Survivor Series

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This article is about the professional wrestling pay-per-view event. For the video game named after this event for the Game Boy Advance, see WWE Survivor Series (video game).
Survivor Series
The Survivor Series logo since 2008.
Information
Created by Vince McMahon
Promotion(s) WWE
Brand(s) Raw
SmackDown
ECW
First event Survivor Series (1987)
Signature match types Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team match

The Survivor Series is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event held in November by WWE. It is one of the "Big Four" events, along with WrestleMania, the Royal Rumble and SummerSlam, as it is one of the original four pay-per-views produced by WWE.

Survivor Series is the 2nd longest running pay-per-view event in WWE history, behind WrestleMania. The first Survivor Series, held in 1987, came on the heels of the success of WrestleMania III, as the then-WWF began to see the lucrative potential of the pay-per-view market. On February 11, 2010, WWE announced that it would drop the Survivor Series name and rebrand the event. However, in June 2010, the event was added back onto WWE's pay-per-view schedule.[1]

Original concept[edit]

The Survivor Series 2005 stage setup.

The original concept for the Survivor Series was to have an annual pay-per-view event that focused on tag team wrestling. Another contributing factor to the birth of the Survivor Series was to capitalize on the big time feud between Hulk Hogan and André the Giant, who wrestled each other at WrestleMania III. Additionally, the WWF had several "elimination" tag-team matches earlier in 1987, albeit with three-man teams and the feuds loosely related.

The Survivor Series was originally created to be a "Thanksgiving tradition" as the first four Survivor Series events took place on Thanksgiving Day in November. After four years of taking place on Thanksgiving Eve following that, Survivor Series moved to a more-traditional Sunday PPV date.

Survivor Series matches[edit]

The event is usually characterized by having tag-team elimination matches, usually featuring teams of four or five wrestlers. These matches are generally referred to simply as "Survivor Series matches".

In an early break from the norm, the 1992 event had only one tag team elimination match, and is notable for featuring the first Casket match. The 1997 edition featured the now-infamous Montreal Screwjob, while the 1998 edition is the only one to not feature any elimination tag team matches, instead focusing on an elimination tournament for the WWF Championship, not seen since WrestleMania IV. The 2002 Survivor Series is notable for the debut of the Elimination Chamber match.

Survivor Series dates and venues[edit]

No Event Date City Venue attendance Main Event
1 Survivor Series (1987) November 26, 1987 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum 21,300 André the Giant, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed and Rick Rude vs. Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, Ken Patera and Bam Bam Bigelow in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match
2 Survivor Series (1988) November 24, 1988 13,500 The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage), Hercules, Koko B. Ware and Hillbilly Jim vs. The Twin Towers (Akeem and The Big Boss Man), Ted DiBiase, Haku and The Red Rooster in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match
3 Survivor Series (1989) November 23, 1989 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon 15,294 The Ultimate Warriors (The Ultimate Warrior, The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) and Jim Neidhart) vs. The Heenan Family (Bobby Heenan, André the Giant, Haku and Arn Anderson) in a 4-on-4 Survivor Series match
4 Survivor Series (1990) November 22, 1990 Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Civic Center 16,000 Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior and Tito Santana vs. Ted DiBiase, Rick Martel, The Warlord and Power and Glory (Hercules and Paul Roma) in a 3-on-5 Grand Finale Survivor Series match
5 Survivor Series (1991) November 27, 1991 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena 17,500 Hulk Hogan (c) vs. The Undertaker for the WWF Championship
6 Survivor Series (1992) November 25, 1992 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum 17,500 Ric Flair and Razor Ramon vs. Randy Savage and Mr. Perfect
7 Survivor Series (1993) November 24, 1993 Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden 15,509 The All-Americans (Lex Luger, The Undertaker, Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) vs. The Foreign Fanatics (Yokozuna, Crush, Ludvig Borga and Quebecer Jacques) in a 4-on-4 Survivor Series match
8 Survivor Series (1994) November 23, 1994 San Antonio, Texas Freeman Coliseum 10,000 Bret Hart (c) vs. Bob Backlund in a Throw in the Towel Submission match for the WWF Championship
The Undertaker vs. Yokozuna in a Casket match with special guest enforcer Chuck Norris
9 Survivor Series (1995) November 19, 1995 Landover, Maryland USAir Arena 14,500 Diesel (c) vs. Bret Hart in a No Disqualification match for the WWF Championship
10 Survivor Series (1996) November 17, 1996 New York, New York Madison Square Garden 18,647 Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin to determine the #1 contender for the WWF Championship
Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Sycho Sid for the WWF Championship
11 Survivor Series (1997) November 9, 1997 Montreal, Quebec Molson Centre 20,593 Bret Hart (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship
12 Survivor Series (1998) November 15, 1998 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Center 21,779 The Rock vs. Mankind in the finals of the Deadly Games tournament for the vacant WWF Championship
13 Survivor Series (1999) November 14, 1999 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena 18,735 Triple H (c) vs. The Big Show vs. The Rock for the WWF Championship
14 Survivor Series (2000) November 19, 2000 Tampa, Florida Ice Palace 18,602 Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Triple H in a No Disqualification match
15 Survivor Series (2001) November 18, 2001 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum 10,142 Team WWF (The Rock, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Kane and The Big Show) vs. Team Alliance (Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle, Booker T, and Shane McMahon) in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match for the ownership of both companies
16 Survivor Series (2002) November 17, 2002 New York, New York Madison Square Garden 17,930 Brock Lesnar VS The Big Show for the WWE Championship
Triple H (c) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kane vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Booker T in the first ever Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship
17 Survivor Series (2003) November 16, 2003 Dallas, Texas American Airlines Center 13,487 The Undertaker vs. Vince McMahon in a Buried Alive match
Goldberg (c) vs. Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship
18 Survivor Series (2004) November 14, 2004 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena 7,500 Team Orton (Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Maven) vs. Team Triple H (Triple H, Edge, Batista and Snitsky) in a 4-on-4 Survivor Series match
19 Survivor Series (2005) November 27, 2005 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena 15,000 Ric Flair vs. Triple H in a Last Man Standing match
Team Raw (Shawn Michaels, Kane, The Big Show, Carlito and Chris Masters) vs. Team SmackDown! (Batista, Rey Mysterio, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Bobby Lashley and Randy Orton) in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match
20 Survivor Series (2006) November 26, 2006 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Center 15,400 King Booker (c) vs. Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship
21 Survivor Series (2007) November 18, 2007 Miami, Florida American Airlines Arena 12,500 Randy Orton (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship
Batista (c) vs. The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship
22 Survivor Series (2008) November 23, 2008 Boston, Massachusetts TD Banknorth Garden 12,498 Chris Jericho (c) vs. John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship
23 Survivor Series (2009) November 22, 2009 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 12,500 John Cena (c) vs. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship
24 Survivor Series (2010) November 21, 2010 Miami, Florida American Airlines Arena 8,000 Randy Orton (c) vs. Wade Barrett in a Pinfall-and-submissions-only match for the WWE Championship with special guest referee John Cena
25 Survivor Series (2011) November 20, 2011 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden 16,749 Alberto del Rio (c) vs. CM Punk for the WWE Championship
The Rock and John Cena vs. Awesome Truth (The Miz and R-Truth)
26 Survivor Series (2012) November 18, 2012 Indianapolis, Indiana Bankers Life Fieldhouse 8,500 Team Foley (Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan & Kane) & The Miz) vs. Team Ziggler (Dolph Ziggler, Wade Barrett, Damien Sandow, David Otunga & Alberto del Rio) in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match
CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena vs. Ryback for the WWE Championship
27 Survivor Series (2013) November 24, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden 13,500 CM Punk & Daniel Bryan vs. The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan & Luke Harper)
Randy Orton (c) vs. Big Show for the WWE Championship
28 Survivor Series (2014) November 23, 2014 St. Louis, Missouri Scottrade Center TBD TBD

Video box set[edit]

  • WWE Home Video released The Survivor Series Anthology 1987-91 & 1992-96 (Vol 1&2) on DVD on November 3, 2009.[2]

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