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Starrcade: The Essential Collection Disc 1 (Repost)

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Originally posted on my old blog on 1/30/09.

Here’s another fine WWE Home Video release I got a few weeks ago that I’m finally going to try to watch some of.

There’s an okay 50 minute documentary before we get to the real selling point of the DVD: BONUS MATCHES!

“Mean” Gene Okerlund explains that we well be counting down the top 25 matches in Starrcade history, based on various factors.

#25
Starrcade, 12/29/96
Non-Title: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. WCW World Heavyweight Champion “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan (w/ Ted Dibiase, Vincent, & Miss Elizabeth).  Tony Schiavone, Bobby Heenan, and Dusty Rhodes are on commentary.  Someone please drop me a PM and explain to me why the main event of the biggest show of the year has the World Champion in a non-title match.  Piper is ready to fight, but Hogan stalls.  They finally do some lame old guy brawling.  This match is slow and boring.  I’m sure they had good matches in the 80s when Hogan played face and Piper played heel, but 10 years later with the roles reversed, it doesn’t work.  Piper whips Hogan with a belt.  Piper hits the ropes and Dibiase grabs his foot.  Hogan attacks a scar on Piper’s hip.  Hogan utilizes an abdominal stretch, but Piper escapes.  Piper gets a near fall with an inside cradle.  More boring old man brawling, then Piper hits a suplex and covers.  Hogan gets a foot on the ropes.  Hogan misses the leg drop.  Piper attacks Hogan’s leg.  The Giant comes in and lifts Piper for the chokeslam.  A “fan” comes in the ring and goes after Hogan.  Security gets rid of him.  Piper gouges The Giant’s eyes to escape his predicament.  Piper gets the sleeper hold to win at 15:37.  The Outsiders hit the ring.  Piper fights them off and escapes an nWo beatdown.

Jim Ross explains the Iron Man Tournament from Starrcade 1989.  Ross introduces the next match, and explains that Muta only had one loss ever in the NWA prior to this match.

#24
Starrcade, 12/13/89
Non-Title, Iron Man Tournament Match: Sting vs. NWA World Television Champion Great Muta (w/ Gary Hart).  Jim Ross and Terry Funk are on commentary.  They exchange full nelsons to start.  They do some stuff.  Sting hits a suplex, then twists Muta’s arm and hits an atomic drop.  Sting goes for the Scorpion Death Lock early, but he’s too close to the ropes.  Muta bails and recieves encouragement from Hart.  Back in the ring, both men are cautious.  Muta hits a backdrop and the Shining elbow drop.  MUTA PUTS STING IN THE CATTLE MUTILATION!  Sting manages to get out of it.  Sting hits a press slam for a two count.  They fight some more.  Muta misses the moonsault but hits a big kick and goes up again.  Sting kicks him, causing Muta to crotch himself on the top rope.  Sting hits a superplex for the win at 8:41.  Okay match, but seeing that they both already had one match and both had another coming that night, they understandably held back some.  I need to see their Great American Bash ’89 match.

Ross introduces the next match and they show the angle that set it up.

#23
Starrcade, 12/28/92
WCW & NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas (c) vs. Barry Windham & Brian Pillman.  Ross and Jesse Ventura are on commentary.  Douglas and Pillman start with a good exchange.  Douglas sends Pillman out to the ramp and Windham comes in.  Douglas and Steamboat double team him.  When the match straightens out again, Pillman tags in Windham.  Steamboat wants the tag, and Douglas obliges.  Steamboat dominates the exchange and tags Douglas back in.  Douglas and Steamboat basically take turns dominating Windham for a little while.  Windham finally hits a jawbreaker to escape a rear chin lock from Douglas and tags in Pillman.  A Douglas dropkick causes Pillman to take a spill out of the ring and hit the guardrail.  Pillman comes back in and dropkicks Douglas, who was on the top rope, and this time Douglas takes a spill to the outside.  The heels work over Douglas.  While the referee is busy dealing with Pillman, Steamboat wallops Windham with a chair.  Douglas tries to tag out, but Windham tags in Pillman first.  Pillman prevents the tag, so Douglas continutes to take the heat.  Douglas counters a suplex attempt from Windham and makes the hot tag to Steamboat.  Steamboat cleans house briefly until Windham gets the advantage on him.  Pillman throws Steamboat over the top rope, which in 1992 WCW was an automatic DQ, but the referee didn’t see it.  Pillman does a neat move on Steamboat.  Windham beats up Steamboat, but Steamboat starts fighting back.  Pillman tags in, and so does Douglas.  All four fight in the ring until Steamboat and Windham go outside, leaving the legal men in the ring.  Douglas hits a belly-to-belly suplex on Pillman to win the match at 20:02.  Good match.  It was probably even better in 1992.

Okerlund introduces the next match.

#22
Starrcade, 12/27/98
WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Bill Goldberg (c) vs. Kevin Nash.  Schiavone, Heenan, and Mike Tenay are on commentary.  I have this show on VHS, but I haven’t watched it in a while.  Goldberg is 173-0 at this point.  They excite the crowd with their taunts, then lock up.  Nash grabs a headlock, but Goldberg hits a backdrop suplex to counter it.  Nash makes my head explode by going for a cross armbreaker.  Goldberg goes for an ankle hold and my head reassembles itself, then explodes again.  Goldberg hits the spear and sets up for the Jackhammer, but Nash hits a low blow to get out of it.  Nash hits a big sidewalk slam for a near fall.  Nash stays in control until Goldberg hits a mule kick and starts fighting back.  Goldberg hits a Roll of the Dice and a double-arm suplex type thing.  Goldberg hits a kick to Nash’s head, similar to the one that would end Bret Hart’s career one year later at the same event.  Disco Inferno runs in and gets speared.  Bam Bam Bigelow attacks Goldberg from behind, but gets clotheslined over the top rope.  Scott Hall zaps Goldberg with a cattle prod.  Nash hits the Jackknife Powerbomb for the win at 11:20.  Nash wins the title and ends Goldberg’s streak.

Okerlund introduces the next match, the 1991 Battlebowl.  The winners of a series of random drawing tag team matches advance to a 2 ring battle royal.  The match starts in ring #1.  You are eliminated from ring #1 by being thrown into ring #2, then eliminated from the match if you are thrown out of ring #2.

#21
Starrcade, 12/29/91
BattleBowl Battle Royal featuring Vader, Marcus Alexander Bagwell, Jimmy Garvin, Dustin Rhodes, Bill Kazmaier, Jushin Thunder Liger, WCW World Television Champion, “Stunning” Steve Austin, Richard Morton, Todd Champion, Abdullah the Butcher, Firebreaker Chip, Thomas Rich, Ron Simmons, Ricky Steamboat, Mr. Hughes, Scott Steiner, WCW World Heavyweight Champion Lex Luger (w/ Harley Race), WCW United States Heavyweight Champion Rick Rude (w/ Paul E. Dangerously), Arn Anderson, and Sting.  Ross and Schiavone are on commentary.  There are a couple of spots early on where guys get thrown over the top rope onto the ramp, but you have to be thrown into the second ring.  Tommy Rich is the first man thrown into ring #2.  Young Bagwell is next into the second ring.  Rich beats him up.  Hughes sends Firebreaker chip over.  Morton and Liger end up in the second ring as well.  Liger finally has room to move and someone to work with and shows how awesome he is.  Liger eliminates Morton from he match, but goes out himself as well.  Mr. Hughes is thrown into ring #2.  Vader beats up Dustin Rhodes outside the ring.  Tommy Rich gets eliminated.  Simmons and Luger brawl on the ramp.  Garvin and Champion are in ring #2 now.  Garvin is eliminated.  Kazmaier, Abdullah, Austin, Rhodes, Simmons, Sting, and Rude are all in ring #2 now.  Vader and Luger are the only guys left in the first ring.  Firebreaker Chip is eliminated.  Luger clotheslines Vader out of ring #1.  He wins ring #1, or something.  Abdullah is eliminated.  Apparently Luger gets to rest in ring #1 until there is only one guy left in ring #2, then then those two will go at it.  Rhodes eliminates Anderson.  Rhodes, Simmons, and Hughes are eliminated.  Vader eliminates Bagwell, then I think Sting eliminates Vader.  Steiner was eliminated by someone.  Ring #2 is down to Austin, Steamboat, Sting, and Rude.  There’s a cool double Picture In Picture thing where you can see the match from three angles at once.  Austin is eliminated.  Rude tosses Steamboat, but Steamboat skins the cat and eliminates Rude.  Rude pulls Steamboat off and eliminates him as well.  Sting vs. Luger now.  Rude comes in and gives Sting the Rude Awakening.  Luger punishes Sting.  Sting fights off interference from Race.  Luger knocks Sting off the ramp and into the guardrail.  Sting makes a comeback and kicks Luger’s ass all over the ringside area.  They make it back in the ring.  Sting is FIRED UP!  Race comes in and takes a suplex from Sting.  Sting goes for the Stinger Splash on Luger, but Luger moves.  Luger throws Sting and thinks he’s won, but Sting holds on and comes back in to kick Luger’s ass some more.  Sting eliminates Luger to win the match at 25:09.  This was an odd concept.  I thought it was silly, and I’m a battle royal mark.

Tully Blanchard introduces the next match.

#20
Starrcade, 12/27/93
WCW United States Heavyweight Championship Match (2/3 Falls): Dustin Rhodes (c) vs. Steve Austin (w/ Colonel Robert Parker).  Schiavone and Ventura are on commentary.  Rhodes shines early.  Austin bails out to consult Parker for a moment.  Rhodes gets a backslide, but can’t hold on to it.  They brawl at ringside until Austin takes a spill into and over the guardrail.  Back in the ring, Austin wants to shake Dustin’s hand.  Dustin slugs him instead.  Austin uses underhanded tactics to get the advantage.  Dustin fights back and hits a sunset flip for a near fall.  Rhodes is DQ’d at 13:26, I guess for throwing Austin over the top rope.  The lights go wonky as the second fall begins.  Austin is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Dustin punches Austin in the corner, but Austin pushes him away and gets a quick pin at 16:16.  Okay match.

Wow, I made it through Disc 1 in one sitting!

NWA Starrcade 1985: The Gathering

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WWE 24/7 version of the show.

DISCO BALL!

Bob Caudle and Tony Schiavone are our hosts.  This is apparently a simulcast ala WrestleMania II from The Omni in Atlanta and the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro.  Caudle and Solie are in Atlanta and Johnny Weaver is in Greensboro.  Weaver looks so clueless.

Tom Miller is Atlanta’s ring announcer.

They play the national anthem.

Music and a light show, which seems to be the 80’s equivalent of pyro and ballyhoo.

NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship Match: Krusher Khruschev vs. Sam Houston.  Krusher Khruschev is Barry Darsow in his most difficult to spell gimmick.  The referee holds up a belt that is on the line, but nobody bothers to specify what championship is on the line.  Nothing of note happens.  Houston avoids an elbow drop.  They lock up.  Houston lands on his feet from an elbow drop and punches him.  Schiavone finally says it’s the Mid-Atlantic title that’s up for grabs here, so I’ll go back and put that at the beginning.  Houston utilizes a head scissors.  Khruschev turns it into a pinning predicament.  Houston turns it back.  Khruschev uses his power.  Or something.  Fuck, this is boring.  Houston makes his comeback and pops the crowd.  Punch, dropkick, ARMBAR!  The announcers are barely talking, which is disconcerting for some reason.  Khruschev back body drops Houston.  The match goes on unmercifully.  Khruschev body slams Houston and does up top, but Houston dropkicks him and he crotches himself.  Houston throws some punches, then hits a bulldog headlock for the pin… NO.  Fuck.  Khruschev’s foot was on the bottom rope.  Khruschev hits the Sickle to put me out of my misery at 9:29 to win the title.  Retain the title?  They didn’t specify if someone was champion or if it was vacant.  Ah, Wikipedia says vacant.

Mexican Death Match: “Ragin’ Bull” Manny Fernandez vs. Abdullah the Butcher (w/ Paul Jones).  The way it’s explained, it’s basically a sombrero on a pole match.  They brawl.  Abby hits him with the timekeeper’s mallet.  Manny is BUSTED WIDE OPEN.  Manny kicks Abby with his cowboy boots and actually manages to monkey flip him.  Manny takes a boot off and whacks him with it.  Abby is bleeding after being repeatedly hit with the boot.  Abby gets the boot and whacks Manny with it.  Abby goes for the sombrero, but Manny stops up and Abby takes a back bump off of the middle rope.  Manny whacks him with the boot.  Manny goes for the sombrero, but Abby whacks him with the boot.  Abby goes for it again, but Manny takes his belt off and whips Abdullah with it.  Abdullah fights back and drops Manny with a headbutt.  Manny avoids an elbow drop that would have certainly squashed him.  Manny rallies.  Manny SUPLEXES Abdullah.  Manny goes for the sombrero, but Abby hits him in the balls.  Manny rallies again and hits a forearm (“Flying burrito!”).  Another of off the turnbuckles drops Abdullah.  Manny goes for a diving splash, but Abdullah moves.  Manny avoids a charge in the corner and grabs the sombrero for the win at about the 9 minute mark.  Well, it was better than the first match.

Johnny Weaver interviews the new Mid-Atlantic Champion, Krusher Khruschev.  Hey, I don’t think he’s REALLY Russian.  Something is amiss here!

Texas Bull Rope Match: Ron Bass vs. Black Bart (w/ JJ Dillon).  If Bass wins, he gets 5 minutes with Dillion in a Bull Rope Match.  Bass kicks Bart in the gut and whacks him with the cowbell.  He continues whacking Bart with the bell and generally abusing him.  Bart gets the cowbell and takes control.  Crowd seems fairly uninterested, and so do I.  Bass is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!, as is Bart.  Bass grinds the rope against Bart’s bloody forehead.  Bart tries to hit Bass with the cowbell, but Bass grabs his arm and powers it away.  Bart misses a clothesline and goes over of the top rope.  Bass follows him out, they brawl for a second, then they roll back inside.  Bass gets a 2 count after hitting Bart with a bell yet again.  Bass creatively low blows Bart with the rope and flips him over.  Bass hits Bart with the cowbell again for 2.  Bass comes off the middle rope and hits Bart with the cowbell for the pin in about 8:40-ish (They make me screw up match times a lot because they like to ring closing bell long after I’ve given up and stopped my watch).  Dillion attacks Bass immediately

Texas Bull Rope Match: Ron Bass vs. JJ Dillon (w/ Black Bart).  Dillion puts the boots to Bass.  The referee makes him tie the rope to his wrist.  Dillon hits Bass with the cowbell for 2.  Dillon chokes Bass with the cowbell.  Bass hulks up and beats up Dillon.  Dillon bleeds too.  Bass accidentally knocks the referee down.  Black Bart comes back in and hits a piledriver on Bass, then pulls Dillon top of him for the pin in 3:30.  Very unexciting stuff on this show so far.

The Barbarian (w/ Paul Jones) and “Superstar” Billy Graham come out.  Apparently they’re going to have a $10,000 arm wrestling match, then have a wrestling match.  Graham wins.  Jones whacks him with his cane.

The Barbarian (w/ Paul Jones) vs. “Superstar” Billy Graham.  Barbarian starts off with the unfair advantage.  How dastardly.  Graham avoids a diving headbutt and makes a comeback.  Bearhug.  I know that’s not a complete sentence.  Bite me.  Jones attacks Graham with his cane for the DQ in 3:02.  Graham takes the cane and whacks Jones.  Barbarian attacks Graham from behind, then rams him into the post on the outside.  Barbarian continues to attack Graham until the referee breaks it up.  The referee raises Graham’s hand for his hollow victory.  Nothing to see here.  But they think so, because they show replays.

NWA National Heavyweight Championship Match: Terry Taylor (c) vs. “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel.  They fuck around a bit, then Taylor slaps the shit out of Landel.  Landel is Ric Flair-lite.  They lock up and Landel works Taylor’s arm.  Taylor arm drags his way out of it and they lock up again.  Taylor blocks some punches and knocks Landel down.  Landel with a side headlock takeover.  Taylor turns it into a pinning predicament for 2 in a spot I always love.  They keep going, and it’s good stuff.  JJ Dillon, who was supposed to come out with Landel, finally makes his way to ringside.  Taylor hits a leg drop and covers, but Landel gets his foot on the ropes.  Taylor throws some chops in the corner.  Landel drops him with a clothesline for 2.  Taylor gets an inside cradle for 2.  Landel kicks him in the head and locks him in the camel clutch.  Taylor fights back.  Taylor hits a suplex for 2.  Ref bump.  Second ref bump, as Landel pushes Taylor into the referee.  Taylor reverse an Irish whip, causing Landel and Dillon to collide.  Taylor goes for the superplex, but Dillion trips Taylor and Landel lands on top for the pin in 10:29.  Good match!

NWA National Tag Team Championship Match: Ole & Arn Anderson (c) vs. Wahoo McDaniel & Billy Jack Haynes.  Hayes and Arn start.  Man, Hayes is JACKED.  Arn leap frogs Haynes, then gets press slammed.  Ole tags in and locks up with Haynes.  3 times.  Hayes punches him.  Wahoo tags in and beats up Ole.  Arn tags in.  Wahoo chops him.  Side headlock takeover by Wahoo.  Arn gets him in a head scissors.  Wahoo escapes.  The Andersons start tagging in and out and get heat on Wahoo.  Wahoo chops the crap out of Arn, but Ole stops him from making the tag.  Wahoo chops the shit out of Ole too.  Haynes gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Clusterfuck ensues for a moment.  Wahoo gets out the Andersons double team Haynes a bit.  Wahoo tags back in and chops the fuck out of Arn some more.  Big chop and a cover by Wahoo, but Ole saves.  Ole trips Wahoo, which allows Arn to get a 2 count.  Ole trips Wahoo in the corner and holds his feet to allow Arn to get the pin in 9:00.  Pretty good stuff here too.

Johnny Weaver announces a 15 minute intermission.  Cut to, presumably 15 minutes later, where Weaver interviews Buddy Landel and JJ Dillon.

Blanchard vs. Magnum time!  Oh fuck yes!

Copy & Pasted from the Starrcade: The Essential Collection DVD review, slightly edited.

“I Quit” Steel Cage Match for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship: Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ Baby Doll) vs. Magnum T.A.  They lock up.  Tully throws a punch, Magnum throws one of his own, and the crowd pops big.  Man, Magnum was OVER.  The crowd comes to life whenever he throws a punch or does anything else for that matter.  Tully gets heat, Magnum makes a small comeback and pops the crowd, Tully gets heat again.  Rinse, lather, repeat, but it’s good stuff.  Magnum goes head-first into the cage and gets cut.  Either Tully gets color too, or Magnum’s blood gets on him, or both.  Tully tries to make Magnum quit, but Magnum responds with a resounding “HELL NO!”  Magnum fights back, but Tully won’t quit either.  Magnum punches Tully in the corner, but Tully gives him an inverted atomic drop, then beats him in the head with the microphone.  Somebody (Baby Doll I presume) throws a wooden chair over the cage to Tully.  Tully breaks it and tries to use a piece of it to stab Magnum in the eye.  Magnum gets hold of the spike and sticks it into Tully’s head, forcing Tully to quit at 14:48.  Really great match.  It’s an old fashioned bloody, hate-filled brawl that still stands the test of time.

Atlanta Street Fight: The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette) vs. Jimmy Valiant & Miss Atlanta Lively (w/ Big Mama).  Miss Atlanta Lively is Ron Garvin in drag.  They brawl.  Garvin throws powder in Eaton’s face and chokes him.  Valiant hits Condrey with a chair on the outside.  Condrey is already bleeding.  They trade off and keep brawling.  MX is working in their tuxedos.  Eaton is bleeding too.  Valiant and Lively whip Condrey into Eaton.  Valiant locks Condrey in a sleeper hold.  MX throws powder into Valiant’s face and beat on him.  Eaton hits Lively with the powder too.  MX try to pull Lively’s tights off.  Valiant saves her/him.  MX gets their tuxes ripped up.  Valiant is taken down to the outside.  Cornette comes and hits Lively with the tennis racket.  MX double teams Lively.  Valiant tries to save, but Eaton throws him back outside.  Valiant tries to come back again, but gets beaten down.  Eaton comes off the top rope and Lively catches up with a shot.  Lively gets the pin in 6:37.  This sucked.  Valiant and Lively strip Cornette down to his drawers.

Johnny Weaver interviews the new United States Champion, Magnum T.A.  Magnum says he’ll be a fighting champion.

Steel Cage Match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship: Ivan & Nikita Koloff (w/ NWA-Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion Krusher Khruschev) vs. The Rock & Roll Express (w/ Don Kernodle).  Morton and Nikita lock up.  Morton hits a dropkick to a huge pop.  Nikita beats up Morton.  Ivan tags in.  Morton gets a 2 count off of a cross body.  Gibson tags in and dropkicks Ivan, then slams him, then drops a knee for 2.  R&Rs make quick tags and work over Ivan.  Inva bleeds from all of the punishment he’s taking, and makes the heroic tag to Nikita, who runs wild on the dastardly R&Rs.  Wait, the Russians are the heels?  I jest, I jest.  Ivan tags back in as the Russians punish Gibson.  Ivan rams Gibson into the cage and hits an elbow drop for 2.  The Russians make quick tags and double team Gibson behind the referee’s back when given the opportunity.  Gibson avoids a running knee into the ropes/cage by Ivan.  Russians continue to beat on him.  Gibson avoids an Ivan leg drop.  The match goes on.  There’s a ref bump.  Morton gets the hot tag and immediately pins Ivan with a reverse cradle (right after Ivan backdropped Gibson) in 12:27 to win the titles.  Pretty good match.  The Russians try to do a beat down.  Morton escapes the cage.  Khruschev comes in and Russians beat down Gibson.  Don Kernodle is down from some attack we didn’t see.  Ivan whips the shit out of Gibson with the chain.  A bunch of people finally come in to scrape Gibson’s carcass up and the Russians leave.

Copy & Pasted from the Starrcade: The Essential Collection DVD review, slightly edited.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes.  Tommy Young is the referee.  They lock up, then Dusty clubbers Flair.  Flair bails and takes a moment to compose himself before coming back in.  Flair leapfrogs Dusty, but takes a Bionic Elbow to the head.  Flair takes another breather.  Back inside, Dusty works Flair’s arm over.  Flair gets out of it and fires away with chops.  Flair kicks Dusty’s leg and apparently hurts it, because Dusty howls in pain and bails.  Ah, it’s the same leg that the Horsemen broke months earlier.  Dusty mans up and comes back the apron, where he nails Flair with some more elbows.  Dusty works on Flair’s leg.  Flair tries to suplex Dusty, but can’t get him up.  Dusty reverses it and suplexes Flair, then goes back to the leg.  Flair manages to get Dusty in a sleeper hold, but Dusty escapes and sends Flair face first into the turnbuckle.  Dusty wraps Flair’s leg around the post.  Flair goes up top and gets thrown off for the 5 billionth time.  Dusty goes for the figure-four, but Flair pushes him away.  Flair fires a chop and goes for the figure-four, but Dusty pushes him away.  Flair tries again with the same result.  The fight some more.  Dusty gets thrown over the top rope while the referee isn’t looking, but makes it back in and hits a diving cross body for a near fall.  They fight some more, then Flair punishes Dusty’s leg some more.  Flair locks in the figure-four and tortures Dusty, but eventually releases the hold.  Dusty hits some elbows for a near fall.  There’s a ref bump.  Dusty puts Flair in the figure-four.  Arn and Ole Anderson run in and attack Dusty.  A second referee comes in and makes a two count for Flair.  Dusty gets an inside cradle and pins Flair at 22:07.  The babyfaces come down and celebrate with Dusty.  Dusty’s title win here was, appropriately, a Dusty finish, as the decision was reversed a few days later.

Replay of the finish.

Schiavone interviews Rhodes amongst the babyface celebration.  Schiavone and Caudle talk about what we’ve seen tonight.

A highlights video closes the show.

This show is a mix of some really good stuff and some really awful crap.

NWA Starrcade 1983: A Flare For The Gold

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This is the beginning of my quest to watch every PPV ever!

I should note that this is the WWE 24/7 version of the show.

Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle are the announcers.

The Assassins (w/ Paul Jones) vs. NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion Rufus R. Jones & Bugsy McGraw.  I believe these Assassins are Jody Hamilton and Hercules Hernandez.  McGraw beats up one of the Assassins, then the other one.  Tag to Jones, who beats up the Assassin while dancing around.  There’s some really shoddy camera work even for 1983.  The Assassin punches Jones in the jaw, but appears to hurt his hand more than Jones’ face.  McGraw tags in.  Tag to the other Assassin.  McGraw gets double teamed for a minute, then beats up the Assassin some more.  Jones tags in.  More of the same.  Tommy “best referee ever” Young is the referee.  The Assassins finally start getting some heat on Jones.  Jones Hulks up and makes the hot tag to McGraw.  McGraw runs wild.  One of the Assassins schoolboys McGraw for the pin in 8:12.  Match was lame.

Solie and Caudle talk, then throw it to Tony Schiavone in the babyface locker room.  Roddy Piper and Ric Flair chat in the background.

Ring announcer Tom Miller introduces the next match.

Johnny Weaver & Scott McGhee vs. Kevin Sullivan & Mark Lewin (w/ Gary Hart).  Sullivan and McGhee start with a nice exchange.  McGhee throws some nice dropkicks.  Lewin tags in, does nothing, and tags back out.  Weaver tags in.  They run the ropes.  Lewin tags in.  Weaver and McGhee work his arm a bit.  The bad guys get heat on McGhee.  McGhee makes the hot tag to Weaver.  Weaver runs wild.  Bulldog headlock to Sullivan gets 2.  Sullivan and Lewin make quick tags and start working over Weaver.  They double team Weaver behind the referee’s back and it actually matters, as Sullivan holds Weaver’s arm as Lewin comes off the top with a blow to Weaver’s arm and gets the pin 6:41.  Odd finish.  Gary Hart comes in.  McGhee dropkicks him.  Hart pulls an object out of his boot.  They bust McGhee open with it.  Angelo Mosca tries to make the save, gets bloodied himself, but eventually runs the heels off.  Fun little match, but was a blow to the arm seriously a legit finish in those days?

Solie and Caudle talk about the dastardly deeds of the heels in the last match.

Barbara Clary interviews some fans, who think Ric Flair will win the main event tonight.

Tony Schiavone is in the champion heels locker room with United States Champion Greg Valentine, World Tag Team Champions The Brisco Brothers, and NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race.  Race says he’s ready for Ric Flair tonight.

Carlos Colon vs. Abdullah the Butcher.  Solie puts over that this match was banned in Puerto Rico.  They lock up, then Abdullah beats up Colon.  Colon fights back, using  a foreign object that was in Abdullah’s tights and biting him.  Colon makes a cover that gets 2.  Abdullah accidentally falls on the referee and kills him.  Colon locks Abdullah in a figure-four leglock.  Hugo Savinovich runs in and whacks Colon with something, allowing Abdullah to get the pin in 4:28.  Fun little brawl that didn’t last longer than it needed to.

Schiavone interviews Angelo Mosca.  He’s supposed to be the referee for the Tag title match tonight.  He cuts a promo on Mark Lewin.  The bloody mess that is Scott McGhee sits next to him.

Barbara Clary interviews more fans, who also think that Flair will win tonight.

Wahoo McDaniel & Mark Youngblood vs. Bob Orton Jr. & Dick Slater.  Miller announces that Dusty Rhodes is in the house.  What that has to do with this match, I don’t know.  Wahoo and Slater lock up.  “Slater would fight a buzz saw and give him the first 2 rounds.” says Solie.  They trade chops.  Wahoo whips Slater into the corner for a Flair flip.  Youngblood tags in and works Slater’s arm.  Slater gets a jackknife hold for 2.  Slater goes over the top rope and wants to win by DQ, but the referee rules that he went over from his own momentum.  Slater with a side Russian leg sweep for 2.  Orton tags in and beats up Youngblood.  Orton with a press slam into a backbreaker.  Youngblood avoids an elbow drop and goes after Orton.  Orton bails.  Youngblood chases him around.  They lock up, run the ropes, Orton hits a backbreaker.  Slater tags in and hits an elbow.  He abuses young Mark Youngblood.  Orton beats up Youngblood on the outside.  Youngblood continues to play face in peril.  Youngblood backdrops Slater out of a piledriver attempt, drops him with a shoulder tackle, and makes the hot tag to Wahoo.  Orton tags in for the heels.  Wahoo runs wild.  My video is skipping a bit.  I hope it’s the source material and not just my DVD being bad.  The heels get some heat on Wahoo.  Orton drops a couple of knees on Wahoo’s face for 2.  Slater comes off the top and accidentally chops Orton due to Wahoo moving.  Youngblood gets the tag and they double team Slater.  Orton knees Wahoo in the back to take him out of the ring.  Orton makes a tag that Youngblood didn’t see.  Slater and Wahoo fight outside.  Orton hits a superplex on Youngblood for the pin in 13:08.  Wahoo saved just a second too late.  They beat up Wahoo after the match and destroy his arm.

Schiavone interviews Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, and Jay Youngblood.

Barbara Clary interviews Dusty Rhodes, but there’s serious audio fuck ups going on.

NWA Television Championship vs. Mask Match: Great Kabuki (c) (w/ Gary Hart) vs. Charlie Brown.  Apparently it’s a 60 minute time limit, but the stipulations are only valid for the first 15 minutes.  They brawl.  Brown uses a chair and gets away with it, pulls Kabuki’s balls into the post, then dances around the ring.  Brown locks Kabuki in a sleeper hold.  Kabuki finally escapes and grabs at Brown’s mask.  Brown ducks a chop and locks the sleeper hold in again.  Hart grabs Kabuki’s foot and puts it on the bottom rope.  Kabuki attacks Brown with chops and kicks and clamps on the Claw.  Brown fights back, but gets beat down again.  Kabuki hits… a diving claw, I guess.  Brown suffers in the claw for a while, but finally fights out.  Kabuki does the diving claw again.  Looks like their might have been a clip job there.  Diving chop by Kabuki gets 2.  Kabuki tries to take the mask off.  He hits another chop and a kick.  Brown makes a comeback and hits a remarkably People’s Elbow-like elbow drop for the pin in 10:34 (I guess).  This match sucked.  Hard.

Solie and Caudle talk to some goof, who talks about how Ric Flair is going to win tonight.

Schiavone interviews Orton, Slater, and Race.

Barbara Clary interviews Dusty Rhodes again.  Basically, he wants a shot at the winner.

Copy & Pasted from the Essential Starrcade Collection DVD review:

Non-Title, Dog Collar Match: Roddy Piper vs. NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Greg Valentine.  I should mention that throughout the match, the announcers can’t make up their minds if it’s a title match or not.  It’s not.  Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle are the announcers.  Not much to say here, they just brawl and maim each other with the chain.  They both bleed like crazy.  Piper hooks Valentine’s legs with the chain and pins him at 16:08.  Valentine attacks Piper and chokes him with the chain after the match.  Sorry for the short review, but there’s only so many times in one match I want to type “punch” and “chokes (or whips) with the chain.

Solie and Caudle talk about the barbarity we just saw.

Schiavone interviews Flair again.  Wahoo is sitting there with a bandaged arm.  He speaks a bit too.

Barbara Clary interviews Don Kernodle.

Copy & Pasted from the Essential Starrcade Collection DVD review, slightly edited:

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: The Brisco Brothers (c) vs. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood.  Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle are on commentary.  Jack and Steamboat start.  Angelo Mosca is the special referee.  Briscos make a few quick tags.  From a distance, I can’t tell the difference between Steamboat and Youngblood.  I guess I’ll have to watch the hair, as Youngblood has a mullet.  Steamboat and Youngblood make quick tags and work over Jerry.  Jack tags in and goes at it with Steamboat.  Jack (I think) hits a double-underhook suplex (pronounced “suplay” by Solie) and does a neat waistlock into a pinning predicament for a near fall.  Jerry uses a keylock on Steamboat, but Steamboat powers out.  Youngblood tags in and goes at it with Jack.  Jerry comes back in and gets a near fall with a ground Cobra Twist.  Jerry doesn’t like the count and shoves Mosca, who shoves him back, allowing the challengers to get the advantage.  Steamboat drops Youngblood onto Jerry for the pin at about 13 minutes.  The Briscos are poor spots about losing and attack Mosca, Steamboat, and Youngblood after the match.  Jack puts Steamboat in the figure-four and Jerry goes up for a splash onto Steamboat, but Mosca catches him.  Steamboat and Youngblood fight them off.  I thought I was finally going to get the match time off of this, but they took forever to ring the closing bell and I screwed it up.

They put over the production staff.

Caudle talks.

Schiavone is in the babyface locker room where Ric Flair is pacing back and forth, getting ready.  Charlie Brown comes in and has an exciting promo.  Piper comes in and cuts a promo on Greg Valentine.  He wants the U.S. title next.  Next we get an interview with the new Tag Team Champions, Steamboat and Youngblood.

Solie and Caudle talk some more.

Copy & Posted from the Essential Starrcade Collection DVD review, since I never ever need to watch this match again.

Steel Cage Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Harley Race (c) vs. Ric Flair.  Former World Champion Gene Kiniski is the guest referee for this match, the main event of the first Starrcade.  Solie and Caudle are the announcers.  It takes about 10 minutes for the entrances, introductions, and all that jazz.  They do a headlock sequence.  Kiniski warns Flair about using closed fists, so Flair nails Race with some elbows.  Race backs Flair into the ropes and doesn’t give a clean break.  Kiniski chastises him.  Flair backs Race into the ropes and responds in kind.  Race nails Flair with a high knee, but misses his falling headbutt.  Flair nails a chop and covers, but no count.  Flair puts Race down to the mat with a headlock.  Very old school match.  Flair holds him on the mat for a little while, but Race eventually powers up and hits a suplex.  He misses the headbutt again.  Flair goes for a move, but Race falls on him and gets a count.  I think it was just one.  Race gets Flair into the ropes and beats on him, but Kiniski pulls him away.  Race hits a piledriver and something else for a near fall.  Actually I can’t tell if the fall was near because Kiniski counts so slow and quietly.  Race hits a neckbreaker for what I did see was a near fall.  Wrestling in 1983 was a lot different than it is in 2009.  Race hits a powerslam-type move for another close one.  Flair tries to fire back, but Race headbutts him to the mat and finally hits his falling headbutt.  Race rams Flair into the cage and beats on him some more.  Flair finally fires back with chops and elbows.  He’s BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Flair backs Race into the corner but gets headbutted again.  Kiniski is a strict referee.  Flair hits a knee drop and a kick to the head, then a piledriver on his own for a near fall.  Flair hits a suplex for another near fall.  Kiniski is such a shitty referee.  Flair rams Race into the cage, then Race grinds Flair’s face into it.  Kiniski pulls Race away again.  Were referees supposed to be IN THE FUCKING WAY in 1983?  Geeze.  Flair locks in the figure-four leglock.  Race reverses and the roll into the ropes, so Flair has to break it.  Race hits his diving headbutt for a two count.  Race hits a suplex for a two count.  Race beats on Flair in the corner, and Kiniski pulls him away by his hair.  Race goes for a suplex, but Flair reverses it into a suplex of his own.  Ref bump.  They should have knocked him out 20 minutes ago.  Flair hits a cross body off the top rope for the win at 23:49.  The ring fills up with people celebrating with Flair.  This match was probably considered good by 1983 standards, but by my standards it was slow and boring, with a referee who really hindered the match.

More Solie and Caudle chatter.

There’s a party in the babyface locker room!  We get Flair’s post-match interview.  Dusty Rhodes congratulates Flair, but he wants the title too.

Solie and Caudle talk again.

Barbara Clay interviews Harley Race.  He says he’s not done with Flair yet.

Schiavone has one last interview with Flair, Steamboat, and Youngblood.

Solie and Caudle close the show.

Man, what a boring show.  Sorry 1983, but this was lame.  Besides Piper/Valentine.  I still enjoy that match.