By Tim Fiorvanti, Sean Coyle and Matt Wilansky | November 19, 2018
The 32nd edition of the WWE Survivor Series was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Last week there were a lot of changes as Becky Lynch's injury led to a bout between Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey while the WWE championship of Daniel Bryan on Tuesday kicked off a dream match against Brock Lesnar.
After a 10-on-10 traditional Survivor Series elimination match at the kickoff show, Raw and SmackDown will also fight on 5-on-5 men's and women's elimination as well.
Arash Markazi was live in Los Angeles all night, with Sean Coyle, Tim Fiorvanti and Matt Wilansky recapitulating the action match by match.
(c) – indicates champion
Bold: indicates survivor (s)
World Champion vs. WWE Champion: Brock Lesnar def. Daniel Bryan
The main event of the Survivor Series was a three section tale. It all started with Daniel Bryan dancing around the ring and countering Brock Lesnar, apparently trying to get Lesnar to a stick and approaching. Then Lesnar finally got his hands on Bryan, got a very real and uncomfortable suplex that knocked Bryan in his head, and spent the next 10 minutes begging, hugging himself and Bryan F-5ing all over the place.
It all had the same feeling as John Cena's destruction by Lesnar in 2014, but as the fans were quiet and the question of what the hell was going on got louder, the third act came on the scene – and from that point forward Bryan and Lesnar made a show to close the Survivor Series. To the great shock of most fans watching the show, Bryan had two or three moments when he really felt like he was about to get the monumental victory.
Lesnar won in the end, but he felt somehow as if he had escaped with the victory, instead of deserving it – a rare moment, in fact, during this race in Lesnar's career.
Few knew what to expect from Bryan to enter this game as it was his first appearance since his WWE championship victory and subsequent post-match attack on AJ Styles. Even a behind-the-scenes interview was unsuccessful. On the surface, Bryan is supposed to be a bad guy, but it's also Brock Lesnar, who has been the invincible champion of Universal, who only appears when he wants the dismay of most people.
As was the case with most of the Survivor Series, the heel and face demarcations have largely disappeared. There were times when villainous traits emerged for both Lesnar and Bryan, but the Staples Center audience was generally behind Bryan and Lesnar.
Bryan's plan to enter the leg and try to keep pace worked in the embryonic stages of the match. Bryan even left the ring and tried to make Lesnar lose his temper. He peeked outside the ring and made Brock slide out and chase after him, and so Bryan immediately slid into the ring and cheered. Nipping the bear ended badly, though. Brock checked a kick and Bryan outfitted, and from there he went to the races. A dangerous-looking suplex threw Bryan into his head and neck, both areas of concern that had previously interrupted Bryan's career. A second German suplex did not seem so bad, but the arena was quiet as Lesnar supplanted Bryan all over the ring, seemingly without regard to his opponent's well-being.
There were also bear hugs and the belly top supplements from the top to mix. Lesnar threw Bryan into the barricade, bumped into Bryan, nailed a backbone, the German supplanted Bryan again, turned another bear hug into a suplex.
Finally, Lesnar seemed to try an F-5. He shouted, "Good night to everyone," he nailed his finisher and went down to the pine. The referee counted 1, then 2, but then Lesnar caught Bryan by the hair to break the count and then went down to the floor.
Lesnar drenched the crowd's anger, but when he bent down to catch Bryan, Bryan finally showed some signs of life. He got Brock a blow when the older man bowed. Then a second. A troubled Lesnar prepared Bryan for another F-5, Bryan's feet went to Mike Chioda's head and Bryan saw his window.
A low blow followed by a moving knee drove the crowd out of nowhere – and Bryan got a count of two in Brock before Lesnar lifted his shoulder.
Kicks for Lesnar were followed by thrusts on Brock's head and neck. Bryan went to another knee running, missed, and Lesnar stayed with Bryan for a second F-5. This time, Bryan reacted and dodged Lesnar's attempt on a clothesline, which caused Lesnar to fall out of the ring. Bryan was flying out of the ring, only to Lesnar to catch him, but Bryan escaped again and sent Lesnar into the ring. Bryan followed him with a flying knee from his apron to the outside and then rolled back into the ring with a blast of strength behind him.
An attempted suicide dive was captured, and Lesnar sent Bryan back to the post twice. It seemed that Lesnar had turned the tide against Bryan once more, but when Lesnar climbed the steel steps toward a Bryan leaning against the pole, Bryan moved and Lesnar was injured.
The two battered men traded shots from outside, but as the action spread back into the ring, Bryan hit a second running knee – but Lesnar narrowly kicked out again. Heyman sold the hell out the door, and the crowd could not have been more invested in a match that they apparently gave up just minutes before.
Bryan hit Lesnar's left leg and wrapped the same leg around the pole. He went to his patented dropkicks in the corner, but in the second effort, Lesnar caught Bryan for an F-5 – only his leg gave up, and pitched Bryan perfectly to the Yes Lock.
Brock broke control, but Bryan hit Lesnar hard on the face with a bunch of forearms and hook shots. He replaced Yes Lock by a stretch, and for a moment it seemed that the audience thought he would see an unthinking submission victory over Lesnar. After the bodies changed, Bryan tried to make a triangle, but Lesnar caught Bryan and hit a second F-5 to win the match.
From time to time, Lesnar and his opponent are equally invested in a match. Just as he did against AJ Styles last year at Survivor Series, Lesnar's game against Bryan showed just how good Lesnar can still be in the ring with the right opponent. Each champion has his next opponent lined up, but with the mad smile on Bryan's face, and Bryan's rare nod of recognition to Bryan when the show went off the air, both guys can be prepared to run this game back sometime the future – and we would all be better off for it.
Round Rousey def. Charlotte Flair by disqualification
Charlotte Flair is many things. She is a multi-time champion, incredibly talented and undoubtedly on the way to being the female wrestling GOAT.
But maddened and a loose cannon?
She is now. Amidst a sparkling and memorable champion against the champion against Rousey Rousey, Charlotte lost her head. Lost completely. Deep in the fight, which Charlotte had the advantage mostly, she took a piece of Kendo and annihilated Rousey over and over and over.
The bell rang. Charlotte was disqualified. But she did not care. She nailed Rousey with a Natural Selection on the chair. Charlie then attacked four officers and put Rousey's neck between the chair and stepped on it. Absolutely brutal. What happened to Charlotte? She turned as Becky had a few months before; as Daniel Bryan did at AJ Styles the other day.
To say that this was a surprise turn of events in a match that might well have been the main event on any pay-per-view is a euphemism. But in many ways, this was the right call. Charlotte played a more heterogeneous artist, and since losing the title, she had this distressing thing that was not working – especially with Becky's rise.
That Charlotte is not anymore.
Believe it or not, Rousey, the most talked-about artist for variety sports fans since she announced that she was joining WWE a year ago, was only a backdrop to the Charlotte saga on Sunday.
Rousey climbed the Raw ladder, until the championship, which she won in August at SummerSlam. But she was running into a problem. No one in the Raw cast was on the same level as her when you consider her pedigree and popularity.
But then there's Charlotte. She's on the blue mark, away from Rousey, but more than anyone else – and that includes Becky – the only woman who could stop the Rousey train.
After all, it was Charlotte who knocked out an unbeaten Asuka at WrestleMania this year, ending one of the big wins this business has seen.
On Sunday, Charlotte was the aggressor of the first part of the match. She was overwhelming and technical-at the same time she let out more than a few verbal vogies against Rousey.
The Raw champion had blood coming out of her mouth and looking helpless for the first time since joining the deal. It was a slugfest, and Rousey was losing.
But perhaps Charlotte's biggest enemy was herself. She prematurely went to a moonsault, but Rousey dodged and began to turn the tide. Then things got really good. Rousey landed lefts and rights. Charlotte replied by slapping Rousey's stuffing. The crowd was feeling this. Blood had now reached Rousey's chest and was scattered across the ring.
And that's when Charlotte lost her mind.
This story will continue. Normally, disqualifications and counts leave a bad taste in our mouth. But not in this case. If this is the new Charlotte, we're at a party, and Rousey, whenever the next match may be, could be even more punishing.
Men's 5-on-5 QualifiersTeam RawBraun StrowmanDolph Ziggler Drew McIntyreFinn Balor, Bobby Lashleydef. Team SmackDown (The Miz, Mysterio Rey, Joe Samoa, Shane McMahon, Jeff Hardy)
If it was not clear through the female 5-on-5 elimination game and Seth Rollins' win over Shinsuke Nakamura, Survivor Series main driving force seems to be anticipating some stagnant stories on Monday Night Raw at the expense of SmackDown. .
In addition to Miz repeatedly putting Shane McMahon in danger, which should have some consequences in the coming weeks, Braun Strowman's conflict with Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and most of the locker room Raw has taken center stage for men. 5 elimination match on Sunday night. After he did a lot of hard work in the fight, scoring the last four eliminations for the Raw team, Strowman was quickly attacked by Corbin when Raw GM attempted to escape the attack due to him in the second in which the bell rang to finish The fight. match.
Still, it's a better fate than Samoa Joe and many others have pitted in the Survivor Series. After Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre fought to start the match against Raw against Samoa Joe, Strowman won the battle of wills. McIntyre blindly self-centered and almost fell straight into a coke clutch. Joe nearly locked the clutch for the second time, but after McIntyre rolled, he hit Claymore on the button, and just moments after the match, Samoa Joe was a strangely fast chance.
The crowd immediately expressed their feelings in a not so polite way. Raw almost got its second elimination, with Dolph Ziggler hitting a Zig Zag on Shane McMahon, but Miz ran into the defense. That begged the question: why did not anyone on the tag team or women's games do the same thing earlier in the night, and why did not they try to save Samoa Joe either?
Braun scored, only for McIntyre to blabber blindly one more time; this time the two giants swayed, and the ensuing chaos left Braun defending himself. It all started with a 619 by Mysterio, and ended when McMahon struck a diving elbow drop from the top tensor through Strowman at the commentary table.
Balor offered to help McIntyre, but Drew refused to leave. Balor ended up blinding himself and then kicked Drew in the face for good measure, sewing even more chaos on Raw's team. Balor crushed both The Miz and Jeff Hardy, and then went into battle with Mysterio. After he lost a 619, Mysterio ate a funk blade from Finn Balor, who prepared him for the coup de grace. Mysterio countered Balor's finisher, however, moved the action to the other side of the ring and hit a 619 to eliminate Balor.
Mysterio put Drew McIntyre to a 619 as well, but blind Bobby Lashley scored and then ragdolled Mysterio all over the place. He finally left, and Hardy came face-to-face with Ziggler; Hardy hit a Twist of Fate, but his effort on a Swanton bomb hit Ziggler's knees.
Miz called McMahon and the SmackDown commissioner crashed from coast to coast in Ziggler. With his second pinfall on Ziggler in three weeks, McMahon gave SmackDown the numerical advantage once again.
Lashley came in and begged Shane all over the place, but after Miz helped turn the tide, Miz once again led Shane McMahon to limp up the top rope and try a coast to coast in Lashley. This time, however, Strowman appeared out of nowhere and pulled McMahon out of the sky.
It was pretty simple from that point on. A powerslam Braun Strowman to eliminate Jeff Hardy. A 619 counterattacked on another powerslam to overthrow Mysterio. When Miz and McMahon tried to regroup, Miz left McMahon to dry once more, while Strowman was transporting Commissioner SmackDown at full speed. Miz quickly took a stroke of Strowman, however, and there was a powerslam and a loss of pinfall waiting for him as well.
A beaten McMahon signaled to Strowman for the giant to take him, and Strowman obeyed. A low dropkick sent McMahon to the corner, and a last powerlam gave Strowman four straight eliminations to finish the match. Strowman has a Universal championship opportunity and a free kick against Corbin in his future, and Raw went up 4-0. the pay-per-view (4-1 if you count the initial show). Even though SmackDown has gained strength, largely thanks to Becky Lynch, it's hard to look at this game and Survivor Series up to this point and not think Raw is still the main show in the eyes of WWE powers.
Cruiserweight Championship Buddy Murphy (c) def. Mustafa Ali
Buddy Murphy is not the best known superstar, not just because he is in the cruiserweight division. He did not have his decisive moment until October in the Super Show-Down in Australia, when he defeated veteran champion Cedric Alexander. But Murphy has all the tools needed to thrive in this division. He has the look, the attitude, the skill set in the ring. Is the power.
The truth is, no matter how skilled and talented your Survivor Series opponent, Mustafa Ali, was, the timing was not right. He has been patient in waiting for another shot since he fell for Alexander and WrestleMania.
Ali and Murphy had a heated rivalry earlier this year, and to the delight of those who enjoy high-octane fiefdoms, it was rekindled.
It was not more than a minute or two before Ali showed his aerial tactics with a 360 dive into Murphy, but the champion turned the tide almost immediately pushing Ali out of the middle rope and into the barricade, a move that resulted in a large reaction of the crowd.
Murphy was simply on fire from there. He also turned the rope and landed on Ali and then teased him around the ring with his absolute power. And one point he practically killed Ali and threw him on the rope like a rag doll. The two trades maneuvers high risk for the whole game, but the Spanish Fly from the table to announce and on the ground has the crowd going again.
Once the two were back in the ring, Ali was ready to hit his 054, but Murphy stood up and finally pulled his opponent from the ropes and hit the Murphy Law Finisher.
Hopefully, this was the platform Murphy needed to get more recognition. He deserves.
Tag Team Champions vs. Raw SmackDown tag team champions: Pain authors def. The bar
Although there was no building title in this tag game champion RAW versus SmackDown, AOP and The Bar are two of the most physical teams on each list. What was missing from the point of view of the story had the potential to be done from a perspective in the ring with the wild cards of the Big Show at the corner of The Bar and Drake Maverick next to the AOP. Unfortunately, the result was mediocre.
As expected between two strength teams, the pace of the match was relatively slow, especially at the start. The generic tag team formula was used as AOP, which worked as jumps, defeated Cesaro, who tried to make the tag hot.
Cesaro finally reached Sheamus, who let out a burst of knees and forearms on both AOP members. Sheamus took Prazar with a Brogue kick, but when he covered it, Maverick intervened and placed Prayer's foot on the lower rope, breaking the count. As Maverick attempted to flee the crime scene, he was caught by the Big Show, which brought about an unusual situation.
As Big Show wrapped his hand around Maverick's neck, a petrified Maverick apparently peed. This was a great distraction to allow AOP to capitalize and take Sheamus with a suplex / power bomb combination for the win.
The problem with this match was that while AOP worked like jumps, both teams were at their respective shows, so the public reaction when The Bar returned left much to be desired. The final result was a generic tag team match with an odd final sequence.
Now that it's over, both teams can go their separate ways.
Intercontinental Champion vs. United States Champion: Seth Rollins def. Shinsuke Nakamura
For all the "first-time-ever" games that WWE has put up over the past few years, many have not lived up to all the hype.
It is safe to say that Shinsuke Nakamura and Seth Rollins struggled to overcome this trend by setting up an intensely physical match that picked up even more in the last stages of the match and made the crowd thrill early in the evening.
Under the right circumstances, Nakamura-Rollins could have been a major event earlier this decade inside a certain American Legion Post about 30 miles north of Staples Center at 405 and no one would have struck an eye. Although Rollins finally got away with the win tonight, but in a match with no particular stake, he and Nakamura gave fans a taste of a rivalry that could easily impress Raw or SmackDown in the future.
The action began slowly, as each man felt his opponent and tried to gain mental advantage of the other. Even before everything started to improve, Rollins hit a fameasser on the apron – just for Nakamura to make Rollins turn around in a suicide attempt and nail Rollins to the head with a loud kick.
Nakamura dominated the early stages of this game, keeping the action in the corner and near the ropes as he went through some of his signature offense. Rollins eventually caught Nakamura and threw him head out of the ring; From there, Rollins made a couple of suicidal dives and, at the request of the crowd, got a third.
Even receiving the request, the crowd was a little warm for this match in the middle of the way. This apparently inspired Rollins and Nakamura to take it from the point of view of physicality. A one-legged backstabber for Nakamura caught the crowd's attention, but it was the overkick that Rollins landed when Nakamura came down (which fell like a flush and violently like any kick Rollins ever played) that really started to attract the fans.
Nakamura was able to showcase some of his MMA-style submission transitions, and Rollins actually managed to unite his patented superplex in a combination of hawk arrows. Nakamura responded with a Landslide, Rollins tapped his knee, and went full throttle to the end.
Rollins lost a frog and Nakamura hit the back of the head, which earned him the first credible championship count. They took control of each other, and Nakamura prepared a suitable Kinshasa. Rollins replied that in a superkick kick and a low kick, just to miss the stomp. Nakamura lost a Kinshasa for the second time, Rollins hit full and managed the clean victory of the pinfalls.
It was a surprise that Dean Ambrose did not get involved during or after the match, but it worked out in the end. Rollins won the victory, and although Nakamura has not yet had much of a remarkable win to show since winning the United States championship, he once again proved what he is capable of when he received the spotlight.
Women & # 39; s 5-on-5 elimination match: Team Raw: (Mickie James, Nia Jax, Tamina, Bayley, Sasha Banks) def. Team SmackDown (Asuka, Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose)
There was a big drama before the start of the women's match in the Survivor Series. Charlotte Flair was pulled from the SmackDown team last Tuesday so she could fill her shoes for a bruised Becky Lynch and face Ronda Rousey. In Charlotte's place was Mandy Rose. Hardly an upgrade, but still a formidable near enemy as she would show in the game.
Despite the changes, SmackDown had the physiological advantage after a Raw attack led by Becky to end the show on Monday. Of course, it may have backfired, but the blue team showed it would be the aggressor.
It was not long, but a minute into the game before a full fight broke out. From there, Tamina immediately eliminated Naomi seconds before Carmella toppled Tamina and gave us – you guessed it – a break to dance.
With the game, Rose, Bayley and Sonya Deville had moments of prominence, but all were eliminated. Asuka – the only survivor of last year – was left alone for SmackDown to face the formidable duo of Sasha Banks and Nia Jax.
But you do not know, Jax, who was getting huge heat during the match due to his injury at Lynch on Monday, pushed his teammate Banks off the ropes and Asuka immediately tapped with an Asuka lock.
Asuka was spent, however. Jax entered and assaulted his opponent SmackDown before arresting her and remaining in the ring as the sole survivor.
In the end, it was not so surprising that Jax remained tall. She is, after all, Rousey's next opponent when the Survivor Series ends. It's hard to imagine any woman on the Raw list who has enough star power to match Rousey.
That's where Jax comes in. Judging by the response she received and the fact that she was the only woman to emerge in the opening game of Survivor Series, that was a good start.
10-on-10 team elimination match: Team SmackDown (Uses, New Day, Inc., Gallows and Anderson, The Colons) def. Raw Team (Bobby Roode and Chad Gableg, The Revival, B-Team, The Rise, Fight House Party)