SurvivorSeries: A Look Back at a Thanksgiving Tradition!

Matthew HesterSenior Writer INovember 25, 2009

As Thanksgiving dawns upon us soon, I am brought back with a flood of memories as a child. Who can forget watching dad carve the Thanksgiving turkey? I also think back to the times where all of us kids would gather at the table with the adults and we would enjoy dinner together.  Afterwards I would watch football with my dad and grandpa, and watch as they would yell at the TV after the ref would blow another call. The one other tradition that I always appreciated was the Survivor Series.

Probably the main reason I enjoyed it was because it was one of the few PPV’s my mom would let me order. You see kiddies, back then we only had 6 PPV’s a year. So getting to order one was a very special event for me.

The history of the Survivor Series is very rich with traditions. Some may not remember this, but the Survivor Series used to be shown on Thanksgiving. It was a special treat for all us rastlin fans. It was moved to Sundays four or five years later.

We would see many firsts come out of this PPV. It was the first time we would have a PPV based around 5 on 5 elimination matches. We saw some of the craziest teams formed for this event.

The first ever Survivor Series match pitted Randy Savage, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Steamboat,  Brutus Beefcake, and “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. The Honky Tonk Man, Hercules, Danny Davis, Harley Race, and the “Outlaw” Ron Bass. It was a treat for me and my friends to watch our favorite good guys take on our favorite bad guys.

Over the years we have seen many different teams duke it out. Some of my personal favorites were the silly teams. Watching team Doink in action was worth the price of the PPV alone. 

We also saw many firsts at the Survivor Series.  In 1990 we saw the birth of the one and only Undertaker. As most know, he went on to become one of the biggest stars in the business. Also born in the Survivor Series, was the first ever casket match. While I outgrew gimmick matches years ago, I still hold the first one dear to my heart.

During this thanksgiving tradition we were also treated to some unforgettable title matches. In 1991 we saw the Undertaker beat the Immortal Hulk Hogan to become the WWF champion. It was very short lived though, because he would lose it two days later.

The ones that stick out the most in my mind was the 1997 SurvivorSeries. In case some of your memories are a little rusty. That was when we would see history made in a match with Bret Hart and HBK. It is known by everyone today as the Montreal screw job.

These are only a few of the great moments in the history of the Survivor Series. I’m sure others may have their own particular favorites. I just thought it would be appropriate to spend a few minutes with you and pay tribute to this great PPV. Please feel free to share some of your own memories of this Thanksgiving tradition.