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WWE S. SERIES PPV RESULTS 11/24 (Hour 3): Orton vs. Big Show main event, Bryan & Punk, PPV-closing face-off

Nov 24, 2013 - 9:43:24 PM
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WWE Survivor Series PPV Results
November 24, 2013
Live in Boston, Mass.
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor


Third Hour PPV Results

The third hour started with a video package on The Wyatts's feud with Daniel Bryan and C.M. Punk following Hell in a Cell last month. WWE focused on the key phrase of "The devil made me do it" when Bray Wyatt explained why he targeted Bryan and Punk.

In-ring: Cult of Personality played to bring out C.M. Punk first. As Punk made his entrance, Cole noted that Punk won the WWE Title two years ago at Survivor Series, then went on to hold the WWE Title for 434 days. Daniel Bryan was introduced next to loud "Yes!" chants. Once in the ring, Bryan led the fans in "Yes!" chants before shaking hands with Punk. The Wyatts's video intro then interrupted. Bray looked into his lantern and said "she" speaks to him. Bray said "she" told him about Punk and Bryan. He called them the reapers and noted there is nowhere left to run. Bray blew out his lantern, then the arena went dark.

Back in the arena, Bray walked through the curtain to lead Erick Rowan and Luke Harper down to the ring. Meanwhile, Cole described Bray's view that WWE fans view Bryan and Punk as idols, but they are "mere mortals" leading the audience toward a Promised Land that does not exist. Is that WWE's way of saying Bryan is not getting the ultimate victory of a WWE Title run after chasing for months and never losing clean?

6 -- C.M. PUNK & DANIEL BRYAN vs. WYATTS (ERICK ROWAN & LUKE HARPER w/Bray Wyatt)

Once the bell sounded, Cole said Punk and Bryan had similar upbringings in "sports entertainment." They were both halftime show jugglers? Cole clarified that they came up through the independents before arriving in WWE. Cole then wondered if the "she" that Bray speaks of is Sister Abigail. Meanwhile, the crowd chanted "Yes!" for Bryan and "C-M-Punk" for Punk as the two teams felt each other out.

The Wyatts eventually took control of the match and began working on Punk. In the middle of the match, Cole brought up Raw Country, Florida Georgia Line, and the AMAs. Luke Harper then gator-rolled Punk, which Cole described as his way of disorienting his prey. After Rowan talked to his sheep mask, Luke obliged him with a tag to continue working on Punk.

Just before 10:00, Bryan finally hot-tagged into the match to run over Harper with signature comeback offense. Bryan then knocked Harper to the outside and smashed him with a suicide dive. Harper sold having an injured knee, allowing Bryan to smash him with a missile dropkick back in the ring. Bryan followed with a corner dropkick, then took Harper up top. He tried a top-rope huracanrana, but Harper blocked and destroyed him with a running powerbomb. Punk broke up a pin attempt, then Rowan chucked Punk over the top rope to the outside.

Reset at 12:00 as Bray shouted instructions from the outside after getting up from his rocking chair. Rowan then bodyslammed Bryan over and over as Punk sold an injury outside the ring. Harper tagged in and slammed Bryan, then tried to cheap-shot Punk, but Punk smashed him with a kick to the head from the ring apron. This allowed Bryan to tag in Punk, who delivered successive offense to Harper. Punk climbed to the top rope as Bray and Rowan did some weird hugging thing on the outside. It became apparent they were preparing for Punk to splash them on the outside of Harper in the ring.

Back in the ring at 16:00, Punk came off the top with a Macho Man elbow to Harper, drawing a "Randy Savage" chant from the crowd. Punk then tried a GTS on Harper, but Rowan cut him off. Bryan knocked out Rowan, then Punk dropped Harper with a GTS. It was good for the pin and the win. Post-match, Bray pounded the ringside barricade in frustration.

WINNERS: Punk & Bryan at 16:51. A "feel-good" consolation prize for Bryan following his recent string of PPV disappointments and for Punk getting a high-profile victory. The middle was very slow, but a high-energy ending boosted the match. (**3/4)

After the match segment, Bray Wyatt jumped on the ring apron to tease entering the ring, but then backed away as Bryan shouted "Yes!" in his face. Bryan and Punk went back to celebrating in the ring as Bray sold confidence in his master plan.

Video Preview: The Miz in "Christmas Bounty." It's on ABC Family Tuesday.

Backstage: World champ John Cena was shown getting his arm iced while talking to Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Kane. Cena confirmed he's good for Raw tomorrow night, then WWE champion Randy Orton barged in. Tense moment between WWE champ and World champ, then Cena left. Orton, mad and paranoid, asked what he was doing here. No answer, so he stormed off as Hunter sold uneasiness.

Video Package: Randy Orton vs. Big Show. Ref Charles Robinson was included in the pre-video graphic, of note.

In-ring: Big Show was introduced first for the WWE Title main event. Show, fired-up, warmed himself up in the ring, then Randy Orton was introduced second. As Orton very slowly walked to the ring, Cole noted that Orton is acting very paranoid tonight. Cole explained why since he feels unprotected by The Authority, then Cole wondered if Orton will still be WWE champion when they finish the 2013 PPV season in three weeks at TLC in Houston.

Before the match started, Justin Roberts handled formal ring introductions. Big Show received polite applause, but definitely not a PPV main event reaction. Orton was lightly booed, but, again, not much reaction from the crowd. Ref Charles Robinson called for the bell to begin the main event.

7 -- WWE champion RANDY ORTON vs. BIG SHOW -- WWE Title match

Once the bell sounded, Orton immediately left the ring to make Show wait for action. Orton entered the ring, then he tripped over himself and fumbled out of the ring to continue selling being a headcase right now. Show chased Orton back into the ring, then beat him up a bit as the announcers noted there has not been any outside interference thus far tonight. Meanwhile, a light "Daniel Bryan" chant picked up in the tired crowd. Show tried to get the focus back on them by delivering frying pan-like chops to Orton's chest and smiling toward the crowd. But, Orton intercepted Show with a dropkick to begin working on Show.

Orton settled into a sleeper while hanging on Show's back, drawing up a "boring" chant from the crowd. Show quickly cut it and Orton off with a slam, then he teased the chokeslam, but Orton bailed from the ring. On the outside, Show ran Orton into the ring steps, then re-entered the ring. Show contemplated climbing the top turnbuckle, drawing oohs and aahs from the crowd. But, Orton cut off Show with wild kicks. Orton then teased his signature assisted DDT, but opted to drag Show off the ropes and deliver a standard DDT. The crowd booed, so Orton played off the crowd taunts by smirking, posing, and flexing his muscles.

Show took advantage of Orton losing focus by bodyslamming him for a close nearfall. Show then looked longingly toward his hand, made eye contact with the crowd, and made a fist to signal the KO Punch, but Orton again rolled out of the ring. On the outside, Show chucked Orton into the ropes, which hit ref Charles Robinson in the leg. Charles sold a knee injury as Orton and Show continued to battle on the outside.

A chair came into play, but Show punched it out of Orton's hands. Show then tossed Orton over the guardrail into the stands. On the way back over the rail, Orton grappled Show, but Show smashed him with a KO Punch. JBL said they're about to have a new WWE champion, which meant they would not. As Show rolled Orton back into the ring to possibly make a pin, Triple H's music interrupted.

Hunter, Stephanie, and Kane walked out on-stage to take a closer look at the action. Show taunted Hunter with a KO Punch, but then turned around and took an RKO from Show. Back in the ring, Orton measured Show for The Punt. Orton completely missed the Punt, but Show sold as if Orton landed it. Orton then covered Show for the pin and the win.

Post-match, Hunter and Stephanie smiled, clapped it up, and walked down to ringside as the announcers debated the spirit and intent of Hunter vowing no physical interference tonight. Upon replay, not even a quick switch on various camera angles could cover for Orton whiffing on the Punt.

WINNER: Orton at 11:10. Not PPV main event-worthy. More like a TV main event, which is what was expected going in. And, WWE got cute at the end with The Authority's presence on-stage, also as expected. So, WWE felt the need to add a little extra to the soup after the main event to try to make this final segment feel worthy of PPV... (*1/2)

Suddenly, John Cena's music played. Cena walked out on-stage and held his World Title belt high in the air. Cena then marched down to the ring, walking past Kane, Hunter, and Stephanie. Cena held his title belt up toward Orton, then entered the ring. Cena posed in front of Orton, who seethed as Cena stole his spotlight. Orton then held up his WWE Title belt before Cena posed with his World Title belt. The two men went face-to-face holding up their top title belts as Survivor Series signed off early at 10:43 p.m. EST.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Was a mild Thumbs Up, declining towards Thumbs in the Middle following the main event. So, Cena vs. Orton. Title unification tease. Do they begin a battle over who the "Face of WWE" is going forward until WrestleMania? Or, will WWE wait that long? Interesting to see where this goes, especially now that Cena has no opponents after taking care of Del Rio's re-match clause, but there could be an Orton vs. Show re-match at TLC in three weeks.

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