Will You Survive? The second longest running PPV in WWE history returns this year and tonight is all about survival. The biggest story heading into this show is that Wade Barrett gets another shot at the WWE Championship held by Randy Orton. He actually beat Orton by disqualification at Bragging Rights a few weeks ago. This time though John Cena will be the special guest referee. Cena is still a member of Wade Barrett’s Nexus against his will but Barrett has told Cena that if Barrett wins the WWE Championship then Cena will be free from The Nexus. But if Barrett doesn’t win the title then John Cena will be fired. It’s free or fired for Cena tonight as Randy Orton defends the WWE Championship against Wade Barrett.
Kane will also be defending his World Heavyweight Championship tonight. Edge won a triple threat match against Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio to become number one contender and since then it has been Edge playing the mind games. He has gone as far as to kidnap Kane’s father, Paul Bearer and still has hold of him going into this show. Will that be in Kane’s head tonight? The Intercontinental Championship will also be on the line as Dolph Ziggler defends against the man that pinned him on Smackdown last week, Kaval. Kaval won NXT Season 2 which entitled him to a title match on PPV and he is choosing to cash in that title match tonight against Ziggler, who has now made up with his girlfriend, Vickie Guerrero.
There is one traditional Survivor Series match tonight and that features ten men from Smackdown. It’ll be team Rey Mysterio against team Alberto Del Rio as their rivalry rages on. On Rey Mysterio’s team will be Kofi Kingston, MVP, Chris Masters and The Big Show whilst on team Alberto Del Rio are Jack Swagger, Cody Rhodes, Tyler Reks and Drew McIntyre. Also tonight, Sheamus goes one on one with John Morrison. Sheamus has been bullying Santino as of late, ever since Santino beat him in singles action. John Morrison has come to the aid of Santino on multiple occasions and went on to challenge Sheamus to a match tonight. Natalya will also get another shot at the WWE Women’s Championship but this time she will have to beat both co-champions Michelle McCool and Layla in a handicap match.
Ted DiBiase made his intentions known on Raw last week when he attacked United States Champions Daniel Bryan. Expect him to get a shot at the title tonight. And also look out for a tag team championship match tonight as Santino and Vladimir Kozlov became number one contenders to the championships held by Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel.
In a dark match prior to the event R-Truth defeated Zack Ryder.
A video package kicks us off, first with a retrospective look at Survivor Series of the past and then focusing on John Cena and his difficult decision tonight.
Michael Cole welcomes us to Survivor Series.
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Ted DiBiase – United States Championship match
This is a first PPV match between these two men. This follows Ted DiBiase’s attack on Daniel Bryan last week on Raw. DiBiase kicks off the match with an arm-wringer which Daniel Bryan gets out of and hits a dropkick. The lights go down, accidentally, they shortly come back on. DiBiase suplexes Bryan out of the ring which looked pretty dangerous. Maryse watches on as Ted smashes Bryan into the ring apron before rolling him on to the apron and coming off the middle rope with a double axe handle. DiBiase gets a near fall but Daniel Bryan hits him with a couple of uppercuts and knee strikers. DiBiase ground Bryan and lays into him with right hands before applying a chinlock. DiBiase hits a backbreaker and a dropkick for the first near fall of the night. The challenger then goes back to the chinlock which Bryan gets out of. Bryan counters a suplex and then hits a running dropkick followed by some kicks and a clothesline. DiBiase hits a big kick but Bryan sends him out of the ring before hitting him with a suicide dive.
Daniel Bryan looks hurt. He sells his shoulder which he did land on. Bryan heads to the top and hits a missile dropkick for a near fall. Bryan hits some kicks and then rolls up DiBiase for a near fall. DiBiase hits his trademark clothesline for a two count and then looks for dream street but Bryan counters it with a roll up for a two count. DiBiase hits a sit-out spinebuster for a two count and then pops the United States Champion on the top rope but Bryan slips down and crotches DiBiase on the top. Bryan then hits a side suplex off the top for a near fall. Bryan then looks to lock on the LeBell lock but DiBiase counters it and catapults him into the top turnbuckle for a two count. Bryan then locks on the LeBell lock from nowhere! DiBiase taps out and Daniel Bryan retains his United States Championship tonight!
Daniel Bryan celebrates his way on the entrance stage but he’s attacked by The Miz and Alex Riley! The Miz and Riley march down to the ring and once again the lights go out. Strange. Miz compares Miami Heat to The Nexus, both are hated by millions and mediocre. The Miz says that soon he will be cashing in his money in the bank briefcase. The lights go out again and then come back on.
Josh Mathews is backstage with Sheamus who says tonight he will break John Morrison’s will and his body.
John Morrison vs. Sheamus
This is a first pay per view match between these two men. John Morrison is 0-4 at Survivor series events, Sheamus has wrestled once at Survivor Series and he was one of the survivors in his match. The two men exchange blows in the early going and Morrison hits a head scissors and a dropkick, sending Sheamus out of the ring. Morrison then hits a flying corkscrew to the outside before hitting Sheamus with right hands. Sheamus throws Morrison into the barricade and then knocks him down with a running hammer. Back in the ring and Sheamus hooks the leg for a two count and then hits Morrison with knee drops. Sheamus hits a clothesline for a near fall and then applies a chinlock. Sheamus hits a reverse elbow and then lays in some stomps. Sheamus applies an armbar which Morrison gets out of but Sheamus drops him with a knee. These two men were on opposite Survivor Series teams last year in a match that Sheamus, Miz and Drew McIntyre won. Sheamus hits some clubbing blows to Morrison for a two count.
Sheamus drops Morrison with some right hands before Sheamus pops Morrison on the top rope. Sheamus looks for a superplex but Morrison fights him off and then comes off the top himself with a cross body but Sheamus rolls through it and plants Morrison with a powerslam for a two count. Sheamus looks for the brogue kick but Morrison side-steps it and drops Sheamus with an enzeguri. Morrison fires up with a couple of clotheslines and a dropkick for a two count. Sheamus counters a clothesline and hits his trademark backbreaker for a near fall. Plenty of false finishes in this one. Morrison catapults Sheamus into the top turnbuckle and then drops him with a side Russian leg sweep for a two count. Sheamus looks for a back body drop but Morrison lands on the middle rope. Sheamus then swipes Morrison off the middle rope before hitting him with a move I’ve bot seen before, he basically dragged Morrison over his shoulder by his leg. Sheamus then locks on a single leg crab. Morrison gets to the ropes to break it up but Sheamus takes him right back down.
Morrison hits Sheamus into the middle turnbuckle and then looks for starship pain but Sheamus hits him with a clubbing blow to the back. Sheamus looks for the high cross powerbomb but Morrison slides down. Morrison avoids the brogue kick and then hits Sheamus with the flash kick and then a running knee which is enough for the three! John Morrison beats Sheamus tonight in an upset! I was not expecting this result.
John Cena is backstage with R-Truth. R-Truth offers Cena a solution for his issue tonight. He says that he could attack Randy Orton and cost him the match. Cena says that he wouldn’t be able to live with himself and tonight he’ll be calling it down the middle. R-Truth says that he’ll believe it when he sees it.
Dolph Ziggler (c) vs. Kaval – Intercontinental Championship match
This is a PPV debut for Kaval formally known as Low-Ki. Ziggler is 0-2 at Survivor Series events. Dolph is joined by Vickie Guerrero despite their issues as of late. Kaval takes Ziggler down early and pins him for a one count. This is a third PPV defence for Dolph Ziggler of his Intercontinental Championship. He hits a snapmare for a one count. Ziggler hits a firemans carry for a one count. Kaval hits some right hand sin the corner but Vickie Guerrero distracts him allowing Ziggler to drop Kaval on the top turnbuckle. Ziggler locks on a chinlock and then hits a neckbreaker for a two count. Dolph goes back to the chinlock which Kaval gets out of. Kaval hits three clotheslines and a couple of kicks to take the Intercontinental Champion down. Kaval then hits a splash in the corner and then a springboard moonsault for a two count. Kaval has blood on him I’m not sure where that’s come from.
Kaval hits a big handspring kick for a two count. Kaval heads to the top but Dolph goes up with him and locks a sleeper on! Kaval fights him off and then looks for a corkscrew moonsault for Dolph moves and Kaval manages to land on his feet. Kaval hits a backslide for a two count but Dolph is up first and hits the fame-asser for a near fall. Dolph locks on a sleeper but Kaval fights out of it and then hits a springboard enzeguri from the top for a two count. Dolph hits a headbutt and then looks for something in the corner but Kaval rolls him up for a one count. Dolph then rolls Kaval up for a two count. Kaval then rolls up Ziggler but Ziggler counters it into a roll-up of his own and holds on to the tights for the three! Dolph Ziggler beats Kaval tonight! Some great spots in this match, especially from Kaval.
Todd Grisham is backstage with Jack Swagger who thinks he should be leader of his team. Cody Rhodes shows up and says that he saw Jack Swagger in a terrible pair of shoes last night. Alberto Del Rio, Tyler Reks and Drew McIntyre join them and tell Jack and Cody that they need to act as a team tonight.
Team Mysterio (Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, MVP, Chris Masters & The Big Show) vs. Team Del Rio (Alberto Del Rio, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre & Tyler Reks) – Traditional Survivor Series match
Ok Survivor Series records, Rey Mysterio is 1-5, Kofi is 1-1, MVP is 0-4, Chris Masters is 0-1, Big Show is 2-7, Cody Rhodes is 1-2, Jack Swagger is 0-1, Drew McIntyre is 1-0 and both Alberto Del Rio and Tyler Reks make their Survivor Series debut tonight. Rey Mysterio kicks off the match against Alberto Del Rio. Some big chants for MVP who is in his hometown. Del Rio plays some mind games and then tags out to Cody Rhodes. Cody knocks down Rey with a shoulder charge and then hits the beautiful disaster kick for a two count. That kick is exactly the same as John Morrisons flash kick. Rhodes tags Del Rio back in and he lays the boots in to Mysterio. Mysterio hits a head scissors and then a drop toe hold and a running low dropkick. Rey hits a snapmare and then tags in MVP who hits a running bot for a two count. MVP ducks a running enzeguri and then hits the drive-by kick for a two count. MVP tags in Kofi Kingston who comes in off the top rope.
Kofi tags in Chris Masters who is the odd man out in this match. He’s been on a good roll as of late but I don’t expect him to win this one. Tyler Reks tags in, lays in some boots and then tags out to Drew McIntyre. McIntyre hits some right hands and clotheslines, finally knocking Masters down. Masters previous Survivor Series match was in 2005. He tags out to MVP who hits McIntyre with clotheslines and a suplex. MVP hits the ballin’ elbow drop and then knocks Alberto Del Rio off the apron. MVP looks for a suplex but Del Rio pulls MVP down, McIntyre lands on top of MVP and Del Rio holds MVP’s feet down for the three! MVP has been eliminated. Chris Masters gets back involved, as does Albert Del Rio. Masters hits a jackhammer like suplex for a two count and then tries to lock on the Masterlock but Del Rio counters it and then locks on the armbar! Masters taps out! Chris Masters has been eliminated.
Big Show enters the match to a big ovation. Del Rio tags out to Jack Swagger but Big Show knocks him down with a chop. Swagger takes Big Show down with a chop block and then tags out to Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio slaps Big Show on the head which angers him. Del Rio looks to tag out but nobody wants to make the tag. He tags Drew McIntyre in but not before Big Show knocks out Alberto with a big right hand. Big Show pulls McIntyre into the match Drew looks for the futureshock DDT but can’t get it. Big Show tags in Kofi Kingston and then powerslams him onto Swagger for a two count. The trainers take Alberto Del Rio to the back. Cody Rhodes tags in but Kofi slaps him which angers Rhodes. Rhodes goes absolutely crazy! He checks his face in the mirror on his jacket and kicks things. Kofi slaps him again and then tags in The Big Show. Big Show hits Cody with the knockout punch and that’s enough for the three. Cody Rhodes has been eliminated.
Tyler Reks gets involved with a big clothesline, taking Big show down. Reks then tags in ?Jack Swagger and there’s plenty of double teaming from those two as they make quick tags. Big Show looks for a chokeslam on Swagger but Swagger rolls it through and locks on the ankle lock! Big Show manages to tag in Rey Mysterio who hits a seated senton off the top. Swagger hits a big boot for a near fall and then cheap shots Kofi Kingston. Kofi drop toe holds Swagger on to the middle rope and Rey looks for the 619 but Swagger blocks it and locks on the ankle lock! Rey manages to get out of it and tags in Kofi as Swagger tags in Tyler Reks. Kofi hits kicks and dropkicks and then a cross body for a two count. Kofi hits a dropkick and then looks for a splash in the corner but Reks moves and then lays in some boots. He runs into Kofi’s boots though and Kingston rolls up Reks for the three. Tyler Reks has been eliminated.
Jack Swagger gets in the ring but Kofi rolls him up for a two. Swagger looks for the gut-wrench powerbomb but Kingston counters it. Kofi looks for trouble in paradise but Swagger counters that into the ankle lock! Kofi taps out! Kofi Kingston has been eliminated. Big Show gets involved and takes down Swagger. Big Show tags in Rey Mysterio and puts him on his shoulders but Drew kicks him down. Swagger hits a Vader bomb on Mysterio for a two count. Swagger pops Rey on the top but Rey fights him off and hits a hurricanrana onto the middle rope and then a 619! Rey gets up on Big Shows shoulders and hits a big splash for the three! Jack Swagger has been eliminated. Drew McIntyre takes Mysterio down with a clothesline and then sets up for the futureshock DDT but Mysterio counters it, tags in Big Show, hits the 619 and Big Show hits the chokeslam for the three! Rey Mysterio and Big Show win the match for their team!
Josh Mathews is backstage with Randy Orton who says that John Cena being fired is the best thing for him.
Michelle McCool & Layla (c) vs. Natalya – Handicap match for the WWE Divas Championship
Another first as Lay-Cool defend the Divas Championship in a handicap match. Michelle McCool is 1-2 at Survivor Series, Layla is 0-2 and Natalya is 0-1. Michelle McCool starts the match for her team and takes down Natalya. Michelle tags in Layla who hits a big clothesline for a two count. Layla kicks Natalya out of the ring and then chokes her on the apron. Michelle then gets involved, pulling Natalya to the outside. Layla kicks Natalya in the back and then rolls her into the ring. Natalya suplexes both girls and then exits the ring where Michelle takes her out with a clothesline. Natalya avoids a big boot on the outside and then shoves Michelle over the barricade. Natalya throws Layla over the barricade too. Natalya pulls Michelle back over the barricade but McCool throws Natalya into the barricade before rolling her into the ring.
Natalya shoves Michelle into Layla and then locks on the sharpshooter! Michelle taps out straight away! Natalya wins the match and the Divas Championship! She breaks down in tears. Lay-Cool attack Natalya from behind but Beth Phoenix makes the save! Not a great match but could’ve been good if given more time.
There’s a video package for Kane and Edge.
Kane (c) vs. Edge – World Heavyweight Championship match
These men last wrestled each other on pay per view at Vengeance 2004. They both have one PPV victory over each other. Kane is 4-7 at Survivor Series whilst Edge is 2-4. Edge wheels out an empty wheelchair to get in Kane’s head. The two men slug it out in the early going and Edge drops Kane on the top rope. Edge goes to the top rope but Kane catches him and looks for a chokeslam which Edge counters. Edge slides out of the ring and wheels the wheelchair around which angers Kane. Edge throws Kane into the barricade and then rolls the World Heavyweight Champion back into the ring. Edge hits a chopblock and then lays into Kane on the canvas. Edge swings Kane’s knee into the ringpost. Kane fights back and throws Edge out of the ring before hitting him with a big right hand. Back in the ring and Kane hits a hard Irish whip whilst screaming “where is my father?”. Kane hits Edge with lefts and rights and boots for a near fall and then applies a chinlock.
Edge fights out of the chinlock but Kane hits him with a low dropkick for a two count. This match has slowed right down now since the pacey start. Kane goes back to the chinlock but Edge fights out of it and hits Kane with right hands and then smashes Kane off the top turnbuckle before going to the top and hitting a cross body for a two count. Kane hits a splash in the corner and then heads to the top himself but Edge sees him coming and hits a dropkick. Edge hits a drop toe hold on to the middle rope ands follows it up with a splash on the ropes for a two count. Edge hits a big boot and then comes off the middle rope but Kane catches him with an uppercut for a two count. Kane looks for a suplex but Edge counters with the Edge-o-cution. Kane hits a side slam for a two count. Kane heads to the top but Edge meets him up there only for Kane to push Edge down on to the top rope and take him out with a clothesline for a two count. Edge hits an impaler DDT from nowhere and both men are down.
Edge motions for a spear but Kane hits him with a big boot. Kane hits a chokeslam but Edge kicks out of the pinfall that follows. Kane looks for a tombstone but Edge counters and hits a spear! Both men are down and the referee counts the 3! Edge’s music hits and Edge is announced as the winner but the referee gives Kane the title, calling it off. The referee tells Tony Chimel that both mens shoulders were down so the match is a draw! Kane retains his title as a result! Pretty boring match. Kane attacks Edge after the match and looks for a chokeslam on the outside but Edge counters and drop toe holds Kane into the steps before throwing Kane into the ringpost. Edge puts Kane in the wheelchair and sends him through the barricade! Aftermath was more interesting than the match itself.
John Cena is backstage looking at his referee shirt for tonight when Wade Barrett shows up and reminds Cena that this where The Nexus made their debut, taking out Cena. Cena says that he remembers everything that The Nexus has done to him and tonight he knows exactly what he is doing.
Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater (c) vs. Santino & Vladimir Kozlov – WWE Tag Team Championship match
This is a first match on PPV between these two teams. Kozlov is 0-1 at Survivor Series, Santino, Gabriel and Slater make their Survivor Series debut tonight. The rest of The Nexus are ringside for the match, except Wade Barrett. Santino and Slater start the match and Santino throws Slater over his shoulder. Gabriel tags in and Santino hits him with a headlock takedown. Kozlov tags himself in and hits a headbutt and a big boot. Gabriel hits a chop block but then runs into Kozlov big head. Gabriel drops Kozlov on the top rope and then hits him with a neckbreaker. Gabriel tags in Heath Slater who hits a knee drop for a two count. Slater and Gabriel looking for their first PPV victory tonight. Quick tags between The Nexus now as they continue to double team Kozlov with boots. Gabriel applies a front facelock and Slater then knocks Santino off the apron. This causes Santino to get in the ring and allow the champions to double team Kozlov.
Slater applies a front facelock to Kozlov and then rams him into the corner. Kozlov hits a big clothesline and tags in Santino! Santino hits Slater with right hands and a hiptoss. Santino hits a falling headbutt for a two count and all hell breaks loose. Kozlov and Gabriel fall to the outside and Santino looks for the cobra but is distracted by the other members of The Nexus. Slater takes down Santino with a zig-zag type move and that’s enough for the three! Slater and Gabriel retain their tag team championships. After the match they beat down Santino, kicking him out of the ring. An email form the anonymous Raw General Manager then comes in. He was just reminding the group that they are banned from ringside for the main event.
There’s a video package next for Wade Barrett and Randy Orton mostly focused on John Cena.
Randy Orton (c) vs. Wade Barrett – WWE Championship match with John Cena as the special guest referee. If Barrett wins then Cena is free from The Nexus but if he loses then Cena is fired.
This is the second PPV match between these two men, Barrett beat Orton by disqualification last month. Orton is 5-2 at Survivor Series events. It’s a cagey start to the match but Orton does knock Barrett down with a shoulder charge. Orton matches tend to be slow paced and this one looks to be no different. Orton hits a headlock takedown and then another shoulder knockdown. Barrett hits some right hands and kicks but Orton explodes out of the corner with a clothesline. Cena forces Orton off Barrett and Barrett takes advantage with a big boot. Wade continues to lay into ORton in the corner and then Cena forces Barrett off the WWE Champion. Wade turns around into an Orton dropkick and Randy follows it up with right hands. Orton hits a knee drop and then kicks Barrett out of the ring. Randy goes after Barrett but Wade takes the advantage, smashing Orton off the apron and ring steps. Barrett throws Orton into the ring steps as Cena instructs them to get back into the ring.
Back in the ring and Barrett gets a near fall and then hits some jabs and a hard Irish whip. Barrett applies a sleeper which Orton gets out of but Wade keeps the advantage with a knee to the gut. The two men exchange blows until Orton takes the advantage with couple of clotheslines and a powerslam. Orton clotheslines Wade out of the ring but Barrett forces him into the ringpost. Back in the ring and Barrett hits a big clothesline and then heads up to the middle rope and drops an elbow for a two count. That seemed like a slow count, Cena. Barrett looks for wasteland but Orton slips down, Barrett hits a sideslam for a near fall. Barrett isn’t happy with Cena. Orton hits the hangmans DDT and motions for an RKO but Barrett slips out of the ring. Orton follows and knocks him down with a clothesline. Orton rolls Barrett back into the ring but Barrett boots the WWE Champion as he gets back into the ring. Wade Barrett hits wasteland but Orton is close enough to the bottom rope to grab it. This is the first in 28 PPV’s that Cena hasn’t wrestled on. Barrett pushes Cena, Cena pushes him back and Orton hits the RKO! Orton hooks the leg and Cena counts the 3!
Randy Orton wins the match and the WWE Championship but this means that John Cena is fired! Boring match.
The Nexus invade the ring but Cena and Orton fight them off. Cena throws his Nexus armband at them as they go. Cena then hands Orton his WWE Championship. Orton celebrates and then leaves Cena to say goodbye to Michael Cole and a few of the fans before going into the fans to say goodbye.
And that was Survivor Series 2010. I felt like we got a lot of wrestling for our money on this show. 8 matches, 6 of which were nine and a half minutes or more. We kicked off with an ok match between Daniel Bryan and Ted DiBiase. Daniel Bryan retained the United States Championship which wasn’t a major shock. This wasn’t one of Daniel Bryans better PPV matches as he has put on some real gems. It’s good for DiBiase to be on PPV though but I’m tempted to say that he isn’t showing the potential that he has. He’ll struggle to make it back up to this level now I think. John Morrison beat Sheamus in a match slightly better than the previous one. This result really surprised me, it’s a huge win for John Morrison over the former WWE Champion and maybe this is the start of a big push for Morrison who has never quite made the leap up to the main event.
Dolph Ziggler beat Kaval in Kaval’s debut PPV match. This match was decent, the best match of the night so far to this point. Kaval has a big upside and I look forward to seeing more of him but he is a small guy so I’m not sure where he’ll fit in. Ziggler’s Intercontinental Championship reign continues. Then came the traditional Survivor Series match and with it came a big win for Edge and Rey Mysterio. I was surprised they went with the veteran winners but they do embody Smackdown for me and are two of the top babyfaces on the brand. I actually thought Alberto Del Rio would win the match for his team as he’s been on a big roll as of late.
Natalya beat Lay-Cool in a handicap match to win the WWE Divas Championship. This was a huge win for Natalya and she won it clean which was even more surprising. I’m not too keen on this result but it looks like it might be transitioning into a tag team feud with Lay-Cool and Natalya and Beth Phoenix. Not a great match but given an extra five minutes it could have been a lot more special. Kane and Edge then drew their World Heavyweight Championship match. Nothing special here, I’m starting to get a little tired of Kane’s title reign but the storyline with Edge has been entertaining. This is obviously leading towards another title match between the two and I won’t be surprised to see a TLC match between the two next month. It can’t be worse than this match.
Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater beat Santino and Vladimir Kozlov in a pretty terrible match to retain their Tag Team Championships. This was what it was. A good defence for the champions but not a memorable match. Not a lot else to say about this but I am waiting for The Nexus to split up (hopefully not yet) because I think Justin Gabriel will be a big babyface. In the main event Randy Orton beat Wade Barrett to retain the WWE Championship thanks to Cena who gave Barrett a little shove in the right direction. The big story to come out of this now is that John Cena is fired. I have no double he’ll find a way to be bought back but hopefully he is having a little break away so he can come back with more momentum. A boring main event but a predictable title defence for Randy Orton. Overall a poor PPV, skip it.
Overall Rating: 46.25/100 (ranked joint 241st out of 259)
Match Of The Night: The traditional Survivor Series match
Worst Match Of The Night: The Nexus vs. Santino & Vladimir Kozlov
Surprise Of The Night: john Morrison beats Sheamus
Worst Booking Of The Night: Natalya beats Lay-Cool
Superstar Of The Night: John Cena
Survivor Series 2010 Will Be Remembered For: The nights John Cena was fired