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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!

Starrcade: The Essential Collection Disc 1 (Repost)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Okerlund introduces the next match.

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

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

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

Tully Blanchard introduces the next match.

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

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