Survivor Series 1988 was the second annual Survivor Series pay-per-view professional wrestling event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). It took place on Thanksgiving Night, November 24, 1988 and was held at the Richfield Coliseum, in Richfield, Ohio.

The main event was a Survivor Series match that featured a 5-man team captained by The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and WWF Champion Randy Savage) against a team captained by The Twin Towers (Akeem and The Big Boss Man). Hogan and Savage were the only survivors in the match, making Randy Macho Man Savage the first man to become a two time Survivor Series winner. The entire undercard featured three Survivor Series matches between mid-card wrestlers.


The main feud heading into Survivor Series pitted The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and WWF Champion Randy Savage), Hercules, Koko B. Ware, and Hillbilly Jim against The Twin Towers (Akeem and Big Bossman), Ted DiBiase, Haku, and The Red Rooster. Hogan and Savage formed this alliance at WrestleMania IV in March 1988 after Hogan helped Savage in defeating DiBiase in the tournament final for the vacant WWF Championship. DiBiase and André the Giant faced Hogan and Savage at the inaugural SummerSlam in August where the Mega Powers won. DiBiase had bought the contract of André from Heenan at the inaugural Royal Rumble in January. In late 1988, DiBiase bought another contract from Heenan of Hercules, who was a powerful force in the WWF. Hercules refused to become DiBiase's slave and turned babyface and started feuding with DiBiase. DiBiase and other heel wrestlers joined Twin Towers against Mega Powers and other babyface wrestlers. Another major feud pitted Jake "the Snake" Roberts against André the Giant. The storyline began when Roberts exposed André's extreme fear of snakes on a recent edition of Saturday Night's Main Event. Roberts had thrown his snake, Damien, on the frightened André, who suffered a mild (kayfabe) heart attack. André vowed revenge, but Roberts constantly used Damien—either in their matches or by coming to the ring with a sack containing the snake during André's matches against other wrestlers—to gain a psychological edge. The major tag team feud pitted WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition against the Powers of Pain, two teams known for their use of face paint and power brawling style of wrestling. The other main feud pitted WWF Intercontinental Champion Ultimate Warrior vs. The Honky Tonk Man, the former champion who was determined to regain his title.


The first match of the event was a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match between the team of WWF Intercontinental Champion The Ultimate Warrior, Brutus Beefcake, Sam Houston, The Blue Blazer in his pay-per-view (PPV) debut, and Jim Brunzell and the team of The Honky Tonk Man, Ron Bass, Danny Davis, Greg Valentine, and Bad News Brown. Don Muraco was originally scheduled to be a part of Warrior's team but left WWF, so he was replaced by Jim Brunzell. Beefcake used the sleeper hold on Davis, who submitted at 1:18 mark leaving 4 members on Honky's team. Brown hit Brunzell with a Ghetto Blaster and pinned him, leaving 4 members in both teams. His teammate Valentine accidentally hit him. This angered Brown and he walked away, thus getting counted-out in the process. This left Honky's team with 3 members. Bass hit Houston with a running powerslam and pinned him as 3 members were left in both teams. The high-flying superhero Blue Blazer faced Greg Valentine. Blazer used his quick moves but eventually fell victim to a figure four leglock and was forced to submit. Warrior's team had only 2 members now, Brutus Beefcake and Warrior himself. Beefcake brawled with the opponent team's captain Honky Tonk Man. The duo brawled to the outside and both men were counted-out, leaving Warrior to fend himself against Bass and Valentine. He hit Bass with a double axe handle and pinned him to eliminate him. Warrior and Valentine were left and he hit Valentine too with the double axe handle and pinned him to win the match for his team.

The second Survivor Series match was a 10-on-10 variation of tag teams where if a wrestler from a tag team was eliminated, his partner was also eliminated. The match featured the Powers of Pain (The Warlord and The Barbarian), The Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty), the British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid), The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart), and The Young Stallions (Paul Roma and Jim Powers) against WWF Tag Team Champions Demolition (Ax and Smash), the Brain Busters (Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard), The Bolsheviks (Nikolai Volkoff and Boris Zhukov), The Fabulous Rougeaus (Jacques and Raymond) and Los Conquistadores (Uno and Dos). Hart pinned Raymond with a small package, eliminating The Fabulous Rougeaus from the match. Zhukov hit a reverse diving crossbody on Powers and pinned him to eliminate The Young Stallions but shortly after, he was pinned by Jannetty with a sunset flip, thus eliminating The Bolsheviks from the match. Hart hit a German suplex on Blanchard but the referee saw his shoulders down, so he counted the pinfall eliminating The Hart Foundation. The Rockers began brawling with Blanchard and his partner Anderson. The Rockers and the Brain Busters were both disqualified due to brawling in the ring and were eliminated. Dynamite hit Smash on the mat and went to the top rope. He tried to hit a diving headbutt but Smash got up and clotheslined him and then pinned him to eliminate the British Bulldogs. Smash was unable to handle the powerful Barbarian of the Powers of Pain. When Mr. Fuji thought that his team could not beat the Powers of Pain, he opened the rope causing Smash to get counted-out, thus eliminating Demolition. Ax confronted Fuji but Fuji whacked him with his cane. Demolition beat him and turned babyfaces. For over 5 minutes, Demolition and the Powers of Pain brawled before Demolition left. The Powers of Pain turned heels after they placed him in their corner. Barbarian hit Uno with a headbutt and pinned him to eliminate Los Conquistadores and this made the Powers of Pain the sole survivors for their own team.

The third Survivor Series match featured André the Giant, Rick Rude, Dino Bravo, Mr. Perfect, and Harley Race against Jim Duggan, Jake Roberts, Scott Casey, Ken Patera, and Tito Santana. Junkyard Dog was originally scheduled to be a part of Roberts' team but left WWF. Brian Blair replaced JYD to be a part of the team but he also left WWF, so he was replaced by Scott Casey. Rude hit Patera with a Rude Awakening at 8:18 mark and pinned Patera to eliminate him, leaving Roberts' team with 4 members. A minute later, André's team member Bravo hit Casey with a side suplex and pinned Casey to eliminate him. Roberts' team was left with only 3 members while André's team had still 5 members. However, Santana hit Race with a flying forearm smash and then pinned him to eliminate Race, leaving André's team with 4 members. Opponent team captain André came himself and he used his tall height and heavy weight on Santana. He sat on Santana, knocking him out. Roberts' team had only 2 members, Jim Duggan and Roberts himself. Duggan used his 2x4 on Bravo, getting disqualified in the process. Roberts was now the only member in his team. He managed to fight 4 wrestlers as he hit a DDT on Rude, eliminating him. André applied a chokehold on Roberts and refused to release it, getting disqualified in the process. Before André left, he headbutted Roberts. Perfect took advantage and pinned Roberts to win the match. Perfect and Bravo became the sole survivors for their team.

The main event featured The Mega Powers (Hulk Hogan and WWF Champion Randy Savage), Hercules, Koko B. Ware, and Hillbilly Jim against The Twin Towers (Akeem and The Big Boss Man), Ted DiBiase, Haku, and The Red Rooster. Savage hit a Savage Elbow on Rooster and pinned Rooster to eliminate him, leaving 4 members in Twin Towers' corner. The big Akeem overpowered Hillbilly Jim and hit him with a 747 Splash and then pinned Hillbilly Jim to eliminate him, leaving 4 members in Mega Powers' corner to even the score. Akeem's partner Boss Man hit Koko with a Boss Man Slam and pinned him to eliminate Koko, leaving 3 members in Mega Powers' corner. DiBiase's bodyguard Virgil distracted Hercules, allowing DiBiase to pin him with a schoolboy, leaving 2 members in Mega Powers' corner, Hogan and Savage - the Mega Powers themselves. Savage immediately pinned DiBiase with a schoolboy to eliminate him, leaving 3 members in Twin Towers' corner. Boss Man handcuffed Hogan to the ropes. The referee counted out Boss Man, eliminating him and both teams had 2 members. Akeem was also eliminated at the same time because of shoving the referee and illegally double-teaming Savage. The captains of their team, Hogan and Savage were still in the match while Haku was the only member from the other team. He managed to handle his opponents for the next four minutes, before Hogan hit him with a leg drop and pinned Haku to eliminate him and win the match as Hogan and Savage survived the match for their 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 Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Danny Davis Brutus Beefcake Sleeper hold 1:18
2 Jim Brunzell Bad News Brown Pinfall after Ghetto blaster 5:12
3 Bad News Brown None Count out (Valentine accidentally hit Brown and he walked out) 7:50
4 Sam Houston Ron Bass Pinfall after Power Slam 10:09
5 The Blue Blazer Greg Valentine Submission by Figure Four Leglock 12:29
6A Brutus Beefcake None Count Out 15:44
6B Honky Tonk Man None Count Out 15:44
7 Ron Bass Ultimate Warrior Pinfall after Double Axe Handle 17:30
8 Greg Valentine Ultimate Warrior Pinfall after Double Axe Handle 17:50
Survivor: The Ultimate Warrior


Elimination # Wrestler Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Raymond Rougeau Bret Hart Pinfall by Small Package 5:22
2 Jim Powers Boris Zhukov Pinfall after a Reversed Crossbody 15:20
3 Boris Zhukov Marty Jannetty Pinfall with Sunset Flip 18:09
4 Bret Hart Tully Blanchard Hart applied a German suplex to Blanchard, but Hebner counted Hart's shoulders 27:03
5 The Rockers & The Brain Busters None Double DQ after brawling in the ring 27:57
6 Dynamite Kid Smash Pinfall after Clothesline after Dynamite missed a headbutt off the top 36:02
7 Smash None Count Out 39:33
8 Uno Barbarian Pinfall after Headbutt 42:12
Survivors: The Powers of Pain


Elimination # Wrestler Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Ken Patera Rick Rude Pinfall after a Rude Awakening 8:18
2 Scott Casey Dino Bravo Pinfall after a Side Suplex 9:27
3 Harley Race Tito Santana Pinfall after a Flying Forearm Smash 13:19
4 Tito Santana Andre the Giant Sat on Santana's chest 14:40
5 Jim Duggan None DQ (Used his 2x4 on Dino Bravo) 21:22
6 Rick Rude Jake Roberts Pinfall after DDT 28:45
7 Andre the Giant None DQ (Refused to release his chokehold on Roberts) 29:39
8 Jake Roberts Mr. Perfect Pinfall after an Andre the Giant headbutt 30:03
Survivors: Mr. Perfect & Dino Bravo


Elimination # Wrestler Eliminated by Elimination move Time
1 Red Rooster Randy Savage Pinfall after a Flying Elbow Drop 6:11
2 Hillbilly Jim Akeem Pinfall after a 747 Splash 9:59
3 Koko B. Ware Big Boss Man Pinfall after a Boss Man Slam 11:45
4 Hercules Ted DiBiase Pinfall with a Schoolboy after distraction by Virgil 16:35
5 Ted DiBiase Randy Savage Pinfall with a Schoolboy 16:57
6 Big Boss Man None Counted out (While handcuffing Hogan to the ring rope) 25:09
7 Akeem None DQ (Shoving referee and illegally double teaming Savage) 25:09
8 Haku Hulk Hogan Pinfall after a Leg drop 29:10
Survivors: Randy Savage & Hulk Hogan

Other on-screen talent

Ring announcer


  1. Brunzell was a replacement for Don Muraco
  2. Casey was a replacement for B. Brian Blair who had been the replacement for The Junkyard Dog

See also

DVD & Video Releases

External links

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