WWE Survivor Series 2021 - As It Happened
Another edition of brand warfare
WWE held the latest edition of Survivor Series from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, November 21.
The battle for brand supremacy once again dominated the Thanksgiving Week pay-per-view and Monday Night Raw ended the night on top, having picked up five wins to Friday Night SmackDown's two.
Two matches in Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns vs. Big E were widely praised but the 5-on-5 Elimination Matches were marred by Count-out eliminations.
Check out everything that happened at Survivor Series 2021 below:
Damian Priest vs. Shinsuke Nakamura - United States Champion vs. Intercontinental Champion - Pre-Show
Rick Boogs guitar playing featured heavily in the opening minutes as Boogs first used it to distract Damian Priest before celebrating some of Nakamura's signature offence with more strumming of the strings. Priest only became increasingly annoyed about the guitar and he issued a final warning to Boogs.
The United States Champion became increasingly aggressive as he decked Nakamura with a Broken Arrow for a near fall before he went for South Of Heaven, which Nakamura blocked.
The King of Strong Style later went for the Kinshasa but Priest finally hit South Of Heaven for another near fall.
After some more back and forth action, Damian Priest appeared to have the match won after applying a Triangle Choke but Boogs played the guitar, once again, distracting the Archer Of Infamy.
An angry Priest proceeded to smash Boogs' guitar over his knee before he beat Rick with it. Nakamura went to help his friend but the United States Champion decked The King Of Strong Style with another piece of guitar to draw the DQ.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura by DQ - Raw 0 SmackDown 1
Following the Pre-Show match, the broadcast cut backstage to Vince McMahon arriving at the arena, being cheered by the WWE Superstars he decided not to fire. In the WWE chairman's grasp was one of Cleopatra's eggs from The Rock's latest movie, Red Notice.
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair - Raw Women's Champion vs. SmackDown Women's Champion
After an opening video package promoting Red Notice, it was time for the opening contest as Becky Lynch went one-on-one with Charlotte Flair amidst real-life issues between the former best friends.
Both women went straight after each other as soon as the bell rang and Charlotte almost hit Natural Selection but Becky dodged it and locked in the Disarm-her. Flair escaped and decked her rival with a Spear and the brawling continued on the outside as they tried to hit each other with more bombs. Flair was then sent crashing into the ring post by Lynch as the action took a moment to breathe.
Flair later went for her patented Moonsault but Lynch saw it coming and pushed her opponent from the top turnbuckle, sending Charlotte flying into the barricade. That didn't matter to Flair, though, as she sent Lynch crashing into the barricade moments later. After they got back into the ring, both women proceeded to slap each other with rage in their eyes.
Becky spent the next few minutes trying to hit any sort of extended offence but Charlotte kept her opponent at bay, even using the Bexploder against Lynch. Charlotte then taunted her former best friend, hitting a Standing Moonsault in between gloating over her dominance. Big-Time Becks managed to eventually fight back, catching Flair with a Leg Drop while the SmackDown Women's Champion was hung up in the ropes.
Flair became frustrated soon after, screaming at the referee after Lynch kicked out following a Big Boot. Lynch then managed to connect with the Manhandle Slam but Charlotte got her foot to the bottom rope.
Lynch followed up with a "Woo!" and a Heel Hook but Flair quickly turned the move over and capitalised with a Moonsault to the floor. It was Flair's turn to add insult to injury as she applied the Disarm-her and followed up with massive Chops. Flair then tried to win with the O'Connor Roll but the referee noticed she had hold of the ropes.
The official's eyes then stopped working as Lynch reversed into an O'Connor Roll of her own and used the ropes to score the 1-2-3.
Winner: Becky Lynch - Raw 1 SmackDown 1
Team Raw (Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Bobby Lashley, Finn Balor & Austin Theory) vs. Team SmackDown (Drew McIntyre, Jeff Hardy, Xavier Woods, Sheamus & Baron Corbin) - Men's 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Match
After 15 minutes of entrances, the in-ring action actually got underway as an angry Kevin Owens demanded he start the match. KO then promptly rolled out of the ring and headed backstage, causing him to be counted out. Easy night at work for the second-ever Universal Champion.
After the action broke down with a mass brawl, Finn Balor caught Baron Corbin with the Coup De Grace to eliminate Madcap Moss' favourite person.
The King Of The Ring was gone soon after as Woods went for a Flying Elbow to Austin Theory, only to be knocked from the top turnbuckle by Lashley while Rollins distracted the referee. Lashley then followed up with a Spear and the Hurt Lock, forcing Woods to pass out.
Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre rekindled their feud from earlier this year next and both men brawled on the outside, resulting in them being counted out as the crowd inside the Barclays Center chanted "bullsh*t!" Lashley and McIntyre then continued to brawl and Drew stood tall following a Claymore to Big Bobby. Seth Rollins then made the stupid decision to wave goodbye to Drew, which led to a Glasgow Kiss from The Scottish Warrior.
Finn Balor went for the Coup De Grace soon after but Sheamus rolled out of the way and capitalised with a Brogue Kick to eliminate The Prince. The match came down to Austin Theory and Seth Rollins vs. Sheamus and Jeff Hardy.
Sheamus and Jeff Hardy hit some tandem offence, working seamlessly together despite The Celtic Warrior once calling Hardy a junkie and Jeff covering him with pee.
That teamwork was for nought, though, as Austin Theory rolled up Sheamus to eliminate The Celtic Warrior after Seth Rollins pulled Hardy to the floor. Sheamus then attacked both Theory and Jeff following his elimination.
Seth Rollins looked to take advantage with a Frog Splash but Hardy managed to kick out. The Charismatic Enigma then fought back and eliminated Austin Theory following a Swanton Bomb.
It came down to two as Seth Rollins went one-on-one with Jeff Hardy in the fight for brand supremacy.
Rollins went for the Stomp soon after but Hardy blocked it and followed up with the Twist of Fate. He tried to hit a Swanton Bomb but Seth got his knees up and finally connected with the Stomp to win the match for Team Raw.
Winners: Team Raw with Seth Rollins as the sole survivor - Raw 2 SmackDown 1
A backstage segment between Roman Reigns and Vince McMahon followed the Elimination Match and McMahon showed The Big Dog the egg, which was given to Vince by The Rock. Vince claimed the egg was worth $100 million and Roman walked away after saying that was almost as much as his next contract would be. Maybe big Tony Khan can afford that. WWE certainly won't pay it with all their budget cuts.
25-Man Dual Brand Battle Royal
Sports Entertainment presented by Pizza Hut this was, as Yoda would say.
Otis ate some pizza presented to him by R-Truth. The former NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion spanked Otis, though, so the Alpha Academy man threw R-Truth over the top rope.
Shanky and Omos picked up most of the eliminations in the match and AJ Styles' Personal Colossus even eliminated Shanky.
Omos then eliminated Azeez and a strange tug of war broke out between the two big men over AJ Styles. Cesaro knocked Omos, though, causing Styles to tumble to the floor.
Everyone remaining in the ring, which was The Street Profits, Cesaro, and Ricochet, then worked together to try and eliminate Omos but they failed miserably, with Omos eliminating Cesaro, Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford. Omos then just toyed with Ricochet before throwing him over the top rope, having accumulated 12 eliminations.
AJ Styles then tried to collect the pizza at ringside but Montez Ford, after catching The Phenomenal One with an Enziguiri, threw the slices into the crowd. Very Corporate America.
Winner: Omos - Raw 3 SmackDown 1
RK-Bro vs. The Usos - Raw Tag Team Champions vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions
Following some early RK-Bro dominance, The Usos took control after dropping Riddle into the barricade and sending him crashing into the barricade again following a Suicide Dive from Jimmy.
Riddle eventually made the hot tag to Randy Orton and he decimated both of The Usos, sending Jey and Jimmy crashing onto the announce table with Slams. Orton then set up for the RKO to Jey but Uso blocked it and capitalised with a Superkick.
Riddle then ran roughshod over the SmackDown Tag Team Champions before Jey Uso fired back with a Pop-Up Neckbreaker. Double Superkicks to Riddle followed but The Original Bro managed to kick out.
Orton tagged himself into the match but Jimmy Uso didn't realise and went for an Uso Splash on Riddle, only for Orton to sneak into the ring and hit an amazing RKO from out of nowhere for the victory.
Winners: RK-Bro - Raw 4 SmackDown 1
Another Vince McMahon segment followed, this time with Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville and the WWE chairman realised someone had stolen his expensive egg. Vince said he would get to the bottom of it tomorrow night on Raw if they couldn't find it tonight.
Team Raw (Bianca Belair, Queen Zelina, Carmella, Rhea Ripley & Liv Morgan) vs. Team SmackDown (Sasha Banks, Toni Storm, Natalya, Shayna Baszler & Shotzi Blackheart) - Women's 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Match
Carmella was eliminated mere moments into the match after being rolled up by Toni Storm.
Several minutes later, chants of CM Punk rained down inside the Barclays Center shortly after a Mexican wave. Queen Zelina was then eliminated following a Storm Zero from Toni Storm.
Toni Time was over only a few moments later, though, courtesy of Liv Morgan. The former Riott Squad member then looked like a weak number one contender, being eliminated courtesy of Frog Splashes from Shotzi Blackheart and Sasha Banks.
Tandem offence from SmackDown then continued and Rhea Ripley was eliminated following a Knee from Shayna Baszler.
This left the match as 4 vs. 1 in favour of Team SmackDown, with Bianca Belair as the remaining member of Team Raw.
Team SmackDown couldn't co-exist, though, as Sasha Banks and Shotzi Blackheart fought over who was legal. Banks then fought Baszler and Natalya and The Boss was counted out, despite Shotzi having made the tag to be the legal woman. The referee even acknowledged the tag but there we are.
Bianca Belair eliminated Natalya with a Roll-Up moments later and The EST of WWE then took out Shayna Baszler to pick up another elimination.
The match came down to Bianca Belair vs. Shotzi Blackheart. Shotzi went for Sliced Bread but Belair blocked it and followed up with the KOD to win the match for Team Raw. Bianca Belair overcame a 4 vs. 1 disadvantage to the surprise of nobody.
SmackDown are terrible at Survivor Series, aren't they?
Winners: Team Raw with Bianca Belair as the sole survivor - Raw 5 SmackDown 1
Kayla Braxton caught up with Paul Heyman backstage ahead of the main event and asked the manager if he was aware that Brock Lesnar's suspension was no longer indefinite. He told Kayla to ask Adam Pearce since Scrap Daddy is the one who has a problem with BRRRROCK LESNAR.
Roman Reigns vs. Big E - Universal Champion vs. WWE Champion
Like every other Roman Reigns main event over the last 15 months, this one started out slow.
Big E injured his knee in the early going after he missed a Splash on the apron. Roman then took advantage with a Drive-By and proceeded to pummel the WWE Champion for the next several minutes.
Big E eventually managed to fight back by throwing Reigns into the steel steps, giving himself some breathing space, and E followed up with Belly-To-Belly Suplexes and a Splash after a brief gyration over The Tribal Chief.
The match became more of an even contest from here and Roman Reigns later planted Big E with a Rock Bottom for a near fall, as chants of "Rocky" filled the Barclays Center.
Roman followed up with a Superman Punch, but Big E hulked up. Reigns hit another one and Big E just hulked up again. The Universal Champion then connected with a third Superman Punch for good measure, only to have Big E get back to his feet like nothing had happened and he hit Reigns with a Spear through the middle rope to the floor.
Hulk Hogan, I mean Big E, was then floored by a Spear from Reigns back inside the squared circle but the WWE Champion somehow kicked out.
Big E went for another Spear to the floor soon after but Reigns blocked it with the Guillotine and the Universal Champion reapplied the move back in the middle of the ring, only to have Big E power out of it into the Big Ending for the 1-2-No! Reigns grabbed the bottom rope just before the count of three.
Big E bounced Reigns around the ringside area, taunting the Universal Champion due to how personal their rivalry had become but Roman eventually cut E off, sending him flying into the steel steps.
Another Superman Punch followed and E went for a second Big Ending but Roman escaped, kicked the back of the WWE Champion's bad knee and hit another Spear for the victory.
Winner: Roman Reigns - Raw 5 SmackDown 2