The rules are that each spot must be filled and only one person can be in each spot, so no ties can happen, nor can anyone opt out. No matter how difficult it might be, you have to pick.
Since we don't know at the moment who will be competing in this year's Survivor Series elimination match, we figured it would be fun to go back in time and talk about the winners of the first ever traditional elimination match from the original event, Survivor Series 1987. It featured several matches on the card of the same variety, but this was the one that started it all, filled with five pioneers of the pro wrestling business. So, with that being said, how would we rank them on the hierarchy of importance if we were given the reigns to book the card?
5) RELEASED = Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake
This is a pretty impressive list, but the one that stands out as nowhere near equal to the rest is clearly Brutus Beefcake. While he served his purpose at the time, he was never someone who would really amount to all that much, and I think he's the one that people would miss the least.
4) JOBBER = Hacksaw Jim Duggan
Poor Hacksaw, despite being a legend and a beloved wrestler from this time period, is just the next lowest option on the totem pole compared to the rest. He never won any championships in the company and he spent a good amount of time being someone that was a jobber to the stars before becoming a jobber to the midcarders, so this is a role he's somewhat familiar with. Duggan would be a great guy to get sympathy from the crowd whenever he loses.
3) MIDCARD = Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat
Even in his older age, The Dragon proved that he could still go, wrestling Chris Jericho a handful of times post-retirement. Ricky Steamboat is also well known for his Intercontinental Championship title victory over Randy Savage at WrestleMania III which many consider to be one of the greatest matches of all time in that event's history. Steamboat is an extremely solid hand that would unfortunately be overlooked here, but that's more to do with the importance of the other two being above him rather than anything negative against Steamboat himself. There are simply bigger fish to fry.
2) UPPER MIDCARD = Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Jake Roberts was such a huge deal that it's amazing he never won numerous championships in WWE. He was practically a main event talent in an era that had Hulk Hogan of all people, so it would be crazy to put him lower than this spot. Yes, he has dealt with lots of abuse issues, which would lower his reliability to an extremely cautious ratio, but in a perfect world, Roberts would be that upper midcarder you needed him to be, using his ring psychology and promo skills to help sell tickets.
1) MAIN EVENT = Macho Man Randy Savage
Not only is he the only one on this list to be a WWE champion, he's also one of the most iconic entertainers in history, not just in the professional wrestling world, but in media in general. Randy Savage is the definition of someone who should be in the main event. He had the look, the connection with the crowd, the promo skills, and the ring skills to just be the top guy with no superior. The only reason he wasn't even bigger than he was—which, remember, was immense—is because Hulk Hogan took priority. I was always a bigger Savage fan than Hogan, though, and I can't imagine anyone justifying putting The Macho Man any lower than their main event spot here.