As promotion for this year’s Survivor Series PPV the “Top 5″ series is back on the site to cover the best Survivor Series matches from all the eras of the WWE. If you missed the previous Top 5 list please click here and give me your thoughts. This will be the last list of this series as we’ll be looking at the top five Survivor Series PPV matches from the WWE PG Era which was from 2008-Present. Time to look at the modern day era of Survivor Series. Check out list and give me thoughts.
5.) Survivor Series 2012: Traditional Survivor Series Match
Team Foley vs. Team Ziggler
Originally this traditional Survivor Series match was supposed to be between Mick Foley and CM Punk. Obviously that didn’t happen and we got a great replacement for Punk and that who was the regining “Mr. Money in the Bank” at the time, Dolph Ziggler. You had Team Hell No and they butted heads all the time and then you had The Miz who was voted into this match via the WWE App and he had trust issues with Randy Orton. Then on the other side of the table, Ziggler’s team was filled with massive egos and guys that didn’t believe that Ziggler should be the leader of the team. With all that said, I thought this was one of the best modern day traditional Survivor Series matches because with the exemption of David Otunga, you had nine of the best in-ring performers in the WWE. Orton had another tremendous performance in a Survivor Series and match, and Ziggler got his moment to shine when he super kicked Orton to pickup the victory.
4.) Survivor Series 2011: The Rock & John Cena vs. The Miz & R-Truth
“Never before and Never Again” that was the tagline for this Survivor Series PPV which was held at Madison Square Garden. The Miz & R-Truth had become “The Awesome Truth” and they were the biggest heels on the WWE roster in late 2011. Awesome Truth cost John Cena the WWE Championship on two occassions first at Hell in a Cell 2011 in that Triple Threat Hell in a Cell match with CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio and then at Vengeance 2011 when John Cena took on Del Rio in a Last Man Standing Match. With Cena looking for retribution and his upcoming match with The Rock on the horizon, he decided to do the unthinkable and give The Rock a call to see if he wanted to be his tag team partner at Survivor Series. Rock eventually agreed and was going to participate in his first wrestling match in seven years prior to returning to WWE in early 2011. I thought this match was really good and it was a coming out party for both Miz & R-Truth as big time performers. The Rock looked like he didn’t lose a step. Cena got booed out of the building, and I thought this was one of the best matches in 2011. The aftermath with this match saw The Rock giving Cena “The Rock Bottom.” in the first chapter to their build to WrestleMania 28.
3.) Survivor Series 2009: Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship
John Cena (c) vs. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels
This was during the time where WWE was having the weekly celebrity guest host on Raw. On the episode where “NASCAR” drivers Kyle Bush and Joey Logano host Monday Night Raw, they announced that the main event of Survivor Series 2009 would be, John Cena defending his WWE Championship in a Triple Threat Match against both members of “D-Generation X.” WWE was also doing some bragging rights booking where they will try to out do the SmackDown main event matches like for example at the 2009 Survivor Series PPV, The Undertaker defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Chris Jericho and Big Show. I thought this match was interesting for many reasons, not only because DX was still together as team when this match happen, but all three of these guys were in seperate main events of WrestleMania. Shawn Michaels gave the fans a swerve when he superkicked Triple H to start off the match. This match was really good on the drama side and also the technical side and I totally reccomend this match to anybody that has the WWE Network.
2.) Survivor Series 2013: Traditional Survivor Series Match
Goldust, Cody Rhodes, The Usos and Rey Mysterio vs. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Jack Swagger and Cesaro
In late 2013, the WWE had a big resurgence in the tag team division where you had the defending champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust, then you had great teams in this match like The Shield, The Usos and The Real Americans. Rey Mysterio return from injury on the go-home show to Survivor Series where he was seeking retribution on The Shield who put Mysterio out of action for six months. This match is one of my personal favorite matches of this current era because all the guys in the ring were not only tremendous performers, but they were absolutely entertaining and I thought at the time , the WWE did an amazing job with having these teams represent the tag team division which was a central part of the show in late 2013. Roman Reigns had his coming out party in this match eliminating every member of the opposing team. This is a must see match for any old school Shield fans and just fans in general that love great technical traditional survivor series matches.
1.) Survivor Series 2011: WWE Championship Match
Alberto Del Rio (c) w/Ricardo Rodriguez vs. CM Punk
CM Punk was finally getting his title rematch that he deserved after Del Rio cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Punk at SummerSlam 2011 after Kevin Nash came into the ring and attacked CM Punk. For those who don’t know, CM Punk, is my personal all-time favorite wrestler and this was one of my favorite matches of his. Punk captured his second WWE Championship at Madison Square Garden and that match was significant because I think that was the first time where a WWE Superstar won a WWE Championship at the Allstate Arena and Madison Square Garden let alone in the same year. The crowd was hot in this match. Getting to see Howard Finkel get caught up with emotion while introducing Punk was pretty cool and this was one of Punk best matches and was the start of his epic 434 day title reign. Punk may be gone from WWE right now, but I think he’ll come back eventually and we as fans will always remember when CM Punk started one of the greatest WWE title reigns of all-time. Thank You CM Punk!
Well, that’s it for this series I hope you guys enjoyed it. I had blast getting to watch these matches back and reminiscent on some classic Survivor Series matches. This Sunday, on the WWE Network, Team Cena vs. The Authority has the makings to be one of the greatest Survivor Series matches of all-time. Enjoy the PPV everybody!
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