WWE Survivor Series 2016 Kickoff Results
Sunday, November 20, 2016
From the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Report by Brooks Oglesby of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Renee Young welcomes us to the Kickoff panel alongside Jerry Lawler, Lita, and Booker T. Lita invites us to use #SurvivorSeries on social media to join the conversation. Renee brings up the Montreal Screwjob taking place last time Survivor Series took place in Canada.
Tom Phillips is in the Social Media Lounge, where he announces that Kevin Owens will be joining him for a live Q&A later in the Kickoff. Use #AskOwens to send in questions.
Back at the panel, Booker T says he would've bought a ticket tonight if he had to. Renee announces that a 6-Man Cruiserweight Tag Team Match will take place later on in the Kickoff. Additionally, Kane will take on Luke Harper.
A preview of the Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown 10-Man Traditional Survivor Series Match airs. Lita points out the pride Team Raw must've felt standing tall last week. Booker says he doesn't like the addition of Shane McMahon, because he's a corporate guy, and there's a conflict of interest. Jerry agrees, because Shane is outmanned compared to guys like Braun Strowman. Booker says Team Raw can be a team for a night if need be. Booker says the teams look evenly matched, except for James Ellsworth, who he says doesn't need to be out there tonight. Jerry picks Team Raw because of Ellsworth. Lita picks Team Smackdown because of Ellsworth. Booker picks Team Smackdown because King Booker is Team Blue.
The conversation moves to the Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown 10-Woman Traditional Survivor Series Match. Renee says this match is about which brand will continue to spearhead the women's revolution. Booker says Charlotte just got here, and it feels like she's been here forever. Renee asks how Sasha Banks and Charlotte might co-exist based on their history. Lita says Bayley might be the honorary captain trying to get everyone to work together. Jerry says Nikki Bella will be the guiding force and leadership for Team Smackdown. Nikki Bella's been here for a long time, and she's been through a lot. Jerry says Natalya as a coach is much different than Ellsworth as a mascot. Booker says he doesn't know what's been going on with Natalya. Lita picks Team Smackdown to win. Booker's heart says Team Smackdown, but analytically, he has to go with Team Raw. Jerry picks Team Smackdown because of their collective experience.
Backstage, Mick Foley comes to talk with Sami Zayn. Sami thanks Mick for the opportunity. He won't let Mick down. Mick says he didn't give Sami anything; Sami earned it. Mick told Stephanie before the Draft that they had to draft Sami Zayn. The Miz is having a great year, but if he digs deep... Sami cuts him off and says he knows what he's doing. Sami says Mick inspired him to become a wrestler. He's going to overcome the odds tonight, the same way Mick did. That 14-year-old kid with a dream is here tonight, and he's going to win the Intercontinental Championship tonight.
Back at the panel, Renee asks if this match could solidify Zayn's spot on Raw. Lita says it could be a career-making night. Booker says Zayn did it the hard way, starting from the bottom. Renee notes that Sami's in his home country tonight, and that could elevate him to another level. The Miz and Maryse interrupt the panel. Miz says it was nice of Foley to motivate Sami Zayn, but he didn't get the same motivation from Daniel Bryan. Miz says he's elevated the Intercontinental Championship to the most relevant championship in WWE. Miz says he and Maryse will prove that they're just as awesome as they say they are. Miz and Maryse take their leave. Booker says he has to give Miz his due: he's been crafty and capable. Jerry says this booing crowd is like the crowd at Hamilton. Lita picks Miz to retain tonight.
The conversation moves to the Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown 10-Tag Team Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match. Booker says Rhyno and Heath Slater will lead Team Smackdown well. They've got the right mindset, and they've got the right uniforms. Jerry says Team Smackdown looked a lot better without Slater & Rhyno. He thinks they should select new captains. Lita says you have to respect The New Day and their reign as champions. Booker puts over Cesaro's strength, but Jerry says he could be the reason for Team Raw's downfall, as he's up against established tag teams. Booker picks Team Smackdown to win.
The conversation moves to Brian Kendrick vs. Kalisto for the Cruiserweight Championship. Renee asks if a loss tonight will derail Kendrick's career. Lita is fixated on how weird Kendrick is. She compares the Cruiserweight Division to a band, and Kendrick is the guy who's causing problems. Jerry says Kendrick looks like a guy who's one second away from cracking under the pressure. Kalisto's advantage will be his experience against bigger guys like Baron Corbin. Booker says that may actually be a disadvantage, so some of his tricks might not work. Jerry picks Kalisto to win. Lita and Booker pick Kendrick to retain.
Backstage, Becky Lynch and Nikki Bella are hyping each other up. Becky says Nia Jax might be their only problem. She's like that giant from Game of Thrones. Nikki tells her to focus, but Charlotte and Dana Brooke interrupt. Charlotte reminds Becky and Nikki of past matches where she has defeated them, and Nikki says she's been waiting for months to wipe that smile off her face. Charlotte says she has no problem putting Nikki back in a neck brace. She warns them to always look over their shoulder.
Tom Phillips is in the Social Media Lounge with Kevin Owens. Owens defends the colors of his shirt when Tom points out the blue on it. He mentions that Tom didn't invite his best friend, then shouts "Chris!" until Chris Jericho shows up. They both bully Tom a bit and Kevin takes Tom's pocket square out and puts it on his shoulder. The first questions asks "if Chris Jericho gives you a scarf, hill you wear it?" Jericho gives Kevin his scarf, and he puts it on and asks if he can wear it tonight. The next question asks their opinion of James Ellsworth. Kevin says he thought Shane McMahon was Smackdown's mascot, and tells Ellsworth not to stick his nose in their business tonight. Owens asks Tom why he left Raw. Tom says he got an opportunity, and accepted it. Jericho says he won't get an opportunity to go to their victory party tonight. The next question asks if Owens and Jericho will be the sole survivors. They say it doesn't matter. They're already the backbone of Raw. The last question asks if Jericho secretly has Owens on the list. Owens takes away Tom's microphone and Jericho says his questions are too negative. The asker of that question gets put on the list. The graphic with the question gets taken off early, and the person in charge of the graphics makes the list as well.
Corey Graves and Mauro Ranallo are at ringside as the 6 Cruiserweights make their entrance.
TJ Perkins, Rich Swann & Noam Dar vs. Tony Nese, Drew Gulak & Ariya Daivari
Nese and Swann start out in the ring. Swann works Nese over in the corner, blocking a charge with his foot. Swann applies a guillotine, but Nese deadlifts him. Swann lands on his feet and lands a dropkick. Perkins tags in and he lands a slingshot senton before landing a number of punches in the corner. A spinning heel kick followed by multiple back suplexes gets a two-count on Nese. Perkins applies an octopus hold, but Nese hits a suplex before tagging in Gulak. Swann tags in and hits a double-team drop toe hold. Swann lands a seated dropkick before tagging in Dar, who works over the arm and tags Perkins in. Perkins works over Gulak in the corner but Gulak fights out with punches. Perkins quickly rolls through and applies a kneebar in the middle of the ring before the heels break up the submission.
Dar, now legal, kicks Nese off the apron before walking into a spinebuster on Daivari. Daivari charges into the corner but Dar hits a back elbow strike. Daivari returns and hits two superkicks, sending Dar to the mat for a near-fall. Gulak tags in and lands a boot to the face. Gulak tags Nese in, who stops a tag attempt. Nese lands a leg drop and a delayed vertical suplex for another two-count. Gulak tags back in and works over Dar's leg. Dar fights to his feet, but Daivari tags in and stops the tag attempt. Dar knocks Gulak off the apron and both legal men are down in the ring. Dar gets the tag to Swann, who clears the heel apron before landing a number of clotheslines and a double stomp to Daivari's back. Swann lands a standing frankensteiner for a near-fall. Gulak gets a cheap shot on Swann, allowing Daivari to hit a discus elbow and a jumping neckbreaker. The face team breaks up the pin, but the heels try to clear the ring. Perkins grabs onto the ropes and dodges a charge from the heels, who all go tumbling out to the floor. Perkins hits the ropes and goes to hit a plancha, but the referee stops him, trying to restore order. The referee turns his back and Perkins leaps over him, landing a somersault plancha on the heel team. Back in the ring, Swann lands a heel kick to Daivari. Swann then lands a standing 450 splash to get the win.
Winners: TJ Perkins, Rich Swann & Noam Dar
Backstage, Kalisto is interviewed about potentially bringing the Cruiserweight Division to Smackdown. He's always looked up to Cruiserweights like Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero. He wants to be the face of the division, but Brian Kendrick interrupts. Kendrick says nobody even knows his face. Kendrick, meanwhile, has no secrets, and will continue to be the face of the division. He's already defeated Sin Cara, who Kendrick says is the better version of Kalisto.
Mauro Ranallo, JBL, and David Otunga welcome us back to ringside as Kane and Luke Harper make their way to the ring.
Kane vs. Luke Harper
Harper and Kane lock up, and Kane applies a rear chinlock. Harper whips Kane, who lands a shoulder block. Harper applies a side headlock, but Kane counters with a back suplex. They size each other up, and Kane rams Harper's shoulder into the turnbuckle. Kane continues to work over Harper's shoulder before a shoulder tackle takes him down. Harper pushes Kane through the middle rope, and lands a suicide dive onto Kane. Harper sends Kane into the ring and lands a slingshot senton for a near-fall. A big boot gets Harper another near-fall.
Harper applies a rear chinlock before Kane gets back to his feet. Harper climbs to the top rope, but Kane lands an uppercut. Kane climbs to the middle rope and lands a superplex. Harper gets to his feet and Kane chokes Harper before he fights out. Kane hits a number of clotheslines in the corner before landing a sidewalk slam for a two-count. Kane hits the ropes and walks into a kick from Harper for a near-fall of his own. Harper charges into the corner, but Kane gets a leg up. Kane hits the ropes again and walks into a dropkick from Harper for another near-fall. Harper goes for a powerbomb, but Kane reverses it. Kane hits a big boot and a running DDT for a two-count. Kane signals for the chokeslam, but Harper lands two kicks and a black hole slam for another two-count. Harper goes for a discus clothesline but Kane catches him with a chokeslam for the win.
Back at the panel, the panelists reflect on their favorite Survivor Series moments before moving the conversation to Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg. Booker calls this his Shucky Ducky Quack Quack Moment of the Night. Booker says time off is a wrestler's worst enemy, and Goldberg's been away for 12 years. Goldberg said on Booker's radio show that he doesn't know if he's ready, and that spoke volumes to Booker. Lita says Goldberg wouldn't divulge his plan, similarly to how Brian Kendrick wouldn't share his prior to his match. Booker says he and Goldberg go way back, and when he first came to WWE, he was his only friend, because Goldberg was an enigma. Jerry says "Friends don't let friends fight Brock Lesnar." Jerry picks Lesnar to win. Lita picks Goldberg. Booker predicts "pain" as the Kickoff goes off the air.