Who Will Survive? It seems like it was a generation ago when we first uttered those famous words across the squared circle.
Well, it was.
2011 marks the 25th annual Survivor Series, an event that revolutionized tag-team competition as well as pay-per-view television. The Series has provided us with more ups and downs than a roller coaster, more shocks and surprises than a fun house, and more memorable moments than a high school yearbook.
Though there have been many format changes and perpetual cancellations, nothing has ever derailed this revolutionary event. As one of the “Big Four,” the Survivor Series has gone from a Thanksgiving tradition, to the pinnacle of tag-team warfare, to one of the most talked about shows in history.
And to think, it all started in the Richfield Coliseum as a response to the ever-growing national demand for wrestling in a high profile, prime-time setting. The simple phrase “Survivor Series,” generates memories that will last wrestling fans a lifetime.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the Survivor Series is one of my personal favorites, as well. In fact, just behind the Royal Rumble, the Survivor Series is what I look forward to most year after year. I’m even stubborn enough to send e-mails to the courtesy department of WWEShop.com every week, inquiring as to when and where the remaining Survivor Series Anthologies will be released on home video.
So, with the 25th Survivor Series looming on the horizon, I will be publishing a special series through the next month chronicling some of the greatest matches, men, and moments that made this November staple such an outstanding event.
Our first excerpt details the 25 greatest teams in Survivor Series history. Though hundreds of superstars have competed through the years, only the best make this list. I have ranked teams based on their overall performances, individual achievements, and other major intangibles.
When reminiscing about a fantasy warfare elimination match, look no further than these ragtag crews: the 25 Greatest Survivor Series Teams.