Ready To Rumble: The Top 5 Royal Rumbles

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PWP’s Derron Browning ranks the best Royal Rumbles in the pay-per-view’s history

Since the special events, Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Stairs and NXT Takeover: R-Evolution is in the books, the next special event is the 27th annual, Royal Rumble, which will take place next month. The Royal Rumble is the start of the Road to WrestleMania and it is exciting each and every year and we have witnessed many great moments in its long history. As the Royal Rumble draws near, I list my top five favorite Royal Rumbles.

  1. Royal Rumble 2013 – We start off this list with last year’s show. I thought that 2013’s show was a fun show. The Rumble match, despite John Cena winning a second time was entertaining and full of surprises. Chris Jericho, Goldust and The Godfather all returned to the WWE. I didn’t like the idea of a Cena/Rock II at WrestleMania XXIX but it made sense for Cena to win. As much as some of us don’t want to admit it, it was a cool moment to close the show with The Rock as WWE Champion again. The two under-card title matches weren’t bad either.

John Cena WWE 2013

  1. Royal Rumble 2000 – The 2000 Royal Rumble hosted the very first Tables match, which featured The Hardys and the Dudleys. Also, Triple H and Cactus Jack went to war in one hell of a Street Fight that cemented Triple H as a main event player. The Rumble match itself wasn’t as interesting to me as the Street Fight but was good enough. I strongly believe that The Rock should have undoubtedly won and faced Triple H for the title at WrestleMania that year but I digress.

Royal Rumble 2000 Triple H v Cactus Jack

  1. Royal Rumble 2007 – Some may disagree with this pick but I enjoy this Rumble. The undercard wasn’t great but was solid. The Hardys and MNM wrestled in a great opener (wasn’t as great as the classic they had a month earlier at the December to Dismember PPV). John Cena wrestled one of the best matches of his career by defeating the late Umaga to retain the WWE Championship. Also, the World Championship and ECW World Title matches were watchable. The highlight of 2007’s show was the Royal Rumble match, which had a star-studded cast at the time. The finish of the Rumble was an epic battle between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. Undertaker would ultimately win the Royal Rumble match for the first time in his career.

Undertaker Royal Rumble 2007

  1. Royal Rumble 2001 – I truly believe that Royal Rumble 2001 was a truly underrated show. Most only remember this as the Rumble that Kane eliminated 11 men, only to be eliminated by the winner, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. However, the undercard for 2001’s show was solid as well. The Dudleys and Edge & Christian had a solid opener. Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit wrestled a great Ladder match for the Intercontinental title, which stole the show. Triple H and Kurt Angle had a good match for the WWE Championship, which set up the first-ever 3 Stages of Hell match between Triple H and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Kane’s Royal Rumble elimination record stood for 13 years, until Roman Reigns broke the record last year with 12.  With four down, my favorite Royal Rumble of all time is…

Kane Royal Rumble 2001

  1. Royal Rumble 1992 – My personal favorite is the 1992 Royal Rumble! The only reason why I love this Royal Rumble is because of the Rumble match itself. The undercard was not bad either as Roddy Piper won the Intercontinental Championship from The Mountie and the New Foundation (Owen Hart & Jim Neidhart) vs. Orient Express was a solid tag match. Royal Rumble ‘92 has been the only time where the WWE World Heavyweight Championship was defended in a Rumble match. The whole story was of that match was Ric Flair, entering the match at #3 and fighting all the way towards to the end. After numerous close calls and assist from Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair would do the impossible (at the time) by winning the match. Flair’s win was history-making and helped set up an amazing match at WrestleMania VIII between Flair and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Bobby Heenan’s commentary during the Rumble match was amazing as well. Heenan’s commentary felt like he really had money on Flair and if Flair lost, he would be “Swimming with the fishes”. If you haven’t watched this on the WWE Network yet, make it an effort to do so. Nothing tops it!

Ric Flair Royal Rumble 1992

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NXT Takeover Review: R-Evolution, R-Victory!

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Back by popular demand, PWP’s Derron Browning is here reviewing NXT Takeover: R-Evolution

Back by so-called “Popular demand”, it’s time for another “Browning Review”, as I review the latest special 2-hour episode of NXT entitled, NXT Takeover: R-Evolution. The event took place on the campus of Full Sail University as all other NXT broadcasts do. There were six matches on the card as well as a pre-show. The pre-show unlike the previous Takeover specials, didn’t have a dark match.

Corey Graves NXT

The highlight of the pre-show was NXT fixture, Corey Graves, announcing his retirement from in-ring competition due to concussion issues. I hate it when someone is forced to retire from injury but Triple H has granted him the opportunity to be a part of NXT’s announce team, with his first night on the job being that night. Graves did a great job calling this show. With that said, let’s get started.

The opening match was the debut of Kevin Owens (Kevin Steen). Kevin Owens would defeat CJ Parker with a pop-up powerbomb after hitting Parker with the Steen Breaker (Pumphandle Neckbreaker). Parker and Owens had a short yet good match. Parker put on some offense and even made Owens bleed.

Kevin Owens NXT 2014

Surprisingly, the match continued instead of being stopped. This match was all about introducing Kevin Owens to the WWE audience and man, what a first night this guy had! If you haven’t watched Owens in his indie days, get on YouTube and look his matches up. There is a reason why he is in NXT! This match gets a C+

The second match of NXT Takeover was our first title match of the night as it was The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto & Sin Cara) defeating The Vaudevillains (Aiden English & Simon Gotch) and retaining the NXT Tag Team Championships. The finish would be Kalisto getting the hot tag and pinning Gotch with a Sitout Shiranui that he calls Salida del Sol. C+

Our next match was Baron Corbin defeating Tye Dillinger with the End of Days. *YAWN*.  F!  However, we are heading towards a collision course between him and Bull Dempsey, which gave the match some purpose.

Since we are done with the appetizers, it’s time for the main course!

Hideo Itami & Finn Balor defeated The Ascension in a solid tag team match-up. First thing I want to say that I was completely blown away with Finn Balor’s entrance as he wore his signature body paint. Balor’s body paint was reminiscent of Carnage from the Spider-Man comics.  His entrance was WrestleMania worthy and just like the crowd, I went absolutely nuts when I saw this.

Finn Balor NXT 2014

As for the match, it was a solid, hard-hitting bout between these two teams. Itami and Balor hit their respective signature moves from their days in Japan and would finish off the former NXT tag champions with a Top-rope Double Foot Stomp in stereo. The crowd at Full Sail was completely into Itami and Balor, cheering louder and louder, whenever they had offense. I am a bigger fan of Itami and Balor now more than ever and I hope they stay a tag team permanently. Both teams looked great here as this earns a solid B!

As that matches ends, we go backstage to Renee Young interviewing Roman Reigns and the crowd seemed genuinely disinterested in what he had to say and so was I. I think most are over him already because it may seem like a foregone conclusion that Roman Reigns will become the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

Our fifth match is our second title match of the night. Charlotte Flair defeated Sasha Banks and retained her NXT Women’s Championship. First thing I want to point out is that there was a video package for this match. Yes, video packages. Also, during these special episodes of NXT, the Women’s title match is usually the second-to-last match on the card and is NOT treated like an afterthought like the majority of the main roster’s championships. Seeing this is refreshing and also sad because compared to these quarterly NXT specials, the monthly main roster PPV’s look all-around second-rate but I digress.

Charlotte vs Sasha Banks NXT

Charlotte Flair vs. Sasha Banks was by far one of the best women’s matches in NXT (and WWE) since Charlotte winning the title against Natalya last May. This match is proof that women’s wrestling can be great if you give the girls time to wrestle and show what they can do. If you can get  male fans to chant “This is wrestling!” for a women’s match, you got a damn good match! Flair and Banks’ match, I will go out on a limb and say is a Match of the Year candidate. Yes, this match was significantly better than most of the men’s matches on the main roster. These two ladies, from bell to bell brought it and stole the show. Both ladies were pulling moves out of their arsenal we haven’t seen before. Flair would get the win by hitting the Diamond Dust off the top rope a la Masato Tanaka. It’s a modified version of her finisher but it is what it is. The NXT Women’s Championship match last night earns the S (which means Match of the Year contender) grade!

Our main event was for the NXT Championship as Adrian Neville defended his championship vs. Sami Zayn. If Zayn loses, he would have left NXT. Sami Zayn defeats Adrian  Neville to become the NXT Champion in a very emotional, back-and-forth, wrestling classic. Like the Women’s title match before, the NXT Championship match is a Match of the Year candidate. Neville did an amazing job playing the heel here, doing whatever he can to keep his championship but it wasn’t enough. Zayn, almost stooped to his level but in the end, wins with the Helluva Kick. This was a helluva match, if you don’t believe me, watch it yourself on the WWE Network! Sami gets his moment in the sun! This amazing main event gets an S grade!

Sami Zayn NXT Title TWO

After the match, the whole NXT roster comes out to celebrate with the new NXT Champion. Adrian Neville also congratulates Zayn as he has finally won the big one. Sami Zayn’s old tag partner, Kevin Owens comes in and embraces his good friend in a moment that was truly heartfelt (reminiscent of the ending of WrestleMania 20).

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

Just when you thought the show ends, Owens beats the crap out of Zayn and powerbombs him on the apron. Zayn is laid out and a new chapter in the Owens/Zayn saga is written. If you have not seen these two go at it in their days of Ring of Honor, you are going to be in for a wrestling treat when they face off! I can’t wait to see NXT in the coming weeks! That is how you close a show!

In closing, I thought NXT Takeover: R-Evolution was a great show from beginning to end. The three big matches on the card delivered and then some. Everyone was on their A-game, including the commentators. This show may have been WWE’s best show this year, slightly edging out the first Takeover by a hair. The main roster Tables, Ladder, Chairs and Stairs or whatever household appliance they want to use this year will be second-rate in comparison to this show. If you have yet to watch NXT Takeover: R-Evolution and you are a fan of wrestling, do so right now! Do it this Sunday over that other PPV. You will not regret it!

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PWP Review – Fire Pro Wrestling Returns

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PWP’s Derron Browning reviews “Fire Pro Wrestling Returns”

Back by so-called popular demand, it’s time for another Browning Review. This time, I call an “Omaha” (a la Peyton Manning) and review another wrestling game. I review the wrestling game, Fire Pro Wrestling Returns. Fire Pro Wrestling Returns was released on September 15, 2005 in Japan. On November 13, 2007, the game was released in the United States. Today, we go back in time to review this classic for the PS2.

Fire pro Wrestling Logo

As you all know, every video game has its flaws. Flaws can range from easy-to-expose bugs in the game to just lack in variety in gameplay. Fire Pro Wrestling Returns, despite how great I think it is, is no exception to the rule. Here are some of “FPR”’s weaknesses.

GRAPHICS:

I wouldn’t consider this a strong weak point in the game because I am not a stickler on it but there are some who believe that graphics are part of what makes a game great. The graphics in Fire Pro Wrestling Returns are in 2D as opposed to the SmackDown vs. RAW games at the time, which are in 3D. The graphics in the game may take some players aback and may lead them to think this game isn’t really good or it’s outdated. If you are more of a person who loves aesthetics, this game may not be for you.

Fire Pro Wrestling Two

CREATION SUITE TEMPLATES:

Fire Pro Wrestling Returns has a very sophisticated creation suite, which was unrivaled at the time. You could create logos, referees, wrestlers, edit championship belts, among other things. However, the game only gives you templates to work with to create as opposed to its 3D wrestling game counterparts, which gave you more creative freedom. The drawback doesn’t really affect creating the male wrestlers as much as it does the women, as there are fewer templates to work with to create a female wrestler. Despite this, you can create some good 2D adaptations of your favorite wrestlers with little to no difficulty. I can’t say the same if you want to create a championship as the game doesn’t give you many templates for you to work with.

MATCH MAKER MODE:

“Match Maker” is basically your equivalent to GM Mode from the SmackDown vs. RAW games where you get to book matches and like GM mode, you are graded on crowd reaction. If the crowd liked the matches you book, you get a better grade as well as talent to work with as the mode plays out. You can only book 12 shows in the mode, which is fine, considering that this game is modeled after Japanese wrestling and not American. There is one major flaw and that is you can’t use created wrestlers in the mode. Fire Pro Wrestling Returns has a very deep roster but most of the wrestlers that are already on the game are from Japanese wrestling promotions like New Japan Pro Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling and the now-defunct Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling promotion.

COPYRIGHT & TRADEMARK ISSUES:

If you remember playing WCW/nWo World Tour or WCW/now Revenge for the N64, you probably would notice a lot of extra characters in the game aside from the WCW roster at the time. No, these guys weren’t made up created characters like WWE 2k15’s NXT mode for the next gen consoles but the likeness of actual wrestlers. However, the names were changed due to trademark and copyright issues. Fire Pro Wrestling Returns is no different as there are over 300 wrestlers in the game and all of the wrestlers featured have different names. Most are easily recognizable and you can edit the names as you please but if you are a casual fan, you may be left confused and wonder “Who the heck are all these people?”

Since I have told you the game’s flaws, I will give you the game’s positives.

VERY DEEP ROSTER!

When it comes to roster count, no game touches the Fire Pro Wrestling series. Returns features 327 wrestlers from different promotions around the world. There are some American wrestlers like Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, Sting, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Sabu and Terry Funk but the cast is predominantly Japanese. There are also luchadors in the game as well like Alberto Del Rio (who is under a mask as Dos Caras, Jr) and also some MMA fighters like MMA Legend, Royce Gracie. “Returns” also gives you the option to create up to 500 more characters if you wish to do so! If you want to create an updated version of the characters I mentioned above, the game allows you to as you have more than enough space to do it. Every year a WWE game comes out, we always hear on a message board “How come this person isn’t in the game?” Fire Pro Wrestling Returns gives you what you want, despite it being 2D. The only thing that really holds you back is your imagination.

Fire Pro Wrestling THREE

8-PLAYER ACTION!

It’s very rare that a wrestling game these days has eight wrestlers at the same time. Aside from WWF SmackDown: Just Bring It! and the Legends of Wrestling series, this is the only game on American soil that allows you to have 8-Man Tags. You can also do 8-Man Elimination matches as well as Battle Royals.

COMPLEX GAMEPLAY:

How many times have you played a game on its hardest difficulty and won with relative ease? I have and sadly, it has been the case in the WWE games as of late. Like the Nintendo 64 wrestling games before them, Fire Pro Wrestling Returns is much slower and technical as you have to rely on strategy and timing to win a match. In other words, spamming moves won’t work here. The game has up to 10 different difficulties, with 10 being the hardest. With the AI being no pushover, even on levels 4 or 5, think of how much of a fight you will be in on 10? Whether it is fighting against AI or a friend, you are always up for a challenge when you play this game.

DEEP CREATION SUITE:

As I said earlier, Fire Pro Wrestling gives you a huge load of templates to work with. However, you can layer them with up to two layers of facial or body accessories, including hair styles, visors, beards, helmets and tattoos, allowing you to create wrestlers with ease.  Returns also allow you the ability to create wrestling rings, referees, logos, championship belts as well as stables. For a game made originally in 2005, that was unheard of.  FPR also has exactly 1,649 moves at your disposal and you can also customize the logic of your created wrestler so the AI for it could react however YOU want it to (something no other wrestling game can do). With a creation suite like this, you can really let your imagination run wild.

GAME MODES:

Returns has plenty of game modes that makes you want to keep playing such as: Tournament mode, which up to 32 players can participate in. Team Match,  which is a 5-on-5, tag team Gauntlet match, where it starts off one-on-one and if one person gets eliminated, the next guy comes in, until all five team members are ousted. League mode is your round-robin style tournament, commonly seen in Japanese wrestling. There are also Barbed Wire and Landmine Deathmatches in the game for the hardcore wrestling fans. Also, there are MMA-style matches for those who like Mixed Martial Arts. Fire Pro Wrestling Returns also features 2 out of 3 Falls Matches, Submission matches, Cage matches, Elimination Matches and so much more! The possibilities in this game are next to endless. There aren’t any Ladder matches in this game though but it’s not needed in this game.

NO GLITCHES:

Earlier copies of WWF No Mercy in 2000 for the Nintendo 64 had a reset glitch that resets all your saved data. The past few WWE games had quite a few bugs like wrestlers contorting in odd ways or the game freezing up at inopportune times. Fire Pro Wrestling Returns doesn’t have any major glitches (that I know of) in the game that takes away from your playing experience.

In closing, Fire Pro Wrestling Returns is an excellent game for the Playstation 2. If you are a longtime wresting fan like me, I STRONGLY recommend that you buy the game from the PlayStation Store if you have a PlayStation 3 or go on Amazon.com and buy a PlayStation 2 copy of the game. The complex gameplay and the dated graphics may turn off casual gamers but once you know what you are doing, you’ll find this game much more enjoyable. In my opinion, Fire Pro Wrestling Returns is bar-none, the greatest wrestling video game I’ve ever played. I give this a 10/10. Make this a stocking stuffer for that family member or friend who loves wrestling!

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Pro Wrestling Powerhouse Review: Survivor Series 2014

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The Browning Review is back. This time reviewing WWE’s Survivor Series!

Back by so-called popular demand, it is time for another “Browning Review”. Time to review the yearly November extravaganza, Survivor Series, which emanated from St. Louis, Missouri.

We start the show with Mr. McMahon, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and John Cena promoting the main event even more in a nutshell. If The Authority loses, only John Cena can hire The Authority back in power.

WWE Survivor Series The Authority

Why didn’t they do this on the go-home show?

The Miz and Damien Mizdow def. Gold and Stardust, Los Matadores and The Usos to become the new WWE World Tag Team Champions in a solid opening match. Nothing but back-and-forth action from all four teams. Everyone looked good in this match. The real MVP was Damien Sandow as the crowd was going nuts for him. The finish was Sandow stealing the win from the Miz after a Splash on one of the Matadors from one of The Usos.

WWE Survivor Series Miz & Mizdow

 

I am gonna like how this plays out with Sandow upstaging Miz each and every match with Miz slowly getting jealous, leading to a blowoff at WrestleMania 31. Some Fantasy Booking for you guys there. This match gets a B.

Next, we get a segment with Adam Rose, Slater-Gator and the Exotic Express. In a nutshell, we have a bonus tag match.

Really?

Natalya, Alicia Fox, Emma and Naomi def. Paige, Summer Rae, Layla and Cameron in a Traditional Survivor Series Match. No one seemed to care for this Divas Survivor Series Match but this was better than the other Divas match we saw later in the show. Cameron was eliminated first with a Rollup of Doom by Naomi. Layla is next to be ousted with a Tilt-A-Whirl Backbreaker by Alicia Fox. Summer Rae is ousted next with an Emma Lock.

WWE Survivor Series Divas Tag Match

Paige shocked at seeing her whole team eliminated, tries to walk out but Emma drags her back in there. Naomi pins Paige with a Headscissors Driver. This match gets a C as it was watchable but nothing special. First clean sweep at Series since 2006 with Team D-Generation Xtreme (Team DX but my name for ‘em sounds better) over Team Rated RKO.

Bray Wyatt def. Dean Ambrose with a DQ after Ambrose hits Wyatt with a chair and puts him through a table. Good news, this sets up TLC, next month. The bad news about this match is that it has a shitty finish. This gets a B as it was getting good at first. Well, after the first half of the show, this is obviously becoming a one-match show.

WWE Survivor Series Wyatt vs Ambrose

Adam Rose & The Bunny def. Slater-Gator. Bunny gets the win by himself.  The Exotic Express leaves with him. I went to the Crapper. F!

Next…

Roman Reigns has a sit-down interview via satellite with the commentators saying that he’s back next month. We’re gonna see him back at TLC. Also, Bad News Barrett is back, kinda in an uneventful segment on the pre-show. Lots of filler in this PPV. Lots of filler. YAWN!

Nikki Bella def. AJ Lee to become the new Divas Champion in a squash. Brie kisses AJ, AJ is befuddled, Nikki floors her with an elbow and a Rack Attack. Brie turns heel again and this whole angle, which was stupid to begin with is rendered pointless! F!

WWE Survivor Series Nikki Bella Divas Champion

Next, we get an announcement that Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt will face each other in a TLC match at the TLC PPV next month. WWE couldn’t wait til tomorrow to do this? This whole PPV has been a commercial for the next PPV? This is no way to treat your second oldest PPV. I’m completely turned off from watching now. I’m only gonna review the next match out of obligation.

Team Cena def. Team Authority with the help of Sting!

Mark Henry is the first to go with a KO Punch.

Wow. Uh OK. Ryback is the first to be eliminated from Team Cena as he gets a Curb Stomp and a Jumping Superkick by Rusev. Rusev was next to go thanks to a countout. Rusev tried to splash Ziggler through the table but Ziggler moves last minute and beats the count. Erick Rowan gets eliminated next with a Diving Knee from the top from Rollins and a Lariat from Luke Harper. John Cena is eliminated next after the KO and Show ousts himself. Show turns heel again… big whoop!

After that, Ziggler pulls out his inner-HBK and eliminates not just Kane but Luke Harper. . It’s back and forth between Ziggler and Rollins. The Authority interferes and eventually puts Ziggler down.

Sting vs Triple H

 

See ya bye…..then…Sting shows up! Sting and Triple H have a staredown and Sting floors H with a Scorpion Death Drop!

Sting puts Ziggler on top of Rollins and Team Cena wins! Dolph Ziggler is the sole survivor in this match! Little overkill when it came this match with the Big Show unnecessary heel turn and the Authority run-ins, but the right team won. The show ends with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon distraught over their team losing. I would have loved to see Triple H in the match himself but that’s just me. I’ll give it a C+ as the match was watchable but nothing special aside from it’s ending.

All in all, despite the well-done debut of Sting in WWE, that does NOT make up for how bad this show was. A promo starting the show like RAW has done for years, uninspired matches, crappy finishes and the show for the most part being a three hour ad for the next pay-per-view makes this show probably one of the worst in Survivor Series’ 28 year history. Well, at least we got Sting vs. Triple H at Mania 31 out of the deal. If you’re going to watch this show, fast forward til the last 5 minutes. I have no idea what’s more disappointing? My Giants losing or this pay-per-view…

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Survivor Series – Five Best In The PPV’s History

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As Survivor Series grows closer, PWP’s Derron Browning ranks his top five Survivor Series’ of all time

Well, it’s November and it’s time for one of WWE’s biggest pay-per-views of the year, Survivor Series. Survivor Series is the second oldest PPV in WWE history. Survivor Series has seen it’s fair share of great shows but at the same time, some awful ones as well. Since the Traditional Survivor Series matches are 5-on-5, here are my top five Survivor Series shows:

Survivor Series 1990 – This edition of Survivor Series was the debut of the storied WWE career of the Undertaker. Also, Survivor Series 1990 marked the one-time appearance of the “Grand Finale Match of Survival” with the sole survivors competing against each other, which was an interesting concept at the time. I didn’t think any of the matches were outwardly terrible nor were the team names.

Survivor Series 2013 – Despite the main event between Randy Orton and The Big Show that wasn’t that good, the rest of the card was a good show. Roman Reigns stole the show in the opening match. CM Punk & Daniel Bryan had an amazing match with Erick Rowan & Luke Harper of the Wyatt Family and even the Divas Survivor Series match wasn’t as bad as one would think.

SSeries 2013

Survivor Series 1987 – The inaugural Survivor Series! This was the sequel to WrestleMania III’s Main Event between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant and a good follow up it was. Remember when every match on the card was a Traditional Survivor Series match? Well, this was the case here as all four matches were actually good as it set up next year perfectly. Also, the participants in the matches all had a reason to be in there, whether it was to settle old scores or start new rivalries. I watched this for the first time on the Network and not once was I bored watching this PPV and you can’t say the same for some of those recent Survivor Series PPV’s.

Survivor Series 2003 – This PPV was the home for the last great set of Survivor Series matches. Team Angle vs. Team Lesnar started the genesis of John Cena. Also, Team Austin vs. Team Bischoff in my opinion was one of the greatest Survivor Series matches of all time. The undercard wasn’t too bad either.

Shawn Michaels WWE

Survivor Series 2002 – 2002 was a great year for WWE overall. WrestleMania X8 had Rock/Hogan, SummerSlam that year is still one of the greatest PPV’s WWE has ever produced and the Royal Rumble (as predictable as it was) wasn’t bad either. 2002’s Survivor Series had a very stacked card from top to bottom. The main event had the debut of the Elimination Chamber and the WWE Championship between Brock Lesnar and Big Show, which made history as this was the first time since his debut, Lesnar had his first pinfall loss. The Triangle Tag Team Match for the Tag Team Championship with the “SmackDown Six” was a classic and shows how far tag team wrestling has fallen off in mainstream wrestling today. The Main event was the first ever Elimination Chamber match and it ended on a great note with Shawn Michaels becoming the new World Heavyweight Champion. To this day, I still think the first Elimination Chamber match is the best one WWE has produced to-date.

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