Starrcade

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For the 1991 and 1992 shows promoted in Japan as "Starrcade", see WCW/New Japan Supershow.
For other uses, see Starcade (disambiguation).
Ric Flair wrestled in a World Heavyweight Championship match at ten Starrcade events.

Starrcade was an annual professional wrestling event, originally broadcast via closed circuit and eventually broadcast via pay-per-view, held from 1983 to 2000 by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and later World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as their flagship event of the year, and featured the largest feuds of the promotion. From 1983 to 1987, Starrcade was produced by Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), the dominant promotion of the NWA, on Thanksgiving. In 1987, the rival promotion World Wrestling Federation (WWF), scheduled a pay-per-view of their own, Survivor Series, on Thanksgiving night and gave cable television providers an ultimatum that they could not show both events. Due to this, Starrcade was moved to December from then on. In 1988, JCP was sold to Ted Turner due to financial problems and became WCW though Starrcade was held under the NWA banner until 1990.[1][2] It is widely regarded as WCW's counterpart to WrestleMania.

From the 1960s to the 1980s, it was tradition for JCP to hold major professional wrestling events on Thanksgiving and Christmas, mostly at Greensboro Coliseum. In 1983, JCP created Starrcade as their supercard to continue the Thanksgiving tradition, and spread it across its territory on closed-circuit television.[3] It popularized broadcasting on closed-circuit television and was financially successful. From 1987, Starrcade was broadcast on pay-per-view, the first NWA event to do so.[4]

The rights to the event now belong to WWE (formerly the World Wrestling Federation). In November 2008, WWE 24/7 Classics aired a special as a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the event called The Essential Starrcade. This five-part series counts down the top 25 matches in Starrcade history. In January 2009, WWE Home Video released Starrcade: The Essential Collection as a three disc DVD set.[5]

Dates and venues[edit]

Event Date City Venue Main event
National Wrestling Alliance
Starrcade '83: A Flair for the Gold November 24, 1983 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Harley Race (c) vs. Ric Flair in a Steel Cage match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
Starrcade '84: The Million Dollar Challenge November 22, 1984 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Ric Flair (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
Starrcade '85: The Gathering November 28, 1985 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum
Atlanta, Georgia The Omni
Starrcade '86: Night of the Skywalkers November 27, 1986 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Ric Flair (c) vs. Nikita Koloff for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
Atlanta, Georgia The Omni
Starrcade '87: Chi-Town Heat November 26, 1987 Chicago, Illinois UIC Pavilion Ron Garvin (c) vs. Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
NWA/WCW
Starrcade '88: True Gritt December 26, 1988 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope Ric Flair (c) vs. Lex Luger for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
Starrcade '89: Future Shock December 13, 1989 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni Ric Flair vs. Sting
Starrcade '90: Collision Course December 16, 1990 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Auditorium Sting (c) vs. The Black Scorpion for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
World Championship Wrestling
Starrcade '91: Battlebowl/The Lethal Lottery December 29, 1991 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope Battlebowl
Starrcade (1992) December 28, 1992 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni Battlebowl
Starrcade (1993) December 27, 1993 Charlotte, North Carolina Independence Arena Vader (c) vs. Ric Flair for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Starrcade (1994) December 27, 1994 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium Hulk Hogan (c) vs. The Butcher for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Starrcade (1995) December 27, 1995 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium Randy Savage (c) vs. Ric Flair for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Starrcade (1996) December 29, 1996 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium Hollywood Hogan vs. Roddy Piper
Starrcade (1997) December 28, 1997 Washington, D.C. MCI Center Hollywood Hogan (c) vs. Sting for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship with Bret Hart as special enforcer
Starrcade (1998) December 27, 1998 Washington, D.C. MCI Center Goldberg (c) vs. Kevin Nash in a No Disqualification match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Starrcade (1999) December 19, 1999 Washington, D.C. MCI Center Bret Hart (c) vs. Goldberg in a No Disqualification match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Starrcade (2000) December 17, 2000 Washington, D.C. MCI Center Scott Steiner (c) vs. Sid Vicious for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship

National Wrestling Alliance[edit]

1983[edit]

Main article: Starrcade (1983)

1984[edit]

Starrcade (1984)
Tagline(s) The Million Dollar Challenge
Information
Promotion National Wrestling Alliance
Date November 22, 1984
Attendance 16.000
Venue Greensboro Coliseum
City Greensboro, North Carolina
Pay-per-view chronology
Starrcade (1983) Starrcade (1984) Starrcade (1985)
Starrcade chronology
Starrcade (1983) Starrcade (1984) Starrcade (1985)

Starrcade (1984): The Million Dollar Challenge took place on November 22, 1984 from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. It aired live on closed-circuit television. However, in 2014 WWE Network listed all closed-circuit Starrcades (1983-1986) alongside the rest of the Starrcades in the pay-per-view section.

1985[edit]

Main article: Starrcade (1985)

1986[edit]

Starrcade (1986)
Tagline(s) The Skywalkers
Information
Promotion National Wrestling Alliance
Date November 27, 1986
Attendance 30.000 (combined)
Venue Greensboro Coliseum
The Omni
City Greensboro, North Carolina
Atlanta, Georgia
Pay-per-view chronology
Starrcade (1985) Starrcade (1986) Starrcade (1987)
Starrcade chronology
Starrcade (1985) Starrcade (1986) Starrcade (1987)

Starrcade (1986):The Skywalkers took place on November 27, 1986 from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina and The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia. It aired live on closed-circuit television. However, in 2014 WWE Network listed all closed-circuit Starrcades (1983-1986) alongside the rest of the Starrcades in the pay-per-view section.

1987[edit]

Main article: Starrcade (1987)

1988[edit]

Main article: Starrcade (1988)

1989[edit]

Main article: Starrcade (1989)

1990[edit]

Main article: Starrcade (1990)

World Championship Wrestling[edit]

1991[edit]

Main article: Starrcade (1991)

1992[edit]

Starrcade (1992)
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date December 28, 1992
Attendance 8,000
Venue The Omni
City Atlanta, Georgia
Pay-per-view chronology
Halloween Havoc (1992) Starrcade (1992) WCW/New Japan Supershow III

Starrcade (1992): BattleBowl/The Lethal Lottery II took place on December 28, 1992 from The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia.

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.

1993[edit]

Main article: Starrcade (1993)

1994[edit]

Starrcade (1994)
Tagline(s) It's A Triple Threat!
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date December 27, 1994
Attendance 8,200
Venue Nashville Municipal Auditorium
City Nashville, Tennessee
Pay-per-view chronology
Halloween Havoc 1994 Starrcade (1994) SuperBrawl V

Starrcade (1994): Triple Threat took place on December 27, 1994 from the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.

1995[edit]

Starrcade (1995)
Tagline(s) USA's Toughest Meet Japan's Best In This International Wrestling Showdown...
Information
Promotion World Championship Wrestling
Date December 27, 1995
Attendance 8,200
Venue Nashville Municipal Auditorium
City Nashville, Tennessee
Pay-per-view chronology
World War 3 (1995) Starrcade (1995) SuperBrawl VI

Starrcade (1995): World Cup of Wrestling took place on December 27, 1995 from the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.

1996[edit]

Main article: Starrcade (1996)

1997[edit]

Main article: Starrcade (1997)

1998[edit]

Main article: Starrcade (1998)

1999[edit]

Main article: Starrcade (1999)

2000[edit]

Main article: Starrcade (2000)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Molinaro, John (1999-12-17). "Starrcade, the original "super card"". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  2. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2003-11-27). "Thursday news update: It was 20 years ago today....". Wrestling Observer. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  3. ^ "Flair defeats Race for wrestling title". Greensboro Daily News. 1983-11-25. p. D3. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  4. ^ Hoops, Brian (2007-12-18). "Specialist - 20 Years Ago: Detailed look back at Starrcade '87 with Flair vs. Garvin". PWTorch. Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  5. ^ Starrcade: The Essential Collection (DVD). World Wrestling Entertainment. 2009.