The 34th annual Survivor Series started (the PPV portion, anyway) with one of the elimination tag matches which are synonymous with WWE’s pre-Thanksgiving event.
And the men’s Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown bout began with the red show’s self-appointed captain trying to cut a promo. He didn’t get far before he was interrupted by his teammate Riddle though. That dysfunction didn’t turn out to be a problem, though.
It’s not like the blue squad was in link step. Seth Rollins & Jey Uso seemed focused on their own issues, and no one was excited King Corbin was there.
Uso and Styles started things off, and Jey’s new attitude put his team in charge. But Team Blue suffered the first elimination when Rollins volunteered to tag in... then kneeled down to take a Brogue Kick from Sheamus.
The four remaining members of SmackDown headed outside to regroup, which set them up to get streamrolled by Braun Strowman. The Monster Among Men yelled at his teammates to get on the same page. His tactic worked, because in the action that followed, Kevin Owens (by Styles) then Corbin (by Riddle) were eliminated in short order.
The recently deposed Mr. Money in the Bank Otis looked like he might be able to level the playing field all by himself. But after putting Braun down...
...he went for the Caterpillar and that was a bad idea. Strowman scooped him for the running powerslam and Jey Uso was one against five. Uce ran wild, but couldn’t pick up any eliminations. Keith Lee caught Jey when he was going for a splash on AJ, and after a Spirit Bomb, Raw had run the table.
Amid shots of Skipper Styles celebrating with his team, WWE was sure to show us images of a distraught Paul Heyman backstage. Roman Reigns won’t be happy his team, and his family member, was embarrassed like that. Will it play into the Tribal Chief’s match later tonight?
Get complete Survivor Series results and coverage of the entire show here.