Ranking the five best Survivor Series endings of all-time

Sting attacks Triple H at Survivor Series 2014

It may now be seen as the lesser of the 'Big Four' WWE pay-per-views, behind WrestleMania, Royal Rumble and SummerSlam, but Survivor Series has thrown up arguably some of the biggest and most important moments in wrestling history.

From the war being settled between WWF and WWE, to what many believe to be the pinpointed beginning of the Attitude Era, we're going to rank the top five closing moments to the event in its over 30-year history.

First though, let's mention the two moments that didn't quite make the cut.

The Shield's starting point was at Survivor Series 2012, taking out Ryback and leaving the door clear for CM Punk to pin John Cena to retain his WWE Championship.

The Shield debuted at the 2012 Survivor Series

There's one reason why it doesn't make our top five - it's because not everyone knew who Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose were, which meant there wasn't a lot of reaction for the beatdown - but everyone was to soon know what they were really about.

The other moment was the closing moments of Survivor Series 2000, where Stone Cold Steve Austin dropped Triple H 30 feet to the ground whilst he was trapped inside a car - many children probably thought The Game was seriously injured...

A car with Triple H inside was dropped from a forklift by Stone Cold Steve Austin at the 2000 Survivor Series

Now let's look at our top five - starting with a Deadman.


The Undertaker returns at Survivor Series 2005

At No Mercy 2005, Randy Orton and 'Cowboy' Bob Orton locked The Undertaker away inside a casket and set it on fire - but he'd vanished when it was prised open by officials.

Following an intense elimination match to end that year's Survivor Series, Randy Orton secured brand supremacy for SmackDown, last eliminating Shawn Michaels - just like he did in 2003.

As the SmackDown roster hoisted Orton on their shoulders, his face dropped as a casket appeared on stage, was set ablaze, and out came The Deadman from the burning structure.

He then destroyed everyone in the ring before taunting Orton - their feud would climax at Armageddon inside Hell In A Cell.


The Rock stands tall with Shane and Vince McMahon

1998's Survivor Series centred around the WWF Championship, where the 'Deadly Games' elimination tournament would determine the new champion.

Before the event, Mr McMahon had two targets of his hatred - Steve Austin and The Rock - and he'd successfully managed to get Stone Cold out of the tournament, with Mankind - who was aligned with the McMahons - defeating Austin in the semi-finals.

The Rock though made it all the way to the final, where he defeated Mankind - but only because The Corporation double-crossed him and called for the bell without him submitting, which was a direct reference to the Montreal Screwjob a year before.

A newly-heel Rock celebrated with the McMahons before Austin returned to cause hell. It led to the first of three matches between the two men at WrestleMania six months later.


Sting debuted at Survivor Series 2014

Triple H and Stephanie McMahon had been abusing their powers of authority all year long, but they came up against John Cena's team in 2014.

If Team Cena lost, all his members, bar himself, would be fired from WWE, and he wasn't helped at all when Big Show turned on him midway through the match.

It was Dolph Ziggler though who was the hero, facing The Authority's Seth Rollins in a final one-on-one situation, but when Triple H got involved, WCW legend Sting made his first-ever WWE appearance.

In a moment that wrestling fans never imagined happening, he went face-to-face with HHH inside the ring, beating him down before helping Ziggler secure the victory for Team Cena - which meant The Authority no longer had the power.


Vince McMahon stands triumphant at Survivor Series 2001

If a wrestling fan should know anything, it's that Vince McMahon ALWAYS wins.

He purchased World Championship Wrestling in early 2001 after they went through extreme financial difficulty, and it led to the 'Invasion' later that year, as WCW joined with ECW to form 'The Alliance'.

Steve Austin and Kurt Angle had defected to The Alliance, and they were a part of a 'Winner Takes All' five-on-five elimination match in which the winning team would take control of the product.

And of course, WWF were victorious, with Angle reverting back to his original side by attacking Austin with his WWF Title, leaving The Rock to pick up the decisive pin-fall. The Invasion was no more and soon enough, WWF became WWE.


Vince McMahon forced Bret Hart's departure from WWF without his title with the Montreal Screwjob

Well, what else was it going to be?

Bret Hart had signed a lucrative deal with WCW just a week before the event, but had refused to drop the WWF Championship to Michaels in his home country.

Despite Michaels, Hart and McMahon agreeing to a plan where Hart would drop the title a couple of weeks later, McMahon went behind Hitman's back and created a finish where Hart never submitted - but referee Earl Hebner still called for the bell.

The post-match reaction saw Hart spit in the face of McMahon, spelt the letters WCW in the air with his finger and wasn't seen on WWE television again until 2010, despite being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

It's certainly one of the most iconic moments in wrestling history - and it arguably was the starting point of the Attitude Era - and all of this means it just has to be the best Survivor Series moment of all time.

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