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Attitude Of Aggression #274: The Big Four Project Chapter 2: WrestleMania III & Survivor Series ’87

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The Attitude Of Aggression returns for Chapter 2 of The Big Four Project, a chronological analysis, review, and discussion about WWE’s Big Four PPVs. On this Episode, Dave is joined by the one and only PC Tunney to discuss two hugely important events in pro wrestling history, WrestleMania III and the inaugural Survivor Series. WrestleMania III is, of course, known for its missive live crowd, the titanic clash between Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant for the WWF World Championship, and the epic encounter between “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat for the Intercontinental Championship, a match considered by many to be the greatest WrestleMania match of all-time. The backstory for the very first Survivor Series is fascinating and shows how nasty things were between the WWF and NWA many years before the Monday Night Wars even existed. The first Survivor Series was loaded with great action and featured, quite possibly, the greatest Survivor Series team of all-time. Curious? Intrigued? You should be as Chapter 2 of The Big Four Project covers a stretch in WWE history that might very well have been the most important year in the history of the industry. Tune in and enjoy!

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Chairshot Classics: WWF Survivor Series 1991

Eric Ames took a look back at WWE Survivor Series 1991 for Chairshot Classics, featuring the controversial Undertaker-Hulk Hogan showdown!

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Eric Ames took a look back at WWE Survivor Series 1991 for Chairshot Classics, featuring the controversial Undertaker-Hulk Hogan showdown!

We’re getting closer to WWE’s annual November tradition–the Survivor Series, so today we’re taking a look back at another previous event! WWF Champion Hulk Hogan faces arguably his toughest challenge yet in the seemingly indestructible Undertaker. Not to mention Ric Flair has been goading the Hulkster, so the champion certainly has a lot to worry about. Can Hulkamania overcome once again?

Open: Gorilla Monsoon welcomes us to the Joe Louis Arena for tonight’s highly anticipated event, then directs us to video of Jake Roberts’ horrifying actions against Randy Savage from this past weekend’s episode of Superstars. The Snake would tie-up Macho in the ropes, leaving him powerless to defend himself. Jake would unveil his king cobra and allow it to gnaw on Savage’s arm. EMT’s would rush to Macho Man’s aid, pulling him out of the ring as the venom would coarsed through his veins. WWF President Jack Tunney would disallow Savage from competing at Survivor Series due to doctor’s orders, subsequently barring Jake from bringing a snake to the ring anymore and finally reinstating Macho Man. Their confrontation has now been moved a week later and will take place at This Tuesday In Texas.

Match #1 – Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase, The Mountie, The Warlord & Ric Flair w/’Sensational’ Sherri, ‘Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart, Harvey Wippleman & Mr. Perfecct vs. WWF Intercontinental Champion Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart, Virgil, The British Bulldog & ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper
The MDM & Hot Rod will start the action, Flair comes in and delivers a cheap shot to Piper’s back, giving DiBiase the advantage, he sends Roddy to the ropes for a clothesline, Piper ducks and hits one of his own. He crotches DiBiase on the top rope, Sherri looks to pull MDM to the outside, but Piper instead drags them both into the ring, corners Sherri and catches DiBiase coming up from behind with a right hand.

The Sensational One hops onto Piper’s back, Roddy gets out of it and plants a smooch on her to send her to the outside. Hot Rod unloads on The MDM with a series of lefts and rights, grabs a wristlock, switches to a hammerlock and tags out. The Bulldog drives knees to the arm, brings in Virgil and he does more of the same before bringing Bret in. The Hitman drops a leg and maintains the hammerlock, Piper re-enters and his tam with more frequent tags to work over the arm. Bret utilizes an armbar, MDM backs him into the corner and doesn’t break clean, Hitman reversing a whip across, charges in for a knee and DiBiase avoids it.

He hooks the champion for a figure four, Hitman kicks him away, monkey flips MDM over and grabs him in multiple pinning predicaments for counts of 2. He takes The MDM back down with an armdrag and hooks the armbar, DiBiase gains his footing, pushes Bret off to the ropes and is knocked down by a shoulder. Hitman back to the ropes, MDM with a hiptoss and he’s finally able to tag out, Flair stepping in and immediately missing an elbow drop. The Hitman scores with an inverted atomic drop, Bulldog with a tag and he catapults The Real World’s Champion into the top turnbuckle.

Flair fires back with chops, Davey Boy reverses a whip to the ropes and elevates Flair with a press slam, then gives the people what they want and brings in Hot Rod. Piper & Flair exchange shots in the corner, Roddy is a house of fire and Flair is sent to the outside after a flurry of rights and lefts. Piper is in pursuit, drives Flair’s head into the steel steps, rolls him inside and Warlord quickly tags in to stop the momentum. He calls for a test of strength, Piper tags Bulldog and he hits the ropes, merely staggering Warlord with a couple of shoulders. He hits the ropes again and takes him off his feet with a dropkick, shoots Warlord into the corner, charges in and meets a boot to the face.

The Mountie enters and scores with a jumping back elbow out of the ropes, Bulldog is close to his corner and makes a tag, Mountie seeking refuge on the outside as The Hitman steps in. DiBiase takes the ring, collar & elbow lock-up, Bret backs MDM into the corner and doesn’t break clean, burying fists to the midsection. He cracks The MDM with a backbreaker, drops an elbow from the 2nd rope and gains a count of 2, goes to a side headlock, gets pushed to the ropes and collides heads with DiBiase, both guys doubling down. The Mountie & Bulldog gets tags, Bulldog with a clothesline out of the ropes, sends Mountie back in for a back elbow, then again for a press slam. Flair comes in from behind and baits Piper & Virgil into the ring, serves a plate of chops to Bulldog and they have no affect.

DiBiase comes in to help Flair sends Bulldog into the corner, they look for a double clothesline, but The Bulldog ducks it and hits them with one of his own. He finally gets his hands on The Mountie, plants him with a running powerslam and covers, everybody enters the ring and it stops the count, Flair takes advantage and comes off the top with a shot to the back of the head, allowing Mountie to turn Bulldog over and gain a 3 count. The British Bulldog has been eliminated. Piper wastes little time in jumping Flair, DiBiase steps in and Hot Rod battles in the wrong corner, but the numbers catch up to him.

The Real World’s Champion snapmares him over, drops a knee, taunts Virgil and then misses another knee. Roddy uses Flair’s own hold against him, slapping on the figure four, Mountie enters and baits Virgil into the ring, the referee is distracted and DiBiase comes in to break the hold before tagging in. He cracks Roddy’s leg with a kneebreaker, utilizes a spinning toe hold, Piper counters into a small package and gets a near fall. The Mountie with a tag now, locks on a boston crab, Hot Rod crawls his way to a tag and Virgil comes in, sending Mountie to the corner and leveling him with a clothesline off the rebound.

The Mountie looks for a tag but none of his partners want in, Virgil shoots him to the ropes for a back elbow and now Flair takes a tag. He exchanges shots with Virgil and comes up on the short end, Virgil with a series of shots, but gets caught with a kick in the corner. He reverses a whip across, flips Flair with a back body drop, The Real World’s Champion begs off and backs away, tagging The MDM. DiBiase looks to ram Virgil into the top turnbuckle, it’s blocked and MDM meets the turnbuckle numerous times. Virgil whips him to the ropes, DiBiase reverses, plants Virgil with a powerslam and brings in The Warlord.

He clobbers away at Virgil’s spine and tosses him to the outside, Flair drops down to punish Virgil behind the official’s back, The Hitman coming around ringside to help Virgil back in. The Warlord with more heavy shots, puts Virgil in the Full Nelson, everyone steps in which allows Bret to drive a shot to the back of Warlord’s head from the top, Piper covers without making a tag and gets the evens up the odds. The Warlord has been eliminated. The MDM is arguing with the referee, Roddy with a roll-up from behind and he nearly gets 3.

MDM goes to the eyes, sends Piper to the ropes and drops him with a back elbow, then looks to follow with a vertical suplex. Hot Rod blocks it and hits one of his own, tag to Virgil and he shoots DiBiase in for a couple clotheslines. Again The MDM goes to the eyes to gain an edge, whips Virgil in for a clothesline of his own, Virgil avoids it and slaps on the Million Dollar Dream. DiBiase drives Virgil into the top turnbuckle to escape it, The Real World’s Champion re-enters, slams Virgil with a back suplex and brings The Mountie in to keep the pressure on. He shoots Virgil to the ropes and scores with a dropkick, tag to DiBiase and he drops an elbow from the 2nd rope.

He plants Virgil with a gutwrench suplex, Flair back in and they score with a double clothesline out of the ropes, Flair covering with his feet on the ropes, but only getting 2. The MDM tags in and flattens Virgil with a clothesline, sends him back to the ropes for a back body drop, Virgil has it scouted and connects with a swinging neckbreaker. Piper & Flair receive tags, The Real World’s Champion fires away with little affeect, Hot Rod going to the eyes and pounding Flair in the corner. Flair powers out for an inverted atomic drop, it has no affect on Hot Rod and he introduces Flair’s face to the top turnbuckle multiple times.

Everybody enters the ring now as the referee can no longer maintain order, Flair scales the top rope and is caught by Roddy who slams him to the canvas, he shoots Flair to the corner and The Real World’s Champion flips up and over, falling to the outside. The official has finally had enough and calls for the bell as the brawl continues. Everyone gets disqualified except for Flair.
Winner & Sole Survivor: Ric Flair

  • After The Bell: The melee continues with Roddy, Bret & Virgil clearing the ring.
  • EA’s Take: Great start and I’d argue this is the best traditional Survivor Series match there’s ever been until this point. Of course the big story here is the WWF PPV debut of Ric Flair, the franchise of the NWA/WCW for so many years. Flair had finally had enough of the antics at WCW, mainly the new head of the company Jim Herd. After nearly coming a year earlier, Flair signed with the WWF in August, quickly becoming the company’s top heel. He arrived with WCW’s World Title belt as he was the champion at the time and literally owned the championship after putting down a $25,000 deposit (Flair claims that to this day he was never reimbursed). Calling himself ‘The Real World’s Champion’ (the WWF would black-out the title on televised broadcasts), Flair originally was paired with Bobby Heenan. After a short time of living on the road with Flair, Heenan couldn’t handle the lifestyle and was swapped to his on-air ‘financial consultant’ with Mr. Perfect taking managerial duties. Flair would waste little time in calling out the company’s top talent, issuing challenges left and right to Roddy Piper & Hulk Hogan.

In The Arena: ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund introduces the newly reinstated ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage. Gene discusses Savage’s reinstatement and the brutal attack he suffered at the hands of Jake Roberts. Macho talks about the poison affecting his vision and hearing, however he could hear Elizabeth’s screams. There may be no more reptiles allowed at ringside, but Roberts has been the real snake all along. Savage promises to be all over Jake at This Tuesday In Texas, Okerlund inquires about Elizabeth, but Macho tells him to ask her in person. Elizabeth makes her way out, giving thanks to any and everyone that helped to get Randy reinstated, predicting a victory for him.

Match #2 – Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: Colonel Mustafa, The Berzerker, Skinner & Hercules w/General Adnan & Mr. Fuji vs. ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich, ‘El Matador’ Tito Santana, ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan & Sgt. Slaughter
Skinner & Santana will get things going, they tie-up and jockey for position, Skinner backs Tito into the corner and slaps him in the face. El Matador returns the favor, scores with a clothesline and grabs a side headlock, taking Skinner to the canvas. Skinner pushes Tito off to the ropes to break it, gets knocked down by a shoulder, Santana back to the ropes and he connects with a Flying Forearm that sends Skinner out to the floor.

He collects himself and climbs back in, Santana back to the side headlock, gets pushed off again and ducks a couple of shots, attempts a crossbody and Skinner avoids it to take control. Berzerker gets the tag, comes off the 2nd rope for a double stomp and misses, El Matador rolling over to tag Von Erich. The Tornado fires away with rights, Berzerker powers him into the corner, shoots him into the ropes and misses a clothesline, then a dropkick attempt. Von Erich with shots to Berzerker’s partners, gets caught in the corner and Hercules tags in.

Tornado quickly rolls away and brings Hacksaw in, Herc with a side headlock off the lock-up, gets pushed into the ropes and they collide shoulders, neither man hitting the mat. They trade right hands, Duggan gets the advantage, Hercules reverses a whip to the ropes, Hacksaw ducking a right hand and Berzerker grabs the hair, placing Duggan in his corner and doing a number on him. The Berzerker takes the ring, whips Hacksaw in for a back elbow and tags right out, Mustafa dropping Duggan with a turnbuckle shot and going to a side headlock. Hacksaw to a veritcal base, escapes and hits the ropes, but runs into a shot to the throat for a count of 2.

He introduces Duggan to the top turnbuckle again, Hacksaw battles back in the corner, climbing to the 2nd rope for a flurry of right hands, the ref stepping in to create a break and Mustafa takes the opening for another 2 count. He hooks Hacksaw for a vertical suplex, Duggan blocks and hits a delayed version, finally reaching Slaughter. Sarge blocks right hands and splits Mustafa with an atomic drop, lays him out with a clothesline and picks up the 1-2-3. Colonel Mustafa has been eliminated.

The Berzerker hops right in and Slaughter meets him with heavy shots, Berzerker reversing a whip into the corner and scoring with big right hands. He shoots Sarge back across, sternum-first into the turnbuckles, then to the ropes and plants a big boot to the jaw for a near fall. The Mighty One tags in and maintains the advantage, drives Slaughter into the top turnbuckle for another 2 count, Berzerker tagging back in. He sends Sarge to the ropes again, misses a right hand, Slaughter crotches him on the top rope, hits the ropes and goes to the knees before tagging out.

Duggan walks into a right hand, Berzerker shoots him to the ropes for a back body drop, Hacksaw sees it coming and scores with a kick, then clotheslines him over the top to the floor. The Berzerker quickly rushes back in, Duggan flips him over the top on the other side and drops his partners on the apron. Slaughter drops down and tosses Berzerker back in, The Berzerker goes to the breadbasket of Hacksaw, shoots him into the corner, Duggan making a tag on the way in and getting squashed by a running shoulder. The Texas Tornado scores with right hands, delivers a Tornado Punch and turns his attention to Herc & Skinner on the apron.

Berzerker uses his size advantage to hold Von Erich in the wrong corner, Herc re-enters, sends Tornado to the ropes for a back body drop, Von Erich avoids one, then another and gets the tag to El Matador. Tito shoots Hercules in and buries a fist in the abdomen, hits the ropes and connects with El Paso Del Muerte for the 3 count. Hercules has been eliminated. Skinner takes the ring and ambushes Santana after the fall, chokes El Matador on the canvas and rams his head into the top turnbuckle. He chokes Tito on the middle rope, tags out and Berzerker hammers Santana in his corner, shoots him to the ropes and flattens him with a clothesline.

Skinner back in with a slam, taunts The Tornado on the apron and pays for it, Tito with shots the ribs. Skinner elevates El Matador for an atomic drop, Slaughter makes a blind tag, Skinner pushes Tito to the ropes for a roll-up, but El Matador hangs on and pushes him away, Sarge grabbing a roll-up and gaining the pinfall. Skinner has been eliminated. The Berzerker is left to fend for himself, attacking Slaughter after the 3 count and sending him to the ropes for a dropkick.

Sarge hangs on to avoid it, introduces Berzerker’s head into an exposed turnbuckle over and over, then sends him across and tags in Hacksaw. Slaughter shoots The Berzerker at Duggan, Hacksaw goes to the 3 Point Stance and levels him to pickup the victory.
Winners & Sole Survivors: ‘The Texas Tornado’ Kerry Von Erich, ‘El Matador’ Tito Santana, ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan & Sgt. Slaughter

  • EA’s Take: Really sloppy compared to our first match, but given the participants it’s no surprise. A lot of the lower level talent in this one with a couple of fresh and re-debuting faces mixed in. After years spent between the AWA & WCCW, The Berzerker would arrive in the WWF as ‘The Viking’ before changing his name, an eccentric character that seemed to have very little control of his barbaric behavior. Skinner is another new character given to an old face, as many will remember Steve Keirn for his time in the NWA as a member of The Fabulous Ones. He would also arrive in the WWF in 1990, portraying a dirty alligator handler who chewed tobacco in the ring, often spitting it on his opponents. For Tito Santana, he would take a brief hiatus from the company in 1991 before returning with his ‘El Matador’ gimmick, which was that of a bullfighter.

In The Arena: ‘Mean’ Gene is ready to conduct another interview, this time with Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts. Jake insists that we should trust him, saying what happened to Randy Savage was an accident and he was unaware that the king cobra hadn’t been devenomized. The Snake believes that Okerlund is trying to cast him as the original sinner, but the finger should be pointed at the fans who voted to have Macho reinstated. Roberts finds it hard to believe that nobody realized after 6 years that he’s the snake people need to worry about. He warns Elizabeth that if she shows up in Texas, there will be no prince there to wake her up with kiss, as it will be the end of the beginning.

Video: Two weeks ago, WWF Champion Hulk Hogan was a guest on Paul Bearer’s Funeral Parlor when Ric Flair would walk out, getting in the champion’s face. The Hulkster would retort, but The Undertaker would pop out of a casket behind the champion, attacking him with the urn. Piper & Savage would leave the broadcast position to make the save, Undertaker grabbing Hogan’s chain from around his neck as some sort of symbol.

Match #3 for the WWF Championship: The Undertaker w/Paul Bearer vs. WWF Champion Hulk Hogan
Hogan is fired up coming down to the ring, tipping over the casket reserved for him. The bell rings and we’re underway, collar & elbow tie-up and Taker powers the champion into the corner, charges in and Hulk side-steps it. They circle and lock-up again, Hulkster with a side headlock, Undertaker pushes him off to the ropes, misses a right hand, but scores with a shoulder knockdown to send Hogan to the outside. The champion regroups and cautiously re-enters the ring, Taker gets him by the throat and chokes Hulk in the corner, then rips at his nose.

The challenger uses the top rope to continue to choke Hogan, Paul Bearer does more of the same behind the ref’s back, The Undertaker following with a slam. He hits the ropes for an elbow drop, Hulkster rolls out of the way and scores with right hands, shoots the challenger to the ropes and hits a clothesline that merely staggers him. The champion attempts a slam and Taker blocks it, Hulk sends him back to the ropes and hits an elbow to the forehead, still unable to take him off his feet. Hogan introduces Undertaker’s head to the turnbuckles, clotheslines him over the top and the challenger lands on his feet, pulling Hogan out under the bottom rope and connecting with a shot to the throat.

He drives Hulkster into the steel steps, Bearer provides a distraction, allowing Taker to choke the champion with an electrical cord. They had back in the squared circle and Undertaker continues to choke the air out of Hulk’s lungs, Bearer again gets involved behind the official’s back. The challenger locks a claw hold on the Hulkster’s face, grinds him down to the mat and gains multiple 2 counts, the official finally checks Hogan’s arm and the champion gets a boost of adrenaline, battling to his feet. He hits the ropes multiple times for shoulder tackles, can’t get the challenger down, Hogan goes back to the well again and runs into a flying clothesline, Undertaker following with a Tombstone, but the Hulkster jumps right back to his feet.

The champion with heavy right hands, finally drops Taker to a knee and calls for a slam. Ric Flair makes his way down to ringside as Hogan slams Undertaker, Paul Bearer gets Hogan’s attention and the champion pulls him up to the apron, then notices Flair on the outside and rolls out to drop him. The Hulkster slides back in the ring, sends Undertaker to the ropes for a big boot, hits the ropes for the leg drop, but Bearer grabs his foot. The referee works to get Paul off the apron, Hulk turns around and takes a shot to the throat, Taker lifts him for another Tombstone as Flair places a chair in the ring.

The challenger spikes Hulk on the chair behind the ref’s back, Flair disposes of it, Taker with the cover and we have a new champion.
Winner and NEW WWF Champion: The Undertaker (Tombstone)

  • After The Bell: WWF officials come down to the ring to check on the lifeless Hogan, helping him to his feet after being dropped on the chair. Some of the younger fans in the crowd are in tears as Hulk is helped to the back.
  • EA’s Take: A really slow-paced contest dominated by Undertaker, the now-former champion providing all the energy. Taker’s moveset was pretty limited to a lot of chokes at this point, the pacing being slow only due to the nature of the gimmick. Either way, The Undertaker is a made man from this point on, becoming the youngest WWF Champion in history at this point. Ultimate Warrior’s departure forced the feud between him and Taker to be dropped, which one could argue is the best thing that happened for Undertaker’s career. The Hulkster wouldn’t wait long to cash in on his rematch, as the two would meet again for the title just 6 days later at This Tuesday In Texas.

Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene is in the interview area, shocked that Undertaker is the new champion. Okerlund calls ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper in for his thoughts, Hot Rod talking about anything happening in the WWF. He calls for WWF President Jack Tunney to do something about it, warning Flair & Undertaker that he can hear the bells and they are calling. Sean Mooney is in the locker room with Ric Flair & Mr. Perfect, Perfect speaking about the end of Hulkamania. Flair wonders what we thought would happen when he arrived in the WWF, saying he warned Hulk that his reign would be short-lived. After all these years of people believing in Hogan, but now that’s all over. No more Hollywood, no more limousines, no more little kids running wild. We go back to Gene Okerlund, breaking the news that Jack Tunney and Hulk Hogan are having a meeting as we speak. Gene brings in The Natural Disasters & Irwin R. Schyster alongside Jimmy Hart. Earthquake says the only shock tonight will be what they do to the Legion Of Doom & Big Boss Man. Jimmy thinks this match should have been 4 on 3, it wasn’t any of their fault that Randy Savage got bitten. Back to Sean Mooney who is with their opponents, The Legion Of Doom speaking about Jack Tunney’s decision to make it 3 on 3, Big Boss Man states he’s not afraid of all the big talk. One way or another, they will all serve hard time. We go to Gene again who’s with WWF President Jack Tunney, Tunney claiming the referee’s decision is final, but there will be a rematch at This Tuesday In Texas where he will be ringside to make sure there’s a fair outcome.

Match #4 – Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: The Beverly Brothers (Beau & Blake) & The Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags) w/The Genius & ‘Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart vs. The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch) & The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty)
Butch will begin with Knobbs, Butch with right hands off the tie-up, rakes the eyes, Knobbs battling back, gets a whip to the ropes reversed and takes a knee to the ribs. Luke gets the tag and The Bushwhackers lay out Knobbs with a double clothesline, Sags comes in and is driven to the mat, then driven into his partner. The Bushwhackers dispose of The Nasty Boys with double clotheslines, The Beverlys hit the ring and all 4 men brawl.

The Bushwhackers send them colliding into each other, score with a Battering Ram to each Beverly and clear the ring, The Nasty Boys pull themselves to the apron and The Rockers send them back down with double dropkicks. Order is restored, Shawn & Blake taking the ring now, Blake forces Michaels into the corner and doesn’t break clean. Shawn reverses a whip across, charges in and meets a back elbow to the mouth, irish whip to the ropes, Blake ducks his head for a back body drop and Michaels counters with a swinging neckbreaker.

He can’t capitalize and is split with an inverted atomic drop, Blake follows with a backbreaker and tags out. Knobbs comes in looking for an elbow drop, Shawn rolls out of the way, hits the ropes and connects with a high knee before tagging. Luke is in delivering shots to Knobbs in the corner, Knobbs reverses a whip across and charges in for a splash, but Luke side-steps it. Sags distracts Luke from the apron, Knobbs climbs to the 2nd rope and hits a flying clothesline, hooks the leg and Luke’s night is over. Luke has been eliminated.

Michaels steps right in, sends Knobbs in for a back body drop, Knobbs sees it coming and drops a double axe, then brings in Sags. He plants Shawn with a vertical suplex, buries shoulders to the midsection in the corner, whips Michaels across and rushes in for a back elbow. Shawn hops out of the way to the apron, springs to the top turnbuckle and scores with a crossbody for a count of 2, quickly catches Sags in an armdrag and tagging out. Jannetty comes in with a splash to the arm, locks on an armbar Sags gains a vertical base, gets an irish whip reversed and knocks Marty down with a shoulder.

Back to the ropes, Jannetty with an armdrag and he goes right back to the armbar, Sags using the hair to force Marty in the wrong corner and brings Beau into the match. Beau scores with a neck snap, shoots Marty in for a back body drop, Jannetty lands on his feet and connects with a superkick for a near fall. He hooks an armbar, Beau backs him to the corner to break the hold, but is taken back down with a drop toe hold, then grounded by a front facelock. Beau powers his way up, props Marty on the top turnbuckle, the referee steps in to create a break, Jannetty hops over Beau and bumps into the referee, allowing Beau to attack from behind.

He sends Marty hard into the corner, plants him with a gutwrench suplex and gets a 2 count. He utilizes a side headlock, Jannetty tries to push him off to the ropes, Beau reverses and both guys collide heads and hit the mat. Blake & Butch get tags, Butch unloads with rights and lefts, turns Blake inside-out with a clothesline, Beau hits the ring and is flattened by one of his own. Sags gets the referee’s attention from the apron, the numbers catch up to Butch and The Beverlys send him to the ropes, scoring with the Shaker Heights Spike for the 1-2-3. Butch has been eliminated.

Jannetty hops right in and unloads with punches, sends Beau to the ropes for a back elbow, then into the corner for a monkey flip. He follows with a hurricanrana for a near fall, Marty grabs a front facelock, Beau pushes him off to the ropes, catches a kick attempt, but gets clocked by an enzuigiri. He rolls to his corner to make a tag, Blake rushes right into an armdrag, Michaels makes a tag and uses a wristlock, Blake breaking it with a headbutt. He chokes Shawn on the middle rope, Knobbs intervenes behind the official’s back, Beau with a tag and he leapfrogs Blake into a seated senton on Michaels’ lower back for a count of 2.

Shawn is tossed to the outside, Beau holds the ref’s attention and Knobbs drops down, driving Shawn spine-first into the ring apron. Beau drags him back in by the hair, shoots him in for a back elbow, then drops another on the lower back before sending Michaels hard into the corner. He plants Shawn with a side slam off the rebound, whips Shawn back in for another, Michaels flips over to his feet, hooks a backslide and sneaks in the pinfall. Beau Beverly has been eliminated. Blake ambushes Shawn after the fall, drives him spine-first into the top turnbuckle and plants him with a running powerslam for a 2 count.

Knobbs tags in and sends Michaels in for a back body drop, Shawn counters with a sunset flip and gains his own 2 count, Sags getting a quick tag to prevent Michaels from reaching his corner. He pushes Shawn to the ropes and tosses him over the top, Michaels lands on his feet on the apron, dropkicks Sags from behind and sends him to the outside. He heads to the apron and flies to the floor with a clothesline, Knobbs comes around to help and eats a superkick for his troubles, Shawn rolling Sags back in and scaling the corner. He comes off the top and catches a right hand to the face, Blake tags back in and hits the ropes for a leg drop, hits Michaels with a hot shot and whips him in for a back body drop.

Michaels has it scouted, delivers a kick and finally crawls to a tag as Knobbs enters, Marty coming in with a flurry of fists to all his opponents. He shoots Knobbs to the ropes for a jumping back elbow, snapmares him over and gets a count of 2, Knobbs going to the eyes and bringing Blake back in, Blake getting caught in an armdrag as he enters. Blake pushes Marty to the ropes, Jannetty rolls through, grabs a waistlock and pushes Blake to the ropes for a roll-up, Blake hangs on and Marty rolls through again, hooking Blake for a near fall. Blake squirms away and tags Knobbs, he whips Jannetty hard into the corner plants him with a front slam and merely gets 1 before bringing Sags in.

Sags scores with a pumphandle slam, follows with a back suplex and tags out. Knobbs comes off the 2nd rope for a splash, Marty gets the knees up and makes the tag, Shawn coming in to send Knobbs to the ropes, it’s reversed, but Michaels is right back with a clothesline. All 5 guys are in the ring now, The Rockers sandwich Blake with Knobbs & Sags, Marty lifts Sags for a slam, Shawn is hit in the face accidentally by Sags’ feet, Knobbs grabs a roll-up and Michaels is finished. Shawn Michaels has been eliminated. Michaels loses his cool and berates Jannetty before exiting, Marty looks to apologize, but Shawn pushes him away before finally accepting his apology.

Knobbs ambushes Marty from behind with the numbers in his favor, shoots Jannetty to the corner and charges in, running into a boot to the face. He follows with a bulldog off the 2nd rope and covers, Sags breaks the count at 2 and throws Jannetty to the floor. Blake tags in and drags Marty back inside, whips him to the ropes and plants him with a powerslam, pulling Jannetty up during the count to dish out more punishment. Knobbs comes back in and utilizes a wristlock, Marty springs on the ropes to counter out, slides between the legs and out to the floor, dragging Knobbs with him. Sags looks to intervene and is met with a superkick, Jannetty heads up top and takes out both Nasty Boys on the outside with a crossbody before climbing to the apron.

He slides between Blake’s legs and back into the ring, into the ropes they go and Marty connects with a facebuster, The Nasty Boys entering from behind for a double clothesline to no avail. Blake has the official occupied as Jannetty gets a small package on Sags, Knobbs switches the momentum, the ref turning around to make the 3 count.
Winners & Sole Survivors: The Nasty Boys & Blake Beverly

  • EA’s Take: This felt painstakingly long to me, the best spots of the match coming near the end with The Rockers’ high flying. Our newcomers The Beverly Brothers are Wayne Bloom (Beau) & Mike Enos (Blake), formerly known as The Destruction Crew in the AWA and The Minnesota Wrecking Crew 2 in the NWA. After the AWA closed it’s doors down in 1990, the duo would work for New Japan before arriving in the WWF in May of 91, taking on the gimmick of two spoiled, rich, bleach blonde brothers and receiving a fair push in the tag team ranks. The Bushwhackers remain at the lower end of the tag team spectrum, while The Nasty Boys were headed in that direction after losing the tag titles at SummerSlam. The Rockers had a lot of friction between the two backstage, even breaking down into a real-life brawl in which Jannetty put a beating on Michaels (Marty was nearly arrested, but Randy Savage convinced the cops it was part of a storyline). This would be their final PPV match as a team as the split was put into motion on television, with the infamous turn airing in early January of 1992 which saw Shawn superkick Marty on Brutus Beefcake’s show ‘The Barber Shop’, bloodying him by sending him face-first through a glass window. The two were set to feud, however Marty would be fired shortly after the segment aired.

Match #5 – Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) & Irwin R. Schyster w/’Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart vs. Big Boss Man & WWF Tag Team Champions The Legion Of Doom (Hawk & Animal)
Boss Man kicks off our main event with IRS, Boss Man backing Schyster into the corner off the lock-up, IRS doesn’t break clean and sends him to the ropes. Big Boss Man slides to the outside, trips up IRS and goes to climb up, but sees Schyster rolling away and changes him mind. He whips Schyster hard into the turnbuckles, tries again and it’s reversed, Boss Man takes to the outside once more and is back in on the other side for a clothesline.

IRS ducks it, charges into the corner and runs into a boot to the face, then gets dropped by an uppercut before making a tag. Earthquake takes the ring and wants a piece of Animal, Boss Man obliges and makes the tag. Animal applies a side headlock, Quake pushes him off to the ropes and they collide shoulders, neither man budging. Animal goes back to the ropes, ducks a back elbow and goes for a crossbody, Earthquake catches him in the air and cracks him with a backbreaker, but misses a follow-up splash. Animal scores with a dropkick, Quake reversing a whip to the ropes, misses a right hand and turns around into a shoulder tackle, Animal gaining a near fall.

IRS re-enters and gets caught in a wristlock, Hawk comes in off the top with a club to the arm and utilizes a hammerlock. Schyster gains the rope to force a break, Hawk reverses a whip in and buries a boot to the midsection, Typhoon making a blind tag on the way through. Hawk presses IRS over his head, throws him at Typhoon and the big man catches him, but Hawk follows with a dropkick to take him down and get a 2 count. He sends Typhoon into his corner and distracts the referee as Animal & Boss Man put a beating on, Hawk unloads with heavy rights in the corner and Typhoon drops like a bad habit.

He crawls over and tags out, Earthquake comes in and locks up, Hawk with a side headlock and Quake carries him to his corner, IRS making the tag and grabbing a side headlock of his own. Hawk powers out with a back suplex, drops a fist and brings Boss Man in for stiff right hands. He hangs Schyster on the middle rope, jumps on his back with a seated senton, then stands on IRS’ tie to prevent him from escaping to the outside. Earthquake makes his way around ringside to bait the LOD, the official turns his back and Typhoon slides in Schyster’s briefcase, IRS clobbering Big Boss Man, disposing of the evidence and covering for the pinfall. Big Boss Man has been eliminated.

Typhoon ambushes Animal as LOD helps Boss Man out of the ring, Hawk is livid and has the ref distracted while The Natural Disasters work him over, Earthquake claiming he was tagged and plants Animal with a belly to belly suplex. He tags out and IRS comes in off the top with a right hand, drops a leg to the lower abdomen and baits Hawk into the ring for more double teaming in the corner. Typhoon back in, sends Animal to the ropes and squeezes him in a bearhug, backs Animal into the corner, shoots him across and charges into a boot. Hawk gets the tag and unleashes a flurry of fists, whips Typhoon to the ropes for a flying shoulder tackle, Schyster steps in and distracts Hawk, also drawing Animal into the ring.

The official works to get Animal back to the corner, Quake hands IRS the briefcase, Typhoon holds Hawk, but Hawk avoids it and Typhoon gets clocked, Hawk immediately taking advantage to get the elimination. Typhoon has been eliminated. Earthquake checks on his partner and points the finger at Schyster. They exchange words and Quake threatens to deck him, but instead grabs his partner and helps him to the dressing room, leaving IRS to fend for himself. Earthquake has been eliminated.

Hawk quickly goes after Schyster in the corner, hits a dropkick and shoots him to the ropes for a powerslam. He whips IRS back to the corner, rushes in and IRS side-steps out, Hawk going shoulder-first into the ring post and getting dumped outside. Schyster rams Hawk into the ring steps, rolls him in the squared circle and sends him to the ropes for a back elbow. He grounds Hawk with a side headlock, Hawk finds his footing, gets sent back to the ropes and they collide in a botched spot. IRS attempts a vertical suplex, Hawk blocks it and hits one of his own, falls backwards into a tag and Animal hits the ring, shooting Schyster to the ropes for a shoulder tackle.

Animal sends him back in for a powerslam, Hawk steps in and the champions connect with a double clothesline, Schyster, rolling outside and he’s had enough. Big Boss Man comes back out through the curtain with his nightstick to force IRS back to the ring, Animal suplexes him in from the apron, Hawk follows with a clothesline from upstairs, Animal makes the cover and they survive.
Winners & Sole Survivors: The Legion Of Doom

  • EA’s Take: Nothing too spectacular here, the placement of this match being a little odd to me. LOD is super-over, but with Savage & Roberts no longer involved this didn’t feel like a main event to me. Nothing bad about the match, but nothing too exciting either. Boss Man’s “last laugh” on IRS was a little bittersweet as it wasn’t even his own doing, but LOD’s. The Natural Disasters seemed to tease a face turn here, but that would have to wait as they’d continue to chase LOD for tag team gold heading into 1992.

Backstage: In the locker room is Sean Mooney who just left Hulk Hogan’s dressing room, Hulkster claiming he’ll take back the title Tuesday In Texas, but doesn’t want to be on camera as his actions in the ring will do the talking. Gene Okerlund has finally located The Undertaker & Paul Bearer down in the depths of the arena. Paul says that nothing is immortal, not even Hulkamania as we all witnessed it die tonight. Most of the time services are performed immediately, but they will put that on hold until Tuesday. Taker states that they warned us what was in store for Hogan and he wants to give Gene a glimpse at what’s in store for Hulkamania. Undertaker cracks open a casket and says the burial will be this Tuesday.

EA’s Finisher: This is arguably the best Survivor Series to date in my opinion, the action was a lot cleaner than years past. The 4 on 4 format works and adding in a singles title match really breaks up the repetitiveness of the format. I’d have preferred the title match be the main event though, I have always been a proponent of the championship holding that spot for every PPV, it’s supposed to be the most coveted prize and should be treated as such. It seemed as if the WWF was more focused on promoting the This Tuesday In Texas special to end the night, giving us an LOD babyface victory to finish out the action. The company’s transition to younger talent is becoming more evident, despite the fact that some of the younger fans were afraid of Undertaker, he actually received a fair amount of cheers as well. The people were beginning to yearn for something different and in due time, for better or for worse, that change was inevitable.

Top Three To Watch
1 – Flair’s Team vs. Piper’s Team
2 – Hulk Hogan vs. The Undertaker
3 – LOD’s Team vs. Natural Disasters’ Team


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Looking back at the 1990 Survivor Series!

We’re getting closer to WWE’s annual November tradition the Survivor Series, so today we’re taking a look back at another previous event! The 1990 Survivor Series is primarily remembered for the mystery surrounding it, as two big, looming questions were finally answered. What was going to come out of the giant egg? Who was Ted DiBiase’s mystery partner?





Open: A video voiced-over by Vince McMahon plays, running down tonight’s card featuring teams captained by Hulk Hogan, Earthquake, The Ultimate Warrior, Mr. Perfect, Sgt. Slaughter and more.

Match #1 – Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: The Perfect Team (Demolition (Ax, Smash & Crush) & Mr. Perfect) w/Mr. Fuji & Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan vs. The Warriors (WWF Intercontinental Champion The Texas Tornado, The Legion Of Doom (Hawk & Animal) & WWF Champion The Ultimate Warrior)
Animal tackles Smash and unloads with right hands to start us off quick, sends him into a right hand from Hawk, The Warriors play back and forth with Smash. Animal shoots him into the ropes for a back body drop, Smash sees it coming and delivers a big right, Perfect with one from the apron and Smash follows with a snap suplex for a count of 2.

He drives Animal into Perfect’s boot, tags him in and The Perfect One clubs away before bringing Smash back in. Animal reverses a whip into the ropes, plants Smash with a powerslam, then catches Perfect coming in with an atomic drop, Hawk enters the ring and follows with an inverted atomic drop and Warrior with a clothesline. Order is restored, Texas Tornado gets the tag and fires away with stiff rights, loses track of where he is in the ring and Ax gets the tag and clubs away. Tornado reverses a whip into the corner, gets him in the Iron Claw off the rebound, but Smash comes in to break the hold. The Warrior gets the tag, hits the ropes for multiple shoulder tackles, follows it all up with a splash and gets a count of 3. Ax has been eliminated.

Crush tries to ambush The Ultimate One after the pinfall, gets slammed for his troubles, Smash comes in and takes one too, Perfect getting clotheslined over the top. Crush takes advantage of the distractions, lays Warrior out with a clothesline and delivers heavy shots, Smash tags for a quick slam, tag back to Crush and he comes off the top with a knee drop that gets a 2 count. He buries fists into Warrior’s midsection in the corner, whips him across, charges in and meets a boot to the face, The Ultimate One exploding out with a clothesline. Hawk enters the match as Perfect gets a tag, Perfect gets right hands blocked and Hawk elevates him in the air with a choke, then flattens him with a clothesline.

He whips The Perfect One into the corner, Perfect stumbles and falls face-first into the turnbuckle. Hawk with a whip back across, rushes in for a spear and drives his shoulder into the ring post as Perfect moves. Smash gets the tag, drags him to his corner, brings in Crush and they beat Hawk down to the mat. Crush with a backbreaker, The Perfect One tags for a series of rights, quick-tags out to Smash and Hawk with a quick flurry, but gets taken down with a drop toe hold. Smash sends him into the ropes, misses a clothesline and Hawk scores with a shoulder tackle, drops a big fist and levels him with a clothesline.

He climbs to the top turnbuckle, comes off the top with a clothesline and covers, but Crush is in to make the save. Animal comes in to get a piece, LOD & Demolition brawl and the referee ends up taking a boot to the midsection, calling for the bell and disqualifying all 4 guys. Hawk, Animal, Smash & Crush have been eliminated. Mr. Perfect is now left all by himself in a 2 on 1 situation, The Brain offers some advice on the apron as Warrior steps in the ring. The Perfect One asks for The Tornado, Warrior obliges and makes the tag, Perfect ambushes him coming in the ring and takes him to the corner.

Tornado turns the tables, unleashes a flurry of right hands and sends Perfect flying to the outside, he slingshots him back in from the apron, then clotheslines him over the top on the other side. Perfect tries to regroup with Heenan, The Warrior comes around ringside and brings them closer together with a double noggin knocker, rolls The Perfect One back inside and tosses The Brain over the barricade. Back in the ring, Tornado shoots Perfect into the corner, charges in, Perfect side-steps and Texas Tornado goes shoulder-first into the post. Mr. Perfect takes advantage with heavy blows, stops a small flurry with a finger to the eye, drives him head-first into a turnbuckle that had become exposed and finishes Tornado off with the Perfect-Plex. The Texas Tornado has been eliminated.

We’re down to 1 on 1, The Ultimate One rushes in for a splash in the corner and misses, hits the exposed turnbuckle, Perfect scores with another Perfect-Plex, but the champion kicks out at 2. The Perfect One fires away with fists, lays him out with a standing dropkick and gets a count of 2. He pummels the champion with kicks and chops, irish whip into the ropes and levels him with a clothesline for a near fall and continues to dish out punishment. The Ultimate One starts to block some right hands, gets a rush of adrenaline and hits the ropes for multiple clotheslines. Back into the ropes he goes for a shoulder tackle, connects with the splash and wins the match.
Winner & Sole Survivor: The Ultimate Warrior

  • EA’s Take: Initially I thought to myself, “At least Kerry Von Erich and Perfect are part of the match”, as I knew with the participants this had the makings of a messy brawl. While it was not that messy it was certainly a brawl, even Perfect getting sucked into using very little wrestling holds. It’s a bit of an odd time as Ultimate Warrior didn’t really have any challenger for his WWF Title, joining forces with the LOD in their rivalry with Demolition. The rivalry would fizzle out before the end of the year and the LOD would focus on the tag team titles. As for Demolition, Ax would leave the company soon after this night while Smash & Crush would continue on, but also continue to be phased out. As for Mr. Perfect, he would regain the IC Championship by the end of the year, going in a seperate direction from The Texas Tornado.

Backstage: Sean Mooney is standing by with The Million Dollar Team. Jimmy Hart vows that they will surive tonight, conspicuous by his absence is Ted DiBiase’s mystery partner. DiBiase ensures Mooney that he’s in the building and everyone’s in for a big surprise. As for Koko B. Ware, he’s just another bird that will be plucked for Thanksgiving. Rhythm & Blues will take care of The Hart Foundation and Dusty Rhodes will be where he belongs, begging on his hands and knees for mercy.

Match #2 – Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: The Dream Team (‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes, Koko B. Ware & WWF Tag Team Champions The Hart Foundation (Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart & Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart) vs. The Million Dollar Team (Rhythm & Blues (The Honky Tonk Man & Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine), Million Dollar Champion ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase & The Undertaker) w/’Colonel’ Jimmy Hart, Virgil & Brother Love
Undertaker & Bret will kickoff the action, Taker with clubbing shots, shoots Hitman into the ropes, Bret ducks a right hand and gets caught by the throat, then slammed to the canvas. The Anvil gets the tag, hits the ropes for a shoulder and Taker doesn’t budge, tries it again and gets caught in a slam.

Koko gets a tag and hits the ropes for a crossbody, Undertaker side-steps it and The Birdman is hung across the top rope, Taker spiking him with a Tombstone Piledriver and Koko’s night is finished. Koko B. Ware has been eliminated. Bret steps in and looks puzzled by Undertaker, they tie-up and Hitman gets shoved into the ropes, rebounding off for right hands that have little affect, Taker casually tagging out. The Hammer & Dusty take the ring, collar & elbow tie-up, Valentine backs The Dream into the corner and fires away chops, Rhodes returning fire and bringing in Neidhart. The Anvil with a wristlock, hammers away at the shoulder, Bret gets the tag and works Valentine over in the corner.

He whips him across and follows in, meets a boot to the face, Honky Tonk enters the match and pummels away at the Hitman. Bret buries elbows to the midsection, hits the ropes and scores with a shoulder knockdown, back into the ropes and HTM buries a knee to the breadbasket. Neidhart gets a blind tag as Honky dances for the crowd, Hitman reversing an irish whip into the ropes, The Anvil steps in and catches Honky Tonk in a powerslam for a count of 3. Honky Tonk Man has been eliminated.

DiBiase jumps Neidhart after the fall, serves a plate of chops in the corner, The Anvil reverses a whip across and flattens him with a clothesline off the rebound. Neidhart slams him and brings in The American Dream, Rhodes with The MDM in the corner, reigning down right hands from the 2nd rope. Irish whip to the ropes, Dusty with a dropkick, brings The Anvil back in and they score with a double back elbow for a count of 2. Neidhart with a snap suplex for another 2, grabs a side headlock, gets pushed into the ropes and drops DiBiase with a shoulder. Back into the ropes he goes, Virgil grabs the foot causing a distraction, DiBiase clocks The Anvil in the back of the head with a forearm and gets the elimination. Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart has been eliminated.

The Hitman wastes no time stepping in and pounding DiBiase with right hands, drives him into Dusty’s elbow and tags out. The Dream with left hand jabs, The MDM goes to the eyes, shoots him into the ropes and levels him with a clothesline. The Undertaker re-enters the match, scores with a shot to the throat, Rhodes falls back into a tag and Bret takes a throat shot stepping in. Taker gets the Hitman in his corner, The Hammer tags for boots to the ribs, brings in DiBiase and Bret battles out of the corner with right hands, splitting The MDM with an inverted atomic drop. Dusty back in with heavy elbows to the top of the head, The MDM reaches Undertaker and regains control.

Irish whip to the ropes, Taker with a knee to the midsection, climbs upstairs, walks the top rope and connects with a clubbing blow to score the pinfall. ‘The American Dream’ Dusty Rhodes has been eliminated. Taker tosses Rhodes over the top to the outside after the 3 count, Bret ambushes him from behind, but Valentine is able to get the tag as Brother Love puts the boots to The Dream on the floor. Dusty finally gets his hands on him, but Taker clocks him from behind and they fight their way down the aisle, the bell rings and Undertaker has been counted out. The Undertaker has been eliminated.

Back in the ring, The Hammer is putting a number on Hitman, goes for the Figure Four, Bret counters into a small package and gets the 1-2-3. Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine has been eliminated. We’re down to 1 on 1, DiBiase steps into the ring and Hitman fires up with fists, hits an atomic drop and The MDM spills out to the floor. Bret flies over the top with a slingshot crossbody, puts a beating on DiBiase and drives him into the ring post, then the steel steps. He tosses The MDM back inside, working him over in the corner with uppercuts and headbutts, DiBiase reverses a whip across and the Hitman goes hard into the turnbuckles sternum-first, MDM covering for a count of 2.

DiBiase delivers chops in the corner, whips Hitman across for a back body drop off the rebound, Bret sees it coming and goes to a backslide for a near fall. Into the ropes they go, DiBiase with a drop down and Bret collapses to the mat holding his knee. The MDM thinks it’s easy pickings now, Hitman was playing possum, gets a roll-up from behind and gains a 2 count. Virgil gets to the apron, ducks a right hand, holds Bret for DiBiase, Hitman escapes and Virgil gets dropped, Bret with a schoolboy and another near fall. He splits The MDM with a backbreaker, drops an elbow from the 2nd rope and DiBiase kicks out at 2. The MDM reverses a whip into the ropes, Hitman with a crossbody, DiBiase rolls through, hooks the leg and steals the win.
Winner & Sole Survivor: ‘The Million Dollar Man’ Ted DiBiase

  • EA’s Take: This was much better than our opening contest, a lot more of a mix of styles. It would have been a big win for Bret, but with the format this year having all the survivors in the main event, you had to have some heels in there. Obviously the big takeaway from this is the debut of The Undertaker, as he was made to look very strong and had a character the like of which had never been seen before. After leaving WCW just two months prior, ‘Mean’ Mark Callous would work dark matches as Kane the Undertaker prior to debuting as Ted DiBiase’s mystery partner. He’d look to solidify himself as a Superstar in the coming months, dropping Brother Love in favor of a future Hall Of Fame manager. This would also mark a coming out party for Bret Hart, the office taking notice of how well the people were receiving him.

Backstage: ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund is standing by with The Vipers in the showers, a place that Damian enjoys. Jake Roberts talks about The Rockers looking to seek revenge on Power & Glory for tearing up Shawn Michaels’ knee. He tells us that Jimmy Snuka has been through many battles and as for himself, he may be showing the affects of taking Rick Martel’s Arrogance, but if his team dares to rattle his tree then Damian just might fall out of it.

Match #3 – Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match: The Visionaries (‘The Model’ Rick Martel, Power & Glory (Paul Roma & Hercules) & The Warlord) w/Slick vs. The Vipers (Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) & ‘Superfly’ Jimmy Snuka) w/Damian
Jannetty & Warlord to get us going, Marty using his quickness to avoid Warlord’s grasp, sticking and moving with jabs. Warlord finally catches him in the corner, charges in and Jannetty hops to the apron to avoid it, slingshots back in with a kick and staggers the big man with a dropkick, tries another and Warlord brushes him away. Marty rolls to the apron, slides back in between Warlord’s legs, delivers right hands to Roma & Martel, then avoids Warlord rushing in and he collides with Hercules.

Michaels gets the tag, Jannetty with a sunset flip, Shawn takes Warlord down with a clothesline and covers for a count of 2. The Warlord pushes Michaels into his corner, The Model tags in, attempts to ram Shawn’s head into the turnbuckle, Michaels blocks and Martel gets driven in. Michaels grabs a side headlock, The Model pushes him off into the ropes, tries a hiptoss, Shawn flips to his feet and tosses Martel with one of his own, following up with a dropkick. He monkey flips Martel out of the corner, gets the tag to The Snake and The Model quickly tags out to Roma. Collar & elbow tie-up, Roma with a knee to the midsection, shoots Roberts into the ropes, leapfrogs over and turns around into a right hand.

Roberts goes to work on the arm, Superfly tags in and pounds on the shoulder joint, going to a wristlock and Roma rakes the eyes to little affect. Herc enters the match, gets a side headlock and is pushed into the ropes, scores with a shoulder knockdown, goes back into the ropes and Snuka with a knife-edge chop. Warlord re-enters the contest, Superfly hits the ropes and they collide shoulders, hits the ropes again for a clothesline, Warlord ducks it and slams Snuka, looks to follow with an elbow drop and misses. Snuka hits the ropes for a dropkick, Jannetty tags in and goes to a wristlock, Warlord with clubbing blows to the back to break the hold.

He gets Marty in a bearhug, Jannetty fights out of it, connects with a right hand off the 2nd rope, climbs back up for a crossbody, Warlord catching him into a powerslam and he gets a 3 count. Marty Jannetty has been eliminated. Shawn steps in and fires away with lefts and rights, Warlord reverses a whip into the ropes, catches Michaels trying to leapfrog over on his shoulders, Michaels countering into a hurricanrana and tagging out. Roberts works over Warlord with lefts and rights, the big man reverses a whip into the corner, The Snake rebounding out with a clothesline that merely budges him.

Warlord reverses another irish whip into the corner, follows in and takes a boot to the face, Roberts with another clothesline and Warlord finally goes down. Shawn tags in and makes the cover, gets powered to the outside off the kickout, Roma coming back in and dropping an elbow as Michaels slides into the ring. He stomps away at Michaels, hammering him with forearms, brings Warlord back in and he shoots Shawn in for a back body drop. Hercules tags and makes the cover for 2, sends Michaels into the ropes and turns him inside out with a clothesline. Martel with the tag, drops a knee for a count of 2, then pummels Shawn in the corner with double axe handles.

He cracks Michaels with a backbreaker for a 2 count, Roma in and he whips Shawn into the corner, turning him inside-out again, The Model with the tag for another 2 count. He sends Michaels across to the opposite corner, charges in and Shawn ducks away, Martel going shoulder-first into the ring post. Michaels crawls to a tag, Snuka comes in and hammers The Model in the corner, whips him into the corner and hits a back body drop off the rebound. Martel reverses a whip to the ropes, Superfly scores with a flying forearm, shooting The Model into the corner. Martel reverses it, Snuka jumps to the 2nd rope for a crossbody, The Model uses the momentum to roll through, grabs the tights and gets the elimination. ‘Superfly’ Jimmy Snuka has been eliminated.

Roberts comes in and Martel looks to get away, making the tag to Herc and The Snake is frustrated. They lock-up, Hercules backs The Snake into the ropes, whips him across for a back body drop and Roberts counters with a kneelift. Jake calls for the DDT, The Mighty One bails out under the bottom rope and gets some words of wisdom from Slick before heading back inside. Martel holds a conference in the corner, Hercules gets a right hand blocked, Roberts fires back with jabs, The Model dropping The Snake with a clothesline from the apron. Roma gets the tag and slams Roberts, heads to the top rope and misses a fist drop, Michaels getting the tag.

Shawn whips Roma into the ropes for a jumping back elbow, Roma reverses another whip for a back body drop, Michaels sees it coming and hooks him for a vertical suplex. He comes off the 2nd rope with an elbow drop for a count of 2, ducks a right hand and splits Roma with an atomic drop, Hercules making a blind tag. Shawn lays Roma out with a flying forearm, Hercules dropping an elbow to the back of the head and taking back control. He unloads with the heavy artillery in the corner, shoots Michaels in and flattens him with a clothesline. The Mighty One drops Shawn off the military press, The Model comes in for a couple quick shots before bringing back Herc for clubbing shots to the back.

He props Michaels on the top turnbuckle, tags Roma, they connect with the PowerPlex and Roma gets the 1-2-3. Shawn Michaels has been eliminated. The Snake is staring at a 1 on 4 situation, Hercules takes the ring and corners Roberts, delivering boots to the breadbasket. Warlord tags in, whips Jake hard into the turnbuckles and locks in a bearhug off the rebound. Roberts goes to the eyes to break it, drops Power & Glory off the apron with right hands, Warlord with a shot to the back, attempts a slam and The Snake slips out, spiking him with a DDT. Power & Glory have the referee distracted, Martel grabs his bottle of Arrogance and sprays it in Jake’s face. Roberts goes over and pulls Damian out of the bag, chases The Model out of the ring and to the back, the referee counts to 10.
Winners & Sole Survivors: ‘The Model’ Rick Martel, The Warlord, Hercules & Paul Roma

  • EA’s Take: Decent match here that continued rivalries between Power & Glory and The Rockers, as well as Jake Roberts & Rick Martel. Snuka & Warlord were just used to fill out the teams as neither really had any kind of impact on television anymore. The Rockers’ feud with Power & Glory would quickly die-out as dissension would start to boil backstage between Michaels & Jannetty. Jake had his eyes (or should I say, eye?) set on Rick Martel after The Model sprayed some of his trademark fragrance in The Snake’s left eye, leaving him (kayfabe) partially blinded, Roberts wearing a contact that made his entire left eye whited-out. This was one of the company’s hottest feuds at the time, continuing into the coming year with Roberts still seeking to exact revenge.


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