By Joe Smeltzer
Elimination Match: Raw (Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax and Alica Fox vs. SmackDown (Carmella, Becky Lynch, Alexia Bliss, Naomi, and Natalya)
This was a solid opener. The growth that we have seen in the women’s division over the past few years has been impressive, and every worker in here got a least some time to shine.
Nia Jax had some spurts of dominance but did not take away from others in the match who, frankly, are more interesting. Charlotte and Sasha Banks both did what we have come to expect of them, and Charlotte did a fantastic job of playing the heel, which is somewhat of a lost art in pro wrestling today.
Bayley was able to be one of the two remaining survivors in the match, and even Alicia Fox had some moments of impressive athleticism. As for SmackDown, Natalya was a late substitute, as Niki Bella was attacked backstage before the match, and she was fantastic. Although Charlotte eliminated her, she did pin Sasha Banks and looked pretty good throughout the match.
The tension on team Raw was evident, as Bayley, Sasha and Charlotte were all at each other’s throats. On SmackDown, things weren’t quite as impressive. However, the thought that Natalya might pick up the win in her home country was intriguing, but it was to be cut short by Becky Lynch. Overall, the match had some interesting storytelling elements to go along with the in-ring work.
I was pleasantly surprised that Bayley was booked to pick up the winning pin. Did Charlotte’s post- match assault take away from Bayley’s moment? A little bit, but nonetheless, Charlotte was made to look like a great heel, so the purpose was served well. I thought the finish was the best part of the match and could build up Bayley for a run at the Women’s title. Continue reading “Recap of Every Survivor Series Match”