Survivor Series (2006)
Survivor Series (2006) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It was the 20th annual Survivor Series event, and it took place on November 26, 2006, at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
|Survivor Series (2006)|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||November 26, 2006|
|Survivor Series chronology|
The main match on the SmackDown brand was King Booker versus Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship, which Batista won by pinfall after hitting Booker with the World Heavyweight Championship belt. The main match on the Raw and ECW brand was Team Cena (John Cena, Bobby Lashley, Kane, Sabu and Rob Van Dam) versus Team Big Show (Big Show, Test, Finlay, Montel Vontavious Porter and Umaga) in a 5 on 5 Survivor Series match. Team Cena won the match after Cena pinned Big Show last. The primary match on the SmackDown brand was Chris Benoit versus Chavo Guerrero for the WWE United States Championship, which Benoit won after forcing Guerrero to submit to the Sharpshooter. The main match on the card was Team DX (Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Jeff Hardy, CM Punk and Matt Hardy) versus Team Rated-RKO (Edge, Randy Orton, Johnny Nitro, Mike Knox and Gregory Helms) in a 5 on 5 Survivor Series match. Team DX won the match after Triple H pinned Orton following a Pedigree. This marked the first time since the brand extension was created that wrestlers from different brands wrestled on the same Survivor Series team.
The event consisted of seven professional wrestling matches with outcomes predetermined by WWE script writers. The wrestlers portrayed their characters in planned storylines that took place before, during and after the event. All wrestlers were from either one of the WWE's brands – SmackDown or Raw – the two storyline divisions in which WWE assigned its employees.
The main feud heading into Survivor Series was between John Cena and Umaga. Umaga was Cena's latest challenge after Cena finished off the feud between King Booker and The Big Show at Cyber Sunday. On the November 13 episode of Raw, Cena and Umaga finally fought in a singles match, but it was interrupted by the ECW Champion The Big Show forcing it to a no-contest.
The primary feud on SmackDown! was between World Heavyweight Champion King Booker and Batista. Batista relinquished the title in Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center on the January 13 episode of SmackDown!, the same exact location of Survivor Series due to a triceps injury. King Booker had already faced Batista and retained his championship at two pay-per-views since his return on July 7. This time, Theodore Long announced that the match at Survivor Series would be Batista's last chance to win the championship. Another feud was between The Undertaker and Mr. Kennedy. Mr. Kennedy beat The Undertaker at the previous pay-per-view, No Mercy, by disqualification. On the November 10 edition of SmackDown!, Kennedy challenged Undertaker once more bragging that he beat four World Champions. The match was made into a First blood match.
The ECW brand was building up their "Extreme Elimination Chamber" match. The contestants that were named to face the ECW Champion The Big Show were: Rob Van Dam, Sabu, CM Punk, and Test. The final contestant was revealed on the November 21 edition of ECW on Sci Fi. It was Bobby Lashley, and he attacked Big Show during the in-ring segment.
|English commentators||Michael Cole (SmackDown!)|
|John "Bradshaw" Layfield (SmackDown!)|
|Jerry Lawler (Raw)|
|Jim Ross (Raw)|
|Spanish commentators||Carlos Cabrera|
|Ring announcer||Lilian Garcia (Raw)|
|Tony Chimel (SmackDown!)|
|Referees||Mike Chioda (Raw)|
|Jack Doan (Raw)|
|Chad Patton (Raw)|
|Jim Korderas (SmackDown!)|
|Charles Robinson (SmackDown!)|
|Nick Patrick (SmackDown!)|
|Mickie Henson (ECW)|
|General Managers||Jonathan Coachman (Raw Executive Assistant)|
|Theodore Long (SmackDown!)|
|Paul Heyman (ECW Representative)|
The first match was a four-on-four Survivor Series match between Team Spirit Squad (Kenny, Johnny, Nicky and Mikey), with Mitch managing the team and Team WWE Legends (Ric Flair, Sgt. Slaughter, Dusty Rhodes, and Ron Simmons), with Arn Anderson managing the team. Simmons was eliminated after being counted out, leading to the referee ejecting Anderson and Mitch. Nicky eliminated Slaughter after a Spinning Heel Kick by Johnny. Rhodes eliminated Nicky after a Bionic Elbow. Kenny eliminated Rhodes with a roll-up while holding Rhodes' jeans. Flair eliminated Mikey, using the ropes for leverage while pinning Mikey. Flair also eliminated Kenny with an inside cradle. Flair also eliminated Johnny after submitting to the Figure Four Leglock, leaving Flair as the sole survivor. After the match, The Spirit Squad attacked Flair.
In the second match, Chris Benoit faced Chavo Guerrero for the United States Championship. During the match, Chavo executed a Frog Splash on Benoit for a near-fall. Benoit accidentally knocked Vickie Guerrero off the apron when Chavo countered Benoit's attempt to apply the Sharpshooter. Benoit forced Chavo to submit to the Crippler Crossface to retain the title.
Next, Lita defended the Women's Championship against Mickie James in Lita's "last" match, during which she had to endure "she's a crack whore" chants from the crowd. James performed the Tornado DDT to win back the title. After the match, Cryme Tyme came out and sold Lita's personal belongings to the audience which they stole in an earlier backstage segment, much to her shock and horror.
The next match was a traditional Survivor Series match between Team DX (Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, and CM Punk) versus Team Rated-RKO (World Tag Team Champions Edge, Randy Orton, Johnny Nitro, WWE Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms, and Mike Knox). Knox was eliminated by Michaels after Sweet Chin Music while Knox was distracted by his then-girlfriend, Kelly Kelly. Nitro was eliminated by Punk after submitting to the Anaconda Vice. Helms was then eliminated by Matt after a Twist of Fate by Matt and a Swanton Bomb from Jeff Hardy. Edge was eliminated by Michaels after Sweet Chin Music. Orton was eliminated by Triple H after Sweet Chin Music by Michaels and a Pedigree, meaning Team DX won the match with no members eliminated.
The fifth match was a First blood match between Mr. Kennedy and The Undertaker. During the match, Kennedy started to cough blood but MVP provided Kennedy with a towel and cleaned the blood. Referee Charles Robinson did not notice that Kennedy was bleeding so the match continued. The match ended when MVP hit 'Taker with a chair, causing him to bleed. After the match, The Undertaker hit Kennedy with a chair and performed a Tombstone piledriver on him.
The next match was the traditional Survivor Series match between Team Cena (WWE Champion John Cena, Rob Van Dam, Sabu, Kane, and Bobby Lashley) and Team Big Show (ECW Champion The Big Show, Test, Umaga, Finlay, and Montel Vontavious Porter). Umaga was eliminated after being disqualified for hitting Van Dam with a TV monitor. Van Dam eliminated MVP after a chokeslam by Kane and a Five Star Frog Splash. Test eliminated Van Dam after a Running Big Boot. Sabu eliminated Test after a Tornado DDT. Big Show eliminated Sabu with a chokeslam. Kane was eliminated when Finlay hit Kane with a shillelagh and Big Show performed a Chokeslam on Kane. Lashley speared Finlay to eliminate him. Cena eliminated Big Show after a Spear by Lashley and an FU, leaving Cena and Lashley as the sole survivors.
The main event was between King Booker and Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship. The stipulation was that if Batista lost, he would not have another chance as long as Booker was the champion. Theodore Long announced before the match, if Booker had been disqualified or counted out, he would lose the championship. Batista executed a Spinebuster on Booker for a near-fall. Booker executed a Book End on Batista for a near-fall. Batista executed a Batista Bomb on Booker but Booker touched the bottom rope, voiding the pinfall. Batista almost executed a Batista Bomb on King Booker's wife, Queen Sharmell, but threw her out of the ring instead. Whilst the referee was tending to Sharmell, Booker attempted to hit Batista with the title belt but Batista countered and hit Booker with the belt. Batista pinned Booker to win the title.
The following night on Raw, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and Ric Flair defeated all five members of the Spirit Squad. They were sick and tired of the Spirit Squad, so in a backstage segment, DX locked the male cheerleaders in a travel case and sent them to Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville, Kentucky via delivery man. That was the end of the Spirit Squad faction. As for DX's teammates at Survivor Series, The Hardys were challenged by the newly reunited team of MNM (Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury). Eventually, they had a tag team match at December to Dismember.
Victoria earned a shot at the Women's Championship by defeating Melina, Torrie Wilson, Maria, and Candice Michelle in a battle royal. She eventually lost to the Women's Champion Mickie James at New Year's Revolution.
WWE Champion John Cena was challenged by the undefeated Umaga the next night on Raw. Cena accepted the challenge and they had the championship match at the next Raw pay-per-view, New Year's Revolution. Cena ended Umaga's winning streak to retain the championship.
On the following episode of SmackDown!, General Manager Theodore Long announced Kane versus Montel Vontavious Porter in an Inferno match and The Undertaker versus Mr. Kennedy in a Last Ride match at Armageddon. This led to the reunification of The Brothers of Destruction versus Kennedy and MVP on the December 15 episode of SmackDown!.
The ECW main feud was between Big Show and Bobby Lashley who signed a contract to be in the Extreme Elimination Chamber match on the November 14 of ECW. At December to Dismember, Lashley became the new ECW Champion by winning the Extreme Elimination chamber match.
After defeating King Booker at Survivor Series, Batista would go on to hold the World title for four months, defending it against Mr. Kennedy at the 2007 Royal Rumble. Batista would then finally lose the championship to The Undertaker, the winner of the 2007 Royal Rumble, at WrestleMania 23.
Survivor Series elimination matchesEdit
|1||Mike Knox||Shawn Michaels||Team Rated-RKO||Pinfall||00:40|
|2||Johnny Nitro||CM Punk||Team Rated-RKO||Submission||04:54|
|3||Gregory Helms||Matt Hardy||Team Rated-RKO||Pinfall||09:23|
|4||Edge||Shawn Michaels||Team Rated-RKO||Pinfall||10:35|
|5||Randy Orton||Triple H||Team Rated-RKO||Pinfall||11:30|
|Survivor(s):||CM Punk, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Shawn Michaels and Triple H|
|2||MVP||Rob Van Dam||Pinfall||05:31|
|3||Rob Van Dam||Test||Pinfall||05:47|
|8||Big Show||John Cena||Pinfall||12:35|
|Survivor(s):||John Cena and Bobby Lashley|
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