Survivor Series on Sunday was a lot of we expected, which is
not exactly saying a lot of positive stuff.
The “brand supremacy” or “brand warfare” theme to this annual
series in recent years has resulted in PPVs that produce some really good
matches, but ultimately have little emotional connection or significance to
them. The truth is that WWE has enough talented wrestlers that they could put just
about any combination of wrestlers into a series of matches, throw it on TV and
put on a really entertaining in-ring show.
But if no one cares about why wrestlers are fighting in the
first place, what does it matter? Sadly, that’s the case with many of these Survivor
Series matches, as decent, good and even really good matches are tempered
somewhat because there are no real consequences at stake, other than declaring
that your brand is superior to the other. (That worked somewhat last year because
of young upstart NXT wanting to prove itself.)
Survivor Series gave us pretty good action across most of its
matches on Sunday night, and we got to say farewell to the Undertaker in an unusual
and underwhelming ceremony, but if anything besides Taker’s goodbye is remembered
a week later, it’ll be shocking.
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.