From the inception of Survivor Series back in 1987 through 1997, WWE's November classic featured almost exclusively elimination tag team matches. The amount of competitors differed from year to year, but the traditional Survivor Series match was a staple that many fans grew to love.
During the Attitude Era, however, the WWE got away from that and treated Survivor Series like any other pay-per-view. It is still considered one of the the company's "Big Four" events, but it has lost its mystique in the eyes of many. For the past several years, there has only been one traditional Survivor Series match on the card and that appears to be the case once again this year.
A potentially great elimination match was in place with CM Punk leading a team against Mick Foley's squad, but that was nixed in order to put Punk in a WWE Championship match against Ryback and John Cena. The match has since been reworked, but now it is merely another match on the card rather than the main attraction.
I realize that it may never happen again, but I long for the days when Survivor Series had elimination matches and nothing else. With that said, I decided to put together an entire card of traditional Survivor Series matches that the WWE could have potentially used for the event in just over a week.
My main event will be a five-on-five match with the rest being four-on-four due to the general lack of depth on the current roster. Without further ado, here is how I would pay homage to the history of Survivor Series in 2012.