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Friday, December 09, 2022

The Rundown Slam: WWE Survivor Series: War Games

12/09/2022 10:39:54 AM

WWE Survivor Series 2022. Image from DAZN News UK

This has been perhaps one of the unexpected twists since Triple H took over as one of the top executives of World Wrestling Entertainment. A rare time of having a non-traditional tag team elimination match for an event that is annually known for such. Really?!

Yeah, that's kinda weird shit, but indeed it happened – and furthermore, it was monumental because it marked the main debut of War Games – a match invented by Dusty Rhodes for Jim Crocket Promotions in 1987 – after being the annual staple for WWE's development brand NXT. 

For the first time in six years, Survivor Series drove away from the usual bragging rights head-to-head competition between RAW and SmackDown brands. Instead, it only featured five matches – including the two gigantic War Games matches – and two wrestling rings as its main stage. 

And boy, did they deliver big time? Definitely. All in all, Survivor Series War Games may have been disputed over its reports of having the most sellout Survivor Series in WWE history this fat. However, with the exception of the Shotzi vs. Rousey match for the SmackDown Women's Championship, the 36th Survivor Series event did really well, from start to finish. 

The storytelling for the four honorably mentioned matches were quite up to par. But of course, the main event has covered the biggest story (although controversial to some extent, of course), and that did leave viewers satisfied – and at the same time, hopeful on the succeeding outings of WWE moving forward. This just made The Bloodline remain relevant in the last two years and would be more interesting to see how things would go, especially with the possible names of who's to dethrone the undisputed champion Roman Reigns soon.

I also have to say that the triple threat match for the United States Championship stole the show, and that's become the biggest redemption story for Austin Theory – perhaps, the biggest since Hunter taking over the creative helms of the company. 

It might be too early to say, but this makes WWE as consistently watchable product again after a very long time. 

The Verdict: 8.25/10

Author: slickmaster | © 2022 The SlickMaster's Files

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