#25 – Hacksaw Jim Duggan (captain), Sgt. Slaughter, “El Matador” Tito Santana & “Texas Tornado” Kerry Von Erich (Survivor Series ’91)
On paper this is an incredibly stacked team. It features a former WWF World Champion and two Intercontinental Champions, and all four men are currently in the WWE Hall o Fame. But in late 1991 all four were in the twilight of their usefulness to the WWF and within a year and a half none of them would be wrestling for them.
But that night at the Survivor Series, they completely destroyed their opponents and looked like world-beaters in the process. They became only the second team in Survivor Series history to have their entire team survive without losing a member. In systematic fashion they went through Col. Mustafa and his band of misfits (The Berzerker, Skinner and Hercules) in short order. Even though Mustafa was former WWF Champion Iron Sheik under a new guise, his team of villains was even lower on the totem pole than their opponents. The only main rivalry carrying the match was the team of patriots, Duggan and Slaughter, against Mustafa and his manager General Adnan.
While the rest may have had weak house show rivalries none of the other match-ups had a major impact on storylines. In fact substitutions on both sides further clouded the teams. Duggan was originally supposed to captain Von Erich, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat. But The Anvil was taken out via storyline injury at the hands of Ric Flair’s Figure Four leglock. This gave an opening for Slaughter to make his return to the side of good after spending the last half of 1990 and most of 1991 as an Iraqi sympathizer. The Dragon, fed up with being underused and his ridiculous dragon costume, left the company and went back to the greener pastures of WCW. He was replaced by a recently repackaged Tito Santana, making for an almost even trade at the time.
As for Mustafa’s team, it was originally supposed to feature Big Bully Busick, but that short-lived character left the WWF as well and was replaced by a completely directionless Hercules, who was lost after Power & Glory split up and Paul Roma left the company. Some marketing also listed Barbarian in the replacement spot, which would’ve been a lateral move, as he was just as directionless and underused as Hercules.
While the team and their ensuing match were not pretty or memorable, they make the countdown just for the fact of being one of the rare teams to survive unscathed.