Aside from WrestleMania, no recurring WWE event has been around longer than the Survivor Series. Introduced in 1987, it was the first of three PPVs (along with SummerSlam and Royal Rumble) that now supplement Mania as part of WWE’s “Big 4.” From the debut of The Undertaker to Mankind’s career-making Hell in a Cell Match, to the Montreal Screwjob, WWE’s November PPV is a place where big things happen. In 2016, the main event featured Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg in a rematch that ended faster than most of Goldberg’s matches in his early days at WCW. But before that so-called “Mega Match,” The Shield had a very brief reunion as Dean Ambrose teamed up with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins to exact some revenge on fellow SmackDown Live teammate AJ Styles. And before the first match of the PPV got under way, it was announced that Nikki Bella would be replaced by Natalya after suffering a neck injury.
WWE Survivor Series 2016 Preview
As reported earlier at Inquisitr, Goldberg already suffered a minor injury during his mild scuffle with security on last week’s Monday Night Raw. Everything appears to be fine for his match against Brock Lesnar, however, so hopefully both men can give 100 percent as they close out the 30th annual Survivor Series. As 2016 winds down, the “Road to WrestleMania” will start to be a factor in every major WWE event. Will Lesnar continue to be WWE’s unstoppable monster between now and WrestleMania 33? Is the WWE going to build Goldberg up for one last big match in Orlando?
With all of the talent packed into the Men’s 5-on-5 Traditional Elimination Match, Goldberg and Lesnar will probably have a very tough act to follow. The Monday Night Raw side features Universal Champion Kevin Owens and his best friend Chris Jericho as co-captains, with Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman, and United States Champion Roman Reigns rounding out the bunch. Their opposition from SmackDown Live includes WWE World Champion AJ Styles as the de facto captain, with Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, and Commissioner Shane McMahon backing him up.
In the only instance in which the team captain isn’t a current champion, Total Bellas and Total Divas star Nikki Bella leads the women for Team SmackDown, which also includes Naomi, Carmella, Alexa Bliss, and SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch. Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte will captain the red brand’s team, with support from Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, Bayley, and Alicia Fox. In all likelihood, whichever brand wins the Women’s Elimination Match will also lose the Tag Team Elimination Match, making the Men’s Elimination Match the deciding factor in which brand is superior.
Not since 1988 has the WWE had a 10-on-10 Traditional Elimination Match featuring five tag teams against another five teams. This year’s teams will have some pretty big shoes to fill, as the match from 1988 included such WWE Hall of Famers as Shawn Michaels (The Rockers), Bret Hart (The Hart Foundation), Davey Boy Smith (The British Bulldogs), and Arn Anderson (The Brain Busters). This year, Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day captain Cesaro and Sheamus, Gallows and Anderson, Enzo and Big Cass, and The Shining Stars. SmackDown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Rhyno captain their team that includes American Alpha, The Usos, The Hype Bros, and Breezango.
As the WWE Intercontinental Champion, Dolph Ziggler issued an open challenge to anyone from Monday Night Raw at Survivor Series. After it was announced that Sami Zayn would accept the challenge, Ziggler had one more match before Survivor Series. On the last episode of SmackDown Live, The Miz defeated Dolph for the title, and will take his place at the PPV. If Zayn can capture the title, he’ll bring it over to the blue brand with him.
In response to that offer made by SmackDown Live, General Manager Mick Foley offered the blue brand a shot at the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. As an added incentive, if Kalisto can defeat The Brian Kendrick, the entire Cruiserweight Division moves to Tuesday nights. These six matches have been confirmed by WWE’s official Survivor Series preview.
WWE Survivor Series 2016 Results
The following includes the results of all the matches and segments from WWE Survivor Series 2016 on November 20. Survivor Series aired live from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. It is currently available to stream on-demand with a subscription to the WWE Network.
WWE Survivor Series 2016 Kickoff Show on the WWE Network
The two hour pre-show was hosted by Renee Young, with a panel featuring Lita, Booker T, and Jerry Lawler. Early on, they announced two matches that would take place on the warm-up to Survivor Series 2016, including Kane vs. Luke Harper and a Six-Man Cruiserweight Tag Team Match featuring Rich Swann, TJ Parker and Noam Dar vs. Tony Nese, Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari. The Survivor Series Kickoff Show can be viewed on the WWE Network and YouTube.
During the Kickoff Show, they aired a backstage segment between Sami Zayn and Raw General Manager Mick Foley, in which Zayn revealed to Foley that he was a major inspiration for him becoming a professional wrestler. Soon after, the panel was joined by WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz and his wife Maryse. In another backstage segment, Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and her protégé Dana Brooke interrupted a pregame strategy session between Team SmackDown Captain Nikki Bella and SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.
Also, as WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens joined Tom Phillips in the Social Media Lounge, he invited Chris Jericho to join them before changing the name of the segment to The Kevin Owens Show.
Rich Swann, TJ Perkins and Noam Dar defeated Tony Nese, Drew Gulak and Ariya Daivari
Rich Swann got the pinfall victory for his team after using his patented 450 splash, in a match put together to help promote the upcoming 205 Live premiere on the WWE Network. It also helped give some attention to the Cruiserweight Championship Match, which had the potential to move the entire division to SmackDown Live. Dasha Fuentes interviewed Kalisto during the Kickoff Show, and they were interrupted by Brian Kendrick.
Kane defeated Luke Harper
Receiving no ringside support from Bray Wyatt or Randy Orton — the two Wyatt Family members involved in the 5-on-5 Elimination Match — Luke Harper fell victim to Kane’s chokeslam and gave up a pinfall to the Big Red Demon. After a few more minutes of commentary from the Kickoff Show panel, Survivor Series officially got under way.
Nikki Bella injured backstage, replaced by Natalya
With what can only be assumed is a kayfabe neck injury after a backstage attack-from-behind, Nikki Bella was deemed unfit for competition before the opening match. In her native Canada, coach of the Women’s Team for SmackDown, Natalya, was cheered when it was announced she would be taking Nikki’s place.
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Women’s 5-On-5 Traditional Elimination Match
Scoring the first fall of the match, Alicia Fox pinned Carmella. But moments later, Alexa Bliss eliminated Fox, evening things up with four women left on each team. After an encounter with Nia Jax outside of the ring, Naomi was eliminated via count out. In a moment that caught many people by surprise, Natalya rolled up Sasha Banks for a pin, evening things up with three wrestlers on each team.
Natalya nearly eliminated Charlotte on a couple of occasions, but it was ultimately Flair that eliminated the hometown favorite after a big boot, giving Team Raw a one-woman advantage. The next elimination came when Becky Lynch made Nia Jax tap out to the Disarmer. Jax continued to beat on Lynch outside the ring, however, and Charlotte eliminated Alexa Bliss inside the ring. That left the Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and Bayley against SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.
Perhaps setting herself up to challenge for the title, Bayley pinned Becky after a Bayley-To-Belly Suplex. Moments after the match was over, however, her partner and co-survivor Charlotte attacked the fan favorite, reminding everyone that the friendship is over as soon as their duty to Monday Night Raw was finished.
Survivors: Charlotte Flair and Bayley (Team Raw)
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
While Sami Zayn was unable to bring the storied Intercontinental title to Monday Night Raw, the results of the match were dubious, so the fault isn’t necessarily his. Later in the show, both Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley seemed sympathetic towards Zayn, so it doesn’t look like the loss will have a negative impact on his standing with Monday Night Raw.
Just when it looked like The Miz would tap out to Sami Zayn, Maryse prematurely rang the bell, causing Zayn to release his submission hold, thinking the match was over. The Miz took advantage of Zayn’s confusion, rolling him up from behind and grabbing his tights to get the victory and retain the title.
Winner: The Miz (Team SmackDown)
Tag Team 10-On-10 Traditional Elimination Match
In the first fall of the match, Kofi Kingston got a quick pin sending Breezango to the back. But in what is certainly considered an upset, one of the Usos pinned Kingston moments later, evening things up by sending the Raw Tag Team Champions to the locker room.
Luke Gallows gave Team Raw the advantage by eliminating The Hype Bros next, and Chad Gable got stuck in the ring being worked over by the red brand for a while. He got the hot tag to Jason Jordan and American Alpha hit their finisher on Epico, pinning him to eliminate The Shining Stars and even things up at three tag teams remaining for each brand.
Unfortunately for Team SmackDown, American Alpha was the next team eliminated, as Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows hit Jason Jordan with the Magic Killer. The advantage didn’t last long, however, as Rhyno took advantage of the red team’s bickering and pinned Luke Gallows after hitting a gore. Enzo and Big Cass followed up with a Bada Boom Shakalaka, pinning Rhyno and giving Team Raw an advantage.
Enzo fell victim to a superkick and a top-rope Samoan splash, and The Usos were left alone to face Sheamus and Cesaro. After a series of near-falls, the odd couple of The Swiss Superman and The Celtic Warrior were too much for the Uso brothers, and Team Raw won their second Traditional Elimination Match of the night.
Survivors: Cesaro and Sheamus (Team Raw)
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
After a highly competitive match in which it looked like the Cruiserweight Division might head over to SmackDown Live, Baron Corbin came to the ring and attacked both Kalisto — who recently attacked Corbin and contributed to the injury that sidelined Baron for Survivor Series — and Kendrick, resulting in a disqualification victory for the champion. Later in the show, Daniel Bryan approaches Baron Corbin backstage. Upset over losing the chance to get the Cruiserweight Division on his show, it would appear that the General Manager may be getting more involved with Corbin, as his feud with The Miz seems to be intensifying.
Winner: The Brian Kendrick by Diqualification (Team Raw)
Men’s 5-On-5 Traditional Elimination Match
More so than normal, the Canadian-born best friends Chris Jericho and WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens were incredibly over in front of the WWE Universe in Toronto. However, the major story early in the match was Team SmackDown’s inability to work together, as a fight between teammates Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles led to Braun Strowman eliminating Dean Ambrose, before brushing off attacks from the rest of the blue brand’s team. He also attacked Chris Jericho, however, showing he had no true allegiance to Monday Night Raw.
After taking an “RKO Outta Nowhere” from Randy Orton onto the German announce table, Bray Wyatt joined The Viper in holding the big man down while Shane McMahon hit him with a huge elbow from the top rope. As Strowman was about to beat the ten-count, James Ellsworth grabbed him by the ankle from beneath the ring, leading to Braun being eliminated. Of course, Ellsworth took a beating of his own from Strowman before things were over.
With four men left on each team, it looked like AJ Styles was close to eliminating Chris Jericho. In an attempt to save his teammate, Kevin Owens came into the ring with Jericho’s infamous list (and metal clipboard) and hit The Phenomenal One, resulting in the Universal Champion being disqualified. As Y2J was distracted by the list, Randy Orton hit Jericho with the second RKO of the night, giving SmackDown a 4-2 advantage.
Shane McMahon took a really rough bump when Roman Reigns hit him with a spear as the Commissioner came flying off of the top rope. Although the referee didn’t give a three-count, he announced that Shane had been eliminated, giving the impression that he might have been legitimately injured.
While Team SmackDown held a 3-2 advantage, Dean Ambrose returned to the ring to attack AJ Styles. Reigns and Rollins cleared security from Ambrose’s path, and the three of them teamed up to hit AJ Styles with a Triple Powerbomb, just like they used to do as The Shield. Dean’s temporary departure from brand loyalty was enough for Styles to be pinned in the ring, leaving the other two former members of The Shield to face two current members of The Wyatt Family.
To help provide a temporary distraction, Luke Harper showed up at ringside. Soon after, Rollins was hit with Orton’s third RKO of the night, and Bray pinned him to give the advantage back to Team SmackDown. It was left up to Roman Reigns against Randy and Bray, and the crowd in Toronto was clearly behind The Wyatt Family. In the end, improving his incredibly impressive Survivor Series résumé, Randy Orton survived alongside Bray after feeding Reigns to Wyatt for a Sister Abigail and the deciding fall of the match.
Survivors: Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton (Team SmackDown)
Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg
In a rather shocking turn of events, Goldberg won this match cleanly after only a few offensive moves. After Lesnar was shoved down by Goldberg, the Beast took a patented Spear, followed by another Spear and finally a Jackhammer. Bill Goldberg got the win with over thirty minutes remaining in the PPV, and no further explanation was given as Survivor Series went off the air at 10:30/9:30c. If the goal of this match was to outdo their performance at WrestleMania XX, they failed miserably.
The above Survivor Series results have been corroborated by WWE’s official Survivor Series 2016 page.
Where To Watch WWE Survivor Series 2016
WWE Survivor Series 2016 first aired Sunday, November 20, on the WWE Network. The PPV and the Survivor Series Kickoff Show are currently available to stream on-demand via the WWE Network.
The fallout from Survivor Series 2016 will begin as WWE Monday Night Raw airs live on the USA Network at 8/7c, with the Raw Pre-Show airing on the WWE Network at 7:30/6:30c. Replays of WWE RAW aren’t made available on the WWE Network until several weeks after the original air date. However, a 90-minute version of Monday Night Raw is available to stream on-demand the following day on Hulu.
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