Team Orton: Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit and Maven
Team Triple H: Triple H, Edge, Batista and Snitsky
The night after SummerSlam in 2004, Triple H, Ric Flair and Batista, known collectively as Evolution, dumped brand new World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton. In the weeks and months that followed, Orton would do everything in his power to get back at his former mentor and teammates.
At Unforgiven in September, he would be screwed out of the World title, but he would make up for it somewhat by defeating Ric Flair at Taboo Tuesday inside a steel cage.
There were still many issues left unsettled as Survivor Series rolled around, and the main event for that show would feature Orton leading Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit—two Superstars who had their own issues with Evolution—and Maven into battle against Triple H, Batista, Edge and Gene Snitsky.
Edge had become frustrated by his lack of opportunities at the World Heavyweight Championship and turned heel. Snitsky had taken the Raw brand of WWE by storm, thanks to a storyline that saw him cost a pregnant Lita and Kane their baby.
Prior to the match, Snitsky attacked Maven, making his status for the match unknown.
The Tough Enough Season 1 winner would eventually make his presence felt, but in the end, it would come down to Orton and Triple H.
The Game attempted a Pedigree, but Orton countered and delivered an RKO to pick up the win for his team.
The previous stipulations stated that, as a result of their victory, Team Orton would run the next four weeks of Raw. Each Monday, a member of the team would serve as General Manager and could book whatever matches he wanted, including matches for Triple H's World Heavyweight Championship.
It was a fun addition to a match that had a hot storyline behind it.