The 24th annual WWE Survivor Series came to you, live on pay-per-view, from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL. Since losing to Wade Barrett, with some help from Husky Harris & Michael McGillicutty, at WWE Hell in a Cell, John Cena has been forced to degrade himself to the lowest points of his career all to appease Wade Barrett as, if Cena would not comply, Cena would be fired and, now, at Survivor Series, John Cena will be faced with the tough decision of being free or fired as Cena will serve as the Special Referee for the WWE Title match where Randy Orton will defend the WWE Title against Nexus leader Wade Barrett in a match that can only end in pinfall or submission and The Nexus will be banned from ringside and, if Wade Barrett wins the WWE Title, then John Cena will be free of any obligations to The Nexus, but if Wade Barrett does not win the WWE Title, then John Cena will be fired from the WWE!
Ever since abducting Paul Bearer a couple of weeks ago on SmackDown, Edge has humiliated “The Father of Destruction” while eluding a livid Kane all to try and gain the psychological advantage needed to win the World Heavyweight Title and the culmination of Edge’s plan will come at Survivor Series when “The Rated-R Superstar” challenges Kane for the World Heavyweight Title! In their continuing rivalry going back to Alberto Del Rio breaking Rey Mysterio’s wrist a few months ago, Rey Mysterio would lead “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show, “The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP, Kofi Kingston, & “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters to face Alberto Del Rio, who would lead “The All-American American” Jack Swagger, “The Sinister Scotsman” Drew McIntyre, “Dashing” Cody Rhodes, & Tyler Reks as Team Mysterio would face Team Del Rio in a Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match!
After protecting Santino Marella from countless attacks at the hands of Sheamus, John Morrison would go one-on-one with “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus! After picking up an upset win over Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler on SmackDown, Kaval would cash in his future title shot earned by winning NXT Season Two to challenge Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Title!
After refusing to take back his Million Dollar Title from his father on RAW, Ted DiBiase would reveal that he had a different title in his sights before attacking Daniel Bryan, “The Fortunate Son” would get his shot at the gold as Ted DiBiase would challenge Daniel Bryan for the United States Title!
After failing to win the Divas Title on two previous occasions due to outside interference from a member of LayCool, Natalya would get her hands on both Layla & Michelle McCool as Natalya would challenge both members of LayCool for the Divas Title in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match!
After defeating Jey & Jimmy Uso on RAW to become the new #1 Contenders, Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov would get their shot at the gold as Santino & Kozlov would challenge Nexus members Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel for the WWE Tag Team Titles!
- United States Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) def. Ted DiBiase by submission to the LeBell Lock to retain.
- John Morrison def. Sheamus by pin following a running knee to the face.
- Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler (c) (with Vickie Guerrero) def. Kaval by roll-up with the tights to retain.
- Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match: Team Mysterio def. Team Del Rio with Rey Mysterio & Big Show surviving.
- Divas Championship: 2-on-1 Handicap Match: Natalya def. Layla & Michelle McCool (c) def. Natalya by Michelle McCool submitting to Natalya’s Sharpshooter to win the Divas Title.
- World Heavyweight Championship: Kane (c) & Edge fight to a Draw; Kane (c) retains.
- WWE Tag Team Championship: Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel (c) (with David Otunga, Husky Harris, & Michael McGillicutty) def. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov by Heath Slater (c) pinning Santino Marella following the modified jumping neckbreaker.
- WWE Championship: Special Referee- John Cena: Free or Fired: Randy Orton (c) def. Wade Barrett by pin following the RKO to retain. As a result, John Cena is fired from the WWE.
The show kicks off with the United States Title on the line as Daniel Bryan would defend the gold against “The Fortunate Son” Ted DiBiase, with Maryse in his corner! At the end of a strong opening match, it was Daniel Bryan, injured shoulder and all, locking in the LeBell Lock, forcing Ted DiBiase to tap out en route to successfully retain the United States Title! After the match, Daniel Bryan would be making his exit following his big win, but The Miz would come from behind and blast Bryan with the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase! The Miz, along with his “apprentice” Alex Riley, would then say that The Nexus is like the Miami Heat because their stars both think they are “entitled” to championships, but that Wade Barrett could win a championship while LeBron James never will before saying that LeBron should “apologize” to Cleveland! The Miz then addresses both WWE Champion Randy Orton and #1 Contender Wade Barrett by saying that he is “tired” of carrying the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase, so it is a “question of when” as to when he will cash in the Money-in-the-Bank title opportunity! Will The Miz cash in his Money-in-the-Bank contract on the WWE Champion, whoever that might be, by the end of the night?
After having John Morrison come to Santino Marella’s aid on several occasions in attempted attacks by Sheamus, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus would go one-on-one with “The Guru of Greatness” John Morrison! In the end, it was John Morrison hitting the Flash Kick and following it up with a knee to the face on Sheamus en route to picking up a big win over the former WWE Champion!
Backstage, R-Truth meets with his good friend, John Cena, before Cena serves as the Special Referee in the WWE Title match later in the night and Truth tells Cena his plan to interfere in the match and “accidentally” take WWE Champion Randy Orton out to allow Wade Barrett to win the WWE Title and allow Cena to be “guilt-free”! Cena fires back and tells R-Truth that he is going to call the match “down the middle” and R-Truth tells Cena that he will “believe it” when he “sees it”! When his job is on the line, will John Cena call it down the middle and risk losing his job?
After defeating Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match on SmackDown, “The World Warrior” Kaval would get his shot at the Intercontinental Title as Kaval would challenge Dolph Ziggler, with Vickie Guerrero in his corner, for the gold! At the end of a hard-fought match, it was Dolph Ziggler rolling Kaval up and grabbing the tights to pick up the win and retain the Intercontinental Title!
Then it was time for the Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match as Team Mysterio, comprising of “The Master of the 619” Rey Mysterio, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show, Miami’s own “Ballin’ Superstar” MVP, Kofi Kingston, & “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters would face Team Del Rio, comprising of the self-proclaimed “Essence of Excellence” Alberto Del Rio, “The All-American American” Jack Swagger, “The Sinister Scotsman” Drew McIntyre, “Dashing” Cody Rhodes, & Tyler Reks! The first elimination would take place when MVP would go for a suplex on Drew McIntyre that would bring McIntyre back into the ring from the apron, but when MVP would lift McIntyre up for the suplex, Alberto Del Rio would take the legs out from under MVP, allowing McIntyre to fall into the pin while Del Rio held MVP’s feet down, keeping MVP from kicking out! Shortly after this, Alberto Del Rio would lock in the cross armbreaker on Chris Masters, forcing Masters to tap out! Later on in the match, Alberto Del Rio would be faced with Big Show, but would tag Drew McIntyre into the match and would taunt Big Show over tagging out and Show would respond by laying Del Rio out with the Knockout Punch, leading to WWE officials having to assist Del Rio to the back! Big Show would later follow this up with another Knockout Punch, this time laying “Dashing” Cody Rhodes out en route to elimination Rhodes! The next elimination would see Kofi Kingston popping out of the tree of woe to deliver to feet to the face of Tyler Reks before securing a roll-up on Reks to eliminate Reks! Shortly after this, Jack Swagger would even the odds by forcing Kofi Kingston to tap out to the ankle lock! Rey Mysterio would score the next elimination by hitting the 619 on Jack Swagger before leaping off of the shoulders of Big Show in a high-altitude splash to eliminate Swagger! Rey Mysterio would then hit the 619 on Drew McIntyre before Big Show plants McIntyre with the chokeslam en route to pinning McIntyre and winning the match for Team Mysterio with Big Show & Rey Mysterio remaining!
Then it was time for the Divas Title to be defended as both Layla & Michelle McCool would defend the Divas Title against Natalya in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match! In the end, it was Natalya throwing Michelle McCool into Layla, allowing Natalya to lock in the Sharpshooter on Michelle McCool, forcing McCool to tap out to win the Divas Title! After the match, Michelle McCool would blast Natalya from behind, leading to a two-on-one assault on LayCool, but “The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix would make her surprise return to send McCool packing before laying Layla out with the Glam Slam! How will LayCool respond to the return of Beth Phoenix and losing the Divas Title to Natalya?
After abducting Kane’s father Paul Bearer a couple of weeks ago, citing that he had a “plan”, it was then time for “The Rated-R Superstar” Edge to challenge Kane for the World Heavyweight Title! In the end, it was Edge hitting the Spear on Kane and pinning Kane to seemingly win the World Heavyweight Title, but the referee would hand the title to Kane before explaining to the ring announcer that both Kane and Edge’s shoulders were down, resulting in a Draw, meaning that Kane retains the World Heavyweight Title! After the match, Kane would attack Edge, but, when the action spilled to the outside of the ring, Edge would take advantage by dropping Kane, face-first, onto the steel steps and running Kane into the steel ring post before placing Kane in a wheelchair and running Kane into the ringside barricade, sending the World Heavyweight Champion crashing through the barricade! This issue between Edge & Kane appears to be far from over, but how will Kane respond to Edge’s attack? Will Kane ever find out the whereabouts of his father, Paul Bearer?
Then it was time for the WWE Tag Team Titles to be on the line as Nexus members Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel, with fellow Nexus members David Otunga, Husky Harris, & Michael McGilliccuty at ringside, would defend the gold against Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov! In the end, it was a distraction from The Nexus that would allow Heath Slater to hit his modified jumping neckbreaker en route to pinning Santino Marella to retain the WWE Tag Team Titles! After the match, the five Nexus member stomp away at Santino; kicking Santino the outside! The anonymous General Manager of RAW would then chime in with an email that reveals the fate of The Nexus if they interfere in the WWE Title match as, if The Nexus interferes in the match, the entire group will be “suspended indefinitely” from the WWE!
Then it was time for the much anticipated main event as Randy Orton would defend the WWE Title against Nexus leader Wade Barrett with reluctant Nexus member John Cena serving as the Special Referee in a match that can only end by pinfall or submission and will have The Nexus banned from ringside and, if Wade Barrett wins the WWE Title, then John Cena will be free of any obligations to The Nexus, but if Wade Barrett does not win the WWE Title, then John Cena will be fired from the WWE! In the end, it would look like Wade Barrett would win the WWE Title after hitting the Wasteland on Randy Orton, but Orton would grab the bottom rope to break up the count! This would spark a confrontation between Wade Barrett and John Cena where Barrett would shove Cena and Cena would shove Barrett right into an RKO by Randy Orton and Cena would reluctantly count to three to allow Randy Orton to retain the WWE Title, meaning that John Cena was fired from the WWE! After this shocking result, The Nexus would rush out, but Randy Orton and John Cena would fight off The Nexus before Cena would go to the outside and grab the WWE Title to hand it to Randy Orton before embracing his former rival! After Randy Orton left the ring, John Cena was left alone in the ring and, with his dream of being a WWE Superstar over, Cena would place his signature wristbands in the ring before saluting the WWE fans and venturing through the crowd; through the fans that have supported him all these years and greeting as many fans as he could before taking his final bow on the stage and heading to the backstage area for the final time.