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Top 20 WWE Survivor Series Matches of All Time

Survivor Series is the second longest running pay-per-view in the history of the company. Started with an event in Richfield, Ohio back on Thanksgiving night of 1987, the first event was developed to give the writer's another excuse to piggyback off the success of WrestleMania III, where Hulk Hogan faced off against Andre the Giant.

The two though would not go at it one-on-one, but instead were the captains of their teams, with four other warriors fighting it out for the chance to be one of the survivors on the winning team.

That was a long time ago and a lot about the Survivor Series event has changed. From the Thanksgiving night show being scrapped in favor of the now normal Sunday night PPV to the old school 5-on-5 matches, for the most part, being a thing of the past.

The 5-on-5 matches were good in their time, as it gave the WWE a chance to showcase a lot of wrestlers all at once. On the first two Survivor Series cards, there was a tag team Survivor match in which ten teams did battle, meaning there was a whopping 20 men around the ring at the start of the match.

Over the course of the last 27 Survivor Series events, there’s been a number of memorable matches. Being contested as long as it has, the event has gone through all phases of the development of the company, from the great times of the late 80’s, to the downtrend of the 90’s, to the famous “Attitude Era” of the late 90’s and then the 2000’s, a time where tickets to most WWE events are hard to find.

Today we take a look at the 20 matches that have defined the second longest running event in WWE history, an event that has just about seen it all. Agree or disagree, sit back and relive the “Top 20 Matches in WWE Survivor Series History.”

20 Tag Team Survivor Series Match - 1988

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19 CM Punk vs Alberto Del Rio, WWE Title Match - 2011

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18 Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior and Tito Santana vs Ted DiBiase, Rick Martel, The Warlord, Hercules and Paul Roma - 1990

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17 Team Smackdown vs Team RAW - 2005

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16 The Rock’s Debut Match - 1996

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15 Vince McMahon vs The Undertaker, Buried Alive Match - 2003

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14 Diesel vs Bret Hart, WWE Title Match - 1995

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13 Bret Hart vs Bob Backlund, WWE Title Match - 1994

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12 John Cena vs Triple H vs Shawn Michaels, WWE Title Match - 2009

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11 The Mega Powers Team vs The Twin Towers Team - 1988

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10 Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels, WWE Title Match - 1992 

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9 The Rock and John Cena vs The Miz and R-Truth - 2011 

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8 CM Punk vs Ryback vs John Cena, WWE Title Match - 2012

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7 Batista vs The Undertaker, Hell in a Cell for the World Heavyweight Title - 2007

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6 First Ever Elimination Chamber Match - 2002

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5 Hulk Hogan vs The Undertaker, WWE Title Match - 1991 

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4 Team WWE vs The Alliance - 2001

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3 The Rock vs Mankind Final for the Vacant WWE Title - 1998

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2 Hogan’s Team vs Andre’s Team - 1987

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1 Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart, WWE Title Match - 1997

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Say the name “Montreal Screwjob” to any wrestling fan and they will know exactly the match you are talking about. Michaels and Hart did battle in not only the top Survivor Series match in history, but probably one of the most memorable matches of all time, because of the way it changed the history of the business. It spawned a whole new character in the evil “Mr.McMahon,” ended the Hart era in the company for a long time, and gave the title back to Michaels under extreme circumstances.

The story of the match was pretty simple. Hart, on his way out of the WWE, asked to not drop the title in Montreal. McMahon, afraid Hart would take the title to WCW, ordered referee Earl Hebner to call for a quick submission when Michaels reversed the famous Hart sharp-shooter. Chaos ensued in the ring and then backstage as Hart punched McMahon, leaving a real-life bruise near his eye. Michaels, for years, claimed he knew nothing about the finish, then in 2003 changed his tune to admit he was in on it. At the end of the day, it was a great match with an ending that no one would ever forget.

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