Six Things You Didn’t Know About Survivor Series

Survivor Series was the first WWE pay-per-view to feature a non-WWE title

The NWA North American Title was put on the line at WWE In Your House: No Way Out of Texas in February 1998 and the resurrected ECW Heavyweight Title was defended on pay-per-view numerous times during the company’s brief revival from 2006 to 2010. But the very first WWE pay-per-view to see a non-WWE championship match was Survivor Series 1993.

The bout, a tag team match between The Heavenly Bodies (Tom Prichard & Jimmy Del Ray) and The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson), was fought for the tag titles belonging to Tennessee-based territory Smoky Mountain Wrestling. Arranged by Smoky Mountain mastermind and Heavenly Bodies manager James E. Cornette, the matchup between the longtime SMW rivals was mired in controversy for its result. Prichard & Del Ray won the titles from Morton & Gibson, but not until after Morton had been disposed over the top rope — grounds for disqualification had the match been wrestled under SMW rules instead of WWE rules.