WWE Survivor Series 2014 is more than a battle for storyline control of the company. It's a key moment in the WWE Network timeline.
On Sunday, Nov. 23, WWE will present the 28th edition of Survivor Series. This is no ordinary pay-per-view, though. This is the sample officials hope gets fans hooked on the new streaming service.
The company is giving away the show for free to new WWE Network subscribers, except in the UK where the service is not available yet. It's a bold, risky move to push the subscriber numbers closer to 1 million.
John Cena's team of five taking on the team that The Authority assembled is the marquee bout meant to draw fans in to both the pay-per-view itself and to sign up for the network.
That clash follows in the tradition of Team WWF facing Team Alliance in 2001 and Team Austin colliding with Team Bischoff in 2003.
Both of those matches had kayfabe power on the line. In 2001, either WCW or WWE was to going to fold depending on who won. In 2003, the right to run Raw was the prize for victory. Now, WWE's executive tyrants will lose their hold on the company if they can't beat Team Cena.
The Scottrade Center in St. Louis plays hosts to that matchup and to an event that is the centerpiece of WWE's network month-long giveaway.
Sky Sports Box Office, 1am
Full match card
Nikki Bella vs. AJ Lee (Divas Championship)
The Usos vs. Damien Mizdow and The Miz vs. Los Matadores vs. Goldust and Stardust (Tag Team Championship)
Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae and Layla vs. Emma, Alicia Fox, Natalya and Naomi (Elimination match)
Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose
Team Cena vs. Team Authority (Elimination match)
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