Survivor Series

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Survivor Series
The Survivor Series logo.
The Survivor Series logo.
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Created byVince McMahon
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw
SmackDown
First eventSurvivor Series (1987)
Signature match typesSurvivor Series Elimination Tag Team match
 
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This article is about the professional wrestling pay-per-view event. For the video game named after this event for the Game Boy Advance, see WWE Survivor Series (video game).
Survivor Series
The Survivor Series logo.
The Survivor Series logo.
Information
Created byVince McMahon
Promotion(s)WWE
Brand(s)Raw
SmackDown
First eventSurvivor Series (1987)
Signature match typesSurvivor Series Elimination Tag Team match

The Survivor Series is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event held in November by WWE. It is one of the "Big Four" events, along with WrestleMania, the Royal Rumble and SummerSlam, as it is one of the original four pay-per-views produced by WWE.

Survivor Series is the 2nd longest running pay-per-view event in WWE history, behind WrestleMania. The first Survivor Series, held in 1987, came on the heels of the success of WrestleMania III, as the then-WWF began to see the lucrative potential of the pay-per-view market. On February 11, 2010, WWE announced that it would drop the Survivor Series name and rebrand the event. However, in June 2010, the event was added back onto WWE's pay-per-view schedule.[1]

Original concept[edit]

The Survivor Series 2005 stage setup.

The original concept for the Survivor Series was to have an annual pay-per-view event that focused on tag team wrestling. Another contributing factor to the birth of the Survivor Series was to capitalize on the big time feud between Hulk Hogan and André the Giant, who wrestled each other at WrestleMania III. Additionally, the WWF had several "elimination" tag-team matches earlier in 1987, albeit with three-man teams and the feuds loosely related.

The Survivor Series was originally created to be a "Thanksgiving tradition" as the first four Survivor Series events took place on Thanksgiving Day in November. After four years of taking place on Thanksgiving Eve following that, Survivor Series moved to a more-traditional Sunday PPV date.

Survivor Series matches[edit]

The event is usually characterized by having tag-team elimination matches, usually featuring teams of four or five wrestlers. These matches are generally referred to simply as "Survivor Series matches".

In an early break from the norm, the 1992 event had only one tag team elimination match, and is notable for featuring the first Casket match. The 1997 edition featured the now-infamous Montreal Screwjob, while the 1998 edition is the only one to not feature any elimination tag team matches, instead focusing on an elimination tournament for the WWF Championship, not seen since WrestleMania IV. The 2002 Survivor Series is notable for the debut of the Elimination Chamber match.

Survivor Series dates and venues[edit]

NoEventDateCityVenueattendanceMain Event
1Survivor Series (1987)November 26, 1987Richfield, OhioRichfield Coliseum21,300André the Giant, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed and Rick Rude vs. Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, Ken Patera and Bam Bam Bigelow in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match
2Survivor Series (1988)November 24, 198813,500The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage), Hercules, Koko B. Ware and Hillbilly Jim vs. The Twin Towers (Akeem and The Big Boss Man), Ted DiBiase, Haku and The Red Rooster in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match
3Survivor Series (1989)November 23, 1989Rosemont, IllinoisRosemont Horizon15,294The Ultimate Warriors (The Ultimate Warrior, The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) and Jim Neidhart) vs. The Heenan Family (Bobby Heenan, André the Giant, Haku and Arn Anderson) in a 4-on-4 Survivor Series match
4Survivor Series (1990)November 22, 1990Hartford, ConnecticutHartford Civic Center16,000Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior and Tito Santana vs. Ted DiBiase, Rick Martel, The Warlord and Power and Glory (Hercules and Paul Roma) in a 3-on-5 Grand Finale Survivor Series match
5Survivor Series (1991)November 27, 1991Detroit, MichiganJoe Louis Arena17,500The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) and Big Boss Man defeated The Natural Disasters (Earthquake and Typhoon) and Irwin R. Schyster (with Jimmy Hart) in a 3-on-3 Survivor Series match
6Survivor Series (1992)November 25, 1992Richfield, OhioRichfield Coliseum17,500Bret Hart (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWF championship
7Survivor Series (1993)November 24, 1993Boston, MassachusettsBoston Garden15,509The All-Americans (Lex Luger, The Undertaker, Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner) vs. The Foreign Fanatics (Yokozuna, Crush, Ludvig Borga and Quebecer Jacques) in a 4-on-4 Survivor Series match
8Survivor Series (1994)November 23, 1994San Antonio, TexasFreeman Coliseum10,000The Undertaker vs. Yokozuna in a Casket match with special guest enforcer Chuck Norris
9Survivor Series (1995)November 19, 1995Landover, MarylandUSAir Arena14,500Diesel (c) vs. Bret Hart in a No Disqualification match for the WWF Championship
10Survivor Series (1996)November 17, 1996New York, New YorkMadison Square Garden18,647Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Sycho Sid for the WWF Championship
11Survivor Series (1997)November 9, 1997Montreal, QuebecMolson Centre20,593Bret Hart (c) vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWF Championship
12Survivor Series (1998)November 15, 1998St. Louis, MissouriKiel Center21,779The Rock vs. Mankind in the finals of the Deadly Games tournament for the vacant WWF Championship
13Survivor Series (1999)November 14, 1999Detroit, MichiganJoe Louis Arena18,735Triple H (c) vs. The Big Show vs. The Rock for the WWF Championship
14Survivor Series (2000)November 19, 2000Tampa, FloridaIce Palace18,602Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Triple H in a No Disqualification match
15Survivor Series (2001)November 18, 2001Greensboro, North CarolinaGreensboro Coliseum10,142Team WWF (The Rock, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Kane and The Big Show) vs. Team Alliance (Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle, Booker T, and Shane McMahon) in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match for the ownership of both companies. Since Team WWF won, the Alliance disbanded.
16Survivor Series (2002)November 17, 2002New York, New YorkMadison Square Garden17,930Triple H (c) vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kane vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Booker T in the first ever Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship
17Survivor Series (2003)November 16, 2003Dallas, TexasAmerican Airlines Center13,487Goldberg (c) vs. Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship
18Survivor Series (2004)November 14, 2004Cleveland, OhioGund Arena7,500Team Orton (Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho and Maven) vs. Team Triple H (Triple H, Edge, Batista and Snitsky) in a 4-on-4 Survivor Series match
19Survivor Series (2005)November 27, 2005Detroit, MichiganJoe Louis Arena15,000Team Raw (Shawn Michaels, Kane, The Big Show, Carlito and Chris Masters) vs. Team SmackDown! (Batista, Rey Mysterio, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Bobby Lashley and Randy Orton) in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match
20Survivor Series (2006)November 26, 2006Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaWachovia Center15,400King Booker (c) vs. Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship
21Survivor Series (2007)November 18, 2007Miami, FloridaAmerican Airlines Arena12,500Batista (c) vs. The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell match for the World Heavyweight Championship
22Survivor Series (2008)November 23, 2008Boston, MassachusettsTD Banknorth Garden12,498Chris Jericho (c) vs. John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship
23Survivor Series (2009)November 22, 2009Washington, D.C.Verizon Center12,500John Cena (c) vs. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship
24Survivor Series (2010)November 21, 2010Miami, FloridaAmerican Airlines Arena8,000Randy Orton (c) vs. Wade Barrett in a Pinfall-and-submissions-only match for the WWE Championship with special guest referee John Cena. Since Orton retained, Cena was fired from the WWE. If Barrett had won, Cena would have been freed of the Nexus.
25Survivor Series (2011)November 20, 2011New York City, New YorkMadison Square Garden16,749The Rock and John Cena vs. Awesome Truth (The Miz and R-Truth)
26Survivor Series (2012)November 18, 2012Indianapolis, IndianaBankers Life Fieldhouse8,500CM Punk (c) vs. John Cena vs. Ryback for the WWE Championship
27Survivor Series (2013)November 24, 2013Boston, MassachusettsTD Garden13,500Randy Orton (c) vs. Big Show for the WWE Championship
28Survivor Series (2014)November 23, 2014St. Louis, MissouriScottrade Center12,000Team Cena (John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, Erick Rowan, and Ryback) vs. Team Authority (Seth Rollins, Kane, Mark Henry, Rusev, and Luke Harper) in a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match. Since Team Authority lost, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were removed from control of the WWE. Should Team Cena have lost, all Team Cena ( but NOT Cena ) Their WWE Contract would have been terminated.
29Survivor Series (2015)November 22, 2015TBATBATBATBA

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