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SURVIVOR SERIES RETRO: LOOKING BACK AT EVERY SURVIVOR SERIES PPV

By Matt Shalk, Buck Woodward & Mike Johnson on 2010-11-20 09:00:00

SURVIVOR SERIES 1995

November 19, 1995

Location: Landover, Maryland

Arena: USAir Arena

Attendance: 14, 500

RESULTS:

â–º The Bodydonnas: Skip, Tom Pritchard, Rad Radford, & The 1-2-3 Kid defeated The Underdogs: Bob "Spark Plugg" Holly, Marty Jannetty, Barry Horowitz, & Hakushi in a team elimination match.

Sunny accompanied Skip to ringside. "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase accompanied The 1-2-3 Kid.

Eliminations: Bob Holly pinned Tom Pritchard following a flying body press. Skip entered the match and quickly rolled up Holly for the pin. The 1-2-3 Kid kicked Hakushi in the head, allowing Rad Radford to make the pin. Barry Horowitz pinned Rad Radford. The 1-2-3 Kid eliminated Barry Horowitz following a leg drop. Marty Jannetty pinned Skip following a power bomb off the top rope. Ted DiBiase distracted the referee, and Sid interfered in the match, dropping Jannetty across the top rope. The 1-2-3 Kid pinned Marty Jannetty to win the match for his team.

Survivor: The 1-2-3 Kid

â–º Bertha Faye, Aja Kong, Tomoko Watanabe, & Lioness Aska defeated WWF Women’s Champion Alundra Blayze, Kyoko Inoue, Chapparita Asari, & Sakie Hasegawa in a team elimination match.

Harvey Whippleman accompanied Bertha Faye to ringside.

Eliminations: Alundra Blayze pinned Lioness Aska following a German suplex. Aja Kong hit a devastating suplex on Sakie Hasegawa and made the pin. Kong pinned Chapparita Asari following a splash from the second rope, and then pinned Kyoko Inoue by sitting on her when Inoue attempted a sunset flip. Alundra Blayze rebounded, and eliminated Tomoko Watanabe following a piledriver and Bertha Faye following a German suplex. Aja Kong hit Alundra Blayze with a spinning back hand and pinned her to win the match for her team.

Survivor: Aja Kong

This was Alundra Blayze’s last WWF television appearance, as she would soon leave the WWF for WCW. Her next television appearance (as Madusa) was on WCW Monday Nitro, where she shocked the wrestling world by throwing the WWF Women’s Championship into a trash can.

Following the match, Todd Pettingill interviewed "President Clinton" in the audience, but the interview was cut short when Bam Bam Bigelow’s ring pyro startled the "President," causing the "Secret Service" to tackle Pettingill.

â–º Goldust made his Survivor Series debut, pinning Bam Bam Bigelow following a running bulldog.

Following the match, we returned to Todd Pettingill and "President Clinton" in the audience, now joined by Mr. Bob Backlund. Backlund and the "President" debated politics as the segment died a painful death.

â–º The Dark Side: Undertaker, Savio Vega, Fatu, & Henry Godwinn defeated The Royals: King Mabel, Jerry "The King" Lawler, Isaac Yankem D.D.S., & Hunter Hearst Helmsley in a team elimination match.

Paul Bearer accompanied Undertaker to ringside. Sir Mo accompanied King Mabel.

Leading to the match, the Undertaker was looking for revenge against King Mabel for crushing his orbital socket six weeks earlier on Monday Night Raw. This was the return of the Undertaker following the injury, and the debut of his grey protective mask.

Eliminations: The Undertaker eliminated Jerry Lawler following a tombstone piledriver. Isaac Yankem was also pinned following a tombstone. The Undertaker next eliminated Hunter Hearst Helmsley, this time following a chokeslam. Mabel hit the Undertaker with a leg drop, the same move that injured the Undertaker’s face weeks earlier, but the Undertaker sat up, and a scared King Mabel walked out on the match and was counted out, giving the victory to the Dark Side.

Survivors: The Undertaker, Savio Vega, Fatu, & Henry Godwinn

â–º Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson, Sid, & "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon, Owen Hart, Dean Douglas, & Yokozuna in a team elimination match.

Jim Cornette accompanied "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith to ringside. Mr. Fuji accompanied Yokozuna. "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase accompanied Sid.

This was a "Wild Card Match" ordered by WWF President Gorilla Monsoon, in which heels and faces were forced to team together. Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson, and Razor Ramon were all faces at the time; the rest of the participants were heels.

Eliminations: Razor Ramon hit teammate Dean Douglas with a right hand, allowing Shawn Michaels to roll up the stunned Douglas for the pin. Shawn Michaels accidentally hit Sid with Sweet Chin Music, allowing Razor Ramon to make the pin. Ahmed Johnson pinned Owen Hart following the Pearl River Plunge. The 1-2-3 Kid came to ringside and distracted Razor Ramon, allowing the British Bulldog to hit a running powerslam and pin Ramon. Shawn Michaels hit Yokozuna with Sweet Chin Music, and Ahmed Johnson followed up with a big splash and the pin to win the match for his team.

Survivors: Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson, & "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith

Following the match, we once again returned to Todd Pettingill and "President Clinton," this time joined by Sunny. Nothing to see here. Except Sunny. Back when she was still hot.

â–º Bret "Hitman" Hart defeated WWF Champion Diesel with a small package in a no disqualification match to win the WWF Championship.

This match marked the end of Diesel’s year-long championship run, and was the first time (but certainly not the last time) the Spanish announce table was destroyed in a pay-per-view main event.

CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Jean Pierre Lafitte was originally scheduled to compete as a member of the Bodydonnas, but was replaced on the team by The 1-2-3 Kid. The 1-2-3 Kid had recently turned heel and joined the "Million Dollar Corporation," and the WWF explained the substitution by stating that "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase had bought The 1-2-3 Kid a spot on the team. In reality, Jean Pierre Lafitte required time off to have a hernia operation....Avatar was originally scheduled to compete as a member of the Underdogs, but was replaced on the team by Bob "Spark Plugg" Holly.

NOTES: Vince McMahon, Jim Ross and Mr. Perfect, making a surprise return to the WWF, did commentary for the event. Carlos Cabrera and Hugo Savinovich did Spanish commentary. Todd Pettingill handled interviews. Bill Dunn was the ring announcer....WWF Tag Team Champions The Smoking Gunns (Billy & Bart Gunn) defeated The Public Enemy (Rocco Rock & Johnny Grunge) in a non-televised match prior to the pay-per-view....Promotional materials for Survivor Series 1995 featured Shawn Michaels & Diesel....This was the first Survivor Series pay-per-view held on a Sunday night. Previous events were either held on Thanksgiving Day or Thanksgiving Eve.

Buck Woodward: Honestly, all I remember from this show was Undertaker's team (all wearing Undertaker shirts) pretty much standing on the apron cheering while Undertaker blew through everyone. ... I also remember thinking that the Wild Card match was pretty dumb, especially when Ramon turned on Douglas. It was like "What's the point?"

Mike Johnson: I was actually at this show, which was the final in a weekend where I attended four shows in three days....This was the historic show where Bret "ECW is like Pornography" Hart flew off the ring apron and crashed through a table. To Hart's credit, he actually got a good match out of Kevin Nash....I liked the whole Wild Card deal and remember that being a fun match....The match with the Japanese women, which was why I attended the show, was a huge letdown....The Public Enemy dark match was hysterical to me personally as the night before, while talking to Ted Petty (who was a great guy), he told me that they weren't going anywhere. 12 hours later, I was watching them walk to the ring for a WWF show. Too funny....I also recall running into Axl Rotten in the building, which I thought was weird because here was an ECW guy going to a WWF show. It just totally seemed out of place.

 


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