Rock Star Gary reflects on…Survivor Series 1987

Live from Richfield, OH

Airdate: November 26, 1987

Attendance:  21,000

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

WWF’s message to all the cool kids in 1987: “Starrcade who? We’ve got something RAD!”

After Monsoon lists the rules for the matches tonight, Craig DeGeorge interviews Honkytonk Man and his team. While Honkytonk Man sings the praises of his team, we revisit the previous SNME when he blasted Savage with the guitar and shoved down Elizabeth.

Once the heels make their entrance, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews the faces. As Duggan speaks, we revisit the moment when Race regained his crown by nailing Duggan with his own 2×4 (aired 11/7, taped 10/27).

Match 1: WWF Intercontinental champion Honkytonk Man (captain), Hercules, “Outlaw” Ron Bass, “King” Harley Race, & “Dangerous” Danny Davis (w/ Jimmy Hart & Bobby “The Brain” Heenan) versus “Macho Man” Randy Savage (captain), Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, & “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan (w/ Elizabeth)

Highlights:

  • Early on, Beefcake hooked a sleeper on Hercules, but Hercules tagged out to Davis.
  • After giving Davis a slam, Beefcake tagged in Roberts who yanked on Davis’ arm then tagged in Savage.
  • Savage then rammed Davis into a boot and tagged in Steamboat.
  • Steamboat then mounted the top turnbuckle and lowered the boom on Davis.
  • Upon giving Davis a thrust kick, Steamboat gave him a cross-corner whip but ate knee on his follow-through.
  • Race tagged in and gave Steamboat a shoulder breaker.
  • He then gave Steamboat a cross-corner whip, but Steamboat leaped to the second turnbuckle and chopped Race.
  • Race then tossed Steamboat over the top rope only for Steamboat to skin the cat back in.
  • A second toss over the opposite top rope by Race earned the same reward.
  • Yet a third attempt sent Race over the top rope to the floor.
  • After Race re-entered the ring,he gave Steamboat a belly-to-belly suplex and got 2.
  • Duggan tagged in and clotheslined Race over the top rope to the floor.
  • He then followed Race, and the two brawled until they were both counted out.
  • Action resumed in the ring as Bass slammed Roberts but missed an elbow drop.
  • Savage tagged in and delivered a knee to Bass’ back sending him face-first into the top turnbuckle.
  • After giving Bass a cross-corner whip, Savage delivered a back elbow.
  • Upon slamming Bass, Savage went over and gave Honkytonk Man an elbow smash to the head.
  • Seeing the distraction, Bass clotheslined Savage.
  • After a brief Honkytonk Man appearance, Bass tagged back in, gave Savage both a back elbow and elbow drop, and got 2.
  • Upon giving Bass an elbow smash, Savage countered a piledriver with a back drop.
  • Without Bass’ knowledge, Beefcake tagged in and gave him a high knee for the pin.
  • Immediately, Hercules tried to give Beefcake an elbow drop, but he hit Bass instead.
  • Shortly after, Honkytonk Man missed a haymaker then received an atomic drop from Beefcake.
  • While the anonymous referee was distracted by the faces, Davis put a knee in Beefcake’s midsection as he came off the ropes.
  • Honkytonk Man then delivered the Shake, Rattle, and Roll for the pin.
  • Both sides stood at 3.
  • Savage took over, delivered a back elbow to Honkytonk Man, and then tagged in Roberts.
  • After Honkytonk Man avoided a DDT attempt, Roberts gave him a cross-corner whip but ate knees.
  • Upon Hercules tagging in, he got a series of 2 counts from a series of punches.
  • After Davis tagged in, Roberts came back and gave him a short-arm clothesline.
  • DDT by Roberts put Davis out to pasture. You know a character works when, 30 years later, you still root for him to receive his comeuppance.
  • Nevertheless, Hercules ambushed Roberts and gave him a pair of elbow drops for 2.
  • Honkytonk Man tagged in, gave Roberts a fist drop, and got another 2.
  • After Hercules tagged back in, Roberts countered a rear chin lock with a jawbreaker.
  • Hot tag Steamboat.
  • After a series of chops, Steamboat mounted the top turnbuckle and nailed Hercules with another chop.
  • He then tagged in Savage who mounted the top turnbuckle, hit the big elbow, and pinned Hercules.
  • It’s now 3-on-1 for the faces.
  • Savage then gave Honkytonk Man a cross-corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Shortly after, Roberts tagged in, but Honkytonk Man tried a sunset flip. Unfortunately, he ate a knuckle sandwich
  • Savage tagged back in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and delivered a double axe handle.
  • After an elbow smash and slam, Savage mounted the top turnbuckle once again and delivered another double axe handle.
  • He then gave Honkytonk Man an atomic drop sending him over the top rope to the floor.
  • Like a scalded dog, Honkytonk Man left the ring only to be counted out.
  • Savage, Roberts and Steamboat survived.

Rating: ***

Summary:  Extremely entertaining well-worked match with a convenient but crappy finish since Honkytonk Man was not going to be pinned as IC champion here.

Backstage, DeGeorge interviews Andre’s team.

Match 2 (women): WWF Women’s champion Sensational Sherri (captain), WWF Women’s tag team champions the Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai & Judy Martin), Dawn Marie, & Donna Christianello (w/ Jimmy Hart) versus Fabulous Moolah (captain), Velvet McIntyre, Rockin’ Robin, and the Jumping Bomb Angels (Noriyo Tateno & Itsuki Yamazaki)

Highlights:

  • Sensational Sherri debuted in the WWF on 7/24 and defeated Moolah for the WWF Women’s title after vacating the AWA Women’s title.
  • As Monsoon mentioned Ventura’s role in The Running Man, Sherri gave McIntyre a clothesline.
  • After ducking a second clothesline, McIntyre gave Sherri a cross body block for 2.
  • Shortly after, Moolah gave Christianello a catapult.
  • McIntyre tagged in and gave Christianello a dropkick.
  • After a slam, McIntyre got 2 on Christianello.
  • She then gave Christianello a victory roll for the pin.
  • Kai came in and gave McIntyre a cross-corner whip but fell victim to a flying headscissors.
  • After giving Kai a dropkick, McIntyre tagged out to Robin.
  • Martin then tagged in, missed a chop, and received a cross body block by Robin for 2.
  • After Robin ate a running dropkick from Sherri, Dawn Marie tagged in. This is NOT the Dawn Marie from ECW.
  • Speaking of Dawn Marie, Robin gave her a clothesline followed by a cross body block for the pin.
  • The faces have a 5-on-3 advantage.
  • After Kai came in, Yamazaki tagged in.
  • Upon slamming Yamazaki, Kai made a cover, but Yamazaki bridged out of it. NIFTY!
  • After a leap frog followed by a sunset flip, Yamazaki got 2 on Kai.
  • Following that, a rolling cradle by Yamazaki got another 2 on Kai.
  • After delivering a pair of high knees to Martin, Yamazaki hit a cross body block for 2.
  • Tateno tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and gave Martin an arm drag.
  • After giving Sherri a back elbow, Tateno delivered a butterfly suplex #1 for 2.
  • Once Robin tagged in, she delivered an elbow drop to Sherri for 1.
  • Compared to the opening match, you could hear a pin drop in the Richfield Coliseum during this match.
  • Regardless, after Kai tagged in, Robin reversed a cross-corner whip and gave her a monkey flip.
  • Sherri tagged back in and gave Robin a slam followed by a vertical suplex for the pin.
  • It’s now a 4-on-3 advantage for the faces.
  • Tateno came in and gave Sherri a pair of dropkicks.
  • McIntyre tagged in, gave Martin a spinning cross body block, but only got 2.
  • Kai tagged in but received a catapult from McIntyre.
  • Shortly after, Martin tagged in, gave Moolah a back elbow, but only got 1.
  • Kai tagged back in, mounted the second turnbuckle, but got caught and slammed down to the mat by Yamazaki.
  • Yamazaki then missed a dropkick.
  • Moolah tagged in and gave Martin a shot to the midsection.
  • She then followed with a slam.
  • The Glamour Girls swiftly gave Moolah a double clothesline, and Martin pinned her.
  • The sides tied up at 3.
  • Tateno came in and received a boot to the midsection.
  • A second boot attempt by Martin was countered by a right hand.
  • McIntyre tagged in and gave Martin a Boston crab.
  • She then converted it into a bow-and-arrow, but Martin was in the ropes.
  • After eating a dropkick from McIntyre, Martin tagged out to Sherri who came in the hard way.
  • Sherri then gave her a leg drop and a terrible gutwrench suplex.
  • Shortly after, Kai gave Tateno a running body block followed by butterfly suplex #2 for 2. Like her tag team partner, Tateno bridged out of the pin attempt.
  • After both Sherri and McIntyre tagged in, McIntyre gave her a giant swing.
  • Upon receiving a cross-corner whip from Sherri, McIntyre delivered a victory roll and got the pin.
  • WE HAVE A NEW…oh, wait, no titles were on the line during this show. My apologies.
  • Nevertheless, Tateno came in, received a cross-corner whip from Martin yet mounted the second turnbuckle to secure a sunset flip for 2.
  • Yamazaki came in, gave Martin butterfly suplex #3, but only got 2.
  • Next, Kai tagged in and countered a body scissors with a catapult to Yamazaki.
  • McIntyre tagged back in and gave Kai a back elbow.
  • She tried another victory roll on Kai but only got 2.
  • After she went for another attempt, Kai countered with a slingshot electric chair for the pin.
  • The Jumping Bomb Angels both came in and gave each of the Glamour Girls a dropkick.
  • They then whipped the Girls into one another.
  • As Yamazaki held down Kai, Tateno catapulted Martin on top of her.
  • After a slam, Kai mounted the top turnbuckle but missed a splash.
  • Tateno tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, hit a cross body block, and pinned Kai.
  • Martin came in, put Tateno in a fireman’s carry, and then gave her a face plant.
  • That only got 1 as Tateno put her foot on the bottom rope.
  • Upon Tateno’s slamming of Martin, Yamazaki tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and delivered a knee drop.
  • After the Jumping Bomb Angels gave Martin a double backdrop, Hart got up on the apron, but Tateno dropkicked him back down to the floor.
  • Yamazaki remounted the top turnbuckle, hit a flying clothesline, and got the pin.
  • The Jumping Bomb Angels survived.

Rating: ***

Summary: The live crowd had no clue who most of these women were. With that being said, the Jumping Bomb Angels were WAY ahead of their time and brought women’s wrestling up several notches here.

Backstage, DeGeorge interviews the heel tag teams minus the Soviets. A disheveled Hart joins the group late and climbs into another jacket for the upcoming match.

After the heels make their entrance, Okerlund interviews the faces.

Match 3 (tag team): WWF tag team champions Strike Force (captains), Killer Bees, Rougeaus, Bulldogs, & Young Stallions versus Hart Foundation (captains), Islanders, Demolition, Bolsheviks, & Dream Team (w/ Jimmy Hart, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Johnny V, Mr. Fuji, & Slick)

Highlights:

  • As I mentioned in my SNME 11 reflection, the Iron Sheik had been fired due to his drug possession case involving Jim Duggan. Therefore, the WWF hired Boris Zhukov away from Verne Gagne and the AWA to replace him. Does it matter that he was still tag team champions with Soldat Ustinov? Not according to the WWF. Anyway, Volkoff sang the Soviet national anthem to nuclear heat. Ventura even stood for it.
  • Wait a minute! Strike Force won the tag titles? How did that happen (aired 11/7, taped 10/27)?
  • To begin the match, Martel countered a military press slam with a rollup of Volkoff for 2.
  • After a slam by Volkoff, Zhukov tagged in but missed an elbow drop.
  • Martel then gave him a dropkick and cross body block for 2.
  • Upon Martel’s giving Zhukov a back drop, Santana tagged in and got a one count.
  • Santana then ducked a clothesline, hit the flying forearm, and pinned Zhukov.
  • The Bolsheviks have been eliminated.
  • Ax came in and slammed Santana.
  • After Ax missed an elbow drop, Jacques tagged in and gave him a flying back elbow.
  • Bravo then tagged in and was double-teamed by the Killer Bees as Blair mounted the second turnbuckle and hammered Bravo’s arm.
  • Shortly afterward, Haku tagged in, but the Killer Bees broke the wishbone on him. OUCH!
  • Neidhart then tagged in and received the same treatment from Roma and Blair. I hope little Nattie wasn’t watching.
  • Afterward, Roma received slams from each member of Demolition.
  • Ax then reversed a cross-corner whip from Jacques and ducked a cross body block from the second turnbuckle.
  • Ax then pinned the dazed Jacques, and the Rougeaus have been eliminated.
  • Shortly afterward, Dynamite Kid gave Tama a cross-corner whip but ate feet (Tama was barefoot) on his follow-through.
  • After receiving a cross-corner whip from Powers, Tama clotheslined him.
  • As Neidhart had Powers in an over-the-shoulder backbreaker, Haku tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Powers for 1.
  • He then gave Roma a cross-corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Roma then gave Ax a cross-corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • Valentine tagged in and gave Roma a shoulder breaker for 2.
  • He then followed with a vertical suplex and got another 2.
  • Bravo tagged in and gave Roma a gutwrench suplex followed by a leg drop for 2.
  • Afterward, Smash gave Blair a cross-corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Dynamite Kid tagged back in, delivered a clothesline that could have decapitated someone, and got 2 on Smash.
  • While the heel team dominated Dynamite Kid, Smash tossed referee Dave Hebner down causing Demolition’s elimination.
  • Following that, Bret tagged in and gave Dynamite Kid a piledriver and got 2.
  • He then charged at Dynamite in the corner and came up empty while ramming his shoulder into the ring post.
  • Next, Tama reversed a cross-corner whip by Powers and delivered a flying clothesline.
  • After a slam, Tama mounted the second turnbuckle but missed a Vader bomb.
  • Martel tagged back in and gave Tama a back drop.
  • He then gave Tama a dropkick followed by a Boston crab; however, Tama was able to tag in Neidhart.
  • A clothesline to the back of the neck by Neidhart got 2 on Martel.
  • He then gave Martel a cross-corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • Santana tagged in, gave Neidhart the flying forearm, but only got 2 thanks to a save by Bret.
  • The blast from Hart to Santana allowed Neidhart to pin Santana.
  • Strike Force was eliminated.
  • Powers came in but missed a dropkick to Neidhart.
  • Haku tagged back in, gave Powers a high dropkick, but only got 2.
  • After Valentine tagged in, Powers gave him a sunset flip but ate a knuckle sandwich. They must be on sale at the concession stand.
  • Nonetheless, a slam and hammer by Valentine got 2 on Powers.
  • Neidhart tagged back in and guillotined Powers using the top rope.
  • Once again, Haku tagged in and gave Powers a reverse thrust kick.
  • After a backbreaker, Haku only got 2.
  • A double chop by both Valentine and Haku got another 2 on Powers.
  • Powers then blocked a vertical suplex attempt by Valentine and delivered one of his own.
  • Bret tagged in, gave Powers a backbreaker, and followed with a vertical suplex for another 2.
  • After Valentine slammed Roma, he mounted the top turnbuckle and lowered the boom on Roma. Since he took his time executing it, I thought Roma might catch him.
  • Regardless, Valentine shot the half but only got 2.
  • Bret tagged back in but missed a dropkick to Powers.
  • Dynamite Kid then tagged in and gave Bret a sternum-first bump in the corner for 2.
  • A subsequent belly-to-back suplex by Dynamite Kid only got 2 on Bret.
  • Roma tagged back in but missed an elbow drop.
  • Blair tagged in and gave Haku a back drop.
  • Smith tagged in and joined Blair in a double back elbow to Haku.
  • Powers then tagged in, gave Haku a cross-corner whip, but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Smith came in and gave Bret a gorilla press slam for 2.
  • Haku tagged in, but Smith brought him into the ring the hard way.
  • He then delivered the running powerslam to Haku but only got 2. Wow! I thought that was curtains for him.
  • After Smith gave Haku a vertical suplex, Dynamite Kid tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and delivered a diving head butt.
  • On the other hand, a reverse thrust kick by Haku got the pin on the dazed Dynamite Kid.
  • The British Bulldogs have been eliminated.
  • Roma came in and gave Haku a pair of stellar dropkicks for 2.
  • After a slam by Haku, Bravo tagged in but missed an elbow drop.
  • After receiving a cross-corner whip by Powers, Bravo countered a monkey flip attempt with an inverted atomic drop.
  • Neidhart tagged in and joined Valentine in a double chop of Powers for 2.
  • After ramming Powers back-first into the corner, Bret tied him to the Tree of Woe.
  • Bravo tagged back in and gave Powers a back drop followed by a guillotine using the top rope.
  • Sidewalk slam by Bravo preceded a figure-four attempt by Valentine; however, Powers kicked him away.
  • Roma tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, delivered a sunset flip to Valentine, and pinned him.
  • The Dream Team was eliminated.
  • We’re down to 4-on-4.
  • After a shot to the midsection, an inside cradle by Blair only got 2 on Neidhart.
  • A double back elbow by the Killer Bees was followed by a high knee from Brunzell for 2.
  • A little later on, Tama tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Roma.
  • Haku tagged in as the Islanders gave Roma a double back elbow.
  • Brunzell tagged in, slammed Haku, and delivered a leg drop for 2.
  • Upon ringing Haku’s bell, a hip toss only netted Brunzell a 2 count.
  • After a slam by Roma, he mounted the second turnbuckle, and hit a fist drop on Bret for 2.
  • Belly-to-back suplex by Bret only got 2 on Roma.
  • Haku tagged in as the Islanders gave Roma a double head butt for another 2.
  • After Haku gave Roma a cross-corner whip, he came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Standing dropkick by Haku was followed by a dropkick by Neidhart for no count as Roma put his foot on the bottom rope.
  • A subsequent powerslam by Neidhart almost got 3.
  • After a double shoulder block, both Brunzell and Bret were down on the mat.
  • As Blair distracted the slovenly referee who replaced Hebner, Tama dropkicked Bret atop Brunzell.
  • However, Brunzell used momentum to land atop Bret and pinned him.
  • The Hart Foundation was eliminated.
  • While Tama held Brunzell, Haku mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a chop.
  • Shoulder breaker by Haku only got 2 on Brunzell.
  • After Haku missed a clothesline, Brunzell tried a sunset flip but only got 2.
  • Vertical suplex by Haku got another 2.
  • Roma tagged in and gave Haku a powerslam that only got 2 thanks to a save by Tama.
  • Another cross-corner whip by Haku, but yet again he came up empty on his follow-through. I don’t think the elevator goes all the way to the top with this guy, but I won’t be the one to tell him.
  • Anyway, a flying back elbow by Tama preceded a slam, but he missed an elbow drop.
  • Brunzell tagged in, gave the Islanders a double noggin knocker, and then delivered his patented high dropkick for only 2 thanks to a save by Haku.
  • The Young Stallions came in and chased Haku from the ring distracting the slovenly referee.
  • In the meantime, Brunzell gave Tama a sunset flip. When Tama made it to the second rope, a masked Blair gave him another sunset flip and got the pin.
  • The Killer Bees and Young Stallions survived.

Rating: ****1/2

Summary:  Tons of fast-paced action and tag team synchronicity made this match extremely thrilling. But it bodes a serious question: How in the world did the Young Stallions survive? I thought they’d be dog meat early on. Perhaps it was the slovenly referee’s fault, but I think the WWF blamed it on Johnny V as this was his last WWF TV appearance.

Vignette for the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase airs. We then see DiBiase, with Virgil by his side, offering a kid money for ten push-ups, but the kid can’t get to 10. DiBiase subsequently denies the kid the money. In the next segment, he challenges a young boy to dribble a basketball fifteen times for $500. He then kicks the ball away before he gets to 15. How dastardly! Afterward, DiBiase sits in his study, while Virgil stands, and describes a woman who would bark like a dog for money. We then see the segment where she barks like a dog but was denied the money. At DiBiase’s dinner table with servants, he describes a quick clip where a fan (a young Rob Van Dam) kisses his sweaty foot in the ring. Next, DiBiase bribes the pool attendant so that he can have the pool to himself. Lastly, he drives around in a luxurious convertible. After all, “everybody’s got a price for the Million Dollar Man.”

On the podium, DeGeorge interviews the Honkytonk Man with Jimmy Hart. He declares himself to be “the greatest Intercontinental champion of all time” and runs down Savage.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Hulk Hogan and his team.

Match 4: WWF Champion Hulk Hogan (captain), “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, Don “The Rock” Muraco, Bam Bam Bigelow & Ken Patera (w/ Sir Oliver Humperdink) versus Andre the Giant (captain), King Kong Bundy, One Man Gang, the “Natural” Butch Reed, and “Ravishing” Rick Rude (w/ Bobby “The Brain” Heenan & Slick)

Highlights:

  • Muraco was filling in Superstar Billy Graham due to this. Graham was actually forced to retire as an active wrestler afterward.
  • After Rude gave Muraco a cross-corner whip, he ate a boot to the midsection.
  • Orndorff tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and delivered an elbow smash.
  • Upon giving Rude a shot to the midsection, Orndorff delivered a knee lift.
  • Hogan tagged in and delivered a clothesline followed by a series of elbow drops.
  • After a Hogan slam, he tagged in Bigelow who splashed Rude.
  • Subsequently, a military press slam of Rude by Bigelow was followed by a clothesline of Reed by Patera.
  • Muraco tagged back in and delivered a dropkick to Reed.
  • Orndorff tagged back in and gave Reed two dropkicks as well.
  • Afterward, a cross-corner whip by Orndorff was reversed by Reed, but he came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Hogan tagged in and shared a double clothesline of Reed with Orndorff.
  • Ultimately, a leg drop by Hogan finished off Reed.
  • Andre came in, but Patera tagged in (albeit in the form of high-fives) denying us the Hogan-Andre meeting for the time being.
  • Anyway, Gang received a cross-corner whip by Orndorff but made him eat boot on his follow-through.
  • After a slam, Orndorff gave Rude the shaky-shaky elbow drop for 2.
  • Gang tagged in, gave the recently tagged Muraco a cross-corner whip, but missed an avalanche.
  • Patera tagged in, gave Gang a cross body block, but only got 2.
  • A cross-corner whip by Patera preceded a high knee.
  • Ventura continued to mock Patera about his jail term due to his two-year term for throwing a rock through a closed McDonald’s window.
  • Meanwhile, a healthy “Andre sucks” chant emanated from the vociferous crowd.
  • In the ring, Patera tried to clothesline Gang but ate one himself and got pinned.
  • Hogan came in and gave Gang a cross-corner whip followed by a clothesline.
  • Bigelow tagged in and joined Hogan in delivering a double boot to Gang.
  • After Orndorff and Rude tagged in for their respective teams, Orndorff suplexed Rude then gave him another shaky-shaky elbow drop.
  • He then followed that with a back drop and signaled for the piledriver.
  • From the apron, Bundy nailed Orndorff then Rude rolled him up and pinned him while grabbing the trunks.
  • Orndorff was eliminated.
  • Before Rude could finish his pose, Muraco came in and gave him an atomic drop.
  • After a clothesline by Muraco, Bigelow tagged in and gave Rude a sidekick.
  • He then hooked a vertical suplex then tagged in Hogan.
  • A high knee by Hogan was followed by a powerslam by Muraco pinning Rude.
  • Bundy came in, gave Muraco a back elbow, and then missed a knee drop.
  • Shortly after, Muraco gave Gang a cross-corner whip and tried to powerslam him, but Gang fell on top of him.
  • 1-2-NO!
  • After Andre nailed Muraco, Gang gave him the 747 splash pinning Muraco
  • Bigelow came in, gave Gang a sunset flip, but got SQUISHED!
  • Bundy tagged in and gave Bigelow a clothesline resulting in a 360° sell. Woohoo!
  • A subsequent knee drop by Bundy only got 2 thanks to a save by Hogan.
  • Shortly after, Andre tagged in but missed a haymaker to Bigelow.
  • Hot tag Hogan.
  • After Hogan gave Andre the Axe Bomber, Bundy dragged Hogan outside the ring.
  • Upon brawling with Bundy, Hogan then slammed Gang in the aisle.
  • Bundy nailed Hogan before he could re-enter the ring, so Hogan slammed him on the floor.
  • Unexpectedly, Hogan was counted out. Wow!
  • To a chorus of boos, ring announcer Howard Finkel announced that if Hogan did not leave the ring, referee Joey Marella would award the match to Andre’s team.
  • Bigelow was down 3-on-1.
  • After giving Bundy a clothesline, Bigelow delivered an elbow drop for 2.
  • Elbow smash and head butt by Bigelow got 2.
  • Wow! Bigelow gave Bundy a standing dropkick!
  • Bundy then reversed a cross-corner whip but missed an avalanche.
  • Afterward, a slingshot splash by Bigelow pinned Bundy.
  • A subsequent clothesline by Gang not only flattened Bigelow but also almost ended the match.
  • Monsoon laid 50-1 odds that Bigelow survived the match. Ventura noted that the Minnesota Twins were 150-1 and won the 1987 World Series.
  • Nevertheless, after Gang rammed Bigelow into Andre’s HUGE boot, he mounted the top turnbuckle but missed a splash.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Gang was eliminated.
  • We’re down to Andre versus Bigelow.
  • Upon charging Andre, Bigelow came up empty.
  • Andre then delivered a double underhook suplex to win the match.
  • Andre was the sole survivor.

Rating: **1/2

Summary:  The elimination of Hogan completely surprised me. Truly I did not think that Bigelow would overcome 3-on-1 odds against three superheavyweights.

After the match, Hogan runs to the ring with the championship belt and nails Andre with it twice then taunts Andre with it. Heenan yells at Hogan to sign a contract for a title match to get his hands on Andre. Despite losing, Hogan poses for the crowd.

Backstage, Okerlund interviews Andre the Giant with Heenan. Speaking of Heenan, he begs Hogan to sign on the dotted line. I smell an impending rematch.

Conclusion:  In spite of zero singles matches, this was a very entertaining three-hour show. Definitely check out the tag team survivor match as it had just about everything you could imagine. The table was certainly set for a Hogan-Andre rematch, but will they wait for WrestleMania IV?

See you for NWA Starrcade ‘87!

Buyrate: 7.00 (325,000 homes)

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