'WWE Vintage’ TV Report #285 – November 17th, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: The first ever Survivor Series pay-per-view in 1987. Two 5-on-5 Survivor Series rules matches were featured: Macho Man Randy Savage & Ricky Steamboat & Jake Roberts & Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Brutus Beefcake vs Honky Tonk Man & Harley Race & Danny Davis & Hercules & Ron Bass; and Hulk Hogan & Paul Orndorff & Don Muraco & Bam Bam Bigelow & Ken Patera vs Andre The Giant & King Kong Bundy & One Man Gang & Ravishing Rick Rude & Butch Reed.
Plus this week's show featured some classic Survivor Series clips; and current WWE stars listing what their dream Survivor Series teams would be.
Both matches on today's show came from the 'WWF Survivor Series 1987' pay-per-view event, held in Richmond, Ohio on November 26th, 1987.
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young.
A short video clip aired of Gorilla Monsoon listing the rules for the first ever Survivor Series matches.
1) Macho Man Randy Savage & Ricky Steamboat & Jake Roberts & Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Brutus Beefcake defeated Honky Tonk Man & Harley Race & Danny Davis & Hercules & Ron Bass in an elimination match. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura. This match aired almost in its entirety. The babyfaces dominated the match. Ron Bass was the first to be eliminated, being pinned by Beefcake after a high knee. Both Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Harley Race were counted out, after they brawled all around the ringside area and to the back. Honky restored parity a few minutes later, when he pinned Beefcake after a shake, rattle and roll neckbreaker, but the faces took control thereafter. Roberts (who was over HUGE) eliminated Davis after a DDT. Steamboat and Roberts joined forces to soften up Hercules, who was eliminated after Savage gave him a top rope flying elbow and pinned him. This left Savage & Steamboat & Roberts against Honky, who after taking some punishment from Roberts and Savage, decided to bail and was counted out to end the match. The survivors for this match were Macho Man Randy Savage & Ricky Steamboat & Jake Roberts. This was an entertaining match.
During the show (during both matches), several video packages aired. Cody Rhodes detailed who his Survivor Series dream team would be: himself as captain, Ric Flair, Harley Race, Kevin Sullivan and Dutch Mantell. Cody mentioned all four men had been former enemies of his father, Dusty.
Santino Marella listed his Survivor Series dream team as: himself as captain, the British Bulldogs, Hillbilly Jim and Superfly Jimmy Snuka.
Ryback listed his Survivor Series dream team as: himself as captain, Razor Ramon, Triple H, Davey Boy Smith and Brock Lesnar.
Several video pacakages also aired featuring classic Survivor Series' moments:
- The first ever Casket Match at the 1992 Survivor Series, pitting Undertaker vs Kamala. Footage from the match was intertwined with pre-show vignettes of Undertaker and Paul Bearer building a custom-made casket for Kamala in their workshop.
- The first ever Elimination Chamber cage match, at the 2002 Survivor Series, that saw Shawn Michaels win the WWE World title, defeating Triple H, Chris Jericho, Kane, Booker T and Rob Van Dam.
- The debut of Rocky Maivia at the 1996 Survivor Series.
- The debut of the Shield at the 2012 Survivor Series.
2) Andre The Giant & King Kong Bundy & One Man Gang & Ravishing Rick Rude & Butch Reed defeated Hulk Hogan & Paul Orndorff & Don Muraco & Bam Bam Bigelow & Ken Patera in an elimination match. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Jesse Ventura. This match was built around Hogan and Andre, and was billed as the first match they’d been involved in against each other since their historic Wrestlemania 3 match, eight months earlier. The faces dominated the newcomer, Rick Rude to begin with, with Hogan clotheslining him, and Bigelow giving him a headbutt and press-slamming him. First to be eliminated was Butch Reed, as Hogan and Orndorff combined to give him a double clothesline, then Hogan legdropped and pinned him. They teased Hogan vs Andre - but not yet, as Patera tagged in. Andre tagged in One Man Gang, who squashed Patera and eliminated him via pinfall. Orndorff faced off with Rude, with Orndorff attempting to piledrive him, but Bundy nailing Mr Wonderful from behind, and Rude pinning him to eliminate him. Muraco attempted to slam One Man Gang, but Gang no-sold it and simply fell on him. He then gave him a big splash to eliminate him, again via pinfall. Bigelow was tagged in and was dominated by the heels for a while, including Andre.
This built to Bigelow making the hot tag to Hogan, and we finally got the long awaited Hogan vs Andre re-match. The crowd came absolutely unglued, watching these two face off. Hogan was utterly dominant, nailing not just Andre, but knocking all of Andre’s tag team partners off the ring apron with punches. This led to Bundy pulling Hogan out of the ring, and Hogan brawling with him at ringside. Hogan slammed both One Man Gang and Bundy on the ringside mats, but was astonishingly counted out by the referee and eliminated from the match. The crowd were simply stunned; Hogan never lost during this time period. Howard Finkel announced over the mic that per the referee’s instructions, if Hogan didn’t return to the locker room, the referee would award the match to Andre’s team.
A reluctant Hogan returned to the backstage area, leaving Bigelow facing Andre & Bundy & Gang. Unlike Honky Tonk Man earlier on, Bigelow never walked out, and took the fight to the heels. Bigelow eliminated Bundy, after pinning him with a slingshot splash over the top rope. At this point, Monsoon said to Ventura on commentary that he’d give odds of 50-1 that Bigelow would win the match. Gang missed a top rope splash, and Bigelow also pinned him. This left Bigelow vs Andre. Bigelow missed a charge into the corner and struck the turnbuckles, and Andre gave Bigelow a horrible looking suplex to pin him, to win the match and become the sole survivor. After the match, the ‘ungracious loser’ Hogan (according to Ventura) came charging to the ring, and nailed Andre in the head with his title belt. Ventura was fuming and called Hogan ‘a disgrace’. Based on his actions, it was kind of hard to argue any different.
A short clip aired of Andre the Giant & Bobby Heenan's post-match interview, in which they demanded a re-match with Hulk Hogan for the WWF title. This was followed by a short clip of the finish of the WWE The Main Event live NBC special in February 1988, where Andre beat Hogan for the WWF title, due to the Hebner twins refereeing angle.
Closing thoughts: Fun show. Some star-laden matches and the video packages of classic Survivor Series moments were well produced.
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1) Macho Man Randy Savage & Ricky Steamboat & Jake Roberts & Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Brutus Beefcake defeated Honky Tonk Man & Harley Race & Danny Davis & Hercules & Ron Bass in an elimination match ('WWF Survivor Series 1987' pay-per-view event - Richmond, Ohio: 26/11/87).
2) Andre The Giant & King Kong Bundy & One Man Gang & Ravishing Rick Rude & Butch Reed defeated Hulk Hogan & Paul Orndorff & Don Muraco & Bam Bam Bigelow & Ken Patera in an elimination match ('WWF Survivor Series 1987' pay-per-view event - Richmond, Ohio: 26/11/87).
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