By RJ Marceau
Since becoming a WWE fan, Survivor Series has been my favorite PPV of the year, besides WrestleMania. Survivor Series has seen great classics, countless debuts and amazing moments. 2012 and 2014 were the first years in a while that WWE put out a great show for Survivor Series and I can’t wait for this year’s installment. The traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match has become a favorite of mine especially when they had Randy Orton be the “Sole Survivor” three years in a row. These are my Top 5 moments/matches in Survivor Series History.
5. Survivor Series: Debuts
There has been no PPV that has seen better debuts then Survivor Series. Future Hall of Famers, The Rock, The Undertaker, Kurt Angle and Sting made their WWE debut at Survivor Series. These men minus Sting went on to have amazing careers in the WWE and their name will soon be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. In 2012, The Shield made their WWE debut and have become big stars in the WWE. Could we see another illustrious WWE debut at the 2015 Survivor Series?
4. Survivor Series 2003: Team Bischoff vs. Team Austin and Undertaker Buried Alive
Survivor Series 2003 is my favorite PPV of all time. This was on my 10th birthday and can remember this show like it happened yesterday. The show's best match was the 2nd Traditional Survivor Series match of the night between Team Bischoff vs. Team Austin. Throughout 2003, Raw had Eric Bischoff and Stone Cold as 50-50 GM of Raw. They tried to work together but they eventually realized there’s only room for one GM of Raw. Eric Bischoff challenged Stone Cold to a Traditional Survivor Series tag team match with the winner being the GM of Raw outright.
Eric Bischoff’s team was Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, Christian, Randy Orton and Scott Steiner vs. Stone Cold’s team consisting of The Dudley Boys, Booker T, RVD and Shawn Michaels. The main story around this match was how the ultimate lone outlaw, Stone Cold has to trust five other men with his career. This match was a great back and forth bout and came down to Shawn Michaels and Randy Orton. Stone Cold chased Eric Bischoff away due to interfering in the match. While the referee was down Batista came through the crowd and Batista bombed Shawn Michaels. Randy Orton pinned Shawn Michaels and Team Bischoff won. HBK and Austin had a great moment after the match with Austin applauding Michaels for his effort. This match was the best Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination match in my opinion.
The Undertaker vs. Mr. McMahon wasn’t an instant classic but the ending of this match is a big Survivor Series moment. Undertaker had seemingly beaten the life out of Mr. McMahon and threw him in the grave. When he went into the front end loader, fire pyro went off and Kane stepped out of the front end loader. He beat the Undertaker into the grave while Mr. McMahon dropped the dirt into the grave, burying the Undertaker alive.
3. Survivor Series 2001: Team WWF vs. The Alliance
I know the Invasion angle was a flop but this match was still a big moment in WWE history and Survivor Series history. We know the angle was crap when the WWF had to have top stars join the Alliance but it was still a big match with big complications. Team WWF (The Rock, Undertaker, Kane, Chris Jericho and The Big show) vs. The Alliance (Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, RVD, Booker T and Shane McMahon) had huge stars on both teams, which was appealing to the audience.
Team WWF won after Kurt Angle turned on The Alliance and hit Stone Cold with the title and the Rock pinned Stone Cold after a Rock Bottom. The WWF winning ended this bad angle but was still one of the biggest angles in WWE history.
2. Survivor Series 2002: The Elimination Chamber
I became a WWE fan in January of 2002 and was able to watch the first ever Elimination Chamber live at Survivor Series 2002. Eric Bischoff came up with this demonic structure that saw six superstars go into battle for the World Heavyweight Championship. The match consisted of World Heavyweight Champion Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Kane, RVD, Booker T and Chris Jericho. These men punished each other by using the chamber in full effect. After entering #6 and covered in a crimson mask, Shawn Michaels hit Sweet Chin Music on HHH to win his first and only World Heavyweight Championship. Confetti fell from the sky while the Madison Square Garden crowd cheered for the Heart Break Kid.
1. Survivor Series 1997: The Montreal Screwjob
This may be the biggest moment in WWE history and it happened at Survivor Series. In 1997, Bret Hart was leaving the WWF for WCW after Survivor Series, which was in Montreal, Canada. Bret was the WWE Champion and didn’t want to drop the belt that night. Vince McMahon was worried Bret would leave and bring the WWF belt to WCW, so Vince discussed with Shawn Michaels and referee Earl Hebner about screwing the finish so Shawn Michaels would win the belt without Hart technically losing.
Shawn locked Bret in the sharpshooter when referee Earl Hebner called for the bell and Michaels won via submission. Bret was shocked and spit on Vince. He went on to destroy ringside gear and gesture WCW. Michaels fled to the back and stated to Bret he had no idea about the situation. Michaels and Hart have hashed out their differences but this was the biggest moment in WWE and Survivor Series history.