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Survivor Series (1990) was the fourth annual Survivor Series professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It took place on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1990, at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut.

Survivor Series (1990)
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PromotionWorld Wrestling Federation
DateNovember 22, 1990
CityHartford, Connecticut
VenueHartford Civic Center
Attendance16,000[1]
Tagline(s)The WWF Thanksgiving Night Tradition!
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This event is known for the on-screen debut of The Undertaker, went on to become the WWF Champion at the next Survivor Series, and the appearance of the Gobbledy Gooker.[2] The Undertaker replaced Bad News Brown who had left the WWF after being reneged on a promise to be put in a feud with Hulk Hogan and becoming the first black WWF Champion. In addition, Sgt. Slaughter, who then portrayed an Iraqi sympathizer, insulted servicemen stationed in Iraq for Thanksgiving during Operation Desert Shield. In an interview, Randy Savage challenged The Ultimate Warrior for the WWF World Championship. Haku replaced Rick Rude, who had left the WWF over a pay dispute. In the storyline, he was suspended by WWF President Jack Tunney for insulting the mother of the Big Boss Man. Boris Zhukov replaced Akeem who had left the WWF in October.

AftermathEdit

Crowd reaction to the Gobbledy Gooker was extremely negative, with fans loudly booing as the costumed Héctor Guerrero danced in the ring with announcer Gene Okerlund. Although the character made a handful of appearances in taped promos following the Survivor Series,[3] the Gobbledy Gooker soon disappeared and was not mentioned again until the Gimmick Battle Royal at WrestleMania X-Seven. Several years later, WrestleCrap used the name for its "Gooker Award", presented for the worst gimmicks, storylines or events in wrestling.

Sgt. Slaughter and Randy Savage both challenged the Ultimate Warrior for the WWF Championship. Slaughter and his manager, General Adnan, also cut several anti-American, pro-Iraqi promos – all airing at a time when the United States was engaged in Operation Desert Shield, all to build up heat for his match against Warrior at the 1991 Royal Rumble, held two days after the start of the war against Iraq. Slaughter – with help from both Savage and his manager, Sensational Sherri – won the title from Warrior at the Royal Rumble. Warrior defeated Savage in a career-ending match at Wrestlemania VII after which Savage turned face and reunited with former manager Miss Elizabeth, ultimately winning back the belt a year later at Wrestlemania VIII. Savage and Warrior fought one more time for the title at SummerSlam (1992) in a match plagued by interference from Ric Flair and Mr Perfect.

Hogan went on to focus on wrapping up his feud with Earthquake with a series of stretcher matches, which Hogan won, before going on to challenge Slaughter for the WWF title.

Since the formation of Demolition in 1987, they had been compared to the Legion of Doom (LOD). The feud between the LOD and Demolition (which by now was Crush and Smash) continued to rage into the end of 1990, with LOD eventually proving decisively they were the better team. (In part, the feud had not had the anticipated intensity because of Ax's reduced role in the tag team due to health problems.) Demolition's last pay-per-view appearance was at WrestleMania VII, where the team lost to Genichiro Tenryu and Koji Kitao. LOD eventually became WWF Tag Team Champions.

The Undertaker quickly got over with fans as he easily handled lower-card competition during his first months in the WWF. He started his first main event feud with The Ultimate Warrior shortly after WrestleMania VII.

ResultsEdit

No. Results Stipulations Times[1]
1D Shane Douglas defeated Buddy Rose[4] Singles match N/A
2 The Warriors (Animal, Hawk, The Texas Tornado and The Ultimate Warrior) defeated The Perfect Team (Ax, Crush, Mr. Perfect and Smash) (with Bobby Heenan and Mr. Fuji) 4-on-4 Survivor Series matchEliminations 14:20
3 The Million Dollar Team (The Honky Tonk Man, Greg Valentine, Ted DiBiase and The Undertaker) (with Brother Love, Jimmy Hart and Virgil) defeated The Dream Team (Bret Hart, Dusty Rhodes, Koko B. Ware and Jim Neidhart)[a] 4-on-4 Survivor Series matchEliminations 13:54
4 The Visionaries (Hercules, Paul Roma, Rick Martel and The Warlord) (with Slick) defeated The Vipers (Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka, Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels) 4-on-4 Survivor Series matchEliminations 17:42
5 The Hulkamaniacs (Big Boss Man, Hulk Hogan, Jim Duggan and Tugboat) defeated The Natural Disasters (The Barbarian, Dino Bravo, Earthquake and Haku) (with Bobby Heenan and Jimmy Hart) 4-on-4 Survivor Series matchEliminations 14:49
6 The Alliance (Butch, Luke, Nikolai Volkoff and Tito Santana) defeated The Mercenaries (Boris Zhukov, Sgt. Slaughter, Sato and Tanaka) (with Mr. Fuji and General Adnan) 4-on-4 Survivor Series matchEliminations 10:52
7 Hulk Hogan, Tito Santana and The Ultimate Warrior defeated Hercules, Paul Roma, Rick Martel, Ted DiBiase and The Warlord (with Virgil and Slick) 3-on-5 Survivor Series matchEliminations 9:07

Survivor Series elimination matchesEdit

^1

Eliminated Wrestler Eliminated by Method Time
1 Ax The Ultimate Warrior Pinfall 3:23
2 Smash N/A Disqualification 7:36
Crush
Hawk
Animal
6 The Texas Tornado Mr. Perfect Pinfall 11:02
7 Mr. Perfect The Ultimate Warrior Pinfall 14:20
Survivor(s): The Ultimate Warrior

^2

Eliminated Wrestler Eliminated by Method Time
1 Koko B. Ware The Undertaker Pinfall 1:39
2 The Honky Tonk Man Jim Neidhart Pinfall 4:16
3 Jim Neidhart Ted DiBiase Pinfall 5:49
4 Dusty Rhodes The Undertaker Pinfall 8:26
5 The Undertaker N/A Countout 9:17
6 Greg Valentine Bret Hart Pinfall 9:57
7 Bret Hart Ted DiBiase Pinfall 13:54
Survivor(s): Ted DiBiase

^3

Eliminated Wrestler Eliminated by Method Time
1 Marty Jannetty The Warlord Pinfall 5:03
2 Jimmy Snuka Rick Martel Pinfall 9:28
3 Shawn Michaels Paul Roma Pinfall 15:40
4 Jake Roberts N/A Countout 17:42
Survivor(s): Hercules, Paul Roma, Rick Martel and The Warlord

^4

Eliminated Wrestler Eliminated by Method Time
1 Haku Big Boss Man Pinfall 3:15
2 Jim Duggan N/A Disqualification 6:12
3 Dino Bravo Hulk Hogan Pinfall 7:59
4 Big Boss Man Earthquake Pinfall 9:08
5 Tugboat N/A Double countout 11:33
Earthquake
7 The Barbarian Hulk Hogan Pinfall 14:49
Survivor(s): Hulk Hogan

^5

Eliminated Wrestler Eliminated by Method Time
1 Boris Zhukov Tito Santana Pinfall 0:48
2 Sato Bushwacker Butch Pinfall 1:46
3 Tanaka Tito Santana Pinfall 2:13
4 Nikolai Volkoff Sgt. Slaughter Pinfall 5:25
5 Bushwacker Luke Sgt. Slaughter Pinfall 6:30
6 Bushwacker Butch Sgt. Slaughter Pinfall 6:53
7 Sgt. Slaughter N/A Disqualification 10:52
Survivor(s): Tito Santana

^6

Eliminated Wrestler Eliminated by Method Time
1 The Warlord Tito Santana Pinfall 0:28
2 Tito Santana Ted DiBiase Pinfall 1:51
3 Paul Roma Hulk Hogan Pinfall 5:57
4 Rick Martel N/A Countout 7:17
5 Ted DiBiase Hulk Hogan Pinfall 8:30
6 Hercules The Ultimate Warrior Pinfall 9:07
Survivor(s): Hulk Hogan & The Ultimate Warrior

Other on-screen personnelEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ This match was dedicated to Bret Hart's brother Dean who died the day before.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Survivor Series 1990". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  2. ^ Ted DiBiase: The Million Dollar Man, p.177, Ted DiBiase with Tom Caiazzo, Pocket Books, New York, 2008, ISBN 978-1-4165-5890-3
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IARbSiRJXsU
  4. ^ Survivor Series results, from TheHistoryOfWWE.com
  5. ^ Barrasso, Justin (2015-11-20). "Bret Hart discusses Triple H, Survivor Series and bad booking in WWE". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2016-02-26.

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