– The dark match before tonight’s WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view in New York City saw Santino Marella defeat Jinder Mahal with The Cobra.
– WWE’s 2011 Survivor Series pay-per-view opens up with a video focusing on tonight’s main event with WrestleMania 28 opponents The Rock and John Cena teaming up.
– We’re live from a sold out Madison Square Garden in New York City as the pyro goes off and Michael Cole welcomes us to the 25th annual Survivor Series pay-per-view. Cole is joined by Booker T and Jerry Lawler.
– John Laurinaitis comes out and introduces himself to us. Laurinaitis tells us that tonight is also his 10th anniversary of being in WWE. Laurinaitis tells us to enjoy the show and walks off.
WWE United States Title Match: John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler
We go to the ring for tonight’s opener and out comes John Morrison to a nice reaction. Out next comes the WWE United States Champion Dolph Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero at his side.
The bell rings and they go at it. Dolph takes Morrison down and taunts him. A “We Want Ryder” chant breaks out from the crowd and Cole talks about Zack Ryder’s petition. They lock up again and Morrison goes behind to tie Ziggler up. Morrison takes Ziggler to the mat by his arm as the Ryder chants continue. Ziggler takes Morrison to the corner and works him over as a “boring” chant starts up. Ziggler dropkicks Morrison and shows off.
Ziggler takes him back down as the Ryder chants begin again. They go back and forth. Ziggler goes for a dropkick but Morrison catches him and catapults him into the corner. Morrison knocks Ziggler out to the floor, runs the ropes and corkscrews over and takes him out. Morrison throws Ziggler in the ring but Vickie comes over to yell at him. Morrison enters the ring but Ziggler drops him with a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Ziggler keeps control and drops a big elbow before showing off some more and running his mouth to the crowd. Another 2 count for Ziggler. Ziggler keeps Morrison grounded to the mat as the referee checks on him. “We Want Ryder” starts up again as Morrison breaks out of the hold.
Morrison tries to make a comeback but Ziggler slams him to the mat by his hair. Ziggler pushes and kicks Morrison around as Vickie laughs from ringside. Ziggler slaps Morrison. Morrison pushes him back into the corner and beats him down until the referee pulls him off. Morrison charges but Ziggler catches him with a slam for 2. Ziggler goes for the sleeper but Morrison pushes him off. Morrison makes a comeback now with clotheslines and a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Ziggler takes advantage of the referee and rolls Morrison up for 2. Morrison counters a hold and hits a springboard kick to the head for a close 2 count. They go back and forth until Dolph locks the sleeper. Morrison breaks it but Dolph locks it again. Morrison rolls out and hits a tornado DDT on Ziggler. Another 2 count as Vickie put Dolph’s foot on the bottom rope.
The referee orders Vickie to the back and she screams the entire way. Ziggler counters suplexes from Morrison for a roll up. They trade several pin attempts. Morrison misses another springboard kick and Ziggler hits the big leg drop for another close 2 count. More back and forth. Morrison goes for Starship Pain but Ziggler puts his knees up. Ziggler hits the Zig Zag for the win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
– After the match, Vickie Guerrero comes back out to the ring to celebrate with Ziggler. Vickie takes the mic and asks everyone to excuse her so Dolph can speak. Ziggler takes the mic and talks about how people think he’s just showing off. Ziggler says he backs it up every night as the Ryder chants begin. Ziggler says Ryder isn’t here tonight. Ziggler says it’s not showing off if you’re really, really good at what you do. Ryder’s music interrupts his and out comes Ryder running to the ring. Ziggler beats Ryder down as he enters the ring and the crowd boos. Ryder fights back and they go crazy. Ryder hits the Ruff Ryder, sending Ziggler fleeing from the ring. Ryder gets the crowd to fist pump with him before heading to the back.
Lumberjill Match for the WWE Divas Title: Eve Torres vs. Beth Phoenix
We go to the ring and out comes the entire Divas roster to surround the ring. Eve Torres comes out next. Divas Champion Beth Phoenix is out next, accompanied by Natalya. Beth gets a big pop from the New York crowd.
Eve strikes first but Beth grabs her for a slam. Beth just drops Eve to the mat. Eve takes Beth off her feet and pops her butt in her face. Beth leaves the ring but the Divas roll her back in. Eve hits a neckbreaker and a standing moonsault for a 2 count. They go at it and Eve ends up on the apron. Natalya grabs her foot. Eve comes back in distracted and Beth lays her out. Beth uses the bottom rope to choke Eve as the heel Divas laugh in her face. 2 count for Beth.
Eve fights out of a chinlock and makes a comeback. Eve tosses Beth face first into the turnbuckles and hits a dropkick. Eve with back elbows and kicks, then a clothesline. Eve goes for a back splash but Beth puts her knees up and takes back control. Beth goes for the Glam Slam but Eve fights her off. Eve applies her triangle submission. Beth breaks free from the hold and gets the ropes. Natalya and The Bellas distract Eve allowing Beth to roll her up for 2. Eve also gets a roll up for 2. Beth runs into an elbow and Eve kicks her in the side of the head. Eve goes to the top for the moonsault but Beth stops her on the turnbuckle. Beth climbs up with Eve and hits a Glam Slam from the top rope for the pin and the win.
Winner: Beth Phoenix
– We go backstage with CM Punk. David Otunga walks in and they want Punk to apologize to Michael Cole tonight. Punk says he will think about it, after he beats Alberto Del Rio to become the new WWE Champion.
– We see The Rock backstage, dressed to wrestle and holding a microphone. The crowd starts chanting his name. Rock gets the MSG fans hyped and talks about being a boy watching his grandfather in MSG and hanging out with Andre the Giant as his dad Rocky Johnson performed in MSG. Rock talks about in 1996 at MSG when he debuted at Survivor Series. He says he had a heinous haircut and one of the worse outfits. Rock gets the people to chant his name again. Rock says that night started an epic odyssey that will go down in WWE history. Rock briefly runs down his WWE career and finally, he has come back. Finally, The People’s Era begins tonight. Because finally, The Rock has come back to New York City and the crowd loves it. They chant his name again. Rock has one message for The Miz and R-Truth – Boots To Asses. Rock addresses John Cena next and the crowd boos big time at the mention of his name. Rock goes on and is ready to put boots to asses.
Team Orton vs. Team Barrett
We go to the ring and out comes Jack Swagger, Hunico, Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett and Dolph Ziggler. Out next comes Sheamus, Sin Cara, Kofi Kingston, Mason Ryan and Randy Orton to a big pop. Kofi and Ziggler start things out. They go back and forth. Ziggler keeps in control until Orton tags in. Orton hits a RKO on Ziggler and eliminates him. Ziggler is eliminated.
Team Barrett huddles at ringside but Orton breaks it up. The teams brawl. Cara and Kofi lap out of the ring and take out Swagger and Hunico. Cara looks hurt as Hunico kicks him. The two teams have words again. Sin Cara is injured and is eliminated. We’re still stalling here as officials tend to Cara. Cody and Orton start the match back up. Orton tags in Ryan and he continues the assault on Cody.
Ryan sends Cody out to the floor to regroup. Cody tags in Hunico. Ryan overpowers Hunico and tags in Kofi. The match has had trouble getting some momentum going. Hunico counters Kofi and drops him on his face in the corner. 2 count for Hunico. More back and forth and Ryan ends up in there with Hunico. Ryan locks on the full nelson but Cody comes in and breaks it with a kick. Cody hits CrossRhodes on Ryan and eliminates him.
Sheamus comes in and goes at it with Cody. Sheamus hits him with chops to the chest and a suplex. Sheamus ends up on the apron and knocks Barrett off. Cody knocks Sheamus to the floor. Barrett takes advantage and clotheslines Sheamus on the floor, then rams him back in the apron. Barrett brings Sheamus in and mounts him with right hands. Barrett stomps away on Sheamus. Hunico comes in over the top rope with a dropkick as Barrett holds Sheamus. Hunico works over Sheamus. Barrett and Kofi come back in. Kofi dropkicks Barrett and continues the offense. Kofi hits the Boom Drop on Barrett. Kofi rolls Barrett up for 2. More back and forth. Barrett hits the Wasteland on Kofi is eliminated.
Orton comes in and goes at it with Barrett. Hunico gets the tag and dives through the ropes to Orton on the floor, taking him out. Hunico brings Oton in for a 2 count and tags Swagger in. Swagger works Orton over on the mat before tagging Rhodes back in. Rhodes with more of the same and a pin attempt on Orton. Orton finally tags and in comes Sheamus to beat down Swagger. Sheamus comes off the top rope with a shoulder and then sends Hunico to the floor. Sheamus with the Irish Curse on Swagger. Sheamus knocks Cody off the apron and he’s on a roll. Sheamus with the Celtic Cross on Swagger but he slides out. Barrett comes in and hits Sheamus but gets sent right back to the floor. Sheamus goes back to work on Swagger dropping knees to the head. Sheamus won’t stop dropping knees so he gets disqualified. Sheamus is eliminated and argues with the referee.
It’s down to Barrett, Swagger, Rhodes and Hunico with Orton by himself. Sheamus hits a Brogue Kick on Swagger before leaving the ring. Orton comes in, pins Swagger and eliminates him. Hunico, Barrett and Rhodes corner Orton. Rhodes attacks while the referee backs the others off. Rhodes stomps away on Orton in the corner. Cody goes back with more stomps, and more, as the referee has to pull him off. Cody mocks Orton. Orton comes back with clotheslines and a big slam. Orton takes Cody to the second rope and hits the draping DDT. Barrett gets on the apron and distracts Orton. Hunico springboards into the ring but Orton turns around and RKO’s him in mid-air. Hunico is eliminated.
Barrett charges but Orton catches him with a backbreaker. Orton hits an RKO on Rhodes. Barrett grabs Orton and hits Wasteland for the pin and the win.
Sole Survivors: Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes
– We go backstage with Alberto Del Rio talking to The Bella Twins. John Laurinaitis walks up and talks about tonight’s WWE Title match and if he’s taking it seriously. Del Rio says he’s got Mexico and the city behind him tonight and there’s no way he’s losing his title tonight to someone that should be sleeping on the sidewalk on Wall Street. Laurinaitis starts texting as Del Rio walks off.
– Cole hypes tonight’s World Heavyweight Title match. Officials are re-enforcing the ring and Cole talks about them adding more beams to it so it can’t collapse this time. They show the replay from Vengeance of Mark Henry and Big Show breaking the ring.
World Heavyweight Title Match: Big Show vs. Mark Henry
Big Show is out first followed by the World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry. We get formal ring introductions before they lock up. Show shoves Henry right to the mat. Henry gets shoved down again. Big Show tries to get on top of him but Henry goes to the floor.
Henry stalls and they lock up again. Show goes behind and slams Henry on his face. Henry charges and Show arm drags him out of the ring. Henry comes back in but goes to the corner. Show attacks and the referee tells him to back off. Henry continues to stall in the corner while Show waits to fight. The crowd boos as Henry continues to stall. Show attacks Henry with body blows. They run the ropes and Henry takes Show’s knee out. Henry locks a scissors on Show’s leg now.
The crowd starts a big “boring” chant. Show turns things around and drops Henry for a 2 count. Show comes back and clotheslines Henry and then splashes him in the corner. Show knocks Henry down again with a shoulder and calls for the chokeslam. Henry blocks the chokeslam and hits a World’s Strongest Slam on Show but he kicks out at 2. Henry drops a big splash on Show for another 2 count. Henry bounces off the rope and drops a big elbow drop but Show kicks out again.
This time an “Undertaker” chant breaks out. They take the fight to the floor and Henry rams Show into the ring post. Henry runs and tackles Show through the fan barrier as the crowd chants “holy shit.” Henry comes back in the ring as the referee begins to count Show out. Show makes it back in at 9 and Henry puts the boots to him. Henry looks to be going for another superplex but Show fights him off. Show comes back in and superkicks Henry to the mat. Show climbs to the top rope, although it takes him a minute. Show barely stands on the top rope and delivers a huge elbow drop to Henry across the ring. Show covers but Henry kicks out at 2.
A “Randy Savage” chant breaks out after Show’s big elbow. Show goes for the WMD punch but Henry dodges it. Henry kicks Show below the belt and is disqualified, retaining the World Heavyweight Title.
Winner by DQ: Big Show
– After the match, Henry goes to the floor and brings a chair in the ring to attack Show with. Henry puts the chair around Show’s leg and goes to splash it but Show is able to move. Show gets up and knocks Henry down with the WMD. The crowd chants for Daniel Bryan now. Show grabs the chair this time and puts it around Henry’s ankle. Show hits a big leg drop on Henry’s leg and the chair. Henry tosses in pain as officials come down to check on him. Show makes his exit to cheers from the crowd as we go to replays. Officials tend to Henry who is still in pain.
– We go backstage with Wade Barrett talking to Matt Striker about winning earlier. The Miz and R-Truth walk up and ask, really? Barrett gets some words in and walks off. Truth rants about John Cena and The Rock getting all the attention. Miz calls Rock and Cena a load of crap. Truth says crap is crap and tonight, crap gone get got before they walk off.
– Justin Roberts gives a shout-out to the National Guardsmen in the crowd, which gets a big USA chant from the crowd.
– We go to a video package for tonight’s WWE Title match.
WWE Title Match: CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio
We go to the ring and out comes WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio driving into the arena as Ricardo Rodriguez begins his introduction. The crowd starts chanting for CM Punk before Del Rio’s music even stops. Roberts introduces Punk’s personal ring announcer and out comes WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel to a big pop. The Fink at MSG in 2011 is a big deal as the crowd chants his name when he comes out. Fink introduces CM Punk and out he comes to a big pop from New York City.
Punk enters the ring and the crowd chants his name. The bell rings and here we go. A “we want ice cream” chant breaks out. They lock up and go to the ropes. They break and the Punk chants start up again. Punk goes for a quick pin attempt on Del Rio. They lock up again and Del Rio with a headlock takedown. Del Rio knocks Punk down with a shoulder. Punk leap drogs and arm drags Del Rio into an armbar on the mat. More back and forth, and another quick pin attempt by Punk. Del Rio escapes to the floor to talk with Ricardo. Del Rio takes Punk back to the corner before having to back off. Del Rio charges and Punk moves. Punk stomps Del Rio down in the corner. Punk whips Del Rio across the ring and hip tosses him. Punk with a dropkick and Del Rio goes back to the floor.
Punk runs and suicide dives through the ropes, taking out Del Rio. Punk brings him back in the ring and climbs to the top. Punk hits a crossbody from the top for a 2 count. Del Rio counters and throws Punk into the ropes. Del Rio unloads with right hands. Ricardo smacks Punk while the referee isn’t looking. This angers Punk. Punk chases Ricardo around the ring. Del Rio dropkicks Punk through the ropes as he chases Ricardo. Del works Punk over on the floor and slams his arm into the steel steps. Del Rio brings it back in the ring and goes to the top. He comes off the top with a double ax handle for 2. More back and forth. Punk goes for the GTS but Del Rio slides out and drops Punk by his arm. 2 count for Del Rio. Del Rio drops knees and stomps away on Punk’s arm before covering for another 2 count.
Del Rio continues the assault on Punk’s arm and climbs to the top. Del Rio comes back down with another big blow for another 2 count. Del Rio with a big kick. Del Rio runs the ropes but Punk moves and Del Rio lands outside of the ring. Punk comes back in and when Del Rio charges, Punk drops him with a kick. They get to their feet and trade right hands in the middle of the ring. Punk gets the upperhand and drops Del Rio with a kick to the face. More offense from Punk and a neckbreaker for 2. Punk keeps control and hits the bulldog for another close 2 count. Punk goes for GTS again but Del Rio counters and drops Punk over his knees for a 2 count. Punk rolls Del Rio up for 2. Punk goes for the knee in the corner but Del Rio counters with a kick to the head for yet another near fall.
Del Rio drops Punk again but can’t get the pin. Del Rio takes Punk to the top for a superplex but Punk fights him off. Punk headbutts Del Rio to the mat and goes for the big elbow drop but Del Rio knocks him down. Del Rio with a big kick to Punk’s hurt arm. Del Rio charges in the corner but Punk moves and he hits the ring post. Punk climbs back up and comes crashing down with the big elbow drop. Del Rio kicks out at 2 and another “Randy Savage” chant starts up. Punk calls for GTS but Del Rio fights out of it again. Punk blocks the armbreaker but Del Rio ducks a kick. Del Rio locks the cross armbreaker on as the referee checks on Punk and the crowd chants his name.
Punk makes it to the ropes with his feet and breaks the hold. Del Rio charges but Punk goes for GTS. Del Rio slides out and shoves Punk into Ricardo on the apron. Punk blocks again and rolls Del Rio up for a close 2 count. Punk kicks Del Rio in the head and lays him out but he still kicks out at 2. Punk locks the Anaconda Vice as the crowd goes nuts. Del Rio claws at Punk’s eye but he won’t break the hold. Del Rio taps out to end the match.
Winner and New WWE Champion: CM Punk
– Punk takes his WWE Title into the crowd to celebrate as Cult of Personality plays. Punk runs to the other side of the ring and leaps into the crowd as they celebrate with him. Punk takes his celebration back to the ring for a minute before heading to the back.
– We get hype for Steve Austin’s new DVD and a nice video package looking at The Rock’s WWE career and his return to the ring tonight.
The Miz and R-Truth vs. The Rock and John Cena
We go to the ring and out comes The Miz and R-Truth rapping. A “Cena sucks” chant starts right before Cena’s music hits and out he comes to mostly boo’s from the crowd. Cena salutes and runs to the ring. The crowd starts chanting for The Rock next as his music hits. Rock comes out to a massive pop from Madison Square Garden.
The bell rings and it’s going to be Rock starting out with Miz. They stare each other down as the crowd eats it up. They lock up and Rock applies a side headlock. Rock drops Miz with a shoulder and runs the ropes. Rock with a big arm drag. Truth comes in and Rock takes them both out with arm drags. Rock tosses Truth to the floor and rolls Miz up for a 2 count. Miz rolls out to the floor to regroup with Truth as the crowd pops for Rock.
A “you still got it” chant breaks out. Miz comes back in the ring but Truth says he wants Rock. They lock up and Rock applies a side headlock. Rock goes behind Truth and ties him up. Rock out wrestles Truth and sends him to the corner. Truth shows off but Rock ducks the heel kick. Rock drops Miz and suplexes Truth. Rock holds the pin on Truth but the ref doesn’t see it because Cena is in the ring going after Miz. Rock and Cena have words now. Truth tags in Miz. Miz stalls and has words with Rock. Miz wants Cena tagged in. The crowd boos as Rock tags Cena. Cena just smirks and takes his time getting in the ring. Lots of boos for Cena as he comes in all smiles.
The crowd chants “you can’t wrestle.” Cena locks up with Miz and takes him to the corner. Cena with some moves and a dropkick, trying to show up Rock. Now a “you still suck” chant breaks out. NYC hates John Cena tonight. Cena and Truth go at it now. Cena with shoulders and the back drop. The crowd boos with each move. Cena calls for the Five Knuckle Shuffle on Truth but instead, does the hand gesture to Rock and calls him in the ring. Cena and Rock stare each other down. Cena turns around to a big clothesline from Truth. Miz and Truth get Cena in their corner now and double team him. Miz comes back in and stomps away on Cena. Miz with a running kick to Cena’s head for a 2 count. Truth comes back in and they double team him again for another 2 count. Truth with a chinlock now.
Truth tosses Cena into the corner and he lands out on the floor. Truth comes out and works Cena over on the floor, slamming him into the apron before bringing it back in the ring. 2 count for Truth. Truth with a scissors on Cena’s neck now. A “we want Rocky” chant starts up as Cena fights out of Truth’s hold. Truth kicks Cena back out of the ring. Back in the ring and Truth gets another 2 count before tagging in Miz. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Miz blocks it and DDT’s him for a 2 count. Miz taunts The Rock as he waits on Cena to get up. A “Miz is awesome” chant starts. Miz with the flying clothesline in the corner. Truth gets a cheap right hand in on Cena. Miz covers for another 2 count. Truth comes back in on a tag and they double suplex Cena. Truth with a pin attempt. Rock still hasn’t came in to break one of the pins up.
Truth keeps Cena grounded with a headlock. Cena reaches to tag The Rock but Truth drags Cena back to the corner and beats him down. More double teaming from Miz and Truth. Miz is tagged back in and they keep control of Cena. Miz drops Cena with a big clothesline but he kicks out at 2. Another tag to Truth. He drops an elbow on Cena for a pin attempt. Truth nails a crossbody from the top but Cena rolls through and lifts Truth up. Truth slides out and drops Cena on his face for another 2 count. Miz comes back in as Rock looks on. Miz with a kick to Cena’s face. Miz taunts Rock before kicking Cena in the face again. Cena ducks the next kick and locks the STF on Miz. Truth and Rock come in but the referee stops Rock, allowing Truth to break the hold. Cena nails the Attitude Adjustment on Truth as Miz goes to the floor. Miz tags in and knocks Rock off the apron, stopping Cena from tagging. Truth attacks Rock on the floor and drops his neck over the fan barrier while Miz has Cena grounded on the mat. Rock enters the ring but the referee stops him and they argue while Cena gets double teamed. Truth is the legal man now and he gets another 2 count on Cena.
Cena finally tags in Rock. Rock unloads on Truth and nails the Rock Bottom. Rock drops Miz with a right hand and applies the Sharpshooter. Truth breaks the hold but gets speared by Cena to the floor. Miz gets up and works Rock over until he responds with a big spinebuster. Rock gets a pop and hits The People’s Elbow on Miz for the win.
Winners: The Rock and John Cena
– After the match, The Rock hits the corners to pose for the fans as Cena applauds from the entrance way. Rock and Cena mouth words to each other as Cena slowly heads to the back. Rock has his music stopped and invites Cena into the ring. Cena heads back to the ring and throws out a pose to boos from the fans. Rock tells Cena to watch this as he hits the turnbuckles and the crowd applauds him and chants his name. Cena poses again and is met with mostly boos. Rock just shakes his head at Cena. The crowd chants “boots to asses.” Rock motions that he’s going to pose one more time and Cena needs to leave. Rock poses for the fans and they cheer again as his music hits. Rock looks back and stares at Cena. Rock hops down and meets Cena in the middle of the ring. They have no mics so we can’t hear what they’re saying. Cena turns around to leave. Rock grabs him from behind and nails a Rock Bottom, sending Cena rolling out of the ring. The Rock poses some more for the fans before saying thank you. Survivor Series goes off the air with The Rock with his fist in the air.