Survivor Series was certainly intended to be a very big deal, and for the most part, it lived up to the hype. AJ Styles vs Brock Lesnar was about as good a match as you could hope for in those circumstances, the matches between the Women's Champions and Tag Team Champions did not disappoint, and despite the confusing nature of the main event, it will certainly make for some interesting fallout. Therein lies the theme of this list. Survivor Series is in the rearview mirror and Vince McMahon will already be looking off into the distance and booking what's next, and so should we. How exactly did Sunday night's Survivor Series make the overall WWE landscape more interesting?
When a Superstar makes the move from NXT to either Raw or SmackDown Live, it can be a nerve-wracking experience. There's a list of examples of talents with bags of potential that just didn't work out on the main roster. Naturally, that left people worried about Asuka and her streak when she was called up recently. The first real test of whether WWE is taking The Empress of Tomorrow seriously came during the women's five-on-five match on Sunday night. If Asuka had been eliminated it would have made everything about her two-year unbeaten streak very confusing. Would that be the end of it? Or merely an asterisk? Well, it turns out we don't have to have that discussion as Asuka was the sole survivor. We can now rest assured that the streak will continue and that it will be treated as just a big a deal on the main roster as it was in NXT.
The most intriguing match on paper going into Sunday night's Survivor Series was the battle of the two shows' World Champions, AJ Styles versus Brock Lesnar. The beginnings of the match very much portrayed Lesnar as the monster he is as he tossed around The Phenomenal One like he was nothing. Thankfully, Styles got his stuff in though, and it began with him chopping down the Universal Champion as if he was a giant redwood. Styles laid in some stiff kicks on Lesnar's knee and took him to the mat. Later in the match, the WWE Champion slapped the Calf Crusher on that same leg. Brock won of course, but as he made his way back to the locker room he looked legitimately uncomfortable. Lesnar didn't seem to be able to put weight on his "injured" leg and could be seen whispering something to Paul Heyman. Maybe Brock is hurt, maybe he was just selling extremely well. We may never know.
There are a few tell-tale signs when a tag team are in the early stages of being broken up. Not to alarm anyone, but The New Day is starting to go through some of those stages. In the build to their match with The Shield at Survivor Series, the announcers made a point quite a few times of saying how they're brothers and nothing has ever come between them, unlike their opponents at the weekend. Then came the match itself which the SmackDown Live trio lost. Losing a match isn't enough to break up a team of course, but it wasn't just a loss. There were the aforementioned comments, and it could be argued that Big E was the man doing most of the heavy lifting on Sunday night. Considering he would likely be the man getting the push if they split, his superiority in matches could be what leads to New Day splitting as he decides he would be better off alone.
SmackDown Live's last pay-per-view before Survivor Series ended with Sami Zayn turning heel and aligning himself with his mortal enemy, Kevin Owens. Thanks to the confusion that has been the build to Survivor Series, that angle seemed to have been forgotten which was a real shame. Well, now that Survivor Series is out of the way, you'd assume the fight for brand supremacy is over. Thankfully, that doesn't seem to mean that KO and Zayn have been reset. During Sunday night's main event the two of them interfered and put the boots to their commissioner. McMahon fought them off with a steel chair and that was that, but at least we now know that the angle between the three of them is still alive and well and hasn't merely been forgotten by WWE.
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If you watched the main event of Survivor Series, then you are probably as confused as we are. Triple H turned on Kurt Angle, then he switched his attention to Shane McMahon, and The Game's night was capped off following a couple of power slams from Braun Strowman. The ending to the pay-per-view might feel like a bit of a mess at the moment—so much so that it's actually a little annoying—but what's really interesting is trying to figure out what comes next. All signs pointed towards The Game heading for a WrestleMania showdown with Angle, but following Survivor Series that could be one of three potential matches now. What people did not expect was the physicality between him and Strowman, and the next steps in that storyline starting on Raw this week will be fascinating.
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