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WWE Survivor Series 2013 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterJanuary 17, 2017

WWE Survivor Series 2013 Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

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    Victory awaits those who can be among the last ones standing at WWE Survivor Series 2013.

    A number of promising newcomers and emerging talents look to add to the event's grand collection of memories. Can Big E Langston keep the Intercontinental Championship? How will The Wyatt Family fare in the glare of the spotlight? 

    World title bouts and a pair of traditional Survivor Series elimination tag matches comprise the rest of the pay-per-view's card. 

    Results, grades and analysis will go up shortly after each match ends.

    Beginning with the pre-show match featuring old enemies Kofi Kingston and The Miz, let's lunge into the night's action, the stories, the championship clashes and the survivors emerging from battle.

The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston

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    The Miz and Kofi Kingston barked at each other as the opening bell sounded.

    They began the bout by shaking hands before trading roll-ups and backslides that led to a number of near-falls. Kingston used his speed and agility to gain the advantage, kicking Miz in the head and diving out of the ring to crash into him.

    A hard kick and a headlock had Miz on top for a moment before the highflier was dishing out offense again.

    Miz survived the onslaught, though. He kicked out of the SOS and a diving crossbody. The Awesome One eventually rolled Kingston up for the win.

    Miz offered to shake hands again, but instead tasted a slap from Kingston.

     

    Result

    Miz wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Miz's hammering kick to Kingston, who was standing on the ring apron.

    Kingston flies at Miz with a double stomp on Miz's chest.

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    In spite of a few sloppy moments toward the beginning of the match, Miz and Kingston pulled off a highly entertaining pre-show contest. Speed and near-falls powered the bout.

    There was little story heading into this, but with the slap from Kingston and Miz sure to become more villainous as his heel transformation continues, this has the look of a rivalry ready to pick up in intensity.

5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match

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    Triple H and Stephanie McMahon opened the show, promising all of the night's matches would be interference free.

    As The Real Americans made their entrance, Zeb Colter went on his usual rant, this time aimed at the fans in Boston, Mass. He told them they shouldn't cheer for a foreign guy like David Ortiz. 

    Cody Rhodes and Dean Ambrose began the match for their respective teams.

    Rhodes got a few solid punches in, but soon found himself lying in a corner getting kicked in the chest. The referee pulled Ambrose out and berated him. Busy arguing with the official, Ambrose didn't see Rhodes sneak up behind him and use a schoolboy pin to eliminate him.

    The Real Americans worked seamlessly together to double-team Goldust, knocking the air out of him with a Swagger bomb and slamming him to the mat.

    Goldust escaped long enough to tag Rey Mysterio. The highflier sped around the ring, quickly getting Jack Swagger in position for the 619. The Usos followed that move with a superkick and splash combo that gave the fan favorites a five-to-two advantage.

    Antonio Cesaro whipped both the Uso brothers around with the Cesaro Swing. 

    Rhodes and Cesaro battled briefly before Rhodes rolled Cesaro up, eliminating the Swiss strongman. The heels were only down to Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, forced to face the entire babyface squad by themselves.

    Reigns speared Jimmy Uso and Rhodes, eliminating both men. Rollins smashed Jey's face into the mat, taking him out.

    That evened the odds, with only Mysterio and Goldust left against the former tag team champs. Reigns and Rollins then seemed to delight in destroying Mysterio. Reigns flung him out of the ring; Rollins tied him upside down in the corner.

    Mysterio later reversed an electric chair drop, rolling Rollins up for the three-count.

    Reigns punished Mysterio some more before the masked underdog made the tag to Goldust. Goldust played to the crowd as he powerslammed and clotheslined Reigns. The last member of The Shield was too powerful, though.

    He speared Goldust to take him out and then did the same to Mysterio, making Reigns the sole survivor.

     

    Result

    The Shield and The Real Americans win.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Colter twerked to mock the Boston crowd.

    "We're about to have ourselves a swinging Samoan," John "Bradshaw" Layfield.

    "You exaggerate more than Gorilla Monsoon," JBL to Michael Cole.

    "Welcome back, Rey!" Rollins growling at a fallen Mysterio. 

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    This match was proof of how dramatic the elimination format can be. The opener had the power of a comeback and a variety of stars shining.

    The babyfaces were rolling, but Reigns came charging back. He was made the biggest star of the bout, taking out four men on his own.

    Mysterio, Rhodes and Goldust earned some loud reactions, contributing to an excellent bout that will be tough for the rest of the card to surpass.

Big E Langston vs. Curtis Axel (Intercontinental Championship)

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    Curtis Axel began his quest to regain his championship by trying to lean on his mat-wrestling advantage over Big E Langston. He couldn't keep away from the freight train that is Langston, though. The champ bowled over Axel and tossed him high into the air.

    Axel's offense was especially intense, clubbing Langston like a sledgehammer tearing down a wall.

    The two titans traded blows, Langston nailing the running splash, Axel hitting the Perfect Plex. Langston overpowered his foe in the end, using the Big Ending to get the three-count.

    Renee Young interviewed the champion, and Langston playfully pandered to the crowd, name-dropping the Boston Red Sox with a smirk on his face.

     

    Result

    Langston wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Langston throws Axel into the air, but the challenger lands on his feet.

     

    Grade 

    B-

     

    Analysis

    Axel and Langston brought more aggressiveness for their rematch. Axel seemed desperate at moments, seeing his championship hopes crushed in Langston's powerful hands.

    Being a bit short prevented this match from being a potential show-stealer, but both men gave good performances. Langston looks like a stronger champion coming out of this fight.

Divas Elimination Tag Team Match

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    AJ Lee alienated her partners in an attempted pep rally backstage. Despite calling them "inferior," she did somewhat manage to get them motivated to fight the Total Divas cast.

    Alicia Fox clocked Naomi with a big boot in the corner, but the Funkadactyl soon eliminated her.

    The eliminations came quickly then. Rosa slammed Naomi's face into the turnbuckle for the three-count. Nikki took out Rosa and then interrupted an impromptu dance-off by kicking Summer Rae in the face, eliminating her.

    Kaitlyn kneed Eva Marie to knock her out of action before using the gutbuster to eliminate Cameron.

    Brie Bella used a dropkick to take Kaitlyn out of the match. AJ distracted Brie long enough for Aksana to hit a spinebuster and get the elimination.

    Eventually, JoJo Offerman was forced to face Tamina Snuka. JoJo nearly pulled off the upset, but Tamina started kicking her after kicking out of a roll-up attempt.

    When JoJo was all but knocked out, AJ came to get the easy pin. AJ saved Tamina from Natalya's Sharpshooter but got her disqualified in the process.

    That same move spelled the end for AJ, the Divas champ soon tapping out, which allowed Natalya and Nikki Bella to celebrate in the ring.

     

    Result

    The Total Divas cast members win, last eliminating AJ.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I'll speak slowly, so you can understand me, " AJ to her partners.

    "Summer's in Florida Gators colors, guess she didn't see what Georgia Southern did to them," John "Bradshaw" Layfield.

     

    Grade

    D-

     

    Analysis

    The match had no story, no drama until it was down to the last few Divas. There was seemingly one move before each elimination, the pace moving along too quickly to showcase any of the Divas.

    It was the opposite of the Superstars elimination match—lifeless, forgettable.

    JoJo's brief David and Goliath moment and AJ's speech were among the only highlights.

Mark Henry vs. Ryback

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    Ryback came down to the ring with a microphone in his hand and a smug look on his face. He mocked the pre-show panel before issuing an open challenge. Mark Henry answered it.

    The World's Strongest Man strutted into the ring with his new Rick Ross-esque look.

    The two men swung at each other, trading the advantage. Ryback was surprisingly able to execute a snap suplex on the big man. Henry shot out of the corner to knock Ryback on his back.

    He hit the World's Strongest Slam, and it was all over.

     

    Result

    Henry wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "You're cowards, just like everyone in this second-rate arena," Ryback to the pre-show panel.

    "He's got a future in the movies; he could be the screen," Jerry Lawler on Henry.

    Henry hits a crossbody of sorts, leaving his feet to collide with Ryback.

     

    Grade

    C

     

    Analysis

    Ryback is thriving as a bully chuckling at his own jokes. His promo was more entertaining than the match, though.

    Just like their WrestleMania 29 match, this wasn't the battle of two titans that WWE probably expected. It dragged despite being short.

    It's great to have Henry back, just as long as WWE finds someone for him to work with who has more chemistry with him.

John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio (World Heavyweight Championship)

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    Alberto Del Rio looked confident as he first locked up with John Cena. Cena hit him with a few shoulder tackles, but Del Rio held the champ down, grinding his forearm against Cena's head.

    Not surprisingly, Del Rio went after Cena's bad arm.

    He kicked it, wrenched it and zeroed in on it for much of the match. Del Rio later tossed Cena into the steel steps and grinned as he punished his foe.

    Cena had a few bursts of offense, but Del Rio tripped him up each time. Cena pulled out some new weapons, including a tornado DDT, but Del Rio countered with his trademark moves from the Backstabber to the cross armbreaker. None of it was enough, though.

    Cena withstood the onslaught and earned the win courtesy of the Attitude Adjustment.

     

    Result

    Cena wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Cena dropkicking Del Rio in midair.

    "Cena ran into a buzz saw tonight," Michael Cole.

    Cena hitting a tornado DDT.

    Del Rio reaches the ropes while in the STF by the very tip of his finger.

     

    Grade

    A-

     

    Analysis

    This match looked a lot like their clash at Hell in a Cell, Del Rio attacking and Cena surviving.

    While that bout had the benefit of uncertainty, predictability sucked some of the thrill from this one.

    Del Rio was smugness personified and excellent in his viciousness. Their Survivor Series match had less of the energy and buzz of their last outing, but was still hard-hitting and dramatic enough to earn a high grade.

The Wyatt Family vs. Daniel Bryan and CM Punk

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    Bray Wyatt watched from his rocking chair as his monsters went to work.

    Daniel Bryan avoided Erick Rowan, trying to chop down the tree of a man with kicks to his legs. Punk tried the same strategy but soon found himself suffering Luke Harper's chops to the chest. Harper and Rowan kept Punk on the defensive for a solid stretch.

    Bryan and Punk showed some excellent team chemistry as well, hitting the Hart Attack on Rowan.

    The big men overpowered the fan favorites soon after, though. Harper delivered some Antonio Cesaro-like uppercuts and stomped on Punk's fingers as he tagged Rowan in. Punk eventually tagged in a fresh Bryan, who darted around the ring, charging up the Boston fans.

    Bryan tried to hit a hurricanrana from the top rope, but Harper hit a massive powerbomb instead.

    The Wyatt Family dominated, keeping either Bryan or Punk writhing on the mat. Punk had a late rally, though, that led to him hitting Harper with a Go to Sleep for the win.

    Wyatt wasn't happy with the result and so teased coming into the ring before slinking away, mumbling to himself.

     

    Result

    Punk and Bryan win via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "We are the reapers," Wyatt.

    Rowan suplexes both Bryan and Punk at the same time.

    Harper turns a hurricanrana into a powerbomb.

    Punk dives out onto Wyatt and Rowan on the outside.

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    Harper and Rowan played convincing beasts, providing the ultimate obstacles for Bryan and Punk.

    The contrast of the two teams' styles made for compelling action, and WWE is certain to take note of that. Expect more of these battles with how dramatic and physical this first round was.

Randy Orton vs. Big Show (WWE Championship)

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    The WWE Championship match began with Randy Orton avoiding the giant. He paced around the ring, running from Big Show.

    The World's Largest Athlete eventually caught up with him and chopped his chest red and hammered his ribs with punches.

    Orton managed to get Big Show off his feet with a near-perfect dropkick. The champ then went to work, kneeing him in the head and squeezing the air out of him with a sleeper hold.

    Big Show soon had Orton on the run again, but Orton caught him in a rope-hung DDT that saw Big Show slip and the fans boo. 

    The challenger later tried to toss Orton into the ring and accidentally knocked the referee over. Orton tried to take advantage by grabbing a chair, but he never got to use it. Their brawl overflowed into the crowd instead.

    Big Show knocked Orton and slid him into the ring only to hear Triple H's music hit. The sight of Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Kane distracted the big man enough for Orton to hit an RKO.

    The Viper next hit the punt to get the victory and remain champion.

    John Cena came down to show off his championship belt, staring down Orton.

     

    Result

    Orton wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Big Show palming Orton's head to lift him up into the ring.

    Orton playing off the DDT botch by flexing his muscles.

     

    Grade

    C+

     

    Analysis

    The ending was something right out of an episode of Raw. It certainly didn't feel like the best way to cap off a main event bout.

    Big Show struggled to move throughout the match, and a number of sloppy moments took away from the realism. All that buildup for this now seems like a waste. 

    Survivor Series had some excellent matches and created some lasting memories, but unfortunately, the show ended with disappointment.

    If the showdown between Cena and Orton is a preview of the next marquee feud, WWE is showing just how out of touch it is. Revisiting that rivalry is one of the least appealing options available to the company.

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