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CWF Mid-Atlantic Rumble 2012

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This one’s for you, Biscuit.

The show starts with words from the Rumble participants.  We are LIVE on iPPV!

Brad Stutts and Amber Gertner are on commentary.

CWF Mid-Atlantic Television Championship Match: Trevor Lee (c) (w/ Chet Sterling & CWF Mid-Atlantic Rising Generation League Champion Ben Tyler) vs. Matty De Nero (w/ Donnie Dollars).  According to Stutts, Lee is 19 years old.  I think that De Nero (a member of Fatback Enterprises) is the babyface.  He hits a cannonball dive onto Lee’s cornermen.  He then takes his shirt off, which frightens young Trevor Lee.  Lee’s cornermen interfere and get T-bone suplexes for their trouble.  Chet Sterling puts an object in Lee’s kickpad, allowing him to KO De Nero and get the pin in 4:24.  A little short, but I guess they’ve got the long Rumble coming later.

“Hurricane” Shane Helms appears via video.  He talks about going all over the world.

ArenaChicks Tournament Match: “The Rate Tank” Kellie Skater vs. Sassy Stephie.  Both of these girls are in the same stable, so the manager comes out with both of them.  They wrestle a bit, then accuse each other of cheating and start choking each other.  The Coach tries to get them to make up, but they go at each other even more viciously.  Stephie does the “hump the other girl’s face into the mat” deal, which always amuses me.  The Coach has a whistle, but at least he’s not being Bill Alfonso and blowing it constantly.  Coach Gemini?  Is that the guy’s name?  He keeps switching jerseys based on whoever has the advantage at a given moment.  Skater counters Stephie’s “Kiss My Sass” and locks in an ankle lock.  Stephie gets a rope break.  Skater gets a reverse cradle, but get caught holding the tights.  Stephie cuts it back, doesn’t get caught holding the tights, and gets the pin in 10:58.  Chasity Taylor(?) tries to interview Skater, but gets shoved down for her trouble.

Commercial for the next iPPV, Ultimate Survivor.

CWF Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Title Match: The Killbillies (c) (w/ Bobby Jo Neil) vs. The Dawson Brothers.  The Killbillies are undefeated as a team for 10 months.  The Dawsons have apparently won several tag titles in North Carolina, but this one.  Evan Banks annoys Zane Dawson my touching his impressive beard, and Zane kicks his ass.  Killbillies cut Zane off and work him over.  The Dawsons try to cut Banks off, but fail.  The Killbillies do not fail to cut off Zane again.  Zane knocks Aric Andrews out of the ring, where Dave Dawson outs a hurting on him.  The Dawsons get the heat on Andrews.  Aric Andrews is an awesome face in peril.  Evan Banks gets the hot tag and RUNS WILD~!  Dave Dawson grabs Bobby Jo Neil at ringside and gets PBR spit in his face.  Evans hits Zane with a knee trembler and a spear for the pin in 14:42.  My new favorite tag team, the Killbillies, retain!  Good formulaic tag match, very fun.

Video explaining the next match.  It’s a bounty match.  Coach Gemini has put a bounty on Arik Royal, and Jake Manning is thinking about taking it.

“The Man Scout” Jake Manning (w/ Freight Train) vs. Arik Royal.  Manning is a boy scout, but he’s a man, so… he’s a man scout.  Will the fine, upstanding man scout do the dastardly thing and injure Arik Royal?  Manning offers a handshake.  Royal declines.  They have a clean sporting match.  Manning is apparently a father/big brother figure for Freight Train, a large black man who seems sort of… special.  They start clubberin’ each other.  Royal injures his knee.  Coach Gemini comes out to wave the money in Manning’s face.  Manning appears to take the deal, as he attacks Royal’s knee.  Manning applies a figure-four leglock.  Coach Gemini distracts the referee.  Manning grabs a chair and threatens to Pillmanize Royal’s leg.  Freight Train tells Manning not to do it.  Manning throws out the chair and goes for the figure-four.  Royal cradles him for 2, then kicks him in the face for the pin in 11:51.  My second favorite match of the night so far.  Gemini berates Manning.  Freight Train comes in and gives him a hilariously gentle forearm, then takes the money.  Royal and Freight Train help Manning up.

Chiva Kid and Ray Kandrack promos.

CWF Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship Match: Ray Kandrack (c) vs. Chiva Kid.  Chiva Kid is the much smaller man.  He’s impressive too.  Nice springboard headbutt followed by a standing Shooting Star press.  SUICIDE DIVE BY CHIVA KID!  Kandrack clotheslines Chiva Kid and the apron and Kid does a 360 bump to the floor.  Awesome.  Kandrack hip tosses Chiva into the post.  Freaking OUCH.  Oklahoma Stampede gets 2 for the champion.  I’m digging this match.  Chiva’s bumping like a madman.  Great big man/little man match.  Headbutt battle!  Chiva Kid makes a comeback and escapes Kandrack’s finish, the Ray Gun (Death Valley Driver).  Chiva’s hurting, but he’s still in it.  SHOOTING STAR PRESS!  KANDRACK KICKED OUT!  I thought that was it.  Kandrack ducks a kick and hits the Ray Gun for the… 2 or 3?  The referee decides that it was 2.  The match continues!  Kandrack is NOT HAPPY.  CHIVA KID HITS A DRAGONRANA FROM THE RAFTERS!  And it’s only 2!  Crowd is HOT for this.  COME ON CHIVA!  Chiva knocks Kid down and goes up top again.  Chiva CRASHES AND BURNS.  Kandrack hits the Gamma Ray for the pin in 13:59.  This match RULED!

Now they’re airing a match from Britannia Wrestling Promotions England.

PWI/BWP World Catchweight Championship Match: “The Toxic Terror” Alex Cyanide (c) vs. Shaun “The Hammer” Davis.  Clipped.  They beat on each other inside a ridiculously tiny ring.  Cyanide is a rather large bloke.  Cyanide hits a powerbomb and 2 big splashes, but doesn’t cover.  Davis hits a chokeslam off the middle rope.  It’s a double KO.  At least it’s over.  What was the point of this?  Just to kill ten minutes?

They show some photos of Jake Manning and somebody going to England to interview Dynamite Kid.  Depressing.

Comments from Rumble participants.  And now it’s Rumble time!  Cory Edsel explains how a Rumble works, just in case you’ve never watched Pro Wrestling before.

30-Person CWF Rumble: #1 is Chase Dakota.  #2 is Jason (not Mayhem) Miller.  Dakota narrowly survives early elimination.  Sweet sit out full nelson face buster by Miller.  #3 is Chet Sterling.  Miller destroys him.  Miller hits a belly to belly on Dakota and Sterling at the same time.  He throws them both out.  Sterling is out, but Dakota saves himself again.  #4 is Sassy Stephie, substituting for someone.  Stephie and Dakota work together.  Being slapped by Stephie only pisses Miller off.  #5 is Mark James, who promptly beats the shit out of Chase Dakota.  James sets Stephie on the apron.  She slaps him.  James pie faces her off the apron, then returns to beating up Dakota.  Apparently James and Miller are tag team partners.  #6 is CWF Mid-Atlantic Television Champion Trevor Lee, who promptly falls victim to a double spinebuster.  James and Lee pair off, as do Miller and Dakota.  #7 is Jesse Ortega, who helps from the floor to eliminate Miller.  Miller attacks him, but is held back by the officials.  Mark James tosses Ortega out so Miller can kick his ass.  #8 is Solomon Spades, Dakota’s mentor.  Lee bails while Spade and Dakota go after James.  James gets the better off them and Lee Pearl Harbors him.  James deals with him as well.  #9 is Donnie Dollars, who cleans house.  Joe Black appears and attacks Dollars, who tosses him.  Dollars eliminates Dakota and Spades.  Lee and Dollars face off.  Lee took the TV title from Dollars last month with help from Spades and Dakota.  #10 is CWF Mid-Atlantic Rising Generation League Champion and Lee’s partner, Ben Tyler.  Dollars kicks both of their asses.  #11 is Michael McAllister.  His music is “I’m sexy and I know it,” so I hate him.  Jason Miller and Jesse Ortega reappear, still fighting.  #12 is “Ice Man” Joe Storm, who brings some plunder to the party.  Storm plays the role of the poor man’s Sandman/Tommy Dreamer and has fun with weapons.  #13 is Mecha Mercenary, who no sells Storm’s Singapore cane shots and throws him out.  Mecha eliminates Donnie Dollars with a clothesline.  The remaining guys in the ring, all heels, try to avoid him.  #14 is Ty Dillinger, who attacks McAllister with a club and tosses him out.  Dillingers backs into Mecha and tries to whack him with the club.  That fails, but he grabs Mecha’s beard and lands some punches.  Mecha tosses him.  The Fun Athletic Guys (Lee and Tyler) dance around like goofballs and try to avoid Mecha’s wrath.  #15 is Matt Smith, who runs wild on the heels in the ring before he gets powerbombed by Mecha.  Trevor Lee barely avoids elimination.  Smith hits a Northern Lights suplex and a Shining Wizard on Tyler, then gets killed by Mecha.  #16 is Kamakazi Kid, who unexpectedly helps Mecha.  Kazi takes his mask off.  It’s CECIL SCOTT!  The real Kazi appears and kicks his ass before being forced to the back.  #17 is Amber O’Neal.  Lee tries to kiss her.  She throws glitter in his eyes.  She gives Ben Tyler a stink face, then rams Lee’s head into Tyler’s balls.  She gives them both a bronco buster.  Mecha grabs her.  #18 is Freight Train, who faces off with Mecha and gives him some love taps.  Amber O’Neal gives Cecil Scott an X Factor, then Freight Train whips him and O’Neal low bridges him out of the ring.  Dammit.  Mecha eliminates Freight Train.  #19 is Roy Wilkins.  O’Neal grabs Lee’s and Tyler’s balls.  Wilkins kicks her in the face and the Fun Athletic Guys eliminate her.  Matt Smith eliminates Mecha Mercenary!  Smith is fired up!  #20 is Marcellus King.  The Fun Athletic Guys attack him and get their asses kicked.  King eliminates both of them.  Smith and King beat up Roy Wilkins.  #21 is Walter Eaton, Wilkins’ tag team partner.  Smith is eliminated by Eaton and Wilkins.  #22 is Devin Dalton.  He’s a U.S. Marine, and he kicks ass like one.  #23 is Nick Richards, who goofs off with King.  #24 is Ric Converse.  King waits for him, but Eaton nails him from behind.  This only pisses King off, but the distraction allows Converse to eliminate King.  Converse gives Dalton the Richter Scale, and Eaton tosses him.  #25 is Chris Lea, who the crowd loves, and who immediately goes after Converse.  Lea slips on a springboard, but catches Converse and dropkicks him to the apron.  Eaton kills Lea with a clotheslines.  #26 is Matty De Nero, who has a power gauntlet.  What?  IT WORKS!  He punches the mat and knocks everyone down.  Awesome.  #27 is “The Rate Tank” Kellie Skater.  De Nero gives her the power glove, and she throws it away and attacks him.  De Nero decks her and teases eliminating her.  Skater throws him out of the ring onto the ramp to eliminate him.  #28 is Chiva Kid!  He and Skater go at it.  He’s still selling his back from earlier.  Awesome.  He tries to springboard, but Skater kicks him off the apron to the floor.  #29 is Kamakazi Kid for real this time.  He kills Skater with an uppercut and tosses her out.  Cecil Scott and Mecha Mercenary reappear to attack Kazi.  “The Boogie Woogie Man” Rob McBride appears to get rid of Mecha and Scott.  #30 is Steve Greene, who seems to be both a surprise and a huge deal.  Greene cleans house.  Eaton and Wilkins eliminate him.  Kazi and Lea go at it.  Kazi hits a Frankensteiner.  Lea hits the Eat Defeat (Soul Food), and Eaton eliminates Kazi.  Converse and Lea brawl again.  We’re down to five.  Lea counters the Richter Scale and eliminates Converse.  Apparently this is Lea’s pro debut.  Impressive.  Final four are Lea, Eaton, Wilkins, and Richards.  Lea and Wilkins struggle  to eliminate each other.  Wilkins and Eaton eliminate him with a dropkick.  Eaton and Wilkins are left with Richards.  Stutts keeps calling them the Goon Squad.  Is that their actual name?  They put a beating on Richards.  Goons set up a Doomsday Device.  Richards fights out and gives Eaton a butterfly suplex off the top, then gives Eaton an avalanche-style backdrop suplex!  Double clothesline!  Richards is FIRED UP!  Double DDT!  The Goons cut him off and put a beating on him.  Goons go for the Gang Bang.  Richards counters out and hits a cutter on Wilkins.  Richards manages to toss Eaton.  Wilkins throws Richards out through the ropes.  Eaton attacks him at ringside and gives him a sit-out Pedigree on the floor.  Richards comes back in.  Wilkins tries to eliminate him.  Richards pulls him to the apron, a dangerous place to fight.  Wilkins sends Richards into the post and to the floor to win it in 56:27.  Damn.  Fun Rumble.  They really had me hooked at the end.  Goons celebrate.

The show ends with a Killbillies promo, which is perfectly fine with me.  Ultimate Survivor, November 17!

Very fun show, very much worth the $10.  I’m glad I could support CWF Mid-Atlantic’s first iPPV.

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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.