Team SmackDown’s backs were against the wall. Their women’s and tag team squads came up short in the first two traditional Survivor Series elimination tags at the annual November pay-per-view (PPV), and the wagers placed on secondary championship matches were a wash. If commissioner Shane McMahon was going to salvage anything for his brand, he’d have to do it in the ring with AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton and mascot James Ellsworth.
Picking up a win would be no easy task - they’d have to take care of the red team. Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman.
Fittingly for a show whose tagline is “Fantasy Warfare Just Got Real”, the champions of their respective brands started things off. Owens and Styles fought to a stand still, and KO brought in his best friend Jericho. The pair exchanged a hug, and Y2J went to face his old tag partner.
A quick tag to Rollins, and AJ slapped the shoulder of the man who’ll try again to take his belt at TLC - and Seth’s old Shield-mate - Ambrose.
Dean actually ended up working with Jericho for a while, and the List-maker also had the honor of being the first guy to work with Shane O’Mac. The commish popped the crowd with his fancy footwork before getting worked over himself by the two-thirds of the Shield on the Raw side.
A long sequence between Owens and Ambrose took us almost 15 minutes into the match without an elimination, and it was time for the ten-man brawl. During the melee, Owens launched himself onto the mass of humanity assembled below:
And when Shane tried to follow, Braun Strowman threw him back into the ring and took on most of Team Blue by himself. The numbers got to the big man, leading to a pairs match between Rollins & Reigns against Styles & Ambrose. SmackDown won out, but that led to a brawl between Dean and AJ... and an opening for Braun to eliminate Dean.
Shane tried to calm things for his troop, but he should have been worried about Strowman. The big man threw bodies everywhere - including a scary bump for AJ Styles who hit the apron while spinning to the floor. Bray Wyatt bought his team time, which eventually let Randy Orton hit an RKO on the table... then Bray & Randy held Braun for a patented Shane O’Mac flying elbow from the top rope to the announce table.
With some help from Styles, Shane made it back in the ring before the ten count. But Strowman was eliminated by countout, partially because Ellsworth grabbed his foot from under the table... which gave us a side-spot and throwback to their feud when Braun threw him from the stage through a table and some equipment!
Things returned to the ring, with JeriKO working to get rid of a still weary McMahon. The self-proclaimed G.O.A.T. delivered delivered Codebreakers to Shane and Orton, but couldn’t get rid of the commissioner. A missed splash by the first undisputed WWE champ created an opening for a tag, and Styles came in for another battle between the two former partners. This situation actually led to an elimination, but not for either of the legal men. Owens attacked AK with The List of Jericho and was eliminated by disqualification. Then as Y2J tried to gather up the pages of his list, he was hit by an RKO and sent packing himself.
SmackDown was then up 4 men to 2. Rollins leapt into action, and got some momentum on his side, but was eventually laid low by an Orton superplex. Seth was able to reach his corner, and brought in Reigns. The fans in Toronto weren’t happy, but Roman was immediately effective. He cleared out everyone and locked up with old rival Styles... but he still wasn’t able to eliminate any members of Team Blue.
That brought us to what was supposed to be a huge spot of the night, where Shane went for Coast2Coast, but was met by a Reigns spear. Unfortunately, McMahon’s head viciously hit the mat and he was clearly out of it. He didn’t keep his shoulders down for the pin, and the referee called for a bell... and the trainers.
Things got wild after that, leading to an eventual return from Ambrose in full lunatic mode. Dean was hellbent on taking out Styles - even teaming up with Team Raw fight off security and powerbomb him through an announce table!
It then came down to the Wyatts vs. the Shield, including a return from Luke Harper! While Harper and Orton dealt with Reigns on the outside, Rollins brawled with Wyatt inside... but he took some time off to dive to the outside and assist his brother.
Heading back in, Seth hit a superkick and then went for a frog splash on Bray, but got caught in the proverbial RKO OUT OF NOWHERE! And Roman was the only man standing between Raw and defeat.
Reigns took the fight to the Wyatts on the floor. Harper ate a spear on the floor, and it looked like Roman would eliminate Bray after a Superman punch. But Randy shoved him out of the way, taking the move himself. That created an opening for the Eater of Worlds to grab Roman for Sister Abigail, and in a strange turn of events, the Wyatt Family saved the night for SmackDown.
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