Starrcade (1986)

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Starrcade (1986)
Official VHS cover featuring photos from Starrcade matches
VHS cover featuring various wrestlers
Tagline(s) The Skywalkers
Information
Promotion National Wrestling Alliance
Jim Crockett Promotions
Date November 27, 1986
Attendance 30.000 (combined)
Venue Greensboro Coliseum
The Omni
City Greensboro, North Carolina
Atlanta, Georgia
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. The main event saw NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair put the championship on the line against the NWA United States Champion Nikita Koloff in a rare for the time champion-vs-champion match. The dual location saw six matches take place in each location, with the Greensboro Coliseum main event being a steel cage match between defending NWA World Tag Team Champion The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defended the championship against the Anderson Brothers (Arn and Ole Anderson). The "Skywalkers" tag line came from one of the featured matches of the show where The Road Warriors wrestled The Midnight Express in a scaffold match with both team fighting atop a 20 foot tall scaffold erected across the top of the ring.

Highlights of the show was shown on JCP's weekly television shows and an edited version of the show was later available for purchase or rental on VHS tape. With the launch of the WWE Network in 2014 all closed-circuit Starrcades (1983 through 1986) alongside the subsequent Starrcade shows appear in the pay-per-view section. The WWE Network versions of the shows were not edited for content but did replace some entrance music due to copyright issues.

Production[edit]

Background[edit]

From the 1960s to the 1980s, it was tradition for the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) member Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) 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 its territory on closed-circuit television.[1] Starrcade soon became the flagship event of the year for JCP (later World Championship Wrestling, WCW), their Super Bowl event featuring their most important storyline feuds and championship matches. The 1986 event was the fourth show to use the Starrcade name, and the last event to take place in two different locations at once.

Storylines[edit]

The Starrcade show featured a number of professional wrestling matches with different wrestlers involved in pre-existing, scripted feuds, plots, and storylines. Wrestlers were portrayed as either heels (those that portray the "bad guys") or faces (the "good guy" characters) as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a wrestling match or series of matches.

Magnum T.A. was originally scheduled to face Ric Flair at the 1986 Starrcade, but was left temporarily paralyzed and had to end his wrestling career as a result of a car accident. The NWA decided to have Nikita Koloff, who was engaged in a feud with Ronnie Garvin at the time, turn face as a result and took Magnum T.A.'s in the main event of the show

Other on-screen talent
Role: Name:
Commentator
(Greensboro)
Bob Caudle
Johnny Weaver
Commentator
(Atlanta)
Tony Schiavone
Rick Stewart
Interviewer Johnny Weaver (Greensboro)
Rick Stewart (Atlanta)
Referee Sonny Fargo
Scrappy McGowan
Earl Hebner
Tommy Young
Ring Announcer Tom Miller (Greensboro)
Tony Schiavone (Atlanta)

Event[edit]

The 1986 Starrcade show took place in two separate locations, the Greensboro Coliseum and The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia. The shows were broadcast live on close circuit TV to the other arena. The show alternated between matches, starting with Tim Horner and Nelson Royal defeated Rocky and Don Kernodle in a Tag team match at the Greensboro Coliseum, then switching over to the first match at the Omni, alternating until Ric Flair and Nikita Koloff faced off in the main event at the Omni. switching between shows allowed the ring crew in the Greensboro Coliseum to set up the steel cage while the Atlanta crowd watched The Road Warriors wrestle The Midnight Express while the steel cage was set up for the Greensboro Coliseum main event match between The Rock 'n' Roll Express and the Anderson Brothers (Arn and Ole Anderson)[2][3]

The Road Warriors won the "Skywalkers" scaffold match by knocking both Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey off of the scaffold, dropping into the ring below. After the match manager Paul Ellering chased Jim Cornette up the scaffold; this led to Cornette suffering a legitimate severe knee injury when he fell from the underside of the scaffold onto Big Bubba Rogers. Rogers was supposed to catch Cornette, but failed to do so. Cornette did not land properly and had to be carried out of the ring.[2] Road Warrior Hawk wrestled the match with a broken leg, an injury he suffered during a match during a Japanese tour The Road Warriors did a month earlier.[2]


Results[edit]

No. Results[2][3] Stipulations
1 Tim Horner and Nelson Royal defeated Rocky and Don Kernodle Tag team match
2 Brad Armstrong wrestled Jimmy Garvin (with Precious) to a draw Singles match
3 Hector Guerrero and Baron von Raschke defeated Shaska Whatley and The Barbarian Tag team match
4 The Russian Team (Krusher Khruschev and Ivan Koloff) (c) defeated The Kansas Jayhawks (Bobby Jaggers and Dutch Mantel) No Disqualification Match for the NWA United States Tag Team Championship
5 Wahoo McDaniel defeated Rick Rude (with Paul Jones) Indian Strap match
6 Sam Houston (c) defeated Bill Dundee by disqualification Singles match for the NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship
7 Jimmy Valiant (with Big Mama) defeated Paul Jones Hair versus Hair match, Manny Fernandez locked in a cage
8 Big Bubba Rogers (with Jim Cornette) defeated Ron Garvin Street Fight
9 Tully Blanchard (with James J. Dillon) defeated Dusty Rhodes (c) First Blood match for the NWA World Television Championship
10 The Road Warriors (Animal and Hawk, with Paul Ellering) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey, with Jim Cornette and Big Bubba Rogers) Skywalkers match
11 The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) (c) defeated The Anderson Brothers (Arn and Ole Anderson) Steel Cage match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship
12 Ric Flair (c) wrestled Nikita Koloff to a double disqualification. Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Flair defeats Race for wrestling title". Greensboro Daily News. 1983-11-25. p. D3. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d Cawthon, Graham (2013). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 3:Jim Crockett and the NWA World Title 1983-1989. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 149480347X. 
  3. ^ a b "Starrcade 1986". Pro Wrestling History. November 27, 1986. Retrieved August 29, 2015.