Starrcade (1995)

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Starrcade (1995)
WCW Starrcade 1995.jpg
Official poster, showcasing Sting and The Great Muta
PromotionWorld Championship Wrestling
DateDecember 27, 1995
CityNashville, Tennessee
VenueNashville Municipal Auditorium
Attendance8,200
Tagline(s)USA's Toughest Meet Japan's Best In This International Wrestling Showdown...
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Starrcade (1995): World Cup of Wrestling was the thirteenth Starrcade professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW). It took place on December 27, 1995 at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. The event included a seven match tournament between wrestlers representing WCW and their Japanese partner New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) billed as the "World Cup of Wrestling", in which Sting (WCW) defeated Kensuke Sasaki (NJPW) in the finals; WCW won the tournament four points to three. Ric Flair defeated Randy Savage in the main event for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

WCW closed in 2001 and all rights to their television and pay-per-view shows were bought by WWE, including the Starrcade series. In 2015, All WCW pay-per-views were made available on the WWE Network.

Production[edit]

Background[edit]

From the 1960s to the 1980s, it was tradition for Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), to hold major professional wrestling events at Thanksgiving and Christmas, often at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina in the center of JCP's Virginia, North and South Carolina territory. In 1983, JCP created Starrcade as their supercard to continue the Thanksgiving tradition, bringing in wrestlers from other NWA affiliates and broadcasting the show in its territory on closed-circuit television.[1] Starrcade soon became the flagship event of the year for JCP and highlighted their most important feuds and championship matches. In 1987 the show became available by nationwide pay-per-view as were all subsequent Starrcade shows. The Starrcade tradition was continued by World Championship Wrestling (WCW), into which JCP was transformed after it had been sold to Ted Turner in 1988. The 1995 event was the thirteenth show to use the Starrcade name and was the second Starrcade to take place in the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

Storylines[edit]

The event featured wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers portrayed villains, heroes, or less distinguishable characters in the scripted events that built tension and culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.[2]

Event[edit]

WCW won the "World Cup of Wrestling", four points to three as Sting defeated New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) representative Kensuke Sasaki in the seventh and final match of the tournament.

At the event Ric Flair also defeated Lex Luger and Sting by count-out in a Triangle match to earn an immediate title match against WCW World Heavyweight Champion Randy Savage in the main event. Flair defeated Savage for the championship.

After the main event WCW held one additional match, taping it for a later broadcast. The match saw WCW United States Champion Kensuke Sasaki wrestle against The One Man Gang. At the end of the match the 400-plus pound One Man Gang landed a splash on Sasaki and covered him for the pinfall. While Sasaki kicked out of the pinfall, referee Randy Eller still made the three-count to give victory to the One Man Gang. After the bell rang the One Man Gang celebrated with the title belt. Moments later however, the mistake was pointed out by another official, and the match was restarted. Sasaki then pinned Gang to retain the title. Parts of the match was later shown on WCW Saturday Night but they ended after One Man Gang was declared the new champion. WCW never acknowledged that the match was restarted, choosing to recognize the One Man Gang as champion instead.

Results[edit]

No. Results[3][4] Stipulations Times
1D Diamond Dallas Page defeated Dave Sullivan Singles match N/A
2D The American Males (Marcus Alexander Bagwell and Scotty Riggs) defeated The Blue Bloods (Lord Steven Regal and Earl Robert Eaton) Tag team match N/A
3 Jushin Thunder Liger (with Sonny Onoo) defeated Chris Benoit Singles match 10:29
4 Koji Kanemoto (with Sonny Onoo) defeated Alex Wright Singles match 11:44
5 Lex Luger (with Jimmy Hart) defeated Masahiro Chono (with Sonny Onoo) by submission Singles match 06:41
6 Johnny B. Badd (with The Diamond Doll) defeated Masa Saito (with Sonny Onoo) by disqualification Singles match 05:52
7 Shinjiro Otani (with Sonny Onoo) defeated Eddy Guerrero Singles match 13:43
8 Randy Savage defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan (with Sonny Onoo) Singles match 06:55
9 Sting defeated Kensuke Sasaki (with Sonny Onoo) by submission Singles match 06:52
10 Ric Flair defeated Lex Luger and Sting Triple threat match 28:03
11 Ric Flair defeated Randy Savage (c) Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 08:41
12D One Man Gang defeated Kensuke Sasaki (c) Singles match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship N/A
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flair defeats Race for wrestling title". Greensboro Daily News. 1983-11-25. p. D3. Retrieved 2008-06-02.
  2. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc. Discovery Communications. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  3. ^ Cawthon, Graham (2014). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 4: World Championship Wrestling 1989-1994. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1499656343.
  4. ^ "Starrcade 1995". Pro Wrestling History. December 27, 1995. Retrieved August 29, 2015.