Survivor Series 2019 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for the Raw and SmackDown brands. It took place on November 24, 2019 at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. It was the thirty-fourth event under the Survivor Series chronology, the first to feature the NXT brand (now one of WWE's three main brands). Like previous years, the theme of the event was brand supremacy and featured matches involving wrestlers from the three brands against each other.

Production

Background

Since the WWE reintroduced the brand extension in 2016, Survivor Series has centered around competition between Raw and SmackDown for brand supremacy. In September 2019, WWE's NXT brand, previously exclusive to the WWE Network, debuted on the USA Network, solidifying its status as WWE's third major brand, and was subsequently added to the 2019 event as part of the brand competition theme.

Storylines

Survivor Series featured professional wrestling matches involving different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that play out on WWE's primary television programs, Raw and SmackDown. Wrestlers portrayed heroes or villains as they follow a series of events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches.

World championship matches

At Crown Jewel, Brock Lesnar retained the WWE Championship by submission against Cain Velasquez (who was accompanied by Rey Mysterio). Afterwards, Lesnar continued to apply the Kimura Lock on Velasquez until Mysterio struck Lesnar with a chair. Lesnar stopped Mysterio, who retaliated by striking Lesnar with another chair, forcing him to retreat. The following night on SmackDown, Lesnar's advocate, Paul Heyman, announced that Lesnar was quitting SmackDown and moving to Raw in order to seek revenge against Mysterio (taking the WWE Championship with him). On the following Raw, Lesnar proceeded to attack crew members in search of Mysterio, including commentator Dio Maddin, who defended fellow commentator and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler after being threatened by Heyman. After Lesnar performed an F-5 on Maddin through the announce table, Mysterio appeared and struck Lesnar with a steel pipe. He later issued a challenge to Lesnar for the WWE Championship, which was made official. On the November 18 episode of Raw, Heyman suggested to make the match a No Holds Barred match and Mysterio accepted.

Backstage during the November 8 episode of SmackDown, as Sami Zayn was trying to convince Daniel Bryan to join his faction, Bray Wyatt as "The Fiend" appeared behind Bryan and attacked him with the Mandible Claw. During a "MizTV" segment the following week, Wyatt as his normal self taunted Bryan by mocking the latter's former "Yes Movement" persona. In response, Bryan challenged Wyatt for the Universal Championship at Survivor Series and Wyatt accepted.

On November 19, Adam Cole was scheduled to defend the NXT Championship at Survivor Series, with his opponent being the winner of a triple threat match between Damian Priest, Killian Dain and Pete Dunne at TakeOver: WarGames the preceding night.

Brand Supremacy Triple Threat matches

On the November 1 episode of SmackDown, after Bayley defeated Nikki Cross to retain the SmackDown Women's Championship due to interference from Sasha Banks, NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler appeared and attacked all three. During a sit-down interview between Charly Caruso and Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch on the following Raw, Caruso informed Lynch that she would be facing Baszler and Bayley in a non-title triple threat match at Survivor Series, after which, Baszler appeared and confronted Lynch.

Prior to the November 6 episode of NXT, Raw's The O.C. (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson) attacked The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly, and Roderick Strong). On the November 11 episode of Raw, a non-title triple threat match between United States Champion AJ Styles, Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, and North American Champion Roderick Strong was scheduled for Survivor Series.

On the November 4 episode of Raw, a non-title triple threat tag team match between Raw Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar), SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson), and NXT Tag Team Champions The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly) was scheduled for Survivor Series. However, on the November 8 episode of SmackDown, The New Day's Big E and Kofi Kingston defeated The Revival to win the SmackDown Tag Team Championship, thus replacing them in the match.

Survivor Series elimination matches

On the November 8 episode of SmackDown, Michael Cole announced Banks as the captain for Team SmackDown's women's team. Later that night, Carmella and Dana Brooke defeated Fire & Desire (Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville) to qualify for the team after the match had been rescheduled due to a backstage attack from NXT's Bianca Belair the previous week that led to Rhea Ripley and Tegan Nox defeating Rose and Deville. On November 14, WWE.com announced Lacey Evans as the fourth member of the SmackDown women's team, followed by Nikki Cross on November 17 after Cross, who was originally scheduled to face Bayley in a non-title qualifying match, scored the pin in an eight-woman tag team match on the November 15 episode of SmackDown. On the November 18 episode of Raw, Charlotte Flair was announced as the captain for Team Raw's women's team, with Natalya, Sarah Logan, and WWE Women's Tag Team Champions The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) revealed as the other team members later that night.

On the November 8 episode of SmackDown, WWE.com announced that Seth Rollins was selected as the captain for Team Raw's men's team, with Kevin Owens, Ricochet, Randy Orton, and Drew McIntyre revealed as the other team members during the November 11 episode of Raw. On the November 12 episode of WWE Backstage, Roman Reigns was revealed as the captain for Team SmackDown, with Mustafa Ali (formerly known as Ali), Braun Strowman, King Corbin, and Shorty G also announced for the team. NXT head Triple H tried to convince Rollins as well as Owens to leave Raw and come back to NXT where they had started their WWE careers. Both turned down the offers, leading to the NXT roster attacking members of Raw, as well as those on SmackDown. At the conclusion of the November 18 Raw, Triple H invited members of Raw and SmackDown to the following episode of NXT, where a large brawl broke out between all three brands. All the members of Raw, SmackDown, and NXT would brawl again following the conclusion of a six-man tag team match on the November 22 episode of SmackDown. Triple H, Shawn Michaels, and Road Dogg lead the NXT roster in the invasion of SmackDown, reenacting how D-Generation X had attempted to invade World Championship Wrestling's Monday Nitro in 1998 with a tank. After the conclusion of TakeOver: WarGames, Triple H announced that Michaels would reveal the members of Team NXT during the Survivor Series Kickoff pre-show.

Event

Pre-show

Three matches occurred during the two-hour Survivor Series Kickoff pre-show, two of which were announced during the pre-show. In the first match, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode from SmackDown won an interbrand 10-man battle royal featuring tag teams from the three brands, lastly eliminating the Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) from Raw, giving SmackDown the first point of the night.

In the second pre-show match, NXT's Lio Rush defended the NXT Cruiserweight Championship in an interbrand triple threat match against Raw's Akira Tozawa and SmackDown's Kalisto. In the end, Rush performed a Final Hour on Kalisto to retain the title, giving NXT their first point.

The last match of the pre-show was the non-title triple threat match between the brands' tag team champions, Raw Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders (Erik and Ivar), SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston), and NXT Tag Team Champions The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly). The climax saw The Viking Raiders perform The Viking Experience on O'Reilly onto Fish and pin Fish, tying the brands at 1 point each.

Also during the Kickoff pre-show, Shawn Michaels revealed Tommaso Ciampa (as captain), Damian Priest, Keith Lee, Matt Riddle, and WWE United Kingdom Champion Walter (from NXT UK) as the members of Team NXT for the men's three-way Survivor Series elimination match.

Preliminary matches

The actual pay-per-view opened with the women's three-way Survivor Series elimination match, featuring Team Raw (Charlotte Flair, Natalya, Sarah Logan, and WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Asuka and Kairi Sane) against Team SmackDown (Sasha Banks, Carmella, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, and Nikki Cross) against Team NXT (Rhea Ripley, Bianca Belair, Candice LeRae, Io Shirai, and Toni Storm). After a brawl, Shirai and LeRae were taken to the back for apparently sustaining injuries. The first elimination occurred when Belair trapped Cross in a roll up after Ripley had distracted the latter. Logan was next eliminated by Belair, who performed a 450 Splash on Logan. The next two women eliminated were Carmella who was pinned by a natural selection from Charlotte, shortly followed by Kairi Sane who was eliminated by a meteora from Banks. Asuka eliminated Brooke after a kick. Flair and Asuka subsequently got into an altercation resulting in Asuka spitting green mist in Flair's face, who was then blinded and was eliminated by Evans after performing a Women's Right; Asuka also walked out of the match during this time, resulting in her elimination by forfeit. Evans was pinned by Natalya with a schoolboy, who then applied a dual submission alongside Banks to eliminate Storm. Belair was then eliminated by Banks after an assisted spinebuster/clothesline combo. Banks also took out Natalya with a punch, following a brief alliance against Ripley. Shirai and LaRae then returned, feigning their injuries, and aided Ripley, who performed a Riptide on Banks to win the match for Team NXT, bringing NXT's score to 2 points with Raw and SmackDown at 1 point each.

Backstage, Team Raw's men's captain Seth Rollins questioned Kevin Owens' loyalty as Owens had appeared at NXT TakeOver: WarGames the previous night as the mystery partner for Tommaso Ciampa's team in the men's WarGames match. Owens assured Rollins that his loyalty was with Raw and that he had only participated in that match to get revenge on The Undisputed Era for attacking him on the previous episode of Raw. Owens then questioned Rollins' own loyalty, bringing up how Rollins had turned on his teammates in The Shield back in 2014.

Next was the non-title triple threat match between the brands' secondary champions, Raw's United States Champion AJ Styles, SmackDown's Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura (accompanied by Sami Zayn), and NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong. In the closing moments, as Styles performed a Phenomenal Forearm on Nakamura, Strong threw Styles out of the ring and pinned Nakamura to win the match, bringing NXT's score to 3 points.

After that was the first of the three non-interbrand world championship matches in which Adam Cole defended the NXT Championship against Pete Dunne. In the climax, Cole performed a Last Shot to the back of Dunne's head to retain the title.

The fourth match was SmackDown's world championship match where "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt defended the Universal Championship against Daniel Bryan. Bryan performed a Running Knee on The Fiend for a nearfall. Bryan performed Yes Kicks and three consecutive missile dropkicks on The Fiend. As Bryan went back to the top rope, The Fiend caught Bryan with the Mandible Claw submission, causing Bryan to pass out with The Fiend getting the pinfall victory to retain the title.

Next was the men's three-way Survivor Series elimination match, featuring Team Raw (Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens, Randy Orton, and Ricochet) against Team SmackDown (Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, King Corbin, Mustafa Ali, and Shorty G) against Team NXT (Tommaso Ciampa, Damian Priest, Matt Riddle, Keith Lee, and WWE United Kingdom Champion Walter). McIntyre performed a Claymore Kick on Walter to eliminate him. Shorty G was then pinned by Owens after a frog splash. Ciampa performed a Spike DDT on Owens to eliminate him. Orton performed an RKO on Priest to eliminate him, before Riddle rolled up Orton to eliminate him. Riddle himself was then eliminated by Corbin after Orton performed an RKO on Riddle in anger. After a brawl outside the ring, Strowman was eliminated by countout. Corbin then performed End of Days on Ricochet to eliminate him. Ali was eliminated after a Stomp by Rollins. McIntyre was the next eliminated after a Spear from Reigns. Corbin was then eliminated after he received a Spear from teammate Reigns, and Ciampa pinned Corbin. Rollins and Reigns briefly teamed up and attempted to perform The Shield's signature powerbomb on Ciampa through an announce table, only for Lee to save Ciampa. Back in the ring, Rollins performed The Stomp on Ciampa to eliminate him followed by Lee eliminating Rollins with a fireman’s carry jackhammer. Lee performed the Spirit Bomb on Reigns for a nearfall. As Lee then attempted a moonsault, Reigns avoided Lee and performed a Spear to win the match as the sole survivor for Team SmackDown, bringing SmackDown's score to 2 points with NXT at 3 points and Raw at 1 point. Following the match, Reigns showed respect to Lee.

The penultimate match was for Raw's world championship, where Brock Lesnar (accompanied by Paul Heyman) defended the WWE Championship against Rey Mysterio in a No Holds Barred match. Mysterio quickly exited the ring and obtained a steel pipe, but Lesnar stopped Mysterio from using it and dominated him. Mysterio's son Dominic ran to the ring with a towel in hand, pleading with Lesnar to stop the onslaught. As Lesnar was distracted, Mysterio attacked Lesnar with a low blow, followed by one from Dominic. The father and son then attacked Lesnar with a steel pipe and steel chair, respectively, and then performed double 619's and dual Frog Splashes on Lesnar for a nearfall. As they attempted additional Frog Splashes, Lesnar quickly grabbed Dominic and performed a German suplex on him. Lesnar then caught Mysterio in midair and performed an F-5 to retain the title.

Main event

The main event was the non-title triple threat match between the brands' women's champions, Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch, SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley, and NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler. The three traded offense throughout the match, each performing their signature moves. In the climax, as Lynch was down outside the ring, Bayley attempted a Diving Elbow Drop on Baszler, who caught her in the Kirifuda Clutch, forcing Bayley to submit to win the match. Baszler's win gave NXT the final point of the night to win brand supremacy at 4 points, where SmackDown had 2 points and Raw only had 1. Following the match, Lynch attacked Baszler and put her through the announce table.

Match Preview

Lio Rush vs. Kalisto vs. Akira Tozawa Preview
The Viking Raiders vs. The New Day vs. The Undisputed Era Preview
5-on-5-on-5 triple threat Survivor Series women's tag team elimination match Preview
AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Roderick Strong Preview
Adam Cole vs. Pete Dunne Preview
"The Fiend" Bray Wyatt vs. Daniel Bryan Preview
5-on-5-on-5 triple threat Survivor Series men's tag team elimination match Preview
Brock Lesnar vs. Rey Mysterio Preview
Becky Lynch vs. Bayley vs. Shayna Baszler Preview

Results

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

Survivor Series elimination matches

    Raw
    SmackDown
    NXT

Women’s Survivor Series Match

Elimination Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination method Time
1 Io Shirai Team NXT N/A Injuried
Candice LeRae Team NXT N/A Injuried
2 Nikki Cross Team SmackDown Bianca Belair Pinfall
3 Sarah Logan Team Raw Bianca Belair Pinfall
4 Carmella Team SmackDown Charlotte Flair Pinfall
5 Kairi Sane Team Raw Sasha Banks Pinfall
6 Dana Brooke Team SmackDown Asuka Pinfall
7 Asuka Team Raw N/A Countout
8 Charlotte Flair Team Raw Lacey Evans Pinfall
9 Lacey Evans Team SmackDown Natalya Pinfall
10 Toni Storm Team NXT Natalya & Sasha Banks Submission
11 Bianca Belair Team NXT Sasha Banks Pinfall
12 Natalya Team Raw Sasha Banks Pinfall
13 Sasha Banks Team SmackDown Rhea Ripley Pinfall 27:49
Survivor(s): Rhea Ripley

Men's Survivor Series Elimination match

Elimination Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination method Time
1 Walter Team NXT Drew McIntyre Pinfall
2 Shorty G Team SmackDown Kevin Owens Pinfall
3 Kevin Owens Team Raw Tommaso Ciampa Pinfall
4 Damian Priest Team NXT Randy Orton Pinfall
5 Randy Orton Team Raw Matt Riddle Pinfall
6 Matt Riddle Team NXT King Corbin Pinfall
7 Braun Strowman Team SmackDown N/A Countout
8 Ricochet Team Raw King Corbin Pinfall
9 Mustafa Ali Team SmackDown Seth Rollins Pinfall
10 Drew McIntyre Team Raw Roman Reigns Pinfall
11 King Corbin Team SmackDown Tommaso Ciampa Pinfall
12 Tommaso Ciampa Team NXT Seth Rollins Pinfall
13 Seth Rollins Team Raw Keith Lee Pinfall
14 Keith Lee Team NXT Roman Reigns Pinfall
Survivor(s): Roman Reigns

Inter-Brand Tag Team Battle Royal Eliminations

Elimination Wrestler Eliminated by Time
1 The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake)
2 Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado)
3 Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder
4 Imperium (Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel)
5 Heavy Machinery (Otis and Tucker)
6 Breezango (Fandango & Tyler Breeze)
7 The Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson)
8 The O.C. (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows)
9 Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) 45:23
10 Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode WINNERS

Other on-screen talent

Commentators
Pre-show Panel
Interviewers
Ring announcer
Referees

See also

DVD release

External links

Survivor Series 2019 previews

Brock Lesnar v Rey MysterioBecky Lynch v Bayley v Shayna BaszlerThe Viking Raiders v The New Day v The Undisputed EraWomen's Tag Team Elimination MatchMen's Tag Team Elimination MatchAJ Styles v Shinsuke Nakamura v Roderick Strong"The Fiend" Bray Wyatt v Daniel BryanAdam Cole v Pete DunneLio Rush v Kalisto v Akira Tozawa

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