Who walked away from Survivor Series as the sole survivor?
Well nobody saw that coming did they? Less than 90 seconds was all it took for Goldberg to beat Brock Lesnar and leave the wrestling world aghast at the result. That a tons more from Survivor Series in this week’s WWE mailbag.
1) We are just a few days removed from Survivor Series. What was the biggest surprise for you?
Corey: The biggest surprise for me may have been the same for almost everyone watching which was Bill Goldberg defeating Brock Lesnar with just two spears and a jackhammer. I was beyond hyped about that and now I see that Goldberg has signed up to do the Royal Rumble which will mean that there’s a good chance these two are going to either have a match there or WWE will try to have their third match are WrestleMania. Either way their match at Survivor Series was booked perfectly.
Josh: No question it was the Goldberg/Lesnar main event squash. Just utter shock. It was like walking into a weird fever dream, but everything was real. It completely shifts the Lesnar character and returns Goldberg to mythical superhero status. Will there be a part three for these two? Absolutely yes!
2) What was your overall impression of Survivor Series?
Corey: As a whole, this Survivor Series may have been the best we’ve had all year with just about each and every match getting the appropriate amount of time as well as a great amount of work was put in by each man and/or woman. The best overall match was the men’s 5 vs 5 match and I absolutely loved the ending with Bray Wyatt and Orton getting the win.
Josh: It was a really good show with many surprising outcomes. I don’t think anyone saw New Day as the second team eliminated or Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton as the sole survivors of the men’s match. WWE packed a lot of really good wrestling into what eventually was a just north of three-hour show. I think we’ll look back on this Survivor Series as one of the better events in recent memory.
3) Rumor has it that WWE is interested in getting a Conor McGregor appearance. What are your thoughts on that?
Corey: McGregor is great at what he does in the octagon and outside. He’s a natural heel and has the charisma to get people into seats. I would LOVE to see him in a WWE ring as an actual performer but that’s just wishful thinking. If they do bring him out I would hope it would be for a serious storyline and not another repeat like that Big Show vs Floyd Mayweather.
Josh: McGregor is a draw which is why the WWE has such great interest in him. If they keep it simple and treat him the same way they did Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania a few years back then it’s a worthwhile to bring him in.
4) Shelton Benjamin, who was supposed to make a return a few months ago but got sidelined due to injury, has made his declaration that he will try his return once he’s back at 100 percent. Do you think there’s any place for him currently on either the Raw or Smackdown roster?
Corey: I am a huge Shelton Benjamin fan and after the performance he put on with Shawn Michaels over a decade ago he will forever be one of my favorites. I would love to see him on Smackdown, but he if showed up on NXT I wouldn’t have a problem with that either.
Josh: I think a talent such as Shelton Benjamin could carve out a nice spot on either Raw or Smackdown. It’s probably a little late in his career to be in the main event scene though there is certainly a scenario or two I could see where that happens, but working in the upper mid-card with guys like Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn for Raw or Kalisto and Dolph Ziggler for Smackdown makes sense.
5) NXT Takeover: Toronto was the past Saturday as well. What were your thoughts?
Corey: I loved it! I couldn’t be happier that DIY took the NXT tag titles from The Revival. They deserve it 100 percent. Bobby Roode vs Tye Dillinger was excellent but the match of the night for me was, as predicted, Samoa Joe vs Shinsuke Nakamura which actually caught both Josh and myself off guard because as you can see with last week’s post we both predicted Nakamura getting the win but here we are with Samoa Joe being the New NXT Champion. Amazing!
Josh: It was really, really good. Not great, because there were some definite lulls in the card. The Mickie James versus Asuka match never clicked — then just sort of ended. But the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic were expertly executed and Samoa Joe toppling Shinsuke Nakamura to become the first ever two-time NXT Champion had us all in shock. Throw in the exceptionally hot Toronto crowd and you’ve got a winner of an event.
– WWE can give up on Roman being cheered because now it seems like he only gets booed because the crowd is used to it. If Vince really wants to make him the face then Roman is going to have to be a heel for at least a year, maybe two, before the crowd will cheer him but I’ve been saying that this entire year.
– I was really hoping that the Usos would be the next Smackdown tag champs but it looks like the next challengers will be American Alpha, which I’m not upset about it’s just that I really like heel Usos.
– I am still amazed at how over James Ellsworth is. It’s like it’s a joke, but at the same time they still have me paying attention haha.
– Rumor is there are expected to be some trades or roster shifts coming up. I’ll be curious to see who is on the move and switching brands.
– Brief thought on the New Day approaching Demolition’s record for most consecutive days as tag team champions. What if the New Day continue to hold the titles until well after breaking the record and they morph back into a heel tag team? Unlikely, but interesting if they just keep cheating or taking count out losses to hold on to the gold. It would be a perfect set up to turn Sheamus into a face on the level of Cesaro.