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
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.
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
TEAM SMACKDOWN: AJ Styles, Shane McMahon, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt
2016. TEAM RAW WOMEN: Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Alicia Fox,Bayley, Nia Jax
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?