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Survivor Series 1989 was the third annual Survivor Series professional wrestling pay-per-view professional wrestling event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It took place on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1989 at the Rosemont Horizon in Rosemont, Illinois. This was the first Survivor Series event to feature team names. It was also the first Survivor Series to feature 4 on 4 tag matches instead of 5 on 5.

The main event was a 4-on-4 Survivor Series match where The Ultimate Warriors (WWF Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior, The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) and Jim Neidhart) defeated The Heenan Family (Bobby Heenan, Colossal Connection (André the Giant and Haku) and Arn Anderson).The undercard also featured Survivor Series matches.


The main feud heading into Survivor Series was between The Ultimate Warriors (WWF Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior, The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty) and Jim Neidhart) and The Heenan Family (Colossal Connection (André the Giant and Haku) and Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard)). Bobby Heenan was a very popular Heel Manager, who led many heel wrestlers to championship victories in WWF and his clients Feuded with all Babyface wrestlers. Ultimate Warrior had been placed in a feud with Heenan's client Rick Rude which began at Royal Rumble when Warrior won by fan reaction over Rude in a posedown. Rude followed by attacking him. They feuded with each other until the summer of the year, in which they exchanged the Intercontinental Championship with each other. The Rockers were in a feud with Brain Busters, that had also begun since the beginning of the year. The feud began on January 30, 1989 edition of Prime Time Wrestling where Brain Busters faced The Rockers. In the match, Brain Busters narrowly defeated the Rockers as Anderson held down Marty Jannetty's leg as Blanchard pinned him. Rockers and Brain Busters faced each other in a rematch on March 11 which resulted in a double countout. They were added to the main event of Survivor Series in opposing teams.

The Honky Tonk Man began a feud with Dusty Rhodes in mid-1989, which culminated at SummerSlam where Dusty won.Rhodes and Honky continued their rivalry with each other, leading to a match at Survivor Series. Rhodes was scheduled to captain Dream Team while Honky became a part of The Enforcers. Akeem, one half of The Twin Towers defeated Brutus Beefcake in a King of the Ring 1989 qualifying match on October 14, leading to a feud between Beefcake and the Twin Towers. Beefcake joined Dusty's Dream Team while Twin Towers became scheduled captains of Enforcers. Tito Santana and Rick Martel, former Strike Force teammates had been Feuding with each other since WrestleMania V, where Martel turned Heel by abandoning Santana during their match against Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard). At SummerSlam, Martel and The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques Rougeau and Raymond Rougeau) defeated Santana and The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty). Martel became a member of The Enforcers while Santana and The Red Rooster were added to The Dream Team.

Randy Savage turned heel in early 1989, breaking up the The Mega Powers. He defeated Jim Duggan later that same year to win the title of "King of Wrestling", beginning a feud between Duggan and himself. Greg Valentine and Ron Garvin had been feuding since a match on December 30, 1988 in Madison Square Garden (MSG) which Valentine won by grabbing the tights for leverage. On April 22, 1989 episode of Superstars, Garvin defeated Valentine in a match. On the following edition of Superstars, they both faced each other in a retirement match where the loser could not wrestle anymore in WWF. Valentine won the match, sending Garvin into retirement. Garvin became a referee for WWF. During this time, he punched several wrestlers who physically provoked him, including Valentine in the course of his match against Jimmy Snuka, and he was suspended after the match. Valentine was also involved in a feud with Hercules, which culminated at SummerSlam 1989 where Valentine defeated Hercules by pinning him using the ropes for leverage. Garvin was the guest ring announcer for the match, and not only did he verbally shot Valentine during the introduction, but he also announced Hercules as the winner by disqualification. Valentine was so irate that he demanded for Garvin to be re-instated as a professional wrestler and his request was accepted. Garvin and Hercules were included as members of 4x4's at Survivor Series and Valentine was added as a member of King's Court. Dino Bravo was involved in a feud with Bret Hart. At Royal Rumble 1989, Jim Duggan, Hart and Jim Neidhart defeated Bravo and The Fabulous Rougeaus in a two out of three falls match, so Bravo became a member of King's Court at Survivor Series and Hart became a member of 4x4's.

Hulk Hogan starred in a WWF financed professional wrestling movie No Holds Barred as the protagonist, Rip. Tom Lister, Jr. portrayed Rip's arch rival Zeus in the movie, who is defeated by Rip. It turned out into a rivalry that took place in the WWF. Lister was billed as Zeus, who wanted to take revenge of the movie from Hogan in real-life. He debuted on May 27, 1989 before Hogan's WWF Championship title defense against Big Boss Man in a Steel Cage match. Boss Man's Manager Slick introduced him. Zeus attacked Hogan during Hogan's entrance. The feud culminated at SummerSlam 1989 where Hogan and Brutus Beefcake defeated Randy Savage and Zeus. Zeus was scheduled to become a part of Million $ Team against Hogan's Hulkamaniacs team at Survivor Series. At WrestleMania V, Ted DiBiase attempted to steal Jake Roberts' snake Damien during Roberts' match against André the Giant beginning a rivalry between Roberts and DiBiase. Roberts defeated DiBiase's manager Virgil on Superstars but after the match, DiBiase injured him and sidelined him for months. Roberts returned in late 1989 and signed to become a part of Hogan's Hulkamaniacs team against DiBiase's Million $ Team. Demolition (Ax and Smash) were Pushed as a heel tag team in the WWF in 1988 under the tutelage of Mr. Fuji. A stronger and powerful babyface tag team Powers of Pain (The Warlord and The Barbarian) debuted in the summer of 1988 and challenged Demolition for the WWF Tag Team Championship. At Survivor Series 1988, Fuji caused Demolition to get eliminated in a Survivor Series match resulting in a double turn as Powers of Pain turned heels and Demolition turned babyfaces. At WrestleMania V, Demolition defeated Powers of Pain and Mr. Fuji in a handicap match to retain the tag titles, culminating in Demolition joining Hulkamaniacs at Survivor Series and Powers of Pain joining Million $ Team in Survivor Series.

At SummerSlam 1988, Roddy Piper interfered in Rick Rude's WWF Intercontinental Championship title defense against Ultimate Warrior and distracted Rude, causing Rude to lose the title to Warrior.This led to Rude and Piper captaining teams against each other at Survivor Series. Rude's team was dubbed "Rude Brood" and Piper's team was dubbed "Roddy's Rowdies". Jimmy Snuka became a part of Rowdy's Rowdies and Mr. Perfect became a part of Rude Brood. The Bushwhackers (Butch and Luke) feuded with The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques and Raymond) in early 1989. This led to their WrestleMania V encounter where Bushwhackers won, leading to Bushwhackers joining Roddy's Rowdies and Rougeaus joining Rude Brood.


Before the event aired live on pay-per-view, Boris Zhukov defeated Paul Roma in a Dark match. The first Survivor Series match that aired on pay-per-view was the first-ever Survivor Series match to feature team name and the first to have 4 participants in each team. It was between The Dream Team (Dusty Rhodes, Brutus Beefcake, The Red Rooster and Tito Santana) and The Enforcers (Big Boss Man, Bad News Brown, Rick Martel and The Honky Tonk Man). Originally, Boss Man's tag team Twin Towers partner Akeem was scheduled to be a part of The Enforcers but was replaced by Brown. Rick Martel and Tito Santana, two former Strike Force partners and current rivals began the match. Martel pinned Santana with a roll-up, eliminating Santana, leaving Dream Team with 3 members. Like the previous year, Bad News Brown walked out on his team after arguing with team captain Big Boss Man and getting counted-out. Enforcers had also 3 members. Now both teams were having equal members until Brutus Beefcake pinned Honky Tonk Man after a high knee, eliminating Honky and leaving Enforcers with only 2 members - Boss Man and Martel. Martel entered but failed to eliminate Beefcake. Instead, Beefcake pinned Martel with a roll-up, eliminating him and leaving Enforcers' captain Boss Man as the remaining member. He managed to pin Red Rooster after a Boss Man Slam. He fought the opposing Dream Team's captain Dusty Rhodes. The two captains had a battle with each other, which Rhodes won after he pinned Boss Man with a flying crossbody. Dream Team won with Rhodes and Beefcake as the sole survivors.

The second Survivor Series match was between The King's Court ("Macho King" Randy Savage, Canadian Earthquake, Dino Bravo and Greg Valentine) and 4x4's (Jim Duggan, Bret Hart, Ronnie Garvin and Hercules). Canadian Earthquake was a replacement for The Widowmaker. Hercules and Earthquake began the match. Earthquake hit Hercules an Earthquake Splash and pinned Hercules to eliminate him, leaving 4x4's with 3 members. Greg Valentine came next against 4x4's team captain Jim Duggan. Duggan used his bigger size on Valentine and hit him with a three-point stance charging clothesline and pinned Valentine to eliminate him, leaving King's Court with 3 members too. Dino Bravo brawled with Ronnie Garvin. Bravo hit Garvin a side slam and pinned Garvin to eliminate him, leaving 4x4's with 2 members - Duggan and Bret Hart. Hart used his high-flying ability but fell victim to a Savage Elbow by opposing team King's Court captain Randy Savage. Savage followed by pinning Hart and eliminating him, leaving 4x4's with their captain Duggan. Duggan was able to fend himself against King's Court, who were all 3. However, Savage's valet Queen Sherri interfered which distracted Duggan. Duggan went to the outside to chase her and got counted-out. King's Court won the match with Savage, Earthquake and Bravo as the sole survivors.

The third Survivor Series match was between The Hulkamaniacs (WWF Champion Hulk Hogan, WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition (Ax and Smash) and Jake Roberts) and Million $ Team (Ted DiBiase, Powers of Pain (The Warlord and The Barbarian) and Zeus). Zeus shoved the referee at 3:21 minute mark, so he was disqualified and got eliminated, leaving Million $ Team with 3 members. Ax and Warlord battled each other. Ax dominated Warlord until Powers of Pain's manager Mr. Fuji distracted him. Warlord took advantage and pinned Ax to eliminate him, leaving Hulkamaniacs with 3 members to even the score. Ax's Demolition partner Smash entered the match and Warlord's Powers of Pain partner Barbarian battled it out. Smash tried to take revenge of Ax's elimination from Barbarian but was pinned after a flying clothesline, getting eliminated and leaving Hulkamaniacs with 2 members - Jake Roberts and Hulk Hogan himself. Warlord and Barbarian double-teamed Hogan, so they were disqualified and eliminated, leaving opposing team Million $ Team's captain Ted DiBiase as the only member from his team remaining in the match. Roberts got the upper hand on DiBiase until DiBiase's manager Virgil distracted Roberts. DiBiase pinned Roberts and put his feet on the ropes for leverage. Hulkamaniacs' captain Hogan was the remaining member of his team. Both captains were now left to battle against each other where Hogan hit a leg drop on DiBiase and pinned him to win the match and becoming the sole survivor for his team.

The fourth Survivor Series match was between The Rude Brood (Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect and The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques and Raymond)) and Roddy's Rowdies (Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka and The Bushwhackers (Butch and Luke)). The high-flying Jimmy Snuka and Jacques Rougeau began the battle where Snuka hit Jacques with a Superfly Splash and pinned him to eliminate Jacques, leaving Rude Brood with 3 members. Jacques' brother and Fabulous Rougeaus partner Raymond battled opposing team Roddy's Rowdies' captain Roddy Piper. Piper hit Raymond with a piledriver and pinned Raymond to eliminate him, leaving Rude Brood with only 2 members - Mr. Perfect and the captain Rick Rude. Perfect had been pushed as an undefeated wrestler since joining WWF in 1988. He pinned Bushwhacker Butch with a roll-up to eliminate Butch, leaving Rowdy's Rowdies with 3 members. Butch's Bushwhackers partner Bushwhacker Luke battled Rude but unluckily, he was hit with a Rude Awakening and got pinned, getting eliminated and leaving Rowdy's Rowdies with 2 members. Both teams were having 2 members. Both captains, Rude and Piper battled each other and the captains themselves were counted-out, leaving it to Perfect from Rude Brood and Snuka from Roddy's Rowdies. Snuka used his high-flying techniques on Perfect but was unable to pin him. Perfect hit Snuka a Perfectplex and pinned him to win the match and becoming the sole survivor for Rude Brood.

The main event was a Survivor Series match between The Ultimate Warriors (WWF Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior, The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty ) and Jim Neidhart and The Heenan Family (Bobby Heenan, Colossal Connection (André the Giant and Haku) and Arn Anderson). Arn Anderson's Brain Busters partner Tully Blanchard was originally scheduled to be a part of The Heenan Family but he was fired from the WWF on the day of the PPV for failing a drug test, so Bobby Heenan replaced him. André the Giant and opposing team Ultimate Warriors' captain Ultimate Warrior began the match. The powerhouse Warrior dominated the taller André and shockingly clotheslined him over the top rope. André was counted-out and got eliminated, leaving Heenan Family with 3 members. André's Colossal Connection partner Haku fought with Jim Neidhart. He hit Neidhart a thrust kick and pinned Neidhart to eliminate him, evening the score as Ultimate Warriors also had 3 members. Heenan, the manager of his team also wrestled. He was able to eliminate Marty Jannetty by pinning him after a knee drop, leaving Ultimate Warriors with 2 members - Shawn Michaels and captain Ultimate Warrior while Heenan Family had still 3 members. Michaels evened the score after he pinned Haku with a flying crossbody, eliminating him and leaving both teams with 2 members. Arn Anderson began arguing with Heenan but he managed to eliminate Michaels after hitting him an Anderson Drop and pinning him, leaving the captain Warrior as the only member of his team. He dominated Anderson with a gorilla press drop and a big splash combination and pinned Anderson to eliminate him. This left Warrior and Heenan. Warrior easily destroyed Heenan with a big splash and pinned Heenan to eliminate him to win the match and become the sole survivor for his team.


Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.

Survivor Series elimination matches

Elimination Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Tito Santana The Dream Team Rick Martel Pin by a roll-up 9:15
2 Bad News Brown The Enforcers None Count-out after arguing with Boss Man and walking out on his team 15:26
3 Honky Tonk Man The Enforcers Brutus Beefcake Pin after a high knee 17:24
4 Rick Martel The Enforcers Brutus Beefcake Pin by a roll-up 20:13
5 The Red Rooster The Dream Team Big Boss Man Pin after a Boss Man Slam 21:00
6 Big Boss Man The Enforcers Dusty Rhodes Pin after a Flying Crossbody 22:02
Survivors: Rhodes and Beefcake
Elimination Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Hercules The 4x4's Earthquake Pin after an Earthquake Splash 3:57
2 Greg Valentine The King's Court Jim Duggan Pin after charging clothesline 7:32
3 Ronnie Garvin The 4x4's Dino Bravo Pin after side slam 11:17
4 Bret Hart The 4x4's Randy Savage Pin after flying elbow drop 19:06
5 Jim Duggan The 4x4's None Count-out after outside interference from Queen Sherri 23:25
Survivors: Savage, Canadian Earthquake, and Bravo
Elimination Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Zeus The Million $ Team None Disqualification for shoving the referee 3:21
2 Ax The Hulkamaniacs The Warlord Pin after outside interference from Mr. Fuji 9:50
3 Smash The Hulkamaniacs The Barbarian Pin after flying clothesline 13:42
4 & 5 The Powers of Pain (Warlord and Barbarian) The Million $ Team None Both men were disqualified for double teaming Hogan 19:51
6 Jake Roberts The Hulkamaniacs Ted DiBiase Pin with feet on ropes and outside interference from Virgil 23:51
7 Ted DiBiase The Million $ Team Hulk Hogan Pin after a leg drop 27:32
Survivor: Hogan
Elimination Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Jacques Rougeau The Rude Brood Jimmy Snuka Pin after the Superfly Splash 4:01
2 Raymond Rougeau The Rude Brood Roddy Piper Pin after a piledriver 7:30
3 Butch Roddy's Rowdies Mr. Perfect Pin after a roll-up 10:46
4 Luke Roddy's Rowdies Rick Rude Pin after a Rude Awakening 12:14
5 Rick Rude and Roddy Piper Rude Brood and Roddy's Rowdies None Double Count-out 18:35
6 Jimmy Snuka Roddy's Rowdies Mr. Perfect Pin after the Perfect Plex 21:27
Survivor: Mr. Perfect
Elimination Wrestler Team Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Andre The Giant The Heenan Family None Count-out after being knocked out of the ring by Ultimate Warrior 0:27
2 Jim Neidhart The Ultimate Warriors Haku Pin after a Thrust Kick 3:32
3 Marty Jannetty The Ultimate Warriors Bobby Heenan Pin after a knee drop 8:53
4 Haku The Heenan Family Shawn Michaels Pin with Flying Crossbody 12:54
5 Shawn Michaels The Ultimate Warriors Arn Anderson Pin after an Anderson Drop 15:47
6 Arn Anderson The Heenan Family The Ultimate Warrior Pin after a Gorllia Press Slam/splash combo 18:19
7 Bobby Heenan The Heenan Family The Ultimate Warrior Pin after a Gorilla Press Splash 20:28
Survivor: Ultimate Warrior

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