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WWE SURVIVOR SERIES RETRO: RESULTS & COVERAGE FOR EVERY PPV EVER

By PWInsider Staff on 2014-11-23 12:00:00
WWE SURVIVOR SERIES 2012 COVERAGE
by Mike Johnson

Pre-Game Show coverage

Matt Striker and Scott Stanford are the announcers.

They talked about the injury to Cody Rhodes. They had a vignette where David Otunga was added to Team Dolph Ziggler. No one on the team liked the addition. Ziggler talked up the team saying they were going to be dominant and the match was theirs to win. The rest of the team didn't seem to be behind him.

They aired a video feature on Big Show vs. Sheamus for the World title. 3MB's Jinder Mahal & Heath Slater vs. Cobro's Santino Marella & Zack Ryder

Ryder and Mahal started out. Mahal worked over Ryder early and took him down with a shoulderblock. He shows way more personality in this role. Ryder caught him with a hiptoss and tagged in Marella. Marella used a takedown and locked in a side headlock. Mahal slipped out and took down Marella with a right hand. Slater tagged in but was caught with a hiptoss into an armbar.

Ryder tagged in and continued controlling Slater, covering him for a two count. Slater cut him off and began stomping away at Ryder. He brought him back into 3MB's corner where he and Mahal took turns working him over. Marella tagged in and tried to use the Cobra but Slater cut him off and tore it from his hand. He whipped Marella into the corner and dropped an elbow. Mahal began stomping away.

Marella ducked a clothesline but 3MB avoided a double flying clothesline. They covered Marella for a two count. Slater locked in a headlock but Marella fought to his feet and nailed a back suplex. Slater landed near his corner so he tagged Mahal. Mahal prevented Marella from tagging but Marella escaped and finally made the hot tag.

Ryder took control and nailed a missile dropkick on Mahal, then nailed the Broski Boot on him. He covered Mahal but Slater broke up the pin at two. Marella was tossed out of the ring but Ryder nailed the Rough Ryder on Slater. Drew interfered, allowing Mahal to lay waste to Ryder and score the win.

Your winners, 3MB!

OK match. You can see 3MB is getting over with the crowd as an undercard act.

They plugged the WWE '13 videogame. That is actually a hell of a fun game.

Video feature on the Vickie Guerrero allegtions.

Josh Mathews interviewed R-Truth. Mathews tried to talk to Little Jimmy and Truth asked him if he was trying to say that he trying to talk to imaginary people. Truth cut a decent promo about bringing the U.S. title back to America. Mathews was shocked that Truth said Jimmy was an imaginary character but Truth stopped him and asked what he was talking about because Jimmy was in the bathroom. He demanded Josh to apologize to Jimmy. Up until that, it was a good promo.

Video feature on the WWE title bout.

Rene Young debuted on the PPV channel pre-game show, discussing the show with Scott Stanford.

WWE Survivor Series 2012

The announce team was Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry Lawler.

Survivor Series Elimination: Brodus Clay & Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara & Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd vs. Tensai & Epico & Primo & The Prime Time Players

Kidd started off with Epico.  Kidd took him down with a side headlock.  Epico reversed it but Kidd leapt out of the move and locked in another.  They went back and forth with some good near falls.  Kidd maintained control and tagged in Gabriel who sunset flipped Epico for a two count.

Gabriel worked over Epico and scored several near falls.  Kidd and Gabriel nailed several tag moves and tagged in Rey.  Rey nailed a dropkick but was cut off and dragged back to Tensai's team.  Darren Young tagged in and worked over Rey.  Mysterio used a drop toehold into the corner, then kicked Young hard in the leg.

Sin Cara and Primo tagged in.  Cara hit a slingshot elbow off the ropes, followed by a top rope cross bodyblock for a near fall.  Cara hit a Code Red for a two count but was cut off by a Primo clothesline.  Tensai tagged in and slammed Cara several times.  The crowd booed when he was tagged in and chanted "Albert."

Titus O'Neal tagged in and used an uppercut to lay out Cara.  Primo tagged in and drilled Cara with a big legdrop for a two count.  He cinched in a camel clutch.  Team Tensai continued taking turns working over Cara.  Cara finally nailed an enziguiri on Tensai and tagged in Clay.  Clay cleaned house with a rhino headbutt on Titus and Young and a splash in the corner on Tensai.

Everyone started brawling.  Gabriel and Kidd hit stereo dives.  Rey and Cara then hit stereo Asai moonsaults to the outside.  This left Clay and Tensai in the ring.  They went back and forth.  Clay flapjacked Tensai.  Tensai shoulderblocked him down and nailed a back senton splash for the pin.

Clay is eliminated.

Gabriel and Tensai went back and forth with Tensai drilling him with a big back elbow.  Titus tagged in and locked in an abdominal stretch, trying to force the submission.  Tensai's team continued working over Gabriel.   Gabriel rolled out of the way of a back senton splash and rolled him up, scoring the pin on Tensai.

Tesnai has been eliminated.

Titus immediately cut off Gabriel and choked him against the ropes.   Epico nailed a double arm underhook suplex for a two count, then cinched in a side chinlock.  Gabriel fought his way out but missed an enziguri.   Kidd finally tagged in but was cut off by the former Team Tensai.

Primo kicked away at Kidd in the corner.   Kidd fired back with a series of right hands.   Titus tagged back in.  This has been a decent match so far.  Kidd ducked a charge and O'Neal crotched himself.  Kidd used the ropes for momentum and rolled up O'Neal with the Backlund Bridge for a three count.

Titus O'Neal has been eliminated.

Epico, Primo and Young all took turns working over Kidd.  Epico nailed a series of back suplexes on Kidd, but Kidd slipped out of a third and locked on a Sharpshooter.  Epico tapped.

Epico has been eliminated.

Primo jumped Kidd from behind and locked in a side chinlock.   He worked over Kidd and went to the top for a move but was dropkicked on the way down.  Kidd crawled over and made the hot tag to Rey Mysterio.

Rey kicked Primo away and nailed a flying headscissor takedown, then a kick to the head for a two count.   Mysterio ascended to the top but was cut off by Primo.   Primo set up for a superplex but Rey nailed shots to the mid-section to ward him off.  Rey came off the top with a seated senton and used a Lucha armdrag to set up for the 619.  Primo slipped out and went for a backstabber.  Rey held onto the ropes and used a rolling pinfall combination for the win.

Primo has been eliminated.

This left Darren Young against the other four.  Rey drilled him with the 619.  Cara came off the top with a moonsault.  Gabriel and Kidd each hit top rope dives.  Rey came off the top with a big splash and scored the pin.

Your winners and Survivors, Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara & Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel!

Really good opener.  Lots of good wrestling here and some flashy moves and sequences.  This was a rare case of the added bonus match actually adding something of worth to the show.  Thumbs up to all involved.

Kaitlyn was walking backstage when a hooded woman in a blonde wig attacked her.  She fought off the attacker and ripped off the wig.   It was Aksana who scampered away.  Eve showed up and faked concern so Kaitlyn shoved her down and stormed off.

WWE Divas champ Eve Torres vs. Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn came out with the blonde wig and used it on Eve as a weapon.  Torres was trounced early and tried to run into the crowd but was pulled back.

Kaitlyn beat Eve's head into the mat several times.  Torres kicked her in the gut and then in the head before slamming the challenger's head into the mat over and over.  She covered Kaitlyn for a two count.

Eve choked Kaitlyn while in the corner.  She dropped an elbow across Kaitlyn's back and locked her in a triangle style headscissors.  Eve went to the top but was shoved off, nearly killing her.  She was then shoved off the apron, which looked equally scary.

Eve was tossed back in the ring and began backing off.   Kaitlyn slapped him and used a hair mare, which looked awful.  It was so bad, they did it again and it looked worse.  Kaitlyn used a shoulderblock and a gutbuster for a two count.

Kaitlyn grabbed at Eve's legs while Eve held onto the apron screaming.  She kicked off Kaitlyn and left the ring, nailing the challenger when she followed.  Kaitlyn was tossed back in the ring and nailed with a neckbreaker for a three count.

Your winner and still WWE Divas champion, Eve Torres!

Not a good match.  Eve had some good facial expressions and they tried but this wasn't good.

Coverage continues on Page 2!


Backstage, Team Foley were all arguing amongst themselves.  Foley told them they were all survivors and they needed to work together.  Foley tried to get them to all say "Bang Bang" together and they all begrudgingly did, except Randy Orton.  Foley asked Orton if he was ready.  Orton responded, "I hate you" and walked off.  Ha!  Foley said that meant he was ready.  Really?

WWE United States champion Antonio Cesaro vs. R-Truth

 They started off strong with some really good near falls.  Cesaro cut off Truth with several headbutts and a clothesline.   Cesaro nailed a running knee in the corner.  He locked in an armbar.  The crowd was really into chanting "USA."

Cesaro cut off Truth's cutoff and nailed a series of shoulderblocks in the corner.  Truth was slammed down and covered for a two count.  Cesaro used a waistlock takedown to ride Truth to the mat and force the air out of him.  Truth fired back but was nailed with a running knee to the mid-section.

Cesaro nailed a series of suplexes and went back to working over Truth with a reverse bearhug.    Truth made a comeback and scored several two counts.  Truth missed the scissor kick and hurt his leg.  Cesaro pounced with a big uppercut and nailed the Neutralizer for the win.

Your winner and still United States champion, Antonio Cesaro!

Nothing much here.  It was more of a showcase for Cesaro than a competitive bout where you believed the champ was in jeopardy.  Still, Cesaro looked good and Truth was fine in his role.  This feels like they are still establishing Cesaro more than anything else.

WWE reviewed the AJ Lee-John Cena scandal video.

AJ came out to cut a promo.  She said that she has been trying to figure out why Vickie Guerrero has been trying to make her life a living hell.  At first, she thought it was because she was a witch. The, she realized Vickie was trying to accuse her of something that she herelf was doing.

Guerrero came out and cut her off, questioning who AJ thinks she is.  AJ said she was a seeker of the truth who was sent this photo - it was a photo of Vickie having dinner with Ricardo Rodriguez.  She then showed one of Vickie and Jim Ross with Vickie having BBQ sauce smeared on her face.  Guerrero told her to stop pushing it because none of this happened. 

AJ said rhat if it didn't happen, why is she so worried.  They showed a photo of Vickie in lingeries dancing with Brodus Clay in what was obviously a photo shopped photo.  Vickie said it was ridiculous.  AJ said that was ridiculous is all Vickie's evidence that proves nothing.  She said she wanted Vickie to feel like she has felt the last few weeks and to feel reality slap her in the face.  Vickie said reality won't slap her, she will.

AJ acted like they were going to fight but then began laughing.  AJ said that she wouldn't put a hand on her because she'd lose her job, but so would Vickie, so she asked what Vickie was going to do.  Out of nowhere, Tamina Snuka returned and laid out AJ with a Samoan Drop and a Superfly Splash off the top.

Guerrero laughed at the beaten AJ and walked off.

WWE Attitude Era DVD. They pushed that it was TV-14.

Josh Matthews interviewed Paul Heyman.  Josh asked if CM Punk had anything left in his tank.  Heyman said that he was the 8th longest reigning champion of all time.  While John Cena is chasing AJ, Punk is busy beating Cena beating him more often than Heyman can count.  When Ryback was busy being a caveman, Punk was making history by being the first man to beat him.  He said that Punk was ready to thrive against them both.   He said Punk was not only the defending champion but the best in the world.  Heyman is freaking awesome and delivers his promos in a way that no one else does today.  So great.

World champ Sheamus vs. Big Show

Sheamus took it right to Big Show early, which was great since the storyline is that he's pissed off at Show.  Unfortunately for him, Show quickly cut him off and drilled him with chops and punches, using his power.

Show nailed a back splash in the corner and rebounded to nail another one but was shoulderblocked by Sheamus.  Sheamus tied him up in the ropes and worked over Show.  He beat Show across the chest.  Good way to set up that spot.

Sheamus went for the Brogue Kick but Show rolled out of the ring.  Sheamus tackled him with a leap from the apron to the floor. He worked over Show and tossed him in the ring.  Sheamus went to the top for a shoulderblock but Show speared him in mid-air.  Sheamus rolled out to the floor, hurting.

Show worked over Sheamus on the floor and back in the ring.   He focused on Sheamus' shoulder, beating on it and throwing him hard into the corner.   Sheamus tried to fire back but was cut off with a sideslam for a two count.

Sheamus kept trying to mount some sort of comeback but Show maintained control.   Show whipped him into the corner but was kicked off during a charge.  Sheamus leapt on his back and cinched in a sleeper.  Show backed him into the corner but Sheamus held on.  Show finally tossed him over his shoulder to break it. 

Sheamus, undaunted, continued working over Show with a series of punches and strikes.  He charged the champion in the corner but Show sidestepped, causing Sheamus to hit his shoulder on the ringpost.  Show slammed Sheamus down for a two count.

Show climbed to the middle turnbuckle to attempt a Vader Bomb but Sheamus slipped underneath with the Electric Chair.  The crowd really thought that was the finish but Show kicked up at the last second.  They recovered and battled back and forth on their knees.  Sheamus nailed a high knee and a running clothesline.

Sheamus went for the Brogue Kick but it was blocked.  Show went for the chokeslam but Sheamus slipped out and nailed White Noise for a two count.  Good stuff.

Sheamus set uo for a Brogue Kick but the champion pulled the referee in front of him and Sheamus nailed him instead.  Sheamus checked on the official, who was out.  Several other referees and trainers came out to check on him.  Show stalked Sheamus from behind and nailed the KO punch.  He covered Sheamus and another referee made the count.

Another official then decreed that Show had been DQ'd for pulling the referee into Sheamus.  Show began arguing with the official while Sheamus was recovering behind them.  He grabbed a chair and nailed Show with it and began beating the hell out of him with the chair.   Show begged off but Sheamus kept beating him.  He targeted Show's leg and Show begged off.

Sheamus told him he was pathetic and demanded he beg.  Show asked him again to stop.  He threw the chair down and teased walking out, then nailed him with the Brogue Kick in the aisle.  Pretty frenzied scene to build to the next chapter of their feud.

The match wasn't as good as last month but they worked really hard and it was entertaining.

Coverage continues at Page 3!

 

Survivor Series Elimination: Team Foley: Randy Orton & Miz & WWE Intercontinental champion Kofi Kingston & WWE Tag Team champions Daniel Bryan & Kane vs. Team Ziggler: Dolph Ziggler & Alberto Del Rio & David Otunga & Wade Barrett & Damien Sandow

Foley was limping TERRIBLY when he came out.  I hope none of this is leading to him wrestling again, because he shouldn't...ever.  I love the guy and everything he has ever done but no more.  He's given enough of himself.

Massive Ziggler chants.  How is it that WWE doesn't hear them?

Kingston and Otunga started.  Otunga retreated from an attempted kick so Kingston nailed a dive off the ropes to the floor.  He tossed Otunga into the ring and scored a two count.

Daniel Bryan tagged in.  Massive "Yes" chants.  Otunga nailed a powerslam but tagged in Sandow.  Sandow nailed a Russian Legsweep and an Elbow of Disdain.  Sandow missed a charge in the corner.  Bryan scored with a series of kicks to the chest but missed a KO kick.  Sandow rolled out of the ring, wished his team luck and walked out.

Kane grabbed him and tossed Sandow back in.  That was stupid.  Why wouldn't you want to easy win?  Kane tagged in and chokeslammed Sandow and pinned him.  Yep, that was pretty stupid.

Damien Sandow has been eliminated.

Bryan and Kane began arguing and shoving each other.  Kane shoved Bryan over the top to the floor.  That allowed Ziggler to nail the Zig Zag and pin Kane.

Kane has been eliminated.

This all caused Randy Orton and Miz to argue.  Orton shoved Miz out of the way of a Ziggler attack and worked over Ziggler.  He whipped out the Tully Blanchard SLINGSHOT SUPLEX!!      Kingston tagged in and worked over Ziggler.  Ziggler reversed a whip into the corner but was caught with a twisting monkey flip.

Kingston tagged in Bryan, who nailed a series of European uppercuts.  Ziggler cut Bryan off with a knee and tagged in Barrett.  Barrett beat down Bryan in the corner but was nailed with a drop toehold in the corner.  Bryan missed a charging dropkick in the corner and bounced out hard.  Barrett set up Bryan on the ropes, where he kicked him out to the floor.

On the floor, Barrett continued working over Bryan before bringing him back in for another two count.  Team Ziggler took turns working over Bryan.  Otunga nailed a pair of clotheslines for a two count.  Bryan caught him in the No Lock and tapped him out.

David Otunga has been eliminated.

Del Rio entered the ring and worked over Bryan, cinching in a side chinlock.   He followed up with a tiltowhirl backbreaker.  Del Rio went to the top but was shoved off to the floor by Bryan.  Bryan tagged in Kingston, who nailed a springboard missile clotheslineand then the Boom Drop.

Kingston set up for Trouble in Paradise, but Ziggler distracted him.  Kingston still nailed a reverse high cross bodyblock for a two count.  Ziggler tripped Kingston as Barrett tagged in, setting up the Black Hole Slam.  Barrett hit the Bullhammer on Kingston and pinned him.

Kofi Kingston has been eliminated.

Orton hit the ring and dropkicked Barrett.  Barrett fought back with shots to the mid-section but Orton regained control.  Barrett kicked him off during a charge.  Barrett went for a suplex but Orton reversed it.   Bryan tagged in and nailed a ton of kicks and a missile dropkick for a two count.

Bryan nailed a series of kicks but was clotheslined over the top to the floor.  Del Rio tagged in but Bryan immediately tried to tie him up into the No Lock.  Del Rio scrambled to escape before it was locked in and drilled him with a series of kicks to the ribs.  Del Rio drilled him with the cross armbreaker and Bryan tapped.

Daniel Bryan has been eliminated.

Miz entered the ring for the first time and worked over Del Rio.  Orton tagged in but was cut off.  Team Ziggler took turns working over Orton in their corner.  Ziggler rebounded off the ropes but Orton shot him up high into the air, with Ziggler crashing down.

Miz made the hot tag and worked over Barrett.  The crowd was into Miz's offense.  Miz nailed a leaping clothesline in the corner, took out Ziggler on the apron and came off with a flying axehandle.  Miz was cut off and Barrett went for the pump handle slam but Miz slipped out and nailed the Skull Crushing Finale for the pin.

Wade Barrett has been eliminated.

Miz immediately drilled Del Rio for a two count.   Del Rio cut him off and went to the top but Miz swept his legs out from under him.  Del Rio crashed rudely into the ring.  Miz missed his charging clothesline and was caught up in the corner.  Del Rio nailed a backstabber and pinned Miz.  That was a mistake.

Miz has been eliminated.

Orton was left against Del Rio and Ziggler.

He and Del Rio battled back and forth.  Orton tried to nail Ziggler, allowing Del Rio to get the better of him.   Ziggler tagged in and nailed a neckbreaker for a two count. 

Del Rio tried to come off the ropes but was dropkicked in mid-air.  Orton nailed a series of clotheslines and a powerslam.  Ricardo tried to interfere, so Orton grabbed him for the hanging DDT.  Del Rio nailed the backstabber but Orton kicked up at two.  Foley put Mr. Socko to Ricardo outside.

Del Rio went to pick up Orton, who grabbed him for the RKO.  Ziggler went for a superkick but Orton allowed him to nail Del Rio instead.  Orton nailed Ziggler, sending him into the buckles and RKO'd Del Rio.

Del Rio has been eliminated.

It's down to Orton vs, Ziggler.   Orton went for the RKO but Ziggler held the ropes.  Orton crashed down and Ziggler drilled him with a leaping neckbreaker for a two count.  They battled back and forth.  Orton, bleeding from the lip, nailed the hanging DDT.

Ziggler was out and Orton stood there.  He set up for the punt kick but was caught with a superkick and Ziggler scored the pin.

Your winner and Survivor, Dolph Ziggler!

Some of the early booking made me scratch my head but a really good, hard fought match overall.  Ziggler getting the must deserved clean win over a big name like Orton was way overdue and one can only hope this means they are finally going to go with the flow.  Lots of good work in this one.


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