WWE – Survivor Series 2012 (Cert 15)
1 Disc Blu-ray / DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 163 minutes approx.
Survivor Series was always one of my favourite WWE PPVs with the early days, with the team elimination format made up of seemingly disparate wrestlers coming together to settle a number of feuds in one match a fresh and fun idea. Sadly over the years Vince McMahon has soured on the format, preferring to push regular matches over the team elimination. In fact in the 1998 version there was not one single elimination match on the card, the format having been replaced by a WWF Title tournament. Not surprisingly, it ranks among the worst PPVs to bear this name.
This show, the 26th of the series, was held on November 18th 2012 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in front of 8,500 fans. Your commentators, are the first time trio of Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL.
Onto the matches and as always no results spoilers but plenty of opinion.
Team Brodus (Brodus Clay, Justin Gabriel, Tyson Kidd, Sin Cara & Rey Mysterio) vs Team Tensai (Tensai, Primo, Epico & The Prime Time Players)
A bonus match to kick off the show and it turned out to be a corker. Built largely around the TV feud between Mysterio & Sin Cara vs The Prime Time Players, it was actually the vastly underrated and underutilised Kidd and Gabriel whole stole the show with their high flying moves and lightening fast attacks. Shame nothing came of it afterwards. Elsewhere marvel as Brodus Clay drops Tensai on his head while trying to execute yet a T-Bone suplex.
WWE Divas Title Match – Eve Torres (c) vs. Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn finally gets her one-on-one title shot against the duplicitous Eve Torres. Before the match Aksana (disguised once again despite the secret already being out) tried to assault Kaitlyn only this time she less successful. Match was what it was but the damage has been done and the days of fans caring about the Divas as they did during the Trish/Lita period are long gone. No wonder so many Divas are quitting the company lately.
WWE US Title Match – Antonio Cesaro (c) vs. R-Truth
This seemed to be more of a showcase for Cesaro while it’s the same old story for R-Truth – once the sing-a-long entrance music stops the fun is over. More of a TV filler match than something people should expect to see on a PPV. Oh well, it’s not like the show can get any worse….
Oh wait, here comes Vickie “Pot” Guerrero to cast aspersions over the colouring of AJ “Kettle” Lee, by way of eking out this turgid affair “scandal” between AJ and Super Cena which results in Tamina Snuka attacking AJ, which lead to… nothing. Quite why this couldn’t wait until RAW the next night is anyone’s guess as this was unannounced and not why people buy PPVs for – not to mention that PPVs are watched by three and a half million LESS people than those who watch RAW!! The old adage about “brains” and “dynamite” comes to mind….
World Title Match – Big Show (c) vs. Sheamus
After besting the Celtic Warrior for the World Title at Hell In The Cell the Big Show is forced into the inevitable rematch against the former champ. Not as good as their first encounter but solid enough affair until the groan inducing Dusty Finish, the aftermath of which at least sets the scene for the next step in the feud.
Team Foley (Randy Orton, The Miz, Kofi Kingston & Team Hell No) vs. Team Ziggler (Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, David Otunga, Wade Barrett & Damien Sandow)
This match went through a few changes prior to showtime. First it was going to be Team Punk vs Team Foley, with CM Punk heading the heel team, which included The Miz among its number, while Foley has Ryback on his team. But Super Cena was cleared to wrestle so Punk and Ryback were removed from this match. Dolph Ziggler then was added to and inherited he captaincy of the heel team while Wade Barrett was drafted in to replace Miz, who quit the team because he suddenly decided to turn babyface and was later added to Team Foley via fan vote on RAW. Finally, Cody Rhodes suffered an injury a few days prior to the PPV and was replaced on the night by David Otunga, complete with chirping crickets to accompany this announcement. Despite all of this, the eventual match was very good.
WWE Title Triple Threat Match – CM Punk (c) vs Ryback vs John Cena
On the eve of the 365th consecutive day as WWE Champion, CM Punk is forced to defend against the top two challengers Ryback and Super Cena – the former receiving a lukewarm reception in spite of his massive push and the latter being heavily booed by most of the crowd as is the custom for the company’s top babyface hero. A solid and well worked match it is now of course noted for the appearance at the end of the match of three interlopers clad in black who attacked Ryback and powerbombed him through the announce table. Today, we know them as The Shield.
A mixed bag of a show, especially for one of the “Big Four” PPVs that started off with a bang, hit an early trough then picked up towards the end. Aside from The Shield’s debut this show did little to break out of the status quo of the storyline directions.
Best match – Team Foley vs. Team Ziggler
CM Punk & Paul Heyman share their thoughts at Survivor Series, 18th November 2012
RAW – 12th November, 2012
Dolph Ziggler & Vickie Guerrero accuse AJ Lee
Ryback vs. Brad Maddox
Kane & The Miz vs. Team Rhodes Scholars
Non-Title Match – CM Punk vs. John Cena
SmackDown – 6th November 2012
Miz TV with Team Foley
Randy Orton & The Miz vs. Dolph Ziggler & Alberto Del Rio
Rating – ***
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