A few hours ago, WWE finalized its 2022 Pay-Per-Views calendar with Survivor Series- WarGames. The show took place at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. It was the first edition of Survivor Series after replacing the traditional 10-man elimination match format with WarGames. Two WarGames matches took place, one for men and the other for women.
Moving WarGames from NXT to the main roster was one of the initial decisions of Triple H since heading the creative and content responsibilities in the WWE.
The new administration decided to cancel the latest format of the event which was based on SmackDown vs. Raw, and champion vs. champion.
The decision was highly praised by bloggers and fans as it would give them a better build and storylines for the event's matches.
The women's WarGames was scripted for the only major story in the women's division which is the ambition of the Damage CTRL team (Bayley, Dakota Kai, Iyo Sky) to take over the women's division.
The three members escalated against Raw Women's Champion Bianca Blair, Becky Lynch, Asuka, Alexa Bliss, and Candice LaRae.
Shortly, Damage CTRL set an alliance with Nikki Cross and The Judgement Day's Rhea Ripley.
On the other hand, Mia Yim of the OC who is in a direct feud with Ripley joined Blair’s team.
So, Blair, Asuka, Bliss, Mia Yim, and Lynch faced Bayley, Kai, Sky, Cross, and Ripley.
Although the majority of the participants took part in the previous editions of WarGames in NXT, the quality of the match was poor.
There were several mistakes by a number of stars such as Sky, and Dakota, in addition, there were some problems in applying the spots and the usage of weapons inside the ring.
In addition, the storytelling in the match and its sequence was not well organized.
The majority of fans drew their attention to Asuka vs. Sky time, and they served good competition.
Ripley, Lynch, and Cross did good performance in-ring, despite the poorly written match, and weak execution of the spots.
On the other hand, the men’s WarGames was based on the major story in the whole main roaster which is The Bloodline.
Since June, The Bloodline captured the promotion’s main world titles, alongside the tag team championships.
In addition, the presence of Sami Zayn as the honorary Uso and his minor disagreement with Jay Uso.
The Bloodline’s Usos were in direct escalation with the Brawling Brutus for the tag team titles, and the feud became crueler after the Bloodline attack against Sheamus.
Sheamus called two other members of helping him in his fight against The Bloodline. They were Drew McIntyre who faced Reigns for the world titles in Clash at the Castle, and Kevin Owens, Zayn’s best friend.
The match overall was a good one, and was full of good and well-executed spots.
In addition, the storytelling between Zayn and Ownes and the inner conflict of Zayn between his feelings towards his best friend, and his loyalty to The Bloodline formed the core of the match.
Zayn tried to not attack Owens during the match, however, he hit him to cost Owen’s team the match, and helped Jay Uso to pin Owens which was named by the fans as the highlight of the night.
The finale of the men’s WarGames satisfied the frustration of the fans towards the first three matches in the card.
During the event, there were two title matches: a Triple Threat match for the US title, and a single match for SmackDown Women’s championship.
The Triple Threat match between Seth Rollins, Austin Theory, and Bobby Lashley was an impressive match.
The three stars did a good in-ring action, and there was harmony and balance takeover between them.
However, the way that the match ended was somehow weak and controversial.
Theory needed to be pushed once again by winning the title after losing his Money in the Bank contract.
The match was highly praised by the fans.
Regarding SmackDown Women’s title match, Rousey and Shotzi delivered a boring and poor match.
The Survivor Series card also had a single match between AJ Styles, and Finn Balor.
The match was somehow longer than expected, and its tempo was slow.
In addition, both stars repeated the same movements with the same sequence for several times during the match.
Styles’ victory was needed and wanted, it was his first win in a PPV in three years.
The show overall was not good as expected, and only one match was a well-made one, alongside, the storytelling employed in the men’s WarGames.
WWE should work on finding a good solution for improving the quality of women’s performance, especially in hardcore matches.
The Results & Ratings
Women WarGames: Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Blair, Mia Yim, Becky Lynch, Asuka, & Alexa Bliss defeated Damage CTRL’s Bayley, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Dakota Kai & Iyo Sky, Nikki Cross, and Rhea Ripley (2/5)
AJ Styles defeated Finn Balor (2.5/5)
SmackDown Women’s Title: Ronda Rousey (c) defeated Shotzi (1/5)
Triple Threat Match for US Title: Austin Theory defeated Seth Rollins (c) and Bobby Lashley (3.5/5)
Men’s WarGames: The Bloodline’s Undisputed Universal WWE Champion Roman Reigns, Undisputed World Tag Team Champions The Usos, Solo Sikoa, & Sami Zayn defeated The Brawling Brutus’ Sheamus, Ridge Holland & Butch, Drew McIntyre, and Kevin Owens (3/5)
Total Rating: 5/10