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Monday, November 27, 2006

WWE Survivor Series 11/26/2006

Ric Flair, Sgt. Slaughter, Dusty Rhodes & Ron Simmons VS the Spirit Squad
- Ron Simmons was counted out.
- Nicky pinned Sgt. Slaughter after a spin kick from Johnny.
- Dusty Rhodes pinned Nicky with a Bionic Elbow Drop.
- Kenny pinned Rhodes with a school-boy.
- Flair pinned Mikey with his foot on the ropes.
- Flair pinned Kenny with an inside-cradle.
- Flair beat Johnny with the figure-four leglock.
I really have to agree with the fans when they chanted bullshit for Simmons getting counted out and Arn Anderson being ejected from the match barely a minute into it! Simmons was definitely still in fighting shape and showed his signature power moves like the snap powerslam and his trademark spinebuster. They should have just let Nicky submit to Slaughter’s Cobra Clutch and then let Johnny hit the kick to eliminate the legend. I was actually rooting for Johnny when he was the last man left with Flair in there. If I booked this, I would have just let the legends squash the Squad.
Match Rating: *

WWE US Championship: Chris Benoit [C] beat Chavo Guerrero with Vicky Guerrero with the Crippler Crossface to retain.

Great match as expected, just a little short. Give these two 20-minutes, and I guarantee they could steal the show.
Match Rating: **1/2

WWE Women’s Championship – Lita Retirement Match: Mickie James beat Lita [C] with the swinging DDT to win the title.

Not on par with Trish’s retirement match, but a great match which started out slow, and built to a great finish with a lot of near falls which won over the crowd. I was actually expecting Lita to kick out of Mickie’s DDT since Mickie kicked out of the moonsault.
Match Rating: ***

Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy & CM Punk beat Edge, Randy Orton, Johnny Nitro, Gregory Helms & Mike Knox

- HBK pinned Knox with Sweet Chin Music
- Punk beat Nitro by submission with the Anaconda Vice
- Matt Hardy pinned Gregory Helms after Jeff hit the Swanton
- HBK pinned Edge with Sweet Chin Music
- HHH pinned Orton with the Pedigree.
Usually I’d complain about a match like this that was technically a squash, but the heat for the face team was so off the charts that it just wouldn’t seem right if ANY of them got eliminated! Punk was over like mad with the Philadelphia crowd, and it was good to see him have a good showing, as well as the Hardys, as it almost seemed like DX sat back and let the youngsters shine, especially Punk.
Match Rating: ***1/2

First Blood Match: Mr. Kennedy beat the Undertaker when MVP hit ‘Taker with a chair.

This was mostly a big brawl as they both tried to bust each other open, and seemed more like they are setting up a face turn for Kennedy as MVP cost ‘Taker the match when he was aiming for Kennedy. Despite the loss, ‘Taker still gets his heat back by destroying Kennedy after the match, giving probably the sickest chair shot of the year before pounding him some more and finishing him with the Tombstone.
Match Rating: *

John Cena, Rob Van Dam, Sabu, Bobby Lashley & Kane VS the Big Show, Test, Umaga, MVP & Finlay

- Umaga was disqualified.
- RVD pinned MVP with the Five Star Frog Splash.
- Test pinned RVD with the running boot.
- Sabu pinned Test with a swinging DDT.
- Big Show pinned Sabu with a chokeslam.
- Big Show pinned Kane with a chokeslam.
- Lashley pinned Finlay with a spear.
- John Cena pinned Big Show with the FU
Like the DX/Team RKO Survival match, this one had a lot of potential, but was just lazily booked in my opinion. WWE just seems to love to suck the wind out of the fans tonight when they would pop for some big encounters like Kane/Big Show and have it end it seconds. Sure it makes the fans want more, but when the interbrand PPVs are once every four months, you’d expect them to be a little more generous when interbrand matches take place.
Match Rating: **

World Heavyweight Title: Batista pinned King Booker [C] after hitting him with the title belt to win the title.

I gotta agree with JBL when he said Booker’s reign shouldn’t have ended like this. It would have been better for Booker to kick out from the belt shot and get finished with the Batista-bomb for a more convincing loss. It also would have helped if they made it one of those matches with back and forth near falls leading up to the finish considering the addition Booker loses the title if he gets counted out or disqualified rule. Batista for his part did all he could to keep up with Booker, pulling out some new offense like a scrapbuster and a diving shoulder block off the top rope. Good match overall, but rather slow and they could have done better.
Match Rating: **1/2

The thing I dreaded the most came to pass as far as the Survivor matches went. Those matches had potential to be really entertaining, but WWE instead went with the quick-kill route with all the survival matches, and wasted a lot of time with out of ring stuff like Cryme Tyme selling Lita’s garments after her match and the Batista interview where he didn’t say anything and the crowd actually booed it. Basically once again a WWE PPV that had potential was ruined by bad/lazy booking.



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