Friday, 14 December 2012

WWE Survivor Series 2012 Review

WWE Survivor Series took place on Sunday 18th November in Indianapolis. How will the 26th Survivor Series fare? Let's take a look.

Before the Pre-Show match, we get to see Team Ziggler. They had to find a replacement for Cody Rhodes, who got injured at the previous Main Event show. Ziggler chooses David Otunga as the replacement. I quite like Otunga as I think he could be a good fit for this match.

The Pre-Show match was between Zack Ryder and Santino Marella and 3MB (Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal with Drew McIntyre). 3MB get the advantage by wearing down Santino but eventually Santino gets the hot tag to Ryder. Ryder hits the Broski Boot on Mahal but Slater breaks up the pin. Ryder hits the Roughryder on Slater and McIntyre manages to hit Ryder on the head with his arm cast. Mahal seizes the opportunity and hits the Full Nelson Slam to get the victory. It was a short match but still entertaining.
Winners: 3MB                                                                                                             Predictions: 1 for 1

The event officially started with a bonus Survivor Series match with Team Brodus (Brodus Clay, Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara) taking on Team Tensai (Tensai, Epico, Primo and The Prime Time Players (#Millions of Dollars!)). The match goes back and forth for a while before all the wrestlers except for Clay and Tensai are laid out outside the ring. Tensai hits a Senton to eliminate Clay. This, unfortunately, is the highlight for his team as Tensai is soon eliminated after missing a Senton on Gabriel and this gives Gabriel the chance to roll him up. Titus O'Neill gets eliminated by Tyson Kidd doing a pinning combination after springing from the ropes. A couple of minutes later, Epico gets eliminated by Tyson Kidd with a Sharpshooter. Kidd tags in Mysterio and he eliminates Primo with a pinning combination. Darren Young is the only one left and he gets hit with a 619 by Mysterio, a Swanton Bomb by Cara, a Moonsault by Gabriel, a springboard elbow drop by Kidd and a diving headbutt by Mysterio to give his team the win. I enjoyed the match and I didn't expect Clay's team to be so dominant. It was fun and a good way to start the PPV.
Winners: Team Brodus                                                                                                   Predictions: N/A
(Survivors: Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd)

We go backstage where Kaitlyn gets attacked by a mysterious assailant. Kaityln gets the best of her and it's revealed that it's Askana. Eve turns up (what a coincidence!) worried about Kaitlyn and Kaitlyn responds by pushing Eve down. At least we know who attacked Kaitlyn at Night of Champions. The question is why?

The next match is for the Divas Championship as Eve defends her title against Kaitlyn.  Kaitlyn throws the wig that she grabbed from Askana at Eve and uses that to gain the upper hand early on. Eve hits Kaitlyn in the gut then the face to slow Kaitlyn down. Eve applies a leg scissors around the head of Kaitlyn and there was a good bit where Kaitlyn is trying to get to the ropes and Eve is elbowing her arm away. Kaitlyn does eventually reach the ropes and Kaitlyn starts to regain the upper hand, despite Eve's begging pleas. Eve uses the ring apron to bring Kaitlyn down to the outside. Eve drags Kaitlyn back inside the ring and hits a swinging neckbreaker to get the win. I enjoyed the match and I thought it told a good story.
Winner: Eve Torres                                                                                                    Predictions: 2 for 2

We get a pep talk by Mick Foley for their upcoming match against Team Ziggler and I loved team Hell No aruging they will be the sole survivor. After Foley speaks, Orton states to him that he is going to kill him. Okay then.

The United States Championship match was next as R-Truth challenges Antonio Cesario. Cesario is quite dominant for most of the match with him applying stretches to Truth. Cesario slams Truth and, keeping hold of him, hits a gutwrench suplex. Truth hits a sunset flip and Cesario responds with an European uppercut. Truth starts to make a comeback before Cesario hits another European uppercut followed by the Neutraliser to get the win. It was a shorter match than I was expecting. ut it was still a decent match.
Winner: Antonio Cesario

The World Heavyweight Championship is on the line as Sheamus challenges The Big Show. Some of the highlights of the match include Sheamus tying Show up in the ropes; and Show spearing Sheamus as he jumps off the top rope. Show focuses his offence on the shoulder of Sheamus. Sheamus applies a sleeper to get back some momentum. Show throws him off and Sheamus starts to punch Show and hits an impressive electric chair but Show kicks out at 2. Sheamus goes for the Brogue kick but misses. Show goes for the chokeslam but Sheamus gets out of it and hits the White Noise for a 2 count. Sheamus goes for another Brogue kick but Show uses referee Scott Armstrong as a human shield and he gets destroyed. As the referees and doctor tend to Armstrong, Show takes advantage and hits the WMD to get the win. Or so Show thought. The referees have a discussion and disqualify Show for putting Armstrong in the way of the Brogue kick. Show doesn't take that decision well. Sheamus manages to recover and grabs a chair and proceeds to complete fuck Show up with the chair, despite Show begging for mercy and then hitting Show with a Brogue kick. It was a good match although it was a bit of a clusterfuck ending.
Winner: Sheamus

The penultimate match is a Survivor Series match between Team Ziggler (Dolph Ziggler, Damien Sandow, David Otunga, Alberto Del Rio and Wade Barrett) and Team Foley (Mick Foley with The Miz, Kofi Kingston, Daniel Bryan, Kane and Randy Orton) Early on, Damien Sandow is facing Bryan and decides to leave. Kane stops him and tags in and eliminates Sandow with a chokeslam. Bryan and Kane argue and Kane clotheslines Bryan out of the ring. Ziggler takes advantage and eliminates Kane with a Zig-Zag. Later on, David Otunga is eliminated by tapping out to Bryan's LeBell Yes No Lock and Kingston is eliminated by Barrett hitting a Black Hole slam followed by the Bull Hammer. Bryan tries to apply the LeBell Yes No Lock but Del Rio manages to get out of it and apply the Cross Armbreaker to make Bryan tap out. Miz comes in for the first time in this match and works well with Orton against the remanants of Team Ziggler and eliminates Barrett with the Skull Crushing Finale. Miz gets eliminated by Del Rio hitting an inzuguri to the back of the head. It's now Del Rio and Ziggler versus Orton. Ricardo "Virgil" Rodriguez tries to help Del Rio but Foley hits him with the Mandible Claw. Del Rio goes for the Cross Armbreaker but it's reversed into a RKO, eliminating him. The sole survivors are now Orton and Ziggler. Orton goes for the RKO but Ziggler stops that by holding onto the rope and hitting the Zig-Zag for a 2 count. Orton goes for the Punt. However, Ziggler manages to hit a Superkick to get the win. I really enjoyed the match with some great moves by all the competitors.
Winners: Team Ziggler 
               (Survivor: Dolph Ziggler)

The main event is for the WWE Championship as CM Punk is challenged by Ryback and John Cena. The match starts with both Ryback and Cena going after Punk before they start attacking each other. Cena is sent out of the ring then Punk hits a snap suplex on Ryback. However, Ryback hits Punk with a Gorilla Press into a Fallaway slam. Punk and Cena battle each other for a while then Punk sends into Cena into the steel steps. Punk tries to wear down Ryback but it's not enough as Ryback has Punk in position to deliver the Sheel Shock. Cena stops that by putting Ryback in the STF. Punk stops that by hitting Cena with a Macho Man elbow drop. Ryback recovers and sends them both to the outside. Ryback attempts to hit a double muscle buster. However, Punk and Cena work together and suplex Ryback through the announce table. Punk and Cena fight in the ring and Punk hits the GTS to only get a 2 count. Cena then hits the AA for a 2 count Cena applies the STF but Ryback recovers and pulls Cena out of the ring and hits the Shell Shock on Punk. Cena breaks up the pin but he is then hit with the Shell Shock and Ryback is about to win when Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose (later known as the Shield) interfere. They powerbomb Ryback through the Spanish announce table. Meanwhile, Punk, unaware of what is happening, crawls over and pins Cena to get the win. I really enjoyed the match and it was great to see the debut of Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns.
Winner: CM Punk

I enjoyed Survivor Series as the matches were pretty good and we can got to see the debut of three good wrestlers from NXT. I'm sorry that I took almost a month to watch all of it and review. Hopefully, I will try to review Final Resolution and TLC a but quicker.

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