Sunday, November 20, 2011

11/20/11 Survivor Series

Dolph Ziggler vs. John Morrison (U.S. Title): ***

Beth Phoenix vs. Eve Torres (Lumberjill; Divas Title): *1/2

Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, & Hunico vs. Randy Orton, Sheamus, Kofi Kingston, Sin Cara, & Mason Ryan: ***1/2

Mark Henry vs. Big Show (World Heavyweight Title): **

CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio (WWE Title): ****

The Rock & John Cena vs. The Miz & R-Truth: ***

Great opening match -- and the proper one here. Ziggler once again proves he's a workhorse. HUGE "We Want Ryder!" chants. Just an awesome counter from Ziggler into the sleeper. Vickie got caught red-handed and was ejected. Counter after counter ends in a rocker dropper for two. Strong finish for three. Ziggler with a thank you speech. Ryder comes out with a HUGE pop. Ziggler pounds away but a Rough Ryder! NY crowd is awesome.

Divas title next. Again, Beth in her home state, so she gets a little pop herself. Lumberjill match here so the divas can all get airtime. Nice counter of the Glam Slam into an Eve submission. Super Glam Slam from the top ends it. Very nice finish to an otherwise-average match.

Rock promo. Ha, they censored/muted Rock saying "WWF" when mentioning Rocky Johnson's title defense. Ha, Rock mentions his debut, hideous outfit, and haircut. I love NY crowds. This was an amazing promo as usual. Rock got a "Lady Parts" chant going. Now THAT is epic.

Ziggler rests barely half an hour before going out there again for the 5-on-5. I finally realized Cody's wearing kneepads now. Ziggler even started the match against Kofi. Well, Ziggler ate an RKO, and it was totally understandable for Dolph to get eliminated first. Kofi and Sin Cara with double helos. Sin Cara's hurt...looks like a knee injury. Didn't look very violent of an injury, though but Joey Styles said Sin Cara's out 6-9 months (ruptured patella). Orton and Cody resume things. Big pin for Cody pinning Mason Ryan. Big "Cody!" chants in NY. Cole mentions HBK, the 1997 Montreal Screwjob, and the 2002 Elimination Chamber match (HBK wins world title). Very impressive stuff from Kofi, jumping all over the place, pendulum kicks. But Barrett puts Kofi away. Down to just Sheamus and Orton for the faces. Hunico with the suicide dive on Orton, nice. Sheamus gets DQ'd so it's down to 4-on-1. Wow. Brogue Kick to Swagger anyway, and Orton trims it to 1-on-3. Orton goes bonkers on Cody, Hunico tags in and springboards into an RKO. Down to 1-on-2. Cody eats an RKO, but numbers game. Barrett with Wasteland, and Barrett and Cody survive.

World title match time. This match was (obviously) a pure power match. I think the crowd was chanting for Undertaker. Crowd otherwise couldn't care less. Agonizingly slow at the start. ROFL, "Sexual Chocolate" chants! Then it picked up. Henry charged Show on the outside and taking down the barricade. Superplex time! Oh, never mind. Superkick! "HBK" chants now! Whoa, WTF. Big Show to the top?!?! HOLY CRAP A SAVAGE ELBOW! That was actually super cool. "Randy Savage" chants! WMD ducked, and Henry low-blows to escape with the DQ loss and the title. Henry misses the Vader Bomb and WMD from Show. "Daniel Bryan" chants! Oh crap. Show with the chair. Legdrop on the chair! Henry in pain. Henry says the leg's broken. Aw, no Daniel Bryan.

Awesome Truth promo. I liked this; really liking this pairing.

WWE Title match. Ricardo introduces Alberto, so...Fink's here to introduce Punk! Fink's getting chants from the crowd! Crowd with huge "CM Punk" chants. Was that a "Colt Cabana" chant as well?! Nice kicks from Punk. Suicide dive! Ricardo got involved and Punk looks like he wants to do some boots to asses here. Physical match here...and yes, we got a nice pro wrestling match! Kicks and Mongolian chops! This was a great showing. Kudos here. I don't think I've heard and seen so many kicks land in a WWE match. Kicks again! Savage elbow for another two! Randy Savage chants start again. This rules. Armbreaker! Punk struggles and gets to the ropes! Punk kicks Ricardo off the apron. ADR with the rollup and we see Punk's ass. Only two! Huge kick! Two! Anaconda Vice! ADR rakes the eyes...he taps! Fink announces Punk as champ as Punk celebrates in the crowd. Excellent match.

That Stone Cold DVD set looks so cool. Might think of getting it.

Great main event video package. Awesome Truth comes out to a rap. Then "Cena Sucks" chants...mixed response for John as usual. Rock comes out to a nice pop. Rock starts with Miz. Rock with arm drags...great sequence. "You still got it!" Truth wants in now. Cena comes in to interfere as Rock gets Truth in a fisherman's suplex. Nice to build the tension, I guess. "Fruity Pebbles" chants! Miz wants Cena now. NY on Cena saying he can't wrestle. Whoa, Cena did a monkey flip and a dropkick?! ROFL, "you still suck!" chants. Tension again between Rock and Cena allows Awesome Truth to get the upper hand. Action really slowed down here. Cena with the AA on Truth, but Miz blocks the tag. Truth takes Rock out on the outside. Truth misses a legdrop...tag to Rock, here we go! Sharpshooter to Miz! Truth breaks it up, but Cena takes out Truth. Spinebuster to Truth! People's Elbow! Oh yeah! Three count!

Cena wants Rock to have the spotlight. Rock wants the music off and tells Cena to join him. Dueling gestures to the crowd, and of course, Rocky's winning the crowd over more. And Rock with the opening shot! Rock Bottom to Cena! Nice way to end the PPV, although I would have preferred back-and-forth punches. A solid show here with a great WWE title match. ***1/2

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