Survivor Series 2015 left many fans shaking their heads on Sunday night, as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship changed hands two times. Roman Reigns won the title for the very first time in his career, only to lose the belt to Sheamus just a few minutes later.
Three years after Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose made their WWE debuts as part of The Shield at Survivor Series, the two wrestlers squared off in the finals of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship tournament. The belt had been vacated after Seth Rollins, who debuted along with Reigns and Ambrose, suffered a knee injury a few weeks ago that will likely keep him out beyond WrestleMania 32.
Reigns faced Alberto Del Rio in the first match of the night to earn his championship shot. Ambrose defeated Kevin Owens in the other semifinal match of the tournament.
The Divas Championship was the only other title that was defended on Sunday. The Undertaker and Kane highlighted the second-biggest match of the night, and two traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series matches were on the card.
Below are the complete results for the PPV, including a quick recap of every match at Survivor Series 2015.
Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio
It wasn’t a guarantee that Reigns would win the title, but there was no way Del Rio would reach the finals of the tournament ahead of Reigns. Reigns escaped a Cross Armbreaker, which Del Rio hasn’t used since his return last month. He quickly followed breaking out of the hold with a Spear to earn another match later in the night.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens
Just like in the first semifinal match, the favorite came out on top. It looked like Owens might pull off the upset after delivering a superkick and setting up the Pop-up Powerbomb. But Ambrose turned that into a hurricanrana and hit Dirty Deeds for the win.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose (WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match)
Even though it was the biggest match of the night, it was one of the shortest matches on the card. Many fans were waiting for a heel turn that never came, as Reigns won with a Spear and Ambrose rolled out of the ring to let his friend celebrate. When Triple H came out to congratulate the new champ, Reigns refused to shake the COO’s hand, delivering a Spear instead. But that gave Sheamus a chance to come into the ring and deliver a Brogue Kick. After officially cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase, Sheamus used his finisher one more time to claim the championship.
Winner: Roman Reigns
The Undertaker & Kane vs. The Wyatt Family
After Erick Rowan charged at the Brothers of Destruction and was hit with a Double Chokeslam before the match started, Bray Wyatt chose Luke Harper as his tag team partner. Bray managed to hit the Undertaker with Sister Abigail, but Kane broke up the pin. The match ended as the two brothers hit simultaneous Chokeslams, followed by The Undertaker pinning Harper after he delivered a Tombstone Piledriver.
Winner: The Undertaker & Kane
Charlotte vs. Paige (Divas Championship Match)
It was a hard hitting match that didn’t get much reaction from the crowd. Charlotte locked in her Figure-Eight Leglock in the middle of the match, but Paige reversed it and knocked Charlotte out of the ring. The turning point came when Paige stood on top of the barricade to taunt the crowd and Charlottle delivered a spear. She got Paige back into the ring and kept her title with the Figure-Eight.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze
It was the shortest match on the card, and Breeze got a win in his first ever WWE PPV match. Even though he had Summer Rae at ringside, Breeze won clean, following up a kick to Ziggler’s knee with the Unprettier for the win.
Winner: Tyler Breeze
Ryback, The Usos & The Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day, Sheamus & King Barrett (Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match)
In the second traditional Survivor Series match of the night, the babyfaces won with three wrestlers still remaining. After King Barrett and Big E were eliminated, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston walked backstage with their New Day teammate. Left alone with Ryback, Kalisto and Jey Uso, Sheamus didn’t stand a chance, as he was pinned after getting hit with Shell Shock.
Winner: Ryback, The Usos & The Lucha Dragons
Goldust, The Dudley Boyz, Neville and Titus O’Neil vs. The Miz, Stardust, The Ascension and Bo Dallas (Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match)
The PPV began with this traditional Survivor Series match on the pre-show. The babyfaces were totally dominant in this one, as only Neville got eliminated. The Dudley Boyz ended the match by hitting Stardust with 3-D.
Winner: Goldust, The Dudley Boyz, Neville and Titus O’Neil