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4.0 out of 5 stars The historic legacy begins here...
According to Vince McMahon, the "Survivor Series" concept is a bust in 2010. Still, it's much better to save face by blaming an "outdated" concept rather than looking in the mirror and seeing what decisions (or non-decisons) are really hampering the company's progress.

Of course, back in 1987 the Survivor Series was a unique idea. Not just in having squads of...
Published on 31 May 2010 by IWFIcon

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2.0 out of 5 stars CUT!
A sad tale of the OLD WWF video all cut short removing some parts of bouts so thee is no sense. But to See the Hulk Hogan team V Andre the Gainsts at SS1 and the Andre The Gaint as SS2 ths is worth a buy
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4.0 out of 5 stars The historic legacy begins here..., 31 May 2010
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This review is from: WWE - Survivor Series 1987 And 1988 [DVD] (DVD)
According to Vince McMahon, the "Survivor Series" concept is a bust in 2010. Still, it's much better to save face by blaming an "outdated" concept rather than looking in the mirror and seeing what decisions (or non-decisons) are really hampering the company's progress.

Of course, back in 1987 the Survivor Series was a unique idea. Not just in having squads of five men (or teams) battling each other but that in those days, you didn't see big names clashing with each other on "free TV" which meant that a properly set-up Survivor Series card was literally brimming with the potential to see wrestlers who you hadn't seen tangle with each other hundreds of times go face to face.

1987 is a very decent show, bookended by two worthwile encounters. The main event, pitting Andre The Giant's team against Hulk Hogan's is a lively bout, carried largely by the enthusiastic efforts of Bam Bam Bigelow and has great heat from the lively sell out crowd. The opener could hardly fail to serve up some entertainment seeing as it had super-workers Ricky Steamboat and Randy Savage on one side of the equation, even if they were facing the abysmal likes of The Honky Tonk Man and Hercules Hernandez and a (non) finish that is insulting to the paying viewer.

The woman's match is predictably mediocre (although the Jumping Bomb Angels duo of Itsuki Yamazaki and Noriyo Tateno provide some excitement when they get in the ring) but the all-tag team battle is the highlight of the show. At this point, however, some caution must be noted. Thanks to the fact that back when Colliseum Video was releasing these events a 2hr video tape was cheaper than a 3hr one this show is heavily cut and this match in particular suffers. For instance, the British Bulldog's elimination is completely cut out. Still, with the likes of the Hart Foundation, The Killer Bees, The Islanders and Strike Force being on top form even in it's heavily edited form this is a cracker.

(What's worse, in terms of cuts, is that the women's match survives intact and we get lengthy interlude between matches where commentators Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura discuss the match we've just seen).

As good as 1987's show is, 1988 cranks it up yet another notch.

The highlight is another 10-team survivor's match, but this is even better than the previous years. The Rockers, The Brainbuster and The Hart Foundation all excel and whilst comparing era's can be a fruitless task, this match certainly has to be up there when you are considering the best moments in the history of tag-team wrestling in the WW(F)E.

The rest of the card can't live up to that match, but there is entertainment to be found. The main event rolls along nicely with the great workers (Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase, Big Boss Man) complementing the great entertainers (Hulk Hogan, namely) to ensure that the dead-wood (Koko B. Ware, Terry "The Red Rooster" Taylor) don't drag down things too much.

The other two matches were both passable. Owen Hart, under his Blue Blazer guise, offers up a modicum of entertainment in the opener whilst Rick Rude and Mr. Perfect carry their tag team match with aplomb.

For any fans of the WWE who's interest extends back beyond the Attitude era will find much to enjoy on this excellent set. Whilst the two "tag-team" matches steal the show, they are by no means the only things worth watching on here. It's just a pity that some less than judicious editing means that these aren't the complete shows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Youngest son a fan, 4 Jan 2013
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This review is from: WWE - Survivor Series 1987 And 1988 [DVD] (DVD)
Wrestling has always been a huge intrest to my younger son...espcially the old school,he absolutely loved his christmas tree present
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2.0 out of 5 stars CUT!, 10 May 2012
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A sad tale of the OLD WWF video all cut short removing some parts of bouts so thee is no sense. But to See the Hulk Hogan team V Andre the Gainsts at SS1 and the Andre The Gaint as SS2 ths is worth a buy
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the whole matches, 8 July 2005
This review is from: WWE - Survivor Series 1987 And 1988 [DVD] (DVD)
Two great pay per views in one collection, but it is a shame that some of the matches are not presented in their complete form. This was something of a disappointment. The matches which are here whole are very entertaining however, and a must for old-school fans.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old School, 20 Nov 2004
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This review is from: WWE - Survivor Series 1987 And 1988 [DVD] (DVD)
Classic Survivor Series matched the very first one in 1987, featured a great 10 team tag match, and the amin event had probably the scariest looking team in history with Andre the Giant, One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed, and Ravishing Rick Rude. The 1988 survivor series was a little better match quaility the main event especially with great performances from Ted DiBiase, Randy Savage and Haku, and the 10 team tag match was excellent stuff, turning Powers of Pain (Warlord and Barbarian) heel, and making Ax and Smash, Demolision faces. Overall well worth buying, especially for old school fans.
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