WWE Survivor Series 2013 took place at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts and featured a total of eight matches, including John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Title and an unbelievably bad WWE Title match between Randy Orton and The Big Show. The WWE witnessed a rather laughable 7-on-7 Divas elimination match and the return of the World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry. It was an interesting night to say the least. So without further ado, here are the overall highs and lows from Survivor Series:
Best Match: There were three standout matches that took place at Survivor Series and they were the 5-on-5 traditional elimination match, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper and the World Heavyweight Championship bout between John Cena and Alberto Del Rio. To me, the best match of the night was John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio. Cena and Del Rio worked marvelously together and Del Rio impressed me a great amount. From the start to the middle of the match, Del Rio would reverse virtually all of Cena’s patented moves. It was phenomenal one-on-one wrestling that made both men look strong. My only gripe with their hard-hitting contest was the fact that there were no “true” false finishes. There were a lot of near-falls, but after Cena hit that first Attitude Adjustment to Del Rio, the Mexican Aristocrat should have kicked out and allowed it to continue. Cena and Del Rio were doing something special in that ring and if given another five minutes, they could have had an instant classic.
Worst Match: Without a doubt, the worst match of the night was the Divas 7-on-7 traditional elimination match. When the bout came down to the final four competitors, the action was actually pretty decent and entertaining. However, the logic in this match went straight out the window when Divas were pinning other Divas left and right after executing normal wrestling moves that we see in matches all the time. For example, Brie Bella eliminated Alicia Fox with a Missile Drop Kick, Aksana eliminated Kaitlyn with a Spine Buster and AJ Lee eliminated Jo Jo after Tamina Snuka executed a Samoan Drop. The only two positives about this match were that the eliminations came in quick succession and Natalya made AJ Lee tap out to be the sole survivor.
Crowd Chants of the Night Part 1: During the opening 5-on-5 traditional elimination match, the crowd chanted “we the people”. During the Big E. Langston vs. Curtis Axel match, the crowd chanted “we want Ziggler” and “you can’t wrestle”. I’m assuming those chants were directed towards Axel, but that wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense because Axel CAN wrestle, he just isn’t charismatic. During the Divas elimination match, the crowd chanted “we want Jo Jo”. During Ryback vs. Mark Henry, the crowd chanted “Goldberg”. How original. During John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio, the crowd traded “let’s go Cena” and “Cena sucks” chants back and forth. During the CM Punk/Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper/Erick Rowan match, the crowd chanted “CM Punk”, “Daniel Bryan” and “YES”. Also in that match, the crowd erupted and chanted “this is awesome”.
Crowd Chants of the Night Part 2: During the main event, I heard something that I have not heard in a while, and these chants need to be showcased separately from the others because there is some significance behind them. These were some of the crowd chants during the main event WWE Title match between Randy Orton and the Big Show:
“Randy’s fragile”, “boring”, “this is boring”, “Daniel Bryan” and “we want Bryan”. If the WWE books something that the fans are not interested in, you can always find out how they feel by hearing the crowds reactions/chants during a well-respected and “Big Four” PPV. The message that the Boston crowd was relaying to Triple H and company was simple. Let’s see if they’ll listen.
Upset of the Night: There were no clear-cut upsets at tonight’s PPV, but I need to let out something that truly upset me, and that was the main event WWE Title match between Randy Orton and the Big Show. This wasn’t the worst match that took place tonight because that belonged to the Divas elimination match that you read about earlier. Without thinking about this twice, I can honestly say that Randy Orton vs. The Big Show at Survivor Series 2013 was the worst main event match in Survivor Series history. In Survivor Series’ 27 years, there has never been a match that has felt more underwhelming, disappointing, lazy or uncreative. I am furious at this booking decision because we (the WWE Universe) have seen the same type of shit go down at the past four or five PPVs and I guarantee that the crowd at the TD Garden agrees with what I am saying. If the WWE continues to upset fans with horrible matches, illogical and repetitive booking decisions and doing the same exact thing at the end of every freaking PPV, then hell, they’re on the right track to duplicate WCW’s “success”.
Breakout Star of the Night: Tonight’s breakout star of the night was none other than the beast himself, Roman Reigns. After being outnumbered in the traditional elimination match 5-to-2, Reigns shocked the world by hitting four Spears and eliminating four superstars on the baby face team. The last elimination for Reigns was Rey Mysterio, and once he hit that Spear, the crowd popped like crazy. Roman Reigns is an up and coming star who put forth one hell of a performance. After the match, Reigns showed Mysterio respect, which will undoubtedly upset the other members of the Shield. I sense a baby face turn coming in the very near future. What a performance by Roman Reigns.
Fan Sign of the Night: This is the part of the review where readers can comment on what their favorite crowd signs were. What were some cool, funny and clever signs that you saw during Survivor Series 2013?
Jobber(s) of the Night: Surprisingly, there were no real jobbers tonight at Survivor Series, but the closest thing to one (or five) were more than half of the Divas in the traditional 7-on-7 elimination match. Multiple Divas came into the ring, got hit with one move and then were eliminated from the match. So, aside from AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Natalya and Nikki Bella, all of the Divas involved in that match win the jobber of the night award.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night: There were two holy sh** moments throughout tonight’s PPV. The first was Roman Reigns destroying the entire baby face team during the traditional 5-on-5 elimination match. This dude Speared and eliminated four out of the five superstars and got the deciding pin-fall by Spearing Rey Mysterio. The second holy sh** moment of the night was Mark Henry returning to the WWE and defeating Ryback in the open challenge that he issued out. The match wasn’t anything spectacular, but it was nice to see the World’s Strongest Man back in action. There is another Survivor Series moment that could have qualified for this category, but instead, the moment earned its own separate section. So keep on reading to find out!
Logic Fail of the Night: WWE and WNZ fans, what was your own personal logic fail that happened at Survivor Series? Sound off in the comments box below and I will respond to each and every one of you, giving my thoughts along the way as well.
Commentary Lines of the Night: “And somewhere, Miley Cyrus is watching and is shaking her head” – JBL. “Aksana is the first Lithuanian to compete at Survivor Series” – JBL. “Erick Rowan is an extremely…strange individual” – Michael Cole. “I have a direct quote from Randy Orton right now…AHHHWW”! – Jerry the King Lawler after Big Show slapped Orton’s chest.
LOL Moment of the Night: To me, the funniest moment of the night was the backstage segment featuring Santino Marella, R-Truth, Los Matadores, El Torito, Fandango and none other than the greatest Raw GM in history, John Laurinaitus. After multiple plays on words, each character came into the locker room and wanted to play with the new WWE action figures. It was a funny segment that was enjoyable for the entire family.
Tweets of the Night:
We’re just as stunned as you are that we remembered The Shield attacked Rey Mysterio. #SurvivorSeries
— WWE Creative Humor (@WWECreative_ish) November 25, 2013
— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) November 25, 2013
— WrestleEnigma.com (@WrestleEnigma) November 25, 2013
Champion vs Champion needs to happen. #WWE#SurvivorSeries pic.twitter.com/1AggzFmCyH
— The Fans Podcast (@TheFansPodcast) November 25, 2013
Intriguing Moment of the Night: The most intriguing moment of the night came after the WWE Title match, where we saw John Cena walk between Triple H and Stephanie McMahon to get into the ring with Randy Orton. Cena and Orton were staring face to face in the middle of the ring with their respective titles. Both megastars were talking to each other and posing for the crowd with the Authority looking on with big smiles on their faces. Could this be the beginning of a long feud featuring Cena and Orton? Are the rumors true about a possible WWE Title/World Heavyweight Title Unification match at WrestleMania 30? If so, what are your thoughts on this?
Overall Lowlights: Big E. Langston vs. Curtis Axel (was I the only one disappointed in this match?), 7-on-7 Divas elimination match, Ryback vs. Mark Henry, Randy Orton vs. Big Show.
Overall Highlights: The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston, Zeb Colter promo/twerking, Cody Rhodes/Goldust/The Usos/Rey Mysterio vs. The Shield/Real Americans, Ryback open challenge promo, Mark Henry returns, John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio, action figures segment, CM Punk/Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper/Erick Rowan, Orton/Cena stare down backstage with Triple H, Orton and Cena holding their titles in the ring with one another to end the show.