The 15 greatest Survivor Series teams ever

#14 The Rude Brood (Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect & The Fabulous Rougeaus)

Rick Rude had a clear aesthetic in mind when he assembled his Rude Brood squad in 1989. Unlike the Brood’s happily unkempt opponents, the Roddy Piper–led Roddy’s Rowdies — featuring the scalp-licking Bushwhackers and barefooted Jimmy Snuka — Rude’s clan fancied themselves pretty boys who caused women to swoon. The stark contrast in styles held true from an in-ring grappling perspective, too. Whereas Piper’s team was full of brawlers who specialized in crude strikes, Rude surrounded himself with second-generation Superstars known for their technical proficiency. Strengthening the Brood further were the strategy-minded managers at ringside, “Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart and The Genius, another second-generation grappler. (Conspicuous by his absence, however, was Rude’s own manager, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.)

Elitist, country-club cocky and prone to get lost in their own mirrored reflections, the members of The Rude Brood fit better than an Italian suit. At least some of that familiarity might be chalked up to the longstanding friendship between The Ravishing One and Mr. Perfect, who were members of the same 1976 graduating class of Robbinsdale High School in Minnesota. Though Jacques & Raymond Rougeau were the first two Superstars eliminated in the match, giving way to a four-on-two advantage for the Rowdies, Rude and Perfect battled back to even the score. Ultimately, Perfect — who was undefeated in WWE heading into Survivor Series 1989 — wound up as the bout’s lone survivor, ensuring his record remained unblemished … not unlike the meticulous appearance of he and his teammates. — J.C.