WWE Survivor Series 2017: Superstar Report Card
Let's give every Survivor Series performer a grade from A-F.
The only night of the year when Raw and SmackDown Live face off in head-to-head competition had more incredible highs and baffling lows than any WWE pay-per-view in recent memory.
For three hours, Survivor Series was one of the best shows we’ve seen in 2017 – and then the final hour made it feel like one of the worst.
As far as match quality goes, every Champion vs. Champion encounter delivered, but it's the heavy focus on Triple H and Shane McMahon in the main event that has left many fans questioning why up-and-coming stars weren't showcased a little more.
In this article, basing our verdicts on the storylines just as much as the performers themselves, we give A-F grades for every Superstar involved at the event.
#1 Elias def. Matt Hardy (kickoff show)
The first match at Survivor Series saw Elias take on Matt Hardy in a meaningless encounter that half of the sold-out Toyota Center wasn't even in their seats for.
It was the kind of match you’d expect to see in a throwaway segment on Raw, certainly not a ‘Big Four’ PPV, and Elias picked up a clean win after hitting his Drift Away finisher.
“The Drifter” has been one of WWE’s breakout stars of 2017, but if this was supposed to be a 'statement victory' against Hardy, who has been used terribly since losing the Raw tag titles, then it sure didn’t feel like one.
Elias - C
Matt Hardy - E