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WWF Survivor Series 1993: Every Match Ranked From Worst To Best

WWF held the Survivor Series 1993 on Thanksgiving Eve. The highly promoted matches saw the team of All-Americans take on The Foreign Fanatics, and The Hart Family took on Shawn Michaels and his Knights. Let’s rank all the matches from the show and find out what were the best parts of the show.

5. The Bushwhackers & Men on a Mission vs. Bam Bam Bigelow, The Headshrinkers & Bastion Booger (4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination match)

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The match was promoted as Four Doinks taking on the team of Bam Bam, Headshrinkers and Bastion Booger. But we didn’t get the original Doink and instead, the four doinks ended up being The Bushwhackers and Men on a Mission. Seriously who thought this was a good idea to have this kind of match? As soon as I heard The Bushwhackers’ theme, I was sure this was going to be a disaster and it was. The match just sucked, and the worst part is that the heel team which actually had some serious talent had to lose to 4 clowns. (DUD)

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4. Shawn Michaels & His Knights vs. The Hart Family (4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination match)

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This match was doomed from the beginning. Firstly, this match was supposed to be The Hart Family taking on Jerry Lawler’s team, but Lawler was replaced by Michaels as he faced r*pe accusations. Due to the replacement, the match had already lost a lot of heat and it wasn’t interesting. The match was very boring and at times painful to watch. Bret Hart also didn’t get involved a lot in the match which didn’t make any sense. The best thing coming out of the match was Owen Hart getting frustrated at Bret Hart as they slowly built up the feud. (**1/2)

3. The All-Americans vs. The Foreign Fanatics (4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination match)

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The team of All-Americans contained of Lex Luger, The Undertaker and The Steiner Brothers. The Foreign Fanatics were represented by Yokozuna, Ludvig Borga, Crush and Quebecer Jacques. The match wasn’t bad at all, but disappointing given the talent involved. It was used to set up the Yokozuna/Undertaker feud as both got disqualified by a double count-out. In the end, Ludvig Borga tried a lot to pin Luger but Luger prevailed and won the match for his team. It was a good victory for Luger but I didn’t care about him. (**3/4)

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2. The 1-2-3 Kid, Marty Jannetty, Razor Ramon & Randy Savage vs. IRS, Diesel, Rick Martel & Adam Bomb (4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination match)

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A good bunch of talent was involved in this match, and it was quite enjoyable. Savage replacing Mr. Perfect got a great reaction which was good to see. The match got boring in the middle, but it picked up towards the end. The babyface team won as Marty Jannetty and The 1-2-3 Kid were the survivors. (***1/4)

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1. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express vs. The Heavenly Bodies (SMW Tag Team Championships)

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It’s weird seeing a non-WWF title match on a WWF PPV. In fact, this was the only title match of the night. Anyway, this match was very good with some really good moves, but sadly the crowd didn’t care at all. I can’t blame them because this type of wrestling wasn’t common back then, but it is funny that the match the crowd was into the least actually ended up being as the best match of the night. (***1/2)

And that’s all for today’s post, thank you all for reading. Stay tuned for the next post where we will rank all the PPVs of 1993. Have a nice day!

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WWF Survivor Series 1992 Review (For Every Bret Vs. Shawn There Is A Nailz Vs. Bossman)

November 25th, 1992
Live from Richfield, OH (Richfield Coliseum)
Announced attendance: 18 000 (capacity: ca 20 273)
PPV buyrate: 250 000 (down 50 000 from Survivor Series 1991; down 30 000 from SummerSlam 1992)

Hello everyone. Welcome to my review of the sixth-ever edition of WWF’s Survivor Series. With the company moving away from the traditional elimination tag team matches, hosting just one on this card, the show features Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship and Ric Flair & Razor Ramon vs. Randy Savage & Mr. Perfect as its biggest attractions. Plus, the first-ever casket match to be held on PPV, between The Undertaker and Kamala. Yokozuna makes his PPV debut. All that and much more!

The list of WWF’s champions heading into the company’s final PPV of 1992 is as follows:

  • WWF Champion: Bret Hart [44th day of his reign] – previous champion: Ric Flair
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Shawn Michaels [29th day of his reign] – previous champion: The British Bulldog
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster) [43rd day of their reign] – previous champions: Natural Disasters

Note: in title matches, the defending champions are underlined

Enjoy the review!

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Your hosts are Vince McMahon & Bobby Heenan

The Headshrinkers (Samu & Fatu) (w/ Afa) vs. High Energy (Owen Hart & Koko B. Ware)
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Samu overpowers Owen with a pair of shoves early on and gets booed for it. Should be a hot crowd then. Owen finds out the hard way that you don’t shoulderblock a Samoan, but avoids a crossbody from Samu and hits one of his own, which gets one. Owen runs wild with a series of dropkicks and an armbar before bringing in Koko. The Birdman avoids a double-team attack by the Samoans in their corner before firing away, smartly stomping on Fatu’s barefeet. A double noggin knocker goes nowhere because, as proven in many scientific case studies, you just can’t headbutt a Samoan either. Afa destroys Koko with a cane shot to the back of Koko while he criss crosses, allowing his boys to take over. The future Rikishi, Fatu, follows it up with a simple powerslam and draws massive heat for it. Wrestling used to be different, kids. The Headshrinkers cheat some more while they cut the ring in half, getting Owen all worked up in the corner while Koko plays Hall of Famer-in-peril. Fatu with a clothesline, and he brings in Samu to work the DREADED NERVE HOLD OF TERROR. Koko escapes the deadly Samoan massage, only to walk right into another clothesline. Ware shows some life with a quick sunset flip on Fatu that gets two, but Fatu cuts him off in short order with a superkick. The pounding on Koko continues courtesy of Samu, until he misses a blind charge in the corner. Hot tag Owen. Dropkicks abound for both Samoans, followed by a backdrop on Samu as Owen makes his big comeback. He goes up for a high crossbody, but the pin gets broken up by the future Big Kish. Owen takes care of him by himself, however, ends up running into a scoop powerslam by Samu. That sets up Fatu’s big flying splash which finishes Owen Hart at 7:40.

  • Rating: An above-average glorified enhancement squash win for the Headshrinkers. Owen Hart was on fire every time he was in there, including the exciting hot tag sequence. The Samoans looked good in the end by beating them. Really solid opener. **1/2

Sean Mooney offers viewer discretion for the Bossman/Nailz nightstick match. As a wise man once said, shoot comments that aren’t supposed to be shoot comments are the best!

Nailz cuts his version of a fired-up heel promo. Unsurprisingly, it sucks. Apparently, this man counted the exact number of days he spent in prison. Gee, talk about a miserable life.

The Big Bossman cuts his usual ‘I’m gonna beat (insert heel wrestler) for every man, woman and child who believes in law, order and justice’ babyface promo with Mean Gene while Nailz makes his way to the ring.

Nightstick on a Pole Match – The Big Bossman vs. Nailz
IMG credit: WWE

Bossman immediately charges the ring with no music (taking away the highlight of this whole dumb match in the process), preventing Nailz from retrieving the nightstick. So what? Doesn’t one have to USE IT as well in order to win? I don’t even know what I’m watching. Nailz violently chokes away to start, before pounding away on the grounded Bossman. Actually, he was very clearly punching his own hand that was covering Bossman’s face, but it’s the thought that counts. Nailz goes up but Bossman SOMEHOW gets up from such violent blows and stops him, only to get Nailz’ nailz right on his eyes. Into the corner for some jabs that would leave Mike Tyson jealous, until he misses a blind charge in the other corner. Bossman reaches for the nightstick, but gets slammed off. Nailz follows it up an impressive backbreaker, before switching to his specialty: choking. Bossman fights back and shoulderblocks Nailz, but he can’t follow up as his back gives out. Possibly from trying to carry this broomstick to something remotely watchable. He misses a splash, but crotches Nailz to prevent him from getting the stick. There is no winner in a match like this by Heenan stands as the line of the night for multiple reasons. Nailz somehow no-sells getting crotched, quite possibly for being used to getting nailed in the balls in prison, and fights back with a knee to the gut. A “double clothesline” (with Nailz completely forgetting to hit one, and thus making it NOT a double clothesline!) takes both guys down. Bossman gets up first and retrieves the nightstick, hitting Nailz a few times with it. Sadly, it doesn’t end yet (despite Bossman retrieving it AND using it) and Nailz gets to use the nighstick himself. But then he misses a shot with the stick, simply taking the Bossman Slam and getting pinned at 5:44. What in the blue hell was this? Well, at least we get to hear the song, after suffering through some hard times indeed.

  • Rating: Bossman tried hard, he really did. But come on, it’s Nailz, what did you expect? At least the crowd was hot for this nonsense too, but the rules were very confusing and the match was horrible. This whole feud lasted ever since after WrestleMania and completely cooled off Bossman, so no wonder he got out of WWF as soon as possible. As for Nailz, he was fired for beating up Vince over his SummerSlam pay (where he beat Virgil in a short squash). In other words, what a giant waste of time for everyone involved. DUD

Meanwhile, a look at a recap of Macho Man’s announcement of Mr. Perfect as his new tag team partner 9 nights earlier on Prime Time Wrestling, as well as the latter’s face turn on Bobby Heenan during the same broadcast.

In the back, Mean Gene is standing by with Ric Flair & Razor Ramon. Flair addresses his former ally and promises a beatdown at the hands of Razor, while Razor will make Savage realize there is only one man oozing machismo in WWF.

Rick Martel vs. Tatanka
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This should be an all-timer after that previous stinker. Tatanka, who is still undefeated at this point in time, survives an early attempt at a cheapshot by the Model and unloads with chops in the corner. Backdrop out of the corner by Tatanka followed by some dropkicks, and Martel bails. He comes back in to get in Tatanka’s face and shove him, only to take an atomic drop and take yet another powder. Martel cheats and finally gets some shots in, taking over with a stungun. Choking follows and Martel goes to a headlock. Suplex by a Martel, while we get a cameo from Doink the Clown on the ramp, who had just debuted. We come back to the action with Tatanka yanking Rick off the apron into the ring, only for the latter to fight back with a neckbreaker that gets two. Back to the headlock goes Martel, while Doink continues to play with balloons at ringside. Tatanka finally escapes the hold with a clothesline, and Martel misses a blind charge to put Tatanka in control. Tatanka goes after the arm and gets a backslide for two, before hitting an armbar and going back to working on the arm. And we get another shot of the clown hanging around at ringside. Where is security when you need them? Martel cheapshots Tatanka and goes up, only to get caught coming down. Tatanka fires away with the chops as he finally makes his comeback. Tatanka goes up for a FLYING MR. MIYIAGI CHOP OF DEATH. He finishes Martel with the Not Samoan Drop to remain undefeated at 11:07.

  • Rating: A solid match technically speaking, but it dragged because it didn’t need to be even half as long. The eagle fathers that Martel stole from Tatanka didn’t come into play whatsoever, and the endless cameos from Doink went nowhere in the end. This existed. *1/2

Sean Mooney gets a word from Randy Savage & Mr. Perfect in the dressing room. They still don’t like each other, but compliment each other and agree that they’re the perfect pairing.

Ric Flair & Razor Ramon vs. Randy Savage & Mr. Perfect
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This is Perfect’s first match back from injury since the prior year’s SummerSlam. Perfect outsmarts Ramon to start, until he runs into a shoulderblock. However, Perfect counters with his classic drop toehold and adds a little bitchslap to boot. Perfect bails to really Razor off. What a babyface! Razor yanks him by the hair back inside and takes him into the heel corner, only for Perfect to chop both him and Flair. Naitch gets the tag to give us their big showdown, and Perfect takes over with a backdrop, dropkick and chops in the corner. Off to the other corner for a Flair flip, and Macho meets him on the apron with a shot of his own. Savage comes in with a flying double axehandle to Flair back inside, before slugging away on him. Macho follows it up with some of his running clotheslines, but Razor gets a cheapshot from the apron to turn thing around. The heels take over in their side of the ring as Savage plays Ricky Morton. Abdominal stretch by Ramon, including some assistance from Naitch. Savage escapes the hold and nails both men, only to get caught in their corner once more. Savage gets dumped briefly, and takes the Flair kneedrop back in the ring. Razor goes after the leg with a single crab, playing on the leg injury that cost him the WWF Championship a couple of months earlier, while Perfect teases walking out. He eventually walks back in as the heels continue dominating.

Savage gets a quick nearfall on Flair with a backslide, but Razor cuts him off and hits a chokeslam for two. Small package by Savage gives him two. Flair with a great corner clothesline and he gets on his knees to WOOO at Perfect! Flair goes up but gets slammed off (with Savage struggling to slam him off for a change), opening the door for the hot tag to Perfect. The crowd eats it all up with a spoon! Razor gets tagged in as well, but Perfect is running wild. We get to see the hairtoss and the Perfect necksnap after more than a year, and Perfect pounds away some more in the corner. Atomic drop followed by the kneelift, and Flair takes one as well. Flair takes Savage out on the floor with a wussy chairshot, but Perfect takes care of him back in the ring. The referee gets bumped, however, allowing Razor to set him up for the Razor’s Edge while a second ref (Joey Marella) runs in to check on Earl Hebner. RIP Dave Hebner, by the way. Perfect kicks the ropes to block the Edge, turning it into a backdrop in a great reversal. The Perfectplex connects, but Flair breaks up the count. He ends up taking a Perfectplex himself, with Hebner getting back in to count, this time with Razor breaking up the count. They proceed to assault Perfect and shove the referees down, causing Earl to DQ them at 16:38.

Flair puts Perfect in the Figure Four, but Savage takes out Razor and hands Perfect the chair. Perfect uses it on Flair to break up the hold as he then cleans house with the chair. Savage wants a high five and Perfect obliges, despite hesitating at first.

  • Rating: This was a great special attraction tag team match. The heat spot from Flair and Razor was amazing, with Savage knowing exactly how to play face-in-peril and get his ass kicked. The hot tag sequence by Mr. Perfect was brilliant, with the crowd buying it hook, line and sinker. The finish was what it was, but I personally didn’t mind it that much. Mr. Perfect was finally back doing what he does better than almost anyone, and Razor did tremendously well for someone making his WWF PPV debut so high on the card. ***1/2

Flair & Razor are infuriated in the back as they cut a promo with Mean Gene.

Yokozuna (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. Virgil
IMG credit: WWE & TheSportster

Well, speaking of PPV debuts. Yoko sends Virgil flying right away, before planting him with a massive shoulderblock. Virgil slides between Yoko’s legs and tries a few dropkicks, which are completely no-sold by Yokozuna. Virgil somehow thinks going for an O’Connor Roll on this monster might be a good idea, and Yoko literally shoves him away like an annoying mosquito. Virgil runs right into a massive superkick and this thing is academic already. Belly to belly follows. Virgil decides making a comeback against Yokozuna is a good idea, but he ends up charging into a sideslam. Just stay down, Virg. Yoko destroys him with a huge legdrop. Virgil goes for a roll-up but ends up getting squashed like a bug with the mother of all buttdrops. Why is this guy just not staying down? He totally deserves the beating he’s getting. Yokozuna hits a corner splash before crumbling the meatsauce with the Banzai at 3:34.

  • Rating: More than effective squash. The crowd reacted to every single move Yokozuna did. It was clear for everyone to see that Yokozuna was a future huge star. *

We go back to the dressing room, where Sean Mooney is with Savage & Perfect, who celebrate their win earlier and mock Bobby Heenan.

Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match – The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) & The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) vs. Money Inc. (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R. Schyster) & The Beverly Brothers (Beau & Blake Beverly) (w/ Jimmy Hart & The Genius)
IMG credit: WWE & tjrwrestling.net

In this particular match, in case a wrestler gets eliminated, then his tag team partner is gone too. Say, if IRS gets pinned, then his fellow Money Inc partner DiBiase has to follow him to the showers as well. Quite weird. Blake Beverly avoids Typhon’s attacks early on and celebrates already. Jimmy Hart on the megaphone: “Beautiful baby, HAHAHAHA, this guy is so slow, HAHAHA”!! Typhoon finally gets his shot in and returns the taunting, with Vince McMahon adding his trademark laugh on commentary. Typhoon gives Black a backbreaker, setting him up for a bearhug from Earthquake. Sandwich splash in the corner by the Disasters on both Beverlys. Quake with a powerslam on Blake. He brings in Knobbs, who wants Money Inc, but quickly changes his mind after being slapped by Blake. Knobbs unloads on Blake and faceplants him, followed by a clothesline. It’s off to Sags, while Beau gets tagged in as well. Sags hits a pumphandle slam, a move that Vince McMahon apparently does not recognize. Beau manages to hit a suplex, finally getting something in for his team, with DiBiase now wanting to come in. Clothesline out of the corner by Ted into a suplex, blocked by Sags and reversed into one of his own. However, IRS jumps in for a double-clothesline alongside Ted to keep them in control. Legdrop from IRS gets him two. We actually get a small “Nasty” chant going for a while, as Sags cleans house all by himself. Jimmy Hart gets up on the apron to cause the distraction, though, allowing Blake to catch Sags with a scoop powerslam. Beau follows it up with a legdrop for two. Too many legdrops being used tonight. If only these guys took their vitamins and believed in themselves, brother. Beau hits a neckbreaker for two before colliding with Sags for a double down. Quake gets the hot tag, with Beau selling the heck out of it. He obviously gets destroyed in short order, and a Samoan drop by Typhoon sets up Earthquake’s running buttdrop splash for the elimination at 9:25.

  • The Beverly Brothers eliminated (Beau by Earthquake)

This leaves Money Inc all by themselves. Bobby Heenan recommends taking a walk since their titles are not on the line and they are facing ridiculous odds. They don’t call the man “The Brain” for nothing! The babyfaces take turns beating on DiBiase using quick tags, until Quake misses a blind charge in the corner and eats buckle. IRS comes in and Money Inc actually manage to hit a double backdrop suplex on Earthquake. IRS drops an elbow for two, with Quake kicking out WITH AUTHORITY BY GAWD. The champs cut the ring in half now while the crowd chants “Irwin”. DiBiase finally gets Quake off his feet with a flying double axehandle. It gets two. The chant somehow is still going. The more I hear it, the more it sounds like Goldberg. Typhoon gets the hot tag and distributes clotheslines for everyone. His splash seemingly ends IRS, but Ted is there to break it up and keep this match going. The Nasty Boys take him out with a double clothesline to the floor, but then Ted trips up Typhoon and IRS puts him out with an elbowdrop at 15:45.

  • The Natural Disasters eliminated (Typhoon by IRS)

And then Sags simply rolls up IRS at 15:50. Okay then.

  • Money Inc eliminated (IRS by Sags)

Winning team: The Natural Disasters & The Nasty Boys

Sole survivors: The Nasty Boys

  • Rating: A pedestrian match to have the main tag teams appear on the card and at least present one traditional elimination match, albeit with very f-cked up rules. The dynamic of having the heels at a disadvantage and trying to fight from underneath in the end was very strange. I’m not sure why they needed to rush the last fall in five seconds after 15 minutes of ring action either. I doubt I’ll ever see this in anyone’s top list of best traditional Survivor Series tag matches. *1/4

Meanwhile, Savage, Perfect and Tatanka receive calls from fans live on the WWF Hotline.

A recap of Undertaker/Kamala: Kamala destroys jobbers on episodes of Superstars and Challenge, but is scared by the presence of Undertaker and his casket. Undertaker single-handedly built a personalized casket for Kamala.

Coffin Match – The Undertaker (w/ Paul Bearer) vs. Kamala (w/ Harvey Wippleman & Kim Chee)
IMG credit: WWE

The Undertaker brings out a giant casket with Kamala’s painting on it, which scares him off already before the bell. Bell rings and Kamala’s already out of town. Taker slowly chases him on the outside while Kamala runs away from him. Back inside, Kamala hammers away but Undertaker sells nothing and gives him Old School. Short clothesline by UT and into some choking. Wouldn’t be an early 90s Undertaker match without choking! Kamala fights back and dumps Taker with a clothesline, but UT lands on his feet and goozles both Harvey and Kim Chee. However, Kamala comes in from behind and tosses UT into the steps, which Undertaker does sell. Kamala batters him some more on the outside, and a second trip into the steps nearly knocks UT down. Kamala chairshots Taker in the back and puts him back inside, while Bearer passes on the POWERS OF THE URN BY GAWD onto his man. Whatever is in there seems to work, and Undertaker manages to sit up from two powerslams. A third one puts him down for good, though, and Kamala adds the splash for good measure. And another one. And another. Meanwhile, Kim Chee attacks Paul Bearer near the apron, which sends the urn into the ring and distracts Kamala. Kim Chee throws the urn at Kamala so he can use it, but Kamala wants no part of the urn and runs away, allowing UT to hit him with the urn to the face for the pin at 5:27. What a stupid finish.

Undertaker rolls him into the casket afterwards, and shuts it before debuting (I believe) the celebration on his knees. Bearer walks away with the casket.

  • Rating: Your usual match from the “cartoon era” part of Undertaker’s career. From a psychology standpoint, given that Kamala was afraid of him, the finish makes sense to a degree. But it’s just stupid in and off itself. A few points for effort from both guys, but it was more than time to end this feud. Better than their SummerSlam nothing-match, at least. 1/2*

Main Event

Sean Mooney is with Shawn Michaels in the back. Shawn reminds everyone that Bret lost the IC Title to British Bulldog at SummerSlam, whom Shawn easily defeated to win said title, thus making tonight’s result rather obvious to him. Also, he DIDN’T use Sherri as a shield to save himself from Marty Jannetty’s attack with the window!

Mean Gene gets an interview with Bret Hart while Shawn makes his entrance. Bret remembers his tough WWF tenure of 8 1/2 years up until that point, going through the Tag Team and IC divisions before finally making it where he is today, the WWF World Champion. Bret puts Shawn over as a “great wrestler”, but promises victory.

WWF Championship – Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels
IMG credit: WWE & Tilt Magazine

This is Bret Hart’s first ever WWF World Title defense on PPV. Kinda weird to think his last would also be against HBK at a Survivor Series, right? They kick things off with a hard lockup that goes into the corner, with both guys refusing to break it up and forcing the referee to break it up. Shawn takes Bret to the mat and that quickly backfires, but Shawn makes it to the ropes and shoves Bret. Shawn takes Bret down with a handful of hair, but Bret nips up and pounds HBK all the way to the mat, before going to work on the arm. Shawn pulls the hair to escape, drop toeholds Bret and transitions right into a side headlock, but Bret again outwrestles him by turning it into a hammerlock. Good story being told. HBK manages to reverse into his own, but Bret dumps him onto the floor and yanks him back to the ring to continue working the arm. Shawn blocks and goes for a powerslam, which Bret blocks into an O’Connor roll attempt, but Shawn holds onto the rope, so Bret crossbodies him instead and gets two. Springboard sunset flip gets two more, and Bret goes back to the arm. Shawn cheats to escape once more and avoids a hiptoss with a great reversal, only to get clotheslined for two. Shawn finally catches Bret with a stungun, and then Bret hits the post with his shoulder on a missed blind charge in the corner. Shawn follows it up with a DDT to the arm of sorts, before sending him into the buckle for the Bret Hart bump. Michaels gets two, as now he goes after Bret’s injured arm/shoulder.

Shawn works a headlock on Bret, who by now is struggling to reverse and outwrestle Shawn as he did earlier. Brilliant psychology. Bret resorts to punches to escape the hold, but runs right into a dropkick that gives HBK two. Shawn with a backbreaker for two. And back to the chinlock goes Shawn. Bret again unloads to escape, but this time blocks Shawn’s clothesline and scores with a swinging neckbreaker. However, Shawn still gets up before Bret whilst Vince and Heenan mention Bret’s demanding schedule and multiple title defenses lately. Another amazing small detail. Shawn takes over with a cheapshot to the throat. Front facelock by Shawn, with Bret ramming Shawn into the turnbuckle to block. Bret adds a few shoulders for more punishment, before taking Shawn out of the corner with a bulldog. A follow-up flying elbowdrop misses, though, and Shawn gets two. Flying back elbow smash gets two. Michaels works the front facelock again, which Bret eventually turns into a cradle for two. Bret finally turns things around with a backdrop suplex, and a catapult into the buckle knocks Shawn to the mat for a double KO spot. However, Bret still somehow nips up at this point in the match, as Shawn begs for mercy. Bret responds by crotching him in the corner, followed by a cold headbutt. A backdrop gets two. Russian legsweep gets two. Backbreaker sets up the middle rope elbow for another nearfall.

Bret takes Shawn onto the top rope, and hits a superplex. He struggles to go for the pin, but eventually gets there and it gets two. Shawn rams Bret onto Hebner to block a sleeper (no ref bump, though), and Shawn dumps Bret after reversing a backdrop suplex. Shawn rams Bret’s back into the post and slams him on the floor. Back in, Shawn smartly targets the back now, whipping him back-first into the buckle for two. Baaaaaaack bodydrop gets two. He stops to argue with Hebner, though, allowing Bret to roll him up for a very close nearfall, but ends up walking into the superkick. This is before it became a huge deal, and just the set up move for Shawn’s teardrop suplex. That is indeed what Shawn tries next, but Bret rakes the eyes. He hits it on a second try, though, and gets a nearfall. Shawn gets caught in the ropes à la Andre on a collision, luring Bret in for a blind charge as Shawn moves and Bret takes himself out on the ropes instead. Michaels goes up for a missile dropkick, but Bret catches him in mid-air and turns him over into the Sharpshooter to retain at 26:40.

And then it starts snowing inside the ring, and Santa Claus comes in to celebrate with Bret in the ring to close the show. An early sign of the upcoming cartoon years in the WWF…

  • Rating: Great wrestling match. Both men wrestled a smart match, with strong psychology and a great structure that allowed them to tell multiple stories at different times. Vince and Heenan were on point as well over on commentary, helping get those points across. Shawn wasn’t a main eventer yet and still lacked his famous moveset, but it was still a terrific long match to close the book on 1992. ****1/4

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: A mixed bag. This was the first year where they tried to distance from the traditional elimination matches, so it was always going to feel like a different edition regardless. Both marquee matches on this show delivered, which is always a huge positive and what matters the most, but the rest was either bad (Bossman/Nailz or Undertaker/Kamala), just there (the elimination match) or outright skippable (Tatanka/Martel). Yokozuna’s squash win was extremely effective too. Overall, I’ll give this a low 6/10.

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Thank you very much for your time. Make sure you don’t miss my last review for 1992, of WCW’s Starrcade, followed by the year-end article with the awards for 1992 before we move on to 93. Until next time. Have a great summer!!

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WWF Survivor Series 1992: Every Match Ranked From Worst To Best

Survivor Series was the 4th and the last PPV of WWF in 1992. The PPV took place in tough circumstances as 3 wrestlers (British Bulldog, Ultimate Warrior & The Mountie) who were going to be part of the show were gone from the company just before the event. It was still a decent PPV, carried by the main event. What about the other matches? Find out in this post.

8. The Undertaker vs. Kamala (Coffin Match)

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After a horrible match at SummerSlam, Undertaker and Kamala continued their bad feud as they wrestled each other in a coffin match at Survivor Series. I can’t really seem to decide which match is actually worse. Perhaps, this one because it was longer. Undertaker won the match to put an end to this feud. (DUD)

7. Big Boss Man vs. Nailz (Nightstick On A Pole Match)

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The two had been feuding for a long time and it finally ended here in an awful match. The “on the pole” stipulation is already stupid to begin with and Nailz is a horrible wrestler so obviously it ended up being a bad match. But at least it was short and the crowd went nuts when Boss Man got the night stick so at the end the feud worked. (1/2*)

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6. Yokozuna vs. Virgil

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This was Yokozuna’s PPV debut in WWF. There’s not much to talk about here, since this was just a 3 minute squash to help put Yokozuna over. He was going to win the Royal Rumble 2 months later, so it makes total sense. The squash was entertaining for the time it lasted. (*)

5. Tatanka vs. Rick Martel

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When the two men wrestled at WrestleMania earlier in the year, I had wished their match was longer. This time, the two got 11 minutes, but they couldn’t really deliver. I expected more a lot from this match as Martel was a solid wrestler and Tatanka had also shown promise. However, the match was pretty boring and should have been shorter if they wanted to have this kind of a match. Tatanka went over which is logical as they were building him up as a solid midcard guy. (*1/2)

4. The Natural Disasters and The Nasty Boys vs. Money Inc. and The Beverly Brothers (4-on-4 Survivor Series Elimination Match)

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I feel bad for Ted Dibiase and IRS once again as they had to be part of this. Seriously, this was such a boring match. I would say this is one of the worst Survivor Series elimination matches I have ever seen. Throughout the match, I just wanted it to end quickly. The babyface team of Natural Disasters and Nasty Boys won. Wow…. (*3/4)

3. High Energy vs. The Headshrinkers

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To start off, I wanna say that if you haven’t seen Headshrinkers, please check them out, their matches very really good. Coming back to this match, it was a very fun tag match to open the show. Owen’s comeback was good but I wish it was longer. The Headshrinkers should have obviously won anyway but it would have made the match even better. (**1/2)

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2. Mr. Perfect & Randy Savage vs. Razor Ramon & Ric Flair

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This was the most promoted and built up match heading into the show. Originally, Randy Savage’s partner was The Ultimate Warrior, but due to his name coming in steroid abuse, he was fired from WWF and Mr. Perfect took his place. The tag match was obviously a good match given the talent involved. It could have been better, but I still think all the four men did a great job and it was a treat to watch Mr. Perfect finally back in the ring. The DQ ending however was bad and drags the match down a little. (***1/2)

1. Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (WWF Championship)

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This match was an absolute classic and it’s also very remarkable as these two men went from feuding for the IC title to main eventing a PPV for the WWF Title in the same year. The final few minutes of this match are amazing and put Shawn over even though he lost. This was really a sign of things to come in the future in WWF of how the main event matches would be. I know some people prefer this over their Iron Man match but I still think their Iron Man match was better. This match too however is a definite recommendation to watch and saved the show. (****1/2)

And that’s all for today’s post, thank you all for reading. Stay tuned for the next part of this series where we will take a look at the first PPV of 1993, Royal Rumble. Have a nice day!

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Every 1996 WWF PPV Ranked From Worst To Best

After a horrendous 1995 both financially and in terms of quality, the WWF needed a strong comeback in 1996. Even though the numbers continued to be bad, the product became significantly better. The year was quite important as it showed the first signs of a slow transition to a new era, which would be later known as ‘The Attitude Era’. In fact, I believe 1996 is one of the most overlooked years in the history of WWE.

WWF produced 12 PPVs in the year, seven In Your House shows alongside the usual “Big 5”. The PPVs were pretty consistent for most part as Shawn Michaels was on fire with his reign providing classics every show. However along with the good, we also had a lot of dull PPVs and matches that had you wondering why is it even on the show.

Let’s start with the worst..

12. In Your House 10: Mind Games

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  • Date: September 22, 1996
  • Attendance: 15,000
  • Buyrate: 120,000
  • Main Event: Shawn Michaels(c) vs. Mankind (WWF Championship)
  • Match of the Night: Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind (****3/4)

The main event of this show was amazing which saw Shawn Michaels and Mankind tear the house down and wrestle one of the best matches ever with a non finish. However, as good as the main event was, the rest of the card was horrible. When José Lothario and Jim Cornette are having a match on a PPV, that says something. Another highly promoted match saw The Undertaker and Goldust square off in a “Final Curtain” Match which was far from anything brutal as the stipulation suggested. In fact, the main event was much more physical than this match. This was a definition of a one match show.

Overall Rating: 6/10

11. In Your House 12: It’s Time

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  • Date: December 15, 1996
  • Attendance: 9,649
  • Buyrate: 90,000
  • Main Event: Sycho Sid(c) vs. Bret Hart (WWF Championship)
  • Match of the Night: Flash Funk vs. Leif Cassidy (***)

Shawn Michaels was the MVP of PPVs in 1996 and this PPV suffered due to him not being on the card. In fact, even Vader whose catchphrase was used for the name of the PPV, didn’t wrestle on the show. Apart from the Undertaker vs. Executioner match there’s nothing very bad on the show and even that was somewhat watchable. However there was nothing on this show that screams MUST-SEE either. Flash Funk and Leif Cassidy (better known as 2 Cold Scorpio and Al Snow respectively) stole the show and put on an awesome match. The main event between Sid and Bret was also good but disappointing as a Bret Hart match. Just an average, filler show which is understandable as it was just before the Rumble and WrestleMania season.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

10. Royal Rumble

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  • Date: January 21, 1996
  • Attendance: 9,600
  • Buyrate: 260,000
  • Main Event: Bret Hart(c) vs. The Undertaker (WWF Championship)
  • Match of the Night: Bret Hart vs. The Undertaker (***)

The Rumbles in the early 90s suffered from the thin roster WWF used to have, and this was an example of that. There were some highlights like Hunter’s impressive Rumble performance, Vader’s debut and Shawn Michaels winning it for the second time in a row. But the lack of credible wrestlers made for a lot of dull moments and made the Rumble very boring for the most part. The main event between Undertaker and Bret was a solid match but they went 28 minutes just to end the match on a DQ… I mean I get that they wanted to set up the Diesel feud but a DQ in the main event is still quite disappointing.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

9. SummerSlam

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  • Date: August 18, 1996
  • Attendance: 17,000
  • Buyrate: 157,000
  • Main Event: Shawn Michaels(c) vs. Vader (WWF Championship)
  • Match of the Night: Shawn Michaels vs. Vader (****)

The build to this show was quite good and the matches that didn’t have a lot of build looked solid on paper. But the event didn’t quite live up to it. A horrendous first half saw the PPV heading into one of the worst PPVs territory. Thankfully, the last two matches saved the day. The penultimate match saw The Undertaker and Mankind face each other in a Boiler Room Brawl. The match isn’t the best brawl you will see, as there are moments where it drags a little and gets boring. However, the overall action is good and it set the stage for the future Attitude Era brawls. The biggest highlight was Paul Bearer turning heel on Undertaker. The main event between Shawn and Vader is infamous for Shawn’s unprofessional behavior and it was overbooked as hell. However, despite all of that the match delivered and ended up being a classic.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

8. In Your House 9: International Incident

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  • Date: July 21, 1996
  • Attendance: 14,804
  • Buyrate: 90,000
  • Main Event: Vader, Owen Hart and The British Bulldog vs. Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson and Sycho Sid
  • Match of the Night: Vader, Owen Hart and The British Bulldog vs. Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson and Sycho Sid (***3/4)

This PPV was the least hyped show of the year, which can be credited to the fact that the main event six man tag match was used to set up the main event of the following PPV, SummerSlam. The previously mentioned six man tag match saw the WWF Champion Shawn Michaels team up with the Inercontinental Champion Ahmed Johnson and Sycho Sid to take on the team of Owen Hart, The British Bulldog and Vader. It was a very good match and saw Vader pin Shawn Michaels. The other good match on the show was Steve Austin vs. Marc Mero, even though it wasn’t on the level of their King of the Ring match, it was still a nice follow-up. The rest of the card was awful, though, and it’s good that the runtime was not very long.

Overall Rating: 6.5/10

7. In Your House 6: Rage in the Cage

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  • Date: February 18, 1996
  • Attendance: 5,500
  • Buyrate: 150,000
  • Main Event: Bret Hart(c) vs. Diesel (Steel Cage Match for the WWF Championship)
  • Match of the Night: Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart (****)

The PPV sandwiched between Royal Rumble and WrestleMania. The show had two decent matches and one awesome match. The best match was easily Shawn Michaels vs. Owen Hart, which had Shawn’s WrestleMania title shot on the line. It had a nice story and the match stole the show. Another promoted match saw Razor Ramon take on The 1-2-3 Kid in a “crybaby match”. I know the stipulation sounds very dumb but the match surprisingly didn’t have A LOT of shenanigans and the action was generally good. Finally, the steel cage match between Bret and Diesel was a bit underwhelming given the great matches they had together, but overall it also had decent action and was used to further the feud between Undertaker and Diesel. Overall, a decent show and a nice way to build up WrestleMania.

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

6. In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies

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  • Date: April 28, 1996
  • Attendance: 9,563
  • Buyrate: 150,000
  • Main Event: Shawn Michaels(c) vs. Diesel (No Holds Barred Match for the WWF Championship)
  • Match of the Night: Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel (****3/4)

The post WrestleMania PPVs are usually filler as most of the big stories end at WrestleMania, but I think this show was quite good. This PPV is also known for being both Diesel and Razor Ramon’s last televised appearance with WWF up until their eventual return after WCW died. The show’s main event between Diesel and Shawn Michaels was an absolutely amazing brutal brawl and one of Diesel’s best matches ever. Razor Ramon’s match with Vader was also very solid and Vader’s best match in WWF up until that point. The show is hurt by a horrendous match between The Ultimate Warrior and Goldust, which is one of the absolute worst matches I’ve ever seen.

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

5. King of the Ring

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  • Date: June 23, 1996
  • Attendance: 8,762
  • Buyrate: 197,000
  • Main Event: Shawn Michaels(c) vs. The British Bulldog (WWF Championship with Mr. Perfect as special outside enforcer)
  • Match of the Night: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Marc Mero (****)

This was a very important show which had the first signs of a change in the WWF with the Austin promo. He was the clear highlight of the show and looked like an absolute star coming out of it. Other than that, there are some boring matches but Mero/Austin, Mankind/Undertaker and Shawn/Davey are very good and raise the score for this event. Owen Hart’s commentary was top notch and added a lot to the show. Not the best show from wrestling point of view, but in terms of storytelling it’s a top tier PPV.

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

4. In Your House 8: Beware of Dog

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  • Date: May 26, 1996 and May 28, 1996
  • Attendance: 6,000
  • Buyrate: 110,000
  • Main Event: Goldust(c) vs. The Undertaker (Casket Match for the Intercontinental Championship)
  • Match of the Night: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Savio Vega (****)

This PPV is famous for having a power outage which resulted in it being telecasted over two nights. Given all the circumstances I would say it was a solid show. On the first night we had Marc Mero and Hunter square off in an awesome match along with the WWF Championship match between Shawn and British Bulldog. The match was disappointing given the talents involved, though far from being a complete dud. The second night started off with an awesome Caribbean Strap match between Steve Austin and Savio Vega. The PPV did have a disappointing end with two underwhelming matches, but I would say overall it was a good show.

Overall Rating: 8/10

3. In Your House 11: Buried Alive

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  • Date: October 20, 1996
  • Attendance: 9,649
  • Buyrate: 100,000
  • Main Event: The Undertaker vs. Mankind (Buried Alive Match)
  • Match of the Night: The Undertaker vs. Mankind (****)

A very enjoyable show with no bad matches. It opened with a great match between HHH and Austin, which featured the debut of Austin’s famous theme song. They were followed by some solid matches capped by an absolute classic main event between Mankind and Undertaker. The Buried Alive Match was another brutal brawl between the two and it ended up being their best match in that year. This PPV goes down as one of the best In Your House shows.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

2. WrestleMania XII

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  • Date: March 31, 1996
  • Attendance: 18,853
  • Buyrate: 290,000
  • Main Event: Bret Hart(c) vs. Shawn Michaels (60-minute Iron Man match for the WWF Championship)
  • Match of the Night: Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (****3/4)

This event truly lived up to its hype. The main event Iron Man match between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels was easily the best match of the night and it was near perfect. It still to this day is one of the best WrestleMania main events ever. This show also had Undertaker’s first good WrestleMania match, that being against Diesel. We also got the WrestleMania debut of Steve Austin when he faced Savio Vega in a very solid match. The only negative of the show was Ultimate Warrior vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley, which lasted for a very short time. Great show and one of the most underrated WrestleManias of all time.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

1. Survivor Series

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  • Date: November 17, 1996
  • Attendance: 18,647
  • Buyrate: 199,000
  • Main Event: Shawn Michaels(c) vs. Sycho Sid (WWF Championship)
  • Match of the Night: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart (*****)

Onto the BEST PPV of 1996, Survivor Series. In fact, you could say this is one of the best WWF PPVs of the entire decade of the 1990s. Although the three Survivor Series matches weren’t very good, the three one on one matches made up for it. A five-star match between Steve Austin and Bret Hart set the tone for their future feud. The match between Undertaker and Mankind was the worst of their feud, but still a good match for the time it lasted. And the main event was an amazing David vs. Goliath encounter which is quite possibly Sycho Sid’s best match. Madison Square Garden went crazy for Sid winning in what was quite the moment. We also saw the debut of Rocky Maivia, who would become popular later as The Rock. Great show.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

And that’s all for today’s post, thank you all for reading. Stay tuned for further updates. Have a nice day!

Rishabh Singh

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WWF Survivor Series 1991 Review (What A Difference A Year Makes)

November 27, 1991
Live from Detroit, MI
Announced attendance: 17.500 (capacity: ca. 20.000)
PPV buyrate: 300.000 (-100.000 compared to Survivor Series 1990’s 400.000)

Hello everyone. Welcome to my review of WWF Survivor Series 1991, featuring Hulk Hogan defending the WWF Championship against The Undertaker in his “gravest challenge”. Also a number of extra traditional elimination matches, including a Ric Flair-led team squaring off against Roddy Piper’s quartet, the beginning of a famous tag team’s split, and much more.

Considering this is a “special” PPV with its own particular match type, some changes to the point system will be made. Considering one wrestler can very well be eliminated in seconds and still technically emerge victorious, only the survivors will get 1 point, while every member of the winning team (those eliminated included) will get 0.5. Each elimination will be worth 0.5 points, as usual.

Here is the list of champions in the WWF heading into this PPV:

  • WWF Champion: Hulk Hogan [248th day of his reign] – previous champion: Sgt. Slaughter
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: Bret Hart [93rd day of his reign] – previous champion: Mr. Perfect
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) [93rd day of his reign] – previous champions: The Nasty Boys

Enjoy the review!

WWF Survivor Series 1991 | Results | WWE PPV Event History | Pay Per View
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The hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan

Special challenge: every elimination via clothesline = 1 drink

We recap the infamous angle of the cobra biting Randy Savage in the arm, which aired on TV a couple of weeks earlier. It wrote Savage off this event, which would’ve been Savage’s first match back after being reinstated. WWF President Jack Tunney removes both Savage and Jake Roberts from their elimination match, leaving both their teams at an even 3-on-3 situation. Tunney proceeds to ban the snake from ringside in the future, and books Savage’s return match for This Tuesday in Texas instead, against Roberts.

Survivor Series Elimination Match – Ric Flair, Ted DiBiase, The Mountie & The Warlord vs. Roddy Piper, Bret Hart, The British Bulldog & Virgil
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No managers/valets allowed at ringside during the elimination matches this year. Flair comes out wearing a version of the WWF Tag Team belts, as the NWA had already paid the deposit to legally get back possession of the Big Gold Belt, but Flair needed a belt to carry on with the ‘real world champ’ gimmick. You can just visualize Vince coming up with the idea to have Flair carry the tag belt, can’t you? “Goddamnit wear this one, no one will notice pal”! Piper and DiBiase start under a very loud ‘Rowdy’ chant, with Flair jumping Piper before the bell to give the edge to Ted, but Piper strikes with a clothesline and crotches him. Sensational Sherri jumps back in to save DiBiase, but Rowdy plants a kiss on her and she’s sent packing by the outside refs. Piper slugs away on DiBiase and works a wristlock near the corner, before tagging in Bulldog for some knees to the arm. Virgil comes in and adds some more punishment, as does Bret before it’s back to Piper with an elbowdrop to the arm. Bulldog with a stomp to the arm. Virgil comes flying with a double axehandle to the arm off the top, and Bret goes to work on it some more with a hold on the mat. Great teamwork by the babyface team.

DiBiase rams Bret into the buckle to break, and Bret’s knees eat some more buckle on a failed blind charge. DiBiase tries a figure four but Bret shoots him off into the buckle and monkey flips him (while on the mat!!) into a pinning position for two, as they then get into a great pinfall reversal sequence. DiBiase/Bret has to be the best singles combination in Survivor Series matches, they end up having great interactions in these – ie: 1990 too. A hiptoss knocks Bret down and here comes Flair, only to miss an elbow and eat a headbutt. Atomic drop sets up the tag to Bulldog, who immediately follows it up with a slingshot into the turnbuckle for a Flair flop. And here comes Piper!!! The crowd goes absolutely wild for this showdown as the two get into a chop/slapfest, and Piper just runs wild with nonstop slaps and sends Flair to the floor for another Flair flop. Piper gives him no mercy and follows him for some more shots on the outside, until Flair crawls back inside and tags in Warlord. Bulldog wants some of him and Piper obliges. The usual series of shoulderblocks fail to knock Warlord down like always, but a dropkick gets the job done. Bulldog eats boot on a blind charge, though, and Mountie comes in with a flying back elbow but runs away and tags in DiBiase as soon as Bret gets tagged in. Bret goes to work on DiBiase with the backbreaker + middle rope elbow combo getting two. However, they collide on a criss cross for a brief double KO spot. Davey Boy picks up Mountie for some insane overhead press reps before slamming him down. Geez the strength! Flair beats him up and begs off, but Bulldog takes both him and DiBiase down with a double clothesline. IT’S BREAKING LOOSE IN TULSA! Bulldog hits the running powerslam on Mountie in the middle of the confusion, but Flair (the legal man) knocks out Davey with a flying elbow to the back of the head for the first elimination at 10:55.

  • The British Bulldog eliminated (0.5 points to Ric Flair)

Piper immediately jumps Flair after the elimination, but the whole heel team jumps him and they get back in control. Flair hits a kneedrop, but stops to spit in Virgil’s face and gives Piper enough time to block a second one. Flair lands on his knee, so Piper locks in the figure four on him. DiBiase comes in to break up the hold, and he goes to work on Piper’s leg. He sets up for his own version of the figure four, but Piper cradles him for two. The Mountie works a Boston crab but Piper’s too close to his corner and he makes the tag to Virgil. He comes in running wild with a clothesline and a back elbow, and a backdrop on Flair. DiBiase asks for the tag, but Virgil rams his head into the turnbuckle repeatedly. However, DiBiase catches him with a powerslam and Warlord dumps Virgil. Flair sends Virgil into the steps on the outside, but Bret helps Virgil break the count back in. Warlord goes for the full nelson hold, but everyone gets in the ring and Bret breaks up the hold from behind. The illegal Piper makes the pin and the ref counts anyway at 17:00.

  • The Warlord eliminated (0.5 points to Roddy Piper)

DiBiase stops to complain and Piper nearly pins him too with a roll-up. Back elbow by DiBiase, but Piper responds with a suplex and makes the tag to Virgil. He puts DiBiase in the million dollar dream, and Ted sends him into the buckle to break. Flair comes in for some chops and a backdrop suplex. The Mountie hits a dropkick and he stops to celebrate. Jacques Rougeau never failed to entertain. And it’s back to DiBiase with a gutwrench suplex. Flair & DiBiase come in for a double clothesline on Virgil, and Flair gets two with his feet on the ropes. Virgil finally scores with a neckbreaker on DiBiase and makes the hot tag to Piper. He completely no-sells Flair’s chops and just pokes him in the eye while looking down at him in a hilarious bit, and then he does another one just because he can. Flair goes up but he gets slammed off, and suddenly everyone goes in the ring for a pier-six brawl. Piper irish whips Flair into the corner and he’s sent flying off the Flair flip. Meanwhile, everyone continues to fight inside the ring while ignoring the referee, until he calls for the bell and disqualifies everyone except Flair (who was outside the ring), making him the sole survivor at 22:48. The babyfaces immediately jump Flair and the rest of his team and they clean house.

  • Roddy Piper, Bret Hart, Virgil, Ted DiBiase & The Mountie eliminated

Winning team: Flair’s team (0.5 points to each eliminated member)

Sole survivor: Ric Flair (1 point to him)

  • Rating: Very fun match with some huge names involved and some great interactions. The crowd was particularly alive for Flair/Piper, which had been a hot program on television heading into this event, and Bret/DiBiase had yet another good wrestling sequence in the ring, though not at the level of the prior year. It went a bit long and it dragged at times, and also the choice of the finish was quite interesting to say the least, but overall the match was pretty good and the best choice for the opener. ***

Mean Gene interviews Randy Savage at the top of the ramp. As horrifying as the snake bite was, he says the worst thing he felt on that night was hearing Miss Elizabeth cry. He says the real snake has always been Jake all along, and promotes This Tuesday in Texas some more. Savage: “this Tuesday in Texas, the madness is gonna be all over you like melting butter, ooooh yeaaaah”! Miss Elizabeth joins us too and thanks everyone for supporting Randy Savage’s return to the ring. Does she think Savage is gonna beat Jake? Ooooh yeaaah.

Survivor Series Elimination Match – Sgt. Slaughter, ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan, ‘El Matador’ Tito Santana & ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich vs. Col. Mustafa, Skinner, The Berzerker & Hercules
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So basically the heel side consists of a former World champion turned manager who can’t even get his name back let alone wrestle anymore, a lame Stan Hansen wannabe cartoon character, an even lamer Bruiser Brody wannabe cartoon character, and the jobber version of Hercules Hernandez. Was the Brooklyn Brawler sick that day too? Who the fuck put this team together!? Skinner bitchslaps Tito to start, and Tito replies with the flying jalapeno already, which sends Skinner flying all the way to the floor. Skinner gets back in and Santana goes for it yet again, but this time Skinner moves out of the way and Tito knocks himself out. Berzerker comes in with a flying stomp but misses and lands on his ass like a complete geek. Off to Tornado and Berzerker misses a dropkick, but Kerry ends up getting caught in the heel corner. A Hercules shoulderblock is no-sold by Duggan, but Berzerker pushes him by the hair and the heels jump him in their corner. Sheiky baby works a chinlock on Duggan, and one can only imagine the conversation going on between those two during that hold. Sheik: “baby let’s smoka da nose candy in da car again?”, Duggan: “nooooooooooo”, Sheik: “maybe not good idea baby those jabronis caught us last time, let’s do it in hotel”, Duggan: “yayoooooooo”. Slaughter gets tagged in and hits a CLOTHESLINE FOR THE PIN at 7:57. There’s your first drink!

  • Col. Mustafa eliminated (0.5 points to Sgt. Slaughter)

Berzerker immediately jumps Slaughter afterward and hits a big boot for two. Hercules rams Sarge into the post for two. Berzerker gets back in but gets crotched, and nearly does the splits selling a kick to the leg. Gorilla: “he just did one of those rockette moves”. What am I watching? Duggan dumps Berzerker over the top rope twice, but since this isn’t WCW you just saved two drinks. Kerry comes in with a sloppy Tornado Punch that Berzerker completely no-sells, and then Kerry completely botches a simple leapfrog on Hercules. Jesus christ…. Thankfully Santana makes the tag and tries to single-handedly save this ugly disaster, finishing Herc with an inverted flying jalapeno at 12:05.

  • Hercules eliminated (0.5 points to El Matador)

Skinner comes in with an atomic drop on Tito, but Slaughter makes a blind tag behind his back and rolls him up at 13:31. Somehow he got a shot at Bret Hart’s IC title at the next PPV less than a week later, and not The Mountie who a) was actually in a feud over the title with Bret; and b) didn’t lose on this show. Logic.

  • Skinner eliminated (0.5 points to Sgt. Slaughter)

Berzerker is left alone but not for long, as Duggan’s 3 point stance clothesline ends things at 14:19. ANOTHER PIN WITH A CLOTHESLINE! Down that one too, go ahead!

  • The Berzerker eliminated (0.5 points to Jim Duggan)

Survivors: Duggan, Slaughter, Santana & Tornado (1 point to each)

  • Rating: This sucked, absolutely sucked. It was nothing but filler to begin with, but what a mess it was. 1/4*

Jake Roberts‘ turn to get interviewed by Mean Gene. The snake bite on Savage was nothing but an accident, trust him. Gene: “you’re a sick person”, Jake: “thank you very much”. He says the ban is completely meaningless, as the animal inside the bag had always been nothing but a toy – he was always the real snake.

More promotional work for This Tuesday in Texas

WWF Championship – Hulk Hogan(c) vs. The Undertaker(w/ Paul Bearer)
IMG credit: WWE & goombastomp.com

Undertaker misses a blind charge to start, but he no-sells the impact and immediately stares him down. Side headlock by Hogan but he runs into a shoulderblock and Hogan regroups. Back in, UT corners Hogan and adds the creepy choking. That lasts for a while and even Paul Bearer gets his shots in behind the ref’s back. Powerslam by UT but he misses an elbowdrop and Hogan slugs away. Clothesline is no-sold so Hogan goes for a powerslam instead, but he can’t lift him up. An elbow is no-sold as well and a clothesline dumps UT over the top rope, but he lands on his feet and no-sells that too. He pulls Hogan to the floor for a throw into the steps followed by more choking with a cable. More choking follows and Hogan goes down via a DEADLY CLAWHOLD OF DOOM. Hogan finally shows some life and makes the comeback, but a shoulderblock knocks UT to the ropes and he suddenly explodes with the flying clothesline. That looked pretty good. That sets up the Tombstone Piledriver, but Hogan obviously no-sells that and he pops right back up. He makes the comeback with the usual and manages to powerslam UT down, but here’s Ric Flair to join us at ringside. Hogan stops to beat him up, and back in the big boot takes UT down once again. However, Paul Bearer distracts the referee and Flair sets up a chair for a Tombstone onto it to give Undertaker his first title at 12:45. Undertaker’s win gets a big pop, which is probably the reason why Hogan faked the infamous neck injury backstage to try and kill his push. Too bad his neck wasn’t even close to hitting the mat on the Tombstone, but nice try Hulkster. To his credit, he sells the finish well after the match.

  • Rating: This match did a good job at advancing the stories it told and the crowd was alive for most of it, but I’m afraid that’s where the praise ends. The match itself was quite poor as about 80% of it was spent in chokes, but it got Undertaker over huge and it carries historical significance. *1/4

We must be in PPV remission time because we get a series of promos now. Here we go:

Roddy Piper says his night just got even worse and now he wants Flair more than ever.

Ric Flair & Mr. Perfect mock Hogan and claim there’s only one real World Champion.

Natural Disasters & IRS will shock everyone in the main-event in more ways than one. IRS calls Jack Tunney ‘Paul Tunney’, and him visually trying to hold his laughter when he realizes his mistake while Typhoon speaks is quite funny!

Big Bossman & LOD say they would win no matter the odds, regardless of Savage and/or Roberts being in the match or not.

WWF President Jack Tunney says he can’t change the referee’s decision in the WWF Championship match. What he can do, though, is book a rematch for the title at This Tuesday in Texas. And this time, he will be at ringside to avoid shenanigans.

Survivor Series Elimination Match – The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) & The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch) vs. The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) & The Beverly Brothers (Beau & Blake)
IMG credit: WWE

The Bushwhackers run wild to start with their usual comedy stuff, which surprisingly gets little reaction, quite possibly because they’re following Hogan’s match. They take care of the Beverly Brothers with the battering ram, and the Rockers clean the rest of the house with stereo dropkicks to the Nasty Boys as the heels bail. Michaels hits a neckbreaker on one of the Beverly’s, but he walks into a backbreaker and it’s off to Knobbs. Michaels meets him in the middle with a high knee to the face and tags in Luke. Knobbs misses a blind charge in the corner, but Luke stops to taunt the other heels and lets Knobbs hit a flying clothesline and eliminate him like a total buffoon at 5:21.

  • Bushwhacker Luke eliminated (0.5 points to Brian Knobbs)

Sags comes in with a vertical suplex to Michaels, who responds with a high crossbody for two. Tag to Jannetty who goes to work on Sags’ arm with a few armdrags and holds, but Beau comes in with the Mr. Perfect necksnap. Backdrop but Jannetty lands on his feet and he hits a superkick for two. Beau cuts him off with a hard whip into the corner, though, and a gutwrench suplex gets two. A double collision knocks both guys down, and they both tag out. Butch runs wild on both Beverly Brothers with a couple of clotheslines, but he gets caught in their corner and a double facebuster of sorts leaves The Rockers alone at 10:13.

  • Bushwhacker Butch eliminated (0.5 points to Beau Beverly)

Jannetty comes in with a monkey flip right into a hurricanrana for two. An enziguiri knocks Blake all the way into his corner, and Blake runs into an armdrag. Michaels goes to work on the arm too, but Beau fights out with a headbutt and he chokes away. He dumps Michaels to the floor and hits a back elbow back inside followed by an elbowdrop to the back. Backbreaker is blocked and turned into a backslide for the pin at 14:30.

  • Beau Beverly eliminated (0.5 points to Shawn Michaels)

Blake hits a powerslam for two. Michaels tries to surprise Knobbs with a sunset flip, but Knobbs kicks out and immediately tags in Sags. He dumps Michaels but HBK hangs on, and comes up from behind with a dropkick that sends Sags flying to the outside. Michaels meets him there with a flying clothesline, and a superkick for Knobbs. The heels turn things around, though, and Blake hits a legdrop as Gorilla wonders why Michaels doesn’t tag out. The hot tag brings in Jannetty with a flying back elbow to Knobbs, and a snapmare gets two. Sunset flip gets two on Blake, but Knobbs gets tagged back in and he takes back control with a slam. He eats knees on a misses splash, though, and Michaels cleans house off the tag. All five are in the ring as it’s BREAKING LOOSE IN DETROIT, and Sags’ feet (off a Jannetty powerslam) send Michaels into a roll-up from Knobbs at 19:41.

  • Shawn Michaels eliminated (0.5 points to Brian Knobbs)

A pissed off Michaels shoves Jannetty before leaving. This is obviously the start of the Rockers’ split, which would be confirmed in the famous Barber Shop window segment a couple months later. Blake hits a powerslam but he doesn’t want the pin yet, asking the Nasty Boys if they want some more. Jannetty tries to use his quickness to fight off Knobbs, sending him into the post and taking out both Nasty Boys with a high crossbody to the outside. An inside cradle has Sags pinned but Blake distracts the referee, allowing Knobbs to roll his partner on top for the win at 23:06.

  • Marty Jannetty eliminated (0.5 points to Jerry Sags)

Winning team: Nasty Boys & Beverly Brothers (0.5 points to Beau Beverly)

Survivors: Nasty Boys & Blake Beverly (1 point to each)

  • Rating: The work by the Rockers and their story was good to see, but the match might as well have been a 4-on-2 handicap match to begin with. The first ten minutes were literally just there as filler until the Bushwhackers were both eliminated, and they weren’t any good. It picked up in the second half and it set up what eventually marked the beginning of Shawn Michaels’ singles run and push. **1/2
(Alleged) Main Event – Survivor Series Elimination Match – The Big Bossman & The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) vs. Irwin R. Schyster & The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon)
IMG credit: WWE & whatculture.com

Good little sequence between Bossman and IRS to start until it’s off to Earthquake and Animal. Quake takes over with an easy backbreaker but he misses a splash and Animal explodes with a flying shoulderblock for two. Hawk goes to work on IRS but Tyohoon catches him to prevent a slam, only for Hawk to dropkick them both down. The babyfaces take turns beating up Typhoon and he brings Quake back in. Hawk fights back with a backdrop suplex on IRS followed by an elbowdrop. Bossman misses a big boot on IRS, but doesn’t miss a punch on the rebound. The ref gets distracted with the action going on outside, though, and IRS uses the briefcase to get rid of Bossman at 6:23. Well so much for that push.

  • Big Bossman eliminated (0.5 points to IRS)

The heels cut the ring in half and go to work on Animal. Typhoon works a bearhug, but eats boot on a blind charge and a clothesline out of the corner. Hot tag Hawk and he unloads with the flying shoulderblock. However, IRS gets involved behind the ref’s back and he grabs the briefcase, but Hawk moves out of the way and Typhoon’s gone instead at 9:55.

  • Typhoon eliminated (0.5 points to Hawk)

Earthquake’s pissed at IRS for hitting his partner and he walks away as well for the count-out at 10:05.

  • Earthquake eliminated

Poor IRS is now left alone against the LOD and he takes a powerslam from Hawk. Hawks eats post on a blind charge, though, and IRS sends him into the steps on the outside. Back in, back elbow smash and IRS works a chinlock. Hawks eventually fights out and hits a suplex, and it’s hot tag Animal. He runs wild with the flying shoulderblock, the powerslam and the double clothesline (alongside Hawk), but IRS bails and he walks away from the match. However, Big Bossman comes back and corners IRS, allowing Animal to suplex him back inside. Hawk follows it up with a flying shoulderblock off the top and Animal pins him at 15:21. I assume IRS didn’t feel like taking the Doomsday Device, and I certainly don’t blame him!

  • IRS eliminated (0.5 points to Animal)

Winning team: LOD & Bossman (0.5 points to Bossman)

Survivors: Hawk & Animal (1 point to each)

  • Rating: Decent little elimination match with some big names involved, though it was certainly not PPV main event caliber. **

Meanwhile, Sean Mooney says Hulk Hogan refused an interview and told him he’d rather do the talking at This Tuesday in Texas

New WWF Champion The Undertaker & Paul Bearer claim they killed Hulkamania tonight, and will host the burial next Tuesday in Texas

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: The highlight of this show is obviously Undertaker getting a huge win over Hulk Hogan to win his first WWF Championship, and there was also the Rockers’ angle, but otherwise this is a very skippable show that left a lot to be desired. The opener was the best match in my opinion but had a very disappointing finish. It doesn’t surprise me that Vince changed the Survivor Series concept for the following year’s edition, as the elimination matches in 1991 didn’t feel special at all compared to the 80s shows. This felt more like a glorified advert for the following week’s This Tuesday in Texas PPV, but it developed a few stories and characters, to its credit. 4/10

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POINT SYSTEM

Check out my point system here. However, as mentioned at the start of the piece, there will be a few different rules due to this being a unique show.

WrestlerStar ratingResultMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Ric Flair31+0.5 for an elimination4.5
Hawk
Animal
211+0.5 for an elimination4.5
Brian Knobbs2.51+1 for two eliminations4.5
The Undertaker1.251+2 for winning a title4.25
Jerry Sags2.51+0.5 for an elimination4
Blake Beverly2.513.5
Roddy Piper3+0.5 for an elimination
-0.5 for being eliminated
3
Big Bossman20.51-0.5 for being eliminated3
IRS21+0.5 for being eliminated
-0.5 for being eliminated
3
Beau Beverly2.50.5+0.5 for an elimination
-0.5 for being eliminated
3
Ted DiBiase
The Mountie
The Warlord
30.5-0.5 for being eliminated3
Earthquake
Typhoon
21-0.5 for being eliminated2.5
Shawn Michaels2.5+0.5 for an elimination
-0.5 for being eliminated
2.5
Bret Hart
British Bulldog
Virgil
3-0.5 for being eliminated2.5
Sgt. Slaughter0.251+1 for two eliminations2.25
Marty Jannetty
Bushwhacker Butch
Bushwhacker Luke
2.5-0.5 for being eliminated2
Jim Duggan
Tito Santana
0.251+0.5 for an elimination1.75
Texas Tornado0.2511.25
Col. Mustafa
Hercules
Berzerker
Skinner
0.25-0.5 for being eliminated-0.25
Hulk Hogan1.25-1-2 for losing a title-1.75

Thanks a lot for your visit! Make sure you don’t miss the upcoming reviews of WWF This Tuesday in Texas and WCW StarrCade here on the blog, as we finish the year of 1991. Make sure you don’t miss the year-end article either, looking back at the best matches & wrestlers of the year from both companies. See you soon!

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WWF Survivor Series 1990 Review (Look At The Size Of That Egg Hock!)

Hello everyone and welcome to my review of WWF’s final PPV of 1990, Survivor Series. Featuring a handful of traditional elimination tag matches as usual, with the survivors of the matches qualifying for the evening’s main event – the “Ultimate Match Of Survival”.

Considering this is a “special” PPV with its own particular match type, some changes to the point system will be made. Considering one wrestler can very well be eliminated in seconds and still technically emerge victorious, only the survivors will get 1 point, while every member of the winning team (those eliminated included) will get 0.5. Each elimination will be worth 1 point, as usual.

Here is the list of champions in the WWF heading into this show:

  • WWF Champion: The Ultimate Warrior
  • WWF Intercontinental Champion: ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich
  • WWF World Tag Team Champions: The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart)

Enjoy the review

IMG credit: sescoops.com & WWE

The hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Roddy Piper
Live from Hartford, CT

Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match: The Warriors (The Ultimate Warrior, ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich & Road Warriors [Hawk & Animal]) vs. The Perfect Team (Mr. Perfect & Demolition [Ax, Smash & Crush])(w/ Bobby Heenan & Mr. Fuji)
IMG credit: WWE

The captains are Warrior and Perfect. Also you might be wondering what the hell is Warrior doing in the opener of a PPV. It’s because he’ll obviously pull double duty here (the main-event ultimate match of survival) and you wanna distance both matches to let Warrior rest, otherwise the guy would’ve gone purple out there. Animal slugs away on Smash to start and hits a body slam. Ax gets in and he pounds away on Kerry for a while. Kerry goes for the HEADSQUEEZING CLAW OF DEATH but Smash is there to break it up, and so is Warrior. Tornado gets the Claw and then Warrior comes in and shoulderblocks Ax twice. Warrior Splash follows and Ax is demolished at 3:23. And that was pretty much it for him in the company.

  • Demolition Ax eliminated (1 point to The Ultimate Warrior)

All the heels jump Warrior and Crush hits a clothesline for two. Warrior gets Hawk in and Perfect comes in as well, with mucho no-selling from Hawk and Perfect flying all over the place for him until Hawk misses a blind charge in the corner. Crush comes in and hits a backbreaker to take back control. Hawk eventually hits the flying clothesline from out of nowhere and goes for his comeback, but then the Demos and LOD get in and all hell breaks loose. Even the referee gets assaulted in the middle of the confusion, so he calls for the bell and DQs all four at 7:36.

  • LOD (Hawk & Animal) and Demolition (Smash & Crush) eliminated

So it’s Perfect alone against Warrior and Kerry. The cameras catch Perfect complaining to Heenan about having to go against those two maniacs in a funny bit! Warrior steps in but Perfect says he wants nothing to do with him, he wants Kerry and his belt instead. Fun fact: Perfect had already won the strap back at this point, but it hadn’t aired yet due to the power of good ol’ tape delay. Kerry catches Perfect with the TORNADO PUNCH but luckily for Perfect he goes flying out of the ring instead. Warrior gets involved for a double noggin knocker with Perfect & Heenan, but he distracts the ref and allows Perfect to quietly expose the turnbuckle. Kerry obviously misses the blind charge, eats the exposed buckle and the Perfectplex ends his night at 11:02.

  • The Texas Tornado eliminated (1 point to Mr. Perfect)

Warrior charges like an idiot and makes the exact same mistake as his partner did 30 seconds earlier, and the Perfectplex connects again. The only difference being it’s Warrior now, so it’s obviously just a nearfall. Perfect dropkick gets two more but HEEEEEE’S SHAKING! Warrior makes the comeback with the usual as Perfect gets to bounce around like a pinball. Clothesline 3x and the flying shoulderblock are followed up with the Warrior Splash and that’s all she wrote at 14:20.

  • Mr. Perfect eliminated (1 point to The Ultimate Warrior)

Winning team: The Warriors (0.5 points to each eliminated member)

Sole survivor: The Ultimate Warrior (1 point to him)

  • Rating: Decent opener. Four participants being eliminated at the same time was kinda lame, but I understand them wanting to continue the feud. Solid opener with Perfect carrying the whole thing on his back and bumping for pretty much everyone, and Warrior being in for about two or three minutes because he’s going to wrestle again later. **
The Million Dollar Team (Ted DiBiase, Rhythm & Blues [The Honky Tonk Man & Greg Valentine] & ???)(w/ Virgil, Jimmy Hart & Brother Love) vs. The Dream Team (Dusty Rhodes, The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart) & Koko B. Ware)
IMG credit: WWE

DiBiase and Dusty are the captains here. On commentary, Piper brings up the death of Bret’s brother Dean the prior day, which obviously had to be on Bret’s mind. Meanwhile, DiBiase grabs the mic and announces the mystery partner. That mystery partner?

IMG credit: WWE & nightmarenostalgia.com

It’s the debuting Undertaker. I’m sure you’ve since heard of him, he did pretty well for himself! The crowd immediately buys right into the gimmick, with Mark Callaway playing it superbly from the very first moment he was introduced. Bret officially becomes UT’s first opponent in the WWF (outside of a few Superstars tapings taped before this event) as they start for their respective teams. Bret criss crosses but runs right into a one handed chokeslam, with UT not letting him go and nailing the awesome facial expressions. Crazy to think he was ripping Lex Luger’s shirts on PPV just a few months ago in WCW while Heyman did all the character work for him, and here he just nails it from the start and Prichard is just kinda standing there being a complete non-factor. Anvil comes in with a shoulderblock which is completely no-sold by UT before he justs slams him away and stares at him! Koko tries his luck and misses a blind charge like a complete geek, and the Tombstone Piledriver kills the bird at 1:39.

  • Koko B. Ware eliminated (1 point to The Undertaker)

Bret makes a brief comeback for the babyfaces after Koko’s elimination, but Honky distracts him and allows Valentine to take over. Honky gets tagged in so he can finish Bret, but he spends too much time posing and allows Bret to make the hot tag to Anvil. Neidhart runs wild for a while and puts Honky out with a powerslam at 4:16. That was pretty much it for Honky in the WWF too, as he briefly did commentary on Superstars before leaving in January 1991.

  • The Honky Tonk Man eliminated (1 point to Jim Neidhart)

DiBiase jumps Neidhart until Dusty comes in to make the save and gets the tag to the delight of the crowd. Dusty runs wild and even throws a nice dropkick. Neidhart gets back in to hit a suplex for two. Virgil trips Anvil though, and DiBiase clotheslines him out at 5:49. It’s the Survivor Series, clotheslines are deadly!

  • Jim Neidhart eliminated (1 point to Ted DiBiase)

Rhodes comes right back after DiBiase, who wants none of it and tags in Undertaker instead. And here comes that feeling in the room again. This is awesome to watch and feel how the crowd got into it instantly. Bret gets back in and UT chokes away in the corner, with UT looking right at the camera and rolling his eyes back for the first time while doing it. Back to DiBiase briefly until Dusty gets tagged back in, as DiBiase tags UT back in. And then UT suddenly picks up the pace against Dusty after spending the whole match doing nothing but choking and mostly character work, which gets the crowd even more confused. In the good way of course. UT goes up and the a flying double axehandle pins Dusty (quite the big deal on your first night in the territory) at 8:26.

  • Dusty Rhodes eliminated (1 point to The Undertaker)

UT dumps Dusty like a polka dotted trash bag, causing Dusty to pick a fight with Brother Love at ringside. UT chases Big Dust all the way to the back which is enough to eliminate UT via count-out at 9:17.

  • The Undertaker eliminated

So with the Undertaker’s debut out of the way, we’re left with Bret Hart alone for the babyfaces against Valentine and the captain DiBiase. Valentine works the leg for a while to set up for the Figure Four. He goes for it but Bret reverses it into the cradle to leave only him and DiBiase at 9:57.

  • Greg Valentine eliminated (1 point to Bret Hart)

We’re down to Bret and DiBiase, and Piper’s really putting Bret over on commentary. Bret pounds away and dumps DiBiase with an atomic drop, before following him out there with a pescado as he keeps pounding away on the floor. DiBiase rakes the eyes and tries to send Bret into the post but ends up eating it himself. And some stairs for good measure as well. DiBiase crawls and begs for mercy, to which Bret replies with the vicious abdominal stomp. Bret follows it up with a couple of awesome uppercuts in the corner, but DiBiase reverses and whips Bret into the opposite buckle for the classic Bret chest bump. Which gets a believable nearfall. Bret turns a DiBiase backdrop into a backslide for two. Bret criss crosses but trips on DiBiase, who gets all cocky and turns his back… SIKE! Bret was playing possum and nearly steals it with the O’Connor roll. Virgil holds Bret for a shot on the apron, but Virgil takes it instead and Bret gets another roll up for two. Bret hits a violent backbreaker followed by the middle rope elbow for two more. Bret with a crossbody next, but DiBiase rolls through to steal the pin at 13:54, with Bret clearly saying “fuck” after losing!

  • Bret Hart eliminated (1 point to Ted DiBiase)

Winning team: The Million Dollar Team (0.5 points to each eliminated member)

Sole survivor: Ted DiBiase (1 point to him)

  • Rating: This was a fantastic match from start to finish, with the only dead period being when Undertaker first tagged out. The first half of the match was designed exclusively to put the newcomer over, and they all did a tremendously effective job at that. You’d think that would be all for this match, and it would certainly be more than enough to make it memorable, but Bret and DiBiase absolutely killed it in their terrific mini-match in the bout’s final moments. Bret got a couple of really hot nearfalls on such a huge star like Ted, and here it was quite clear the crowd was more than ready for a singles push. In less than fifteen minutes, two young wrestlers and future superstars were elevated. A huge success, and a good match as well in terms of in-ring action, with the final sequence being great. ***1/2

Meanwhile, we get an announcement for The Main Event airing the next night: Ted DiBiase is challenging Warrior for the WWF Championship. To be honest Warrior’s title reign just started to pick up very late once the feud with Savage and Sherri started in September, as the Rick Rude feud had been done the prior year and played second fiddle to Hogan/Quake at SummerSlam. The writing was clearly on the wall at this time already, and it was time to either introduce something new with Warrior or get the belt off him.

Meanwhile, Jake Roberts and his team cut a promo while Damian is in the shower. Roberts is using white contact lens and he wants to take out Rick Martel. I’ll explain this in a second.

The Vipers (Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka & The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty)) vs. The Visionaries (Rick Martel, The Warlord & ‘Power & Glory’ (Hercules & Paul Roma))(w/ Slick)
IMG credit: WWE

Roberts and Martel are the captains. The story here is that a few months earlier on TV, during the Brother Love Show, Martel sprayed ‘Arrogance’ in Roberts’ eyes (which obviously had something else there other than just a fragrance) and put him in the hospital. The Rockers double-team Warlord to start and then Martel runs away from Roberts. Off to Snuka for a dropkick on Warlord and he brings in Jannetty for a flying double axehandle. Jannetty goes up for another move but he flies into a powerslam instead and he’s gonzo at 5:03.

  • Marty Jannetty eliminated (1 point to The Warlord)

Michaels jumps in with a hurricanrana on Warlord and brings in Roberts for a short arm clothesline with a half-assed selljob from Warlord. Back to Michaels for a cover that Warlord kicks out of WITH AUTHORITY BY GAWD. Off to Hercules for a clothesline and Martel whips Michaels into the buckle to set up the Michaels flip bump for two. Martel misses a charge and Michaels makes the tag to Snuka, who comes in and gets a bodypress reversed into a Martel pin with a handful of tights for the pin at 9:28.

  • Jimmy Snuka eliminated (1 point to Rick Martel)

Roberts jumps in to hit the DDT but Martel barely blocks it at the last second and he’s immediately out of there. Roberts’ “goddamnit” facial expression is golden and young aspiring wrestlers should take notes. He doesn’t take it too far, it’s just a short reaction that the cameras will be there to catch, it’s great and we move on. Roma misses a middle rope flying fistdrop on Roberts though, and Michaels comes in with a flying back elbow followed by a middle rope elbowdrop for two. However Michaels gets caught in the heel corner as Power & Glory cut the ring in half. A Hercules press slam sets up the great Powerplex to eliminate Michaels at 15:40.

  • Shawn Michaels eliminated (1 point to Paul Roma)

So it’s Roberts left alone against the whole Visionaries team. He hits the DDT on Warlord, but Martel comes in to break it up. He tries to spray ‘Arrogance’ in Roberts’ eyes again unsuccessfully, with Roberts getting Damian out of the way and sending Martel running away. Roberts follows him in pursuit, causing the count-out to make the entire heel team survivors (Martel was not legal so it was not a double count-out) at 17:42.

  • Jake Roberts eliminated

Survivors: The Visionaries (1 point to everyone)

  • Rating: I will admit it, I wasn’t expecting much from this. With that said, I found myself enjoying this more than I thought. The whole Roberts/Martel storyline carried this match and it was nice to see Roberts desperately wanting to get his hands on the Model, to the point where he even sacrificed the loss just to finally get his revenge. Nice little match here. **1/2
The Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan, The Big Bossman, ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan & Tugboat) vs. The Natural Disasters (Earthquake, Dino Bravo, Haku & The Barbarian)(w/ Bobby Heenan & Jimmy Hart)
IMG credit: WWE

Hogan and Quake are the captains here. Duggan pounds away on Haku to start but Bravo catches him with an atomic drop. Off to Bossman and it’s back to Haku for a great dropkick, only for him to walk into the Bossman slam for the first elimination at 3:15.

  • Haku eliminated (1 point to The Big Bossman)

Heenan gets up on the apron to distract Bossman (they were having a weird storyline in which Heenan and Rick Rude were making comments about Bossman’s mother… but then Rude left the company) and allows Barbarian to hit a suplex and take over. He misses an elbowdrop though and here comes Duggan. He runs wild for a while until Earthquake gets in and shit gets real. Quake and Bossman clothesline each other for a double KO spot and Duggan finds out he can’t slam Quake. I’m shocked and appalled too. Duggan gets pissed, the managers get involved, and Duggan grabs the 2×4 for the same old awful and predictable Duggan DQ finish at 6:12.

  • Jim Duggan eliminated

Seriously, I think he’s a fun character but I never get into any of his matches at all. Hogan comes in and he’s in house cleaning mode, until he gets face-to-face with Quake. Hogan rakes the eyes like any good inspirational figure would and slams him. Quake barely sells it though and responds with his own slam to Hogan. Tag to Bravo so he can fuck this up, and indeed he immediately walks into a Hogan small package (check out the moveset, brother!) to put him out at 7:59.

  • Dino Bravo eliminated (1 point to Hulk Hogan)

Bossman goes after Earthquake next, but Barbarian gets involved and Quake drops a couple of massive elbowdrops to free the Bossman at 9:08.

  • The Big Bossman eliminated (1 point to Earthquake)

And then in a funny bit Gorilla declares Hogan is all alone against Quake and Barbarian, and admits he totally forgot about Tugboat. I can’t blame you Gorilla, I can’t blame you! Hogan tries another slam on Quake but this time the big man falls on top and gets two. Hogan finally tags Tugboat in so he can go fuck things up, but surprisingly he takes Earthquake out and sacrifices himself to get rid of the big man with a double count-out elimination at 11:33. He was already ten times more useful than I thought he would be.

  • Earthquake & Tugboat eliminated

This leaves Hogan alone with Barbarian and do I need to describe what happens next? Barbarian hits a piledriver for two before they clothesline each other for a double KO spot. Barbarian follows it up with his flying clothesline and Hogan hulks up. Wham wham wham, boot, leg, thanks for coming big man at 14:49.

  • The Barbarian eliminated (1 point to Hulk Hogan)

Winning team: The Hulkamaniacs (0.5 points to each eliminated member)

Sole survivor: Hulk Hogan (1 point to him)

  • Rating: This was easily the least interesting match so far, even though Hogan was still the most over star on the roster. The bout itself was just a number of meaningless eliminations back and forth, with Duggan’s and Bravo’s in particular being quite dumb. Once Quake went away via count-out, so went all the drama as you didn’t even need to watch the rest to know what was going to happen. Watchable match but very forgettable. *1/2

Meanwhile, ‘Macho King’ Randy Savage comes out for an interview with Mean Gene and says he wants what he once had before, the WWF Championship. He even mentions retirement here, which he was legitimately planning after WrestleMania 7 to have children until Vince called him back after Warrior left in late 91 due to lack of star power (Hogan was mostly away doing other stuff).

The Mercenaries (Sgt. Slaughter, The Orient Express (Sato & Tanaka) & Boris Zhukov)(w/ Mr. Fuji & Gen. Adnan) vs. The Alliance (Nikolai Volkoff, Tito Santana & The Bushwhackers (Butch & Luke))
IMG credit: WWE

Slaughter and Volkoff are the captains here. Slaughter cuts a ridiculously long promo with Mean Gene on the ramp about the real life ongoing war while his annoying music keeps playing in the back the whole time. This is when the character was starting to REALLY reach that level. Santana immediately puts Zhukov away like the useless geek he is with the Flying Jalapeno at 0:48.

  • Boris Zhukov eliminated (1 point to Tito Santana)

The Orient Express come in for a double-team move to Tito, who moves out of the way and causes Sato to be kicked instead. Tag to Butch and the Bushwhackers’ Battering Ram eliminates Sato at 1:46.

  • Sato eliminated (1 point to Bushwhacker Butch)

The Flying Jalapeno gets rid of Tanaka at 2:13.

  • Tanaka eliminated (1 point to Tito Santana)

Which means that yes, the heel is left with a four-on-one disadvantage after two minutes. What a stupid idea, at least I hope these guys’ payoffs were good. And hey Boris Zhukov got to be on PPV, so great for him! Slaughter still dominates Volkoff like it’s nothing, even though he’s supposed to be in a huge disadvantage. This match is so weird and pointless. Slaughter destroys him with a number of elbows followed by a dropkick(!) and then another elbowdrop eliminates Nikolai at 5:25.

  • Nikolai Volkoff eliminated (1 point to Sgt. Slaughter)

The Bushwhackers’ turn to fight FOR AMERICA now, but a Luke flying splash finds Slaughter’s knees and a gutbuster puts the first weirdo away at 6:30.

  • Bushwhacker Luke eliminated (1 point to Sgt. Slaughter)

Butch tries his luck next only to eat some buckle before walking into a CLOTHESLINE FOR THE WIN!! at 6:53.

  • Bushwhacker Butch eliminated (1 point to Sgt. Slaughter)

So we have our second DEADLY CLOTHESLINE of the night as we’re down to Sarge and Chico. Slaughter backdrops Santana and then blockes a monkey flip before hitting a neckbreaker for two. We get a ref bump (in this match???) right before Tito nails the Flying Jalapeno, which draws Adnan in to attack Tito with the flag and allow Slaughter to put him in the camel clutch. The ref sees all this while slowly getting back up to his feet and calls for the bell at 10:52, awarding the win to Santana via DQ while he’s still in the camel clutch.

  • Sgt. Slaughter eliminated

Winning team: The Alliance (0.5 points to each eliminated member)

Sole survivor: Tito Santana (1 point to him)

  • Rating: What a weird match. I wouldn’t call this a complete clusterfuck, because it was fine enough in the ring and they at least had an end-goal to put Slaughter over, but the road to get there was just a complete mess. Slaughter being left in such a big disadvantage so early draws him sympathy if anything, but then he just beats all of them one by one anyway. Complete filler to at least give Hogan & Warrior a fellow babyface (Santana) in the main-event for the heels not to look like complete jabronies. That’s all this was, but at least Slaughter was protected. Pointless match. 1/2*

And now… oh god…

THE STUPID EGG HATCHES
IMG credit: WWE & bleacherreport.com

It’s the Gobbledy Gooker. The crowd doesn’t react to this whatsoever because it’s just fucking childish and not funny. Mean Gene nearly saves this by saying his legs remind him of his mother-in-law as they go to the ring and dance. This is absolutely awful, PLEASE avoid this unless you want to mock this whole thing.

So on one company there’s a guy dressed as a chicken coming out of an egg, while in the other a man does magic tricks such as being able to disappear and turning people into animals. I miss the 80s already.

Meanwhile, both teams in the main-event cut promos in the back. Ted DiBiase steals the whole segment (SHOCKING, I know) by saying that not only are the babyfaces in a 3-on-5 disadvantage, but two of their members were fighting each other just a few months earlier at WM 6. Stop teasing good things that I know I can’t have, Ted.

I always thought turning Warrior heel on this show or at least making him more of a tweener to go up against Hogan would’ve been a much better idea. Instead Warrior just kinda stayed as a babyface and went on to play fourth wheel to Savage, Sherri & Liz (at WrestleMania) and support Hogan at SummerSlam. It’s not like Warrior’s title reign was setting the world on fire anyway, the Hogan/Earthquake feud was always above whatever Warrior was doing.

Main-Event – The Ultimate Match Of Survivor: The Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan & Tito Santana vs. Ted DiBiase, Rick Martel, The Warlord & Power & Glory (Hercules & Paul Roma)(w/ Virgil & Slick)
IMG credit: WWE & bleacherreport.com

Santana hits the Flying Jalapeno on Warlord to put him out already at 0:28. Santana ended up forearming the atmosphere because Warlord took the bump about a second too early. This guy is just awful.

  • The Warlord eliminated (1 point to Tito Santana)

Roma jumps Santana with a powerslam immediately and he tags DiBiase in to take over. Santana fights back and goes for the Flying Jalapeno, but DiBiase ducks and stunguns him for the pin at 1:51.

  • Tito Santana eliminated (1 point to Ted DiBiase)

So it’s Hogan and Warrior left, and Warrior hasn’t entered the ring yet after three minutes of action or so in the opening match. And I thought my cardio was bad, geez. Power & Glory pound away on Hogan for a while and set up for the Powerplex. Good luck with that, boys. They connect but Hogan hulks up and puts Roma away with the DEADLY SURVIVOR SERIES CLOTHESLINE #3 at 5:57.

  • Paul Roma eliminated (1 point to Hulk Hogan)

Warrior gets the hot tag, slams Martel twice and… tags out again. Hogan follows it up with the big boot but Martel is like ‘no sir’ and he takes a walk to the back at 7:17.

  • Rick Martel eliminated

Next in line in the job line: Ted DiBiase. Hogan beats him up for a while and finishes with the big boot followed by the Legdrop at 8:30. So much for being the number one contender the following night. With so many shitty DQ & count-out finishes, this could’ve EASILY been one of them that was actually understandable.

  • Ted DiBiase eliminated (1 point to Hulk Hogan)

Which leaves poor Hercules alone. You can do this, big man. Hogan slams him like he’s nothing and then kindly tags in Warrior in so he can finish with the Warrior Splash at 9:07.

  • Hercules eliminated (1 point to The Ultimate Warrior)

Winning team: Warrior & Hogan’s, duh (0.5 points to Santana, who was eliminated)

THE ULTIMATE SURVIVORS: The Ultimate Warrior & Hulk Hogan (1 point to them)

  • Rating: A match with so much potential turned out to be the most predictable and boring of scenarios – Hogan and Warrior clean house and win. Warrior was absolutely awful in this match/show, wrestling a grand total of about five minutes and sucking wind by the end while Hogan wrestled pretty much this whole match. Rushed eliminations with a predictable and disappointing ending make this easily one of the biggest missed opportunities in company history. *

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: I wanna start by saying this concept is really interesting, and was a good way to draw Hogan & Warrior back together without making a huge deal out of it during the build. But nope, instead it turned out to be Hogan & Warrior being all friendly and standing tall side by side. Oh and don’t forget the Gobbledy Gooker was also a thing that happened. The only highlight of this whole show is the second match, featuring superb performances from The Undertaker, Ted DiBiase and Bret Hart along with arguably the greatest arrival in WWF/E history. I’d give this show a thumbs in the middle, leaning down. 4/10

For comments and/or feedback, e-mail me at cunhatomas2001@hotmail.com

POINT SYSTEM

Check out my point system here. However, as mentioned at the start of the piece, there will be a few different rules due to this being a unique show.

WrestlerStar ratingsResultsMain-eventingExtrasTotal
Hulk Hogan2.521+4 for four eliminations9.5
The Ultimate Warrior321+3 for three eliminations 9
Ted DiBiase4.511+3 for three eliminations
-1 for being eliminated by pin
8.5
Tito Santana1.51.51+3 for three eliminations
-1 for being eliminated by pin
6
Rick Martel3.511+1 for an elimination
-0.5 for being eliminated by CO
6
Paul Roma
The Warlord
3.511+1 for an elimination
-1 for being eliminated by pin
5.5
The Undertaker3.50.5+2 for two eliminations
-0.5 for being eliminated by CO
5.5
Hercules3.511-1 for being eliminated by pin4.5
Bret Hart
Jim Neidhart
3.5+1 for an elimination
-1 for being eliminated by pin
3.5
Greg Valentine
The Honky Tonk Man
3.50.5-1 for being eliminated by pin3
Sgt. Slaughter0.5+3 for three eliminations
-0.5 for being eliminated by DQ
3
Dusty Rhodes
Koko B. Ware
3.5-1 for being eliminated by PIN2.5
Hawk
Animal
20.5-0.5 for being eliminated by DQ2
Mr. Perfect2+1 for an elimination
-1 for being eliminated by pin
2
Jake Roberts2.5-0.5 for being eliminated by DQ 2
Earthquake1.5+1 for an elimination
-0.5 for being eliminated by CO
2
The Big Bossman1.50.5+1 for an elimination
-1 for being eliminated by pin
2
The Texas Tornado20.5-1 for being eliminated by pin 1.5
Smash
Crush
2-0.5 for being eliminated by DQ 1.5
Jimmy Snuka
Shawn Michaels
Marty Jannetty
2.5-1 for being eliminated by pin 1.5
Jim Duggan
Tugboat
1.50.5-0.5 for being eliminated by DQ/CO 1.5
Ax2-1 for being eliminated by pin1
Bushwhacker Butch0.50.5+1 for an elimination
-1 for being eliminated by pin
1
The Barbarian
Haku
Dino Bravo
1.5-1 for being eliminated by pin 0.5
Nikolai Volkoff
Bushwhacker Luke
0.50.5-1 for being eliminated by pin 0
Sato
Tanaka
Buris Zhokov
0.5-1 for being eliminated by pin -0.5

Thank you so much for reading. Make sure you don’t miss any of the reviews coming up, as we get closer and closer to the end of the year. Stay safe!

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PPV WWF

WWF Survivor Series 1989 Review (Warrior vs. Heenan ; Piper vs. Rude)

Welcome everyone to the last WWF PPV of 1989, the third annual Survivor Series. Considering this is a “special” PPV with its own particular match type, some changes to the point system will be made. Considering one wrestler can very well be eliminated in seconds and still technically emerge victorious, only the survivors will get 1 point, while every member of the winning team (those eliminated included) will get 0.5. Each elimination will be worth 1 point, as usual.

The champions at this point are (not that it matters on this show, but still here it is):

  • WWF Champion: Hulk Hogan
  • Intercontinental Champion: The Ultimate Warrior
  • World Tag Team Champions: Demolition (Ax & Smash)

The hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura

Live from Rosemont, IL

The Dream Team (Dusty Rhodes, Brutus Beefcake, Tito Santana & The Red Rooster) vs. The Enforcers (The Big Bossman, Bad News Brown, The Honky Tonk Man & Rick Martel)(w/ Jimmy Hart & Slick)

The team captains are Dusty and Bossman who are feuding over “justice”, but the biggest issue here is between Santana and Martel, the former Strike Force. Rooster plays chicken-in-peril to start, getting his crest beaten up by all the heels for a number of minutes. The heels do a solid work of cutting the ring in half and prevent the Rooster from tagging out. Bad News Brown, ever the lone wolf, wants nothing to do with this and never reaches for a tag. That is a great touch that I very much appreciate, with Brown staying true to his character all the way. Martel comes in and shows off a little bit more than he should, allowing Rooster to bring in Santana for the hot tag. And instantly the crowd wakes up! Santana is all over Martel for a very good babyface comeback, but then Martel rolls through a Tito roll-up for the first pin at 9:15.

  • Tito Santana eliminated (1 point to Rick Martel)

I’d also like to point out the amazing heel in-ring work by Martel, constantly cheating in a way the referee can’t see. Little details like pushing the back of the hair really hard for a “takedown” is how a real heel should wrestle, and Martel does things like that all the time, and does them well. Meanwhile poor Rooster comes in to get his ass kicked a little bit more (god Terry Taylor must’ve missed the NWA a lot at this time…) and we have our first look at Sapphire in the audience. Sapphire was a massive fan of Dusty Rhodes – plant, of course – who would then join him shortly afterwards, with the two feuding most notably with Randy Savage & Sensational Sherri. Rooster pisses off Brown, finally bringing him in to get the beating of his life. Brown destroys Rooster until his teammates start giving him instructions. Brown is having none of that, so he simply walks away and gets eliminated via count-out at 15:26.

  • Bad News Brown eliminated

With three guys left on each team, it’s down to Beefcake and Honky inside the ring. And just like that, Beefcake quickly pins Honky with a high knee to the face at 17:24.

  • The Honky Tonk Man eliminated (1 point to Brutus Beefcake)

Martel comes in with a rather long chinlock on Beefcake to keep him down. Brutus strikes with a shoulder tackle and Martel retaliates with a hard knee to the mid section. Brutus flips over for a sunset flip, but Martel lands on top for the pinfall with a handful of ropes. The ref sees this though and finally catches Martel cheating, refusing to count which distracts Martel and allows Beefcake to roll over and complete the sunset flip for the pin and the elimination at 20:13.

  • Rick Martel eliminated (1 point to Brutus Beefcake)

So this leaves Bossman alone against three. The Bossman Slam quickly (and FINALLY) puts the chicken away at 21:00, leaving it down to Brutus and Dusty for the babyfaces.

  • The Red Rooster eliminated (1 point to Big Bossman)

Dusty and Brutus smartly work together against Bossman, tagging in and out to take over on the big man. Dusty fires away with the classic Dusty Rhodes fury of punches, knocking Bossman silly. A big fat running crossbody takes him down and puts him away at 22:02.

  • Big Bossman eliminated (1 point to Dusty Rhodes)

Winning team: The Dream Team (0.5 points to everyone member)

Survivors: Dusty & Beefcake (1 point to them)

  • Rating: I don’t know if I’m in a good mood, or maybe it’s because this was the opening match, but I really liked this. I’ve seen other reviews from multiple other websites calling this average and even boring, but I very much enjoyed this. Even though I will say it’s nothing out of this world and it’s not particularly memorable, it had some very good stuff. I loved Martel’s work, he was by far the highlight of this match in terms of the wrestling, taking every opportunity he could and then some to take shortcuts. I love that, it’s a lost art in wrestling to see heels wrestling like… heels! Also Bad News Brown being the lone wolf and walking away like he did the prior year. It makes sense according to his character and sometimes that’s all that is needed. Also, the crowd was very much alive for this (particularly for Dusty but also for Santana) and that made it better, in my opinion. Good opener. ***1/4

After the match Bossman gets his heat back, hitting Brutus in the mid section with the nightstick before destroying poor Dusty with it. Slick handcuffs Dusty and Bossman continues the beating, eventually leaving him with a black eye and a cut above it.

The 4x4s (Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Bret Hart, Hercules & Ronnie Garvin) vs. The King’s Court (Randy Savage, Dino Bravo, Canadian Earthquake & Greg Valentine)(w/ Sensational Queen Sherri & Jimmy Hart)

The captains here are Savage and Duggan, with Savage having beaten Duggan for the ‘king’ moniker/gimmick in the summer. So they’re also the bigger (and really, the only) feud in this match. I’d also like to mention Earthquake, who made his debut a few weeks earlier by joining Bravo and leaving the IC Champion Ultimate Warrior laying.

Hercules gets to run wild on RANDY SAVAGE to start, so you know he is jobbing in quick fashion here. Valentine comes in but walks into a Hercules atomic drop, and here comes Duggan. And the crowd comes alive. HOOOOOOOOOOO! Duggan whips Valentine into the corner and brings in Garvin, who was also doing nothing in the WWF and probably missing the NWA and his days of wrestling Ric Flair for the World Title. We get Garvin vs Valentine for a while, though, so that’s nice. Garvin throws some chops with extra mustard before Valentine tags in the big Dino Bravo. Bravo scores with an atomic drop on Garvin and he too tags out, bringing in Hercules. Hercules takes down Bravo with a number of clotheslines, before Bravo takes him down with a clothesline of his own. In comes Earthquake to finish the job on Hercules with his splash at 3:57.

  • Hercules eliminated (1 point to Earthquake)

Hercules turned into quite the geek jobber to the stars after the babyface turn and split from Heenan. It’s honestly shocking as he was (one would assume at least) a Vince McMahon kind of guy, obviously on steroids, was still over with the audience and was actually a very solid in-ring wrestler.

Duggan comes in for the 4x4s but he too is no match for Earthquake. Bret enters and gets on all fours behind Earthquake while Duggan goes for a shoulder tackle, finally getting the big man off his feet. Valentine and Garvin both tag in yet again, with Valentine in control. He goes for the figure four with Garvin blocking and rolling through for a nearfall. Valentine brings in Savage who strikes with the classic Macho Man flying double axehandle on Garvin. Back to Valentine for another chop exchange with Garvin. Garvin brings in Duggan and the 3 Point Stance clothesline gets rid of the Hammer at 7:32.

  • Greg Valentine eliminated (1 point to Jim Duggan)

Savage joins the action immediately after the fall to take back the advantage for his team. He brings in Earthquake for a massive elbow drop, but Duggan’s out of there and Earthquake goes down. Off to Bravo and Garvin, with Garvin taking him down to set up the classic Garvin Stomps. Garvin tries to follow up with a hold but Bravo goes after the eyes to break free. And it’s off to Randy Savage and Bret Hart! Great match these two had two years prior to this at a Saturday Night’s Main Event with the roles reversed, so it’s nice to see them clash again. Hart runs wild with an atomic drop quickly followed by a knee, so Savage is out of there in a hurry. In comes Bravo for the heels while Bret tags Garvin back in, and the sidewalk slam puts Garvin away at 11:17.

  • Ronnie Garvin eliminated (1 point to Dino Bravo)

Duggan goes after Earthquake again, again with the same luck – none. So Bret joins him yet again to even things up, connecting with a double clothesline. It’s back to Bret and Savage, and hopefully it stays like this for a good while. Savage gets tied in the ropes so Hacksaw and Bret can both beat him up. Once Savage gets away from there, Bret is waiting for him and catches him with a backbreaker for two. Small package gets two more. Bret tries to follow up with the middle rope elbow, but in comes Bravo to break that up and put Bret in a bearhug. Off to Earthquake for some choking as Bret plays face-in-peril. Savage comes in while Bravo holds Bret for an attack, only for Bret to move out of the way and the heels collide for a good pop. That always gets a nice reaction. Bret gets the hot tag to Duggan, but Duggan tags Bret back in a few moments later. That’s… not very smart. And indeed, Bret misses a charge to the corner on Bravo and takes one of his classic badass turnbuckle bumps. Bravo tags in Savage, Macho Elbow, sayonara Bret at 19:06.

  • Bret Hart eliminated (1 point to Randy Savage)

And we’re left with a three-on-one situation. Second match of the night, second time this is happening. There are more ideas to use in these kind of matches, dear WWF agents of the late 80s! Earthquake goes for the kill on Duggan with the big splash but Duggan blocks, backdrops Bravo and clotheslines Savage to clean house. And the crowd loves it. HOOOOOOOOOO! The heels regroup and get back in, only for Savage and Bravo to run right into a Hacksaw double clothesline… but Earthquake comes in with a cheapshot from behind to take over. Off to Savage for the double axehandle. Savage goes up but misses and eats an atomic drop by Duggan. Bravo gets up on the apron to get the ref’s attention, allowing Sherri to pull the ropes on the other side and knock Duggan over and out to the floor. Earthquake connects with a forearm right to the back of the head, putting Duggan down and out for the count of ten and the win for Savage’s team at 23:25.

  • Jim Duggan eliminated

Winning team: The King’s Court (0.5 points for each member)

Survivors: Savage, Bravo & Earthquake (1 point to them)

  • Rating: I wasn’t feeling this one as much as the opener. Sure, it had its moments – such as the nice exchanges between Savage and Bret or Valentine and Garvin, but that was pretty much all. The match suffered from featuring the exact same final scenario as the opening match, with Duggan being left against three opponents like the Bossman. Only this one had a dumber ending and got no one over. This was not horrible or anything, but it’s very forgettable and an easy recommendation to skip, as it’s way longer than it needed to be at nearly 24 minutes. *1/2

And then Duggan beats up the survivors with the 2×4 after the match… like the loser of the opening match did. I’ve already talked about this enough, but the final five minutes or so of both matches (plus the post-match angles) felt exactly the same and that doesn’t help this show.

Mean Gene announces Dusty Rhodes is injured. Meanwhile, The Genius has a Thanksgiving poem for us.

The Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts & Demolition (Ax & Smash)) vs. The Million Dollar Team (Ted DiBiase, Zeus & The Powers of Pain (The Warlord & The Barbarian))(w/ Virgil & Mr. Fuji)

Before you even start thinking there’s a small chance the heels win this match, they get a back-from-commercial-like jobber entrance, while Hulk’s team gets INDIVIDUAL ENTRANCES FOR EVERY MEMBER!!!! Come on now! The heels prevent the Hulkamaniacs from entering the ring so Roberts gets the snake out of the bag to clean house. We’re underway with Hogan and Zeus while Monsoon says we’ve been waiting for this for months. Wasn’t this in the main-event of SummerSlam or are we ignoring that? Might just be me dreaming, but I think I already saw Hogan pinning Zeus at that show. There was no reason for them to extend this feud, but here we are. Hogan hits a shoulder block but is the one who takes the bump and falls on his ass. Zeus no-sells some more so Hogan, hero to millions, rakes the eyes and body slams him… which Zeus no-sells. Again. And then Zeus chokes him until he’s DQ’d at 3:21.

  • Zeus eliminated

So yeah, this was done because A) Zeus wasn’t good at all in the ring and B) they were going to have another match in December because THERE WAS NO ONE ELSE FOR HOGAN TO FEUD WITH AND THIS FEUD MUST CONTINUE. I’m glad the WWF Champion has had zero feuds over the title in his seven-month reign as the title holder since WrestleMania. I’ve always hated this feud and I still do. Despite all that, RIP Zeus.

DiBiase works over Hogan for a while before he brings in Roberts. Roberts and DiBiase were the other people feuding heading into this match – and at this point, they’re the only feud left, with Zeus being gone. Off to Demolition for some BADASS pounding on DiBiase. That was loud and looked awesome! Even Hogan joins them for a three-on-one beating, but his punches look and sound weaker. Nice try Hulkster, but no, that’s their deal. DiBiase finally gets a shot with a back elbow and he tags out to the Powers of Pain. They work together against Ax, whose brief comeback gets killed by a trip from Mr. Fuji. Warlord drops a half-assed elbow for the pin to make it three-on-three at 9:50.

  • Ax eliminated (1 point to The Warlord)

Smash comes in after his partner’s elimination, but now he’s the victim of the heels’ double-teaming. Basically, it’s the same sequence as before, only with Smash instead of Ax. Off to DiBiase (finally) but he misses the middle rope million dollar elbow. Smash stunguns DiBiase and goes for the cover, having not seen Barbarian get the blind tag on Ted. The ref lets him know, and Smash gets up and turns around right into a flying clothesline from Barbarian to put the tag team champions away at 13:42.

  • Smash eliminated (1 point to The Barbarian)

We have the Rockers, the Hart Foundation, the Fabulous Rougeaus, the Brainbusters and other great-to-legendary teams on the roster, but these two are pinning both members of Demolition on PPV. I really hope these two don’t get pushed to the moon again after this show, because their work is not enjoyable. There’s a reason fans from any era know or at least have heard of the teams I mentioned up above. When it comes to the Powers of Pain… I’m not sure if many have. Anyway, moving on.

Off to Roberts as now he gets to play victim to the Powers of Pain’s generic heel offense. They literally irish whip Roberts into the turnbuckle about four consecutive times as I nearly fall asleep. Some minutes later Roberts finally gets to show some life by avoiding a diving headbutt from Barbarian, and Hulk Hogan gets the hot tag to finally switch gears. I have never been happier to see Hogan in my life! Hogan comes in and runs wild on Barbarian before Warlord comes in for a cheapshot. Hogan tried to fight back on both of them at the same time, but they continued to ignore the ref’s count and gave him a double spike piledriver. The ref finally has had enough and calls for the bell at 19:51. And both get eliminated!! FINALLY!!

  • The Powers of Pain eliminated

Hopefully it picks up from here, but god it’s already been twenty minutes. Nothing’s been REALLY bad but the Powers of Pain’s boring and super basic offense (not in a good way) makes it harder to sit through.

We’re down to Hogan and Roberts for the babyfaces with only DiBiase left for his team. Hogan is still out from the spike piledriver by the Powers of Pain so DiBiase puts him in the Million Dollar Dream, with Roberts having to come in and save. Hogan gets out of there and gets some rest, with Roberts coming on to face his nemesis DiBiase. Roberts comes in hot with three consecutive knees to the back as this gets three hundred times better and more interesting in a hurry. Roberts adds a clothesline, drawing Virgil up on the apron. Roberts brings him in and plants him with a DDT, but before he can get back up, DiBiase drops a quick million dollar fistdrop on Jake to put him out at 23:42.

  • Jake Roberts eliminated (1 point to Ted DiBiase)

And we’re down to Hogan vs DiBiase, with Hogan still injured from all the attacks by Zeus and the Powers of Pain. DiBiase clothesline gets two. DiBiase hits the chinlock but Hogan gets out of there quickly and they collide with a double clothesline for the double KO spot. They both get back up but Hogan has his back turned to DiBiase, who gives him a back suplex. Hogan hulks up though, and you know what follows. No no no, YOOUUU, wham wham wham, off the ropes big boot, big leg, thanks for coming Ted & co. at 27:32.

  • Ted DiBiase eliminated (1 point to Hulk Hogan)

Winning team: The Hulksters (0.5 points to every member)

Sole survivor: Hulk Hogan (1 point to him)

  • Rating: This was solid at times but mostly a struggle to sit through. I’ve had just enough of the Powers of Pain and their ridiculous push in the tag division, while the actual legendary teams are in the undercard wrestling Boris Zhukov or something. They were not interesting at all and dragged this match way down. Zeus getting DQ’d early was very predictable as Zeus wasn’t getting pinned weeks before their match at No Holds Barred in December – and no, I am NOT going to review that. Have mercy on me! The match was never bad, it’s just predictable in a lot of ways and way too long. And boring. But solid. Also interesting to see Hogan working a midcard match on a PPV. **

Randy Savage and Zeus cut a promo in the back promoting the steel cage tag team match at No Holds Barred.

Meanwhile, Hogan and Beefcake meet in the locker room to celebrate their respective wins. Eventually they to cut a promo on Savage and Zeus, who come out and beat up the babyfaces.

Roddy’s Rowdies (Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka & The Bushwhackers (Butch & Luke) vs. Rude’s Brood (Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect & The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques & Raymond))(w/ The Genius & Jimmy Hart)

Piper and Rude are the team captains here, having been involved in one of the best feuds of that year since the summer. There’s also the undefeated Mr. Perfect involved in this match. Perfect outwrestles the babyfaces to start, so the Bushwhackers bite him to turn things around. Even Snuka joins them and bites him. Well that’s certainly an effective way to do it! Perfect is out of there in a hurry, tagging in Jacques Rougeau. Jacques says not so fast, and he does a big flip over the top to the ring followed by a big celebration. “WOOHOOO!” This is hilarious! Snuka wants to go, but… not so fast! Jacques wants to show off his nip ups. He does a couple of them while Gorilla says that’s impressive for someone with his weight. I’ll have what Gorilla Monsoon had this night. Snuka has had enough of Jacques’ little games, taking him down with the classic Snuka chop off the ropes. Snuka hits a backbreaker and the Superfly Splash is enough to put Jacques away at 4:01.

  • Jacques Rougeau eliminated (1 point to Jimmy Snuka)

Rude and Perfect come after Snuka at the same time, but he sends their heads against each other for a double headbutt. Or as Monsoon used to say, the DOUBLE NOGGIN KNOCKER! It’s off to Perfect for the bad guys, with Piper’s team using quick tags to stay in control. Perfect runs away again and brings in Raymond Rougeau, while Piper comes in. And the crowd stands up! Piper gets in a quick roll-up for two before walking into a savate kick by Raymond that gets two. Piper catches him with a piledriver for the pin at 7:30.

  • Raymond Rougeau eliminated (1 point to Roddy Piper)

With both Rougeaus eliminated, this leaves Perfect and Rude for their team against all the members of Piper’s team. And we get an interesting match up, with Piper facing off against the undefeated Perfect. I wouldn’t mind watching this singles match on a big stage! Perfect snaps Piper’s neck to take control early, before a Piper slingshot into the turnbuckle sends Perfect flying all the way to the floor in a typical Perfect bump. Butch comes in for a while but Piper is back in shortly afterwards again. He runs wild on Perfect with his classic series of punches, and Perfect sells the last one with a flip bump. Gorilla Monsoon: “WHAT A PUNCH, THREE SIXTY!” I love good old Gorilla! Butch comes in to bite Perfect’s ass (no, I am not making it up, it happened) but Perfect rolls through to steal a pin and get rid of Butch at 10:46.

  • Bushwhacker Butch eliminated (1 point to Mr. Perfect)

Luke comes in to replace his partner while Perfect brings in Rude. Luke bites Rude’s face for a while, but Rude simply kicks him in the gut to stop that, and the Rude Awakening turns this into a tag team match at 12:14.

  • Bushwhacker Luke eliminated (1 point to Rick Rude)

Snuka replaces the eliminated Luke for the babyface team, but walks into a fantastic dropkick by Perfect. Still one of the best in the history of the business to this day. He had a perfect dropkick indeed, no pun at all. Off to Rude for a while as he hits the chinlock, before bringing Perfect back in. Snuka almost steals it with a roll-up for a great nearfall, and Snuka strikes with a headbutt. Snuka follows that with a flying forearm before they collide with each other for a double KO spot. Double tag off to the big rivals and team captains, with the crowd coming very much alive for that confrontation. Piper runs wild with his usual flurry of punches. Piper follows with a backdrop as Rude bails. Piper goes after him and takes the fight to the outside. They fight all the way to the backstage area and it’s a double elimination as a result of a double count-out at 18:35.

  • Roddy Piper & Rick Rude eliminated

We’re left with a singles match – Perfect for Rude’s team, Snuka for Piper’s. Perfect picks up the pace with a series of quick armdrags followed by a dropkick that sends Snuka flying to the outside. Snuka comes back in with a really nasty chop in the corner. High crossbody by Snuka gets two for another great nearfall. I love how the crowd buys into each and every single pinfall attempt on Perfect, who still had never been pinned. Snuka whips Perfect into the turnbuckle, Perfect blocks that and grabs a quick Perfectplex for the three and the victory at 21:27.

  • Jimmy Snuka eliminated (1 point to Mr. Perfect)

Winning team: Rude’s Brood (0.5 points to every member)

Sole survivor: Mr. Perfect (1 point to him)

  • Rating: Good match, mostly carried by Mr. Perfect who was there for a very long time for his team. Everything was done well in this match, with the double elimination by Piper and Rude making sense and extending their program. Even the tag teams of the Bushwhackers and the Rougeaus got their little moments to shine – the Rougeaus via Jacques’ ridiculous yet funny show-off skills, and the Bushwhackers with the biting. In the end, Perfect got to extend his undefeated ‘perfect’ gimmick with a win over a big legendary name like Jimmy Snuka, but not before Snuka got a number of believable nearfalls on him. Good stuff. **3/4

Main Event: The Ultimate Warriors (The Ultimate Warrior, The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) & Jim Neidhart) vs. The Heenan Family (André the Giant, Haku, Arn Anderson & Bobby Heenan)

Warrior and André are the respective captains. Heenan is wrestling here instead of Tully Blanchard, who (along with Arn) was about to leave the company anyway. The heels went after the babyfaces before Warrior could even make his entrance. He finally came out for the save and to get the match officially underway, knocking André to the outside with a clothesline over the top for the quick count-out elimination at 0:27.

  • André the Giant eliminated

André could barely walk at this point in his life, so this was not a surprise. Haku replaced André while Neidhart came in for Warrior’s team. André was hit a couple more times by Warrior and the Rockers while he was walking to the back. Anderson tried to distract the ref only for Neidhart to hit him, but that allowed Haku to superkick Anvil in the back of his head and eliminate him at 3:32.

  • Jim Neidhart eliminated (1 point to Haku)

Michaels joined the ring to pick up the pace a little bit. The Rockers used quick tags and their quickness and agility to throw Haku off his game, as Haku catched a flying Jannetty on his arms only for Michaels to dropkick them as Jannetty landed on top for a nearfall. Arn tried to help his partner but the Rockers connected with a double superkick on both of them. Warrior got in with a backdrop only to miss an elbow. Haku wanted to tag in the fresh Heenan, but Heenan demanded the tag to Anderson instead. Awesome work by Heenan as usual while Gorilla gets to verbally destroy Heenan on commentary. And here come the weasel chants! Heenan gets tagged in for the first time in the match, but he’s out of there immediately after kicking Jannetty in the gut. Anderson comes in for a knee, Haku hits a superkick and Heenan comes back in for the easy pin, but it only gets two. Heenan adds a kneedrop to the back of the head to eliminate Jannetty anyway at 8:53.

  • Marty Jannetty eliminated (1 point to Bobby Heenan)

Remember what I mentioned about the Powers of Pain pinning both members of the legendary Demolition? Well as you can see, the Rockers were busy being pinned by an inactive heel manager on the same show. There you go.

Warrior got in with a bearhug on Arn, who went after the eyes to escape. Haku got tagged in, but Warrior had a bearhug waiting for Haku as well. Warrior turned that into an atomic drop before Haku could cheat his way out like Anderson did, and Michaels came in with a great dropkick for two. Back to Arn and Warrior, who whips Anderson into the turnbuckle. Back to Michaels for a top rope splash with a little extra push from Warrior. Haku came in but missed something off the top, allowing Michaels to hit a high crossbody to eliminate Haku at 12:54.

  • Haku eliminated (1 point to Shawn Michaels)

Heenan came in with a number of half-assed punches to Michaels, but quickly tagged Anderson in once Warrior got the tag from Michaels. Off the ropes into a double headbutt for the double KO spot. Back up and Anderson’s spinebuster knocks Michaels’ smile right off his face. Count to twenty, ref. Michaels is gonzo at 15:47.

  • Shawn Michaels eliminated (1 point to Arn Anderson)

That leaves Warrior alone against Anderson and Heenan, with Gorilla saying it’s one-on-one as Heenan doesn’t count. The interactions between these two will never get old! Warrior ran wild with shoulder tackles before Anderson knocked him over the top and to the outside. Heenan asked for the tag, but he quickly tagged out once Warrior came back inside. Warrior sent Anderson into Heenan to knock him off the apron anyway, which the crowd loved. Gorilla slam followed by the Warrior Splash put Anderson out at 18:19.

  • Arn Anderson eliminated (1 point to The Ultimate Warrior)

We’re down to Warrior and Heenan, who nearly has a heart attack once he looks at a furious Warrior across the ring. Warrior catches him and sends him into the turnbuckle for the famous Bobby Heenan flip turnbuckle bump. And a second one. Heenan has had enough and is more than happy to take the count-out loss, but Warrior grabs him and puts him back in the ring. The shoulder tackle sets up the Warrior Splash for the win at 20:28.

  • Bobby Heenan eliminated (1 point to The Ultimate Warrior)

Winning team: The Ultimate Warriors (0.5 points to every member)

Sole survivor: The Ultimate Warrior (1 point to him)

  • Rating: This match was all about Warrior getting to beat up Heenan in the end, and it was all building up to that moment. There’s nothing wrong with that as the match was good enough, and the crowd loved each and every second of it. Warrior main-evented this show and did really well, so there’s no surprise he moved up the ranks shortly afterwards. The match was solid. **

Heenan does a half-assed selljob for Warrior on his way up the ramp. Heenan wasn’t the biggest Warrior fan and was hurt by Warrior a few times during their feud, so I wasn’t shocked to see this. It’s quite noticeable if you’ve ever seen Bobby Heenan sell an attack by a major babyface. Warrior runs to the back and nails Heenan with one last clothesline to the back on his way up the ramp to close the show.

END OF THE SHOW

Final thoughts: The only way I’d recommend this show is based on historical reasons. It’s not a horrible or even a bad show, but it’s incredibly boring at times and it’s something I will never want to go back and see ever again. But again, if you’ve never seen it, do it. The second match really feels like a repetition of the opening bout in more ways than one, and Hogan’s match had three eliminations by disqualification. There were negative points like these and much more, but there’s also great stuff such as Mr. Perfect’s performance, Warrior beating up Heenan to close things, and a very nice surprise in the opening match which was much better than I expected. Overall, I give it a high 4/10.

Finally, here are the points for the wrestlers on this show:

  • Brutus Beefcake: 6.25 points (3.25 for star rating + 2 for two eliminations by pin + 1 for surviving)
  • The Ultimate Warrior: 6 points (2 for star rating + 1 for surviving + 2 for two eliminations by pin + 1 for main-eventing)
  • Mr. Perfect: 5.75 points (2.75 for star rating + 1 for surviving + 2 for two eliminations by pin)
  • Dusty Rhodes: 5.25 points (3.25 for star rating + 1 for an elimination by pin + 1 for surviving)
  • Hulk Hogan: 4 points (2 for star rating + 1 for surviving + 1 for an elimination by pin)
  • Rick Rude: 3.75 points (2.75 for star rating + 1 for an elimination by pin + 0.5 for winning – 0.5 for being eliminated by CO)
  • Randy Savage: 3.5 points (1.5 for star rating + 1 for surviving + 1 for an elimination by pin)
  • Dino Bravo: 3.5 points (1.5 for star rating + 1 for surviving + 1 for an elimination by pin)
  • Canadian Earthquake: 3.5 points (1.5 for star rating + 1 for surviving + 1 for an elimination by pin)
  • Shawn Michaels: 3.5 points (2 for star rating + 1 for an elimination by pin + 0.5 for winning – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • Roddy Piper: 3.25 points (2.75 for star rating + 1 for an elimination by pin – 0.5 for being eliminated by CO)
  • The Big Bossman: 3.25 points (3.25 for star rating + 1 for an elimination by pin – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • Rick Martel: 3.25 points (3.25 for star rating + 1 for an elimination by pin – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • Haku: 3 points (2 for star rating + 1 for an elimination by pin – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • Arn Anderson: 3 points (2 for star rating + 1 for an elimination by pin – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • Bobby Heenan: 3 points (2 for star rating + 1 for an elimination by pin – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • Bad News Brown: 2.75 points (3.25 for star rating – 0.5 for being eliminated by CO)
  • Jimmy Snuka: 2.75 points (2.75 for star rating + 1 for an elimination by pin – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • Tito Santana: 2.75 points (3.25 for star rating + 0.5 for winning – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • The Red Rooster: 2.75 points (3.25 for star rating + 0.5 for winning – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • The Powers of Pain: 2.5 points (2 for star rating + 1 for each scoring an elimination by pin – 0.5 for each being eliminated by DQ)
  • André the Giant: 2.5 points (2 for star rating + 1 for main-eventing – 0.5 for being eliminated by CO)
  • Marty Jannetty: 2.5 points (2 for star rating + 1 for main-eventing + 0.5 for winning – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • Jim Neidhart: 2.5 points (2 for star rating + 1 for main-eventing + 0.5 for winning – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • Fabulous Rougeaus: 2.25 points (2.75 for star rating + 0.5 for winning – 1 for each being eliminated by pin)
  • The Honky Tonk Man: 2.25 points (3.25 for star rating – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • Jim Duggan: 2 points (1.5 for star rating + 1 for an elimination by pin – 0.5 for being eliminated by CO)
  • Ted DiBiase: 2 points (2 for star rating + 1 for an elimination by pin – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • The Bushwhackers: 1.75 points (2.75 for star rating – 1 for each being eliminated by pin)
  • Jake Roberts: 1.5 points (2 for star rating + 0.5 for winning – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • Demolition: 1.5 points (2 for star rating + 0.5 for winning – 1 for each being eliminated by pin)
  • Zeus: 1.5 points (2 for star rating – 0.5 for being eliminated by DQ)
  • Greg Valentine: 1 point (1.5 for star rating + 0.5 for winning – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • Bret Hart: 0.5 points (1.5 for star rating – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • Ronnie Garvin: 0.5 points (1.5 for star rating – 1 for being eliminated by pin)
  • Hercules: 0.5 points (1.5 for star rating – 1 for being eliminated by pin)

And that is it for the WWF’s pay-per-views of 1989. Before closing the year, there is still an edition of SNME left for the WWF and StarrCade for the NWA. Once I finish the year, there will be a special year-end article to see who were the top wrestlers in the last year of the 1980s. Stay safe everyone!

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WWF Survivor Series 1988 Review

TEAMS OF FIVE STRIVE TO SURVIVE!

Welcome everyone to the last WWF PPV of 1988, the second annual Survivor Series. Considering this is a “special” PPV with its own particular match type, some changes to the point system will be made. Considering one wrestler can very well be eliminated in seconds and still technically emerge victorious, only the survivors will get 1 point, while every member of the winning team (those eliminated included) will get 0.5. Each elimination will be worth 1 point, as usual.

The champions at this point are: (not that it matters at this show, but still here it is)

  • WWF Champion – Randy Savage
  • Intercontinental Champion – The Ultimate Warrior
  • Tag Team Champions – Demolition (Ax & Smash)

The hosts are Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura

Team Warrior/Beefcake (The Ultimate Warrior, Brutus Beefcake, Blue Blazer, Sam Houston & Jim Brunzell) vs. Team Honky/Bass (The Honky Tonk Man, Ron Bass, Greg Valentine, Bad News Brown & Danny Davis)(w/ Jimmy Hart)

The former members of Dream Team (V2), Beefcake and Valentine, get at it to start. Davis comes in, and he’s out via the Barber’s sleeper at 1:20.

  • Danny Davis eliminated (1 point to Brutus Beefcake)

It’s back to the explosion of the Dream Team, but Beefcake escapes the Figure Four and tags in the Blue Blazer. For those of you who might not know, this is Owen Hart playing the gimmick. Blazer does some lucha things and quickly brings in Jumpin’ Jim Brunzell, who hits an elbow on Valentine for two. In comes Bad News, who absolutely beats the living crap out of Brunzell. Brunzell gets his little hope(less) spot, but misses a charge and the Ghetto Blaster sends Jumpin’ Jim jumpin’ back to the showers at 5:30.

  • Jim Brunzell eliminated (1 point to Bad News Brown)

Sam Houston tries his luck next, and that one doesn’t go very well. Brown destroys him, but Valentine hits Brown while trying to add a shot of his own on Houston from the apron. That’s it for the loner Brown, who says ‘enough of this bs’ and walks away at 7:45, getting counted-out.

  • Bad News Brown eliminated

The heels can’t believe Brown would actually walk out on them, and that distraction allows Houston to almost eliminate Valentine with a roll-up, but it only gets two. A sunset flip goes horribly wrong, and in comes Ron Bass to beat him up. A couple of clotheslines get two, but Houston still doesn’t want to tag out. That ends up costing him and his team, as he’s gone via powerslam at 20:10.

  • Sam Houston eliminated (1 point to Ron Bass)

Warrior finally joins the match to clean house, launching Blazer onto Bass but it only gets two. Honky comes in, immediately taking a high cross for two. Honky soon catches Blazer with a knee to the midsection, and in comes Valentine only to walk right into a gutwrench suplex. Powerslam is followed by another splash, but Honky pushes him off and Valentine’s figure four puts him away at 12:20.

  • Blue Blazer eliminated (1 point to Greg Valentine)

Beefcake comes in to get some of Valentine, who brings in Bass to work over Beefcake. Honky’s back in to hit the Shake Rattle & Roll, which Beefcake escapes before Bass gets involved. Honky’s back in control and goes up, only for Brutus to slam him off. Atomic drop sets up the sleeper, but Honky bails and he’s outta there. Beefcake follows him for some reason, and we get a double elimination at 15:45.

  • Honky Tonk Man & Brutus Beefcake eliminated

Warrior is now alone in there with Bass & Valentine, and that smells BIG trouble. Nah, who am I kidding.. Warrior basically no-sells a bunch of stuff for a minute, before running over both heels and putting Bass away with a double axehandle at 17:30. Yes, a double axehandle!

  • Ron Bass eliminated (1 point to Ultimate Warrior)

A few seconds later, Valentine eats one as well and that’s all she wrote at about 18:00. A good opener that exceeded my expectations. ***1/2

Survivor: Ultimate Warrior (1 point)

Winners (although eliminated): Beefcake, Blazer, Houston & Brunzell (0.5 point)

Eliminations: 2 by Warrior (2 points); 1 by Beefcake, Brown, Bass & Valentine (1 point each)

The Powers of Pain (Warlord & Barbarian), The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart), The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid), The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) & The Young Stallions (Paul Roma & Jim Powers) vs. Demolition (Ax & Smash), The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard), The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques & Raymond), The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zhukov) & The Conquistadores (Uno & Dos)(w/ Bobby Heenan, Mr. Fuji, Jimmy Hart & Slick)

This one will be quite tough to discuss, at least while there’s TWENTY FUCKING PEOPLE standing in that ring! Davey and a Conquistador start, but Jacques soon gets in and works over Davey, until Davey press slams Jacques into Raymond. Scary strength. The Rockers get a chance to shine, and not long afterwards we get the most interesting of scenarios: Dynamite up against Jacques Rougeau. I will better explain this throughout this match. DK hits a nasty SNAP suplex on Jacques for two. Jacques dropkicks Jim Powers for two, and in comes Bret Hart, getting a massive reaction, second only to that of The Warrior. Bret small packages Jacques into safety at 5:35.

So, that story: a rib between the Bulldogs and the Rougeaus had gone horribly wrong not long before this event, with them getting into numerous fights backstage. That caused The Bulldogs to give their notice, and in order to avoid more problems (it was the Bulldogs’ last date and match with the company), the Rougeaus were eliminated early in order to get the hell out of the arena before the Bulldogs got to the back. And that’s why the Rougeaus were the first team eliminated, despite being the most over team on the heel side, apart from the champs. That’s your story, back to the match…

  • Rougeaus eliminated (1 point to Bret Hart, over Jacques)

Roma with a high cross on Voloff for two. Smash hits a big boot on a Conquistador, and the Demos go to work on Bret. Michaels comes in, but he too gets worked over by the heels. Another curiousity from this match, as this was the only time Bret & Michaels would ever team up on PPV. AA Spinebuster gets two(?) and so does a slam from a Conquistador. Get ready to see clothesline city eliminating people all over the place, while AA’s nasty spinebuster is only good enough for a nearfall. Marty comes in, but Volkoff sends him into the corner so he can tag out to Davey Boy. Well, that was weird. Davey hits a powerslam for two, but he soon gets caught by the heels. Barbarian comes in with a high kick on Smash, and Anvil’s running powerslam gets two. DK plays face-in-peril until Boris misses a charge, allowing Kid to bring in Powers for the hot tag. Powers hits a high cross, but Boris rolls over to put the Stallions out at 15:20.

  • Young Stallions eliminated (1 point to Zhukov, over Powers)

HBK gets in with a fistdrop, followed by a Barbarian shoulderblock. Boris tags in Blanchard, who hilariously struts over and tags in Volkoff, trying to get the Powers of Pain over at any cost. With his side finally in control, now Tully adds his shots in a nice touch. HBK makes the comeback on Boris, and brings in Marty to finish Boris with a sunset flip at 18:09.

  • Bolsheviks eliminated (1 point to Jannetty, over Zhukov)

Marty gets caught over on the heel corner, but Arn makes the mistake of getting his head down, allowing Marty to bring in Davey Boy. Tully also comes in, though, and he whips Davey Boy hard into the turnbuckle. Hey look, The Conquistadores are still in there! The Harts & HBK take turns beating up one of them, causing him to look for a tag… in the wrong corner. That earns him a SNAP suplex by Dynamite. He adds a flying kneedrop and a backbreaker, probably wishing it would be Jacques Rougeau. Barbarian comes in with a powerslam, and now Blanchard comes in. The heels work over the Barbarian using quick tags, before he gets to Bret so he can make the comeback by running wild with the Usual. German out of the corner into a bridge does it… but wait. Blanchard got one of his shoulders up, while Bret did not, so it’s the Harts who are gone at 27:03.

  • Hart Foundation eliminated (1 point to Blanchard, over Bret)

Dynamite quickly comes in with a tombstone piledriver on Blanchard, but it only gets two as the Harts were still arguing with the referees over their elimination. The Brain Busters are pissed, and they brawl with the Rockers all the way to the back for the double elimination at 27:57.

  • Rockers & Brain Busters eliminated

So we’re down to the Bulldogs & Powers of Pain on the babyface side, and Demolition & THE CONQUISTADORES(!!!!) over on the heel side. The Demos go to work on the PoP before a Conquistador misses a senton, undoing all the work that had been done like a complete idiot. This match is already feeling way too long. Delayed suplex by Davey gets two. He hits the powerslam, but instead of going for the pin he tags Ax back in. Come on. Davey hits an elbow for two. Dynamite hits a gutwrench into a headbutt, but it still only gets two. It’s the freakin Conquistadores, they do jobs to the Young Stallions in five minutes on Prime Time Wrestling and are going nearly half an hour on the PPV? Smash comes in to eat the snap suplex, but the diving headbutt misses and Smash clotheslines the Bulldogs out of the WWF at 36:02.

  • British Bulldogs eliminated (1 point to Smash, over Dynamite)

Warlord comes in but misses a charge, allowing Ax to target his shoulder. They work over Warlord while Mr. Fuji stands on the apron, before accidentally pulling the rope down and knocking out his own man for the count-out elimination at 39:33.

  • Demolition eliminated

The Conquistadores are completely forgotten about at this point, as Fuji turns on Demolition on the outside and joins the Powers of Pain for the double-team. Great, the Demos were over on their own anyway and Fuji didn’t add much to the team. Oh, and by the way, the Powers of Pain put the Conquistadores away like they’re nothing after all this, with Barbarian getting the final pin over one of them (who knows if it’s Uno or Dos) after a whooping 42:12. This was obviously extended in order to allow the Rougeaus to get out of town before the Bulldogs got to the back, thus missing the match’s peak. The crowd didn’t really get the turn either, as the Demolition clean house as babyfaces post-match but get booed. Technically fine match but very, very, very weird. ***

Survivors: The Powers of Pain (1 point)

Winners (although eliminated): Rockers, Bulldogs, Harts & Stallions (0.5 point)

Eliminations: 1 by Bret, Zhukov, Jannetty, Blanchard, Smash & Barbarian (1 point each)

Meanwhile, Bad News Brown says this concept is rubbish and challenges Savage for the WWF title. In other words, but that was his point. About that Savage thing, though, don’t be surprised if you end up working with his partner and losing your streak to him instead, brother.

Meanwhile part two, Mr. Fuji is like ‘Demolition bad, Powers of Pain good’.

Meanwhile part three, Bobby Heenan says Andre’s team is confident. When you have Scott Casey in the opposite team, you SHOULD be confident.

Meanwhile part four, the Mega Powers will survive later tonight, brother. Hogan claims there are no weak links in their team, which is the closest to him putting anyone over on TV in the glory Hulkamania days.

Team Andre/Bravo (Andre the Giant, Dino Bravo, Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect & Harley Race)(w/ Bobby Heenan & Frenchy Martin) vs. Team Roberts/Duggan (Jake Roberts, Jim Duggan, Tito Santana, Ken Patera & Scott Casey)

First of all, RIP to Andre’s team, whose five members have all passed away. In case you’re wondering what in the hell Scott Casey is doing on PPV, he’s subbing for The Junkyard Dog, who left for the NWA just weeks before this show. And apparently they had no one else, which shows how great the WWF’s undercard was at this point.

Rude starts with Patera, and it doesn’t take long for the latter to play face-in-peril. The heels take turns beating him up, until he shoves Mr. Perfect away and brings in Tito to start working the arm. Casey comes in to take a Bravo atomic drop and a pair of suplexes from Race, but luckily for him he manages to tag Patera back in. Duggan soon comes in and starts running wild with a clothesline on Perfect, but Andre chokes him out on the apron. Rude comes in to face Duggan as they collide for a double KO spot. Duggan recovers first and brings in Patera, but he misses a charge and walks into the Rude Awakening at 8:18.

  • Ken Patera eliminated (1 point to Rick Rude)

Casey comes in next, getting beat up by all the heels. He actually manages to backslide Bravo for two, but eventually hits the showers after taking Bravo’s side suplex at 9:27.

  • Scott Casey eliminated (1 point to Dino Bravo)

A brief Santana/Perfect wrestling sequence is teased as Perfect small packages him for two, but Perfect is soon a victim of Duggan’s goofy comeback thing. Andre again goes after Duggan on the apron with some headbutts, forcing him to tag out to Tito, who runs into Andre as well. Tito hits a high cross and a sunset flip on Rude for two, before Race comes in with a piledriver that also gets two. Clothesline gets two more. Santana explodes with the flying forearm for the pin at 13:20.

  • Harley Race eliminated (1 point to Tito Santana)

Andre finally tags in for the first time in this match, and Santana basically plays his bitch. He throws him around for fun, sits on him a few times, cuts off an attempted comeback and sits on him again to put him away for good at 14:40.

  • Tito Santana eliminated (1 point to Andre the Giant)

It’s now 4-on-2 for the heels, with only Roberts & Duggan left for the babyfaces and everyone but Harley Race left on the heel side. Duggan goes after Andre immediately, and it’s not long before Andre gets caught on the ropes. SHOCKING. This allows Roberts to get some shots on Andre, before Rude comes in to save him. Roberts tries to fight back, but he’s too close to the heel corner and they prevent him from reaching Duggan. Roberts finally catches Bravo with a short arm clothesline and he’s thinking DDT, only for Rude to sneak in with a clothesline from the apron. Bravo gets a piledriver for two, but he misses an elbow and it’s hot tag Duggan. Frenchy gets involved, though, and Duggan grabs the 2×4 and uses it to get DQ’d like a total idiot at 21:20.

  • Jim Duggan eliminated

Thus leaving Roberts alone against four heels. If I was Jake Roberts, I’d DDT him as a thank you. But I guess Roberts has never been known for being a nice guy, has he? Perfect is all cocky before eating a kneelift, getting Bravo in. Bravo shows off his strength but he almost ends up taking the DDT, backdropping him out and tagging in Rude. Rude gets his shots in as well, but the sensual posing earns him a DDT to blow off that feud once and for all (one month too late) at 28:45.

  • Rick Rude eliminated (1 point to Jake Roberts)

Andre’s finally had enough of this drama, and he decides killing Jake Roberts would be a nice way to spend his Thanksgiving night. He absolutely murders Roberts in the corner and chokes him, totally ignoring the referee and sacrificing himself as he eventually is gone via DQ at 29:40.

  • Andre the Giant eliminated

Roberts is finished, however, so Perfect comes in with a perfect cover for the win at 30:00. Solid match overall, with the highlights being Roberts doing a great job of having to fight from underneath against four bad guys and a creative finish that put Andre over as a killer, Perfect as a dick while still protecting Roberts in defeat. Nothing I’ll probably wanna watch again, but I liked it. ***1/4

Survivors: Dino Bravo & Mr. Perfect (1 point)

Winners (although eliminated): Andre, Rude & Race (0.5 point)

Eliminations: 1 by Rude, Bravo, Tito, Andre, Roberts & Perfect (1 point each)

Team Mega Powers (Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, Hercules, Koko B. Ware & Hillbilly Jim) vs. Team Bossman/Akeem (The Big Bossman, Akeem, Ted DiBiase, King Haku & The Red Rooster)(w/ Slick, Bobby Heenan & Virgil)

In what has to be both the most hilarious and distracting moment of the night, Koko has the back of his tights blurred on the Network. He had WWF written on his ass, so I’d assume they blurred it to avoid legal actions from the Panda. The big secret here, though, is… did the B. in Koko B. Ware stand for Blurredass all along?

Much like at WrestleMania earlier that year, Savage and DiBiase start the main-event of Survivor Series. DiBiase starts in control, before Savage connects with a clothesline and tags in Hercules, and DiBiase is having none of that. Rooster takes advantage of the distraction to hit a jawbreaker on Herc, who brings in THE BLURREDMAN to play Ricky Morton. Haku misses a legdrop, though, and Herc’s back in to pound on him. Hogan gets in to drop some elbows and a double-team big boot alongside Hillbilly gets two. A really nice missile dropkick by Koko gets two. Hogan gets back in to run wild on Rooster with the Usual, before allowing Savage to pin him like the great friend and tag partner he is via the Macho Elbow at 6:10.

  • Red Rooster eliminated (1 point to Randy Savage)

Haku gets in to bump around for the Mega Powers, before eventually catching Hogan with a dropkick. Hogan obviously no-sells it and even hulks up to hit some clotheslines before tagging Herc back in. He drops some elbows for two, but Haku gets the side suplex and it’s time for the AFRICAN DREAM. Herc tags in Hillbilly, who gets absolutely squashed in the corner and hits the showers (or did he? Gorilla always talks about how he’s been wearing the same boots since 1985 after all…) once Akeem follows up with the 747 at 10:00.

  • Hillbilly Jim eliminated (1 point to Akeem)

Koko jumps Akeem immediately and brings him to his corner, but that one doesn’t work out as well as he probably expected. Akeem pounds him down, tags in the Big Bossman, Bossman Slam and Koko The Blurredman is gonzo at 11:45.

  • Koko B. Ware eliminated (1 point to Big Bossman)

Hogan comes in to tease his big showdown with the Bossman, which gets a nice reaction as expected. Hogan pounds and pounds on Bossman but fails to get him down, as then Bossman puts him down after Hogan runs into a single spinebuster. Simple and effective psychology, enough of a tease to leave the fans wanting more, and Bossman brings in Akeem. Bossman continues to choke Hogan from the apron, allowing Haku to headbutt Hogan for two. DiBiase comes in with the million dollar fistdrops, but Hogan shockingly no-sells it and is immediately back up. It’s sad to see DiBiase going from being the hottest heel in the company to whatever he’s doing here, just a few months after the fact. Herc gets back in to finally get some of DiBiase. Virgil trips him up, though, and DiBiase pins Hercules with a cheap roll-up at 16:35.

  • Hercules eliminated (1 point to Ted DiBiase)

DiBiase mocks Hercules on his way out, allowing Savage to catch him with a cheap roll-up of his own at 16:57.

  • Ted DiBiase eliminated (1 point to Randy Savage)

Thankfully Hogan mentioned there were no weak links in his team earlier. Whatever you wanna call the three of them, they’re all gone now and it’s down to Hogan and Savage. Feel free to call them dead weight if you want, but weak links they are NOT, brother. Haku misses a headbutt on Savage, but connects with a thrust kick on Hogan. Akeem beats up Hogan for a while, but Haku is back in with a suplex for two before putting Hogan in a nice and comfortable massage, otherwise known as a nerve hold by some. Bossman hits the Bossman Slam but stops to celebrate instead of, you know, WINNING, and goes to the top (?) only to miss a splash. What in the hell was that all about? Savage comes in for the hot tag, only to get hit by Slick as he runs the ropes. Slick goes after Liz on the outside, forcing Savage to go after him. Suddenly everyone’s on the floor, but while Savage goes back inside, Bossman handcuffs Hogan on the ropes and gets counted-out while doing so for the REALLY LAME elimination at 23:24. I know you wanna protect him in defeat, but compare this to Andre’s elimination in the prior match… Bossman just looks dumb here.

  • The Big Bossman eliminated

He beats up Hogan with the nightstick before finally going to the back, leaving Hogan cuffed to the bottom rope. Meanwhile, inside the ring there’s still a match going on, and the heels double-team Savage until the ref DQs Akeem for kicking too much ass at 25:00

  • Akeem eliminated

And yes, it’s down to King Haku alone with the Mega Powers. Guess how that one ends. Slick taunts Hogan with the handcuff key, but Haku misses a superkick inside the ring and superkicks Slick by accident instead. That allows Elizabeth to steal the key from him, Hogan’s free, hot tag, the Usual, boot, leg, thanks for coming at 30:10.

Apart from the really lame eliminations of Akeem and the Big Bossman, this match was fine a did a good job of teasing future encounters, particularly DiBiase/Hercules and Hogan/Bossman. ***1/4 After the match, Hogan completely ignores Savage and instead poses, before grabbing Savage’s wife (who was with him on the mat) and putting her in his shoulders. Uh oh. Wrong fucking move, big boy. Savage indeed poses with Hogan after a while to close the show, but not before giving him a very brief look while he has Elizabeth in his arms. Very brief look, but enough to let you know Savage is starting to get just a little bit sick of Hulk Hogan. Rightfully so, might I add.

Survivors: Hogan & Savage (1 point)

Winners (although eliminated): Hercules, Koko & Hillbilly (0.5 point)

Eliminations: 2 by Savage (2 points); 1 by Akeem, Bossman, DiBiase & Hogan (1 point each)

Overall, a much better show than SummerSlam was. I was expecting the giant elimination match between all the tag-teams to be the best match of the night, much like the year before, but it was obviously affected by behind the scenes shenanigans. All matches are enjoyable, some obviously more than others, also depending on your own personal interest for the characters and/or stories involved. Survivor Series 1988 is recommended. 7/10

Finally, the points:

  • Randy Savage: 7.25 points (3.25 for star rating + 2 for eliminations + 1 for being a survivor + 1 for main-eventing)
  • The Ultimate Warrior: 6.5 points (3.5 for star rating + 2 for eliminations + 1 for being a survivor)
  • Hulk Hogan: 6.25 points (3.25 for star rating + 1 for an elimination + 1 for being a survivor + 1 for main-eventing)
  • Perfect & Bravo: 5.25 points (3.25 for star rating + 1 for an elimination + 1 for being survivors)
  • Powers of Pain: 5 points (3 for star rating + 1 for an elimination + 1 for being survivors)
  • Bossman & Akeem: 4.75 points (3.25 for star rating + 1 for an elimination + 1 for main-eventing – 0.5 for getting eliminated by CO/DQ)
  • Brutus Beefcake: 4.5 points (3.5 for star rating + 1 for an elimination + 0.5 for winning – 0.5 for getting eliminated by CO)
  • Ted DiBiase: 4.25 points (3.25 for star rating + 1 for an elimination + 1 for main-eventing – 1 for getting eliminated by pin)
  • Andre the Giant: 4.25 points (3.25 for star rating + 1 for an elimination + 0.5 for winning – 0.5 for getting eliminated by DQ)
  • Bad News Brown: 4 points (3.5 for star rating + 1 for an elimination – 0.5 for getting eliminated by CO)
  • The Rockers: 4 points (3 for star rating + 0.5 for winning + 1 for an elimination – 0.5 for getting eliminated by DQ)
  • Rick Rude: 3.75 points (3.25 for star rating + 0.5 for winning + 1 for an elimination – 1 for getting eliminated by pin)
  • Hercules, Koko & H. Jim: 3.75 points (3.25 for star rating + 0.5 for winning + 1 for main-eventing – 1 for getting eliminated by pin)
  • Hart Foundation: 3.5 points (3 for star rating + 0.5 for winning + 1 for an elimination – 1 for getting eliminated by pin)
  • Valentine & Bass: 3.5 points (3.5 for star rating + 1 for an elimination – 1 for getting eliminated by pin)
  • Demolition: 3.5 points (3 for star rating + 1 for an elimination – 0.5 for getting eliminated by CO)
  • Roberts & Santana: 3.25 points (3.25 for star rating + 1 for an elimination – 1 for getting eliminated by pin)
  • Haku: 3.25 points (3.25 for star rating + 1 for main-eventing – 1 for getting eliminated by pin)
  • Red Rooster: 3.25 points (3.25 for star rating + 1 for main-eventing – 1 for getting eliminated by pin)
  • Blazer, Houston & Brunzell: 3 points (3.5 for star rating + 0.5 for winning – 1 for getting eliminated by pin/sub)
  • Honky Tonk Man: 3 points (3.5 for star rating – 0.5 for getting eliminated by CO)
  • Bulldogs & Stallions: 3 points (3 for star rating + 0.5 for winning – 1 for getting eliminated by pin)
  • Harley Race: 2.75 points (3.25 for star rating + 0.5 for winning – 1 for getting eliminated by pin)
  • Jim Duggan: 2.75 points (3.25 for star rating – 0.5 for getting eliminated by DQ)
  • Danny Davis: 2.5 points (3.5 for star rating – 1 for getting eliminated by sub)
  • Patera & Casey: 2.25 points (3.25 for star rating – 1 for getting eliminated by pin)
  • Rougeaus & Conquistadores: 2 points (3 for star rating – 1 for getting eliminated by pin)

That is it for the second edition of Survivor Series. Coming up next time, and closing the 1988 chapter on this website, an episode of SNME featuring Randy Savage vs. Andre the Giant for the WWF Championship. Make sure you don’t miss it. Also, don’t forget that starting in 1989, I’ll be reviewing NWA (Clash of the Champions & PPVs) as well. As always, thank you so much for your time. I’ll see you next time.