Who came out on top when the men of Team Raw faced Team Smackdown Live at Survivor Series?
The big problem WWE has faced with their Raw vs. Smackdown elimination matches at Survivor Series is making them mean something. In previous years the stakes amounted to individual beefs, but it’s more difficult when it’s brand vs. brand. So how did WWE address this problem? The way they always do, with a McMahon.
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Raw commissioner Stephanie McMahon has threatened her team that their jobs may be on the line. Does that somehow include Universal champion Kevin Owens and U.S. champ Roman Reigns? How does that work? Over on Smackdown Live, we have The Undertaker suddenly returning and feeling strangely nostalgic for the blue brand. He threatened, basically, to bury them if they lose.
With that in mind, we do get to see another “reunion” of The Shield, only with Reigns and Rollins opposing Ambrose. And there’s the chance to see Bray Wyatt vs. former thrall Braun Strowman, and whatever that weirdness is with Randy Orton (I smell an RKO in Bray’s future). And the chance to see Owens vs. AJ Styles, a match we may not get to see for quite some time in WWE, if ever.
So who gets to keep their job and/or life?
And first out is the Chinless Wonder himself, Team Smackdown “mascot”, James Ellsworth…
Owens and Ambrose renewed their old rivalry, with both nearly hitting their finishers. But then things began to break down with all ten men getting involved. Is there a second, maybe a third referee available?
But out of the chaos, Ambrose and Styles ended up at one another’s throats. Smackdown is coming apart at the seams. Strowman enters the ring and powerslams Ambrose practically through the ring for the 1-2-3! Ambrose is eliminated!
Strowman isn’t finished! Crushing Shane, AJ, Orton, and everybody on Team Smackdown!
Styles tagged in and he hooks Jericho in the calf crusher, but Jericho reverses by slamming his head into the apron. But Owens enters the ring and hits Styles with the List of Jericho and gets himself eliminated. Say what!? The crowd is not happy.
Shane was going to go coast-to-coast but Reigns drilled him with a spear that nearly cut him in half. Want to see the result? Shane’s eliminated, and needing to be carried away from ringside. Uh oh, the boss may not be happy about this…
Suddenly Luke Harper, the third member of the Wyatts, has emerged out of nowhere. Raw is back at a disadvantage until Rollins takes him out with a suicide dive!
But again, RKO OUT OF NOWHERE!!! Orton caught Rollins as he was going for the frog splash! And it’s now 2-1 Smackdown with Reigns the last of his team. He’s on his own against all three members of the Wyatts.
Trav’s Thoughts: Red hot match from start to finish and, so far, the best match of the night. Smackdown is going to be insane on Tuesday with all of the chaos caused by Ambrose, Styles, and Corbin earlier in the night. Plus, Shane’s injury opens up some interesting angles as well. The solidifying of Orton as a member of the Wyatts is also unexpected. I figured he would betray them at some point, and WWE went in the opposite direction. Raw losing also means Stephane McMahon will be out to exact revenge tomorrow night. Something tells me her focus will be on Reigns and Rollins.