WWE: 10 best main events in Survivor Series history

Survivor Series is less than two weeks away and the hype for the first ever WarGames matches on the WWE main roster is only growing in the wrestling community.

A men’s or women’s WarGames match is sure to be the main event and should go a long way to restore Survivor Series to its former glory. It is the second oldest WWE pay per view.

The pay-per-view has been the scene of many of the biggest matches and moments in WWE history, many of which have come in the main event.

Keeping this in mind, GiveMeSport Taking you through the 10 best main events in Survivor Series history…

10. Bret Hart vs. Diesel – 1995

In this match, Diesel (Kevin Nash) was the champion for only one year. Both were also babyfaces, which was quite rare for title matches and feuds at this time. The match was notable for being the first match to destroy the Spanish announce table, which soon became a feature on WWE TV. Bret won an amazing match with a small package pin, becoming a three-time WWE Champion.

9. Team Cena vs Team Authority – 2014

Survivor Series 2014

Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, Big Show and Ryback joined John Cena to face the Seth Rollins-led team of Kane, Luke Harper, Mark Henry and Rusev. Quite an assortment of talent. Big Show walked out, Cena was quickly eliminated, leaving Ziggler against the trio. With the help of the debutant Sting, he eventually pinned Rollins, leading to the temporary exit of Triple H, Stephanie and co.

8. Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre – 2020

The two met at WrestleMania 36 the year before after Reigns’ return from leukemia. However, this match was much better with Reigns now the head of the tribe and McIntyre the dominant babyface. Both were also champions of their respective brands. Reigns continued his dominant heel run by choking out McIntyre, with help from Jey Uso of course.

7. John Cena vs Triple H vs Shawn Michaels – 2009

Survivor Series 2009
Survivor Series 2009

The match started in shocking fashion as Shawn Michaels threw his DX partner out of the ring. The match returned the favor later, putting HBK through the announce table with a spinebuster. A frantic encounter ended when Cena dropped Michaels to Triple H with the Attitude Match, securing the pinfall in one of the best matches of his career.

6. Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels – 1992

Of course, when you hear about these two men and Survivor Series, you immediately think of Montreal 1997, although five years earlier they had excelled at the same event. The match was Bret’s first PPV defense as WWE Champion and represented a changing of the guard in WWE with two smaller, technical wrestlers in the main event. The Sharpshooter was the deciding factor here again, but just as Bret surrendered Shawn to retain.

5. Team Smackdown vs. Team Raw – 2005

Survivor Series 2005
Survivor Series 2005

It was the best battle of the brands because it made sense in the storyline and there was a real sense of rivalry and competition. Batista led the blue team of Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, Bobby Lashley and JBL against HBK, Big Show, Kane and Carlito on Raw. Michaels fought back one on three, eventually succumbing to an RKO from Orton, who survived for the third year in a row. Their joy was short-lived as Undertaker returned while the Smackdown roster celebrated.

4. Undertaker vs. Batista – 2007

It was the stand-out feud of 2007 and one of the best in recent memory. It began at WrestleMania 23, when The Deadman defeated The Animal for the World Heavyweight Title. By Survivor Series, Batista had regained his belt but was set to lose it after hitting a tombstone at the end of a thrilling encounter. However, a returning Edge (as a cameraman) lost the title after attacking Taker and putting him down with a concerto.

3. Team WWE vs Team Alliance – 2001

Survivor Series 2001
Survivor Series 2001

A terrible storyline and one of the biggest missed opportunities in wrestling history, but its finale was excellent. The Alliance, led by Stone Cold and consisting of the rag tag crew of Kurt Angle, Booker T, Rob Van Dam and Shane McMahon, battled The Rock, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho, Kane and Big Show. WWE’s “survival” was decided by Kurt Angle, who switched sides, hitting Austin with his own WWE Title belt, allowing The Rock to pin him.

2. Brock Lesnar vs. Daniel Bryan – 2018

It was a champion vs champion bout – Bryan entered the match himself after turning heel and winning the WWE title on the previous episode of SmackDown. Their very first encounter lived up to the hype, with Lesnar once again showing how great he is when working with smaller, more athletic wrestlers. There was an epic near fall in the match that showcased this, his selling and Bryan’s amazing heel role. Lesnar was ultimately victorious.

1. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Booker T vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kane vs. Rob Van Dam – 2002

Survivor Series 2002
Survivor Series 2002

The best Survivor Series main event, redemption for Shawn Michaels and Full Circle since Montreal 1997. It was his second fight since his injury-induced retirement in 1998. This was the first Elimination Chamber match. Notable spots include RVD’s misjudged frog splash off the chamber pod, which injured Triple H, and The Game’s spectacular match-closing sequence with HBK, which ended to the tune of Sweet Chin music. In the all-time WWE match and moment, Michaels became the World Heavyweight Champion at Madison Square Garden.

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