Survivor Series (1987)

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Survivor Series (1987)

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PromotionWorld Wrestling Federation
DateNovember 26, 1987[1][2][3][4]
Attendance21,300[1]
VenueRichfield Coliseum[1][2][3][4]
CityRichfield, Ohio[1][2][3][4]
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Survivor Series (1987)

VHS cover
Information
PromotionWorld Wrestling Federation
DateNovember 26, 1987[1][2][3][4]
Attendance21,300[1]
VenueRichfield Coliseum[1][2][3][4]
CityRichfield, Ohio[1][2][3][4]
Pay-per-view chronology
WrestleMania III[4]Survivor Series (1987)Wrestlemania IV[4]
Survivor Series chronology
FirstSurvivor Series (1987)Survivor Series (1988)

Survivor Series (1987) was the first Survivor Series pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It took place on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1987 and was held at the Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio.

The main event was a Survivor Series match where André the Giant's team defeated Hulk Hogan's team when André eliminated Hogan's team member Bam Bam Bigelow to become the first lone survivor in the history of the Survivor Series.[5] The entire undercard featured Survivor Series matches which included Randy Savage's team defeating The Honky Tonk Man's team and The Fabulous Moolah's team defeating Sensational Sherri's team. The event also featured a 10 tag team elimination match in which Strike Force and their teammates defeated The Hart Foundation's team.[6]

Contents

Development

The event was added after WrestleMania III, to market the success from Hulk Hogan and André the Giant's rivalry. Vince McMahon threatened cable companies who aired the NWA's Starrcade (which was going head-to-head with Survivor Series on Thanksgiving night, 1987) instead of Survivor Series would not be allowed to broadcast WrestleMania IV. Most cable providers gave into McMahon's threat and only a handful aired Starrcade.[7]

Background

The main feud heading into Survivor Series included André the Giant, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed and Rick Rude against Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, Ken Patera and Bam Bam Bigelow. In January 1987, Hogan was awarded a trophy for his third year as WWF Champion while Hogan's best friend André was awarded a smaller trophy than Hogan's, for being undefeated in WWF for 15 years.[8] Hogan congratulated his friend and said that André was the real champion of superstars all around the world.[8] André surprisingly left the place before Hogan could even finish. In February, he came with a new manager Bobby Heenan.[8] When Hogan came to know about that, he begged André not to keep Heenan as his manager because Heenan was Hogan's longtime enemy.[8] André said that he had come to challenge Hogan for the WWF title at WrestleMania.[8] He ripped off Hogan's Hulkamania shirt and golden chain, turning heel.[8] This culminated in their historic match at WrestleMania III, where Hogan defeated André to retain the title. During the match, he set a record by scoop slamming the 540-pound Frenchman.[9] On August 22, 1987 edition of Prime Time Wrestling, Paul Orndorff fired Bobby Heenan as his manager when he came to know that Heenan had brought in a new wrestler Rick Rude to replace Orndorff. Orndorff appointed Oliver Humperdink as his manager to feud with Rude.[10] Billy Graham got involved in a feud with Butch Reed, culminating in a match between the duo. One Man Gang interfered in a match where he hit Graham with a big splash on the concrete floor.[10] Don Muraco came to the rescue of Graham and Graham who was scheduled to participate in the main event of the first-ever Survivor Series retired due to an attack by One Man Gang. Muraco replaced him.[10] Ken Patera got involved in a feud with Bobby Heenan and The Heenan Family and turned babyface, and was chosen to be the fourth member on Hogan's team.[10] Many heel managers wanted to manage Bam Bam Bigelow, but Bigelow chose Oliver Humperdink as his manager thus making his WWF debut as a babyface. He also became a part of Hogan's team.[10]

Randy Savage had been a heel since his WWF debut in the summer of 1985. He turned babyface in late 1987, after WWF Intercontinental Champion The Honky Tonk Man claimed to be the greatest Intercontinental Champion. This led to a feud between Savage and Honky, leading to Savage's face turn.[10] On October 3, 1987 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, Savage challenged Honky for the title winning by disqualification. The title remained with Honky because a title cannot change hands by a DQ.[11] Harley Race had won the 1986 King of the Ring tournament and was so proud about this that he called himself King Harley Race and wore a crown and cape to the ring. Jim Duggan did not agree with the fact and this placed Duggan and Race into a feud, with Duggan winning most of the matches.[10] Jake Roberts also feuded with Honky Tonk Man after Honky hit a guitar on Roberts on an edition of Snake Pit, completing Roberts' babyface turn.[10] A match was booked for Survivor Series featuring Savage, Roberts, Ricky Steamboat, Brutus Beefcake and Duggan against Honky, Hercules, Danny Davis, Ron Bass and Race.[10]

The major ongoing tag team feud pitted the face Strike Force and the villainous Hart Foundation. Tito Santana and Rick Martel formed Strike Force in the summer of 1987 after Santana rescued Martel from a beating by The Islanders. Strike Force quickly became a top contender for the WWF Tag Team Championship, held by the Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart), and on October 28, 1987, Strike Force won the titles when Neidhart was trapped in Martel's Boston crab.

Event

The first match of the first-ever Survivor Series was the first-ever Survivor Series elimination match. Randy Savage, Jake Roberts, Ricky Steamboat, Brutus Beefcake and Jim Duggan faced WWF Intercontinental Champion The Honky Tonk Man, Hercules, Danny Davis, Ron Bass and Harley Race. Savage's team was seconded by his wife Miss Elizabeth while Honky's team was seconded by Bobby Heenan and Jimmy Hart. Duggan and Race brawled to the outside where both men were counted out and eliminated, leaving 4 men on each team. Beefcake hit a knee lift on Bass, and went on to eliminate him as Savage's team had 4 men while Honky's team had 3 men. Team captain Honky himself joined the match and hit a Shake, Rattle and Roll on Beefcake and eliminated him, evening the match at 3–3. Roberts hit a DDT on Davis and only 2 men remained in Honky's team, Honky and Hercules while Savage's team was still having 3 men. Savage hit a Savage Elbow on Hercules and pinned him, leaving Honky the only member in his team. After being dominated by Savage, Roberts and Steamboat for a couple of minutes, Honky eventually ran from the ring and was counted out. Honky's self-elimination made Savage, Roberts and Steamboat the survivors of the match.[2][6]

The next match was a women's match featuring the team of The Fabulous Moolah, Rockin' Robin, Velvet McIntyre and The Jumping Bomb Angels (Itsuki Yamazaki and Noriyo Tateno) against WWF Women's Champion Sensational Sherri, WWF Women's Tag Team Champions The Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin), Donna Christanello and Dawn Marie. McIntyre did the first elimination by pinning Christanello with a victory roll. Robin hit a running crossbody on Marie and pinned her with the crossbody, leading to three wrestlers on Sherri's team while none of Moolah's team members had been eliminated. Team captain Sherri came into the match and hit Robin with a vertical suplex to eliminate her. Glamour Girls hit a double clothesline on Moolah and Judy Martin, one half of Glamour Girls pinned Moolah to eliminate her. McIntyre pinned Sherri with a victory roll pin, with Moolah's team having 3 members and Sherri's team having Glamour Girls, only 2 members. Leilani Kai joined the match and then pinned McIntyre after an electric chair drop. Yamazaki hit a diving crossbody from the top rope on Kai and pinned her to eliminate her. Tateno hit a flying clothesline on Martin and pinned her to win the match. Jumping Bomb Angels became the sole survivors for Moolah's team.[2][6]

The third match was a tag team variation of the Survivor Series match with 10 tag teams. If a person from a tag team was eliminated, their partner was also eliminated. The match featured WWF Tag Team Champions Strike Force (Tito Santana and Rick Martel), The Young Stallions (Paul Roma and Jim Powers), The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques and Raymond), The Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell and Brian Blair) and British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) against The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart), The Islanders (Haku and Tama), Demolition (Ax and Smash), The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov) and The New Dream Team (Greg Valentine and Dino Bravo). Santana hit a flying forearm smash on Zhukov and pinned him to eliminate Bolsheviks for the first elimination of the match. Jacques hit a diving crossbody on Ax but missed the move and was pinned by Ax, eliminating Fabulous Rougeaus. Ax's partner Smash was disqualified, eliminating Demolition. Neidhart pinned Santana to eliminate Strike Force and Haku pinned Dynamite Kid to eliminate British Bulldogs. Next came Roma and Valentine. Roma hit a diving sunset flip on Valentine to eliminate The New Dream Team. Bret Hart and Jim Brunzell were next. Tama dropkicked Hart and then Brunzell rolled over Hart to eliminate Hart Foundation. The referee gave his attention to the Harts, who had been eliminated. Brian Blair put on his Killer Bees mask and pinned Tama with a sunset flip to eliminate Islanders. As a results, Young Stallions and Killer Bees won the match and became survivors for their team.[2][6]

The main event was a Survivor Series match where André the Giant, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed and Rick Rude faced WWF Champion Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, Ken Patera and Bam Bam Bigelow. Muraco was not scheduled to compete in the match but replaced "Superstar" Billy Graham, who was originally scheduled to be Hogan's teammate but retired because of his hip injury suffered during a match against Reed. Hogan eliminated Reed after he hit a leg drop on Reed and pinned him to eliminate him first. Patera was eliminated after falling victim to One Man Gang's 747 Splash. Thereafter, Orndorff (who had recently turned face) and Rude began brawling to advance their feud over who had the better physique; Orndorff gotten the best of Rude until Bundy distracted him, allowing Rude to use a roll up to score the pin. Muraco joined the match and powerslammed Rude to eliminate him. One Man Gang entered and then hit Muraco with a 747 Splash to eliminate him, giving André's team a 3–2 advantage. One Mang Gang and Bundy began dominating Bigelow, when André was tagged in to go for the kill. However, Bigelow ducked an André punch and tagged in Hogan. Hogan immediately began getting the better of André and was setting up for a running elbow smash, when he was pulled out of the ring by Bundy; Hogan fought off both heels but was kept out of the ring long enough to be counted out. Hogan re-entered the ring to argue with the referees, but ring announcer Howard Finkel informed the crowd that if Hogan did not leave the ring immediately, the bout would be awarded to André's team. Bigelow—the lone remaining member member of Hogan's team—fended for himself, using a Slingshot to eliminate Bundy, then pinning One Man Gang after he missed a 747 Splash. Bigelow eventually fell victim to André, who hit a butterfly suplex to win the match. After the match, Hogan returned to the ring and attacked André, hitting him with his title belt and knocking him from the ring.[2][5][6]

Aftermath

André the Giant and Hulk Hogan continued to battle over the WWF Championship in the fall of the year and early 1988. At the first Royal Rumble supercard on January 24, 1988, Hogan and André signed a contract for a WrestleMania III rematch.[12] Their WWF title rematch took place on the first-ever edition of The Main Event on February 5, 1988 where André controversially defeated Hogan for the WWF Championship.[13][14] However, his reign was short lived. In fact, he was the shortest reigning WWF Champion in history as his reign lasted even less than a minute[15] as he sold the title to Ted DiBiase.[14] WWF President Jack Tunney immediately vacated the title and it was defended in a 14-man tournament at WrestleMania IV, with the winner winning the vacant title. With help from former champion Hogan, Randy Savage defeated DiBiase in the finals of the tournament to win the vacant WWF Championship.[16][17][18]

Results

No.ResultsStipulationsTimes[1]
1Randy Savage (with Miss Elizabeth), Jake Roberts, Ricky Steamboat, Brutus Beefcake, and Jim Duggan defeated The Honky Tonk Man (with Jimmy Hart), Hercules, Danny Davis, Ron Bass, & Harley Race (with Bobby Heenan).[2][6]Five-on-five Survivor Series elimination match124:00
2The Fabulous Moolah, Rockin' Robin, Velvet McIntyre, and the Jumping Bomb Angels (Itsuki Yamazaki and Noriyo Tateno) defeated Sensational Sherri, The Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin) (with Jimmy Hart), Donna Christanello, and Dawn Marie.[2][6]Five-on-five Survivor Series elimination match220:00
3Strike Force (Tito Santana and Rick Martel), The Young Stallions (Paul Roma and Jim Powers), The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques and Raymond), The Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell and Brian Blair), and the British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) defeated The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) (with Jimmy Hart), The Islanders (Haku and Tama) (with Bobby Heenan), Demolition (Ax and Smash) (with Mr. Fuji), The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov) (with Slick), and The New Dream Team (Greg Valentine and Dino Bravo) (with Johnny V.).[2][6]20-man Tag team Survivor Series elimination match337:00
4André the Giant, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed, and Rick Rude (with Bobby Heenan and Slick) defeated Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, Ken Patera, and Bam Bam Bigelow (with Oliver Humperdink).[2][5][6]Five-on-five Survivor Series elimination match422:00

Survivor Series elimination matches

1

Elimination No.WrestlerEliminated byElimination moveTime[1]
1AJim DugganHarley RaceCountout05:00
1BHarley RaceJim DugganCountout05:00
2Ron BassBrutus BeefcakePinfall after a high Knee Lift07:00
3Brutus BeefcakeThe Honky Tonk ManPinfall after the Shake Rattle 'N' Roll11:00
4Danny DavisJake RobertsPinfall after a DDT15:00
5HerculesRandy SavagePinfall after a Savage Elbow21:00
6The Honky Tonk ManHimselfCountout24:00
Survivors:Randy Savage, Jake Roberts, and Ricky Steamboat[1]

2

Elimination No.WrestlerEliminated byElimination moveTime[1]
1Donna ChristianelloVelvet McIntyreVictory Roll Pin02:00
2Dawn MarieRockin' RobinRunning Crossbody Pin04:00
3Rockin' RobinSensational SherriVertical Suplex07:00
4Fabulous MoolahJudy MartinDouble Clothesline11:00
5Sensational SherriVelvet McIntyreVictory Roll Pin15:00
6Velvet McIntyreLeilani KaiElectric Chair Drop17:00
7Leilani KaiItsuki YamazakiFlying Crossbody Pin19:00
8Judy MartinNoriyo TatenoFlying Sitout Clothesline20:00
Survivors:Jumping Bomb Angels[1]

3

Elimination No.WrestlerEliminated byElimination moveTime[1]
1Boris ZhukovTito SantanaFlying Forearm01:30
2Jacques RougeauAxMissed Diving Crossbody, Pin06:00
3SmashNoneDisqualification for hitting the referee09:00
4Tito SantanaJim NeidhartPinfall12:00
5Dynamite KidHakuSavate Kick20:00
6Greg ValentinePaul RomaDiving Sunset Flip24:00
7Bret HartJim BrunzellRoll over31:00
8TamaB. Brian BlairSunset Flip37:00
Survivors:Killer Bees and Young Stallions[1]

4

Elimination No.WrestlerEliminated byElimination moveTime[1]
1Butch ReedHulk HoganPinfall following leg drop03:00
2Ken PateraOne Man GangPinfall following A double clothesline08:00
3Paul OrndorffRick RudePinfall with a rollup after interference from Bundy10:00
4Rick RudeDon MuracoPinfall following powerslam11:00
5Don MuracoOne Man GangPinfall following 747 Splash13:00
6Hulk HoganNoneCountout after Bundy and the Gang prevented Hogan from reentering the ring16:00
7King Kong BundyBam Bam BigelowPinfall following Slingshot18:00
8One Man GangBam Bam BigelowPinfall following missed 747 Splash by One Man Gang21:00
9Bam Bam BigelowAndré the GiantPinfall following Butterfly Suplex22:00
Survivor:André The Giant[1]

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