WWE Survivor Series Preview: The 10 Greatest Teams Ever
Survivor Series 2007 Promotional Poster Featuring The Undertaker and Batista
For more than 20 years, the WWE present to the fans the traditional November pay-per-view called Survivor Series. Year after year, they have put together teams of four or five wrestlers to battle in classic tag-team elimination matches.
More than 100 teams have been assembled, for the best and for the worst. If most of the teams were made of one or two main eventers mixed with mid-card wrestlers, some teams were pure greatness and some teams were just awful.
In the following slideshow, I have picked the 10 teams I consider the best ever. To make it on the list, there must be no weak link on the team and only top quality wrestlers are in. Now, let's see which team is the best.
10. The Miz, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, and Jack Swagger (2009)
This team could be called "The New Generation". All members on that team are young and they represent the future of WWE. They all won at least one Championship.
The Miz is a four-time Tag Team Champion and he won the US Title twice. He won the Money In The Bank in July 2010 and he did not cash the contract yet so he is certainly a future World Champion.
He is a rising star and nothing should stop him on his way to the top. He improved a lot in the last year and he has undeniable in-ring abilities as well as great mic skills.
Drew McIntyre is a former Tag Team and Intercontinental Champion. He is a great heel who made his mark with his brutal style and his savage assaults outside the ring. He still have a lot to learn, but he has a huge potential.
Sheamus is a two-time WWE Champion and he won his first Title against none other than John Cena. He is establishing himself as a top powerhouse heel on Raw and he has a bright future.
Dolph Ziggler slowly climbed the ladder in WWE, but he is on the right path. He is the current Intercontinental Champion and, if he keeps going, he can become very big in WWE with his great aggressive technical style.
Jack Swagger is currently stale, but he is a former ECW Champion and he won the World Heavyweight Champion after he cashed the Wrestlemania 26 Money In The Bank contract. He is a complete wrestler, with an outstanding combination of tecnhical and powerhouse styles.
The five young guns were called "Team Miz" and they defeated "Team Morrison" (John Morrison, Matt Hardy, Evan Bourne, Shelton Benjamin, and Finlay)
9. Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson, The British Bulldog, and Sycho Sid (1995)
A good mix of agility (Michaels), powerhouse (Johnson and Bulldog) and monster (Sid) styles.
HBK doesn't need presentation.
Ahmed Johnson was a big draw from 1995 until he suddenly disappeared from WWF in 1998.
The British Bulldog was a legend; he was a very athletic powerhouse and he had a legion of fans. He was Wolrd Championship material, but for some reasons, he only won seven minor Titles.
Sycho Sid was a legend and a two-time WWF Champion. The 6'9" and 317 pounds monster was one of the most talented big guys ever.
The team led by Shawn Michaels defeated Yokozuna, Owen Hart, Razor Ramon and Dean Douglas.
8. The Ultimate Warrior, LOD (Hawk & Animal) and The Texas Tornado (1990)
This was one of the most powerful Survivor Series team. They combined one of the greatest tag team ever (LOD) with the WWF Champion (Ultimate Warrior) and The Texas Tornado (aka Kerry Von Erich, a one-time Intercontinental Champion and a NWA legend).
The group was a good mix of tag team experience with LOD, of strength with The Ultimate Warrior and of in-ring agility with The Texas Tornado.
"The Warriors" defeated "The Perfect Team" composed of Mr. Perfect and Demolition (Crush, Ax & Smash).
7. Lex Luger, The Undertaker, Rick Steiner and Scott Steiner (1993)
To have The Phenom on the team is already something big. Add Lex Luger, the biggest draw in WWF at the time and the Steiner Brothers and you got an unstoppable team.
There was no great finesse in that team, but there was The Undertaker at his best, the All American powerhouse Lex Luger and the legendary Steiners.
Dubbed "The All Americans", the team obviously won the match against "The Foreign Fanatics" (Yokozuna, Crush, Ludvig Borga and Quebecer Jacques).
6. Shawn Michaels, Diesel, Owen Hart, Jim Neidhart and Jeff Jarrett (1994)
e.g. 'Chicago Blackhawks', 'Chicago Cubs'
In 1995, Shawn Michaels was again put with some great team-mates.
They had the strength with the seven-feet monster Diesel and with the tag team specialist powerhouse Neidhart.
The sneaky Jeff Jarrett and the high flying Owen Hart completed one of the best Survivor Series team... on paper.
"The Teamsters" had things well in hands when the match became 5-on-1. After they have eliminated The 1-2-3 Kid, The British Bulldog, Fatu and Sionne, Razor Ramon was the last survivor for his team.
After HBK and Diesel's egos clashed, all the five member were counted out, arguing outside the ring.
Despite the loss, The Teamsters formed an amazing team and they could have done wonders if they were on the same page.
5. Batista, Rey Mysterio, JBL, Bobby Lashley and Randy Orton (2005)
In a Raw vs. Smackdown! traditional Survivor Series elimination match, the blue brand had a perfect combination of experienced wrestlers and rising stars.
Team Smackdown! also had an amazing mix of styles. Mysterio, the high flier and JBL, the tough brawler were both veterans. Batista and Lashley brought all the muscles necessary while Orton brought the sneaky side to form an unbeatable team.
The Raw Team was no match for them. Shawn Michaels, Kane, Big Show, Carlito and Chris Masters all fell under the boots of Team Smackdown!
On a side note, Orton was the sole survivor for his team and he replaced Eddie Guerrero, who passed away two weeks before the pay-per-view.
4. Triple H, Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio and Kane (2007)
Rey Mysterio and Jeff Hardy with their high flying stunts combined with the monster Kane and the great brawler Triple H formed a very well-balanced team.
In 2005, they were all at the top of their game and they showed why.
That resilient squad could overcome any opponents, even a five members team could not stop them. Umaga, Mr Kennedy, MVP, Big Daddy V, and Finlay all went down against "Team Triple H."
3. Eddie Guerrero, The Big Show, Rob Van Dam, and John Cena (2004)
When two of the greatest high fliers in pro-wrestling history unite with two of the strongest men in WWE, it's no wonder why they could pull a victory against "Team Angle" (Kurt Angle, Carlito, Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak).
Eddie Guerrero and Rob Van Dam were at their best in the air while Cena and Big Show dominated physically.
"Team Guerrero" emerged victorious with only Van Dam eliminated.
2. Hulk Hogan, Demolition (Ax and Smash) and Jake Roberts (1989)
A classic team formed with WWE legends. Nothing could stop the Immortal Hulk Hogan at this time and Demolition were at their peak and they were dominating the tag-team division like never before or after.
Jake The Snake Roberts was at the peak of his popularity and he was as always a great psychological wrestler.
Demolition turned face at the previous Survivor Series and they were in the middle of a feud against Powers of Pain. Hogan was struggling against Zeus, his enemy who jumped from the movie No Holds Barred to reality. Roberts was also in the middle of a feud, against Ted DiBiase.
The matchup was well integrated to the current WWF story-lines in 1989.
But, with a look at the teams afterward, in 2010, "The Hulkamaniacs" were on the top of the WWF. Zeus and Powers Of Pain (The Warlord & The Barbarian) are seen nowadays as three nobodies who were big at this time, just because of an incredible hyping work from the creative.
1. The Rock, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Kane, and The Big Show (2001)
Five icons put together on the same Survivor Series team could not lose. Dubbed as "Team WWF", they defeated "Team Alliance" (Stone Cold, Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle, Booker T and Shane McMahon).
The Great One, the sole survivor, pinned Steve Austin for the win.
When a team can say they have Kane as their weaker link, we can say it's the best team ever and they could defeat any team on this list or on any other list.
There is no need to list everyone's achievement to understand how strong the team is. Just their names are enough.
What is the best Survivor Series in your opinion?
Would you change the order in my picks? Do you agree with my picks?