WWE Survivor Series 2022: WarGames — live results and analysis

WWE Survivor Series 2022: WarGames — live results and analysis

Published November 27, 2022
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Survivor Series is WWE’s second-longest running annual show after WrestleMania, and since 1987, the format has generally been the same: teams of four (or five) in elimination tag matches that take place around Thanksgiving.

Five-man (and five-woman) teams will compete at Survivor Series on Saturday (8 p.m. ET on Peacock) at T.D. Garden in Boston but with a familiar twist. WarGames, the two-ring cage match Dusty Rhodes created for National Wrestling Alliance in 1987, will make its debut on WWE’s main roster all these years later.

One member from each team kicks off the match. Five minutes later, another person enters the match. After that, someone is welcomed to the fray every three minutes until all members enter the cage. That’s when the match officially begins, and it only ends via pinfall or submission.

In one WarGames matchup, Undisputed Universal champion Roman Reigns and The Bloodline — Jimmy and Jey Uso, Solo Sikoa and Sami Zayn — will go head-to-head with Sheamus and The Battling Brutes — Butch and Ridge Holland — joined by Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens.

Besides the traditional WarGames matchups, two titles will be on the line. Seth “Freakin'” Rollins will defend his United States championship in a triple threat against Austin Theory, who failed to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase last week, and Bobby Lashley.

The SmackDown women’s title will be up for grabs, too, when Ronda Rousey takes on surprise challenger Shotzi.

And, in what figures to be a memorable single’s match, The Judgement Day and The O.C. will continue their feud when Finn Balor meets A.J. Styles.

Mike Coppinger recaps all the action as it happens in Boston.

Singles match: AJ Styles vs. Finn Bálor

In the first-ever War Games match on WWE’s main roster, the team of Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, Asuka and Mia Yin defeated Damage CTRL (Bayley, Dakota Kai, Iyo Sky) alongside Rhea Ripley and Nikki Cross.

Kai and Belair started it off before Iyo Sky entered the cage to give Damage CTRL the advantage. In order, Asuka entered, followed by Cross, Alexa, Bayley, Ripley and finally, the returning Lynch to officially kick off the match at five on five.

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Bayley delivered the Rose Plant on Becky on the steel that divides the ring, but Asuka was there to break up the pin.

Bianca followed up with a powerbomb of Bayley before Iyo Sky delivered a moonsault from the top of the cage that took out Bianca and Mia.

Cross attempted to handcuff her former tag-team partner, Alexa Bliss, to the cage, but Bliss was able to cuff herself to Cross instead. Bliss capitalized and delivered an electric chair drop on the trash can. Ripley, meanwhile, made her presence felt when she sent Mia crashing through a ladder that broke in half.

Lynch connected on a Manhandle Slam on Kai, while Belair hit the KOD on Sky. The former rivals laid Sky and Kai on a nearby table before Lynch scaled the cage.

Bayley intervened to take out Lynch, but Bianca took out the Damage CTRL leader with a KOD into the cage wall, allowing Lynch to deliver a jaw-dropping senton through the table on Kai and Sky, and the pin on Kai for the win.

What’s next: With one of WWE’s top stars, Becky Lynch, back in the fold, they can go in numerous directions. Now that she’s a face, she won’t be feuding with Bianca Belair, but perhaps they’ll team up again shortly while Damage CTRL regroups.

Men’s WarGames match: The Bloodline (Roman Reigns, Solo Sikoa, Sami Zayn, and The Usos) vs. The Brawling Brutes (Sheamus, Ridge Holland, and Butch), Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens

WWE SmackDown women’s championship: Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Shotzi

United States championship triple threat: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Austin Theory