WWE Survivor Series 2021 Results: Updates, Match Card, And Review
It’s all over. Survivor Series has come to a close for 2021. The November PPV was a mixed bag, and you can see why in the review below. However, if you’re just looking for the results of every match during the event, we have those for you too as well.
There were no major surprises, and part of that is because there were no championships on the line. And even though WWE teased The Rock and Brock Lesnar multiple times during the PPV, neither showed up. It was a bit of a weird evening. The show closed with a clean match between Big E and Roman Reigns, which also happened to be the match of the night. Below, you’ll find all the results and a review for Survivor Series.
Much of the evening saw champions from Raw facing champions from Smackdown to determine brand supremacy. Raw’s WWE Champion Big E faced Smackdown’s Universal Champion Roman Reigns in one highly-anticipated match, which closed out the evening. Additionally, Becky Lynch took on Charlotte. Of course, there were also two Survivor Series elimination tag matches and a battle royal. It was a stacked card, but it really didn’t deliver.
If you’re looking to watch a replay of Survivor Series, you’ll need to subscribe to Peacock–or WWE Network if you live outside of the US. There is a free tier for Peacock; however, you’ll need to subscribe to Peacock Premium ($5 a month) or Peacock Premium Plus ($10 a month) in order to live stream the PPV. The difference between the two is that Premium Plus is not ad-supported. However, both tiers of Peacock play the same stream of WWE’s Survivor Series. Additionally, you can watch the Kickoff Show, live, for free below.
WWE Survivor Series 2021 match card:
- Raw vs. SmackDown (Men’s Survivor Series Elimination Match)
- Raw vs. SmackDown (Women’s Survivor Series Elimination Match)
- Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (Champion vs. Champion Match)
- Big E vs. Roman Reigns (Champion vs. Champion Match)
- RK-Bro vs. The Usos (Champion vs. Champion Match)
- 25-Man Dual Brand Battle Royal
- Damian Priest vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Champion vs. Champion Match) [KICKOFF SHOW]
Survivor Series had seven matches on the card, and a couple of 5-on-5 elimination tag team matches: the men’s and women’s. For the men, Team Raw will consist of Seth Rollins, Finn Bálor, Kevin Owens, Austin Theory, and Bobby Lashley. Team Smackdown will consist of Drew McIntyre, King Woods, Jeff Hardy, Happy Corbin, and Sheamus.
On the women’s side, Team Raw will be Bianca Belair, Rhea Ripley, Liv Morgan, Carmella, and Queen Zelina. Team Smackdown will have Sasha Banks, Shotzi, Shayna Baszler, Natalya, and Toni Storm. Check out the match card below, which will be updated as more bouts are added.
If you’re waiting for Survivor Series to begin, you can pass the time by listening to the latest episode of GameSpot’s wrestling podcast, Wrestle Buddies. This week, Mat Elfring and Chris E. Hayner predict all the matches for the WWE PPV. Check out the episode above.
Below, you’ll find live updates and results for Survivor Series as it airs on Peacock. Additionally, there will be a review of each match from the Wrestle Buddies.
The Kickoff Show starts at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT and will air on Peacock, Twitter, and YouTube. Or watch it below when it airs.
- Damian Priest vs. Shinsuke Nakamura has been moved to the Kickoff Show.
- A 25-man battle royal has been added to the card.
Damian Priest vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Nakamura wins by DQ after Priest hit Rick Boogs and Nakamura with Boogs’ broken guitar.
Mat: I’m like 99% positive that Rick Boogs is one of my old Smackdown create-a-wrestlers come to life. In addition to being a guitar player who also wrestles, he plays rippin’ guitar solos during the match. Now, that’s comedy. I don’t know entirely what’s going on with Priest. I loved him on non-WWE programming, but he feels even more watered down than he was before.
What I’ve enjoyed most about this match was Boogs playing guitar. What’s the point of it? I don’t know, but it sure did put me in a good mood. And Nakamura is just wonderful to watch. Even when a match is as middle-of-the-road as this one, he’s just so much fun to see perform.
While this champion vs. champion battle was bland, the finish was a lot of fun. Boogs continued to play solos, and Priest had enough. He broke the guitar, hit Boogs with the remains, then Nakamura, giving Nakamura the DQ win. It was something a bit fresh to finish the bout off.
Chris: I love the duo of Nakamura and Rick Boogs. It brings me so much joy every single time, with Pat McAfee’s rocking out being the cherry on the sundae. On the other hand, it feels as though Damian Priest’s character has been simplified, making him rather generic. Have they given up on the “archer of infamy” thing?
This match, while there’s absolutely no storyline reason for it, was entertaining. Nakamura is exactly the kind of person to get an audience encrusted and excited about what’s going on. He should be main eventing shows, but at least he’s on the card. Like Mat, I don’t quite understand why Nakamura is powered by the guitar of Rick Boogs, but I love it. What I don’t love is the outcome to what was a competitive and well-wrestled match. Damian Priest evidently turned heel, breaking the guitar and hitting Shinsuke with it.
Look, there will probably be plenty of this sort of nonsense tonight to weasel out of declaring one show superior. That’s a joke, though. That’s why Survivor Series in this form doesn’t work. I miss when this pay-per-view was awesome.
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair
Lynch wins by pin after holding onto the ropes while pinning Flair–something Flair tried to do moments before but got caught by the ref.
Mat: With all the talk of Charlotte’s attitude backstage–which are all reports and rumors, mind you–I’m kind of hoping for a Hulk Hogan/Shawn Michaels Summerslam moment where Lynch is overselling Charlotte. Sadly we did not get that. Oh well. More importantly, is Lynch cosplaying as Scarlet Witch?
It’s weird to see this be the match that kicks off all of Survivor Series, considering it’s highly-anticipated, but there’s no better way to get the crowd invested in the PPV than these two. Sure, Charlotte does bore me personally–my reasoning why is the same as it is for Chris–but that just gives me all the more reason to root for Lynch here. And for some reason, Lynch comes off as the underdog, which doesn’t make total sense, as Lynch is a much more dominant champion and wrestler.
The match itself was dynamite–except for a couple small misses like Charlotte’s moonsault miss on the outside. It ended with Charlotte trying to pin Lynch while holding onto the ropes, getting caught by the ref, then Lynch doing the same thing and getting the win. It’s a nice little “taste of your own medicine” moment for the win.
Chris: Whatever to reports and rumors, let’s be real here. Charlotte Flair is as stale as they come. Her character hasn’t evolved an iota in years. Instead, she continues to get further entrenched in the fact that she’s Ric Flair’s daughter. Shade’s Ric Flair Jr. in the ring and that’s not very interesting in 2021. Meanwhile, Becky continues to evolve–Lasskicker, The Man, Becky Two Belts, Big Time Becks. Charlotte said it herself recently, she doesn’t know who Becky is. That’s because Becky evolves with the time to stay relevant. Charlotte does not.
I’m genuinely surprised by how dominant Charlotte was early in the match, mostly because of how unearned it feels. The shine came off that character quote a while ago, so having her be so dominant during a time when she’s firing on all cylinders is odd. Once things got competitive, this match kicked into another gear. Seeing them trade blows and offensive holds is wildly entertaining. Also, having Pat McAfee endlessly shilling for Charlotte on commentary is pretty entertaining. And this might be reading too much into this, but it looked like these two were working very stiff. If I had to guess, they’re both going to be hurting tomorrow.
Overall, this match was great. Two hard-hitting athletes beating the snot out of each other. I wish it were a bit more balanced, but I really loved the finishing sequence of Becky using Charlotte’s own cheating ways against her.
Men’s Survivor Series Match
Team Raw wins after Seth Rollins pins Jeff Hardy.
Mat: A weird way to kick things off as Kevin Owens decided after getting tagged in to just walk away, getting counted out in the process. A part of me wants to believe he was too scared to face King Woods. I would also like to believe Pat McAfee has a burner Instagram account so he can like Austin Theory’s pictures multiple times. Again, I love McAfee on commentary. He’s hilarious.
However, I started losing a lot of interest in this when some of the more amusing characters were eliminated. Woods and Corbin didn’t have a lot of time in the match. Owens just walked away. And there’s no real story or emotion behind all of this. The last time Survivor Series felt like it mattered was when NXT was a part of it, and even then, what does “brand supremacy” mean at this point?
The match was fine, but I never felt truly invested in what was going on, and that’s a bit of a bummer, since modern-day Survivor Series wants fans to pick a side and ride that train to victory. But how can I pick a side in this men’s match if I don’t feel invested in what’s going on?
Chris: Some thoughts…I need King Woods to be awarded a new crown. Also, I appreciate that Sheamus is clearly reading out pay-per-view reviews and is really leaning into his Snatch background character persona more and more. I wish I knew what WWE was doing with Kevin Owens.
The issue with these brand vs. brand matches is shining through again. The teams are a mix of heels and faces with nobody on the same page. None of it really serves any kind of purpose. Sure, it leads to a sort of entertaining chaos but there’s no story holding it all together. And the chaos was absolutely entertaining, even if certain superstars probably should have lasted longer (How do you give King Woods the boot that early?). If this match did anything, though, it showed how much of a player Austin Theory can be on the main roster. Not only did he last longer than surely anyone expected, he eliminated Sheamus from the match.
Ultimately, these matches are about brand supremacy and it’s obvious even those involved don’t care about that. Kevin Owens talks out of the match, while Sheamus took out his own partner in Jeff Hardy. If you want us to believe that this battle for brand supremacy was real, couldn’t you have at least tried?
In the end, Seth Rollins was the sole survivor. It makes the most sense, I guess, since he’s the most defined and highest-elevated member of the WWE roster that’s not a world champion at this point. I just wish it had meant more.
25-Man Dual Brand Battle Royal
Omos wins after eliminating 12 people.
Mat: This is The Rock’s 25th anniversary battle royal, at least that’s what the commentary said. On the entrance ramp, there’s two picnic tables with red boxes on them. What is happening? Wait, it’s Pizza Hut pizzas? Yes, I’m writing this in real time as I watch it. So Survivor Series is sponsored by Pizza Hut, Red Notice, Draft Kings, and Cricket Wireless, and streamed on NBC Universal’s service Peacock. They’re really packing in that revenue, eh?
Sami Zayn is the only person who has some sort of understanding of representing your brand and trying to win one “for the team.” Sadly, Cesaro and Ricochet disrespected him and tossed him out. Poor, poor Sami.
Look, I liked this match. I like battle royal matches. But I was increasingly annoyed by the fact it was just a giant ad for Pizza Hut. It’s like that old KFC commercial where Dolph Ziggler is Colonel Sanders and The Miz was a chicken, except the match in question during said commercial was actually part of a PPV event.
Also, Omos won and didn’t get to eat the pizza. What the hell?
5/10 Pizza Hut orders made by a Cricket Wireless phone in the middle of watching Red Notice after betting on matches during Draft Kings. Also, NFTs or whatever.
Chris: This portion of the review is also brought to you by Pizza Hut, even though they haven’t paid me anything or given me any pizza. What on earth is going on here? This might mean something if The Rock were on the show, but he’s not.
Seriously, what does the winner get? It can’t be brand supremacy because superstars are attacking people from their own brands. Will the winner of this match be crowned the new The Rock? Cause if so, my money is on Mr. Charisma himself, Omos.
This was actually a very fun match with some pretty entertaining eliminations. And just as I suspected, Omos won and now will assume the role of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He also gets all of the Pizza Hut to himself. Good for you, Omos. This entire thing was very stupid, even though it had some fun moments. But hey, the Street Profits got to throw pizza at the audience and who doesn’t love pizza picked up off of the floor of Barclays Center? And Pizza Hut, no less, in New York City. The nerve.
RK-Bro vs. The Usos
RK-Bro wins by pin.
Mat: Matt Riddle is a pretty great wrestling, but I’m not a fan of the “bro” gimmick. Randy Orton is a great wrestler, but I’m not a fan of the “default wrestleman/I might be crazy or whatever” gimmick. The Usos are a top tier tag team–of all time, nonetheless. What you have when you combine all of this is something I’m not invested in, no matter how many “RKOs out of nowhere” the match contains–there was one.
It was a fine match, but I just never felt that connection to any sort of story–something I feel like I’ve said a million times tonight so far. One half of the equation isn’t there, and after Survivor Series is over, nothing about this match will matter.
Chris: All there is to say about this match can be summed up in how invested we are in it. I love the Usos, I don’t care for Rated RK-Bro. But I have zero interest in this match. So much so that I just looked at my partner and realized neither of us were really paying attention. There are no stakes, there is no story. It’s the problem with practically every match tonight. It just becomes more and more evident as the night goes on. RK-Bro wins, with–you guessed it–an RKO out of nowhere as Orton caught his opponent coming off the top rope. We’ve seen that done to death at this point, though, so it’s not exactly mind-blowing. Plus, Rated RK-Bro is absolutely the inferior team, so giving them the win makes no sense.
Women’s Survivor Series Match
Bianca Belair wins for Team Raw.
Mat: Shotzi did not come to the ring in her tank, and it made me a little sad. Compared to the men’s match, this felt like a smoother bout to start. Sure, Carmella went out quickly because she decided to put on her mask inside the ring when she was legal–which was very silly–but after that, we’re getting some great wrestling. The Barclays Center also had a wave going. There were chants for Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks, and I can’t remember another moment in the evening where we had chants–aside from a “This is awesome” during Becky vs. Charlotte.
After the Belair/Banks moment, things slowed down again. The crowd wasn’t entirely in it at this point, aside from a few moments like when Toni Storm jumped in and eliminated Zelina Vega. But this is on the performers, as there were weird awkward moments where things felt out-of-whack. It happened a few times, and in turn, the momentum for the match was lost. Also, Michael Cole called a powerbomb a spinebuster, which was weird. Even the commentary team seems lost here.
It got to a point where the story of Bianca Belair taking on the members of Team Smackdown wasn’t as interesting as it should have been. Belair as the last surviving member of Raw, eliminating her competitors, all odds against her, should be an A+ story, but by this point, I don’t care, and that’s a bummer. Belair winning is the right call, but this didn’t live up to what I hoped for.
Chris: No tank for Shotzi, but Queen Zelina spent the entire time Smackdown’s team made their entrance sitting on the top turnbuckle, royal waving to everyone. It was perfect. I still don’t quite understand Carmella’s gimmick, but she was eliminated so quickly that it probably doesn’t matter.
Anyway, this match was fine, but didn’t really start clicking until Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair finally got in the ring together. It brought the excitement, the crowd (which was doing the wave) finally came back to life, and it finally became the match we wanted to see.
Can we talk about the moment when Sasha was in her corner with Queen Zelina, though, and all of her teammates just kinda hung out off the apron staring at her? The commentary team speculated that Sasha is so intolerable that nobody wanted to tag in, but it was an incredibly awkward moment where it looked as though everyone on Team Smackdown couldn’t figure out the match’s timing. And don’t ask me how Sasha Banks was counted out even though she re-entered the ring on two separate occasions and the referee refused to restart the count.
Bianca was the sole survivor, as it should be forever.
Big E vs. Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns wins by pin.
Mat: I had a lot of fears with this match. My first fear was that Bork Lazer will interfere at the end. However, if he appears with Vince’s dumb egg, I’d be fine with that. I also fear that The Rock would interfere, mainly because I want a straight-forward Big E/Roman Reigns match. Thankfully, neither happened.
What I feel is burnout, partly because it’s getting late, partly because this has been a very lackluster PPV with way too many commercials for various products and services–and an egg hunt which sadly won’t get resolved tonight.
Roman is trying so hard to get the crowd back into the match, and I love him for it. After Roman delivered a Rock Bottom, the crowd slowly got back into it–and frankly, I got back into it too. I really wanted Big E to win this one, but Reigns needed the win because it’s obvious he’s being moved to face Bork Lazer in a future match–probably Mania? This match had some rough moments, but it wasn’t entirely Big E or Roman’s fault. This was a lackluster PPV which featured more ads than actual wrestling.
Chris: This is my first time reviewing a pay-per-view while living on the east coast and let me tell you, I want this to be over so bad. It’s after 11 PM. How do you east coasters do this every month? Honestly, the crowd feels pretty burned out too. This match was highly anticipated and these two are beating the snot out of each other, but there isn’t too much of a reaction happening.
It’s matches like this where it becomes clear how powerful Big E actually is, as he tosses Roman around the ring like a ragdoll. The offence in this match went back-and-forth, which was fun to see–as was Roman’s trash talking of Brooklyn. If the crowd is getting tired, mock them and they’ll come back to life. As the match got longer, come back to life they did. This match was simply fun the longer it went on, with Big E showing unending resilience against the head of the table. What’s more, the crowd was split on who they wanted to win, with dueling chants for the two champions.
Roman Reigns won, which I think we all knew was going to happen. That said, the ending was done super well with both men giving everything they had. This and the women’s champions match were the only ones where it actually felt like there was something to gain from victory. So kudos on the opening and closing match for feeling important.
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