Survivor Series (1990)

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Survivor Series (1990)
Tagline(s) "The WWF Thanksgiving Night Tradition!"
Information
Promotion World Wrestling Federation
Date November 22, 1990
Attendance 16,000[1]
Venue Hartford Civic Center
City Hartford, Connecticut
Pay-per-view chronology
SummerSlam (1990) Survivor Series (1990) Royal Rumble (1991)
Survivor Series chronology
Survivor Series (1989) Survivor Series (1990) Survivor Series (1991)

Survivor Series (1990) was the fourth annual Survivor Series pay-per-view professional wrestling event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It took place on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1990 at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

This Survivor Series saw the on-screen WWF debut of The Undertaker,[2] who went on to become WWF Champion at the next Survivor Series one year later, and the debut of the Gobbledy Gooker. In addition, Sgt. Slaughter — who was then using an Iraqi sympathizer heel gimmick — delivered a promo where he insulted servicemen stationed in Iraq for Thanksgiving during Operation Desert Shield. Randy Savage, as the "Macho King", was interviewed by "Mean" Gene Okerlund, and issued a challenge to the Ultimate Warrior for the WWF Championship. Ravishing Rick Rude was replaced by Haku after being suspended by WWF President Jack Tunney for insulting the mother of the Big Boss Man; in reality, the "suspension" explained Rude's departure from the WWF over a dispute.

Results[edit]

No. Results Stipulations Times[1]
1 (Dark) Shane Douglas defeated Buddy Rose[citation needed] Singles match Unknown
2 The Warriors (The Ultimate Warrior, The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal), and The Texas Tornado) defeated The Perfect Team (Mr. Perfect and Demolition (Ax, Smash, and Crush)) (with Bobby Heenan and Mr. Fuji) Four-on-four Survivor Series elimination match1 14:20
3 The Million $ Team (Ted DiBiase, The Undertaker, and Rhythm & Blues (The Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine)) (with Virgil, Jimmy Hart, and Brother Love) defeated The Dream Team (Dusty Rhodes, Koko B. Ware, and The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart)) Four-on-four Survivor Series elimination match2 13:54
4 The Visionaries (Rick Martel, The Warlord, Power and Glory (Hercules and Paul Roma)) (with Slick) defeated The Vipers (Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka, and The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty)) Four-on-four Survivor Series elimination match3 17:42
5 The Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan, Jim Duggan, The Big Boss Man, and Tugboat) defeated The Natural Disasters (Earthquake, Haku, Dino Bravo, and The Barbarian) (with Jimmy Hart and Bobby Heenan) Four-on-four Survivor Series elimination match4 14:49
6 The Alliance (Nikolai Volkoff, Tito Santana, and The Bushwhackers (Luke Williams and Butch Miller) defeated The Mercenaries (Sgt. Slaughter, Boris Zhukov, and The Orient Express (Sato and Tanaka) (with Mr. Fuji and General Adnan) Four-on-four Survivor Series elimination match5 10:52
7 Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, and Tito Santana (the Babyface team) defeated Ted DiBiase, Rick Martel, The Warlord, and Power and Glory (Hercules and Paul Roma) (with Virgil and Slick) (the Heel team) "Grand Finale Match of Survival": three-on-five Survivor Series elimination match featuring the survivors from the preceding matches6 09:07

Survivor Series elimination matches[edit]

1

Elimination no. Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Ax Perfect Team Ultimate Warrior Pinfall after a Warrior Splash 03:23
2 Smash, Crush, and LOD Perfect Team and Warriors None Disqualification for brawling inside the ring 07:36
3 Texas Tornado Warriors Mr. Perfect Pinfall by Perfect Plex 11:02
4 Mr. Perfect Perfect Team Ultimate Warrior Pinfall after a Warrior Splash 14:20
Survivor: The Ultimate Warrior (The Warriors)

2

Elimination no. Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Koko B. Ware Dream Team The Undertaker Pinfall after a Tombstone Piledriver 01:39
2 Honky Tonk Man Million $ Team Jim Neidhart Pinfall after a Powerslam 04:16
3 Jim Neidhart Dream Team Ted DiBiase Pinfall after outside assistance from Virgil 05:49
4 Dusty Rhodes Dream Team The Undertaker Pinfall after Double axe handle off the top rope 08:26
5 The Undertaker Million $ Team None Counted out after going after Rhodes 09:17
6 Greg Valentine Million $ Team Bret Hart Figure four Leg lock attempt countered into a small package 09:57
7 Bret Hart Dream Team Ted DiBiase Reversed a flying bodypress 13:54
Survivor: Ted DiBiase (Million $ Team)

3

Elimination no. Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Marty Jannetty The Vipers The Warlord Pinfall after a Powerslam 05:03
2 Jimmy Snuka The Vipers Rick Martel Pinfall with an inside cradle 09:28
3 Shawn Michaels The Vipers Paul Roma Pinfall after a Powerplex (Superplex/Splash) 15:40
4 Jake Roberts The Vipers None Counted out going after Martel 17:42
Survivors: Martel, The Warlord, Roma, & Hercules (The Visionaries)

4

Elimination no. Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Haku The Natural Disasters Big Boss Man Pinfall after a Boss Man Slam 03:15
2 Jim Duggan Hulkamaniacs None Disqualified after hitting Earthquake with 2x4 06:12
3 Dino Bravo The Natural Disasters Hogan Pinfall with a small package 07:59
4 Big Boss Man Hulkamaniacs Earthquake Pinfall after an elbow drop 09:08
5 Tugboat & Earthquake Hulkamaniacs & The Natural Disasters None Double countout 11:33
6 The Barbarian The Natural Disasters Hogan Pinfall after a leg drop 14:49
Survivor: Hulk Hogan (Hulkamaniacs)

5

Elimination no. Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Boris Zhukov The Mercenaries Tito Santana Pinfall after a Flying Forearm 0:48
2 Sato The Mercenaries Butch Pinfall after a Battering Ram 1:46
3 Tanaka The Mercenaries Tito Santana Pinfall after a Flying Forearm 2:13
4 Nikolai Volkoff The Alliance Sgt. Slaughter Pinfall after an elbow drop 5:25
5 Luke The Alliance Sgt. Slaughter Pinfall after a Gutbuster 6:30
6 Butch The Alliance Sgt. Slaughter Pinfall after a Clothesline 6:53
7 Sgt. Slaughter The Mercenaries None Disqualification after Adnan hit Santana with an Iraqi flag. 10:52
Survivor: Tito Santana (The Alliance)

6

Elimination no. Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 The Warlord The Heel Team Tito Santana Pinfall after a Flying Forearm 0:28
2 Tito Santana The Face Team Ted DiBiase Pinfall after a hotshot 1:51
3 Paul Roma The Heel Team Hogan Pinfall after a clothesline 5:57
4 Rick Martel The Heel Team None Counted out when he deserted his team 7:17
5 Ted DiBiase The Heel Team Hogan Pinfall after a leg drop 8:30
6 Hercules The Heel Team Ultimate Warrior Pinfall after a Warrior Splash 9:07
Survivors: Hulk Hogan & Ultimate Warrior (the face team)

Aftermath[edit]

Crowd reaction to the Gobbledy Gooker was extremely negative, with fans loudly booing as the costumed Héctor Guerrero danced in the ring with announcer "Mean" Gene Okerlund. Although the character made a handful of appearances in taped promos following the Survivor Series,[3] the Gobbledy Gooker soon disappeared and was not mentioned again until the Gimmick Battle Royal at WrestleMania X-Seven. Several years later, WrestleCrap would use the name for its "Gooker Award", presented for the worst gimmicks, storylines or events in wrestling.

Sgt. Slaughter and Randy "Macho Man" Savage both received matches against the Ultimate Warrior for the World Heavyweight Championship. Warrior was initially successful in answering both foes' challenges. Meanwhile, Slaughter and his manager, General Adnan, cut several anti-American promos – all airing at a time when the United States was engaged in Operation Desert Shield, all to build up heat for his match against Warrior at the 1991 Royal Rumble. Slaughter – with help from both Savage and Savage's manager, Sensational Sherri – won the World title from Warrior at the Royal Rumble … the event taking place two days after the United States officially declared war on Iraq and the Gulf War began.

Hogan went on to focus on wrapping up his feud with Earthquake with a series of stretcher matches, which Hogan won, before going on to challenge Slaughter for the WWF World Heavyweight title.

Since the formation of Demolition in 1987, they had been compared to the Legion of Doom as to who the best power-brawling tag team was. The feud between Demolition (which by now was Brian Adams and Barry Darsow as Crush and Smash, respectively) and LOD continued to rage into the end of 1990, with LOD eventually proving decisively they were the best team. (In part, the feud had not had the anticipated intensity because of Bill Eadie's reduced role in the tag team; he had competed as Ax, due to health problems and his focus on gaining an office role.) As such, Demolition began losing their push, Mr. Fuji was phased out as their manager and their last major tag team appearance at a United States pay-per-view event was at WrestleMania VII, where the team lost to Genichiro Tenryu and Koji Kitao. LOD, meanwhile, would eventually become World Tag Team Champions.

The Undertaker would quickly become over with fans as he easily handled lower-card competition during his first months in the WWF. He quickly earned his first main-event feud with the Ultimate Warrior, with that feud starting shortly after WrestleMania VII and kick-starting a career with WWF/WWE that has lasted for more than two decades.

Other on-screen talent[edit]

Commentators
Interviewers
Ring Announcer
Referees

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Survivor Series 1990". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  2. ^ Ted DiBiase: The Million Dollar Man, p.177, Ted DiBiase with Tom Caiazzo, Pocket Books, New York, NY, 2008, ISBN 978-1-4165-5890-3
  3. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IARbSiRJXsU

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