WWE Survivor Series 2018 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights Bleacher Report



Credit: WWE.com

Team Raw: Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mickie James, Nia Jax and Tamina

Team SmackDown: Asuka, Carmella, Naomi, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose

Changes occurred during the Kickoff Show, including Raw team captain Alexa Bliss kicking the feuding Ruby Riott and Natalya off the team in favor of Bayley and Sasha Banks and SmackDown team captain Naomi revealing the replacement for Charlotte Flair, Mandy Rose.

Nia Jax received enormous heat as she came through the curtain, the crowd holding her responsible for Becky Lynch's injury suffered Monday night.

Naomi and Tamina started the match for their respective teams, the former using speed and agility to try to catch her larger opponent off-guard early. The action broke down quickly, both teams entering the ring and unloading on each other.

In the midst of it all, Naomi ate a superkick from Tamina, ending her night prematurely. (Elimination: Naomi)

Carmella answered, immediately rolling Tamina up and dispatching of her. (Elimination: Tin)

The Princess of Staten Island called for a dance break but found herself in the unenviable position of squaring off with Jax. She quickly tagged out to Rose, who fearlessly took the fight to her larger opponent, delivering a big knee that left Jax searching for a tag. She found one and James entered the match.

Asuka tagged into a big pop and came face-to-face with James, the fans chanting her name as she squared off with the six-time women's champion. The Empress of Tomorrow trapped her into a rollup but was nearly caught off-guard by a rollup from James.

Deville tagged in next, bringing her quick strikes to the match against the veteran James. Bayley tagged in next and immediately delivered a rolling elbow to Deville. James quickly tagged herself back in as Corey Graves explained James wanted all the glory.

Rose, tagging herself in, pinned James to the dismay of friend and partner Deville, who had flattened the longtime competitor with a running knee. (Elimination: Mickie James)

Carmella and Bayley squared off, the former mocking Banks. It hurt her as Bayley recovered and delivered her Bayley-to-Belly suplex for a quick fall. (Elimination: Carmella)

Rose, the talk of the match to this point, took the fight to Bayley as Graves continued his unabashed support of the Golden Goddess. Banks tagged in and tapped Rose out to the Bank Statement. (Elimination: Mandy Rose)

Asuka paired off with The Boss in what would have been a dream match if WWE Creative had not done such a poor job of handling The Empress since WrestleMania. It was short-lived, too, as Deville tagged back in. She grounded and pounded Banks, looking to keep her faster opponent neutralized.

Jax broke up a pinfall attempt by Deville and paid for it, eating a big kick from Asuka. Banks answered for Team Raw, delivering a Meteora to her at ringside.

Bayley delivered a Bayley-to-Belly suplex to Deville at ringside and neither could answer the referee's count. (Double elimination: Bayley and Sonya Deville)

Asuka was left at a two-on-one disadvantage, faced with the unenviable task of battling Banks and Jax for the right to raise her arm in victory. She came face-to-face with Banks, the dream match of sorts resuming. A big knee to the face of Banks and a German suplex had The Empress rolling.

A big missile dropkick left Banks reeling as Aska flashed hints of the dominant force fans fell in love with during her days in NXT.

Asuka and Banks engaged in quality counter-wrestling before a double knee attack in the corner won Banks the advantage. As Banks scaled the ropes, Jax inexplicably shoved her off and into the Asuka Lock. (Elimination: Sasha Banks)

Jax entered the ring after the fall and unloaded with a series of leg drops to Asuka and a Samoan Drop for three. (Elimination: Jax)

Result

Team Raw defeated Team SmackDown (Sole survivor: Nia Jax)

Grade

B-

Analysis

A better match than the tag team opener, it allowed many of the lesser-celebrated SmackDown stars to shine, particularly Deville and Rose. They were allowed to score some impressive eliminations and demonstrated their considerable growth and evolution as in-ring competitors.

The booking was somewhat questionable early, especially with the elimination of team captain Naomi at the top of the match and the nonsensical betrayal by Jax.

Still, The Irresistible Force built a ton of heat for herself and the right team went over so there is that.

If anything, this match did a fantastic job of making this writer pine for an eventual Asuka vs. Banks match.


Source link