28th Nov2022

‘WWE Survivor Series: WarGames’ PPV Review

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of 2022’s Survivor Series, which dumps the old format and introduces the main roster to WarGames! Yes, Triple H moves his love of WarGames from NXT to Raw and Smackdown for this year’s pay-per-view! Let’s see what happened…

Match #1: Women’s WarGames Match – Bianca Belair, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Mia Yim & Becky Lynch def. Bayley, Dakota Kai, IYO SKY, Nikki Cross & Rhea Ripley

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Raw Women’s Champion and team captain Bianca Belair started the match against WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Dakota Kai of Team Damage CTRL. Kai, a veteran of WarGames Matches from her time in NXT, used the structure to her advantage to gain the upper hand on Belair. As the Raw Women’s Champion rallied, IYO SKY entered the match, and the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions battered and bruised Belair. Asuka entered the fray next and used her signature strikes to thwart SKY and Kai, allowing Belair enough time to recover. The unhinged Nikki Cross entered the match next for Team Damage CTRL and pulled multiple Kendo sticks and trash can lids into the ring with her. Cross was in complete control, taking out Belair and Asuka with ease. However, Alexa Bliss hit the ring next and took out her former tag team partner, with Belair and Asuka joining her in the beatdown. As the women battled, Cross ascended to the top of the cage and leveled everyone with a crossbody. As every woman was down in the ring, team captain Bayley, became the next woman to enter the match, but first she threw multiple ladders and a table into the cage. Bayley and her team laid waste to Team Bianca, incapacitating them all before Mia Yim entered the match. Yim added even more weapons, using a trashcan and the other scattered weapons to aid her teammates. Rhea Ripley became the fifth and final member of Team Damage CTRL to enter, and she used her brute strength to crush each member of Team Bianca. As chaos ensued in the ring, Becky Lynch entered the bout as the final competitor, and the match officially began. All 10 women battled inside the cage, with weapons and bodies flying across both rings. During the chaos, SKY made her way to the top of the cage and hit a marvelous moonsault to Belair and Asuka, but nobody mustered enough energy for a pinfall attempt. Yim came close to putting Ripley to sleep, but the powerhouse smashed Yim through a ladder, preserving the match for her team. Belair and Lynch took on Bayley, Kai, and SKY by themselves, with Lynch hitting a Man-handle Slam on Kai while Belair dropped SKY with a K.O.D. After the pair set the Tag Team Champions on a table, Lynch scaled the cage, Belair hit Bayley with a nasty K.O.D. into the cage wall, and Lynch took a jaw-dropping leap from the top of the cage to smash Kai and SKY through the table and secure the victory for Team Bianca.

My Score: 4 out of 5

Match #2: AJ Styles def. Finn Balor

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AJ Styles and Finn Bálor settled their personal score at Survivor Series with Bálor gaining the early upper hand with his quick-strike offense. With both The Judgment Day and The O.C. patrolling ringside, Bálor maintained his control but only until Styles trapped Bálor’s leg on the ropes and injured it. With both men battling inside the ring, tensions boiled over on the outside as Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson began to brawl with Damian Priest and Dominik Mysterio, causing all four men to exit ringside and fight to the backstage area. Styles and Bálor continued to combat each other, with Bálor hitting Styles’ own neckbreaker and Styles leveling his opponent with a twist elbow from a reverse DDT position. After Styles avoided the Coup de Grace, The Phenomenal One applied the Calf Crusher and nearly forced Bálor to tap out, but Bálor countered by repeatedly slamming Styles’ head into the mat. The two men traded blows until Styles nailed Bálor with a step-up enzuigiri that staggered him, allowing Styles enough time to hit the Phenomenal Forearm, which was enough to earn the victory.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #3: Ronda Rousey def. Shotzi

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Challenging for a singles title for the first time in her WWE career, Shotzi immediately took the fight to Ronda Rousey, knocking her to the outside and throwing her into the steel ring steps. With Rousey down, Shotzi took to the top rope, but her splash was countered into a ferocious slam. Rousey, with Shayna Baszler in her corner on the outside, attempted several submissions, including a modified sleeper and an Armbar, but Shotzi refused to give in and battled out of them each time. As the match progressed, the two women battled on the outside until Shotzi took out Rousey and Baszler with a crossbody into the crowd. As champion and challenger each narrowly beat the referee’s 10-count, Rousey nailed Shotzi with a top-rope hip toss, hit a Piper’s Pit, and locked in an Armbar that forced Shotzi to tap out.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #4: United States Title Match – Austin Theory def. Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley

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Right as the bell rang, Bobby Lashley and Seth Rollins knocked Austin Theory out of the ring and focused on each other. After Rollins and Lashley exchanged blows, Theory rejoined the fray and tried to overpower Lashley to no avail. None of the three competitors could gain an advantage until Theory used the steel steps as a weapon, knocking them into Rollins and Lashley multiple times. As the match went on, Rollins regained the momentum with a tope that took out both competitors, and the champion nearly retained after hitting Lashley with a Pedigree. As the action continued, Theory countered the Hurt Lock into a pin attempt, but Rollins nailed Lashley with a Phoenix splash to break up the attempt. After a flurry of action, Rollins landed a wicked superplex, but as he was going for the falcon arrow, Lashley connected with a Spear. The impact allowed Theory to fall on top of Rollins and secure the pin to become the new United States Champion.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #5: Men’s WarGames Match – Roman Reigns, The Usos, Solo Sikoa and Sami Zayn def. Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens, Sheamus, Ridge Holland and Butch

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The match started with Butch and Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champion Jey Uso locked inside the cage. Butch immediately attacked Jey’s hand, manipulating his joints and smashing his fingers. Jey overcame it and slammed Butch into the cage, but Butch kept attacking the injured arm of Jey. Ridge Holland entered the match next for The Brawling Brutes and knocked down Jey with a pair of shoulder tackles and corner splashes. As the two-on-one beatdown continued, Holland and Butch continued to torture Jey and his injured arm. Jimmy Uso was prepared to save his brother, but Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns held him back and forced Sami Zayn to go out and prove his loyalty to The Bloodline. Zayn, who’s had a frosty relationship with Jey, went right after Holland and Butch, showing Jey firsthand that they can coexist. Drew McIntyre became the next man to join the action, and The Scottish Warrior quickly dispatched Uso and Zayn, repeatedly throwing Jey into the cage. As The Bloodline tried to rally, McIntyre used his incredible strength to overpower them both and hit Zayn with a Futureshock DDT. Jimmy Uso finally was allowed to enter the match, and he brought three tables into the ring with him. Zayn and Jey bickered over who would set up one of the tables, much to the dismay of Jimmy and Reigns. Kevin Owens brought multiple chairs into the ring upon his entry and immediately began attacking both Usos and Zayn with cannonballs and a top-rope senton. Owens culminated his attack by smashing Jimmy through one of the tables with a side slam. The enforcer of The Bloodline, Solo Sikoa, arrived to the ring next and clobbered Holland and Butch, sending the latter face-first into the cage. Despite being thrown into the cage and being superkicked, Solo crushed Owens with a back body drop onto the steel between the two rings. Sheamus entered the cage as the final member of The Brawling Brutes and rallied his teammates to a drubbing of The Bloodline. Sheamus punctuated the attack with a White Noise from the second rope on Sikoa. Reigns finally entered the ring, and the match officially began with each team drawing the battlelines in both rings. The entire Brawling Brutes team trapped a member of The Bloodline between the two cages and hit them with 10 (or 25) Beats of the Bodhran. Sheamus clocked Sikoa with a Brogue Kick but turned around into a Spear from Reigns, only being saved from the pinfall by Butch. As the carnage continued, The Usos hit stereo superkicks on Ridge, which Reigns immediately followed with a Spear through a table. With bodies all throughout the ring, Sikoa hit a Spinning Solo on McIntyre through a table, only for Sikoa to get leveled by a Stunner from Owens. After a Pop-up Powerbomb and a Stunner on Reigns, Owens seemingly had the match won, but Zayn grabbed the referee’s arm to prevent the three-count and save the match for The Bloodline. As Zayn and Owens argued over loyalty, Zayn used a distraction to hit Owens with an uppercut below the belt and a Helluva Kick, setting up Jey for the winning splash and allowing The Bloodline to come away victorious. After the match, Reigns extended his arms and congratulated The Honorary Uce with a hug. Moments later, a fired-up Jey followed suit, at long last embracing Zayn while The Bloodline stood tall as Survivor Series WarGames concluded.

My Score: 4.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 4/5

Well, well, it looks like the WWE have another hit pay-per-view on their hands with this iteration of WarGames, which really got the two titular matches right and then backed them up with some decent other matches which – apart from the Rousey/Shotzi match – also hit the spot. Plus, you didn’t REALLY have to have followed WWE programming week in and week out to enjoy this PPV – the in-ring storytelling did just that, told the story it needed to! And to top everything off we got a BRILLIANT conclusion to the Bloodlines/Sami Zayn storyline that felt oh, so, satisfying. Truly!


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