Starrcade

Starrcade

Starrcade was an annual professional wrestling event held from 1983 to 2000 by the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and later World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as their flagship event, and featured the largest feuds of the promotion. From 1983 to 1987, Starrcade was produced by Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), the dominant promotion of the NWA, on Thanksgiving. In 1988, JCP was sold to Ted Turner due to financial problems, and became WCW. After a fiasco in organising the pay-per-view events because of rival World Wrestling Federation's ultimatum to cable television providers to not carry Starrcade, instead carrying WWF's inaugural Survivor Series on Thanksgiving, WCW held the remaining events in December, with the events from 1988 to 1990 held under the NWA banner.

From the 1960s to the 1980s, it was tradition for JCP to hold major professional wrestling events on Thanksgiving and Christmas, mostly at Greensboro Coliseum. In 1983, JCP created Starrcade as their supercard to continue the Thanksgiving tradition, and spread it across its territory on closed-circuit television. It popularized broadcasting on closed-circuit television, and was financially successful. From 1987, Starrcade was broadcast on pay-per-view, the first NWA event to do so. The rights to the event now belong to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), who as of 2008 have yet to produce their own version of the event.

Starrcade dates and venues

Event Date City Venue Main event
National Wrestling Alliance
Starrcade (1983) November 24 1983 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Harley Race vs. Ric Flair
Starrcade (1984) November 22 1984 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes
Starrcade (1985) November 28 1985 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes
Atlanta, Georgia The Omni
Starrcade (1986) November 27 1986 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Ric Flair vs. Nikita Koloff
Atlanta, Georgia The Omni
Starrcade (1987) November 26 1987 Chicago, Illinois UIC Pavilion Ron Garvin vs. Ric Flair
NWA/WCW
Starrcade (1988) December 26 1988 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger
Starrcade (1989) December 13 1989 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni Ric Flair vs. Sting
Starrcade (1990) December 16 1990 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Auditorium Sting vs. The Black Scorpion
World Championship Wrestling
Starrcade (1991) December 29 1991 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope Battlebowl
Starrcade (1992) December 28 1992 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni Battlebowl
Starrcade (1993) December 27 1993 Charlotte, North Carolina Independence Arena Vader vs. Ric Flair
Starrcade (1994) December 27 1994 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium Hulk Hogan vs. The Butcher
Starrcade (1995) December 27 1995 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium Randy Savage vs. Ric Flair
Starrcade (1996) December 29 1996 Nashville, Tennessee Nashville Municipal Auditorium Hollywood Hogan vs. Roddy Piper
Starrcade (1997) December 28 1997 Washington, D.C. MCI Center Hollywood Hogan vs. Sting
Starrcade (1998) December 27 1998 Washington, D.C. MCI Center Goldberg vs. Kevin Nash
Starrcade (1999) December 19 1999 Washington, D.C. MCI Center Bret Hart vs. Goldberg
Starrcade (2000) December 17 2000 Washington, D.C. MCI Center Scott Steiner vs. Sid Vicious

National Wrestling Alliance

1983

1984

Starrcade (1984): The Million Dollar Challenge took place on November 22 1984 from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1985

1986

Starrcade (1986): Night of the Skywalkers took place on November 27 1986 from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina and The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia.

1987

1988

1989

1990

World Championship Wrestling

1991

1992

Starrcade (1992): BattleBowl/The Lethal Lottery II took place on December 28 1992 from The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia.

1993

1994

Starrcade (1994): Triple Threat took place on December 27 1994 from the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

1995

Starrcade (1995): World Cup of Wrestling took place on December 27 1995 from the Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

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