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"Last year, it was a RAW vs. SmackDown elimination match & years before that, it was RAW only & SmackDown only elimination tag matches. This year they did something that was very unique when you put it on paper...they took feuds from all 3 brands and mixed them together to give us (for the first time I can remember) teams featuring stars from each brand mixed together in the most unique Survivor Series in years. Unfortunately, only 1 of these interbrand matches actually lived up to the hype while the SmackDown matches (minus the main event) were the ones that stole the show in the end.
Survivor Series Elimination Match Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Sgt. Slaughter, Ron Simmons w/Arn Anderson vs. Kenny, Johnny, Nicky, Mikey w/Mitch - With the exception of one Squad member (don't remember which one), the Squad swept Flair's entire team until the end when Flair got the victory only to be beaten down afterwards. The Squad would be gone from WWE the next night.
United States Championship Match Chris Benoit vs. Chavo Guerrero w/Vickie Guerrero - Good wrestling match between these two and unlike the Mysterio matches, you don't have to worry about all the "Eddie" references throughout the whole match.
Women's Championship Match Lita vs. Mickie James - This was Lita's last match & it was actually pretty good between these two and was tons better than their Cyber Sunday match. After the match, they had Cryme Tyme come out & completely humiliated Lita (with the help of J.B.L.). As a personal note, it's just a damn shame that Lita's entire WWE career ended the way it did. The fact is that she was the one who started to turn the womens division around with her lucha libre style that you didn't see from women. She was the won who put the Womens division back on the map when the division was reduced to champions like Stephanie McMahon, Harvey Wippleman, & The Kat and was the one who carried Trish Stratus in matches when she was nothing more than a girl hired for just her looks like most of the WWE divas are today. She came back from a neck injury WORSE than Austin's or Benoit's were & because of a situation that happened her in personal life outside of the wrestling ring & outside the business...it overshadowed her entire career. It's a damn shame.
Survivor Series Elimination Match Triple H & Shawn Michaels, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy & CM Punk and vs. Edge, Randy Orton, Johnny Nitro, Mike Knox & Gregory Helms - Bottom line, this match was just like every other match DX has been involved in since reuniting...they completely squashed the other team. The match had it's humorous moments like Mike Knox elimination, Team DX's reaction to it, and HBK's photo pose with Melina but again, it was just a completely squash. Randy Orton's Survivor Series undefeated streak of 3-0 comes to an end. The personal highlight for me was seeing the crowd chant for C.M. Punk while Triple H was tryin' to do his usual DX mic work.
First Blood Match: Undertaker vs. Mr. Kennedy - Just like their match at No Mercy, this delivered. Kennedy kept up with Taker & held his own. The ending was a little cheap with M.V.P. but it kept the door open for more of this feud which I have no problem with. This was the match of the night for me.
Survivor Series Elimination Match John Cena, Kane, Lashley, Sabu & RVD vs. Big Show, Test, MVP, Finlay & Umaga - This was the elimination match I talked about earlier that actually lived up the hype it was given. This was given enough time to make it something worth watching again and the booking was done real well to set up future feuds (ala Lashley/Big Show & Cena/Umaga). Again, the best elimination match of the night.
World Heavyweight Championship Match King Booker vs. Batista - This match was about one thing, Batista winning the belt back in the arena he lost it in. This was better than their SummerSlam match but that's not saying much. This was another performance that Batista "walked through" to the point to where the people started to leave & you could hear small "boring" chants. Again, it wasn't a horrible match but it was just dry & boring. If you want the best exchange between these two, check out the No Mercy match involving them, Lashley, and Finlay.
Bonus Match: Hulk Hogan, Bam Bam Bigelow, Don Muraco, Ken Patera, and Paul Orndorff vs. Andre the Giant, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Rick Rude, Butch Reed - Just like the Great American Bash 2005, the best match on the DVD...was a match that didn't even happen on the card. This was the main event of the first Survivor Series with Michael Cole & J.B.L. doing the commentary on this one and as a side note, despite what Michael Cole says...One Man Gang IS NOT DEAD! The match was teased as the first Hogan/Andre confrontation since WrestleMania III and it did a good job of leaving the people wanting more but not feeling ripped off. This was classic WWF (not WWE, but World Wrestling FEDERATION) and really showcased how Bam Bam Bigelow was one of the best "big men" wrestlers in the history of the business. Rest In Peace "Beast From The East."
DVD extras include a Mr. McMahon cartoon & Lita's farewell interview.
Overall, this was a good PPV to watch & the match in the bonus section is just a classic match that will make up for the earlier elimination matches. I recommend. "
Pretty Good S.S.
Ervin Griffin | Bluefield, WV | 01/01/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"To be honest, I haven't bought a Survivor Series since 2002 but I heard so many good things about this one, I plunked down $16 to see it and glad I did for the most part. Let's get to it:
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, Ron Simmons & Sgt. Slaughter Vs. The Spirit Squad (Traditional Survivor Series Match) - Not much going on in this match as it actually doesn't pick up until near the end. Arn Anderson ended up getting thrown out of the match as well as one of the S.S. members. Flair, in the end, used his dirty bag of tricks as well as his figure four leglock to win the match for his team after facing 3 on 1 odds. He wins but takes a whoopin after the match from the S.S.
Chris Benoit Vs. Chavo Gurrerro (WWE U.S. Title Match) - Very good bout that ends when Vicki Gurrerro gets knocked off the apron by Benoit on accident as Chavo tried to escape the Sharpshooter. Didn't matter as Benoit took the match with his Crippler Crossface for the win.
Mickie James Vs. Lita (WWE Women's Title Match) - Much like Trish Vs. Lita back at WWE Unforgiven, this was a very good contest. Regardless of what I think of Lita personally, she's a hell of a talent and its kind of sad that her career (in the short run) will be tainted by a personal choice with that whole Matt Hardy/Edge affair. That should have nothing to do with the type of performer she is/was.
Anyway, both Lita and Mickie gave their all and it ends with Mickie using one of Lita's moves against her with a jumping DDT! Afterwards, Cryme Time comes out and sells Lita's personal belongings to the crowd including JBL from SmackDown!
Team DX (Matt & Jeff Hardy, C.M. Punk, Shawn Michaels & HHH) Vs. Team RKO (Edge, Randy Orton, Johnny Nitro, Gregory Helms & Mike Knox) - Before I talk about the match, I have to say Team DX easily got one of the loudest (if not THE loudest) crowd response of the night! The interaction with the crowd was amazing! WWE, if you ever decide to expand DX, please consider The Hardyz and C.M. Punk with DX! Heck, The Hardyz and C.M. Punk alone would make a pretty good unit!
Anyway, as for the match itself, it was a good blend of action and comedy! Knox gets eliminated about 15 seconds into the match while there was another funny moment when Melina (Johnny Nitro's girlfriend/manager) was cuddling up to Shawn (not realizing it was him)!
It ends up being a route as Team DX doesn't suffer one elimination! One ironic moment (for me) was watching Shawn Michaels and Jeff Hardy do a tandem risk move on Rated RKO! Its ironic to me considering how much Jeff used to be compared to HBK at one time.
Anyway, it ends when Edge and Orton realizes they are outnumbered and try to leave only to have Matt, Jeff and C.M. Punk bring them back for DX to finish off. Good match up. Would've been better if there would've been eliminations on both sides but still worth a look.
The Undertaker Vs. Mr. Kennedy (First Blood Match) - This match is mostly Undertaker. Ends when MVP (looking for payback on Mr. Kennedy) accidentally hits UT with a chair, causing him to bleed and lose the match. This royally p*sses off UT as he proceeds to beat Mr. Kennedy into oblivion with one of the best chair shots this year if not EVER in pro wrestling!
Team Cena (John Cena, Rob Van Damn, Sabu, Kane & Bobby Lashley) Vs. Team Big Show (The Big Show, Umaga, Test, Finley & MVP) - In the land where ECW was born, the fans are still unforgiving towards John Cena as he easily got the most boos of everyone in this match! Even TBS got more cheers (especially when he was beating on Cena)!
Anyway, it ends when Cena (for the umpteenth time) gets TBS in his F.U. slam (with help from Bobby Lashley). It was actually a good match overall.
Batista Vs. King Booker (World Heavyweight Title Match) - Probably the weakest match on the card but not bad! Got a surprise when Batista actually used top rope offense during this match with a shoulderblock off the ropes! Ends when "The Animal" clocks Booker with the World Title belt!
Overall, a good buy and has two good bonus features. The final interview with Lita AND a 1987 Survivor Series match with Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Bam Bam Bigelow, Don Muraco and Ken Patera Vs. Andre The Giant (R.I.P.), One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, "The Natural" Butch Reed and "Ravishing" Rick Rude (R.I.P.). By the way, I want to thank one reviewer for telling me that One Man Gang is still living! On the DVD, Michael Cole says he's dead but that's not true at all! Can't believe they would leave that on there.
A Decent Survivor Series
J. J Woehr | Lindenhurst, NY United States | 11/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Team Flair vs The Spirit Squard: Farooq and a spirit squard member get a double count out. Dusty eliminates another Spirit Squard member and gets rolled up by another one. Then Flair eliminates Kenny "A member name I actually know". Flair then wins by eliminating the last member with the figure four leg lock. 5 out of 10
Chavo vs Beniot: Batista gets shot after shot at the title when Beniot is United States champion for the what, 8th time ? At least he wins this one though. He beats Chavo after kicking out of a weak frog splash and then snaps on the crossface after Chavo accidently collides with Vicky Guerrero. 7 out of 10
Lita vs Mickie James: Lita expects a Trish Stratus goodbye here but doesn't get it at all. Mickie wins after a ddt. Lita asks the fans to cheer for her and they don't of course. Then Cryme Time comes out with her personal items and sells them to the fans. 6 out of 10
The Hardys, C.M Punk and DX vs Edge, Orton, Gregory Helms, Mike Knox and Johny Nitro: This match makes all the faces look good and all the heels look totally weak. HBK hits Mike Knox with Sweet Chin Music pretty much as soon as the bell rings. HHH and HBK then ask each other, "who's Mike Knox". Well a nobody I guess because you guys won't even let younger guys look good next to you. C.M Punk makes Nitro submit, Matt pins Helms after both Hardys hit their moves. Orton and Edge then go to run away but get brought back to the ring. HBK pins Edge after Sweet Chin Music, then HHH pins Orton with the Pedigree. At least C.M Punk and the Hardys weren't made to look weak and then DX win by themselves like I expected to happen. But still nothing that special here. 7 out of 10
Ken Kennedy vs Undertaker (First Blood): At least Taker actually puts over Kennedy here...but barely. I mean first off MVP goes to hit Kennedy with the chair but hits Taker on accident gets him to bleed. So it's basically MVP that does all the work. Then after the match Taker of course has one of his baby fits and has to beat up Kennedy and make bleed before leaving. 7 out of 10
Team Cena vs Team Show: Cena on a Survivor Series is always predictable. I figured he'd only lose if the unstopple Kevin F. came out to cause him to get pinned. I mean Cena vs Britneys Ex is the dream match of the year. It's gonna be a true classic. I'm being sarcastic of course. Anyway nope he doesn't cause Cena to lose. Umaga gets DQed by hitting everyone with the tv monitor. He lays out Cena with it but of course Cena is up and ready to go like nothing happened only like a minute later. RVD then takes out MVP with the Frog Splash. Test takes out RVD with a quick big boot. Sabu then takes out Test. Big Show then hits the choke slam on Sabu. This leaves Finlay and Show against Lashley and Cena. Lashley pins Finlay after the spear. Cena then pins Show after the FU after he already showed he can FU Show how many times already ? Infact he already pinned him with it like 2 Survivor Series ago. So nothing surprising here. It would've been more surprising if Cena actually got pinned and let better wrestlers like RVD and Sabu shine. 7 out of 10
Batista vs King Booker: Batista already had too many shots against Booker and none of their matches were special. Not because Booker can't go though.... Batista gets his last shot here so gee...is he gonna win. He at least shows here that he can do a shoulder block off the top rope. Booker goes to nail Batista with the belt but Batista gets a hold of it and hits Booker with it for the win. He gets his second reighn while Beniot who has more talent in his pinky still hasn't gotten one. He sadly probably won't ever get it again. 7 out of 10 "
R. Snowden | Olney, Maryland | 02/19/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Survivor Series Elimination Match
Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Sgt. Slaughter & Ron Simmons vs. Spirit Squad
Winners: Team Legends 65/100 United States Championship
Chris Benoit vs. Chavo Guerrero
Winner: Chris Benoit 85/100
Great match Women''s Championship
Lita vs. Mickie James
Winner: Mickie James 80/100
I was overwhelmed at how hard these two girls tried to do their best and it was actually one of the better woman's matches I have ever seen in 2006. Lita and mickie hit some pretty good moves in this match. This was one of the best matches of the night. To bad Lita left because she had so much talent and wrestling skills. Great job ladies!! Survivor Series Elimination Match
DX, Hardy Boyz & CM Punk vs. Rated RKO, Gregory Helms, Johnny Nitro & Mike Knox
WinnersL DX, Hardy Boyz & CM Punk 78/100 First Blood Match
Undertaker vs. Mr. Kennedy
Winner: Mr. Kennedy 75/100 Survivor Series Elimination Match
John Cena, Bobby Lashley, Kane, Sabu & Rob Van Dam vs. Big Show, Finlay, Test, MVP & Finlay
Winners: Team Cena 75/100 World Heavyweight Championship
King Booker vs. Batista
Winner: Batista 60/100 "
The End on an era.
Paul | USA | 02/18/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Good. Could've been better IMO.
1. Team Legends vs Team Spirit Squad 5/10
This match wasn't gonna be a classic, it was good for what it was worth. Great to see all the legends compete in the ring but other that that, a DUD.
2. US Championship Chris Benoit vs Chavo Guerrero 6.5/10
The fued was good and bad. I didn't like the fact Vicki was involved though. The match was a nice brawl, but brawls get repetitive which exactly what the match was. Not bad though.
3. Womens Championship Lita vs Mickie James 4/10
Kind of sloppy, plus we saw this at CS, and Raw two weeks in a row back in the summertime so no anticipation. Sort of boring as well but I enjoyed the false finishes.
4. Team DX vs Team Rated RKO 8.5/10 MOTN
A very fun match which makes me remember why i'm really entertained by WWE. Could've went on longer though.
5. First Blood Match Mr. Kennedy vs Taker 7.5/10
Could've told a better story but not bad either. The finish was cool though.
6. Team Cena vs Team Show 7/10
Finlay carried this match all the way, yes he had to carry nine men. Pretty good.
7. World Championship King Bookah vs Batista 7/10
Their best encounter. Sad to see the King lose though.
Overall 40.5/10 Pretty good PPV. Reccommended. Extras is a McMahon Cartoon and the First ever Classic SS Match Team Hogan vs Team Andre the Giant. Good match with JBL and Cole on commentary which made it better."