one were to stop and think about it, Survivor Series used to be like one long
PPV filled with tag matches. Sure, the participants might not be "legit" tag
teams, but watching these different wrestlers put their differences aside and
work together toward a common goal. In the good 'ol days, the Survivor Series
PPVs featured some great 4-on-4/5-on-5 matches. Heck, even 2006's Series had
more than one 5-on-5 matches. Then again, 2005 only had one match, so maybe it's
an "every-other-year" thing?
Survivor Series 2007 took place at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami,
Florida on November 18, 2007 and lasted 2 hrs and 47 mins long. Here's the card:
- Triple Threat Match For the ECW
Championship [CM Punk vs. John Morrison vs. the Miz] - This triple
threat match essentially starts out as a 2-on-1, with the Tag Champs Morrison
and Miz working Punk over. At least, until the inevitable turn between the tag
champs. Short 'n sweet.
- Anastacia Interviews MVP - While listening to MVP flap his gums, I
realize I have no clue who Anastacia is.
- 10 Diva Tag Team Match [Mickie James, Maria, Torrie Wilson, Michelle
McCool & Kelly Kelly vs. Beth Phoenix, Jillian, Melina, Victoria & Layla] -
While it takes forever for all ten divas to finally make it to the ring (ok, well,
half of the ten minutes that this chapter runs), this isn't that bad of a
match. Keep an eye out for Melina's slip-up as she enters the ring.
- Randy Orton & Shawn Michaels Discuss Their WWE Championship Match For
- World Tag Team Championship Match [Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch vs.
Cody Rhodes & Hardcore Holly] - It seems like it's a bad thing to
be part of a tag team nowadays in the WWE. I mean, they have
tag teams, but it seems as if they don't know what to do with them. In fact, i'm
still lamenting the dissolution of the World's Greatest Tag Team. Anyways, i've
kinda warmed up to Cade & Murdoch and they have some good moves. However, Bob
and Rhodes don't entertain me in the slightest.
- Todd Grisham Interviews Triple H, Jeff Hardy Rey Mysterio & Kane
- The fellas share their thoughts about Survivor series and working with each
- Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match [Triple H, Jeff Hardy,
Rey Mysterio & Kane vs. Umaga, Mr. Kennedy, MVP, Finlay & Big Daddy V] - As
if it wasn't bad enough that Jeff's brother wouldn't be participating the match,
Rey isn't 100% either. However, it doesn't matter since Triple H = 3 wrestlers
(or 6 tag teams).
I kid, I kid. Since RAW seems to have eased up on the complete oversaturation
with Hunter, he's grown on me (mind you, i've never questioned his
in-ring performance). Anyways, I was disappointed that it seemed to quickly
become a 2-on-5 match, but I thought Hardy and Hunter worked well together. It's
a shame they set them up to feud so quickly.
- Mr. McMahon Gives Hornswoggle A Pep Talk
- Hornswoggle vs. Great Khali - Surprisingly, this wasn't as bad as I
was assuming it
would be. There was no wrestling whatsoever, but I didn't find myself scrambling
for the remote to fast-forward to the next chapter.
- WWE Championship Match [Randy Orton vs. Shawn Michaels] -
This match has two stipulations - if
Shawn uses the superkick, he'll never, ever, ever get another shot at the
championship. However, if Orton goes out of his way to get disqualified
again, Shawn wins the belt. It seems as if Shawn does the majority of the work
during this match, as he tries every single submission move known to man,
including the Sharpshooter, Crossface and Ankle Lock. JR gets off a couple of
funny lines - "Orton's spending more time on the canvas than Rembrandt!"
- Hell In A Cell Match For the World Heavyweight Championship [Batista
vs. Undertaker] - Though I don't have a problem with either wrestler, I
haven't been too impressed with some of their matches...until now. Well, maybe
"impressed" would be too strong a word, but I enjoyed this match more than their
others. Perhaps it was the steel cage? Anyways, it was going good until the end.
See, as I discussed in my recent Royal Rumble match, it's pretty damn hard to
keep a secret in the WWE, and like Cena, Edge was out with a legit injury for
almost the same amount of time. However, instead of making the Edge's return a
surprise, they decide to put him on the cover.
- RAW - 11/19/07 - Debut Of Save_Us.222 -
This extra answers the question regarding those "Matrix"-esque promos that had
been shown on RAW weeks prior.
picture was colorful and vibrant and presented in the WWE's standard full
frame 1.33:1 ratio. However, it still suffers from the occasional (usual) severe
macro-blocking whenever pyro is used.
Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 was clear and
enveloping - with JR, Lawler, Cole, Coach, Tazz and Styles primarily in the center channel, various crowd
noise in the left and right fronts and some slight ambience in the rears.
Conclusion: Even though I wish there were more 5-on-5 matches, when it comes
down to it, i'd have to say that I enjoyed this Survivor Series. Well, except
for the tag team match. Recommended.