The WWE wrapped up its “Big Four” PPV series on Sunday night with the Survivor Series 2016. While it was the RAW brand that reigned supreme by winning two of three brand vs. brand elimination matches, it was Bill Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar in a rematch twelve years in the making that left everyone speechless at the Survivor Series.
In a shocker right up there with Lesnar ending The Undertaker’s streak, Bill Goldberg squashed Brock Lesnar in less than two minutes. This match will have people buzzing for at least the next 22 hours until RAW. The match opened up with Lesnar going for a double-leg to no effect. Goldberg shoved Lesnar down, Lesnar turned his back on Goldberg and got speared the second he turned around. Goldberg sized him up and hit another spear. Goldberg then got Lesnar up for the Jackhammer, dropped him, and beat him 1-2-3.
This was a powerful result which has to be setting up a WrestleMania rematch. The WrestleMania rematch should be huge if that is the way they go. Now there have been strong rumors pointing to a Shane McMahon vs. Brock Lesnar WrestleMania match, but I can’t fathom any other reason you book such a huge upset other than to come back and cash in at Mania. With that said, the WWE does need to fill a stadium for the Royal Rumble so maybe they rematch these guys at the Rumble and proceed with their Shane-Brock Mania plan.
Say what you will about Goldberg but he was way over in Toronto. The fans were chanting his name before he came out and he received an old school babyface pop when the match started. Goldberg is a polarizing figure in the industry, more so among his peers, but there is no denying that this guy is still money and instantly became the biggest star in the WWE, having not wrestled a match in twelve years.
Bray Wyatt pinned Roman Reigns to win the Survivor Series match for Team SmackDown. This match probably made you angry if you watched it. It was literally the Shane McMahon show to the point where one of the announcers called Shane the SmackDown team’s MVP. It was bad, real bad. So bad to the point that Shane wasn’t even pinned to be eliminated. Roman Reigns hit Shane with a spear and Shane raised his shoulder up before three. He was counted down anyway in a strange of turn events to say the least. It was utterly ridiculous at times to see Shane competitive with a guy the size of Roman Reigns, as well as anyone else who sold for him. The booking here makes sense if they are still going with Lesnar vs. Shane but it would certainly seem to appear that plans have changed after watching Goldberg squash Lesnar although they could do Lesnar-Goldberg at the Rumble and proceed as planned.
In other elimination notes, Kevin Owens was eliminated when he ran into the ring and hit AJ Styles with Chris Jericho’s list. Owens was disqualified for that. Jericho looked real upset after seeing his list all over the place. Braun Strowman was counted out when James Ellsworth grabbed Strowman’s foot from underneath the ring and prevented him from breaking the ten-count.
There was also a Shield reunion towards the end of the match. Deam Ambrose ran out to attack AJ Styles and was restrained by security guards. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins then helped Ambrose out and tossed out security. The three then gave AJ Styles a Triple Power Bomb in a retro-moment. The finish came when Roman went to spear Bray but Randy Orton pushed Bray out of the way, took the spear and Bray hit Reigns with Sister Abigail for the win.
Full WWE Survivor Series 2016 Card and Matches..
Bill Goldberg defeated Brock Lesnar
Team SmackDown (AJ Styles, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton, Shane McMahon) defeated Team Raw (Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman) in a Survivor Series Elimination Match
Team Raw (Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax, Alicia Fox) defeated Team SmackDown (Becky Lynch, Nikki Bella, Alexa Bliss, Naomi, Carmella) in a Survivor Series Elimination Match
Team Raw (The New Day, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, Sheamus & Cesaro, Enzo Amore & Big Cass, The Shining Stars) defeated Team SmackDown (Health Slater & Rhyno, The Usos, American Alpha, The Hype Bros, Breezango) in a Survivor Series Elimination Match
The Miz defeated Sami Zayn to retain the Intercontinental Championship
The Brian Kendrick defeated Kalisto via DQ to retain the Cruiserweight Championship
Kane defeated Luke Harper
TJ Perkins, Rich Swann and Noam Dar defeated Drew Gulak, Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari