Survivor Series 2010
For my next old school review, I’m going to a year in WWE history where my recollection is pretty much none existent, I was bought up to speed by Lucas on what happened. I know bits and pieces, so I am going into this event with no pre-warning or judgments…I genuinely don’t know what to expect so here I go with my old school review of Survivor Series 2010…
A pretty good opening package is shown depicting the history of Survivor Series and the importance within the WWE which is pretty cool before turning to John Cena’s feud with The Nexus, the battle that has being undertaken and the personal ramifications for Cena should he align himself with The Nexus, which is pretty cool and shows how good Wade Barrett had gotten in a short amount of time. We are then taken to the arena, where we are joined by Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Matt Striker before we go to Justin Roberts for the first match.
WWE United States Championship: Ted DiBiase (w/Maryse) vs. Daniel Bryan
We are introduced to DiBiase, and shown a brief video package depicting his attack on Bryan on Old School RAW a week earlier before a beardless (weird) Daniel Bryan comes out. This match should be pretty damn good, I rate Bryan exceptionally high but I also think exceptionally highly of DiBiase, and think he was/is destined for massive things, he has a great look but also a good presence which is really good. He also shows a great heelish nature towards the referee, elements of old school which is pretty cool. Anyhow, the match starts off pretty slowly with lots of ground wrestling from DiBiase, who is dominating the action, with Bryan mounting occasional offence. Bryan appears to injure his shoulder after landing awkwardly on the outside following a daredevil aerial move, but is able to continue after a few screams. DiBiase seems to like using his superior size to his advantage, almost tossing Bryan around like he is a cruiserweight. Bryan retains the championship, after DiBiase taps out to the Lobell Lock (now known as the YES! Lock) in a pretty solid and good opening match, but could have being so much better with another 5-7 minutes…that way the fans can really invest in them.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
Whilst making his exit from the entrance way, Bryan is attacked from behind by The Miz with the MITB briefcake who then comes down to the ring and cuts a promo on the Miami Heat and The Nexus about them being mediocre, which is really antagonizing the crowd. I miss this style of The Miz, he works really well like this but the fans really care (well really like to hate him) and he was very relevant, another example of how the mighty have fallen. Next up, we are shown a series of video clips depicting the feud which has being struck up between Sheamus and John Morrison before we then go to Josh Matthews who is joined by Sheamus cutting a very unconvincing promo on Morrison.
Sheamus vs. John Morrison
Sheamus makes his way out first, to virtually no reaction and the audience really don’t seem to care about this guy before Morrison comes out to a slightly better reaction, but not great by any stretch of the imagination. The crowd have virtually no interest in this match already, and I’m not sure what to expect from this – I have never being Sheamus’s biggest fan but with the right opponent can look really good…that is the thing, the right opponent and I’m not sure Morrison is that guy. Sheamus seems to be dominating with a continual series of very lackluster moves which don’t inspire anything in the match but Morrison does sell them really well. Morrison eventually mounts a comeback before he is eventually overpowered by Sheamus again. Morrison is another one, who given the right time and opportunity could have done really well – a great talent and personality, he would fit in quite well at the moment. Morrison surprisingly picks up the win following a running knee (yes, I know) in a good match, nothing more or less. Virtually no crowd reaction however…
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
We now go backstage to John Cena in the locker room pacing around before he is joined by R-Truth, who apparently has a solution for Cena and his predicament…interfering in the main event in a way I can barely understand but Cena isn’t interested because his is a man of morals…
Intercontinental Championship: Kaval vs. Dolph Ziggler
Sadly I can’t remember who Kaval is, but a short flashback is shown to SmackDown! where he beat Ziggler in a non-title match before Vickie Guerrero makes her way out to introduce Ziggler, who comes out to a very tepid reaction. As I can’t remember Kaval, I’m really not sure what to expect from this match, we all know the ability of Ziggler so it has the potential to be a good match. The action is very fast paced, and quite back and forth which makes for great viewing plus the occasional screech from Vickie always adds to something. We are then treated to a few near finishes and high flying moves from Kaval, until Ziggler retains the title after rolling up Kaval and uses the tights for extra leverage to get the pin fall in a pretty good match.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Jack Swagger with Todd Grisham…this is a time when Swagger was almost relevant who cuts a promo dissing those in Miami before he is introduced by Cody and Del Rio who is trying to motivate his team to destroy Mysterio and his team.