Six Things You Didn’t Know About Survivor Series

The Casket Match, Elimination Chamber and Ambulance Match premiered there

For years, the Survivor Series event was defined by one match type: the traditional Survivor Series tag match, in which teams of five (and occasionally four) warred in a single-elimination format. Once the mix was broadened to include other match types, a wave of new and innovative stipulation bouts came into existence.

In 1992, The Undertaker downed Kamala in WWE’s first Coffin Match, a precursor to the Casket Match. (Unlike its more famous spinoff, in which a Superstar wins by putting his opponent in a casket and closing the lid, the Coffin Match ends once a Superstar has been stuffed into a coffin and the lid has been nailed shut. Technicalities, people.) (WATCH)

The scaling back of traditional Survivor Series Matches paved the way for other inventive stips, too: ex-corrections officer Big Boss Man defeated ex-con Nailz in a Nightstick-on-a-Pole Match, also at Survivor Series 1992. Jumping ahead to 2003, Kane bested Shane McMahon in WWE’s inaugural Ambulance Match. Taking the cake for Survivor Series match innovation, however, must be the Elimination Chamber — a devastating structure that was first unleashed at Survivor Series 2002 and eventually turned into an annual pay-per-view of its own.

And that’s not even counting the traditional Survivor Series matches that had their own unique twists, such as the “Grand Finale Match of Survival” in 1990 (in which the winners of all the evening's bouts met in a final Survivor Series Match) and the Wild Card Survivor Series Match in 1995 (where opposing teams were picked at random, resulting in uneasy partnerships between, for example, then-rivals Dean Douglas and Razor Ramon).