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Best Survivor Series swerves of all time

Dec. 30, 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Brock Lesnar during a heavyweight bout at UFC 141 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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The least appreciated of the “Big Four” pay per views, Survivor Series always brings a shocking moment. While we wish the Gobbledygooker could debut ever year, we must honor some of the other shocking moments in Survivor Series history. It does not stop there, because FRS Slam has a few ideas that could shock the fan base come Survivor Series 2017.

5. The Shield Debuts (2012) – At the time, it was just a fun way to watch Ryback take a beatdown. Five years later, we see the future of the WWE and truly appreciate what that night meant. While there is nothing shocking about a run-in during a WWE main event, the men they chose and the path they followed gave us some of the greatest moments of the decade.

4. Paul Heyman Turns on Brock Lesnar (2002) – A Lesnar F-5 on Big Show amazes every time, but to see Heyman break up the pin and turn on his pet beast was a shock. Under Heyman’s management, Lesnar became the youngest champion in company history only to be screwed at Survivor Series in favor of the Big Show. The best part? Heyman’s face when Lesnar stares him down is a look of terror that puts the Halloween franchise to shame. Honorable mention to Goldberg’s victory last year over Lesnar.

3. Hell Freezes Over, Sting in a WWE Ring (2014) – Somebody had to stop the rampage authority but … Sting? Since the birth of the WWE Network, this was one of the rare moments where time stood still. As a dastardly Triple H drags Seth Rollins on top of Dolph Ziggler (remember when Dolph was a sole survivor?), enter the Icon Sting. From the lights out, to a perfect theme to his face on the JumboTron,  it was a perfect moment.

2. The McMahons Side with New First-Time Champion, The Rock (1998) – The most under-rated story told in the Attitude Era, the Rock’s rise to his first championship was an epic night. Just an hour after Vince McMahon screwed Steve Austin in favor of Mankind, the family then turned on Mankind in favor of a young, third generation blue-chipper. It is not just the double turn, built for months since SummerSlam, but the way in which the Rock became champion. One year after an infamous Sharpshooter changed the sport, they doubled down and ended Survivor Series with it again.

1. The Montreal Screwjob (1997) – Forget the aftermath, the punch, the jump to WCW and the way this moment changed professional wrestling forever. The moment itself stands alone as the most shocking event in Survivor Series history. Bret Hart, the most-beloved Canadian export, loses his championship to the hated, vile Shawn Michaels via his own signature submission move? And the evil Vince McMahon that killed territories like Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling forced the decision without a submission from Hart? This is one of those moments that truly transcends the sport. Everyone remembers where they were when Vince screwed Bret (or did Bret screw Bret?).

How does WWE keep its shocking momentum going? Here are our suggestions.

5. The Undertaker Shows His Face – For the rumor and innuendo fans out there, this one may not even be a surprise by the time we get to Survivor Series. His WWE return is already publicly confirmed for the Brooklyn anniversary show. On a night where Undertaker’s past rivals feature prominently, the Dead Man rises.

4. Roman Reigns Screws the Usos – We don’t know exactly what Reigns can do in a ring right now, but what a great way to add some edge to his obvious rise to WrestleMania 34. In a battle between Roman’s real family and in-ring family, what if the “Big Dog” turns on his cousins for the good of the Shield?

3. Carmella Cashes In – Natalya and Alexa Bliss should have a good match, but there is no better way to soften up the SmackDown women’s champion for Miss Money in the Bank.

2. Daniel Bryan Turns on Team SmackDown – Bryan and Shane McMahon are not on the same page, and they will continue to go behind each other’s backs on the road to Survivor Series. With Bryan’s WWE departure blatantly expected when his contract expires, let’s get some great story out of it. Maybe Bryan aligns with his Ring of Honor brothers in the upcoming war with McMahon. Maybe Bryan wants SmackDown for himself, and found his inner “No!” after his confrontation with Kane. Paging Doctor Shelby…

1. Jinder Mahal Wins Clean – Enough said. A clean Mahal win over Brock Lesnar is nuts. One third of 3MB defeating the Beast Incarnate? Inconceivable! But what if it happens… Think about how much that elevates the true WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the road to WrestleMania. If Goldberg taught us anything, it is that one or two losses do nothing to damage Lesnar’s epic credibility. Not that it is necessary, but what if Heyman repeats history 15 years later and turns on Brock again?


Sam Hellman spends his work hours as a college football and basketball writer with 247Sports on the CBS Sports network. A product of the Attitude Era, Hellman has been a life-long follower of professional wrestling and is proud to put his thoughts to print on the FRS Slam platform.

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