WWE painted the city red in Survivor Series in Hollywood.
"Monday Night Raw" swept "SmackDown Live" 6-0 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
(That's if, like in the WWE, it does not count the fact that the blue mark won the Survivor series match in the initial program, because what happens in the initial program, like the team division, does not seem The announcing team even said that someone would get a 1-0 lead, I guess not.)
It's a new minimum for SmackDown that tries to establish itself as Raw's equal or superior. Raw has won for three consecutive years. The main event, which featured Raw Brock Lesnar against Daniel Bryan of SmackDown, epitomized that sentiment
The underprivileged of smaller size went to Suplex City early and, often, before fighting and helping Lesnar to one of his best games. But in the end, no matter how much Lesnar sold to Bryan, or what torque the WWE champion put on Yes Lock to The Beast, one of the many F5 could not be beat. Raw, like Lesnar, was too big to fail.
The match was also a reminder that, even after a heel twist, another low blow and a spooky smile, Bryan can still be nice and a loser in the eyes of the crowd. They were behind him almost all the way.
SmackDown even squandered a game when Charlotte Flair broke and hit Ronda Rousey with a kendo stick to lose by disqualification. He kept his plot alive for bigger and better things, maybe WrestleMania, and sparked people's interest in what's to come. The match and Rousey's defeat that followed created a memorable personal problem to build.
The Survivor Series for men also took advantage of the narrative that leads to it. You had Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre fighting to get to fight for Team Raw before the two hit. Finn Balor even kicked McIntyre, who refused to tag him.
The participants of the World Cup, Shane McMahon and The Miz, had some time with the runner-up Dolph Ziggler. McMahon, who previously hit Strowman with an elbow through the bulletin board, scored a victory over Ziggler for the second time thanks to a Coast to Coast. Strowman stopped McMahon's second attempt with a clothesline as part of an OK game.
The game was all about Strowman, who was promised a Universal Championship match with a win. He eliminated four members of the SmackDown team (Rey Mysterio, Jeff Hardy, Miz and McMahon, but not Samoa Joe) to help Raw win the game easily. Raw interim general manager Baron Corbin, with Strowman now able to hit him, received the first shot before escaping with Bobby Lashley and McIntyre.
The women's version did what it could with the little story it had. Sasha Banks and Bayley were added to the Raw team thanks to a fight in the backstage during a start show, which helped.
Little by little we are seeing how the relationship between Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville falls apart. Rose eliminated her partner from the battle of real evolution and on Sunday she grabbed a pin after Deville did all the work.
This game was about Jax, as it should be. It was booed out loud and WWE is running with its heat. They made him throw a "punch to break his face" during the game. Jax even knocked down Banks from the top rope, sacrificing it to Asuka so he could win it for Raw and get the brand's big night started.
However, even some solid stories and a great combination could not save a format that has never been broken anymore.
Seth Rollins (Raw) on Shinsuke Nakamura (Smackdown)
The party did not burn it, but it developed as two of the best fighters trying to outdo each other. There was caution and a single skill at the beginning, a strong style in the middle and the two did everything late. The crowd gradually reverses despite the lack of a real story to come.
Rollins kicked a kinshasa on the back of the head. The Kingslayer dodged the second attempt and turned it into a stomp for victory. Fortunately, WWE did not make this match over Dean Ambrose, but he did announce that Rollins and the Lunatic Fringe will face off for the Intercontinental Championship at TLC in December.
Authors of Pain (Raw) on The Bar (SmackDown)
WWE did a real damage to Drake Maverick by making him urinate his pants and shake after being grabbed by his throat and held by the Big Show. Maverick is not only at a slight disadvantage due to his height with the monsters that are the Pain Authors, but he is also an authority figure as the 205 Live commissioner. It just made it harder to take it seriously with a little bit that led to AOP's victory in a game that was a disaster.
The Usos, New Day, Good Brothers, Sanity and The Colons (SmackDown) on Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, The Ascension, Lucha House Party, B-Team and The Revival (Raw)
Gable and Roode are beginning to improve on this tag team and showed it in a game that they had fun late. Gable ripped a German suplex from the top rope to a crowd before being eliminated by The New Day. The Revival and the Uses were an appropriate final pair. Usos won it with an elbow from above with a tribute to Roman Reigns. Too bad it did not count on the scoreboard.
Buddy Murphy on Mustafa Ali to retain the cruiserweight title
This was not as good as his no-disqualification match in July, but it was one of the most entertaining of the card. It hurt to see how Murphy pushed Ali from the apron to the barricade and Ali hit his opponent with an inverted hurricane. The end was fine, with Murphy kneeling before a flying Ali and beating Murphy's Law to finish him off.
– The fired Enzo Amore, who is currently a rapper called "nZo", was captured on a cell phone video that was escorted from the front row for safety after he got up and started shouting at the crowd during The Fight. Bar with the Authors of Pain. It's probably the closest thing to a WWE ring of what it will be for a while, maybe sometime, now.
– R-Truth of Smackdown tries to join the women's team of the brand, then settle in the male team of Raw and then ask to be in the male team of Blue Brand is a funny thing about R-Truth.
Major winner: Charlotte Flair
The biggest loser: Wrestling team tag
Night party: Round Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair
Grade: C +