Except that as-of posting this, the event will not be airing on the WWE Network. Le sigh…
Anyway, this coming Saturday (November 25th), WWE will present ‘Starrcade,’ live from Greensboro, NC, deep in the heart of NWA/WCW/Jim Crockett territory, and, yes, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair will make an appearance at the show (because Greensboro — and North Carolina, by extension — is Ric Flair country). Not stopping there, WWE aims to help make the show as much as a throwback as it possibly can — like NOT broadcasting it live to a larger audience; yes, I AM bitter — by feature an appearance by the limousine-riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, wheeling-dealing, son-of-a-gun himself, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Continue reading WWE Adds More Awesome to upcoming ‘WWE Starrcade’ Live Event
In this month’s pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match between “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and the late-great “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes from Starrcade 1985. Continue reading Rhodes Vs. Flair: Starrcade ‘85 – Doc’D #24
Contents of this week’s episode of WIRed includes: talk of Vietnam’s Blade Runner-esque pavilion proposal, innovations in drive-by PHOTO shooting, Regular Show goes the way of gaming, and strange crowd reactions at Starrcade ’87. Also, Call of Duty: Ghosts and allergies are things… Continue reading Vietnam Drive-By Photogs REGULARly SHOWing Starrcade ’87- WIRed #46
Back in the day, the National Wrestling Alliance’s Starrcade pay-per-view was one of the most — if not THE MOST — prominent wrestling supershows in the country! For a brief rundown of the history of the event, check out this older story I wrote. Anyway, at the 1987 edition of Starrcade (given the subtitle of “Chi-Town Heat” since it was held in…well…CHICAGO), Ron Garvin was defending the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Ric Flair in a steel cage match. Garvin, who had been the champion for only two months up to this point, had previously beaten Flair on September 25, 1987 for the championship, and beforehand both men had been in a rivalry due to Flair lust over Garvin’s valet, Precious. While the title match was the original big story, the change in the crowd’s reaction garnered the most attention in the match’s place in history.
As I briefly mentioned, this NWA World Heavyweight Championship match was memorable for more than just being an excellently executed — wink-wink, nudge-nudge to Bret Hart — title match. During this period (and from what you may have gathered from the end of the first paragraph), Ric Flair was the heel — or villain — and Ron Garvin was the face, or good guy. Typically in that era, wrestling fans would often cheer for the good guy while booing and heckling the villain (because reasons; LOGIC reasons), but that concept of expected crowd reaction had turned on its ear that November night. About halfway through the match, the crowd would turn on the babyface star Ron Garvin and began cheering for Ric Flair. Matt “Spike Dudley” Hysen said in an interview that he was shocked that the Chicago audience turned on Garvin to support Flair, due to the nature of the time that heels were never EVER rooted on by the crowd.
In the end, Flair would reverse an Irish whip that sent Garvin’s head into the cage, and then Flair pinned him to win the match and the title. Ron Garvin’s first and only reign as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion lasted for only two short months. Ric Flair had started his fifth reign as NWA World Champion, and while remaining champion for over a year, in early 1988, a young rising star named Steve Borden — or Sting — would challenge Flair to a match at the first Clash of Champions.
The annual professional wrestling event Starrcade was held from 1983 to 1990 by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), then by World Championship Wrestling from 1991 to 2000. Starrcade was the promotion’s flagship event that featured the culmination of the most popular feuds in the company and the show eventually rivaled the World Wrestling Federation’s WrestleMania event (even though Starrcade was typically held in November or December, while WrestleMania is held in March or April). From 1983 to 1987, the show was produced by Jim Crockett Promotions, the top and most dominant promotion of the NWA, and was usually held on Thanksgiving Day. In 1988, due to financial problems, JCP was sold to Ted Turner and was renamed WCW, and when the WWF threatened cable providers to not carry Starrcade and instead carry the inaugural Survivor Series on Thanksgiving 1987, Starrcade’s yearly schedule was changed to December, and remained that way for all future Starrcade events. Continue reading The Stars Aligning for NWA Starrcade
Okay everyone: THIS. IS. WRESTLING.
Above is the final 8:30 minutes of the “I Quit” Steel Cage Match at NWA Starrcade 1985 between Tully Blanchard (Champion; accompanied by Baby Doll) and Magnum T.A. (Challenger) for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. This match (in its entirety, anyway) embodies my opinions of the best types of wrestling matches: it depended more on telling the story of the match to the audience through the flow of the match, rather than depend on a series of disjointed short spots like most wrestling matches today do. Continue reading Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. ("I Quit" Cage Match at Starrcade 1985)