Survivor Series (2013)

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Survivor Series (2013)

Promotional poster featuring The Wyatt Family (From left to right: Erick Rowan, Bray Wyatt, and Luke Harper.)
Theme
song
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"How I Feel" by Flo Rida
Information
Promotion WWE
Sponsor Kmart
WWE Power Slammers
Date November 24, 2013
Attendance 13,500[1]
Venue TD Garden
City Boston, Massachusetts
Pay-per-view chronology
Hell in a Cell (2013) Survivor Series (2013) TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs (2013)
Survivor Series chronology
Survivor Series (2012) Survivor Series (2013) Survivor Series (2014)

Survivor Series was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by WWE. It took place on November 24, 2013 at the TD Garden in Boston, and is the twenty-seventh annual Survivor Series show.[2][3] It was the eleventh pay-per-view in the 2013 lineup.

The pay-per-view was the worst-selling edition of Survivor Series since the event's inception in 1987; this has been attributed to a weak buildup.[4][5] It received 179,000 buys, down from 208,000 for the previous year's event; and attracted more than 100,000 fewer orders than the 2011 event, which generated 281,000 buys.[6]

Background[edit]

Survivor Series featured seven professional wrestling matches and one pre-show match that involved wrestlers from pre-existing feuds, plots, and storylines that played out on WWE's primary television programs Raw and SmackDown. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[7][8]

The main feud heading into Survivor Series featured Randy Orton and Big Show over the former's WWE Championship. Since returning from an injury in mid-August, Big Show had been speaking out against COO and the on-screen regime of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon and their mistreatment of several Superstars, especially Daniel Bryan. This put him at odds with "The Authority", and as a result, Big Show was continuously humiliated by Triple H and McMahon throughout September, and was obliged to knock out several other rebellious wrestlers, owing to a threat of being fired. At Battleground on October 6, Big Show interfered in a match between Orton and Bryan for the vacant WWE Championship, and knocked both competitors out, ruling out the match a no contest. The next night on Raw, he was fired from WWE by McMahon in storyline, but returned later that night to knock out Triple H in defiance. Big Show continued to "illegally" appear over the next several weeks on Raw, assisting Bryan, knocking out Raw general manager Brad Maddox, and costing The Shield's Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns their WWE Tag Team Championship. On the October 21 episode of Raw, Big Show announced he was filing a lawsuit against WWE for wrongful termination from his contract, and two weeks later won an "out-of-court negotiation" with Triple H and Stephanie over his lawsuit, and was rehired by WWE on the condition he promised not to sue them further and received a match against Orton for the WWE Championship at Survivor Series.

The other world title in the company was also on the line at Survivor Series, as John Cena defended his World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio. After suffering an elbow injury in August, Cena was to be sidelined from action for a minimum of four months. Despite this, SmackDown general manager Vickie Guerrero surprised then-World Heavyweight Champion Del Rio on the October 7 episode of Raw, by naming Cena as his opponent at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. At the event, Cena defeated Del Rio to win his third World Heavyweight title, and his fourteenth World title overall. A rematch between the pair was announced for Survivor Series in early November.

CM Punk (left) and Daniel Bryan allied together to feud with The Wyatt Family heading into Survivor Series.

Another major rivalry pitted CM Punk and Daniel Bryan against The Wyatt Family, an enigmatic backwoods cult composed of Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, led by the faction's namesake, Bray Wyatt. Since their debut in July, the Wyatt Family had been targeting and attacking several wrestlers, including Kane, Kofi Kingston and The Miz, all in cause of Bray Wyatt exalting his character's preachings and ideals. On the October 28 episode of Raw, the Wyatt Family attacked Bryan backstage, and later attacked Punk in the ring. With Punk and Bryan aiding each other and showing resistance, their altercations with the Wyatts continued over the next several weeks on Raw and SmackDown, until an official match between the teams was announced for Survivor Series.

As is tradition, the PPV will feature elimination tag team matches, the first of which saw the five man team of The Shield (U.S. Champion Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns) and The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro with manager Zeb Colter) face off against WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust, Jimmy and Jey Uso, and Rey Mysterio who made a surprise return on the November 18 episode of Raw. The second announced elimination match pitted Natalya, The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella), The Funkadactyls (Naomi and Cameron), Eva Marie, and JoJo against Divas Champion AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Kaitlyn, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, Aksana, and Summer Rae. This match stems from AJ insulting Natalya and the rest for taking part in the Total Divas reality show.

Also confirmed prior to the event was a match between Kofi Kingston and The Miz for the Survivor Series pre-show. On the November 18 episode of Raw, during a match with The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro), The Miz turned against his tag team partner, Kofi Kingston, and walked out of the match resulting in a heel turn. This action allowed Swagger to apply the Ankle Lock on Kingston which he tapped out of giving the win to the Real Americans.

Also on the November 18, 2013, episode of Raw, Big E Langston defeated Curtis Axel to win the Intercontinental Championship, and a rematch was later confirmed for the pay-per-view.

Results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times[9]
1 (Survivor Series Kickoff pre-show) The Miz defeated Kofi Kingston Singles match[10] 8:35
2 The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns) and The Real Americans (Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger) (with Zeb Colter) defeated Cody Rhodes, Goldust, The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso), and Rey Mysterio Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team match1[11] 23:23
3 Big E Langston (c) defeated Curtis Axel Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship[12] 5:57
4 Team Total Divas (Natalya, The Bella Twins, The Funkadactyls (Naomi and Cameron), Eva Marie, and JoJo) defeated Team "True Divas" (AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Kaitlyn, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, Aksana, and Summer Rae) Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team match2[13] 11:33
5 Mark Henry defeated Ryback Singles match 4:48
6 John Cena (c) defeated Alberto Del Rio Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship[14] 18:48
7 CM Punk and Daniel Bryan defeated The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan and Luke Harper) (with Bray Wyatt) Tag Team match[15] 16:51
8 Randy Orton (c) defeated Big Show Singles match for the WWE Championship[16] 11:07
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

Survivor Series elimination matches[edit]

Elimination Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Dean Ambrose Shield/Real Americans Rhodes Pinned after a Roll-up 2:13
2 Jack Swagger Shield/Real Americans Jey Uso Pinned after a 619 by rey myesterio, a Superkick by Jimmy and a Superfly splash 8:13
3 Antonio Cesaro Shield/Real Americans Rhodes Pinned after a Roll-up 9:58
4 Jimmy Uso Mysterio/Usos/Rhodes/Goldust Reigns Pinned after a spear 14:33
5 Cody Rhodes Mysterio/Usos/Rhodes/Goldust Reigns Pinned after a Spear 15:43
6 Jey Uso Mysterio/Usos/Rhodes/Goldust Rollins Pinned after a Blackout 16:47
7 Seth Rollins Shield/Real Americans Mysterio Pinned with a Sunset flip 19:43
8 Goldust Mysterio/Usos/Rhodes/Goldust Reigns Pinned after a Spear 22:58
9 Rey Mysterio Mysterio/Usos/Rhodes/Goldust Reigns Pinned after a Spear 23:23
Survivor(s): Roman Reigns (Team Shield/Real Americans)


Elimination Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Alicia Fox "True Divas" Naomi Pinned after a Split-legged moonsault 1:24
2 Cameron Total Divas Rosa Mendes Pinned after getting tripped head first onto the bottom turnbuckle 2:28
3 Rosa Mendes "True Divas" Nikki Bella Pinned after a Bella Buster 2:45
4 Summer Rae "True Divas" Nikki Bella Pinned after a Single leg running dropkick 3:27
5 Eva Marie Total Divas Kaitlyn Pinned after a Fireman's carry gutbuster 4:01
6 Naomi Total Divas Kaitlyn Pinned after a Fireman's carry gutbuster 4:34
7 Kaitlyn "True Divas" Brie Bella Pinned after a Missile Dropkick 5:12
8 Brie Bella Total Divas Aksana Pinned after a Divo Drop 5:42
9 Aksana "True Divas" Nikki Bella Pinned after The Rack Attack 6:04
10 JoJo Total Divas AJ Lee Pinned after a Samoan drop from Tamina Snuka 9:28
11 Tamina Snuka "True Divas" Natalya Submitted to the Sharpshooter 10:51
12 AJ Lee "True Divas" Natalya Submitted to the Sharpshooter 11:33
Survivor(s): Natalya and Nikki Bella (Total Divas)

Aftermath[edit]

The following night on Raw, WWE Champion Randy Orton came out to talk to The Authority (Triple H and Stephanie McMahon) about causing a distraction in his title defense against Big Show when he was interrupted by World Heavyweight Champion John Cena who proposed a match against Orton to hold both world titles. Triple H agreed and made it a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match at TLC.

Also later that night, The Shield (WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns) faced three members of the opposing survivor series team members in Rey Mysterio and the WWE Tag Team Champions The Rhodes Brothers and were victorious after Ambrose pinned Rhodes. Also later that night, The Shield attacked CM Punk after Punk and Daniel Bryan won a match by disqualification against all three members of The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Erick Rowan), who would drag Bryan off before Punk was attacked by The Shield.

Another rematch was the 7-on-7 Divas Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team match would happen and the results are below.

Elimination Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Aksana "True Divas" Brie Bella Pinned after a Bella Buster
2 Rosa Mendes "True Divas" Nikki Bella Pinned after a Double Trouble from both Nikki and Brie Bella
3 Naomi Total Divas Tamina Snuka Pinned after a Superkick
4 Cameron Total Divas Tamina Snuka Pinned after a Samoan drop
5 Tamina Snuka "True Divas" JoJo Pinned after a Bodyslam by Natalya
6 JoJo Total Divas Alicia Fox Pinned after a Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker
7 Alicia Fox "True Divas" Eva Marie Pinned with a Roll-up
8 Kaitlyn "True Divas" Natalya Submitted to a Sharpshooter
9 Natalya Total Divas AJ Lee Pinned with a Schoolgirl
10 AJ Lee "True Divas" Brie Bella Pinned after a Bella Buster
11 Summer Rae "True Divas" Nikki Bella Pinned after a Argentine backbreaker drop
Survivor(s): Eva Marie and The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie) (Total Divas)

The official distributor for WWE titles in the UK and Europe will be releasing the event on DVD and Blu-ray on 17th February 2014.

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Martin, Fin. "What's Going Down". Power Slam. Issue 232/February 2014. p.5. "Survivor Series attracted a miserable but not unexpected 179,000 buys, the fewest for any Survivor Series since the event was first held in 1987. The main event pitting WWE champion Randy Orton vs. Big Show was weak. The real issue was between Show and Triple H...the John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio feud was the worst of the year...C.M. Punk and Daniel Bryan vs. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper, didn't have much zing to it. Going in, it was difficult to imagine that Rowan and Harper would win."
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  11. ^ "WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes & Goldust, The Usos & Rey Mysterio vs. The Shield & The Real Americans (Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match)". WWE. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
  12. ^ "Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston vs. Curtis Axel". WWE. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  13. ^ "Natalya, The Bellas, The Funkadactyls, JoJo & Eva Marie vs. Divas Champion AJ Lee, Tamina Snuka, Kaitlyn, Rosa, Summer Rae, Aksana & Alicia Fox". WWE. Retrieved 2013-11-18. 
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