Ringside Rewind: JBL v. Booker T, WWE Championship Match, Survivor Series 2004

Survivor Series 2004, much like this year’s event, only featured two traditional elimination matches; Team Angle (Kurt Angle, Carlito, Luther Reigns and Mark Jindrak) v. Team Guerrero (Eddie Guerrero, Big Show, Rob Van Dam and John Cena) and Team Triple H (Triple H, Edge, Snitsky and Batista) v. Team Orton (Randy Orton, Maven, Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit).

The penultimate match on the card, though, was for the WWE Championship as JBL defended his title against Booker T. Let’s rewind 10 years time and re-live the match as we await WWE’s presentation of the 2014 version of Survivor Series.

Ringside Rewind: Team WWF v. Team Alliance, Survivor Series 2001

As we gear up for tonight’s Survivor Series, let’s take a look back at the 2001 version of the event, as posted on WWE’s YouTube page. This was the culmination of the “WCW invasion” storyline, which was so much worse and more convoluted than it could have been. The main event of Survivor Series 2001 was Team WWF v. The Alliance in a traditional elimination match where the winning team’s company would stay in business while the other’s doors would be shuttered, at least in kayfabe.

Team WWF was comprised of The Rock, Chris Jericho, Undertaker, Kane and Big Show while the Alliance squad was made up of Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle (who never competed for WCW or ECW), Booker T and Shane McMahon.

Ringside Rewind: Los Gringos Locos v. El Hijo del Santo & Octagon, 2 Out of 3 Falls Hair v. Masks Match, AAA When Worlds Collide, 11/6/94

On November 6, 1994, AAA presented When Worlds Collide. The event was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and promoted in conjunction with WCW. The pay-per-view was broadcast in both English and Spanish. In the main event, Perro Aguayo defeated Konnan in a Steel Cage Match but the match that stole the show – and earned a five star rating from Dave Meltzer – was La Pareja del Terror (Los Gringos Locos) v. El Hijo del Santo and Octagon. The contest was also a two out of three falls hair v. masks match, so it had just about everything you could jam into a wrestling match.

Los Gringos Locos was comprised of Eddie Guerrero and “Love Machine” Art Barr. The two were in negotiations to head to ECW at the time of this match to feud with Public Enemy, but Barr would tragically die less than three weeks after When Worlds Collide.

Enjoy this match, one of the last of Barr’s life and one that is widely considered to be one of the greatest pay-per-view matches of all time.

Ringside Rewind: The Montreal Screwjob

This post originally ran on RingsideRants.com on November 9, 2013 and is being re-posted as part of the lead-up to Survivor Series 2014.

During the main event of Survivor Series 1997, in the WWF Championship match between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart, referee Earl Hebner signaled for the bell as Michaels had Hart in the Sharpshooter, in what would forever be known as the “Montreal Screwjob.”

Only a few men knew the plan and Bret wasn’t one of them. Despite assurances to the contrary, Vince McMahon screwed Bret Hart that night in Montreal.

Hart was on his way to WCW, after being told by McMahon that WWF wouldn’t be able to follow through on Hart’s 20-year contract due to financial troubles. According to the owner of the WWF, Hart would be doing what was best for everyone by leaving for WCW.

So that’s what Bret Hart did, negotiating a lucrative contract with the enemy, and agreeing to drop the belt the night after Survivor Series. He didn’t want to do business for Shawn Michaels and especially not in Canada. In wrestling, though, when it comes time to do the job, you do the job.

There is so much controversy surrounding the events of the “Screwjob” that a compelling case can be made for a number of arguments. Most say Bret Hart got a raw deal. Some say Bret Hart should have played by the rules and laid down for Michaels. A large number of people think the whole thing was a work.

No matter why and how the whole thing went down, it remains one of the most important moments in wrestling history.

That night Vince McMahon as the heel authority figure was born, which would lead to the Austin-McMahon rivalry and the Attitude Era. It also forced McMahon and the wrestling industry as a whole to pull back the curtain a bit. Depending on your stance, that was good or bad for business.

For two men that hated each other, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels truly had great in-ring chemistry and some of the greatest matches of each wrestler’s career came against one another.

Ringside Rewind: Team Andre the Giant v. Team Hulk Hogan, Survivor Series 1987

Following their historic matchup at WrestleMania III, Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant would square off again at Survivor Series 1987, but this time they would bring some friends along.

The main event of the pay-per-view featured Andre the Giant teaming with One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed and “Ravishing” Rick Rude to take on Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, Ken Patera and Bam Bam Bigelow.

Ringside Rewind: Shawn Michaels v. Bret Hart, WWE Championship Match, Survivor Series 1992

Survivor Series 1992 was the first event of its kind to put more emphasis on singles matches than the traditional elimination matches. In fact, the event only featured one elimination match, a four-on-four contest that pitted The Nasty Boys and The Natural Disasters against Money Inc. and The Beverly Brothers. Unfortunately, the trend of more singles matches than elimination matches has continued all the way up to present day, making Survivor Series a mere name more than a theme.

While Survivor Series 1992 is considered one of the more lackluster shows in the event’s history, there were two very strong main event matches. The first was a tag team match with Razor Ramon and Ric Flair taking on “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Mr. Perfect.

The second main event was the final match of the evening, featuring Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels challenging Bret “Hitman” Hart for the then-WWF Championship in one of the first of many matches in the pair’s storied rivalry.

Michaels had just won the IC Title a few weeks before from The British Bulldog, who was abruptly released due to steroid allegations and was made to drop the belt to HBK on his way out. Hart was originally scheduled to defend the WWF Championship against Jake “The Snake” Roberts at Survivor Series, but the WWF couldn’t come to terms with Roberts on a contract, and the new Michaels v. Hart main event was born.

The match is considered one of the better main event title matches in WWE history and was awarded 4.5 stars by Wrestling Observer‘s Dave Meltzer.

Ringside Rewind: WCW World War III 1995: 60-Man, 3-Ring Battle Royal


In 1995, WCW introduced a unique new concept to the wrestling world: A 60-man, three-ring battle royal. The winner of the contest would also become the WCW World Heavyweight Champion, since the title had been stripped from The Giant.

On November 26, 1995, “Macho Man” Randy Savage won the inaugural battle royal in controversial fashion. Savage was the last man standing in the ring and declared the winner, yet Hulk Hogan had technically not been eliminated since he was pulled from the ring by The Giant. The referee didn’t see it and only caught Hogan standing on the arena floor, declaring him eliminated.

There would be four total World War III pay-per-views, with the 60-man battle royal in subsequent years earning the winner a WCW World Heavyweight Championship match.

Ringside Rewind: Team WWF v. Team Alliance, Survivor Series 2001

As we gear up for Survivor Series this Sunday, let’s take a look back at the 2001 version of the event, as posted on WWE’s YouTube page. This was the culmination of the “WCW invasion” storyline, which was so much worse and more convoluted than it could have been. The main event of Survivor Series 2001 was Team WWF v. The Alliance in a traditional elimination match where the winning team’s company would stay in business while the other’s doors would be shuttered, at least in kayfabe.

Team WWF was comprised of The Rock, Chris Jericho, Undertaker, Kane and Big Show while the Alliance squad was made up of Steve Austin, Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle (who never competed for WCW or ECW), Booker T and Shane McMahon.

Five Star Friday: Stan Hansen v. Kenta Kobashi, 8/15/93

Five Star Friday is a weekly feature at Ringside Rants. Each Friday will bring a different contest from Dave Meltzer’s prestigious list of five star-rated matches.

Each of these men have previously been featured in our Five Star Friday video drop, but today they go one-on-one with each other. Stan Hansen and Kenta Kobashi earned Meltzer’s five star rating for their All Japan Pro Wrestling match from August 15, 1993.

Ringside Rewind: AJ Styles & Air Paris v. Alex Wright & Disco Inferno, WCW Thunder, 2/21/01

In 2001, a 23-year-old AJ Styles had just entered WCW under the name “Air Styles” – along with Air Paris – in the tag team, “Air Raid.” On the February 21, 2001 episode of “Thunder,” Air Raid took on “Das Wunderkind” Alex Wright and Disco Inferno.

It’s strange to think that AJ Styles has been around long enough to have wrestled in WCW, even if it was during the company’s spiraling end. It was only a few months after Styles’ arrival that Vince McMahon bought WCW and Styles wasn’t offered a contract.