What a card WWE managed to put together for this year's Survivor Series. Brock Lesnar, Triple H, Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, John Cena, and Kurt Angle all on the same show, and most of those Superstars were in the same match! As was hammered home over and over again it was the one night of the year that Raw and SmackDown Live go head to head. Regular rivalries and animosities set aside for the sake of brand pride. So who won the night, Raw or SmackDown Live? And what were some of the biggest moments along the way?
On an extremely stacked card, there was most definitely an argument to be made that The Shield versus The New Day was the most anticipated match on the docket. Well, WWE wanted to kick things off right and made that the first match of the evening. Two of WWE's most iconic factions clashing for the first time ever, and it did not disappoint. For a while, it seemed as if New Day had things sewn up, especially as Big E utilized his raw power to continually keep his opponents down. It was only going to be a matter of time before Roman Reigns resurfaced to save the day though, and that's exactly what happened. Him, Rollins, and Ambrose finished things off with a patented Shield Powerbomb off of the top rope. There's no kicking out of that, advantage Raw early on.
The first five-on-five match of the night was the women's bout, and things did not start off well for SmackDown Live's team captain. Becky Lynch was rolled up early on by Bayley and was the first eliminated. Tamina then began her very strong showing by eliminating Bayley to level things up for Team Blue and then managed to get Nia Jax counted out. Naomi followed that up by pinning Raw's team captain Alicia Fox, but didn't have her wits about her as seconds later the former Women's Champion was placed in the Bank Statement and had no choice but to tap. That began a run of submissions. Asuka picked up her first elimination by having Carmella tap out, and then Natalya made The Boss submit. That left Asuka in a two-on-one situation against Nattie and Tamina. That was no problem for The Empress though and she single-handedly took out the remainder of SmackDown Live's women to put Raw 2-0 up for the night.
It's hard to argue that Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair aren't heading up the charge on their respective shows when it comes to the women's division right now. That's why it was a great call by WWE to make Charlotte SmackDown Women's Champion last Tuesday. Both women showed during their match at Survivor Series exactly why the company has so much faith in them. You'd have thought that due to the size difference, a bout between the two could have been problematic, but it was far from it. Alexa had a lot of the offense and she made it look believable too. Eventually, Flair turned the tables in her favor and managed to pick up the win, putting Team Blue 3-2 ahead on the night in the process.
AJ Styles versus Brock Lesnar is a dream match on paper. As is often the case with Lesnar matches though sometimes that does not transfer to the ring. Although let's be honest, it takes a spectacularly bad performer to have a mediocre match with AJ Styles and Brock is far from mediocre. The match did have a worrying start though. The Beast Incarnate threw Styles around like a rag doll and the match bore a scary resemblance to Lesnar's decimation of John Cena at SummerSlam 2014. The Phenomenal One did level the playing field somewhat though. His innovative offense was clearly something Lesnar wasn't ready for, and there were times when it looked like Styles might win. Sadly, that didn't happen. Once Lesnar connected with an F5 it was game over.
The main event was the five on five men's elimination match. With the score all tied up at 3-3, it came down to this to decide which brand would win the whole of Survivor Series. It took a while for the first eliminations to come, but when they did, it was Braun Strowman doling them out. The Monster Among Men took out Shinsuke Nakamura, and then Bobby Roode. Samoa Joe was the first to go for Raw at the hands of John Cena, then Cena was sent packing by his old foe, Kurt Angle. An RKO on Finn Balor eliminated the Irishman and then chaos ensued. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens interrupted and put the boots to Shane McMahon. Amidst the chaos, Strowman picked up his third elimination on Orton. Then it got weird. Just as Shane was about to tap to Angle's ankle lock, Triple H turned on his own teammate and draped McMahon over Angle after giving him a Pedigree. Then, The Game turned his attention back to his brother in law, delivered a Pedigree and picked up the win for Team Raw. Strowman, not happy with Triple H's strange tactics, delivered a couple of powerslams to The King of Kings and thus brought an end to the very confusing climax of Survivor Series.
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