Survivor Series (2009)
Survivor Series (2009) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It took place on November 22, 2009, at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.. It was the 23rd annual Survivor Series event and starred wrestlers from the Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands.
|Survivor Series (2009)|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||November 22, 2009|
|Survivor Series chronology|
The card comprised six matches. There were two matches that were deemed the main events of the program. The first was the triple threat match involving The Undertaker defending the World Heavyweight Championship successfully against both halves of the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho and The Big Show. This was also followed by the other main event match: another triple threat with John Cena defending the WWE Championship against Triple H and Shawn Michaels. The undercard matches included Batista versus Rey Mysterio in a singles match and three five-on-five elimination tag team matches. The event received 225,000 pay-per-view buys, down from the previous year's event of 319,000 buys.
The professional wrestling matches at Survivor Series involved professional wrestlers in scripted events pre-determined by the hosting promotion, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Storylines between the characters were produced on WWE's weekly television shows Raw, SmackDown, and ECW with the Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands—storyline divisions in which WWE assigned its employees to different programs.
On the October 26 episode of Raw the show's guest hosts, Kyle Busch and Joey Logano scheduled the Raw brand's main event, in which John Cena was to defend the WWE Championship against both members of D-Generation X, Triple H and Shawn Michaels, in a Triple Threat match.
At Bragging Rights, a seven-on-seven tag team match pitting contingencies of Raw wrestlers against SmackDown wrestlers was held, with the winning team declared the dominant brand. Near the end of the match, Raw wrestler, and one-half of the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions, The Big Show, turned on his team, allowing the other half, Chris Jericho, to score the victory for SmackDown. The following night on Raw, Big Show revealed that he turned on Team Raw as a favor from SmackDown general manager, Theodore Long, who in return would grant him a World Heavyweight Championship shot at Survivor Series against The Undertaker. On the October 30 episode of SmackDown, both Jericho and Kane expressed a desire to face The Undertaker at Survivor Series instead of The Big Show. Long decided to change the World Heavyweight Championship match into a Triple Threat match, with the third person being the winner of a match between Jericho and Kane. Jericho won the match to earn his spot at Survivor Series.
Following the fatal four-way match for the World Heavyweight Championship at Bragging Rights, two of the match's participants, Rey Mysterio and Batista, had a confrontation rooted in Batista's perception of Mysterio holding him back from winning the championship, promptly having the latter turn on his ally, and assault him. After failing to reason with him, a match between the two was scheduled on the November 6 episode of SmackDown.
For the event, three traditional Survivor Series elimination matches were scheduled: The first pitted teams headed by WWE Intercontinental Champion John Morrison and WWE United States Champion The Miz against each other. Their partnership had ended when The Miz betrayed his partner, leading to verbal jabs via their Internet show, The Dirt Sheet, as well as a match at Bragging Rights, in which The Miz was victorious. Morrison's team included Shelton Benjamin, Evan Bourne, Finlay, and Matt Hardy while The Miz enlisted Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, Jack Swagger, and Dolph Ziggler.
The second Survivor Series match pitted Randy Orton, who enlisted his protégés Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes (collectively known as The Legacy), as well as CM Punk and William Regal, against Kofi Kingston's team, which also included ECW Champion Christian, Mark Henry, Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP), and R-Truth. The conflict between Orton and Kingston rooted in their involvement in each other's matches over the previous weeks and Kingston defacing Orton's car.
The third Survivor Series match consisted of the women of the company. WWE Women's Champion Michelle McCool teamed with Alicia Fox, Jillian Hall, Layla, and Beth Phoenix; the opposing team, captained by Mickie James, included Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim, WWE Divas Champion Melina, and Eve Torres.
|Other on-screen personnel|
|English commentators||Michael Cole|
|Spanish commentators||Carlos Cabrera|
|Ring announcers||Tony Chimel|
Prior to Survivor Series airing live on pay-per-view, the fans in attendance were presented with an untelevised match pitting Santino Marella against Chavo Guerrero, which saw Marella get the pinfall victory.
The show commenced with Team Miz (The Miz, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, and Jack Swagger) facing Team Morrison (John Morrison, Matt Hardy, Evan Bourne, Shelton Benjamin, and Finlay). Ziggler was eliminated by Bourne after an Air Bourne. Bourne was eliminated by McIntyre after a Future Shock. Finlay was eliminated by Sheamus after a Brogue Kick. Swagger was eliminated by Morrison after a Starship Pain. Benjamin was eliminated by The Miz after a Skull Crushing Finale. Hardy was eliminated by McIntyre after a Future Shock. Morrison was eliminated by Sheamus after a High Cross, leaving The Miz, McIntyre and Sheamus as the survivors.
Next, Batista faced Rey Mysterio. The match started with Mysterio trying to hit quick attacks before Batista took Mysterio outside of the ring to the floor of the arena, which saw him throw his opponent into one of the posts of the ring. As the action returned to the ring, Batista went to execute his finishing move, the Batista Bomb, only to be stopped as his opponent escaped and threw him to the outside. With Batista outside again, Mysterio ran across the ring apron, and dove out at Batista with a seated senton. As the two once again made their way into the ring, Mysterio dropped Batista into the ropes as he executed the 619. As Mysterio went to pin his opponent, Batista evaded the attempt, leading to Mysterio ascending the top turnbuckle and attempted a frog splash; Batista blocked the attack, and performed the Batista Bomb onto his opponent three times, causing the referee to stop the match. Batista then placed a chair in the ring and then performed a spinebuster to Rey onto the chair before the medical staff took him out on a stretcher.
The third match was a five-on-five Elimination Tag Team match between Team Kingston (Kofi Kingston, Montel Vontavious Porter, Mark Henry, R-Truth, and Christian) and Team Orton (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase, CM Punk, and William Regal). Henry was eliminated by Orton after an RKO. R-Truth was eliminated by Punk after a Go To Sleep. Dibiase was eliminated by Christian after a Diving Sunset Flip. William Regal was eliminated by MVP after a Drive-By Kick. MVP was eliminated by Rhodes after Cross Rhodes. Rhodes was eliminated by Christian after a Killswitch. Christian was eliminated by Orton after an RKO. Punk was eliminated by Kingston with a Roll Up. Orton was eliminated by Kingston after Trouble in Paradise, leaving Kingston as the sole survivor.
Main event matchesEdit
The fourth match was a Triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship between World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker and Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho and Big Show. During the match, Jericho and Big Show double-teamed Undertaker. The Undertaker managed to remove Big Show from the ring and began to focus on Chris Jericho. Jericho countered The Undertaker's Old School rope walk and turned it into a superplex, giving him a brief advantage where he was able to apply the Walls of Jericho to The Undertaker. At this point Big Show returned to the ring and attacked Jericho with a chokeslam, freeing The Undertaker from the hold, but his attempt to do the same to The Undertaker was countered by a DDT. Jericho attempted a pin on both men but was thrown from the ring by Big Show. He retrieved the World Heavyweight Championship belt, which he attempted to use against The Undertaker but only hit Big Show with the belt. The Undertaker attempted a Last Ride on Jericho but Jericho struck The Undertaker's head with it. Jericho's failed attempt to mimic the Tombstone Piledriver on The Undertaker allowed enough distraction for Big Show to enter and punch The Undertaker in the face, leading to a pinfall attempt exchange between Jericho and Big Show on The Undertaker. When Jericho tried to retaliate for having his pinfall broken by Big Show, Big Show knocked him out but during his attempt to chokeslam The Undertaker, it was reversed into a Hell's Gate and The Undertaker scored a submission victory to retain the championship.
The fifth match was a five-on-five Elimination Tag Team match between Team Mickie (Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, WWE Divas Champion Melina, Gail Kim, and Eve Torres) and Team Michelle WWE Women's Champion (Michelle McCool, Jillian Hall, Beth Phoenix, Layla, and Alicia Fox). Layla was eliminated by Kelly Kelly after a K2. Kim was eliminated by McCool after a Faith Breaker. Hall was eliminated by Eve after a Diving Sunset Flip. Eve was eliminated by Phoenix after a Glam Slam. Kelly was eliminated by Phoenix after a Glam Slam. Phoenix was eliminated by James with a Crucifix. Fox was eliminated by James after a Thesz Press. McCool was eliminated by Melina after a Last Call, leaving James and Melina as the survivors.
The final match was a Triple threat match for the WWE Championship between John Cena, Triple H and Shawn Michaels. In a show of solidarity, Triple H and Michaels entered together as D-Generation X. Right after the match began, Michaels executed Sweet Chin Music on Triple H, sending him outside the ring for several minutes. During this time Michaels fought Cena ably until he attempted to send Cena through the broadcast table. At this point Cena reversed but was interrupted by a recovered Triple H. But, instead of saving Michaels, he put him through a broadcast table with a Spinebuster. Triple H then took command of the match and continued to fight Cena. Cena's attempt at an Attitude Adjustment left him open to an attack by Shawn Michaels, who had revived from going through the table. Michaels and Triple H then battled one another for a period. Cena revived but was only met with a flying forearm smash from Michaels after missing a diving leg drop, who was promptly tossed outside by Triple H. Cena applied his signature submission, the STF, to Triple H but Michaels intervened and applied a crossface to break the hold. Eventually Cena was able to put Shawn Michaels in the STF but Michaels forced a rope break. While recovering from the STF, Michaels executed Sweet Chin Music on Cena and Triple H, causing Triple H to collapse onto Cena in a pinning predicament. After this a short burst of offense from Michaels and Triple H allowed Cena to get the final advantage, finishing the match by throwing Michaels onto Triple H with the Attitude Adjustment and pinning Triple H to retain the title.
Survivor Series received generally mixed reviews from critics, with many noting the predictable card and lackluster showcasing of talent for a "Big Four" pay-per-view. The Sun gave the event a 7.5 out of 10 score, praising Kofi Kingston's push, but criticizing the predictability of the matches, particularly the two world title matches. The Sun commented on the WWE Championship match stating that the first five seconds, with Shawn Michaels immediate Superkick to Triple H, gave a bigger shock than the rest of the event.
After John Cena retained the WWE Championship, a 'Breakthrough battle royale' was scheduled by Raw guest host Jesse Ventura to determine the next number-one contender. The concept being that every participant was to be a superstar who had not previously won a world championship. Sheamus won the match and later on attacked Cena and slammed him through a table, Ventura who had instigated the attack decided that Cena would defend the championship in a Tables match.
Batista, whose actions sidelined Rey Mysterio for the next few weeks, later became the number one contender for The Undertaker's World Heavyweight Championship. After a few weeks of repeatedly attacking the champion, a Chairs match for the title was scheduled.
Survivor Series elimination matchesEdit
|1||Dolph Ziggler||Evan Bourne||Team Miz||Pinfall||03:54|
|2||Evan Bourne||Drew McIntyre||Team Morrison||Pinfall||04:09|
|4||Jack Swagger||John Morrison||Team Miz||Pinfall||12:05|
|5||Shelton Benjamin||The Miz||Team Morrison||Pinfall||14:57|
|6||Matt Hardy||Drew McIntyre||Team Morrison||Pinfall||17:08|
|7||John Morrison||Sheamus||Team Morrison||Pinfall||20:52|
|Survivor(s):||Drew McIntyre, The Miz and Sheamus|
|1||Mark Henry||Randy Orton||Team Kingston||Pinfall||00:50|
|2||R-Truth||CM Punk||Team Kingston||Pinfall||03:11|
|3||Ted DiBiase||Christian||Team Orton||Pinfall||05:08|
|4||William Regal||MVP||Team Orton||Pinfall||06:49|
|5||MVP||Cody Rhodes||Team Kingston||Pinfall||10:08|
|6||Cody Rhodes||Christian||Team Orton||Pinfall||11:33|
|7||Christian||Randy Orton||Team Kingston||Pinfall||13:24|
|8||CM Punk||Kofi Kingston||Team Orton||Pinfall||20:39|
|9||Randy Orton||Kofi Kingston||Team Orton||Pinfall||20:47|
|1||Layla||Kelly Kelly||Team Michelle||Pinfall||01:15|
|2||Gail Kim||Michelle McCool||Team Mickie||Pinfall||02:04|
|3||Jillian Hall||Eve Torres||Team Michelle||Pinfall||03:34|
|4||Eve Torres||Beth Phoenix||Team Mickie||Pinfall||03:55|
|5||Kelly Kelly||Beth Phoenix||Team Mickie||Pinfall||04:08|
|6||Beth Phoenix||Mickie James||Team Michelle||Pinfall||04:41|
|7||Alicia Fox||Mickie James||Team Michelle||Pinfall||06:24|
|8||Michelle McCool||Melina||Team Michelle||Pinfall||10:38|
|Survivor(s):||Melina and Mickie James|
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