BOOM! Studios has announced it will publish a WWE Survivor Series Special, following in the Big Four PPV tradition of the Wrestlemania and SummerSlam specials before it. The comic includes stories by writers Kevin Panetta (Zodiac Starforce), Ryan Ferrier (Kong on the Planet of the Apes), and Julian May (Saga of Pilocene Exile), and art from Brooklyn Allen (Lumberjanes), Kendall Goode (The Doorman), and Kelly Williams (The Cabinet).
A press release has the details…
WWE SURVIVOR SERIES 2017 SPECIAL is an oversized, stand-alone issue that features several short stories tied to key matches from the storied history of WWE, including the Brock Lesnar and Goldberg showdown in 2016 that was 12 years in the making; the 2016 Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown Women’s Elimination match; and perhaps the most controversial (and infamous) match in WWE history—1997’s Montreal Screwjob.
But it’s the covers that caught our eye:
The main cover for WWE SURVIVOR SERIES 2017 SPECIAL is illustrated by Rahzzah (WWE), with a special “Montreal Screwjob” WWE What If? variant cover by Jim Rugg (Street Angel).
Particularly, that Jim Rugg variant cover, homaging the Marvel Comics line of alternate history titles:
In one of the most famous incidents in pro wrestling history, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon told Bret Hart that he would retain his WWE championship in a match against Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series 1997, only to come to the ring and have the bell rung while Michaels had Hart in his own finishing move, the Sharpshooter. Known as the Montreal Screwjob, the event helped kick off the Attitude Era and even the modern, reality-fueled post-kayfabe era of wrestling.
Will a what-if story where Shawn Michaels is the one getting screwed be the story featured in the comic? How might the world of pro wrestling be different today if things had gone differently back in Montreal? Yeah, we want to read that story.
If that’s the actual story featured in the comic, it might make it worth shelling out $7.99 for this thing, which is what the WrestleMania and SummerSlam specials cost.
Here’s the other cover, by Rahzzah:
Look for this in stores in November.