Survivor Series

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Survivor Series
The Survivor Series logo.
The Survivor Series logo used since 2014
Promotion(s) WWE
Brand(s) Raw (2002–2010; 2016–present)
SmackDown (2002–2010; 2016–present)
ECW (2006–2009)
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[edit]

The Survivor Series 2005 stage setup.

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.[1]

With the return of the brand split, the 2016[2] and 2017[3] 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  • WWE Home Video released The Survivor Series Anthology 1987–91 & 1992–96 (Vol 1&2) on DVD on November 3, 2009.[4]

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