Views From The Turnbuckle: Survivor Series In-Person Review, Another Lackluster WWE PPV
Since the show took place in my hometown of Boston, I was fortunate enough to go to the event live. I will do my usual breakdown, but I will also add in some possibly interesting side notes. Also keep in mind that I probably had a lot more fun at Survivor Series then anybody that watched the show from home, so that is why I might have a sunnier disposition on the show then the average fan would.
The TD Garden looked to be a legit sell-out, with no notable areas tarped off like I have seen in the past at Raw and Smackdown shows. I felt like the crowd was pretty loud, although I have no idea how well it came across on television, but I think Boston did a pretty good job with the PPV.
At the start of the show, HHH and Stephanie McMahon came out and cut a promo, saying that none of the matches would have interferences in them and Triple H did his whole "Are you ready?" bit. This was very strange to me, because these are supposed to be the biggest heels in the company, yet they come out and try and pump up the crowd with a hugely face promo. A very compromising move for the WWE, when you consider that most of their actions over the last few months have been dedicated to getting heat on Stephanie and Triple H.
The Shield and The Real Americans vs The Rhodes Family, The Usos and Rey Mysterio: *** 3/4 (3.75 stars)
The best match of the night, the WWE did a great job executing a match that sets something up down the road, and got the crowd invested in the show. This might be remembered as the breakout night for Roman Reigns. I had heard the rumors about Reigns becoming a future main-event player in the WWE, and while I was a fan of his work so far, I was far from blown away by his performances. Tonight he took a very good step in the right direction, as he really became THE man in a match, outshining all the other competitors. The crowd was very excited to see him excel, and maybe he can make the jump to the main event sooner than expected.
All the members of The Shield were over, as was Antonio Cesaro. Cody Rhodes got a noticeably dull reaction, but Goldust was beloved by the fans in Boston. Rey Mysterio was over, but he looked very stiff and not at all like his usual self in the ring. In a moment where everything was breaking down and guys were flying everywhere, Rey remained noticeably still, sitting on the apron, waiting for things to settle back down. The Rey Mysterio of old would have soared off the turnbuckle into a sea of people, however that Rey Mysterio may be long gone.
Curtis Axel vs Big E Langston: * (1 star)
This match was basically the mid-card equivalent of the John Cena/Alberto Del Rio match. A former champion who was on the decline, against another guy starting to climb the ladder, or in Cena's case, returning from injury. There was very little chance of Axel getting his title back, so it was a matter of not if, but when, Big E Langston would retain. The crowd knew this, and they were mostly quiet for the match, which was a disappointment because of how lively the crowd was during the first match.
Total Divas vs Not-Total Divas: N/A
The Total Divas beat the other Diva's when Natayla put AJ into the sharpshooter and forced her to submit. Natayla got a pretty nice pop for the sharpshooter and the victory, and it will be nice to see AJ work with someone that can really hold her own in the ring.
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