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The 2021 Survivor Series was the 35th annual Survivor Series professional wrestling event produced by WWE. It was held for wrestlers from the promotion's Raw and SmackDown brand divisions. The event aired on pay-per-view and the WWE Network and took place on November 21, 2021, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Seven matches were contested at the event, including one on the Kickoff pre-show. The card was highlighted by two traditional Survivor Series elimination matches: Raw's men's and women's teams were victorious over SmackDown's. In the main event match, SmackDown's Universal Champion Roman Reigns defeated Raw's WWE Champion Big E. Also on the card, Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch defeated SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair, and Raw Tag Team Champions RK-Bro (Randy Orton and Riddle) defeated SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso). Raw won brand supremacy by winning five of the seven matches.

Production

Background

Survivor Series is an annual gimmick pay-per-view, produced every November by WWE since 1987. The second longest running pay-per-view event in history (behind WWE's WrestleMania), it is one of the promotion's original four pay-per-views, along with WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, and SummerSlam, dubbed the "Big Four". The event is traditionally characterized by having Survivor Series matches, which are tag team elimination matches that typically features teams of four or five wrestlers against each other. Since WWE reintroduced the brand split in 2016, Survivor Series has centered around competition between Raw and SmackDown for brand supremacy. The 2019 event had also featured WWE's former developmental territory NXT involved in the brand competition; however, NXT was not involved in the 2020 event. As a result, the 2020 event had traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series matches for the men and women between Raw and SmackDown. The 2021 event will be the 35th event under the Survivor Series chronology.

Since WWE reintroduced the brand split in 2016, Survivor Series has centered around competition between wrestlers from Raw and SmackDown for brand supremacy. The 2019 event had also featured WWE's former developmental territory NXT—which had become WWE's third main brand that year—involved in the brand competition; however, NXT was removed from the competition with the 2020 event due to COVID-19-related issues. In September 2021, NXT was rebranded as "NXT 2.0", reverting, in part, to being WWE's developmental brand.

Since the 2017 event, the champions of Raw have faced their SmackDown counterparts in non-title matches, with NXT's champions also involved in these matches in 2019. The 2021 Survivor Series will feature Raw's WWE Champion against SmackDown's Universal Champion, the Raw Women's Champion against the SmackDown Women's Champion, Raw's United States Champion against SmackDown's Intercontinental Champion, and the Raw Tag Team Champions against the SmackDown Tag Team Champions.

Storylines

The event included matches that result from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portray heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results are predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw and SmackDown brands, while storylines are produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.

On November 6, WWE revealed both Raw and SmackDown's team members for the men's Survivor Series match. Team Raw's members were announced to be Seth Rollins, Finn Bálor, Kevin Owens, Rey Mysterio, and Dominik Mysterio, while Team SmackDown would consist of Drew McIntyre, Jeff Hardy, King Woods, Sami Zayn, and Happy Corbin. On the November 8 episode of Raw, WWE official Adam Pearce noted that every member of Team Raw was a former world champion, except Dominik. In turn, Pearce scheduled Dominik to face Bobby Lashley where the winner would be on Team Raw; Lashley defeated Dominik.

Also on November 6, WWE revealed both Raw and SmackDown's team members for the women's Survivor Series match. It was announced that Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan, Carmella, Queen Zelina, and one-half of the WWE Women's Tag Team Champions, Rhea Ripley, would represent Team Raw. Team SmackDown's members were revealed to be Sasha Banks, Shayna Baszler, Shotzi, Natalya, and Aliyah. On the November 12 episode of SmackDown, however, WWE official Sonya Deville removed Aliyah from the match seemingly due to her relationship with Naomi, who had been at odds with Deville. On November 18 via WWE's social media, Deville revealed that Toni Storm would fill Team SmackDown's vacant spot.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of The Rock's WWE debut at the 1996 Survivor Series, a 25-man dual-branded battle royal was scheduled to take place at the 2021 event.

Match Preview

Damian Priest vs. Shinsuke Nakamura Preview
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair Preview
Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown Preview
Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown Preview
Big E vs. Roman Reigns Preview
RK-Bro vs. The Usos Preview
25-Man Battle Royal Preview

Results

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

Battle Royal Eliminations

Elimination Wrestler Eliminated by Time
1 Drew Gulak Omos
2 Shelton Benjamin Omos
3 Humberto Omos
4 R-Truth Otis
5 Otis Omos
6 Chad Gable Cesaro
7 T-BAR Ricochet
8 Cedric Alexander Mansoor
9 Angel Angelo Dawkins
10 Jinder Mahal
11 Erik
12 Ivar Shanky
13 Shanky Omos
14 Mansoor Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode
15 Robert Roode Omos
16 Dolph Ziggler AJ Styles
17 Sami Zayn Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford
18 Commander Azeez Omos
19 AJ Styles Commander Azeez
20 Apollo Crews Omos
21 Cesaro Omos
22 Angelo Dawkins Omos
23 Montez Ford Omos
24 Ricochet Omos
25 Omos Winner 10:45

Survivor Series elimination matches

    Raw
    SmackDown
Elimination Wrestler Eliminated by Elimination method Time
1 Kevin Owens N/A Countout 0:55
2 Happy Corbin Finn Bálor Pinfall 7:50
3 King Woods Bobby Lashley Technical submission 13:25
4 Bobby Lashley N/A Countout 16:35
5 Drew McIntyre N/A Countout 16:35
6 Finn Bálor Sheamus Pinfall 19:30
7 Sheamus Austin Theory Pinfall 24:35
8 Austin Theory Jeff Hardy Pinfall 27:00
9 Jeff Hardy Seth Rollins Pinfall 30:00
Survivor(s):


Seth Rollins (Team Raw)
Elimination Wrestler Eliminated by Elimination method Time
1 Carmella Toni Storm Pinfall 1:00
2 Queen Zelina Toni Storm Pinfall 13:55
3 Toni Storm Liv Morgan Pinfall 15:00
4 Liv Morgan Sasha Banks Pinfall 16:10
5 Rhea Ripley Shayna Baszler Pinfall 17:40
6 Sasha Banks N/A Countout 20:05
7 Natalya Bianca Belair Pinfall 21:15
8 Shayna Baszler Bianca Belair Pinfall 21:45
9 Shotzi Bianca Belair Pinfall 23:45
Survivor(s):


Bianca Belair (Team Raw)

Other on-screen talent

Commentators
Pre-show Panel
Interviewers
Ring announcer
Referees

See also

DVD release

External links

Survivor Series 2021 previews

Men's Elimination MatchWomen's Elimination MatchBecky Lynch v Charlotte FlairBig E v Roman ReignsRK-Bro v The UsosDamian Priest v Shinsuke Nakamura25-Man Battle Royal

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