Largely due to a spectacular old-school Survivor Series match involving the Raw brand, the supposed end of the career of Steve Austin, and the performance of Shawn Michaels, the Survivor Series hit a chord that few shows hit.
The bloodiest WWE PPV show in recent memory was highlighted by the apparent leaving of the company by Austin. The negative is they are going to the same well too often. It marked the third straight PPV that a main figure in the company’s career was apparently over. Two months ago, it was Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler, only to have it overturned barely a week later. In addition, Bill Goldberg’s career was also put up. Last month, it was both Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon. For the third time in recent memory (after the Invasion angle and also in a three-way TV match involving HHH and Chris Jericho; and Austin and Vince have had their careers up more than once as well) her television career is supposed to be over, and once again, she’ll be back very soon.