Sixteenth annual Survivor Series PPV and where better to host it... The worlds most famous arena, Madison Square Garden in New York City! Hot crowd from start to finish and who can blame them, great event! Arguably one of the best ppvs in history.
Featuring the biggest Superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment... Includes the first ever Elimination chamber match, the debut of 'Big Poppa Pump' Scott Steiner, Hardcore Women's Championship match, 6man table match, musical perfomance from 'Saliva' and much much more!!!
Also features a few DVD extras:
Several post match interviews with - Rico, Victoria, Eddie & Chavo Guerrero, Booker T and Rob Van Dam
Goldust & The Hurricane VS Lance Storm & William Regal
Making of the Elimination Chamber
Look back at the Elimination Chamber Match
Eric Bischoff at Madison Square Garden
Saliva "Always" Music Video
Whole card ranges from good to great, very entertaining show top to bottom. Well worth purchasing, would make a top 10 DVD in anyone's collection.
Location - Madison Square Garden
Promotion - World Wrestling Entertainment
Brands - Raw & Smackdown
Date - November 2002
Attendance - 17,000
Tag Team Tables Match; Spike, Bubba Duley & Jeff Hardy v 3 minute warning & Rico.
Cruiserweight Championship; Billy Kidman DEFEATS Jamie Noble
Women's Title Street Fight; Victoria DEFEATS Trish Stratus
WWE Championship; The Big Show DEFEATS Brock Lesnar
WWE Tag Team Titles; Los Guerros DEFEATS Edge & Rey Mysterio/ Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit
World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match; Shawn Michaels DEFEATS, Triple H, Rob Van Dam, Chris Jericho, Booker T and Kane.
Admitedly looking at this card, title matches aside it doesnt look like a brillant card, however looks can be deceiving. This was one of the best if not the best Pay-Per-View's of 2002. Not long after the much needed brand split and WWE is in a good place. Smackdown had its own powerful champion in Brock Lesnar who had just effectively destroyed everyone in his way for well over 6 months. We had Raw in control of the Game Triple H, still putting on great matches surrounded by many many good superstars.
Onto the event anyway.
Tag Team Tables Match; Bubba, Spike Dudley & Jeff Hardy DEFEATS 3 minute Warning & Rico;
This match reminded me of the attitude era, in the sense that on paper this just looks like a regular opening match to a pay per view, however this is a fantastic tables match. Never did I think id see Jeff Hardy and Dudleys teaming effectively in a table match, but thats exactly what happened. There are many highlights, but the biggest one has to Jeff Hardy's swantom bomb off a ledge half way to the top of madison square garden to eliminate Rosey. We also had the return of D-von Dudley, the Dudleys had split during the brand split. The match came down to Rico and Bubba Dudley, the Dudleys picked up the win after an interuption from D-von allowed a 3D to be hit through the table.
Cruiserweight Title Billy Kidman DEFEATS Jamie Noble;
Considering the 2 competitors in this match aren't exactly the most household of names, this match is actually very good. Noble takes control early on but cant put Kidman away, even after a crushing DDT from the middle rope. Kidman comes back into it and despite the interuption of Noble's girlfriend Nidia, Kidman mounts the top rope and delivers the shooting star press and picks up the 1-2-3 to become the new cruserweight champion.
Women's title street fight Victoria DEFEATS Trish Stratus;
Its not very often we see 2 women take to the squared circle in a street fight, but this is wwe and anything is possible. Considering its 2 women fighting this is reasonably entertaining and also reasonable gorey. Its a good performance from both women, but under-dog Victoria takes the title and we have a second new champion in 2 matches.
WWE Championship The Big Show DEFEATS Brock Lesnar;
Brock lesnar had all the mometum possible heading into this match. He'd demolished The undertaker, Hulk Hogan, Rikishi The Hardy Brothers, Rob Van Dam and many more superstar in previous months. However he hadn't beaten the Big Show. Before the match The Big Show dominated him on Smackdown, throwing him off the edge of the stage, cracking his ribs in the process. Big questions needed answering. Could the Big Show be suplexed? Could the Big Show be F5'd? Well the answer is yes to both. Broken ribs didnt matter as Brock dominated the Big Show from start to finish, until of corse a scummy interuption from supposed to be Lesnar's agent Paul Heyman. I'l let you watch the ending for yourself.
Match Rating 7.5/10
Tag Team Title Match Los Guerrors DEFEATS Edge & Christian/ Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit;
Well, 3 great teams and what a great match. Before the match you could tell on paper we were going to get a bit of everything. You have Mysterio & Edge for high flying, fast paced action, you have Los Guerreros for some great tag team wrestling moves and you have Angle & Benoit for some proper technical wrestling. Thats precisely what we got, a mixture of all 3 above. After 20 minutes of action, the Guerroros picked up the win after a submission victory
World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match; Shawn Michaels DEFEATS Triple H, Chris Jericho, Kane, Rob Van Dam and Booker T;
All I can say is wow. What a wonderful match, my personal favourite match ever. A brillant performance from Michaels interfilled with a dominant performance from Kane and Spiderman- like performance from Rob Van Dam and a slog performace from Triple H. I personally love the ending to this. The match comes down to Triple H & Michaels, who had been fueding for a couple of months since Michaels return from a 4 year back injury and to me the 2 best superstars slug it out to a cracking ending.
Overall PPV Rating - 9/10
Worst Match - Womens title match
Best Match - Elimination Chamber match.
With the draft extension now in full effect, the WWE was faced with a dilemma. The quality of their product was somewhat mixed. On one hand, SmackDown were putting on gripping storylines, top rate matches and fresh content. Meanwhile, the other show Raw was uninspiring. Featuring the same old superstars of the previous years still headlining shows, offensive storylines (I think all WWE fans know the Katie Vick angle) and the young stars of the future being held down, the WWE had to do something. Creating the Elimination Chamber match, featuring a blend of past, current and future stars, the WWE had a chance to correct the mistakes they were making on Raw, beginning with Survivor Series 2002.
Taking place in the famously known worldwide Madison Square Garden, in New York City, New York, the WWE presented 6 matches. Unfortunately, the traditional Survivor Series Elimination style matches did not appear, with the WWE instead opting to make a few of the matches with elimination rules.
Kicking of the show was a 6-man Tornado Tag Elimination Tables match (phew, that was long to type!) with the team of Jeff Hardy, Spike Dudley and Bubba Ray Dudley against 3 Minute Warning (Rosey, Jamal and Rico). A fun way to kick off the show, as it had hard hitting action, aerial assaults and a feel good ending. Unfortunately, the infamous botch where Rico yells at Hardy for not knocking him off the ropes is (understandably) edited out.
The Cruiserweight Championship was on the line as the holder Jamie Noble took on Billy Kidman. The match, despite lacking crowd heat, was actually entertaining. For the time they had together, these 2 former WCW alumni cobbled a good showing.
The Womens' Championship match was fought under Hardcore rules as the champion Trish Stratus defended against Victoria. The match had buildup, which is rare for womens' matches in the WWE. The 2 divas in hand put on a good effort, although it wasn't quite as intense as the buildup promised. Still, props to both women for making something watchable.
The red hot WWE Champion Brock Lesnar defended the title against the mammoth Big Show, in a short, but cleverly overbooked matchup. Featuring tons of crowd heat, some impressive shows of strength and a swerve turn, the match is actually exciting.
With a 3 Team Tag Team Elimination match following the WWE title match, with champions Edge and Rey Mysterio defending against the team of Kurt Angle & Chris Benoit and Los Guerreros (Eddie and Chavo), it was essentially guaranteed that the audience would see a crackerjack match, as these 6 men had ignited previous SmackDown's and pay-per-views. It certainly was another brilliant match from these guys, as they wowed and awed with their technical prowess. All 6 men put on fine showings and the winners were deserving.
Before the main event, a segment featuring the returning Scott Steiner pummeling Chris Nowinski and Matt Hardy took place, just to kill some time, but also remind everybody that Scott Steiner was in the WWE. For those that watched this show live, you may remember hearing Steiner drop an F-bomb, but much like Rico's rant, it's edited out.
The Elimination Chamber for the World Heavyweight Championship was on the line in the main event as Triple H was challenged by Rob Van Dam, Kane, Booker T, Chris Jericho and the recently returned Shawn Michaels. A superb promo piece, with Saliva's "Always" song hyped up the match, as well as a great interview with Triple H (where he quotes the title of this review). Eric Bischoff explains the rules of the match, before the competitors enter the Chamber. With no precedent to compare it with at the time, it was hard to rate the match. However, with more Chamber matches occurring after this event, it's easy to say this might just be the best Chamber match. Featuring fast-paced, innovative, aerial offense from Rob Van Dam, a captivating finish, great use of the props provided and sterling performances from everyone (Shawn Michaels in particular), the 2002 Survivor Series, top to bottom, was a fabulous show.
As with most of the WWE DVD's, extras are included. However they are kind of boring, especially when compared to the event itself. There are some out of character, post-match interviews which are very interesting to listen to, but quite short. There's also a mini segment from a WWE Confidential show, where Bischoff and the competitors of the Elimination Chamber talk about it. It's all the stuff you've heard many other competitors say before, so nothing is really original there. Saliva's "Always" is included on the disc. It's not a bad song, but why am I listening to music on a wrestling DVD? A tag team match with Lance Storm and William Regal against The Hurricane and Goldust is absolutely abysmal. Just to cap it off, the tedious Tommy Dreamer makes a useless appearance following the match's conclusion. Last but not least is a slideshow, featuring all the previous years Survivor Series posters, as well as a little summary about each event. It's nothing new if you know your wrestling trivia, although I appreciate WWE's effort for putting it on the disc.
No doubt it was a brilliant show, although Raw didn't do itself too many favours with the way they booked the show. Each match is above what you could expect. The matches which you probably knew would deliver were much better than expected. That's overachievement at its best. As it's old too, any price over £10 is quite a lot. Of course, you can pay more for it from trustworthy websites like Amazon, HMV and Silvervision although sites like eBay have the great prices. It's pretty rare to find in shops, although some CeX stores have it very cheap albeit preowned.
The Survivor Series 2002 featured a number of great moments and talking points. The most important was probably the introduction of the six man Elimination Chamber match, which is still a staple part of the WWE programming. Shawn Michaels marked his triumphant return back to the ring with a World Title win within a few months of coming back from injury in an incredibly hot match.
Another moment was the debut of "Big Poppa Pump" Scott Steiner. Till this day, I still count this debut as being the hottest on a WWE show, even in my eyes being stronger than the original debut of Chris Jericho. The crowd was SO into Steiner and loved his demolition of Matt Hardy and Chris Nowinski. Unfortunately this enthusiasm was short lived as Steiner quickly showed in his following appearances what a broken down wreck of a performed he was.
Elsewhere there was a superb 3 team battle for the Smackdown titles which stole the show and an above expectations battle between Big Show and Brock Lesnar.
Well this was around a time in the WWE that I wasn't a huge fan but looking back at the DVD tere was some good stuff going on. What struck me in this event was how good the action was. The Triple Threat Tag team Title match with Edge & Rey v Angle / Benoit v Los Guerreros was incredible and I highly recommend it. Also the Cruiserweight match between Kidman and Noble is a nice little match too. The show opens with a 6 man tag with the Dudleyz and Jeff Hardy v 3 minute warning and Riico. Poor match but wakes the crowd up well . Trish took on Victoria in a pretty decent match considering the womans title matches aren't always masterpieces! The double main event was good. Big Show v Brock Lesnar was a physical affair and Lesnar done well to work so well with 'Show. For me the most fun was the Elimination Chamber, Big story here is that it's Shawn Michaels first match back in the Madison Square garden in over 4 years. Great moment and fun event from start to finish.