Survivor Series (2014)
Survivor Series (2014) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE. It took place on November 23, 2014 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. The 28th event under the Survivor Series chronology, it was notable for the first appearance of former World Championship Wrestling (WCW) wrestler Sting in WWE. Also, this was the first Survivor Series since 2001 to not feature a world championship match.
|Survivor Series (2014)|
Promotional poster featuring Seth Rollins
|Date||November 23, 2014|
|City||St. Louis, Missouri|
|WWE Network event chronology|
|Survivor Series chronology|
Eight matches took place at the event, including two on the Kickoff pre-show. The main event saw Team Cena defeat Team Authority in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match, with Dolph Ziggler being the lone survivor. Ziggler was the second wrestler to survive a 3-on-1 situation in a Survivor Series elimination match, eliminating Kane, Luke Harper and Seth Rollins. The only other person to survive a 3-on-1 situation was Ric Flair at Survivor Series 2006. The event had 100,000 buys (excluding WWE Network views), down from the previous year's 177,000 buys.
Survivor Series is an annual gimmick pay-per-view, produced every November by WWE since 1987. The second longest running pay-per-view event in history (behind WWE's WrestleMania), it is one of the promotion's original four pay-per-views, along with WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, and SummerSlam, dubbed the "Big Four". The event is traditionally characterized by having Survivor Series matches, which are tag team elimination matches that typically pits teams of four or five wrestlers against each other. The 2014 event was the twenty-eighth event in the Survivor Series chronology. The event included two Survivor Series matches, one of which was a 4-on-4 women's match, while the other, which was the main event, was a 5-on-5 men's match that had stakes attached to the match.
The card consisted of eight matches, including two on the Kickoff pre-show. The matches resulted from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portrayed heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches, with results predetermined by WWE's writers. Storylines between the characters played out on WWE's primary television programs, Raw and SmackDown.
On the October 27 episode of Raw, after John Cena, the #1 contender for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, rejected an offer to join The Authority, Triple H scheduled a traditional Survivor Series tag team elimination match, with a team representing The Authority facing a team captained by Cena. Later that night, it was hinted that Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler had joined Team Cena; both Cena and Ziggler saved each other from post-match attacks. The next week on Raw, Vince McMahon announced that if Team Authority loses at Survivor Series, The Authority will be out of power. Seth Rollins, Kane and Randy Orton joined Team Authority with Rollins as captain, while Ziggler joined Team Cena. Later that night, Orton was ejected by The Authority after he attacked members of The Authority, and turned face in the process for the first time since 2013. The next week on Raw, Rusev joined Team Authority after The Authority helped him retain his United States Championship against Sheamus. Sheamus joined Team Cena along with Big Show and Jack Swagger, while Mark Henry and Ryback joined Team Authority. But, by the end of the night, Swagger dropped out of Team Cena after Rollins injured him, while Ryback attacked and left Team Authority after Kane interfered in his main-event match against Cena. Luke Harper applied to join Team Authority by attacking Ziggler. The next week on Raw, Harper was confirmed as the final member of Team Authority. While Cena was scouting Ryback to fill out his team, team Authority attacked the rest of Team Cena, which played a part in Ziggler losing his Intercontinental Championship to Harper, and Sheamus dropping out of Team Cena after Mark Henry injured him. Later that night, Erick Rowan and Ryback joined Team Cena. On the November 21 episode of Smackdown, in response to comments made by Cena stating that he felt responsible for his team, Triple H announced that if Team Cena lost, all of Team Cena, except Cena himself, would be fired. Later that night, with Cena absent, Team Authority and a chair-wielding Triple H attacked the rest of Team Cena.
On the October 31 episode of SmackDown, Nikki Bella won a Battle Royal to face AJ Lee for the WWE Divas Championship. On November 10, WWE.com announced that AJ Lee would defend the title against Nikki at Survivor Series.
At Hell in a Cell, Bray Wyatt attacked Dean Ambrose during his Hell in a Cell match against Rollins. On the November 10 episode of Raw, it was announced that Ambrose would face Wyatt at Survivor Series.
On November 17, it was announced on WWE.com that WWE Tag Team Champions Gold and Stardust would defend the titles against The Miz and Damien Mizdow, The Usos, and Los Matadores in a Fatal 4-Way tag team match at Survivor Series.
On November 17, it was announced on WWE.com that the Survivor Series kickoff show would feature the return of Bad News Barrett from injury and Fandango, accompanied by Rosa Mendes, against an unknown opponent.
On November 18, it was announced on WWE.com that Alicia Fox, Natalya, Emma and Naomi would face Paige, Cameron, Layla and Summer Rae in a Survivor Series elimination tag team match at Survivor Series.
|English commentators||Michael Cole|
|John "Bradshaw" Layfield|
|Spanish commentators||Carlos Cabrera|
|Backstage interviewers||Tom Phillips|
|Ring announcers||Lilian Garcia|
|Pre-show panel||Renee Young|
The event began with Mr. McMahon calling The Authority and John Cena to the ring. He added the stipulation, that should Team Authority lose, the only person who can bring The Authority back to power would be Cena himself. Cena then responded by saying "there is no chance in hell" he would bring The Authority back to power.
The first match saw Gold and Stardust defend the Tag Team Championship against The Miz and Damien Mizdow, The Usos and Los Matadores. After Goldust was incapacitated by a "Samoan Splash" from an Uso, Mizdow stole the pin to win the titles for his team.
Next, Team Natalya (Alicia Fox, Emma, Naomi, and Natalya) faced Team Paige (Paige, Cameron, Layla, and Summer Rae) in a traditional 4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination tag team match. Cameron was eliminated by Naomi after Naomi pinned her with a bridging rolling reverse cradle pin. Layla was eliminated by Fox after a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Summer Rae was eliminated after Emma forced her to submit to the "Emma Lock". Paige was eliminated by Naomi after a handstand modified headscissors driver.
After that, Dean Ambrose faced Bray Wyatt. Ambrose was disqualified after he hit Wyatt with a chair. After the match, Ambrose attacked Wyatt with "Dirty Deeds" on the chair, a diving elbow drop through a table and buried Wyatt underneath a table and chairs and climbed a ladder.
Next, Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and John "Bradshaw" Layfield interviewed Roman Reigns via satellite, who announced he would return in late December.
In the main event, Team Cena (John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Erick Rowan, and Ryback), faced Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Kane, Mark Henry, United States Champion Rusev, and Intercontinental Champion Luke Harper) (with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Jamie Noble, Joey Mercury, and Lana) in a traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination tag team match. Henry was the first man eliminated by Big Show after a "KO Punch". Ryback was eliminated by Rusev after a Curb Stomp from Rollins and a jumping savate kick. Rusev tried to put Ziggler through a broadcast table with a splash but missed, fell through the table and was counted out. Rowan was eliminated by Harper after a discus clothesline. Cena was eliminated by Rollins after a KO Punch from Big Show, who betrayed Cena. Big Show shook Triple H's hand and walked out on the match, eliminated himself by countout and turning heel. Ziggler eliminated Kane with a "Zig Zag" and Harper with a schoolboy. Ziggler executed a Zig Zag on Rollins but Triple H pulled the referee out of the ring. The Authority attacked Ziggler, but he fought them off and executed a second Zig Zag on Rollins as another referee came out to the ring. Triple H attacked the other referee and attacked Ziggler, executing a "Pedigree" on him. He called out Scott Armstrong to count the pin, but WCW wrestler Sting appeared, making his WWE debut. Sting knocked out Armstrong and had a staredown with Triple H. Sting then executed a "Scorpion Death Drop" on Triple H and pulled Ziggler on top Rollins for the pin, ousting The Authority from power.
Survivor Series received generally positive reviews, with particular praise going toward the main event. Speaking of the Ambrose-Wyatt match, Larry Csonka of 411mania said "The match was good, and they set up next month so I really don’t have a lot of complaints with this." He gave the match ***3/4 (out of *****). He gave the main event ****, calling it "a very good main event presentation." He gave the entire event a score of 7 out of 10. The main event received the Slammy Award for match of the year 2014.
On the November 24 episode of Raw, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon bid farewell to the WWE Universe, but were interrupted by Daniel Bryan, who returned and served as the general manager for both Raw and SmackDown that week, putting members of Team Authority in unfavorable situations. Mark Henry was put in a match against Ryback, which he lost quickly. Luke Harper defended his Intercontinental Championship against Dean Ambrose, which ended in a disqualification due to interference from Bray Wyatt. Kane was put into concessions for the night as Concessions Kane. Rusev and Lana were forced to speak out the Pledge of Allegiance or defend the United States Championship in a Battle Royal, which Rusev did successfully on SmackDown. Seth Rollins lost a 3-on-2 handicap match against John Cena and Dolph Ziggler, with Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury chosen as his partners by fans poll. At the end of the show, it was announced that the Anonymous Raw General Manager would be returning the following week.
On the December 29 episode of Raw, after threatening to Curb Stomp guest host Edge (who had to retire due to multiple neck injuries that could leave him paralyzed), Rollins coaxed Cena into bringing back The Authority after just over a month of exile. The following week on Raw, The Authority rewarded Rollins by placing him in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at the Royal Rumble also involving Cena and defending champion Brock Lesnar. In the same show, the Authority had also gave out the pre-match stipulated consequences to Team Cena, firing Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback. Later on January 19, 2015 on Raw, John Cena defeated Seth Rollins, Big Show and Kane in a 3-on-1 handicap match (with his #1 contendership on the line) with the help of Sting, and thus Ziggler, Rowan and Ryback managed to get their jobs back. On January 22, 2015 on SmackDown, Daniel Bryan welcomed Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback to celebrate their return to the WWE. Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback would continue to team as a faction well into 2015 before going separate ways just before WrestleMania 31.
|1P||Fandango (with Rosa Mendes) defeated Justin Gabriel||Singles match||03:10|
|2P||Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) defeated Cesaro by submission||Singles match||05:39|
|3||Damien Mizdow and The Miz defeated Gold and Stardust (c), Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando) (with El Torito), and The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso)||Fatal 4-Way tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship||15:25|
|4||Team Natalya (Alicia Fox, Emma, Naomi, and Natalya) (with Tyson Kidd) defeated Team Paige (Cameron, Layla, Paige, and Summer Rae)1||4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination match||14:35|
|5||Bray Wyatt defeated Dean Ambrose by disqualification||Singles match||14:00|
|6||Adam Rose and The Bunny defeated Slater-Gator (Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil)||Tag team match||02:36|
|7||Nikki Bella (with Brie Bella) defeated AJ Lee (c)||Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship||00:33|
|8||Team Cena (Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, John Cena, and Ryback) defeated Team Authority (Kane, Luke Harper, Mark Henry, Rusev, and Seth Rollins) (with Jamie Noble, Joey Mercury, Lana, Stephanie McMahon, and Triple H)2||5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match
Since Team Authority lost, The Authority was removed from power. Had Team Cena lost, Cena's teammates (with the exception of Cena himself) would have been fired.
Survivor Series elimination matchesEdit
|Survivor(s):||Alicia Fox, Emma, Naomi, and Natalya|
|1||Mark Henry||Big Show||Pinfall||00:48|
|4||Erick Rowan||Luke Harper||Pinfall||23:05|
|5||John Cena||Seth Rollins||Pinfall||24:01|
|8||Luke Harper||Dolph Ziggler||Pinfall||30:03|
|9||Seth Rollins||Dolph Ziggler||Pinfall||43:25|
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