WWE Survivor Series 2019: SmackDown Draws First Blood, Lio Rush Retains NXT Cruiserweight Championship

Survivor Series this year included NXT for the first time and WWE waited until the night to announce that there would be two interesting matches added to the show. Both matches took place on the kickoff show, the first seeing nine tag teams collide to determine a winner for their brand.

The OC, The Street Profits and Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins represented Raw while The Lucha House Party, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode, Heavy Machinery and The Revival represented SmackDown and The Forgotten Sons, Breezango and Imperium represented NXT, just hours after Takeover: WarGames, a show that none of these men were part of.

The match came down to Raw and SmackDown with Street Profits and Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler, but Montez Ford was the man who was eliminated to give SmacKDown the first win of the night.

The show quickly moved on to a fantastic match between Lio Rush who was representing NXT, Akira Tozawa who was representing Raw and Kalisto who was representing SmackDown. It was an interesting match that included a number of high spots, but in the end, it was Lio Rush who retained his NXT Cruiserweight Championship and notched up the first point for NXT.

Heading into the main show, NXT and SmackDown are already off to a good start and it appears that Raw has been left in the dust. It will be interesting to see if WWE’s Flagship show is able to catch back up with the main show gets underway.

There are still a number of matches on the main card that pit the three shows against each other since only the World Championship matches where Adam Cole, Brock Lesnar, and The Fiend defend their Championships that won’t be matched in the deciding total for the show.