'WWE Vintage’ TV Report #286 – November 24th, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: History of The Undertaker at WWE Survivor Series. Matches featured this week included: The Undertaker & Ted DiBiase & Rhythm & Blues vs Dusty Rhodes & The Hart Foundation & Koko B. Ware (November 1990); Hulk Hogan vs The Undertaker for the WWF title (November 1991); The Undertaker vs Yokozuna in a Casket Match (November 1994); and The Undertaker vs Mankind (November 1996).
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & Renee Young.
1) The Undertaker & Ted DiBiase & Rhythm & Blues defeated Dusty Rhodes & The Hart Foundation & Koko B. Ware in an elimination match. This match took place at the 'WWF Survivor Series 1990' pay-per-view event, held in Hartford, Connecticut on November 22nd, 1990. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Rowdy Roddy Piper. Undertaker started the match, and no-sold offence from the get-go. Bret Hart was kicked and chokeslammed. Jim Neidhart was slammed. Koko B. Ware was tagged in for a matter of seconds before Taker gave him a tombstone piledriver to pin and eliminate him. Taker tagged in Greg Valentine for some brief respite, but Jim Neidhart evened things up moments later, powerslamming and pinning Honky Tonk Man. Dusty Rhodes squared off with his arch-nemesis at the time, Ted DiBiase, and the two had a heated showdown; Dusty unloading with elbows and even connecting with a dropkick on the Million Dollar Man. However, DiBiase pinned Neidhart shortly thereafter, using a clothesline after Virgil had tripped the Anvil. After a commercial break, Taker took out Dusty Rhodes with a double axe handle from the top rope, to pin and eliminate the Dream. Brother Love put the boots to the eliminated Rhodes outside the ring, and as Dusty stalked Love down the aisle, Undertaker made the save for his manager, as Dusty and Taker brawled to the back, causing Taker's count out elimination. Back in the ring, Greg Valentine went for a figure four leglock on Bret Hart, but Hart was able to pin Valentine with a small package, leaving Hart vs DiBiase as the final participants. These two had a great match, with numerous nearfalls, ending when DiBiase pinned Hart after reversing a Hart crossbody block and grabbing the pinfall win for his team.
2) The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer in his corner) defeated Hulk Hogan to win the WWF title. This match took place at the 'WWF Survivor Series 1991' pay-per-view event, held in Detroit, Michigan on November 27th, 1991. Announcers for this match were Gorilla Monsoon & Bobby Heenan. Taker dominated Hogan for most of this match, choking him from the outset. Bearer got in the action too, freely interfering behind the referee's back. Hogan tried for a slam too early, and was pounded on. Hogan clotheslined the Dead Man to the outside, but Taker posted him almost immediately. After a commercial break, Undertaker gave Hogan the tombstone piledriver, but cartoonishly, Hogan jumped up straight away and did his Superman comeback. Ric Flair made his way to ringside, as Hogan inexplicably grabbed Paul Bearer and began trying to drag him into the ring. Hogan finally saw Flair and punched him, before targeting Bearer again. Finish of the match saw Flair slip a steel chair into the ring, leading to Undertaker giving Hogan a second Tombstone piledriver on to the steel chair, then pinning Hogan to the win the match and title.
3) The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer in his corner) defeated Yokozuna (w/Mr Fuji & Jim Cornette in his corner) in a Casket Match. This match took place at the 'WWF Survivor Series 1994' pay-per-view event, held in San Antonio, Texas on November 23rd, 1994. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Gorilla Monsoon. This was a rematch from the Royal Rumble earlier in the year, when Yokozuna had defeated Undertaker in a casket match following interference by many of the undercard heels. Undertaker subsequently took a leave of absence from the WWF, returning for the infamous Undertaker vs Undertaker match at Summerslam 1994. This Casket re-match saw legendary tv & film tough guy actor Chuck Norris stationed at ringside, to prevent any heels interfering in the match. Yokozuna dominated Undertaker in the early going, and actually had Taker in the casket on several occasions, only for Taker to escape from the casket and attack Yokozuna. King Kong Bundy & Bam Bam Bigelow both came down the aisle to distract Norris, allowing I.R.S. to enter the ring and attack Taker. I.R.S. put Taker out with a sleeper and placed him inside the casket. Once again, just as the lid was about to be closed, Taker goozled Yokozuna by the throat and leapt out. Taker levelled Yokozuna with a DDT and gave him a running knee, knocking him into the casket, before snatching Fuji's Japanese flag, tossing that inside too and closing the lid shut for the win. Norris also superkicked Jeff Jarrett in the aisle way too, just for good measure.
4) The Undertaker defeated Mankind. This match took place at the 'WWF Survivor Series 1996' pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden, New York on November 17th, 1996. Announcers for this match were Vince McMahon & Jim Ross. Paul Bearer was placed in a shark cage, hung high above the ring. Undertaker himself made a grand entrance, descending from the ceiling, with brand new outfit & look consisting of huge bat wings. This was a relatively straight forward match. Taker fought his way out of Mankind's mandible claw, but Mankind nailed Taker with a foreign object on several occasions. The finish of the match saw Taker hit the tombstone piledriver on Mankind for the win. Not shown here, but after the match, as Bearer was lowered from the ceiling, the masked Executioner (Terry Gordy) attacked Taker, allowed Bearer to escape the cage safely.
To close the show, they aired brief clips of Undertaker's later Survivor Series matches, including his 2008 Casket Match win over Big Show, and his 2009 successful World title defence, over Chris Jericho and Big Show.
Closing thoughts: Enjoyable show, featuring the early years of Undertaker at the Survivor Series.
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1) The Undertaker & Ted DiBiase & Rhythm & Blues defeated Dusty Rhodes & The Hart Foundation & Koko B. Ware in an elimination match ('WWF Survivor Series 1990' pay-per-view event - Hartford, Connecticut: 22/11/90).
2) The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer in his corner) defeated Hulk Hogan to win the WWF title ('WWF Survivor Series 1991' pay-per-view event - Detroit, Michigan: 27/11/91).
3) The Undertaker (w/Paul Bearer in his corner) defeated Yokozuna (w/Mr Fuji & Jim Cornette in his corner) in a Casket Match ('WWF Survivor Series 1994' pay-per-view event - San Antonio, Texas: 23/11/94).
4) The Undertaker defeated Mankind ('WWF Survivor Series 1996' pay-per-view event - MSG, New York: 17/11/96).
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