The 1989 Survivor Series will never be mistaken as one of the all-time great offerings from WWE. It does, however, fall into a very specific category that the older Survivor Series events tend to end up in: the quaint sort of nostalgic showcases that make older fans feel all warm inside. It's pro wrestling comfort food - appropriate given its proximity to America's favorite feasting holiday.
The 1989 edition is also notable for something that desperately needs to make a comeback: team names. And I'm not talking "Team Raw" or "Team *INSERT CAPTAIN'S LAST NAME HERE*" We're talking The Hulkamaniacs vs. The Million Dollar Team, and Roddy's Rowdies vs. Rude's Brood. It's that sort of quasi-corny good-natured fun that's missing from WWE these days. Like you wouldn't wanna see Kevin Owens' "Prizefighters" team battling it out against McMahon's Militia.
It was also the Survivor Series that streamlined the matches down to pitting four-against-four, due to the roster itself getting whittled down. Granted, they could've done the old five-on-five deal if they wedged in the likes of Koko B. Ware, The Genius, The Young Stallions, and others. But alas. Survivor Series 1989 is what a wrestling show should be: mindlessly fun and entertaining, without maddening its audience.
Here are ten facts about Survivor Series 1989 you may not have known.
Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.