WWE headlined this year’s Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) tonight (Sun., Nov. 19, 2017) from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas with the traditional men’s 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match. Kurt Angle led the Raw team (Braun Strowman, Triple H, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor) against the Shane McMahon led SmackDown team (John Cena, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, Bobby Roode).
The early part of the match was all about giving us the interesting pairings we wouldn’t normally see, like Balor vs. Nakamura and Roode vs. Triple H. When it came time for the first elimination, it was Strowman hitting his running powerslam on Nakamura and pinning him. Very shortly after, he did the same to Roode.
The Raw team fell victim to infighting, though it didn’t cost anyone a spot at the time. Samoa Joe was next out when John Cena hit him with multiple AA’s.
If you thought Cena would go the distance, he was actually out next, falling victim to an Ankle Lock, Coup de Grace, and the Angle Slam. Actually, there were two! All of that was enough for a three second tan.
Balor was out next, missing a Coup de Grace on Orton, who used the opening to hit an RKO to score a pin.
At this point, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn showed up to attack Shane McMahon, who went after them with a chair. Owens ended up eating an RKO but was left laid out in the ring at the worst time — with Braun Strowman having recovered. He hit the running powerslam and pinned Orton.
That left Angle, Triple H, and Strowman opposite Shane O’Mac.
McMahon put up a fight but right when Angle was going to tap him with the Angle Lock, Triple H climbed in, hit Kurt with the Pedigree, and then pulled Shane on top of him. The ref counted, and Angle was eliminated.
Triple H then stood next to Shane and stared down Strowman, a tease that he was joining the SmackDown side. Strowman never moved and Triple H eventually revealed his ruse, hitting McMahon with a Pedigree to score the pin and the victory for Team Raw.
After the match, Triple H tried to play buddy-buddy with Strowman, who was having none of it. He laid down the law, Trips tried to defy him with a Pedigree, and Braun laid him out with the running powerslam he dominated this match with. That’s how the show went off the air, with Strowman walking away having left Triple H a mess of beaten flesh.
Get complete Survivor Series results and coverage of every match on the card here.