Survivor Series (2011)
Survivor Series (2011) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE. It took place on November 20, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It was the 25th annual Survivor Series event and the first one to take place in Madison Square Garden since the 2002 event. Tickets were sold out in only 90 minutes.
|Survivor Series (2011)|
|Date||November 20, 2011|
|City||New York City|
|Venue||Madison Square Garden|
|Tagline(s)||Never Before. Never Again.|
|Survivor Series chronology|
Seven matches were contested at the event, six of which were broadcast live on pay-per-view. The main events from this installment of Survivor Series would have a lasting effect on the next year in the WWE. In the main event, The Rock, in his first match since WrestleMania XX in 2004, teamed with John Cena and defeated The Miz and R-Truth. A predominant match saw Big Show defeat World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry by disqualification. In another predominant match on the card, CM Punk was victorious over Alberto Del Rio by submission to win the WWE Championship, a reign that would continue until January 27, 2013 and become the sixth longest in the company's history.
The 2011 Survivor Series was hyped in New York by a huge fan interaction event outside of Madison Square Garden two days before the event, which included the first look at the new WWE '12 video game, a signing with CM Punk, and a performance from the band Oleander. The event was attended by over 16,000 WWE fans, including one who received two tickets to the sold out event by The Rock. Also in attendance were Zack Ryder and Jimmy Hart, who gave a bus tour of New York to 150 fans who won tickets via WWE.com in the weeks leading to the event.
Survivor Series featured professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that developed on WWE's television programs. Wrestlers portrayed villains or heroes as they followed a series of events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.
The main event involved WrestleMania XXVIII opponents John Cena and The Rock teaming against the Awesome Truth (The Miz and R-Truth). After losing to Alberto Del Rio the previous month at Vengeance due to interference by The Miz and R-Truth, Cena decided to face both of them with Zack Ryder as his partner but Miz and R-Truth ambushed Ryder before the match, in which they beat Cena down. Former Interim General Manager John Laurinaitis booked Cena with a match against Miz and Truth at Survivor Series with a partner of his choice, with Cena choosing his WrestleMania XXVIII opponent, The Rock, as his partner. Billed as the most charismatic team of all time, The Rock accepted his offer the following week.
Three months prior at SummerSlam, Alberto Del Rio cashed in his Money in the Bank contract against WWE Champion CM Punk to win the title. Punk got a rematch at Hell in a Cell but it was a Triple Threat match and John Cena was the champion going into the match. Punk requested to have another one-on-one rematch for the championship. Del Rio objected but accepted the challenge after Punk locked him into an Anaconda Vise.
The event also included World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry defending his title against Big Show. The two had wrestled each other the previous month at Vengeance, but during the match the ring had collapsed, leaving both men unable to continue. A rematch was scheduled for Survivor Series, with a reinforced ring being set up.
A Survivor Series elimination match pitting Team Orton, consisting of Randy Orton, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Mason Ryan, and Kofi Kingston, against Team Barrett, consisting of Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and Hunico, was also scheduled for the event.
In the first match, Dolph Ziggler defeated John Morrison after a Zig Zag to retain the WWE United States Championship. After the match Zack Ryder attacked Ziggler and executed the Rough Ryder on Ziggler.
In the third match, Team Barrett, consisting of Wade Barrett, Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes, Hunico, Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler, faced Team Orton, consisting of Randy Orton, Sheamus, Kofi Kingston, Mason Ryan and Sin Cara. Ziggler was the first man eliminated after a RKO. Sin Cara was eliminated after sustaining a legitimate injury. Ryan was then eliminated after Cross Rhodes by Rhodes. Kingston was eliminated by Wasteland by Barrett. Sheamus was disqualified after not breaking the referees 5 count near the ropes. In frustration, Sheamus Brogue Kicked Swagger, who was then pinned by Orton. Hunico was next eliminated after Orton executed a RKO in mid-air on him. Following a distraction by Rhodes, Randy Orton was pinned by Wade Barrett, giving Team Barrett the win and leaving Rhodes and Barrett as the survivors.
Next, Mark Henry defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Big Show. During the match, Henry tackled Big Show through the barricade, but Big Show got into the ring before the 10-count. Big Show then performed a diving elbow drop to Henry. Big Show then attempted his finisher, the WMD but Henry performed a low blow to Big Show, causing a disqualification. After the match Big Show placed a steel chair over the leg of Henry and gave him a leg drop onto the chair.
CM Punk defeated Alberto Del Rio to win the WWE Championship. Howard Finkel was the special ring announcer for CM Punk. During the match, there were many reversals and counters to the two men's various finishers and submission holds. The match resulted in CM Punk winning via submission with Alberto Del Rio submitting to the Anaconda Vice. Punk celebrated with the crowd after the match. This would be the start of Punk’s reign that would last for 434 days.
The main event saw John Cena and The Rock face The Miz and R-Truth. Throughout the match, Cena was targeted and was almost pinned many times. After R-Truth and John Cena took each other out of the match, the Rock performed a spinebuster followed by the People's Elbow to pin the Miz. After the match the Rock performed the Rock Bottom on Cena.
The Sun rated the event an 8 out of 10. Dave Meltzer would go on to write that main event had "The biggest big match feel in WWE since the John Cena vs CM Punk encounter from Money in the Bank earlier that year." The event was released December 20, 2011, on DVD by WWE Home Video, and went on to be the highest selling pay-per-view on DVD that year behind Wrestlemania.
|1D||Santino Marella defeated Jinder Mahal||Singles match||05:35|
|2||Dolph Ziggler (c) (with Vickie Guerrero) defeated John Morrison||Singles match for the WWE United States Championship||10:42|
|3||Beth Phoenix (c) defeated Eve Torres||Lumberjill match for the WWE Divas Championship||04:35|
|4||Team Barrett (Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Hunico, Jack Swagger and Wade Barrett) defeated Team Orton (Kofi Kingston, Mason Ryan, Randy Orton, Sheamus and Sin Cara)||5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match||22:10|
|5||Big Show defeated Mark Henry (c) by disqualification||Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship||13:04|
|6||CM Punk defeated Alberto Del Rio (c) (with Ricardo Rodriguez) by submission||Singles match for the WWE Championship||17:16|
|7||John Cena and The Rock defeated The Miz and R-Truth||Tag team match||21:33|
- The lumberjills were: AJ, Aksana, Alicia Fox, Brie Bella, Kaitlyn, Kelly Kelly, Maxine, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Rosa Mendes and Tamina.
Survivor Series elimination tag team matchEdit
|Elimination||Wrestler||Team||Eliminated by||Elimination move||Time|
|1||Dolph Ziggler||Team Barrett||Randy Orton||Pinned after an RKO||01:32|
|2||Sin Cara||Team Orton||N/A||Unable to continue after a knee injury||03:44|
|3||Mason Ryan||Team Orton||Cody Rhodes||Pinned after a Cross Rhodes||08:52|
|4||Kofi Kingston||Team Orton||Wade Barrett||Pinned after a Wasteland||14:06|
|5||Sheamus||Team Orton||N/A||Disqualified for exceeding the referee's five count||18:30|
|6||Jack Swagger||Team Barrett||Randy Orton||Pinned after a Brogue Kick from Sheamus||19:33|
|7||Hunico||Team Barrett||Randy Orton||Pinned after an RKO in mid-air||21:38|
|8||Randy Orton||Team Orton||Wade Barrett||Pinned after a Wasteland||22:10|
|Survivor(s):||Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes (Team Barrett)|
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