Monday, November 20, 2017

WWE Survivor Series Recap

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

What's up Triple Threat CLE fans, I'm back with your WWE Survivor Series recap from Sunday night's pay per view, live at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. This year's WWE Survivor Series was the annual RAW vs. Smackdown Live event with both shows competing against each other in matches. Which brand came out on top??

** Survivor Series Card **

- WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar battled WWE World Heavyweight Champion AJ Styles.
- WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz battled WWE United States Champion Baron Corbin. 
- WWE RAW World Tag Team Champions Sheamus and Cesaro battled WWE Smackdown Live World Tag Team Champions The Usos.
- WWE RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss battled WWE Smackdown Live Women's Champion Charlotte.
- WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore defended his title against Kalisto.
- RAW's The Shield battled Smackdown Live's The New Day.
- "Men's 5-On-5 Elimination Match": Team RAW (Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and Triple H) battled Team Smackdown Live: (Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena).
- "Women's 5-On-5 Elimination Match": Team RAW (Alicia Fox, Nia Jax, Bayley, Sasha Banks and Asuka) battled Team Smackdown Live (Becky Lynch, Naomi, Tamina, Carmella and Nattie Neidhart).
- Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn battled Breezango.
- Matt Hardy battled Elias Samson. 

** Survivor Series PreShow **

- Matt Hardy vs. Elias Samson: The match closes out with Elias grounding Hardy with an arm bar submission. Hardy escapes and hits a Side Effect on Elias on the apron. Hardy hits Elias with his one good arm, sends Elias head first into the turnbuckle, hits a running clothesline and then a bulldog. Hardy dodges Elias and gets a near fall Side Effect. Hardy hits a charging Elias with an elbow and then an elbow drop for a near fall. Elias counters the Twist of Fate and sends Hardy into the ring post shoulder first. Elias hits Drift Away on Hardy and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Elias Samson, by pinfall.

- "WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match": Enzo Amore (c) vs. Kalisto: The match closes out with Enzo grounding Kalisto. Enzo counters the Salida Del Sol, sends Kalisto into the corner and hits stomps. Enzo misses a diving forearm and hits the turnbuckle. Kalisto hits a moonsault and unloads more offense on Enzo. Kalisto hits a knee, a Death Valley Bomb, kicks Enzo in the face and then a hurricanrana into a modified DDT. Enzo counters the Salida Del Sol and tries to run away. Kalisto goes after Enzo and gets clocked in the face. Enzo sends Kalisto into an exposed turnbuckle, hits JawdonZo and scores the pinfall to retain his title.
Winner: Enzo Amore, by pinfall, to retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

- Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze and Fandango: The match closes out with Breezango double teaming Zayn. Zayn fights back with a clothesline on Breeze as Owens talks trash. Owens unloads on Breeze, Sami tags back in and stops Breeze from tagging out. Owens tags back in, hits a senton and gets a near fall. Fandango finally hot tags and unloads on Owens and Zayn. Fandango gets a near fall DDT on Zayn. Owens attacks Breeze and lays him out on the floor. Fandango drops Zayn, climbs the ropes and goes for Last Dance. Owens pulls Zayn out of the way, making Fandango miss. Owens hits the Pop Up Power Bomb on Fandango and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, by pinfall. 

** WWE Survivor Series **

- The Shield vs. The New Day: The match closes out with Rollins hitting a super kick on Woods as Reigns and Ambrose send Big E and Kofi into the barricade. The Shield go for the triple power bomb, but Big E pulls Reigns outside and sends him into the steel steps. Kofi hits Trouble In Paradise on Rollins. The New Day triple team Reigns outside. The New Day lay out Ambrose, Kofi leaps over Big E and Woods with a splash and Big E leaps off Woods with a splash. Big E scoops Rollins and Ambrose and New Day hit a Super Midnight Hour. Reigns returns, spears Big E and stops the pinfall. All six men start brawling, Ambrose gets tossed out, Rollins takes Woods out, Ambrose hits Dirty Deeds on the floor and Rollins hits a knee on the floor. Kofi misses a stomp on Reigns and gets speared. The Shield lift Kofi up to the top rope and hit a Super Triple Power Bomb to score the pinfall.
Winners: The Shield, by pinfall.

- "Women's 5-On-5 Elimination Match": Team RAW (Alicia Fox, Nia Jax, Bayley, Sasha Banks and Asuka) battled Team Smackdown Live (Becky Lynch, Naomi, Tamina, Carmella and Nattie Neidhart):

** First Elimination: Becky goes for the Dis Arm Her submission on Alicia. Alicia grabs the ropes for the rope break. Bayley blind tags in as Becky hits a Bexploder on Alicia. Bayley rolls up Becky and scores the pinfall. RAW leads 5-4.

** Second Elimination: Bayley hits an elbow on Carmella and then tosses Tamina outside. Carmella comes back with a super kick on Bayley. Tamina climbs the ropes and hits the Superfly Splash on Bayley for the pinfall. Tied 4-4.

** Third Elimination: Naomi takes out Nia outside. Tamina ducks a Nia clothesline and hits a super kick. Tamina hits a crossbody off the steel steps on Nia, taking her out. Nia can't beat the ten count and gets counted out. Smackdown Live leads 4-3. 

** Fourth Elimination: Alicia counters a Naomi split legged moonsault. Naomi counters a tilt a whirl back breaker. Naomi gets a pinfall on Alicia that looked like a two count but it's counted as a pinfall. Smackdown Live leads  at 4-2. 

** Fifth Elimination: Sasha quickly applies the Banks Statement submission on Naomi and gets the tap out. Smackdown Live leads 3-2.

** Sixth Elimination: Carmella hits a Bronco Buster on Asuka, taunts Sasha and then slaps Asuka. Carmella ends up getting knocked out by an Asuka kick for the pinfall. Tied 2-2.

** Seventh Elimination: Sasha traps Nattie in the Banks Statement submission, but Tamina breaks the hold. Nattie gets Sasha in the corner and then traps Sasha in the Sharpshooter submission. Tamina knocks Asuka off the apron as Sasha taps out. Smackdown Live leads 2-1.

** Eighth Elimination: Nattie and Tamina double team Asuka. Tamina with a near fall powerslam. Tamina misses the Superfly Splash on Asuka allowing Asuka to hook Tamina in an armbar submission and get the tap out. Tied 1-1.

** Final Elimination: We're down to Asuka vs. Nattie Neidhart. Asuka counters the Sharpshooter submission and Nattie counters a leg submission from Asuka. Asuka ducks a clothesline and lands a kick on Nattie. Asuka traps Nattie in the Asuka Lock submission and gets the tap out for the victory.
Winner and Sole Survivor: Asuka.

- The Miz vs. Baron Corbin: The match closes out with Miz taking out Corbin's leg and applies the Figure Four submission. Corbin escapes and hits Deep Six on Miz for a near fall. Corbin limps around, but unloads on Miz. Corbin catches Miz in mid air and goes for a choke slam, but Miz counters. Corbin goes to the floor, nails Curtis Axel and then clotheslines Miz. Corbin pulls Bo Dallas into the ring and lays him out with End of Days. Miz with a near fall rollup during the chaos. Miz counters End of Days and gets a near fall DDT. Miz unloads Yes Kicks on Corbin, but misses the last one. Miz hits a pair of drop kicks on Corbin in the corner. Miz charges a third time, gets caught and planted with End of Days. Corbin covers and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Baron Corbin, by pinfall.

- Sheamus and Cesaro vs. The Usos: The match closes out with Sheamus getting White Noise countered. Jey knocks Cesaro to the floor and sends Sheamus into the ring post. Sheamus catches Jey in mid air and he and Cesaro hit a double team White Noise for a near fall. Jimmy gets tossed outside by Sheamus and Cesaro. Jey fights off a double team, but gets power bombed by Cesaro. Jimmy returns and hits a super kick on Cesaro. Jey hits a Samoan Drop on Sheamus and gets a near fall. Jey lands a kick to the head of Sheamus. The Usos double team Cesaro and drill him with double super kicks. Sheamus misses the Brogue Kick and eats double super kicks. Jimmy suicide dives onto Cesaro outside as Jey hits the Uso Splash on Sheamus and scores the pinfall.
Winners: The Usos, by pinfall. 

- Charlotte vs. Alexa Bliss: The match closes out with Alexa unloading on Charlotte's ribs and hits a sunset bomb for a near fall. Both ladies trade shots and Charlotte lands chops. Alexa traps Charlotte in a guillotine choke submission. Charlotte escapes and hits a sitdown power bomb for a near fall. Alexa counters the Figure Four submission by punching Charlotte in the face. Charlotte hits Natural Selection on Alexa for a near fall. Charlotte misses a moonsault as Alexa moves out of the way. Charlotte hits a spear and both ladies are down. Alexa hits a running drop kick and unloads on Charlotte's ribs again. Alexa stomps on Charlotte and talks trash. Alexa goes for Twisted Bliss, but Charlotte gets her knees up for the block. Charlotte hits the Big Boot and then traps Alexa in the Figure Eight submission for the tap out win.
Winner: Charlotte, by submission.

- Brock Lesnar vs. AJ Styles: The match closes out with Styles being dominated, but goes after Lesnar's legs. Lesnar counters a moonsault and then a tornado DDT and plants Styles face first into the mat. Styles hits the Pele Kick but gets caught going for a springboard and planted with a german suplex. Styles takes Lesnar outside and hits a forearm. Styles sends Lesnar into the steel steps and then nails a flying punch on Lesnar. Back in the ring, Styles hits an enziguri and then a springboard moonsault.
Styles hits a springboard 450 on Lesnar for a near fall. Lesnar counters the Styles Clash, Styles counters the F5 and traps Lesnar in the Calf Crusher submission. Lesnar grabs Styles by the head and slams him repeatedly into the mat to break the hold. Styles counters the F5 and hits the Phenomenal Forearm on Lesnar for a near fall. Styles goes for another Phenomenal Forearm, but gets caught and planted with the F5. Lesnar covers and scores the pinfall.
Winner: Brock Lesnar, by pinfall.

- "Men's 5-On-5 Elimination Match": Team RAW (Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and Triple H) vs. Team Smackdown Live: (Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena):

** First Elimination: Nakamura takes out Joe and then Balor. Nakamura counters a Triple H Pedigree and nails the Kinshasa, but Strowman blind tagged in. Strowman hits the running power slam on Nakamura and scores the pinfall. RAW leads 5-4.

** Second Elimination: Roode goes after Strowman's legs and then hits a Blockbuster for a near fall. Roode counters the running power slam and Strowman counters the second Blockbuster. Strowman hits the running power slam on Roode and scores the pinfall. RAW leads 5-3.

- Third Elimination: During the third fall all 5 members of Smackdown Live attack Strowman and suplex him through the announcers table. Angle and Triple of Team RAW argue until they get knocked into each other. Joe hits an inverted atomic drop, a big boot and a senton on Cena for a near fall. Joe hits the Uranage as Balor tags himself in. Joe tags himself back in and he and Balor argue. Cena hits an AA on Joe then an AA on Balor. Cena with another AA on Joe and scores the pinfall. RAW leads 4-3.

** Fourth Elimination: Cena hits shoulder tackles, a slam and goes for the Five Knuckle Shuffle on Angle. Angle counters and traps Cena in the Ankle Lock submission. Cena escapes and goes for an AA. Angle counters and hits the Angle Slam, but Shane stops the pinfall. Balor hits Coup de Grace on Cena and Angle follows with another Angle Slam for the pinfall. RAW leads 4-2.

** Fifth Elimination: Balor and Orton trade shots and then Balor sends Shane into the barricade. Balor hits a Slingblade and a drop kick on Orton. Balor misses the Coup de Grace and Orton hits the RKO on Balor for the pinfall. RAW leads 3-2.

** Sixth Elimination: During the sixth fall, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn hit the ring and interrupt the match by attacking Shane McMahon on the floor. Owens and Zayn beat down Shane and toss him over the announcers table. Shane returns fire with steel chair shots on Owens and Zayn. Owens rolls into the ring to escape, but gets hit with an RKO by Orton. Shane unloads more chair shots on Zayn, chasing him up the ramp. Strowman suddenly tags himself in and clotheslines Orton. Strowman with the running power slam on Orton for the pinfall. RAW leads 3-1.

** Seventh Elimination: Shane now left all alone unloads on Angle. Shane gets a near fall rollup and a near fall DDT. Angle hits the Angle Slam on Shane and then locks in the Ankle Lock submission. Shane fights for his life and refuses to tap out. Triple H suddenly grabs Angle and lays him out with a Pedigree, saving Shane. Triple H lays Shane on Angle for the pinfall. RAW leads 2-1. 

** Final Elimination: Triple H stares down Braun Strowman from across the ring after helping Shane. Triple H helps Shane to his feet and checks on him. Triple H suddenly hits the Pedigree on Shane and scores the pinfall.
Winners and Sole Survivors: Triple H and Braun Strowman.

- After the match, Triple H is smiling at what he did while Strowman just stares at him. Triple H continues to celebrate when suddenly Strowman grabs Triple H by the throat in the corner. Strowman warns Triple H that if he ever pulls a stunt like this and makes Strowman look stupid again he'll pay for it. Triple H tries to attack Strowman from behind and goes for a Pedigree. Strowman counters and hits two straight running power slams on Triple H to end the show.

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