Filed under: NWA/WCW PPV | Tags: Abdullah The Butcher, Arn Anderson, Barbarian, Billy Jack Haynes, Black Bart, Bobby Eaton, Buddy Landel, Dennis Condrey, Dusty Rhodes, Ivan Koloff, Jimmy Valiant, JJ Dillion, Krusher Khruschev, Magnum T.A., Manny Fernandez, Nikita Koloff, Ole Anderson, Ric Flair, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Ron Bass, Ronnie Garvin, Sam Houston, Superstar Billy Graham, Terry Taylor, Tully Blanchard, Wahoo Mc Daniel
Coming on the heels of the two previous Starrcade shows, is the 1985 edition. In 1985 the NWA was still going strong with Ric Flair as the centerpiece and main star. Dusty Rhodes was booking the shows at this point, so he winds up in the main event with Flair for the second year in a row. This was still a closed circuit program as Starrcade would not wind up on PPV for two more years, but they still put on these major shows. Wrestlemania may be called the granddaddy of them all, but Starrcade was around two years before. Coming into this show Ric Flair is the World Champion having regained the title from Kerry Von Erich way back in May of 1984, Flair was in his eighteenth month of his title reign. Meanwhile, Tully Blanchard held the US title winning it from Magnum TA back in July, and the Tag Titles were held by Ivan & Nikita Koloff who also won them in July. This sets the stage for the Starrcade 1985: The Gathering coming to us from Greensboro, NC and Atlanta, GA. Yes this show takes places in two arenas. Continue reading
Filed under: NWA TV | Tags: Arn Anderson, Barbarian, Billy Jack Haynes, Dusty Rhodes, Ivan Koloff, Krusher Khruschev, Manny Fernandez, Nikita Koloff, Ole Anderson, Ricky Morton, Robert Gibson, Ronnie Garvin, Thunderfoot, Tully Blanchard
Picking up from the last episode of NWA TV, we return to the build up to Starrcade 1985. Starrcade is coming up in three weeks and we don’t know who Ric Flair will defend the NWA World title against, but tonight the announcement will be made. Also scheduled to appear are Terry Taylor, Buddy Landel and more, so let’s get started.
The opening video is followed by David Crockett and Tony Schiavone, who go over the upcoming show including Dusty Rhodes is here tonight. Also an update on Starrcade and the six man champions. Arn Anderson joins us and Tony says the Television Championship has been held up and there will be a tournament to crown the new champion. Arn says he took it from Dusty and it is his, which brings in Ole who says they will not allow anyone to do anything to the Andersons. Tony says due to Dusty’s injury he has been stripped of the belt and sends it to the ring. Continue reading
Filed under: SNME | Tags: Barbarian, Big Boss Man, Bret Hart, Bushwhackers, Davey Boy Smith, Earthquake, Greg Valentine, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Haku, Hercules, Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts, Jimmy Snuka, Kerry Von Erich, Mr Perfect, Nasty Boys, Orient Express, Paul Roma, Rockers, Sgt Slaughter, Ted DiBiase, The Mountie, Tito Santana, Tugboat, Ultimate Warrior, Warlord
It’s time for another classic SNME as we have three remaining. Tonight’s episode comes to use one month following Wrestlemania VII. At Wrestlemania we had the crowing of a new World Heavyweight Champion as the Real American Hulk Hogan defended the United States and conquered the Iraqi turncoat Sgt Slaughter to regain the title for the third time. At the time that was unheard of and Hulk was the first three time World Champion. Also that night we witnessed The Hart Foundation losing the Tag Titles for the final time to newcomers the Nasty Boys, who won a battle royal to qualify for the match. The match of the night honors had to go to Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage who put on one of the best matches in Wrestlemania history, and in the end the Warrior vanquished Savage and ended his career. After the match Queen Sherri attacked Savage and making the save, surprisingly was the return of Elizabeth. The reuniting of Savage and Elizabeth brought a tear to the huge audience and is one of the most remembered moments of that night. Other matches that night included Jake Roberts beating Rick Martel in a blindfold match, which was horrible, Demolition being destroyed and ending the team at the hands of two Japanese wrestler who very few people knew, Virgil breaking away from Ted DiBiase after three years of abuse and beating Ted, and the Wrestlemania debut of the Undertaker who defeated Jimmy Snuka to begin the legendary streak. With all that behind us we begin the march to Summerslam, and tonight Warrior gets his hands on the former champion Sgt Slaughter, we have a battle royal and the Nasty Boys defend the tag titles, all this and more on SNME.