Triple H and Stephanie McMahon’s reign of power over WWE came to an end at Survivor Series as Team Cena triumphed over Team Authority, but that’s not the only thing people were tweeting about on Sunday night. The shocking arrival of Sting — the single biggest sports-entertainment figure to never set foot in a WWE ring — at a pivotal moment in the main event stunned not only The Authority, but the entirety of the WWE Universe.
The sight of the iconic WCW star standing face-to-face with The Game provided a dizzying conclusion to a match that continually built upon its own insanity. Who saw the early dismissal of Mark Henry coming? Or Big Show turning his back on John Cena and shaking the hand of Triple H? Or Dolph Ziggler becoming the only surviving member of Team Cena in a heroic, gutsy performance that should be talked about for a long time to come? The entirety of this lengthy epic was a heart-in-your-throat thrill ride. And then Sting showed up. It was almost too much to handle.
In the beginning, though, it was just two groups of five Superstars, marking their turf in the ring like street gangs waiting to rumble. The assemblage of John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Erick Rowan and Ryback — a team that was systemically picked apart by The Authority in the weeks leading up to Survivor Series, resulting in the loss of a now injured Sheamus — seemed poised, focused on knocking The Authority out of power and, more importantly, keeping their jobs. Team Authority’s gathering of Seth Rollins, Kane, Mark Henry, Luke Harper and Rusev was beyond fired up, inspired by The Game to win so that he and Stephanie McMahon would remain in control.
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The Cerebral Assassin’s intense leadership backfired early, though. When Triple H slapped The World’s Strongest Man across the face to inspire rage in the monster, Henry blindly charged into battle and walked right into the waiting knuckles of The World’s Largest Athlete. Three seconds later and Team Authority was already down a member.Because of Sting’s shocking arrival at the WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view in St. Louis, Missouri, The Authority was officially no longer in power when Sting prevented Triple H from attempting to eliminate Dolph Ziggler for a win.