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Complete WWE Survivor Series Kickoff Coverage - Fandango & Bad News Barrett Return, Cesaro vs. Swagger

WWE Survivor Series 2014 Kickoff Results
Sunday, November 23, 2014
From Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO
Report by Brooks Oglesby of

Renee Young welcomes us to the Scottrade Center for the Survivor Series Kickoff!

She says that tonight, the future of WWE is at stake. Booker T, Paul Heyman & Alex Riley are joining her on the Kickoff panel. Booker says he helped himself to some St. Louis ribs earlier today. Riley says this is his favorite pay-per-view of the year, and to use #SurvivorSeries to join the conversation tonight. Heyman says that if The Authority wins tonight, they solidify their power within WWE. They jump through the "ring of fire" that Vince McMahon set up for them, just as Vince jumped through the ring of fire that his father set up for him. He says that if they lose, there is a major power void, and it will be interesting to see who fills it. Booker says that Vince wouldn't have made this stipulation if he didn't already have someone in mind to take The Authority's place. Riley asks Heyman if he's been contacted by Vince to take The Authority's place, and Heyman quickly changes the subject.

Renee reminds the viewers that the WWE Network is free through the month of November, and sends the show to Tom Phillips in the Social Media Lounge. Phillips says there is a poll on right now, asking "Which Superstar do you believe has the best survival instincts?" He then mentions some tweets from the WWE Universe showing some division regarding who will win in the Team Cena vs. Team Authority match.

Back at the panel, Renee announces that Bad News Barrett is in the building tonight. Riley says that, up next, Fandango takes on Justin Gabriel.


Back from commercial, Justin Gabriel is already in the ring as Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler & JBL welcome us to the show. Cole says that there is inclement weather outside, so some of the crowd still has yet to arrive, but they will be here tonight.

Rosa Mendes is already in the ring as well. The spotlight is on her as she dances for a moment in the ring. A spotlight then shines on the stage, where the new and improved Fandango runs to the ring and begins to dance to his new music with Rosa. Lawler compares it to Swayze and Grey in Dirty Dancing.

Fandango w/ Rosa Mendes vs. Justin Gabriel

Fandango will be wrestling in what he danced in: a dress shirt and black slacks. Fandango chops Gabriel in the corner. Gabriel gets out and runs the ropes, but Fandango runs after him and lands a back elbow that sends Gabriel out of the ring. Fandango follows him out and drops Gabriel's back onto the apron. Back in the ring, Fandango whips Gabriel hard into the corner and poses for the crowd to boos. They trade blows and Fandango applies a rear chinlock as Gabriel works to his feet. Fandango attempts a German suplex, but Gabriel backflips out and lands on his feet. Gabriel hits a springboard kick and a moonsault for a two-count. Gabriel goes back out to the apron and attempts a springboard move, but Fandango dodges it and hits a big lariat. Fandango hits a standing suplex and goes to the top rope. He lands his flying leg drop, which gets the three-count.

Winner: Fandango

Rosa enters the ring and dances around him as the lights dim.


Back at the panel, Riley previews the Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt match, explaining that this all goes back to last month at Hell in a Cell, when Bray cost Ambrose his match against Seth Rollins. Renee asks who will push whom further in this match. Riley says that Ambrose is unpredictable, but Bray says he's going to destroy Ambrose's mind, and Riley believes that. Booker says Bray shouldn't have picked this fight. Ambrose has been watching his own back his whole life. Heyman says we are not supposed to understand what is going through Bray's mind - that's how he wants it. He says it's an interesting clash between two unpredictable competitors.

Renee then brings up the Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Championship match between Gold & Stardust, The Usos, The Miz & Damien Mizdow, and Los Matadores.

The Miz is psyching himself up backstage. He is saying that he's the best around, and nobody's going to keep him down. The camera zooms out and it is revealed that he is speaking into an empty mirror frame that Damien Mizdow is holding up. Mizdow is mimicking his every move. The Miz says that since Mizdow is an extension of him, "a victory for us is a victory for me." Mizdow nods sarcastically and Miz says "I wasn't nodding."

Back at the panel, Riley says that the fans are going to love Miz & Mizdow tonight, and they're on the same page. Renee offers that Mizdow may start to covet his own fame after such a warm reception. Moving on, Booker T says that Gold & Stardust have to win tonight, they can't just not lose. Renee says El Torito may be a factor tonight as the panel is interrupted by Bad News Barrett's music.

Barrett comes out to the stage and walks over to a podium. He gets a mixed reaction at first. He says that after a 5 month absence, he is making his return on this monumental night. He begins to get more cheers at this point. He goes over Team Cena vs. Team Authority and the stipulation. He mentions that if Team Authority wins, all members of Team Cena except for John Cena will be fired, but he's afraid he's got some bad news! If Cena loses, The Authority will make his life a living hell. The Authority says the WWE will be lost if they are stripped of their power, but he's got some bad news for The Authority as well. He says that WWE will always flourish under a new regime: The Bad News Barrett Era!

Back at the panel, they go over the build for the AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella Divas Championship match. Renee sends it backstage to Byron Saxton, who welcomes AJ Lee. He asks AJ for her gameplan tonight. She asks how her head is supposed to be in the game after all the mind games and dress-up, but she'll find a way. She says that playtime's over.

Renee says that AJ seems unfazed going into the match tonight, but questions how Brie Bella, as Nikki Bella's assistant, will factor into the match tonight. Booker says blood is thicker than water. Riley says that AJ is the longest-reigning Divas Champion of all time, and she did that by using her mind, so if mind games are Nikki's plan, she's going to lose. Heyman says that there is no reconciliation between Brie & Nikki. They're twins, but they hate each other now. It's over. Booker says the Bellas will work together tonight.

Back at the Social Media Lounge, Tom Phillips says John Cena is the overwhelming favorite in the "greatest survivor" poll, followed by Ryback. He shows off some tweets from the WWE Universe using the hashtag #SurvivorSeries.

Riley says that all t-shirts are 30% off on tonight, when you use the promo code TSHIRT30.

Renee says that the panel will be back after the show for the Survivor Series Fallout show. She then sends it to a promo package detailing the members of Team Cena & Team Authority, as well as the tactics The Authority used to get its members and intimidate members of Team Cena.

Back at the panel, Renee asks the panel how the match will play out. Booker says it's the ultimate team match, and The Authority has been flexing its muscles all month. Riley says there are 4 men in the ring who might lose their job tonight, and Team Authority doesn't have that kind of pressure on them. Heyman says that he's a trained promoter, and he's trained to say things like "this is the greatest match of all time," but he can say without exaggeration that this is actually the most significant Survivor Series match of all time. Nothing will be the same after this match. Riley says Cena is in line for the same kind of treatment that Daniel Bryan faced, and Bryan might never get back into the ring again because of The Authority. Cesaro's music hits, interrupting the panel.

Cesaro has a mic, and says that he's a proud son of Switzerland, which has a long history of neutrality. He says that tonight, however, he is announcing his support for Team Authority. He says it's the smart choice. He begins to say "Long Live The Authority" in 5 language, but he is interrupted by Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. Zeb has a mic and says that he's sick of hearing about how the Swiss were neutral in World War II. Loud USA chants break out as Zeb announces that he and Swagger are backing Team Cena tonight. He calls Cesaro a brown-noser and leads the crowd in saying "We The People." Swagger steps into the ring and the impromptu match begins.

Jack Swagger w/ Zeb Colter vs. Cesaro

They lock up and Swagger takes Cesaro down quickly. They trade holds and Cesaro takes control with a gutwrench suplex. Cesaro lands a double stomp on Swagger's torso, but Swagger reverses it into a Patriot Lock. Cesaro eventually fights out and hobbles to the corner. Swagger charges and Cesaro dodges, sending Swagger into the ring post. Cesaro hits a German suplex as Zeb heckles Cesaro. Cesaro applies a grounded chinlock and Swagger gets to his feet. Cesaro lands a German suplex and tries for a second, but Swagger fights out. Cesaro lands a belly-to-belly suplex for a two-count. Cesaro goes to the second rope and lands an elbow drop for another nearfall. Cesaro goes back to the chinlock. Back to their feet, Swagger counters a suplex attempt into a German suplex of his own. Swagger runs the ropes and takes Cesaro out at the knee. Swagger lands a suplex and motions for the Swagger Bomb. Cesaro tries to counter by lifting his foot, but Swagger counters into the Patriot Lock. Cesaro sends Swagger into the turnbuckle and hits 2 German suplexes in succession. Cesaro goes for a third, but Swagger counters and applies the Patriot Lock once again, which gets Cesaro to tap.

Winner: Jack Swagger

Backstage, we get a shot of Vince McMahon getting out of his limo and walking into the arena.

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