|Survivor Series (2001)|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Federation|
|Date||November 18, 2001|
|City||Greensboro, North Carolina|
|Venue||Greensboro Coliseum Complex|
|Tagline(s)||"Winner Take All!"|
|Survivor Series chronology|
Survivor Series (2001) was the 15th annual Survivor Series professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). It took place on November 18, 2001, at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was also the last Survivor Series to be produced under the World Wrestling Federation branding, as the company would be forced to change its name several months later as the result of a verdict in the World Wildlife Fund's lawsuit against the company.
Survivor Series is an annual gimmick pay-per-view, produced every November by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) since 1987. The second longest running pay-per-view event in history (behind WWE's WrestleMania), it is one of the promotion's original four pay-per-views, along with WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, and SummerSlam, dubbed the "Big Four". The event is traditionally characterized by having Survivor Series matches, which are tag team elimination matches that typically pits teams of four or five wrestlers against each other. The 2001 event was the fifteenth event in the Survivor Series chronology and included one 5-on-5 Survivor Series match, which was the main event, and was the first time in which the match had stakes attached to it. It was the last Survivor Series to be held before the introduction of the first brand extension in March 2002, which split the roster into two distinct brands, Raw and SmackDown!, represented by the shows of the same name. It was also the last Survivor Series under the WWF name, as the promotion was renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in May 2002.
WWF CEO and Chairman Vince McMahon was originally supposed to be part of the main event, but was replaced by Big Show due to injury. In addition, a title unification match between WCW Cruiserweight Champion Tajiri and WWF Light Heavyweight Champion X-Pac was canceled because X-Pac was injured and unable to compete. To resolve this, the WWF retired the Light Heavyweight Championship shortly after Survivor Series in favor of the Cruiserweight Championship lineage.
The event featured eight professional wrestling matches with outcomes predetermined by WWF script writers. The matches featured wrestlers portraying their characters in planned storylines that took place before, during, and after the event. Storylines played out on the WWF's weekly television shows, Raw and SmackDown!.
The largest storyline that had pervaded the WWF in the preceding months was The Invasion, which came about due to the actual purchase of rival company World Championship Wrestling (WCW) by the WWF just prior to WrestleMania X-Seven. The storyline eventually grew into a WWF vs. WCW faction battle, and eventually Extreme Championship Wrestling became a part of the battle by joining forces with WCW to create The Alliance.
On the October 22, 2001 episode of Raw, Vince and Linda McMahon challenged Shane and Stephanie McMahon to a "Winner Take All" match to determine the fate of both companies, with the winning side continuing to stay in business while the losing side would be forced to disband. However, Vince McMahon had to deal with multiple defections to the Alliance side, including Kurt Angle, as well as an increasingly heated feud between two of the WWF's biggest stars, The Rock and Chris Jericho, over the WCW Championship. Vince began spreading rumors to The Alliance that there was a mole within their faction. On an episode of SmackDown! before the Survivor Series, Steve Austin was the last man standing after both factions attacked each other in the ring. After that, Vince appeared on the entrance ramp and shared a smile with Austin, teasing that Austin would be the mole.
|English commentators||Jim Ross|
|Spanish commentators||Carlos Cabrera|
|Backstage interviewers||Michael Cole|
|Ring announcers||Howard Finkel|
The event opened with Christian defending the WWF European Championship against Al Snow, Snow performed the Snow-Plow on Christian for a near-fall. After Snow chased Christian, Christian kicked the middle rope into Snow. Christian performed the Unprettier on Snow to retain the title.
After that, WCW United States Champion Edge faced WWF Intercontinental Champion Test in a title unification match. Test performed a Pumphandle Slam on Edge for a near-fall. Edge performed a Spear on Test for a near-fall. Test attempted a Full Nelson Slam on Edge but Edge countered the move into a Roll Up to win the match.
Later, WCW Tag Team Champions The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) faced WWF Tag Team Champions The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) in a Steel Cage match to unify the titles. Stacy Keibler stole the cage door key off a referee and passed Bubba and D-Von a table. Matt prevented a 3D and escaped the cage. Jeff attempted a Swanton Bomb off the top of the cage through the table on D-Von but D-Von avoided the move, causing Jeff to fall through the table. D-Von pinned Jeff to win the match.
Next was an Immunity Battle Royal featuring members of both factions. The winner of the match would be protected from being fired for one year regardless of whether the WWF or Alliance won in the main event. Test won the match by last eliminating Billy Gunn.
After that, Trish Stratus, Lita, Jacqueline, Mighty Molly, Jazz and Ivory wrestled in a 6-Pack Challenge for the vacant WWF Women's Championship. Trish performed the Stratusfaction on Ivory to win the title.
In the main event, Team WWF (WCW Champion The Rock, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Kane, and Big Show) faced The Alliance (WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle, Booker T, and Shane McMahon) in a winner take all 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match. Big Show was eliminated by Shane after a Leap of Faith. Shane was eliminated by Jericho after a Lionsault. Kane was eliminated by Van Dam after a Diving Thrust Kick. Undertaker was eliminated by Angle after Austin performed a Stone Cold Stunner on Undertaker and placed Angle on top of him. Booker was eliminated by Rock with a Roll Up. Van Dam was eliminated by Jericho after a Breakdown. Angle was eliminated after Rock forced Angle to submit to the Sharpshooter. Jericho was eliminated by Austin with a Roll Up. Jericho attacked Rock with a Breakdown and Austin pinned Rock for a near-fall. Austin applied the Sharpshooter on Rock but Rock touched the ring ropes, forcing Austin to break the hold. Rock applied the Sharpshooter on Austin but Austin touched the ring ropes, forcing Rock to break the hold. Rock performed a Stone Cold Stunner on Austin but Nick Patrick pulled Earl Hebner out of the ring, voiding the pinfall. Austin performed a Rock Bottom on Rock for a near-fall. Austin attacked Patrick and checked on Hebner but Rock pushed Austin into Hebner after an attempted Stunner from Austin. Rock attempted a Rock Bottom on Austin but Austin reversed it and performed a Stone Cold Stunner on Rock. While Austin tried to revive Hebner, Angle returned and hit Austin with the WWF Championship belt. Rock performed a Rock Bottom on Austin to win the match, forcing the Alliance to disband.
The next night on Raw, Vince McMahon announced that the WCW Championship held by The Rock had become unbranded due to the dissolution of the Alliance and would be referred to simply as the World Championship. Several Alliance members were allowed to keep their jobs. Christian, The Dudley Boyz, and Rob Van Dam were all holding championships following the Alliance's loss (Christian was the European Champion, the Dudleys were WWF Tag Team Champions, and Van Dam was the Hardcore Champion). In addition, Stacy Keibler was able to stay employed due to her status as the valet for the Dudleys and Test was able to after winning the Immunity Battle Royal. McMahon also debuted the infamous "Kiss My Ass Club" that night, where he said that an Alliance member- in this case Alliance Commissioner William Regal - would have to literally kiss his ass to keep his job.
At the very top of the show, Paul Heyman was the first Alliance member fired. Furious over being fired, Heyman lunged at his now-former broadcast partner Jim Ross. The audience delighted in seeing Ross pummel Heyman before he was carted off by security. To replace him, Jerry Lawler was brought back, making his first appearance since his resignation from the company in the end of February after No Way Out. The Alliance co-owners, Shane and Stephanie McMahon, were called to the ring to answer for what they did. While Shane accepted his defeat and walked away, Stephanie tried to plead for her job, but was escorted from the ring by WWF security per orders by the WWF chairman Vince McMahon.
Based on his actions at the end of the WWF vs. Alliance Survivor Series match, for the majority of Raw Kurt Angle went around the backstage area portraying himself as the man who saved the WWF and wanting to be praised for doing so. Instead of that, Angle drew the ire of several WWF superstars including The Rock, who defeated him later that night. After the match Chris Jericho, who had been feuding with The Rock in the weeks leading up to Survivor Series over the newly rechristened World Championship, attacked him to reignite their feud.
Despite his self-congratulating attitude, no one found Angle to be the conquering hero he was portraying himself as and by the end of Raw he was depressed and told Vince McMahon that no one appreciated him. McMahon agreed with Angle and looked for a way to reward him.
That reward came in the ring moments later, as McMahon was about to announce the stripping of the WWF Championship from Steve Austin, who had not yet appeared on the show. McMahon's intent was to award it to Kurt Angle as a token of his appreciation for Angle's actions at Survivor Series. However, before he could do so he was interrupted by Ric Flair, who returned to a WWF ring for the first time since January 1993. Flair then happily told McMahon that he "had bet on a winner last night," and said to a surprised McMahon that when Shane and Stephanie sold their stock in the WWF to purchase WCW and ECW, he was the consortium who had bought the stock, and as such, he was co-owner of the WWF and he and McMahon were now partners.
Austin then angrily returned, promptly going to the ring and attacking Angle, and then McMahon when he tried to help, while Flair idly stood by. Austin then became a face for the first time since WrestleMania X-Seven, when he claimed his WWF Championship, and celebrated with beers with Flair in the ring.
Over the coming weeks the WWF decided what to do with the world championship situation, as there were now two world championships in the company. A tournament at Vengeance was conceived, where Austin and Angle would face each other for the WWF Championship and The Rock and Jericho would face each other for the World Championship. After those two matches, the winners would face off in one final match to unify both championships. Austin defeated Angle to retain while Jericho defeated The Rock to win the World Championship. In the finals Jericho defeated Austin due to outside interference from Booker T to become the first ever Undisputed WWF Champion. As a measure of payback, Austin would go on to beat up Booker T in a supermarket on an episode of Smackdown. followed by a Bingo game at a Church during an episode of Raw after Booker T smashed the windows of Stone Cold's Pickup truck.
|1H||Justin Credible, Lance Storm and Raven (Alliance) defeated Albert, Scotty 2 Hotty and Spike Dudley (WWF)||Six-man tag team match||Unknown|
|2||Christian (c) (Alliance) defeated Al Snow (WWF)||Singles match for the WWF European Championship||06:30|
|3||William Regal (Alliance) defeated Tajiri (with Torrie Wilson) (WWF)||Singles match||02:59|
|4||Edge (c - U.S.) (WWF) defeated Test (c - Intercontinental) (Alliance)||Unification match for the WCW United States Championship and WWF Intercontinental Championship||11:19|
|5||The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) (c - WCW Tag Team) (with Stacy Keibler) (Alliance) defeated The Hardy Boyz (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) (c - WWF Tag Team) (WWF)||Steel Cage Unification match for the WCW Tag Team Championship and WWF World Tag Team Championship||15:44|
|6||Test (Alliance) won by last eliminating Billy Gunn (WWF)[Note 1]||Immunity Battle Royal||07:37|
|7||Trish Stratus (WWF) defeated Ivory (Alliance), Jazz (Alliance), Jacqueline (WWF), Lita (WWF) and Mighty Molly (Alliance)||Six-Pack Challenge for the vacant WWF Women's Championship||04:23|
|8||Team WWF (The Rock, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Kane and Big Show) defeated The Alliance (Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, Booker T and Shane McMahon)||Winner Takes All 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match||44:57|
|1||Big Show||Shane McMahon||Team WWF||Pinfall||12:42|
|2||Shane McMahon||Chris Jericho||The Alliance||Pinfall||14:30|
|3||Kane||Rob Van Dam||Team WWF||Pinfall||18:56|
|4||The Undertaker||Kurt Angle||Team WWF||Pinfall||20:03|
|5||Booker T||The Rock||The Alliance||Pinfall||22:33|
|6||Rob Van Dam||Chris Jericho||The Alliance||Pinfall||25:48|
|7||Kurt Angle||The Rock||The Alliance||Submission||32:22|
|8||Chris Jericho||Steve Austin||Team WWF||Pinfall||34:50|
|9||Steve Austin||The Rock||The Alliance||Pinfall||44:57|