This Sunday would be the 31st version of WWE Survivor Series. It was the second WWE pay-per-view occasion after WrestleMania with the primary Survivor Series occasion happening on November 26, 1987 in Richfield, Ohio. In the early years of the present, Survivor Series happened both on Thanksgiving night time within the United States, which meant a Thursday night time in late November or generally on Thanksgiving Eve. By the time the 1990s rolled round, it turned a Sunday pay-per-view as a result of WWE realized that their followers had been used to ordering reveals on a Sunday night time slightly than another day of the week.
What’s all the time been distinctive about Survivor Series is that the playing cards have been made up of elimination tag matches beginning with the primary present in 1987 and almost yearly since. I say almost yearly as a result of as you’ll see on this rankings, two of the higher reveals ever didn’t have a standard elimination match. These elimination matches began off as 5-on-5 matches, then they turned Four-on-Four matches and WWE has gone again to the 5-on-5 format as an everyday factor.
Ranking each Survivor Series occasion isn’t simple, however I really feel certified to do it as a result of I reviewed all of them on my web site final yr. I’ll let you realize the perfect match and most memorable second from each present, so if you happen to really feel like re-watching one thing you’ll know the place to look if you happen to don’t have a variety of time.
If I needed to rank Survivor Series amongst WWE’s “big four” I’d put WrestleMania first, SummerSlam second, Royal Rumble and Survivor Series in a distant fourth. It’s simply not as interesting as the opposite three, however there’s a nostalgic feeling about it yearly, so I’m glad WWE saved it round regardless that they thought of ditching it within the late 2000s.
Survivor Series can also be a present the place “legends” like Ludvig Borga and Maven can say they headlined one in every of WWE’s largest reveals of the yr. I want I used to be joking. Let’s get to the rankings.