OSR: WWE Survivor Series 2006 Review

Survivor Series 2006

OSR: WWE Survivor Series 2006 Review

For the twentieth anniversary of Survivor Series, the WWE returned to the City of Brotherly Love Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Not only featuring RAW and SmackDown, but also ECW. The familiarity of this event is very vague, but it marked the final appearance of Lita as a full-time competitor. It also marked the end of King Booker championship reign, but also the end of The Spirit Squad. With three championships at stake, three elimination matches and one First Blood match this could be interesting to watch. We take a look with the WWE Survivor Series 2006 Review…

The opening promo looks at the tradition of Survivor Series, celebrating its twentieth incarnation. It then looks at the various matches which will be taking place this evening with several superstars being given some good level of exposure. It then foes inside the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the event with our commentary team Michael Cole and JBL for SmackDown plus JR and The King for RAW – where is the ECW Announcers. We then go the ring for the first match of the evening.

1. [RAW] Traditional Survivor Series Four-on-Four Elimination Match: Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Sgt. Slaughter and Ron Simmons (w/ Arn Anderson vs. The Spirit Squad (Kenny, Johnny, Mikey and Nicky) (w/ Mitch)

If this match is a sign of things to go by, then this could be a long event. This match was solid, but contested at a snail pace – not surprisingly considering four of the participants where north of 50. The end of the match sees Flair being the sole survivor, eliminating Johnny. 

Survivor: Ric Flair

Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars

2. [SmackDown] WWE United States Championship: Chris Benoit (c) vs. Chavo Guerrero (w/ Vickie Guerrero)

The match itself, is pretty solid even if the backstory is very cringe-worthy. Whilst the match is solid, there is nothing truly unique which makes it stand out, especially as fans are more interested in chanting Eddie. Benoit is the eventual winner, retaining the United States Championship.

Winner: Chris Benoit, to retain the WWE United States Championship

Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

3. [RAW] WWE Women’s Championship: Lita (c) vs. Mickie James

Rather annoyingly, this match is very sloppy in various places and doesn’t make for entertaining viewing. Eventually, Mickie is the winner to become the new champion but the segment afterwards is an embarrassment.  Not only did it humiliate Lita, but also the WWE Creative Team. 

Winner: Mickie James, to to capture the WWE Women’s Championship

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

4. Traditional Survivor Series Five-on-Five Elimination Match – Team DX: Triple H, Shawn Michaels, CM Punk and The Hardy Boyz (Matt and Jeff Hardy) vs. Team Rated RKO: Edge, Randy Orton, Mike Knox, Johnny Nitro and Gregory Helms (w/ Melina and Kelly Kelly)

In all honesty, this could have being a really interesting match, but unfortunately it essentially turned into a squash with all members of Team Rated RKO being eliminated unrealistically quickly. This could have being much more competitive and interesting, instead of a nothing match.

Survivors: Triple H, Shawn Michaels, CM Punk, Matt and Jeff Hardy

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

5. [SmackDown] First Blood Match: Mr. Kennedy vs. The Undertaker

This match, is difficult to know what to make of it. In terms of ring quality, there is nothing about it but the characterization of Kennedy does make it bearable. Ultimately, Kennedy is the winner when Taker is busted open thanks to MVP. Afterwards, Taker does the sloppiest Tombstone ever…

Winner: Mr. Kennedy

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

6. Traditional Survivor Series Five-on-Five Elimination Match – Team Show: The Big Show, Test, Finlay, Umaga and Montel Vontavious Porter (w/ Hornswoggle and Armando Alejandro Estrada) vs. Team Cena: John Cena, Bobby Lashley, Kane, Sabu and Rob Van Dam

This match was pretty pitiful in all honesty, there was no chemistry within it but there was too much of a contrast of superstars to make it work effectively. Dreary spot after dreary spot, the end of the match sees a double team combination allow Cena and Lashley to survive the match. 

Survivors: John Cena and Bobby Lashley

Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

7. [SmackDown] World Heavyweight Championship – Last Chance Match: King Booker (c) (w/ Queen Sharmell) vs. Batista

The great characterization of King Booker throughout this match made it more bearable, as this match is essentially contested at the pace dictated by Batista…so a bit mediocre overall with nothing unique or special to make it standout, despite solid performances with Batista being the winner. 

Winner: Batista, to capture the World Heavyweight Championship

Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars 

The twentieth anniversary of Survivor Series is one that won’t be remembered for being a classic. The opening match, unfortunately set the pace for the rest of the show. Had the WWE wanted The Spirit Squad to succeed, then they should have gone over Ric Flair and his legends squadron. Unfortunately, we were subjected to an almost ego boost opener. The second match with Chavo and Benoit was probably the best match on the card, and even that could have being so much better. The backstory was essentially cashing in on Eddie once again, and continued to make for uncomfortable viewing. 

If there is one thing to be taken from the traditional Survivor Series Elimination matches, then it is they generally do not make for entertaining viewing. These matches need to be carefully thought out to ensure the chemistry in the matches works. Unfortunately, this is something that is truly missing in the later match. The first one is very promising on paper, but the essential squash it turned into ultimately ruined it. The saddest thing about this event, was King Booker losing the World title. He was cracking as champion, and to see him lose it to someone with the “credibility” that Batista had. 

The worst thing about this event was the segment involving Lita and Cyrme Tyme. It was embarrassingly bad, and an unfortunate end to Lita’s run as a female competitor. She deserved so much better (ala Trish two months earlier), not to be made out as a complete w****.

Now, there is a logic here. You should watch this event. Seriously, you really should because it will ultimately lower your expectations for this years event. This will in turn make whatever happens at this years Survivor Series even better – for 9.99 on the WWE Network, it is worth it!

What do you think of our OSR on Survivor Series 2006? We’d love to know what you think!

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