This may seem to be a bit jaded considering who watched it from home last night, but Survivor Series and being live from Madison Square Garden was pretty damn good for the dollar I paid for. I'm not gonna review the entire show but what you take out of this event more-so than most events is the atmosphere, the angles, and just getting to embrace the feeling I got even with no voice (allergies).
I was really hoping to see Ryder as a last minute add in to the US Title match at the start of the show but for what Morrison provided as the struggling babyface, getting the upperhand and almost pulling it out really must have made Joe Schmidt very, very happy to see. I was smiling at the end and still, Dolph Ziggler is still the man. Great way to start off the show on a hot note.
The comedown match next with the Divas title match was to be expected. Beth worked hard despite Eve's lack of ability. A decent enough match for the time it was given. Just with it being Survivor Series and all and the Lumber jills out for christ sake, Why not just make it a traditional womens survivor series match. That was my complaint. Thus, I am a fan of the relic and Survivor Series format as a whole but suffice to say, it didn't happen.
It is soooooooooo execellent just listening to the Rock give a promo. I had goosebumps trying to listen to it and I was in the arena. I was chanting the Lady Parts and New York, New York chants along with the rest of the crowd. (Classy note: WWE Fans > TNA Fans in vocabulary & diction).
Survivor Series format match was next and while I missed a chunk of this match to get the girlfriend some Lemonade, Sin Cara's injury did look pretty ugly. Dolph's exit was expected with having wrestle two matches in one night and getting attacked by Ryder. Sheamus getting disqualified was annoying but a throwback to the classic survivor series matches when most guys would get eliminated. Orton worked really well with Cody, Barrett, and I loved the moments Hunico got involved in the match. I want more Hunico! I was also chanting with the crowd for more Cody also. Orton fought against the odds but Barrett winning was excellent as he really deserves the push. I'd love to see Barrett and other younger talent be phased in more to the upper tier spots while the big muscular guys and older vets get treated the door policy.
Cotton candy time. I can't believe you stick a frilly NY Rangers Santa hat on a stick with a bag of Cotton Candy and it's 10 dollars! That's NYC and MSG pricing to you folks. Also back to the Lemonade bit from before. I was really pissed they wouldn't let me put a cap on that cup. I was expecting to drop it and stumble and lose my entire 7 dollar drink....Criminals if you ask me.
Mark Henry & Big Show match was slow but really to be expected. I was digging the match personally as I've been a big fan of Mark Henry since he's gone to SmackDown. The Big Show Macho Man Elbow Drop was one of the signature highlights of the night. Surprised that didn't put Henry away. The DQ finish was a let down but with the chair, it plays into the next PPV to end 2011, TLC. The crowd wanted Daniel Bryan to come out but I wanted him to stay in the back and keep to his WrestleMania promise. Trust me, the fans will be digging him for Mania and it'll be worth it in the end. #Newstar
I'm glad we got the DQ finish in the last match as the WWE Title match really stole the show. The workrate from both Del Rio and CM Punk was excellent beyond words as we were really into wanting CM Punk to win the title. The finishing sequence really paid off and most likely we'll get one more match between the two at TLC but what CM Punk has done should have the WWE convinced by now that they have their next Top babyface that can and SHOULD replace Cena. #Turncenaheelalready
The Main Event was up next and we all knew that the Rock would show up here and he did. I was stunned he was able to pull off those arm drags so crisply. Rock was the ring general I expected him to be and that really showed up in this match without the Rock really taking any bumps. Hogan took more bumps at BFG than the Rock at Survivor Series. Shocker of 2011 right there folks. Then we got Cena doing the majority of the selling setting up for the hot tag when everybody in MSG just wanted to see The Rock. Throw Cena to the side and let The Rock do his magic. The Rock is on another pedastool to the rest of the WWE Roster it's not even a joke and it should be with his legendary status. The Rock got the pin and made it look easy which is how they built it up since this match would be announced.
All in all after attending two very different wrestling events on two consecutive Sunday's, the crowd's the venues and hell, even the cities were different between what the WWE put on compared to Chikara but as a wrestling fan I enjoyed both events equally. Two very different circumstances with Eddie Kingston/Quack for the Grand Championship & Rock wrestling in the Main Event of 2011 but I found the 10 year old in me excited every bit just being in MSG as I was the 22 year old at Chikara. For the pure wrestling ability, Chikara topped WWE but the sheer spectacle and it being MSG and the Rock and CM Punk and Big Show's top rope elbow drop, the WWE Topped Chikara. being on LI, I have this luxury of getting to see these events where I know it's difficult for everybody else around the world that has a different happenstance. I'm just glad I'm a wrestling fan and it's a passion of mine that I know will never go away whether it's 2011 or 2050. Nor would I want it to.
I'm Nick Malone and I'm a wrestling fan!
P.S: OTR will be doing a special pre-record (If my voice) ever gets better this Tuesday night that will not be aired live from 5-7, but aired on Thursday night during our normal and regular time slot of 7-9 on Thanksgiving. Also, we will be open for any and all callers that want to call in at 1-516-299-2790 that want to discuss Survivor Series/Raw/Anything in Wrestling.