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LOS ANGELES — Under the captainship of The Usos, the blue brand’s Tag Team division came to win in the Survivor Series 2018 Kickoff, defeating Monday Night Raw in a 10-on-10 Tag Team Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match.
After targeting Kalisto’s knee and ankle in the early goings, the aggressive Epico suffered The Revival’s Shatter Machine, giving Team Red the early advantage by eliminating both members of The Colons. The hobbled King of Flight, meanwhile, was replaced on the apron by his Lucha House Party cohort Gran Metalik.
Shortly after The Colons’ elimination, Karl Anderson scored a fast roll-up pin on The B-Team’s Bo Dallas. Team Red’s co-captains Bobby Roode & Chad Gable rallied to eliminate the unpredictable with a Roode Awakening/moonsault combo that, appropriately, no one could have predicted.
The back-and-forth nature of Survivor Series’ first match of the night continued, with The New Day’s elimination of The Ascension followed by Gran Metalik’s breathtaking senton to Karl Anderson, taking both him and his Good Brother Luke Gallows out of the competition. Lucha House Party’s celebration would be cut short, though, when The Usos’ double-team tactics destroyed the masked trio’s figurative piñata.
Big E then used his size to keep Dash Wilder on the defensive with a succession of belly-to-belly suplexes and a spear through the ropes that sent the Revival member to the floor. With the battle spilling outside the ring, Roode saw fit to create a Glorious catastrophe by diving onto the brawling Superstars, but Jey Uso took that perilous flight onto the mass of humanity instead. As the dazed combatants struggled to their feet at the bottom of the entrance ramp, Gable hurled Jimmy Uso off the top turnbuckle onto red and blue Superstars alike with a high-risk German suplex.
Gable was seemingly on a roll, but an ill-timed moonsault propelled him into the waiting arms of Big E, who set the mat tactician up for the Midnight Hour. The Revival stayed alive in the final moments of the match by hitting Woods with the Shatter Machine, but their end came in the form of a series of Uso Superkicks. That left Dawson vulnerable to Jimmy’s top-rope splash — with a tribute to cousin Roman Reigns thrown in for good measure.