The debut that had been hinted at so much you thought it might never happen, um, happened.
Sting is a WWE Superstar. And he didn't take long to make an impact.
The man who long resisted Vince McMahon's invitations to join the company showed up at the Survivor Series pay-per-view Sunday night, planted Triple H with a Scorpion Death Drop and helped Team Cena beat Team Authority in the main event.
Per Vince McMahon's decree earlier in the night, the loss not only puts Triple H and Stephanie McMahon out of power, but now the only person who can bring them back is John Cena himself.
Triple H did everything he could to avoid losing his stroke, pummeling a pair of referees and hitting sole Team Cena survivor Dolph Ziggler with the Pedigree to try to quell a spirited comeback. But Sting appeared and would have none of it. His actions left Stephanie McMahon pouting in the ring and the crowd channeling Vince McMahon with a "You got fired!" chant.
Here are the eliminations:
* The Big Show pinned Mark Henry in the opening seconds of the match after Show delivered a knockout punch.
* Rusev pinned Ryback after Seth Rollins delivered a Curb Stomp to Ryback to set him up for a Rusev kick.
* Rusev was counted out after trying to splash Ziggler through the Spanish announce table. Ziggler rolled out of the way, then rolled into the ring just before the 10 count, with Rusev unable to recover in time.
* Luke Harper pinned former tag-team partner Erick Rowan after more help from Rollins.
* Big Show turned on Cena, and Cena was eliminated. Show then shook hands with Triple H and left. That left Dolph Ziggler to face Kane, Harper and Rollins by himself.
* Ziggler pinned Kane after hitting him with the Zig-Zag.
* Ziggler rolled up Harper for the pin.
* Ziggler pinned Rollins after Sting laid Ziggler on top of Rollins.
Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt heading to TLC
Ambrose was disqualified for hitting Wyatt with a chair in their match Sunday, but the highlight was Ambrose burying Wyatt with folding chairs in an act that would make Terry Funk jealous. Later, Ambrose vs. Wyatt in a tables, ladders and chairs match was announced for next month’s TLC pay-per-view.
With both wrestlers enjoying anti-hero status, it's a perfect storm for WWE. The crowd goes home happy no matter who gets pummeled. This has a chance to be the longest-lasting WWE feud since the "Stone Cold" Steve Austin-Mr. McMahon saga.
Nikki Bella beats AJ Lee to win the Divas title
Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” wasn’t playing, but Brie Bella planted a lip lock on AJ, distracting her and allowing Nikki to get a quick win and the title belt.
The broadcast team of Michael Cole, JBL and Jerry “The King” Lawler fumbled through an explanation of how the circumstances mirrored the WrestleMania XXVIII title match between Daniel Bryan and Sheamus -- apparently trying to justify it as more than what it was: a lesbian kiss to get social media stirring.
Miz and Mizdow win tag title, Divas sweep Survivor Series match, Rabbit wins
When you’re running a wrestling show backstage, the one thing you should be able to accomplish is not having the exact same finish/gimmick in consecutive matches.
So it was a little weird to see Miz celebrating a Fatal Fourway tag-title win on top of the ropes while trying to steal Mizdow’s thunder, followed by Tyson Kidd celebrating on top of the ropes while trying to steal wife Natalya’s thunder after her team swept a Divas traditional Survivor Series match.
The announce team tried to cover by noting the similarity, which didn’t help.
Of course, there was no way that would happen for a third match of the evening when Adam Rose and some dude in a bunny rabbit costume faced Heath Slater and Titus O’Neil.
But it did. The bunny refused to tag in Rose and got the victory on his own -- stealing his partner’s thunder in the process.
Perhaps there are not enough producers backstage with Mercury and Noble doing their best Patterson/Briscoe impersonation as WWE’s new “Stooges.” At least that's one excuse one could offer.
During the kickoff show, Fandango defeated Justin Gabriel
Fandango is now dancing with Rosa Mendes, but the real question is... Why is Gabriel dressing up in a skeleton spandex concoction that conjures memories of the Cobra Kai getting their heads handed to them by Mr. Miyagi?
It’s just not an outfit with a history of success in combat scenarios.
During the kickoff show, Jack Swagger defeated Cesaro via submission
Swagger won with the Patriot Lock. During the recent “ECW Exposed” special on WWE Network, Paul Heyman cited Cesaro as one of the current WWE Superstars who would have done well during the heyday of classic ECW.
He added that Cesaro was underutilized in his current role. If this were the ECW vs. WCW vs. WWF era, Cesaro would be able to go elsewhere to rebuild his image. Just goes to show how hard it is to climb out of a hole in today’s pro wrestling business model.