WWE Survivor Series 2012: This Year's Participants Compared to Stars of the Past

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WWE Survivor Series 2012: This Year's Participants Compared to Stars of the Past
Savage and Hogan, both reviewed in this article, at the inaugural Survivor Series event in 1988. (Credit: WWE.com)

With one of WWE's "big four" pay-per-views just around the corner, and dream matches from WWE '13 still fresh in the minds of most wrestling fans, I thought it may be appropriate to compare the records* of some of this year's Indianapolis-flavored Survivor Series participants with the Survivor Series records* of their sports entertainment counterparts of yesteryear.

Sure, we all know that stats can't predict much of anything in "legitimate" sports, much less a form of entertainment in which the outcome is predetermined. But that doesn't mean that we don't love to speculate how our current favorites would match up to the heroes of our youth. It doesn't mean that we don't enjoy the occasional walk down memory lane.

How does Cody Rhodes stand up against his brother Goldust? In the classic November pay-per-view, how does Dolph Ziggler compare to Mr. Perfect? How similar is the success of John Cena to that of Hulk Hogan? Will Wade Barrett ever measure up to The Rock? Does the record* of Jake Roberts come anywhere near that of the modern-day Viper? 

Join me as we compare 10 superstars already announced for Survivor Series 2012 to 10 superstars of the past.

Note: I must give a shout out to Olli Seppala and Tim Sillery. They pointed out some errors I had made; those errors have been corrected.

*For the purposes of presenting a Survivor Series record for each wrestler, I consider scoring a fall in a Survivor Series elimination match as a win (one in the win column for each fall a wrestler scores for his team), and being eliminated as a loss. If someone is a survivor without scoring a fall, they are awarded a victory; no additional win for someone who scores at least one fall and survives.

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