Fatal 4 Way for the WWE Tag Team Titles: The Usos vs. Damien Sandow and The Miz vs. Los Matadores vs. Goldust and Stardust
ST. LOUIS — Survivor Series’ WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal 4-Way Match proved to be The Miz & Damien Mizdow’s greatest tag team performance to date as the A-lister and his stunt double walked out of WWE’s fall classic the new WWE Tag Team Champions.
In this Fatal 4-Way title contest only two Superstars would compete inside the ring at the same time, but anybody could be tagged in at any time by anybody with the first team to pick up a pinfall or submission claiming the WWE Tag Team Championships.
Stardust and Fernando started off the contest, but it didn’t take long for this match’s unique rules to take effect. The Miz quickly tagged himself in to battle the masked matador as his stunt double, Damien Mizdow kept himself busy on the ring apron mimicking The Awesome One’s every move.
The titleholders seemed determined to not lose their coveted “Cosmic Key” as they remained in control for much of the bout. However, the action soon got Uso Crazy as The Usos took the battle outside the squared circle with double over-the-top-rope dives onto their opponents below. Not to be outdone, Stardust then performed a Fallen Star on the Samoan brothers before El Torito and Diego also jumped onto the pile of bodies strewn around the ring.
Back in the ring Los Matadores along with Gold & Stardust engaged in a huge triple powerbomb off the top rope. One-half of The Usos capitalized with a top rope splash on a fallen Goldust, but The Miz wisely tagged himself in and threw the Samoan Superstar from the ring. However, Miz’s stunt double pulled off the final tag on his own partner – the surprised Miz – to pick up the victory over the Bizarre One.
The Miz & Damien Mizdow def. Gold & Stardust, Los Matadores & The Usos - WWE Tag Team Championship Fatal 4-Way Match
Traditional Survivor Series Match: Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae and Layla vs. Natalya, Emma, Naomi and Alicia Fox
Naomi , Alicia Fox, Natalya, & Emma scored a rare clean-sweep victory in a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match against Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae & Layla.
As the action in the Divas division continues to heat up, eight Divas came to Survivor Series, each in the hopes of showing they’re the most dominant Diva in the locker room. The Eight-Diva Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match joined up-and-coming competitors, Naomi & Emma and Cameron & Summer Rae, with former champions, Alicia Fox & Natalya and Paige & Layla.
Natalya set the tone early for her squad in the match, which required the winning team to eliminate all four of their opponents, by forcing Paige to the ringside floor with a baseball slide.
But The Diva of Tomorrow and former two-time Divas Champion continued to be defiant, screaming, “This is my house!” in the bout’s early goings. Even though Paige did her part to back it up, Naomi shined the brightest.
Following a superplex by Emma on her NXT rival Paige, Naomi jumped into the action against her former Funkadactyl partner Cameron and scored the first elimination with a rollup pinfall. With her former BFF gone, Naomi invited the rest of the opposing team to bring it.
Alicia Fox followed up on Naomi’s hot-start with a triple crossbody to her opponents and eliminated Layla after a backbreaker to give her squad a 4-2 advantage.
Summer and Paige made for a surprisingly cohesive team, as each saved the other from being eliminated by Natalya. But Emma showcased her submission acumen by forcing Summer to tap out to the Emma Lock.
Facing a 4-on-1 disadvantage, Paige tried to run off instead, but was dragged back to the ring by Emma. The Diva of Tomorrow briefly had her competition reeling despite the stacked odds against her, but Naomi rejoined the bout and took control, dropping Paige with a Rear View and capping the bout with a head scissors into a face plant.
The victorious Divas — and Natalya’s husband Tyson Kidd — celebrated their clean sweep, with Naomi sending a powerful message to the Divas Champion in the process.
Alicia Fox, Natalya, Naomi & Emma def. Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae & Layla (Divas Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match)
Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
At first glance, no two competitors are less alike than Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt. But watching their brutality in St. Louis, no one can deny their obvious similarities. Unstable, unhinged and unpredictable, Ambrose exhibited his manic and frenzied fighting style. But Wyatt, cool as a cucumber on the outside, matched his opponent punch for punch, collision for collision.
The opening minutes of the high-impact melee switched from between the ropes to the ringside floor, back to the canvas and to the outside again. Like one of Bray’s puzzling sermons or Dean’s staccato gesticulations, it was difficult to know where the battle would find itself next. But when Bray took advantage of a mistimed dive by Ambrose to the outside, the backwoods preacher managed to gain control.
Wyatt tossed his rival into the ring, landed a senton and locked Ambrose into an agonizing full nelson lock. Dean thrashed and escaped, and revved up like a Mustang GT in a Steve McQueen movie. But just as in “Bullitt,” it resulted in an explosion as he crashed head on into Wyatt in wild a full-speed collision. Feeling the effects, the two men once again found themselves at ringside where a double clothesline bludgeoned and took out both competitors. But just as the brawl was about to end in a double count-out, Wyatt and Ambrose slid under the bottom rope to avoid the 10-count.
Ambrose landed a ring-rattling bulldog and realized he was now one step ahead of his twisted rival. It was this moment where everything changed. The Lunatic Fringe — who had until this point allowed his opponent to get inside his head — was now inside Wyatt’s. Mimicking Bray, he hung upside-down from the turnbuckles. It was a haunting moment for Wyatt, who is usually himself the haunter.
Astonished, Bray attempted Sister Abigail. Ambrose countered with a roll-up, but Wyatt kicked out. It was the beginning of a dizzying series of maneuvers and counters that saw Bray miss a slam to the mat, Ambrose miss a rebound clothesline from the ropes, and Bray miss another senton. For a moment, it seemed as though the match would continue without either competitor making impact.
But The Lunatic Fringe finally scored the aforementioned clothesline and a top rope elbow to a standing Wyatt. But when Bray nailed a clothesline of his own that turned Ambrose inside out and back again, he followed that up with a brutal slam to the steel steps on the outside. Somehow, Dean was able to kick out of a pinfall attempt, leaving Wyatt incredulous.
He gnawed at his stringy hair, his eyes beginning to well up with tears. What would it take to put Ambrose away? He rolled to the outside and grabbed his weapon of choice: a microphone.
“Why you doing this, man?” Wyatt pleaded. “It didn’t have to be like this, Dean.”
Wyatt, questioning what he had brought upon himself, began realizing that he may have taken on more than he bargained for. Because in the end, Ambrose is as wild as Bray himself is.
“Me and you, we’re special,” he revealed, and then followed it up with something more ominous: “I’m sorry, you chose your path.”
Reaching under the ring, Wyatt uncovered a steel chair and tossed it into the ring and Ambrose quickly picked it up. Bray dared him to swing away. Dean contemplated for a moment, but allowed the rage to bubble to the surface. He nailed Wyatt in the gut with the chair, and then blasted him on the back. Unconcerned that he had been disqualified; he then dropped the chair to the mat, and nailed Bray with Dirty Deeds to the steel.
But Ambrose wasn’t done. He went under the ring himself and pulled out a table. A few moments later, Bray had found himself crashing through it by way of another top rope elbow. Like his own personal Home Depot, Dean lifted the apron again, finding dozens more chairs, tossing them into the ring, burying Wyatt alive under a pile of lumber and steel.
Bray Wyatt def. Dean Ambrose by disqualification
The Lunatic Fringe had gone off the deep end, but then, the coup de grace: a ladder. He climbed to the top, triumphant and signaling that this war was far from over. Like a beautiful 50-car pileup, Ambrose had chosen his fate, a disqualification loss, a brutalized Wyatt, and a TLC Match on deck for next month.
Adam Rose and The Bunny vs. Titus O'Neil and Heath Slater
The Exotic Express seemingly found a new idol, following The Bunny & Adam Rose’s victory over Slater-Gator at Survivor Series...and he had a cotton tail. The impromptu match was made when Slater-Gator interrupted an attempted peacemaking between Rose and The Bunny backstage. Butting their way into the party animals’ playtime with Mattel’s WWE Super Strikers, Heath Slater & Titus O’Neil tried to stir the pot between the two, saying The Bunny’s popularity is eclipsing Rose’s.
The tension between Rose and The Bunny was thick as The Rosebuds made their way to the ring, with Rose refusing to let The Bunny do his trademark trust fall.
That may have been a big mistake because it didn’t take long for The Bunny to return the insult to Rose. Slater-Gator manhandled the ringleader of The Exotic Express until he tagged in his furry friend. Hopping into action, The Bunny took matters into his own lucky feet, bulldozing through Slater-Gator and earning the victory with a top-rope dropkick on Slater!
The Rosebuds exploded in elation following The Bunny’s big win, setting up for their animal friend to finally take the trust fall! As a stunned Adam Rose watched on, his followers carried The Bunny off in celebration as he looked on in loneliness.
Adam Rose & The Bunny vs. Slater-Gator
Roman Reigns reveals return at Survivor Series 2014
Appearing live at Survivor Series 2014 on WWE Network, Roman Reigns updated the WWE Universe on his condition following his emergency surgery in September for an incarcerated hernia. Anxious to return to the ring, Reigns confirmed live via satellite that he is improving and will return to the squared circle in December.
When asked about his feelings towards Seth Rollins being captain of Team Authority in the main event at Survivor Series, Reigns made it clear that there is still no love lost between him and his former Shield partner — though his primary focus is recuperating and getting stronger every day. Reigns didn’t give a specific date, but emphatically vowed he would return “around this time next month,” meaning the WWE Universe is in for a great holiday gift in the form of the Superman punch’s return.
WWE Divas Title Match: Nikki Bella vs. AJ Lee
Call it a kiss of death. Thanks to a stunning and seemingly sinister smooch Brie Bella planted on AJ Lee at the outset of Survivor Series’ Divas Championship Match, Nikki Bella unseated a stunned AJ to win the butterfly-emblazoned title in 33 seconds!
Brie, who remains Nikki’s contractually obligated personal assistant for two more days, leapt onto the ring apron with The Black Widow’s Divas Title over her shoulder as soon as the opening bell rang and kissed AJ. So confounded was the defending champion that she turned immediately into a punch, followed by the Rack Attack from Nikki and was promptly pinned
Afterward, Brie not only held up her sister’s hand in victory, but even smiled while doing so, showing no hesitation to be side by side with her twin.
Though the events that led up to Nikki’s milestone win — the second Divas Championship of her career — are sure to be the talk of the WWE Universe for days to come, the world is also left to wonder exactly what the relationship of The Bella Twins is now.
Nikki Bella def. AJ Lee to win the Divas Championship
Traditional Elimination Match: Kane, Mark Henry, Rusev, Luke Harper and Seth Rollins vs. Big Show, Erick Rowan, Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and John Cena
This early advantage gave Team Cena an obvious confidence as Big Show fended off attacks from both Rollins and Kane. Cena got in on the action early, too, taking The Director of Operations off his feet with an unexpected dropkick. Tags came fast from Team Cena as the five-man side kept the pressure on The Authority’s crew.
The first heated showdown of the match came when Rusev and Ryback squared off in the center of the ring, trading heavy fire like Abrams tanks. The Big Guy got the advantage over the Russian, destroying him with a Meat Hook clothesline, but missing on Shell Shocked, which led to a complete melee with the referee losing all control. With the official distracted, a sly Rollins Curb Stomped Ryback. A moment later, Rusev blasted him with a brutal thrust kick and pinned The Big Guy, evening the playing field.
Ryback’s dismissal was an important one as the momentum swung in Team Authority’s favor from there. When The Game’s group was working together, they were nearly unstoppable. At one point, Ziggler got trapped in the enemy corner where he was viciously stomped on by every member of Team Authority. Somehow, Ziggler stayed in the fight and powered his way out of multiple pin attempts. Still, the look of concern on Cena’s face was unmistakable as he watched his teammate getting pulverized in the ring.
In a last ditch effort, Ziggler attempted a Famouser on Rusev, who caught him in midair and launched him out of the ring. Something seemed to snap in The Super Athlete at that moment as he dragged Ziggler to the Spanish announce table, laid him across it and threw his body at his prone opponent. Ziggler escaped at the last minute, sending Rusev face-first through the pine. Dolph managed to crawl his way back into the ring at the last second, but not Rusev, who was counted out and eliminated, leaving Team Authority down another vital member.
Back in the ring, Dolph made the tag to Cena, who annihilated Kane with a Five Knuckle Shuffle and an AA. Rollins saved his partner by Curb Stomping Cena and then sliding back out of the ring. From there, WWE fans finally got to see Rowan vs. Harper, as the two unorthodox titans teed off on each other with explosive offense. Rowan showed surprising agility, dispatching Harper with a leaping sidekick, before Harper took him out with a devastating discus clothesline.
The sides were even at this point — although Cena and Dolph were so drained they were practically out of the picture. Still, Big Show stood determined before the combined forces of Harper, Rollins and Kane. But the moment Cena struggled to his feet to stand with him, The World’s Largest Athlete turned to the side, pulled back his fist and clobbered his partner with a debilitating Knockout Punch. The giant had betrayed Team Cena — something that was made all the more clear when he walked over to ringside to shake hands with Triple H. Rollins shockingly pinned squad captain Cena as Big Show exited the arena, leaving Ziggler as the sole representative of Team Cena.
The weight of the situation began to sink in as Stephanie McMahon mocked a dazed Cena at ringside. Team Cena had lost, Cena’s teammates would be fired and The Authority’s influence would thrive. The disappointment in the Scotttrade Center was palpable as Team Authority took their time decimating Ziggler, dragging out the inevitable ending to this epic match. And then Ziggler caught fire.
The Showoff connected with a crossbody from the top rope on Kane and then pinned him after a thrilling Zig Zag. Next, he weathered an offensive storm from Harper — which included an ugly sitout powerbomb — and rolled up the monster for another elimination.
Somehow, Dolph was doing it all on his own. And it wasn’t long before he caught Rollins, the last surviving member of Team Authority, in two deliriously close near-falls. Triple H looked to be on the verge of an emotional breakdown at ringside as Ziggler connected with another Zig Zag on Rollins. When the official’s hand neared the mat for the decisive three-count, a desperate Game grabbed him by the leg and dragged him out of the ring.
This is when the true mayhem of the match began. Triple H clocked the referee at ringside and then sent J & J Security into the ring to beat on Dolph, who, in a Bruce Lee moment of offensive brilliance, took out both men, avoided a Curb Stomp from Rollins and Zig Zagged him yet again! When a second referee appeared to count the pin, The Game took him out, too.
Incensed, Triple H pulled off his suit coat and began to rain fists down upon an incapacitated Ziggler. When he hit Dolph with a Pedigree and pulled Rollins on top of him, it looked like Team Cena had reached the end of the line. A third referee arrived to make the count, and then it happened.
A crow cawed in the distance, the lights dimmed and The Man Called Sting made his WWE debut.
Slowly stalking down the aisle before an ecstatic gathering of fans — who seemed to immediately grasp that they were now a part of history — Sting stepped into a WWE ring for the first time.
Triple H stared across the ring at the WCW icon, baffled and maybe somewhat intimidated, as the two men locked eyes for what seemed like an eternity. An appreciative crowd chanted, “This is awesome!” at the scene that was playing out before them until the tension snapped and The Game took a swing at The Stinger. Sting dodged it, blasted Triple H in the gut with a kick and brought him down to the mat with his signature Scorpion Death Drop. The former WCW Champion then dragged Ziggler’s lifeless body on top of Rollins, exited the ring and walked back up the aisle as the original referee crawled back into the ring and counted the decisive pinfall.
Team Cena had won. The Authority had been taken out of power. And Sting had stood in a WWE ring.
By the time Dolph left in triumph and Triple H came to his senses, Stephanie McMahon had already begun screaming in horror at the reality of her situation. The Authority no longer had control over WWE’s Superstars and Divas. And, worse yet, the only man who could put them back in power was John Cena, per a line that Mr. McMahon — who boldly forged the initial stipulation of the match — had added to the contract earlier in the evening.
The WWE fans serenaded the now powerless couple with a chorus of “Na na na na, hey hey, goodbye!” as they attempted to collect themselves. The pay-per-view went off the air before Stephanie and Triple H had even left the ring, and as the show faded to black on them, so did it fade on their reign as dictators.
WWE would never be the same again.