November 2016 marked the 30th installment of the WWE’s Survivor Series. In this annual pay-per-view event, teams consisting of some of the most electrifying and entertaining wrestlers in the WWE, compete against each other in elimination matches. Wrestling fans have seen many teams come and go, but only a few of them stand out as the most dominating and captivating Survivor Series teams we’ve ever seen. Here are just a few of our favorites.
15. Bertha Faye, Aja Kong, Lioness Asuka & Tomoko Watanabe
The second match at the 1995 Survivor Series was a four-on-four women’s elimination. Bertha Faye, Aja Kong, Tomoko Watanabe, and Lioness Asuka teamed up to battle against WWF women’s champs Alundra Blayze, Kyoko Inoue, Sakie Hasegawa, and Chaparita Asari. This was the WWE’s attempt at bringing some hype to their women’s division, and although the idea didn’t catch on, this team of powerhouse women wrestlers put on quite a show, that ended with Faye and her team completely demolishing Blayze’s crew.
14. André the Giant, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed & Rick Rude
To capitalize off of the success and popularity of Andre the Giant’s feud with Hulk Hogan, the WWE teamed the 7’4″ titan with One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed, and Rick Rude for the 1987 Survivor Series main event. It takes more than strength and size to come out victorious, but Andre’s team of behemoth partners gave Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, Ken Patera, and Bam Bam Bigelow a beating they just couldn’t handle. Bigelow was the last man standing on his team, and he was no match when left to defend himself against Bundy and One Man Gang.
13. Shawn Michaels, Sycho Sid, Ahmed Johnson & British Bulldog
This Wildcard match in 1995 put together some unlikely players, who would’ve never fought together if they weren’t forced to do so. This four-man team was full of charisma, led by Shawn Michaels, who made his long-awaited return after getting his butt handed to him in a bar brawl in North Syracuse. This was Michaels way of redeeming himself, and Ahmed Johnson, Sycho Sid, and British Bulldog, were brought in for good measure. The team of enemies worked well together – much better than anyone could’ve ever imagined.
12. Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior & Tito Santana
In this 1990 Survivor Series elimination match, Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, and Tito Santana, squared up against Ted DiBiase, Rick Martel, The Warlord, and Power and Glory. This grand finale matchup was something viewers had never seen before – a 3-on-5 matchup that was beyond entertaining. Santana was eliminated early on after falling victim to a hotshot and a pinfall dealt by DiBiase. That left just Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior to fend for themselves. This could have easily been billed as a 2-on-5 match, because Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior proved that together they could crush the competition. Warrior ended the match with a Warrior Splash to eliminate the Hercules of Power and Glory, and take home the win.
11. Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, John Cena, Hardcore Holly & Bradshaw
The first matchup in the 2003 Survivor Series consisted of Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, John Cena, Hardcore Holly, and Bradshaw against Brock Lesnar, The Big Show, Matt Morgan, Nathan Jones, and A-Train. Holly was eliminated from the series early on, after pushing a referee before the match, but even with one man down Team Angle wasn’t too concerned. Within the first 30 seconds, Bradshaw got the team off to a good start with a Clothesline from Hell, that sent A-Train packing. But karma came back around when Bradshaw was eliminated with a Chokeslam dealt by The Big Show.
Then, it was Angle’s time to shine and carry the weight of his team on his back. He eliminated Morgan and Jones, but eventually fell to Lesnar after a brutal F-5. Thankfully, Team Angle had some extra tricks up its sleeves in the form of Cena and Benoit, who closed out the match with a chain shot and a FU.
10. Lex Luger, The Undertaker, The Steiner Brothers
During almost 30 minutes of an action-packed battle, Lex Luger, the Undertaker, and Rick and Scott of The Steiner Brothers, matched up against Yokozuna, Ludvig Borga, Quebecer Jacques, and Crush. Dubbed The All-Americans vs. The Foreign Fanatics, the 1993 match started off a bit shaky for Luger and his crew, when Rick was eliminated after getting pinned by Borga. Scott got revenge for his brother’s elimination by executing a superplex on Borga, but Yokozuna stepped in with a leg drop that pinned Scott. As the battle raged on, Luger and The Undertaker showed their prowess before Luger performed a forearm smash against Borga to finish out the match.
9. Chris Jericho, Christian, Randy Orton, Mark Henry, Scott Steiner
Team Bischoff (Chris Jericho, Christian, Randy Orton, Scott Steiner, and Mark Henry) went up against Team Austin (Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Bubba Ray Dudley, and D-Von Dudley) for a 5-on-5 matchup at Survivor Series 2003. This was an intense battle, and Team Bischoff proved they weren’t going home without a fight. They completely dominated the entire match, resulting in Orton pinning Michaels, making himself the sole survivor and taking home the win.
8. Men on a Mission and The Bushwhackers
At the 1993 Survivor Series, Luke and Butch of The Bushwhackers teamed up with Men on a Mission, to defeat Bam Bam Bigelow, Bastion Booger, and The Headshrinkers. If anything, this matchup was entertaining simply because of the comical clown makeup. This team completely pummeled their competition, ending with Mabel, Mo, Luke, and Butch crushing Bigelow in an epic dogpile.
7. The Big Show, The Rock, Kane, The Undertaker, and Chris Jericho
Marketed around The Invasion, one of the biggest storylines detailing the purchase of the WCW by the WWF, Team Alliance (Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, Shane McMahon, and Kurt Angle) teamed up to battle Team WWF (The Big Show, The Rock, Kane, The Undertaker, and Chris Jericho) in the 2001 Survivor Series match. The teams were strong and powerful and there was a lot at stake, since the losing team would be forced to be unbranded. Team WWF took home the win in the 5-on-5 match, stripping The Rock of his WCW Championship.
6. The Powers of Pain, The Rockers, The Hart Foundation, The Young Stallions, The British Bulldogs
In 1988, the second Survivor Series match featured a 10-on-10 hodgepodge of some of the most popular and fan-favorite contenders. The Powers of Pain (The Warlord and The Barbarian) teamed up with The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty), The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid), The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart), and The Young Stallions (Paul Roma and Jim Powers), against The Demolition (Ax and Smash), The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard), The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov), The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques and Raymond Rougeau), and Los Conquistadores. Some of the best face-painted tag teams were pitted against each other in a type of brawl that wrestling fans haven’t experienced since.
5. Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, The Dudley Boyz
Despite losing the battle, we couldn’t complete this list without the powerhouse team of Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam, Booker T, and The Dudley Boyz from Survivor Series 2003. Sure, the team got completely demolished in the ring, but a squad full of Hall of Famers deserves some recognition. Michaels single-handedly owned two of his competitors on Team Bischoff, Christian and Chris Jericho, with a Sweet Chin Music and a showstopping cradle.
4. Ted Dibiase, The Undertaker, Rhythm and Blues
In 1990, the Survivor Series brought together The Million Dollar Team (Ted Dibiase, The Undertaker, and Rhythm and Blues) to compete against the Dream Team (Dusty Rhodes, Koko B. Ware, Bret Hart, and Jim Neidhart). This turned into a pretty unfair matchup when DiBiase presented Hart with a flying body press, that made the Million Dollar Team victorious.
3. Batista, Rey Mysterio, John Bradshaw, Bobby Lashley, & Randy Orton
Things went horribly wrong for Team Smackdown (Batista, Rey Mysterio, John Bradshaw, Bobby Lashley, and Randy Orton) at the start of Survivor Series 2005. Matched up against Team Raw (Shawn Michaels, Kane, The Big Show, Carlito, and Chris Masters), Lashley was eliminated early on after receiving a chokeslam from Kane. Team Raw completely dominated up until Orton stepped in with an RKO that brought the crowd to its feet.
2. The Big Show
If you ever wanted to experience one man completely dominating and executing a brutal beating in the ring, look no further than The Big Show’s fight during Survivor Series 1999. The Triple Threat match pitted Big Show against Triple H and The Rock – three of the most entertaining wrestlers to ever step foot inside the ring. After Triple H and The Rock teamed up on The Big Show, he delivered an elbow and leg drop to Triple H, after giving The Rock a beating near the press table. Big Show came out victorious in one of the most impressive one-man shows we’ve ever seen.
1. Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho & Maven
The main matchup during Survivor Series 2004 was the thrilling and dramatic 4-on-4 fight between Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, and Maven, versus Triple H, Edge, Batista, and Snitsky. Everyone believed Triple H’s team would take home the win, especially after Edge completely pummeled Jericho with a spear. But in the end, Orton did his team proud by delivering RKOs to both Edge and Triple H in the last two minutes of the match.
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