WWE Survivor Series 2010: The 10 Greatest Rivalries Ever
The Survivor Series spectacular is one of the "Big Four" annual WWE pay-per-views and it is, year after year, the stage for countless rivalries.
If they didn't witness the end of a feud at the November Classic, the fans often saw the start of a new rivalry or simply an ongoing one. In any case, many rivalries reach a peak and some were most intense than others.
The following slideshow will feature ten of the greatest Survivor Series feuds, with some of the best showdowns in WWE history. If the matches were not always great, the showdowns and/or the outcomes were unforgettable.
A lot of history has been written at the traditional falls pay-per-view so let's take a look at some of these moments under the best rivalries angle.
10. Team Miz Vs. Team Morrison: Survivor Series 2009
After Miz and John Morrison broke up as a dominant tag-team, they both went in a smack talk war leading to their match at last year's Survivor Series.
Team Miz was composed of the top young guns, all rising stars and they managed to defeat a team led by Morrison from which only two wrestlers are still with WWE (Morrison and Bourne).
If the main showdown was between Miz and Morrison, the match was one of the best Traditional Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination matches ever.
The Miz, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, and Jack Swagger shown why they all had the potential to be future main-event wrestlers.
From Team Morrison, only Evan Bourne and Morrison are still with WWE; Matt Hardy, Finlay and Shelton Benjamin are no longer with the company.
9. Triple H (c) vs. Booker T vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Kane vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Chr
The first ever Elimination Chamber was a memorable rivalry just by the match concept itself.
When you put HHH, Rob Van Dam, Kane, Booker T, Shawn Michaels and Y2J in a same match, you already have an instant classic.
Add some well done ongoing feuds and you have an unforgettable match followed by another legendary match, a three stage of hell contest between Shawn Michaels (the new Champion) and Triple H, who regained the Title.
8. The Hulkamaniacs vs. The Million $ Team: Survivor Series 1989
The Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan, Demolition (Ax and Smash) and Jake Roberts) defeated The Million $ Team (Ted DiBiase, Powers of Pain (The Warlord and The Barbarian) and Zeus).
It was the year of the movie No Holds Barred starring Hulk Hogan in which he defeated Zeus who came to real life to get revenge. Their feud ended one month later and Zeus left the WWF.
Demolition and Powers of Pain were in a several months rivalry while DiBiase was involved in a feud with Jake The Snake Roberts.
It was a classic example of a well used Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination match in which a group of faces unite to battle a heel team. With already existing feuds, the concept of such a match was perfect to settle scores in something different from a regular one-on-one match.
7. Hulk Hogan vs. The Undertaker (The Gravest Challenge): Survivor Series 1991
One year before, at Survivor Series, The Undertaker made his WWF debut as Ted DiBiase's team mystery partner.
In less than one year The Deadman climbed to the top of the mountain and became a serious threat to Hulk Hogan and his WWF Championship.
Rarely have we seen a scared crowd like the one that witnessed The Undertaker's entrance for his match at the fifth Survivor Series.
Hulk Hogan lost the Title due interference from Ric Flair. In the rematch, six days later, Hogan regained the belt that became vacated following all the controversy surrounding the quick hands changes caused by Flair.
The first encounter between the two men was back on April 27 at Saturday Night Main Event when Hogan came to help The Ultimate Warrior attacked by The Undertaker.
Hogan, when he was the guest of The Funeral Parlor in May, brutalized Paul Bearer in the absence of The Undertaker.
On July 29, they faced each other in their first match and Hogan won via a surprise roll-up pin-fall. They would only meet again in November, after Hogan and Warrior feuded with Sgt. Slaughter and Col. Mustafa.
Two weeks before Survivor Series, Ric Flair and Hogan were interviewed by Paul Bearer and The Undertaker attacked The Immortal from behind to knock him down.
All this led to The Gravest Challenge.
If the showdown was only decent, the anticipation was sky high and the match itself was a great one.
6. Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart: Survivor Series 1992 and 1997
The two icons first Survivors Series encounter in 1992 was a great match, very well worked and is a classic.
The only issue about the match was the lack of buildup due to last-minute unexpected changes.
The British Bulldog, who was scheduled to defend his Intercontinental Title against The Mountie, has been fired so the belt was dropped to HBK.
Then, since they didn't want a match between Michaels and The Mountie, the creative decided to throw in a WWF Championship match. Michaels challenged the newly crowned World Champion, Bret Hart.
Only a Champion vs. Champion match could save the show without any hype required. The Champion vs. Champion extravaganza concept didn't need to be sold to work.
Both men met in a final history making encounter, five years later, at Survivor Series 1997. It probably the most controversial and most talked about moment in the WWE history, The Montreal Screwjob changed the face of pro-wrestling forever.
The Attitude Era was born with the evil boss confronted by the new WWF God, Stone Cold Steve Austin. DX launched the first bombs on WCW in the Monday Nights War. The WWF won the war and they bought WCW to become what the WWE is today.
5. The All Americans vs. The Foreign Fanatics: Survivor Series 1993
The 1993 Survivor Series main event was the climax of a rivalry wisely built during months and, of course, The All Americans (Lex Luger, Undertaker, Steiner Brothers) defeated the evil Foreign Fanatics (Yokozuna, Ludvig Borga, Quebecer Jacques and Crush).
This match was the culmination of what the Survivor Series concept has been created for. The scenario was perfect: The United States of America vs. The World, in an ultra-patriotic feud.
It all started when Lex Luger, with his new All American gimmick, slammed the 600-pound Yokozuna aboard the US Intrepid in a fourth of July special event held by the WWF.
At Summerslam, Luger defeated Yokozuna, the reigning WWF Champion but the Title didn't change hands because it was via count-out. Following the match, Ludvig Borga, with his anti-American gimmick picked on Luger backstage.
The Native American Tatanka was scheduled to battle along Luger and The Steiner Brothers, but, in September, he was viciously attacked by Borga and Yokozuna. Severely injured, he never made it to the Survivor Series and he was later replaced by The Undertaker.
In the months leading to the Survivor Series, the Steiners Brothers were feuding with The Quebecer, a French-Canadian team composed of Jacques and Pierre.
Few days before the pay-per-view, Luger injured Quebecer Pierre who was replaced by Crush who betrayed his country by joining Mr Fuji and the Foreign Fanatics.
With "The Thanksgiving Tradition All Americans Wait For" as catch phrase for the event was typical of the ultra-patriotic promotional tactic at the time and the fans became crazy. When The Undertaker was announced as Tatanka's replacement, the crowd went nuts when he opened his signature long coat to reveal an American flag.
If the match itself wasn't that great, the showdown was awesome.
4. Team WWF vs. Team WCW/ECW Alliance (Winner Takes All match): Survivor Series
Team WWF (The Rock, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Kane, and The Big Show) defeated Team Alliance (Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle, Booker T, and Shane McMahon).
With that win, Team WWF prevented the WWF to go out of existence.
With the top quality of all wrestlers involved, the match was a classic.
The showdown, involving Stephanie and Shane McMahon against Vince and Linda, contributed to make that match unforgettable.
3. Team Andre vs. Team Hogan : Survivor Series 1987
Team Andre (Andre the Giant, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed, and Rick Rude) defeated Team Hogan (Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, Ken Patera, and Bam Bam Bigelow).
This match was the continuity of the mega feud between Andre The Giant and Hulk Hogan that reached unmatchable heights at Wrestlemania III eight months before.
Paul Orndorff fired Bobby Heenan in August then he turned face. He started a feud against Rick Rude and Heenan.
Butch Reed was in a feud with Superstar Billy Graham. Reed and Rude teamed up to face Graham and Orndorff.
Some weeks after, One Man Gang attacked Graham and injured him. Don Muraco came and saved Graham.
Ken Patera, who was also in a feud against the Heenan family joined the face team. Same with Bam Bam Bigelow who refused the services of heel managers (including a frustrated Heenan) who all wanted him to pick Oliver Humperdink.
As a member of the Heenan family, Bundy joined the heel team to complete the very intense match-up.
Andre ended as the sole survivor and got his revenge over Hogan. Their feud didn't end there, but it was a huge rebound to their classic Wrestlemania III encounter.
2. SmackDown! vs. Raw: Survivor Series 2005
In 2005, Survivor Series was the stage of what would become a future new tradition and a theme pay-per-view. The rivalry between Smackdown! and Raw would later become Bragging Rights.
In a traditional elimination match, Team Smackdown! (Batista, Rey Mysterio, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Bobby Lashley and Randy Orton) defeated Team Raw (Shawn Michaels, Kane, The Big Show, Carlito and Chris Masters).
There was also on the card a singles match opposing both brands general managers. Representing Smackdown, Teddy Long defeated Eric Bishoff.
In a very entertaining showdown, started two months before the show, the general managers went on the warpath.
Bishoff interrupted a special Smackdown! showcase match on Raw by turning off the lights. He started to talk crap about Smackdown!
Teddy Long then replied later in the evening by sending six of his men to attack the Raw wrestlers after their match. Not long after, a gang of Raw wrestlers joined the battle and the first round of the feud was over.
In the following weeks, the brands interfered in the other's show and there have been some inter-brand matches.
It all culminated at Survivor Series and, following Raw's defeat, Bishoff was fired. Then, Vince McMahon took the control of Raw.
1. Undertaker vs. Yokozuna: Survivor Series 1993 and 1994
At the 1993 Survivor Series, The Undertaker was a member of the All Americans team to face Yokozuna and his Foreign Fanatics.
They have both been eliminated via double-countout while brawling outside the ring in a confrontation that was the starting point of one of the greatest feuds ever.
Following the event, The Undertaker did cut various unforgettable promos leading to the legendary 1994 Royal Rumble casket match in which he died and disappeared for several months.
The Undertaker came back at Summerslam to eliminate his impersonator and he then brought back his focus on Yokozuna.
The culmination of their feud happened at the Survivor Series in a casket match. And, to avoid outside interference like in their Royal Rumble encounter, Chuck Norris was hired as special enforcer.
After he was put in the casket to lose the match, Yokozuna disappeared from the WWF to come back in April the next year.