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Starrcade: The Essential Collection Disc 3 (Repost)

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Originally posted on my old blog on 2/13/09.

I’m finally back with Disc 3.  This is the first review to be written on my brand new awesome computer!

Road Warrior Animal introduces #9.

#9
Starrcade, 12/13/89
Non-Title, Iron Team Tournament Match: The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. NWA World Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers.  The two Jims (Ross and Cornette) are on commentary.  Scott and Hawk start.  Scott goes for Hawk’s leg, then Hawk hits an enzuigiri.  Hawk catches Scott’s leg, and Scott does a nifty flip out of it.  Scott tags in Rick.  Hawk nails a lariat for a two count from referee Nick Patrick.  Animal comes in.  Rick hits the Steiner Line.  Animal takes over briefly, then Rick hits a belly-to-belly suplex.  Tags on both sides.  Hawk hits a press slam and a fist drop, then covers.  Rick saves.  Hawk hits a big boot for another near fall.  Tag to Animal, who misses an elbow drop on Scott.  Scott hits a belly-to-belly.  Scott runs at Animal in the corner and gets caught with a kick or clothesline.  I forgot which in the time it took to type that sentence.  While I was typing those sentences, Hawk and Scott went at it.  Scott hits a belly-to-belly overhead off the turnbuckle on Hawk.  Animal comes in and works over Scott.  Hawk comes in and beats up Scott too.  Animal tags back in.  Hawk beats up Rick for good measure.  Road Warriors hit the Doomsday Device.  Animal has Scott in a backdrop-style bridge.  Both men’s shoulders were on the mat, but Scott lifts his shoulder at the last second to get the pin on Animal at 7:28.  Nifty old school finish.

Dusty Rhodes introduces #8.  It’s a match from Starrcade 2000.  Oh dear.  Oh thank God, it’s the good one.

#8
Starrcade, 12/17/00
Three-Way Ladder Match: 3 Count vs. Jamie Knoble & Evan Karagias vs. The Jung Dragons (w/ Leia Meow).  Tony Schiavone, Scott Hudson, Mark Madden, and Chavo Guerrero Jr. are on commentary.  Whoever gets the contract hanging above the ring gets a shot at Chavo’s Cruiserweight Championship.  Kaz Hayashi and Shannon Moore start.  They do a nifty bit, then a painful looking botch.  Okay, this match is already looking like it’s going to be way to fast to type.  Yang and Helms tease going at it, then everyone races for ladders.  The sneaky boy band grab a ladder from under the ring while everyone else goes for the ladders on the aisle.  The Dragons come in and send them out of the ring.  Yang, who would one day become everyone’s favorite Asian redneck, Jimmy Wang Yang, dropkicks a ladder into Knoble (who would one day drop the K) and Karagias (who after the fall of WCW dropped off the face of the Earth).  Knoble and Karagias end up alone in the ring and argue over who is going to take the contract down.  They shove each other, then Yang dropkicks Knoble into Karagias.  Knoble takes a bump into the ladder.  Yang hits the Yang Time on Moore.  Everyone else does suicide dives as Knoble goes for the prize.  Yang pushes the ladder over and sends him into the pile.  They do some crazy awesome spots that would take way too long to explain.  Helms hits a sick neckbreaker on someone.  Knoble hits a sunset flip powerbomb on Helms off the ladder.  Moore hits a rear chinlock drop on Yang.  Knoble goes for the prize, but Leia Meow comes in and stops him.  Yang hits a cross-arm Iconoclasm off a ladder on Karagias.  The Dragons build a scaffold out of four ladders.  3 Count send them crashing into it.  Knoble drops Moore with a Tombstone Piledriver while Karagias hammers Helms.  Hayashi and Karagias take bumps off the ladder scaffold.  Moore hits an awesome headscissors on Yang to bring him off the ladder scaffold.  Helms sends Knoble off, then both members of 3 Count pull down the contract together at 13:46.  Awesome spotfest with lots of insane bumps.

Dusty introduces #7.

#7
Starrcade, 12/13/89
Non-Title, Iron Man Tournament Match: NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair vs. Sting.  Ross and Terry Funk are on commentary.  Flair wins the tournament on a pinfall, submission, or count-out.  Sting needs a pin or submission to win.  If they draw, Lex Luger wins the tournament.  They lock up, then Sting hits a hiptoss.  Flair puts Sting in a hammerlock, but Sting counters with a drop toe hold.  Flair inexplicably sets Sting on the top turnbuckle, then gives a clean break.  They lock up again and Flair tries to out arm-power Sting, which I find foolish.  Sting, of course, powers Flair down.  Sting gets the better of an exchange and Flair takes a breather.  They go at it again and Sting gets a near fall off of a backslide.  Flair nails Sting with chops.  Sting hiptosses Flair again, then dropkicks him.  Flair throws Sting out of the ring, then chops him and whips him into the guardrail.  Flair suplexes Sting back into the ring.  Flair works over Sting and gets a near falls from a ground cobra twist and an inside cradle.  Sting makes a comeback and kicks Flair’s ass.  Sting puts Flair in the Scorpion Death Lock, but it’s way too close to the ropes and Flair gets a break.  Flair attacks Sting’s leg and locks in the figure-four leglock.  Sting escapes it somehow, but Flair keeps on working Sting’s leg.  Sting gets a near fall with another backslide.  Flair stays after Sting’s leg.  Sting counters the figure-four with an inside cradle for the pin at 15:56, even though the time limit was 15 minutes.  Good match, though.  Ole and Arn Anderson come out and raise Sting’s hands in victory, as they’re all Horsemen at the time.  I’m guessing it was soon after this that the Horsemen kicked Sting out for wanting his title shot at Flair.

Dusty introduces #6.  We’re going way back to the first Starrcade for this one.

#6
Starrcade, 11/24/83.
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).

Animal introduces #5.  Shit, another Scaffold Match.

#5
Starrcade, 11/27/86
Scaffold Match: The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette & Big Bubba Rogers).  Tony Schiavone and Rick Stewart (who?) are on commentary.  The Road Warriors wait at the top during the ring intros.  Loverboy Dennis Condrey teases climbing up, but chickens out.  MX finally does come up.  The bell rings and the Road Warriors kick ass.  Condrey throws powder in Hawk’s eyes.  Eaton does the same to Animal.  They fight on top of the scaffold.  That sentence will cover the rest of the match until someone takes a stupid, unnecessary bump.  Condrey falls, then Eaton, to give the Road Warriors the win at 7:08.  Ellering takes Cornette’s tennis racket.  Cornette climbs the scaffold to escape and runs right into Animal.  Cornette falls and blows out his knees.

Jim Ross introduces #4, explaining the build up the epic Sting/Hogan showdown in 1997.  In short, Hogan’s nWo ran roughshod over WCW for a year while Sting watched from the rafters and grew his hair out.

#4
Starrcade, 12/28/97
WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Sting.  Schiavone, Rhodes, and Tenay are on commentary.  Nick Patrick is the referee.  Hogan throws his bandanna at Sting.  Sting responds by slapping him.  Hogan panders to the crowd, then Sting slugs him.  Hogan panders some more as Sting just stands there.  Okay guys, you’ve built the moment.  Time to wrestle.  Hogan beats up Sting.  Hogan tries to elbow drop Sting three times, but misses every time.  Sting dropkicks Hogan out of the ring.  Hogan comes back in and they work a headlock.  Hogan comes off the ropes but Sting leapfrogs him and sends him out of the ring with a dropkick again.  They go back and forth, but nothing particulary interesting happens.  They fight outside and Sting hits a Stinger Splash on the guardrail.  Back in the ring, Hogan chokes Sting with his boot.  Hogan hits the leg drop and gets the clean pin.  Bret Hart shows up and says he’s not going to see Sting get screwed.  Hart nails Patrick and takes over as referee.  Hogan tries to run away, but Hart throws him back in the ring.  Buff Bagwell and Scott Norton come in to attack Sting, but Sting is not to be denied.  He hits a Stinger Splash and the Scorpion Death Lock for the victory at 12:53.  Luger, The Giant, and a bunch of jobbers come out to celebrate with Sting.  The Hogan pin on Sting was supposedly meant to be a fast count, and rumor is Hogan paid off Patrick to not count slow.  If it’s true, Hogan is a prick, but a brilliant prick.  The match comes off looking like Hogan won fair and square, then got screwed.

Ric Flair introduces #3.

#3
Starrcade, 11/24/83
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.

Tully Blanchard introduces #2.

#2
Starrcade, 11/28/85
“I Quit” Steel Cage Match for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship: Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ Baby Doll) vs. Magnum T.A.  I haven’t seen this match in a while.  Hopefully it holds up better today than the previous match did.  Schiavone and Caudle are the announcers.  I don’t think we’ve heard that combination yet.  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-ish.  Really great match.  It’s an old fashioned bloody, hate-filled brawl that still stands the test of time.

Ric Flair introduces #1!  I’ve been wanting to see this match for a long time.

#1
Starrcade, 12/27/93
WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Vader (c) (w/ Harley Race) vs. Ric Flair.  Flair has to retire if he loses.  Schiavone and Ventura are the announcers.  Vader gives Flair a shove and Flair takes a big bump off of it.  Vader beats the snot out of Flair.  With Flair’s honker, that’s not an easy job.  Flair throws some chops, but they don’t phase Vader.  Vader continues to kick Flair’s ass.  Flair finally manages to stagger Vader with chops and punches, but Race attacks Flair outside of the ring.  The interference gives Vader the opening to beat on Flair some more.  Flair hits a few jobs, then Vader hammers him and hits a better version of that shitty slam Mark Henry does.  Vader hits a clothesline off the middle rope.  Vader goes airborne again but Flair moves.  Flair hits a flying chop or elbow to the head, then totally misses a second one.  He hits the third attempt, then a knee drop.  Vader clotheslines him.  Vader hits a superplex, but misses a big splash.  Flair bounces off the ropes, then bounces off of Vader.  Vader throws Flair out of the ring, allowing Race to get in another cheap shot or two.  Back in the ring, Vader tries to splash Flair in the corner.  Flair moves and fires back with chops, but Vader splashes him in the other corner.  Flair throws chops and punches like they’re going to be outlawed tomorrow and finally drops the big man.  Flair attacks Vader’s leg with the ringpost and chairs.  Flair is FIRED UP and hammer Vader with the best punches I’ve ever seen him throw.  Flair fights Vader like a man posessed, even biting him!  Flair punishes Vader’s leg some more, then punches him down and goes for the figure-four leglock, but Vader kicks him away.  Vader misses the Vader Bomb and Flair locks in the figure-four.  Race tries to distract the referee.  Vader manages to get a rope break.  Vader goes up for the moonsault, but Flair moves out of the way!  Flair covers for two.  Race comes off the top rope and accidentally headbutts Vader.  The referee ejects Race.  Flair fires up with chops, then runs into the wall that is Vader.  Flair manages to trip Vader and get the pin at 21:10.  Fucking great match here, kids.  Vader plays the big man heel better than anyone I’ve ever seen, and Flair is Flair.  Great way to cap off a fine DVD release from WWE.

Starrcade: The Essential Collection Disc 2 (Repost)

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Originally posted on my old blog on 2/1/09.

Tully Blanchard introduces #19 on the countdown.

#19
Starrcade, 11/26/87
NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon) (c) vs. The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering).  Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone are on commentary.  The Road Warriors are challenging for the gold in their hometown.  Hawk dominates Anderson to start.  Tully comes in and quickly tries to bail, but Animal press slams him back into the ring.  He tries to bail again, but Hawk chases him down and throws him back in.  The Horsemen double team Hawk briefly, but Hawk nails a double clothesline to keep the momentum on the Road Warriors’ side.  Hawk press slams Blanchard, but Anderson clips his knee, finally giving the Horsemen a chance.  Blanchard hits Hawk’s injured knee with a chair.  Anderson hits a DDT on Hawk and covers, but Hawk kicks out at one.  Blachard tries to put Hawk in the figure-four, but Hawk counters and keeps fighting.  Anderson and Blanchard take turns beating on Hawk.  Blanchard finally goes lock in the figure-four.  Hawk finally makes the hot tag.  Animal cleans house.  Blanchard knocks referee Tommy Young out of the ring.  Animal backdrops Anderson over the top rope.  Warriors hit the Doomsday Device on Anderson.  A young Earl Hebner (w/ full head of hair!) comes in and makes the three count for Animal gets the pin at 13:24.  New Champions!  But wait!  Tommy Young comes back in.  He saw Animal throw Anderson over the top rope and reverses the decision!  Horsemen win by DQ!  I really liked the match.  It seemed custom made for the Road Warrior sto win the titles in their hometown, and I don’t understand why they didn’t.

Tully introduces the next match as well.

#18
Starrcade, 12/29/96
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Jushin Thunder Liger.  Big commentary table needed for this crew: Schiavone, Tenay, Dusty, and Heenan.  I love when WWE puts Liger matches on DVD.  Liger controls the match early on.  Rey hits a Frankensteiner and starts his comeback.  A headscissors sends Liger out of the ring, then Rey does the precursor to the 619, which is the same motion, but with no opponent to hit.  It’s just a fake out.  Liger suplex Mysterio out of the ring.  Rey comes back in but misses a dropkick.  Liger puts Rey in a surfboard hold.  Mysterio hits a standing moonsault for a near fall, then DDTs Liger right on his horns.  Rey tries to springboard onto Liger, but Liger catches him with a dropkick.  Liger hits a release German suplex for a two count.  Liger hits a koppou kick in the corner.  Rey respons with a monkey flip out of the opposite corner.  Rey hits a cool headscissors and an Asai moonsault.  Back in the ring, Rey hits a move and covers, but Liger gets a foot on the ropes.  Rey goes for the springboard leg drop, but misses.  Liger hits a diving headbutt for a two count.  Rey goes for a top rope Frankensteiner, but Liger holds on and Rey falls.  Liger hits a koppou kick and the Liger bomb for the win at 14:17.  Good match, but I expected a match between these two to be a lot better.  It’s definitely not a waste of time by any means, though.

Tully again, introducing the next match.

#17
Starrcade, 11/26/87
Scaffold Match: The Rock & Roll Express vs. The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette & Big Bubba Rogers).  Rogers jumps Morton before he can climb the scaffold.  When Morton recovers, he climbs up with Cornette’s tennis racket in hand.  This sucks.  Who invented this retarded match?  Rock & Roll Express wins in about 10 minutes.  Cornette sends Big Bubba up the scaffold.  Morton gives him a low blow and climbs down to safety.  This was shit and a complete waste of time.

Ric Flair introduces the next match, because he’s in it!

#16
Starrcade, 12/26/88
NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Lex Luger.  Jim Ross and Bob Caudle are announcing.  In ring intros, courtesy of legendary ring announcer Gary Michael Capetta.  Tommy Young is the referee.  The stipulation here is if Flair gets DQ’d, Luger wins the title.  Luger clotheslines Flair out of the ring early.  They show Lou Thesz in the crowd.  Luger overpowers Flair early on.  Flair chops Luger, who doesn’t sell it, so Flair bails and begs off.  Luger works Flair’s arm.  Luger doesn’t sell Flair’s chops again.  Luger beats up Flair some more.  Flair shoves the referee, who warns him.  Flair must have forgotten that he can lose the title on a DQ.  Flair finally gets the advantage.  Luger locks on a sleeper hold, but Flair escapes.  Flair goes for the figure-four, but Luger counters with an inside cradle for a near fall.  Luger hits a superplex for a near fall, then puts Flair in the figure-four.  Flair doesn’t give up, though, so the match continues.  Luger accidentally nails the ref, then Flair throws Luger over the top rope.  Ross says it should have been a DQ.  Why wasn’t Luger DQ’d in the first few minutes when he clotheslined Flair over the top rope?  Anyway, more neat stuff happens while I was typing.  Flair attacks Luger’s leg with a chair while the referee isn’t paying attention.  Flair works Luger’s leg over.  Flair locks in the figure-four.  Luger manages to turn it over.  Flair goes up top, but of course Luger throws him off.  Luger gets a sunset flip for a near fall.  Luger puts Flair in the Torture Rack, but his leg gives out and Flair gets the pin with his feet on the ropes at 31:02.

Jim Ross introduces the next match.

#15
Starrcade, 12/27/95
Eddie Guerrero vs. Shinjiro Otani (w/ Sonny Onoo).  I’ve seen this a few times before, most recently on the Eddie Guerrero DVD set that came out a few months ago.  Schiavone, Rhodes, and Heenan are commentary.  This match is part of the WCW vs. New Japan World Cup.  They’re tied at 2 points each at this point.  Anyway, they wrestle, and it’s very good.  The first few minutes mostly mat-based.  Otani hits a neat monkey flip.  Eddie hits a move and sends Otani to the outside.  Back in the ring, Eddie puts Otani in a crab hold.  Eddie hits a brainbuster and covers, but Otani gets his foot on the ropes.  Otani sends Eddie to the outside and hits a springboard suicide dive.  Otani gets him back in the ring and works him over.  Otani locks in a sleeper hold, but Eddie hits a backdrop suplex to escape it.  Cover gets two.  Otani hits a German suplex for a near fall.  Eddie hits a nice avalanche-style Frankensteiner for a near fall.  Eddie hits a sit-out Razor’s Edge (they’re probably a better name for it I can’t think of).  Otani manages to get Eddie in an ankle hold.  Eddie gets a rope break.  Eddie hits his own dive to the outside.  Otani suplexes Eddie back into the ring and hits a springboard dropkick.  Otani does the throat slash gesture about 5 times and goes for the Dragon suplex.  Eddie counters and they do a pinfall reversal sequence, during which Otani gets the pin at 13:44.

Road Warrior Animal introduces the next match.

#14
Starrcade, 12/26/88
NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: The Road Warriors (c) (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. Dusty Rhodes & Sting.  Ring intros from Capetta.  Tommy Young is the referee.  Ross and Caudle are announcers.  Sting and Animal lock up.  Sting sends Animal out, then works his arm when he comes back in.  Tag to Dusty.  Dusty hits the elbow on Animal, who tags out to Hawk.  They brawl a bit, then Sting comes back in and brawls with Hawk too.  Animal comes back in and press slams Sting.  Dusty tags in and works over Animal’s leg, wrapping it around the post.  Hawk tags in and wants a test of strength with Dusty.  Dusty nails him and goes for the figure-four, but Animal stops him.  Hawk and Dusty end up outside the ring, where Hawk beats up Dusty.  Back in the ring, the Warriors make the exchange and Animal takes a turn wearing down Dusty.  Warriors continue getting heat on Dusty.  Dusty manages to tag Sting, who comes in against Animal.  Sting hits the Stinger Splash and locks in the Scorpion Death Lock, but Hawk breaks it and sends Sting to the outside.  Warriors beat on Dusty.  Sting comes in and hits a cross body on Animal.  Ellering stops the referee from making the count to cause the DQ at 11:18.  Dusty and Sting celebrate afterwards, even though they didn’t win the belts.

Ric Flair and David Crockett introduce the next match.

#13
Starrcade, 12/28/92
King of Cable Tournament – Final: Sting vs. Vader (w/ Harley Race).  Jim Ross and Jesse Ventura are on commentary.  They lock up.  Sting throws some punches Vader doesn’t sell.  Vader slams Sting.  Sting runs into Vader, which is the equivalent of running into a brick wall.  Vader press slams in and drops him on the ropes.  Sting finally drops Vader with a rolling kick.  Sting hits a release German on Vader and keeps his momentum going by clotheslining Vader over the top rope.  Sting dives over the top rope onto Vader and Race.  Back in the ring, Vader hammers Sting with punches.  Vader misses a splash in the corner and Sting takes him over with an arm drag.  Vader kicks Sting in the face, but Sting comes back with a DDT and a superplex!  Sting locks Vader in the Scorpion Death Lock!  Vader gets out and they head outside.  Sting goes for a Stinger Splash, but Vader moves and Sting hits the guardrail.  Vader goes on the offensive back in the ring.  Vader hits a backdrop and a big splash for a two count.  Sting gets a near fall with a backslide.  Sting goes for a sunset flip.  Vader tries to sit on him, but Sting moves.  Vader hammers Sting with more punches.  Vader sets up Sting on the top rope, but Sting punches him, causing him to fall.  Sting doesn’t have any energy left to hit a move, though.  Vader makes it up and wallops Sting some more.  Sting makes a comeback and hits a diving splash for a two count.  Race distracts Sting allowing Vader to nail him and take over again.  Vader hits a chokeslam and a second rope splash.  Vader goes up top again, but Sting slams him and gets the pin at about 17 1/2 minutes.  Awesome match.

Flair and Crockett introduce the next match.

#12
Starrcade, 11/24/83
NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: The Brisco Brothers (c) vs. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood.  Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle are on commentary.  For the second match in a row, the video starts after the opening bell, so I can’t get a match time.  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 12 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.

Flair and Crockett again, introducing #11.

#11
Starrcade, 11/28/85
NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes.  Yay, we finally get a bell!  Tommy Young is the referee.  Schiavone and Caudle are on commentary.  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.

Dusty Rhodes introduces #10.

#10
Starrcade, 12/28/97
WCW World Cruiserweight Championship Match: Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. Dean Malenko.  Schiavone, Rhodes, and Tenay are the announcers.  Charles Robinson is the referee.  Eddie is a brilliant asshole heel, and Malenko is the babyface who wants to kick his ass.  Eddie and Malenko are great, of course.  Malenko hits an Alabama Slam and a jackknife hold for a near fall, then a powerslam.  They trade shots, then Eddie rakes Malenko’s eyes, then snapmares him and rubs a boot into his face.  More stuff happens.  Eddie goes for a tornado DDT but gets tossed away.  Malenko hits a move for a near fall.  Sorry, I’m a little sleepy and having trouble keeping up with the match.  Eddie works on Malenko’s leg.  Malenko hits a sort of German suplex for a near fall.  Eddie tries a move, but Malenko spins him around into a backbreaker.  Eddie tries a top rope Frankensteiner and Malenko tries to counter it.  They both end up falling.  Malenko hits a powerbomb and goes for the Texas Cloverleaf, but doesn’t get it.  Eddie hits a missile dropkick and the frog splash for the win at 14:57.

End of disc 2!

NWA Starrcade 1987: Chi-Town Heat

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Turner Home Entertainment!  So this is probably the original VHS release.  Fuck.

Starrcade ’87: Chi-Town Heat opening montage.

Light show and ballyhoo!  We’re in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day, 1987 (placing yours truly at not quite 3 months old when this show occurred).

Bad Street USA hits!  I already dig this show!

Tom Miller is the ring announcer!

Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross are on commentary!

Sting, The Fabulous Freebirds (w/ Precious) vs. Eddie Gilbert, Rick Steiner, & Larry Zbyszko (w/ Baby Doll).  Gilbert’s hometown is announced as “Every woman’s dream” and Sting’s is announced as “Every man’s nightmare.”  Steiner schools Sting in the early moments.  Sting wipes out Steiner with a dive to the outside, then hits a sloppy missile dropkick back inside.  Hayes and Garvin dropkick the other guys too.  Brief clusterfuck.  Hayes tags in and works Steiner’s arm.  Garvin tags in and does more of the same.  Zbyszko tags in.  Garvin drops him repeatedly with shoulder blocks.  Hayes tags in, tweaks Larry’s nose, and punches him in the face.  Gilbert tags in, gets beaten up, and asks for a time out.  There are no time outs in wrestling!  Sting tags in and works Gilbert’s arm.  Gilbert slams Sting and tags in Steiner, who Sting promptly takes over with an ARMBAR!  Steiner and Garvin go at it a bit.  Zbyszko tags in and beats up Garvin.  The heel team gets heat on Garvin.  Sting gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Zbyszko rakes his eyes and lets Gilbert get the advantage.  Gilbert throws Sting to the floor.  Back inside, Gilbert hits a suplex for 2.  Zbyszko tags in and tries to suplex Sting, but Sting reverses it.  Steiner tags in and cuts off Sting.  Zbyszko tags in and tries to beat up on Sting too.  Hayes gets the even hotter tag and runs wild.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Hayes hits a bulldog headlock on Zbyszko and covers, but Zbyszko’s legs were all in the ropes.  Hayes applies a sleeper hold.  Gilbert hits a double axe handle from behind.  Zbyszko tags in Steiner as the timer counts down.  Steiner hits a belly to belly suplex for 2.  Hayes gets an inside cradle on Gilbert, but no pin.  Hayes gets a sunset flip on Gilbert as the time limit expires.  It’s a 15:00 draw in 15:01.  Close enough!  Really fun opener.

UWF Heavyweight Championship Match: “Dr. Death” Steve Williams (c) vs. NWA Western States Heritage Champion Barry Windham.  They shake hands, run the ropes, Doc hits a big hip toss and a press… but Windham avoids a slam and gets a reverse cradle for 1.  They do some awesome mat work and end up rolling out of the ring.  They go back inside.  The crowd is shitting all over this.  Williams hits a backdrop suplex.  Windham hits a gutwrench suplex.  Windham turns a side headlock into a backdrop suplex, but Williams keeps the headlock clamped on.  Windham tries to escape again, but Williams is holding onto it.  Windham finally rolls free.  Williams tries to leap frog Windham, but can’t clear him, and gets accidentally headbutted in the balls.  This is the first time to pop the crowd.  Windham gives Williams time to collect himself and get back up.  Doc is hurting now.  Windham takes over with a side headlock.  Doc counters it and Windham headstands his way free.  Windham drops Williams with a shoulder tackle, then tries a cross body, but Doc ducks and Windham sails to the outside.  Doc’s balls are still hurting.  As soon as Windham gets back in, Williams pins him with an Oklahoma roll in about 6:50.  Fine little match.  I bet they could do a lot better, and I’m sure they did somewhere.

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

Non-Title, Scaffold Match: The Rock & Roll Express vs. NWA United States Team Championship The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette & Big Bubba Rogers).  Rogers jumps Morton before he can climb the scaffold.  When Morton recovers, he climbs up with Cornette’s tennis racket in hand.  This sucks.  Who invented this retarded match?  Rock & Roll Express wins in about 10 minutes.  Cornette sends Big Bubba up the scaffold.  Morton gives him a low blow and climbs down to safety.  This was shit and a complete waste of time.  Yeah, I know this wasn’t a good review, but I really hate this retarded concept.

Championship Unification Match: UWF Television Champion Terry Taylor (w/ Eddie Gilbert) vs. NWA World Television Champion Nikita Koloff.  Earl Hebner is the referee!  They lock up.  Taylor backs Koloff into the corner and gives a clean break.  Repeat, but this time, Taylor wants to give Nikita a cheap shot, but Nikita bitches him down.  Taylor goes with a wrist lock, and Nikita looks at him like “Bitch, what do you think you’re doing?”  Nikita reverses it and applies an ARMBAR!  “An armbar can become a submission hold.”  Really, JR?  I would never have thought so.  Taylor tries to ram Nikita into the turnbuckles, but Nikita counters and does it to him instead.  Nothing Taylor does seems to have any effect on Nikita.  Nikita clamps on a hammerlock, but Taylor gets a rope break.  Nikita transitions into a pinning predicament, but Taylor is still to close to the ropes.  Taylor bails to consult with Gilbert.  Back inside, Taylor shoves Nikita.  Nikita slaps Taylor, then kicks his ass.  Nikita gets another near fall, then Taylor bails again.  Nikita pulls Taylor back in by his hair and hammers on him some more.  Taylor catches Nikita with a knee and tries to get the Flair pin in the corner, but Nikita still kicks out.  Nikita continues working the arm.  Taylor rakes Nikita’s eyes.  Nikita goes back to the armbar.  Taylor tries to beat up Nikita, but Nikita no sells it and gets the Russian Hammer.  Taylor dodges the Russian Sickle and beats up Koloff on the outside.  Taylor attacks Nikita’s shoulder.  Gilbert gets his cheap shot in behind Hebner’s back.  Taylor tries a sunset flip, but Nikita punches him to prevent it.  Taylor tries to suplex Nikita, but gets suplexed himself.  Nikita does the punches in the corner, gets distracted by the referee, and allows Taylor to hit an inverted atomic drop for 2.  Taylor argues with the referee and Nikita schoolboys him for 2.  Nikita backdrops Taylor out of a piledriver attempt and kicks his ass.  Taylor bails.  Nikita follows him and catches a knee when he’s trying to get back in the ring.  Gilbert hits Nikita’s knee with a chair.  Taylor locks Nikita in the figure-four leglock and uses Gilbert for leverage.  The referee finally catches them and forces the break.  Gilbert chokes Nikita behind the referee’s back.  Taylor and Gilbert collide.  Nikita blasts Taylor with the Russian Sickle for the pin in 17:36.  Good match.

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

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon) (c) vs. The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering).  The Road Warriors are challenging for the gold in their hometown.  Hawk dominates Anderson to start.  Tully comes in and quickly tries to bail, but Animal press slams him back into the ring.  He tries to bail again, but Hawk chases him down and throws him back in.  The Horsemen double team Hawk briefly, but Hawk nails a double clothesline to keep the momentum on the Road Warriors’ side.  Hawk press slams Blanchard, but Anderson clips his knee, finally giving the Horsemen a chance.  Blanchard hits Hawk’s injured knee with a chair.  Anderson hits a DDT on Hawk and covers, but Hawk kicks out at one.  Blachard tries to put Hawk in the figure-four, but Hawk counters and keeps fighting.  Anderson and Blanchard take turns beating on Hawk.  Blanchard finally goes lock in the figure-four.  Hawk finally makes the hot tag.  Animal cleans house.  Blanchard knocks referee Tommy Young out of the ring.  Animal backdrops Anderson over the top rope.  Warriors hit the Doomsday Device on Anderson.  Earl Hebner comes in and makes the three count for Animal at 13:24.  New Champions!  But wait!  Tommy Young comes back in.  He saw Animal throw Anderson over the top rope and reverses the decision!  Horsemen win by DQ!  I really liked the match.  It seemed custom made for the Road Warrior sto win the titles in their hometown, and I don’t understand why they didn’t.

Steel Cage Match for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship: Lex Luger (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Dusty Rhodes.  Johnny Weaver holds the key to the cage!  There’s some confusing stipulation about Dusty’s career being on the line because he can’t sign something for 90 days.  I didn’t hear an opening bell, but they start fighting.  Oh, it’s clipped, because they announced that five minutes have elapsed after about a minute.  That really blows.  I wonder how many other matches were clipped and I just didn’t notice.  Dusty works Luger’s arm.  Luger fights back and rams Rhodes into the cage.  Sorry, I’m out of it.  Clipping really pisses me off.  Dusty gets BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Luger drops an elbow for 2.  Luger hits a backbreaker and goes for the Torture Rack, but he can’t get Dusty locked in.  Dusty holds on to the cage to escape it.  Luger keeps working Dusty over.  Luger works on Dusty’s arm.  Dusty fights back.  Dusty locks Luger in a sleeper hold.  Dillon hits Johnny Weaver with a chair, tries to unlock the cage, but ends up just throwing the chair in to Luger.  Rhodes DDTs Luger on the chair for the pin (around 12 minutes shown) to win the title.  It was alright, I guess.  I wasn’t especially interested.

Steel Cage Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ron Garvin (c) vs. Ric Flair.  More clipping.  Fuck.  Garvin works Flair’s arm.  Garvin stomp.  They trade blows.  Flair gets the advantage.  After 2 minutes, 5 minutes has elapsed.  Flair hits a knee drop for 2.  Flair works on Garvin’s leg, then locks in the figure-four leglock.  Garvin reverses it and they get into the ropes to force the break.  More stuff happens while I have to answer an annoying phone call.  Garvin beats up Flair and locks him in the figure-four.  Garvin released the hold and works on Flair’s leg some more.  Flair tries to ram Garvin into the cage, fails, gets rammed into the cage himself.  Garvin hits a diving cross body for 2.  Garvin gets a backslide for 2.  Garvin rakes Flair’s bloody head across the cage.  Garvin chops Flair.  They fight on the top rope.  Garvin headbutts Flair, who crotches himself on the top rope.  Garvin goes for a sunset flip off the top, but Flair sits on it and holds to ropes for 2 until Tommy Young catches him.  Garvin gets the sunset flip for 2.  Ref bunch.  Garvin KO punches Flair for 2.  Flair catches Garvin and rams his head into the cage for the pin (about 18 minutes shown).  It was fine.  I hate clipping.  Flair is the World Champion again.

End credits play over a highlight video.

The show was fine, but the Turner edited department is fucking retarded.  Why would you show every midcard match in full, then clip the top 2 matches?

NWA Starrcade 1986: Night of the Skywalkers

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Not even a warm up, as this goes straight to the first match.

Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious) vs. Brad Armstrong.  Tony Schiavone does ring announcing.  He and some other guy I’ll hopefully figure out later on commentary.  Garvin and Armstrong lock up aggressively.  The referee’s name is either Scrappy or Slappy.  They don’t do anything of note.  They trade hammerlocks and wrestle a bit.  The referee’s name is Scrappy McAllen.  That’s hilarious.  Garvin milks a hold for a while.  Armstrong fights out and locks in an ARMBAR!  Garvin counters and locks in a head scissors.  They go back and forth.  Armstrong ends up back in the head scissors.  Armstrong eventually fights out and locks in a side headlock.  Garvin rolls into a pinning predicament and gets the pin, I think, but the referee caught him holding Armstrong’s trunks, so the match continues.  Garvin finally escapes the headlock with a backdrop suplex.  Eventual cover gets 2.  Garvin throws Armstrong out of the ring.  Precious yells at Armstrong.  Garvin kicks Armstrong in the head from in the ring.  Repeat.  Armstrong makes it back in and Garvin hit shots him into the ropes for 2.  Second cover gets 2.  Garvin hits a backbreaker for 2.  Garvin picks Armstrong up, but Armstrong lands on top for 2.  Armstrong charges Garvin in the corner and gets kneed in the face for 2.  Another cover gets 2.  Garvin uses a chin lock.  Armstrong escapes.  Garvin gets an inside cradle for 2.  Armstrong reverses it for 2.  Garvin slams Armstrong and goes up top, but misses a diving splash.  It’s a 15:00 draw at 15:08.  They keep fighting, but Armstrong eventually runs Garvin off.  Very meh match, way too long and uninteresting.

I already tell this is going to be an ordeal because that match was lame, and because my video isn’t the best quality and the audio is a little out of sync, which annoys me to no end.

Tom Miller is the ring announcer now.

The Barbarian & Shaska Whatley vs. Baron Von Raschke & Hector Guerrero.  This has to be another 2 location show, as Bob Caudle and Johnny Weaver are on commentary now.  All four brawl to start.  Hector and Whatley have a fine exchange.  Barbarian tags in and goes at it with Guerrero.  Hector avoids a clothesline.  Raschke holds Barbarian for Hector to hit a dive.  Hector and Whatley brawl outside.  Barbarian sends Hector into the barricade.  The heels work over Hector.  He does a great face in peril.  Hector spits in Whatley’s face and makes the hot tag.  Baron Von Raschke runs wild!  Claw hold to Whatley.  Barbarian saves.  Hector comes in and cleans his clock.  Baron avoids Whatley in the corner and drops an elbow for the pin in 6:29.  Decent stuff.  The heels beat down Rascke after the match until Hector makes it back in for the save.

No DQ Match for the NWA United States Tag Team Championship: Ivan Koloff & Krusher Khruschev (c) vs. The Kansas Jayhawks.  Koloff and Mantel start.  It’s… oddly kind of awesome.  Jayhawks make quick tags and work over Koloff in the early going.  Scrappy McAllen is the referee again!  Wooo!  Krusher tags in and beats up Mantel.  Dutch fights back and challenges Koloff to come in the ring while Jaggers chokes Koloff.  The Jayhawks take turns working over Krusher.  Ivan tags in and gets beat up some more.  Dutch gets the first near fall of the match on Ivan.  The Russians start to get heat on Dutch, beginning with Krusher beating him up on the outside.  Dutch plays face in peril.  Geeze ref, it’s no DQ, stop getting in the way of Jaggers trying to come in.  Dutch clotheslines the Russians and tags in Jaggers, who runs wild.  Clothesline on Koloff, but Krusher saves.  Ivan and Dutch brawl outside.  Ivan tries to come off the top with the chain onto Jaggers, but Dutch makes the save with a bull whip.  Dutch and Krusher brawl outside.  Krusher hits Jaggers with the chain, allowing Ivan to get the pin in 7:52.  This was fine.

Indian Strap Match: Rick Rude (w/ Paul Jones & Paul Jones’ bitchin’ mustache) vs. Wahoo McDaniel.  After some pre-match shenanigans, the match starts.  Wahoo whips Rude.  Repeat.  Rude hits some forearms.  Wahoo whips him, then hammers him down.  Usual strap match shit.  Rude beats up Wahoo.  Rude slams Wahoo, touches 2 corners, then gets cut off.  Wahoo beats up Rude.  Wahoo touches 3 corners, then gets cut off by Rude.  Rude stupidly goes up top and Wahoo yanks him off with the strap.  Wahoo touches 3 corners.  Jones tries to interfere and gets chopped.  Rude pushes Wahoo into the 4th corner for the win in about 8 minutes.  By the time the bell rings it’s an official 9:08.  Rude and Jones attack Wahoo, but Hector Guerrero and Baron Von Raschke make the save.  Next!

NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship Match: Sam Houston (c) vs. Bill Dundee.  Tony finally names his co-commentator, Rick Stewart.  Houston and Dundee go at it with some aggressive wrestling to start.  Houston does the side headlock rolled into a pinning predicament spot that I always mark out for.  Houston with a nice head scissors takedown.  Dundee takes Houston down  and works his arm a bit.  Houston fights back.  Really good simple wrestling here.  Houston goes for his bulldog headlock, fails, reverse cradle for 2.  Houston gets taken to the outside and Dundee beats on him.  Houston comes back with an atomic drop that catapults Dundee over the barricade.  Houston slingshots Dundee back into the ring and covers for 2.  Dundee kicks Houston in the face and hits a diving splash (or a diving punch?) for 2.  Dundee with a rear chin lock.  Dundee punches Houston a few times, then struts, the covers for 2.  Dundee locks Houston in a crab hold.  Houston powers out.  They roll into the ropes.  Dundee chokes Houston in the ropes.  Dundee throws Houston out of the ring.  Dundee with a front facelock on the mat.  Houston fights out and makes a fiery comeback.  Houston slams Dundee, then fails a knee drop.  Dundee attacks the knee viciously.  Houston’s boot comes off somehow and Dundee whacks him with it for the DQ in 10:22.  This was pretty good.

Hair vs. Hair Match: Paul Jones (w/ Manny Fernandez) vs. Jimmy Valiant (w/ Big Mama).  It’s Jones’ hair vs. Mama’s hair.  Also, it’s a different Big Mama than the one last year.  Also, Manny will be suspended above the ring in a cage.  The referee can’t get Manny to go into the cage.  More babyfaces come out to try to make him.  Manny fights off Nelson Royal, Tim Horner, and Baron Von Raschke, then Wahoo comes out and decks him, forcing him into the cage.  Jones tries to hold into the cage as it is raised.  The match finally start.  Valiant beats up Jones.  Kids, this is what wrestlers looked like before the emphasis was placed on having good bodies.  Jones takes a foreign object out of his tights and decks Valiant, but stupidly doesn’t cover.  Valiant is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Eventual cover gets 2.  Jones drops Valiant and covers again, but Valiant gets his foot on the bottom rope.  Jones goes to stomp it and hurts his leg.  Jones hits him with the object again for 2.  Jones goes for the Indian Death Lock, but gets countered.  Valiant makes his comeback and locks Jones in the sleeper hold.  Valiant gets hold on Jones’ object and hits him with it, then gets the pin in 4:28 (official.  Fuck they take forever to ring the closing bell.).  Valiant shaves Jones’ head.  Manny Fernandez is released from the cage and attacks Valiant.  Rick Rude comes out to join the beatdown.  They hit a swank elevated DDT that some tag team should adopt as a finish on Valiant and onto a steel chair.  Raschke and Wahoo come out to check on Valiant.  Too little, too late, guys.

Louisville Street Fight: Ron Garvin vs. Big Bubba Rogers (w/ Jim Cornette).  Tommy Young is the referee!  Garvin punches Bubba to no effect.  He punches him some more and finally drops him.  Bubba rolls out of the ring to hear some advince from Cornette.  Garvin punches Bubba some more.  For some reason everytime I go to type “Garvin” I accidentally type “Garven” first.  That makes absolutely no sense.  Anyway, Garin beats up Bubba some more.  Bubba finally manages to get some offense going.  Garvin pulls a good length rope out of his boots, chokes Bubba, tries to hog tie him, beats him, ties him to the top rope and bites him.  Bubba fights back, but he looks winded.  Bear hug by Bubba.  Garvin headbutts his way free.  Bubba bear hugs him again.  Garvin headbutts his way free again.  Garvin throws some punches and knocks Bubba out of the ring.  Bubba comes back in and Garvin punches on him some more.  Bubba falls out of the ring again.  Garvin follows him out and they brawl.  Back inside, Bubba goes up top!  Garvin throws him off Flair-style and covers, but Bubba throws Garvin on top of the referee.  Garvin hits a DANGEROUS looking piledriver.  Cornette whacks Garvin with the tennis racket.  The referee counts them both down for the double KO… but there MUST be a winner!  So, the first man to his feet will be the winner.  Cornette comes in to try to help Bubba up.  Young shoves him out of the ring.  Bubba grabs the referee as Garvin gets up.  Cornette hits Garvin with the tennis racket again and drops him.  Bubba gets to his feet for the win in 11:52.  This was fun in some parts.

First Blood Match for the NWA World Television Championship: Dusty Rhodes (c) vs. Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon).  No opening bell that I heard.  Also, Dillon goes from behind fine to randomly having his head covered in blood at ringside.  What’s up with that?  They both try to protect themselves from getting punched in the face.  Blanchard backs off every time Dusty cocks his elbow.  They go a little bit.  Dusty poises to punch Blanchard in the face and Blanchard bails.  Dusty headbutts Blanchard in the face.  Hey, Earl Hebner is the referee!  Anyway, they brawl a bit.  Dusty works Tully’s leg, which strikes me as a stupid strategy in a first blood match.  Blanchard rips at Dusty’s forehead.  Dusty stomps Blanchard’s face.  Dusty accidentally elbows the referee.  Hebner gets up and Dusty suplexes Blanchard on top of him.  Dusty throws Dillon’s shoe (which I guess Dillon threw to Tully) away and hits some bionic elbows.  Blanchard is bleeding, but the referee is still down.  Dillon wipes off Blanchard’s forehead and rubs Vaseline on it.  Blanchard hits Dusty with a roll of coins.  The referee wakes up to see Rhodes bleeding and awards the match to Blanchard in about 8 minutes.  Still more meh on this show.

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

Scaffold Match: The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette & Big Bubba Rogers).  The Road Warriors wait at the top during the ring intros.  Loverboy Dennis Condrey teases climbing up, but chickens out.  MX finally does come up.  The bell rings and the Road Warriors kick ass.  Condrey throws powder in Hawk’s eyes.  Eaton does the same to Animal.  They fight on top of the scaffold.  That sentence will cover the rest of the match until someone takes a stupid, unnecessary bump.  Condrey falls, then Eaton, to give the Road Warriors the win at 7:08.  Ellering takes Cornette’s tennis racket.  Cornette climbs the scaffold to escape and runs right into Animal.  Cornette falls and blows out his knees.

Steel Cage Match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship: The Rock & Roll Express (c) vs. Ole & Arn Anderson.  Ole and Gibson lock up.  Gibson ducks a blow and throws some punches.  Arn tags in.  All 4 brawl for a minute.  The referee sends Gibson out and the Andersons beat up Gibson a bit.  Gibson fires back in Arn.  Ole tags in and brawls with Gibson.  Morton tags in and beats up Ole.  Arn tags back in and goes at it with Morton.  Gibson tags in and gets beat up by the Andersons.  Gibson avoids a figure-four by kicking Arn face first into the cage.  Ole tags in and stomps on Gibson as he tries to make it to his corner.  Gibson gets beat up, then makes the tag to Morton, who runs wild for about a second until Ole rams into the cage a couple of times.  Morton gets his ass stomped by the Andersons for a while.  Morton is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  The complete destruction of Ricky Morton continues for several minutes.  Arn hits the spinebuster on Morton for the sure pin, but Gibson saves!  Ole tags in and Arn holds Morton for Ole to come off the top with a knee to the arm.  Ole has been working the shit out of that arm, and goes back to it now.  Man, Ricky got SO close to make the tag that time, but Ole cut him off at the last possible second.  Morton fires some punches at Ole, then gets him in an inside cradle, but Arm saves.  Robert comes in and goes after Arn.  Ole picks up Morton for a slam, but Gibson dropkicks him and Morton gets the pin in Ole in 19:03.  Really good formula tag match here.  The R&R escape the cage before they can get their asses kicked too much more.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair (c) vs. NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Nikita Koloff.  Tommy Young is the referee!  They lock up.  Koloff over powers Flair.  Repeated.  Flair bails.  Flair foolishly gets into a test of strength, fails that, and throws some hard chops at Nikita.  Nikita no sells, which scares Flair into bailing again.  Nikita overpowers Flair again.  Flair yells that he’s going to kick Nikita’s ass.  Hah.  Nikita hip tosses Flair.  They lock up again, and Nikita hip tosses Flair again, then slams him.  Twice.  Big slams, too.  Less body slam, more throwing Flair halfway across the ring.  Flair tries a shoulder block, fails, and gets bear hugged.  Nikita turns the bear hug into a pinning predicament for a pair of 2 counts.  Neat.  Flair avoids Nikita in the corner and hits a big vertical suplex.  Nikita springs up and Flair begs off, then bails again.  Back inside, Nikita grabs a side headlock.  Flair backs him into the ropes and beats on him some.  Nikita goes the Russian Hammer (chokeslam without the slam).  Young makes him break the choke.  Flair avoids Nikita and Nikita goes over the top rope.  Flair wraps Nikita’s leg around the ring post, then chop blocks the leg back inside.  Flair continues working the leg and locks in the figure-four leglock, using the ropes behind the referee’s back.  Flair eventually breaks it and beats up Nikita some more.  Flair throws chops, which seem to just piss Nikita off.  Flair sends Nikita out of the ring.  Flair rams Nikita into the scaffold and busts him open.  Back inside, Flair hits a knee drop for 2, but Nikita kicks out emphatically.  Flair hits a backdrop suplex for 2, another emphatic kick out.  Flair punches Nikita in the forehead, presumably to make him bleed worse.  Nikita gets pissed and makes a comeback.  He tosses Flair around.  Flair begs off, but Nikita whips him into the corner.  Flair flips out and Nikita goes after him.  Nikita counters Flair and rams his face into the scaffold.  Flair finally makes it back inside.  He and Nikita trade blows.  Flair flops face first into the mat.  Nikita hits a shoulder block and Flair bounces into Tommy Young, sending him out of the ring.  Nikita kills Flair with a clothesline.  Cover, but there’s no referee.  Referee Scrappy McAllen is back to check on Tommy Young.  Flair catches Nikita with a knee to the back and Scrappy makes a 2 count.  Is his name McAllen or McGowen?  I can’t tell.  It’s a moot point, as Nikita accidentally murders him with a clothesline.  Tommy Young makes it back inside.  He tries to force Nikita to break in the corner.  Nikita shoves him twice, so Young calls for the DQ in 19:23.  They keep brawling.  Nikita kills everyone who runs in.  All of the heels run in and gang up on him.  The babyfaces run in to make the save.  The official decision is a double DQ.  The match was pretty good.  Flair and Nikita fight some more, but it’s eventually broken up.  Replays of the wild clusterfuck at the end.

End credits.

The show was alright in some places, very boring in others.  I guess I’ll give it a thumbs in the middle.