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16 YEARS OF THE SURVIVOR SERES: STATS & FACTS

Compiled by Ite Lemalu


1987

* Legendary commentary duo Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura hosted the first 3 Survivor Series

* The original Survivor Series elimination match format was 5 vs 5. This format was used in 1987, '88 and '94

* The traditional elimination matches slowly became a rarely seen attraction during the late 90s. 1998, 2001 and 2002.

* Brutus Beefcake and the Honky Tonk Man have wrestled in the opening matches in 1987, 1988 and 1989 on opposite teams

* Paul Orndorff, King Kong Bundy and Johnny V make their final WWF pay per view appearance

* In the main event for the '87 Survivor Series, Don the Rock Muraco replaced the injured Superstar Billy Graham. Weeks prior to the event, Graham was attacked by the One Man Gang and Butch Reed on an episode of Superstars of Wrestling

* 1987 and 1994 are the only years where the heel team have defeated the face team in the headlining survivor series match.

* 1987 - Andre the Giant, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed and Rick Rude defeated Hulk Hogan, Bam Bam Bigelow, Don Muraco, Paul Orndorff and Ken Patera. Andre eliminated Bigelow to be the sole survivor.

* 1994 - Tatanka, Bam Bam Bigelow, King Kong Bundy and the Heavenly Bodies defeated Lex Luger, Mabel, Adam Bomb and the Smoking Gunns. King Kong Bundy and Bam Bam Bigelow are the remaining survivors after Bundy pins Luger



1988

Survivor Series debut * Blue Blazer * Sam Houston * Bad News Brown * Powers of Pain * The Rockers (ppv debut) * Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson * The Conquistadors * Scott Casey * Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig (ppv debut) * Koko B. Ware * Hillbilly Jim * Ted DiBiase * Terry Taylor (ppv debut)

* Don Muraco was originally scheduled to join the Ultimate Warrior and Brutus Beefcakes team. Muraco leaves the WWF after his contract is expired and is replaced by Jim Brunzell

* Junkyard Dog is originally scheduled to join Jake Roberts and Jim Duggan's team. JYD faced the similar circumstances as Muraco and is replaced by B Brian Blair

* On the night of the pay per view, B Brian Blair is replaced by Scott Casey

* Ken Patera makes his final WWF appearance

* Hillbilly Jim, Scott Casey and Sam Houston have only one Survivor Series appearance* Harley Race makes his ppv return after an injury

* Bad News Brown walks out on his team after he is accidentally hit by his team-mate Greg Valentine. The same incident is repeated the year after with the Big Bossman

* The One Man Gang/Akeem was involved in the main event match two years in a row (1987 and 1988)

* The Honky Tonk Man, Ron Bass and Dangerous Danny Davis are once again put together in the same team



1989

Survivor Series debut * Dusty Rhodes * Ronnie Garvin * Canadian Earthquake * Zeus * Roddy Piper * Jimmy Snuka * The Bushwhackers

* Arn Anderson makes his final WWF appearance

* The 5 vs 5 elimination format was altered down to 4 vs 4

* The tag team elimination match was abolished

* Bad News Brown replaces Akeem

* Tully Blanchard is pulled from the card and is replaced by Bobby Heenan

* The Canadian Earthquake replaces Barry Windham

* Sapphire makes her first appearance as a member of the crowd.

* The Hart Foundation wrestled on separate elimination matches

* The '89 Survivor Series had a total of 10 former World Champions (from the WWF, NWA, AWA and WCW) taking part in the pay per view. The previous Survivor Series had a total of 9 World Champions

* Dusty Rhodes

* Randy Savage

* Bret Hart

* Ronnie Garvin

* Hulk Hogan

* Rick Rude

* Curt Hennig

* Ultimate Warrior

* Shawn Michaels

* Andre the Giant



1990

Survivor Series debut

* Kerry Von Erich

* Legion of Doom (ppv debut)

* Crush

* The Undertaker (ppv debut)

* Tugboat (ppv debut)

* Sgt Slaughter (ppv debut)

* The Orient Express

* Akio Sato makes his final WWF appearance and is replaced by Kato (Paul Diamond)

* Demolition Axe makes his final WWF appearance. Bill Eadie's previous WWF gimmicks reach back to the 1970s as a member of the Mongols, the Mask Superstar and Super Machine

* A special Super Survivor Elimination match was added where all the winners from their matches were put into a final match

* Haku replaces Rick Rude. Rick Rude leaves the WWF weeks prior to the Survivor Series.

* Boris Zukov replaces Akeem. Akeem leaves the WWF weeks prior to the Survivor Series.

* Even thought Sgt Slaughter is making his in ring ppv debut, this is his second stint with the WWF

* The Undertaker makes his WWF debut

* The Visionaries (Rick Martel, Warlord, Power & Glory) are the first Survivor Series team to survive as a whole

* The 1990 Survivor Series also had the same number of former World Champions

* Ultimate Warrior

* Kerry Von Erich

* Curt Hennig

* Dusty Rhodes

* Bret Hart

* The Undertaker

* Shawn Michaels

* Rick Martel

* Hulk Hogan

* Sgt Slaughter



1991

Survivor Series debut * Virgil * Ric Flair (ppv debut) * Col Mustafa * Berzerker (ppv debut) * Skinner (ppv debut) * The Nasty Boys * The Beverly Brothers (ppv debut) * IRS

* Chris Chavis (Tatanka) defeated Kato (Paul Diamond) in the non-televised Dark Match

* Managers were banned from ringside

* Ricky Steamboat and Jim Neidhart were originally scheduled to be apart of Hacksaw Jim Duggan's team. Steamboat leaves the WWF after a contractual dispute and the Beverly Brothers sideline Neidhart after an attack. Tito Santana and Sgt Slaughter fill their spots

* Hacksaw Jim Duggan's team is the second to survive as a whole

* Hercules replaces Big Bully Busik

* Sid is pulled from the Survivor Series after suffering an injury.

* Jake Roberts is also pulled from the card

* The Roberts, Natural Disasters vs Sid, Bossman, LOD match is cut down to a 3 vs 3 elimination match

* The WWF is defended for the first time at a Survivor Series



1992

Survivor Series debut * The Headshrinkers made their WWF pay per view debut defeating High Energy (Koko B Ware & Owen Hart) in the opening match * Nailz * Tatanka * Razor Ramon (ppv debut) * Yokozuna (Rodney Anoa'i) made his pay per view debut defeating Virgil * Kamala

* Bret Hart is the first wrestler in WWF history to hold a different title in 3 consecutive Survivor Series in a row (1990 - Tag Team champion, 1991 - IC champion, 1992 - WWF Champion)

* Crush defeated Steve Lombardi in the non-televised Dark Match

* The traditional Survivor Series format was temporarily put aside for this year

* Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig made his in ring pay per view return teaming with Macho Man Randy Savage. Hennig and Savage defeated Ric Flair and Razor Ramon by DQ. Hennig replaced the Ultimate Warrior who left the WWF for the second time

* The Nasty Boys and the Natural Disasters defeated Money Inc. and the Beverly Brothers in a tag team elimination match. The Nasty Boys defeated Money Inc. to be the surviving team

* The Undertaker defeated Kamala in the very first casket match

* The Intercontinental Title match between Davey Boy Smith and Jacque Rougeau was scrapped. Davey Boy had lost the IC title to Shawn Michaels in October and both Smith and Rougeau had left the WWF

* Owen Hart makes his second Survivor Series appearance in four years



1993

Survivor Series debut * 123 Kid * Diesel (ppv debut as a wrestler) * Adam Bomb (ppv debut) * Heavenly Bodies * Men on a Mission (ppv debut) * Bastion Booger * Lex Luger * Rick & Scott Steiner * Ludvig Borga

* Billy Gunn defeated Steve Lombardi in the non-televised Dark Match

* Randy Savage replaced Curt Hennig

* This was Randy Savages in ring return for a pay per view since Royal Rumble '93

* Shawn Michaels replaced Jerry Lawler

* Their brothers Bruce and Keith joined Bret Hart and Owen Hart in their match against Shawn Michaels and the Knights

* Survivor Series '93 saw the beginnings of the Bret/Owen rivalry

* The Heavenly Bodies defeated the Rock 'n' Roll Express for the Smokey Mountain Tag Team Titles. This is the first time in history that a non-WWF title has been defended on WWF pay per view event

* Announcing teams Vince McMahon & Bobby Heenan (TV) and Gorilla Monsoon & Jim Ross (radio) swapped roles for the tag team match

* This was Bobby Heenans final WWF pay per view

* The Four Doinks are the 3rd team in Survivor Series history to survive as a whole

* Doink did not take part in the match

* This is Bastion Boogers first and last pay per view appearance in the WWF

* Tatanka was pulled from the main event after being sidelined by Ludvig Borga and Yokozuna

* Undertaker replaced Tatanka

* Crush replaces Pierre

* Bam Bam Bigelow makes his second Survivor Series appearance in 6 years



1994

Survivor Series debut * Jeff Jarrett * Doink * Bob Backlund * The Smoking Gunns * Jerry Lawler

* The original 5 vs 5 concept was reintroduced for this one time

* This is the first time Vince McMahon and Gorilla Monsoon have announced for a pay per view together

* Davey Boy Smith makes his pay per view return

* The Royal Family are the 4th team in Survivor Series history to survive as a whole

* The Undertaker defeats Yokozuna in their casket re-match from Royal Rumble '94. Chuck Norris was the special guest referee. Yokozuna disappears from TV, and returns at WrestleMania XI

* This is the second casket match at a Survivor Series

* King Kong Bundy makes his pay per view return. His last pay per view appearance was at Survivor Series '87 where he wrestled in the main event

* Gorilla Monsoon makes his last appearance as a WWF announcer



1995

Survivor Series debut * Hakushi * Barry Horowitz * Bob Holly * Skip * Rad Radford * Goldust * Savio Vega * Henry Godwinn * Isaac Yankem * Hunter Hearst Helmsley * Ahmed Johnson * Sid * Dean Douglas

* Avatar (Al Snow) was replaced by Bob Holly in the 'Underdogs'

* 123 Kid replaced Jean Pierre Laffite in the opposing team 'Bodydonnas'. This is Jean Pierres second miss at competing at a Survivor Series

* The Wild Card Elimination match was introduced pitting faces and heels on the same team

* Ahmed Johnson made his WWF pay per view debut teaming with Shawn Michaels, Davey Boy Smith and Sid

* The 'Dark Side' (Undertaker, Fatu, Savio Vega & Henry Godwinn) are the 5th team in Survivor Series history to survive as a whole



1996

Survivor Series debut * Doug Furnas & Phil LaFon (WWF debut) * Phineas Godwinn * Leif Cassidy * Mankind * Marc Mero * Barry Windham * Rocky Maivia (ppv debut) * Steve Austin * Farooq * Vader * Flash Funk (ppv debut)

* This is the first Survivor Series held at Madison Square Garden

* Bart Gunn, Double J Jesse James, Aldo Montoya & Bob Holly defeated Billy Gunn, Justin Hawk Bradshaw, Salvatore Sincere & the Sultan in the Free For All broadcast. Bart pins Billy to become the sole survivor

* Doug Furnas & Phil LaFon make their WWF pay per view debuts teaming with the Godwinns against Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith and the New Rockers. Furnas & LaFon are the remaining survivors

* The Undertaker defeats Mankind. This is Undertakers 4th singles Survivor Series match

* Rocky Maivia makes his ppv debut teaming with Marc Mero, Barry Windham and Jake Roberts defeating Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Jerry Lawler, Goldust and Crush

* Jake Roberts replaces Mark Henry

* This is Crush' 3rd Survivor Series elimination match and his 3rd gimmick

* Bret Hart makes his in ring ppv return defeating Steve Austin

* Jimmy Snuka makes a guest appearance teaming with Yokozuna, Flash Funk & Savio Vega wrestling against Farooq, Vader, Diesel II & Razor Ramon II

* The '96 Survivor Series breaks the previous record of former World Champions competing in a Survivor Series. The record was risen to 14.

* The Undertaker

* Mankind

* The Rock

* Barry Windham

* Jerry Lawler

* Hunter Hearst Helmsley

* Bret Hart

* Steve Austin

* Farooq

* Vader

* Diesel II (Kane)

* Yokozuna

* Shawn Michaels

* Sid Vicious



1997

Survivor Series debut * Roaddog Jesse James (excluding his dark match from the previous year) * The Headbangers * Blackjack Bradshaw (excluding his dark match from the previous year) * Interrogator * Reacon * Sniper * Chainz * 8 Ball & Skull * Steve Blackman * Ken Shamrock * D'lo Brown * Kama Mustafa

* This is the first Survivor Series held in Canada

* The ring announcing is spoken in French-Canadian

* Crush makes his 4th Survivor Series elimination match teaming with fellow DOA members. This is also Crush' 4th gimmick

* Steve Blackmen replaces the Patriot

* The Patriots theme music (which later became Kurt Angles theme) was still used for during the ppv as Team USA made their entrances

* Marc Mero makes his ppv return after suffering from a knee injury

* Even though this is Glenn Jacobs 3rd Survivor Series, his 3rd character Kane makes his pay per view debut defeating Mankind

* This was the last WWF ppv for Bret Hart, Jim Neidhart, Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon

* This is the Undertakers first missed Survivor Series



1998

Survivor Series debut * Duane Gill (ppv debut) * Steven Regal (ppv debut) * Sable * Jacqueline * Mark Henry

* The original Survivor Series format was put aside to host the WWF Title Tournament.

* This is the second time that a WWF pay per view has dedicated itself to a WWF title tournament

* The Big Bossman makes his 6th Survivor Series appearance. His last appearance was in 1992

* The Big Bossman replaced Tripple H in his tournament match against the Rock



1999

Survivor Series debut * The Dudleys * Kurt Angle * Shawn Stasiak * Gangrel * Mae Young * Tori * Ivory * Luna Vachon (as a wrestler) * Prince Albert * Chyna (as a wrestler) * Chris Jericho * Too Cool * The Hardyz * Crash Holly * The Big Show

* The Big Show replaced Steve Austin in the originally planned Austin/HHH/Rock Tripple Threat main event for the WWF Title. Show wins the WWF Title 11 months after his debut into the WWF

* The Blue Meanie and Kaientai were originally scheduled to team with the Big Show

* This is the Undertakers first time not participating in the Survivor Series

* The Dudley Boys make their WWF pay per view debut

* Kurt Angle makes his pay per view debut defeating Shawn Stasiak

* Viscera makes his 4th Survivor Series appearance. His last appearance was in 1995

* Too Cool wrestle their first ppv match for the year. Grand Master Sexay returned

after a knee injury (Too Cool however wrestled in the Sunday Night Heat pre ppv shows)

* In his 3rd (and final) stint with the WWF. Davey Boy Smith makes his 8th Survivor Series appearance



2000

Survivor Series debut * Molly Holly * Trish Stratus * Test * Chris Benoit * Dean Malenko * Eddie Guererro * Perry Saturn * K-Kwik * Lita

* Billy Gun makes his pay per view return after being sidelined with a shoulder injury in February

* Kane wrestles his 4th singles Survivor Series match in a row defeating Chris Jericho

* Rikishi makes his 6th Survivor Series appearance (including his '96 Dark Match as the Sultan) wrestling under his 4th gimmick

* Kurt Angle makes his second Survivor Series appearance wrestling as the WWF Champion



2001

Survivor Series debut * Yoshihiro Tajiri * Justin Credible * Tommy Dreamer * Spike Dudley * Sho Funaki * Chavo Guererro Jr * Hurricane * Billy Kidman * Hugh Morris * Diamond Dallas Page * Chuck Palumbo * Raven * Stevie Richards * Lance Storm * Tazz * Jazz * Booker T * Rob Van Dam

* Paul Heymans 10 months role as colour commentator came to an unfortunate end

* Justin Credible wrestled in the 1996 Dark Match under the gimmick Aldo Montoya

* The Big Show replaces Vince McMahon

* The pay per view concluded with the traditional 5 vs 5 elimination match as the main event

* This will mark the first occasion that a battle royal was put in the Survivor Series

* The WWF Cruiserweight Title and the Hardcore Title were not defended in any matches on this card

* This marks the first occasion that a cage match was put in the Survivor Series



2002

Survivor Series debut * Rosey & Jamal * Rico * Jamie Knoble * Brock Lesnar * Rey Mysterio

* The World Tag Team Titles are defended on Sunday Night Heat

* The pay per view opens with an elimination tables match

* Survivor Series '02 introduces the Elimination Chamber

* This is the second Survivor Series held in Madison Square Garden

* Scott Steiner makes his Television debut



2003

Survivor Series debut * John Cena * Matt Morgan * Nathan Jones * The Bashams * Randy Orton * Goldberg

* Yoshihiro Tajiri defeats Jamie Knoble to retain the Cruiserweight Title on Sunday Night Heat. The match was originally schedualed to be part of the pay per view

* Hardcore Holly replaces Farooq

* This is Hardcore Hollys second time where he is part of the opening match

* Scott Steiner takes part in his second Survivor Series match in 10 years

* It was a bad night for Texans participating on the card. The Guererros, Booker T, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker lost their matches. Even though Bradshaw and Mark Henry were part of their winning teams. They were eliminated.

* Kane defeats Shane McMahon in the first ever Ambulance Match

* Vince McMahon defeats Undertaker in the second ever Buried Alive match. This also marks the 13th anniversary of the Undertakers debut

* A rare inter-roster angle is created when Kane helps McMahon defeat the Undertaker

* Randy Orton is the second 3rd generation wrestler to be a sole survivor for his team

* Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam did not defend his title. RVD participated as a member of Team Austin in the Survivor Series elimination match

* World Tag Team Champions the Dudley Boys also participated in the elimination match

* US Champion the Big Show participated in the opening elimination match



WWE/WWF Title

* The WWF Title has been defended at 10 Survivor Series pay per views.

* The WWF The Title changed hands in 8 out of 10 matches.

* The WWF Title was first defended on Survivor Series '91 where Hulk Hogan lost the WWF Title to the Undertaker when Ric Flair interfered

* 1992 - Bret Hart retained the WWF Championship against the Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels

* 1994 - Bob Backlund defeated Bret Hart for the WWF Title in a submission match. This was Backlunds second Title reign in 11 years

* 1995 - Bret Hart defeated Diesel to win his 3rd WWF Title

* 1996 - Sid Vicious defeated Shawn Michaels to win the WWF Title

* 1997 - 5 years after their first Survivor Series encounter. Shawn Michaels controversially defeats Bret Hart for the WWF Title. This is now known as the infamous 'Montreal Screw Job" incident

* 1998 - The Rock defeats Mankind to win the WWF Title in a tournament final. This is the second ppv that the WWF Title was put up in a tournament

* 1999 - The Big Show defeated Tripple H and the Rock in a Tripple Threat match to win the WWF Title

* WWF Champion Steve Austin participates in elimination match

* 2002 - The Big Show won his second WWE Title defeating Brock Lesnar

* 2003 - Brock Lesnar did not defend the WWE Title, as he participated in the traditional 5 on 5 Survivor Series elimination match which opened up the pay per view



* WWF Champions during the Survivor Series

* 1987 - Hulk Hogan

* 1988 - Randy Savage

* 1989 - Hulk Hogan

* 1990 - Ultimate Warrior

* 1993 - Yokozuna

* 2000 - Kurt Angle

* 2001 - Steve Austin

* 2003 - Brock Lesnar



World Heavyweight Title

* 2001 -World Heavyweight Champion the Rock does not defend his Title, instead he participates in the 5 on 5 elimination match

* 2002 - Shawn Michaels defeated HHH, Chris Jericho, Booker T, Kane and Rob Van Dam in the Elimination Chamber to win the World Title

* 2003 - Goldberg defeats Triple H to retain the World Heavyweight Title



Intercontinental Title

* 1997 - Steve Austin defeated Owen Hart for his second IC title reign

* 1999 - IC Champion Chyna defeated Chris Jericho to retain the title

* 2001 - WCW US Champion Edge defeated WWF IC Champion Test to unify the two titles

* The following Intercontinental Champions have taken part in the opening Survivor Series matches

* 1987 - Honky Tonk Man

* 1988 - Ultimate Warrior

* 1990 - Kerry Von Erich

* 1991 - Bret Hart

* 1993 - Razor Ramon

* 1994 - Razor Ramon

* 2003 - Rob Van Dam



WWF Tag Team Titles

* 1995 - The Smoking Gunns defeated Public Enemy to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles in the non-televised Dark Match

* 1998 - The New Age Outlaws defeated The Headbangers and D'lo Brown & Mark Henry to retain the WWF Tag Tam Titles in a Tripple Threat Match

* 1999 - The New Age Outlaws defeated Mankind & Al Snow to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles

* 2001 - WCW Tag Team Champions the Dudley Boyz defeated the WWF Tag Team Champions the Hardy Boyz to unify both titles in a steel cage match

* 2002 - Eddie & Chavo Guererro defeated Chris Benoit & Kurt Angle and Edge & Rey Mysterio in an elimination match to win the WWE Tag Team Titles

* WWF Tag Team Champions during the Survivor Series consisted of

1987 - Strike Force

1988 - Demolition

1989 - Demolition

1990 - Hart Foundation

1991 - Legion of Doom

1992 - Money Inc.

1993 - the Quebecers

1994 - Shawn Michaels & Diesel

1996 - Owen Hart & Davey Boy Smith

1997 - Legion of Doom

2000 - Bull Buchanan & the Goodfather

2003 - The Bashams

* 1987 - Strike Force, the British Bulldogs, the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, the Killer Bees and the Young Stallions defeated the Hart Foundation, Demolition, the Islanders, Dino Bravo & Greg Valentine and the Bolsheviks. The Killer Bees and the Young Stallions are the remaining survivors when B Brian Blair makes a switch with his partner Jim Brunzell while wearing a mask. Blair pins Haku after a sunset flip

* 1988 - The Powers of Pain, the Hart Foundation, the British Bulldogs, the Rockers and the Young Stallions defeat Demolition, the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers, the Bolsheviks, Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson and the Conquistadors. The Powers of Pain are the remaining survivors after eliminating the surprise underdogs the Conquistadors.

* This was the British Bulldogs' final major appearance with the WWF



WWF Womens Title

* 1998 - Sable defeats Jacqueline to win the vacant WWF Womens Title

* 2000 - Womens Champion Ivory defeated Lita to retain the Title

* 2001 - Trish Stratus defeated Ivory, Lita, Jacqueline, Mighty Molly and Jazz to win the vacant WWF Womens Title in a Six Pack match

* 2002 - Victoria pinned Trish Stratus to win the Womens Title in a Hardcore match

* The following Women were held the Womens Title during the Survivor Series

1987 - Sensational Sherri

1994 - Bull Nakano

1995 - Alundra Blayze

2003 - Molly Holly

* 1987 - The Fabulous Moolah, Velvet McIntyre, Rockin' Robin & the Jumping Bomb

Angels defeated Sensational Sherri, Dawn Marie, Donna Christanello and the Glamour Girls. The Jumping Bomb Angels (Noriyoi Tateno & Itsuki Yamazaki) are the survivors.

* The Fabulous Moolah made her final pay per view appearance with the WWF. She returns to the WWF in 1999

* 1995 - Bertha Faye, Aja Kong, Tomoko Watanabe & Lioness Asuka defeated Alundra Blayze, Kyoko Inoue, Sakie Hasagawa & Chaparita Asari. Aja Kong is the remaining survivor, eliminating Alundra

* 1999 - The Fabulous Moolah makes her Survivor Series return teaming with Mae Young, Ivory and Debra defeating Ivory, Jacqueline, Ivory and Terri. Moolah pins Ivory to gain the victory for her team

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