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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 1984: The Million Dollar Challenge

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I can tell that the source for this rip is something extremely old.

There’s a clip of Ric Flair pinning Harley Race to win the title in the main event of Starrcade ’83.

Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle are our hosts.  They hype the main event, Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes in a $1 million Challenge Match for the NWA World Championship.

There’s something of  a light show around the ring.

Ring announcer Tom Miller gets us rolling.

NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: Mike Davis (c) vs. Denny Brown.  A young Earl Hebner is the referee.  No opening bell, which is annoying.  Brown has some nice offense with a head scissors and an arm drag into an armbar.  That must have been mind blowing in 1984.  Brown is really impressive.  It’s basic wrestling, and still it really impresses me because nobody really does that stuff today.  Davis drops down and causes Brown to spill to the outside and hurt his back.  Davis kindly helps him back into the ring.  Davis body slams Brown a couple of times to work over the bad back.  A backbreaker gets 2.  Brown hits a forearm, but sells the back injury instead of capitalizing.  Davis gets an inside cradle for 2.  Brown fights back and hits a dropkick for 2.  They collide into each other.  Brown gives Davis some licks.  Davis hits a backdrop suplex that puts both mens’ shoulders to the mat.  Brown lifts his shoulder at the last second to get the pin and win the title.  There’s some confusion about who won, but in the end, Brown is the new champion.  Fun little match here.  I love basic wrestling like that.

Tony Schiavone is the locker room putting over the fact that he’s in the locker room.  Ric Flair paces back and forth in the background.

Mr. Ito vs. Brian Adidis.  Never heard of either of these guys, and that’s saying something.  Fine, quick paced wrestling early on.  I think Hebner is still the referee.  It’s surreal seeing him with a full head of hair.  They wring each others’ arm.  Adidis keeps an armbar locked in.  Ito fights back and kicks his ass.  Adidis respons with some shots and spins Ito around with an airplane spin.  Adidis gets the pin in 3:11.

Solie and Caudle talk over replays.

NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship Match: Jesse Barr (c) vs. Mike Graham.  They lock up.  Graham looks like a midget next to Barr.  They do some nice wrestling.  Barr works a rear chin lock.  Graham reverses it into a pinning predicament for 2.  Barr turns it into an arm lock.  Barr keeps cranking on the arm.  Graham makes a comeback and gets sort of an Indian death lock on Barr.  Graham goes for the figure-four, but Barr slips away.  They work a knuckle lock for a while.  Graham fights out of it and gets an armbar on.  Graham locks in the figure-four, but Barr gets a rope break.  Barr takes Graham over with a side head lock.  Graham struggles in it for a while.  Graham finally uses a shin breaker to escape, then works Barr’s leg.  Graham puts the figure-four on again, but Barr gets a rope break again.  Graham gets a sunset flip for 2.  Ref bump.  Cradle reversals.  Barr pins Graham with his feet on the ropes in 11:46.  Pretty good match, but man, they milked those holds forever.

They show an angle with Ron Bass, Black Bart, and Tully Blanchard beating down Dick Slater and Ricky Steamboat.  I think that’s what’s went on, anyway.  Steamboat wants revenge!

They show a replay of Barr’s cheating pinfall.

Elimination Match: The Zambuie Express (w/ Paul Jones) vs. Buzz Tyler & Assassin #1.  The Zambuie Express is Elijah Akeem and Kareem Muhammad, two large black men of Big Daddy V proportions.  I have no clue which one is which.  All four brawl to start.  Man, they’re working poor Earl to death tonight.  He’s been the referee for every match so far.  The match gets some order and Tyler goes with one of the Zambuies, knocking him out of the ring.  That was Muhammad.  Tags to Akeem and Assassin #1.  I think Akeem is less wide of the two Zambuies.  He gets his ass kicked as well.  Tags to Muhammed and Tyler.  Muhammed kicks Tyler’s ass.  Tag to Akeem.  They double team Tyler a bit.  Tyler fights back against Akeem.  He knocks him down with a punch and covers for 2.  Assassin comes in and brawls with Muhammad.  Tyler and Akeem brawl outside and are both counted out.  Assassin pins Muhammed in 4:58.  Assassin goes after Paul Jones, who keeps his distance.  Kind of fun in a fun, bad match way.

Solie and Caudle talk.

Tony Schiavone interviews Dusty Rhodes.

NWA Brass Knuckles Championship Match: Black Bart (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. NWA World Tag Team Champion “The Ragin’ Bull” Manny Fernandez.  I’m guessing the Brass Knuckles Championship is like a Hardcore title, as it’s anything goes with no time limit.  They brawl, slowly to start.  Bart beats up Fernandez and BUSTS HIM WIDE OPEN!  Fernandez fights back, sends Bart out of the ring, and comes off the apron with a big blow to the head.  Back inside, and Manny is rolling.  Bart is bleeding too.  Manny with a swank knee drop for 2.  Another big punch gets 2 for Manny.  Bart fights back and has Manny reeling.  Dillon throws Black Bart’s bull rope to him, but before he can use it, Manny gets a reverse cradle for the pin in 7:38 to win the title.  Not a horrible little brawl.  There’s a six-man on the Horsemen DVD where Manny is just awesome and left me feeling like I need more Manny Fernandez in my life.

Solie and Caudle talk.  Intermission, so it’s time for some filler.

They show Flair beating Race last year again.

Schiavone tries to interview Ricky Steamboat, but there’s a technical fuck up, so Solie and Caudle talk more.  Schiavone finally gets his interview with Steamboat.  He’s put up $10,000 to get him some of Tully Blanchard.

Solie and Caudle talk some more.

Schiavone is now in the heel locker room to interview JJ Dillon and Tully Blanchard.

Solie and Caudle talk some more.  Yeah, there’s a lot of that, but it’s cool, because they’re actually promoting the matches instead of whatever bullshit announcers today do.

Loser Leaves Town, Tuxedo Street Fight: Paul Jones (w/ Elijah Akeem) vs. Jimmy Valiant (w/ Assassin #1).  The referee makes Akeem get out of the ring.  Jones begs off and runs away from Valiant.  Valiant gets hold of him and ties him to the top rope by the neck with a rope.  Valiant takes off his jacket and kicks Jones’ ass.  He stuffs Jones’ suit flower (I’m sure there’s a name for that) in his mouth, then rips his suit off, stripping him down to his drawers.  Jones gets untied while Valiant is distracted and attacks Valiant from behind.  Valiant hulks up and locks Jones in a sleeper hold.  Jones is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  The referee goes to call for the bell, but is distracted by Akeem.  Clusterfuck ensues.  JJ Dillon comes in and hits Valiant with an international object.  Dillion pulls Jones on top of Valiant for the pin in 5:25.  The match worked in context.

Tony Schiavone interviews the World Champion, Ric Flair.

Solie and Caudle talk.  There’s an idiot sitting right behind Caudle that keeps poking his head into the shot.  He did it during their last segment too.

NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship Match: NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champion “Cowboy” Ron Bass (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Dick Slater.  They lock up.  Slater drops him, chases JJ Dillon around the ring.  They lock up again and Slater chases Dillon again.  Focus, Slater, focus!  They finally go at it in the ring.  They work a grounded headlock, which I always enjoy.  Solie repeats his great line about Slater from last year, “He’ll fight a buzz saw and give it the first two rounds.”  Slater hits an atomic drop, starts to chase Dillon around, but stays in the ring.  Bass bails.  Bass hits the JYD-style head butts.  The referee won’t let Slater stomp Bass in the face.  Bass gets the advantage.  Slater gets caught in the ropes.  Dillon gets his cheap shots in.  Bass keeps the heat on Slater.  Slater comes back and grinds his boot into Bass’ face.  Bass scrapes Slater’s eyes and throws him out of the ring.  Dillion gets his cheap shots in and throws him back in.  Slater fights back, shoves the referee down, and hits a backdrop suplex.  Dillion comes in and stomps on Slater.  Slater kicks Dillon’s ass and throws him out of the ring.  Slater hits a knee drop and covers.  The referee wakes up and DQ’s Slater for shoving him in 9:11.  Slater beats up both of them after the match.  I dug this match.

Solie and Caudle talk.

They play the national anthem, which is random for the middle of the show.  Then they have a light show to “Coming To America.”  Oh, it’s because the next match has the Americans against the evil Russians.

Ole Anderson & Keith Larson (w/ Don Kernodle) vs. Ivan & Nikita Koloff.  Tommy Young is the referee!  This is a Grudge Match.  The Russians had previously injured Kernodle, who is Larson’s brother.  Anderson and Larson jump the Russians.  No opening bell that I heard.  Nikita gets knocked out of the ring and the match gets under order with Larson beating up Ivan.  The faces make quick tags and work over Ivan.  Ivan almost gets something going against Larson, but fails.  The demolition of Ivan Koloff continues.  They work Ivan’s arm.  The heels finally manage to get the advantage.  Nikita finally gets the tag in.  The Russians get heat on Anderson for several minutes.  Anderson finally makes the hot tag.  Larson runs wild on the Russians.  Koloff holds onto the ropes to avoid a dropkick.  The Russians beat up Larson.  Larson gets an inside cradle on Ivan, but Nikita saves.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Nikita clotheslines Kernodle (who is on crutches).  Ivan hits Larson with an international object for the pin in about 15 minutes.  The Russians try to continue the beat down on Larson, but Kernodle makes the save and beats the hell out of them with his crutch.  Good match here.

Solie and Caudle talk.

NWA World Television Championship Match: Tully Blanchard (c) vs. Ricky Steamboat.  They’ve each put $10K on the line, and Blanchard can lose the title by DQ or by “running,” which I assume means by count-out.  Blanchard goes on the attack immediately.  Steamboat responds in kind.  Steamboat kicks Blanchard’s ass, and it’s awesome.  Steamboat with a suplex off the apron and a karate chop for 2.  Steamboat with a rear chin lock.  Blanchard tries to roll out of it, but Steamboat keeps it clamped on.  Blanchard gets the ropes to force a break.  Steamboat sells his injured ribs.  Blanchard attacks the ribs.  Steamboat fights back with chops.  Steamboat with a rear chin lock.  Blanchard gets to the ropes to break it.  Blanchard hits a backdrop suplex and punches Steamboat in the back for 2.  Steamboat reverses Blanchard and locks in the chin lock again.  Blanchard gets a break again.  Steamboat wants a test of the strength.  Blanchard acts like a little girl sticking her toe into the pool to see if the water is cold.  Lock up, leap frog, leap frog, Steamboat hits a powerslam for 2.  Steamboat beats up Blanchard some more.  Steamboat hits Blanchard’s own favored slingshot suplex on him for 2.  Steamboat hits a dropkick for 2.  Blanchard is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Blanchard gets an object from somewhere and swings.  Steamboat ducks and goes for a backdrop suplex, but Blanchard punches him with it for 2.  Steamboat fights off a superplex attempt and hits a diving splash for 2.  Steamboat goes for a sunset flip.  Blanchard fights it, pulls the object out of his tights, and hits Steamboat with it for the pin in 13:16.  Awesome match!  They show highlights of this awesome match of awesomeness.

NWA United States Heavyweight Championship Match: “Chief” Wahoo McDaniel (c) vs. “Superstar” Billy Graham.  Graham comes out to “Kung Fu Fighting,” which is awesome.  They start with a test of strength.  They lock up and Graham over powers Wahoo.  Wahoo hammers Graham.  Graham locks Wahoo in a full nelson.  Wahoo gets a rope break.  Graham hits a karate chop and locks in the full nelson again.  Graham covers for 2.  Graham hits an elbow smash and an elbow drop for 2.  Wahoo chops Graham down for the pin in 4:18.  Well this wasn’t much of a match.  Graham claims that Wahoo pulled his tights, but the camera doesn’t show any such shenanigans.

Solie and Caudle talk.  Another intermission.  Another replay of the Starrcade ’83 finish.

Schiavone interviews the judges for the main event, Duke Keomuka, Joe Frazier, and Kyle Petty.  Frazier will also be the referee.

Solie and Caudle talk some more.

Long entrances with odd music choices playing.  Dusty comes out to “Purple Rain.”

$1,000,000 Challenge Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (c) vs. NWA World Tag Team Champion “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.  As mentioned, “Smokin'” Joe Frazier is the special guest referee.  They lock up.  Rhodes drops Flair with a shoulder block, then cranks on a side headlock.  Flair hits some chops.  Rhodes fires back with jabs.  Rhodes with the head lock again.  Rhodes drops Flair with a clothesline.  Flair avoids an elbow drop.  Flair fires some chops and punches Rhodes down in the corner.  Flair hits a knee drop for 2.  Rhodes avoids a second knee drop and locks Flair in the figure-four leglock.  Flair suffers for a minute, but manages to reach the ropes to break it.  Rhodes works Flair’s leg.  Flair punches his way free.  They lock up again.  Flair gets a wrist lock on Rhodes.  Rhodes powers him down.  Rhodes hits Flair with a chop and an elbow.  Flair charges Rhodes and gets press slammed.  Flair fires some chops.  Rhodes responds by clobbering him and whipping into the corner.  Flair flips out of the ring.  I was going to say that he Flair flipped, but that would be redundant.  Rhodes suplexes Flair into the ring for 2.  Flair goes up top and gets thrown off.  Flair avoids an elbow drop.  Flair gets Dusty in a sleeper hold.  Rhodes manages to send Flair out of the ring to break the hold.  Flair pulls Dusty out of the ring.  They trade blows at ringside.  Flair sends Rhodes into the post to give him a reason to blade.  Rhodes is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Frazier checks on the cut.  Flair attacks Rhodes in the corner and clobbers him with punches on the mat.  Rhodes fights back, but Flair keeps clobbering him.  Frazier checks the cut again.  Flair goes after Rhodes again.  Frazier separates them and checks the cut.  Frazier stops it due to blood in 12:21.  Really good match.  Dusty is pissed and tries to go after Frazier, but he’s held back.  Jim Crockett gives Flair the $1 Million check.

Solie and Caudle talk.

Schiavone has a post-match interview with the man who’s a million dollars richer and still the World Champion, Ric Flair.

Solie and Caudle talk some more.  Another idiot behind them in the shot.

Schiavone has a post-match interview with a bandaged Dusty Rhodes (with his partner, Manny Fernandez in the background).  He’s pissed at Joe Frazier and Ric Flair.

Solie and Caudle talk one last time, then a highlights package closes the show.

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.

Florida Championship Wrestling 2/7/10

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My first time watching FCW.  I just had to check out this show.

Steve Keirn opens the show to talk about the passing of Jack Brisco.  They do a 10 bell salute.  Brisco tribute video from Raw.

FCW open, ballyhoo sans pyro.

Some chick interviews Heath Slater, who will be the guest referee in tonight’s main event.

Wade Barrett and Byron Saxton are our hosts.

Savannah is the ring announcer!  This place is a lot like ECW.

Handicap Match for FCW Florida Tag Team Championship: The Fortunate Sons (Joe Hennig & Brett Dibiase) (c) vs. The Dudebusters (Curt Hawkins, Trent Barreta, & Caylen Croft).  Barreta jumps Dibiase to start.  Dibiase drops him, then tags in Hennig.  Hawkins tags in.  Hennig drops him with a dropkick, then hits a gutwrench suplex for 2.  Dibiase back in, hits a springboard cross body on Hawkins for 2.  Hawkins rolls to the apron and tries to ram Dibiase’s head into the turnbuckle, but fails.  Dibiase gets pulled outside and beaten up.  Croft tags in and beats up Dibiase.  Insta-commercials.  Dibiase plays face in peril.  I love the heel British announcer, Barrett.  Hot tag to Hennig, who runs wild on Croft.  Hennig goes for the Perfect Plex, fails, hits a Northern Lights suplex, Barreta saves.  Dibiase comes in.  Hawkins hits an Alley Oop on him.  Hennig drops Hawkins.  Croft attacks Hennig from behind.  Hennig counters a double team and hits the Perfect Plex on Croft for the pin (about 6 minutes shown).  Fine little match.

Divas tag team action is next!

Michael Tarver cuts a promo.

Edge is coming to FCW on February 12!

Liviana & Naomi Knight vs. Eve Torres & AJ Lee.  Eve is Lee’s mystery partner.  Eve starts, but Knight wants Lee.  Lee tags in and they go at it.  It’s not good.  Liviana tags in and schoolgirls Lee for 2.  Lee tries to make the tag, but fails.  Liviana applies a camel clutch.  Knight tags in.  Lee continues to play face in peril.  Hot tag to Eve, who runs wild.  Senton on Knight gets 2.  Liviana runs in.  Lee goes after her, but gets thrown out of the ring.  Eve takes out Liviana, then hits a moonsault press on Knight for the pin in 3:55.  When Eve is the best worker in the match, something is very wrong.

The match that is the reason I’m watching this show is NEXT!

Edge comes to FCW on February 12!  BE THERE!

Bryan Danielson vs. Kaval.  They shake hands.  Glad to see they’re still observing the Code of Honor.  They lock up.  Kaval backs Danielson into the ropes.  Clean break.  They do a weird bridge spot.  Kaval knees Danielson in the gut for a 2 count.  Twice.  Awesome chain wrestling.  Kaval dropkicks Danielson in the face a couple of times, then kicks him again for 2.  Awesome stuff.  Glad to see Kaval still kicks the fuck out of the people.  He proceeds to kick the fuck out of Danielson.  Danielson throws some kicks of his own.  Danielson works on Kaval’s elbow.  Danielson gets a couple of 2 counts from different pinning predicaments.  Kaval throws some more vicious kicks at Danielson, with a couple of elbow smashes thrown in.  Danielson attacks the elbow again.  Kaval hits a sunset flip into a double stomp for 2.  Danielson with an awesome butterfly suplex into a cross armbreaker.  Kaval gets a rope break.  Danielson slams Kaval, then comes off the top with a diving headbutt, but Kaval gets his feet up to counter out.  Kaval with a screaming dropkick for 2.  Danielson goes for a butterfly superplex.  Kaval fights him off, headbutts him down, and hits the Warrior’s Way for the pin in 8:42.  Awesome match.

Justin Angel cuts a promo.

Edge!  Edge!  EDGE!

Savannah introduces the main event!

FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship Match: Justin Angel (c) vs. Michael Tarver.  Heath Slater is the Special Guest Referee.  Angel uses Candice Michelle’s old music.  That’s funny and sad.  They trade holds.  Angel gets a la magistral for 2.  They fight outside.  Angel hits a leg lariat off of the steps.  Insta-commercials.  Edge!  Angel works Tarver’s arm.  Tarver tries to fight out of the hold, but Angel keeps it clamped on.  Tarver finally fights out and slams Angel into the post.  Cover gets 2.  Tarver keeps the heat up.  BIG back body drop gets 2.  Back outside.  Angel back body drops Tarver across the steps.  Ouch.  Back inside.  Angel goes up top.  Tarver rolls away.  Angel drops down.  Tarver hits a powerslam.  Slater makes a very quick 2 count.  Angel avoids a punch and hits an STO.  He goes for a springboard moonsault.  Tarver avoids it and gets a fast 2.  A confused Tarver KO punches Slater.  They drag Slater out and another referee comes in.  Angel hits a 450 splash for the pin (about 8 minutes shown).  Match was fine.  Angel celebrates.

The show ends with an old clip of Gordon Solie closing out the old Championship Wrestling from Florida program.  “Goodbye from the sunshine state.”  Neat!

Interesting show.  Everything was fine but the awful divas match.  Danielson vs. Kaval was awesome.