In New Zealand WWE pay-per-view/event/character DVDs will be distributed by Madman now, not Shock – it’s akin to a move sideways really, doesn’t change much at all. But it’s news. It’s how it’s going to work from now on…
It’s one of the WWE’s flagship events, a staple from back in the days of “the Big Four” PPVs – and this one has something special about it, 25 years of The Undertaker, he debuted at the event a quarter century ago. Here he’s going to let his entrance do the talking rather than his wrestling and so he and Kane reteam as The Brothers of Destruction and seek revenge on the Wyatts. A great storyline that sells a rudimentary match.
I enjoyed the full even though – even with a few near-duds. We get two “traditional” Survivor Series matches, the first a veritable clusterfuck. The second has something about it. It gets over the line. Makes sense at least.
But it’s the singles matches that do the real storytelling here. We begin with back-to-back semi-finals in a new contest to decide the World Champ. So it’s Alberto Del Rio against Roman Reigns – and this is a decent enough scene-setter even though we know who is going to win. The better match follows, Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens, but this has to be a shorter fight really (and it is) since its winner will be hitting the ring for a second time and not so far off…
Tyler Breeze and Dolph Ziggler furthers the career of Breeze, set up as the new Mr Perfect/\“Model” Martel character. It reminds us too that Ziggler is a great worker. He’ll do the work – even doing ‘the job’ – against anyone. And has been that way for some time now. And he does it all with a stupid, meaningless name and a gimmick that disappeared long before it ever really stuck. He’s a class athlete really.
For our final we get a decent match and then a controversial false-finish. People reading this will likely know the outcome already – I won’t spoil it though. Just in case. It’s one of those twist-ends that often frustrates a PPV-watcher, especially back in the days of forking out extra for the event to watch live. With a cooler head, and just the cost of a DVD, it’s easier to take I reckon. (I say that as someone who knew the outcome, though it was still my first time watching it).
I kinda like these false-finish/twists. It feels like bemoaning nearly anything associated with pro-wrestling is missing the point. Also we’re at the start of Wrestlemania buildup when we sit down to Survivor Series. We must give thanks for that…the storylines are starting to take full shape toward’s the calendar’s big, big event.
I liked this round of Survivor Series. I’m able to say that as a no-longer die-hard fan though. A tourist or something. It had enough to keep me interested.