WWE Survivor Series 1991
November 27, 1991
Joe Louis Arena
Detroit, Michigan
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Since we last visited Survivor Series Hulk Hogan conquered Iraq on behalf of the United States of America when he defeated Sgt. Slaughter at WrestleMania VII. Randy Savage lost a retirement match to Ultimate Warrior, also at WrestleMania, but was reunited with Miss Elizabeth. Miss Elizabeth would then become Mrs. Savage at SummerSlam.

This, the fifth annual Survivor Series PPV, included the first singles match to take place at the event made famous with its tag team elimination matches. WWE Champion Hulk Hogan would encounter his “gravest challenge” as he took on the undefeated deadman, The Undertaker, a full year after Undertaker made his WWE debut. This PPV also served as the go home show to the PPV “This Tuesday in Texas” that took place just 6 days after this event.

Ric Flair, The Mountie, Warlord, and Ted Dibiase w/ Mr. Perfect, Jimmy Hart, Sensational Sherri, and Harvey Wippleman vs. Roddy Piper, Bret Hart, Davey Boy Smith, and Virgil

This match was loaded with elite workers and the first 20 minutes of the match was a showcase of their talents. This was building to be an all-time classic match, but cut about 10-15 minutes short and the finish felt soft.. Instead, nearly 23 minutes into the match a schmoz brawl ensued and for some reason the referee decided to disqualify everyone in the match except Ric Flair. This was done to keep Flair strong, but they could have easily come up with a better way to carry that out.  ***½

Elimination #Wrestler EliminatedEliminated ByTime
1Davey Boy SmithRic Flair10:55
2WarlordRoddy Piper17:00
3Roddy PiperBret Hart


The Mountie

Ted Dibiase

Survivor: Ric Flair

Sgt. Slaughter, Jim Duggan, Tito Santana, and Texas Tornado vs. Col. Mustafa, Berserker, Hercules, and Skinner w/ Mr. Fuji and General Adnan

Sgt. Slaughter returns a year later to avenge the brain washing he was victim to at the hands of Col. Mustafa. This was Tito Santana’s debut under the “El Matador” gimmick. This match was just as bad as the Sgt. Slaughter Survivor Series match from the previous year. Nothing of note. Nothing of substance. Nothing exciting.

Elimination #Wrestler EliminatedEliminated ByTime
1Col. MustafaSgt. Slaughter7:55
2HerculesTito Santana12:03
3SkinnerSgt. Slaughter13:29
4BerzerkerJim Duggan14:14
Survivors: Sgt. Slaughter, Jim Duggan, Tito Santana, and Texas Tornado

WWE Championship Match
Hulk Hogan © vs. The Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer

The Undertaker was treated like an absolute force for the whole first year he was in WWE. The draw of WWE Champion Hulk Hogan taking on the undefeated monster was compelling. This match however, was not. This was one of the worst matches of Hulk Hogan’s career and this is coming from a guy who has always enjoyed a good ol’ Hogan match. This was boring and had little heat. Hulk Hogan completely no sold the first Tombstone Undertaker delivered as Hogan immediately popped off of the mat. This was the finisher that WWE had been building for a year, and Hogan killed that momentum in an instant. What would have been wrong with Hogan kicking out at 2? Then Ric Flair came out to prove to Hulk Hogan that he was the “Real World’s Champion.” Flair placed a steel chair in the ring and Undertaker Tombstoned Hogan on the chair to win the WWE Championship.

Monsoon and Bobby Heenan sold this as if Hogan’s neck was broken. They even tied this into the real life occurrence of Detroit Lions’ player, Mike Utley being paralyzed in the middle of an NFL game the Sunday before this event. ¾*

Blake Beverly, Beau Beverly, Jerry Sags, and Brian Knobs w/ The Genius and Jimmy Hart vs. Bushwhacker Butch, Bushwhacker Luke, Marty Jannetty, and Shawn Michaels

The Survivor Series debut of the Beverly Brothers and the Nasty Boys. This match served as the final chapter of the Rockers as a tag team. Their next appearance would be the infamous Barber Shop scene where Shawn Michaels threw Jannetty threw a window. Jannetty had Knobs in the air and turned him to knock out Michaels. Michaels was outraged and shoved Jannetty.

The most glaring aspect of this match was how good of a fiery babyface Marty Jannetty was and how he screwed up his chance to become a superstar because he allegedly beat up a police officer and appeared at the 1993 Royal Rumble under the influence of drugs and alcohol. ***

Elimination #Wrestler EliminatedEliminated ByTime
1LukeBrian Knobs5:20
2ButchBeau Beverly10:13
3Beau BeverlyShawn Michaels13:53
4Shawn MichaelsBrian Knobs19:37
5Marty JannettyJerry Sags23:01
Survivors: Brian Knobs, Jerry Sags, and Blake Beverly

Earthquake, Typhoon, and Irwin R. Schyster w/ Jimmy Hart vs. Animal, Hawk, and Big Boss Man

This match was supposed to include Jake Roberts on the heel side and Sid Justice on the babyface side. Roberts was suspended due to the King Cobra attack on Randy Savage previous to this event. Sid Justice suffered an injury prior to this event so they just evened things out by having the first ever six man Survivor Series elimination tag team match.

Legion of Doom was massively over during this match. It was an interesting dynamic to watch L.O.D. as the smaller underdogs to the much larger Natural Disasters.  This was a fun 15 minute match to end the show. ***¼

Elimination #Wrestler EliminatedEliminated ByTime
1Big Boss ManIrwin R. Schyster6:24
3EarthquakeCount out10:53
4Irwin R. SchysterAnimal15:20
Survivors: Animal and Hawk

The following stats are accumulative through the first three Survivor Series PPV’s:

Top Ten Wrestlers with Most Eliminations in Survivor Series Tag Matches

PlaceWrestler# of Eliminations
1Ultimate Warrior7
1Hulk Hogan7
3Tito Santana6
4Ted Dibiase5
4Sgt. Slaughter5
6Randy Savage4
6Mr. Perfect4
6Brutus Beefcake4
7One Man Gang / Akeem3
7Rick Rude3

Top Ten Wrestlers with Most Accumulative Time Surviving a Survivor Series Tag Match

2Hulk Hogan96:48
3Jake Roberts96:10
4Ted Dibiase89:50
5Bret Hart89:33
6Dino Bravo84:57
9Shawn Michaels79:42
10Paul Roma77:25

More Fun stats:

  • Hercules has competed in 6 Survivor Series elimination matches and has eliminated zero opponents
  • Jim Duggan, Hercules, Bret Hart, and Tito Santana have competed in a Survivor Series Elimination match at all of the first 5 Survivor Series PPV’s

Fun Survivor Series 1990 Facts:

  • Joe Louis Arena was the site for Survivor Series 1991 – It was also the same arena that Survivor Series 1999, Vengeance 2002, Survivor Series 2005, Royal Rumble 2009, Over the Limit 2010, and Night of Champions 2013
  • At only 300,000 PPV buys this was the worst performing Survivor Series PPV to date
  • Big Bully Busick was supposed to be on Col. Mustafa’s team until he was replaced by Survivor Series veteran Hercules
  • Jake Roberts was supposed to team with I.R.S. and the Natural Disasters until he was suspended by President Tunney
  • Sid Justice was supposed to team with Big Boss Man and the Legion of Doom, but was kept out of the match due to injury
  • This was the first Survivor Series PPV to not take place on Thanksgiving. It took place on the eve of Thanksgiving

November 1991 in history:

  • The number one song on the Billboard music charts at the time of this event was “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Michael Bolton
  • “Cape Fear” was the number one movie at the box office at the time of this event. The main character in this movie later served as the inspiration for the wrestling character Waylon Mercy and later Bray Wyatt
  • 16 days before this event “Magic” Ervin Johnson announced to the world that he has the HIV virus and retired from the Lakers
  • Detroit Lions player, Mike Utley, was paralyzed in the middle of game on November 17th. This was alluded to in the Hogan/Undertaker match when Hogan was Tombstoned on a steel chair. Gorilla Monsoon even mentioned that Hogan visited Utley in the hospital the morning of Survivor Series as they were in Detroit
  • On the same day of this event Freddie Mercury confirmed he had AIDS and died the next day