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KYGHT'S PPV EVALUATION - WWE Survivor Series: Best/Worst Match, Biggest Surprise/Letdown, Updated 2012 PPV Rankings

Nov 25, 2012 - 1:53:45 PM
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WWE Survivor Series PPV Evaluation 11/18
By Nathan Kyght, PWTorch PPV specialist


BEST MATCH – C.M. PUNK VS. JOHN CENA VS. RYBACK

This match was booked out of nowhere, seemingly in response to a lackluster response to the Team Foley vs. Team Punk main event, and didn’t really have a chance to build too much momentum heading into the main event of Survivor Series. Still, despite WWE going with the predictable ending of Ryback taking out Cena and Punk ‘stealing’ the win, it was done with enough of a twist in the debut of Rollins, Reigns, and Ambrose that it felt like a satisfying conclusion to a good main event. The show overall was just there, and this match won’t be remembered come Match of the Year voting, but there was nothing wrong with it and ended the show on a high note.

WORST MATCH – EVE VS. KAITLYN

Another month, another dreadful Divas match. The storylines in the division are not drawing interest, and WWE doesn’t seem to care at all about consistency or drama in the Divas feuds. Beth Phoenix left WWE over the lack of focus on the division apparently. Can’t blame her.

BIGGEST SURPRISE – THE BIG SHOW RETAINS

When The Bog Show won the World Title from Sheamus in an excellent match last month, I suspected that WWE was switching the title to shake things up a bit and create a strong storyline for Survivor Series, but I assumed Sheamus would regain the title here. I didn't think the match was as good as last month, but was still well done, and I think it was the right move keeping the title on Show. He’s one of the few wrestlers who is great in both a babyface and heel role, and keeping the title on him was a good move at the end of the day.

BIGGEST LETDOWN – UNNANOUNCED MATCHES

I can see the argument that getting more of the show is obviously a good thing, and the argument is right. I just think that when matches are added with no build-up on a show that people have already purchased, an opportunity is wasted. It also leads me to believe that there were no plans until the last minute, which is hardly the way to build and maintain compelling stories. The strangest part is that the last-minute addition matches included a Survivor Series match featuring Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara. Seriously, this wasn’t worth advertising? On a show called Survivor Series?

BEST QUOTE – RANDY ORTON

Randy Orton’s casual “I hate you” to Mick Foley was both laugh-out-loud great, and hopefully the start of an Orton heel turn. Orton can’t stand being a babyface, and it shows.

BEST MOVE – THE NXT THREE

Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns get the nod here for their powerbomb of Ryback through the announce table. It was a high point of the show, and was genuinely intriguing introduction of them to the main roster. I’m very curious to see where this goes.

BEST MATCH FINISH – WWE TITLE MATCH

WWE would have been crazy to have taken the WWE Title off Punk one day before his one-year anniversary as the champion, and I wasn’t surprised to see him keep the title here. It was the right move, and sets up a Ryback return match at TLC. And then on to The Rock.

OTHER THOUGHTS

- There’s still a YouTube pre show, and Santino Marella and Zack Ryder beat Jinder Mahal and Heath Slater. You heard it here first.

- Team Ziggler vs. Team Foley (who had no beef with each other, lest we forget) was a nice Survivor Series match that led to a good ending sequence between Orton and Ziggler. I’m glad that Ziggler went over; if he’s the next World champ, it’d be great if he…y’know….won matches.

- Antonio Cesaro vs. R-Truth went too long, and took place in front of a library quiet crowd. Forgettable, yet the feud is apparently continuing.

- Dear God, the A.J. Lee segment. I can’t fathom how I’m going to put into words how awful this was, so I will simply present the facts and you can draw your own conclusions. (1) This show cost nearly $60 in HD. (2) A.J. Lee stood in the ring for what felt like an eternity and showed photoshops of Vickie Guerrero doing things like eating a burrito. (3) This show cost nearly $60 in HD.

WHAT IT’LL BE REMEMBERED FOR

Not much. This was another of WWE’s ‘holding pattern’ shows, and with the exception of the NX3 showing up, it didn’t have much that was newsworthy. Here’s hoping things become more cohesive as we start on the Road To WrestleMania.

UPDATED 2012 PPV EVALUATION RANKINGS

1 - WWE EXTREME RULES (2012-04-29)
2 - WWE WRESTLEMANIA XXVIII (2012-04-01)
3 - WWE ELIMINATION CHAMBER (2012-02-19)
4 - TNA SLAMMIVERSARY (2012-06-10)
5 - TNA DESTINATION X (2012-07-08)
6 - TNA SACRIFICE (2012-05-13)
7 – WWE NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS (2012-09-16)
8 - WWE MONEY IN THE BANK (2012-07-15)
9 – TNA HARDCORE JUSTICE (2012-08-12)
10 – WWE SUMMERSLAM (2012-08-19)
11 - WWE OVER THE LIMIT (2012-05-20)
12 – TNA BOUND FOR GLORY (2012-10-14)
13 - WWE ROYAL RUMBLE (2012-1-29)
14 – TNA TURNING POINT (2012-11-11)
15 - TNA VICTORY ROAD (2012-03-18)
16 - TNA LOCKDOWN (2012-04-15)
17 – WWE SURVIVOR SERIES (2012-11-18)
18 – WWE HELL IN A CELL (2012-10-28)
19 - WWE NO WAY OUT (2012-06-17)
20 – TNA NO SURRENDER (2012-09-09)
21 - TNA GENESIS (2012-01-08)
22 – TNA AGAINST ALL ODDS (2012-02-12)


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