Sunday, November 20, 2016

My All Time Favorite Survivor Series Teams!




Ahhh...the 30th annual Survivor Series happens tonight and I am hyped! I always loved Survivor Series as a kid. The unique aspect of seeing 4-5 wrestlers who would normally never be around each other to take on their most vicious rivals. It was a lot of fun to watch and it made Thanksgiving night that much better! And as someone who loves Thanksgiving, this just gave me something additional to look forward to. Recently, The Royal Rumble has overtaken the Survivor Series as my current favorite PPV, but for my money, nothing takes away the fun of being a kid and watching this and getting excited over the elimination matches.



I even got to attend Survivor Series 2009 when it took place in Washington, DC. It was a great time. I really was happy to finally attend it, especially since I missed out on attending it in 1995 when it took place at the legendary Capitol Center. In fact, I still have my shirt from that night's event!





On top of that, I also own a throwback Survivor Series shirt AND a program from the first event signed by over ten superstars who appeared that night. Including Dynamite Kid, Sensational Sherri, Bobby Heenan, Jim Neidhart and more. In the photo below, you can see Dynamite Kid holding it at a recent private signing.



With that said, in 30 years, there's been a lot of great Survivor Series teams...and some not so great. For my money, as many great matches that have taken place in the history of the PPV, the team elimination matches were always my favorite. So what are my favorites? Well get ready...BECAUSE IT'S TIME FOR THE SURVIVOR SERIES!


1987. TEAM ANDRE: "Ravishing" Rick Rude, King Kong Bundy, Andre The Giant, One Man Gang and "The Natural" Butch Reed

1988. THE MEGA POWERS: Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Hillbilly Jim, Koko B Ware, Hercules

1989. THE KING'S COURT: Macho King Randy Savage, Barry Windham, Greg Valentine, Dino Bravo.
Yes, I'm aware Earthquake replaced Barry but I prefer this lineup.


1989. THE ENFORCERS: Big Bossman, Akeem, Rick Martel, Honky Tonk Man.(Akeem was replaced by Bad News Brown at the actual PPV)




1989. The Hulkamaniacs: Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts, Demolition.





1990. THE PERFECT TEAM: Demolition and Mr. Perfect






1991. TEAM FLAIR: Ric Flair, Ted Dibiase, The Mountie, The Warlord




1991. TEAM PIPER: Rowdy Roddy Piper, Virgil, Bret Hart, The British Bulldog




1994. THE TEAMSTERS: Diesel, Shawn Michaels, Jim Neidhart, Jeff Jarret, Owen Hart




2001. TEAM WCW: Shane McMahon, Steve Austin, Kurt Angle, Booker T, Rob Van Dam. 

AND 

TEAM WWF: The Rock,  Chris Jericho, Undertaker, Big Show, Kane



2006. TEAM D-X. HHH, Shawn Michaels, Matt and Jeff Hardy, CM Punk.



2014. TEAM CENA: John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Erik Rowan, Ryback, Big Show.



2016: TEAM RAW: Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins 

AND

TEAM SMACKDOWN: AJ Styles, Shane McMahon, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt




2016. TEAM RAW WOMEN: Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Alicia Fox,Bayley, Nia Jax

AND

TEAM SMACKDOWN WOMEN: Nikki Bella, Carmella, Becky Lynch, Naomi, Alexa Bliss



I'm excited for tonight. It should be a fun card. I'm hoping for some great action, fun matches and perhaps a memorable title change or two. And really, as a wrestling fan, that's all you need. 

In the words of Vincent Kennedy McMahon himself...who will survive?


-Chad

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