|Date: November 21, 2021
|Venue: Barclays Center |City: Brooklyn, New York
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The show kicks off with a video package. It highlights the big Raw vs. Smackdown matches for the night but there’s obviously a sponsorship with The Rock’s newest film Red Notice so that is sprinkled in throughout.
Michael Cole welcomes us to Survivor Series before linking into a video package for Becky Lynch and Charlotte.
Becky Lynch (Raw) vs. Charlotte Flair (Smackdown)
Background: This is the first of the Raw vs. Smackdown matches for tonight. Becky and Charlotte were once best of friends but their friendship appears to be over as both women challenge to be the best in the country. An awkward exchange of titles as both women swapped brands made things even worse.
Previous PPV matches: This is the 7th PPV match between these two girls. They both have 3 wins a piece going into this one.
Survivor Series PPV Record: Becky Lynch is 0-3 at Survivor Series, Charlotte is 4-1.
Match: It is a fast paced start to the match as the bell rings and both girls go at it gung-ho. They counter each others finishers early and Becky hits a big superkick to the face. This match, like a lot of Charlotte matches, is going to be stiff. The fight goes in and out of the ring with Becky shoving Charlotte off the top rope to the outside at one point. Charlotte shows off her strength, hitting a big powerbomb for a near fall. Becky avoids a moonsault but Charlotte hits a standing moonsault for a near fall. Becky hits a legdrop for a near fall. Charlotte hits a reverse elbow, a move used by her husband Andrade. Lynch hits a manhandle slam but Charlotte gets her bottom foot on the rope. Becky locks on a heel hook but Charlotte reverses it just for Becky to get to the bottom rope. Charlotte boots Becky out of the ring and then hits her with a moonsault, just. Back in the ring and Charlotte applies the disarm-her. Charlotte rolls Becky up and grabs the rope for extra leverage but the referee sees it and stops the count. Lynch then counters the roll-up into one of her own and grabs the bottom rope, getting the three!
Result: Becky Lynch wins by pinfall.
Review: This was a really good match. It was hard-hitting, action-packed and everything you wanted out of a Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte match. There was nothing on the line but the heat between the two told an excellent story and the pace didn’t slow down for a second. It’s a big win for Becky Lynch who gets the victory for Raw.
It’s 25 years of The Rock so we see his debut at Survivor Series 1996.
There’s a VT about Drew McIntyre.
Team Raw (Bobby Lashley, Austin Theory, Finn Balor, Kevin Owens & Seth Rollins) vs. Team Smackdown (Xavier Woods, Jeff Hardy, Sheamus, Happy Corbin and Drew McIntyre) – Men’s Traditional Survivor Series Match
Background: On November 6, WWE revealed both Raw and SmackDown’s team members for the men’s Survivor Series match. Team Raw’s members were announced to be Seth Rollins, Finn Bálor, Kevin Owens, Rey Mysterio, and Dominik Mysterio. On the November 8 episode of Raw, WWE official Adam Pearce noted that every member of Team Raw was a former world champion, except Dominik. In turn, Pearce scheduled Dominik to face Bobby Lashley where the winner would be on the team; Lashley defeated Dominik. After Rey was seemingly injured during a match with Lashley the following week, Pearce removed Rey from Team Raw and replaced him with Austin Theory. For Team SmackDown, its members were announced as Drew McIntyre, Jeff Hardy, King Woods, Sami Zayn, and Happy Corbin. On the November 12 episode of SmackDown, Hardy defeated Zayn in a match where the loser would be removed from the team. The vacant spot was filled the following week by Sheamus, who defeated Cesaro, Ricochet, and Jinder Mahal in a fatal four-way match to earn the spot.
Survivor Series PPV Record: Bobby Lashley is 3-1, Finn Balor is 0-2, Kevin Owens is 0-4, Seth Rollins is 2-5, Austin Theory wrestles at this event for the first time tonight. As for Team Smackdown, Xavier Woods is 0-3, Jeff Hardy is 4-3, Sheamus is 5-5, Happy Corbin is 1-2 and Drew McIntyre is 2-3.
Match: The match starts with Kevin Owens and Xavier Woods but as soon as the bell rings Kevin Owens takes a walk and gets counted out! So we start with Xavier Woods and Austin Theory with Raw down a member. The likes of Drew McIntyre and Sheamus get involved and it gets pretty stiff for Theory. Jeff Hardy gets a good pop as he comes in off the second rope. Team Smackdown are dominant in the early going against both Austin Theory and Finn Balor, making quick tags. All hell breaks loose with all five men until Finn Balor hits Happy Corbin with a Coup De Gras for the three. Corbin eliminated it’s four against four. All hell breaks loose again and it’s turned into a free for all. Lashley hits Xavier Woods with a spear and then applies the hurt lock to which Xavier Woods passes out. Lashley and McIntyre go at it in a clash of two heavyweights. Both men battle to the outside and into the crowd where they both get counted out! It’s the two Irishmen next, Finn Balor and Sheamus. Sheamus avoids a coup de gras and hits Balor with a brogue kick for the three!
We’re down to Seth Rollins and Austin Theory against Sheamus and Jeff Hardy. Sheamus and Jeff work well together, hitting Seth with a leap of faith. Sheamus hits Rollins with white noise. Austin Theory tags in and with help from a distraction from Seth, Theory rolls Sheamus up for the three (with a pull of the tights). Sheamus attacks Jeff Hardy on his way out. Against all odds Jeff Hardy takes the advantage against Austin Theory, hitting him with a swanton bomb to eliminate him from the match. We’re down to Seth Rollins against Jeff Hardy. Hardy avoids a stomp and Jeff hits twist of fate. Hardy then heads to the top for a swanton bomb but Rollins gets his knees up and then hits a stomp for the win!
Result: Seth Rollins eliminates Jeff Hardy to be the sole survivor for Team Raw.
Kevin Owens gets counted out
Finn Balor eliminates Happy Corbin
Bobby Lashley eliminates Xavier Woods
Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley get counted out
Sheamus eliminates Finn Balor
Austin Theory eliminates Sheamus
Jeff Hardy eliminates Austin Theory
Review: This was a fun match. Some of the eliminations were creative, I liked the double countout, it was a throwback to the early days of Survivor Series. to be honest, I would have liked to have seen Jeff Hardy win but I think him getting to the end suggests a push for him. Seth Rollins wins the match and will this put him in line for Big E? A good match, back to back wins for Team Raw tonight.
There’s a Be A Star ad.
We’re shown a clip from earlier today with Vince McMahon showing up to all the lower carders cheering. He pulls the golden egg out of the limo which is presumably a prop from Red Notice.
Back to a Rock throwback with him defeating Mankind to win the WWE Championship in 1998.
Backstage Roman Reigns is shown entering Vince McMahon’s locker room. Vince tells Roman that his cousin The Rock gave him the golden egg and it’s worth millions. Reigns doesn’t care and leaves.
Sami Zayn vs. Jinder Mahal vs. Shanky vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Angel vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Robert Roode vs. Erik vs. Ivar vs. Cesaro vs. Apollo Crews vs. R-Truth vs. Chad Gable vs. Otis vs. Commander Azeez vs. Mansoor vs. Drew Gulak vs. AJ Styles vs. Omos vs. T-Bar vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Ricochet vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Montez Ford vs. Angelo Dawkins – 25 Man Battle Royal
Survivor Series PPV Record: Sami Zayn is 0-2, Dolph Ziggler is 4-5, Robert Roode is 0-1, Cesaro is 2-3, R-Truth is 0-5, Chad Gable is 0-1, Otis is 0-1, AJ Styles is 1-3, Shelton Benjamin is 1-2, Ricochet is 0-1, The Street Prophets are 1-0 and everyone else in this match wrestles at Survivor Series for the first time tonight.
Match: AJ Styles immediately leaves the ring to watch from on top of the commentary desk. There’s quick eliminations for Drew Gulak, Shelton Benjamin and Humberto Carrillo. Pizza Hut is clearly sponsoring this match, The Street Prophets come out with a box and it’s not long before R-Truth tries to bribe Omos and Otis with pizza. Otis eliminates R-Truth, Omos eliminates Otis. Chad Gable, T-Bar and Cedric Alexander are all eliminated as a “we want pizza” chant breaks out. Angel, Jinder Mahal, Erik and Ivar all get eliminated in quick succession. Two giants in Omos and Shanky go toe to toe until Omos eliminates Shanky. Roode eliminates Mansoor who loses on PPV for the first time ever. Omos eliminates Robert Roode and AJ Styles gets back involved to eliminate Dolph Ziggler. Sami Zayn looks to get his last two Smackdown teammates to team up with him but Cesaro and Ricochet aren’t having it. The Street Prophets then eliminate Sami and Omos eliminates Azeez.
Commander Azeez looks to eliminate AJ Styles from the outside but Omos grabs AJ and we get a tug of war which Azeez wins, eliminating Styles. Omos eliminates Apollo. We’re down to five with Omos, Cesaro, Ricochet and The Street Prophets. Everyone goes after Omos but the big man fights them off, eliminating Cesaro and then Angelo Dawkins. Omos sends Montez Ford flying over the top which means we’re down to Omos and Ricochet! Omos then eliminates Ricochet to win the match.
Result: Omos wins the battle royal, last eliminating Ricochet.
Review: This was a decent enough battle royal. There were some nice spots but in the end it was the big man Omos that won. It’s not often the big man actually wins the battle royal but this is the exception. I think Omos will get a big push down the road.
We go to highlights from the kickoff show with Shinsuke Nakamura beating Damien Priest by disqualification.
RK-Bro (Randy Orton & Riddle) (Raw Tag Team Champions) vs. The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) (Smackdown Tag Team Champions)
Background: This is the annual contest of Raw Tag Team Champions against Smackdown Tag Team Champions.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first PPV match between these two teams.
Survivor Series PPV Record: Randy Orton is 8-6, Riddle is 1-1, Jey Uso is 2-4 and Jimmy Uso is 1-4.
Match: Riddle and Jimmy Uso kick off the match. There’s plenty of tags between the two teams and it’s not long before RK-Bro take control. They work well as a team but The Usos soon gain the advantage with a cheap shot. The Usos dominate for a while, keeping Riddle away from his corner. Randy finally gets the hot tag and lays into The Usos inside and outside the ring. Orton hits his trademark hangmans DDT on Jey Uso and then motions for an RKO but Jey counters. Riddle then tags in and he fires up on both Usos. The Usos hit back with a double Samoan drop on Riddle for a near fall. The Usos hit double superkicks on Orton and then Riddle for a near fall. Jimmy Uso hits superkicks on both men and then looks for a splash on Riddle but Orton gets back in the ring and hits an RKO on Jimmy for the win.
Result: RK-Bro win by pinfall.
Review: It’s another win for Team Raw, four out of four so far. WWE is very invested in both of these tag teams and it’s a big win for Orton and Riddle tonight. This was a decent match, it wasn’t too spectacular but it was decent.
There’s another Rocky memory as he beats John Cena at Wrestlemania 28.
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are in Vince McMahons office. McMahon realises his egg is missing and asks Adam and Sonya to go and find out who.
There’s a vignette for Xia Li.
Team Raw (Bianca Belair, Carmella, Queen Zelina, Liv Morgan & Rhea Ripley) vs. Team Smackdown (Natalya, Shayna Baszler, Toni Storm, Shotzi & Sasha Banks) – Women’s Traditional Survivor Series Match
Background: Also on November 6, WWE revealed both Raw and SmackDown’s team members for the women’s Survivor Series match. It was announced that Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan, Carmella, Queen Zelina, and one-half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Rhea Ripley, would represent Team Raw. Team SmackDown’s members were revealed to be Sasha Banks, Shayna Baszler, Shotzi, Natalya, and Aliyah. On the November 12 episode of SmackDown, however, WWE official Sonya Deville removed Aliyah from the match seemingly due to her relationship with Naomi, who had been at odds with Deville. On November 18 via WWE’s social media, Deville revealed that Toni Storm would fill Team SmackDown’s vacant spot.
Survivor Series PPV Record: Bianca Belair is 0-2, Carmella is 0-4, Liv Morgan is 0-1, Rhea Ripley is 1-0, Natalya is 3-5, Shayna Baszler is 1-1, Toni Storm is 0-1, Sasha Banks is 1-4. Zelina and Shotzi wrestle at this event for the first time tonight.
Match: Carmella and Toni Storm kick off the match. Carmella hits a right hand and then exits the ring to get her mask on. Carmella tags back in and has trouble with her mask which result in Toni Storm rolling up Carmella for the first elimination of the match. There’s some nice chain wrestling between Shotzi and Bianca as they get involved in the match. There are plenty of quick tags and a succession of near falls between Natalya and Liv Morgan. There’s some nice action between Shayna Baszler and Rhea Ripley. All hell starts to break loose with the remaining nine girls all getting involved. Shayna and Rhea make tags to Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair respectively and it’s the showdown the people wanted to see. Belair shows some amazing athleticism but Sasha locks on the Banks statement which Bianca manages to counter. Sasha and Bianca are so good and they have amazing chemistry.
Sasha Banks counters a KOD attempt. Belair tags in Zelina and launches her at Banks. Toni Storm tags in, hits her finisher and eliminates Zelina. Liv Morgan gets involved and hits Toni Storm with oblivion to eliminate her from the match. Shotzi tags in and hits a terrible splash on Liv Morgan but Sasha has tagged herself in and hits a frog splash on Morgan which is enough to eliminate her from the match. Sasha hits Rhea Ripley with a backstabber as all hell breaks loose. Shayna tags in and hits a knee to the face of Rhea to eliminate her from the match. Bianca is the last remaining member of Team Raw and she attempts to fight everyone off. Sasha banks and Shotzi end up going at it, Sasha then takes a cheap shot at Shayna as Team Smackdown implodes. Because of this Sasha Banks ends up getting counted out.
It’s now Shayna Baszler, Natalya and Shotzi against Bianca Belair. Natalya locks a sharpshooter on Bianca but Belair powers out and rolls Natalya up for the three. Belair then hits Shayna with a glam slam and pins her for the three! We’re down to Bianca Belair and Shotzi. Shotzi starts well but Bianca hits her with the kiss of death to win the match.
Result: Bianca Belair wins the match, last eliminating Shotzi.
Toni Storm eliminates Carmella
Toni Storm eliminates Zelina
Liv Morgan eliminates Toni Storm
Sasha Banks eliminates Liv Morgan
Shayna Baszler eliminates Rhea Ripley
Sasha Banks gets counted out
Bianca Belair eliminates Natalya
Bianca Belair eliminates Shayna Baszler
Review: This was a really good match. It may have gone a little long but it was good. Bianca Belair gets a huge win and it shows that she is still very well thought of. And she is great, her showdown with Sasha Banks half way through this match was the highlight. Smackdown finally get a win tonight.
There’s another Rock highlight with him showing up on the debut episode of Smackdown on Fox.
Kayla Braxton is backstage with Paul Heyman. These two have great chemistry when Heyman isn’t being creepy. Kayla informs Heyman that Brock Lesnar’s suspension is no longer indefinite and Heyman doesn’t like it.
There’s a vignette for Bobby Lashley.
Video package next for Big E and Roman Reigns.
Big E (WWE Champion) (Raw) vs. Roman Reigns (Universal Champion) (Smackdown)
Background: This is the annual match between WWE Champion and Universal Champion.
Previous PPV matches: This is a first time PPV match between these two men.
Survivor Series PPV Record: Roman Reigns is 6-1, Big E is 1-3.
Match: Big E shows no fear in the early going, using his strength which frustrates Roman Reigns. It’s a slow start as they feel each other out. Reigns rolls out of the way of a splash on the apron and Big E sells a knee injury. Roman Reigns dominates for a while but Big E gets back into it until Reigns hits him with a Samoan drop. Roman shows off his strength, hitting a powerbomb for a near fall. Big E avoids a superman punch but Roman hits him with a Rock Bottom for a near fall. Reigns hits three superman punches and motions for a spear but Big E is back up on his feet! Big E sends Reigns on to the apron and then hits him with a spear to the floor below. Big E rolls Reigns back into the ring but Roman hits him with a spear only for Big E to kick out at 2! reigns looks for a guillotine but Big E breaks it up. Big E looks for another spear off the apron but Reigns counters with a guillotine. Roman has to break the guillotine which he does before locking it back on in the middle of the ring. Big E counters it into a big ending and hooks the leg but Reigns grabs the bottom rope. The fight goes to the outside where Reigns launches big E into the ring steps before hitting a superman punch. Back in the ring and Reigns hits a spear for the win.
Result: Roman Reigns wins by pinfall.
Review: This was a good way to end the night. There was only ever going to be one winner and it had to be Roman Reigns. Big E looked great in parts and doesn’t look to weak going back to Raw. I don’t think there’ll be any aftermath here, they’ll go their separate ways. Reigns continues to look unstoppable.
And that was Survivor Series 2021. It felt like a really solid show from start to finish. The opener between Charlotte and Becky Lynch was fantastic. A really good match between two women with a lot of chemistry and a lot of heat. Becky Lynch got that win albeit by cheating. Seth Rollins then won the men’s traditional Survivor Series match which could mean a good push for him going forward. One thing that was evident is that Jeff Hardy is still so over and judging by the way he got to the end of this match, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get involved with Roman Reigns on Smackdown. Omos then won the battle royal and it’s nice to see a big man win a battle royal because it doesn’t happen very often. He was the right winner for this and it’ll be interesting to see his push in 2022. RK-Bro got a big win over The Usos. Riddle and Orton have so much chemistry, you can tell they love teaming.
Bianca Belair won the women’s traditional survivor series match as her momentum continues. I don’t doubt that she will be back in the singles title picture before long. She was booked to dominate tonight and defied the odds by winning this one. In the main event Roman Reigns beat Big E in a predictable enough result. Roman Reigns is unstoppable right now, it’s been a long time since anyone has been booked this strongly. Reigns is a beast. Overall a really good show, not for storyline progression but for match quality.
Overall Rating: 70/100 (ranked joint 16th out of 407)
Match Of The Night: Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte
Worst Match Of The Night: The Battle Royal / RK-Bro vs. The Usos
Surprise Of The Night: N/A
Worst Booking Of The Night: N/A
Superstar Of The Night: Roman Reigns
Survivor Series 2021 Will Be Remembered For: Roman Reigns beating Big E