In a night that chronicled the 25th anniversary of The Undertaker’s 1990 Survivor Series debut, we were left with an underwhelming series of events that failed to match the level expected for a usual Survivor Series show, sans the ending that didn’t do much to protect Vince McMahon’s biggest pet project, Roman Reigns.
Take note that we didn’t refer to him as the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion. More on that below.
It wasn’t even that – a lot of this show didn’t feel “major” or “Big Four”-esque. Past the first two matches, it was barely passable.
Who’s to blame? The dead crowd? Both of the traditional five-on-five elimination tags weren’t even advertised as far as its participants. WWE Creative? Sure, they’ve been backed into a corner with a parade of injuries and guys off TV – Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Rusev, Lana, John Cena, possibly even Cesaro now, but they have a deep roster and there was no reason not to showcase somebody new.
As we’ve said, this show was a mess, a wound begging to be stitched up.
Anniversaries provide moments of celebration and reflection, as we all know.
Survivor Series holds significance to the careers of The Undertaker, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, generally speaking.
The Deadman made his spooky debut 25 years at the 1990 Survivor Series to an audience whom had no idea how prevalent his name would be in WWE storylines in the weeks, months, years and decades to come.
Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins made their debuts at the 2012 Survivor Series as a faction known as The Shield – out to correct what they perceived as injustice. This group would dominate for the better part of 17 months before Rollins was first to turn on his brothers with a steel chair to join The Authority as the hand-selected “Future.”
Even though last year’s Survivor Series revolved around The Authority losing power, all of that was undone when Rollins single-handedly brought The Authority back to get himself on top of WWE, eventually claiming the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, again stealing Reigns’ surefire Championship celebration moment.
Come this year’s Survivor Series, Undertaker, Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins all find themselves tied to the event one way or another – for better or worse.
Undertaker teams with his brother Kane to battle two Wyatt Family members for retribution. Rollins suffered a major knee injury that sidelines him for the next six-to-nine months and forces him to give up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, prompting a 16-man Tournament to decide a new Champion, which Reigns and Ambrose have made it to the Semifinals in, respectively.
What will next year bring for these men? Time will tell, but for the moment, let’s celebrate and reflect on history thus far.