Friday, November 18, 2016

SURVIVOR SERIES: Favorite team number 3: The Legends

The Legends

By Kevin Hunsperger
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I'm counting down to the 30th annual Survivor Series by looking back at my ten favorite teams in the history of the event. Survivor Series ranks among my favorite events every year and if you've read this blog in the past you know I'm a fan of the traditional elimination matches. 

Regular readers know I am a huge fan of old school wrestling and wrestlers. Ric Flair remains my all-time favorite. So naturally in 2006 when he led a team of WWE Legends into battle I was on board. Flair and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper had just lost the WWE tag team championships to Randy Orton and Edge. Piper was diagnosed with cancer around the same time and had left to undergo treatment. Flair's feud with the Spirit Squad (the team from which he and Piper beat for the belts) was still ongoing. "The Nature Boy" summoned the help of fellow Legends Sgt. Slaughter, Ron Simmons and one of his greatest rivals Dusty Rhodes. Former Horsemen Arn Anderson was their "manager" for the night.

Courtesy: WWE
Normally I don't like WWE bringing in retired guys to beat up-and-coming Superstars, but this year was the exception. There are a few reasons for this. Flair was the only Legend who was still actively on the roster. He carried the match for his team and ended up becoming the sole survivor that night. Also, it wasn't a clean sweep as the Legends put over members of the Spirit Squad, including Nicky (later Dolph Ziggler) pinning former World Champion Sgt. Slaughter.

It may not have been Flair's greatest Survivor Series moment, but I celebrated the performance none-the-less. Woo!

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