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Let’s Talk Wrestling : WWF Survivor Series 1988 (Review)


Survivor Series

Richfield, Ohio

Nov. 24th, 1988



Survivor Series Ten Man Tag Team Elimination Match
Bad News Brown, Danny Davis, Greg Valentine, Ron Bass & The Honky Tonk Man (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. Brutus Beefcake, Jim Brunzell, Sam Houston, The Blue Blazer & The Ultimate Warrior

A very bland survivor series match. Warrior clearly was the only main draw in the match so it was clear where it was heading. Blue Blazer did get some time to show off but other than that nothing really in this match ever catch steam. 

1.5 / 5

Survivor Series Ten Team Tag Team Elimination Match
The British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & The Dynamite Kid), The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart), The Powers Of Pain (The Barbarian & The Warlord), The Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels) & The Young Stallions (Jim Powers & Paul Roma) vs. Demolition (Ax & Smash), The Bolsheviks (Boris Zhukov & Nikolai Volkoff), The Brain Busters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard), Los Conquistadores (Conquistador Dos & Conquistador Uno) & The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques Rougeau & Raymond Rougeau) (w/Bobby Heenan, Jimmy Hart & Mr. Fuji)

Dear god what a drag of a match. Such a plethora of talent too that while getting brief moments to shine just had so many dead moments throughout. Sure the end was somewhat cool but the match was just such a slow sludge to get through that by the end you’re so ready for it to be done that you don’t care. 

.5 / 5

Survivor Series Ten Man Tag Team Elimination Match
Jake Roberts, Jim Duggan, Ken Patera, Scott Casey & Tito Santana vs. Dino Bravo, Mr. Perfect & The Heenan Family (Andre The Giant, Harley Race & Rick Rude) (w/Bobby Heenan & Frenchy Martin)

Another match that just dragged too much. While it had some fantastic legendary names in it there was just too much downtown where really nothing was happening. The crowd was red hot for some of it and it did have its moments including Andre being tied up in the ropes. It just could never keep a consistent pace going. 

2.5 / 5

Survivor Series Ten Man Tag Team Elimination Match
Akeem, King Haku, Ted DiBiase, The Big Boss Man & The Red Rooster (w/Bobby Heenan, Slick & Virgil) vs. Hercules, Hillbilly Jim, Koko B. Ware & The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage) (w/Miss Elizabeth)

Another match that just had its moments and that’s all. A frantic and chaotic ending that had too many moving parts becomes almost too overwhelming to watch. Its a solid ending though, just getting to it isn’t entirely worth it. 

2.5 / 5

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