The 2015 WWE Survivor Series may have been a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Undertaker, but it was the WWE world championship tournament that dominated the show. The night ended with two new WWE world champions crowned as Roman Reigns defeated Dean Ambrose to win the tournament and the title, for a title reign that lasted all of about five minutes.
Roman Reigns defeated Dean Ambrose to become WWE world champion and win the tournament. A short match saw the two go right at it as opposed to the typical babyface vs. babyface match where the guys feel each other out for awhile. The finish came when Reigns kicked out of Dirty Deeds. Reigns hit a spear out of nowhere shortly thereafter to pin Ambrose and win the WWE world title.
In something of a predictable twist, Sheamus cashed in and pinned Roman Reigns to become new WWE world champion. Triple H entered the ring to shake hands with Reigns after Reigns won the title. Reigns speared him instead. Reigns turned around and got Brogue Kicked. Reigns kicked out, Sheamus hit another, and covered Reigns for the 1-2-3 shocking…well not a whole lot of people.
Sheamus as champion is very odd choice going into WrestleMania season. Sheamus has been a low-carder for awhile now, including tonight at Survivor Series. The idea of Sheamus as the new Authority member also makes little sense if you think about it logically and what the Authority are looking for. Don’t get me wrong, I like Sheamus and I think he has been underutilized for awhile. But perception is reality and he hasn’t been positioned as anything special for awhile now. I think it would have been better to have Sheamus cash in and Reigns pin him, making Reigns look super strong in his first night as champion.
How long Sheamus holds the belt is anyone’s guess. If he gets past Reigns do you really go with Sheamus vs. Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania? I do like the match but not for Mania. Are we looking at another Sheamus vs. John Cena or Randy Orton program? I think Sheamus as champion could have worked, but he needed to be presented as the killer for weeks leading up to the win like he was booked the first time he won the world title from John Cena.
After Seth Rollins Rollins went down I wrote a blog about Vince McMahon’s booking history when his champions went down. The pattern was Vince going with one of his pat hands to buy him time to come up with a new idea as opposed to being pressured into hot shotting an angle. That’s exactly what happened tonight. I don’t think Sheamus has a long title reign. He’ll buy Vince enough time to work through some ideas and present the plan he wants to execute, not the one he needed to come up with in 2 1/2 weeks.
Roman Reigns kicked off the night with his second straight great performance on PPV. Roman Reigns defeated Alberto Del Rio in the semi-finals in a great match. This match was every bit as good as the match Reigns had with Cesaro in the Quarter Finals. Reigns won after spearing Del Rio as Del Rio came off of the top. The match was by far the best Del Rio WWE match that I can remember. My hunch was that they did a clean finish here since Reigns was turning heel and there was no title program between the two in the near future.
Dean Ambrose (who looked in the best shape I’ve ever seen him) defeated Kevin Owens to advance to the finals. Ambrose pinned the I-C champion clean in the ring after hitting Dirty Deeds. These guys had a real fun match, maybe a little too short to call it great, but fun for sure. Owens dominated most of the match. The finish came after Ambrose reversed a pop up power bomb into a huracanrana, and then the Dirty Deeds for the win.
The Undertaker celebrated 25 years by pinning Luke Harper. The Brothers of Destruction defeated Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper in what was something of a glorified squash match. Erick Rowan was taken out before the match got going. Undertaker pinned Harper after hitting a tombstone piledriver. The big spot in the match was Undertaker and Kane putting Braun Strowman through a table with a double choke slam. There weren’t any angles after the match setting up a WrestleMania program with Strowman. As a matter of a fact I think the table spot kind of killed that idea.
As nice as it has been seeing Undertaker lately he needs to disappear until February before the gimmick gets old. Don’t misunderstand me, I think he looked great, but he’s limited and unless he’s wrestling Brock Lesnar, it’s the same match and that can only sustain for so long.
Full WWE Survivor Series 2015 card and matches…
Sheamus defeated Roman Reigns to win the WWE world title
Roman Reigns defeated Dean Ambrose to win the WWE World Title Tournament
Dean Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens in a WWE World Title Tournament Semifinals Match
Roman Reigns defeated Alberto Del Rio in a WWE World Title Tournament Semifinals Match
The Undertaker and Kane defeated Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper
Charlotte defeated Paige to retain the WWE Divas Championship
Team Ryback (Ryback, The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) and The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto and Sin Cara)) defeated Team New Day (The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods), Sheamus and King Barrett) in a Traditional Survivor Series 5 on 5 Elimination Tag Team Match
Tyler Breeze defeated Dolph Ziggler
Preshow: Team Goldust (Goldust, Neville, Titus O’Neil and The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley)) defeated Team Stardust (The Cosmic Wasteland (Stardust and The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor)), The Miz and Bo Dallas) in a Five-on-five traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match