Sunday, November 19, 2017

My favorite Survivor Series

Survivor Series 1990
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With Survivor Series just a few hours away, I thought I'd share a quick post about my favorite of the 30 events. Let's go back to 1990 and enjoy a stroll down memory lane. I was a senior in high school. George HW Bush was President of the United States and our country was inching closer to war with Iraq. In fact, Iraqi sympathizer Sgt. Slaughter was making his WWE pay per view wrestling debut. 

Undertaker vs. Dusty Rhodes
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There were plenty of other debuts that night that made this a memorable event for me. The Undertaker was the mystery partner of The Million Dollar Team. Ted DiBiase promised a big surprise that night and boy did he deliver. "Mean" Mark Callous from WCW showed up dressed in black and purple. Brother Love escorted him out very slowly and methodically. He took out Koko B. Ware in the opening moments of the match. Went on to pin the opposing team's captain, "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes, but got himself counted out for going after the Dream to inflict more punishment.

Goobley Gooker debuts
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The Goobley Gooker also made his first appearance at Survivor Series 1990. The turkey hatched from a giant egg and was a let down to many fans. Under the mask was Hector Guerrero. Unfortunately (and yes I mean that), the gimmick didn't stay around long but has been brought back over the last 27 years for nostalgia's sake. Chad and I talk more about the gimmick on Monday's My 1-2-3 Cents podcast. 

My favorite Survivor Series team of all-time opened the show that year. The Warriors, led by The Ultimate Warrior, The Texas Tornado and the Legion of Doom battled the Perfect Team of Mr. Perfect and Demolition. You can read more about that here

The main event
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The other thing I liked about this PPV was the ultimate survivors' match. The winners from the previous matches were put into the main event. This is the first and only time WWE has done the match. WWF Champion the Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan and Tito Santana beat DiBiase, Rick Martel, The Warlord, Hercules and Paul Roma. Not surprising, Warrior and Hogan were the sole survivors of that match. The only thing I would have changed about it is allowing Warrior to have that moment to himself. Warrior never really got the chance to be "the man." I understand business wasn't as good as it was when Hogan was on top and that's why he was always close by, but Warrior's ascension to the top was dead in the water before it even started. 

So those are a few of the reasons Survivor Series 1990 stands out for me. What's your favorite Survivor Series? Weigh in here or on the My 1-2-3 Cents Facebook page.

1 comment:

  1. Old article I know but Taker wore black and grey, with dark grey/black gloves. The black and purple look came years later.