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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 1993

November 24, 1993

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Arena: Boston Garden

Attendance: 15, 509

RESULTS:

â–º WWF Intercontinental Champion Razor Ramon, "Macho Man" Randy Savage, Marty Jannetty, & The 1-2-3 Kid defeated Diesel, Irwin R. Schyster, "The Model" Rick Martel, & Adam Bomb in a team elimination match.

Harvey Whippleman accompanied Adam Bomb to ringside.

Eliminations: Randy Savage pinned Diesel following a flying elbow. Crush came to ringside and distracted Randy Savage, allowing IRS to roll him up for the pin. Razor Ramon pinned IRS following a Razor’s Edge. IRS hit Razor Ramon with his briefcase, and Ramon fell to the floor and was counted out. The 1-2-3 Kid pinned Rick Martel with a sunset flip. Marty Jannetty pinned Adam Bomb to win the match for his team.

Survivors: Marty Jannetty & The 1-2-3 Kid

â–º Bret "Hitman" Hart, Owen Hart, Bruce Hart & Keith Hart defeated Shawn Michaels, The Red Knight, The Blue Knight, & The Black Knight in a team elimination match. Stu Hart accompanied the Hart Brothers to ringside. Family Feud Host Ray Combs was guest ring announcer and guest commentator for the match. The Red Knight was Barry Horowitz, The Blue Knight was a Greg Valentine, and The Black Knight was a Glen Jacobs.

Eliminations: Owen Hart pinned The Black Knight following a dropkick. Bret Hart forced The Red Knight to submit with the Sharpshooter. Not to be outdone, Owen Hart forced The Blue Knight to submit with the Sharpshooter. Shawn Michaels pinned Owen Hart with a roll up. Shawn Michaels escaped the Sharpshooter and walked out on the match. He was counted out to end the bout. Following the match, Owen returned from the locker room and he and Bret had words.

Survivors: Bret "Hitman" Hart, Bruce Hart, & Keith Hart

â–º The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard & Jimmy Del Ray) defeated The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson) to win the Smokey Mountain Wrestling Tag Team Championship when Tom Pritchard pinned Ricky Morton. Jim Cornette accompanied the Heavenly Bodies to ringside.

â–º The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch) & Men on a Mission (Mabel & Mo) defeated Bam Bam Bigelow, Bastion Booger, & The Headshrinkers (Fatu & Samu) in a team elimination match. Luna Vachon accompanied Bam Bam Bigelow to ringside. Afa the Wild Samoan accompanied The Headshrinkers. Oscar accompanied Men on a Mission.

The issue here was between Bam Bam Bigelow and Doink the Clown. Doink had promised four Doinks would face Bigelow at Survivor Series. Those four Doinks, as it turns out, were the Bushwhackers and Men on a Mission in clown make-up. The real Doink didn’t wrestle in the match, though he did appear after the bout to tease Bigelow.

This was pure sports entertainment.

Eliminations: Bushwhacker Luke rolled up Samu for the pin. Mabel pinned Bastion Booger following a big splash. Bushwhacker Butch pinned Fatu. Luke, Butch, Mabel, and Mo all piled up on Bam Bam Bigelow to get the pin and the win.

Survivors: The Bushwhackers (Luke & Butch) & Men on a Mission (Mabel & Mo)

â–º The All-Americans (Lex Luger, The Undertaker, Rick Steiner, & Scott Steiner) defeated The Foreign Fanatics (Yokozuna, Ludvig Borga, Jacques Rougeau, & Crush) in a team elimination match. Jim Cornette & Mr. Fuji accompanied Yokozuna to ringside. Mr. Fuji also accompanied Crush. Johnny Polo accompanied Jacques Rougeau.

Eliminations: Ludvig Borga pinned Rick Steiner. Randy Savage came to ringside and he and Crush fought on the floor. Crush was counted out in the process. Lex Luger pinned Jacques Rougeau following an elbow of the second rope. Yokozuna hit a legdrop and pinned Scott Steiner. The Undertaker and Yokozuna ended up fighting on the floor and were both counted out. Lex Luger hit Ludvig Borga with his loaded forearm and made the pin to win the match for his team.

Survivors: Lex Luger

CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Mr. Perfect was originally scheduled to compete as a member Razor Ramon’s team, but he left the WWF prior to the event and was replaced on the team by "Macho Man" Randy Savage....Jerry "The King" Lawler was originally scheduled to lead the Knights, but he took a hiatus from the company prior to the pay-per-view to handle legal issues. Shawn Michaels, who had recently returned to the company following a contract dispute, replaced him in the match....Tatanka was originally scheduled to compete as a member of the All-Americans, but was "injured" by Ludvig Borga and Yokozuna in an angle prior to the event. He was replaced on the team by The Undertaker....Pierre Ouelette was originally scheduled to compete as a member of the Foreign Fanatics, but was "injured" by Lex Luger in an angle prior to the event. He was replaced on the team by Crush....The live event sold out in record time due to WWF using a mail order promotion for tickets. By the time they went on sale, 99% of the Arena had been pre-sold.

NOTES: Vince McMahon & Bobby "The Brain" Heenan did commentary for the event, though Jim Ross & Gorilla Monsoon substituted on commentary for the SMW Tag Team Championship match. Todd Pettingill handled interviews. Howard Finkel was the ring announcer....Billy Gunn defeated The Brooklyn Brawler in a non-televised match prior to the pay-per-view....There were two promotional posters created for the pay-per-view. One featured the original All-Americans team (Lex Luger, Tatanka, Rick Steiner, & Scott Steiner) about to carve a Thanksgiving turkey. The second featured their opponents, the original Foreign Fanatics team (Yokozuna, Ludvig Borga, Jacques Rougeau, & Pierre Ouelette), also readying to carve a turkey.

Buck Woodward: I remember loving the first half of the show, because Marty Janetty & 1-2-3 Kid were Survivors, the Harts wrestled, and I got to watch the Bodies vs. The Rock N' Rolls. Then, for the second half of the show, I was far more interested in when the pizza would arrive at my friend Ray's house. The Doinks thing was so cheesy, and Lex Luger bored me to tears. ... This was around the time that my friends and I would start watching tapes after the PPV events because we were usually left unfulfilled by the cards.

Mike Johnson: This was the show where Jerry Lawler left the company just a few weeks earlier due to a legal issue and totally wrecked the heat for the Bret Hart match. They tried to act like it was Shawn Michaels, not Lawler screwing with Bret all those previous months and no one bought it. They went back to Bret vs. Lawler later but the fans never bit into it the same way again....Terry Funk was originally going to be one of the Knights but after learning he would be unmasked, left the outfit with the hotel desk and flew home to Texas.....I can remember watching the PPV and being insulted that the entire building emptied out during the SMW Tag match as if it was intermission. It was probably the best match on the show too....This PPV was the debut of Ray Appolo as Doink (on the big screen) as Matt Borne was gone from the company and they recast the character. That’s probably the only case of a character being recast and still staying over with the audience....WWE was pushing Lex Luger as the big star of the future, but as it would turn out, he would be rejected by the fans as they wanted Bret Hart.

 


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