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Survivor Series 2021 Review

Welcome one and welcome all to the Survivor Series 2021 review, and I’m probably going to catch a lot of flack for this but wrestling-wise, I rather enjoyed this year’s Survivor Series. Could I have lived without Vince McMahon and The Case Of The Stolen Egg? Yes, of course I could’ve, don’t ask stupid questions, but overall I feel this was the first time in a long time that the Survivor Series felt like an important PPV.

So what was it that captured my imagination? Read on to find out.

Survivor Series graphic for the men's Survivor Series match

RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair

Part choreographed cat-fight, part vicious wrestling match, Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair was interesting, to say the least. It also reminded me – thanks to Lynch’s outfit – that I needed to buy bin liners, but that’s neither here nor there.

I’ll admit it, I was totally sold on their feud being more than a work and that it was a genuine case of two former friends hating on each other, but it seems that I was in a small minority that marked out over something that wasn’t really there. Oh, I have no doubt that they got into backstage after Smackdown, but I’m guessing they made up pretty quickly afterward.

This was good, not great, and would’ve benefitted from the two being allowed to actually have a proper wrestling match, instead of having to put in elements of ‘shoot fighting’ that really didn’t work, and at best appeared weak. Still, Big Time Becks picked up the win after she rolled through Charlotte’s pin attempt and followed suit by grabbing the ropes. A trick Flair had just tried but had gotten caught doing.

Like I said, good, not great.

Winner: Becky Lynch

Men’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team RAW vs. Team Smackdown

I’ve been watching wrestling for longer than I care to remember and I have to say, out of all the Survivor Series matches I’ve ever seen, this was easily the best. And why is that? Because they actually let their wrestlers wrestle. They gave them time to tell a series of differing stories in the ring and allowed them to build it to a fantastic crescendo that saw Team RAW pick up the win, with Seth Rollins as the sole survivor.

There were bits I didn’t like – such as McIntrye’s elimination – but I’m willing to overlook that because the action on offer was just superb. Even when Sheamus leveled Hardy after he had been pinned – blaming the Charismatic Enigma for not being available to tag in after Rollins had waylaid him on the outside – I didn’t care as it just added to the overall drama. This was a brilliant piece of booking and if you only watch one match for this year’s Survivor Series, make sure it’s this one.

Winners: Team RAW

25-Man Dual-Branded Battle Royal

So you’re telling me that they bumped the Damian Priest vs. Shinsuke Nakamura match to the pre-show for this pile of crap?

I didn’t care about this, the crowd in attendance didn’t care about this, and I’m guessing you didn’t care about this either. Hell, I doubt even Omos’ mother gave a rat’s ass that her baby boy won.

Bulls*it.

Winner: Omos

RAW Tag Team Champions Randy Orton and Riddle vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos

To be fair, after the garbage we’d just been forced to sit through, both of these teams could’ve come out and just sat in the squared-circle playing cards, and it would’ve still been more entertaining. Luckily they went one better and put on a match that – even though it took a while to get going – was highly entertaining.

No more so than when Jimmy Uso tried to hit the Uso Splash, but Orton caught him in mid-air and RKO’d the s*it out of him. I mean, come on! The RKO he delivered to Matt Sydal/Evan Bourne all those moons ago is still the best he’s ever done, but this ran it a close second.

There was no way that any Uso was going to get up from that and it allowed The Viper to pick up the 1-2-3 and – for some reason known only to himself – not give Jason Mewes the same treatment.

Winners: RK-Bro

Women’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: Team RAW vs. Team Smackdown

This might not have been as good as the men’s match, but it was still a corker. Yet, at the same time, it annoyed me because the wrong person was the sole survivor. We all know how much Bianca Belair is viewed by the higher-ups in the WWE, she’s their Golden Girl, and – whether I agree with that or not – she’s got enough push behind her that she didn’t need to be the one left, with their hand raised. That should’ve been Liv Morgan.

If they’d had Liv as the victor here, it would’ve made her seem a legitimate threat to Becky Lynch when the two eventually face off for the RAW Women’s Championship, but instead, it should be obvious to everyone with eyes that they have no intention of even trying to make us believe that she’ll be the one taking home the belt on that night.

Great match, bad booking.

Winners: Team RAW

WWE Champion Big E vs. WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns

I really, really didn’t expect this match-up to be as great as it was. I didn’t expect anything from it if I’m to be honest, but both Roman Reigns and Big E proved – perhaps once and for all – that they are both deserving of their spots as the faces of their respective brands.

It’s been whispered in the dark corners of the internet…okay, fine…it’s been yelled all across the bloody place that both Reigns and Mr. E. are only carrying their straps because of their look and not their wrestling skills, but this fight – and make no mistake, that’s what this was – should’ve done enough to cram those words back down the keyboards of these idiot warriors.

The image of both men laid out in the ring through sheer exhaustion at the bell should be the one that every hater of Reigns and Mr. E. take forward from here on out, as it’ll be the one I hold in my head the next time I feel the need to question their in-ring ability.

Bravo Gentlemen, I raise my cap to you.

Winner: Roman Reigns

Written by Neil Gray

SPOBS very own Mouth Of The South (West)

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