Judge Daryl Loomis is just a man with his will to survive.
Our reviews of WWE: Survivor Series Anthology, Volume 1 (1979-1991) (published December 3rd, 2009), WWE: Survivor Series 2008 (published January 21st, 2009), WWE: Survivor Series 2009 (published February 18th, 2010), and WWE: Survivor Series 2011 (published January 15th, 2012) are also available.
It's time to meet your maker.
Back in the days before World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly the WWF) started gouging wrestling fans with thirteen pay-per-views a year, they presented only the "Big Four." These included the Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam, and the Survivor Series. Of these four, Survivor Series was the one that you didn't buy, because you were nearly guaranteed to get ripped off. Unlike the Royal Rumble match, which was a yearly gimmick that gave the winner a shot against the champion at Wrestlemania, the Survivor Series gimmick had no consequence. All these matches consisted of were teams of four or five wrestling each other in elimination style tag team matches. The teams always seemed chosen at random, the matches were consistently bad, and it was a boring show. By now, they have all but eliminated the match, making it just another PPV; but going back to watch these old shows, I can see that my young mind already knew what a bad show looked like. I was not wrong about the quality of these shows.
I'll never say that any or all of these events are universally bad, but they all carry the same burden of having matches that only marginally relate to the storylines at large. There are some very good matches here, but in general, Survivor Series is a forgettable line of pay-per-views. In any case, this is the second 5-disc set from WWE, spanning the middle '90s.
WWE's 5-disc set comes in its usual handsome fold-up packaging, though the discs do tend to slip out of their sleeves. The audio and video are fine, virtually identical to the original broadcasts, and they get better as the years progress.
It's good that the set ends on a high note, otherwise its score would be considerably lower. Still, because the elimination matches force a lot of wrestlers into the ring at once; it's fun to be able to see some of the low rent "superstars" Vince McMahon carted out during this period, people like Adam Bomb, Doink, and the aforementioned Bastion Booger. For wrestling fans, it's totally worth watching. For people who don't like wrestling, why are you reading this?
Not guilty, but only on the grounds of nostalgia.
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