Survivor Series

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WWE Survivor Series
The Survivor Series logo.
The Survivor Series logo used since 2008, with the WWE "scratch" logo being replaced by WWE's current logo in 2014.
Created byVince McMahon
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw (2002–2010; 2016–present)
SmackDown (2002–2010; 2016–present)
NXT (2019–present)
205 Live (2018)
ECW (2006–2009)
First event1987
Signature match typesSurvivor Series elimination tag team match

WWE Survivor Series is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event held in November by WWE. It is the second longest running pay-per-view event in history (behind WWE's own WrestleMania) and one of the "Big Four" events, along with WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, and SummerSlam, as it is one of the original four pay-per-views produced by WWE.

Origins and changes[edit]

The Survivor Series 2005 stage setup.

The first Survivor Series, held in 1987, came on the heels of the success of WrestleMania III, as the then-WWF began to see the lucrative potential of the pay-per-view market. The first event capitalized on the big time feud between Hulk Hogan and André the Giant, who wrestled each other at WrestleMania III. Survivor Series was originally created to be a "Thanksgiving tradition" as the first eight Survivor Series events took place on either Thanksgiving Day (1987–1990) or Thanksgiving Eve (1991–1994). Since 1995, the event has been held the Sunday before Thanksgiving (save for the 2005 and 2006 events, which were held after Thanksgiving). On February 11, 2010, WWE stated that Survivor Series would be rebranded, but in June, the event was added back onto WWE's pay-per-view schedule.[1]

With the return of the brand split in 2016, the yearly event has focused on direct competition between the brands. In 2016, 2017, and 2018, the competition was between the Raw and SmackDown brands, similar to the Bragging Rights events that WWE held for two years during the first brand split.[2][3][4] Beginning with the 2017 event, the theme of the present Survivor Series events in particular are brand supremacy; in addition to traditional Survivor Series elimination matches featuring Raw's men and women against SmackDown's (2016 and 2018 also featured matches with the brands' tag teams going against each other), there have been multiple other interpromotional matches on the card as well involving the brands' champions going against each other in non-title matches to determine the superior champion (e.g., the superior world champion). Raw won the competition in 2016, 2017, and 2018, with a 3–2 victory in 2016, a 4–3 victory in 2017, and a clean sweep 6–0 victory in 2018 (the pre-show match was not counted that year). In 2019, WWE's developmental territory NXT was promoted to being WWE's third major brand and was added to the brand competition for the 2019 event. That event in turn featured the first triple threat Survivor Series elimination matches for the men and women. NXT subsequently won that year's competition over SmackDown and Raw with a 4–2–1 victory.

Survivor Series matches[edit]

The event is traditionally characterized by having tag-team elimination matches, pitting teams of four or five wrestlers against each other. These matches are generally referred to as "Survivor Series matches." The WWF had several elimination tag-team matches earlier in 1987, albeit with three-man teams and the feuds loosely related. In an early break from the norm, the 1992 event had only one tag team elimination match. The 1997 event saw the Montreal Screwjob, while the 1998 event was the first without any elimination tag team matches, instead focusing on an elimination tournament for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. The 2002 Survivor Series (which also did not feature any elimination tag team matches) is notable for the debut of the Elimination Chamber match.

Survivor Series dates and venues[edit]

No Event Date City Venue Main Event
1 Survivor Series (1987) November 26, 1987 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum André the Giant, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed, and Rick Rude vs. Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, Ken Patera, and Bam Bam Bigelow in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match
2 Survivor Series (1988) November 24, 1988 Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Hercules, Koko B. Ware, and Hillbilly Jim vs. Akeem, Big Boss Man, Ted DiBiase, Haku, and The Red Rooster in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match
3 Survivor Series (1989) November 23, 1989 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon The Ultimate Warriors (The Ultimate Warrior, The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty), and Jim Neidhart) vs. The Heenan Family (Bobby Heenan, André the Giant, Haku, and Arn Anderson) in a 4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination match
4 Survivor Series (1990) November 22, 1990 Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Civic Center Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, and Tito Santana vs. Ted DiBiase, Rick Martel, The Warlord, Hercules, and Paul Roma in a 3-on-5 Grand Finale Survivor Series elimination match
5 Survivor Series (1991) November 27, 1991 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena Big Boss Man and The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) vs. Irwin R. Schyster and The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon) in a 3-on-3 Survivor Series elimination match
6 Survivor Series (1992) November 25, 1992 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum Bret Hart (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
7 Survivor Series (1993) November 24, 1993 Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden The All-Americans (Lex Luger, The Undertaker, and The Steiner Brothers (Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner)) vs. The Foreign Fanatics (Yokozuna, Crush, Ludvig Borga, and Quebecer Jacques) in a 4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination match
8 Survivor Series (1994) November 23, 1994 San Antonio, Texas Freeman Coliseum The Undertaker vs. Yokozuna in a Casket match with special guest referee Chuck Norris
9 Survivor Series (1995) November 19, 1995 Landover, Maryland USAir Arena Diesel (c) vs. Bret Hart in a No Disqualification match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
10 Survivor Series (1996) November 17, 1996 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Sycho Sid for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
11 Survivor Series (1997) November 9, 1997 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Molson Centre Bret Hart (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
12 Survivor Series (1998) November 15, 1998 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Center Mankind vs. The Rock in a tournament final for the vacant WWF Championship
13 Survivor Series (1999) November 14, 1999 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena Triple H (c) vs. Big Show vs. The Rock in a Triple Threat match for the WWF Championship
14 Survivor Series (2000) November 19, 2000 Tampa, Florida Ice Palace Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Triple H in a No Disqualification match
15 Survivor Series (2001) November 18, 2001 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Complex Team WWF (The Rock, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Kane, and Big Show) vs. Team Alliance (Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle, Booker T, and Shane McMahon) in a Winner Takes All 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match
16 Survivor Series (2002) November 17, 2002 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden Triple H (c) vs. Booker T vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kane vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Shawn Michaels in an Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship
17 Survivor Series (2003) November 16, 2003 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center Goldberg (c) vs. Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship
18 Survivor Series (2004) November 14, 2004 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena Team Orton (Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, and Maven) vs. Team Triple H (Triple H, Edge, Batista, and Gene Snitsky) in a 4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination match
19 Survivor Series (2005) November 27, 2005 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena Team Raw (Shawn Michaels, Kane, Big Show, Carlito, and Chris Masters) vs. Team SmackDown (Batista, Rey Mysterio, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Bobby Lashley, and Randy Orton) in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match
20 Survivor Series (2006) November 26, 2006 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Center King Booker (c) vs. Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship
21 Survivor Series (2007) November 18, 2007 Miami, Florida American Airlines Arena Batista (c) vs. The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship
22 Survivor Series (2008) November 23, 2008 Boston, Massachusetts TD Banknorth Garden Chris Jericho (c) vs. John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship
23 Survivor Series (2009) November 22, 2009 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center John Cena (c) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship
24 Survivor Series (2010) November 21, 2010 Miami, Florida American Airlines Arena Randy Orton (c) vs. Wade Barrett for the WWE Championship with special guest referee John Cena
25 Survivor Series (2011) November 20, 2011 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden John Cena and The Rock vs. Awesome Truth (The Miz and R-Truth)
26 Survivor Series (2012) November 18, 2012 Indianapolis, Indiana Bankers Life Fieldhouse CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena vs. Ryback in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship
27 Survivor Series (2013) November 24, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden Randy Orton (c) vs. Big Show for the WWE Championship
28 Survivor Series (2014) November 23, 2014 St. Louis Missouri Scottrade Center Team Cena (John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Erick Rowan, and Ryback) vs. Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Kane, Mark Henry, Rusev, and Luke Harper) in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match
29 Survivor Series (2015) November 22, 2015 Atlanta, Georgia Philips Arena Roman Reigns (c) vs. Sheamus for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship (Sheamus' Money in the Bank contract cash-in)
30 Survivor Series (2016) November 20, 2016 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Air Canada Centre Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
31 Survivor Series (2017) November 19, 2017 Houston, Texas Toyota Center Team Raw (Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe, and Triple H) vs. Team SmackDown (Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura, and John Cena) in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match
32 Survivor Series (2018) November 18, 2018 Los Angeles, California Staples Center Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan
33 Survivor Series (2019) November 24, 2019 Rosemont, Illinois Allstate Arena[5] Becky Lynch vs. Bayley vs. Shayna Baszler in a triple threat match
34 Survivor Series (2020) November 22, 2020[6]

Video box set[edit]

  • WWE Home Video released The Survivor Series Anthology 1987–91 & 1992–96 (Vol 1&2) on DVD on November 3, 2009.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.wwe.com/schedules/events/rw/country/united%20states
  2. ^ "Survivor Series 2016 results: Fantasy warfare just got real". WWE. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  3. ^ "Survivor Series 2017 results: Triple H lays waste to Angle and Shane as Raw triumphs over SmackDown". WWE. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
  4. ^ Powell, Jason. "Powell's WWE Survivor Series live review: WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar vs. WWE Champion Daniel Bryan, Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair in a non-title match, Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins vs. U.S. Champion Shinsuke Nakamura". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved November 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "WWE announces Survivor Series to come to Chicago in 2019". Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  6. ^ Johnson, Mike (September 1, 2020). "LESNAR STORY GOES MAINSTREAM, WWE PPV SCHEDULE UPDATE". PWInsider. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  7. ^ "Upcoming DVDs". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-09-15.

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