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Survivor Series (2003)

Survivor Series (2003) was the 17th annual Survivor Series professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on November 16, 2003, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas and featured talent from both Raw and SmackDown!.[1]

Survivor Series (2003)
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Promotional poster featuring Shane McMahon
PromotionWorld Wrestling Entertainment
Brand(s)Raw
SmackDown!
DateNovember 16, 2003
CityDallas, Texas
VenueAmerican Airlines Center
Attendance13,487
Tagline(s)A Fall from Grace
Pay-per-view chronology
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The main match on the Raw brand was for the World Heavyweight Championship between Goldberg and Triple H, which Goldberg won by pinfall after performing a Spear and Jackhammer.[2][3] The predominant match on the SmackDown! brand was a Buried Alive match between The Undertaker and Mr. McMahon, which Vince won after Kane interfered and helped Vince bury Undertaker.[2] This would also be marked as The Undertaker's last appearance portraying The American Badass/Big Evil, as he would return four months later at WrestleMania XX in his Deadman persona for the first time since mid-1999. The predominant match on the Raw brand was a traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series match between Team Bischoff (Chris Jericho, Christian, Randy Orton, Scott Steiner and Mark Henry) and Team Austin (Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Bubba Ray Dudley, and D-Von Dudley). Team Bischoff won the match after Orton last eliminated Michaels, following interference from Batista.[2][4] Another notable match featured an Ambulance match between Kane and Shane McMahon, which Kane won after throwing Shane into the ambulance.[2]

StorylinesEdit

 
Goldberg defended the World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series

The main feud on the Raw brand was between Goldberg and Triple H, with the two feuding over the World Heavyweight Championship. At SummerSlam, Triple H and Goldberg were involved in the second Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship (the first one being the previous year at Survivor Series). After Goldberg eliminated three other men in that match, he went after Triple H. At the end, Goldberg attempted another Spear on Triple H, who countered the maneuver by hitting Goldberg in the head with a sledgehammer for the win. On the August 25 episode of Raw, Goldberg issued a one-on-one challenge to Triple H. Triple H came out and stated that he would defend the World Heavyweight Championship against Goldberg at Unforgiven. Triple H added the stipulation that should Goldberg lose, he would retire from professional wrestling. At Unforgiven, Goldberg defeated Triple H when he performed a Jackhammer to win the title.[5] On the September 29 episode of Raw, Triple H made an announcement, offering a bounty of $100,000 to anyone who could successfully "take out" Goldberg. The first person that attempted to take the bounty was Steven Richards, but Goldberg quickly took him out.[6] Many other people tried and failed to take him out including La Résistance, Mark Henry and Tommy Dreamer.[7][8] It was during a World Heavyweight Championship match between Goldberg and Shawn Michaels on the October 20 episode of Raw, however, that he was taken out.[9] Batista ran-in, dragged Michaels out of the ring and, in storyline, assaulted him. Batista then entered the ring, and proceeded to attack Goldberg. He put a folding chair around Goldberg's ankle, before jumping off the middle rope onto the chair, in storyline, "shattering" Goldberg's ankle. Evolution then made their way to the ring, and gave the $100,000 bounty to Batista.[9] With Goldberg seemingly out of action, Raw Co-General Manager Eric Bischoff looked set to present Triple H with the World Heavyweight Championship on the October 27 episode of Raw. The other Co-General Manager of Raw, Stone Cold Steve Austin came to the ring, however, and announced that Goldberg would be back to face Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series.[10] Goldberg got his revenge on Batista on the November 3 episode of Raw as he performed a spear to Batista. He attempted to injure Batista using the same technique that Batista used on Goldberg. Ric Flair tried to intervene, but he too got speared. Austin then announced that Batista and Goldberg would go one-on-one.[11] On the November 10 episode of Raw, Goldberg looked set to beat Batista, but Triple H interfered, signaling a Disqualification. Triple H got his signature Sledgehammer out from underneath the ring, and looked set to attack Goldberg with it, but Goldberg managed to fight back, and speared Triple H. Goldberg picked up the sledgehammer, and attacked Batista with it.[12]

The main feud on the SmackDown! brand was between WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon and The Undertaker. At No Mercy, McMahon interfered in a WWE Championship Biker Chain match between the champion Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker, helping Lesnar retain the title.[13] Earlier, Vince defeated his daughter Stephanie McMahon in an "I Quit" match. Due to a pre-match stipulation between the two, Stephanie had to quit her job as SmackDown! General Manager.[14] On the October 23 episode of SmackDown!, Vince announced Paul Heyman as the new SmackDown! General Manager. In his first act as General Manager, Heyman booked a handicap match, with The Undertaker facing Brock Lesnar and The Big Show, with the stipulation that if The Undertaker won, he could choose to face any superstar at any event. Heyman put many stipulations in The Undertaker's way during the bout, but despite this and taking a huge beating, The Undertaker won the match. The Undertaker told McMahon that he would be competing in a Buried Alive match at Survivor Series against McMahon.[15] On the October 30 episode of SmackDown!, Heyman announced that he had given The Undertaker time off until Survivor Series, which made McMahon very unhappy. McMahon stated that he would "burn down Undertaker's house and order Undertaker's wife to be gang raped" if Heyman didn't do anything about the Buried Alive match.[16] Both Undertaker and Vince were interviewed on the November 6 episode of SmackDown!. In his promo, The Undertaker stated that the feud with McMahon was personal. He went on to say that McMahon respects nobody and that McMahon respects his family much less. Later, McMahon asked for forgiveness from the fans for his actions over the past few months.[17]

 
Eric Bischoff, leader of Team Bischoff

The secondary feud from Raw brand heading into the event was between the two Co-General Managers on Raw, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Eric Bischoff. Bischoff had control of the brand since July 15, 2002, but on the April 28 episode of Raw, he was forced to share his General Manager duties with Austin.[18][19] Their feud over who had the most power as General Manager continued on Raw throughout the summer.[20][21][22] On the July 21 episode of Raw, Linda McMahon put a restriction on Austin, saying that he could not physically assault the other Raw superstars unless physically provoked. On the October 20 episode of Raw, Bischoff proposed that he and Austin should face off in a traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series match, with both selecting teams of five and the stipulation being if Austin's team were to win, then the restriction that McMahon had put on Austin previously would be null and void; however, if Bischoff's team were to win, Austin would step down as Co-General Manager of Raw. Austin promptly accepted the challenge, with Bischoff announcing the first two members of his team as Scott Steiner and Chris Jericho. Later in the night, Booker T was announced as the first member of Austin's Survivor Series team.[9] On the October 27 episode of Raw, Rob Van Dam and the Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) were named as members of Austin's team.[23][24] For Team Bischoff, Christian and Mark Henry were announced as members as well.[23][24] On the November 3 episode of Raw, both Austin and Bischoff announced their final members to join their respective team; Shawn Michaels accepted Austin's invitation to join his team and Bischoff announced as Randy Orton the last member to join his team.[25][26] On the November 10 episode of Raw, Team Austin and Team Bischoff were scheduled four matches with Team Austin winning all four matches. In a tag team match, the Dudley Boyz defeated Steiner and Henry via disqualification, while in three singles matches, Van Dam defeated Christian, Booker T defeated Jericho, and Michaels defeated Orton to get the greater advantage heading into Survivor Series.[27]

EventEdit

Other on-screen personnel[28]
English commentators Jerry Lawler (Raw)
Jim Ross (Raw)
Michael Cole (SmackDown!)
Tazz (SmackDown!)
Spanish commentators Carlos Cabrera
Hugo Savinovich
Interviewer Josh Mathews
Ring announcers Howard Finkel (Raw)
Tony Chimel (SmackDown!)
Referees Charles Robinson (Raw)
Mike Chioda (Raw)
Jack Doan (Raw)
Chad Patton (Raw)
Nick Patrick (SmackDown!)
Earl Hebner (Raw)
Jim Korderas (SmackDown!)
Brian Hebner (SmackDown!)
Mike Sparks (SmackDown!)

Before the event aired live on pay-per-view, a Sunday Night Heat match was aired, which saw Tajiri (with Akio and Sakoda) retain the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Jamie Noble. Tajiri pinned Noble after a Buzzsaw Kick.[29]

Preliminary matchesEdit

The first match of the event was the Survivor Series match with Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, John Cena, Hardcore Holly, and Bradshaw) against Team Lesnar (Brock Lesnar, The Big Show, Matt Morgan, Nathan Jones and A-Train). Holly was eliminated as he was disqualified for pushing the referee while attacking Lesnar before the match. A-Train was then eliminated by Bradshaw after a Clothesline From Hell. Bradshaw was then eliminated after a Chokeslam by Big Show. Matt Morgan was eliminated by Angle after an Angle Slam. Jones was eliminated by Angle after he submitted to the Ankle Lock. Angle was eliminated by Lesnar after an F-5. Lesnar was eliminated by Benoit after he submitted to the Crippler Crossface. Big Show was eliminated after a chain shot and an FU by John Cena, leaving Cena and Benoit as the survivors.[29]

The next match was for the WWE Women's Championship between Molly Holly and Lita. After Lita missed a Litasault, Molly executed the Molly-Go-Round for a near-fall. Molly performed a drop toe hold on Lita into an exposed turnbuckle and pinned her to retain the title.[29]

The third match was an Ambulance match between Shane McMahon and Kane. The match started on the outside, where Shane was thrown into the steel steps by Kane. Mid-way in the match, Shane executed a Leap of Faith through a broadcast table on Kane. Shane hit Kane with a kendo stick and tackled Kane through a security booth with an SUV. Shane executed a Coast-To-Coast off the roof of the ambulance on Kane. In the end, Kane executed a Tombstone Piledriver on the floor on Shane and threw him into the ambulance to win the match.[29]

The fourth match was between The Basham Brothers (Doug Basham and Danny Basham) and Los Guerreros (Eddie Guerrero and Chavo Guerrero Jr.) for the WWE Tag Team Championship. The match started on the outside. Los Guerreros attacked Shaniqua, who tried to interfere. After Chavo accidentally attacked Eddie, Danny pinned Chavo with a roll-up to win the match for his team.[29]

Main event matchesEdit

The fifth match was the second Survivor Series match with Team Bischoff (Chris Jericho, Christian, Randy Orton, Scott Steiner and Mark Henry) against Team Austin (Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley). Steiner was eliminated by Booker after a Book-end. Booker was eliminated by Henry after a World's Strongest Slam. Henry was eliminated by Van Dam and The Dudley Boyz after a 3-D from Bubba Ray and D-Von and Five-Star Frog splash. Van Dam was eliminated by Orton after an RKO. D-Von was eliminated by Jericho after a Flashback. Bubba Ray was eliminated by Christian after an Unprettier. Christian was eliminated by Michaels after Sweet Chin Music. Jericho was eliminated after Michaels countered the Walls of Jericho into a Cradle. After the referee was knocked down and Austin brawled with Bischoff in the entrance way, Batista interfered and executed a Batista Bomb on Michaels. Orton pinned Michaels to win the match, leaving Orton as the sole survivor and meaning Austin lost his position as Co-General Manager of Raw.[29]

The match that followed was the Buried Alive match between The Undertaker and Mr. McMahon. Undertaker punched McMahon, resulting in McMahon bleeding. Undertaker hit McMahon in the head with one of the shovels. After Undertaker assaulted McMahon, he carried him to the grave site. McMahon hit the Undertaker with a shovel, which resulted in Undertaker falling to the grave site, but he pulled McMahon into it. Undertaker climbed to a front loader but an explosion knocked him out. Kane interfered, attacked Undertaker and threw him into the grave. McMahon operated the front loader and dumped all the dirt from it to win the match.[29]

The final match of the night was between Goldberg and Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship. In the match, Triple H focused on Goldberg's injured ankle. Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista all interfered on behalf of Triple H; however, Goldberg hit Flair, Orton and Batista with a sledgehammer, which was brought in by Triple H. The match came to an end when Goldberg executed a Spear and Jackhammer on Triple H to retain the title.[29]

ResultsEdit

No. Results[2] Stipulations Times[30]
1H Tajiri (c) (with Akio and Sakoda) defeated Jamie Noble[4] Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship 04:13
2 Team Angle (Bradshaw, Chris Benoit, Hardcore Holly, John Cena and Kurt Angle) defeated Team Lesnar (A-Train, Big Show, Brock Lesnar, Nathan Jones and Matt Morgan) 5-on-5 Survivor Series SmackDown elimination match1 13:15
3 Molly Holly (c) defeated Lita Singles match for the WWE Women's Championship 06:48
4 Kane defeated Shane McMahon Ambulance match 13:34
5 The Basham Brothers (Danny Basham and Doug Basham) (c) (with Shaniqua) defeated Los Guerreros (Chavo Guerrero and Eddie Guerrero) Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship 07:31
6 Team Bischoff (Chris Jericho, Christian, Mark Henry, Randy Orton and Scott Steiner) (with Eric Bischoff, Theodore Long and Stacy Keibler) defeated Team Austin (Booker T, Bubba Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley, Rob Van Dam and Shawn Michaels) (with Stone Cold Steve Austin) 5-on-5 Survivor Series Raw elimination match2 Since Team Austin lost, Austin had to step down as Raw Co-General Manager. Had Team Austin won, Austin no longer would have had to have been physically provoked to attack a Raw superstar. 27:27
7 Mr. McMahon defeated The Undertaker Buried Alive match 11:59
8 Goldberg (c) defeated Triple H (with Ric Flair)[3] Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship 11:45
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • H – indicates the match was broadcast prior to the pay-per-view on Sunday Night Heat

Survivor Series elimination matchesEdit

SmackDown ^1

Eliminated Wrestler Eliminated by[30] Time Method Time[30]
1 Hardcore Holly N/A Team Angle Disqualification 00:00
2 A-Train Bradshaw Team Lesnar Pinfall 00:27
3 Bradshaw Big Show Team Angle Pinfall 00:48
4 Matt Morgan Kurt Angle Team Lesnar Pinfall 09:11
5 Nathan Jones Kurt Angle Team Lesnar Submission 09:31
6 Kurt Angle Brock Lesnar Team Angle Pinfall 09:43
7 Brock Lesnar Chris Benoit Team Lesnar Submission 11:43
8 Big Show John Cena Team Lesnar Pinfall 13:15
Survivor(s): John Cena and Chris Benoit

Raw ^2

Eliminated Wrestler Eliminated by Team Method Time[30]
1 Scott Steiner Booker T Team Bischoff Pinfall 07:28
2 Booker T Mark Henry Team Austin Pinfall 07:57
3 Mark Henry Rob Van Dam, D-Von Dudley, Bubba Ray Dudley Team Bischoff Pinfall 10:03
4 Rob Van Dam Randy Orton Team Austin Pinfall 12:06
5 D-Von Dudley Chris Jericho Team Austin Pinfall 13:49
6 Bubba Ray Dudley Christian Team Austin Pinfall 16:53
7 Christian Shawn Michaels Team Bischoff Pinfall 20:28
8 Chris Jericho Shawn Michaels Team Bischoff Pinfall 23:58
9 Shawn Michaels Randy Orton Team Austin Pinfall 27:27
Survivor(s): Randy Orton

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