WWE Survivor Series 2012: B/R Corre's Dream Teams
Welcome to the first article by Bleacher Report’s Corre.
We are a group of seasoned and new writers who, like WWEs Corre, have no leader.
In less than 48 hours, the 26th anniversary of Survivor Series will be live from Indianapolis, Ind.
Survivor Series carries a tradition of matches consisting of four or five member teams competing against one another in an elimination style contest.
If you could put together any five wrestlers, dead or alive, who would you choose?
How would they fare at the November classic, Survivor Series?
Let’s take a look at the teams that each member of Bleacher Report’s Corre came up with.
GSM's Dream Team: New Breed
As the former head honcho of both Nexus and Corre, Wade Barrett is the perfect Superstar in today's age to lead a group of young, hungry, rising stars to victory.
He's done so in the past apart of both Nexus and Corre, but is currently embarking on a road where he walks alone.
Barrett was a Survivor Series captain last year as well and emerged victorious alongside Cody Rhodes after lastly eliminating Randy Orton.
That being said, there's no doubt in my mind that Barrett would excel in his role as a Survivor Series captain once again this time around.
Since 2008, Cody Rhodes has competed in a total of four Survivor Series matches, having won two of them alongside his former mentor Randy Orton (2008) and Wade Barrett (2011).
His extensive experience in tag teams with Hardcore Holly, Ted DiBiase, and Damien Sandow ensure that Rhodes can work well with others.
The self-proclaimed Mr. November is very likely to be one of the last man standing in this survival of the fittest.
Although he's only competed in one Survivor Series elimination matchup thus far and came up short, that doesn't make Ted DiBiase any less of a key player in the New Breed.
Similar to his father, DiBiase is a well-rounded Superstar that has proven since his WWE debut in 2008 that he can be successful in both singles and tag team competition.
Who knows, maybe this multi-generation star can buy his way to victory.
Sure, Michael McGillicutty hasn't been much of a breakout star since debuting on WWE NXT in 2010, but this can be his opportunity to make an impact.
Similar to his teammates Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, McGillicutty is also a son of a WWE Hall of Famer that is simply looking his chance to shine.
He's been involved in tag teams with both Husky Harris and David Otunga in recent years, having won the WWE Tag Team Championship on one occasion as well.
Look for McGillicutty to be the wild card in this matchup.
Although he'll be leading his own Survivor Series stable this Sunday, he'd make an excellent addition to this dream team as well.
Of all the stars on the New Breed, Ziggler is the closest to breaking through the glass ceiling in the WWE via his Money in the Bank briefcase.
Being one of the best pure wrestlers in WWE today, Ziggler's agile abilities are undoubtedly needed on the team.
With wrestling being only the fifth best thing he does, he's a natural and necessary pick for the fifth member of New Breed.
What doesn't this dream team aquire?
With Wade Barrett as the leader, Dolph Ziggler being the quick competitor he is, the storied Survivor Series past of Cody Rhodes, the manipulative mindset of Ted DiBiase, and the ruthless aggression and unpredictability of Michael McGillictty, it's needless to say that New Breed would be walking out of Survivor Series as valiant victors.
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Jay's Dream Team: Allied Superpowers
Captain: Hulk Hogan
The Ultimate Warrior
Macho Man Randy Savage
Bret “Hitman” Hart
“All American” Lex Luger
I will forever think of the Survivor Series as a fun, Thanksgiving tradition that took place every year throughout my childhood in the late 80s and early 90s.
When looking back at those years, there were many wrestlers that I loved, and this team is a true “Dream Team” of wrestlers from the early years of Survivor Series.
Hulk Hogan would be the natural team captain because of his pure dominance. Nobody could stop The Hulkster—except for his first pick on the team.
The Ultimate Warrior competed in four different Survivor Series matches from 1988-90 including the “Grand Finale Match of Survival” in 1990. Each and every time, The Ultimate Warrior survived.
Not many people had more success than “Macho Man” Randy Savage in the early years of the Survivor Series.
Savage survived during his first three Survivor Series matches and was victorious over Ric Flair and Razor Ramon at Survivor Series 1992 with his partner, Mr. Perfect.
The final two picks were making waves in wrestling when their superpower teammates were moving away from the ring. Bret Hart and Lex Luger took the World Wrestling Federation by storm in the early 90s.
While Lex Luger only competed in two Survivor Series Matches, but was the sole survivor during his run in 1993 as the “All American.”
While the ship sailed quickly on Lex Luger’s WWF push during the mid 90s, there is no denying the effect he had on the company during this time.
Bret Hart competed at every Survivor Series from 1987-97, 10 years of Survivor Series events!
Bret defended the World Wrestling Federation Championship in 1992, in 1997 against Shawn Michaels and in 1994 against Bob Backlund. Bret Hart defeated Diesel in 1995 to become World Wrestling Federation Champion.
These five men have cemented their legacies in wrestling history in their own ways, but if you put them on the same team, there is no doubt that they would defeat any team in history.
Adrian's Dream Team: The Colossus of Clouts
The Colossus of Clouts: Shawn Michaels, Brothers of Destruction, Jeff Hardy, Kurt Angle
These wrestlers are a part of my team is because they have been tag-team champions at least once in their career and when you put them together, each athlete covers one of the basic styles of wrestling:
The Showstopper is considered to be the greatest wrestler of all time.
Despite holding the record for the most Survivor Series losses (10), "Mr. WrestleMania" has given us passionate, exciting, and entertaining performances.
Michaels is used to being a good teammate considering his major role in Degeneration-X.
The Heart-Break Kid shares the record of most Survivor Series appearances (17).
The Phenom is best known for his 20-0 record at WrestleMania, he also holds the record for the most wins at Survivor Series (12).
The Dead Man and his brother Kane have won three major tag-team titles, their chemistry will help tremendously in a Survivor Series elimination match.
Taker is one of the most well respected and knowledgeable wrestlers to ever step foot into a WWE ring.
Look for Taker to be one of the survivors.
The Big Red Machine (7'0" tall) is two inches taller than Taker, so he is considered to be the big man in this team.
As seen above, Kane and Taker have great chemistry since they are "brothers" and they've been tag team champions on numerous occasions.
Kane would bring a powerful and dominant presence to this team.
The Extreme Enigma is the greatest daredevil in wrestling today. Hardy can put on top notch matches and is an overwhelming fan favorite.
He is a seven-time tag team champion and has given us many memories during his time in WWE. With a high-flyer on the team, their is a sense of randomness and unpredictability.
Considering he has been WWE and World Heavyweight Champion before, he knows how to perform on a big stage, just like all of his team members.
The American hero made one of the quickest impacts, since debuting, in WWE history. Taz isn't the human suplex machine, Angle is.
Angle has been a WWE Champion and he works best by himself, but, he has also won a WWE Tag-Team Championship as well.
Angles grappling, ground, and submission skills will play a large part in this match. Look for Angle to be one of the survivors.
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Seth’s Dream Team: Rocky Rockin' Rockers
Team Captain: The Rock
Other Members: Brock Lesnar, Ken Shamrock and the Rockers (Shawn Michaels & Marty Jannetty)
The captain of my team is the eyebrow raising, trail blazin’ great one. With an impressive winning record at Survivor Series, Dwayne Johnson’s career took off starting with the 1996 event.
He was the sole survivor of his team which also included Marc Mero, "The Stalker" and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
The People’s Champion instantly became the Corporate Champion in a Montreal Screwjob-esque situation at the 1998 Survivor Series.
The most electrifying man in sports entertainment is an obvious choice for captain as he led the WWF team to victory over the Alliance to destroy them once and for all.
If it weren’t for my captain, WCW may still be around—just kidding.
Despite having a less than impressive 0-2 record at Survivor Series, Lesnar is a behemoth with some memorable moments at the annual November classic.
In 2002, Paul Heyman betrayed Lesnar and helped Big Show win.
However, Show will help Heyman and Lesnar a year later defeat Team Angle.
Lesnar’s brute strength helps the Rock and the other Rocky Rockin' Rockers defeat anyone who gets in our way.
While in WWE, between 1997 and 1999, Shamrock established a record of 2-1 in Survivor Series matches.
In his first year, Shamrock was the sole survivor of his team, which included Ahmed Johnson and the Legion of Doom.
In his second year at Survivor Series, Shamrock defeated Goldust in the first round of the WWE Championship tournament, but went on to lose to the eventual winner the Rock. Hence the 2-1 in just two years of action.
When you think about survival, what comes to mind? Danger?
Well, the man once referred to as the World’s Most Dangerous Man is a must have on any successful Survivor Series team.
The Heartbreak Kid may have the most number of losses at Survivor Series (10), but Michaels’ experience at the annual event is certainly historic.
While with the Rockers, Michaels headlined his first pay-per-view for WWE in a four on four elimination match in the main event of the 1989 Survivor Series.
Eight years later, Shawn Michaels would be a part of the most famous incident in professional wrestling known as the Montreal Screwjob.
No need to go into detail about it. If you don’t know about it, google immediately (after reading this).
Despite the controversy, Michaels was awarded the WWE Championship that night, but it wasn’t his only championship victory at Survivor Series.
In 2002, WWE held the first ever Elimination Chamber match, which saw HBK win the World Heavyweight Championship.
As my favorite wrestler of all time, Shawn Michaels is certainly a rocker and a must have on my Survivor Series dream team.
Although he was not the most successful WWE superstar, Survivor Series 1991 was the beginning of the end of Jannetty and the Rockers.
It was then that Marty accidentally kicked Shawn Michaels and caused him to be eliminated.
This incident led to the famous Barbershop segment where Shawn Michaels turned heel and attacked Jannetty.
However, in 1993, Jannetty and the 1-2-3 Kid were the survivors of their team, which included Razor Ramon and Macho Man Randy Savage. Bet you never thought those two would have been the survivors.
All of these Rocky Rockin' Rockers have proven that they have the skills, talent and drive to survive.
With their captain, the Rock, this team would certainly steal the show and put all other teams to rest. No damage can be done to this team, similar to the game rock, paper, scissors.
Scissors cut paper leaving it useless. A rock would certainly destroy scissors, taking away their use.
What happens to the rock?
A paper covers it?
No structural damage. You can’t destroy the rock.
You can’t destroy the Rocky Rockin' Rockers!
It’s been Me. It’s been Me. It’s been the G-U-DOUBLE T!
With so many traditions associated with Survivor Series, the Bleacher Report's new faction, the Corre, have been anything but traditional.
From Graham's New Breed to Jay's Allied Superpowers to Adrian's Colossus of Clouts to Seth's Rocky Rockin' Rockers, you find a mix of old with new.
Would you prefer Graham's New Breed of the current up and coming superstars? Jay's Allied Superpowers of the top stars of the 1980s and 90s? Adrian's mix of superstars from the attitude era? Or Seth's mix of nuts?
Thank you to Graham, Adrian and Jay for collaborating with me on this project. Everyone did a fantastic job creating very impressive Survivor Series teams.
Please leave your comments regarding your opinion on each team, which team you think is the best and create your own team in the section below.
Seth Guttenplan is a teacher by day, writer by night. In addition to being a Bleacher Report writer, Seth is the owner of GuTTWrenchPowerBlog.com and a host for ProWrestlingPowerhouse.com Radio. To read more from Seth, follow him on Twitter (@sethgutt) and visit http://guttwrenchpowerblog.com
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