Monday, May 15, 2017

Survivor Series: A New Tradition Begins

Andre the Giant's team

Survivor Series 87 – Richfield (Ohio) Coliseum – Nov. 26, 1987

The WWF presented a night full of elimination tag team matches, as the second of the “Big Four” pay-per-views was born.

My brother and I were in the crowd for the first Survivor Series, and it was a fun and unpredictable show. The Richfield Coliseum was torn down in the mid-1990s and is now an empty field.

1. Randy Savage (captain), Ricky Steamboat, Jake Roberts, Brutus Beefcake & Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. Intercontinental champion The Honky Tonk Man (captain), Ron Bass, Danny Davis, Hercules & King Harley Race

Hercules not only failed to save Bass from being pinned, but he also accidentally dropped an elbow on him. That was pretty funny.

Honky Tonk Man found himself alone against his three greatest enemies: Steamboat, Savage and Roberts. After they pinballed him around the ring, Honky took a hike and got counted out. 

On commentary, Jesse Ventura called this a brilliant move to protect himself from an injury that could cost him the IC title.

2. Fabulous Moolah (captain), Rockin’ Robin, Velvet McIntyre & Jumping Bomb Angels vs. Women’s champion Sensational Sherri (captain), Dawn Marie, Donna Christianello, Leilani Kai & Judy Martin

It was strange to see Moolah as a babyface. Dawn Marie was not the same one from ECW and later on Smackdown. 

This match was a total dropkick-fest. Even Moolah threw a dropkick.  Christianello looked like the wrestling version of Rachel Dratch from Saturday Night Live.

McIntyre had a good night, pinning Christianello and the champ, Sherri. The Jumping Bomb Angels survived by pinning both Glamour Girls (Kai & Martin) and dropkicking Jimmy Hart off the ring apron as well.

3. Tag team champions Strike Force (captains), British Bulldogs, Killer Bees, Rougeau Brothers and Young Stallions vs. Hart Foundation (captains), Demolition, Bolsheviks, Islanders & Greg Valentine & Dino Bravo

This was the longest and best match of the night. The Harts got some revenge for the loss of their tag team titles by eliminating Strike Force.

The Bees and Stallions scored the upset win by eliminating the Harts, Islanders and Valentine & Bravo. However, with Strike Force as the champs, they weren't going to get any title shots.

We took an intermission while the fans at home watched vignettes to introduce Ted DiBiase’s “Million Dollar Man” character. We wandered to the interview platform, where Honky Tonk Man suddenly appeared.

Honky blew off his loss and his three IC title contenders. Instead, he issued a challenge to Hulk Hogan for the WWF title. Honky’s combination of cowardice and hubris earned him MVP honors for the night.

We had a hard time concentrating on Honky’s promo because a huge fight was going on in the upper deck.

4. WWF champion Hulk Hogan (captain), Bam Bam Bigelow, Don Muraco, Ken Patera & Paul Orndorff vs. Andre the Giant (captain), King Kong Bundy, One Man Gang, Rick Rude & Butch Reed

Hogan got counted out while fighting Bundy and Gang on the floor. Bigelow turned in a star-making performance, pinning Bundy and Gang before losing to Andre. 

Hulk ruined Andre’s moment by attacking him after the match. Andre’s win put him in line for another title shot at Hogan.

Watching at home, I had this conversation with my daughter:
Daughter: Who's the shiny guy?
Gorman: That's Sir Oliver Humperdink.
Daughter: I will rename him Sir Shiny-faun Elfling.

Next: The Royal Rumble

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