March 20, 2010
Steve Riddle

Survivor Series 1989
November 23rd, 1989
Rosemont Horizon
Chicago, Illinois

Dark Match:
1. Boris Zhukov defeats Paul Roma.

Actual Show:

We see several Superstars mention what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

We hear Vince McMahon run down the card for tonight’s event.

Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura.

1. The Dream Team defeat the Enforcers (w/ “The Doctor of Style” Slick and “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart).

Sole Survivors: “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake

Eliminations:
1. Tito Santana pinned by “The Model” Rick Martel at 9:15.
2. Bad News Brown counted out at 15:26.
3. Honky Tonk Man pinned by Beefcake at 17:24.
4. Martel pinned by Beefcake at 20:13.
5. The Red Rooster pinned by the Big Bossman at 21:00.
6. Bossman pinned by Rhodes at 22:02.

Substitution: Bad News Brown is replacing Akeem.

Fun Fact: We get our first glimpse of Sapphire, who was a planted fan first seen during the course of this match.

Analysis: Our opening match is a good one. The action is very solid for 22 minutes. Tito and Martel continue their, with Martel getting the better of him again. Rooster takes a pounding, but manages to survive for a bit, while Brown for the second year in a row takes a walk on his partners after a miscommunication. Beefcake then comes in and takes care of Honky and Martel, leaving it a 3-on-1 affair. Bossman eliminates Rooster, but gets pinned by Rhodes. Bossman, however, gets the last laugh by assulting Rhodes with the nightstick. A good opener and a big win for Rhodes and Beefcake, and the crowd loves it. Grade: 2.5

Sean Mooney interviews the Big Bossman and Slick, who say that Dusty Rhodes got exactly what he deserves.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the 4x4s, who claim they will be victorious tonight.

2. The King’s Court (w/ “Sensational Queen” Sherri and “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart) defeat the 4x4s.

Sole Survivors: “Macho King” Randy Savage, Dino Bravo, and Earthquake.

Eliminations:
1. Hercules pinned by Earthquake at 3:57.
2. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine pinned by “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan at 7:32.
3. “Rugged” Ron Garvin pinned by Bravo at 11:17.
4. Bret “The Hitman” Hart pinned by Savage at 19:06.
5. Duggan counted out at 23:25

Debut/Substitution: John Tenta began as a sumo wrestler, having a successful run there before becoming a pro wrestler. He was trained by the Giant Baba and debuted in All-Japan Pro Wrestling before coming to the WWF. He was a plant in the audience during a push-up contest between Bravo and the Ultimate Warrior. He was chosen to be a part of the challenge, but turned heel by assulting the Warrior. He was then dubbed the Canadian Earthquake. He is subbing for Barry Windham, who had a brief run as the Widowmaker.

“King” change: Randy Savage defeated Jim Duggan in September to become the new King.

Analysis: Our next match is a decent, but solid affair. Savage is the new King and leads a solid team of two vets and a newcomer. Quake establishes his dominance by knocking out Herc in the first 4 minutes. Garvin and Valentine continue their feud, until Valentine is eliminated by Duggan, and is the only one eliminated from his team. Garvin then gets knocked out by Bravo, who is shot back up the midcard due to his association with Quake. Bret gets a nice solo run here, and we even get a nice dream match with Hart and Savage. Bret puts up a valiant effort, but is eliminated. Duggan, down 3-to-1, tries, but gets counted out ending the match, though he clears the ring with the 2x4. Savage leads his team to victory and is headed for the tag team cage match with Zeus against Hogan and Beefcake, while Quake and Bravo move on to other feuds. Grade: 2

Mean Gene Okerlund updates us on Dusty Rhodes’s condition, and says Rhodes will make Bossman pay.

The Genius reads a Thanksgiving poem.

3. The Hulkamaniacs defeat the Million Dollar Team (w/ Mr. Fuji).

Sole Survivor: Hulk Hogan

Eliminations:
1. Zeus disqualified at 3:21.
2. Ax pinned by the Warlord at 9:50.
3. Smash pinned by the Barbarian at 13:42.
4. The Powers of Pain disqualified at 19:51.
5. Jake “The Snake” Roberts pinned by “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase at 23:51.
6. Dibiase pinned by Hogan at 27:32.

Farewell: This is Zeus’s last WWF PPV appearance. His last match in the WWF was the cage match with Randy Savage against Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake which was featured in part with the “No Holds Barred” movie on PPV. Zeus would have a brief run in WCW as Z-Gangsta in the mid 90s as part of the Alliance to end Hulkamania. He is still currently working as an actor, his most recent major film appearance was the 2008 blockbuster “The Dark Knight”.

Title Change: Demolition defeated the Brain Busters on November 4 to regain the WWF Tag Team Titles.

Analysis: Here is where the real disdain for Hulk Hogan started. He starts the match with Zeus, who once again no-sells everything and gets DQ’ed for manhandling the referee. Jesse calls it out, saying that the ref is saving Hogan, and he was probably right. Demolition, fresh off regaining the titles, lose back to back to the POP, although their issues were long over since Wrestlemania. Roberts takes a good beating from the POP and Dibiase before tagging Hulk. Hogan cleans house, but gets caught in a spike piledriver by the POP. Hebner sees this and DQ’es both members. That was clearly not neccassary and Jesse almost is about to have a heart attack, he is so pissed off. He pretty much carries ths match with his commentary and hatred for Hulk. Roberts and Dibiase continue their feud, and Dibiase gets the best of Jake with an assistance from Virgil. Then, instead of letting Dibiase have his moment, even if it was brief, Hogan makes the comeback and wins. I could go into this in more detail, but it would just be beating a dead horse. All I’ll say is it will get worse. For now, Demolition move on to a new feud, the POP’s days as a team are numbered, Roberts and Dibiase have unfinished business, and Hulk and Zeus head to December 27th. OK match carried completely by Jesse’s commentary. Grade: 1.5

Sean Mooney interviews Randy Savage and Zeus, who say they will end Hulkamania on December 27th.

Mean Gene Okerlund attempts to interviews Hulk Hogan and Brutus Beefcake, but they are interrupted by Sherri and ambushed by Savage and Zeus.

Vince McMahon runs down the final two matches on the card.

Gorilla and Jesse hype the cage match on December 27th, and Jesse hints that there is dissention in the Heenan Family.

Sean Mooney interviews The Rude Brood, who claim they will be the victors against their opponents.

Mean Gene Okerlund attempts to interview Roddy’s Rowdies, but they are just too wild and crazy to understand and they head to the ring.

4. The Rude Brood (w/ The Genius and “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart) defeat Roddy’s Rowdies.

Sole Survivor: Mr. Perfect

Eliminations:
1. Jacques Rougeau pinned by “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka at 4:01.
2. Raymond Rougeau pinned by “Rowdy” Roddy Piper at 7:30.
3. Butch pinned by Perfect at 10:46.
4. Luke pinned by “Ravishing” Rick Rude at 12:14.
5. Piper and Rude counted out at 18:35.
6. Snuka pinned by Perfect at 21:27.

Analysis: An interesting little affair as four techinal marvels go against four great brawlers. It is a little weird seeing Piper and Snuka on the same team considering their hot feud a few years ago, but I digress. Anyway, the first eight minutes sees the Rougeaus continue their slide towards the bottom as they get knocked out first. The Bushwhackers then go out back to back. Perfect actually takes a good beating throughout most of the match, but hangs tough. He and Rude pound on Snuka until Piper comes in and faces off with Rude. Both those men would get counted out and Perfect and Snuka have a fun 4 minute affair before Perfect wins the match. It is clear that Perfect is on the fast track to the top, although he would be derailed by the beginning of the new year, but that’s for a future review. For now, he wins and Piper and Rude would settle their feud at a house show. Nice match as we head for the main event. Grade: 2.5

Sean Mooney interviews the Rude Brood, who said they would come out on top in their match.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the Ultimate Warriors, who vow they will be the survivors tonight.

5. The Ultimate Warriors defeat the Heenan Family.

Sole Survivor: The Ultimate Warrior

Eliminations:
1. Andre the Giant counted out at :27.
2. Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart pinned by Haku at 3:32.
3. Marty Jannetty pinned by Bobby “The Brain” Heenan at 8:53.
4. Haku pinned by Shawn Michaels at 12:54.
5. Michaels pinned by Arn Anderson at 15:47.
6. Anderson pinned by Warrior at 18:19.
7. Heenan pinned by Warrior at 20:28.

Substitution: Bobby Heenan is replacing Tully Blanchard, who was fired prior to this event for failing a drug test.

Farewell: This is Arn Anderson’s last PPV. He would return to WCW and remain their for the rest of his career. He currently works as a road agent for the WWE.

Analysis: Our main event is a test run to see if Warrior was ready for the next step. Andre is clearly on his last legs as he is knocked out in the first 30 seconds of the match. Neidhart dominates briefly before getting pinned by Haku. Haku, Arn, and the Rockers dominate most of the action, with Heenan only taking pot shots here and there, although he does get a pin on Jannetty. Michaels knocks out Haku before getting pinned by the Enforcer. Arn and Warrior go toe to toe for 5 minutes with Arn getting pinned following a miscommunication with Heenan. Heenan is then physically destroyed by Warrior, who becomes the sole survivor. Andre and Haku move on to a new feud, as do the Rockers, Anderson is out the door, and Warrior is ready to move up to the biggest match of his career. Nice way to end the show. Grade: 2

We see the still photos from the event and we close the show with a shot of Bobby Heenan in the aisleway selling his beating from the Warrior.

Final Analysis: An interesting show with many plot points to make. A big plus for the event is having the nicknames for the teams, as it shows unity on the team. The action is pretty solid, despite some odd combinations. It is clear that the Warrior is the man to carry the company into the future, but we will see if that holds true. It is clear Hogan is trying to protect himself as his popularity is diminishing, but again I would just be beating a dead horse. The 1980s are over, and there have been many great events and many bad events. This show is about in the middle, not a show to seek out for historical preference, but a good way to kill 3 hours. Final Grade: C+

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