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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 1990

November 22, 1990

Location: Hartford, Connecticut

Arena: Hartford Civic Center

Attendance: 16, 000

RESULTS:

The Ultimate Warriors: WWF Champion The Ultimate Warrior, WWF Intercontinental Champion "Texas Tornado" Kerry Von Erich, & The Legion of Doom (Hawk & Animal) defeated The Perfect Team: Mr. Perfect & Demolition (Ax, Smash, & Crush) in a team elimination match. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan accompanied Mr. Perfect to ringside. Mr. Fuji accompanied Demolition. Kerry Von Erich was still carrying the WWF Intercontinental Championship, and was announced as the champion, although his fate was sealed - Mr. Perfect had already won the championship at a television taping. The match would later air on WWF Superstars.

Eliminations: The Ultimate Warrior pinned Demolition Ax. The Legion of Doom, Demolition Smash, and Demolition Crush were all disqualified for brawling with each other and accidentally hitting the referee. Mr. Perfect pinned Kerry Von Erich with a Perfectplex. The Ultimate Warrior pinned Mr. Perfect to win the match for his team.

Survivor: The Ultimate Warrior

The Million Dollar Team: "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, The Undertaker, & Rhythm & Blues (The Honky Tonk Man & Greg "The Hammer" Valentine) defeated The Dream Team: "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, Koko B. Ware, & WWF Tag Team Champions The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart) in a team elimination match. This was the WWF debut of the Undertaker. He was promoted as a mystery partner on the Million Dollar Team. Jimmy Hart accompanied Rhythm & Blues to ringside. Virgil accompanied "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase. Brother Love accompanied the Undertaker.

Eliminations: Undertaker pins Koko B. Ware following a tombstone piledriver. Jim Neidhart hit The Honky Tonk Man with a powerslam and made the pin. Ted DiBiase pinned Jim Neidhart. Undertaker hit Dusty Rhodes with a double axe handle and made the pin. The Undertaker continued to attack Rhodes outside the ring, and was counted out. Bret Hart pinned Greg Valentine with a small package. Ted DiBiase rolled through a cross body and pinned Bret Hart to win the match for his team.

Survivor: "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase

The Visionaries: Rick "The Model" Martel, The Warlord, & Power & Glory (Paul Roma & Hercules) defeated The Vipers: Jake "The Snake" Roberts, "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka, & The Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty) in a team elimination match. Slick accompanied Rick "The Model" Martel, The Warlord, & Power & Glory to ringside.

Eliminations: Warlord pinned Marty Jannetty following a powerslam. Rick Martel pinned Jimmy Snuka after rolling through a high cross body and grabbing a handful of tights. Paul Roma and Hercules hit Shawn Michaels with the Powerplex, and Roma made the pin. Jake Roberts chased Rick Martel back to the locker room area, getting counted out and ending the match in the process.

Survivors: Rick "The Model" Martel, The Warlord, & Power & Glory

This was the first time in Survivor Series history that an entire team survived.

The Hulkamaniacs: Hulk Hogan, Big Boss Man, Tugboat, & "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan defeated The Natural Disasters: Earthquake, Dino Bravo, Haku, & The Barbarian in a team elimination match. Jimmy Hart accompanied Earthquake & Dino Bravo to ringside. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan accompanied Haku & The Barbarian.

Eliminations: Big Bossman pinned Haku following a Bossman Slam. Jim Duggan was disqualified for hitting Earthquake with his 2x4. Hulk Hogan pinned Dino Bravo with a small package. Earthquake pinned the Big Bossman. Earthquake and Tugboat fought on the floor until both men were counted out. Hulk Hogan pinned The Barbarian following a big boot and leg drop to win the match for his team.

Survivor: Hulk Hogan

The Alliance: Nikolai Volkoff, Tito Santana, & The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch) defeated The Mercenaries: Sgt. Slaughter, Boris Zhukov, & The Orient Express (Sato & Tanaka) in a team elimination match.

General Adnan accompanied Sgt. Slaughter to ringside. Mr. Fuji accompanied The Orient Express.

Eliminations: Tito Santana pinned Boris Zhukov following a flying forearm. Bushwhacker Butch pinned Sato. Tito Santana pinned Tanaka, also following a flying forearm. Sgt. Slaughter rebounded, pinning Nikolai Volkoff, Bushwhacker Luke, and Bushwhacker Butch. Sgt. Slaughter was disqualified when General Adnan hit Tito Santana with the Iraqi flag.

Survivor: Tito Santana

Following the match, the giant egg that was showcased on WWF programming leading up to the pay-per-view hatched, and out came the Gobbledy Gooker! "Mean" Gene Okerlund and the Gooker danced in the ring, and the live crowd expressed its displeasure. The Gooker was Hector Guerrero.

► Match of Survival: Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, & Tito Santana defeated "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, Rick "The Model" Martel, The Warlord, & Power & Glory (Paul Roma & Hercules) in a team elimination match. Slick accompanied Rick "The Model" Martel, The Warlord, & Power & Glory to ringside. Virgil accompanied "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.

Eliminations: Tito Santana pinned Warlord following a flying forearm. Ted DiBiase pinned Tito Santana. Hulk Hogan pinned Paul Roma following a clothesline. Rick Martel walked out on the match and was counted out. Hulk Hogan pinned Ted DiBiase following a big boot and leg drop. The Ultimate Warrior pinned Hercules to win the match.

Survivors: Hulk Hogan & Ultimate Warrior

CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Akeem was originally scheduled to compete as a member of the Mercenaries, but left the company prior to the event. Boris Zhukov replaced him on the team...."Ravishing" Rick Rude was originally scheduled to compete as a member of the Natural Disasters, but was "suspended" prior to the event by WWF President Jack Tunney. Haku replaced him on the team.

NOTES: Gorilla Monsoon & "Rowdy" Roddy Piper did commentary for the event. "Mean" Gene Okerlund & Sean Mooney handled interviews. Howard Finkel was the ring announcer....This was the last Survivor Series to air on Thanksgiving. Beginning the following year, the pay-per-view would move to Thanksgiving Eve.

Buck Woodward: The Gooker and The Undertaker both debut. What a historic event! ... I really liked the idea of having the Survivors meet again in a final match. ... I popped big for Tito Santana getting into the final match, and for getting the quick elimination on Warlord. Tito was a workhorse for WWF, and deserved a bit of the spotlight. ... Bret Hart and Ted DiBiase had a nice exchange at the end of their match. ... Wow, who would have known how well "Mark Callous in whiteface and rubber gloves" would turn out.

Mike Johnson: I don’t think anyone could have guessed what a huge star the Undertaker would become when he debuted here. When you look at the talent that was on this show and the names that are on the 2004 version of the show, it’s amazing how many stars have come in and out of the company, yet Taker is still here....That Gobbledy Gooker debut may still be one of the most mindboggling things of all time. Why didn’t they just hire the San Diego Chicken?....I liked the idea of the final match of Survival, and was pretty surprised Tito Santana made it all the way there. It was a nice tease for a Hulk Hogan-Ultimate Warrior rematch as well, although that never happened....Power & Glory was a really underrated team at the time.


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