Survivor Series 2015 is just three days away and so this week’s Throwback Thursday looks back on the events of last year’s Survivor Series, where the WWE Universe witnessed the debut of an icon.
Survivor Series 2014 was one of the better Survivor Series in recent memory and while there were some head scratching moments, a thrilling main event made this a Survivor Series to remember.
Match of the Year, Sting debuts and The Authority were temporarily thrown out of power. Read on to read more about the epic main event and the other events from Survivor Series 2014.
The 28th annual Survivor Series kicked-off with the boss Mr McMahon who hyped the main event in which if his daughter Stephanie McMahon and Triple H’s team lost, the Authority were ousted out of power.
The Authority piled the pressure on John Cena at what’s at stake with the fate of his partner’s careers in his hands, before Vince revealed that if The Authority loses, only Cena has the power to bring the duo back in charge.
The action then got underway in Fatal 4 Way Tag Team action as The Miz and his popular stunt double Damien Mizdow became the new WWE Tag Team Champions defeating Gold & Stardust, The Uso’s and Los Matadores.
The St.Louis crowd wanted Mizdow and Mizdow they got as the stunt double made the blind tag off Miz to pin Goldust who was hit by Jimmy Uso’s splash in a frantic finish to a good opening match.
A 4-on-4 Divas Survivor Series Elimination match saw the team of Natalya, Emma, Alicia Fox and Naomi beat Paige, Layla, Summer Rae and Cameron with all the babyface Divas surviving.
Paige was left in a 4-on-1 situation and despite a brave fight, the numbers proved too much as Naomi scored the win for her team as she followed up Rear View with a headscissors driver in a forgettable match.
After being attacked by Bray Wyatt at Hell in a Cell, Dean Ambrose got his hands on the Eater of Worlds in a match that failed to live up to my expectations with Wyatt picking up a DQ win.
Both men are great characters and good wrestlers but the two together just didn’t work for me and put together with the fact Ambrose hit Wyatt with a chair to cause the DQ, it was a disappointing finish to an average match.
Wyatt may have got the win but the Lunatic Fringe had the last laugh when he hit a flying elbow drop onto Wyatt through a table before burying him under tables and chairs, thus setting up a rematch for the TLC pay-per-view.
Adam Rose and The Bunny defeated Titus O’Neil and Heath Slater in Tag Team action in a very quick match when The Bunny pinned Slater after a flying dropkick. The less said about this one, the better.
The next match was not much better as Nikki Bella defeated AJ Lee to become new Diva’s Champion in less than a minute with the assist from sister Brie, who realigned with her twin.
Just like when AJ cost Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania XXVIII, Brie kissed AJ who then turned into a right hand from Nikki who followed it up with the Rack Attack, which would mark the beginning for a record-breaking reign as Divas Champion for Nikki Bella.
It was then time for the main event as John Cena led his team of Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback to face Team Authority, which featured Seth Rollins, Kane, Mark Henry, Luke Harper and Rusev in a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination match.
Straight off the bat, The Authority were down one man when the world’s strongest man Mark Henry raced into a KO punch from Big Show but Rusev levelled things back up when he eliminated Ryback by a superkick after Seth Rollins curb stomped the Big Guy.
Unbeaten Rusev was counted out when he body splashed the announcer’s table as Dolph Ziggler moved out-of-the-way and beat the 10 count as Team Cena once again that the edge.
Luke Harper made it 3-on-3 when he hit a vicious clothesline on former Wyatt brother Erick Rowan, then suddenly Team Authoirty had a 3-on-1 advantage when Big Show turned on team captain John Cena.
There were rumours of a turncoat among Team Cena and it turned out to be Big Show who hit Cena with a KO punch as Rollins scored the pin on the 15-time world champion, before Big Show walked off causing another countout.
Ziggler had a big challenge ahead of him but somehow the Show-Off clawed back eliminating Kane by Zig-Zag, before scoring a roll-up on Luke Harper leaving him one-on-one with Seth Rollins.
The two men brilliantly battled back and forth and as it looked like Ziggler had it won after a zig-zag, a desperate Triple H attacked two referees to try save his job as The Game proceeded to attack Ziggler.
However in a massive shocker, former WCW star Sting made his WWE debut to confront Triple H and after striking him with a Scorpion Death Drop, he pulled Ziggler on top of Rollins to score the win as Ziggler became the sole survivor.
As a result of Team Cena winning, it meant The Authority were out of power as Triple H and Stephanie McMahon left to the jeers of 12,000 in the Scottrade Center. However, Cena would reinstall the duo just a few weeks later.
It was a great match which was voted match of the year at the 2014 Slammys – despite the fact I thought the ending was dragged out a bit too long – while the appearance of Sting and the high stakes made this a memorable Survivor Series.
Survivor Series 2014
Date: 23 November 2014
Venue: Scottrade Center, St.Louis, MO
1. The Miz & Damien Mizdow df Goldust & Stardust, The Uso’s, Los Matadores in a Fatal 4 Way Tag Team match to become new WWE Tag Team Champions
2. Alicia Fox, Emma, Naomi & Natalya df Paige, Cameron, Layla & Summer Rae in a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination match.
3. Bray Wyatt df Dean Ambrose by DQ
4. Adam Rose & The Bunny df Heath Slater & Titus O’Neil in a Tag Team match
5. Nikki Bella df AJ Lee to become new Diva’s Champion
6. John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Ryback & Erick Rowan df Seth Rollins, Kane, Luke Harper, Rusev & Mark Henry in a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination match