Survivor Series 2016: Thrilling Moments
It is the thrilling moments of Pro-wrestling that makes us tune in each and every week. It is the loud pops that get us hooked every time a superstar makes a triumphant return to the ring. It is the unbelievable athleticism it endures to pull off such amazing acrobatic moves. It is the shocking moments that captivate us and have us continuing to watch to this day. Survivor Series 2016 was all that and more.
This historic episode of Survivor Series was culminating from Toronto, Canada. The first time the show had been in Canada since that infamous night back in ’97. You knew there were going to be references made to the screwjob, as there is almost every Survivor Series. But the 30th annual Survivor Series was ready to set the stage for something amazing. The last few years, Survivor Series seemed to be losing its edge. While PPV’s like Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, and of course, WrestleMania continued to be big attractions, Survivor Series seemed to have lost its edge. This edition of the show, the first one since the returning brand split, was its chance to re-establish it self as one of the big 4 PPV’s, and boy did it deliver.
We will get to the Goldberg and Brock Lesnar match in a second..
It wouldn’t be fair to all the superstars that performed on this PPV to skip over there great performances tonight. The show was easily one of the best events of the year, and leaves us waiting anxiously for Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live to see whats going to happen next. The women’s traditional 5 on 5 match started the show, and it definitely set the tone for the rest of the show. The match had some great moments such as Nia Jax’s domination, and Charlotte showing her true colours on Bayley after their win. It also had some surprising moments such as the early eliminations of Sasha Banks.
The same goes for the Tag Team elimination match. It opened terrifically with Enzo and Big Cass making references to Canada’s own Drake and The Weeknd, whose song “False Alarm” was coincidentally the official theme song of the show. The early elimination of the New Day left everyone in shock. The match came to a halt after a brogue kick by Sheamus knocked out one of the Uso’s, as Cesaro picked up the submission victory on the other. The entire match was filled with fantastic spots such as American Alpha jumping out of the ring on to a group of superstars.
You knew that because Survivor Series was held in Canada there was going to be some sort of Screwjob mention. You were right. Smackdown’s Miz was defending his Intercontinental Championship against Raw’s (and Canada’s) Sami Zayn. Like all Sami Zayn matches, it was filled with great selling, story telling, and made us believe as it was genuinely a big deal. Then, it happened. You didn’t know when, you didn’t know how, but you knew it was just a matter of time. As Zayn had The Miz in an excruciating submission maneuver, all of a sudden the bell rang. A loud gasp and confusion filled the Air Canada Centre. I can only imagine what people were thinking. “Not again”, was probably the first thing that came to mind. However, this time it was a little different. The referee waved off the bell and allowed the match to go on, however, Zayn, thinking the match was over, got up and The Miz ended up rolling him up for the 1–2–3. It was an all but confusing situation. Turns out Maryse, once again Canadian, had called for the bell to confuse Zayn. So The Miz walked out of Toronto still your Intercontinental Champion.
One of the best matches of the night was the 5 on 5 mens traditional Survivor Series match. So many great moments were scattered all over that match. Shane McMahon continues to put his body on the line each and every time he steps foot in to the ring. The man is a true legend, and has earned each and every ounce of respect he gets. After jumping on Braun Strowman from the top turnbuckle on to the announce table, Shane attempted to hit Roman Reigns with his signature “Coast to Coast”. Just as he propelled him self off the top rope, Reigns jumped up and gave Shane-O a giant spear, eliminating him from the match. Shane had to be walked out by doctors. Other great moments in the match included Dean Ambrose, who had been eliminated early in the bout, coming back and attacking his own Smackdown Live teammate, A.J Styles. At this point, everybody had been knocked down and Ambrose was left beating up Styles. However, then emerged Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. Although them being on team Raw, Ambrose’s animosity toward Styles was enough to make one more Shield reunion. The trio cleared the announce table, lifted up Styles, and in vintage Shield fashion, triple power bombed him through the announce table. A great tribute to one of the best factions in the WWE in a long time. The match came to an end after Randy Orton took a bullet for Bray Wyatt. Just as Wyatt was about to get speared, Orton pushed him out of the way and took the spear him self, allowing Wyatt to hit Sister Abigail, and secure the win for Smackdown Live.
Now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for..
The main event. Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg. We know the history between these 2 men. We know what Lesnar has achieved, and we know the storied career of Goldberg. It was a match everyone had been waiting for since it was announced some weeks ago, and it ended in a heart beat.
Here is each move that happened in that match: Spear. Spear. Jackhammer. Thats it. 3 moves. Total time of 1:26. Goldberg defeated the beast Brock Lesnar, the man responsible for conquering the undefeated streak of The Undertaker at WrestleMania in 1:26.
Surprisingly, I’m not angry. There are moments that leave you speechless in this industry. There are moments that leave you screaming at the top of your lungs wondering what in the hell just happened. This was one of them. Yeah, it sucks that such a hyped match ended in just a minute and a half. But man what a moment. And thats something the WWE hasn’t given us enough of over the last little while. It’s somethings fans miss. Give us these bone chilling moments that make us forget we’re watching a fictional fight and feel as if whats happening is totally and completely real. Make us physically get out of our seats and ask “what just happened!” Most of all, make us WANT to watch WWE T.V because sometimes it feels really hard to tune in. This moment, and this show overall, did just that.
Welcome back, Survivor Series.
FYI, Goldberg has reportedly agreed to do more appearances for WWE. This ain’t over yet.