OSR: WWE Survivor Series 1990 Review
26 Years Ago, the fourth annual Survivor Series hit the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut. This event is notable for one, the debut of The Undertaker. Being part of Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Team, he was certainly set in good momentum. The event has definitely being watched before, but not since the days of a VHS. But another thing to note from this event is the ever increasing hostility going towards Sgt Slaughter for his role as an Iraqi sympathizer. With six Traditional Survivor Series Elimination matches, it could be interesting looking back at this event. So, be prepared with turkey in the mouth here is the OSR on WWE Survivor Series 1990 Review…
The opening promo looks at the various elimination matches which will take place throughout the night, with each individual match looked at. This is all narrated by Vince McMahon which makes it slightly effective. We then go inside the Hartford Civic Center for the event with the commentary team Gorilla Monsoon and Roddy Piper. After briefly hyping the event a little bit more, we go to the ring for the first match of the evening…
1. Traditional Survivor Series Four-on-Four Elimination Match – The Warriors: The Ultimate Warrior, The Texas Tornado and The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) vs. The Perfect Team: Mr. Perfect and Demolition (Ax, Smash and Crush) (w. Mr. Fuji and Bobby Heenan)
The match itself soon enough gets underway, but it portrays nothing special or unique to make it standout. The participants effectively make it limited to one style of match – power. Perfect is the only promising aspect, but he still falls short to The Warrior who is the sole survivor.
Survivor: The Ultimate Warrior
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
2. Traditional Survivor Series Four-on-Four Elimination Match – The Dream Team: Dusty Rhodes, Koko B. Ware and The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) vs. The Million Dollar Team: Ted DiBiase, T.B.C and Rhythm & Blues (The Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine (w/ Virgil, Jimmy Hart and Brother Love)
The mystery partner for DiBiase is soon revealed to be the debuting Undertaker. The match, essentially sees many of the opposition obliterated by The Undertaker, who is soon counted out. An average match, which ultimately sees Ted DiBiase being the sole survivor.
Survivor: Ted DiBiase
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
3. Traditional Survivor Series Four-on-Four Elimination Match – The Visionaries: Rick Martel, The Warlord and Power & Glory (Hercules and Paul Roma) (w/ Slick) vs. The Vipers: Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka and The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty)
This match sees a really strong performance from The Visionaries, but ultimately nothing that would make it standout. This is clearly being done to heighten the feud between Jake Roberts and Rick Martel ahead of WrestleMania VII. Overall, solid but equally dull.
Survivors: Rick Martel, The Warlord, Hercules and Paul Roma
Match Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 Stars
4. Traditional Survivor Series Four-on-Four Elimination Match – The Natural Disasters: Earthquake, Dino Bravo, Haku and The Barbarian (w/ Bobby Heenan and Jimmy Hart) vs. The Hulkamaniacs: Hulk Hogan, Tugboat, Jim Duggan and The Big Boss Man
The problem with this, is after having Hogan as the lynch pin for so long, when he doesn’t have the championship it is difficult to know what to do with him. This leads us to this match where he is stuck in a lackluster feud with Earthquake.
The match itself is pretty much the pits. Annoyingly, the majority of the competitors in this match are pretty average and it shows in the style and pace of the match. Ultimately, after Hogan and Earthquake’s feud is forgotten, Hogan is the survivor over The Barbarian.
Survivor: Hulk Hogan
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
5. Traditional Survivor Series Four-on-Four Elimination Match – The Alliance: Nikolai Volkoff, Tito Santana and The Bushwhackers (Luke and Butch) vs. The Mercenaries: Sgt. Slaughter, Boris Zhukov and The Orient Express (Sato and Tanaka) (w/ Mr. Fuji and General Adnan)
It is really difficult to see what this match realistically achieved, because at a glance it was pretty mediocre. There are perfectly capable competitors in this match, but unfortunately this is outweighed by the tardiness. Ultimately, we see Santana survive after Slaughter is disqualified.
Survivor: Tito Santana
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars
In a memorable skit that is still remembered to this day, Mean Gene Okerlund is bearing witness to the birth of the Gobbledy Gooker which generates a chorus of boos. After this, they goof around in the ring for a few minutes. Horrendous segment, with fans completely uninterested.
6. Traditional Survivor Series Five-on-Three Elimination Match – Ted DiBiase, Rick Martel, The Warlord and Power & Glory (Hercules & Paul Roma) (w/ Virgil and Slick) vs. Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior and Tito Santana
After the initial eliminations, it quickly becomes a contest of how quickly Hogan and Warrior can eliminate everyone else. This ultimately doesn’t achieve much and struggles to make the match into something credible. Hogan and Warrior are successful survivors, in a dreary finish.
Survivors: Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
This is definitely a really interesting event to watch. I wouldn’t say it is particularly enthusing to watch. But it is interesting because it shows a very different time in the WWE. The majority of the matches were pretty abysmal. The segment with Okerlund and The Gobbledy Gooker was painstakingly bad. It is no wonder that fans revolted against the character. The opening match didn’t garner much hope. The only truly promising competitor was Mr. Perfect even though to be fair, The Texas Tornado wasn’t overly bad. The match just failed to deliver as it was power move after lane power move.
The Undertaker was set in good stead in the match, but it helped get him over slightly. The way Dusty sold his moves helped him massively, but also the beating Koko B. Ware took. The best elimination match on the card was arguably The Visionaries versus The Vipers. This had truly promising prospects, and whilst it was good. There was prospect for some much more. The amount of heat generated for Sgt Slaughter was beyond ridiculous. It worked, but maybe probably too well. This is likely because of the rawness behind the persona he was carrying out, but also how people could attach and relate to it.
The main event was truly rushed to much, and more of a threat should have being posed to The Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan and Tito Santana. The match was pretty poor because it was rushed to much, and was about half the length it should have being. As I said with the Survivor Series 2006 Review, this event will ultimately lower your expectations and make the 2016 event seem amazing. For 9.99 on the WWE Network, it is actually not bad value – 2 for 1!
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