With WWE Vengeance in the books, now all eyes turn to the Survivor Series. This year’s Survivor Series will be the 25th annual edition of the tent-pole pay per view for WWE. The event debuted on Thanksgiving night 1987 in Richfield, Ohio. This year’s event promises to be a big one. In addition to being the 25th edition of the show, it will also feature the in-ring return of The Rock. It will be The Rock’s first in-ring match since WrestleMania XX in 2004, when he teamed with Mick Foley in a loss to Randy Orton, Batista and Ric Flair. It just so happens that both that match and his upcoming return will both happen in WWE’s Mecca, Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Therefore as a way to hype up the impending supercard, over the next few weeks a countdown will be unveiled highlighting the top elimination tag teams in Survivor Series history. The Survivor Series was built on the backs of five-on-five or four-on-four elimination matches. The first four events were comprised completely of elimination tag team matches as a way to differentiate the event and further major feuds and storylines of the day. Since then the event was evolved, but the elimination tag match has popped up through the event’s history as homage to its early days.
Long-time fans hark back to days of all elimination matches as a way to re-establish Survivor Series as something special on WWE’s incredibly crowded pay per view roster of today. This is a way to give back and have fun along the way. Nostalgia certainly made heart grow fonder.
This list way harder to narrow down than I thought it would be. Due to the over 120 some teams to choose from this list would probably change every time I put it together. But I finally came to my senses and realized that any team with The Bushwackers, more than one clown, a Rooster, Rad Radford or Koko B. Ware was not a “greatest” of anything, no matter how successful the team as a whole was.
It should also go without saying that this is not a scientific list, just a little fun to add hype to Survivor Series and build a little debate and banter between fans. Ranking was determined by a combination of success as a team, success of the team members as individuals, overall chemistry as a team, how the characters gelled together as a team and a healthy dose of nostalgia, favoritism and rose-colored glasses. If two sets of opponents make the list (which will happen), chances are the winning team is ranked higher.
Enjoy, and let the debating begin.
– The Hulkamaniacs: Hulk Hogan (c), Tugboat, The Big Boss Man & Hacksaw Jim Duggan (Survivor Series ’90)
– The Natural Disasters: Earthquake (c), Dino Bravo, Haku & The Barbarian (Survivor Series ’90)
– Ric Flair (c), “Million $ Man” Ted DiBiase, The Mountie & The Warlord (Survivor Series ’91)
– Rowdy Roddy Piper (c), Virgil, Bret “Hit Man” Hart & “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith (Survivor Series ’91)
– The Bad Guys: Razor Ramon (c), 1-2-3 Kid, The Headshrinkers (Sionne & Fatu) and “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith (Survivor Series ’94)
– The Legion of Doom: Ken Shamrock (c), Ahmed Johnson & The Road Warriors (Hawk & Animal) (Survivor Series ’97)
– Kofi Kingston (c), Montel Vontavious Porter, Mark Henry, R-Truth & Christian (Survivor Series ’09)