Straight Shoot Retro: Survivor Series 1987

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IT’S TIME TO BURN THE BUILDING DOWN, MAN…with the World’s Smartest Rasslin Show’s take on Survivor Series 1987! That’s right, STRAIGHT SHOOT is talking all about the inaugural Survivor Series event live on Wednesday, May 21 at 9pmET!

If you want to join in the fun, just watch the pay-per-view ahead of time on the WWE Network, then show up ready to watch co-host Jeff Schiller and I opine, query and jape our way through Survivor Series 1987. And of course, you know we’ll crown THE GREATEST WRESTLER OF ALL TIME…OF THE WEEK! Start RSVPing and submitting your questions now!

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As covered on last week’s showSurvivor Series 1987 took place on the exact same night as Starrcade 1987, which was a power play by Vince McMahon. To prevent cable providers from carrying Starrcade 1987 – the first Starrcade made available through pay-per-view – McMahon scheduled the very first Survivor Series for the very same night, and even told providers that if they carried the rival show, they wouldn’t be allowed to carry WrestleMania IV.

To better equip his PPV offering for dominance – and perhaps influenced by Jim Crocket Promotions’ WarGames matches of earlier that year – McMahon centered the event around a brand-new concept: Five-on-Five “Survivor Series” Elimination Matches. In fact, at the first Survivor Series, the card was nothing but Survivor Series Elimination Matches!

The main event was designed to directly capitalize on the success of WrestleMania III, with Hulk Hogan and Andre each captaining a team. On the undercard, the freshly-turned-face Randy Savage captained a team of his own against that of The Honky Tonk Man, and even the ladies got in on the action with the Fabulous Moolah’s team going Sensational Sherri and her villainous group. Plus, the tag team division was represented in a massive 20-man match featuring Strike Force, The British Bulldogs, The Hart Foundation, Demolition and more.

Check out the full card below:

  • “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Brutus Beefcake & Jim Duggan w/ Miss Elizabeth vs. The Honky Tonk Man, Hercules, Danny Davis, Ron Bass & Harley Race w/ Bobby Heenan & Jimmy Hart.
  • The Fabulous Moolah, Rockin’ Robin, Velvet McIntyre & The Jumping Bomb Angels (Itsuki Yamazaki & Noriyo Tateno) vs. Sensational Sherri, The Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai & Judy Martin), Donna Christanello & Dawn Marie w/ Jimmy Hart
  • Strike Force (Tito Santana & Rick Martel), The Young Stallions (Paul Roma & Jim Powers), The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacque & Raymond), The Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell & Brian Blair) & The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid) vs. The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart), The Islanders (Haku & Tama), Demolition (Ax & Smash), The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zhukov) & The Dream Team (Greg Valentine & Dino Bravo) w/ Johnny Valiant, Slick, Jimmy Hart, Bobby Heenan & Mr. Fuji
  • Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, Ken Patera & Bam Bam Bigelow w/ Oliver Humperdink vs. Andre the Giant, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed & Rick Rude w/ Bobby Heenan & Slick

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