It’s Time To Meet Your Maker. And his name is The Undertaker. The dead man is involved in one of our main events tonight at the 8th annual Survivor Series. This show features three classic Survivor Series matches and two of those are 5 vs 5 elimination matches, the likes that haven’t been seen since 1988. In the first we merge two high profile feuds together. Razor Ramons on going rivalry with Diesel and Shawn Michaels signify the captains for the match. Intercontinental champion Ramons is joined by The Headshrinkers, his close pal The 123 Kid and The British Bulldog. Bulldog will have to deal with family members Owen Hart and Jim Neidhart whom he has had problems with since returning as they will be on Michaels team. Michaels has also recruited Jeff Jarrett who has recently had problems with The Bad Guy himself. In The Headshrinkers Sione replaces Samu who left the company not long after Summerslam.
The other 5 vs 5 match is a continuation of Lex Lugers rivalry with Tatanka and The Million Dollar Corporation. Those two men are the team captains and Tatanka is joined by fellow Corporation members Bam Bam Bigelow and King Kong Bundy. Bundy returns after a 7 year absence from the WWF. Dibiase’s men are joined by The Heavenly Bodies who haven’t been on pay per view themselves in a year. They take on Lex Lugers team which consist of Adam Bomb who has had his run-ins with Bam Bam Bigelow as of late, Mabel and the men The Heavenly Bodies have had problems with as of late, The Smoking Gunns.
Jerry Lawler and Doink The Clown have been having a rivalry which has centred around Jerry popping Dinks balloons and an influx of midgets. Doink and Dink will be joined by Pink and Wink whilst Jerry Lawler is joined by Sleazy, Queasy and Cheesy. Don’t expect too much in the way of technical wrestling in this one. What you can expect technical wrestling in is the match between Bret Hart and Bob Backlund. Backlund recently turned heel on Hart and has gone through half ot eh babyface roster, taking them out with his Crossface Chickenwing finisher. He leaves the hold applied for too long then stares it his hands asking what happened. Hart defends the title he won from Yokozuna against a suprising opponent tonight in Bob Backlund.
The final match tonight is a rematch from Royal Rumble 94 between Undertaker and Yokozuna in a casket match. At the Rumble Undertaker was attacked by 12 men and would lose the contest, not to be seen for six months. This match will be different though as the entrance way will be guarded by Kung Fu Legend Chuck Norris. I’m not sure he’ll be able to stop 12 men but we’ll see how it goes.
We open up backstage in The Teamsters locker room. Shawn Michaels takes the lead and makes no bones of telling everyone who’s in charge.Razor Ramon talks to his team saying how he’ll be taking out Diesel first. Then we go to Lex Luger and his team then The Million Dollar Man Ted Dibiase telling his team that it’s all about the dollar. Doink the Clown and his mini Doinks are backstage having a good time whilst Jerry Lawler tells his team to take it very seriously.
Then we go to Vince McMahon who welcomes everyone to San Antonio. It looks like quite a big stadium. McMahon and Gorilla Monsoon are wearing cowboy hats and are both looking very Texan. They look like The Smoking Gunns Dads. They also let us know about the World title match between Bret Hart and Bob Backlund as well as the match between The Undertaker and Yokozuna.
The Teamsters (Shawn Michaels, Owen Hart, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Jeff Jarrett & Diesel) vs. The Bad Guys (Razor Ramon, The 1 2 3 Kid, The Headshrinkers (Fatu & Sione) & The British Bulldog)
Well this is the first five vs five Survivor Series match since the main event at Survivor Series 88. Both of these teams look relatively strong on paper. Diesel and Shawn Michaels as well as Owen and Jim Neidhart have been in and out of the main event scene. Razor Ramon is one of the hottest babyfaces in the company and The British Bulldog has always been over. Sione is the new member of The Headshrinkers replacing Samu. Sione is actually the man formally known as The Barbarian. His last match was at The Royal Rumble 1992. It’s the 123 Kid and Owen Hart that start the match. The Kid is definitely over in this one. These two met in the King Of The Ring semi final, a match Owen Hart won. Outside of the ring Fatu is having problems with his boots. Owen tags in Neidhart now and the big man quickly takes 123 off his feet. Neidhart tags in Jarrett who got his first PPV win at Summerslam. He lost to the 123 Kid at King Of The Ring. Jarrett takes it to Kid then struts across the ring before getting a kick to the face.
123 Kid tags in Sione who gets a good reaction. He lifts Jarrett high above his head. Sione didn’t win many wins as The Barbarian and Jarrett doesn’t have too many problems with him either. Jeff comes off the top with a big clothesline which gets a 1 count. Jarrett then tags in Owen Hart who gets a lot of heat. Sione then tags in The British Bulldog to a lot of cheers. Bulldog is looking stacked. He hasn’t been on PPV for over 2 years, his last match was at Summerslam 92 in a winning effort against Bret Hart. Bulldog gorilla press slams Owen Hart to the canvas which the crowd lap up. These two men will be towel bearers later on for the World title match. Owen tags in Neidhart who’s wrestling in his first match since Royal Rumble 92 where he teamed with Owen Hart. Bulldog lifts The Anvil up and suplex’s him before tagging Fatu who struggles to climb to the top. He hits a big headbutt off the top then has problems with his boot again. Neidhart tags Jarrett then Fatu tags Razor Ramon!
Razor Ramon has fighting on his eighth consecutive pay per view, nobody is currently topping that. Jarrett takes down Razor then struts once more. He actually takes Ramon down a second time then slaps him on the head! Nobody eliminated yet in this one. This is Razor Ramons third Survivor Series, he is yet to win at the event.He takes down everyone on the opposite team though, slapping them all on the apron! Jarrett back in and Ramon hits his fallaway slam! 123 Kid is tagged in and Ramon throws him at Jarrett! The advantage doesn’t last long though as Jarrett locks on an abdominal stretch. 123 manages to reverse it but Jarrett hiptoss’s him to the outside. Kid gets back in and kicks Jarrett in the face before tagging in Fatu. And in comes Owen Hart. Fatu seems to have a big more personality now as he pelvic trusts around the ring. Owen tags in Diesel who come sin and clotheslines Fatu to the mat. He then Jackknife’s the big man, eliminating him from the match!
In comes 123 Kid who tries a sunset flip off the top but he gets grabbed and chokeslammed to the mat. Diesel then Jackknife’s him and pins him for the three! In comes Sione and he tries to take the big man down but he gets Jackknife’d too! British Bulldog is the next man in and he hits some big right hands on Diesel who has single handedly gone through The Teamsters. Diesel big boots British Bulldog to the outside then goes to tag Shawn Michaels but Michaels won’t tag in. Owen Hart and Double J then go after Bulldog on the outside and I think he gets counted out! He does! In comes Razor Ramon! It’s down to 5 on 1. The Intercontinental champion goes toe to toe with Diesel, taking the big man down. But it’s back and forth as Shawn Michaels tells Diesel to Jackknife Razor! Michaels has yet to come into this match, his first since Wrestlemania 10. Razor scoop slams Diesel down to the canvas then motions for The Razor’s Edge. He sets up for it but Diesel back body drops him. Diesel takes down Razor with a big boot then signals for The Jackknife. And he hits it! But Shawn Michaels wants the tag! Diesel tags in Michaels and Shawn asks Big Daddy Cool to pick up Razor. Michaels then goes for the crescent kick but Razor moves out of the way and he nails Diesel!
Diesel goes nuts! Michaels backs off as the rest of the team try to talk Diesel out of doing anything. But Diesel just swats them all away! Michaels backs off to the dressing rooms and Diesel follows! In the ring the referee counts them all out! The decision is then announced that all of The Teamsters have been counted out! The winner and sole Survivor is Razor Ramon! Backstage Todd Pettingill talks to Shawn Michaels who says that it’s over and Diesel needs to hit the bricks. This match was pretty good. It was more about the story of Diesel destroying everyone then the whole team getting counted out. Big storyline developments in this one.
The Royal Family (Jerry “The King” Lawler, Cheesy, Queasy & Sleazy) vs. Clowns R Us (Doink The Clown, Dink, Wink & Pink)
Jerry Lawler works the crowd like a pro as he comes out, telling the live audience not to chant “Burger King”. This is Lawlers first PPV match since King Of The Ring 94 and Doink and Dinks first PPV match since Wrestlemania X. Doink is looking for his first PPV win since Wrestlemania 9 and he takes Lawler down in the early stages. Lawler goes for a similiar takedown but misses. Doink takes Lawler down then all the clowns come in and step over The King. Kings midgets then come in and do exactly the same thing! We then get the same scenario with Doink but the Kings all fall over on each other. Lots of comedy bits in a match similar to the four Doinks match at the previous Survivor Series. Saying that, this is both mens first Survivor Series despite it looking like both were to be in action at the 1993 event. All the Doinks get a near fall on Lawler and The King is starting to get wound up. The Kings now do the same thing but the mini Kings are too heavy and Lawler can’t catch them. We now get a bit with Dink on Doinks shoulders and Lawler then goes up on Sleazys shoulders. Lawler ends up flat on his face though.
So far this has been a one on one match with the midgets playing supporting roles. As Lawler and Doink lock up, the midgets criss cross across the ring which ends in the clown dropkicking the Kings! It then looks like Sleazy gives Lawler a weapon! Jerry then smashes Doink in the face with it. Not sure what it was but referee Danny Davis doesn’t seem too bothered by it. Lawler calls for the midgets feet but it ends up with Lawler getting three sets of boots in his back. The clowns now chase the Kings around the ring just as Doink hits a cross body on Lawler. Lawler rolls it over though and pins Doink by pulling his tights. Lawler eliminates Doink! Which means we’ve got Lawler and three midget Kings against three midget clowns!
Queasy and Dink start things off with Queasy who is a bit of a jumbo midget biting away at Dink. Dink then bites Queasy’s arse and as Lawler comes in, Dink bites his arse too! In comes Cheesy and Wink. Wink pulls Cheesy’s goatee then tags in Dink who comes off the top. Dink is the most experienced of the midgets and he tags out to Wink. Wink goes for a monkey flip on Cheesy but Lawler makes sure it doesn’t happen. Cheesy then pins Wink with a little help off Jerry Lawler he gets the three! It’s down to 4 on 2! In comes Pink and in comes Queasy. Queasy spins Pink round then tags in Cheesy. Lawler picks up Cheesy and drops him on Pink! He covers the clown and gets the three count! It’s 4 on 1! All four clowns against Dink.
Dink hits a suplex on Sleazy then in come Cheesy and Queasy! Dink manages to take down all three midget Kings then hits a powerslam on Queasy. Dink goes up to the top and hits a cross body! Lawler makes the distraction then Sleazy puts Queasy on top of Dink for the three count! The Royal Family win the match! The Kings all celebrate but Lawler doesn’t like the midgets celebrating! He berates his team and tells them to stop celebrating. King then goes after his own team members but here come the clowns! All 6 midgets then chase Lawler! They chase him all the way to the back where Doink appears with a custard pie! As Lawler celebrates the Doinkster smashes that pie into his face! Very much a comedy match. Nothing spectacular here, just entertainment.
Backstage to Todd Pettingill who lets us know about a new Womens champion. In the Tokyo Egg Dome one week ago Alundra Blayze lost the gold to Bull Nakano! Nakano then comes into shot and talks some Japanese. Todd no sells it and talks very slowly. Bull talks more Japanese.
Bret “The Hitman” Hart (c) vs. Bob Backlund – WWF Championship Towel Match
Well this one is bizarre. Bob Backlund has turned heel and essentially “snaps” locking his foes in the Crossface Chickenwing. He lost the WWF title 11 years ago to The Iron Sheik when his manager Arnold Skaaland threw in the towel. Now we have Bret Hart defending his title against Backlund where you can only win if the other persons towel bearer throws in the towel. Backlunds towel bearer is Owen Hart and Bret Harts is The British Bulldog. This is Backlunds first PPV match since he got thrown out of the 1994 Royal Rumble in less than a minute. Backlund and Hart get straight into it before the bell and Hart clears the ring. Bulldog chucks Backlund back in the ring where Bret takes it to him. Bret Hart is the only man to have fought on all 8 Survivor Series PPVs. He actually lost on the first five in Survivor Series matches but he’s been successful at the last two events. Bret is also on a run of 8 consecutive pay per views dating back to his King Of The Ring 93 win. It’s all Bret in the early going. Backlund is looking for his first win since UK Rampage 93 where he defeated Damien Demento.
Vince McMahon lets us know that in a phone poll 79% think the Crossface Chickenwing is more effective than The Sharpshooter. Backlund takes Hart down with a drop toe hold then goes for the Crossface but Hart escapes it and locks on a headlock. McMahon forgets it’s a towel match and complains about the referee being out of position for a pinfall. Backlund once again goes for the Crossface but Bret escapes it. The champion then locks on an abdominal stretch but it doesn’t take Bob long to hiptoss his way out of it. Bret slams Bob to the canvas but misses with his elbow off the second rope. Backlund throws Bret into the corner hard. Nobody makes that look more impressive than Bret. Owen distracts Bret and the older brother goes after him but Backlund doesn’t get the advantage as Bret sees him coming. Back in the ring and Bobby gains the advantage with an armbar. Lots of submissions in this one. It’s interesting that every PPV in 1994 has featured a World title match that hasn’t closed the show. I find it odd that Bret/Diesel at King Of The Ring, Bret/Owen at Summerslam and Bret/Backlund at this show haven’t closed the event. Bret starts a comeback now with an inverted atomic drop. He grabs Backlunds leg for The Sharpshooter but Backlund gets out of it. Bret then gets back up and locks on a figure four! The crowd chant at Owen to throw in the towel but The King Of Harts refuses to do it. Backlund then reverses the hold and Owen tells Bulldog to throw in the towel!
The lock is broken eventually and Bret goes after Bobs knee. Backlund is hilarious at selling. There’s a lot of moaning and groaning involved. Bret goes for The Sharpshooter again but Bobby gets to the ropes. Interesting how we’ve got two play by play guys on commentary tonight. But I guess with Bobby Heenan leaving for wCw and Jerry Lawler wrestling they didn’t have much of a choice. Backlund hits a piledriver on Hart which takes it out of both guys. Bob goes for a shoulder bage but Hart moves out of the way! Hart swings for Backlund but Bob ducks then locks on a sleeper! Hart gets out of it by sending Backlund into the ringpost. Bret then hits a piledriver. I cringe everytime I see that move. Bret then hits a bulldog as he picks up momentum. Bret then hits his Russian leg sweep and he starts going through the motions. Hart hits a backbreaker then his trademark elbow from the second rope. Bret locks on The Sharpshooter! Owen Hart then gets in the ring which causes The British Bulldog to chase him around the ring! The referee is distracted by Bulldog which gives Owen opportunity to bulldog his brother off Backlund!
Back outside the ring Bulldog goes for Owen but Owen ducks and Bulldog goes flying into the ringsteps! He’s out of it! This distracts Bret and allows Backlund to lock on the Crossface Chickenwing! Owen actually looks concerned for Bulldog but he’s probably more concerned about who can throw in the towel. Owen apologises to Bret and tries to revive Bulldog. In the ring Backlund has the Crossface on but he can’t wrap his legs around The Hitman. Stu and Helen, Bret and Owens parents, are at ringside looking concerned. Bret gets back up to his feet but Backlund takes him back down, wrapping his legs around the champion! McMahon sells how concerned Owen is, claiming that he’s crying! Bulldog is still unconscious on the outside whilst Bret has been in this hold for three minutes so far. Owen goes over to his parents and says that he didn’t mean for this to happen. He tells them to throw in the towel but they don’t move. Owen acts well and seems to be actually crying. Bret taps out in the ring but that’s not how you lose! Owen goes back to pleading to his parents. Stu shakes his head and refuses but Owen moves the guardrail. He leads Helen to the towel and she picks it up but Stu snatches it and shakes his head.The whole crowd cheer for Bret who has now been in the move for 8 minutes! Helen then grabs the towel and throws it into the ring! Bob Backlund has won!
Owen Hart grabs the towel from in the ring then races back up the entrance way with it. There is silence in Texas as we wait for the decision. Backlund looks down at his hands and grins. The referee then hands Backlund the title as officials help Bret backstage. Fink then makes the announcement that we have a neeeeew World Heavyweight champion and it’s Mr Bob Backlund! Bit of a dull match but probably more appreciated by technical wrestling fans. Bob Backlund as World champion, Jesus Christ.
Backstage now to Todd who is with Owen Hart. Owen says it was a step and this was the greatest Thanksgiving of his life. He conned his own parents into throwing in the towel. Owen’s a King and Bret is a nobody. Owen will never quit, Bret is a quitter. Owen then claims to be the best there was, the best there is and the best there ever will be.
The Million Dollar Team (Tatanka, Bam Bam Bigelow, King Kong Bundy & The Heavenly Bodies (Dr Tom Prichard & “The Gigolo” Jimmy Del Ray) vs. Guts and Glory (Lex Luger, The Smoking Gunns (Bart & Billy), Mabel & Adam Bomb)
Lex Luger music sounds distorted. Anyway, what have we got here. King Kong Bundy returns to the WWF and PPV with this match! We haven’t seen him since Survivor Series 87. And him wrestling means that we have had somebody from the original Wrestlemania wrestle on every PPV since. Adam Bomb has turned face after some trouble with his ex manager Harvey Wippleman. The Smoking Gunns return to PPV, they’ve not been on PPV since The Royal Rumble 94. The Heavenly Bodies return to PPV, they’ve not been on since Survivor Series 93. It’s Lex Luger and Tatanka that start things off. They appear to be the team captains and their rivalry continues. Tatanka starts well but it doesn’t take Luger long to get back into it. The Heavenly Bodies soon get involved as does Bam Bam! King Kong Bundy then steps in but Mabel makes sure he doesn’t get involved! Mabel is then tagged in as is Dr Tom Prichard. Mabel misses a splash which actually gives Prichard the advantage. Not for long though as Mabel hits a back body drop then literally squashes Prichard with a high cross body off the second rope! Mabel covers Prichard and it’s over for him!
In comes Jimmy Del Ray and he gets tossed around the ring. Del Ray tags in King Kong Bundy and we’ve got the two big men in there now. It takes Mabel three attempts to knock Bundy off his feet and Bundy tags out to Bam Bam Bigelow. Mabel hits a rolling spinning heel kick on Bam Bam then goes to the outside. The big man goes up to the top but Bam Bam meets him and throws him across the ring. Bam Bam then goes up top and dives off with a sunset flip! Mabel sits down on Bam Bam and both men look like they need to tag out. Neither man does though and Mabel clotheslines Bam Bam to the outside and goes over with him. Both big men just lie on the outside but the referee counts out Mabel! It’s four on four now as Bam Bam slides back in.
In comes Billy Gunn and Jimmy Del Ray. Del Ray takes down Billy with a nice kick. Billy tags out to Adam Bomb and Del Ray tags Bam Bam. These two men have been having their problems as of late. Bomb is still looking for his first PPV win. I’m a big Adam Bomb mark. He takes it to Bam Bam Bigelow with some clotheslines and then a scoop slam. Bundy then clotheslines him from behind and Bam Bam follows it up with a bulldog then a moonsault. And that’s enough for the three count, Adam Bomb is out of here.
In comes Luger and Bam Bam tags in Del Ray who once again hits his nice side kick. He covers Luger for a two count. Wouldn’t it be some story if Jimmy Del Ray eliminated Lex Luger. We’re down to Tatanka, Jimmy Del Ray, Bam Bam Bigelow and King Kong Bundy against Lex Luger and The Smoking Gunns. Both men come flying off the ropes and Luger nails Jimmy with his bionic forearm which is enough for a three count! Both Heavenly Bodies are now eliminated. In comes Tatanka and in comes Bart Gunn. Bart tags Billy and both Gunns hit a double Russian Leg Sweep. There’s some quick tags between Billy and Bart now as they take it in turns to take shots at the man they teamed with at Summerslam 93. A mulleted Billy hits a dropkick on Tatanka that gets him a two count. Bart hits a monkey flip on Tatanka for another two count. We then get another double team from the Gunns, a double sidewalk slam/legdrop thing. Two count. Bart then goes for a crucifix but Tatanka hits a Somoan Drop which eliminates him!
We’re down to Tatanka, Bam Bam Bigelow and King Kong Bundy against Lex Luger and Billy Gunn. Billy Gunn comes in to take on Tatanka and twists his arm round before hitting a hip toss and getting a 2 count. Billy tags in Luger who continues to take it to the Native American. Billy and Lex make frequent tags now slowly wearing down Tatanka. Dibiase claps on his team from the outside. Billy makes a mistake with a leapfrog and Tatanka slams him to the mat before tagging in King Kong Bundy. Bundy misses with a splash but doesn’t miss with an avalanche which is enough for the three count.
It’s Lex Luger against King Kong Bundy, Tatanka and Bam Bam Bigelow now. Luger is distracted by Tatanka which allows Bundy to get the advantage. Bundy tags in Bam Bam now but Luger gets the better of everyone. He knocks everyone down with clothesline and gets a near fall on Tatanka who now is the main man. Tatanka tags in Bam Bam who hits a big suplex on Luger. Two count. The Million Dollar Team take it in turns to wear down Luger now. Tatanka gets a good few stomps in as the crowd break out in a “USA” chant. He tags in Bam Bam who is wrestling in his third Survivor Series. In the past two he’s been the last man eliminated on his team. Tatanka is tagged in and drops some elbows on Luger. He then motions to finish it off. He tries to pick up Luger but Luger rolls him up for the 3! Tatanka is eliminated! As Luger rolls off Tatanka, King Kong Bundy comes down on him with a big splash which gets him the win! King Kong Bundy and Bam Bam Bigelow win the match!
After the bell the three members of the Million Dollar Corporation continue to take down Luger. Tatanka hits “The end of the trail”, then Bam Bam and Bundy also go to work on poor Lex. From the back though come The Smoking Gunns and Adam Bomb! No sign of Mabel. Those three boys clean house though and help their friend Luger. Mabel eventually shows up and he takes down The Heavenly Bodies who aren’t far behind him. Luger gets up to his feet and the faces stand tall in the ring.
Backstage now to Todd who is with Bob Backlund. Backlund claims to have been the champion since 1978. That’s a long time. Backlund says he’s going to save us. And that our children are going to emulate him. He feels like God. Bloody hell, what a nutter.
The Undertaker vs. Yokozuna – Casket Match
In a big rematch from The Royal Rumble we have a casket match between Yokozuna and The Undertaker but this time Chuck Norris is the special guest enforcer. Undertaker looks awesome tonight. Really pale and dressed in black and purple. Yokozuna sells being scared so well. I’m not sure Chuck Norris would stop the amount of men that came down in the last match between these two. The two men go at it on the outside and Undertaker smashes Yokozunas face off the steps. Undertaker loves the throat thrusts. He goes up top and balances on the ropes before leaping off with a clothesline. Yokozuna soon gets the advantage though with a Samoan Drop and a clothesline. It’s back and forth for a bit with Yokozuna the first to try to win the match. Undertaker won’t go n the casket though. Yoko hits a nice “Rock Bottom” style move and follows it up with a legdrop. He then tries to roll Undertaker into the casket but Undertaker stops Yoko from closing the lid.
Both men stand in the casket and go at it but Mr Fuji grabs The Undertaker hair which causes the dead man to go after him. Cornette gets involved and gets a right hands for his troubles. That’s enough distraction for Yokozuna to take the advantage. Paul Bearer plays his part on the outside, looking worried. Yokozuna wears Undertaker but not enough as the dead man starts a comeback. He goes up top and hits a huge clothesline off the top rope! Chuck Norris looks impressed. He’s had nothing to do as of yet. Not sure who would come down and help Yokozuna now. Not The Headshrinkers or Adam Bomb that’s for sure. Undertaker tries to roll the former WWF Champion into the casket but that proves difficult. But who’s this? It’s King Kong Bundy bounding to ringside. Chuck Norris stands his ground though and the two men stare off. But here comes Bam Bam Bigelow. Surely he can’t take on both men! The three men just stare at each other. But from the other side of the ring comes I.R.S! He comes in and nails Undertaker with some big right hands then locks in a sleeper. Shyster then throws Undertaker in the casket.
Undertaker gets up though and grabs Yokozuna by the throat. Then Double J comes out but Chuck Norris hits him with a karate kick! The crowd are going mental at this stage. Undertaker gets back in the ring and hits a huge clothesline then a DDT and then he boots Yokozuna through the ropes and into the casket. He grabs the Japanese flag, breaks it then throws that in the casket too before closing the casket lid! Undertaker wins the casket match! That was quite an enjoyable match. Good fun. It’s hard to describe how awesome Undertaker was in this match.
Rating: 7.5/10* Match Of The Night
And that was the 8th annual Survivor Series. It was the exclamation point on 1994 as we begin on the road to Wrestlemania 11. This was still a low point in WWE’s history and talent was sparse, hence the World title coronation of Bob Backlund. The likes of Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels and Diesel continue to sit in the upper midcard echelon of the card just teetering below the main eventers. The opening match showcased these guys and really served as storyline development. Razor Ramon won the match but that isn’t what people will remember. Diesel was the star of the match eliminating both Headshrinkers and The 123 Kid. Then of course the big turn as Shawn Michaels kicks Diesel in the face for a third time. The relationship between those two looks over and this could lead to a lengthy feud. Owen Hart, Jim Neidhart and The British Bulldog served as supporting characters in this match but their night wouldn’t be over. The focus for those guys would be much more prominent later on in the evening.
Jerry Lawler and Doink the Clown served as the comedy entertainment for the night in what is essentially a meaningless feud. Those two guys were buddies last year around the time of Summerslam but that wasn’t even mentioned. Much like at Wrestlemania 3 the midgets all turned on the heel and although Lawler won the match, he didn’t win the war. The next match was the biggest shock of the night for me. Bob Backlund winning the WWF title from Bret Hart. Hart wanted to take the holidays off to spend with his family but still, when you’ve got guys like Owen Hart, Shawn Michaels, Diesel and The Undertaker on the roster why would you put your eggs in Backlunds basket? Anyway, the match itself was a bit of a dull technical affair with a dramatic conclusion. Owen Hart stole the show with his acting performance. British Bulldog not so much.
Then we had the third Survivor Series match of the night which was The Million Dollar Corporation and The Heavenly Bodies against Lex Luger and pals. Most of the competitors were filler, guys like The Heavenly Bodies, Smoking Gunns, Adam Bomb and Mabel were just there to make up the numbers. The real story was Lex Luger against Tatanka, King Kong Bundy and Bam Bam Bigelow. Bundy and Bigelow won which to me means this one is not over. That’s back to back PPV wins for Bam Bam. His association with Ted Dibiase must be paying off.
The main event was the rematch between Undertaker and Yokozuna. Chuck Norris was the big celebrity name to keep the baddies from getting involved. He didn’t do a great job though as Dibiase’s men got involved and I.R.S who had been absent from this show nearly cost the dead man the match. I couldn’t see an Undertaker/I.R.S feud as Taker is so much higher up the card but maybe Shyster deserves a push. Undertaker would win thus getting his revenge on the man that put him out of commission.
This was a fairly entertaining night. I’m glad the WWE are persisting with the multiman matches, I’m a big fan of those. Some of the matches weren’t the best, especially Hart/Backlund so I hope this isn’t the direction the promotion will be going in. The show won’t be remembered for much besides it being the night that Bob Backlund won the WWF Championship. Everything else seemed like continuation of feuds or the start of new ones.
Overall Rating: 60/100 (Ranked 3rd out of 41)