Survivor Series

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This article is about the professional wrestling pay-per-view event. For the video game named after the event for the Game Boy Advance, see WWE Survivor Series (video game).
Not to be confused with Survivor (franchise).
Survivor Series
The Survivor Series logo.
The Survivor Series logo
Created by Vince McMahon
Promotion(s) WWE
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 (1987–1990) took place on Thanksgiving Day in November. The next four years taking place on Thanksgiving Eve. In 1995 Survivor Series moved to a more-traditional Sunday PPV date.

Survivor Series matches[edit]

The event is traditionally characterized by having tag-team elimination matches, usually pitting teams of four or five wrestlers against each other. 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. The 1997 event became infamous for the Montreal Screwjob, while the 1998 event was the only one without any elimination tag team matches, instead focusing on an elimination tournament for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. 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 Main Event
1 Survivor Series (1987) November 26, 1987 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum 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 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 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 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 Joe Louis Arena Hulk Hogan (c) vs. The Undertaker for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
6 Survivor Series (1992) November 25, 1992 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum Bret Hart (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
7 Survivor Series (1993) November 24, 1993 Boston Boston Garden 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 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 Diesel (c) vs. Bret Hart in a No Disqualification match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
10 Survivor Series (1996) November 17, 1996 New York Madison Square Garden Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Sycho Sid for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
11 Survivor Series (1997) November 9, 1997 Montreal, Canada Molson Centre Bret Hart (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
12 Survivor Series (1998) November 15, 1998 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Center The Rock vs. Mankind in the finals of the Deadly Games tournament for the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Championship
13 Survivor Series (1999) November 14, 1999 Detroit, Michigan Joe Louis Arena Triple H (c) vs. Big Show vs. The Rock for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
14 Survivor Series (2000) November 19, 2000 Tampa, Florida Ice Palace Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Triple H in a No Disqualification match
15 Survivor Series (2001) November 18, 2001 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Team WWF (The Rock, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Kane and 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. Since Team WWF won, the Alliance disbanded.
16 Survivor Series (2002) November 17, 2002 New York Madison Square Garden Triple H (c) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kane vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Booker T in the first Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship
17 Survivor Series (2003) November 16, 2003 Dallas American Airlines Center Goldberg (c) vs. Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship
18 Survivor Series (2004) November 14, 2004 Cleveland, Ohio Gund Arena 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 Team Raw (Shawn Michaels, Kane, 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 Wachovia Center King Booker (c) vs. Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship
21 Survivor Series (2007) November 18, 2007 Miami American Airlines Arena 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 TD Banknorth Garden Chris Jericho (c) vs. John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship
23 Survivor Series (2009) November 22, 2009 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center 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 Randy Orton (c) vs. Wade Barrett in a Pinfall-and-submissions-only match for the WWE Championship with special guest referee John Cena. Since Orton retained, Cena was fired from the WWE. If Barrett had won, Cena would have been freed of the Nexus.
25 Survivor Series (2011) November 20, 2011 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden The Rock and John Cena vs. Awesome Truth (The Miz and R-Truth)
26 Survivor Series (2012) November 18, 2012 Indianapolis Bankers Life Fieldhouse CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena vs. Ryback for the WWE Championship
27 Survivor Series (2013) November 24, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts TD Garden Randy Orton (c) vs. Big Show for the WWE Championship
28 Survivor Series (2014) November 23, 2014 St. Louis, Missouri Scottrade Center Team Cena (John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Erick Rowan, and Ryback) vs. Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Kane, Mark Henry, Rusev, and Luke Harper) in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match. Since Team Authority lost, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were removed from control of the WWE. If Team Cena had lost, all members, excluding Cena himself, would have been fired.
29 Survivor Series (2015) November 22, 2015 Atlanta Philips Arena Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
30 Survivor Series (2016) November 20, 2016 Toronto, Canada Air Canada Centre 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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