WWE Survivor Series 2015 Review

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                        Hello everyone and welcome to my WWE Survivor Series 2015 review. A testament to how hyped I was for the show is that I forgot the show even existed, and I don’t know any of the matches on the card. Maybe there will be a surprise or something really amazing. I don’t know. All I know is that this is my least hyped show of the year, mostly because I have no idea what is even going to occur. I’m going in as blind as possible. Anyhow, lets get to the review!

We start with Lillian Garcia singing the American National Anthem. She did a solid job, and this made the show feel a little bit bigger than the average PPV. This was a nice opening, and refreshing when compared to the predictable openings of most PPVs. A video package then plays and hypes the 25th year of the Undertaker, the Wyatt Family vs. Brothers of Destruction match, and the WWE Title tournament. It was awesome, as usual, and helped me catch up with WWE’s current landscape. Our first match is…

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Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio (w/ Zeb Colter) – WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semi-Finals Match

            This match was better than it had any right to be. I was really impressed that after a rather pedestrian start they picked it up and made it a good match. Del Rio essentially tried to counteract Reign’s strength by damaging his left arm and used that as an opening throughout the match. While Reigns’ selling won’t win him any awards, it was good enough in the context of this match. That added some much needed depth to a match that could have been painfully flat and boring. Also, some of the action was fairly solid and kept the match from being too dull. The action was never exceptional, but it was passable and fun at times. Some sequences were very exciting and the finishing stretch had some solid drama. One rather glaring issue is when Alberto locked the cross armbreaker on the wrong arm near the end of the finishing sequence. It really took me out of the finish, especially when Reigns used the arm that was just in a cross armbreaker to hit a spear. Otherwise, this was pretty solid for what it was, and I don’t have too much to complain about.

Rating: ***

Jojo is about to interview Reigns when Dean Ambrose comes over and congratulates him. Reigns then cuts a decent enough promo hyping how him and Ambrose are going to be in the finals. Owens then hilariously enters, and calls him out for disregarding him. Owens just blows everyone away on the mic, and he is so good. Roman then says that Ambrose will kick Owens’ ass. Next up is…

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Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens – WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semi-Finals Match

            With this much talent in the ring there is no way this could be bad, but that does not mean I wasn’t a bit underwhelmed. While all the action was good and both guys’ performances were solid, there were parts where I was fairly bored. For most of the middle portion of the match, they resorted to rest holds, which were not the most entertaining thing in the world. Owens’ personality did carry the slower portions, but still, the lack of action speaks for itself. The finishing sequence, however, was very nice and had plenty of good spots. The sequences between these two were very fun, fluid, and had some very dramatic moments. It was highly enjoyable. While the ending was very nice, the middle really drags down an otherwise good to maybe even great match.

Rating: ***¼

The commentary team hypes the Undertaker a bit, and a video package respecting ‘taker plays. Many legends praise the Undertaker throughout, and the video is very well edited. Kudos to the WWE editing team. Next up is…

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Ryback, The Lucha Dragons, & The Usos vs. Sheamus, King Barrett, & The New Day – Elimination Tag Team Match

The New Day cuts a hilarious promo before the bell hyping their team and bashing the others. I love the New Day. They are so rad.

As for the match, it was inoffensive and nothing special. There were some dives, a trombones, some moves, and then it ended. Most notably, Ryback hit a dive into everybody. I was having some fun with this match until Big E got eliminated, and the entire New Day left Sheamus to fight for himself. Then it got pretty bland and boring. Also, it is odd psychology to give the faces a numbers advantage and force the heel to fight from underneath, but this match doesn’t deserve that much thought. I can’t think of a better word to describe this match than meh.

Rating: **¼

A video hypes our next match, which is…

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Charlotte (c.) vs. Paige – WWE Divas Championship Match

            This match had cool spots, but lacked the necessary structure to make it compelling. I feel like they came up with so many cool spots backstage while they were planning the match, but had no idea how to actually execute them in a cohesive match. They did some pretty cool stuff, but the transitions from move to move were essentially nonexistent. They just ran through spots with no purpose, and that made it impossible to get invested. These two just don’t have the experience with quality wrestlers to pull of a match of this stature and length. They had no idea how to set up a match like this. On the other hand, if you put Sasha Banks in this match with either women, there could be a 4* match or better. While these two have a world of potential, they have no idea how to structure a long match, and the crowd suffered because of it.

Rating: **¼

The kickoff panel recaps the show and hypes the rest of the card. I can’t really tell you what they said, because I muted the show for this. There is literally no point to having this segment. I can’t think of one thing this does other than kill time. A video of an interview with Dean Ambrose earlier in the night is shown, and he says that this final was meant to happen since the beginning of his WWE career. He also hyped the importance of the WWE title and says he wants it. Then Reigns comes over, congratulates him, and tells him that this is going to be a fight. Next up is…

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Tyler Breeze (w/ Summer Rae) vs. Dolph Ziggler

I really enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Both of these guys are pretty talented in the ring and have put on plenty of good matches, so this had some potential. With its placement on the card and overall importance, though, I didn’t think it would be much. While this isn’t phenomenal, the pace was brisk and it was a very dense match. They didn’t get too much time, but it was fun throughout and had a few nice sequences. The worst part of this match is really out of the competitor’s hands, as the crowd was incredibly dead. They barely made any noise at all and it was actually kind of eerie. While this isn’t incredible or anything, this does not detract from the card in any way and was a solid way to spend my time.

Rating: **¾

A video package plays hyping the next match, which is…

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The Brothers of Destruction vs. The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt & Luke Harper) (w/ Erik Rowen & Braun Strowman)

            This match was good enough for what it was, an Undertaker showcase. Everything done in this match was essentially done for the sake of showcasing all of Undertaker’s signature spots. Other than that, this match was very, very basic. There wasn’t really much other than a few moves from Wyatt, Harper, or Kane. I mean, it’s pretty much exactly what you expected it to be. An Undertaker showcase where the match was house show quality.

Rating: **

It is now time for our MAIN EVENT!

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Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose – WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Finals

            This match had some very cool moments, but two glaring issues hold it back from being anything more than good. First was the time, as Reigns and Ambrose were not given anywhere near enough time to execute a satisfying match. Because of that, they rushed through everything they had planned, which made none of the spots really connect with the audience. Nothing could be memorable because before you knew it another spot had occurred. They even rushed in finisher kickouts, which felt cheap and like nothing spots because their pacing was way too fast. Also, Reigns’ injury was used as a story piece, yet the persistent issue of Reigns not selling it well plagued this match. It wasn’t a huge issue in this match, but it hurt it for sure. While the story of two brothers fighting for a belt was nice and the chemistry was there, those two flaws were insurmountable, and this match is nothing because of it.

Rating: **¾

Reigns actually sells his win very well and does a good job showing the emotion in such a monumental win. Ambrose briefly congratulates Roman before allowing him to bask in his victory in confetti. Triple H enters the ring, raises Roman’s hand, then eats a spear for a huge pop. Then Sheamus out of nowhere hits a Brogue Kick, cashes in, and we get…

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Roman Reigns (c.) vs. Sheamus – WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match

            If I were invested in WWE in any way, I would probably be pissed right now.

Rating: DUD

Sheamus celebrates with Triple H to close the show. Close curtain.


            WWE has become adept at putting on bad shows. To put this show in context, only two matches reached 3*, and even those matches were merely good. The rest suffered from poor time management and a lack of purpose in this company. The main event had some hope, but all that was quickly dashed with the painfully short match and even worse post match. WWE is just killing Reigns’ career. As soon as the crowd starts to like him, they cut the legs out from under him. If I cared, I would be so mad right now. Pity is that I don’t care. Thank you WWE for making the Worst Show of the Year category a competition and the Worst Promotion of the Year category very easy.

Rating: ¾*

That was the WWE Survivor Series 2015 review! If you enjoyed this review, feel free to comment, like, or follow this site. As for the state of this site, I am in the process of finishing up my BOLA 2015 review series and it should be done by next week. Then I will turn back to NWA for my Starrcade review series. Also, I write for the site Free Pro Wrestling, which is an absolute joy. There is a great team of writers there, and I an honored to write there. Anyhow, if you wish to contact me or follow me on social media, my contacts are here or in the sidebar to the left. Otherwise, thank you for reading and see you next time!

-Terrance Smith

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