April 8, 2010
Steve Riddle

Survivor Series 1990
November 22nd, 1990
Hartford Civic Center
Hartford, Connecticut

Dark Match:

1. Shane Douglas defeats Buddy Rose

Actual Show:

Vince McMahon runs down the card for the event. Your hosts are Gorilla Monsoon and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the Warriors, who claim they will be the sole survivors in this match.

1. The Warriors defeat the Perfect Team (w/ Mr. Fuji and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan).

Sole Survivor: The Ultmate Warrior

Eliminations:
1. Ax pinned by Warrior at 3:23.
2. Smash, Crush, Hawk, and Animal disqualified at 7:36.
3. “The Texas Tornado” Kerry Von Erich pinned by Mr. Perfect at 11:02.
4. Perfect pinned by Warrior at 14:20.

Farewell: This is Ax’s last PPV. He currently continues to compete on the independent circuit, occasionally teaming with his former Demolition partner Smash.

Title Change: Mr. Perfect defeated Von Erich on November 19th to regain the Intercontinental Title, but it wouldn’t air until December 15th. Hence why Von Erich has the strap with him at this show.

Analysis: Our opening contest sees the World Champion lead his team into battle against Perfect’s team. Warrior had spent the better part of the summer fall teaming with LOD against Demolition, considering he had no challengers and why his title reign has been viewed a bust. The action is solid, if quick as Ax goes down early and is out the door. LOD and Demolition then get DQ’ed and their problems never had a definitive end. Perfect does most of the work and dispatches of the Tornado, and would regain the IC Title in a few weeks. But Perfect would fall victim to the Warrior. Warrior survives and advances to the Grand Finale Match of Survival later in the night. Grade: 2

Sean Mooney interviews the Million Dollar Team, who claim that they will be the strongest ones to survive.

2. The Million Dollar Team (w/ Virgil, Brother Love, and “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart) defeat the Dream Team. Sole Survivor: “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase

Eliminations:
1. “The Birdman” Koko B. Ware pinned by The Undertaker at 1:39.
2. The Honkytonk Man pinned by Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart at 4:16.
3. Neidhart pinned by Dibiase at 5:49.
4. “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes pinned by Undertaker at 8:26.
5. Undertaker counted out at 9:17.
6. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine pinned by Bret “The Hitman” Hart at 9:57.
7. Hart pinned by Dibiase at 13:54.

Debut: The man who would dominate the WWF/WWE for the next 20 years makes his debut. Undertaker began his career in WCCW as Texas Red and bounced around the CWA and WCWA. He joined WCW in 1989 as “Mean” Mark Callous before being let go earlier in the year. He was cast in Hulk Hogan’s movie “Suburban Commando” and Hogan recommended him to Vince and Vince signed him.

Farewell: Aside from his sporadic appearances, this is the Honkytonk Man’s last PPV. He would become a commentator briefly before leaving. He had a brief stint in WCW in 1994. He would appear in the WWF in 1997 scouting talent before managing Billy Gunn. He also made appearances in the 1998 and 2001 Royal Rumble matches, and competed at Cyber Sunday in 2008. His last TV appearance was inducting Koko B. Ware into the Hall of Fame in 2009.

Fun Fact: As Piper mentions in the commentary, Bret Hart dedicated this match to his brother Dean who passed away the night before from kidney failure at the age of 36.

Analysis: An interesting little matchup to keep things going. The main issue is with Dibiase and Rhodes, but the main reason this match is remembered is the debut of the Deadman. Undertaker arrives on the scene and quickly makes an impact, knocking out Koko and eliminating Rhodes, before getting counted out. It is clear that bigger things are headed his way. Rhythm and Blues and the Harts even out the teams, as Honky is out the door, Valentine would have an attitude change, and the Foundation’s days as a team are starting to come to an end. I have to give a special shout out to Bret. To come out and compete a mere 24 after losing his brother takes a lot of guts and heart and Bret should deserve a lot of credit for being the consumate professional that he is. Bret and Dibiase have a fun 4-minute exhibition before Dibiase pulls out a win. He survives and moves to the Grand Finale to face Warrior. Grade: 3

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the Vipers, who claim they have withstood the test of time and will survive tonight.

3. The Visionaries (w/ “The Doctor of Style” Slick) defeat the Vipers.

Sole Survivors: “The Model” Rick Martel, Power and Glory, and the Warlord.

Eliminations:
1. Marty Jannetty pinned by Warlord at 5:03.
2. “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka pinned by Martel at 9:28.
3. Shawn Michaels pinned by Paul Roma at 15:40.
4. Jake “The Snake” Roberts counted out at 17:42.

The Buildup: Prior to this event on a Brother Love Show, Martel blinded Roberts with his fragrance, Arrogance. Roberts was out of action for a few weeks, but returns here, against doctor’s orders.

Fun Fact: This marks the first time in Survivor Series history that a full team survives the match.

Analysis: After almost having his career ended by Martel, Jake comes to battle with his team. It is weird seeing him wear the contact to make it seem like he is blind in the left eye, but it does get the point across. The Rockers and Snuka try, but they go out one at a time to the Visionaries. Power and Glory are still on the fast track to the top and the Warlord looks impressive here as well. Down 4-to-1, Jake tries to eliminate Warlord, but Martel almost blinds him again. Roberts brings out Damien and chases Martel to the back, getting counted out in the process. The Visionaries survive, the first to have a full team survive, and join Dibiase in the Grand Finale against the Warrior. Grade: 2.5

Gorilla hypes the Royal Rumble on January 19th.

Sean Mooney interviews the Hulkamaniacs, who dedicate their match to all the men and women in the military and will survive.

4. The Hulkamaniacs defeat the Natural Disasters (w/ “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan).

Sole Survivor: Hulk Hogan

Eliminations:
1. Haku pinned by the Big Bossman at 3:15.
2. “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan disqualified at 6:12.
3. Dino Bravo pinned by Hogan at 7:59.
4. Bossman pinned by Earthquake at 9:08.
5. Earthquake and Tugboat counted out at 11:33.
6. Barbarian pinned by Hogan at 14:49.

Debut: Fred Ottman debuted in the WWF in 1989 as a heel named Big Man Steel before turning face and becoming Tugboat. He would form an alliance with Hulk Hogan during his feud with Earthquake and Dino Bravo.

Substitution: Haku is replacing Rick Rude, who walked out a month before this event. Rude was feuding with the Bossman, and the feud was transferred to Bobby Heenan.

Analysis: A standard Survival match. Bossman was feuding with Heenan, and gets the last word here eliminating Haku early, as Haku’s days are starting to become numbered. Duggan takes a beating, but gets DQ’ed again for using the 2x4. Bravo’s days are also numbered as he falls early in the match. Bossman is rolling, but falls victim to Earthquake. Quake and Hogan continue their feud, but there is still no winner as Quake and Tugboat, who is hardly in the match at all, get counted out. Barbarian is on the biggest push of his career and carries a good 3-minute match with Hogan before falling victim to the legdrop. Hulk wins and moves on to team with Warrior in the Grand Finale. Grade: 2.5

Gorilla once again hypes the Royal Rumble.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews “Macho King” Randy Savage, who issues a challenge to the Ultimate Warrior and will be WWF Champion again.

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the Mercenaries, who insults the military and compares themselves to the Iraqi army, they are survivors.

5. The Alliance defeat the Mercenaries (w/ Gen. Adnan and Mr. Fuji).

Sole Survivor: Tito Santana

Eliminations:
1. Boris Zhukov pinned by Santana at :48.
2. Sato pinned by Butch at 1:46.
3. Tanaka pinned by Santana at 2:13.
4. Nikolai Volkoff pinned by Sgt. Slaughter at 5:25.
5. Luke pinned by Slaughter at 6:30.
6. Butch pinned by Slaughter at 6:53.
7. Slaughter disqualified at 10:52.

Substitution/Farewell #1: Boris Zhukov is replacing Akeem, and makes his final PPV appearance. He would bounce around the independent circuit before retiring in 1996.

Farewell #2: This is Sato’s last PPV appearance. He would retire in 1992, and had a brief run in 1995 as Shinja, the manager of Hakushi.

Farewell #3: Also bowing out, save for sporadic appearances, is Nikolai Volkoff. He would appear in the 1992 Royal Rumble before leaving. He had a brief run in 94-95 as the whipping boy of the Million Dollar Corporation and appeared at Wrestlemania X-7’s Gimmick Battle Royal. He is currently semi-retired and also works in politics. Nikolai Volkoff was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005 by Jim Ross.

Analysis: A weird match as it involved one solid heel and seven jobbers. Slaughter was building solid heat as an Iraqi sympathizer, but you knew one of the faces had to win to even out the playing field of the finale, and it was more than likely going to be Santana. So the Alliance runs through the 3 heel jobbers in record time as Zhukov and Sato are out the door and the Orient Express would get a makeover by our next show. Slaughter then knocks out Volkoff, who is out the door, and the Bushwhackers, who have nothing better going on. After a fun 4-minute run, Slaughter is DQ’ed for Adnan using the flag. Tito moves on to the finale and Slaughter would head towards the biggest push of his career. Grade: 1.5

Sean Mooney interviews Ted Dibiase and the Visionaries, who bask in making history earlier tonight and vow they will survive again.

Mean Gene Okerlund is at the giant egg, which hatches to reveal the Gobbledy Gooker. Gooker and Okerlund then dance in the ring.

One-time Debut: The Gobbledy Gooker is portrayed by Hector Guerrero. Hector is the son of wrestling legend Gory Guerrero and brother to Chavo, Mando, and Eddie Guerrero. Hector would wrestle mostly in California, the NWA, USWA, and AWA. He came to the WWF to portray the Gooker, and it is unsure how long the character would last, but it was deemed a failure and retired. The Gobbledy Gooker would make only one other PPV appearance, at Wrestlemania X-7’s Gimmick Battle Royal.

Sean Mooney interviews Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, and Tito Santana who claim that they don’t care about the odds and will survive.

6. Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior win the Grand Finale Match of Survival.

Eliminations:
1. The Warlord pinned by Tito Santana at :28.
2. Santana pinned by “The Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase at 1:51.
3. Paul Roma pinned by Hogan at 5:57.
4. “The Model” Rick Martel counted out at 7:17.
5. Dibiase pinned by Hogan at 8:30.
6. Hercules pinned by Warrior at 9:07.

Analysis: Our show closes with all the survivors coming together for one final match. Right off the bat, Warlord gets eliminated in the first 30 seconds by Santana, who gets his win back from Summerslam. Santana would then get knocked out by Dibiase and is back on jobber status. Hulk takes a beating for most of the match, but makes his comeback and eliminates Roma and beats Dibiase, again. Martel takes a good licking and ends up walking out on his team, and would continue his feud with Jake Roberts. Hercules is then mopped up by Warrior to end the match. Probably would’ve been better for Hulk to let Warrior survive alone, but again what can you do. For now, the show ends on a happy note, even if it does seem forced. Grade: 2.5

Hogan and Warrior pose for the crowd as we go off the air.

Final Analysis: For the third year in a row, this show is just average. Obviously, the main reason this event is remembered is the debut of the Undertaker, who quickly makes an impact and would be pushed quickly. It is clear that the Survivor match concept is starting to get stale, so they threw together the Grand Finale Match of Survival, although this is the only time we got a match like that. Warrior has had a decent run, but it is obvious that his reign has been bogged down with no challengers and no feuds. 1990 is over and the new year would bring about several changes. For now, again like the two previous Survivor Series, this one is not the most memorable, but a fun three hours. Final Grade: C+

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