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Five that survived: How Survivor Series changed WWE
As the second longest-running pay-per-view in WWE's storied history draws near, WWE.com showcases five moments in Survivor Series history that changed WWE forever.
THE UNDERTAKER MAKES HIS DEBUT
The incredible legend of The Undertaker began at Survivor Series 1990 when The Phenom first emerged as the unknown member of Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Team.
A force of destruction from day one, The Demon from Death Valley changes the face of WWE in frightening fashion - capturing seven World Championships, terrorizing opponents with ground-breaking innovation that included Casket, Buried Alive, Inferno and Hell in a Cell Matches, and building an unparalleled 19-0 undefeated WrestleMania streak.
THE ROCK DEBUTS
When the Superstar that would become The Rock stepped into competition for the first time at Survivor Series 1996, his only claim to fame was being the son of Rocky Johnson and grandson of High Chief Maivia.
Becoming the sole survivor that night in a Survivor Series four-on-four Elimination Match, he would go on to become "The Most Electrifying Man in all Entertainment," winning numerous titles including seven WWE Championships. But, his most important contribution to WWE was his outrageous charisma, an attribute that would draw countless people into the WWE Universe every week just to see what he would say or do next.
THE INFAMOUS "MONTREAL SCREWJOB"
One of the most infamous moments in WWE history was the day Bret Hart got cheated out of the WWE Title by Mr. McMahon and Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series `97.
As a result of this moment, Mr. McMahon became universally vilified, paving the way for the infamous Austin-McMahon rivalry and The Attitude Era.
TEAM WWE HALTS THE INVASION
Shortly after the Monday Night Wars ended with the bankruptcy of WCW, Mr. McMahon's children - Stephanie and Shane - were more than happy to pick up the mantel of insurrection. Together they led The Alliance - a collection of former WCW and ECW Superstars - with the sole purpose of taking control of WWE from their father.
If Team WWE - made up of The Rock, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho, Kane and Big Show - had not prevailed in a final match for WWE control at Survivor Series 2001, there is no telling what the state of the squared circle would be today.
THE FIRST-EVER ELIMINATION CHAMBER MATCH
Fifteen years after the Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match first took pay-per-views by storm, the concept of elimination took-on a whole new, horrific form at Survivor Series 2002.
On that date, the first-ever Elimination Chamber unleashed a twisted structure of nightmarish steel that combined the best elements of an Elimination, Steel Cage and Royal Rumble Match. In 2009, this demented concept would ultimately lead to an entire pay-per-view dedicated to the Devil's Playground.
BONUS MOMENT: THE GOBBLEDY GOOKER COMES OUT OF HIS SHELL
Hatching at Survivor Series 1990, the hard-boiled hilarity that is The Gobbledy Gooker speaks for itself. (WATCH BONUS VIDEO)