The Authority's stranglehold over WWE reached a thrilling conclusion Sunday night as Team Cena reigned supreme at Survivor Series.
Things were looking bleak for Team Cena when Big Show turned on the group and delivered the Knockout Punch to John Cena. That allowed Seth Rollins to pin Cena, and with Big Show leaving the ring, Dolph Ziggler was looking at a 3-1 disadvantage.
He continued to fight and eventually eliminated Luke Harper and Kane, leaving it between Ziggler and Rollins to decide the match.
Ziggler hit multiple Zig Zags on Rollins, seemingly having the match won. Triple H interfered on The Authority's behalf and stopped the referee's count on two occasions. He then took things into his own hands and hit a massive Pedigree on Ziggler.
Just as The Authority was poised to win the match, Sting made his WWE debut:
He took Triple H out with the Scorpion Death Drop and placed Ziggler on top of Rollins. The referee counted the pin, and Team Cena won the match:
Cena and Ziggler shared an embrace at the end on the entrance ramp. Ziggler not only saved his own job, but that of Ryback and Erick Rowan as well:
In addition, The Authority is out of power:
Team Cena had some huge stakes on the line in its own right as John Cena's teammates would have been fired had Team Authority won, but his quintet ultimately came through.
Triple H challenged Cena to a traditional five-on-five elimination match one month prior to the pay-per-view, and both sides proceeded to build formidable teams. The squad of Seth Rollins, Kane, Mark Henry, Rusev and Luke Harper seemed extremely difficult to beat on paper in particular.
In fact, Lana was supremely confident that The Authority would come away victorious due to the presence of United States champion Rusev:
With that said, Team Cena was resilient. The Authority did everything it could to prevent Superstars from joining Cena's cause. It even took out the likes of Jack Swagger and Sheamus before Cena was finally able to find four partners.
Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Rowan and Ryback refused to back down, and they proved to be too much for The Authority to handle.
This is despite the fact that Triple H and Stephanie seemed supremely confident in their ability to take down the leader of the Cenation, as evidenced by this photo, courtesy of Triple H's Instagram account:
Triple H even went as far as to make it clear that The Authority was desperate to win prior to the contract signing during the go-home episode of Raw, according to WWE Universe:
It will be interesting to see what this win means for the Team Cena members, but the bigger story relates to where Triple H and Stephanie go from here. They have been in complete control of WWE for well over a year as heels, but they have finally been ousted from the catbird seat.
This could mean that The Game and Steph will be off television for the foreseeable future, although it also wouldn't be surprising if they continue to appear on WWE programming in an effort to regain their spots.
Since The Authority is officially done, it leaves a void in terms of an authority figure on Raw. WWE could opt to go without one, but there are certainly some other options on the table.
An especially popular one would be for Vince to take on a greater role. It has yet to be explained why he put his daughter and son-in-law in such a precarious position, but maybe he was doing so in order to put himself back in power.
After all, WWE is doing everything possible to improve subscription numbers for WWE Network, and making one of the greatest characters in wrestling history a regular performer once again would unquestionably ramp up interest.
At the same time, this is professional wrestling, so stipulations are often broken. That means Triple H and Stephanie could be back in power in the very near future.
The product has been somewhat stale recently, so placing Triple H and Stephanie in flux is logical since it should make for some entertaining moments moving forward.
No matter how this ultimately plays out, it is certainly a welcomed shakeup.
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