Team Barrett def. Team Orton (Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match)

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November 20, 2011

NEW YORK CITY – If there was any doubt if Wade Barrett could make a resurgence in WWE, he removed all of it inside a sold-out Madison Square Garden by leading his team to an emotional victory over Team Orton in a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match. (WATCH WWE.COM EXCLUSIVE | PHOTOS)

Team Barrett went into the battle with Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes, Jack Swagger, Hunico and United States Champion Dolph Ziggler. Team Orton brought Sheamus, Mason Ryan, WWE Tag Team Champion Kofi Kingston and Sin Cara to the fight.

The action started with Kingston and Ziggler going toe-to-toe. When Orton was tagged in, The Viper struck instantly, quickly eliminating the United States Champion with an RKO.

But Team Orton then lost a member of its own when Sin Cara was left unable to compete after suffering a ruptured patella tendon while leaping from the ring to the arena floor (FULL STORY).

When the action resumed following Sin Cara’s injury, Rhodes eliminated Ryan with Cross Rhodes, giving Team Barrett a 4-3 advantage over Team Orton. Next, Barrett took out Kingston with Wasteland, increasing the lead to 4-2.

With emotions running high, Sheamus was disqualified for repeatedly kneeing Swagger in the head and refusing to heed the ref’s call to stop. After being disqualified, Sheamus blasted Swagger again for good measure – leaving the door open for Orton to eliminate Swagger, making it 3-1.

Despite the odds against him, a fired up Viper stood his ground and did not back down from his foes. Backed into a corner, The Viper showed his fangs, eliminating Hunico with a mid-air RKO.

But the odds were too much to overcome, even for WWE’s Apex Predator. After Orton dropped Rhodes with an RKO, Barrett swooped in and hit Wasteland on The Viper, leaving Barrett and Rhodes as the remaining survivors – and continuing the "Barrett Barrage."

With the historic win, Barrett’s name will now be mentioned among some of WWE’s greats, who also made history at Survivor Series. In 1990, Undertaker made his dark presence known. And in 1996, The Rock debuted in MSG, where he was the sole Survivor for his team.

And despite his loss, Orton still boasts one of the most prolific histories ever at Survivor Series, including his 2004 and 2005 appearances, when he was sole Survivor for his team.

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