Michael Cole is in the ring, and he welcomes Triple H to the ring, who comes down alone. Cole points out Survivor Series being two days away, then mentions the stipulations for Team Cena vs. Team Authority, laid out by Mr. McMahon. Does Trips realize this could be the final night he is able to conduct an interview like this? Trips warns him to pick his questions carefully, otherwise this could be Cole’s last interview ever. Cole agrees and points out the fact that the WWE Universe loathes him. They can’t stand him or Steph. Can Trips imagine the euphoria if Team Authority loses?
He points out a bunch of sports moments, including the “Miracle on Ice”, then asks if Trips realizes it would be like those moments. Trips says the Universe’s opinions don’t matter. Without the fans, there would be no WWE, but without the Authority, there are no fans. He and his wife make decisions every day based on the best interest of everybody in the WWE Universe. But like little kids, their opinion of him when he makes those decisions is absolutely irrelevant. Cole says it’s statements like that are why many people are speculating that it’s for the Authority’s legacy, that their egos are so out of control that they’ve completely lost sight of the task at hand. Because of these egos, they can’t lead, and that leadership is being questioned heading into Survivor Series. Cole then asks Trips to address these rumors. Trips says that he’s got a bit of a secret. He gets in Cole’s face and says life is a marathon, not a sprint. He got the nickname “The Cerebral Assassin” during the Attitude Era, the greatest era in history. During that time, the talent was unbelievable: Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, the Undertaker, Steve Austin, the Rock, Triple H…they were the elite of the elite. Now, some could argue that some of those guys were more popular or bigger stars than Trips. What’s not an argument is that they are all gone, and he’s still here. The truth is they could never last, because he’s smarter than all of them. He’s always been smarter, and that means the Authority always wins. They are the constant, and they will always be here, like it or not. Cole says that, if the Authority loses Sunday, he’ll be gone, too. If that happens, what will happen on RAW when the Authority is no longer in charge. Trips says Vince McMahon is the greatest mind that has ever existed in wrestling. Without Vince, the WWE does not exist. He did it because he was smarter than everyone else. He outlasted them all. All of this is because of him, and WWE exists because of him. It’s not ego or bragging when he says there are two people who can take Vince’s place, that can do what he does: one is his wife, and Cole is standing in the ring with the other one. Without them, this place has no future. You take them out of the occasion, he gives WWE max 2 years. That’s not going to happen. If it does, it’ll be about 3 months before everyone is begging them to come back. Without them, WWE is a sinking ship. It has no future. Cole asks what we can expect if Team Authority wins on Sunday. Trips calls that an interesting question. When they win, what happens on RAW? He points out Cole’s interview with John Cena on Wednesday when Cole asked him the same question. Trips wants to show the footage, but first, he wants Team Cena to hear the answer, then he wants them to hear his response to that question.
Team Cena, led by Ziggler, make their way out. Cena is nowhere to be found. Cole mentions the interview again, and he wants to play back a part where he asked Cena if he feels responsible for the fate of his team. We go to the footage, and Cena says he’s given that a lot of thought. He knows he’s asking the team to make a leap of faith and put their livelihood on the line. The Authority will hold that thought with vengeance, and that’s why Team Cena has to win. Back to the ring, Trips mocks Cena, then tells Team Cena that they better hope Cena’s feelings cover all of that. On RAW, after Team Cena has lost, every single one of Team Cena are fired. All the members look concerned, with Erick Rowan staring at his mask.
Rusev and Lana come out and walk their way through Team Cena and down to the ring.
MATCH 1: WWE UNITED STATES CHAMPION RUSEV (W/LANA) VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER (NON-TITLE)
Ziggler ducks a charge, but Ruzev grabs him, lifts him up and knocks him to the floor with a forearm. Rusev rolls outside, but Ziggler is back in. Rusev misses a charge, and Ziggler starts pelting him with rights before running into a back elbow. Rusev stomps Ziggler in the face, then tosses him to the corner for some kicks. He comes back with some shots of his own, ending with a dropkick. Rusev shakes it off and nails him with kneelifts. Ziggler low-bridges Rusev, then hits him with a hotshot and a dropkick that sends him into the barricade from the apron. Outside, Ziggler goes on the attack and goes for a whip into the steps. Rusev reverses, sending Ziggler back-first into them. Commercials.
Back from the break, Rusev has Ziggler in a head-and-arm choke. Rusev counters with a jawbreaker, nails a back elbow, avoids a corner charge and rolls Rusev up for 2. He goes for a rocker dropper, and Rusev catches him in a powerbomb. Ziggler counters that into a sunset flip for 2. He charges at Rusev again, Rusev catches him and goes for a fall-away slam. Ziggler lands on his feet and nails a superkick for 2. Ziggler hits a corner splash, then another and goes into some mounted punches. Rusev shoves him off and hits a spinning heel kick. Rusev goes for a powerslam, but Ziggler escapes. He goes for the Zig-Zag, but Rusev hangs onto the top rope. He turns around and hits Ziggler with a vertical splash, stomps Ziggler in the back and looks for the Accolade. Ziggler escapes and hits the Zig-Zag. He crawls over to Rusev for the pin, but only gets 2. Ziggler misses the rocker dropper and he goes for a leaping DDT. Rusev tosses him off. Ziggler lands on his feet, but is then immediately dropped by a jumping side kick for 3.
After the match, Rusev stomps Ziggler in the back and applies the Accolade for a few moments.
We see Corporate Kane on his phone in the office, when he’s interrupted by someone. Kane is glad this person is here, because they have important matters to discuss. It cuts over to Cesaro, and he says he always comes when the Authority calls. Kane says that, although Cesaro is not officially on Team Authority, his loyalty has not gone unnoticed, and it will be rewarded when Team Cena is eliminated. Cesaro likes that, and talks about embarassing Cena this past week on RAW. Cena thought Cesaro was joining Team Cena. Kane calls that funny, but what wasn’t funny was when Erick Rowan joined Cena’s flock of misguided sheep. So tonight, he wants Cesaro to do one more favor for the Authority: slaughter the lamb that is Rowan. Cesaro agrees and says, “Long live the Authority. Cesaro out.”
MATCH 2: THE MIZ AND DAMIEN MIZDOW VS. LOS MATADORES (DIEGO AND FERNANDO, W/EL TORITO)
We get an inset promo from Miz. He’s blathering about how he’ll win the WWE Tag Team titles at Survivor Series. The Usos, and Gold & Stardust are both on commentary. Miz and a Matador start, with Miz applying an arm wringer. The Matador, Diego, counters with his own, then gets in a roll-up for 2. He nails a dropkick and tags in Fernando, who hits a tope con hilo. The two crisscross before Fernando nails Mizdow. Miz nails Fernando with a clothesline, then applies a rear chinlock. Fernando comes back with a jawbreaker. Miz goes for the Reality Check, but Fernando shoves him off. Mizdow tags himself in and looks for the Reality Check and hits it before kipping up. Miz tags himself back in and he goes for the SKF. Fernando escapes and tags in Diego. Diego hits a springboard chop and a spinning headbutt. He connects with a second one, ducks a clothesline and hits a spinning headscissors before clotheslining Miz to the floor. Diego goes for a baseball slide and misses. Miz looks to throw Diego into the Usos, but Fernando reverses. Mizdow sees this and throws himself into the tag champs. Back in the ring, Diego hits a top rope cross-body for 3.
WINNERS: LOS MATADORES.
Dean Ambrose comes down to the ring, and he supposedly has a survival kit for his match with Bray Wyatt on Sunday. He says he’s not your average WWE superstar. They say he’s eccentric and has a screw loose. That’s fine, and he doesn’t care. He’s a survivor, and he will continue to survive no matter who or what stands in his way. He tells a story about when he was a kid. His mom handed him a $20-bill and told him to buy some cigarettes and scratch tickets. He’s walking down the street, and he runs into some older guys who want to know what he’s carrying him. They rough him up and take the money, leaving his mom empty-handed. He told his mom what happened. She took out a pair of brass knuckles and told him to not let it ever happen again. The knucks were his survival kit, and he takes that survival kit with him everywhere he goes. He’s a walking, talking survival kit, and at Survivor Series, he’ll break Wyatt’s nose and teeth. He’s going to bounce his fist off Wyatt’s skull, and he’s not going to stop until his knuckles bleed. If Wyatt wants to survive, he needs the ability to run. Wyatt’s said a lot of things, and some of it was true. He got under Ambrose’s skin, and that’s bad for him. Wyatt’s talking to a grown man. Ambrose is the hunter, and Wyatt is the prey. At Survivor Series, Wyatt will be stalked, tormented and ultimately put down.
Wyatt appears on the big screen in a cage and has a question: is this what it was like? Is this how you remember him? Locked in a cage, like an animal? When Ambrose looks at him, is he reminded of his dad? His dad gave him life, then left him alone to rot in it. Wyatt came here to remind Ambrose the apple does not fall far from the tree. This cage is Ambrose’s future, trapped in a prison of his own design. He’ll be begging for freedom he won’t receive, praying to a deity that doesn’t exist. The walls will close in, but it didn’t have to be like this. He and Ambrose could have ruled the world, but Ambrose changed all that. Instead, Wyatt will leave this cell, then he’ll leave Ambrose drowning in a pool of his own filth, just like daddy did. It will never end in here.
I really can’t do Wyatt’s half of that segment justice. He’s just too damn good.
MATCH 3: BRIE BELLA (W/NIKKI BELLA) VS. WWE DIVAS CHAMPION AJ LEE (NON-TITLE)
Lee comes out dressed as Nikki, mocking her mannerisms in the process. Lee is a far better-looking Nikki than Nikki herself. The two lock-up, and Lee breaks it before ducking a clothesline. She continues to mock Nikki until Brie takes her down with a waistlock. Lee breaks it and applies a side headlock. Brie tries to counter, but Lee stays on top of her. Brie counters with a headscissors, but Lee breaks it and hits a kick. Brie comes back with a shot and throws Lee to the corner before Lee hits another kick and slams her head into the buckles. She bounces Brie’s head off her chest, then whips her down. Lee mounts her, takes out the fake breast she had in her top, then hits Brie in the face with it. Brie comes back with a half-Boston crab, but Lee gets a rope-break. Lee locks in a guillotine, which Brie breaks by throwing her into the buckles. Lee hits a pair of knees out of the corner and a clothesline. A neckbreaker gets 2, and Brie comes back with a dropkick. She hits a running knee against the ropes, then hits a missile dropkick from the second rope for 2. Nikki jumps on the apron and screams for Brie to finish it. Lee shoves Brie into Nikki, then rolls her up in a schoolgirl for 3.
WINNER: AJ LEE.
After the match, Nikki gives Brie one of the weakest shoves I’ve ever seen in my life as Lee celebrates on the stage.
MATCH 4: CESARO VS. ERICK ROWAN
Now that Rowan and Luke Harper are no longer a team, it’s time to give them their own distinct entrance themes. Cesaro slaps the sheep mask off Rowan, then starts nailing him with shots. Rowan grabs him by the neck and throws him to the floor. Outside, Rowan continues the assault before rolling Cesaro back into the ring. Cesaro hits a shoulder, then nails a forearm before looking for a suplex back into the ring. Rowan blocks it and comes back in, but Cesaro hits him with a dropkick. He nails a few more shots before Rowan catches him in a bearhug. Cesaro counters into a sunset flip, but Rowan powers him up by his neck. They trade shots until Rowan hits a bodyslam. On the apron, Cesaro hits a hotshot, then jumps on Rowan’s back for a sleeper. Rowan falls into the buckles to break it, and Cesaro kicks him away. Cesaro goes up top, and Rowan launches him back down to the mat. He hits a running shoulderblock, then drops Cesaro with a pumphandle backbreaker. He picks Cesaro up with an Argentinian backbreaker and gets the submission win.
WINNER: ERICK ROWAN.
Luke Harper walks down to the ring. Rowan challenges him to step in, but Rowan changes his mind at the last minute…then changes it again…and again.
Renee Young is standing by with Team Cena (and Erick Rowan is playing with a Rubik’s Cube for some reason). She asks for their reaction to what Triple H stated earlier tonight. Big Show says what Trips said made all of them think. They could lose their jobs. But so can Trips and Steph. Trips’ tactics didn’t have the intended effect. They’re not cowards, and they want to rid the WWE of the Authority. They’re not going to hide. They’re in this far, and they’re going to finish it. Ryback says actions have consequences. He knew he was taking a risk by joining Team Cena, and now that his job is one the line. That just makes “The Big Guy” hungrier. Tonight, he and Show are going to feed on Corporate Kane and Seth Rollins. On Sunday, the Authority’s empire is going to crumble, courtesy of Team Cena and Team Ryback. Dolph Ziggler says the Authority has put him through the ringer week after week. On Monday, he lost the IC title. It wasn’t just his; he shared that title with the WWE Universe. So, is he afraid of losing his job? There’s nothing to fear when you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. They have a chance to put the Authority out of power, and he’s not going to back down now. Young asks if Rowan has anything to add. He simply says “Freedom”. The rest of the team repeat it and put their fists together.
MATCH 5: SETH ROLLINS AND CORPORATE KANE (W/ROLLINS SECURITY) VS. THE BIG SHOW AND RYBACK
The ring announcer informs us Erick Rowan and Dolph Ziggler are banned from ringside before the opening bell. Ryback and Rollins start, with Ryback powering Rollins to the corner. He whips Rollins hard across the ring, and Rollins rolls to the floor. Back in the ring, Rollins hits a few punches, then clubs Ryback across the back. Ryback comes back with a Thesz press, then he grabs Rollins by the ears and slams his head into the mat. In the corner, Show tags in and hits a body blow before landing a big chop to the chest. Rollins gets whipped back into the corner, where Show hits him with another chop. Show drops him with a headbutt, then walks across his stomach. In the corner again, Ryback tags in and hits a chop of his own. In the adjacent corner, Ryback slams Rollins’ head into the buckle. Rollins comes back with chops, but Ryback no-sells them. He blocks a kick and shoves Rollins to the mat. Rollins gets whipped across the ring, blocks a charge and comes off the middle rope. Ryback catches him and hits a swinging powerslam. He calls for Shell Shocked, but instead boots an incoming Kane to the floor. Rollins charges in, and Ryback backdrops him to the floor as well. Triple H’s music hits, and he walks down to ringside, followed by the rest of Team Authority. Commercials.
Back from the break, Show is in control of Kane, hitting him with a bodyslam. Show lands a big elbow for 2, then sends Kane into the ropes. Kane counters with a DDT, then tags in Rollins, who repeatedly kicks Show in the face before hitting a dropkick for 2. Show kicks out with authority, but Rollins is quickly back in the ring. He hits a few more kicks, then drops Show with a right. Kane tags in, and they take turns putting the boots to Show before Kane hits an elbow for 2. Kane applies a rear chinlock, but Show eventually powers up to his feet and hits a back suplex. Rollins and Ryback both tag in. Ryback hits a forearm to the chest and a back-body drop. He hits Rollins with a gorilla press into a powerslam, then calls for the Meat Hook. Outside, Team Authority attack Show, leading to the DQ.
WINNERS VIA DISQUALIFICATION: THE BIG SHOW AND RYBACK.
After the match, Rollins tries for the curb stomp on Ryback, but Ryback avoids it and goes for Shell Shocked. He drops Rollins when Jamie Noble tries to interfere. Ryback puts Noble down, then hits Rollins with a standing spinebuster. Joey Mercury gets in and attacks Ryback from behind, with Noble joining in. They beat him down in the corner until Dolph Ziggler runs down and wipes them out. Luke Harper enters the ring and drops Ziggler with a big boot. Erick Rowan makes his way down now, boots Mark Henry on the floor, nails Rusev with a clothesline, then gets in the ring with Harper. Harper screams at him, then offers a handshake. The distraction is enough for Kane to re-enter the ring and put Rowan down with a chokeslam. He turns around into a standing spinebuster from Ryback. Ryback turns around and gets dropped with a discus clothesline from Harper. Ziggler takes Harper down with a Zig-Zag. Rusev drops Ziggler with a jumping side kick. Henry then puts Ziggler down again with a World’s Strongest Slam. Triple H enters the ring, and Team Authority stomps everyone down. Show lets out a big scream from ringside and enters the ring. Team Authority try to beat him down as he enters the ring, but he tosses them all off. He starts hitting everyone with chops, then hits Rollins Security with a double chokeslam. Trips brings a chair into the ring, hits Show in the gut, then cracks it over his back. Rollins then hits Show with a curb stomp. Ryback gets the chair treatment, as does Ziggler. Show and Rowan get a few shots from the chair. Rusev picks Ziggler up, and Trips assaults him with the chair yet again. Rusev and Kane pick Ryback up, and Trips nails him in the back. Team Authority pick him up once more, and Trips screams in his face, asking if this is what he wanted. Team Cena is done. Trips then puts Ryback down once and for all with a Pedigree.
End of show.
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