May 25, 2009
The Powerdriver Review
NWA Starrcade ’83: A Flair for the Gold
November 24, 1983
Your hosts are Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle!
The Assassins (w/Paul Jones) vs. Bugsy McGraw & Rufus R. Jones
The Assassins were known was Assassin #1 and Assassin #2. Assassin #1 was the manager of Paul Orndorff and Paul Roma in the early to mid ‘90s and opened up the WCW Power Plant. You can thank the Assassin for training guys like Kevin Nash, DDP, Triple H and Goldberg. It doesn’t really matter who the other Assassin guy is so let’s move on to Bugsy and Rufus. Bugsy wrestled all over the US and Canada during the ‘70s and early ‘80s, but then went away to become a nurse once the territory-era died out. As for Rufus R. Jones, he competed as well in everywhere but the WW(W)F during the ‘70s and ‘80s. To Rufus’ credit, it should be noted that he had two 60-minute draws with Dory & Terry Funk during both their title reigns. You’d never know it by 1983, as Rufus looks too flabby and out of shape to even go ten minutes with those guys. Nevertheless, Rufus is the current NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion which was had been previously held by Dory Funk Jr. The Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight title was a title that had been held by practically everybody who was GOOD in the ‘70s and ‘80s NWA. Seriously, you name an awesome ‘70s NWA wrestler and he probably held it. Rufus & Bugsy remind me of an over-the-hill and out of shape Road Dogg & K-Kwik combination. Bugsy starts out with #2 as they lock up. #2 goes to a headlock and then gets shoved off into the ropes and connects with a shoulderblock. Bugsy gets a hip toss but then misses an elbow drop. #2 misses one as well and gets slammed and bails. Back in, they lock up again. Bugsy gets shoved off into the ropes. He ducks a clothesline and comes back around with an elbow to the head. Bugsy wins a slugfest that leads to #1 getting tagged into the ring. They go through a similar sequence as before with Bugsy getting a slam off a headlock. Rufus tags in and struts around in between blows on #1. Rufus holds on out of a hiptoss and works on the arm. #1 tries to punch out, but Rufus is BLACK so his head is way too hard. If Michael Cole were calling this, he would say something like, “It’s like punching a brick wall!” Bugsy tags in and keeps the pressure on the arm. #1 backs Bugsy into the corner and tags in #2. #2 tries to work the arm, but Bugsy elbows out and tags in Rufus. Rufus goes back to the arm and #2 tries to punch out again, but of course that doesn’t work. Rufus breaks the armbar and backs #2 into the corner for a beatdown. #2 comes back with a rake to the eyes and tags in #1. Rufus headbutts #1 to get away and makes the hot tag to Bugsy. Shake, Rattle and Roll by Bugsy to #1. All four come in the ring for a short time before #1 makes a blind tag to #2 and rolls up Bugsy for the win. (8:08) The crowd seemed really into Rufus and Bugsy to make for a hot opener, but the finish seemed to upset them a little bit. **
Tony is standing by in the face locker room where Flair, Piper, Youngblood and Steamboat are just hanging out.
Johnny Weaver & Scott McGhee vs. Kevin Sullivan & Mark Lewin (w/Gary Hart)
Weaver is a staple of the Mid-Atlantic region during the ‘70s. Scott McGhee is a second-generation wrestler trained by Ricky Steamboat, Ric Flair and Buddy Rogers. He was successful in the territories in the ‘80s, but then suffered a career-ending stroke in January 1988. Kevin Sullivan was billed as the ‘Prince of Darkness’ down in Florida and Mark Lewin was one of his henchmen. His ‘Army of Darkness” was like an earlier, much creepier version of the Dungeon of Doom. McGhee and Sullivan start things off as McGhee gets in a pair of dropkicks as Sullivan tags in Lewin. He misses a couple chops on McGhee and tags Sullivan back into the ring. Weaver tags in and he and Sullivan run the ropes for a bit, but Sullivan holds onto the ropes as he sees Weaver’s fist cocked back and tags in Lewin. Weaver works the arm of Lewin and tags in McGhee. After Lewin reverses the arm wringer, McGhee uses Lewin’s body to escape the hold. That was cool. Lewin puts on a headlock and brings McGhee over to his corner to tag in Sullivan. The heels trade tags in and out working on McGhee’s arm. They do the false tag spot which leads to a double team on McGhee. Sullivan makes a mistake which leads to a hot tag to Weaver. Running bulldog by Weaver gets two. Weaver tries another running bulldog, but Sullivan blocks by shoves him into the corner. With a little help from Gary Hart, Sullivan and Lewin deliver a knee from the top to Weaver’s arm for the three-count. (7:43) Post-match, McGhee tries to save Weaver from a double-team beatdown. Hart comes in and pulls a spike out of his sock and gives it to Lewin who STABS McGhee several times in the face with it! Angelo Mosca tries to come in to save, but he gets stabbed in the arm by Lewin! Once they go back to punishing McGhee, Mosca comes over to chase the heels out of the ring. Nice little match with a crazy conclusion. **½
An interview chick named Barbara Clarey is out in the audience with the Estes family who traveled 180 miles to see Starrcade! She asks the father, “Was it worth it?” Haha. They all think Ric Flair is going to win the title tonight. Ok?
Now Tony is in the heel locker room with Greg Valentine, the Briscos and Harley Race. In other words, he’s standing by with the champions. Race says he’s been talking with his buddies who know where Flair hurts.
Carlos Colon vs. Abdullah the Butcher
In case you did not know, Carlos is Carlito’s father. Colon is revered in Puerto Rico just as much as baseball legend Roberto Clemente. Abdullah the Butcher is one of the originators of hardcore wrestling. Apparently, this match was barred in Puerto Rico so they booked it here instead. Even at nearly seventy years old and close to fifty years in the business, Abdullah still wrestles on occasion in small American indy feds. Abdullah controls early with his usual. Colon fights out of the corner and comes at Abdullah with right hands. Colon pulls the spike out of Abdullah’s trunks and using it against him. Abdullah is open which doesn’t look to be a very hard task to accomplish considering the amount of scars on his head. Why the referee doesn’t disqualify Colon is beyond me. Colon puts Abdullah down with a knee lift and then hits a standing leg drop for two. The ref takes an accidental elbow drop from Abdullah. Colon delivers a dropkick and starts working on the knee and hooks on the FIGURE-FOUR. Hugo Savinovich comes in and breaks up the hold. Abdullah covers as the ref is revived enough to count the pin on Colon. Yes, the WWE Spanish commentator was once a Puerto Rican wrestler and has since then put on A LOT of weight. (4:29) CRAP
Schiavone is sitting in the locker room with Angelo Mosca and Scott McGhee who looks unconscious as he is just sitting there BLEEDING. Angelo is pissed at Sullivan and Lewin, but he’s still going to ref the tag titles match. He puts over Race and Flair, but he ends by saying that Flair will prevail.
In the crowd, Barbara is standing by two ladies from Raleigh, South Carolina. Umm, don’t you mean Raleigh North Carolina? How can you possibly screw that up? She asks them “Was it worth the drive?” and who they think is going to win the World title match. Of course they say Ric Flair.
Wahoo McDaniel & Mark Youngblood vs. Dick Slater & Bob Orton Jr.
This is the Flair’s buddies vs. Race’s henchmen match. Because everybody knows bad guys don’t have friends! Ring announcer Tom Miller announces that Dusty Rhodes is in the audience. Why they chose to announce that during this match, I’m not sure. Wahoo chases Slater around the ring to start before they lock-up. Slater flips out of the corner off a whip to slow the pace down. Wahoo reverses a hammerlock into an arm wringer and tags in Mark who stays on the arm. Slater fights out but then goes down to a slam. Slater gets a double-leg rollup for 1, 2, NO! They trade hammerlocks for a bit but that ends abruptly as Slater gets kicked out onto the apron. Orton and Slater try to convince ref Tommy Young that Slater was thrown over the top rope to allow a DQ, but Young doesn’t give a CRAP. Slater changes from a test of strength into a side Russian legsweep for 1, 2, NO! Orton tags in and comes off the ropes with a knee to the back of Mark Youngblood. Orton gets a backbreaker but then misses an elbow. Youngblood comes back with a hiptoss but then makes a blind tag to Slater for the heels to take back over. Slater hammers Youngblood down to the mat and then brings him back up to give him a gutwrench suplex for 1, 2, NO! Slater dumps Mark for Orton to kick him around on the floor. Not only that, but Orton gives Youngblood a backbreaker (!) on the guardrail! Wahoo comes by to help Youngblood get back in the ring before he gets counted out and lose the match. Slater is right there to keep Youngblood grounded and in their corner. Orton applies a chinlock. Life father, like son. Youngblood elbows out but then runs into a boot from Orton! Slater tags in while Orton controls Youngblood by keeping him from making the hot tag. Slater hits a vertical suplex but doesn’t hook the leg and gets only two. Slater tries for a piledriver, but Youngblood backdrops out of it. Just as it looks to be Youngblood’s moment to come back, he runs into Slater for a double-KO. Youngblood finally makes the HOT TAG TO WAHOO! Wahoo has plenty of chops for both heels. DOUBLE-NOGGIN KNOCKER! Wahoo hits an inverted atomic drop and follows up with the Tomahawk Chop! A slam and an elbow drop gets 1, 2, NO! Wahoo covers again but Orton has his foot on the bottom rope. Orton tags in to Slater and immediately tackles Wahoo to the mat to keep him isolated. After a Slater stomping, Wahoo comes up trading blows. Wahoo grabs a headlock, but then Slater counters with a back suplex for a bunch of near-falls. Tag to Orton for a double reverse back elbow. Orton tags Slater and then holds onto Wahoo so that Slater can come off the top with a single sledge, but Wahoo moves out of the way. Wahoo atomic drops Slater into his corner for Youngblood to KILL him with chops. Youngblood tags in for a double-team chop. Orton shoots over to Wahoo and knocks him off the apron and then runs back to his corner for the blind tag. Youngblood gets nailed, but then fights back on both Orton and Slater with dropkicks. Orton stays in the ring as Slater falls out to battle with Wahoo. Youngblood whiffs on a dropkick to set up a SUPERPLEX from Orton for the win. Wahoo made the failed save too early and it looked like he MADE the save, but the ref didn’t see it. (13:54) After the match, Orton and Slater try to BREAK WAHOO’S ARM by draping his arm across the apron and then driving their knee into it as they come off the top rope! Wow, awesome. This was everything you want in an old school tag match. ***½
In the back, Flair responds to Race by saying he wants Race at his best. Oh yeah, and also to wish Jay Youngblood and Ricky Steamboat good luck in their tag match.
Now we go out into the crowd with Barbara who is standing by with Dusty Rhodes. They seem to have some audio problems, so we don’t get to hear what Dusty has to say.
NWA Television Champion The Great Kabuki (w/Gary Hart) vs. Charlie Brown – “No-DQ Title vs. Mask”
Kabuki is the inspiration for the Great Muta gimmick. He is known as the first wrestler to use the poison mist. Although unrelated to each other, Muta was billed as Kabuki’s son when he began working for Jim Crockett Promotions. Charlie Brown is Jimmy Valiant in a black mask. They immediately brawl out to the floor with Charlie Brown in control. Brown even starts choking him with a chair. Brown posts one good time before going back into the ring. Gary Brown begins to do every move he wouldn’t do in a normal match because it would be considering cheating and doesn’t seem to mind doing it at all here. Brown hooks on a sleeper and Kabuki goes down to the mat. Kabuki finally fights out by clawing Brown in the eyes. However, Kabuki misses a chop and gets caught in the sleeper again. Hart helps him out by putting his foot on the bottom rope to break the hold. Kabuki connects with some chops and kicks before applying ANOTHER rest hold known as the claw hold. Valiant fights up with a backdrop, but then goes down to a roundhouse kick to the gut. Kabuki returns to the claw hold. Valiant tries to come back but the effect of the claw hold makes him dizzy enough to charge and run into a foot in the corner. More claw hold. We cut to Kabuki trying to get a pin out of the claw hold. Wow, this is some exciting stuff. Kabuki releases and hits a chop from the top for two. Now Kabuki tries to take off the mask, but can’t get it off so he gives him a roundhouse kick. Charlie Brown comes back and hits a wobbly running elbow drop for the three-count and the title. (10:28 of 13:35) It started off okay with them brawling all over and Charlie Brown doing heel moves, but then it began to suck terribly from there. ½*
Standing by with Bob Caudle and Gordon Solie is some radio DJ from Raleigh who says Flair should take the gold. I think Caudle just said, “Alright, dude!”
We get more jawing from the heels.
Next up, they try again with Barbara and Dusty. He’s here to make a challenge to the winner of the Flair/Race match.
NWA U.S. Champion Greg Valentine vs. Roddy Piper – non-title Dog-Collar match
Just know these two guys had been feuding all year and it comes down to this legendary encounter. This would be one of Piper’s last NWA matches as he would show up in the WWF two months later. Valentine soon left the NWA as well and went on to the WWF to win the Intercontinental title from Tito Santana. They play tug-of-war with the chain to start, using their necks. Both men are being extremely cautious to make a mistake here. Piper whips him with the chain and Valentine backs off. Valentine tries to whip Piper in turn and fails. Slugfest and they back off again. Piper attacks and crotches him with the chain, but Valentine uses the chain to nail Piper in the injured ear to gain control of the pace. Greg drops the hammer, but Piper knee-lifts him and chokes him out. Piper wraps the chain around the post to trap Valentine in the corner and beat him down with the chain as Greg gets busted open. That was actually a very smart move. Valentine chokes him down and Piper bails. They start whipping each other with the chain and slug it out on the apron. Greg goes to the ear again to take over. He posts Piper as his ear is bleeding very badly. Valentine pounds on the ear with the chain some more. Piper blocks a suplex by using the chain, but gets elbowed in the ear. Another elbow gets two. Valentine with another elbow drop gets two. Piper spears him and stomps away, but has no balance due to the ear injury. He destroys him with the chain and wins a slugfest, but Valentine clotheslines the dizzy Piper and gets a kneedrop for two. Piper reverses a suplex for the double-KO! Valentine hooks the sleeper and it looks to be curtains for Piper, but he Valentine with the chain to break the hold. Greg gets a pair of elbows, and then gets yanked off the middle rope by the chain. Piper goes nuts by wailing on him with the chain and then hooks the leg using the chain for the three-count to a HUGE pop. (16:09) As a result of this match, Piper lost 75% of his hearing and because of the damage done to his ear, his equilibrium would never be the same. Not only was it sick and intense, but it had that special added ingredient called psychology that makes it just that much better and legendary of a match. ***½
To the back we go with Tony Schiavone standing by with Flair and Wahoo. Flair’s not down with what Slater and Orton did, so he and Wahoo will get their revenge. As for Race, Flair wants him at his best. Wahoo says he’d bet ALL of his money on Flair tonight.
We go to Barbara who is with Don Kernodle who was involved in an awesome feud alongside Sgt. Slaughter against Steamboat and Youngblood in late-’82 to early-’83, which made it odd to see him wishing Steamboat and Youngblood good luck in their match. He also wants Flair to win the title match.
NWA World Tag Team Champions Jack & Jerry Brisco vs. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood – Special Ref: Angelo Mosca
To put over just how big a match this was at the time, the Brisco Brothers were considered the most dominating tag team in the 1970s in the southeastern territories. Steamboat and Youngblood were four-time NWA World tag-team champions and had been trading the tag titles with the Briscos all summer and now late into the fall. Probably the saddest thing about Jerry Brisco is he will probably be most remembered as McMahon’s stooge during the Attitude era and not for being one-half of one of the greatest tag-teams ever. Jack Brisco ended Harley Race’s first NWA World title reign of four months in July of 1973. Excluding the week-long title change in Japan to Giant Baba, Brisco was NWA World champion until December 1975 when he lost to Terry Funk. Steamboat should need no introduction as he is widely considered one of the greatest wrestlers ever. Jay Youngblood’s story is the most tragic of them all, as he died after suffering a ruptured spleen in a match with his brother Mark against the Sheepherders in the fall of 1985. Onto the match, Steamboat starts off with Jack in a tie-up into the corner. Steamboat gets in a couple leapfrogs and tries for a double-chop on Jack, but he grabs hold of the ropes. Jack wrenches the arm and tags in Jerry, who gets taken down with a drop-toehold. Jack tags in again and grabs a hammerlock, but Steamboat flips over Jack COMPLETELY like he’s Rey Mysterio or something and delivers a perfect armdrag like only Steamboat can pull off. Jack goes over and tags Jerry in who locks up with Steamboat. Jerry gets in a cheapshot on Steamboat in the corner and starts pounding away on him. Steamboat comes back by taking Jerry’s head to the buckle and follows up with a chop and throat thrust before tagging in Youngblood. He comes in and takes Jerry down for a headlock. As Jerry gets to his feet, Youngblood backs him into the corner. He wants to wail on Jerry, but Mosca backs Youngblood out of the corner. Jerry tries a slam out of a hammerlock, but Youngblood holds on and tries for a couple near-falls. Youngblood tags in Steamboat who comes off the top with a single-sledge to the arm. Now Youngblood tags in to do more damage to the arm. Youngblood covers for two and then knocks Jack off the apron to prevent the tag. Steamboat tags in and runs into a boot so Jerry goes over and tags in Jack. He comes in and delivers a hotshot and then a knee-drop before applying a chinlock. Steamboat elbows out but then takes a backdrop and a butterfly suplex. Jack shows his amateur expertise by applying a bridge to try and get the pinfall on several occasions, but can’t keep Steamboat’s shoulders down for the three-count. Back up, Jack gets a hiptoss and holds on for a short-arm scissors. Steamboat POWERS OUT by lifting Jack up in the air (with tons of help from Jack) and slamming on his back. Jack sells it like an electrical current just went down his spine. Yeah I know I’ve seen it done before, but that doesn’t make it any less cool. HOT TAG TO YOUNGBLOOD! Jack is still able to counter a suplex into one of his own to slow Youngblood down. Jerry tags in as they deliver the double-three point stance! Jerry covers for 1, 2, NO! Youngblood got his foot on the bottom rope. Jerry gets a suplex on Youngblood and covers for 1, 2, NO! Jerry can’t believe it! Jerry puts Jay in the OKLAHOMA ROLL, but somehow Jay kicks out at two! Jerry gets into a shoving contest with Angelo Mosca and that leads to a hot tag to Steamboat! He chops Jerry to death. They trade tags in and out punishing Jerry Brisco which leads up to the finish with Youngblood being pressed onto Jerry by Steamboat for the three-count and the Steamboat/Youngblood team wins their fifth and final NWA World tag-team championship together. (12:25) This one had great fast-paced action and a finish that sends the crowd home happy. After the match, the Briscos try to win the war since they lost the battle. But since Mosca is out there, he helps Steamboat and Youngblood clear the ring so they can celebrate with the tag titles. ***¾
Tony remains in the face locker room as he narrates what Flair has to be thinking as he paces the floor before his big match. But then Tony brings in Charlie Brown who is WAY TOO ecstatic to be the new NWA Mid-Atlantic TV champ. Piper stops by and says he still wants Valentine’s US title. Fifteen years later, Piper finally regains the US title. Next up Steamboat and Youngblood comes in to talk about how great they feel to be champs again.
NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race vs. Ric Flair – Special Ref: Gene Kiniski
The set-up for this one was that Race didn’t want to have to contend with Flair any more after regaining the title from him in June of ’83 so he put out a $25,000 bounty for whoever could get rid of Flair forever. Dick Slater and Bob Orton Jr. were able to put Flair out of action for a while and got the $25,000. But nevertheless, Flair came back after “training hard, saying his prayers and eating his vitamins” with all his babyface friends and here we are at Starrcade 1983. Ok, he didn’t use that exact phrase, but his actions spoke those words. Interesting note about Race and Flair; both men were involved in near-fatal accidents early in their careers. So if you want to be a wrestling legend, then try your best to almost die in a moving accident. It doesn’t matter if it’s in a car or a plane. Flair frustrates Race with the headlock early on which causes a little scuffle between him and Kiniski. After several rope breaks, Flair snapmares Race down in the middle of the ring and applies a chinlock and then maneuvers into the headlock. Race backs into the ropes again and whips Flair in for a running knee. Race tries a falling headbutt but Flair moves out of the way. Flair chops him and returns to the headlock. From the hold, they get a few near-falls on each other. Notice how they use the headlock as an energy-draining and psychological hold here rather than to lead to elbows and a big move like it’s done today. See, no elbowing out for that. He just adapted to what was happening and countered the move. As Flair changes to a front face-lock, Race stands up and delivers a suplex for two. Flair avoids an elbow drop but then his knee buckles on a slam to get a near-fall for Race. Race connects with a knee drop and begins to take control. Once Race has Flair in the ropes, Kiniski has to literally pull Race away from him to give Flair a breather. Race continues to punish the injured neck and the head with knee drops. Race hits the PILEDRIVER and an elbow for 1, 2, NO! Race drops an elbow on the neck and delivers a swinging neckbreaker for 1, 2, NO! Race keeps Flair trapped in the corner by repeatedly driving his knee into Flair’s neck. At nearly ten minutes in, the cage comes into play as Race rams Flair’s head into the steel. Race hits a slam and covers for a near-fall. Flair fights back with blows to the mid-section, but Race puts him back down with a headbutt. Race punishes Flair with another falling headbutt. Race slams Flair’s face into the cage. Flair attempts to fight back, but then Race throws him into the cage again. Flair begins to bleed as only Flair can bleed if that makes any sense. As Race has Flair in the corner way past the ten-count, Kiniski has to pull Race out which leaves an open shot for Flair. Now it’s the other way around as Kiniski pulls Flair out of the corner, Race gets in a headbutt. Flair reverses a cross-corner whip that sends Race face-first into the cage. Now Race has been lacerated. Flair begins to style and profile while sending Race into the cage. Flair snapmares Race down for the knee drop off the ropes. Flair connects with the piledriver and immediately covers for 1, 2, NO! Flair snaps Race’s neck and then hits a butterfly suplex for 1, 2, NO! Flair chops on Race and then takes him face-first to the cage again. Kiniski gives Flair another talk about what he just did, but Flair doesn’t give a CRAP and shoves Kiniski back. Flair slams Race into the cage again and that causes a shoving match between him and Kiniski. Gene needs to chill out. Race headbutts low to regain control and then grinds Flair’s face into the cage. Now Kiniski and Race get into a shoving contest. Flair gets slammed into the cage again but then fights back with chops for a near-fall. Flair hits an elbow drop and screams, “NOWWWWW!” and mounts Race for some punches to Race’s bloody forehead. Flair struts around while Kiniski yells at him for using closed-fists. Flair is a nasty, bloody mess here as he delivers a back suplex to set up the FIGURE-FOUR! Back then, it was extremely rare for someone to reverse this bone-breaking hold, but Race was able to turn the hold over into the ropes. Race comes back with headbutts but then HIS knee buckles on a suplex as Flair covers for 1, 2, NO! Race headbutts Flair back down and delivers a headbutt off the second rope for a two-count. Race hits a vertical suplex for 1, 2, NO! Race keeps on with the punishment to the head and neck area. Kiniski has to pull Race off of Flair again by the ‘fro as he’s choking him up against the cage wall in the ropes. Race tries another vertical suplex, but Flair blocks and delivers a suplex of his own. Flair whiffs on an elbow drop just as he attempts to come back. Race hooks on a headlock and somehow headbutts Kiniski by mistake. Flair takes advantage by hitting the wobbly champion with a bodypress from the top as Race gets tripped up by Kiniski (sort of) for the 1-2-3! FLAIR REGAINS THE TITLE! (23:49) While nothing was fresh and new even in its day (compared to Dynamite Kid/Tiger Mask), this was just awesome story-telling, awesome selling and an awesome angle to pass the torch from Race onto Flair. Plus, they sent the crowd home extremely happy. What more can you ask from a supercard? After the match, all the faces run in to celebrate with Flair while Race stands in the corner in utter disbelief. ****½
In the back, Tony Schiavone is standing by with the new NWA World Champion Ric Flair. He thanks everybody who helped him get to where he is right now. Once all the babyfaces come in with champagne in Ric’s eyes, Dusty comes in and lets him know there’s still one more dream to be fulfilled. Flair just wants to celebrate this moment and not think about Dusty. I don’t blame him not wanting to think about Dusty.
To the heel locker room, Barbara is sitting on the couch with Harley Race. He tells the world that he’s not leaving, and he will go through hell to regain the title. Race does win the title back for a short two-day reign in New Zealand in 1984 (a change not recognized by the NWA in the US until 1999, making Race the eight-time NWA World champion that we know him as today.)
Back over to the Flair/Steamboat/Youngblood section where they babble on about dreams and thanking everyone that helped them achieve their dreams.
Final Thoughts: This show is the genesis of the supercard. You had some of the biggest names that the southeastern territories had to offer at the time all on one show which is pretty amazing stuff. You’ve got four matches that are ***½+ and the Match of the Year award winner in Flair/Race (as voted by Dave Meltzer). This gets a ‘thumbs up’ from me. Hey, without Starrcade, Vince would be able to take credit for everything in the modern era of wrestling, and as an NWA/WCW fan that would really make feel like a loser.