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NWA Starrcade 1985 – November 28, 1985

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



Starrcade 1984 – November 22, 1984

Starrcade, the true granddaddy of them all, began almost two years before Wrestlemania and ran for eighteen shows in all. The original Starrcade took place the previous year and was headlined by Ric Flair defeating Harley Race for the NWA Title in the steel cage. This would end up being the last time Harley Race would hold the NWA title, at a time a record seven times, something that should be historical. Sadly in this day and age we get guys who are ten, twelve or fifteen time champions in a decade. Thus negating something as amazing as seven time champions, which is a shame as when Ric Flair was going for that eighth title reign it was a big deal, now title changes are not such a big thing. Tonight’s show is headlined by World Champion, Ric Flair defending the title against The American Dream, Dusty Rhodes. Ric had lost the title briefly to Kerry Von Erich back in May but regained it three weeks later. Dusty and Ric had a legendary feud in the NWA and this was one of their biggest matches, so let’s get it started. Continue reading



Saturday Night’s Main Event #19 – January 7, 1989

 

Saturday Night’s Main Event #19 – January 7, 1989

   Another SNME and another year, as we enter the final year of the eighties. We slowly begin to head toward Wrestlemania V, which emanated once again from Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey. But first we have tonight’s episode of SNME, as Randy Savage is still the World Heavyweight Champion, as is Ultimate Warrior and Demolition the IC and Tag champs respectively. At the last SNME, IC Champion Ultimate Warrior destroyed Mr. Fuji’s latest find, Super Ninja to retain his title, Randy Savage went to a double DQ with Andre the Giant, Hercules destroyed Virgil, Jim Duggan crushed Boris Zhukov and Rougeaus dismantled the Young Stallions one on of the worst SNMEs of the series. All the matches were very one sided and boring, let’s hope tonight’s episode is better as we head to Tampa, Florida. Continue reading



WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #10 – March 14, 1987

WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event #10 – March 14, 1987

Welcome back to another classic recap, as we continue our journey through the SNME series. Tonight’s episode is one of my very favorites, as we continue the road to Wrestlemania III. This episode takes place 15 days before the biggest event of the year. With this year’s Wrestlemania taking place in the Pontiac Silverdome, and the expectation of one to largest audiences ever, Vince McMahon knew he had to book something huge. So, Vince decided the match that would sell out the Dome was going to be The World Heavyweight Champion Hulk Hogan v. Andre the Giant, who was undefeated in story line. Continue reading