|Date: November 22, 2020
|City: Orlando Florida |Venue: Amway Center
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An AC/DC video package kicks off the show focusing on all of the brand vs brand matches and then a tribute to The Undertaker who makes his final farewell tonight.
Michael Cole welcomes us to “the best of the best” Survivor Series.
Team Raw (AJ Styles, Riddle, Keith Lee, Braun Strowman & Sheamus) vs. Team Smackdown (King Corbin, Jey Uso ,Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins & Otis) – Traditional Survivor Series match
Background: Qualifying matches for the men’s Survivor Series elimination match began on the October 26 episode of Raw. AJ Styles, Keith Lee, and Sheamus earned the first three spots on Team Raw by defeating Jeff Hardy, Elias, and Riddle, respectively. The following week, Braun Strowman qualified for the team by defeating Lee and Sheamus in a triple threat match. Riddle won the final spot on Team Raw by defeating Elias and Hardy in a triple threat match on the November 9 episode. Team SmackDown’s first two members were determined on the October 30 episode of SmackDown. Kevin Owens and Jey Uso qualified by defeating Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan, respectively. The following week, King Corbin and Seth Rollins won the next two spots by defeating Rey Mysterio and Otis, respectively. On the November 20 episode, WWE official Adam Pearce named Otis as the final member of Team SmackDown.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these ten men.
Survivor Series PPV Record: AJ Styles is 0-3, Riddle is 0-1, Keith Lee is 0-1, Braun Strowman is 1-1, Sheamus is 4-5, Kevin Owens is 0-3, Jey Uso is 2-3, Seth Rollins is 2-4, Corbion is 1-1 and Otis wrestles at this event for the first time tonight.
Match: AJ Styles and Jey Uso kick off the match. Paul Heyman is shown watching from the back. There’s plenty of tags made between the two teams with Team Smackdown taking the early advantage. Sheamus tags in and Rollins offers to get in against him. Seth then drops to his knees and asks Sheamus to do his part. Sheamus hits Rollins with a brogue kick and pins him for the first elimination! Team Smackdown have a teamtalk outside the ring until Strowman runs through them all. There’s a battle of the super heavyweights between Keith Lee and Otis. Kevin Owens tags in and hits stunners on everyone before turning into a phenomenal forearm from Styles which is enough for the elimination. Corbin then hits AJ with end of days but the Raw team break up the cover.
Riddle hits the floating bro on King Corbin to quickly eliminate him. We’re down to 5 on 2 as Jey Uso and Otis look to claw something back for Smackdown. Otis fires up for his team and hits suplexes on everyone in Team Raw until Strowman tags in. Otis hits a powerslam on Braun and then the caterpillar. Otis goes up to the second rope, gets distracted by Riddle and Braun then hits a running powerslam for the three. Jey Uso is left on his own. Jey manages to fight everyone off and take Team Raw out with a dive to the outside. Back in the ring and Omos helps AJ. Jey looks to hit a splash on Styles but Keith Lee makes a blind tag, catches Jey and hits the spirit bomb for the three.
Result: The whole of Team Raw win.
Sheamus eliminates Seth Rollins
AJ Styles eliminates Kevin Owens
Riddle eliminates King Corbin
Braun Strowman eliminates Otis
Keith Lee eliminates Jey Uso
Review: This wa sa good match. It’s not often we see a clean sweep these days so it was nice to see such a dominant performance. Team Raw was definitely the better team on paper and it was proven tonight. It was very one sided on paper. A good outing for Team Raw though.
There’s an ad for the WWE Network.
The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. The Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins) – Raw Tag Team Champions vs. Smackdown Tag Team Champions
Background: This is the battle of Raw Tag Team Champions (The New Day) against Smackdown Tag Team Champions (The Street Prophets).
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time tag team match between these two teams.
Survivor Series PPV Record: Kofi Kingston is 1-7, Xavier Woods is 0-2. The Street Prophets wrestle at this event for the first time.
Match: The New Day are in full Gears Of Raw gear. Xavier Woods and Angelo Dawkins kick off the match. Kofi and Montez Ford soon get into it in a real clash of athleticism. The Profits soon take the advantage and make quick tags. Ford dives over the top at one stage and absolutely wipes out Montez Ford. New Day take the advantage from here and stop Ford from tagging in Dawkins. Ford finally makes a hot tag to Dawkins who picks up the pace. New Day get back into it and hit midnight hour on Ford for a near fall. Dawkins tags in and hits the spinebuster before Ford comes off the top with a frog splash. He’s slow to make the cover and Kingston kicks out at 2. Kofi hits SOS on Ford for a near fall. Ford ducks trouble in paradise and hits his own version on Kingston. Dawkins puts Woods on his shoulders and Kofi hits a top rope blockbuster which is enough for the three.
Result: The Street Profits win by pinfall.
Review: This was a really solid tag team match between two really solid tag teams. It could have goner either way but I like this result. New Day are more than established and this is a big win for the Street Profits who have been going from strength to strength. It’s a fairly meaningless win in terms of brand supremacy but it’s a great rub for Montez and Dawkins tonight.
There’s another ad for the WWE Network.
Bayley, Natalya, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott and Bianca Blair are backstage looking unified.
Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Lacey Evans and Peyton Royce are looking pretty unified for Team Raw but Lana is stood off to the side with Nia telling the rest of the team not to tag her in.
Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn – Intercontinental Champion vs. United States Champion
Background: This is the annual Intercontinental Champions vs. United States Champion match.
Previous PPV matches: These two men wrestled once on PPV before, Bobby beat Sami at Money In The Bank 2018.
Survivor Series PPV Record: Bobby Lashley is 2-1 at Survivor Series, Sami Zayn is 0-1.
Match: Bobby Lashley is joined by his Hurt Business friends MVP, Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander. It’s all Bobby Lashley in the early going, he even runs through a clothesline at one point. Bobby hits a suplex and Zayn complains of vertigo, which is what he did in their previous match. Sami tries to get a dq out of The Hurt Business by shoving Cedric Alexander but Cedric doesn’t bite. Sami looks to hit a helluva kick but Lashley counters with a spinebuster. Zayn exits the ring and pretends to trip over MVP for a disqualification but the referee doesn’t buy it. MVP throws Sami into the ring behind the referee’s back and Lashley locks on the hurt lock to which Sami taps out.
Result: Bobby Lashley wins by submission.
Review: This match was ok. It was a little stop/start because Zayn kept exiting the ring. Bobby gets the win in what could have been a more dominant performance but this doesn’t bury the Intercontinental Champion too much. Bobby wins.
The Usos are backstage outside Roman Reigns locker room. Reigns and Paul Heyman show up and Roman doesn’t want to hear excuses from Jey. The Usos look to leave but Reigns asks Jey to leave. Reigns explains that Jey isn’t respected by his team which means Roman isn’t respected. Reigns says that Jey needs to demand respect and then tells him to go.
Asuka vs. Sasha Banks – Raw Women’s Champion vs. Smackdown Women’s Champion
Background: This is the annual match between women’s champions.
Previous PPV matches: This is a third PPV match between these two girls. The first was a no contest and the second was won by Asuka.
Survivor Series PPV Record: Asuka is 1-2, Sasha is 0-4.
Match: It’s a back and forth start to the match as the girls exchange strikes. Banks applies hammerlocks and attempts an armbar but Asuka blocks it. It continues to be back and forth as both girls knock the other out of the ring. Asuka takes control and lays in some kicks. This match is a real mix of strikes and submissions. Sasha blocks a German suplex on the spron but Asuka stiff kicks her and then hits a hip attack to the floor. Banks hits a stiff baseball slide and then jumps off the barricade but Asuka hits her with a codebreaker. They both barely beat the count back in and Sasha hits a backstabber for a near fall. Sasha locks on the Banks statement but Asuka escapes. The two girls exchange pinfalls until Sasha eventually keeps Asuka down for a three!
Result: Sasha Banks wins by pinfall.
Review: I really enjoyed this match. It was a great back and forth match. My only gripe is the finish, it was made to look like a fluke. It wasn’t definitive. But it means that Asuka isn’t hurt by the loss. If there were more meaningful stakes then you’d want to see a better finish but this is fine considering the circumstances. Sasha Banks wins and I think it was actually the right result.
We’re shown some footage from the battle royal on the pre-show. It looked like Dominik won the match but The Miz was not eliminated and he would win.
More footage from the pre-show and the Gobbledy Gooker winning the 24/7 Championship.
The Goobledy Gooker is backstage and falls for a bird seed trap. Akira Tozawa then schoolboys him for the win. R-Truth then shows up, attacks Tozawa with a bag of bird seed and pins him for the three.
Team Raw (Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Lacey Evans, Peyton Royce & Lana) vs. Team Smackdown (Bayley, Natalya, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott & Bianca Belair) – Traditional Survivor Series match
Background: For the women’s Survivor Series elimination match, all five of Team Raw’s members were initially revealed on the October 26 episode of Raw. WWE officials Adam Pearce and Pat Buck announced that WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler, along with Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke, would represent Team Raw. The fifth and final spot was determined by a fatal four-way match that night, which Lana won by defeating Lacey Evans, Peyton Royce, and Nikki Cross. On the November 16 episode of Raw, due to Jax and Baszler attacking Rose’s arm during a tag team match, and then Retribution’s Reckoning later attacking Brooke backstage, both Rose and Brooke were deemed unable to compete at Survivor Series, thus Pearce announced that they would be replaced by Evans and Royce. Team SmackDown’s first member was determined on the October 30 episode of SmackDown. Bianca Belair won the spot by defeating Billie Kay and Natalya in a triple threat match. Ruby Riott won the second spot on the following episode, where she defeated Natalya and Zelina Vega in a triple threat match. On the November 13 episode, Liv Morgan qualified by defeating Chelsea Green, Natalya, and Tamina in a fatal four-way match. The following week, Pearce added Bayley to the team, and Natalya defeated Tamina to win the final spot on Team SmackDown.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these ten girls.
Survivor Series PPV Record: Nia Jax is 1-2, Shayna Baszler is 1-0, Lacey Evans is 0-1, Bayley is 1-3, Natalya is 3-4, Bianca Belair is 0-1. Peyton Royce, Lana, Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott wrestle at this event for the first time tonight.
Match: Bayley kicks off the match against Lacey Evans. There’s plenty of tags between both teams without any eliminations. No tags to Lana yet. Baszler lays some stiff kicks into Ruby Riott. All five girls then try to take on Nia but she fights them all off. Lana tags herself in and takes on Liv Morgan and then Natalya as the rest of team Raw ask Lana to tag back out. Nia tags back in and then she and Shayna tell Lana to stand on the ring steps out of the way. Bianca hits a big snake eyes on Peyton Royce and then Bayley comes in off the top with an elbow drop. Lacey breaks up the pinfall attempt and then all hell breaks loose with all of the girls (except Lana). There’s a brutal spot with Peyton suplexing Bayley off the top rope to the outside into all of the other girls below. Back in the ring and Royce hits a brainbuster type move on Bayley which is enough to eliminate her from the match.
Natalya makes a bit of a mess of something on Peyton before flipping her back over and locking on the sharpshooter. Peyton taps out.Natalya tries to take on both Lacey Evans and Shayna Baszler which results in Natalya getting hit with a womens right before Lacey pins Natalya to eliminate her. Lacey hits a Spanish fly on Bianca off the top and gets a near fall after The Riott Squad break it up. Ruby and Liv double team Nia Jax whop tags out to Shayna Baszler. Shayna locks the kirafuta clutch on Ruby Riott causing Ruby to pass out. Shayna then pins her for the three. Liv Morgan fires up on Lacey Evans, hits her with a crucifix bomb and eliminates Evans from the match. Liv tries to fire up on Nia but Jax just hits her with a Samoan drop which is enough for the three. Bianca is left on her own and manages to fight off both Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. Baszler locks on the kirafuta clutch but Belair manages to get to the bottom rope. Shayna doesn’t break the hold though and gets disqualified!
The fight between Bianca Belair and Nia Jax goes to the outside where both girls get counted out! That means that Lana, who has been stood on the steps, is the sole survivor!
Result: Lana wins for Team Raw.
Peyton Royce eliminates Bayley
Natalya eliminates Peyton Royce
Lacey Evans eliminates Natalya
Shayna Baszler eliminates Ruby Riott
Liv Morgan eliminates Lacey Evans
Nia Jax eliminates Liv Morgan
Shayna Baszler gets disqualified
Nia Jax and Bianca Belair get counted out
Review: This match was decent enough. The story was with Lana who was stood outside the ring for most of the match winning the match by default. Nia and Shayna looked really dominant in this one. But it’s Lana that wins and like earlier, it’s a win for Team Raw.
There’s an ad for TLC.
There’s a video package next for Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre.
Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns – WWE Champion vs. Universal Champion
Background: After losing the WWE Championship to Randy Orton at Hell in a Cell on October 25, Drew McIntyre was given a rematch for the title. Prior to that, McIntyre appeared on the November 13 episode of SmackDown to confront Universal Champion Roman Reigns, despite not being the WWE Champion. On the November 16 episode of Raw, McIntyre defeated Orton to regain the WWE Championship, thus becoming Reigns’ opponent at Survivor Series.
Previous PPV matches: This is a third PPV match between these two men, Roman won the previous two.
Survivor Series PPV Record: Drew McIntyre is 2-2, Roman Reigns is 5-1.
Match: This match has a big fight feel to it. It’s a slow start to the match as both men jockey for position. Drew hits a couple of big knockdowns early which stuns Reigns. It’s back and forth from here and it’s hard-hitting. Reigns lays into McIntyre on the outside, launching him into the ring steps. It’s all Reigns from here, hitting big strikes and locking on submissions. McIntyre avoids a superman punch and then hits the campest spinebuster I’ve ever seen. Drew hits a Glasgow kiss and a futureshock DDT for a near fall. McIntyre looks for a claymore but Reigns counters and hits a superman punch! Roman looks for a spear but Drew counters and locks on a kimura. Reigns hits two Samoan drops on McIntyre on the outside with the second one putting Drew through the announce desk. Roman then spears McIntyre through the barricade before rolling him into the ring and getting a near fall. Reigns hits a spear out of nowhere but McIntyre kicks out of the pinfall attempt. Roman looks for another spear but runs into a claymore! Reigns knocks into the referee who falls out of the ring. Jey Uso then arrives but McIntyre disposes of him. Reigns hits McIntyre with a low blow, Jey Uso hits a superkick, Reigns hits a superman punch and Reigns then locks on a guillotine. McIntyre tries to fight out but can’t and passes out.
Result: Roman Reigns wins by knockout.
Review: This was a great match. A hard-hitting main event between two main event heavyweights. Roman wins which doesn’t hurt McIntyre too much but it does show who the top man in WWE is. I’m not sure if Jey Uso was really needed but it did helf Reigns get the win and maybe McIntyre losing cleanly wasn’t a good idea. Roman Reigns wins and looks unstoppable at the moment.
There’s an ad for a Stone Cold podcast part 2 with The Undertaker.
It’s time for The Undertakers farewell. Mike Rome introduces those who are here to pay homage. Shane McMahon, The Big Show, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, Jeff Hardy, Mick Foley, The Godfather, The Godwinns, Savio Vega, Rikishi, Kevin Nash, Booker T, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Triple H and Kane. There’s a video package showing The Undertakers career. When we come back from the video package the only man in the ring is Vince McMahon. He gives a speech about the deadman before introducing The Undertaker. Undertaker announces that now his time has come to rest in peace. Undertsker goes down on one knee and a hologram of Paul Bearer holding the urn appears with an “oh yes”. Undertaker leaves to a chorus of “Thank You Taker”.
And that was Survivor Series 2020. It felt like a good show. I have to say, I do tend to enjoy Survivor Series year on year despite a lot of people being fed up of the Raw vs. Smackdown format. Team Raw won the opener and on paper you would expect that result. It ended up being a clean sweep and it was a decent enough opener. The Street Profits then beat New Day in a good match. I like both of these teams, they both feel like proper tag teams. Two popular babyfaces too. They out on a good contest and it was a big win for the Street Profits who I hope stay together for as long as possible. Bobby Lashley beat Sami Zayn in straight forward fashion. Lashley is a beast at the moment, I hope he’s main eventing these shows before long.
Sasha Banks beat Asuka in a good match. I wasn’t a huge fan of the finish, I would have preferred a more decisive end but it hurts Asuka a lot less this way. This was good, one of the best matches the two of them have had against each other this year. Lana then won the match for Team Raw in the women’s traditional Survivor Series match. I’m all for finishes like this. We never see matches end this way but it’s always a possibility that they could. So Lana picks up one of the biggest wins of her career. In the main event Roman Reigns beat Drew McIntyre. Reigns is just unstoppable at the moment. I like him winning, it doesn’t hurt McIntyre too much but I would like to see a prolonged feud between the two in the future. This was a really good match. And then came The Undertaker business, announcing his retirement.
Overall Rating: 64.58/100 (ranked 89th out of 395)
Match Of The Night: Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
Worst Match Of The Night: Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn
Surprise Of The Night: Lana wins for Team Raw
Worst Booking Of The Night: N/A
Superstar Of The Night: The Undertaker
Survivor Series 2020 Will Be Remembered For: The Undertaker announcing his retirement