Roman Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre in a bruising main event to cap off a fine WWE Survivor Series 2020.
The event at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida was all about paying tribute to The Undertaker as he finally retired from the ring.
The Demon of Death Valley said goodbye to the professional wrestling business 30 years after he made his debut at the same event.
But before Taker, real name Mark Calaway, 53, retired from the ring, the modern stars of WWE put on one hell of a show for the fans.
On the Kickoff pre-show, Mr Money in the Bank, The Miz, last eliminated Dominik Mysterio to win an 18-man dual brand battle royal.
In the opening bout of the main card, Team Raw thrashed Team SmackDown 5-0 in a traditional Survivor Series 5-on-5 elimination match.
The die was cast when Seth Rollins of SmackDown ‘sacrificed’ himself for the “greater good” – letting Sheamus of Raw hit a Brogue Kick to his face.
Despite a series of Stunners from Kevin Owens and a valiant effort from the big man Otis and the increasingly impressive Jey Uso, the Raw members gained a clean sweep, with the promising Keith Lee hitting a huge Spirit Bomb on Uso for the win.
There was a passing of the torch moment as two tag teams with a lot in common in terms of style and presentation, The New Day and The Street Profits, tore the house down.
A whirlwind of a match ended with Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford, SmackDown’s Tag Team Champions, scoring a Blockbuster Doomsday Device on Xavier Woods to end the challenge of Xavier’s veteran pairing with Kofi Kingston.
Raw’s United States Champion Bobby Lashley made the most of having MVP, Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin at ringside to defeat Sami Zayn by submission – the Intercontinental Champion Sami complaining of MVP tripping him up in the closing stages, but without the benefit of VAR to prove his claim.
SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks narrowly defeated Asuka, the Raw Women’s Champion, in a technical wrestling exhibition, full of smart transitions, smooth counters, slick reversals and clever pinfall attempts.
Lana then somehow ended up as the sole survivor on Team Raw as she, Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Lacey Evans and Peyton Royce defeated Team SmackDown squad Bianca Belair, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Bayley and Natalya.
Jax in particular has been bullying Lana and after she had a brief spell in the ring, banished her to the steel steps, where she watched the remainder of the match.
After promising powerhouse Belair somehow survived Baszler’s Kirifuda clutch by grabbing the bottom rope, Shayna was eliminated by refusing to release the hold, and Bianca and Nia brawled on the outside, leading to a double count out. Still stood on the steps, Lana was jubilant.
Then SmackDown’s Universal Champion Roman Reigns bested Raw WWE Champion Drew McIntyre by technical submission with his guillotine, but only after Jey Uso hit the big Scot with a superkick, following a low blow from Roman.
Before that McIntyre had shown incredible resolve, overcoming being put through the announce table with a Samoan Drop and being hit with no less than three spears, once again proving he is the real deal.
However, there was nothing he could do in the end to prevent the self-appointed ‘Head of the Family’ Reigns standing tall, having now recruited his cousin Jey to his one man cause.
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1. The Miz won by last eliminating Dominik Mysterio – 18-man Dual Brand Battle Royal
2. Team Raw (AJ Styles, Keith Lee, Sheamus, Braun Strowman, and Riddle) (with Omos) defeated Team SmackDown (Kevin Owens, Jey Uso, King Corbin, Seth Rollins, and Otis) – 5-on-5 men’s Survivor Series elimination match
3. The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) (SmackDown Tag Team Champions) defeated The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) (with Big E) (Raw Tag Team Champions) – Champions vs. Champions tag team match
4. Bobby Lashley (Raw’s United States Champion) (with MVP, Cedric Alexander, and Shelton Benjamin) defeated Sami Zayn (SmackDown’s Intercontinental Champion) by submission – Champion vs. Champion singles match
5. Sasha Banks (SmackDown Women’s Champion) defeated Asuka (Raw Women’s Champion) – Champion vs. Champion singles match
6 Team Raw (Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Lana, Lacey Evans, and Peyton Royce) defeated Team SmackDown (Bianca Belair, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Bayley, and Natalya) – 5-on-5 women’s Survivor Series elimination match
7 Roman Reigns (SmackDown’s Universal Champion) (with Paul Heyman) defeated Drew McIntyre (Raw’s WWE Champion) by technical submission – Champion vs. Champion singles match