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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

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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



NWA Starrcade – November 23, 1983

Here we go with the beginnings of the NWA/WCW shows on the Network. We start with the very first ever Starrcade from Thanksgiving in 1983. This is considered one of the first supershows in wrestling and is the true granddaddy of the all, having lasted from 1983 until 2000. A quick recap of the title situations before we begin, Harley Race is the current NWA Champion having regained the title in June from his challenger tonight, Ric Flair. The reigning and defending United States Champion is Greg Valentine who dethroned the man he faces tonight, Roddy Piper almost seven months ago. As for the Tag Team Champions they are Jack & Jerry Brisco who defeated Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood less then a month earlier, tonight the former champions get a rematch. Some interesting rematches on this show and should be fun to see how it holds up thirty years later. Continue reading