WWE – Survivor Series 2014 (Cert 15)
1 Disc Blu-ray / DVD (Distributor: Fremantle Media) Running Time: 163 minutes approx.
In the absence of any sustainable feuds for a full card of elimination matches like in the good old days, and with no WWE Champion about, due to Brock Lensar’s contracted limited dates, the big draw for the 28th instalment of this perennial PPV is the future of the Authority! that and it was free on the floundering WWE Network.
With Daniel Bryan out of the picture and The Shield feud curtailed by the heel turn of Seth Rollins, John Cena (naturally) is the next designated victim of the husband and wife power trip that is Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, shoehorned into a situation he had nothing to do with because, as we know, the WWE Universe revolves around Cena.
This is a high stakes match which will determine the futures of the wrestlers on Team Cena and the future of The Authority, depending on who gets the win. Surely Super Cena doesn’t need any external help in this matter, even with four *ahem* top names to back him up? Well, the cover of this release spoils the big surprise (for anyone who may be watching this cold in years to come) but it is still a cool moment to relive.
This show was held on November 23rd 2014 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri in front of 12,000 fans. Your commentators are as always the trio of Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and JBL.
Onto the matches and as always no results spoilers but plenty of opinion.
Vince McMahon must be getting confused in his old age and mistook this PPV for an episode of RAW, starting the show with a fifteen minute promo. He calls out The Authority and then Cena to ram the stipulations of tonight’s main event home one more time – should team Cena win The Authority are gone; should Team Authority win, everyone bar Cena is fired, presumably to make Cena feel guilty or something. But Vince adds a new twist – if the Authority are fired, only Cena can bring them back. Ooer.
WWE Tag Title Fatal 4-Way Match – Gold & Stardust (c) vs. The Usos vs. Los Matadores vs. The Miz & Damien Mizdow
While everyone worked hard in this match it suffered from not being an elimination match, leading to a bit of a cluster finish with a ton of bodies flipping and diving over each other and hitting their finishers on each other. The central theme however was mostly concerned with Mizdow being tagged in at the crowd’s request and whether Miz or others may or may not comply. Good fast paced opener all told.
Divas Survivor Series Elimination Match – Team Natalya (Natalya, Alicia Fox, Naomi & Emma) vs. Team Paige (Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae & Layla)
This match has received a bit of a bad rap but honestly it is not *that* bad although it does admittedly fall apart by the end. Since the fans have been conditioned to treat the Divas matches like a two minute joke they were given the chance to reverse this opinion with an unprecedented fifteen minutes allotted to them. Unfortunately this match exposed those who cannot run longer than two minutes or have no idea of placement and timing. Summer Rae in particular was all over the place and pretty gassed by the end. Basically Paige carried the whole match with help from Natalya while the others did stuff. Could have been SO much better.
Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
The first of what would be many matches between these two was born of Wyatt’s supernatural interference during the Ambrose vs. Rollins match at Hell In A Cell. This started off as a decent brawl but just as it was get going it ends, with Ambrose spraying it up the wall by getting DQ’d. The fallout it would seem was to set up a rematch at the next PPV TLC, so what was the point of this match then?
Adam Rose & The Bunny vs. Slater & The Gator
Earlier in a backstage skit Rose and The Bunny were playing with WWE toys when Heath Slater and Titus O’Neil showed up leading to this unannounced match which no-one asked for and frankly no-one needed to see either.
Roman Reigns is interviewed “via satellite” (ie: somewhere in the backstage area) and says nothing of note, saying it badly.
WWE Divas Title Match – AJ Lee (c) vs. Nikki Bella
No match as such, just two hot girls kissing and 30 second later we’re done. Apparently this was a riff on the 18 second defeat of Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania 28 (of which AJ was an integral part) but no-one seemed to get this. Waste of time, even with two hot girls kissing.
Survivor Series Elimination Match – Team Cena (John Cena, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Ryback & Erick Rowan) vs. Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Kane, Mark Henry, Luke Harper & Rusev)
And so to this crucial main event match. The line-up for Team Cena changed a bit from its conception. Jack Swagger and Sheamus were in the original team but Swagger was taken out by Rollins (only to return to TV the next week so why was he replaced?) while Sheamus suffered a real life injury. Ryback replaced Swagger after a show long angle on RAW from the UK while Rowan showed up out of the blue to replace Sheamus at the last minute
To the match and we open with a KO punch from Show for the first elimination which begs the question, if it was that easy why have him do that five time and send The Authority packing in next to no time? Okay that would have meant no drama for forty-five minutes, a star making performance from Dolph Ziggler and the big shock ending but sometimes pulling a stunt for cheap pop should require a bit of thought first.
Good match overall and the one for a long time to feel like a genuine main event match worth investing in. Unfortunately we have been stung with firing/retirement storylines before so we find ourselves watching this with a bag of salt close by but the pay off was arguably worth it, especially if you are a long time wrestling fan (like this old fogey) it is a genuine mark out moment and one to be cherished.
While entertaining enough, this is a frustrating show in some ways as it was designed largely to win over new subscribers to the WWE Network, with the central storyline of the high stakes main event making this a one match show. Thankfully that one match delivered, containing plenty of turns and story twists, as well as the long awaited cameo from a wrestling legend, to pave the way for a fresh direction in the storylines.
It may be one thing to get the fan to sign up for the network but they need to keep them watching the weekly TV shows to invest in the PPVs, so placing the entire undercard in the position of second fiddle to the chosen few is not a wise move, since it is that chunk of the roster who are the ones who carry the workload on TV and on house shows.
In other words, even with the outcome of the main event, the status quo has still essentially been maintained with the only exception of Dolph Ziggler getting something resembling a moment in the spotlight. To that end this is just like every other WWE PPV of 2014 post Wrestlemania 30 – the wrestlers worked hard as ever but the fabled brass rings Vince McMahon spoke of are still being dangled above them at an unattainable height.
Best match – Team Cena vs. Team Authority
Survivor Series Kickoff Match – Justin Gabriel vs. Fandango
Survivor Series Kickoff – Bad News Barrett Returns to WWE
Survivor Series Fallout:
Dean Ambrose is a Great Dance Partner
It’s Time to Celebrate with Nikki Bella
Monday Night RAW – 3 November 2014
Mr. McMahon Raises the Stakes for Survivor Series
Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins
SmackDown – 7 November 2014
Christian Welcomes Dean Ambrose to the “Peep Show”
Monday Night Raw – 17 November 2014
Dean Ambrose Has a Surprise for Bray Wyatt
Team Authority vs. Team Cena Contract Signing
SmackDown – 21 November 2014
Dean Ambrose’s Survival Kit
Survivor Series Kickoff Match – Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro
Survivor Series Fallout
The Miz & Damien Mizdow Put Everyone on Notice
Mr. McMahon Adds a Special Stipulation to the Main Even
Rating – *** ½
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