The 31st annual Survivor Series is in the history books as we look ahead to its Home Video offering.
Early word is that Survivor Series 2017 will be housed in a 2-disc DVD set that’s slated to contain the full 3-hour and 47-minute PPV event, plus a series of extras. It will be released to the United States during the holiday season on December 26th; click here to pre-order on Amazon.com.
Canada will get the DVD one week later (this release including an Amazon exclusive that completes the “WWE Official Coin Collection 2017” display case), following to Australia early in the new year on January 10th, then the UK and Europe (with an exclusive Blu-ray edition) on January 22nd.
After overcoming Jinder Mahal in a title bout in Manchester, England, newly-crowned WWE Champion AJ Styles will go head-to-head against Universal Champion Brock Lesnar in a daunting Champion vs. Champion Match at Survivor Series!
The battle lines have been drawn and the teams finalized in the Men’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match, and the biggest names and most prominent rising stars in sports-entertainment, including Kurt Angle, Triple H, John Cena, Randy Orton, Finn Bálor and more, will join forces in the battle for brand supremacy on the one night a year where RAW and SmackDown LIVE clash in head-to-head competition.
PLUS two of the greatest factions in WWE history will go head-to-head when The Shield battle The New Day in a dream showdown that everybody wanted to see, but never saw coming!
Before then, let’s take a look at the latest WWE PPVs that have just hit stores, in the form of the “Double Feature: No Mercy & Hell in a Cell 2017” DVD twin-pack.
WWE’s autumn season is often uneventful, but steps were taken to ensure that the fall period would offer more value to fans this year. No Mercy offered two matches which could have been huge attractions at WrestleMania (WWE reminded us about this once or twice!), and the hype for Hell in a Cell was based around a major rivalry between Kevin Owens and SmackDown GM, Shane McMahon.
The two cards also promised other potential show-stealing clashes, which in the case of HIAC looked to finally end the streak of sub-standard PPVs for the SmackDown brand.
Intercontinental Championship Match
The Miz (C) vs. Jason Jordan
This is a pretty good opener, and the fans are well into it. Unfortunately for Jason Jordan, the crowd are totally against him winning here, even against the detestable Miz, and his post-match promo makes for painful viewing.
Finn Bálor vs. Bray Wyatt
Bálor (“the man” rather than the Demon) beats Wyatt for the second straight supershow. It’s watchable enough, but Bray’s lack of credibility in big-match situations reduced the drama, since few believed he would beat Finn on this night (which he didn’t, of course).
RAW Tag Team Championship Match
Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose (C) vs. Sheamus & Cesaro
Though this match will always be remembered for Cesaro’s teeth being busted in a gnarly visual, it shouldn’t overshadow the fact that the action here is thoroughly gripping. The best match of the night, this is just as good as their thriller at SummerSlam, if not superior.
RAW Women’s Championship Fatal Five Way Match
Alexa Bliss (C) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma
I really enjoyed this match. All five ladies gave it their all here, with Nia Jax looking particularly impressive (why hasn’t she had her PPV one-on-one title shot yet?). Alexa retains the crown here in arguably the best women’s match held on PPV so far this year.
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns
The first meeting between the two most divisive stars in WWE really should have been saved for WrestleMania, regardless of how this enhanced the appeal of No Mercy. It’s a strong effort by both, and considering the animosity Big Match John has received from fans for years, it’s cool to see him get the “Thank you Cena” treatment here.
Cruiserweight Championship Match
Neville (C) vs. Enzo Amore
Enzo Amore toppling Neville in heelish fashion would set up his turn to the dark side, though it didn’t quite result in a full babyface turn for Neville in return. In fact, the King of the Cruiserweights would walk out of WWE just two weeks later, but that;s another story. Match quality is okay, but nothing special.
Universal Championship Match
Brock Lesnar (C) vs. Braun Strowman
Unfortunately, this match was a let-down. Fought at a slower pace and with fewer destructive spots than the Fatal Four Way at SummerSlam, it’s also a bit short and it ends abruptly after one F5. It also feels like the Los Angeles crowd (understandably) considered Cena vs. Reigns to be the true main event over this. It isn’t terrible, but sadly it isn’t memorable either.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Hell in a Cell Match
The New Day (C) vs. The Usos
The New Day and The Usos open HIAC in grand fashion with a superb Cell encounter. The first time that a Tag Team Championship match has taken place inside the structure, this is a compelling mix of comedy and violence which the fans are fired up for, and it concludes the best tag team feud of the year.
Randy Orton vs. Rusev
In a rematch from SummerSlam which thankfully lasts longer than ten seconds, Randy Orton and Rusev battle in a decent bout. I thought going in that the Bulgarian Brute would come out on top, but an RKO outta nowhere makes this a disappointing Rusev Day.
United States Championship Triple Threat Match
AJ Styles (C) vs. Baron Corbin vs. Tye Dillinger
Tye Dillinger was a late addition to this match on the Kickoff Show, and the fans approve of the change. But it’s Baron Corbin who triumphs in the end, and it represents a career revival of sorts after his failed cash-in of the Money in the Bank briefcase back in August.
SmackDown Women’s Championship Match
Natalya (C) vs. Charlotte Flair
Not for the first time on PPV, a match between Natalya and Charlotte is plagued by a lame finish, with Natalya using a chair to retain via a disqualification loss. Their feud is ongoing at time of writing, so I’m expecting these two to battle once more at Clash of Champions.
WWE Championship Match
Jinder Mahal (C) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Not much to say here: it’s a bit better than their previous encounter at SummerSlam, but it’s still not a great match by World Title standards, and Jinder pinning Nakamura again to continue his WWE Title reign pleased few fans.
Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
Bobby Roode’s WWE PPV debut against Dolph Ziggler is a bit disappointing (not unlike Shinsuke Nakamura’s PPV bow against Ziggler). It doesn’t stand out from any other match on the card, and the finish (Bobby using the tights to pin Dolph) does little to benefit Roode.
Hell in a Cell Match
Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens
This is a pretty fun match. It’s rather long, but the final high-spot more than makes up for it, with Shane surprisingly reprising his huge elbow drop from the top of the Cell. But more shocking is Sami Zayn pulling KO out of harm’s way, giving Owens the win and turning heel in the process to end HIAC with a bang!
No Mercy Kickoff Show
Elias vs. Apollo Crews
Presumably due to Hell in a Cell running long, Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin vs. The Hype Bros from the HIAC Kickoff Show is omitted. We do get the No Mercy pre-show bout though, a fair effort between Elias (one of my favorite characters in WWE right now) and Apollo Crews.
This is the strongest “Double Feature” DVD that WWE has put out so far this year.
With two major matches headlining No Mercy and a memorable Cell match between Shane O’Mac and KO closing out HIAC, and with several great matches on both cards, there’s something for everyone across the set, even if the major championship matches are underwhelming. Neither show could be described as being a classic, but this 2-disc collection is still well worth checking out.
What do you think? Do these 2 WWE PPVs make a “Double Feature” worth adding to your collection? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
Get your copy of WWE’s new NO MERCY & HELL IN A CELL 2017 DVD…
– USA: NOW! Grab the next “WWE Double Feature” DVD right now here on Amazon.com.
– UK/Europe: Next Monday! Get the next “WWE Double Feature” DVD here on Amazon.co.uk.
– Australia: December 13th. Grab the next “WWE Double Feature” DVD at Madman.com.au.