|Date: November 22, 2015
|Venue: Philips Arena |City: Atlanta, Georgia
The show kicks off with Lilian Garcia singing the National Anthem.
A video package plays focusing on 25 years if The Undertaker and his match tonight. The focus then changes to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament.
Michael Cole welcomes us to the second longest running PPV of all time, Survivor Series.
Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio – WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament semi-final match
Background: Roman Reigns has had to beat The Big Show and Cesaro to get to the semi-finals. He had the option to go straight to the final if he had joined Triple H’s Authority but chose not to. Alberto Del Rio beat Stardust and Kalisto to get here.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.
Survivor Series Record: Roman Reigns is 1-0 at Survivor Series, Alberto Del Rio is 0-4 at the event.
Match: Alberto Del Rio had his manager Zeb Colter in his corner for this match. Alberto Del Rio takes the early advantage and the fight soon goes to the outside where Del Rio throws Reigns into the barricade and ringpost. Triple H is shown watching from the back. Del Rio manages to avoid a superman punch and hit as backstabber for a near fall. Alberto has been in great shape since returning. Interesting that John Cena isn’t in the tournament, he must been injured. Roman manages to avoid a kick to the face and a stomp off the top and then hits a superman punch but runs into a kick when attempting a spear. Del Rio manages to lock on the cross-arm breaker but Reigns manages to get out of it. Reigns then hits a spear for the win.
Result: Roman Reigns wins by pinfall following a spear.
Review: A decent way to open the show. There were enough false finishes to make you question whether Roman Reigns would win the match but deep down I knew Reigns would win. These two have chemistry but you get the impression they were holding back a bit as Reigns will have another match to compete in. Good way to kick off the show.
Jojo is backstage with Roman Reigns, congratulating him on his victory. Dean Ambrose arrives and Reigns wishes him luck, telling Ambrose that the finals should be between those two. Kevin Owens then shows up and tells Reigns that Roman gets close a lot but Owens will be the man to stop him.
Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens – WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament semi-final match
Background: Kevin Owens beat Titus O’Neil and Neville to get to the semi-finals, Dean Ambrose beat Tyler Breeze and Dolph Ziggler.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.
Survivor Series Record: Dean Ambrose is 0-2 at Survivor Series, Kevin Owens makes his Survivor Series debut tonight.
Match: It’s a fast-paced start to the match with both men trying to get the early advantage but it’s quite back and forth. Ambrose knocks Owens out of the ring and then dives out at him before taking the fight back into the ring. Owens takes the advantage and hits his bowling ball which is a pretty unique move. Kevin Owens talks a lot of trash in the ring, I like it. He applies a chinlock at one point and shouts “chinlock city” which is pretty funny. KO attempts a moonsault at one point but Ambrose avoids it and then hits his vertical elbow drop for a two count. I wonder if this was due to take place at Survivor Series anyway. Reigns and Del Rio’s opponents may have changed because of injuries to Seth Rollins and John Cena so as a final four it decided itself. Ambrose looks for a suicide dive but Owens catches him and throws him into the the announce desk. That looks to be the finish but Ambrose counters the pop-up powerbomb twice and hits dirty deeds for the three! An unexpected win for Dean Ambrose! I thought Kevin Owens would win.
Result: Dean Ambrose wins by pinfall following the Dirty Deeds.
Review: A good match between these two men. I thought we would see Kevin Owens win this one but Dean Ambrose advances and will be taking on his “blood brother” Roman Reigns in what should be an excellent final. This was a fun match with loads of back and forth. Again, you give these two guys another 10 minutes on PPV and they could put on a really special match. But this was good and served its purpose.
There’s a VT next showing the debut of The Undertaker, 25 years ago at Survivor Series.
Ryback, The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto & Sin Cara) & The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) vs. Sheamus, King Barrett & The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods & Big E) – Traditional Survivor Series match
Background: There is a lot of focus on the tag team division in this match. The Usos have returned recently and both they and the Lucha Dragons would love a shot at the WWE Tag Team Championships held by The New Day. Ryback, Sheamus and King Barrett make up the numbers.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time traditional Survivor Series match between these ten men.
Survivor Series Record: Ryback is 0-3 at Survivor Series, Sin Cara is 1-1, The Usos are 0-2, Sheamus is 2-2, King Barrett is 1-2, Kofi Kingston is 1-4, Big E is 1-0 and Kalisto and Xavier Woods make their Survivor Series debut.
Match: The New Day get on the mic before the match and draw attention to Xavier Woods’ new haircut which makes him look a bit like Prince. Sheamus tries to join in but that bombs. Jimmy Uso targets Woods’ new hair cut in the early going. The Usos and Lucha Dragons have very similar black, white and red gear. Ryback must not have got the memo. Jorge Arias is the man under the Sin Cara mask these days, the former Hunico, and he has never won a PPV match. The Lucha Dragons and Usos dive out at the hell team, taking out all of them besides King Barrett. Ryback then goes to the top and jumps out at everyone!
You’ve got a couple of tag teams in this match who would love a shot at The New Day. Sin Cara hits a big senton bomb on King Barrett to eliminate him from the match. Xavier Woods hits a big double stomp on Jimmy Uso to eliminate him from the match. Big E hit his big spear through the ropes on Sin Cara which always looks impressive. Sheamus then hit a brogue kick on Sin Cara to eliminate him from the match but Big E didn’t like Sheamus tagging him self in. Sheamus tagged Big E back in and he got triple teamed, with Jey Uso hitting a splash to eliminate him. Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods then took Big E to the back and they both get counted out! It’s down to Ryback, Kalisto and Jey Uso against Sheamus. They manage to triple team Mr Money In The Bank with Ryback hitting shellshock to win the match for their team.
Result: Ryback, Kalisto and Jey Uso win the match for their team.
Sin Cara eliminates King Barrett
Xavier Woods eliminates Jimmy Uso
Sheamus eliminated Sin Cara
Jey Uso eliminated Big E
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods get counted out
Ryback eliminates Sheamus
Review: This was a fun traditional Survivor Series match. It was action packed and you didn’t know who was going to win it. It was a shame to see King Barrett eliminated so early and it was a bit daft of The New Day to eliminate themselves but overall a decent enough match. I would have like to have seen Cesaro in there as I don’t think he’s due a match tonight.
There’s a VT next showing the history between Charlotte and Paige.
Charlotte (c) vs. Paige – WWE Divas Championship match
Background: Paige turned her back on Charlotte and Becky Lynch, choosing to go into business for herself. Paige won a fatal four way match to become number one contender to the Divas Championship. The rivalry between the two girls got even more personal on Raw when Paige insulted Charlotte’s dead brother.
Previous PPV matches: This is a firs time singles match between these two girls on PPV.
Survivor Series Record: Paige is 0-1 at Survivor Series, Charlotte makes her Survivor Series debut tonight.
Match: The two girls start in a physical way, exchanging shots and taking the fight to the apron where Paige hits knees and then pushes Charlotte into the ringpost and announce desk. Charlotte fights out of an abdominal stretch with a big jawbreaker. Paige even looks to lock on the figure four but Charlotte kicks her off and locks the figure four on herself. Charlotte drops Paige on the apron at one point and that looked stiff too. This is a really physical match. It’s pretty back and forth too, with Paige getting offence in for long spells before Charlotte would fight back with her own offence. Charlotte hits a spear and there are quite a few boo’s for her at this point. The fight goes back to the outside where Paige throws Charlotte into the barricade and then celebrates on top of it until Charlotte spears her off the barricade! Charlotte locks on the figure out in the ring and Paige taps out!
Result: Charlotte wins by submission.
Review: This was a good match that probably went in a bit too long. It seemed to lose the crowd. Charlotte picks up another win as she goes 5-0 on PPV. Nobody else in history has a record as good as that. This will be the end of this feud and I can see Charlotte moving on to Sasha Banks who is very popular at the moment.
Over to the Survivor Series kick-off panel made up of Renee Young, Byron Saxton, Booker T and Corey Graves. Renee throws to some footage of Dean Ambrose being interviewed by Jojo. Ambrose says that tonight he fights his brother. Roman Reigns shows up says he will bring it, like Ambrose will.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze
Background: Tyler Breeze arrived on the main roster, siding with Summer Rae and targeting Dolph Ziggler. Since then Breeze has cost Ziggler matches and Dolph has managed to get his revenge at times. But tonight they go one on one.
Previous PPV matches: This is a PPV debut for Tyler Breeze so no previous matches.
Survivor Series Record: Dolph Ziggler is 4-3 in Survivor Series matches.
Match: Two wrestlers with a similar style. Breeze makes his pay per view debut tonight and has Summer Rae in his corner. Breeze is actually pretty impressive and the two men seem to have a lot of chemistry. Breeze tries to get a cheap win, hanging on to the ropes at one point but the referee sees it. Tyler Breeze does win with the unprettier. A huge win for Tyler Breeze.
Result: Tyler Breeze wins by pinfall with the unprettier.
Review: This match was ok. They have a lot of chemistry but the crowd didn’t really seem into it. I don’t think the fans are really buying Tyler Breeze at this stage. It was an ok match though.
There’s a video package next showing how the match between the Brothers Of Destruction and Wyatt Family came about.
The Brothers Of Destruction (The Undertaker & Kane) vs. The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper)
Background: The Wyatt Family have attached both The Undertaker and Kane, carrying them to the back and “consuming their souls”. They made the challenge to Undertaker and Kane for Survivor Series and the brothers accepted.
Previous PPV matches: It’s a first time tag team match between these two teams.
Survivor Series Record: The Undertaker is 9-8 at Survivor Series, Kane is 4-9-1, Bray Wyatt is 1-0 and Luke Harper is 0-2.
Match: The second Undertaker and Kane get into the ring, Erick Rowan rushes the ring but the Brothers Of Destruction quickly dispose of him. It then looks like Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper are going to be the two men to take on Undertaker and Kane. Harper starts the match against Kane. Bray Wyatt does tag in briefly against The Undertaker but he very quickly tags back out. Braun Strowman gets involved pretty soon into the match, throwing Kane over the announce desk. Undertaker is the man to get the hot tag and he takes it to Harper. The Brothers Of Destruction then double chokeslam Braun Strowman through the Spanish announce table. Wyatt hits Undertaker with Sister Abigail and all hell breaks loose. Undertaker and Kane hits chokeslams to Wyatt and Harper and Undertaker tombstones Harper for the victory.
Result: The Brothers Of Destruction win by pinfall.
Review: This was an ok match. It was everything you’d expect but felt a bit like an exhibition match. Undertaker and Kane got their offence in and the spot with Strowman was nice.
Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose – WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament final
Background: This is the final of a two week tournament to crown a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion after Seth Rollins got injured and had to vacate. Roman Reigns has beaten The Big Show, Cesaro and Alberto Del Rio to get here, Dean Ambrose has beaten Tyler Breeze, Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time singles match between these two men on pay per view.
Survivor Series Record: Roman Reigns is 2-0, Dean Ambrose is 1-2.
Match: These two best friends get right into the match. The crowd are behind Dean Ambrose but Reigns does have a few fans. The fight goes to the outside where Reigns throws Ambrose into the barricade. It’s a back and forth match for the most part but Reigns always wins early into the match with a spear. Ambrose hits dirty deeds but Reigns kicks out of that. There’s a good spot as both men sit up next to each others and shove one another like they’re brothers but the fight gets more intense again. The finish comes out of nowhere really. Ambrose lays in some right hands and then backs off but turns around into a spear from Reigns which is enough for the three!
Result: Roman Reigns wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by pinfall.
Review: This match was ok. It was nothing special and a pretty disappointing finale. It could have been a lot better. I wasn’t a fan of the finish coming out of nowhere like it did.
Triple H comes out to shake hands with Roman Reigns as confetti falls from the ceiling. Instead, Reigns spears Triple H. But then out of nowhere Sheamus arrives and hits Roman with a brogue kick!
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Sheamus – WWE World Heavyweight Championship match
Background: Sheamus is cashing in his Money In The Bank briefcase!
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time singles match between these two men on PPV.
Survivor Series Record: Roman Reigns is 3-0, Sheamus is 2-3.
Match: Sheamus pins Reigns straight away but Roman kicks out. Sheamus then hits another brogue kick and pins him for the three! Sheamus wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship! Tearing it out of Roman Reigns hands! Sheamus then celebrates with Triple H!
Result: Sheamus wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by pinfall.
Review: It was short and sweet. Sheamus wins the title and now Roman Reigns goes on his journey to take the title back. What an ending to Survivor Series though!
And that was Survivor Series 2015. Overall it felt like a pretty average pay per view. It started quite well but you got the feeling they were held back but show never got into 5th gear. The main event was disappointing. The crowd didn’t really seem into the show and that hurt the overall feel. The big news to come out of the show was Sheamus cashing in his Money In The Bank contract at the best possible time. It’s been a long road for Roman Reigns but the road is going to be even longer as Roman Reigns looks to re-capture the WWE Championship.
Overall Rating: 56.78/100 (ranked joint 196th out of 321)
Match Of The Night: Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens & The traditional Survivor Series match
Worst Match Of The Night: Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose
Surprise Of The Night: Sheamus cashes in his MITB contract and wins the WWE Championship
Worst Booking Of The Night: Neville being the only man eliminated for the winning team on the kick-off show match
Superstar Of The Night: Sheamus
Survivor Series 2015 Will Be Remembered For: Roman Reigns winning the WWE Championship for minutes before Sheamus beat him for it