WWE Survivor Series 2013: Power Ranking Every Match Card in Event History

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterNovember 21, 2013

WWE Survivor Series 2013: Power Ranking Every Match Card in Event History

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    As much as fans have griped about WWE Survivor Series 2013's lineup, there have been several less-appetizing match cards in the event's history.

    There of course, have been far better ones as well. Survivor Series has been the home of well-hyped bouts like Team WWF vs. Team Alliance just as it has been the place to roll one's eyes at a team of men dressed like clowns.

    Which year had the most enticing main events and the kind of undercard clashes that had fans eager to order the pay-per-view?

    Every Survivor Series match card, including the one for this year's show, is ranked here, the undercard scored out of 10 and the main event out of five, based on how enticing the matches were to fans. Star power, rivalries, stipulations and buildup all play a part in that numerical score.

27. 1993

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    Match Card

    • Irwin R. Schyster, Diesel, Rick Martel and Adam Bomb vs. Marty Jannetty, Randy Savage, Razor Ramon and 1-2-3 Kid
    • The Hart Family vs. Shawn Michaels and his knights
    • The Heavenly Bodies vs. The Rock 'N' Roll Express (Smoky Mountain Tag Team Championship)
    • The Four Doinks and Men on a Mission vs. The Headshrinkers, Bastion Booger and Bam Bam Bigelow
    • The All-Americans vs. The Foreign Fanatics

     

    Undercard: 4/10

    Main Event: 2/5

    Whether or not The Bushwhackers and Men on a Mission had donned clown gear for their match, it wouldn't have been a great selling point for the pay-per-view. The opening match felt like filler as well, showcasing a random assortment of stars and semi-stars.

    The best match of the night was the tag team title bout, but it featured two teams from Smoky Mountain Wrestling, who were not big names to the WWE-only fans. 

    The main event is among Survivor Series' least memorable ones. The fan favorite team had its share of headliners, but the heel team trotted out Crush, Ludvig Borga and Quebecer Jacques, who didn't make this feel like a must-see matchup.

     

26. 1994

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    Match Card

    • The Teamsters vs. The Bad Guys
    • The Royal Family vs. Clowns R' Us
    • Bob Backlund vs. Bret Hart (WWE Championship)
    • The Million Dollar Team vs. Guts and Glory
    • The Undertaker vs. Yokozuna (Casket match)

     

    Undercard: 6/10

    Main Event: 2/5

    A number of traditional elimination bouts and a WWE title match made for a solid undercard, though one that was not nearly strong enough to overcome a lackluster main event.

    Backlund vs. Hart appealed to the purists fan, but didn't have the sizzle that future Survivor Series title matches had.

    The Teamsters and The Bad Guys matchup had some of the event's biggest draws, including Shawn Michaels, Owen Hart and Razor Ramon.

    Names like Jimmy Del Ray, Mabel and Adam Bomb made up a Guts and Glory team that is among the event's least exciting squads ever. The Royal Family consisted of Jerry Lawler and three little people dressed like him. They took on Doink and three little people in clown costumes.

    Suddenly, a Great Khali match doesn't sound so bad. 

    The main event was a prime example of WWE's early misuse of Undertaker, pitting him against an opponent he'd be hard-pressed to get a great match out of.

     

25. 1992

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    Match Card

    • The Headshrinkers vs. High Energy
    • Big Boss Man vs. Nailz (Nightstick on a Pole match)
    • Rick Martel vs. Tatanka
    • Randy Savage and Mr. Perfect vs. Razor Ramon and Ric Flair
    • Yokozuna vs. Virgil
    • Money Inc. and The Beverly Brothers vs. The Natural Disasters and The Nasty Boys
    • Undertaker vs. Kamala (Coffin match)
    • Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (WWE Championship)

     

    Undercard: 5/10

    Main Event: 3.5/5

    Hart vs. Michaels is a far easier sell than Backlund vs. Hart, even before these two stars hit their peak. They would meet again in 1997, their rivalry far more developed and their star power far more powerful.

    Savage and Mr. Perfect against Ramon and Flair was among the only bright spots in an undercard hampered by another Undertaker Coffin match, Virgil in singles action and the dreaded object on a pole match.

    There was a lot of gimmickry at work here, but Owen Hart, Flair and Savage had a lot more appeal than the clowns and little people that the 1993 and 1994 events offered.

24. 1995

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    Match Card

    • The Underdogs vs. The Bodydonnas
    • Bertha Faye, Aja Kong, Lioness Asuka and Tomoko Watanabe vs. Alundra Blayze, Chaparita Asari, Sakie Hasegawa and Kyoko Inoue
    • The Darkside vs. The Royals
    • Shawn Michaels, Ahmed Johnson, Sycho Sid and British Bulldog vs. Yokozuna, Owen Hart, Dean Douglas and Razor Ramon

     

    Undercard: 6/10

    Main Event: 3/5

    A lineup heavy on elimination matches made for a better-than-average undercard. There wasn't the kind of rivalry here that makes a show a classic, but having Undertaker, Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Shawn Michaels in action was appealing.

    Like the Smoky Mountain tag team title match, the female elimination match only got a small portion of the fanbase excited. How many casual fans were familiar with Hasegawa or Asari?

    This marks the fourth straight Survivor Series on this list from one of the worst eras in WWE history. Cartoony characters met a lack of depth, giving lower-level talents like Barry Horowitz and Skip a slice of the spotlight.

     

23. 1999

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    Match Card

    • Dudley Boyz and Acolytes Protection Agency vs. The Godfather, D'Lo Brown and The Headbangers
    • Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Stasiak
    • Val Venis, Gangrel, Steve Blackman and Mark Henry vs. British Bulldog and Mean Street Posse
    • Mae Young, Fabulous Moolah, Tori and Debra vs. Ivory, Luna, Jacqueline and Terri Runnels
    • Big Show vs. Big Boss Man, Mideon, Viscera and Prince Albert
    • Chris Jericho vs. Chyna (Intercontinental Championship)
    • Too Cool and The Hollys vs. Edge and Christian and The Hardy Boyz
    • The New Age Outlaws vs. Al Snow and Mankind (Tag Team Championship)
    • Big Show vs. Triple H and The Rock (WWE Championship)

     

    Undercard: 6/10

    Main Event: 3/5

    How does an Attitude-Era pay-per-view fall so low on the list? A number of ill-advised pairings is the key.

    Angle against just about anybody is worth the price of admission. Having to go against "Meat" was a waste of his talent, though.

    Jericho and Chyna had an intriguing story, but this isn't the kind of matchup to convince a fan to buy a pay-per-view. Edge and Christian and The Hardy Boyz weren't going to create a classic against Too Cool and folks knew that. Having Mae Young and Fabulous Moolah wrestle at their advanced ages wouldn't boost buyrates either.

    A solid opening bout, tag team title match and a star-packed main event helped counteract the show's negatives.

22. 2012

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    Match Card

    • Team Clay vs. Team Tensai
    • Eve Torres vs. Kaitlyn (Divas Championship)
    • Antonio Cesaro vs. R-Truth (U.S. Championship)
    • Sheamus vs. Big Show (World Heavyweight Championship)
    • Team Ziggler vs. Team Foley
    • CM Punk vs. John Cena vs. Ryback (WWE Championship)

     

    Undercard: 6/10

    Main Event: 3/5

    Last year's Survivor Series had a wrestler in Ryback, who was just not ready for the main event. That was clear enough after watching him and Punk go to battle at Hell in a Cell. This Triple Threat bout certainly beats a Casket match with Yokozuna, though.

    The opening elimination clash was more filler than fun. Team Ziggler vs. Team Foley was supposed to involve Punk at some point, but the schedule got shifted around and there was little motivation for Ziggler to beat a team that Foley put together. Cesaro was just getting rolling, so he wasn't as big a draw as he is starting to become.

    Fans knew they'd be in for a hard-hitting world title match with Sheamus and Big Show, but there was little else on the lineup to get fans pumped.

21. 1991

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    Match Card

    • Ric Flair, The Mountie, Ted DiBiase and The Warlord vs. Roddy Piper, Virgil, Davey Boy Smith and Bret Hart
    • Sgt. Slaughter, The Texas Tornado, Tito Santana, Jim Duggan vs. Col. Mustafa, Skinner, Hercules and The Bezerker
    • The Undertaker vs. Hulk Hogan (WWE Championship)
    • The Nasty Boys and The Beverly Brothers vs. The Rockers and The Bushwhackers
    • The Legion of Doom and The Big Boss Man vs. The Natural Disasters And Irwin R. Schyster

     

    Undercard: 7.5/10

    Main Event: 2/5

    A rising star in Undertaker took on the company's biggest icon for the WWE title, Hall of Famers, Slaughter, Von Erich and Santana teamed together and the feuding Flair and Piper captained two intriguing teams.

    That's how you compose an undercard.

    The main event, however, was a poor choice. The Legion of Doom are arguably the best tag team in wrestling history. The gimmicky nature of this time period had them pitted against a taxman and two large men named after weather phenomenon.

    Team WWF vs. Team Alliance, this was not.

20. 2013

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    Match Card

    • Big E. Langston vs. Curtis Axel (Intercontinental Championship)
    • Natalya, The Bellas, The Funkadactyls, Eva Marie and JoJo Offerman vs. Tamina Snuka, Kaitlyn, AJ Lee, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, Aksana and Summer Rae
    • The Usos, Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Shield and The Real Americans
    • CM Punk and Bryan vs. The Wyatt Family
    • John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio (World Heavyweight Championship)
    • Randy Orton vs. Big Show (WWE Championship)

     

    Undercard: 7/10

    Main Event: 2.75/5

    The much-maligned upcoming show certainly doesn't belong at the top of the best Survivor Series cards, but it has more than enough star power and intrigue to make its way past the cartoon-like early '90s and last year's event.

    Luke Harper and Erick Rowan have a shot at making a huge statement against two of the best wrestlers in the WWE today. It's a shame that Bray Wyatt will only watch from the sidelines, but this is still a fun matchup.

    Del Rio and Cena, like the main event, is not anything special. They both involve big names, but the combination of those names lacks spark.

    As for the traditional elimination bout, it's a show-stealer waiting to happen. Langston's first title defense should be solid as well.

19. 1988

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    Match Card

    • Honky Tonk Man, Ron Bass, Danny Davis, Greg Valentine and Bad News Brown vs. Ultimate Warrior, Brutus Beefcake, Sam Houston, Blue Blazer and Jim Brunzell
    • 20-man tag team Survivor Series elimination match
    • Jim Duggan, Scott Casey, Ken Patera, Jake Roberts and Tito Santana vs. Andre the Giant, Dino Bravo, Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect and Harley Race
    • The Mega Powers, Koko B. Ware, Hercules and Hillbilly Jim vs. The Twin Towers, Haku, Red Rooster, Ted DiBiase

     

    Undercard: 7.25/10

    Main Event: 2.5/5

    Survivor Series' early years were strictly a showcase of elimination matches.

    The second year of the event had a star-studded 20-man tag bout featuring The Hart Foundation and The British Bulldogs. Add huge names like Roberts, Santana, Andre, Rude and Ultimate Warrior and even without a great buildup, the undercard is a good one.

    The main event paired megastars like Hogan and DiBiase with men who didn't belong there like the Red Rooster and Hillbilly Jim.

18. 1996

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    Match Card

    • Owen Hart, Marty Jannetty, British Bulldog and Leif Cassady vs. Doug Furnas, Phil Lafon and The Godwinns
    • Undertaker vs. Mankind
    • Crush, Jerry Lawler, Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Goldust vs. Rocky Maivia, Jake Roberts, Marc Mero and The Stalker
    • Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (No. 1 Contender for WWE Championship)
    • Faarooq, Vader, Razor Ramon and Diesel vs. Jimmy Snuka, Flash Funk, Savio Vega and Yokozuna
    • Sycho Sid vs. Shawn Michaels (WWE Championship)

     

    Undercard: 6.5/10

    Main Event: 3.5/5

    The undercard is slightly less enticing than 1988's convergence of star power, but the foursome of Austin, Hart, Sid and Michaels make this better than a number of Survivor Series cards.

    Austin was headed for big things and fans could sense that. Having him battle Hart was a great move. The No. 1 contender's spot being on the line elevated this as well.

    Michaels and Sid's match had a solid buzz too, capping off a show that acted as a bridge between the New Generation Era's outlandishness and the Attitude Era's intensity. 

17. 2011

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    Match Card

    • Dolph Ziggler vs. John Morrison (U.S. Championship)
    • Beth Phoenix vs. Eve Torres (Lumberjill match for Divas Championship)
    • Team Barrett vs. Team Orton
    • Big Show vs. Mark Henry (World Heavyweight Championship)
    • CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio (WWE Championship)
    • The Rock and John Cena vs. R-Truth and The Miz

     

    Undercard: 7/10

    Main Event: 3.25/5

    Two giants fought over the world title, Punk looked to dethrone Del Rio and the only elimination match featured an interesting blend of power (Sheamus, Mason Ryan, Jack Swagger) and athletic wizardry (Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, Sin Cara). 

    Having The Rock back in the ring after years and years away made the event special, though his bout was nobody's idea of a dream match.

    Bigger, better developed stories had other Survivor Series surpass this one, though. 

16. 2004

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    Match Card

    • Chavo Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Billy Kidman vs. Spike Dudley (Cruiserweight Championship)
    • Shelton Benjamin vs. Christian (Intercontinental Championship)
    • Team Guerrero vs. Team Angle
    • Undertaker vs. Heidenreich 
    • Lita vs. Trish Stratus (Women's Championship)
    • John "Bradshaw" Layfield vs. Booker T (WWE Championship)
    • Team Orton vs. Team Triple H 

     

    Undercard: 7/10

    Main Event: 3.5/5

    The championship matches had a certain appeal even if they didn't have the pull that Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels in 1997 or Batista and Undertaker in 2007 had.

    The two elimination matches are the biggest selling points here, though. Putting Eddie Guerrero, Rob Van Dam, Kurt Angle and John Cena all in the same match is a good way to get the fans excited. The main event took Randy Orton and Triple H's rivalry and expanded and elevated it.

    Even with lesser stars Maven and Snitsky, involved, this was an attention-grabbing matchup thanks to the present and future Hall of Famers involved from Edge to Chris Jericho.

     

15. 2010

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    Match Card

    • Daniel Bryan vs. Ted DiBiase (U.S. Championship)
    • John Morrison vs. Sheamus
    • Dolph Ziggler vs. Kaval (Intercontinental Championship)
    • Team Mysterio vs. Team Del Rio
    • Natalya vs. Lay-Cool (Divas Championship)
    • Edge vs. Kane (World Heavyweight Championship)
    • Nexus vs. Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov (Tag Team Championship) 
    • Randy Orton vs. Wade Barrett (WWE Championship)

     

    Undercard: 6.5/10

    Main Event: 4/5

    A main event with huge stakes puts this above a number of Survivor Series pay-per-views, even with a few so-so pairings on the undercard.

    Kaval, as talented as he is, wasn't the kind of challenger to affect buyrates. The tag team title match was an unappetizing one.

    Bryan, DiBiase, Morrison and Sheamus offered some appealing openers, but the strength of this card comes from John Cena being the referee for the Barrett vs. Orton bout. Here, the Nexus angle had Cena in a moral dilemma.

    If Orton won, Cena would be fired. If Cena allowed Barrett to win, he'd be freed from Nexus, but he would see his biggest enemy at the time celebrate a championship win. The Nexus storyline elevated the entire show similarly to the way that the Alliance angle made Survivor Series 2001 a classic show, just less so. 

14. 2007

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    Match Card

    • 10-Diva tag match
    • Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes vs. Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch (Tag team Championship)
    • Team Triple H vs. Team Umaga
    • Great Khali vs. Hornswoggle
    • Randy Orton vs. Shawn Michaels (WWE Championship)
    • Batista vs. Undertaker (World Heavyweight Championship)

     

    Undercard: 7/10

    Main Event: 3.75/5

    When Orton's pursuit of killing legends has him collide with Michaels and it doesn't make the main event, you know you have an excellent show on your hands. 

    The undercard is tempered, though, by a lackluster tag team match, Khali and Hornswoggle and Diva filler. Khali and Hornswoggle are the opposite of what's best for business and Cade and Murdoch were among the least exciting tag teams WWE has ever pushed.

    A very strong main event balances that out some, having two big stars go to battle inside the Hell in a Cell when that structure meant more than it does today.

13. 1989

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    Match Card

    • The Enforcers vs. The Dream Team
    • The King's Court vs. The 4x4s 
    • The Million Dollar Team vs. The Hulkamaniacs
    • The Rude Brood vs. Roddy's Rowdies
    • The Ultimate Warriors vs. The Heenan Family

     

    Undercard: 7.5/10

    Main Event: 3.5/53

    Star power, high and low on the card, carries the third-ever Survivor Series to nearly a top-10 spot.

    Dusty Rhodes, Tito Santana, Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts and Ted DiBiase were a part of various teams at the event. There have been more bitter, more intense feuds heading into elimination bouts, but there was plenty to get excited over here.

    The main event created some buzz, but not as much as the best ones in the event's history. Seeing the great Bobby Heenan get his comeuppance was worth watching, but Haku and Jim Neidhart were more like midcarders than megastars, giving the match a less larger-than-life feel.

     

12. 2006

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    Match Card

    • Spirit Squad vs. Team WWE Legends
    • Chris Benoit vs. Chavo Guerrero (U.S. Championship)
    • Mickie James vs. Lita (Women's Championship)
    • Team Rated R-KO vs. Team DX
    • Mr. Kennedy vs. Undertaker (First Blood match)
    • Team Cena vs. Team Big Show
    • Batista vs. Booker T (World Heavyweight Championship)

     

    Undercard: 8.25/10

    Main Event: 2.75/5

    One of Survivor Series' best undercards had legends like Sgt. Slaughter and Ric Flair bringing back memories while two elimination bouts brought together the biggest names of the day.

    Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Edge and Randy Orton were all in the same match. Team Cena vs. Team Big Show saw a soaring Cena team with Kane and Rob Van Dam.

    The main event prevents this match card from being one of the very best. Booker T is in the Hall of Fame and Batista will likely join him, but that pairing didn't feel worthy of capping off a Survivor Series. Their feud isn't one fans treasure today, a lack of chemistry doing the two talented wrestlers in.

11. 2000

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    Match Card

    • Crash Holly, Molly Holly and Steve Blackman vs. T&A and Trish Stratus
    • The Radicalz vs. D-Generation X
    • Chris Jericho vs. Kane
    • William Regal vs. Hardcore Holly (European Championship)
    • The Rock vs. Rikishi
    • Ivory vs. Lita (Women's Championship)
    • Kurt Angle vs. Undertaker (WWE Championship)
    • Dudley Boyz and Hardy Boyz vs. Right to Censor and Edge and Christian
    • Steve Austin vs. Triple H (No Disqualification)

     

    Undercard: 7.5/10

    Main Event: 3.5/5

    Nothing about this lineup says Survivor Series, but some compelling matches awaited fans here. Angle vs. Undertaker gave the pay-per-view a main event before the main event and The Radicalz vs. D-Generation X featured a number of great workers.

    The Rock vs. Rikishi is less exciting. The same goes for Right to Censor getting in the middle of the great chemistry between the Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian.

    Big names with plenty of hate between them made for a very good main event.

    A few more recent shows featuring team warfare WWE style just keep the 2000 Survivor Series out of the top 10 in terms of match cards.

     

10. 2008

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    Match Card

    • Team JBL vs. Team HBK
    • Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown
    • Undertaker vs. Big Show (Casket match)
    • Team Orton vs. Team Batista 
    • Edge vs. Triple H vs. Vladimir Kozlov (WWE Championship)
    • John Cena vs. Chris Jericho (World Heavyweight Championship)

     

    Undercard: 7.5/10

    Main Event: 3.5/5

    The three elimination bouts almost made it feel like it was the '80s again. Everyone from Shawn Michaels to Kane, from Randy Orton to Batista battled in Survivor Series traditional matches. 

    WWE's insistence on putting Undertaker in Casket matches against big guys brings the card's entertainment value down some. The same goes for Vladimir Kozlov sliding into the world title picture. The Kozlov fan club isn't one worth catering to.

    Cena's star was beginning to grow and Jericho was at one of his many peaks. Their bout had some fire going into it, just not enough to surpass the very best Survivor Series has had to offer.

9. 2009

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    Match Card

    • Team Morrison vs. Team Miz
    • Batista vs. Rey Mysterio
    • Team Kingston vs. Team Orton
    • Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho vs. Big Show (World Heavyweight Championship)
    • Team Mickie vs. Team Michelle
    • John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H (WWE Championship)

     

    Undercard: 7.5/10

    Main Event: 3.75/5

    Cena going up against both members of D-Generation X edges out that Jericho match from 2008. There were a lot of intriguing questions about the bout, about how Cena would survive against two enemies and how DX would function with only one championship available. 

    Intensity powered Batista and Mysterio's rivalry, making their story a can't-miss one. The world title match may not have turned out to be a classic, but it felt big with the names involved.

    The elimination bouts had a number of the period's best workers including Randy Orton, Christian and William Regal, but didn't have the buzz that the most treasured years of the event did.

     

8. 1997

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    Match Card

    • The Godwinns and The New Age Outlaws vs. The Headbangers and The New Blackjacks
    • The Truth Commission vs. The Disciples of Apocalypse
    • Team USA vs. Team Canada
    • Kane vs. Mankind 
    • The Road Warriors and Ken Shamrock vs. The Nation of Domination 
    • Steve Austin vs. Owen Hart (Intercontinental Championship)
    • Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart (WWE Championship)

     

    Undercard: 7.5/10

    Main Event: 3.75/5

    Few rivalries had the electricity that Hart and Michaels had. This match, of course, became famous for its controversial ending, but seeing the company's two biggest stars, inspired by animosity, battling for WWE's top prize was a big-time main event.  

    The undercard had a lot to like as well including the meeting of psychopaths in Kane and Mankind and The Nation of Domination locking horns with The Road Warriors. 

    Other than the WWE title match and the fabricated tension between the United States and Canada on display, there wasn't top-level buildup and intensity going into this event.

7. 2003

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    Match Card

    • Team Angle vs. Team Lesnar
    • Lita vs. Molly Holly (Women's Championship)
    • Kane vs. Shane McMahon (Ambulance match)
    • The Basham Brothers vs. Los Guerreros (Tag Team Championship)
    • Team Bischoff vs. Team Austin
    • Vince McMahon vs. Undertaker (Buried Alive match)
    • Goldberg vs. Triple H (World Heavyweight Championship)

     

    Undercard: 8.5/10

    Main Event: 3/5

    Just the two elimination bouts themselves would have convinced a large number of fans to reach into their wallet.

    Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar's rivalry helped make their tag match against each other one alive with buzz. That goes double for the battle for control over Raw as Steve Austin's team took on Eric Bischoff's team. That match had Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels, Rob Van Dam and others collide.

    McMahon and Undertaker shared the type of hatred that makes wrestling special.  

    A bigger, more anticipated main event would have pushed this Survivor Series even further up the rankings, but WWE's handling of Goldberg took away much of the magic he had going in WCW. 

6. 2005

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    Match Card

    • Booker T vs. Chris Benoit (first match of Best of 7 for U.S. Championship)
    • Trish Stratus vs. Melina (Women's Championship)
    • Ric Flair vs. Triple H (Last Man Standing match)
    • John Cena vs. Kurt Angle (WWE Championship)
    • Teddy Long vs. Eric Bischoff
    • Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown

     

    Undercard: 8.5/10

    Main Event: 3.5/5

    Triple H's feud with Goldberg didn't have near the same energy and captivating animosity that his one with Flair had. This bout promised viciousness good enough to tune in for.

    Cena took on Angle in a battle of a top guy and a man on the rise. Benoit and Booker T's seven-match series had plenty of energy as well.

    Batista, Rey Mysterio, Shawn Michaels and Kane headlined an excellent main event. Only novelty and WWE storytelling at its finest beats this card out.

     

     

5. 1990

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    Match Card

    • The Perfect Team vs. The Warriors 
    • The Million Dollar Team vs. The Dream Team
    • The Visionaries vs. The Vipers
    • The Natural Disasters vs. The Hulkamaniacs
    • The Alliance vs. The Mercenaries 
    • Grand Finale of Survivors

     

    Undercard: 8.5/10

    Main Event: 4/5

    Early on in Survivor Series history, WWE decided to up the stakes for the competitors. Surviving one's elimination match put a Superstar into the main event in a Grand Finale of Survivors match. 

    This move made the undercard mean so much more. Fans know that when The Legion of Doom battled Demolition or Ted DiBiase and Bret Hart clashed, that a spot at WWE glory was up for grabs.

    The undercard featured the star power common in the event's first few years, showcasing the talents of The Ultimate Warrior, Mr. Perfect, Hulk Hogan and a debuting Undertaker. This was almost enough to outdo the first edition of the pay-per-view which was powered by the intrigue of newness.

4. 1987

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    Match Card

    • Randy Savage, Jake Roberts, Ricky Steamboat, Brutus Beefcake and Jim Duggan vs. Hercules, Danny Davis, Honky Tonk Man, Ron Bass and Harley Race
    • Fabulous Moolah, Jumping Bomb Angels, Rockin' Robin', Velvet McIntyre vs. Sherri Martel, The Glamour Girls, Dawn Marie and Donna Christanello 
    • 20-Man tag team Survivor Series elimination match
    • Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, Ken Patera and Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Andre the Giant, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed and Rick Rude

     

    Undercard: 8.5/10

    Main Event: 4/5

    The first Triple Threat match, the first ladder match and the first Royal Rumble had what the 1987 Survivor Series had to offer, excitement born from novelty.

    This was the first time fans were seeing these kinds of all-star pairings and the concept of the dramatic elimination bout made it easy to get pumped about.

    The loaded tag team division went to battle all at once featuring duos like Demolition, The Killer Bees and The Hart Foundation. The opening bout was an overload of big names and the women's match had some of the best female wrestlers in WWE history at work.

    The main event continued Hogan and Andre's rivalry from WrestleMania and expanded and diversified it. 

     

3. 2001

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    Match Card

    • Christian vs. Al Snow (European Championship)
    • William Regal vs. Tajiri
    • Edge vs. Test (Unification match for U.S. and Intercontinental Championships)
    • Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz (Unification match for WWE and WCW Tag Team Championship)
    • Immunity Battle Royal
    • Trish Stratus vs. Jazz vs. Ivory vs. Mighty Molly vs. Lita vs. Jacqueline (Women's Championship)
    • Team WWF vs. Team Alliance

     

    Undercard: 8.5/10

    Main Event: 5/5

    WCW's collapse and WWE buying that company led to one of the more anticipated bouts in company history.

    Team WWF vs. Team Alliance not only featured Hall of Famers like Steve Austin, The Rock and Booker T and men like Chris Jericho, Undertaker and Kane who will surely join them, it had enthralling stakes. Victory meant survival for either WWE or WCW. The loser's company would fold.

    The Invasion angle colored the entire card, having titles merge and creating a special feel for the entire show. At this point in the rankings, one is choosing greatness over greatness, with only two Survivor Series cards edging this one out.

2. 1998

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    Match Card

    • Sable vs. Jacqueline (Women's Championship)
    • The New Age Outlaws vs. D'Lo Brown and Mark Henry vs. The Headbangers (Tag Team Championship)
    • "Deadly Games" Tournament for WWE Championship

     

    Undercard: 8.75/10

    Main Event: 5/5

    Just as the theme of WCW and ECW's invasion powered the 2001 Survivor Series, the tournament for the vacant WWE Championship led to the 1998 show being an elite one.

    Every match meant something. While Mankind vs. Duane Gill wouldn't normally have fans salivating, the drama born from the tournament structure made it a must-watch bout. Vince McMahon's attempt to control the outcome only added to the drama.

    The tournament featured megastars like Steve Austin, Undertaker and The Rock, as well as viable contenders like Ken Shamrock and Mankind.

    The tag title match and Sable vs. Jacqueline were fine additions, but not enough to get this event to the top of this list. The best Survivor Series rode creativity and star power past it.

1. 2002

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    Match Card

    • 3-Minute Warning vs. The Dudley Boyz and Jeff Hardy (Elimination Tables match)
    • Billy Kidman vs. Jamie Noble (Cruiserweight Championship)
    • Victoria vs. Trish Stratus (Hardcore match for Women's Championship)
    • Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show (WWE Championship)
    • Los Guerreros vs. Edge and Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit (Tag Team Championship)
    • Elimination Chamber match for World Heavyweight Championship

     

    Undercard: 9/10

    Main Event: 5/5

    When the female wrestlers at an event are in a hardcore bout and a bevy of future Hall of Famers are relegated to the undercard, there's no doubt about a show being special.

    The triple-team tag bout featured some of the Ruthless Aggression Era's best workers. Watching Angle, Benoit, Edge and Eddie Guerrero in action was always special, but when they all collided, there was an elevated amount of excitement rumbling the ground.

    The Lesnar and Big Show title match had a big-fight feel as well. Two giants, two monsters went at it with a great prize on the line.

    Throw the Dudley Boyz getting a chance to play with a tables and two respected cruiserweights clashing, and the undercard is good enough to not need a main event.

    The first-ever Elimination Chamber match was the kind of bout that makes a fan's skin tingle before it happens. No one had ever seen this new cage match, one that played on the survivor theme of the pay-per-view.

    Inserting talents like Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Chris Jericho and Rob Van Dam into that compelling new structure assured fans of a classic and had the 2002 Survivor Series match card topping all those that came before and after it.