Survivor Series 2010 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), that took place on November 21, 2010 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. It was the 24th annual Survivor Series event.
The Survivor Series chronology was originally set to end with the 2009 event when during a press conference held on February 11, 2010, WWE chairman Vince McMahon announced that WWE would drop the Survivor Series name and rebrand the event. However, the name was later reinstated and in June 2010, WWE started to release tickets for a 2010 event. The Theme song was "Runaway" by Hail the Villain.
Survivor Series will feature professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that will be played out on World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) television programs. Wrestlers will portray villains or heroes as they follow a series of events that build tension and culminate into a wrestling match or series of matches.
The main rivalry from Raw involves The Nexus leader Wade Barrett against champion Randy Orton for his WWE Championship with Nexus member John Cena as the Special Guest Referee. At Hell in a Cell two months ago, John Cena lost a match against Wade Barrett forcing Cena to join Nexus. His main priority as a member of Nexus is to help Barrett secure the WWE Championship from Randy Orton having Cena help Barrett during a Battle Royale to name a number one contender and forcing Cena to help him during his match against Orton at Bragging Rights. At that match, if Barrett did not win the match, he would have Cena fired for breaking their stipulation from their match at Hell in a Cell. However, Cena attacked Barrett during the match giving him the win via disqualification, though Orton still retains the title. The next day on Raw, when Cena won a match against Orton, Barrett named Cena the Special Guest Referee for their match at Survivor Series. Once again, if Barrett does not win the title, then he will have Cena fired, but as an incentive for Cena to perform his duty, if Barrett does win the title, Barrett will relieve Cena from his duty in Nexus. On the November 8th episode of Raw, the General Manager made the stipulation that the match can only be won via pinfall or submission, in addition the other members of The Nexus are banned from ringside.
The main rivalry from SmackDown involves the World Heavyweight Champion Kane against Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship. After defeating his half-brother The Undertaker last month at Bragging Rights after their three-month war, Alberto Del Rio, Rey Mysterio and Edge all interfered in Kane's "funeral" for the Undertaker. Afterwards, all three competed in a match against each other for a number one contender spot. At the end of the match, Edge came out victorious and thus becomes the number one contender against Kane at Survivor Series.
Another rivalry involved Team Laycool against Natalya in a two on one handicap match for the Divas Championship. The feud started last month at Bragging Rights, where Layla retained the Divas Championship against Natalya in a title match after interference from McCool. For the next two weeks, Natalya pinned both McCool and Layla in non title matches thus earning her a rematch for the Divas title. On the November 19th edition of SmackDown, Laycool defeated Natalya and Kelly Kelly in tag team match.
Prior to Survivor Series coming on the air, fans in attendance were shown a live, untelevised match. R-Truth (with Eve Torres) and Zack Ryder squared off in front of the live audience, in a contest which R-Truth won via pinfall.
In the fourth match, Team Mysterio (Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, Chris Masters, Big Show, and Montel Vontavious Porter) defeated Team Del Rio (Alberto Del Rio, Tyler Reks, Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger, and Cody Rhodes) in a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team match, being the sole survivors and winners the Big Show and Rey Mysterio.
In the seventh match, the The Nexus (Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater) (with David Otunga, Michael McGillicutty, and Husky Harris) retained their WWE Tag Team Championship defeating Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov, after the Nexus interfered in the match.
For the eight and final match, Randy Orton defeated and retained his WWE Championship against Wade Barrett in a free or fired Pinfall-and-submissions-only singles match with John Cena as a special referee. Cena pushed Barrett into a RKO, and, because of the stipulations of the match, ending (kayfabe) Cena's career in WWE.
The following night on Raw, Wade Barrett demanded a rematch against Randy Orton for the WWE Championship. During the match, John Cena (who had been fired the previous night) attacked Barrett, costing him the match. Immediately after this match, The Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and defeated Orton to become the new WWE Champion.
On the following edition of SmackDown, Kane granted Edge a rematch for the championship in return that his father Paul Bearer would be released from being hostage by Edge. Alberto Del Rio and Mysterio were added to the match, making it a fatal four way TLC match, which Edge would go on to win at the TLC PPV.
Natalya and Beth Phoenix continued to feud with LayCool leading to their tag team Tables Match at TLC, which Natalya and Phoenix won.
The event was generally well received by critics. The Sun called the main event a "measured affair" and not a "classic encounter". They also praised the Morrison vs. Sheamus match saying it "featured the biggest surprise of the night" with Morrison defeating Sheamus. However, they said the match didn't live up to their expectations. They called the Divas Championship match "forgettable". Overall, The Sun gave the event a 7.5 out of 10, calling it a "pretty good show".
While Gawd Almighty.com gave WWE Survivor Series 2010 a 6 out of 10, Gawd Almighty.com picked up on both world title matches being below-par. "Yet again, both Kane and Randy Orton failed to deliver in their title matches." Gawd Almighty did, however, praise the first half of the show.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Dark Match: R-Truth (w/ Eve) defeated Zack Ryder
- Daniel Bryan (c) defeated Ted DiBiase (w/ Maryse) to retain the WWE United States Championship (10:03)
- John Morrison defeated Sheamus (10:55)
- Dolph Ziggler (c) (w/ Vickie Guerrero) defeated Kaval to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship (10:57)
- Team Mysterio (Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston, Chris Masters, Big Show & M.V.P.) defeated Team Del Rio (Alberto Del Rio, Tyler Reks, Drew McIntyre, Jack Swagger & Cody Rhodes) (20:58)
- Natalya defeated Lay-Cool (Layla & Michelle McCool) (c) in a 2-on-1 Handicap match to win the WWE Divas Championship (3:37)
- Kane (c) vs. Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship ended in a no contest (15:00)
- Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater (c) defeated Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship (8:57)
- Randy Orton (c) defeated Wade Barrett with special guest referee John Cena in a Free or Fired Pinfall-and-submissions-only singles match for the WWE Championship (16:42)
- Since Orton won, Cena's WWE contract was terminated; if Barrett had won, Cena would have been freed from The Nexus.
Survivor Series elimination matches
- Team Mysterio vs. Team Del Rio
Elimination # Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time 1 MVP Team Mysterio Drew McIntyre Aided Pin w/ Del Rio 3:50 2 Chris Masters Team Mysterio Alberto Del Rio Cross Armbreaker 3:57 3 Alberto Del Rio Team Del Rio Could Not Continue Knock-out Punch from Big Show 6:42 4 Cody Rhodes Team Del Rio The Big Show Right-handed knockout hook 9:58 5 Tyler Reks Team Del Rio Kofi Kingston School Boy Pin 11:34 6 Kofi Kingston Team Mysterio Jack Swagger Ankle lock 13:16 7 Jack Swagger Team Del Rio Rey Mysterio Big splash from Big Shows shoulders 20:43 8 Drew McIntyre Team Del Rio The Big Show Chokeslam 20:58 Survivors: Rey Mysterio & The Big Show (Team Mysterio)
Other on-screen talent
- Survivor Series 2010 Offical website
- Survivor Series 2010 at CAGEMATCH.net
- Survivor Series 2010 at Online World of Wrestling
- Survivor Series 2010 on WWE Network
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