WWE went rolling right on through Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, last night (Sun., Nov. 18, 2012) with Survivor Series, its annual Thanksgiving time pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza.
And it delivered in a way I never expected it could. Click here to check out the live blog.
Let's not waste time with pleasantries and get right to reactions to the show:
- He's here! Dean Ambrose is finally on the main WWE roster and wreaking havoc at a major PPV event, costing that big lug Ryback the title! I tend to agree that we should be somewhat fearful of how the company will handle this situation, seeing as it doesn't have a great track record with heel stables, but for now, let's just bask in the glow of what's directly in front of our faces, shall we? Unless this is just some elaborate way to get NXT some good promotion while making sure Ryback keeps his heat. If that, fuck that.
- Am I the only one who absolutely hates it that Cena stops caring at all about selling once he gets pinned? He'll do the job, sure, but he always seems to get right up and hurry and bail to the back right after he gets pinned. It drives me nuts. Punk sold the Shell Shock like he'd been shot, all the way up until the point when he was no longer visible to fans.
- So Ryback wasn't terrible. Nothing special but he can hang around the main event scene with a workrate like this, right?
- Dolph Ziggler wins my award for "Performer of the Night." Whatever it is that makes a guy able to do such incredible feats inside the ring, I wish he would share the wealth. He's just fun to watch, which is really underrated considering the shit we're forced to sit through so often. It was also really good to see him pick up a clean victory over an opponent like Randy Orton and stand tall as the sole survivor. Now it would be nice to see him go on a run while he's building support to cash the briefcase in sometime in the near future.
- Big Show and Sheamus work extremely well together and I wouldn't mind another match between the two at TLC, which is probably what we're getting. I just wish they could make me care about the match going into it. I don't care how well two people work together, if they can't figure out a way to make me care enough to pay for it, none of it matters.
- Speaking of caring, give me one really good reason to like Antonio Cesaro's work.
- I wish there was more to say about the Divas match but it's clear Eve is held in high enough regard as a top star that she'll be the one they push with the title while they have other plans for A.J. Lee, who is still in this god awful storyline with Vickie Guerrero. To her credit, she delivered her comedy lines to perfection last night but the story is garbage and WWE is dangerously close to becoming entirely too self aware of that fact. Plus, what the hell does Tamina Snuka have to do with anything?
- At what point do we all figure out that Tensai just wants to get fired so he can go back to being special in Japan because he's certainly not special here? If he sandbags one more guy, someone is going to get seriously hurt and he's not even close to worth whatever WWE invested in bringing him back. In fairness, his gimmick sucked and was always destined to fail.
- 3 MAN BAND, BAY BAY.
- One thing this show managed to do was satisfy my need for justification in spending $55 on it while also getting me extremely excited for Monday Night Raw later this evening to get some explanations and see how these stories progress. That's rare.
No heavy complaints here, Cagesiders. I really liked this show.
But that's it from me. Now it's your turn to sound off in the comments section below with all your thoughts on last night's event.