Pay-per-views are the most significant timestamps in wrestling. Completists may enjoy sifting through the hours and hours of television WWE have managed to ecru and neatly archive on their own streaming service, but the monthly (or sometimes fortnightly) shows tend to draw in casual and hardcore observers alike. Really big shows featuring megastars even hoover up lapsed fans. Such was the main goal of the Survivor Series, and it probably worked. But they'll likely not come back.
As good as Survivor Series was as a show (and in places, it was absolutely brilliant), the closing salvo was deeply destructive. An effort in empty egotism, the fragility of the fiercely protected few was persevered at the expense of the many.
It was an issue that had tacitly manifested itself upon the card as a whole, but wasn't as readily apparent until a final fifteen minutes that performed perhaps the hardest reset on WWE's status quo in several years.
WWE super-serve on their supercards these days, meaning there'll be more than enough over a mammoth four-to-six hour card to leave you satisfied to keep the $9.99 monthly payments coming. But with such a safe assumption, the company doesn't half push its luck...
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