WWE Survivor Series 2019 review: Highlights, takeaways and projections

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RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley vs. NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler

Once it was figured out that Mysterio and Lesnar were going out there, I was excited that this matchup featuring the three women’s champions was the main event of the evening as I was really looking forward to this one. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to the hype. The live crowd seemed a little gassed after already being there for more than four hours and the match itself was just a little off. It wasn’t horrible by any stretch but things seemed to be moving a little slower than I think everyone would have liked.

Becky Lynch, Bayley and Shayna Baszler all did their best to make this match work but the intensity from the build didn’t carry over to the match until the last few minutes. But I enjoyed the finish. Baszler took Becky out of the equation by dumping her onto one of the announce tables and then turned a flying elbow from Bayley into Kirifuda Clutch for the submission victory, securing an overall win for NXT in the process. She took a beating afterward from an upset Becky Lynch but looked strong in the win.

What’s next: Well, if it wasn’t already obvious that things are progressing to a one-on-one match down the line with Becky Lynch and Shayna Baszler, it’s pretty freaking obvious now and the easy setup for that was done nicely. Baszler gets to say that she won this huge matchup but Becky can say that she wasn’t the one to take the loss. Where this happens is still yet to be determined but the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania are easy targets. They’ll each need a new challenger on their respective shows in the meantime, as will Bayley, who had to be the scapegoat here to set things up for her opponents.

 Final Survivor Series Scoreboard: NXT-4, Monday Night RAW-1, Friday Night SmackDown-2

This was one of the better pay-per-view events WWE has put on in 2019. While some were better than others, there wasn’t a bad match on the card and while each brand got chances to shine and showcase talent, NXT came out of Survivor Series looking very good. The black and yellow won four of the seven matches featuring all three brands and the NXT Championship Match was easily the best of the three world title matches on the card. I’m sure the goal here was to bring more eyes to Wednesday nights to combat AEW and they did all the right things on Sunday night.

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