with the proper motivation, the WWE still can manage to surprise us.
The Icon Sting
This was the first image that popped in my mind when I realized Sting was on his way to the ring. Hard not to imagine Vince not taking an extreme amount of joy in finally signing the most elusive legend in professional wrestling. Even after announcing that Sting had finally made some sort of deal with the WWE, it wasn’t until this moment that it finally felt real. Survivor Series was, for the most part, a great show on its own. But the appearance of Sting made having the WWE Network worth every penny. Because right after the event went off air, I educated my fiance and newest member of the IWC on a man called Sting. So WWE, that is how you sell the WWE Network. Keep up the good work!