With the two men arguably having the best years of anyone in the WWE going head-to-head, it was only right to expect some kind of shenanigans to factor into the final moments of the clash between Universal champion Roman Reigns and WWE champion Drew McIntyre.
And while a ref bump allowed Jey Uso to get involved, the match was an incredible physical and emotional battle between the organization's two top stars.
McIntyre had the first laugh with Reigns forced to regroup outside early in the match. McIntyre largely maintained that edge until Reigns sent McIntyre careening into the steel ring post. Reigns slowly stalked his prey, breaking McIntyre down on the outside until he brought the action back into the ring.
After briefly letting his facade fall when McIntyre took the fight to him early on, Reigns' evil smile grew as he continued to wear McIntyre down with a chinlock. McIntyre tried to fight out multiple times, but each time he seemed to claw back to his feet, he fell back into the trap.
A toss into the turnbuckle seemed to wake McIntyre up, and with an overhead toss all was suddenly on even ground again. Reigns fought off a Future Shock DDT and turned it into a Samoan Drop that used McIntyre's momentum against him. McIntyre then denied a Superman Punch attempt and knocked the wind out of Reigns with a spinebuster.
When Reigns turned it around again, he started jawing at McIntyre and calling him No. 2, referring to him as a secondary champion. That changed in a hurry when McIntyre landed a Glasgow Kiss head-butt and a Future Shock DDT.
Reigns, in return, dodged a Claymore and staggered McIntyre. Both men struggled to get to their feet, but as Reigns charged for a spear, McIntyre spun through and locked Reigns into a kimura lock. Reigns eventually struggled his way to the ropes.
The fight spilled to the outside as the carnage got even worse. Reigns hit two Samoan drops on McIntyre onto the commentary table, the second breaking the table. Then, after breaking the count, Reigns speared McIntyre through the barricade and quickly rolled McIntyre back into the ring.
It seemed to be a fitting end, but McIntyre denied him that ending by kicking out. Another spear attempt was denied, McIntyre rebounded off the ropes for a Claymore and Reigns caught a second successful spear at full momentum. And that, too, wasn't enough.
One final spear attempt sent Reigns directly into a Claymore kick -- but it also sent the referee spilling to the outside.
Jey Uso took advantage of the chaos and immediately ran out to the ring. A low blow from Reigns and a superkick from Uso allowed Reigns to lock in a standing guillotine. McIntyre briefly fought back to his feet, but then collapsed and passed out. Reigns won the match, but McIntyre couldn't have done more in a loss.
On a night in which The Undertaker said goodbye, McIntyre, Reigns and everyone else on the card proved the WWE has a strong crop of talent heading into the future. But there will never be another Undertaker.
What's next: We might not have seen the last of Reigns and McIntyre. McIntyre started 2020 by eliminating Reigns from the Royal Rumble. This simply evened the score. McIntyre has plenty to worry about in the short term, between Randy Orton, The Miz and The Fiend, among others. Reigns' future is a little less clear, with Uso, his most recent victim, now standing as his ally.
Team Raw (Lacey Evans, Lana, Mandy Rose, Nia Jax, Peyton Royce & Shayna Baszler) def. Team SmackDown (Bayley, Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott & Natalya)
After suffering the indignity of an endless string of Samoan drops from Nia Jax through the announcers' table for months on Raw, Lana got the last laugh as the sole survivor of the women's Survivor Series elimination match.
After everyone had their chance to shine for a moment, even Lana, who was berated for trying to tag in and was exiled to the ring steps for the remainder of the match:
Peyton Royce suplexed Bayley from the turnbuckle and onto most of the other competitors. Royce then shocked the balance of things by hitting Deja Vu on Bayley, eliminating SmackDown's team captain first.
After a scramble, Natalya locked in a Sharpshooter and forced Royce to tap out.
Shayna Baszler distracted Natalya and Natalya tried to put a Sharpshooter on her. Lacey Evans hit a Women's Right in the process and pinned Natalya.
Baszler locked Ruby Riott into the Kirofuda Clutch, but her momentum trapped Baszler in a pinfall. A Nia Jax distraction kept that from happening, but Riott was rendered unconscious, making her an easy pinfall victim for Baszler.
Liv Morgan bounced Evans' head off the mat, and then hit a Crucifix Bomb into a leveraged pin, eliminating Evans.
Despite a DDT, Morgan got caught by Jax and got Samoan Dropped, and subsequently pinned.
Baszler locked Bianca Belair in a Kirofuda Clutch for an extended period of time, but when Belair got to the ropes, Baszler refused to let go of the hold, forcing the ref to disqualify her.
Jax and Belair battled on the outside, and despite successfully dumping Jax over the barricade, Belair couldn't answer the referee's 10 count. Despite all odds, that left Lana as the sole survivor.
What's next: Lana fulfills her weekly date with the commentary table on Monday. The only other lasting effect might be a need for Bayley to do some soul-searching.
SmackDown women's champion Sasha Banks def. Raw women's champion Asuka
It's good to be Sasha Banks right now. Not only is she in the middle of a role in one of the most popular TV shows in the world, "The Mandalorian," but she's on arguably the best run of her WWE career.
It continued at Survivor Series, as Banks earned her first one-on-one pinfall victory over Asuka. As predicted, the SummerSlam rematch lived up to the hype.
Banks and Asuka battled through the summer, exchanging the Raw women's championship, but post-Bayley Banks offered a significantly different angle.
Banks controlled the action early, and after a scramble, Banks briefly locked in the Banks Statement. An Asuka counter nearly led into an Asuka Lock, but neither woman was able to fully take advantage. A Backstabber from Banks forced Asuka to roll to the outside to regroup, and Banks let Asuka know she didn't appreciate the tactic with a tirade. Asuka soon returned the favor and mocked Banks by dancing around the ring after Banks herself tumbled to the outside.
Asuka started laying in strikes to break down Banks, but Banks quickly returned fire. Asuka blocked several attempts at a Banks Statement, but Banks pivoted with an armlock and an abdominal stretch to do damage from a different angle.
Banks and Asuka battled on the ring apron, with Banks ultimately eating a kick and a hip attack as she lost the exchange. A baseball slide under the bottom rope shifted things again, but the momentum for Banks was short-lived, as a Meteora attempt by Banks off the barricade flew right into a Code Breaker by Asuka.
The momentum swung back and forth with each brutal, forceful move. Banks turned the tide after a missed hip attack with a Backstabber and double knees in the corner. A Banks Statement attempt was finally locked back in, but Asuka once again fought out. Another Codebreaker by Asuka as Banks was draped over the middle rope only led to a two count.
Both women traded roll up pinfall attempts for the better part of a minute, but after Banks ate a kick, she found just enough leverage to pin Asuka.
What's next: Asuka needs a new challenger and a good win to reset. The past few weeks have made it clear that the recently returned Carmella has Banks in her crosshairs.
United States champion Bobby Lashley def. Intercontinental champion Sami Zayn
Bobby Lashley beat Sami Zayn with the Hurt Lock, just as he had promised, but it took a little longer than most probably expected.
The buildup of this match happened on Twitter, but made for an interesting dynamic, with two very different types of heels squaring off.
Zayn got distracted early by Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander, but quickly turned around Lashley's advantage with a brief flurry of offense, until Lashley ran through a Zayn clothesline and knocked him silly in the middle of the ring.
Lashley tossed Zayn all over the ring at will, and Zayn once again ran into The Hurt Business as he tried to escape the ring. The second such exchange quickly flipped on Lashley again, though, as it was a means for Zayn to play possum.
An attempt at a vertical suplex went awry for Zayn, and after alluding to vertigo, a weird quirk of their previous conflict, Zayn spilled to the outside and tried to get one of the Hurt Business members to attack him to trigger a DQ, albeit unsuccessfully.
Zayn nearly used his wits to earn a countout win, but that was also to no avail. An attempt at a helluva kick ran Zayn directly into a chokeslam from Lashley. One more attempt at soliciting a DQ led MVP to slide Zayn into the ring and directly into the Hurt Lock, bringing the match to an end.
What's next: Zayn made it more competitive than it could have been, and nothing that happened Sunday night will hurt his Intercontinental championship run by one iota. Lashley could use a challenger for the United States championship outside of The Hurt Business' conflict with Retribution.
SmackDown tag team champions (The Street Profits) def. Raw tag team champions (The New Day)
The Street Profits earned a career-defining victory over The New Day in a clash between the SmackDown and Raw tag team champions. While it wasn't a passing of the torch by any means, as The New Day still have a lot to offer, The Street Profits have reached a new peak after this particular effort.
Both The New Day and The Street Profits made this match feel big before the bell even rang. New Day, with their friend Big E temporarily back in tow, walked to the ring in their customized Gears of War entrance attire, which is now actually available in the latest edition of that game. The Street Profits spent several minutes running through the many reasons why The New Day have been the heart and soul of the tag team division for a long time.
The action started somewhat slowly, with each team sizing the other up. Montez Ford and Kofi Kingston showed off agility and acrobatics, but The Street Profits took the early physical edge.
Kingston turned it around, though, hitting Ford with a violent stage dive as Xavier Woods took out Angelo Dawkins. New Day slowed it down for a significant stretch, with Kingston returning the favor for some early disrespect by mocking Ford's signature red Solo cup.
When Dawkins finally got the tag, he ran roughshod over Kingston and Woods, flying around the ring. As they do remarkably well, Ford and Dawkins were in synergy with their best tag team offense, including an assisted sliced bread for Ford.
New Day turned it around on Ford and almost instantly landed the Midnight Hour, but without Big E, it wasn't a match-ender.
An Anointment spinebuster by Dawkins followed by a sky-high frog splash by Ford only narrowly failed to end the match, as damage to Ford's midsection prevented him from getting the pinfall cover in time.
The mind games continued when Ford hit Trouble in Paradise on Kingston, but he couldn't try for a pin after using Kingston's finisher on him because Woods landed a gutbuster to Ford.
The momentum swung back and forth, but it all came to an end in a hurry. Dawkins landed a blind tag while Woods had Ford trapped in the corner, and an assisted blockbuster/Doomsday Device earned the Street Profits the victory.
What's next: Neither team lost in this exchange, especially because New Day is fresh off a big win of their own over The Hurt Business on Monday. That conflict isn't likely to be over, but The Street Profits' next challenge is a little bit tougher to pin down.
Team Raw (AJ Styles, Braun Strowman, Keith Lee, Riddle & Sheamus) def. Team SmackDown (Jey Uso, Kevin Owens, King Corbin, Otis & Seth Rollins)
After weeks of tension, Team Raw jelled when it mattered most and put on one of the most dominant performances in Survivor Series history, earning a clean sweep over Team SmackDown.
Here's how it played out:
Still feeling the psychological effects of his loss on Friday to former protege Buddy Murphy, Seth Rollins tagged himself into the match, dropped to his knees and offered himself up for a free Brogue kick, making him the first elimination of the match.
Kevin Owens had stunners for almost everyone, but the distraction was enough to open him up for a phenomenal forearm from Styles, who earned the pinfall.
Corbin similarly issued damage to most of Team Raw, but a Pele kick from Styles and a flying senton from Riddle spelled the end for Corbin, reducing Team SmackDown to just Otis and Jey Uso against the full Team Raw squad.
Otis followed the same theme as the rest of his team, clearing house and standing strong against Braun Strowman, but a Riddle distraction while Otis was on the top turnbuckle allowed Strowman to pick Otis up, hit a running powerslam and pin him, widening the score to 5-1.
Uso got multiple superkicks on Styles, and lined up a splash, but Keith Lee landed a blind tag, snatched Uso out of midair and transitioned into a Spirit Bomb to get the final elimination. With Paul Heyman looking on, it's clear the main fallout from this match will land on his shoulders, courtesy of Roman Reigns, this coming Friday.
The Miz wins dual-brand battle royal
After an entertaining exchange between Dominick Mysterio and Chad Gable, Mysterio appeared to earn a nice win early in his career. But as is the case in many battle royals, there was an unaccounted-for participant, and The Miz rolled in to steal it in the end.
What's next: A bit of a boost, at best, for Miz, because he's already Mr. Money in the Bank.