At Cyber Sunday, Batista had regained his World Heavyweight Championship. Chris Jericho immediately wanted his rematch, and he got it on the 800th edition of RAW in a Steel Cage Match. Jericho controlled the match over Batista, but he was still unable to pull out the victory. Instead, Batista used his power, sending Jericho into the Cage with a powerbomb, before hitting a Batista Bomb to pick up the victory. Suddenly, Randy Orton climbed in through the door, and hit Batista with an RKO. Orton was on top of the world, after having Mike Adamle fired earlier that night. He now wanted his belt back, so that the Age of Orton could resume. Orton and Jericho both assaulted Batista in coming weeks, hoping for a chance at the World Heavyweight Championship. Unfortunately for them, it wouldn’t come.
Meanwhile, Kofi Kingston and CM Punk had just won the World Tag Team Championships off the team of Ted DiBiase Jr, and Cody Rhodes. This wasn’t good enough for Rhodes and DiBiase, who along with their accomplice in Manu, assaulted Kofi and Punk at the 800th episode of RAW. Paul London ran in to try to make the save, but it was all too late. Shane McMahon then made the decision that in a Survivor Series Elimination Match, it would be Batista, Shawn Michaels, CM Punk, Kofi Kingston and Paul London taking on Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Ted DiBiase, Cody Rhodes and Manu.
The night after Cyber Sunday, Randy Orton gave an ultimatum to the McMahons. Either he was going, or Adamle was. Orton was sick and tired of Adamle’s incompetence, and branded him a failure. The next week, Shane and Stephanie McMahons said they agreed. They agreed that in fact all of the GM’s were failures. So they were all fired. The McMahons would now be running things.
Santino Marella and Beth Phoenix continued their respective Intercontinental and Women’s Championship runs. ‘Glamarella’ were on a high. That is until the brother and sister combination of Paul and Katie Lea Burchill made the challenge for their respective belts. They challenged the two to face them in the same way that ‘Glamarella’ won the belts: a Mixed Tag Team Match, with both belts on the line. Shane McMahon was reluctant to make the match, until both Paul and Katie Lea got wins over their respective rivals on RAW, convincing Shane to add the match to Survivor Series.
JBL and Shawn Michaels had just began an intense rivalry, when suddenly, a match was made between the two at Survivor Series. The weird thing was that the stipulation dictated that the loser must retire. This came out of nowhere. That is, until word spread of JBL’s serious injury problems, and Shane wanting to get him back behind the commentary booth. This result was as clear as day.
Kane and Rey Mysterio’s rivalry was still raging on. On the 800th edition of RAW, the two were booked to face off in an Inferno Match, in the ultimate blow off. The battle raged throughout the building, with the brawl going everywhere. Kane decided to set more stuff on fire. He set a dumpster on fire, below the stage. He then climbed up and grabbed Rey, setting him up for a powerbomb. Rey countered, sending Kane down into the fire with a hurrancanrana. He had finally fended Kane off for good.
Videos played on every RAW throughout the run between Cyber Sunday and Survivor Series, promoting the return of John Cena, at Survivor Series.
Matt Hardy was riding high as ECW Champion, after defeating Evan Bourne at Cyber Sunday. Teddy Long decreed that the two would have a rematch at Survivor Series, showing what they could do once more. Only, it was not to be. When Long was fired along with the other GM’s, Stephanie McMahon decided that the match was to be a Fatal Four Way, with The Miz and John Morrison, joining the fray. The Miz and Morrison used their alliance to their advantage in the lead up to Survivor Series, after being booked to face Matt Hardy in a Handicap Match, then Evan Bourne in a Handicap Match on the ECW’s heading towards Survivor Series. Neither man looked like he could be beaten.
Triple H had retained the WWE Championship at Cyber Sunday, fending off Jeff Hardy, who was selected by the fans. The other option: Vladimir Kozlov would then lay claims to a shot at the belt over the next few weeks, claiming that he should have challenged Triple H at Cyber Sunday. Triple H said that may be so, but he was yet to prove it. He challenged Vladimir to find the best four superstars he could, and recruit them. Triple H would do the same. The two teams would then face off at Survivor Series. If Kozlov’s team was to win, then he would get a shot at the gold. If not: Kozlov would have to leave the WWE. Kozlov agreed to the stipulation, and both men went on the hunt for partners. Triple H came up with Jeff Hardy, Primo, Carlito and the returning Mr Kennedy. Meanwhile, Kozlov recruited The Brian Kendrick, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins and a mystery partner, who would be revealed on the night.
Shelton Benjamin and R-Truth had been feuding, with R-Truth getting the better of Shelton on numerous occasions. A match was made for the pre-show of Cyber Sunday, with the two facing off. Shelton was finally able to get the better of R-Truth in this one, with roll up while pulling the tights. The two weren’t done though, as on the next SmackDown!, Shelton Benjamin was pinned by R-Truth. A match was then set up between the two, with them to face the next week. Shelton won once again in the Title Match, which he said told him that R-Truth couldn’t handle pressure. The two were to face once more at Survivor Series, in R-Truth’s last chance at the belt.
Big Show and Undertaker had been feuding ever since Big Show became Vickie Guerrero’s personal bodyguard. Since then, Vickie and Big Show had manipulated Vickie’s power as GM to dominate Undertaker. With Vickie suddenly fired, Show had no more power. He couldn’t continue to avoid Undertaker. Shane McMahon then announced that the two would face off in a Casket Match at Survivor Series.
Maria became the Number One Contender to the Diva’s Championship, making her the challenger to her friend, Michelle McCool. McCool and Maria would tag together in the weeks heading up to Survivor Series, with Maria always tagging in and getting the win, much to the frustration of Maria. She felt she had done all of the hard work. The Friday, McCool snapped, attacking Maria backstage, setting up one hell of a match for Survivor Series.
Survivor Series Ten Man Elimination Match
Team Batista (Batista, Shawn Michaels, Paul London, CM Punk and Kofi Kingston) defeated Team Orton (Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Ted DiBiase, Cody Rhodes and Manu)
.:Shawn Michaels last eliminated Chris Jericho to win this match, after Randy Orton and Batista had both been counted out, as they brawled through the crowd. John Cena then came through the crowd, and joined the other two men in a three man arena wide brawl:.
Survivor Series Ten Man Elimination Match
If Team Kozlov Wins, Kozlov Gets A WWE Title Shot, If Team Triple H Wins, Kozlov is Fired
Team Kozlov (Vladimir Kozlov, The Brian Kendrick, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins and Umaga) defeat Team Triple H (Triple H, Jeff Hardy, Primo, Carlito and Mr Kennedy).
.:Umaga and Vladimir Kozlov were the survivors, as Umaga eliminated every man from Team Triple H in this match:.
Fatal Four Way
Matt Hardy (c) defeated Evan Bourne, John Morrison and The Miz
.:Evan Bourne and Matt Hardy teamed up to take The Miz and John Morrison out, beating them at their own game, before Matt Hardy pinned Evan Bourne after landing the Twist of Fate:.
Intercontinental and Women’s Championships
Mixed Tag Team Match
Glamarella (c) defeat Paul and Katie Lea Burchill
.:Beth Phoenix pinned Paul Burchill after the Glam Slam, allowing the Champions to retain. After the match, Katie Lea Burchill called Paul a disgrace to the Burchill family for being pinned by a woman. Paul left the arena alone:.
Undertaker defeated Big Show
.:Undertaker was able to defeat Big Show after Edge made his return, hitting a Spear that sent Big Show down into the open casket, which Show was about to place the knocked out Undertaker in there, who he had hit with a right hand. Edge then closed the lid himself, and left the arena:.
United States Championship
R-Truth’s Last Chance
R-Truth defeated Shelton Benjamin (c) via DQ
.:Shelton Benjamin retained the belt, after hitting R-Truth with it, trying to make sure he would never come near Shelton again. Stephanie McMahon then came out and announced that as a result of Shelton’s ways, R-Truth would get a rematch at Armageddon:.
Michelle McCool (c) defeated Maria
.:McCool dominated this match, forcing Maria to eventually submit to the Brazilian Heel Hook. She then picked Maria up, and the two embraced in the ring, McCool apologising for assaulting Maria:.