Following a special two-hour Survivor Series Kickoff that saw Elias defeat Matt Hardy, Enzo Amore successfully retain the Cruiserweight Title against Kalisto, and Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn defeat Breezango, the 31st annual Survivor Series would get underway with the two top trios on RAW and SmackDown LIVE going head-to-head as The Shield, representing RAW, would face The New Day, representing SmackDown LIVE, in a 6-Man Tag match. During a chaotic match, Seth Rollins would connect with the knee to Kofi Kingston before Dean Ambrose spikes Kofi with Dirty Deeds but Xavier Woods is able to break up the pinfall attempt at the last second. Shortly after this, Big E would show off his ungodly strength by lifting up both Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins up with Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods diving off of the second rope for a double Midnight Hour! However, Roman Reigns would deliver a Spear that would break up the pinfall attempt. The match then devolves into a brawl before The Shield is able to isolate Kofi Kingston as Roman Reigns blasts Kofi with the Spear. “The Hounds of Justice” would then go to a new level to ensure victory as Roman Reigns would get on the second rope before Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins lift Kofi Kingston up as The Shield comes off of the middle rope with a super three-man powerbomb with Ambrose pinning Kofi for the win, giving RAW the 1-0 lead over SmackDown LIVE.
The first Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match would then take place at Survivor Series as, following a pep talk from RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, Alicia Fox would lead Nia Jax, Asuka, Sasha Banks, & Bayley into battle for RAW as Team SmackDown LIVE would consist of Becky Lynch, “Ms. Money-in-the-Bank” Carmella, Naomi, Tamina, with Lana in her corner, & Natalya in the Women’s Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match. Early on in the match, Team SmackDown LIVE would find themselves without a captain as Bayley would tag herself into the match unbeknownst to Becky Lynch and, after Becky hits the Becksploder on Alicia Fox, Bayley surprises Becky with a roll-up, eliminating Becky Lynch and giving Team RAW the early advantage. Shortly after this, Carmella would catch Bayley with a super kick and Tamina would follow this up with a top rope splash, pinning Bayley to eliminate Bayley from the match. This would pave the way for a first time ever encounter between RAW’s Nia Jax and SmackDown LIVE’s Tamina as the two powerhouses would go head-to-head. A distraction from Lana would allow Tamina to deliver two super kicks to Nia Jax, knocking Nia out of the ring. Naomi would follow this up with a dive to the outside and Tamina would deliver another super kick before delivering a splash to Nia. Tamina would then get back into the ring at the last possible second as Nia Jax is counted out, eliminated Team RAW’s powerhouse from the match.
Naomi would then eliminate the captain of Team RAW by utilizing a sunset flip, pinning Alicia Fox but Sasha Banks is quick to pounce on Naomi as “The Boss” locks in the Bank Statement, making Naomi tap out to eliminate Naomi from the match. This leaves Asuka & Sasha Banks representing Team RAW against Carmella, Tamina, & Natalya representing Team SmackDown LIVE. Asuka would then make an impact in the match, dropping Carmella with a kick to the head, pinning “Ms. Money-in-the-Bank” to eliminate Carmella from the match. With the sides even, Natalya would survive the Bank Statement before locking in the Sharpshooter on Sasha Banks and, with Tamina knocking Asuka off of the ring apron, Sasha would have no choice but to tap out as “The Boss” is eliminated, leaving Asuka all alone on Team RAW, facing both Tamina & Natalya on Team SmackDown LIVE. However, “The Empress of Tomorrow” would prove why she remained undefeated in NXT, locking in an armbar on Tamina, making Tamina tap out to eliminate Tamina. Natalya then tries for the Discus Clothesline but Asuka dodges before locking in the Asuka Lock, making Natalya tap out to win the match as the sole survivor of Team RAW, solidifying RAW’s lead over SmackDown LIVE with a 2-0 lead for the red brand.
The first Champion vs. Champion match would then take place at Survivor Series as Intercontinental Champion The Miz, with The Miztourage in his corner and his pregnant wife Maryse in the front row, would go one-on-one with United States Champion Baron Corbin. During the match, Bo Dallas would get involved in the match behind the back of the referee, chop blocking the leg of Baron Corbin. The Miz would then continue to target the leg of the United States Champion before locking in the Figure-Four Leg Lock, but Corbin is able to get to the bottom rope to break the hold. Corbin is then able to connect with the Deep Six, but The Miz manages to kick out. Corbin then takes The Miztourage out of the equation, first knocking Curtis Axel off of the ring apron before bringing Bo Dallas into the ring, hitting Bo with the End of Days. The Miz then goes for the repeated dropkicks in the corner, but Baron Corbin is able to catch The Miz out of nowhere with the End of Days, pinning the Intercontinental Champion to pick up the win, scoring the first win of the night for SmackDown LIVE.
The top tag teams on RAW and SmackDown LIVE would then battle for brand supremacy as RAW Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Sheamus would face SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos. During an incredible tag team match, Cesaro would have Jey Uso on his shoulders but Jey is able to pick Sheamus up off of the top rope for a big Samoan Drop to “The Celtic Warrior”, but Sheamus is able to kick out at the last possible second! After a series of super kicks to Sheamus, Jimmy Uso would dive to the outside while tagging in his brother Jey, who hits the Uso Splash on Sheamus, pinning Sheamus to pick up the win for the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, evening the score at 2-2 between RAW and SmackDown LIVE.
The champions of the respective women’s division would then go one-on-one at Survivor Series as RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss would go one-on-one with the new SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. During the match, Alexa Bliss would plant Charlotte Flair with her signature DDT, but Charlotte is able to get her foot on the bottom rope. Charlotte is then able to rebound with a Spear to Alexa, leaving both champions down. Shortly after this, Charlotte Flair is able to get the knees up on the attempted Twisted Bliss before locking in the Figure-Eight, making the RAW Women’s Champion tap out to pick up the win, bringing the score to 3-2 in favor of SmackDown LIVE.
Then it was time for a dream match between two world-renowned competitors as, for the first time ever, Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, with advocate Paul Heyman in his corner, would go one-on-one with WWE Champion AJ Styles. After getting tossed around the ring by Brock Lesnar for the majority of the match, AJ Styles would take to the air to combat “The Beast”, striking with multiple flying forearms before bringing the Universal Champion back into the ring, hitting Brock with the springboard 450 Splash, but Brock kicks out. AJ then looks for the Styles Clash, but Brock counters, looking for the F-5 but Styles counters into the Calf Crusher. Lesnar would fight out of the submission by slamming the head of the WWE Champion into the mat. AJ then connects with the Phenomenal Forearm but Brock kicks out so AJ goes for a second Phenomenal Forearm but “The Beast” catches Styles in mid-air, planting “The Phenomenal One” with the F-5, pinning the WWE Champion to emerge as the superior champion, evening the score at 3-3 between SmackDown LIVE and RAW heading into the main event.
Then it was time for the main event of Survivor Series to determine which brand would emerge as the dominant brand in WWE as the Men’s Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match would be captained by WWE Hall of Famer and RAW General Manager Kurt Angle, who would lead Team RAW, consisting of “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman, former Universal Champion Finn Balor, “The Destroyer” Samoa Joe, and the legendary fourteen-time former World Champion “The Game” Triple H against Team SmackDown LIVE, which consists of SmackDown LIVE Commissioner and team captain Shane McMahon, thirteen-time former World Champion “The Viper” Randy Orton, “Glorious” Bobby Roode, “The Artist” Shinsuke Nakamura, and sixteen-time former World Champion John Cena!
As soon as the match begins, Shane McMahon would try attacking Braun Strowman from behind, but “The Monster Among Men” would hurl the Commissioner across the ring as a fearful Shane is quick to tag out of the match. After Randy Orton and Samoa Joe squared off for the first time in the match, another intriguing face-off would take place between two former NXT Champions and two legends from Japan as Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura would lock horns before Nakamura gets to compete against the man who brought Nakamura to NXT, “The Game” Triple H! Bobby Roode then tags into the match as “The Glorious One” comes face-to-face with Triple H. Later on in the match, Shinsuke Nakamura would take out Triple H with the Kinshasa before “The Artist” comes face-to-face with Braun Strowman.
Nakamura would ultimately prove to be no match for Braun Strowman as “The Monster Among Men” squashes Nakamura with the running powerslam, pinning Nakamura to eliminate Nakamura from the match. Braun then follows this up by manhandling Bobby Roode, planting “The Glorious One” with the running powerslam, pinning Roode to eliminate Roode from the match, giving Team RAW a decided advantage! Team RAW then begins to show its dissention as a face-off between teammates Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman leads to a face-off between Kurt Angle and Triple H! Team SmackDown LIVE then gets involved before Braun Strowman finds himself face-to-face with two multiple time former World Champions in John Cena and Randy Orton. The former rivals would work together to try and take out “The Monster Among Men” but Braun would take both Cena and Orton down on the outside before Strowman exposes the German announce table.
However, Cena & Orton then work together to try and suplex Braun Strowman, but it would require the help of Shane McMahon and the eliminated Bobby Roode and Shinsuke Nakamura as Team SmackDown LIVE manages to suplex “The Monster Among Men” through the table! Shortly after this, a disagreement between Finn Balor and Samoa Joe would cost Team RAW as John Cena would hit Samoa Joe with the Attitude Adjustment before delivering an Attitude Adjustment to Finn Balor and a second Attitude Adjustment to Samoa Joe, pinning Joe to score the first elimination for Team SmackDown LIVE. The clock would then be turned back as John Cena and Kurt Angle would square off in the ring, renewing their legendary rivalry. Angle would deliver the Angle Slam to Cena but Shane McMahon is able to break up the pinfall attempt before Finn Balor delivers the Coup de Grace to Cena. Kurt then hits Cena with a second Angle Slam, pinning the sixteen-time former World Champion to eliminate Cena! Finn Balor then takes Shane out on the outside before Finn goes for the Coup de Grace on Randy Orton but “The Viper” moves out of the way before striking with the RKO, pinning Finn to eliminate Finn from the match.
Another longstanding rivalry is then renewed between Triple H and Randy Orton with Triple H getting the better of his former protégé, but when “The Viper” tries to tag out to Shane McMahon, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn would run in through the crowd, pulling the SmackDown LIVE Commissioner off of the ring apron! The disgruntled SmackDown LIVE Superstars beat Shane down before tossing Shane over the Spanish announce table but Shane would grab a steel chair, fighting back against Owens & Zayn! Owens then heads into the ring to try and escape the chair-swinging Commissioner but Owens walks right into an RKO from Randy Orton! Back on his feet after being put through the German announce table, Braun Strowman would tag into the match before picking Randy Orton up, planting “The Viper” with the running powerslam, pinning Orton to eliminate Orton from the match. This leaves Shane McMahon all alone on Team SmackDown LIVE against Kurt Angle, Triple H, & Braun Strowman on Team RAW! Shane then reluctantly enters the ring to go face-to-face with Braun Strowman, but this is when things would get even more interesting as Triple H would tag himself into the match as it would be brother-in-law versus brother-in-law. However, Kurt Angle had a score to settle with the SmackDown LIVE Commissioner so the RAW General Manager would tag himself into the match.
Shane would do his best to combat the WWE Hall of Famer but Kurt Angle would hit Shane with the Angle Slam before locking the captain of Team SmackDown LIVE in the ankle lock. Just when it looks as if Shane is going to have to tap out, Triple H would betray Team RAW by attacking Kurt Angle and planting the RAW General Manager with the Pedigree before pulling his brother-in-law on top of Kurt for the three-count! As the pinfall is taking place, Triple H stares down Braun Strowman and the stare-down continues for several moments before Triple H backs up, helping Shane to his feet before “The Game” drops his brother-in-law with the Pedigree, pinning Shane McMahon to win the match and the entire night for Team RAW with Triple H & Braun Strowman as the sole survivors as the WWE COO makes it clear that he wanted to be the one to put Shane McMahon away and win the match.
After the match, Triple H would raise the hand of Braun Strowman, but “The Monster Among Men” was anything but happy about Triple H’s tactics as Braun would grab Triple H by the throat, shoving “The Game” down into the corner and shouting at Triple H that, if Triple H ever tries to cross him again, he will make sure that Triple H never “plays this game again”! However, Triple H would not heed the advice of Braun Strowman as, once Braun turns his back, Triple H would try to catch “The Monster Among Men” off-guard with the Pedigree, but Braun would counter before planting the WWE COO with the running powerslam! Braun would then pick “The Game” up before delivering a second running powerslam before Strowman leaves the ring in a huff, having made it clear that “The Monster Among Men” is not to be toyed with.
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