MATCH : Team WWF v The Alliance


EVENT : Survivor Series 2001

VENUE : Greensboro Coliseum, North Carolina

DATE : 18th November 2001

STIPULATION : 10 Man Elimination Tag Team Match

BACKGROUND : The Invasion angle of 2001 was the one of, if not, the biggest storylines to come out of the wrestling industry. It all began when WWF owner Vince McMahon bought over his biggest rival WCW in March 2001. This mean that he could run a big angle in which the WCW wrestlers would try and take over the WWF. This would be the hottest angle to hit wrestling in years as the best wrestlers from the two biggest companies in America would square off in the ring. Unfortunately, in general the whole storyline kind of bombed but this match would stand out as a highlight. Eight months after the Invasion Angle began we would see 5 WWF wrestlers (Big Show, Chris Jericho, Kane, The Rock & The Undertaker) take on a mix of wrestlers from The ECW/WCW Alliance (Booker T, Kurt Angle, Rob Van Dam, Shane McMahon, Steve Austin). This PPV would sort out the feud and would once and for all determine if the WWF could outlive it's biggest threat to date....

MATCH REVIEW : As I said earlier, the whole Invasion angle was more or less a failure which was incredibly frustrating as many believed it was a storyline that couldn't fail! There were many reasons why it failed but the one that strikes me the most is the fact that The Alliance team started to resemble a second WWF when the likes of Kurt Angle and Steve Austin were added. In saying this though, the match itself is fantastic. Ten of the biggest stars of the 'Attitude Era' square off in one big elimination match and it was incredibly exciting! A lot of the end of the match is actually Austin v The Rock which is no bad thing since the heat between the two is electric and they got to grow their increasing rivalry even more. I do believe this match is often overlooked because of the terrible booking that proceeded it but everything aside it really is a quick match with edge of the seat excitement from start to finish. Many felt the end was a bit predictable but I don't believe that is true as WWF could have carried on the feud if The Alliance had won by re-inventing somewhat with Vince trying to get his company back. It is also worth noting that this was the last PPV under the WWF banner as they changed the name shortly after to WWE.