WWF Survivor Series 2002
November 17, 2002
New York, New York
This pay per view only featured six matches on the show itself, and not one of them was actively bad.
While there was a severe lack of traditional tag team elimination matches there was still an elimination theme running throughout the entire show.
In addition the hot New York City crowd in Madison Square Garden certainly added to the environment and fun nature of the show.
In the main event Shawn Michaels was making an improbable return from a four-year hiatus after a debilitating back injury. He was inserted in the first ever Elimination Chamber bout against five other world class, main event level former, current or future World Heavyweight Champions. They included Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Kane, Chris Jericho and the reigning World Champion Triple H. The Elimination Chamber was described as a combination of WarGames, Survivor Series elimination matches and the Royal Rumble. With the six men entering the match at set intervals, pinfalls or submissions happening at any point in the match and happening completely in a giant enclosed, chain-linked dome cage it provided for an amazing visual and a great match. Naturally being this was the first one of its kind, it only included trusted, top level veterans, who could be counted on to deliver in this brand new atmosphere.
The other main event saw the gargantuan Big Show return to main event level when he defeated the phenomenal Brock Lesnar to win the WWE Championship. While the match was fairly it was a great big man power match. Lesnar was able to show off his super freaky strength and showed the world the ridiculously amazing in-ring chemistry that Lesnar and Big Show had with each other.
The other true stand out was the triple threat elimination match for the WWE Tag Team Championships. These six were lovingly known as the “SmackDown Six” for their penchant for having ridiculously good matches whether be in singles, tag team or multi-man competition. This match was did nothing to change that perspective and certainly helped get the fledgling WWE Tag Titles off the ground.
Plus the show was padded out Jeff Hardy teamed up with Bubba Ray & Spike Dudley to defeat Rico and Three Minute Warning in a elimination Tables Match. It was the closest the night had to an old school elimination bout and featured the reunion of Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley as the famous team that made them stars. Kidman beat Jaime Noble in a fun Cruiserweight Title bout and Victoria beat the red hot Trish Stratus to win the WWE Women’s Championship, in what was one of the company’s first ever Hardcore Matches that was contested for the Women’s Championship.
Top to bottom the show delivered and any wrestling fan should find something that they can enjoy on this show.
– Lance Storm & William Regal beat The Hurricane & Goldust live on Sunday Night Heat before the pay per view went on the air.
– Jeff Hardy and Bubba Ray & Spike Dudley beat Rico & 3 Minute Warning (Rosey & Jamal) in an Elimination Tables match.
– Kidman beat WWE Cruiserweight Champion Jaime Noble to win the Championship.
– Victoria beat WWE Women’s Champion Trish Stratus in a Hardcore Match to win the Championship.
– The Big Show beat WWE Champion Brock Lesnar to win the Championship.
– Eddie & Chavo Guerrero beat Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit and WWE Tag Team Champions Edge & Rey Mysterio in a triple threat match to win the Championships.
– Shawn Michaels beat World Heavyweight Champion Triple H, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Chris Jericho and Kane in an Elimination Chamber match to win the Championship.