Starrcade ’85 “The Gathering” is in the books and five new champions were crowned, including a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Dusty Rhodes. Two days later, we’re back in the TBS studios for another exciting edition of the Saturday night tradition, NWA World Championship Wrestling.
We are five days away from Starrcade ’85 “The Gathering”. Presumably, this show will presumably push the event heavily … We open with a video clip of how we ended last week: Dusty Rhodes and Magnum T.A. challenging the Four Horsemen to step into the ring. The Horsemen’s 4-2 advantage quickly disappears when the Road Warriors provide some backup for Magnum & Dusty. The Horsemen backdown and we go to the show open…
Live from Greenville, SC & Greensboro, NC
Airdate: April 22 & 23, 1988
Attendance: 4,440 & 6,200 respectively
Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Jim Ross
After the incredibly successful and exciting Clash, how does Jim Crockett Promotions follow up? They scheduled a twenty-four team tournament, but, as you will find out, there are only twenty-two teams. This ought to be interesting…
Live from Greensboro, NC
Airdate: March 27, 1988
Hosted by Tony Schiavone, Jim Ross, and Bob Caudle
In previous reflections, we learned that Vince McMahon and the WWF initially opposed Starrcade ’87 with Survivor Series then subsequently Bunkhouse Stampede with Royal Rumble on USA. With the help of TBS, Jim Crockett Promotions counter-attacked by opposing WrestleMania IV with this show. Back in 1988, despite my admiration for Savage, I tuned in to watch this show instead. Let’s see what transpired.
Live from Chicago, IL
Airdate: November 26, 1987
Attendance: 8,000 (sold out)
Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Jim Ross
Since 1983, Starrcade had been an annual tradition for Jim Crockett Promotions. However, by 1987, Vince McMahon was steadily knocking down the smaller territories (e.g. AWA, Stampede, etc.) yet still wanted to hurt the WWF’s biggest rival where it hurt the most as well.
Taped from several cities
Airdates: several dates
Attendance: varied by location
Hosted by Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross with token appearances by Bob Caudle and David Crockett
As you can see, this was not so much a one-night extravaganza as much as a “best of” tour with blockbuster matches. Of course, the most historical portion of the tour was featured prominently to provide everyone with arguably Dusty Rhodes’ greatest idea.
Last week, we addressed the first ever Uncensored PPV from WCW. This week, while addressing the second annual show, we will explore the egomaniacal nature of Hulk Hogan and his use of creative control.
Before we begin with the show, allow me to ask you a simple question:
Live from Baltimore, MD
Airdate: April 10 & 11, 1987
Attendance: 9,300 (4/10), 13,000 (4/11)
Hosted by Tony Schiavone
Instead of the early matinee followed by a night session like last year, Jim Crockett Promotions spanned the tournament over two nights (which probably involved truckloads of money to the Baltimore Marriott). Let’s start with the Friday night show. My reflection is based upon the home video for the show as I await a full-length copy on the WWE Network any day now.
Live from both Greensboro, NC & Atlanta, GA
Airdate: November 27, 1986
Attendance: 16,000 in Greensboro, 14,000 in Atlanta
Hosted by Bob Caudle, Johnny Weaver, Tony Schiavone, and Rick Stewart
This reflection is dedicated to the illustrious but shortened career of Magnum T.A.
Live from Daytona Beach, FL
Airdate: September 1, 1986
Hosted by Gordon Solie and Stan Rhoads
Live from New Orleans, LA
Airdate: April 19, 1986
Attendance: 3,500 (afternoon), 13,000 (evening)
Hosted by no one as there is ZERO commentary.
Now that the calendar has been changed to the month of December, let’s reflect upon Starrcade from the Turner era and begin with Starrcade ’88.
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!
Live from Orlando, FL
Airdate: February 14, 1986
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.
Live from Atlanta, GA
Airdate: February 7, 1986 (taped 2/2)
Hosted by Tony Schiavone and David Crockett