WWF Survivor Series 2005
November 27, 2005
This can easily be called the original Bragging Rights pay per view. Built upon the inter-company rivalry between the RAW brand and the SmackDown brand, half of the night’s pay per view matches played up the rivalry.
SmackDown’s General Manager Teddy Long (a “good guy”) battled RAW’s General Manager Eric Bischoff (a “bad guy.”) And then RAW’s hero Women’s Champion Trish Stratus was challenged by SmackDown’s evil challenger Melina.
The other three bouts all delivered, with the Triple H-Ric Flair Last Man Standing bout being especially entertaining.
But the show hinged on the main event elimination bout. It saw heroes and villains teaming together for the greater goodness of protecting brand supremacy and brand loyalty. The participants included featured a nice mix of established stars, main eventers and veritable rookies like Chris Masters and Bobby Lashley.
No real specific prize was on the line for the show, just inherent “bragging rights” mentioned before.
But ultimately the entire show had a dark, remorseful cloud hanging over it. On November 13, 2005, Eddie Guerrero passed away very unexpectedly in a hotel room in Bloomington, Minnesota. When he was found he was hours away from performing in front of a raucous TV taping crowd in downtown Minneapolis. The WWE world briefly stopped for a few days as everyone around the world mourned his loss.
However life had to go on. Guerrero was scheduled to be a part of the event, as a member of Team SmackDown. His last wrestling match was a victory on the November 11 edition of SmackDown where he beat Mr. Kennedy to qualify for the team. He was hastily replaced by Randy Orton on the team as the wrestling world moved forward.
With less than two weeks to go before Survivor Series, Eddie’s loss cast a shadow over the entire company and of course the event itself. It certainly gave the entire pay per view a bittersweet feel throughout.
– Juventud Guerrera beat Simon Dean in a dark match that happened before the pay per view went live on the air.
– Booker T beat Chris Benoit in Match 1 in the Best of 7 Series for the vacant WWE United States Championship.
– WWE Women’s Champion Trish Stratus beat Melina.
– Triple H beat Ric Flair in a Last Man Standing match.
– WWE Champion John Cena bet Kurt Angle. Daivari was the special guest referee.
– Theodore Long beat Eric Bischoff.
– Team SmackDown: Batista (captain), Rey Mysterio, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, Bobby Lashley & Randy Orton (replacing Eddie Guerrero) beat Team RAW: Shawn Michaels (captain), Kane, The Big Show, Carlito & Chris Masters in an elimination match. Orton was the sole survivor.