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 week we will be looking at the Ruthless Aggression Era which was from 2002-2008. This should be an interesting list to say the least and if there’s any changes you would have to list please feel free to comment below. Alright let’s get to this shall we.
5.) Survivor Series 2002: Triple Threat Elimination Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
Edge & Rey Mysterio (c) vs. Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit vs. Los Guerreros
This match seems to fly under the radar when it comes to the greatest tag team championship matches, and I don’t know why. This match was one of the best matches during the “Ruthless Aggression” era. This match featured the “SmackDown 6” Edge, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero, Rey Mysterio and Kurt Angle, and they were putting on phenomenal performances during that era.On the October 3 edition of SmackDown!, General Manager, Stephanie McMahon announced an eight team tournament to determine the new WWE tag team champions for the previous pay-per-view, No Mercy. Angle and Benoit won that particular tournament, but right before the 2002 Survivor Series, the new team of Edge & Rey Mysterio defeated Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit in a two out of three falls match to become the new WWE Tag Team Champions. All three teams were butting heads at the same time and it only made sense to put all three teams together and find out which tag team was the best. The match itself is one of my personal favorite tag team title matches of all-time, and this match is a can’t miss if you have the WWE Network.
4.) Survivor Series 2006: Team Cena (John Cena, Kane, Bobby Lashley, Sabu and Rob Van Dam) vs. Team Big Show (Big Show, Test, MVP, Finlay and Umaga)
Survivor Series 2006 was one of my favorite Survivor Series PPV’s. At this time WWE was really putting the rocket ship on John Cena as he was becoming the face of the WWE. Cena was beginning his feud with Umaga. You had a nice mix of Raw, SmackDown and ECW Superstars in this match. The match itself was pretty good especially with the guys in the ring that you wouldn’t expect to have a 5-star match. This match was also a coming out party for Bobby Lashley who would end up winning the ECW Championship the next month at December to Dismember. This match was alot of fun to watch you seen the future, mixed with the present and also the past, so this match is another one I would reccomend for those who have the WWE Network. Take advantage of the free month while it still last.
3.) Survivor Series 2003: Team Bischoff (Chris Jericho, Christian, Randy Orton, Scott Steiner and Mark Henry) vs. Team Austin (Shawn Michaels, Booker T, Rob Van Dam and The Dudley Boyz)
This match was one of the greatest traditional Survivor Series matches of all-time in my opinion. The feud with Bischoff and Austin was reaching a boiling point. The stipulation to this match was whichever teams wins either Bischoff or Austin would become the permanent general manager of Monday Night Raw and they other will have to leave the WWE. The guys in the ring put on a tremednous performance this match also was a coming out party for one Randy Orton who was becoming one of the most fastest rising stars in the history of the WWE. Having stars like Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho, The Dudleys and Rob Van Dam you can always guarantee you’re going to have an amazing time watching this match. This match was also historic because this was the last time that Stone Cold Steve Austin would be a weekly performer on the WWE roster. Team Bischoff won the match and this Survivor Series match is a match that i’ll never forget.
2.) Survivor Series 2005: Team Raw (Shawn Michaels, Kane, Big Show, Carlito and Chris Masters) vs. Team SmackDown (Batista, Rey Mysterio, JBL, Bobby Lashley and Randy Orton)
I loved this feud. It was not as good as WWE vs WCW/ECW in 2001, but it was a great build towards a Survivor Series main event. All of the participants were used correctly, and the ending was perfect. Randy Orton continued his winning streak at Survivor Series, and the show ended with a memorable moment. This match was alot of fun to watch, and of course after the match you saw one of the coolest returns of all-time, The Undertaker who was in the major feud with Randy Orton at the time. Get on the WWE Network and enjoy this five-star match plus the five-star ending to the Survivor Series PPV.
1.) Survivor Series 2002: Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Triple H (c) vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Booker T vs. Kane vs. Chris Jericho
I really liked the WWE’s choice to come up with a new match style to main event Survivor Series 2002. With this comes a lot of risks, all of which paid off on this night! I liked everything about the contest, from the entry of order, to the pace, to the participants, to the diversity of styles. There have been a number of chamber matches since the original, none of which I believe to hold a candle to this one. The original talent was something that made the match a great success that it was. Triple H and RVD put on a great show as the first two to start the match off. Each new entering superstar added something new and unique to the match. It was also very surprising. I never could guess what would happen next, which is something I am usually able to do during WWE PPVs. I have watched this match (and this PPV) a number of times. Highly reccomend. A classic!
That’s a wrap for this week’s list, I hope you enjoyed it and please check out these matches on the WWE Network. Next week will be the final list in this series as we will look at the best Survivor Series matches from the WWE Universe Era.
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