Revisiting the 1987 Survivor Series
On Thanksgiving 30 years ago, WWE held the first ever Survivor Series -- their first pay-per-view outside of WrestleMania. Matt Willis and Sean Coyle watched the main event, featuring Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant, and this is their running dialogue.
Dunne and Gargano battle in TakeOver-worthy clash in Houston
It didn't make the NXT TakeOver: War Games broadcast, but Pete Dunne vs. Johnny Gargano for the United Kingdom championship, which took place beforehand, would've eclipsed a lot of shows. Sonya Deville and Ruby Riot also faced off in their NXT sendoffs.
SmackDown Live Results: Houston, we have a problem. It's Kevin Owens.
After Survivor Series, SmackDown needed to address the Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn issue. However, while the setup seemed promising, it only revealed that there's a lot of work to do for one to fix the path of one of the WWE's biggest superstars.
205 Live recap: Amore moves on from Kalisto. Who's next?
With Survivor Series in the rear-view mirror, Enzo Amore still holds the cruiserweight championship, but after last night show, there's isn't a clear new number-one contender.
Bill Apter recalls a colorful history of covering the world of professional wrestling
Over the course of almost 50 years writing and photographing the world of professional wrestling, Bill Apter has seen quite a bit, and his influence throughout the industry can still be felt today. He shares some of his best stories with ESPN's KC Joyner.
Monday Night Raw Recap: Paige returns, and Roman Reigns becomes a grand slam champion
Roman Reigns becomes a grand slam champion, and after an extended absence, Paige, flanked by two NXT call-ups, returned to WWE TV and made a statement to the Raw women's division.
Roman Reigns defeated The Miz to become the Intercontinental champion after a shockingly good Raw main event. With the victory, Reigns becomes the 21st Grand Slam champion (and ninth in the current format) in WWE history. Since debuting, Reigns has three WWE title reigns, one time each as both the U.S. and Intercontinental champion, and a tag team title run with Seth Rollins. Miz's seventh run as IC champ comes to an end after 169 days.
In her first appearance on WWE in almost a year-and-half Paige, a former WWE Divas champion and NXT women's champion, came out to interrupt a Fatal 4-Way No. 1 contender's match - but she didn't come back alone. NXT superstars Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville debuted on Raw by attacking from behind, causing a no contest. Once they got backstage, the trio also attacked Raw women's champion Alexa Bliss.
WWE gives back to Houston during Survivor Series weekend
Over the course of their four-day stretch in Houston for Survivor Series weekend, some of the biggest names in WWE helped contribute to charity efforts involving Habitat for Humanity, Americares and the Houston Food Bank in a hands-on capacity.
Mark Henry takes a breather from putting together boxes of food at the Houston Food Bank to talk about bringing a little bit of normality to people still dealing with the effects of Hurricane Harvey, and the long road to come.
Sasha Banks feels honored to contribute her time to charitable efforts for Houston, and using the platform that WWE provides to spread a message of giving worldwide.
Nakamura's time coming? Royal Rumble predictions sure to go wrong
January 28th will be here before we know it, so what are some ways the Royal Rumble could play out? Our staff makes some interesting predictions including a Royal Rumble first.
Survivor Series Reaction Podcast
Peter Rosenberg and Stat Guy Greg recap the action at Survivor Series and predict what's next for many of the main event participants.
WWE Survivor Series recaps and ratings: Braun and Triple H bring Raw to victory, Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles put on a show
Survivor Series is the one night of the year where Raw and SmackDown Live superstars compete and the stacked card included a memorable battle between champions Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles.
NXT TakeOver: War Games recaps and ratings - Almas, Moon win gold, Undisputed Era wins War Games
War Games delivered on all levels with a compelling main event, two title bouts, a stellar rivalry match and the continuing growth of a future star.
A lot to ponder after this TakeOver, but for now, we are moments away from War Games. The cage has lowered. It's happening.
Wow. Your winner and new NXT champion, Andrade "Cien" Almas. It's hard to do believable false finishes in this day and age, and they had two that had the crowd fully believing it was the end. A sick ending as Almas hit a hangman's trapped arm DDT off the top rope to put Drew McIntyre's title reign to an end. The crowd is still largely in shock.
Alicia Fox walks through what she and fellow WWE Superstars Sasha Banks, Finn Balor and Samoa Joe are doing with Americares just hours before performing at Sunday night's Survivor Series pay-per-view.
Samoa Joe gets into why charity is such an important part of the puzzle for everyone involved in the WWE, and gets into what Americares is doing with the kits they're putting together.
Before tonight's 5-on-5 Survivor Series match, we caught up with Finn Balor to get his thoughts on stepping into the ring with a number of WWE's living legends for the first time.
Samoa Joe reflects on his NXT championship run, and what it's been like to see guys like Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode - two of his opponents tonight at Survivor Series -follow him to the main roster after their own title reigns in NXT.
Finn Balor discusses the power of the NXT championship, and how another potential star was made Saturday night at TakeOver: War Games.
The Rock at Survivor Series: A career defined in three moments
The Rock was a generational superstar during one of WWE's most crucial eras, and through the hundred memorable moments in his career, Survivor Series was the site of three nights in particular that ultimately came to define "The Great One."
Revisiting five War Games matches that changed wrestling history
Ahead of the first War Games match in almost two decades at NXT TakeOver, we take a look back at five of the most memorable War Games matches ever contested in NWA and WCW.
Roderick Strong is excited to step into the spotlight for the first War Games match in over 17 years.
The origin of the Elimination Chamber: How everything went wrong, but still turned out alright
At Survivor Series 2002, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Chris Jericho, Kane, Booker T and Rob Van Dam became the first six WWE superstars to enter the Elimination Chamber. Fifteen years later, we look back at that night through their eyes.
Tommy Dreamer and House of Hardcore take a leap with Twitch
Tommy Dreamer founded House of Hardcore in 2012 as an alternative to the WWE and other companies. He has a long history of taking big chances in the ring, but he's trying something big outside of it Saturday with HoH's first live, free show on Twitch.
The women's evolution continues to shape the future of the WWE
Over the past three years, the efforts of female superstars have dramatically changed the landscape for women in professional wrestling -- but the 'Women's Evolution' is a movement that will carry on well beyond the current generation of performers.
The WWE announced on Thursday that the 2018 Survivor Series will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Events over the weekend will include NXT TakeOver on Nov. 17, Survivor Series on the 18th, Raw on the 19th and SmackDown Live on the 20th.
Charlotte enjoys emotional title win, SmackDown falls to counter siege
A couple weeks of chaos concluded Tuesday night with a Raw roster counter-invasion of SmackDown Live and an emotional women's title victory and celebration for Charlotte Flair -- setting the stage for an intense Survivor Series pay-per-view on Sunday.
Ric Flair surprises daughter on SmackDown Live.
After winning the SmackDown Live Women's championship, Charlotte gets a nice surprise when her father, two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, comes out to celebrate with her. This is Flair's first appearance for the WWE since his illness.
Charlotte Flair defeated Natalya on SmackDown on Tuesday to become SmackDown women's champion in front of a hometown crowd in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her father Ric surprised her by coming down the ramp to congratulate her. She'll face Raw women's champion Alexa Bliss Sunday at Survivor Series, replacing Natalya in that match. Flair was previously a four-time Raw women's champion before moving over in the Superstar Shakeup earlier this year.
Previewing Survivor Series and Goldberg on WWE24
As we race towards a stacked Survivor Series, the boys break down a big Smackdown and hear from Goldberg, who talks about his new documentary on the WWE Network.
WWE has come to terms on the release of James Ellsworth. He most recently appeared on SmackDown on Nov. 7 in a match against Becky Lynch in Manchester, which he lost. It was one of only three televised matches for Ellsworth in 2017. During the rest of WWE's European tour, WWE released several videos of him absorbing attacks from most of the SmackDown women's roster. Ellsworth first appeared as enhancement talent in a match against Brain Strowman, but was later brought to SmackDown during a rivalry between AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose. Ellsworth faced Styles twice on TV for the WWE championship.
Wrestling in Mexico, unmasked.
La Lucha Libre is the nationwide wrestling league of Mexico that is more than just a show.
205 Live recap: The story of Kalisto's birthday cake
After a thrilling scene where the Raw superstars attacked the SmackDown Live roster, the WWE turned to 205 Live and a birthday celebration for Kalisto.
Monday Night Raw Recap: The Shield wins, Triple H replaces Jason Jordan on Survivor Series team
A thrilling Monday Night Raw sealed the final adjustments for a stacked Survivor Series that is sure to begin a tumultuous road to WrestleMania.
Strowman slams Kane through the ring.
Monday Night Raw ends with a bang as Braun Strowman picks up Kane and drives him through the canvas with a running powerslam.
Triple H made a shocking return to WWE TV Monday night, inserting himself as the fifth man on Team Raw in place of Jason Jordan. Jordan, who was attacked by Bray Wyatt after he defeated Wyatt in a match earlier in the night, was then pedigreed in the middle of the ring as a shocked Kurt Angle looked on.
The New Day vs. The Shield at Survivor Series is now official. For the first time ever, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose will take on Big E, Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston in a dream six-man tag team match.
Bayley became the fifth and final member of Team Raw at Survivor Series by defeating Dana Brooke and Mickie James in a triple threat match on Raw. She joins Alicia Fox, Sasha Banks, Asuka and Nia Jax, and they'll take on Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Naomi, Tamina and Carmella in a traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series match.
Swagger signs with Bellator as heavyweight
Jack Swagger, a former WWE Superstar, is moving to Bellator MMA, where he'll compete as a heavyweight. He joins Brock Lesnar and CM Punk as WWE Superstars who have moved to MMA competition.
Five stats to know for Brock Lesnar vs. AJ Styles
Brock Lesnar and AJ Styles will go head-to-head for the first time at Survivor Series. ESPN Stats and Info offers up five stats for the match.
WWE Survivor Series Moments: WWE Reigns Supreme
The Alliance versus WWE battle culminated in a match to remember at the 2001 Survivor Series.
WWE Survivor Series Moments: The Dead Man is born
At the 1990 Survivor Series, the debut of The Undertaker was a moment when the wrestling world changed forever.
Shawn Michaels on the Montreal Screwjob: The worst day I can recall in the entire 25 years I was in the wrestling business
The Montreal Screwjob will go down as one of the most infamous moments in wrestling history. Shawn Michaels reflects on his role in the match and how it impacted him professionally.
WWE Survivor Series Moments: The Montreal Screwjob
Survivor Series has been filled with many great moments, but perhaps none tops the drama surrounding the Montreal Screwjob
Colt Cabana is the renaissance man of independent wrestling
From the ring to the announcing table, comedy acts to books, podcasts to billboards, Colt Cabana is everywhere. And he wouldn't have it any other way.
It's WWE Night for the New Jersey Devils, and here's the official shirt they created for their game against the Edmonton Oilers. Points for the Andre The Giant and/or The Big Show singlet strap.
When else could a New Jersey Devils fan rock a logo-adorned Ric Flair robe over his jersey than during WWE Night at Prudential Center? Wooooo!
It's WWE Night at the New Jersey Devils' game against the Edmonton Oilers, a.k.a. the night l when you have to walk around the Undertaker while holding your nachos during intermission.
The Rock accepts Golden Tate's Notre Dame-Miami challenge
Golden Tate, who went to Notre Dame, challenged The Rock, who played football at Miami, to a "friendly wager" on Saturday night's game.
NXT Recap: The build to War Games intensifies
Adam Cole and Roderick Strong were the main attraction on NXT on Wednesday, but the chaos that ensued after the match teased just how great War Games could be.
AJ Styles grabs shock title win on SmackDown in Manchester
In one of the most shocking moments of the year on SmackDown, AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal on Tuesday in Manchester, England, drastically changing the look of Survivor Series and setting up a dream match with Brock Lesnar.
On Wednesday morning Shane McMahon announced that the final member of the SmackDown Survivor Series team will be John Cena. This will be Cena's first match since his loss to Roman Reigns at No Mercy.
During the SmackDown tapings in Manchester, England, AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal to become the new WWE champion. This win, which makes him a two-time WWE champion, sets up AJ Styles vs. Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series.
Wrestling community reacts to the newest 30 for 30: 'Nature Boy'
The documentary takes a look into the private life of WWE legend Ric Flair. Former and current professional wrestlers took to Twitter to applaud the biopic on Tuesday when it debuted.
Flair thanks ESPN for giving WWE a platform.
On the eve of his 30 For 30 premiere, Ric Flair joins Scott Van Pelt to discuss the highs and lows of his wrestling career.
The robes of Ric Flair
All eyes were on Ric Flair, and his robes, every time he stepped into the ring. Here are the stories of some of his most memorable robes and the matches in which he wore them.
Kenny Omega to face Jericho, Styles wins WWE title
After a blockbuster promo from Rosenberg last week, he addresses the haters and the boys break down a wacky week in Manchester and major news from Japan.
Flair gets emotional talking about daughter.
Ric Flair says he cried when his daughter, Charlotte, won the NXT Women's Championship in 2014 because of how she overcame the death of her brother the year before.
Charlotte Flair understood father Ric more by wrestling.
Charlotte Flair describes what it was like growing up as the daughter of Ric Flair, and how becoming a wrestler herself helped to understand the importance to him.
Charlotte Flair on 'Nature Boy' and her relationship with her dad
Despite being the daughter of Ric Flair, one of wrestling's biggest stars, Charlotte Flair never dreamed of following in her father's footsteps. But now, at 31, she's one of WWE's most prominent wrestlers and is carrying on her father's legacy.
'Nature Boy' Makeover: What sports icons would look like with Ric Flair's hair
Ric Flair's influence stretches far and wide, and he still maintains connections with numerous sports icons. So what would some of the biggest names and personalities across the sporting world look like with Flair's iconic platinum blonde hair?
How 30 for 30's 'Nature Boy' became a reality
ESPN 30 for 30 "Nature Boy" director Rory Karpf details his journey, from his first Ric Flair encounter as an 8-year-old wrestling fan in Philadelphia to making the most comprehensive story of Flair's legendary life that has ever been told.
30 for 30: Nature Boy -Director Statement.
Director Rory Karpf talks about Ric Flair and his film Nature Boy. This 30 for 30 presentation of Nature Boy premieres November 7th 10pm ET on ESPN.
Dan, Papi and Bo talk NBA news, MNF recap and a convo with Ric Flair
Dan Le Batard, Papi and Bomani Jones talk LeBron's passive-aggressive Instagram post, the Eric Bledsoe trade, MNF recap, Luck vs the Colts, a conversation with the Nature Boy himself Ric Flair and more.
Flair on death of son: 'I'm not sure I've accepted it yet.'
Ric Flair reflects on the day he was informed of the death of his son.
Sixteen Ric Flair facts for 16 world titles
To celebrate the premiere of ESPN 30 for 30's "Nature Boy", Tim Fiorvanti and ESPN Stats & Info's Sean Coyle worked together to find 16 'Flair facts' -- one for each recognized world title reign in his illustrious career.
Dusty Rhodes was Ric Flair's favorite opponent.
'Nature Boy' Ric Flair tells the First Take crew why he liked taking on Dusty Rhodes the most.
Ric Flair discusses recovery after being given a 20 percent chance to live
After a significant health scare, Ric Flair is thankful to have made it to the preview of the 30 for 30 film that focuses on his life.
Flair shares excitement for new documentary.
Former pro wrestler Ric Flair is eager for fans to get a glimpse of his professional and personal life in the ESPN 30 for 30 film, "Nature Boy".
Ric Flair addresses the crowd before ESPN's 30 for 30 "Nature Boy" preview in Atlanta. Flair talks about being in a coma, and his thoughts after recovery.
Shocking debuts and announcements in professional wrestling in the age of social media are very few and far between, but Chris Jericho's challenge of Kenny Omega for a match at New Japan Pro Wrestling's Wrestle Kingdom 12 show ranks up there with the most surprising moments of the last decade in the industry. After Omega defeated Trent Beretta at NJPW's Power Struggle pay-per-view Sunday evening in Tokyo (early Sunday morning in the U.S.), Jericho popped up on the video screen to challenge Omega for the match. There was some social media interaction between Omega and Jericho over the last week, with the prevailing theory being a potential match on Chris Jericho's Rock 'N' Wrestling Rager at Sea cruise next October, but that match will instead happen on Jan. 4 at the Tokyo Dome.
Chris Jericho's Wrestle Kingdom 12 match against Kenny Omega on Jan. 4, 2018 will be Jericho's first for New Japan Pro Wrestling in almost two decades. On Sept. 23, 1998, Chris Jericho and Black Tiger (Eddie Guerrero in a mask) unsuccessfully challenged Shinjiro Otani and Tetsuhito Taikawa for the IWGP junior heavyweight tag team titles. It will also be Jericho's first non-WWE match since July 1999, when he performed at a cancer benefit show for referee Mark Curtis in Rostraver, Pennsylvania and defeated Terry Taylor.
Ace Romero took his time and now stands to make waves in independent wrestling
Justin "Ace" Romero is an emerging independent wrestler in the Northeast United States, and while the journey of his career has taken some time, he's starting to turn heads against some of the bigger names in independent wrestling.
NXT Recap: The War Games match returns and is set for TakeOver
War Games returns at the NXT TakeOver event before Survivor Series and will feature three teams competing in two rings inside of a steel cage.
The eponymous match for NXT TakeOver: War Games is set. It's going to be a triple threat between three three-man squads — SAnitY (Eric Young, Killian Dain & Alexander Wolfe) vs. Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly) vs. Authors of Pain & Roderick Strong inside of two rings surrounded by a steel cage. TakeOver: War Games takes place the night before Survivor Series, on November 18, in Houston, TX.
Cheap Heat: Announcement of RAW 25 & wrestlers let go
A shocking turn from one of our hosts to end this week's episode that breaks down a rough raw, the announcement of Raw 25 and much more.
WWE Executive VP of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul "Triple H" Levesque tweeted out a photo Thursday of a custom-made WWE championship title belt for newly crowned World Series champions, the Houston Astros. Triple H invited the players to bring the title, which will reach the team in time for their parade this week, and attend the WWE's four nights of shows in Houston around their annual Survivor Series pay-per-view on November 19.
We're getting closer and closer to the conclusion of 16 days of Flair facts, with ESPN 30 for 30's "Nature Boy" just five days away. Fact #11 looks deeper into Ric Flair's history with Shawn Michaels. While Flair's last WWE match, with Michaels at WrestleMania 24, is one that fans will always remember, it wasn't the only time they met in the ring on pay-per-view. Flair defeated Michaels at 'Bad Blood' in June 2003 -- albeit with an assist from Randy Orton and a steel chair. Flair and Michaels also had two other televised one-on-one matches. Flair also picked up a win over Michaels all the way back in December 1991, during his first run with WWE, on Prime Time Wrestling. Michaels' lone win over Flair before WrestleMania 24 came in February 2005 on Monday Night Raw, which was filmed in the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
16 days of Flair facts leading up to 30 for 30's "Nature Boy" continues with fact #9: Ric Flair's final official match came at WrestleMania 24 in April 2008, when he lost a retirement match against Shawn Michaels. On the night after he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Flair ended his in-ring career with the company inside of the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, in front of one of the biggest WWE crowds in the company's history.
16 days of Flair facts leading up to the premiere of 30 for 30's "Nature Boy" continues with fact #10: Despite his official retirement at WrestleMania 24, Flair was physically active as part of a parking lot brawl against Randy Orton in January 2009 that spilled out to ringside. After they exchanged strikes for more than 10 minutes, Orton's compatriots Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr., The Legacy, helped Orton deliver a punt kick to Flair's head.
SmackDown Live Recap: A simply disorienting edition of the blue brand
SmackDown struggled on Tuesday to fold together the Survivor Series and SmackDown-specific storylines, and while doing so, continued to create character problems for WWE champion Jinder Mahal
Shane McMahon announced Tuesday on SmackDown that he will captain the men's 5-on-5 team at Survivor Series. Bobby Roode won a 2-out-of-3 falls match to win a spot on the team, and they join Randy Orton on Team SmackDown. Team Raw currently features captain Kurt Angle and Braun Strowman, with the rest of both teams still yet to be determined.
205 Live: Halloween brings gimmicks galore, but Drew Gulak continues to rise
Though Tuesday's Halloween edition of 205 Live was centered around a 'Fright Night' Fatal 4-Way main event and Rich Swann 'clowning' Brian Kendrick, Drew Gulak continued to make the most of his recent unlikely rise in popularity.
How did Flair come up with 'Woo?'
Ric Flair explains the origins of his trademark "Woo" call. 'Nature Boy' premieres Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 10pm/ET on ESPN.
Flair had a unique personality.
Ric Flair's flamboyant personality has struck a chord with many people over the years, including ESPN's own Marty Smith and Michelle Beadle. 'Nature Boy' premieres Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Flair's cultural impact still being felt today.
Ric Flair's popularity is undeniable and his trademark mannerisms are still being copied by athletes from all different walks of life. 'Nature Boy' premieres Tuesday, November 7th at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Ric Flair's new lease on life
WWE legend Ric Flair discussed his recent health scare and brush with death Thursday on The Dan Le Batard Show, recalling some of the most harrowing, heartbreaking and miraculous moments of the ordeal.
Flair says 10 days on life support woke him up.
Ric Flair calls into The Dan Le Batard Show and opens up about how he ended up on life support because of daily drinking.
Ric Flair was ahead of his time as a performer
Arash Markazi reflects on Ric Flair's two-time WWE Hall of Fame career and a specific moment during his 1992 victory speech at the Royal Rumble.
Profile pages for every active member of the WWE roster
Trace the lineage and history of every active title in the WWE
ESPN's Jonathan Coachman goes 1-on-1 with the WWE's biggest superstars
All of the current champions in WWE and the most significant contenders for each title.