WWE: The Legacy of the Survivor Series
Take the momentum of WrestleMania III, and a mega feud between Hulk Hogan and Andre The Giant, and give them four partners each. What do you get?
The Survivor Series.
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon announced last week that WWE will no longer name its November pay-per-view event "Survivor Series", citing that the concept had run its course.
Upon hearing this, I was sad that one of the "Big Four" was going away. But after analyzing the situation, I realized that, like the ECW name, all good things must come to an end.
If you have been watching wrestling for a while, you are no doubt familiar with the Survivor Series.
The original concept pitted teams of five in an elimination tag match. Eventually that dwindled to four man teams, and in some cases to a three man team.
In recent years, however, the WWE has forgone the concept and instead opted to make it a regular pay-per-view event with single matches and a couple of tag matches. This process has rendered the name "Survivor Series" useless.
Some of my favorite moments came from this pay-per-view event: Undertaker's debut in 1990, the infamous Montreal Screwjob in 1997 that included the in-ring debut of Kane, the "Deadly Game" tournament in 1998, the conclusion of the INVASION angle in 2001, and of course the debut of the Elimination Chamber in 2002.
The Survivor Series is just another victim of the new era into which the WWE is embarking. It's one that I do not like, but that's for another day.
Truth be told, I rather let Survivor Series fade away than for the WWE to continue tarnishing the legacy of this great event.
So the Survivor Series goes; whatever replaces it will have big shoes to fill. But instead of an empty feeling, I look back and realize the one thing that will never fade away is the moments and matches that defined the event.
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