They had a plan. Survivor Series has come and gone and as usual, the show was centered around the ideas of elimination tag matches and the Battle For Brand Supremacy. That can make for a rather stacked show with all kinds of people on the card in large matches. With so many people included, there are going to be some that WWE wants to take care of more than others. Now we know who they are and how they went about it.

According to Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE intended to protect multiple wrestlers at Survivor Series. Some of the names that they wanted to protect included Bobby Lashley and Kevin Owens, both of whom were eliminated via countout. In addition, Drew McIntyre was eliminated via count out and Damian Priest lost via disqualification. The idea was to find a way to keep bigger stars from losing falls but still being eliminated, hence the countouts and disqualification.

It was a busy night. Check out how some of the bigger matches went down:

Opinion: This is something that makes sense and is certainly appreciated. WWE has several tools available to them to keep their wrestlers looking strong and it is nice to see them being used for once. You can only get so far with having wrestler after wrestler lose so this is about as good of an idea as they have. Thankfully they started to realize that, and now it is time to do something with these protected wrestlers.

What do you think of WWE’s plan? How should they use these protected wrestlers going forward? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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