As wrestling fans, we all have our favorite memories. Whether that be attending a show or watching an epic match or pay-per-view, we all remember those moments that made us proud to be a wrestling fan. In the four years that I have been a wrestling fan, I can say I've been to six WWE shows. My favorite out of the first five was a live event in June 2013. Last month, I attended Survivor Series in St. Louis. As Vince McMahon said, it turned out to be a night that I would never ever forget.
Before I get into the show itself, I want to make note of a few things prior to November 23rd. I absolutely loved the theme song "Edge of a Revolution" by Nickelback that was used for the build to the epic main event. This was the second WWE event I've been attended at the Scottrade Center, with the first being Raw in 2011. You'd have to be living under a rock to not know about the ongoing issues with Ferguson and all of that. It was kind of scary to go down there, but luckily, the worst of the riots happened the night after. If you happened to notice the lack of signs in the crowd, that was because the Scottrade Center wasn't allowing for large signs to be brought in. Now, on to the show.
We got in the Scottrade Center right when Bad News Barrett was delivering some bad news. I found out once we got to our awesome seats that we had missed Fandango vs. Justin Gabriel, but I didn't really care. Our seats were basically right above the Kickoff Panel, where Renee Young, Booker T, Paul Heyman, and Alex Riley sat. The pre-show was still going on and it was time for Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro. I was so pumped to see Cesaro in action again. It was a pretty basic match, but I still really enjoyed it. Then, it was time for the show.
The fans in the arena were pleasantly surprised to see Mr. McMahon! The Authority and John Cena joined The Chairman in the ring. Cena honestly had more heat than The Authority. While some fans are the biggest fans of in-ring promos during pay-per-views, I thought this segment was 'best for business.'
Next was the fatal four-way match for the WWE Tag Team Championships. This match was kind of thrown together in the process, but I was fine with it. I've never watched a bad four-way tag team match, so I knew this would be entertaining. This was the first time I had seen Goldust and Los Matadores wrestle in person, so that was a bit of a treat. One thing was for certain during not only this match, but throughout the night, Damien Sandow was over like rover. I was totally against The Miz and Mizdow winning this match, as I had predicted Goldust and Stardust would retain. But being in with the crowd and just absorbing all of the chants for Sandow, I was very excited to see him get the pin and win his first championship.
Believe it or not, I really enjoyed the four-on-four Divas Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match. (Try saying that in one breath.) I was excited for this when it was announced on WWE.com. Being able to see Natalya, Naomi, Emma, and Paige in one match was fantastic for me. I even got to see Tyson Kidd! The crowd wasn't all into this one even though I was. I was probably the only one trying to boo Cameron out of the building. It's worth noting that the 'We want Mizdow' chants started when Cameron was in the match. There were a few noticeable sloppy spots as one could expect, but really this was a well-worked match in person. The fans believed Paige could take out Natalya's team on her own as they started a 'Let's go Paige' chant. Paige did show us what she can do and I think she plays her heel character well. Naomi pinned Paige for her team to get the win with a clean sweep. I was so happy to see Emma last until the end.
Next up was Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt. Ambrose received what was probably the biggest pop up until now. Being apart of Bray Wyatt's "followers" and shining my light with everyone else was a really cool spectacle. This match turned out to be more like a brawl than a match. It was decent, but fans in the arena weren't really impressed. It was very noticeable that the fans on the floor were more into this one than anyone else. The crowd really got into it when Ambrose got disqualified. I was disappointed with the outcome. Ambrose continued to destroy Wyatt and bury him in tables and chairs, which was a nice way of setting up the main event for TLC. Ambrose getting to the top of the ladder and doing nothing left fans around me confused.
Up next was the least memorable part of the night: Adam Rose and The Bunny vs. Heath Slater and Titus O'Neil. The only thing this accomplished for me was seeing Slater and O'Neil live for the first time. As you probably witnessed on the Network, this was a complete throw away match and the fans in attendance certainly used this as the bathroom break. Thank goodness it wasn't even three minutes long.
When Michael Cole and the commentators stood up to announce the next appearance by Roman Reigns, fans popped big time and they immediately sat down when Roman appeared on the tron. I thought his promo was significantly better than his previous ones.
The Divas Championship was on the line as AJ Lee was set to defend against Nikki Bella. I was really excited to see this because of the rumors surrounding AJ. Was she on her way out of the company? The finish to this made it seem like maybe she was, but that obviously wasn't the case. I had no idea we were about to witness Brie KISS AJ and then Nikki win the title in thirty seconds. This almost topped The Bunny's match as the worst part of the show.
Finally, it was time for Team Cena vs. Team Authority. Was this a one-match PPV? Absolutely. Did I care? Not one bit. I knew this was going to be awesome. Not only was this match huge, but there were strong indications and lots of rumors about Randy Orton and Sting. Team Authority was introduced first, and then Team Cena. Dolph Ziggler received the biggest pop out of anyone in the match. The match was off to a good start with the shocking eliminations of Mark Henry and Ryback. The match continued at a really nice pace. I've stated since his main roster debut that I just don't see a whole lot in Rusev. He changed my opinion just a little bit in this match, which led to his count-out elimination following the cool table spot.
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan had there moment before Rowan was eliminated. The next "surprise" in this match was Big Show's heel turn. I was shocked, but at the same time disappointed because he was the last person I wanted to see turn. The next surprise was seeing Cena be pinned by Rollins! I had just assumed Cena would be one of the last men standing, but nope! With Big Show walking out and now Cena eliminated, it was all up to Dolph Ziggler. Kane was the first to fall, and then Harper. The crowd was electric and the loudest they had been all night from here till the end.
Ziggler and Rollins kicked out of everything! Triple H and Stephanie were very emotional as well. Everyone was on the edge of their seat. Triple H got in the ring and tried to do the dirty work, but it wasn't going to work this time. The arena went black and strange noises were heard as a crow and Sting's face appeared on the tron. The rumors were true and there wasn't a fan in that arena that was sitting down. It was the biggest pop I had ever heard. It was the single most important moment I had ever witnessed live. Sting was in a WWE ring.
Sting and Triple H stared at each other, soaking in the buzz and the "this is awesome" chants. Triple H made the first move and Sting hit his signature move. Ziggler was placed on top of Rollins and the ref rolled in for the slow count: One... Two..... Three! We were so happy to see Dolph Ziggler was the one to make it to the end. Ziggler was the last man standing. It was very cool to see Cena come out and hug Dolph. Triple H and Stephanie met in the ring and Stephanie had a hilarious melt down as we sang "Na Na, Hey Hey, Goodbye" to The Authority.
My phone was blowing up with messages and notifications for the next hour. I had witnessed history and I'll never, ever forget the night Sting made his WWE debut. Feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts on Survivor Series and let me know if you were also in attendance! You can follow me on Twitter @cj_blaze24. Thanks for reading!