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The Aftermath – Survivor Series 2010

This is the first WWE PPV that more than one of us watched since SummerSlam, so there was definitely some intrigue in the John Cena Freed Or Fired angle. If you love in ring action, you got some of your money’s worth in the first half of the show. With Daniel Bryan and Kaval on a PPV, it’s akin to WEC fights being on UFC PPVs. The match level is going to be much higher than if they weren’t on the show.

But the second half of the show was mind boggling. The action was bad, the matches were long, and the main events weren’t anything to write home about.

Here’s what we thought of Survivor Series:

Duan
Thumbs Up
Best Match: Elimination Tag Match
Worst Match: Edge vs. Kane

The first half of this show had some of the best wrestling I have seen in WWE in quite some time. It’s just a shame that it seemed to be lost on the crowd for the most part. Nothing was truly dreadful with the exception of Kane/Edge. And as much as the double pin was a cop out finish; I’m just thankful they didn’t do a restart.

I had no major problem with the main event. It was solid if a bit flat, but what do you expect when the whole angles is based on the referee? Cena promised an epic beating of Wade Barrett one way or another and he didn’t deliver on it. I was looking forward to a shellacking the likes of which we haven’t seen since Orton first turned on Legacy, but it wasn’t to be. I understand the reasoning behind delaying the pay off, but they sold the match on that premise so I still feel slighted.

I won’t dwell on the negatives though because there was a lot of good to be taken from this show. The traditional survivor series tag was fantastic. It was supremely well booked with everyone involved was motivated and on the same page. That’s a good reflection on the mindset in the company right now. Hopefully they can build on that momentum as we inch closer to WWE’s busy season.

Alan
Thumbs In The Middle
Best Match: Elimination Tag Match
Worst Match: Edge vs. Kane

Thought this was a weird PPV, but not necassarily a bad one. The standard of wrestling in the first half of the show was a level above what WWE usually produces on PPV. The only problem was the horrible crowd atmosphere for everything except the 10 Man Tag (which was my MOTN). After that things went to heck with the horrific Edge/Kane match, the nothing Womens and Tag title matches and the boring main event.

GG
Thumbs In The Middle
Best Match: Ted DiBiase vs. Daniel Bryan
Worst Match: Edge vs. Kane

The only reason I peg Bryan and DiBiase a peg higher than the traditional elimination tag match is because no one was elevated in the tag match. I thought they’d give Tyler Rex a big win to push something off with him, but instead, it was simply a match to make the fans happy, which it didn’t need to be because both Daniel Bryan and John Morrison already had wins by then, and Kaval looked good for most of his match with Dolph Ziggler. Thus, I was hoping they’d give someone else a win other than Rey and Big Show, but it didn’t happen. And plus, I just love watching Daniel Bryan work and he made DiBiase look more relevant than he’s looked in a while.

The Edge vs. Kane match shows two things. One, Kane should hang up his boots. He can’t draw and he doesn’t have good matches. I’m not sure his worth as a champion. And the second is that Edge isn’t a good babyface. He’s awesome as a heel and bland as a face. I don’t know why they keep turning him back. I didn’t expect much from the match, but I was still boggled at the finish. I thought the most logical finish to write them out of the corner they booked themselves into was having Barrett piss off Cena (like he did) and for Cena to try to strike him (which he did), but instead, to hit Orton on accident. My idea was much like what they did when Shawn Michaels was the guest referee in the Bret Hart/Undertaker match at SummerSlam 1997. It gets Cena out of his commitment to Nexus and he’s not fired and also, gives him more heat with Orton. It was the win/win finish and they didn’t do it. And it’s not like they’re holding Cena to his commitment anyway. If they were giving The Miz the belt, who cares if he won it against Barrett or Orton? The lack of logic in their writing just baffles me.