WWE Survivor Series 2013 DVD review

SSKnown as one of the original ‘big four’ pay per views, Survivor Series is always one of the highlights of the WWE calendar, famous for its traditional elimination matches. They are a unique opportunity to see friends and foes team up, and for superstars to overcome all the odds as they stand the chance of ending up facing five opponents if things go badly. Men like Randy Orton have made their names by becoming the sole survivor in these matches, so would Survivor Series 2013 make a new star?

As well as some traditional elimination matches (one for men, one for women), a number of feuds were continued – two behemoths Ryback and Mark Henry, Axel/Langston for the IC title, Cena/Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship and a fiery Big Show taking on the face of the WWE and champion Randy Orton. Perhaps the most personal battle is that of CM Punk & Daniel Bryan taking on the Wyatt Family’s Luke Harper & Erick Rowan. Punk and Bryan are the epitome of raging against the machine, and the Wyatts look to be yet another obstacle in the way of either man reaching the top of the mountain again.

As a fan for many years, I must admit to longing for more traditional elimination matches, however the card for Survivor Series 2013 was stacked from top to bottom and delivered some of the best action of the year.

DVD Extra: Survivor Series Kickoff Show Match

Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz

At this rate, you could almost call him Kofi Kickoff Kingston for the number of times he seems to appear before the PPV. Yes he’s a great talent to get the crowd pumped and it’s a shame that he has no direction whatsoever to his character, although there is a slight attempt at a Kofi/Miz feud here. The treatment of The Miz is no better as he has fallen from grace over the past year or so. Both men could and should do so much better, and while this is an enjoyable match, you can’t help but wonder why they are here.

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5-On-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match

Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes, Goldust & The Usos vs. The Shield & The Real Americans

This is by far the best way to kick off the PPV. All of the talent involved have been on fire for months now, and we’ve seen various combinations of tag matches over Raw, Smackdown and earlier PPVs in the year. Not only do we get the returning master of the 619 in Rey Mysterio, but we are treated to the coming of Roman Reigns. This match is all about building the man into something special once he breaks away from The Shield. All the participants involved put on a good show but there’s only one man you’re thinking about when that final bell rings.

Intercontinental Championship – Curtis Axel vs. Big E. Langston

As good as it has been to see WWE push new talent in Curtis Axel, it has hardly been a resounding success. His IC title run has been forgettable at best, and it’s a shame because he’s a solid hand in-ring, but perhaps lacks the personality to really get him over with the WWE Universe. On the other hand, Big E. Langston could be something special if he’s treated right, as he has the power, athleticism and some personality there as well. It’s not quite the complete package yet but there’s definitely more to work on there than with Axel. Either way, this is a solid outing from two men that have many years ahead of them, and it’ll be interesting to see where they both end up.

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7-On-7 Survivor Series Elimination Match
Natalya, Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Naomi, Cameron, JoJo & Eva Marie vs. AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Rosa Mendes, Summer Rae, Alicia Fox, Aksana & Kaitlyn

If you blink during this match, you may well miss it. It turns into one of those lazy efforts where everyone just trades finishers and that’s about it, but with the state of the Divas division these days that’s no surprise. I’d call this one a toilet break but I’m not sure you’d even have enough time to get there and back again.

Ryback vs. Mark Henry

Sometimes in wrestling, all you need is two giant men clobbering each other. There’s nothing pretty or technical about this match but both Henry and Ryback are good workers who know how to get the crowd going. Henry is edging towards the end of his career but still puts on enjoyable performances, and makes Ryback look strong here. Whether Ryback can claw his way out of some shoddy booking into the spotlight again remains to be seen, but he still has a lot of potential. Another fairly decent outing from these two, and they could do worse than having a rematch with lots of weapons.

World Heavyweight Championship – John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio

The anticipation for this match was understandably low with a ‘been-there done-that’ type feeling about it, however thankfully both men brought their A game and delivered a match that drew the crowd in and became a contest worth keeping your eyes on. They played off the long standing rivalry with numerous counters and some nice sequences, and hopefully this will be a nice wrap up to the ongoing feud. More important things would be on the horizon for Cena.

CM Punk & Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper & Erick Rowan

You couldn’t get any more different opposing styles than the technical nature of Punk/Bryan versus the rough and ready nature of the Wyatts. Of course over the past few months we’ve seen far more than just technical wizardry from Daniel Bryan as he’s had to fight through various beatdowns from The Shield and The Authority, and we all know CM Punk can be as dirty as the next man when necessary. As you can imagine, this just descends into an all-out brawl with Punk and Bryan fighting for their lives. This was a good match which the crowd were solidly into, and working with Punk/Bryan will do the Wyatts a lot of good in terms of bringing them up to be a viable threat in the future.

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WWE Championship – Randy Orton vs. Big Show

While the build-up to this match managed to make Big Show more interesting than he has been in years, the actual main event of Survivor Series manages to fall short of expectations. For whatever reason, the two men just don’t gel very well, and after the hot crowd for the previous tag match, this main event fails to keep their attention. It’s a disappointing effort that never really gets off the starting blocks and one that gives the PPV a flat ending unfortunately. Both men are capable of better and it’s a mini-feud that really acts as filler before something bigger comes along. The tag match would have made a better PPV closer in hindsight.

Despite a lull towards the middle of the card, and an ending that left much to be desired, Survivor Series 2013 was a typical enjoyable PPV from WWE. It’s a transitional period for the company as they try to build the next generation of stars such as Roman Reigns and Big E. Langston while pushing newer faces on top like Daniel Bryan, yet the Ortons and Cenas are still fighting strong. Wrestlemania XXX stands to be the most interesting ‘Mania in a long time as it will dictate the direction the company will be going in, and the right choices need to be made. We will see…

DVD Extras

SmackDown 22nd November 2013
Big Show and Randy Orton’s Last Confrontation Before Survivor Series

Randy Orton Reacts to Survivor Series

Blu-Ray Exclusive Extras

Monday Night RAW 28th October 2013
Shawn Michaels Explains Himself to Daniel Bryan

Renee Young Interviews Daniel Bryan

Street Fight
CM Punk vs. Ryback

Monday Night RAW 4th November 2013
The Authority Wants Big Show to Drop His Lawsuit

SmackDown 15th November 2013
Arm Wrestling Contest
John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio

Monday Night Raw 18th November 2013
12-Man Tag Team Match
CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes, Goldust, Jey & Jimmy Uso vs. The Shield & The Wyatt family

Survivor Series 2013 is available now on DVD and Blu-ray from HERE.

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