Starrcade

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Starrcade
The official WWE Starrcade 2017 logo
The Starrcade logo used since 2017.
Created byDusty Rhodes
Promotion(s)NWA (Governing body)
(1983-1990)
JCP
(1983–1987)
WCW
(1988–2000)
WWE
(2017–present)
Brand(s)SmackDown
(2017–present)
Raw
(2018–present)
First eventStarrcade (1983)
Event gimmickWCW's flagship event

Starrcade is a recurring professional wrestling event, originally broadcast via closed-circuit television and eventually broadcast via pay-per-view television, held from 1983 to 2000 by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and later World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Starrcade was regarded by the NWA and WCW as their flagship event of the year, much in the same vein that its rival, the World Wrestling Federation, regarded WrestleMania. As a result, the buildup to each Starrcade 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, and aired on Thanksgiving Day. In 1987, the WWF scheduled a pay-per-view of their own, Survivor Series, on Thanksgiving night and demanded exclusivity from cable providers on carriage of the event. In order to prevent such a problem, Starrcade was moved to December the following year and the show was held around Christmas Day, mostly in the days following, beginning in 1988.

Also in 1988, JCP was sold to Turner Broadcasting due to financial problems and became WCW, though Starrcade was held under the NWA banner until 1990.[1][2]

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] With the launch of the WWE Network in 2014, all Starrcade shows are available on demand to Network subscribers.

WWE brought back the Starrcade concept as a SmackDown-branded live event on November 25, 2017 and as a co-branded WWE Network event on November 24, 2018.

Dates, venues, and main events[edit]

SmackDown-branded event
Event Date City Venue Main event
National Wrestling Alliance/Jim Crockett Promotions
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 with special guest referee Gene Kiniski
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 with special guest referee Joe Frazier
Starrcade '85: The Gathering November 28, 1985 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Ric Flair (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
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 in a steel cage match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
National Wrestling Alliance/World Championship Wrestling
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 with special guest referee Dick the Bruiser
World Championship Wrestling
Starrcade '91: Battlebowl/The Lethal Lottery December 29, 1991 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope Battlebowl
Starrcade '92: BattleBowl/The Lethal Lottery II December 28, 1992 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni Battlebowl
Starrcade '93: 10th Anniversary December 27, 1993 Charlotte, North Carolina Independence Arena Vader (c) vs. Ric Flair in a Title vs. Career match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Starrcade '94: Triple Threat December 27, 1994 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium Hulk Hogan (c) vs. The Butcher for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Starrcade '95: World Cup of Wrestling December 27, 1995 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium Randy Savage (c) vs. Ric Flair for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Starrcade '96 December 29, 1996 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium Hollywood Hogan vs. Roddy Piper
Starrcade '97 December 28, 1997 Washington, D.C. MCI Center Hollywood Hogan (c) vs. Sting for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Starrcade '98 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 '99 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
WWE
Starrcade 2017 November 25, 2017 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum AJ Styles (c) vs. Jinder Mahal in a steel cage match for the WWE Championship[6]
Starrcade 2018 November 24, 2018 Cincinnati, Ohio U.S. Bank Arena
(c) – refers to the champion prior to the match

2017[edit]

Starrcade (2017)
PromotionWWE
Brand(s)SmackDown
DateNovember 25, 2017
CityGreensboro, North Carolina
VenueGreensboro Coliseum Complex
Attendance10,234
Starrcade chronology
← Previous
Starrcade (2000)
Next →
Starrcade (2018)

Starrcade (2017) was a professional wrestling special house show event promoted by WWE for the SmackDown brand. It took place on November 25, 2017, at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, North Carolina.[6][7] It was the nineteenth event under the Starrcade chronology, the first under WWE, and the first Starrcade event in seventeen years. It was also the first Starrcade event not to be televised in any way. The event featured appearances by Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, The Rock 'n' Roll Express and The Hardy Boyz.

No. Results Stipulations
1 Bobby Roode defeated Dolph Ziggler Singles match with Arn Anderson as special outside enforcer[6]
2 The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan), Mike Kanellis, The Colóns (Primo and Epico Colón), and Rusev (with Aiden English) defeated Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango), Tye Dillinger, Sin Cara, and The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) Twelve-man tag team match
3 Naomi defeated Tamina (with Lana) Singles match
4 Dustin Rhodes defeated Dash Wilder Singles match[6]
5 Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Baron Corbin (c) by disqualification Singles match for the WWE United States Championship[6]
6 The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) (c) defeated The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) (with Big E), Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable, and Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn Fatal four-way tag team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship[6]
7 Charlotte Flair (c) defeated Natalya by submission Steel cage match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship[6]
8 AJ Styles (c) defeated Jinder Mahal (with The Singh Brothers) Steel cage match for the WWE Championship[6]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

References[edit]

  1. ^ Molinaro, John (1999-12-17). "Starrcade, the original "super card"". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Meltzer, Dave (November 27, 2003). "Thursday news update: It was 20 years ago today..." Wrestling Observer. Archived from the original on August 10, 2007. Retrieved June 2, 2008.
  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.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Starrcade returns to Greensboro this November". WWE. September 18, 2017. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "WWE Live presents STARRCADE". Greensboro Coliseum Complex. September 18, 2017. Archived from the original on September 19, 2017. Retrieved November 26, 2017.