Hulk Hogan, Bam Bam Bigelow, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco and Ken Patera vs. Andre the Giant, Rick Rude, One Man Gang, Butch Reed and King Kong Bundy
Strike Force, the Killer Bees, the British Bulldogs, the Young Stallions and the Fabulous Rougeaus vs. The Hart Foundation, Demolition, the New Dream Team, the Islanders and the Bolsheviks
Rockin Robin, Fabulous Moolah, the Jumping Bomb Angels and Velvet McIntyre vs. Dawn Marie (not that one), Donna Christianello Sensational Sherri, Judy Martin and Leilani Kai
Brutus Beefcake, Jake Roberts, Jim Duggan, Randy Savage and Ricky Steamboat vs. Danny Davis, Harley Race, Hercules, Ron Bass and The Honky Tonk Man
Recipe for success
The inaugural Survivor Series card was one of the greatest cards ever put together by World Wrestling Entertainment because it featured talent from every level of competition.
Vince McMahon capitalized on the molten hot rivalry between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant by having them captain teams in the main event. The inclusion of giants King Kong Bundy and One Man Gang increased the odds facing Hogan's team while Orndorff, Muraco and Patera were established veterans who fans could buy as threats to the physically imposing heels. Bigelow, Rude and Reed filled out the teams nicely.
Tag team wrestling was at its height in WWE in the late-80s and it was celebrated with a match involving ten young, hungry, exciting teams. The Hart Foundation and the British Bulldogs had dominated the division throughout 1987 but the Killer Bees had been surging heading into the show and the inclusion of relative newcomers Demolition bore watching.
The promotion even spotlighted its female competitors, despite the depth of talented performers not being what it would be later on down the road.
The most interesting match on the card, from a booking perspective, was the night's opener.
Every major midcard rivalry was involved in a single match as some of the top babyfaces of the era banded together to square off with their most hated rivals.
The fact that Roberts, Savage and Steamboat were on the same team is stunning.