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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 1987

November 26, 1987

Location: Richfield, Ohio

Arena: Richfield Coliseum

Attendance: 21, 300

RESULTS:

â–º "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, & Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat defeated WWF Intercontinental Champion The Honky Tonk Man, "Outlaw" Ron Bass, "King" Harley Race, Hercules, & "Dangerous" Danny Davis in a team elimination match.

Miss Elizabeth accompanied "Macho Man" Randy Savage to ringside. Jimmy Hart accompanied The Honky Tonk Man & "Dangerous" Danny Davis. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan accompanied "King" Harley Race & Hercules.

Eliminations: Harley Race and Jim Duggan battled to the outside, and a double count out ended their nights. Brutus Beefcake hit the high knee and pinned Ron Bass. The Honky Tonk Man pinned Brutus Beefcake following a swinging neck breaker. Jake Roberts hit a DDT and eliminated Danny Davis. Randy Savage pinned Hercules following a big elbow. The Honky Tonk Man decided that was enough and walked out on the match. He was counted out to end the bout.

Survivors: Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, & Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat

â–º The Fabulous Moolah, Rockin’ Robin, Velvet MacIntyre, & The Jumping Bomb Angels (Noriyo Tateno & Itsuki Yamazaki) defeated "Sensational" Sherri, Dawn Marie, Donna Christanello, & The Glamour Girls (Judy Martin & Leilani Kai) in a team elimination match. Jimmy Hart accompanied The Glamour Girls to ringside.

Eliminations: Velvet McIntyre pinned Donna Christianello with a victory roll. Rockin’ Robin hit a crossbody on Dawn Marie and made the pin. Sherri pinned Rockin’ Robin following a suplex. Judy Martin & Leilani Kai hit Moolah with a double clothesline, and Martin covered her for the pin. Velvet McIntyre pinned Sherri with another victory roll. Velvet McIntyre again tried for a victory roll, this time on Leilani Kai, but Kai blocked it and pinned McIntyre. Itsuki Yamazaki pinned Leilani Kai following a crossbody off the top rope. Noriyo Tateno pinned Judy Martin following a top rope clothesline to win the match for her team.


Survivors:
The Jumping Bomb Angels (Noriyo Tateno & Itsuki Yamazaki)

â–º WWF Tag Team Champions Strike Force (Tito Santana & Rick Martel), The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & The Dynamite Kid), The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (Raymond & Jacques Rougeau), The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell), & The Young Stallions (Paul Roma & Jim Powers) defeated Demolition (Ax & Smash), The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart), The Islanders (Haku & Tama), The New Dream Team (Greg Valentine & Dino Bravo), & The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zuchov) in a team elimination match.

Mr. Fuji accompanied Demolition to ringside. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan accompanied The Islanders. Johnny Valiant accompanied The New Dream Team. Jimmy Hart accompanied The Hart Foundation. Slick accompanied The Bolsheviks.

In this match, if one member of a tag team was eliminated, his partner was eliminated as well.

Eliminations: Tito Santana pinned Boris Zhukov following a flying forearm (The Bolsheviks are eliminated). Demolition Ax pinned Jacques Rougeau when Rougeau missed a crossbody off the second rope (The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers are eliminated). Demolition Smash was disqualified for shoving the referee (Demolition are eliminated). Jim Neidhart pinned Tito Santana after Bret Hart hit Santana with an elbow (Strike Force are eliminated). Haku pinned Dynamite Kid (The British Bulldogs are eliminated). Paul Roma pinned Greg Valentine with a sunset flip (The New Dream Team are eliminated). Jim Brunzell pinned Bret Hart following a botched dropkick by Haku (The Hart Foundation are eliminated). B. Brian Blair pinned Tama with a sunset flip (The Islanders are eliminated) to win the match for his team.

Survivors: The Killer Bees (B. Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell) & The Young Stallions (Paul Roma & Jim Powers)

â–º Andre the Giant, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, King Kong Bundy, "The Natural" Butch Reed, & The One Man Gang defeated WWF Champion Hulk Hogan, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, Bam Bam Bigelow, Don "The Rock" Muraco, & Ken Patera in a team elimination match. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan accompanied "Ravishing" Rick Rude, King Kong Bundy, & Andre the Giant to ringside. Slick accompanied the One Man Gang & Butch Reed. Sir Oliver Humperdink accompanied Bam Bam Bigelow.

Eliminations: Hulk Hogan pinned Butch Reed following a leg drop. The One Man Gang hit Ken Patera with a big clothesline and made pin. Rick Rude rolled up Paul Orndorff for the pin. Don Muraco power slammed Rick Rude and got the pin. The One Man Gang connected with a big splash and eliminated Don Muraco. Hulk Hogan was counted out when King Kong Bundy and the One Man Gang would not allow him to get back in the ring. Bam Bam Bigelow pinned King Bundy Bundy, and then pinned the One Man Gang. Andre the Giant pinned Bam Bam Bigelow following a suplex to win the match for his team.

Survivor: Andre the Giant

Following the match, Hulk Hogan returned to the ring and attacked Andre with the WWF Championship belt, sending the big man running. Hogan posed in the ring to close the show.

CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE: "Superstar" Billy Graham was originally scheduled to compete at the pay-per-view as a member of Hulk Hogan’s team, but the WWF ran an angle where Graham was attacked and injured by Survivor Series opponents Butch Reed and the One Man Gang leading up to the event. He was replaced on the team by Don Muraco.

NOTES: Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse "The Body" Ventura did commentary for the event. "Mean" Gene Okerlund & Greg DeGeorge handled interviews. Howard Finkel was the ring announcer....The pay-per-view television concept was still relatively new at the time of the first Survivor Series, and the WWF took advantage of that fact by deliberately scheduling the inaugural event on the same day and at the same time as the annual NWA Starrcade pay-per-view. Though the number of cable providers with pay-per-view capabilities was growing, few, if any, were able to carry more than one live event at the same time. The WWF lobbied cable providers to air Survivor Series instead of Starrcade, informing the cable companies that if they didn't carry the untested Survivor Series event they wouldn't be allowed to carry the next Wrestlemania pay-per-view, a proven money-making commodity. Not surprisingly, NWA Starrcade was available in very few homes....The pay-per-view was eventually made available for video rental through Coliseum Home Video, though the show was edited to two hours. The first three matches were clipped on the release, and the main event was included in its entirety.

Buck Woodward: This was actually the first Pay-per-view event I ever saw. PPV was brand new, so much so that I actually went next door to my neighbor's house to watch it, since he had the "new box" and my cable box wasn't able to receive PPV. ... I remember thinking how ridiculously crowded the ring looked during the Tag Team Survivor match, and also being tremendously impressed with Bam Bam Bigelow's performance at the end of the main event. ... One thing I didn't like about the show was Ricky Steamboat being on friendly terms with two of his fiercest rivals, Jake Roberts and Randy Savage. I kept thinking "This is nuts, they're supposed to hate each other" while watching them celebrate at the end of their bout.

Mike Johnson: I can distinctly remember this PPV as the apartment building my family lived in at the time was wired for cable just three days before the PPV, so it was a major deal to watch the show live as it happened. The shocking thing was that a heel went over in the main event, as they were building to the second Hogan vs. Andre singles match...I remember being blown away by the idea of Steamboat, Roberts, and Savage all on the same side....The Jumping Bomb Angels gave a generation of fans who had no clue about the International scope of wrestling a taste of what they could discover later in life....The actual best match on the show was the tag team elimination bout, which was pretty amazing to see so many guys in the ring....Something that would never happen today took place on that PPV – a 15 minute intermission, complete with countdown graphic.

 


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