7 Ups And 8 Downs From WWE Survivor Series 2019

NXT 'wins' battle for brand supremacy; head-scratching booking loses.

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On Saturday, NXT did what it usually does when there’s a TakeOver before a WWE PPV: throw down the gauntlet with some incredible wrestling and dare the main roster to beat them.

Sunday, WWE delivered a fairly enjoyable Survivor Series PPV that didn’t have any horrible matches and produced a couple really good ones. However, the two best ones featured NXT wrestlers prominently, so maybe there was a reason for that.

Overall, Survivor Series was hampered by the “brand supremacy” motif that now dominates the event. Either you love the inter-brand rivalry that only exists for about four weeks of the year, or you detest it.

Regardless, we got decent to excellent in-ring action with some questionable decisions from the writing team. None of these were cardinal sins, and while there are more “downs” listed than “ups,” that shouldn’t discourage you from checking out the PPV. But fair warning, there were plenty of moments where you had to question the booking choices made.

You get the feeling that WWE occasionally is just a couple steps away from putting on an outstanding show, but then makes 3-4 decisions that drop the event a few notches into the “decent” or “average” range. Someday, somehow, that’s gotta change.

For now though, let’s get to it…


Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.