WCW Wednesdays Part III – Starrcade ’87

Happy Hump Day, BoD faithful! And also, happy WCW Wednesday!

Since Survivor Series occurs this weekend, let’s reminisce about the show that the inaugural Survivor Series made us forget about…Starrcade ’87!

What happened, you ask? Good question!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…NWA Battle of the Belts II

Live from Orlando, FL

Airdate: February 14, 1986

Attendance:  unknown

Hosted by Gordon Solie and Mike Graham

Prior to the first match, Solie shills the latest copy of Pro Wrestling Illustrated with the Road Warriors on the cover.

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WCW Wednesdays Part 2

To those in the good ol’ USA, Happy Veterans’ Day! Kudos to those of you who served your country.

To celebrate, let’s discuss Clash of the Champions VII: Guts and Glory. It emanated from none other than Fort Bragg, NC.

From top to bottom, the card looked like this:

  1. The Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) defeated the Dynamic Dudes (Johnny Ace & Shane Douglas).
  2. Ranger Ross pinned the Terrorist (a.k.a Jack Victory).
  3. The Ding-Dongs beat George South & Cougar Jay.
  4. Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated the SST (w/ Paul E. Dangerously).
  5. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams fought Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy to double count-out.
  6. Norman the Lunatic (w/ Teddy Long) squashed Mike Justice.
  7. The Varsity Club (Kevin Sullivan & Mike Rotunda) beat the Steiner brothers.
  8. Sting retained the World TV title by pinning “Wild” Bill Irwin.
  9. The Freebirds won the World tag team titles by defeating the Midnight Express.
  10. Ricky Steamboat beat Terry Funk by disqualification.

After the main event, the “Total Package” Lex Luger saved Steamboat from Funk then turned on him.

Please share your thoughts on this great if not intriguing show. And be sure to check out rockstargary.com for all of my wrestling reflections.

Rock Star Gary reflects on…NWA Superstars of the Superstation!

Live from Atlanta, GA

Airdate: February 7, 1986 (taped 2/2)

Attendance:  10,000

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and David Crockett

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WCW Wednesdays!

No, it’s not Women Crush Wednesdays, it’s World Championship Wrestling here weekly on the BoD!

Which would you rather watch: A great PPV such as Great American Bash ’96 or an awful one like Great American Bash ’91?

You make the call!

Bash ’96 included:

  1. “Nature Boy” Ric Flair & the “Enforcer” Arn Anderson versus Steve “Mongo” McMichael & Kevin Greene. While Heenan “coached” the Horsemen, “Macho Man” Randy Savage coached the football duo.
  2. WCW World Champion the Giant defended his title against WCW World TV and World Tag Team Champion the “Total Package” Lex Luger.
  3. Sting sought payback against Lord Steven Regal.
  4. John Tenta (w/ half a head of hair) sought retribution against Bubba Rogers.
  5. Rey Mysterio, Jr. made his WCW debut against WCW Cruiserweight Champion Dean Malenko.
  6. DDP defended his Lord of the Ring ring against Marcus Bagwell.
  7. Konnan squared off against some cat named El Gato for the US title.
  8. The Steiners fought Scott Norton & Ice Train.
  9. “Ramon” and “Diesel” confronted Eric Bischoff.
  10. Oh, and there was a falls-count-anywhere match between the Taskmaster and Chris Benoit that wasn’t too shabby.

Bash ’91 included:

  1. Lex Luger and Barry Windham squared off in a cage for the vacant WCW World title.
  2. Sting fought Nikita Koloff in a Russian chain match.
  3. The Rock’n’Roll Express exploded as Ricky took on Robert.
  4. Ron Simmons faced Kevin Nash Oz.
  5. “Stunning” Steve Austin & Terry Taylor took danger to another level in a scaffold match against Bobby Eaton and PN News.
  6. The Diamond Studd Scott Hall wrestled Tom Zenk
  7. The Freebirds and Badstreet took on “The Natural” Dustin Rhodes & the Young Pistols
  8. Johnny B. Badd fought the Yellow Dog in a bounty match.
  9. Big Josh and Black Blood tangled in a lumberjack match.
  10. And, El Gigante and the One Man Gang stunk up the ring.

So what’s your pick and what are your thoughts about your pick?

Rock Star Gary reflects on…WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event IV!

Taped from Tampa, FL

Airdate: January 4, 1986 (taped 12/19/85)

Attendance:  not given

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan/Jesse “The Body” Ventura

Out by the swimming pool, WWF Champion Hulk Hogan mixes a concoction called

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…WCCW Christmas Star Wars ’85!

Live from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 25, 1985

Attendance:  7,840

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Unlike their regular TV tapings at the Sportatorium, this event was held at Reunion Arena which used to host games for both the Mavericks and Stars.  While the Sportatorium was demolished in 2003, Reunion Arena’s demolition occurred in 2009.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…NWA Starrcade ’85!

One of my all-time favorite shows…

Live from both Greensboro, NC and Atlanta, GA

Airdate: November 28, 1985

Attendance:  sold out in both locations

Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Bob Caudle

Finally, after all of that WWF stuff, we return to Jim Crockett Promotions for their annual supershow. In an act of one-upmanship, Crockett expanded Starrcade from one location to two.  By having two cards in two locations, Crockett sold out both the Omni and the Coliseum and provided each with a main event.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…The WWF Wrestling Classic

It’s only fitting that I review a show from the Chicagoland area on the night the Cubs advance to the NLCS. Go Cubs!

Live from Chicago, IL Rosemont, IL

Airdate: November 7, 1985

Attendance:  14,000

Hosted by Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

This review is sponsored by the candy bar Payday. Thanks, WWE Network!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on Saturday Night’s Main Event III

As I promised earlier in the Daily thread, here is my latest reflection. Go Cubs!

Taped from Hershey, PA

Airdate: November 2, 1985 (taped 10/31)

Attendance:  8,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…Saturday Night’s Main Event II

Taped from East Rutherford, NJ

Airdate: October 5, 1985 (taped 10/3)

Attendance:  8,000

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

At the onset of the program, “Mean” Gene Okerlund interviews Nikolai Volkoff who swears he will take the WWF title back to Russia upon victory.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…NWA Battle of the Belts I

Live from Tampa, FL

Airdate: September 2, 1985

Attendance:  7,600

Hosted by Gordon Solie and Mike Graham

Similar to the WWF with WrestleMania, WCCW with the Parade of Champions, AWA with Superclash, and JCP with Starrcade, Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF) created Battle of the Belts as their supershow to showcase the best wrestlers of the Sunshine State.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…WCCW Cotton Bowl Extravaganza 1985

Live from Dallas, TX

Airdate: October 6, 1985

Attendance:  26,000

Hosted by Bill Mercer

This event took place during the Texas State Fair. The Cotton Bowl Stadium was built back in 1930 and still stands today.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…Saturday Night’s Main Event

Taped from Uniondale, NY

Airdate: May 11, 1985 (taped 5/10)

Attendance:  8,300

Hosted by Vince McMahon and Jesse “The Body” Ventura

I would like to apologize to my anal-retentive readership that may have an issue about my skipping this show to reflect upon GAB ’85 first. You can always blame the no longer existent buffering issues.

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