WWE Survivor Series 2013 set.
This past Sunday night, WWE presented its 27th annual Survivor Series pay-per-view live from the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. The show unfortunately continued WWE's sad streak of poor pay-per-views that has been occurring since September's Night of Champions event.
Needless to say, Randy Orton vs. Big Show should not be headlining a major pay-per-view in the year 2013. Regardless of whether it was for the WWE Championship or not, the match was not well wrestled at all, and the lame finish was just the icing on the cake.
John Cena and Alberto Del Rio, a feud that has been done to death in recent years, worked a solid matchup that severely lacked in good storytelling. The live crowd was well aware that Del Rio had zero chance of walking out as world champion, which is why they were as uninterested as they were during the bout.
At a time when WWE desperately needed a strong show to rejuvenate the stagnant product, they ultimately dropped the ball yet again. With it being one of the "Big Four" pay-per-views, the general consensus among fans has been that Survivor Series failed miserably in doing anything to get viewers looking forward to what comes next.
While watching the show, I noticed a handful of highlights that could be seen as interesting or intriguing to any ordinary WWE viewer. For those of you who know me well, you're aware I have an obsessive knack for fun facts regarding past WWE events.
I'll attempt to entertain and enlighten you with knowledge as I present my observed monumental, record-breaking, history-making moments from this year's Survivor Series event.
Kofi Kingston and The Miz come face-to-face.
It is a well known fact that The Miz and Kofi Kingston have never seen eye-to-eye. The two have traded titles on several different occasions over the years, and their recently rekindled rivalry led them to have a match on this year's Survivor Series Kickoff match.
Although Kingston put forth an admirable effort, he ultimately came up short of defeating Miz. Following the contest, Miz offered a handshake to Kingston, to which Kingston responded with a deafening slap to the face of The Awesome One.
This wouldn't be the first time that Miz and Kingston have crossed paths at Survivor Series, though, as the two were on the same side of the ring at last year's event. They were two of the combatants of Team Orton, but were unsuccessful in overcoming Team Ziggler.
It is also worth noting that this marked Kingston's third consecutive loss at the event, which shouldn't come as much of surprise given his position in the company in recent years.
Mick Foley makes an entrance at 2012's Survivor Series.
One night removed from 2012's Hell in a Cell event, it was announced that Mick Foley would lead a team of five Superstars against then-WWE Champion CM Punk and four other competitors in a traditional elimination tag team match at Survivor Series. Although Punk later backed out of the bout, Foley still appeared at the event, but his team came up short to Dolph Ziggler's band of misfits.
While Foley may not have been an integral part of Survivor Series this time around, he still made an appearance this past Sunday as part of the legends pre-show panel. He was interrupted at one point during the show by Ryback, a Superstar that he almost led into battle last year.
United States Champion Dean Ambrose gets in the face of the referee. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
While the United States Championship has been devalued considerably over the years, a case can be made for why it is still somewhat prestigious. The current holder of the U.S. title, Dean Ambrose, has done well for himself since capturing the belt back in June, and this past Sunday was no exception.
Ambrose was involved in a traditional five-on-five elimination tag team match at this year's Survivor Series. Despite the fact that he was the first one eliminated from the contest, his fellow Shield stablemate Roman Reigns went on to score the victory for their team.
The star-spangled prize was successfully defended at the last two installments of Survivor Series, as Antonio Cesaro defeated R-Truth in 2012, and Dolph Ziggler defeated John Morrison in 2011. Furthermore, the holder of the belt in 2008, 2009 and 2010 emerged victorious in elimination tag team matches.
Thus, if the past is any indication, whoever the U.S. champion is at this time next year is bound to score success at Survivor Series.
Roman Reigns kneels over his fallen prey, Rey Mysterio.
On the Nov. 18 edition of Raw, Rey Mysterio made his highly anticipated return to Raw at the close of the show. He was announced as the final member of a team also consisting of Cody Rhodes, Goldust and The Usos that would be taking on The Shield and The Real Americans in a traditional five-on-five elimination tag team match at Survivor Series.
Randy Orton is often credited with being the master of this kind of matchup, when in reality Mysterio had an equal amount of (if not more) experience. In 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012, Mysterio's team emerged victorious, and the Master of the 619 was one of the sole survivors on three of those occasions.
However, Mysterio's undefeated streak in Survivor Series elimination tag team matches came to an end on Sunday night, as he was the last one eliminated for his team at the hands of Roman Reigns. Better luck next year, Rey.
AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka lead Team True Divas into battle.
Unlike The Miz and Kofi Kingston, who were partners at last year's Survivor Series event and opponents at this year's, the exact opposite happened with AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka.
In the final few months of 2012, Vickie Guerrero tormented AJ Lee by framing her for being involved in an "affair" with John Cena. This led to a confrontation between Vickie and AJ at Survivor Series, which ended with the returning Tamina laying out AJ on Vickie's behalf.
Fast forward to a year later, AJ and Tamina have since formed an alliance. They were on the same side of the squared circle this past Sunday at Survivor Series, losing a traditional elimination tag team match to the cast of Total Divas.
AJ Lee, despite losing at Survivor Series, remains the Divas Champion.
Divas Champion AJ Lee has been a part of a raging rivalry in recent months with the cast of the hit reality show Total Divas. She has successfully defended her title against various cast members as of late, but due to being involved in a traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match on Sunday night, she was unable to put the gold up for grabs.
The title was defended at the last three installments of Survivor Series, meaning the last time it wasn't on the line at the annual event was in 2009.
It is also worth noting that it was at Survivor Series in 2010 that Natalya captured her first (and only) Divas title. It would be another three years before Natalya would make the Divas champion submit yet again.
John Cena, still your World Heavyweight Champion.
Following his defeat of Alberto Del Rio for the World Heavyweight Championship at last month's Hell in a Cell event, it became pretty obvious to fans that John Cena would meet Del Rio in a rematch at Survivor Series. As expected, Cena was victorious and walked out of Boston with his title still intact.
This may have felt like deja vu to some viewers, as the world title has been successfully defended at every installment of Survivor Series for the last five years.
Big Show and Mark Henry left the event as world champion in 2012 and 2011, respectively, after they intentionally got themselves disqualified to retain the title. Kane retained his strap against Edge in 2010 when their match managed to end in a draw.
Then-reigning World Heavyweight Champion Undertaker overcame the odds in 2009 when he defeated both Chris Jericho and Show in a Triple Threat match. Coincidentally enough, this would mean that the last world title change occurred at 2008's event, which saw Cena defeat Jericho in his hometown of Boston to capture the prestigious prize for the first time in his career.
After picking up the win, The Best and The Beard challenge Bray Wyatt to step in the ring.
Since his initial "pipebomb" of a promo in June 2011, CM Punk has had the best run of his career at the top of the food chain in WWE. That has been evident through the winning streak he has had going for him at Survivor Series over the last three years.
At 2011's installment, Punk contended for the WWE Championship against Alberto Del Rio. After forcing Del Rio to tap out to his patented Anaconda Vise submission hold, Punk recaptured the prestigious prize for a second time, later embarking on a reign that would last a whopping 434 days.
In this midst of his historic reign, Punk was set to defend the gold against John Cena and Ryback in the main event of last year's Survivor Series event. With some help from The Shield, Punk walked out of the arena with his title still intact.
Although no titles were at stake on Sunday night, Punk's pride certainly was, as he teamed up with Daniel Bryan to take on The Wyatt Family's Luke Harper and Erik Rowan. The lack of experience on the behalf of Harper and Rowan is what cost them in the end, as The Best and The Beard were successful in scoring the victory.
Randy Orton maintains possession of the WWE Championship.
Going into this year's Survivor Series, WWE Champion Randy Orton faced the arduous task of overcoming Big Show. Although The Authority also emphasized that there would be no "physical interference" in the main event match, they still made their presence felt by standing on the stage during the bout, distracting Show and causing Orton to retain his WWE title.
The prestigious prize was successfully defended at last year's installment as well, as CM Punk emerged victorious in a Triple Threat match against John Cena and Ryback. Interestingly enough, the WWE title hasn't changed hands in the main event of the pay-per-view since 1999's installment, the night Show captured his first WWE title.
Randy Orton and John Cena encounter one another at Survivor Series.
John Cena and Randy Orton have had a raging rivalry with each other dating back to 2007, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that they have clashed numerous times over the years.
Cena was named the special guest referee for Orton's WWE Championship match against Wade Barrett at 2010's Survivor Series event. The stipulation stated Cena would be freed from the Nexus if Barrett won or he would be fired from the company if Orton won.
After counting the three count for The Viper, Cena was "terminated" per the stipulation. He took a minute to embrace Orton in a hug before celebrating with the crowd.
Following his successful title defense against Big Show this past Sunday, Orton came to face-to-face with the reigning World Heavyweight Champion John Cena. The two exchanged looks and held up their respective belts to close the show.
Whether these facts were truly "fun" or not is for you to decide, but I still hope you enjoyed reading my latest piece, nonetheless. If you feel any corrections need to be made, feel free to drop a comment below with the accurate information and enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Graham Mirmina, a.k.a. Graham "GSM" Matthews, is a journalism major at Endicott College. Visit his website at Next Era Wrestling and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.