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I was never what you would call a WCW fan growing up. I liked seeing the matches on Saturday or Sunday but, I never went out of my way to watch Nitro until the Monday Night Wars stuff. It was WCW that grabbed my attention first with Goldberg and his streak. Plus my older cousin thought he was cool and therefore I did too Quickly, I found out that I preferred WWF to WCW in most instances and then ECW came in the picture and I never looked back really. So, with that being said, I never gave a thought to WCW's pay-per-views and although the titles were cooler than WWF's the cards usually sucked. So, here I am all of these years later willing to call bullshit on myself and check out the best of the best PPV that WCW had to offer - Starrcade. The saving grace of this project is that many of the matches on this list (this is the Starrcade Essential Collection set by WWE) are from Jim Crockett Promotions and/or in the early days of WCW. Half are from the 80's and 5 more are between 1990-1993. Anyhow there's 25 matches and I'm going run down (or up?) the list to see just how essential these matches are. I might give impressions for some, others I might have a review, and even more I might have written something up in the match discussion archives. Let's start Roddy Piper vs Hollywood Hogan (1996): Good match with good action that tells the Match of the Decade story well. Intense too which was a big surprise considering Hogan was in the ring...I mean honest-looking intensity and not that hammy crappola. Sting vs Great Muta (1989): Iron Man tournament match which I saw a few months ago during my Great Muta You Might Have Missed post ( https://forums.prowrestlingonly.com/blogs/entry/685-great-muta-you-might-have-missed/). Shit that was almost a year ago!? Anyhow, an under 10 minute banger with Sting and Muta at the height of blending simple wrestling with a fast pace and a few flashy moves. I liked this quite a bit. I'll say a very good match. Barry Windham & Brian Pillman vs Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas (1992): Awesome action packed title match. This Starrcade thing doesn't seem that bad! This also featured Pillman and Douglas ushering a crash-bang style that we would we would see in ECW and the Attitude era. Not that they invented it or anything but, its in contrast to Windham and Ricky's style here. Great match! Goldberg vs Kevin Nash (1998): The match that ended THE STREAK and perhaps was an early sign of things to come. Goldberg and Nash actually wrestle a good match up until the hi-jinks and Hall electrocutes Goldberg. Battlebowl (1991): I don't like Battle Royals. So, I'll make a couple suggestions. Fast forward to when Ricky Morton & Liger are wrestling each other. Then fast forward to when Luger and Vader are in ring #1 by themselves (yes there are two rings). Then fast forward to when it boils down to Steamboat and Sting vs Austin and Rude (Luger is in waiting so to speak). Then watch the rest of the match and you might call this good. This rated higher than the 1992 tag match? horse shit! Dustin Rhodes vs Steve Austin (1993): Starts of pretty good and just sorta ends. I had high hopes for this but, uh yeah it's very much what I expect out of WCW. The last 3 matches don't seem very "essential" to me. I talk more about it in the 1993 match discussion yearbook. I really don't want to do that again here...if that gives you an idea. Road Warriors vs Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (1987): Oh crap the Road Warriors...this is not looking good..let's see. Oh man am I wrong! Maybe it's Arn and Tully but, this is perhaps the best Warriors match I've seen. We see a brains & brawn story unfold despite their early domination, Hawk & Animal don't seem invincible. There are some hi-jinks but, it is pandemonium so it works. I loved this match- it was all about selling and timing and it comes off beautifully! Near classic match...hells yeah! Rey Misterio vs Jushin Liger (1996): Oh Rey vs Liger '96, this should be an easy great match! Nope! It's neat but, just felt clunky and the commentary team bury them. This is a great example of how WCW was out of step with where wrestling was headed. It was a fun exhibition match though. Rock 'n Roll Express vs Midnight Express (1987): I wish they could have put another type of match on here with these teams. It was high risk and whatnot but, is really a novelty that doesn't really show what these guys do best. Nevertheless it was one of the best scaffold matches I've seen. I've seen like 4 so...maybe that's not a recommendation. Sorta goes into the realm of Battle Royal matches to me. Ric Flair vs Lex Luger (1988): Here we have our first classic match of the set! I never would have thought it'd come from Luger. Simple but effective stuff! GO SEE THIS!! 1988 Everything else folder has more gushing if you need it. Eddie Guerrero vs Shinjiro Otani (1995): I've seen this match twice and liked it better the 2nd time. Its what the Rey vs Liger match needed to be. Skip that one and watch Otani and Eddie go! Again, I beat a dead horse in the 1995 December yearbook if you want to see that Very good match. Not sure why this is "ahead" of Flair/Luger '88 at all though...gotta give something to Eddie I suppose. Dusty Rhodes & Sting vs Road Warriors (1988): Hmm can't seem to find my notes on this one...I remember it being good with Sting doing his thing. It was not as good as the Tully/Arn match I can tell you that much. I think it was meant to get Sting over since I really don't remember Dusty or the Warriors doing much but a good match and letting Sting shine. Sting vs Vader (1992): People have called this a classic match but, I disagree. Its great but, not a classic. There are a few too many flaws that screw with my suspension of disbelief to put it in that **** 1/2+ class. Selling and the finish being the two biggest complaints. Nevertheless, it is Sting vs Vader - Go watch it for yourself and then head over to the 1992 December archives and see where your opinion falls. Jack & Jerry Brisco vs Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood (1983): A great action packed match. Maybe people don't think that can happen in 1983 here we have it! There were tons of double team moves from both sides. Angelo Mosca is the ref and played his role perfectly. This felt like a real battle in the unreal realm of pro-wrestling! Dusty Rhodes vs Ric Flair (1985): An entertaining match that was kept even keel for some reason. This lacked the charisma and excitement I expected. It felt very average. Eddie Guerrero vs Dean Malenko (1997): Again, I can't find any notes on this one. From memory it started off well but, I don't think it really set the world on fire. Probably very much like the Dusty/Flair match above. They had to give a nod to the feud I suppose so, here it is... Road Warriors vs Steiner Brothers (1989): Everyone was selling and bumping. There were no miscues or blown spots. They did their power moves and throws. What more can you ask really!!? It was a dream match as your gonna get. I thought it was very good and should be in both teams highlight reels. Certainly so for the Steiners as I thought the quality and style was right around what they would be doing in NJPW in the 90's. Ladder Match (2000): This is the 3 way ladder match that was really a harbinger of early 2000's indy 'let's try anything' wrestling. It sucks that Jamie Noble and Kaz Hiyashi (who I like) are in this thing. Its also on the first WWE Ladder Match DVD set so, I skipped this. Sting vs Ric Flair (1989): I believe this is the Finals of the 1989 Iron Man tourney. Terry Funk and Jim Ross are on commentary (yes!). This was a great match featuring athletic, charismatic wrestling as you'd hope for. Both guys really put on an action filled match despite the previous bouts and you gotta give it to them for that alone. From what I've seen here and above 1989 looked sweet. Roddy Piper vs Greg Valentine (1983): And if '89 looked sweet then '83 was sweeter. Oh man, we get the legendary Dog Collar match between Piper and Valentine and it does not disappoint. It was a madhouse type of match where they're just wailing away on each other with abandon. So many visually remarkable moments involving the chain...man they just did it right. A brutal and bloody affair. A classic match. Road Warriors vs Midnight Express (1986): Another scaffold match. This was remarkably dangerous and Cornette takes a bump off the scaffold (dangling) that seriously injures him. Watch it on fast forward perhaps. Again, these really aren't my thing :/ Sting vs Hogan (1997): Sting's entrance gave me goosebumps. Make no mistake though this is late 90's WCW and they have to fucking slip in some interference in every big match just for the hell of it. Its like having a nice meal at a restaurant and right before you finish, the waiter comes over and drops a fly in it. Like "Why man? Why?" It was a good match even though they dropped a fly in it. For nostalgia sake, watch this big moment in wrestling. I never saw it before and I'm glad I did. Hogan may actually out wrestle Sting too! Ric Flair vs Harley Race (1983): Steel cage NWA world title match. I watched this a couple times in a week about 7 years back and recall it being very good. It was nice and stiff but, a little to methodical if memory serves me correct. I think it was kinda long too...could be wrong. Maybe it just felt long?? I decided to pass but, this is a big time match up so, if you're curious check it out. Tully Blanchard vs Magnum TA (1985): This I Quit match was the #1 reason that I spent the $5 at the used DVD/game store for this DVD set. This was violent from the very start...they looked like they wanted to maim each other. I believed it man. I mean Magnum was digging his fingers into Tully's arm trying to pull Tully's wound apart and he's the babyface!! They had to switch cameras that it was so nasty. Visceral barbaric wrestling...this did not disappoint. An all time classic without a doubt. If this is your thing, go see this match. If you gotta buy this DVD, do it. It's worth the dough. Vader vs Ric Flair (1993): This was Vader's title against Flair's career. I bet you know who wins This was deemed the greatest Starrcade match of all time by someone(s) at WWE. That's arguable but, I understand why they put this over Tully and Magnum. Flair. And it is a great match. It is not without its detractors and I am one of them. I watched this twice in 2 days and my take away is this- it is too slow at the start. Vader wants to pick apart and torture Flair rather than just pin him. I get this but, it is at a turtle's pace. Flair should have had a couple pin attempts in there to show that he had fight rather than getting pummeled. It does get good once Flair makes his successful come-back. However, the pacing and finish are all off to me. The finish required Vader to sell the leg being hurt but, he didn't at all/forgot/etc. so, it seemed like an odd fluke win. Maybe that's what they were going for but, it was clumbsily executed on Vader's part (understandable). But that's a small quibble next to the drawn out first half of the match where Vader beat Flair like a rented mule. Some of the appeal had to be thinking that Flair was going to lose...but, in 2019 that magic has worn away. So, I would say this set was hit or miss with more hits in the end. Ranking the hits Honorable Mention: Eddie Guerrero vs Shinjiro Otani (1995) 10) Sting vs Great Muta (1989) 9) Road Warriors vs Steiner Brothers (1989) 8) Barry Windham & Brian Pillman vs Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas (1992) 7) Sting vs Vader (1992) 6) Sting vs Ric Flair (1989) 5) Jack & Jerry Brisco vs Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood (1983) 4) Road Warriors vs Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (1987) 3) Ric Flair vs Lex Luger (1988) 2) Roddy Piper vs Greg Valentine (1983) 1) Tully Blanchard vs Magnum TA (1985) I'm very glad that I shelled out the 5 bucks for 10 awesome matches. I feel like Race vs Flair should also be an honorable mention as well. So 12 out of 25 matches that are totally worth checking out...not bad. I'm not sure what that says about WCW or maybe it says more about WWE, I suppose. I'd probably thing the latter is the culprit. They probably could have loaded this with great stuff from 83-89 and I would have been pleased as punch. Heck, Starrcade 83-93 would have been more than acceptable. Thanks for reading! At the very least watch the top 3 matches above! I'm so glad that I did. Until next time...
GeneJackson95 posted a topic in PromotionsMid Atlantic Championship Wrestling TV Spartanburg, S.C. Taped on 12/15/83 Airing on 12/17/83 (Show opening rolls, we then go to ringside with Tony Schiavone and David Crockett) Tony: "Welcome to Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling, I'm Tony Schiavone alongside David Crockett and we have a lot to cover here tonight as there have been some drastic changes happening here at Jim Crockett Promotions and we will be joined momentarily by Mr. Crockett who will tell us about some of those changes." David: "That's right Tony, a lot has gone on in the past few weeks....some new faces coming in, a lot of old faces going out...and we have a new NWA United States Champion as Terry Taylor defeated the Iron Sheik to win the championship." Tony: "He certainly did and we wanna congratulate Terry Taylor on that huge win. We also have a new NWA Mid Atlantic Champion as there was a tournament that took place last week and "Exotic" Adrian Street came out the victor and is your new Mid Atlantic Heavyweight Champion." David: "We're gonna take you right now to some footage where Bob Caudle had the opportunity to speak with Jim Crockett and the promoter of Mid South Wrestling 'Cowboy' Bill Watts about a huge event coming to Greensboro on Christmas day, let's take you to that footage right now and then Jim is gonna join us to tell us about some major happenings right here in Mid Atlantic." (We go to footage shot earlier in the day with Bob Caudle) Bob Caudle: "Fans I want to welcome in Jim Crockett and Bill Watts. Gentlemen, I believe everyone has been waiting for this moment." Jim Crockett: "Well I think everyone has heard but we want to make the formal announcement right now. Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling along with Mid South Wrestling in accordance with the National Wrestling Alliance is proud to announce a huge spectacle next week on Christmas night in Greensboro, South Carolina. We are calling this event, Starrcade! This event is going to be a joint showing with talent from all over the National Wrestling Alliance and will feature a special contest between NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race defending against the Nature Boy Ric Flair. We will also have at least four other title matches on that card inclduding the Mid South North American and Tag Team Championships, the NWA Mid-American Championship, and the Mid Atlantic United States and United States Tag Team Championships." Bill Watts: "Exactly like you said right there Jim, without a doubt this is going to be the biggest event in the history of wrestling. Fans are going to be able to see this event on closed circuit throughout the Mid South and South Eastern parts of the United States. There will be special showings in Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore, New York, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and other major cities throughout the Mid West. Fans this is going to be the event that changes professional wrestling and it makes me proud to be in partnership with Jim Crockett Promotions, Mid Atlantic Championship Wrestling, and the National Wrestling Alliance." Jim Crockett: "Fans we are going to announce more matches for the card throughout the evening, but I think we wouldn’t be doing the fans justice without talking about the battle royal." Bill Watts: "That’s right Jim. Lemme tell you something… you see this trophy behind us… this is the first ever Starrcade Cup. Not only will the winner of this battle royal get this prestigious trophy but also $100,000!" Jim Crockett: "Perhaps the biggest purse ever for one match but in order to win this thing… you are going to have to eliminate some of the biggest names in the history of professional wrestling…" Bill Watts: "Well to give you a hint at who has already been signed for the match… Bruiser Brody, Wahoo McDaniel, Stan Hansen, Abdullah the Butcher, Kamala, The Vachons, Don Muraco, and Andre the Giant." Jim Crockett: "Fans this is going to be one of the reasons why the NWA is simply the best there is in professional wrestling and why without a doubt Starrcade will be the premiere wrestling event this holiday season." Bill Watts: "This is going to be a night that no one will ever forget… get your families ready and your tickets now!" (Watts and Crockett shake hands as the video ends) (Jim Crockett Jr. joins Tony and David at ringside) Tony: "Thanks for joining us Mr. Crockett, We are all very excited about Starrcade '83 and please share with us some of the big news you have in store for the fans of the NWA and Jim Crockett Promotions." Jim: "Starrcade '83 is going to be a huge event but you are exactly right...the past two weeks have been very eventful...there's been a shake up in the NWA and as you mentioned we have a lot of new wrestlers coming in and a lot of guys moving on to some other territories which is good for the fans to shake things up and make things interesting. One major thing that's taken place is a few weeks ago the Guerreros came in and more or less stole the NWA World Tag Team Championship from the Fabulous Freebirds. We are currently working on getting the 'Birds a rematch but after meeting with the championship commitee this past week it has been decided that there needs to be not only a United States singles championship, there should also be a United States Tag Team Championship and there's gonna be a one night tournament take place this Sunday in Columbia, South Carolina to crown the U.S. tag team champions. Some of the top teams in the world will converge on Columbia to compete for those titles and we will see a couple of those teams in action here today." David: "Thanks, Jim....we can't wait to hear more about Starrcade but right now let's go up to the ring with the new U.S. Champion!" =================================================================== MATCH #1- NWA U.S. Champion- Terry Taylor vs. Dusty Wolfe Highlights- The new champ looked good here as he made quick work of Wolfe, putting him away in under 3 minutes with a flying forearm smash followed by the pinfall. Winner- NWA U.S. Champion Terry Taylor (Bob Caudle is at ringside as Taylor leaves the ring) Bob: "Great win for the new U.S. Champion Terry Taylor." Terry: "Thanks Bob, I'm very proud to be the holder of the prestigious U.S. title, some of the greatest wrestlers in the sport have held this title.....I know we've got this huge event... Starrcade coming up and I plan to be a part of it....so if anybody in the NWA wants a shot at this U.S. Championship....contact Jim Crockett and let's make it happen cause I'm a fighting champion and I will take on all comers." (As Taylor finishes that sentence, "Exotic" Adrian Street and Ms. Linda come down to ringside) Street: "Well hello Terrance, I couldn't help but overhear you say that you were looking for a date for Starrcade....while I do already have the Mid Atlantic Championship around my waist I would like nothing better than to add that U.S. Championship as well....so what do you say Terrance? How about you and I have a go at each other for the U.S. title at the Starrcade..." Terry: "While I do not like the sound of that at all.....I laid out the challenge and you were...um, I guess...man enough to accept it....so yeah, I'll put the belt on the line against you at Starrcade." Street: "Oh Terrance, how wonderful....you are such a couragous champion....it's a shame I'll have to take your title from you.....it's a date! See you in Greensboro." =================================================================== COMMERCIALS =================================================================== MATCH #2- The Grapplers #1/#2 w/Johnny Valiant vs. Denny Brown Spike Huber Highlights- Brown and Huber looked good against the Grapplers but the masked duo were clearly more experienced and broke the rules at every opportunity. At one point Spike Huber had Grappler #2 trapped in a bear hug, Johnny V jumped on the apron and drew the attention of referee Tommy Young, allowing Grappler #1 to slip something into his mask and come off the top rope with a headbutt....Huber crashed to the mat with Grappler #2 on top of him as Johnny V got down of the apron allowing Tommy Young to turn around to see the cover and count the 1-2-3! Winners- The Grapplers w/Johnny Valiant ================================================================= STARRCADE PROMO w/ Watts & Crockett ================================================================= A highlight video airs hyping the upcoming arrival of "Macho Man" Randy Savage ================================================================= COMMERCIALS ================================================================= MATCH #3- Barry Windham Sam Houston vs. Mike Davis "Lord" Jonathan Boyd Highlights- Windham/Houston displayed some good team work unlike their opponents who didn't seem to get along at all with Boyd barking orders at Davis throughout. Boyd managed to do some damage to Houston at one point before tagging Davis back in who allowed Houston to tag out to Windham to eventually hit Davis with the flying lariat to get the win. Afterwards while Windham/Houston were going up the aisle to the cheers of the fans.....Boyd attacked Mike Davis and left him bloodied and laid out in the ring. Winners- Barry Windham/Sam Houston ================================================================= (Backstage- Bob Caudle is joined by "Nature Boy" Ric Flair who is decked out in an expensive suit, which he starts to remove as he gets angry) Bob: "I'm joined by the man who will challenge NWA World Champion Harley Race in Greensboro at Starrcade.....of course I'm referring to the 'Nature Boy' Ric Flair." Ric: "BOB CAUDLE!! As I stand here before you today in a suit that costs more than most folks car, I'm still a humble man when I tell you that Harley Race is one of the greatest professional wrestlers to ever put on the tights.....that's a fact. He's not some big muscleheaded goof that panders to the crowd and thinks he's hot stuff because he can rip a t-shirt off.....However, what's also a fact is Harley Race's time as a World Champion has passed him by and at STARRCADE in Greensboro...LIVE AND IN COLOR ON CLOSED CIRCUIT T.V...WOOOOO!!....you are looking at the man who will go into 1984 as THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION....and it doesn't matter if it's Dusty Rhodes down in Florida.....if it's the JYD in Mid South.......or any number of great wrestlers from Japan or around the entire world they will all fall one by one to the Nature Boy....because I AM THE FUTURE OF PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING......I AM THE BEST THING GOING TODAY...and after Starrcade.....I'll have the belt to prove it....walk that aisle Harley and meet your destiny....WOOOOOOOO!!!!!" Bob: "No lack of confidence from the 'Nature Boy', this is gonna be the biggest title match in this area in a long, long time. We'll be right back!" ================================================================== COMMERCIALS ================================================================== (As Terry Gordy is getting into the ring, Michael Hayes and Buddy Roberts approach David Crockett at ringside) Hayes: "Davey Crockett, I know Brother 'Bam Bam' is getting ready to beat up one of them ugly Vachons in that ring for the TV title but I just wanted to take a moment to say that we just left the office of Mr. Jim Crockett who just got off the phone with the offices of the W.W.A. and it's official...signed, sealed, and soon to be delivered....The Fabulous Freebirds, I'm talkin' the whole shebang....Bam Bam, P.S. , and Buddy Jack are gonna step in the ring with all three of them no good Guerreros at Starrcade in a six man 'Badstreet Brawl'...that's NO DQ, No Time Limit, there must be a winner and while we may not have the opportunity in Greensboro to get back our World Tag Team Titles.....you best believe we are gonna take this opportunity to make those boys wish they had NEVER...been stupid enough to walk down Badstreet and take what we got....what we fought for....what we earned....Guerreros, lace 'em tight jack cause at Starrcade with the world watchin' on closed circuit t.v., the Freebirds are gonna commit acts of violence on you that's gonna be down right criminal....and you may just leave them belts behind to keep it from happening again." -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- MAIN EVENT NWA T.V. Title Terry Gordy © vs. Mad Dog Vachon Highlights- Terry Gordy came into this one wound up and he went right after the 'Mad Dog'. Vachon was looking to get away from Gordy early before eventually taking control with a thumb to the eye. Vachon manage to stay in control for much of the match after than until he missed a splash in the corner and Gordy fired up on him again and managed to give him a big bodyslam....Gordy signaled to the crowd for his dreaded 'Oriental Spike' he learned over in Japan.....Gordy applied and looked to have the match won until Butcher Vachon hit the ring causing referee Sonny Fargo to call for the DQ, the Vachons start to double team Gordy until Hayes and Roberts return to ringside and hit the ring on the Vachons knocking them around until they quickly retreated from the ring and headed back up the aisle. Gordy recovers as Buddy Jack hands him his TV title belt which Gordy holds high above his head as the fans roar in approval. Winner by DQ- Terry 'Bam Bam' Gordy - still the NWA Television Champion ================================================================ Tony: "Fans, if you can't be in Greensboro, make sure you find out where Starrcade will be showing on closed circuit television in your area...and if it's not...ask for it....don't be fooled by cheap imitations...there's only one Starrcade and it's brought to you by the National Wrestling Alliance." David: "Where else can you see the biggest stars in professional wrestling?? Starrcade is jam packed with some of the greatest matches I've ever heard of....don't miss out...find out where you can see Starrcade '83, a event that will go down in history." Tony: "You are excactly right David.....look at the matches that have been signed and the biggest World Title Match of this decade....'Handsome' Harley Race defends the NWA World Heavyweight title against "Nature Boy" Ric Flair.....fans for David Crockett and Bob Caudle...I'm Tony Schiavone and we'll see you.....at STARRCADE!" (SHOW CLOSES) Thanks everyone for reading, now that I've got this one written and had the time to make some booking plans, I intend to read some of the other shows and leave some feedback.