Top five WWE Superstars who started their career at Survivor Series
Survivor Series, an integral chapter in the annals of WWE‘s history, stands as the second-oldest pay-per-view after WrestleMania, a testament to its enduring legacy. Debuting in 1987, this event has evolved into a spectacle, featuring traditional Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination matches and serving as the battleground for brand supremacy. Over the years, the Survivor Series has witnessed the rise of numerous WWE icons, with several superstars using this grand stage as a launching pad for their storied careers.
5. The Undertaker – WWE Survivor Series 1990
The Undertaker often hailed as the greatest WWE superstar, embarked on his legendary career at Survivor Series 1990. Guided to the ring by Brother Love, The Deadman joined Ted Dibiase’s Million Dollar Team against Dusty Rhodes’ Dream Team. In a match that showcased his uncanny presence and in-ring prowess, The Undertaker eliminated Koko B. Ware and the iconic Dusty Rhodes.
Despite a count-out against him, The Deadman left an indelible impression, laying the foundation for a remarkable three-decade-long career, culminating in his retirement at Survivor Series last year.
4. The Rock – WWE Survivor Series 1996
WWE legend Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made his memorable debut at Survivor Series 1996. In a 4-on-4 Survivor Series match, The Rock emerged as the sole survivor, eliminating Crush and Goldust. This marked the beginning of a historic career that transcended the wrestling ring, propelling The Rock into the realms of Hollywood stardom. The Survivor Series became the inaugural chapter in a journey that would see The People’s Champion become a global icon.
3. Kurt Angle – WWE Survivor Series 1999
WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle etched his name in Survivor Series history with a memorable debut in 1999. Engaging in a singles contest against Shawn Stasiak, Angle faced early dominance from his opponent. However, displaying resilience and skill, Angle executed the Olympic Slam to secure victory. This auspicious debut propelled Angle to the pinnacle of the business, marking the beginning of a journey that saw him become a five-time world champion.
2. The Shield – WWE Survivor Series 2012
The Survivor Series 2012 pay-per-view witnessed the explosive debut of The Shield, a formidable stable featuring Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns. This dominant trio declared their mission to combat “injustice” in WWE, intervening in the main event and leaving an indelible mark on the wrestling landscape. The Shield’s impactful debut served as a precursor to their individual successes and collective dominance over WWE in the years that followed.
1. Sting – WWE Survivor Series 2014
Hall of Famer Sting, a colossal figure in both WWE and WCW, made a monumental WWE debut at Survivor Series 2012. The Stinger emerged as Team Cena’s savior, intervening in the match to thwart the plans of Team Authority’s Seth Rollins and Triple H. This debut set the stage for a colossal feud between Sting and Triple H, concluding in an epic clash at WrestleMania 31. Sting’s Survivor Series debut not only solidified his place in WWE but also added a new chapter to his storied wrestling legacy.
Survivor Series remains a cornerstone in WWE’s calendar, not merely for its traditional tag team elimination matches but as a launchpad for future legends. The Undertaker, The Rock, The Shield, Kurt Angle, and Sting—all began their illustrious journeys under the spotlight of Survivor Series.
As we eagerly anticipate future editions of this iconic event, we can only wonder which new superstars will emerge from its crucible, ready to etch their names alongside these legendary five in the ever-evolving saga of WWE history. The Survivor Series, with its rich tapestry of debuts and defining moments, continues to shape the landscape of professional wrestling.