Brett Mix’s- WWF “Survivor Series 1990” Review
“The speculating is all over!…Stand back..stand back…that Egg is ready to blow! One can wonder who it is INSIDE….-” –Mean Gene Okerlund
-WWF “Survivor Series 1990” took place on Thanksgiving Day, November 22nd, 1990 at the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut in front of 16,000 fans.
-This was the 4th Annual Survivor Series event.
-This event This Survivor Series saw the WWF debut of The Undertaker who went on to become WWF Champion in the next Survivor Series one year later, and the infamous debut of the Gobbledy Gooker, which many people consider the worst gimmick of all time. In addition, Sgt. Slaughter – who was then using an Iraqi sympathizer heel gimmick – delivered a promo where he insulted servicemen stationed in Iraq for Thanksgiving during Operation Desert Shield.
-Gorilla Monsoon and Roddy Piper did commentary for the event.
-Shane Douglas defeated Buddy Rose in dark match before the event.
-Now onto the PPV……………
1) Opening Contest- The Warriors (The Ultimate Warrior, The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal), and The Texas Tornado) vs The Perfect Team (Mr. Perfect and Demolition (Ax, Smash, and Crush) (with Bobby Heenan and Mr. Fuji) in a Four on Four Survivor Series Elimination Match
The event begins with the man it ended with last year, that is of course the Ultimate Warrior.
Team Captain for the heels is the man just like DiBiase that should of got a title reign, Mr. Perfect.
Animal and Smash begin as the two slug it out. Ax tags in.
Eventually the inevitable happens and you guessed it, with all that momentum in comes The Ultimate Warrior with the hot tag early.
The first elimination came at 3:23 when Ultimate eliminated Ax after a Splash.
Crush dropped the warrior after Smash got slammed immediately after Ax was eliminated. Yeah I think I got that right, I know my Demolition, a personal favourite team of mine.
Crush takes over from here on the Warrior.
Hawk comes in and so does Perfect and and the power game continues.
Eventually it essentially becomes LOD versus Demolition. Two similar teams. Hennig gets brief tags but these teams go back and forth.
At 7:36 both the LOD and Demolition were eliminated for brawling inside the ring.
Both teams obviously frustrated with the decision but they took up the bulk of the match anyhow, high intensity.
Now it is two lunatics in Von Erich and the Warrior against Perfect. Heenanb by his side.
Mr. Perfect was getting a big rub here.
At first the Texas Tornado took Hennig apart. Heenan helped on the outside until warrior broke it up.
Perfect regained some lost momentum and hit Von Erich with a high knee.
At 11:02 Perfect eliminated Von Erich after a Perfect Plex.
Mr. Perfect and the warrior were left.
Perfet Plex! Perfect and Heenan are both irate that it was just a two count.
Exciting moments here.
Perfect obviously fatigued but kept up on warrior with constant kicks.
After a ton of back and forth climatic action the match is over and the crowd pop.
In the end at 14:20 the fans went wild when Perfect was finally eliminated by warrior after a splash.
The remaining survivor was once against the seemingly unstoppable Ultimate warrior.
This match serves as a fine opener, great tag feud with Demolition and the LOD. Also Hennig and Ultimate warrior.
2) The Million $ Team (Ted DiBiase, The Undertaker, and Rhythm & Blues (The Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine)) (with Virgil, Jimmy Hart, and Brother Love) vsThe Dream Team (Dusty Rhodes, Koko B. Ware, and The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart)
DiBiase had a main event and this match on the night.
Here he introduced a guy by the name of the Undertaker.
Fun Fact: DiBiase also introduced another legend to the company. His name is Steve Austin, you may have heard of him.
It is very interesting watching Taker coming out twenty years after this happened.
They knew he would be something but no one could predict the success Mark would eventually have.
The match began with Taker and Bret. It is pretty interesting Hart was the first guy to wrestle Undertaker and right away he is choked out by Mean Mark.
Anvil comes in and is slammed down. He has had enough.
Koko in now.
The first elimination came when Taker scored his first pinfall ever after his tombstone at 1:39 eliminating Hall of Famer Koko B. Ware…..yeah…Hall of Famer…
Bret tried his best to take apart Taker with shoulderblocks and all he got was an evil stare from the Deadman.
Valentine with dark hair goes at it with Rhodes. Dusty tags in the Anvil.
Neidhart tags in Bret and he works with Valentine for a bit, I could watch these two go at it all day. Valentine has Hart down and Honky Tonk kicks at Bret.
Eventually Bret takes it to him and tags in his partner Neidhart.
Neidhart took out Honkytonk at 4:16 after a Powerslam.
The third elimination came at 5:49 in this match came when The Million Dollar Man eliminated Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart after outside assistance from Virgil.
Bret came in and kicked away at the Million Dollar Man. Rhodes then took it to DiBiase.
Million Dollar Man knew he needed help so he went back to the Deadman and the fans “Ooooohhhed and awwwww’d”.
Taker eliminated Rhodes after a double axe handle off the top ropes at 8:26.
Bret again tried to take apart Taker but he choked him out viciously in the corner. Great creepy image of the debut of Undertaker.
Taker didn’t lose officially but he was eliminated for chasing the American Dream at 9:17.
A lot of action taking place now.
The Hitman eliminated the Hammer after a Figure four Leg lock attempt countered into a small package was applied successfully at 9:57.
Good closing moments with the Two best workers in the match, Hart and DiBiase.
In the end at 13:54 DiBiase put out Bret Hart after a powerslam.
Ted DiBiase (Million $ Team) were the Survivor’s.
This match is significant and has an impressive climax. A great Series match.
3) The Visionaries (Rick Martel, The Warlord, Power and Glory (Hercules and Paul Roma) (with Slick) vs The Vipers (Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka, and The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty)
The match began with Jannetty and Warlord. He avoided him with his advantage, the quickness. Eventually Marty springboarded came in and dropkicked warlord until he pushed his legs out of the way.
Jannetty continually impressing by avoding any moves. The Rockers worked some magic here. Martel tagged in. Martel worked on Michaels.
Shawn tags in Jake the Snake and Roma didn’t look enthused. Snake lands a hard shot on him. Snuka tags in and danced with warlord until tagging in the quicker Marty.
At 5:03 the first elimination of the match occurs when Jannetty was put out after a powerslam.
Michaels continued to impress until Roberts tagged in and took on warlord himself.
Roma kicks at Michaels now. A backbreakter to the future Showstopper. Michaels bumps hard into the corner flipping over making Roma look better then heactually is. Eventually
Martel comes in and runs into the post shoulder first.
Snuka tags in as Michaels moves over.
Next Martel eliminated Snuka with an inside cradle at 9:28. The place goes crazy.
The Snake comes in still blinded from that great angle in one eye. He looks around. Hercules goes fora backdrop but Roberts takes care of him for the most part.
Michaels comes back in.
Hercules works him over for a couple of minutes and does a good job of isolating the remaining Rocker in their corner. Martel with an abdominal stretch. Hercules slams Michaels sitting him down and hits a superplex.
Roma eliminated HBK after a Powerplex at 15:40.
HBK did what he could.
In the end at 17:42 the Vipers got Jake “The Snake” Roberts counted out.
The Survivor’s were Rick Martel, The Warlord, Roma, & Hercules (The Visionaries)
This match was all about putting Michaels over even though he lost, and it worked. Pretty good material here.
4) The Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan, Jim Duggan, The Big Boss Man, and Tugboat) vs The Natural Disasters (Earthquake, Haku, Dino Bravo, and The Barbarian) (with Jimmy Hart and Bobby Heenan)
Bossman is finally on a babyface team.
The match began with Duggan and he did the work on Haku and the Barbarian till Traylor came in.
Bossman takes out Haku first after a powerslam at 5:03.
Heenan takes his usual bump for the crowd’s delifght. Barbarian scoops up the Bossman twice and then coming off the top goes for an elbow drop and missed as he took his time.
Duggan comes in and hits a backdrop to Barbarian who tagged in Bravo then Quake and he lands a clothesline.
The next elimination comes at 6:12 when Hacksaw Disqualified after hitting Earthquake with a 2×4.
Hulk Hogan came in for the fans and he tore apart the Earthquake. Hogan rakes the face of uake and he slams him. The crowd eat it up. Hogan hits a clothesline. Quake then slams
Hogan down in the middle of the ring. Bravo tags in.
Dino drops an elbow not once but twice to Hogan as the fans chant his name.
Hogan gets rid of Bravo at 7:59 after a small package.
Hogan tags in Bossman which Piper on commentary said would be the smart thing to do. Quake dazed though picks up Bossman in mid-air after a flying crossbody and Bossman landed on top of him getting a two. From the outside Barbarian hit Bossman and Quake splashed on Bossman.
Bossman is elimnated at 9:08 after an elbow drop by Earthquake.
Hogan put up a big boot on Quake followed it up with some power moves. Hogan is still able to make the tag.
Next Tugboat and Tenta were counted out at at 11:33 and were both eliminated.
Hogan and the Barbarian are the onlly two men left. Barbarian does the typical beatdown on the Hulkster for a bit until he is beaten outside the ring. Barbarian headbutted Hogan. Barbarian set him up fo a Piledriver and he got half of him getting a two count.
Both men collide and a double clothesline breaks out.
Barbarian dominated till Hogan got his supporters to help him battle through. Hogan hulks up and you can guess what happens next.
In the end at 14:49 Hogan put The Barbarian out to become victorious.
The Survivor ended up being Hogan.
This match is the weakest in the history of the event to this point. It wasn’t awful or anything but it was definitely a “hurry up, lets finish” type feel and not a lot of quality.
5) The Alliance (Nikolai Volkoff, Tito Santana, and The Bushwhackers (Luke Williams and Butch Miller) vs The Mercenaries (Sgt. Slaughter, Boris Zhukov, and The Orient Express (Sato and Tanaka)) (with Mr. Fuji and General Adnan)
The match begins.
The first elimination came when Zhukov was hit with a flying forearm from Santana almost immediately.
Next Butch eliminated Sato with a Battering Ram at 1:46.
Some solid action occurs throughout.
Santana eliminated Tanaka with a flying forearm at 2:13 after some help with the Bushwhackers.
Slaughter comes in and Santana taks in Volkoff.
At 5:25 Slaughter dropped an elbow Volkoff eliminating him after doing some damage.
The next elimination came when Slaughter took out Luke with a gutbuster at 6:30.
Slaughter took out the next Bushwhacker Butch at 6:53 after a clothesline.
The final pieces left in the match were Santana and Slaughter.
Chico kept fighting back on Slaughter.
The Survivor is Tito Santana after a Disqualification after Adnan hit Santana with the Iraq flag at 10:52.
This match was much worse then the last. No action, no nothing.
6) Main Event- The team of Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, and Tito Santana vs The team of Ted DiBiase, Rick Martel, The Warlord, and Power and Glory (Hercules and Paul Roma) (with Virgil and Slick)
Hmmm, Heels vs Babyfaces. Pretty creative thinking, but then again this is the same event that featured the Gooker afterall.
Some bad matches to boot, hopefully they end this show on a positive note.
The match began with Chico and Warlord.
The first elimination came at 0:28 when Santana eliminated warlord with a flying forearm.
DiBiase is fighting off Santana who whipped DiBiase into the corner and missed a flying forearm, DiBiase very clever had it scouted.
Next at 1:51 The Million Dollar eliminated Chico after a hotshot.
Now we have Hulk and DiBiase. Fans eat it up as Hogan delivers right hands. Hogan is clotheslined by DiBiase and in comes Hercules who does more work on Hogan.
Hogan got the crowd support and fought back. Roma is in trouble now.
Roma went out after a basic clothesline by the Hulkster, but then again it was Hulk. This occurred at 5:57.
Hogan and Ultimate beat on Martel until he runs into a boot and is clotheslined in a sloppy way through the ropes. He walks to the back.
Next the Model Rick Martel was counted out at 7:17. Fans booed. Monsoon and Piper on commentary called him a coward.
Million Dollar man squared up again with Hogan.
Hogan hit the legdrop on DiBiase!
So Hulk Hogan eliminated the Million Dollar Man at 8:30 after his legdrop.
It’s down to Hogan and Ultimate against the mighty and late Herc.
In the end at 9:07 Hulk Hogan & Ultimate Warrior (The Face Team) are the winners after a warrior splash on Hercules.
This match is very basic and proved the only thing the Federation cared about was sending the fans home happy with it’s two biggest babyfaces celebrating. Instead of a quality match we get more average material.
Final Rating for WWF Survivor Series 1990 = 4.5/10
This show was such a let-down compared to all the others earlier on, and the Gooker had nothing to do with it but certainly THAT didn’t help matters. Mediocre to bad matches with one great one, and one good opener. One of the worst Series events after one of the best, which is a shame.