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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 1989

November 23, 1989

Location: Rosemont, Illinois

Arena: Rosemont Horizon

Attendance: 15, 924

RESULTS:

â–º The Dream Team: "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Tito Santana, & The Red Rooster defeated The Enforcers: Big Bossman, Bad News Brown, The Honky Tonk Man & Rick "The Model" Martel in a team elimination match. Slick accompanied Big Bossman & Rick Martel to ringside. Jimmy Hart accompanied The Honky Tonk Man.

Eliminations: Rick Martel pinned Tito Santana. Big Bossman accidentally hit Bad News Brown, and Brown responded by walking out on his team and getting counted out. Brutus Beefcake pinned the Honky Tonk Man following a high knee, and then pinned Rick Martel with a sunset flip. Big Bossman hit a Bossman Slam and eliminated the Red Rooster. Dusty Rhodes pinned the Big Bossman with a crossbody to win the match for his team.

Survivors: "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes & Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake

â–º The King’s Court: "Macho King" Randy Savage, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Dino Bravo, & Earthquake defeated The 4 x 4s: "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin, Bret "Hitman" Hart, & Hercules in a team elimination match. Sensational Sherri accompanied "Macho King" Randy Savage to ringside. Jimmy Hart accompanied Dino Bravo, Earthquake, & Greg "The Hammer" Valentine.

Eliminations: Earthquake pinned Hercules with an Earthquake Splash. Jim Duggan pinned Greg Valentine following a clothesline. Dino Bravo hit a side slam and pinned Ronnie Garvin. Randy Savage pinned Bret Hart following a flying elbow. Jim Duggan was counted out to end the match.

Survivors: "Macho King" Randy Savage, Dino Bravo, & Earthquake

â–º The Hulkamaniacs: WWF Champion Hulk Hogan, Jake "The Snake" Roberts, & WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition (Ax & Smash) defeated The Million Dollar Team: "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, Zeus, & The Powers of Pain (Barbarian & Warlord) in a team elimination match. Mr. Fuji accompanied The Powers of Pain to ringside. Virgil accompanied "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.

Eliminations: Zeus is quickly disqualified for pushing the referee. Warlord pinned Demolition Ax following an elbow drop. Barbarian pinned Demolition Smash following a clothesline of the top rope. Barbarian and Warlord were both disqualified for double-teaming Hulk Hogan. Ted DiBiase used the ropes to pin Jake Roberts. Hulk Hogan pinned Ted DiBiase following a big boot and leg drop to win the match for his team.

Survivor: Hulk Hogan

Following the match, Sean Mooney interviewed "Macho King" Randy Savage and Zeus to promote the upcoming "No Holds Barred" match and movie pay-per-view, featuring Savage & Zeus vs. Hulk Hogan & Brutus Beefcake in a steel cage match and an airing of the "No Holds Barred" movie. "Mean" Gene Okerlund then interviewed Hogan and Beefcake, until Sensational Sherri interrupted and threw powder in their faces, setting up an attack by Savage and Zeus. The less said the better.

â–º Rude’s Brood: "Ravishing" Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, & The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (Raymond & Jacques Rougeau) defeated Roddy's Rowdies: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, & The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch) in a team elimination match. Jimmy Hart accompanied The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers to ringside. The Genius accompanied Mr. Perfect.

Eliminations: Jimmy Snuka pinned Jacques Rougeau. Roddy Piper pinned Raymond Rougeau following a piledriver. Mr. Perfect rolled up Bushwhacker Butch for the pin. Rick Rude pinned Bushwhacker Butch following a Rude Awakening. Roddy Piper and Rick Rude fought on the floor until both men were counted out. Mr. Perfect pinned Jimmy Snuka with a Perfectplex to win the match for his team.

Survivor: Mr. Perfect

â–º The Ultimate Warriors: The Ultimate Warrior, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, & The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) defeated The Heenan Family: Andre the Giant, Haku, Arn Anderson, & Bobby "The Brain" Heenan in a team elimination match.

Eliminations: The Ultimate Warrior knocked Andre out of the ring, and the Giant was counted out seconds into the match. Haku pinned Jim Neidhart following a kick. Arn Anderson laid out Marty Jannetty, allowing Bobby Heenan to make the pin. Shawn Michaels pinned Hake with a crossbody. Arn Anderson pinned Shawn Michaels following a spinebuster. The Ultimate Warrior pinned Arn Anderson with a big splash. The Ultimate Warrior toyed with Bobby Heenan for a few minutes before he hit him with a shoulder block and made the pin to win the match for his team.

Survivor: The Ultimate Warrior

CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Barry Windham was originally scheduled to compete as a member of the King’s Court, but was replaced on the team by Earthquake. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan replaced Tully Blanchard on the Heenan Family team. The WWF announced that Blanchard had been fired earlier in the day for failing a drug test, so Heenan was forced to replace him on the team on short notice. In reality, Blanchard had been let go weeks earlier, though for the same reason. Akeem was originally scheduled to compete as a member of the Enforcers, but was replaced on the team by Bad News Brown.

NOTES: Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse "The Body" Ventura did commentary for the event. "Mean" Gene Okerlund & Sean Mooney handled interviews. Howard Finkel was the ring announcer....This was the first Survivor Series to feature four man teams. The previous two events had featured either five man teams or five tag team teams. This was also the first Survivor Series to use team names.

Buck Woodward: I remember being sort of bummed that the "let's crowd the ring" tag team match wasn't included for this one. ... Not being "inside" at all, I couldn't figure out why Tully Blanchard wasn't around for his match. ... It was wild to see someone other than Hogan in a main event spot. It pretty much told us all that Warrior was getting the rocket strapped to him. ... The promos for the matches were a bit ridiculous, especially Hacksaw's team all carrying 2x4's, and Bret Hart pretending his was a machine gun.

Mike Johnson: Wow, I really don’t miss watching Zeus....I can remember being upset that Tully Blanchard wasn’t on the show as advertised and thinking Bobby Heenan really did a great job in the main event....They were teasing a Rick Rude-Heenan split as Heenan didn’t come out for Rude’s match....Wow, does Bret Hart stand out on the list of his team or what?....I was very disappointed that they cut the tag team bouts down to four members each.

 


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