The Survivor Series is WWE's second-oldest pay-per-view, with roots extending back to 1987. But it likely wouldn't have survived (pun intended) for so long without a certain staple match.

 

The "Traditional Survivor Series Match" - an elimination match featuring teams of four or five each, in most cases - shaped the event in its early years, with the entire card consisting of elimination matches between all-star teams of wrestlers.

 

And even though the "traditional" matches have scaled back considerably (some years without even one elimination match!), the fact remains that 367 wrestlers have participated in at least one between 1987 and 2019. 

 

So how did we come up with the Top 50 Survivor Series Match Participants? By using simple math. We assigned the following scores for every single Survivor Series match competitor:

 

  • 1 point for each Survivor Series match they participated in (note - these are ONLY for the elimination matches, not other matches on the PPV. Likewise, elimination matches on non-Survivor Series shows won't count, nor do any Kickoff Show matches)

  • 10 points for each credited elimination

  • 50 points for being the (or one of the) final survivors in a match

 

What you'll find is an extremely stats-driven and accurate reflection of who performed best in the Traditional Survivor Series match over the years. If you'd like to be a part of this conversation, Tweet us at @canadianbulldog using the hashtag #Top50, or leave a comment below.

 

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