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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 reigned 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 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.

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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 Unknown
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 09:07

Survivor Series elimination matchesEdit

^1

Elimination no. Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Ax The Perfect Team The Ultimate Warrior Pinfall after a Warrior Splash 03:23
2 Smash, Crush, Hawk and Animal The Perfect Team and The Warriors N/A Disqualification for brawling inside the ring 07:36
3 The Texas Tornado The Warriors Mr. Perfect Pinfall by Perfect Plex 11:02
4 Mr. Perfect The Perfect Team The Ultimate Warrior Pinfall after a Warrior Splash 14:20
Survivor: The Ultimate Warrior (The Warriors)

^2

Elimination no. Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Koko B. Ware Dream Team The Undertaker Pinfall after a Tombstone Piledriver 01:39
2 The Honky Tonk Man Million Dollar Team Jim Neidhart Pinfall after a Powerslam 04:16
3 Jim Neidhart Dream Team Ted DiBiase Pinfall after outside assistance from Virgil 05:49
4 Dusty Rhodes Dream Team The Undertaker Pinfall after Double axe handle off the top rope 08:26
5 The Undertaker Million Dollar Team N/A Counted out after going after Rhodes 09:17
6 Greg Valentine Million Dollar Team Bret Hart Figure four Leg lock attempt countered into a small package 09:57
7 Bret Hart Dream Team Ted DiBiase Reversed a flying bodypress 13:54
Survivor: Ted DiBiase (Million Dollar Team)

^3

Elimination no. Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Marty Jannetty The Vipers The Warlord Pinfall after a Powerslam 05:03
2 Jimmy Snuka The Vipers Rick Martel Pinfall with an inside cradle 09:28
3 Shawn Michaels The Vipers Paul Roma Pinfall after a Powerplex (Superplex/Splash) 15:40
4 Jake Roberts The Vipers N/A Counted out going after Martel 17:42
Survivors: The Visionaries (clean sweep)

^4

Elimination no. Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Haku The Natural Disasters Big Boss Man Pinfall after a Boss Man Slam 03:15
2 Jim Duggan Hulkamaniacs N/A Disqualified after hitting Earthquake with 2x4 06:12
3 Dino Bravo The Natural Disasters Hulk Hogan Pinfall with a small package 07:59
4 Big Boss Man Hulkamaniacs Earthquake Pinfall after an elbow drop 09:08
5 Tugboat & Earthquake Hulkamaniacs & The Natural Disasters N/A Double countout 11:33
6 The Barbarian The Natural Disasters Hulk Hogan Pinfall after a leg drop 14:49
Survivor: Hulk Hogan (Hulkamaniacs)

^5

Elimination no. Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Boris Zhukov The Mercenaries Tito Santana Pinfall after a Flying Forearm 0:48
2 Sato The Mercenaries Butch Pinfall after a Battering Ram 1:46
3 Tanaka The Mercenaries Tito Santana Pinfall after a Flying Forearm 2:13
4 Nikolai Volkoff The Alliance Sgt. Slaughter Pinfall after an elbow drop 5:25
5 Luke The Alliance Sgt. Slaughter Pinfall after a Gutbuster 6:30
6 Butch The Alliance Sgt. Slaughter Pinfall after a Clothesline 6:53
7 Sgt. Slaughter The Mercenaries N/A Disqualification after Adnan hit Santana with an Iraqi flag. 10:52
Survivor: Tito Santana (The Alliance)

^6

Elimination no. Wrestler Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 The Warlord Tito Santana Pinfall after a Flying Forearm 0:28
2 Tito Santana Ted DiBiase Pinfall after a hotshot 1:51
3 Paul Roma Hulk Hogan Pinfall after a clothesline 5:57
4 Rick Martel N/A Counted out when he deserted his team 7:17
5 Ted DiBiase Hulk Hogan Pinfall after a leg drop 8:30
6 Hercules The Ultimate Warrior Pinfall after a Warrior Splash 9:07
Survivors: Hulk Hogan & The Ultimate Warrior

Other on-screen talentEdit

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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