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WWE Survivor Series 2015 Reaction

WWE Survivor Series 2015By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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.

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A Tournament To Decide The Future

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Courtesy of Wikipedia.

By Anthony Zevoteck 

 

With the injury to Seth Rollins, the WWE was forced to think of a way to find a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

In what turned out to be a great last-minute decision, they chose to have a tournament to decide the outcome.

Being able to showcase your top talents in singles competition heavily for two weeks was a great way to break the monotonous six-man tag-filled shows over the past month that were starting to wear out.

I’m not a big Roman Reigns fan but in my opinion, it would’ve been logical for Triple H to declare that the tournament winner would face Reigns at Survivor Series for the Title and that winner would be Dean Ambrose. That’d be an amazing story that the fans could really get into.

This isn’t the first time a WWE Heavyweight Championship Tournament concludes at Survivor Series.

In 1998, at Survivor Series: Deadly Games, we saw The Rock walk away with the gold that night and it kickstarted what became one of the greatest careers we’d ever seen. Maybe someone could take advantage of this same opportunity and launch theirs to the next level?

On the first Monday and Thursday after Rollins was stripped of the belt, we saw the tournament’s first round take off. There was an elite group of men competing for this coveted honor. We saw guys likes Reigns, Ambrose, and Cesaro competing. We even saw underdogs like Titus O’Neil and Kalisto. One thing we knew for sure: we were in for some exciting matches.

The first round went as expected, with WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens, Dolph Ziggler, Reigns, Kalisto, Ambrose, Neville, Cesaro and WWE United States Champion Alberto Del Rio picking up victories while Miz, Ryback, Show, Stardust, O’Neil, King Barrett, Tyler Breeze and Sheamus lost.

It was a series of matches that stretched from Raw to Smackdown and had WWE fans abuzz about potential winners and upsets. It makes watching the product even better when there’s an element of not knowing what’s going to happen next and that’s where the tournament is succeeding.

As we rolled into the second round, we were treated to some dream WWE matches such as Reigns Vs. Cesaro, Del Rio Vs. Kalisto, Ambrose Vs. Ziggler, and Owens Vs. Neville. Any one of these matches could headline most Pay-Per-Views for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. After a long night of great matches, we’d see Reigns, Del Rio, Owens, and Ambrose advance to Survivor Series to have their semifinal matches and move on to the end of the night for a chance at the belt.

Things got more intense on Smackdown when MizTV hosted all the competitors and even R­-Truth, who seemed confused as usual. A tag team match between the four main-evented the show and proved exactly what everybody already knew: this situation was combustible.

So that brings us to Survivor Series, where we’ll see the culmination of the beginning of the long road to recovery by WWE since losing Rollins.

In my opinion, it’s obvious that we’ll see Reigns and Ambrose win their respective matches and compete in the finals. Who else better to fight for the belt than the other two Shield members? In what’ll no doubt go down as one of the best Title matches seen in years, Ambrose will walk away Champion.

He’ll probably do so with a little help from The Authority either by choice or not, because let’s face it: The Authority hates Reigns. It’d be ideal for Ambrose to accept Triple H’s offer he first extended to Reigns which would provide a great story to be told once Rollins returns and assumes the babyface role to combat the heel Ambrose. That’d be best for business.

Dont forget about Mr. Money in the Bank Sheamus, as he could also easily claim the night his own.

What we’re seeing is an emergency situation that’ll either be a massive success or a horrific train wreck that we won’t look away from.

Personally, I already see huge success from this tournament, maybe not for the entire product, but most definitely for a single superstar. There could be a new star or we could see a current one fall from the sky. After all, anything happens in WWE.

WWE Survivor Series 2015 Preview/Predictions

WWE Survivor Series 2015By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

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.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 11/16/15: Gravity Remembers

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 11/16/15)

Gravity Remembers 

– Classy way to begin the show to pay tribute to the Paris victims.

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Notes In Observance – WWE Smackdown 11/12/15: Overfed

WWE SmackdownBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 11/12/15)

Overfed

– With no rush, it was dark, creepy in-ring promo time from The Wyatt Family as they looked to follow up on getting laid out by Undertaker/Kane on Raw, which we still didn’t agree with. Liked that each member had the chance to talk, though what they said held no substance. Why are we supposed to believe anything Bray Wyatt says about Undertaker and Kane living inside him when they just annihilated him three days before? With it being Survivor Series, this was the time for a four-on-four match. The idea of Taker/Kane against two Wyatt Family members is dumb. The Wyatt Family is a force together. Why not use that to their advantage?

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Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 11/9/15: Regurgitated Souls

WWE RawBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 11/9/15)

Regurgitated Souls

– For what it was worth relating to the story of Roman Reigns coming close to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship numerous times this year and coming up short and the timing of former Champion Seth Rollins’ reign-finishing injury, the opening in-ring segment with Reigns and WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H was strong. It was important to note that we were in London, England aka “land of the smartest wrestling fans” that bring the real fun to WrestleMania and post-WrestleMania Raws. As you could imagine, they weren’t too warm towards Reigns, but headed into this show, we expected Reigns to get some kind of tourney bye to decide a new Champion since he’d already earned the #1 Contender spot. This was essentially Triple H tempting Reigns with everything he worked so hard to get, but would only get it in an underhanded way, which was a problem for Reigns, who turned it down rather rudely. Liked the stuff about Triple H saying he strongly considered Reigns to be “the man,” but lacked one specific attribute that has cost him even to this day – the willingness to do anything. What was confusing about this though was that afterwards, commentary sold it like Triple H was offering Reigns the Championship when during the segment, it seemed like Triple H was tempting Reigns to keep his #1 Contender spot by joining The Authority. The intention was clear in this segment – Reigns wanted to earn things on his own, but it could’ve easily been misinterpreted another way. Oh yeah, WWE – way to follow this up with a dud of a First Round match between Reigns and The Big Show.

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