And in no time here is my first post. Survivor Series 2010. I'm running most of this off the top of my head, so excuse me if I have forgotten any notable features or segments. And here we are to the November tradition, which was nearly canned. The event took place in Miami but was viewed by us in a packed house at Valparaiso. And it kicked off with a title match.
United States Championship
Daniel Bryan vs. Ted Dibiase
Solid opener by these two. Still am unsure of the logic that Ted gets a PPV title shot just because he attacked the champ on Raw, but hey it's wrestling. It's things like that which make it great. Ted has been somewhat bland since going solo. Not horrible in the ring, but seems to have trouble finding his niche. The pairing with Maryse makes for an interesting union. DB has been outstanding. He is on fire at PPVs and is undefeated so far if I'm not mistaken on PPVs. Whether it's on Raw or not, he's put on a show. Ted taps out and Bryan remains champion.
The Miz comes out and cuts a promo on the Miami Heat and compares them to the Nexus. He teases cashing in the MITB. Spoiler, this isn't the night. I think the Miz has been slightly on the back burner since losing the US title, but certainly not forgotten.
John Morrison vs. Sheamus
JoMo is looking to teach Sheamus a lesson for being a bully. I like Morrison, one hell of an athlete. It always seems he gets lost in limbo when you think he's going to move up on the food chain. Sheamus no doubt last years break out star, really looks like a star now. I kind of found it perplexing they didn't make this a traditional Series match for the Raw side, but regardless they put on a good match. Johnny wins and it really felt like an upset. Pretty good match, Sheamus really worked him but was unable to put him away. Wonder what direction both men go from here.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Kaval
And the trend of solid solo matches continues. You want to talk about someone who has upped his game it's been Ziggler. Sure his name is ridiculous, but the man has put on some good matches. And they made him credible, I can't recall when he won the IC strap. It's been awhile, I think they are making it seem somewhat more legit. Between Ziggler and Bryan it's like the old days when the midcard titles where the workers title. I'm loving it. Kaval finally got his big break and got a chance to dance on PPV. His offense is fun to watch, the live crowd didn't seem impressed, their loss I suppose. It wasn't the World Warrior's night, Ziggler walks away with the title. Another good match.
Traditional Series Match
Team Rey vs. Team Del Rio
This is the type of match that made this event special. I question having Bragging Rights being the precede PPV since the main event is an over glorified SvS match. I feel like it devalues this PPV. Anyways, alright match. Not horrible. I question making Rey and Big Show the survivors. Rey was a survivor along with Edge at BR. Why not make the home town person MVP a survivor if they wanted the faces to win? Rey's workrate is top notch, but I get annoyed by how he's nearly impossible to put away. Cody's "Narcist Prince" shtick is great. So far, the show's been good.
Natalya vs. LayCool
I didn't really pay close attention to this match, but it's nice to see Natalya win. Her emotion seemed legit. With her lineage, you know she loves the business. She's not treating the E like a stepping stone like we seen others in the past do. Say what you will of LayCool, but I like them. Beth Phoenix returns to help out Natalya fend off LayCool.
World Heavyweight Championship
Kane vs. Edge
First but most likely not the final match of this feud. Match was nothing remarkable. We see a double pinfall ending and by default Kane retains the title. Edge is pissed off and takes it out on the champ. Next months event is TLC and Edge is known for being a ladder specialist. You can count on that they will have a ladder match, that way there will be no draw. I don't mind Kane's title run. It's nice to see the title be held for actually more than a month. The problem is that his matches have been slow.
Tag Team Championship
Nexus vs. Kozlov and Santino
Mere filler in order to rest the live crowd in between the main events. Nexus wins, but not without interference from the whole group. I like this tandem of Slater and Gabriel, probably the best two people that they can choose from the whole crew. I like Gabriel in the ring, I hope he gets a decent singles push after the whole Nexus thing is over.
Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett
The big story of this one is that John Cena is the special ref. If Wade Doesn't win the title then Cena is fired, but if Wade does win then he is free from his duty in the Nexus. Match was alright, the overshadowing story of Cena was the main focus. I read and heard several possibilities of what could happen. Quite frankly they went with the lamest outcome. Orton RKOs Wade and Cena does what's right. OK, I'm fine with that but then Barrett gets away and Cena salutes Orton and Randy does the same back. The crowd cheer, both of them and Barrett doesn't get his come upping that Cena promised. No heel turn, but at this point it would be illogical. We all sat there waiting for something to happen and the screen fades to black. We all know Cena isn't getting fired for real, it's pro wrestling. People got "fired" several times only to come back. For what it's worth, we need to tune into Raw in order to see the aftermath. My issue with this Cena/Nexus feud is when I get anxious that it's gonna take a twist it doesn't. The Cena being ordered by Barrett was good on their part. Perhaps it's not over, we'll see. I'm sure Cena will be back no later than the Rumble. If anything the ending was awkard.
The show was overall solid. Strange ending, but pretty damn good under card. Now we have TLC and then the we take the exit onto the Road to Wrestlemania.