Monthly Archives: November 2011
The 25th annual WWE Survivor Series event took place last night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. While keeping tabs on the match results on numerous wrestling websites, I started thinking about all of the classic matches from Survivor Series’ past. All of that thought ended with my knowledge of the very first Survivor Series on Thanksgiving Night of 1987.
In 1987, fresh off the heels of Hulk Hogan defeating Andre the Giant to retain the then-WWF Championship at WrestleMania III that March, the rivalry between the two superstars continued. The result of the increased interest and popularity of the rivalry resulted in the WWE creating a new event in November to capitalize on it. The event would be called “Survivor Series,” and would be centered around a series of elimination-style tag team matches. The match above is the main event from the 1st annual Survivor Series on November 26th, 1987, as Hulk Hogan and his team competed with Andre the Giant and his team.
Ah yes, FuncoLand; the precursor of the big-’ol brick-and-mortar buy new/used and sell retail videogame stores. I remember venturing FuncoLand numerous times back in the day, shopping for games for my Genesis, Game Gear, and Master System (yes, I was a SEGA kid; I even got the Game Gear TV tuner from there).
Well, in subsequent years, as result of business decisions and some sort of weird reverse osmosis, FuncoLand became the store we know (and love?) as GameStop, taking EB Games and Babbages along with them. While, techinally, FuncoLand is no more, thanks to the all-powerful internet, their hideous and hilarious training video lives on forever (at lease until the zombie apocolypse occur).