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Revisiting History Survivor Series

Postby The Legend » Nov 09, '20, 12:41 pm

So, I've got an itch to talk some wrestling, in particular do some fantasy booking and with Survivor Series coming up, I feel like its the perfect time. I know most or all people around here (or used to be around here) gave up on WWE a while ago, and they do plenty wrong. However, I feel like one thing they do right year after year, or at least mostly right, is the concept of interbrand competition at Survivor Series with RAW and SD going toe to toe.

I feel like this is something they could have made much better use of in the original brand split with champion vs champion matches and traditional SS elimination matches setting the stage for shows. It's not a perfect concept now, I think the WWE should explain why members of the roster care so much about these matches (GM's giving title shots and bonuses for winning these matches would go a long way to explaining their purpose. Over the next couple weeks, I'm going to look back at the original brand split and reimagine Survivor Series each year from a fantasy booking perspective with these ideas in mind.

First up 2003:
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Re: Revisiting History Survivor Series

Postby The Legend » Nov 09, '20, 1:39 pm

SURVIVOR SERIES 2003

We kick off this year's Survivor Series with a breakdown of the concept of brand rivalry and the way that Bischoff and McMahon are rewarding each member of the roster for their roles.

Intercontinental vs United State Championship Match -- Rob Van Dam vs Big Show

They show a video package before the opening match of RVD and his ally Booker T in the locker room where Booker wishes RVD good luck, but Bischoff comes into the locker room and starts to talk down to RVD and tell him how he doesn't think he can defeat the much bigger Big show by himself and Bischoff refuses to let RAW lose the first Survivor Series RAW vs SD match. Bischoff then tells Booker he is holding him personally responsible for making sure RVD wins or Booker is fired and RVD will be stripped of the IC title.

Booker makes his way down to ringside with RVD during introductions and looks somewhat perplexed by being out there, but then Big Show makes his way down to the ring. With Booker encouraging him RVD starts the match off fast, getting in his quick kicking offense and flying around the ring until he goes for rolling thunder and Big Show catches him and using his feet propels RVD high through the air and crashing down to the mat.

As Big Show lays his offense in Bischoff comes down to ringside and starts berating Booker to do his job until Austin's music hits and the Assistant GM comes down and stuns Bischoff to a massive pop that actually serves to distract Big Show and allowing RVD to trip him up and go back on offense. Eventually, RVD goes for the Five Star Frog Splash, but Big Show bounces him off and goes back on offense. Bischoff recovers in time to hand Booker a chair and force him to enter reluctantly into the ring, where he hits Show in the stomach with the chair to bend him over, Booker then hits him on the back before running off the ropes with a scissors kick and letting RVD climb again and hit the frog splash for the 1, 2, 3... RAW 1, SD 0. RVD retains the IC belt and picks the stipulation for his match at Armageddon.

Women's 5-on-5 match -- Team RAW (Gail Kim, Ivory, Jazz, Lita, Stacy Keibler) vs Team SD (Dawn Marie, Nidia, Sable, Stephanie, Torrie Wilson)

Smackdown doesn't really have a women's division at this point and that seems to hold them back and make their team decided underdogs against Team RAW. That plays out as Gail Kim and Lita work quickly to pin Nidia into the corner and work double teams before eliminating her. Team Raw then looks to be on the same way of handling Dawn Marie, but Stephanie confronts the official and demands he starts doing a better job of calling the match for SmackDown, this distraction allows Sable to jump in and help Dawn Marie get back on track, eventually eliminating Keibler.

As the match goes on it gets down to Torrie Wilson as the only member of SmackDown vs Ivory and Jazz for Raw. She manages to outsmart and outlast them both when Ivory was legal, but she spears Jazz by accident and allows Torrie to hit her finisher on Ivory to get the pin and then pins a still stunned Jazz for the win SD 1, RAW 1. Torrie Wilson gets the match of her choice at No Way Out.

World Tag Champions vs WWE Tag Team Champions -- The Dudleyz vs the Basham Brothers

Stephanie goes into the Bashams' locker room before this match and closes the door to presumably talk strategy or make an inspirational or threatening speech about their prospects in this next match.

As the match starts, the Dudleyz are introduced first and the Bashams come from out of the crowd to get the jump on their opponents and it works for a time, but eventually the Dudleyz recover in time to start laying into them. Bubba tosses Doug out of the ring where D-Von and Bubba put the illegal Basham through the Spanish announce table. The Dudleyz return to the ring and hit another 3-D on Danny and quickly take care of the match. RAW 2, SD 1. Dudleyz get to choose their opponents for Armageddon.

Women's Champion Molly Holly vs SD's Torrie Wilson

Torrie represents SmackDown in her second match of the night against women's champ Molly Holly, but fatigue sets in and eventually Molly Holly gets the clean victory and gets to pick the stipulation for her match with Ivory at Armageddon. Raw 3, SD 1

Men's Traditional 5-on-5 Match -- Team RAW (Batista, HHH, Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels, Christian) w/ Ric Flair vs Team SD (Brock Lesnar, Chris Benoit, Edge, John Cena, Rikishi) w/ Paul Heyman

Stephanie rallies her troops after the last match and makes it perfectly clear that they must win out and preserve a tie against Team RAW in the night's festivities.

Total chaos ensues in this match with Christian and Edge brawling throughout the arena early on and getting a double countout, Flair and Heyman start a slugfest of their own making both managers go toe to toe, eventually leading to Batista being distracted and getting eliminated before both managers are tossed out after getting into the ring during their fight. The match ends when John Cena and Brock Lesnar eliminate Shawn Michaels. Lesnar gets a championship match with Angle at No Way Out, while John Cena gets the 30th entrant into the Royal Rumble.

WWE vs WHC Match -- Kurt Angle vs Goldberg

In this clash of styles, Goldberg starts off using his power to get ahead, but Angle's technique shines through and they continue to go back and forth like that with a series of close calls and quality reversals until it looks like Goldberg is about to set up his Three Moves of Doom, but Team Angle interferes. Goldberg dispatches of Benjamin and then hits a modified Jackhammer in which he throws Haas out of the ring, but it allows Angle to hit the Angle Slam and nearly get the pin. Goldberg kicks out and looks to go back on offense, but Angle catches him off guard and locks in the Ankle Lock to earn the victory and the right to pick his stipulation against Lesnar at No Way Out.
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Re: Revisiting History Survivor Series

Postby Everlong » Nov 13, '20, 9:06 am

I completely forgot there was ever an Angle/Goldberg match. The fact that they had Angle go over Goldberg was huge.

IIRC the 2003 event was the first time in a few years they'd had the classic Survivor Series style matches? Or maybe I'm misremembering.

Always was a fan of Survivor Series as a concept.
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Re: Revisiting History Survivor Series

Postby The Legend » Nov 22, '20, 8:38 am

Everlong wrote:I completely forgot there was ever an Angle/Goldberg match. The fact that they had Angle go over Goldberg was huge.

IIRC the 2003 event was the first time in a few years they'd had the classic Survivor Series style matches? Or maybe I'm misremembering.

Always was a fan of Survivor Series as a concept.


Well, they had the Alliance vs WWE SS match in 2001 that ended the Alliance, but yes it was mostly the first time in a while that they had matches like that.
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Re: Revisiting History Survivor Series

Postby prophet » Nov 27, '20, 10:10 am

Survivor Series was brilliant when they had actual stakes other than ‘brand supremacy’.

Remember the year RAW won and each team member got to run RAW for a week? Big up Maven giving himself a title shot.
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Re: Revisiting History Survivor Series

Postby The Legend » Nov 30, '20, 5:16 pm

prophet wrote:Survivor Series was brilliant when they had actual stakes other than ‘brand supremacy’.

Remember the year RAW won and each team member got to run RAW for a week? Big up Maven giving himself a title shot.


Yeah, that's basically what I was discussing when looking at that Survivor Series. If you give everyone a stake and then make it supremacy between the GM's it becomes a stronger event. You could even rearrange the calendar and do the draft right after Survivor Series with the brand that wins the most matches earning the first pick or something.
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Re: Revisiting History Survivor Series

Postby prophet » Dec 04, '20, 7:56 pm

The Legend wrote:
prophet wrote:Survivor Series was brilliant when they had actual stakes other than ‘brand supremacy’.

Remember the year RAW won and each team member got to run RAW for a week? Big up Maven giving himself a title shot.


Yeah, that's basically what I was discussing when looking at that Survivor Series. If you give everyone a stake and then make it supremacy between the GM's it becomes a stronger event. You could even rearrange the calendar and do the draft right after Survivor Series with the brand that wins the most matches earning the first pick or something.

That’s a good idea!
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