Survivor Series (1996)

Survivor Series (1996) was the tenth annual Survivor Series professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). It was presented by Milton Bradley's Karate Fighters, and took place on November 17, 1996 at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. The event is notable for seeing the in-ring debut of Dwayne Johnson, who wrestled under the name of Rocky Maivia in this event.

Survivor Series (1996)
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Promotional poster featuring Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Sycho Sid, and Stone Cold Steve Austin
PromotionWorld Wrestling Federation
DateNovember 17, 1996
CityManhattan, New York
VenueMadison Square Garden
Attendance18,647[1]
Tagline(s)Back to Attack
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The main event was a standard wrestling match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. Shawn Michaels defended the title against Sycho Sid. Sid won the title by pinning Michaels after hitting him with a television camera and performing a Powerbomb.[2]

The undercard featured Faarooq, Vader, Razor Ramon, and Diesel versus Flash Funk, Jimmy Snuka, Savio Vega, and Yokozuna in a four-on-four Survivor Series elimination match, Bret Hart versus Stone Cold Steve Austin in a standard wrestling match to determine the number one contender to the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, Marc Mero, Rocky Maivia, Jake Roberts, and The Stalker versus Crush, Jerry Lawler, Hunter Hearst Helmsley, and Goldust in a four-on-four Survivor Series elimination match, The Undertaker versus Mankind in a standard wrestling match and The Godwinns, Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon versus The New Rockers, Owen Hart and The British Bulldog.[3]

ProductionEdit

BackgroundEdit

Survivor Series is an annual gimmick pay-per-view, produced every November by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) since 1987. In what has since become the second longest running pay-per-view event in history (behind WWE's WrestleMania), it is one of the promotion's original four pay-per-views, along with WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, and SummerSlam, later dubbed the "Big Four".[4] The event is traditionally characterized by having Survivor Series matches, which are tag team elimination matches that typically pits teams of four or five wrestlers against each other. The 1996 event was the tenth event in the Survivor Series chronology and included four 4-on-4 Survivor Series matches.

StorylinesEdit

Survivor Series consisted of professional wrestling matches involving wrestlers from pre-existing feuds and storylines that played out on Monday Night Raw — WWF's primary television program. Wrestlers portrayed a hero or a villain as they followed a series of events that built tension, and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[5]

ResultsEdit

No. Results Stipulations Times[1]
1F Aldo Montoya, Bart Gunn, Bob Holly and Jesse James defeated Billy Gunn, Justin Bradshaw, Salvatore Sincere and The Sultan (with The Iron Sheik and Uncle Zebekiah) 4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination match1 10:46
2 Doug Furnas, Henry O. Godwinn, Phil Lafon and Phineas I. Godwinn (with Hillbilly Jim) defeated The British Bulldog, Leif Cassidy, Marty Jannetty and Owen Hart (with Clarence Mason) 4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination match2 20:41
3 The Undertaker defeated Mankind (with Paul Bearer) Singles match 14:52
4 Jake Roberts, Marc Mero (with Sable), Rocky Maivia, and The Stalker defeated Crush, Goldust (with Marlena), Jerry Lawler and Hunter Hearst Helmsley 4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination match3 23:44
5 Bret Hart defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin Singles match to determine the #1 contender to the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 24:41
6 Diesel, Faarooq, Razor Ramon and Vader (with Clarence Mason and Jim Cornette) vs. Flash Funk, Jimmy Snuka, Savio Vega and Yokozuna ended in a no contest 4-on-4 Survivor Series elimination match4 09:48
7 Sycho Sid defeated Shawn Michaels (c) (with José Lothario) Singles match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 20:02
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • F – indicates the match was broadcast prior to the pay-per-view on Free for All

Survivor Series elimination matchesEdit

^1

Eliminated Wrestler Eliminated by Method Time[1]
1 Aldo Montoya The Sultan Submission 03:55
2 Salvatore Sincere Bart Gunn Pinfall 06:55
3 Bob Holly Justin Bradshaw Pinfall 08:35
4 Justin Bradshaw Jesse James Pinfall 08:46
5 The Sultan Jesse James Pinfall 09:44
6 Jesse James Billy Gunn Pinfall 09:59
7 Billy Gunn Bart Gunn Pinfall 10:46
Survivor(s): Bart Gunn

^2

Eliminated Wrestler Eliminated by Method Time[1]
1 Marty Jannetty Henry O. Godwinn Pinfall 08:12
2 Henry O. Godwinn Owen Hart Pinfall 08:18
3 Phineas I. Godwinn The British Bulldog Pinfall 09:04
4 Leif Cassidy Phil Lafon Pinfall 13:43
5 The British Bulldog Phil Lafon Pinfall 17:22
6 Owen Hart Doug Furnas Pinfall 20:41
Survivor(s): Doug Furnas and Phil Lafon

^3

Eliminated Wrestler Eliminated by Method Time[1]
1 Jerry Lawler Jake Roberts Pinfall 10:01
2 The Stalker Goldust Pinfall 12:44
3 Hunter Hearst-Helmsley Marc Mero Pinfall 19:20
4 Marc Mero Crush Pinfall 20:36
5 Jake Roberts Crush Pinfall 20:54
6 Crush Rocky Maivia Pinfall 23:12
7 Goldust Rocky Maivia Pinfall 23:44
Survivor(s): Rocky Maivia

^4

Eliminated Wrestler Eliminated by Method Time[1]
1 Savio Vega Diesel Pinfall 08:39
2 Razor Ramon Jimmy Snuka Pinfall 09:28
3 Faarooq N/A Disqualification 09:48
4 Vader
5 Diesel
6 Flash Funk
7 Jimmy Snuka
8 Yokozuna
Survivor(s): None

Other on-screen personnelEdit

Commentators
Interviewers
Ring announcer
Referees

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Survivor Series 1996". Pro Wrestling History. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
  2. ^ "WWE Championship Match: Sid def. Shawn Michaels to become new WWE Champion". World Wrestling Entertainment. November 17, 1996. Retrieved 2011-01-04.
  3. ^ "Survivor Series 1996 official results". World Wrestling Entertainment. November 17, 1996. Retrieved 2011-01-04.
  4. ^ Ian Hamilton. Wrestling's Sinking Ship: What Happens to an Industry Without Competition (p. 160)
  5. ^ "Live & Televised Entertainment of World Wrestling Entertainment". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-12-05.

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