6 coolest moments from Survivor Series 2017
Raw won Survivor Series with a final score of 4-3, grasping the mantle of brand supremacy to Team Red. But both Raw and SmackDown LIVE were responsible for plenty of showstopping moments over the course of the wild head-to-head competition. What moments will we measure the next battle for brand supremacy against when the time comes? Here are our picks.
Nia Jax and Tamina keep it in the family
Nia Jax warned, in advance of the Women’s Survivor Series Match, that there would be no quarter given to her SmackDown counterpart Tamina, despite the shared ties of their heritage. She made good on that ominous declaration, too, going head-to-head with Tamina in a confrontation that brought the WWE Universe to its feet. It also brought Nia to her knees. A bombardment of superkicks and a few assists from Tamina’s Team Blue running mates ended in a count-out loss for Jax. Round two should be interesting.
Worlds collide for Triple H
There was a plethora of unbelievable, maybe even borderline unfathomable moments in the Men’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match, but right near the top of the list of surreal was seeing Triple H square off and team with several of the Superstars that he groomed in NXT. On his side were the only two Superstars to ever hold the NXT Championship twice: Samoa Joe and Finn Bálor. Opposing him were Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode. From The Game trading spinebusters with Roode to him sharing a sweet “Too Sweet” with Bálor before the match began, it was all awesome to witness. The King of Kings ended up making more headlines by night’s end, but his crossing paths with his NXT pupils was certainly a sight to behold.
The Shield and The New Day finally face off
The Shield vs. The New Day was one of those dream matches that seemed always destined to be a dream. The Shield split up before The New Day hit their stride, and as of two weeks before Survivor Series, its potential participants were otherwise occupied, so it was looking like that one-off run-in at Tribute to the Troops was all we were gonna get. But a few twists and turns later and the two most dominant three-man factions in recent history stood across from each other in the evening’s opening confrontation. It delivered, too, because on a night that was all about brand supremacy, this was something refreshingly old-school and personal: Let’s really see who runs the yard. For now, at least, we have our answer.
Asuka annihilates the SmackDown Women’s division
It really was just a matter of time. Asuka proved to be utterly invaluable to the Raw Women’s Survivor Series team, not only because she was the sole survivor for the Team Red squad, but because of how she did it. The Empress of Tomorrow was ruthless in her decimation of Team SmackDown, notably eliminating Carmella, Tamina and Natalya for the win … but not before hitting them in the face really hard and choking them out along the way.
Styles stages a comeback for the ages on Lesnar
For the first several minutes of Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles’ Champion vs. Champion Match it seemed as though it would be just another day in the Suplex City Mayoral Office for The Beast Incarnate … but then The Phenomenal One fired back. What resulted from there was an unquestionable match of the year, maybe match of our lifetime, candidate that saw two of the best Superstars of this century hold nothing back in a contest that probably needs to be watched several times before it can be fully absorbed. Lesnar ultimately prevailed with an F-5, but not before Styles made The Anomaly, the WWE Universe and the universe at large stand up and appreciate who the heck he is in the process.
Braun Strowman stops playing games
The conclusion of the Men’s Survivor Series Match left the WWE Universe in a state of confusion. Triple H betrayed Kurt Angle, seemed to join up with Team SmackDown only to take out Shane McMahon with a Pedigree and win the match for himself and Braun Strowman. But The Monster Among Men knew exactly what game The King of Kings was playing. Sensing an underhanded long con on The Cerebral Assassin’s part, Strowman made it clear in no uncertain terms that he wasn’t buying what Triple H was selling. When The Game attempted to remind Strowman who’s boss, he ate two Running Powerslams for his trouble. For a man who made his name on challenging authority, it was a long-brewing comeuppance. For Strowman, however, it was a mission statement: No one is safe.
You’ve seen our list, now tell us what you think the coolest moment from Survivor Series 2017 was!