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WWE Survivor Series: Through the Years

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Survivor Series returns to pay per view tonight for the 23rd time, but before Mickie James and Michelle McCool lead their teams into battle, let’s take a look at past events…

1987
Team Moolah vs Team Sherri

At the very first Survivor Series in 1987, there were only four matches — one of which went to the ladies. Fabulous Moolah lead the team of Rockin’ Robbin, Velvet McIntyre and the Jumping Bomb Angels against the team of Women’s Champion Sensational Sherri, The Glamour Girls, Donna Christanello and Dawn Marie [no, not that one].

Watch a small clip below:

This inaugural women’s elimination match clocked in at 20 minutes…

1995
Team Bertha vs Team Alundra

Some 7 years after the first women’s match, it was a 4-on-4 affair at Survivor Series 1995. Bertha Faye led Aja Kong, Tomoko Watanabe and Lioness Asuka into battle against Alundra Blayze, Kyoko Inoue, Sakie Hasegawa and Chaparita Asari.

More after the cut:

1998
Jacqueline vs Sable

The first Survivor Series match in the ‘Diva age’ took place in 1998, when the newly reformed Women’s Championship was put on the line. The [real] original Diva, Sable finally realised her dream when she defeated Jacqueline or the belt:

1999
Mae, Moolah, Tori & Debra vs Luna, Jacqueline, Terri & Ivory

The 4-on-4 theme returned in 1999, as 12 years after the first Survivor Series, Moolah returned and enjoyed success.

2000
Ivory vs Lita

The Women’s Championship was put on the line in 2000, Ivory put the belt on the line against fairly new Diva, Lita. Unfortunately for the extreme Diva, this wouldn’t be her night.

2001
Six Pack Challenge

This is where it all began for a Diva who would become a legend some years later. The first of 7 Women’s Championship reigns was realised at the 2001 Suvrivor Series when Trish Stratus defeated 5 other Divas for the gold.

2002
Trish Stratus vs Victoria

In 2002, another Diva who became a legend arrived — Victoria. And what a kick start to her career, Victoria earned her first Women’s Championship from Trish at the 2002 event in a hard fought hardcore match.

2003
Lita vs Molly Holly

Just a few months prior to November 2003’s Survivor Series, Lita had made a triumphant return to Raw and had earned herself a Women’s Title match against then champion, Molly Holly. Watch below:

2004
Lita vs Trish Stratus

2004 saw the renewal of the Trish vs Lita feud and with the Women’s Championship on the line, things turned ugly fast between these two career-long rivals:

2005
Melina vs Trish Stratus

2005 saw the emergence of a rising young Diva named Melina. By November, the SmackDown Diva had earned herself an unprecedented Women’s Championship match against Raw’s Trish Stratus. Watch below:

2006
Lita vs Mickie James

Lita said goodbye to the WWE three years ago at this pay per view. And let’s just say, her final night wasn’t quite the storybook ending her rival got a couple of months prior:

PART 1

PART 2

2007
Babyfaces vs Heels

Following multiple years of Women’s Championship matches, WWE pulled the trigger on a 5-on-5 Divas match at the 2007 edition. Though not under elimination rules, however. The ‘goodbye’ theme continued from the year prior, as it would become Torrie Wilson‘s final pay per view.

2008
Raw vs SmackDown Elimination Match

For the first time in over two decades, we finally got a Divas elimination match at Survivor Series as the Raw Divas took on the SmackDown Divas. As with 2006 and 2007, this would be Victoria and Candice Michelle‘s final PPV matches.

So what was your favourite Survivor Series match? Vote below:

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