J Classic’s Episode 5- Survivor Series Special!
In 1987, WWF introduced it’s second ppv concept. After the huge success of WrestleMania III, officials wanted to capitalize on the thriving ppv market, and thus Survivor Series was born.
In an interesting tidbit, NWA’s Starrcade ppv was scheduled to air the same night. To insure his ppv was successful, Vince McMahon went to cable providers, and warned that, if they decided to air Starrcade instead of Survivor Series, he would not allow them to broadcast future events, including WrestleMania IV. Guess which ppv had the larger buyrate? If you said Survivor Series, congratulations, you’re a genius.
There were but four matches on the card, this one here being the third of the night. It’s regarded as one of the most over-looked matches of all-time, as it does feature some legends, and unlike many Survivor Series elimination matches, provides some good wrestling action.
Face Team: Strike Force (Tito Santana and Rick Martel), The Young Stallion (Paul Roma and Jim Powers), The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques and Raymond), The Killer Bees (“Jumpin” Jim Brunzell and Brian Blair), and the British Bulldogs (Davey Boy and Dynamite Kid)
Heel Team: The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim “the Anvil” Neidhart), The Islanders (Haku and Tama), Demolition (Ax and Smash), The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov), and The New Dream Team (Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and Dino Bravo)
20 wrestlers, 10 tag teams….does WWE and TNA even have 10 teams between them today? And don’t forget the managers! Bobby Heenan, Mr. Fuji, Jimmy Hart, and Johnny V. were out at ringside, in the corner of the bad guys.