#23 – Demolition (Ax & Smash) (co-captains), The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard), The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zhukov), Jacques & Raymond Rougeau and Los Conquistadores (Survivor Series ’88)
In the twenty-four year history of the Survivor Series there have been only four teams that featured ten men on each side. At both the 1987 and 1988 editions of the Series, one of the featured matches was a staggering 20-man elimination match, with five tag teams on each side. After one member of a team was eliminated both he and his partner had to leave the match. It was an amazing spectacle of a match, featuring interesting match-up combinations and a constant fresh man in the ring. It also showed off the incredible depth of the WWF’s tag team division back in the late ‘80s. Not since 2001 has there been such a staggering plethora of honest-to-goodness tag teams, with names, matching gear and identifiable tandem finishing moves.
Well (spoiler alert) all four of those ten man combinations will be featured on this countdown. It is fitting to start off with the 1998 team of villains, captained by then WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition, yours truly’s favorite tag team combination of all time. This match is famous for the double turn at the end that saw Mr. Fuji turn on Demolition to join The Powers of Pain, who were captaining the “babyface” team. By the end of the match, The Powers of Pain were the sole survivors after Fuji literally tripped up Demolition and The Powers made short work of The Conquistadors. It was one of the most successful double turns in wrestling history and sent the two teams of painted warriors on a feud that raged off/on for well over a year.
While the match ending is one of the more famous in Survivor Series history, this team comes in so low based on the talent of the team. Demolition was just about to hit their prime in terms of popularity and in-ring work but weren’t there quite yet. The Rougeaus were supremely talented in the ring but were completely wasted in this match and most of their run in the WWF. Add in a pair of aging Bolsheviks and an enhancement team in the nameless, faceless Conquistadores, it was up to the Hall of Fame caliber of Anderson and Blanchard to carry the workload for the team.