THE SPECIALISTS TUCKER'S INSTANT REACTION - Survivor Series 11/18: How did the PPV come across in-person?
Nov 18, 2012 - 11:45:34 PM
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Instant Reaction - WWE Survivor Series PPV 11/18
By Benjamin Tucker, PWTorch TV specialist
Overall Score - 7.5
Live in the arena, Survivor Series exceeded my expectations tonight. With a weak undercard and Ryback having to be carried in the main event, I didn't expect much from the card. However, the show ended up being a lot of fun, with good action, solid pacing, and a nice surprise at the end. I could easily see a re-done Nexus forming, this time with Paul Heyman at the helm, and it could be a lot of fun. They're packing a lot of talent in here, with both Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose being notable Internet darlings. As long as they don't feed Ryback more too quickly, this can be the start of a beautiful story.
The match itself? Dull until the final minutes with Cena and Punk. Basing the match around Ryback was a bad idea. The crowd was split between Punk and Cena, leaving Ryback as the third wheel that no one preferred. It essentially set him up to fail, and once again shows why Punk vs. Cena would've been a better option.
The World Heavyweight Championship, on the other hand, was one of the best matches of 2012 (taking out the finish). The nearfalls were great, and the boxing-esque opening was a great way to kick off the bout. The ending was a bit of a downer, but even the post-match beat down was exciting. Sheamus was the star, though, with feats of strength matched only by John Cena and Goldberg. Dolph Ziggler not cashing in felt odd when Sheamus obliterated Show, but it was still fun to watch.
Speaking of Ziggler, I'm shocked to say that he was in the weakest of the two Survivor Series style matches. The opener was great, with lots of great timing and choreography. Harmless fun, which also happened to elevate Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel in a big way if given more of a push in the future. Team Ziggler vs. Team Foley didn't follow up on almost any of the team dissension stories that were a big part of the hype. At the same time, no one other than Miz, Ziggler, and Orton really stood out. The final few minutes were good, and I'm glad that Ziggler won, but the eliminations felt anti-climactic and I can't help but feel that it could've been stronger.
The U.S. and Divas Title matches were dull, though Eve tried to get Kaitlyn over. The A.J.-Vickie segment wasn't horrible, and in the end the show felt a lot more satisfying that Hell in a Cell. It wasn't perfect, but it had solid action with good storytelling. Now the key is follow-up.
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