Top positive review
Solid Survivor Series offering
on 15 August 2014
Contrast to the previous year’s Survivor Series, this 2010 edition is an overall solid (if somewhat forgettable) event. The match quality varies between outstanding, very good and ‘meh’, but unlike the 2009 showing, the 2010 Survivor Series benefits from actual build-up invested in EVERY-single-bout, with the biggest story going into the main-event itself.
As I’m sure many will recall in 2010, John Cena was at war with the Nexus – the NXT rookies led by Season 1 winner, Wade Barrett. After being forced to join the Nexus, Cena was the humiliated puppet of Barrett, whilst taking turns to humiliate and thwart the faction in turn. Which led to Cena being the special guest referee in the WWE Championship Match with Wade challenging then-champion Randy Orton. If Wade won the title, Cena would be free of the Nexus, but if Orton retained, Cena would be ‘fired’.
Anyway, this Survivor Series is a pretty good outing. And worth checking out.
WWE United States Championship Match
Daniel Bryan (Champion) vs. Ted DiBiase (w/Maryse)
It’s a shame that the younger DiBiase didn’t have anywhere near the great career that his Million Dollar father did, as Ted Jr. REALLY was a great wrestler. In this highly-aggressive opener, DiBiase gives perhaps the greatest match of his life against the impeccable Daniel Bryan. Hard-fought, vicious and ripe with technical excellence, this is yet another hugely memorable chapter in Bryan’s successful United States title run. Kudos to Maryse for her mannerisms at ringside, and the aftermath featuring the Miz. Match of the night. (8/10)
John Morrison vs. Sheamus
In my view, this was an overlooked rivalry. Sheamus played the role of bully extremely well, and Morrison stood up to him convincingly. The resulting series of matches were very good indeed, with Morrison’s high-risk spectacular offence clashing well with Sheamus’ vicious brawling and wrestling skills. Not that memorable, but still a solid display. Morrison should’ve been a main-event player after this. (7/10)
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler (Champion w/Vickie Guerrero) vs. Kaval
I REALLY think WWE missed the boat with Kaval (more famously known as Low Ki from his more-successful time in TNA), as the guy was a truly amazing in-ring performer. He certainly shows that against the Intercontinental Champion in what is a very good, if somewhat lacking match. More fantastic work from Dolph as the IC Champ…just a shame about the finish. (7/10)
Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match
Rey Mysterio (Captain), Big Show, Kofi Kingston, Chris Masters & MVP vs. Alberto Del Rio (Captain), Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger, ‘Dashing’ Cody Rhodes & Tyler Reks
These Survivor Series elimination bouts have always been great fun throughout the years, and this one’s no exception. The great feud between Mysterio and Del Rio led to them captaining opposing teams, and the result features great action and bags of entertainment all-round. EVERYONE works hard in this match, and the end-result satisfies. Fun outing. (8/10)
2-on-1 Handicap Divas’ Championship Match
LayCool (Co-Champions) vs. Natalya
All three of the talents involved here – Michelle McCool, Layla and Hart Dungeon graduate Natalya - had a good little program going. The talented, beautiful Natalya chasing after the title, guarded by the brilliantly heelish LayCool. But again, WWE Creative cares so little about the Divas’ division these days, which is why this bout is so ridiculously short. Barely over three-minutes long! Decent action, great outcome and an ace aftermath at the end(!)…just wish it was longer! (5/10)
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Kane (Champion) vs. Edge
After getting back to his monstrous best at Money in the Bank 2010, and concluding great programs with Rey Mysterio and the Undertaker, Kane was having a fantastic reign as World Heavyweight Champion. Then this stupid feud with Edge ruined everything. Really, the babyface Edge acted WAY too heelishly than he had a right to, and that completely undermined all the menace and grandeur that Kane had established as World Champ. It reflects in the match-quality here too. Unlike all those fun bouts they had back in 2005, THIS Kane-Edge bout borders on humdrum at times. Pretty poor indeed, with a stupid finish and aftermath. (4/10)
WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel (Champions) vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov
Have to agree with other reviewers here. This is more of a TV bout instead of one we’d expect on pay-per-view. It’s unfortunate really as Santino’s antics are absolutely brilliant to behold. But at the end of the day, it’s barely longer than the Diva match and really rushed, when these guys should’ve been given more time to play. (5/10)
WWE Championship Match
Randy Orton (Champion) vs. Wade Barrett
Special Guest Referee: John Cena
The best word I’d use to sum up this match would be ‘intriguing’. The crowd is in absolute silence throughout the majority because they seem totally into the fate of John Cena. Orton and Barrett put on a good title bout, with Cena calling the action right-down-the-middle. There’s good psychology present, but all the attention seems to be on Cena here, which I think hurt the work put on by the champion & challenger. Nevertheless, this was a good main-event, with the outcome and aftermath being genuinely shocking and poignant. If only it had been used for the long-term scenario…(7/10)
While Survivor Series 2010 is hardly one of the ‘must-have!’ shows to purchase, there’s some quality action/entertainment here that’s worth the price. Particularly the DIAMOND of a special feature from the night after on Monday Night Raw, which sees the Miz FINALLY cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase and become WWE Champion in one of the most shocking and surreal moments in Raw history. The reactions of the audience alone are priceless, and the moment itself is truly one-to-behold as we see the Miz take his rightful place (in my opinion) as the WWE’s kingpin. It’s a well-executed moment, very much deserved and a fantastic extra to this DVD.
Overall, worth the purchase.