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The 25th Anniversary of Survivor Series kicked off with a stellar video package, as per usual. Whoever is in charge of those is solely responsible for adding about 50% of the hype WWE events actually get. That guy, whoever he is, is selling the card more than most of the wrestlers and creative writers! John Laurinaitis (the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations, and interim General Manager of Raw, in case you didn't already know) comes out to basically knock the wind out of the crowd from the get-go. I seriously don't understand what they're trying to do with him, or what they gain from starting a PPV like that. Overall, no harm done as I didn't even remember it happening until I started my second run-through.
Dolph Ziggler def. John Morrison to retain the US Championship - Ryder attacks!
The post match attack from Ryder was simple, but seemed to appease the crowd. I was hoping for an impromptu title match, but I guess I'm glad they saved time for the main event segments later on. Ryder is incredibly over, and as the saying goes: if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere! Getting one of the biggest reactions in Madison Square Garden is an excellent accolade to have under your belt...
Beth Phoenix def. Eve to retain the WWE Divas Championship
Between matches the Rock cut a promo hyping his history in Madison Square Garden and the main event later on. We've had promos from the Rock since his return earlier this year, but it's been too long since the WWE Universe has seen a classic Rock promo, all oiled up and ring-ready. Yet another great way they kept things interesting and pumped up the already rowdy NYC crowd. Second favorite moment of the night...
Team Barrett vs. Team Orton - Traditional 5v5 Survivor Series match
I'm glad Barrett and Cody Rhodes got the win, but this whole thing came across as the Orton show throughout. How many times did Orton get in the ring, destroy everything, and tag out so somebody on his team could lose? Kofi was out of place without Bourne, and Hunico (whose name my Spell Check continues to auto-correct to "Unicorn") was useless once Sin Cara took himself out. Bad logic and injuries resulting in on-the-fly booking ruined this match for me. A huge pop for Rhodes as well as some decent action from time to time was the only thing that saved this from being a total failure in my eyes.