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)
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 André the Giant and Hulk Hogan, 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, which SmackDown won, 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 three-way Survivor Series elimination matches for men and women. NXT subsequently won that year's competition over SmackDown and Raw with a 4–2–1 victory.[5] NXT was not featured at the 2020 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Outbreaks of the virus had occurred at both of NXT's home arenas, Full Sail University and the WWE Performance Center, prompting WWE to exclude NXT wrestlers from the event to avoid potential transmission of the virus to members of the Raw and SmackDown rosters.[6] Raw won the 2020 event with a 4–3 victory over SmackDown.[7]

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, Butch Reed, King Kong Bundy, One Man Gang, and Rick Rude vs. Bam Bam Bigelow, Don Muraco, Hulk Hogan, Ken Patera, and Paul Orndorff in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match
2 Survivor Series (1988) November 24, 1988 Akeem, Big Boss Man, Haku, Ted DiBiase, and The Red Rooster vs. Hercules, Hillbilly Jim, Hulk Hogan, Koko B. Ware, and Randy Savage in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match
3 Survivor Series (1989) November 23, 1989 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon The Heenan Family (Bobby Heenan, André the Giant, Arn Anderson, and Haku) vs. The Ultimate Warriors (The Ultimate Warrior, Jim Neidhart, and The Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels)) 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. Hercules, Paul Roma, Rick Martel, The Warlord, and Ted DiBiase 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 (Animal and Hawk) 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 (Crush, Ludvig Borga, Quebecer Jacques, and Yokozuna) 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 (Big Show, Chris Jericho, Kane, The Rock, and The Undertaker) 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, Batista, Edge, 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 (Big Show, Carlito, Chris Masters, Kane, and Shawn Michaels) vs. Team SmackDown (Batista, Bobby Lashley, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Randy Orton, and Rey Mysterio) 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, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback) vs. Team Authority (Kane, Luke Harper, Mark Henry, Rusev, and Seth Rollins) 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 Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg
31 Survivor Series (2017) November 19, 2017 Houston, Texas Toyota Center Team Raw (Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor, Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe, and Triple H) vs. Team SmackDown (Bobby Roode, John Cena, Randy Orton, Shane McMahon, and Shinsuke Nakamura) 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 Bayley vs. Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler in a triple threat match
34 Survivor Series (2020) November 22, 2020 Orlando, Florida Amway Center Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns

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. ^ Powell, Jason (November 24, 2019). "WWE Survivor Series results: Powell's live review of Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio in a No Holds Barred match for the WWE Championship, "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Universal Championship, Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Bayley in a non-title match". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
  6. ^ Lee, Joseph (October 30, 2020). "Possible Reason Why NXT Is Not Part Of Survivor Series This Year". 411mania.com. Retrieved October 31, 2020.
  7. ^ Powell, Jason (November 22, 2020). "WWE Survivor Series results: Powell's review of Undertaker's Final Farewell, Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns, Asuka vs. Sasha Banks, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods vs. The Street Profits, Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn in champion vs. champion matches, Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown in Survivor Series elimination matches". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved November 22, 2020.

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