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Our reviews of WWE: Survivor Series Anthology, Volume 1 (1979-1991) (published December 3rd, 2009), WWE: Survivor Series Anthology, Volume 2 (1992-1996) (published January 28th, 2010), WWE: Survivor Series 2008 (published January 21st, 2009), and WWE: Survivor Series 2009 (published February 18th, 2010) are also available.
"Boots to asses, all night long. New York City: it's on!"
WWE: Survivor Series 2011, the twenty-fifth anniversary installment, could so easily have been a middling affair, but instead proves a vital step on the road to Wrestlemania XXVIII, featuring, as it does, the return of The Rock after seven years.
• Dolph Ziggler vs. John Morrison for the WWE United States
• Eve Torres vs. Beth Phoenix in a Lumberjill Match for the WWE
Thankfully, Survivor Series 2011 has someone in the wings who, singlehandedly, and without the need to even enter the ring, brings this PPV back to life. The Rock delivers a promo that brings the crowd to their feet. It is a promo that somehow encapsulates the entire history of Dwayne Johnson's wrestling career (recalling both his grandfather and father's careers), and still finds time to be very funny and even slip in a good old singsong.
• Team Barrett: Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Hunico,
and Dolph Ziggler vs. Team Orton: Randy Orton, Sheamus, Mason Ryan, Kofi
Kingston, and Sin Cara in the Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team
• Big Show vs. Mark Henry for the World Heavyweight
• Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk in a match for the WWE
• The Rock and John Cena vs. Awesome Truth (The Miz and R-Truth)
in a Tag Team Match.
As always, the 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer, taken from the WWEHD broadcast, is excellent, as is the Dolby 5.1 soundtrack. The sole special feature is a short post match interview with CM Punk.
While not the best WWE PPV of the year, WWE: Survivor Series 2011 is in truth an uneven, but still entertaining, event that struggles to maintain its momentum until the final two matches. However, the return of The Rock, after so long, is more than enough to ensure wrestling fans are left with huge grins on their faces.
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