Starrcade (1992)

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Starrcade (1992)
WCW Starrcade 1992.jpg
Official cover of the VHS tape, featuring Sting (left) and Ron Simmons (right)
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 chronology
Starrcade (1991) Starrcade (1992) Starrcade (1993)

Starrcade (1992): BattleBowl/The Lethal Lottery II was a major annual professional wrestling show, broadcast on pay-per-view (PPV) that took place on December 28, 1992, from The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was produced by World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and was the 10th overall show under that banner since its inception in 1983. The focus of the show was the second ever "Lethal Lottery" / "Battle Bowl" tournament where randomly paired tag teams competed for a spot in the Battle Bowl battle royal at the end of the night. The show also saw Ron Simmons defend the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against "Dr. Death" Steve Williams, the team of Shane Douglas and Ricky Steamboat putting the WCW World Tag Team Championship on the line against the team of Brian Pillman and Barry Windham and Masahiro Chono defend the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against The Great Muta. In addition Sting faced off against Vader in the finals of the "King of Cable" tournament.

It was also the last WCW Pay-Per-View for announcer Jim Ross who would leave for the World Wrestling Federation (today WWE) shortly there after.

In 2001, WCW including all rights to their television and pay-per-view shows was bought by WWE. In 2014, 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 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), including their most important feuds and championship matches. In 1987 the show became available by nationwide pay-per-view as were all subsequent Starrcade shows. In 1988 JCP was sold to Ted Turner and by 1990 it was renamed World Championship Wrestling, continuing the Starrcade tradition. The 1992 event was the tenth show to use the Starrcade name and the fourth Starrcade to take place at The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia

Storylines[edit]

The first match of the "Lethal Lottery" was drawn at random as part of the Clash of the Champions XXI show on November 18, 1992, which paired Johnny B. Badd and up Cactus Jack to face the team of Van Hammer and Danny Spivey defeated as part of the Starrcade show.[2] Sting won the first BattleBowl at the 1991 Starrcade and thus was guaranteed to be one of the 16 wrestlers in the tournament.

Event[edit]

Ron Simmons was originally scheduled to defend the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Rick Rude, but Rude was injured in the weeks prior to the show and had to be replaced by "Dr. Death" Steve Williams instead. The "King of Cable" tournament was an eight-man tournament conducted to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of wrestling airing on TBS Superstation.

Results[edit]

No. Results[3][4] Stipulations Times
1D Brad Armstrong defeated Shanghai Pierce Singles match 07:30
2 Van Hammer and Danny Spivey defeated Johnny B. Badd and Cactus Jack "Lethal Lottery" Tag team match 06:51
3 Big Van Vader and Dustin Rhodes defeated Kensuke Sasaki and The Barbarian "Lethal Lottery" Tag team match 06:56
4 The Great Muta and Barry Windham defeated Brian Pillman and 2 Cold Scorpio "Lethal Lottery" Tag team match 06:59
5 Steve Williams and Sting defeated Jushin Thunder Liger and Erik Watts "Lethal Lottery" Tag team match 09:08
6 Masahiro Chono (c) defeated The Great Muta Singles match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 12:49
7 Ron Simmons (c) defeated Steve Williams by disqualification Singles match for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship 15:12
8 Shane Douglas and Ricky Steamboat (c) defeated Barry Windham and Brian Pillman Tag team match for the NWA and WCW World Tag Team Championship 20:02
9 Sting defeated Big Van Vader (with Harley Race) King of Cable tournament final 16:50
10 The Great Muta defeated Big Van Vader, Dustin Rhodes, Van Hammer, Danny Spivey, Sting, Steve Williams and Barry Windham Battlebowl II 14:01
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • D – indicates the match was a dark match

Tournament brackets[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
                 
Vader
Tony Atlas
Vader
Dustin Rhodes
Dustin Rhodes
The Barbarian
Vader
Sting
Rick Rude
Barry Windham
Rick Rude
Sting
Sting
Brian Pillman

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. ^ "Clash of Champions Results (XX)". 
  3. ^ Cawthon, Graham (2014). the History of Professional Wrestling Vol 4: World Championship Wrestling 1989-1994. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 1499656343. 
  4. ^ "Starrcade 1992". Pro Wrestling History. December 28, 1992. Retrieved August 29, 2015.