I was three years old going on four and still to this day I remember almost every moment of the 1990 WWE Survivor Series. Sitting in the nose bleed section of the Hartford Civic Center, WWE wrestling memories were infused into my brain and turned me into the lifetime fan that I am today.
As I entered the arena, I was greeted by WWE Hall of Fame inductee Howard Finkle as he tore my ticket and hundreds of other people crowded in.
Before the event started, I flipped through the WWE program, reading about larger than life Superstars like Hulk Hogan, Ultimate Warrior, the “Macho King” Randy Savage, Mr. Perfect, and several others.
Then I came across the “Mystery Wrestler” on Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Team. Little did I know that I was about to witness the WWE debut of the future multi-time WWE champion the Undertaker.
As I lifted the binoculars to my face and peered down at the ring below, the Undertaker made his way to the ring and literally scared me as a young child. As the Undertaker appeared unmovable, I was in awe of this new and unique superstar. He battled Dusty Rhodes out of the arena and was counted of the landmark match.
Looking back, the Undertaker’s debut means a lot more now, but my favorite memory from the event came with the final match. After wrestling and surviving earlier in the night, Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior returned for a battle of the survivors. Teamed with Tito Santana, they took on incredible odds against five heel wrestlers including DiBiase and The Warlord.
Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior were my pro-wrestling super-heroes and to see them team together to take on the villains was a true treat. Both of their finishers were featured and the crowd went nuts as the Ultimate Warrior got the final victory.
The event also took place months after Hogan lost to the Ultimate Warrior at Wrestlemania VI, so it was good to see the continuing storyline and in-ring friendship between the wrestlers.
For WWE History buffs, the 1990 Survivor Series will always mark the Undertaker’s debut, but for me it was my first live WWE events, some of my greatest childhood memories, and a look at the WWE glory days in the early 1990s.