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|First event||Survivor Series (1987)|
|Signature match types||Survivor Series elimination tag team match|
Survivor Series is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event held in November by WWE. It is the second longest running pay-per-view event in WWE history (behind WrestleMania) and one of the "Big Four" events, along with WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, and SummerSlam, as it is one of the original four pay-per-views produced by WWE.
Origins and changes
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. The first event capitalized on the big time feud between Hulk Hogan and André the Giant, who wrestled each other at WrestleMania III. Survivor Series was originally created to be a "Thanksgiving tradition" as the first eight Survivor Series events took place on either Thanksgiving Day (1987–1990) or Thanksgiving Eve (1991–1994). Since 1995, the event has been held the Sunday before Thanksgiving (save for the 2005 and 2006 events, which were held after Thanksgiving). On February 11, 2010, WWE stated that Survivor Series would be rebranded, but in June, the event was added back onto WWE's pay-per-view schedule.
With the return of the brand split, the 2016 and 2017 events have focused on direct competition between the two brands, Raw and SmackDown, similar to the Bragging Rights events that WWE held for two years during the first brand split.
Survivor Series matches
The event is traditionally characterized by having tag-team elimination matches, pitting teams of four or five wrestlers against each other. These matches are generally referred to simply as "Survivor Series matches." The WWF had several elimination tag-team matches earlier in 1987, albeit with three-man teams and the feuds loosely related. In an early break from the norm, the 1992 event had only one tag team elimination match. The 1997 event saw 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
|No||Event||Date||City||Venue||Claimed 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||Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Hercules, Koko B. Ware and Hillbilly Jim vs. Akeem, 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, 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||Big Boss Man and The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) vs. Irwin R. Schyster and The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon) in a 3-on-3 Survivor Series match|
|6||Survivor Series (1992)||November 25, 1992||Richfield, Ohio||Richfield Coliseum||17,000||Bret Hart (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship|
|7||Survivor Series (1993)||November 24, 1993||Boston, Massachusetts||Boston Garden||15,509||The All-Americans (Lex Luger, The Undertaker and The Steiner Brothers (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||The Undertaker vs. Yokozuna in a Casket match with special guest referee 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 World Heavyweight Championship|
|10||Survivor Series (1996)||November 17, 1996||New York City, New York||Madison Square Garden||18,647||Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Sycho Sid for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship|
|11||Survivor Series (1997)||November 9, 1997||Montreal, Canada||Molson Centre||20,593||Bret Hart (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship|
|12||Survivor Series (1998)||November 15, 1998||St. Louis, Missouri||Kiel Center||21,179||Mankind vs. The Rock in a tournament final for the vacant WWF Championship|
|13||Survivor Series (1999)||November 14, 1999||Detroit, Michigan||Joe Louis Arena||18,375||Triple H (c) vs. The Rock vs. Big Show in a Triple Threat match 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 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|
|16||Survivor Series (2002)||November 17, 2002||New York City, New York||Madison Square Garden||17,930||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, Texas||American Airlines Center||13,487||Goldberg (c) vs. Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship|
|18||Survivor Series (2004)||November 14, 2004||Cleveland, Ohio||Gund Arena||7,500||Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Maven vs. 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||Team Raw (Shawn Michaels, Kane, Big Show, Carlito and Chris Masters) vs. Team SmackDown (Batista, Rey Mysterio, John 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||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 in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship|
|24||Survivor Series (2010)||November 21, 2010||Miami, Florida||American Airlines Arena||8,000||Randy Orton (c) vs. Wade Barrett for the WWE Championship|
|25||Survivor Series (2011)||November 20, 2011||New York City, New York||Madison Square Garden||16,479||John Cena and The Rock vs. The Miz and R-Truth|
|26||Survivor Series (2012)||November 18, 2012||Indianapolis, Indiana||Bankers Life Fieldhouse||8,500||CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena vs. Ryback in a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship|
|27||Survivor Series (2013)||November 24, 2013||Boston, Massachusetts||TD Garden||13,500||Randy Orton (c) vs. Big Show for the WWE Championship|
|28||Survivor Series (2014)||November 23, 2014||St. Louis, Missouri||Scottrade Center||12,000||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|
|29||Survivor Series (2015)||November 22, 2015||Atlanta, Georgia||Philips Arena||14,481||Roman Reigns vs. Dean Ambrose for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship|
|30||Survivor Series (2016)||November 20, 2016||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Air Canada Centre||17,143||Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar|
|31||Survivor Series (2017)||November 19, 2017||Houston, Texas||Toyota Center||14,478||Team Raw (Kurt Angle, Braun Strowman, Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe and Triple H) vs. Team SmackDown (Shane McMahon, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena) in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match|
|32||Survivor Series (2018)||November 18, 2018||Los Angeles, California||Staples Center||TBA||TBA|
Video box set
- WWE Home Video released The Survivor Series Anthology 1987–91 & 1992–96 (Vol 1&2) on DVD on November 3, 2009.
- "Survivor Series 2016 results: Fantasy warfare just got real". WWE. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
- "Survivor Series 2017 results: Triple H lays waste to Angle and Shane as Raw triumphs over SmackDown". WWE. Retrieved 2017-12-20.
- "Upcoming DVDs". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
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