With the two men arguably having the best years of any WWE player, it was only fair to expect some kind of gimmick to flow into the final moments of the clash between Universal Champion Roman Reigns and WWE Champion Drew McIntyre.
And while Jey Uso was able to take part through a ref bump, the match was an incredible physical and emotional battle between the organization's two top stars.
McIntyre had the first laugh with Reigns, who was forced to regroup outside at the start of the game. McIntyre largely retained this advantage until Reigns sent McIntyre into the steel ring post. Reign slowly pursued its prey and collapsed McIntyre from the outside until he brought the action back into the ring.
After briefly dropping his facade when McIntyre consumed the fight early, Reign's evil smile grew as he continued to wear McIntyre down with a chinlock. McIntyre tried several times to fight, but every time he seemed to get back on his feet he fell back into the trap.
A throw in the turnbuckle seemed to wake McIntyre, and with an overhead throw everything was suddenly back on level ground. Reigns battled a Future Shock DDT and turned it into a Samoan Drop, using McIntyre's momentum against him. McIntyre then denied a Superman punch attempt and knocked Reigns out of the wind with a spinebuster.
When Reigns turned it back on, he started approaching McIntyre, naming him # 2, which referred to him as a secondary champion. That quickly changed when McIntyre landed a Glasgow Kiss Head-Butt and a Future Shock DDT.
In return, Reigns dodged a Claymore and stumbled McIntyre. Both men struggled to get to their feet, but when Reigns grabbed a spear, McIntyre spun through and locked Reigns in a Kimura lock. Reign finally fought its way to the ropes.
The fight went outside as the slaughter got worse. Reigns hit two Samoan drops on McIntyre on the comment table, the second broke the table. Then, after breaking the count, Reigns speared McIntyre through the barricade and quickly rolled McIntyre back into the ring.
It seemed like a fitting ending, but McIntyre kicked out that ending. Another javelin attempt was denied, McIntyre bounced off the ropes for a claymore, and Reigns caught a second successful spear in full swing. And that wasn't enough either.
A final javelin attempt brought Reigns directly into a Claymore kick – but the referee was also buried outside.
JEY @WWEUsos IS HERE FOR THE ASSIST! #SurvivorSeries @WWERomanReigns @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/sA69yAZBgb
– WWE (@WWE) November 23, 2020
Jey Uso took advantage of the chaos and immediately ran to the ring. A low blow from Reigns and a super kick from Uso allowed Reigns to trap a standing guillotine. McIntyre got to his feet for a moment, then collapsed and passed out. Reigns won the match, but McIntyre couldn't have done more if lost.
On one night The Undertaker said goodbye, McIntyre, Reigns, and everyone else on the map proved that WWE has strong talent development going forward. But there will never be another undertaker.
What's next: We may not have seen the last of Reigns and McIntyre. McIntyre started 2020 by eliminating Reigns from the Royal Rumble. This just offset the score. McIntyre has a lot to fear in the short term, including between Randy Orton, The Miz and The Fiend. Reigns' future is a little less clear as Uso, his latest victim, is now his ally.
Wow and WOW !!!! @WWERomanReigns and @DMcIntyreWWE What a match !!!!! @ HeymanHustle You always do what you do best! Jey @WWEUsos you know what this is about you! Pedigree! #ProudSis #SurvivorSeries
– Tamina Snuka (@TaminaSnuka) November 23, 2020Behind Nia Jax's efforts, Team Raw has tied off Bianca Belair and Team SmackDown. WWE
After months of indignation at Nia Jax's endless series of Samoan falls from the announcement table on Raw, Lana got the final laugh as the sole survivor of the women's Survivor Series playoff.
After everyone had a chance to shine for a moment, Lana was also berated for trying to interfere and was relegated to the ring steps for the rest of the game:
Peyton Royce brought Bayley from the turnbuckle to most of the other competitors. Royce then shocked the balance of things by meeting Deja Vu on Bayley and first eliminating SmackDown's team captain.
After a mess, Natalya locked up a sniper and forced Royce to get out.
Shayna Baszler distracted Natalya and Natalya tried to put a sniper on her. Lacey Evans met a woman's right and pinned Natalya.
Baszler locked Ruby Riott in the Kirofuda clutch, but her momentum kept Baszler trapped in a pinfall. A distraction from Nia Jax prevented this, but Riott passed out, making her an easy victim of pinfall for Baszler.
Liv Morgan knocked Evans' head off the mat and then struck a crucifix bomb into a lever, eliminating Evans.
Despite a DDT, Morgan was caught by Jax and Samoan was dropped and then pinned.
Baszler locked Bianca Belair in a Kirofuda clutch for an extended period, but when Belair got the ropes, Baszler refused to let go of the hold and forced the referee to disqualify her.
Jax and Belair fought outward, and although Jax successfully threw Jax over the barricade, he couldn't answer the umpire's 10. Despite all the odds, Lana was the only survivor.
What's next: Lana fulfills her weekly date with the comment table on Monday. The only other permanent effect could be that Bayley has to search for souls.
LORRRRRRRRRDDDDDDDD … # SurvivorSeries @LaceyEvansWWE pic.twitter.com/D1j95i6Inw
– WWE (@WWE) November 23, 2020
SmackDown Women's Winner Sasha Banks defeated. Raw women winner Asuka
Sasha Banks was unable to finish Asuka on a bank statement but was able to claim a pinfall win. WWE
It's good to be Sasha Banks now. Not only is she in the middle of a role on one of the world's most popular TV shows, "The Mandalorian," but she is arguably the best run of her WWE career.
The Survivor Series continued when Banks took her first one-on-one pinfall win over Asuka. As predicted, the SummerSlam rematch lived up to the hype.
Banks and Asuka fought and traded Raw Women's Championship all summer, but the Post-Bayley Banks offered a distinctly different angle.
The banks checked the action early on, and after a mess, the banks briefly locked the bank statement. An Asuka counter almost led into an Asuka lock, but no woman could take full advantage of it. A backstabber from Banks forced Asuka to roll outside to regroup, and Banks let Asuka know she didn't appreciate the tactic with a tirade. Asuka soon returned the favor, mocking Banks by dancing around the ring after Banks himself fell outside.
Asuka went on strike to destroy Banks, but Banks quickly returned fire. Asuka blocked several attempts at a bank statement, but Banks turned with an armlock and a tummy tuck to cause damage from a different angle.
Banks and Asuka fought on the ring apron, with Banks eventually eating a kick and hip attack when they lost the exchange. A baseball slide under the lower rope changed things again, but the momentum for Banks was short-lived when a Meteora attempt by Banks flew off the barricade straight into an Asuka code breaker.
The momentum swung back and forth with every brutal, powerful movement. Banks turned the page after a missed hip attack with a backstabber and double knees in the corner. A bank statement attempt was eventually resumed, but Asuka struggled again. Another codebreaker from Asuka when Banks was draped over the center rope resulted in only a two count.
Both women exchanged pin-up attempts for almost a minute, but after Banks took a kick, she found just enough leverage to nail Asuka down.
What's next: Asuka needs a new challenger and a good win to reset. The past few weeks have made it clear that the recently returned Carmella Banks has her crosshairs.
American champion Bobby Lashley defeated. Intercontinental champion Sami Zayn
Bobby Lashley has kept his promise to kill Sami Zayn via the Hurt Lock. WWE
Bobby Lashley hit Sami Zayn with the hurt lock, just as he had promised, but it took a little longer than most likely expected.
Building this game took place on Twitter, but it created an interesting dynamic where two very different types of paragraphs were aligned.
Zayn was distracted early by Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander but quickly turned around Lashley's advantage with a quick nudge until Lashley ran through a Zayn clothesline and hit him silly in the middle of the ring.
Lashley tossed Zayn over the ring at will, and Zayn encountered The Hurt Business again while trying to escape the ring. The second such exchange, however, quickly revolved around Lashley, as it was a means for Zayn to play possum.
An attempt at a vertical suplex went wrong for Zayn, and after hinting at dizziness, a strange quirk of their previous conflict, Zayn spilled outward and tried to get one of the Hurt Business members to attack him to trigger a DQ , albeit unsuccessfully.
Zayn almost used his wits to score a countout win, but it was unsuccessful too. One hell of a kick attempt got Zayn straight into a Lashley chokeslam. Another attempt to solicit a DQ resulted in MVP shoving Zayn into the ring and straight into the hurt lock to end the match.
What's next: Zayn made it more competitive than it could have been and nothing that happened on Sunday night is going to affect his Intercontinental Championship an iota. Lashley could use a challenger for the US championship outside of The Hurt Business conflict with Retribution.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions (The Street Profits) def. Raw Tag Team Champions (The New Tag)
Angelo Dawkins, right, used his soaring attack to help Street Profits beat the new day. WWE
The Street Profits achieved a career-defining victory over The New Day in a clash between the SmackDown and Raw Tag Team Champions. While it was by no means a passing of the torch as The New Day still has a lot to offer, The Street Profits have reached new heights after this particular effort.
Both The New Day and The Street Profits made this match feel big before the doorbell even rang. New Day, temporarily back in tow with boyfriend Big E, headed for the ring in her bespoke Gears of War entrance attire, now available in the latest installment of this game. The Street Profits spent several minutes going through the many reasons The New Day was the heart and soul of the Tag Team division for a long time.
The action started a little slowly, with each team assessing the other. Montez Ford and Kofi Kingston showed agility and acrobatics, but The Street Profits took the early physical advantage.
Kingston turned it around, however, and hit Ford with a violent stage dive when Xavier Woods got Angelo Dawkins out. New Day slowed it down for a significant distance, and Kingston returned the favor for an early disregard by poking fun at Ford's signature red solo trophy.
When Dawkins finally got the label, he ran over Kingston and Woods and flew around the ring. Performing remarkably well, Ford and Dawkins were in synergy with their best tag team offense, including an assisted cut bread for Ford.
New Day flipped it on Ford and landed the midnight hour almost instantly, but it wasn't a match-ender without Big E.
A Dawkins anointment spinebuster followed by a sky-high frog splatter from Ford narrowly ended the match as damage to Ford's midsection prevented him from getting the pinfall cover in time.
The mind games continued when Ford encountered Trouble in Paradise on Kingston, but he couldn't try to find a needle after using Kingston's finisher on him because Woods landed a gutbuster for Ford.
The momentum swung back and forth, but everything quickly came to an end. Dawkins landed a blind day while Woods caught Ford in the corner, and an assisted blockbuster / doomsday device gave the Street Profits the win.
What's next: Neither team lost in this exchange, mainly because New Day had a big win of their own against The Hurt Business on Monday. That conflict probably won't be over, but The Street Profits' next challenge is a little harder to pin down.
Team Raw (AJ Styles, Braun Strowman, Keith Lee, Riddle & Sheamus) defeated. Team SmackDown (Jey Uso, Kevin Owens, King Corbin, Otis and Seth Rollins)
Team Raw, which included Braun Strowman, Riddle, AJ Styles, Sheamus and Keith Lee, from left, defeated Team SmackDown in a playoff. @ WWE
After weeks of tension, Team Raw howled when it came down to it, putting on one of the most dominant performances in Survivor Series history, clearly overtaking Team SmackDown.
This is how it went:
Seth Rollins was still feeling the psychological ramifications of his loss to former protégé Buddy Murphy on Friday. He stepped into the match, dropped to his knees and volunteered for a brogue free kick, making him the first eliminated from the match.
Kevin Owens had stunner for almost everyone, but the distraction was enough to open him up to a phenomenal forearm from Styles that had earned the pinfall.
Corbin similarly dealt damage to most of Team Raw, but a Pele kick from Styles and a flying senton from Riddle spelled the end of Corbin and reduced Team SmackDown to just Otis and Jey Uso against the entire Team Raw roster.
Otis followed the same theme as the rest of his team, clearing the house and standing strong against Braun Strowman, but a mystery distraction while Otis was on the top turnbuckle allowed Strowman to pick up Otis, hit a running powerslam and pin him, thereby the score increased to 5-1.
Uso got multiple super kicks on Styles and caused a stir, but Keith Lee landed a blind day, snatching Uso out of thin air and turning into a spirit bomb for final elimination. With Paul Heyman watching it is clear that this game's major failure will land on his shoulders next Friday courtesy of Roman Reigns.
The Miz wins Battle Royal with two brands
The Miz started Dominick Mysterio and later eliminated him to win the Survivor Series Battle Royal. WWE
After a fun exchange between Dominick Mysterio and Chad Gable, Mysterio seemed to have a nice win early in his career. But, as is the case with many battle royals, there was an inexplicable entrant, and The Miz came in to steal it in the end.
What's next: At best, a little boost for Miz because he's already Mr. Money in the bank.
CHAOS is the focus of a #BattleRoyal with two brands at #SurvivorSeries! @KingRicochet @CedricAlexander @WWEApollo @ Sheltyb803 pic.twitter.com/xEUbgx0o7J
– WWE (@WWE) November 22, 2020