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Bart Gunn, Jesse James, Aldo Montoya and Bob Holly vs. Sultan, Billy Gunn,
Sal Sincere and Bradshaw
Survivor: Bart Gunn
Doug Furnas, Phil Lafon, Henry Godwinn and Phineas Godwinn vs. Owen Hart,
British Bulldog, Leif Cassidy and Marty Jannetty
Survivors: Doug Furnas and Phil Lafon
With Paul Bearer suspended in a cage above the ring, the Undertaker defeated Mankind
Marc Mero, the Stalker, Rocky Maivia, and Jake Roberts vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Jerry "the King" Lawler, Crush and Goldust Survivor: Rocky Maivia
Bret "Hitman" Hart defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin via pinfall.
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, Yokozuna, Savio Vega and Flash Funk battled Vader, Faarooq, Razor Ramon and Diesel to a double disqualification
Sycho Sid defeated Shawn Michaels for the WWE Championship
Overall Mark: B+
The Survivor Series events from 1992-1995 were pretty average. When I
watched Survivor Series 1996 I was pleased because it was a return to form
for one of my favourite PPV events of the year.
The card was so memorable for so many reasons. Jake "The Snake" Roberts made his first Survivor Series appearance since the 1991 event. The Rock (then known as Rocky Maivia) made his debut and overcome the odds in a heated match. And we also got to see the return of veteran wrestler Jimmy Superfly Snuka.
In addition to the elimination matches we got to see Bret Hart battle Steve Austin in a brilliant match and Sycho Sid and Shawn Michaels assembled an awesome encounter for the WWF Championship.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
1. Jesse James/Aldo Montaya/Bob Holly/Bart Gunn Vs. The
Sultan/Salvatore Sincere/Justin Bradshaw/Billy Gunn - It reminds me
setting up only for Gunns. - 6/10
2. Owen Hart/The British Bulldog/New Rockers Vs. Doug Furnas/Phillip Lafon/The Godwinns - Very surprising winners! But Owen sold good. It was his credit. 7.5/10/10
3. Mankind Vs. The Undertaker - They know it better. But nice done one. 7/10
4. Hunter Hearst Helmsley/Goldust/Crush/Jerry Lawler Vs. Marc Mero/The Stalker/Rocky Maivia/Jake Roberts - Hehe Crush without his legendary Mullet. Victory and push for Maivia 6.5/10
5. Stone Cold Vs Bret Hart - Legend versus Newbie with Push, pretty exciting thing. 8/10
6. Faarooq/Vader/Fake Diesel & Fake Razor Ramon Vs. Savio Vega/Yokozuna/Flash Funk/Jimmy Superboring Snuka - Now that was low: Fake Now-WCW wrestlers, Snuka, Vega and DQ ending with not so good action along. 5/10
7. WWF Heavyweight Championship: Psycho Sid Vs. Champ-Shawn Michaels 6.5/10
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Shawn Michaels failed title run came to an end, much to pleasure of the
crowd Bret Hart returned to PPV and had a classic with Steve Austin,
Mankind and Undertaker's never ending rivalry continued and some young
punk named Rocky Maivia made his PPV debut on this entertaining show
that marked a return to form by the WWE after some fairly mediocre PPVs
throughout 1996. Maybe it was being back in their traditional home of
Madison Square Garden that finally bought the best out of them.
The night started off with the ECW Tag Team of Doug Furnas and Phil Lafond teaming up with the Godwinns (Phineas and Henry) to defeat Owen Hart, the British Bulldog, Marty Jannetty and Leif Cassidy in a Survivor Series match. The match went a fair while before Jannetty was eliminated by Henry Godwinn, who was almost immediately eliminated by the opportunistic Owen Hart. Phineas was eliminated following a running power slam from the British Bulldog a short time later. Lafon was able to square things up, eliminating Leif Cassidy with a sweet suplex from the second rope. Lafon also eliminated the Bulldog following a schoolboy to leave he and Furnas against Owen Hart. Hart dug deep, but eventually fell to Furnas after a suplex leaving Furnas and Lafon as the Survivors in an entertaining match.
The next match saw the never ending feud between Mankind and Undertaker continue. Undertaker had been buried alive in the previous PPV, despite winning his match against Mankind and here he was able to win a standard one on one match. The rivalry had just about run out of puff by this stage. Two guys can only meet a certain number of times before they start going over old ground.
Next it was time for another four on four Survivor Series match, and for Rocky Maivia (or as he was later known The Rock) to make his first PPV appearance. And he made quite an impression too, being the sole Survivor as his team, which included Marc Mero, Jake Roberts and Barry Windham (or the stalker as he was now called) defeated Crush, Jerry Lawaler, Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Goldust. Roberts pinned Lawler after a fair bit of wrestling. Goldust evened things up a short time time later, pinning Windham, Mero then pinned Helmsley after a Merosault, but was himself eliminated by Crush a short time later. Jake Roberts was the next to go seconds later, leaving the Rock to eliminate Crush after a flying body press and then take out Goldust with shoulderbreaker. This was longer than the opening match, but that doesn't make it better. But at least it wasn't terrible.
The next match was one of the greatest wrestling matches in WWE history as the returning Bret Hart faced Stone Cold Steve Austin with the winner to become the No.1 contender for the WWE Title. Hart looked like he'd never been gone. Austin looked as good as he'd looked throughout his WWE run and the crowd was on the edge of their seats as Hart overcame Austin, countering a sleeper into a pinning predicament to win one of the very best matches ever seen at Madison Square Garden.
Next up saw what I believe is the only Survivor Series match ever to not have a single survivor. The Team of Vader, Faarooq, the New Diesel and Razor Ramon II fought to a no contest with Flash Funk, Jimmy Snuka, Savio Vega and Yokozuna. Vega was eliminated following a jack knife from the New Diesel, Razor was pinned after a superfly splash from Snukka and the other six guys were simultaneously counted out after brawling. The New Diesel and Razor II were both characters introduced by Jim Ross as part of a rather silly storyline which was quickly abandoned. New Diesel went on to become Kane and have a long, successful career. Razor II didn't work out.
This brings us to the main event which saw the turn coat Sycho Sid defeat Shawn Michaels after taking out his manager Jose Lothario as a distraction and then clocking Michaels with a TV camera. Despite the fact Sid was obviously the bad guy in this story, the MSG crowd poured out thunderous approval on Sid. I think, like a lot of us, they were a little sick of Shawn Michaels as Champion and were glad to see someone new and different win the belt. This was not a terrible match either. A real shame that the talented Michaels just never quite worked as a fan favourite champion.
One of the best WWE matches of all time, a well done World title change and some fun elimination tag matches added up to make Survivor Series 1996 the best PPV since Wrestlemania 12's one match card. A night to be remembered fondly for anyone who watched WWE wrestling in 1996.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
An awesome show in an exciting time in WWF history. A killer delivery
from Bret Hart--in his return after an eight month absence--and Steve
Austin, in his first big time pay-per view match. The match prompted a
JR, "in the same spot where Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier got it on,
we're seeing this kind of action!" It gave off a big-time fight
atmosphere to say the least, to say Ali-Frazier? I just wouldn't know.
Come to think of it, all Bret Hart-Stone Cold matches had the big-fight
feel. And this one in the Garden.
Shawn Michaels and Sid also delivered a memorable Championship match. The Main Event saw, conveniently perhaps, the end of Michaels eight-month run as Champion. "The best eight months of my life," Michaels would later say. Sid "snapped" and unpredictably nailed one-time HBK corner-man Jose Latherio in the chest with a camera, nailed Michaels with the camera and a Powerbomb, on his way to winning his first major Championship amid a wildly positive reaction in New York City.
This was the first show in 1996 where the audience didn't cooperate, so to speak. Fans cheered Austin and Sid. In Austin-Bret, there was an ROH-esquire "Austin (clap, clap)...Lets Go Bret!" chants, leading to . It was a time-changing piece in Austin's run and Bret's turn.
The undercard featured Undertaker-Mankind III, this time with Paul Bearer in a cage and an Executioner (~!...?) run-in. The Rock debuted, as Rocky Miavia, in a Survivor Series match eliminating Crush and Goldust in route to winning the match for his team that also included Marc Mero. Owen and The Bulldog were good in the opener with Furnas & Lafon and the Godwinns.
Sunny came out looking good, Vince danced with her in the jovial-Vince days so it was still funny. The commentary was also exceptional from everyone involved.
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