Welcome to another weekend of great WWE action. On Saturday night, we had the NXTTakeover: War Games II, which my review was wiped out when my computer crashed. The event was another successful NXTTakeover event with plenty of action. With Daniel Bryan defeating A.J. Styles for the WWE title this past Tuesday on SmackDown Live, he’s facing Brock Lesnar. United States champ Shinsuke Nakamura did battle against Intercontinental champion Seth Rollins. The Women and Men did battle in traditional Survivor Series matches. With Becky Lynch being injured, she chose Charlotte Flair to take on Raw Women’s Champ, Ronda Rousey. 205 Live was represented with Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy took on Mustafa Ali for the title. Let’s see what happened at the 2018 Survivor Series.
We kicked the main show off with the Women’s Survivor Series match. Two things noteworthy at the beginning of the match with one of them being the heat Nia Jax got for the Becky Lynch incident. Sasha Banks and Bayley was added to the match after the spat between Ruby Riott & Natalya on the preshow. By adding Banks & Bayley, they added so much excitement in the match. Many Rose needs a lot of improvement, but it seems like they’re grooming her for the future. Asuka was the sole survivor last year and had a good run in this year. Asuka was eliminated by Nia Jax after she made Sasha Banks tap. Nia Jax was the lone survivor and the crowd definitely hated it. Winner: Nia Jax
Match Rating: 3.25/5- This was a pretty exciting match to start the main card off. It seems like they’re capitalizing on the incident with Becky Lynch to push Nia Jax more.
We had the United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura battling Intercontinental Champ Seth Rollins. Coming into this match, you think these two would tear down the house or Dean Ambrose would get involved. Seth Rollins is one of the best in the world and something about Nakamura that doesn’t rub me well. Nakamura matches have been underwhelming and I don’t know what the deal is. Nakamura hit the Kinshasa to the back of the head of Rollins, but he kicked out. Nakamura went for another Kinshasa, but he missed, and Rollins hit the Stomp for the win. Winner: Seth Rollins
Match Rating: 3/5
We had the Raw tag champs battling the champs from SmackDown Live. The Authors of Pain with Drake Maverick took on the Bar as they were accompanied by The Big Show. This match wasn’t that good for the most part besides a few moments. The crazy moment of the match was Big Show grabbing and holding up Maverick which made him pissed on himself. In the end, the Authors of Pain picked up the win for Raw. Winners: Authors of Pain
Match Rating: 2.5/5
This match was courtesy of 205 Live as Buddy Murphy defended the Cruiserweight Championship against Mustafa Ali. If you have never watched 205 Live, you’re missing out on one of the best rosters in the WWE. These guys put on some of the best matches you’ll find and they’re just entertaining. This match between Buddy Murphy and Mustafa Ali proved the WWE should market that brand more. The best way to start is by having their matches on the main card instead of the Kickoff Show. The match between these two was awesome as they were all over the place. Just great action as Murphy retained by hitting the Murphy’s Law after a sick knee to the head of Ali. Winner and Still Cruiserweight Champ: Buddy Murphy
Match Rating: 4.25/5- Awesome match as expected from these two. Like I said before, check out 205 Live because they’re just as exciting as the NXT brand.
We had the Men’s Survivor Series match with of course, Raw taking on the SmackDown Live crew. The match started off with a surprise as Samoa Joe was eliminated rather quickly by Drew McIntyre and hit Claymore Kick. Between McIntyre and Strowman, they basically dominated the entire SmackDown Live team. Shane McMahon was a spot machine throughout the match with him hitting the flying elbow through the chest of Strowman as he lay on the announce table. Seeing Rey Mysterio in the ring with Finn Balor makes me want to see them in a match together. We also saw Finn Balor and Jeff Hardy battle, which is another match we all need to see. Strowman eventually rebounded and eliminated Hardy, Mysterio, Miz & Shane by himself. Winners: Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley
Match Rating: 3/5- Wasn’t the best match, but they made McIntyre & Strowman look unstoppable. After the match, Corbin laid out Strowman from behind and ran off.
We had one of the more anticipated matches of the night as Ronda Rousey battled Charlotte Flair. As we all know, this match was supposed to be Becky Lynch instead of Charlotte, but Lynch was injured. For months, this was being discussed as the main event for WrestleMania 35. Coming into this match, many were skeptical on how it would go because Rousey is still learning the ropes. The match delivered and exceeded my expectations by far. The match was so good that Stone Cold Steve Austin gave it high praise saying professional wrestling is back. They were physical, and the match saw many counters, plus the crowd ate it up. In the end, Charlotte was frustrated and attacked Rousey with a kendo stick causing a DQ finish. Charlotte continued to assault Rousey with the kendo stick as she snapped and even hit the Natural Selection on Rousey on a chair. Winner by DQ: Ronda Rousey
Match Rating: 4.5/5- This was a damn good match from these two as I was wanting more from them. Some may didn’t like the DQ finish, but it prevents either of them from losing cleanly. It also opens up anticipation for a rematch for maybe WrestleMania down the road.
We had the main event as Universal Champion Brock Lesnar battled the WWE Champ Daniel Bryan. This match has been talked about for years and Daniel Bryan has said this is his #1 dream match which is to be in the ring with Brock Lesnar. The beginning of the match saw Bryan go after Lesnar’s legs and mock him. After Lesnar caught Bryan when Bryan tried to run from him, the onslaught was on. Lesnar took Bryan to Suplex City with multiple suplexes. Lesnar tossed Bryan from one side of the ring to the other. Lesnar could’ve pinned Bryan but he was playing around with him. Bryan finally got some offense in and had the Beast hurt with multiple kicks and knee strikes. Bryan even almost made him tap with the Yes Lock, but eventually Lesnar countered it and hit the F5 for the win. Winner: Brock Lesnar
Match Rating: 3.75/5- Really good match between these two.
Overall Rating: 7/10– This wasn’t a bad show at all as we had some really good moments to go with a few bad ones. The 2018 Survivor Series had three great matches to go with a couple of above average ones. Below are my top three matches and let me know what you thought about the 2018 Survivor Series.
- Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey
- Buddy Murphy© vs. Mustafa Ali
- Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan