Survivor Series 2019
It’s the 33rd version of the Survivor Series PPV event and it worked well with WWE pitting the three brands – RAW, Smackdown and NXT – against each other as a way of modernising the traditional Survivor Series-styled team match-ups.
That also meant for a card stacked with very long matches.
Fortunately the action was – for the most part – really good. The storytelling in-ring and in the adherence to developing storylines was solid.
Highlights included the opening 5-on-5-on5 women’s Triple Threat elimination match – where Team NXT (Bianca Belair, Candice LeRae, Lo Shirai, Rhea Ripley and Toni Storm) defeated Team Smackdown (Nikki Cross, Lacey Evans, Carmella, Dana Brooke and Sasha Banks) and Team RAW (Charlotte Flaire, Kairi Sane, Sarah Logan, Natalya and Asuka and the 30-minute grindhouse of the men’s big 5-on-5-on 5 triple threat where Smackdown (King Corbin, Mustafa Ali, Shorty G, Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns) went over Team NXT (Walter, Keith Lee, Damian Priest, Tomaaso Ciampa and Matt Riddle) and Team RAW (Seth Rollins, Kevin Oens, Randy Orton, Ricochet and Drew McIntyre).
Though it was an effective way to both modernise the mechanism and showcase plenty of the players across the card it did mean for a few too many triple threats (there was one during the dark matches as well as another non Survivor-styled one on the main bill).
And some of the non-spec matches just seemed to get lost – Adam Cole beating Pete Dune for the NXT champ, Brock Lesnar beating Rey Myesterio and then specifically the main event: A women’s championship triple-threat (I think the stipulation got in the way).
But as a wrestling-focussed, all-business PPV this was better than we’d had in a while and felt like the best way to move on from the brand’s worst-ever PPV ending. So fair play to that.