The History of Starrcade

Bill Goldberg enters the ring.
Bill Goldberg suffered the first loss of his career at Starrcade 1998. Elsa Hasch/AllSport/Getty Images

The first Starrcade was held on Thanksgiving night in 1983 and was designed to be the biggest show of the year for Jim Crockett Promotions. In 1985 and 1986, the event was held in both Atlanta and Greensboro. The 1987 event saw the company attempt their first PPV event. However, the WWE created the Survivor Series to run at the same time and almost every cable carrier chose the Survivor Series over Starrcade.

In 1988, Jim Crockett Promotions was sold to Ted Turner and the company was eventually renamed World Championship Wrestling. In 1988, the event was moved from Thanksgiving night to December. Under WCW, sometimes the show was the biggest event of the year and sometimes it seemed like a throw-away show. Arguably the most important PPV in WCW history was Starrcade '97, which saw Sting battle Hollywood Hogan in the main event. The final Starrcade was held in 2000. A few months after that show, WCW was purchased by the WWE.

Title Changes at Starrcade

  1. '83: Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood won the NWA Tag Team Titles from Jack and Jerry Brisco
  2. '84: Denny Brown won the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title from Mike Davis
  3. '85: Krusher Kruschev won the Mid-Atlantic Title from Sam Houston
  4. '85: Buddy Landell won the National Title from Terry Taylor
  5. '85: Magnum TA won the US Championship from Tully Blanchard in an I Quit Steel Cage
  1. '85: The Rock-n-Roll Express won the NWA Tag Team Championship from Ivan & Nikita Koloff in a Steel Cage Match
  2. '86: Tully Blanchard won the NWA Television Championship from Dusty Rhodes in a First Blood Match
  3. '87: NWA TV Champion Nikita Koloff beat UWF TV Champion Terry Taylor to unify the titles
  4. '87: Dusty Rhodes won the US Championship from Lex Luger in a Steel Cage Match
  1. '87: Ric Flair won the NWA Championship from Ron Garvin in a Steel Cage Match
  2. '88: Steve Williams & Kevin Sullivan won the US Tag Team Titles from The Fantastics
  3. '88: Rick Steiner won the NWA Television Championship from Mike Rotundo
  4. '90: Lex Luger won the US Championship from Stan Hansen in a Bull Rope Match
  5. '93: Steve Austin won the US Championship from Dustin Rhodes in a Best-of-3 Falls Match
  6. '93: Ric Flair won the WCW Championship from Vader in a match where if Flair lost he would have been forced to retire
  7. '94: Vader won the US Championship from Jim Duggan
  8. '95: Ric Flair won the WCW Championship from Randy Savage
  9. '96: Ultimo Dragon beat Dean Malenko to win the Cruiserweight Championship
  10. '96: Akira Hokuto beat Madusa in the tournament final to crown a new champion
  11. '96: Eddie Guerrero won the US Championhip by beating Dallas Page in the tournament final to fill the US Championship
  12. '97: Dallas Page won the US Championship from Curt Hennig
  13. '97: Sting won the WCW Championship from Hollywood Hogan
  14. '98: Kevin Nash beat Goldberg to win the WCW Championship
  15. '99: Madusa won the Cruiserweight Title from Evan Karagias
  16. '00: Terry Funk won the Hardcore Title from Crowbar
  17. '00: Kevin Nash & Dallas Page won the WCW Tag Titles from Chuck Palumbo & Shawn Stasiak

    Starrcade 1983 - Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC 11/24/1983

    • Johnny Weaver & Scott McGhee beat Kevin Sullivan & Mark Lewin by DQ
    • Carlos Colon beat Abdullah the Butcher by DQ
    • The Assassins beat Bugsy McGraw & Rufus R. Jones
    • Charlie Brown beat Kabuki
    • Bob Orton & Dick Slater beat Wahoo McDaniel & Mark Youngblood
    • Dog Collar Match: Roddy Piper beat Greg Valentine
    • NWA Tag Team Championship: Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood won the titles from Jack & Jerry Brisco
    • Cage Match for NWA World Championship: Ric Flair won the title from Harley Race

    Starrcade 1984 - Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC 11/29/1984

    • NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship: Denny Brown won the title from Mike Davis
    • Brian Adias beat Mr. Ito
    • Florida Championship: Champion Jesse Barr beat Mike Graham
    • Assassin 1 & Buzz Tyler beat The Zambouie Express
    • Manny Fernandez beat Black Bart
    • Loser Leaves Town Tuxedo Match: Paul Jones beat Jimmy Valiant
    • Mid-Atlantic Championship: Champion Ron Bass beat Dick Slater by DQ
    • Ivan & Nikita Koloff beat Ole Anderson & Keith Larsen
    • Television Championship: Champion Tully Blanchard beat Ricky Steamboat
    • United States Championship: Champion Wahoo McDaniel beat Billy Graham
    • NWA World Championship and $1 Million: Champion Ric Flair beat Dusty Rhodes when special guest ref Joe Frazier stopped the match due to excessive bleeding

    Starrcade 1985 - The Omni; Atlanta, GA 11/28/1985

    • Street Fight: Jimmy Valiant & Miss Atlanta Lively beat The Midnight Express
    • Thunderfoot beat Italian Stallion
    • Pez Whatley beat Mike Graham
    • Death Match: Manny Fernandez beat Abdullah the Butcher
    • Arm Wrestling Match: Billy Graham beat The Barbarian by DQ
    • Ole & Arn Anderson beat Wahoo McDaniel & Billy Jack Haynes
    • NWA World Championship: Dusty Rhodes won the title from Ric Flair but the decision was later reversed to Dusty Rhodes winning the match via disqualification

    Starrcade 1985 - Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC 11/28/1985

    • Don Kernoodle beat Tommy Lane
    • NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship: Champion Denny Brown beat Rocky King
    • Mid-Atlantic Championship: Krusher Kruschev won the title from Sam Houston
    • Bull Rope Match: Ron Bass beat Black Bart
    • Bull Rope Match: JJ Dillon beat Ron Bass
    • National Championship: Buddy Landel won the title from Terry Taylor
    • I Quit Steel Cage Match for United States Championship: Magnum TA won the title from Tully Blanchard
    • Cage Match for NWA Tag Team Championship: The Rock-n-Roll Express won the titles from Ivan & Nikita Koloff

    Starrcade 1986 - The Omni; Atlanta, GA 11/27/1986

    • Jimmy Garvin & Brad Armstrong wrestled to a draw
    • No DQ match for US Tag Team Championship: Champions Ivan Koloff & Krusher Kruschev beat The Kansas Jayhawks
    • Central States Championship: Champion Sam Houston beat Bill Dundee by DQ
    • Louisville Street Fight: Big Bubba Rogers beat Ronnie Garvin
    • Scaffold Match: The Road Warriors beat The Midnight Express
    • NWA World Championship: Champion Ric Flair beat Nikita Koloff by DQ

    Starrcade 1986 - Greensboro Coliseum; Greensboro, NC 11/27/1986

    • Baron Von Raschke & Hector Guerrero beat Shaska Whatley beat Konga the Barbarian
    • Indian Strap Match: Wahoo McDaniel beat Rick Rude
    • Hair vs Hair Match: Jimmy Valiant beat Paul Jones
    • First Blood Match for the TV Championship: Tully Blanchard won the title from Dusty Rhodes
    • Cage Match for NWA Tag Team Championship: Champions The Rock-n-Roll Express beat Ole & Arn Anderson

    Starrcade 1987 - UIC Pavilion; Chicago, IL 11/26/1987

    • Jimmy Garvin, Sting, & Michael Hayes fought to a time limit draw with Eddie Gilbert, Rick Steiner, & Larry Zbyzsko
    • UWF Championship: Champion Steve Williams beat Barry Windham
    • Scaffold Match: The Rock-n-Roll Express beat The Midnight Express
    • Television Championship Unification Match: NWA TV Champion Nikita Koloff beat UWF TV Champion Terry Taylor
    • NWA Tag Team Championship: Champions Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson beat The Road Warriors by DQ
    • Steel Cage Match for United States Championship: Dusty Rhodes won the title from Lex Luger
    • Steel Cage Match for NWA World Championship: Ric Flair won the title from Ronnie Garvin

    Starrcade 1988 - The Scope; Norfolk, VA 12/26/1988

    • US Tag Team Championship: Steve Williams & Kevin Sullivan won the titles from The Fantastics
    • Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane beat Dennis Condrey & Randy Rose
    • The Russian Assassins beat Ivan Koloff & The Junkyard Dog
    • US Championship: Barry Windham beat Bam Bam Bigelow by count out
    • TV Championship: Rick Steiner won the title from Mike Rotundo
    • NWA Tag Team Championship: Dusty Rhodes & Sting beat Champions The Road Warriors by DQ
    • NWA World Championship: Champion Ric Flair beat Lex Luger

    Starrcade 1989 - The Omni; Atlanta, GA 12/13/1989

    This show featured two round-robin tournaments that featured a point system to determine the winners.
    Tag Team Tournament

    • Rick & Scott Steiner beat Doom via count out
    • The Road Warriors beat Doom
    • The Steiners beat The Road Warriors
    • The New Samoans beat Doom
    • The New Samoans beat The Steiners by DQ
    • The Road Warriors beat The New Samoans to win the tournament

    Singles Tournament

    • Lex Luger pinned Sting
    • Ric Flair beat The Great Muta
    • Sting beat The Great Muta
    • Ric Flair & Lex Luger battled to a draw
    • Lex Luger beat The Great Muta by DQ
    • Sting pinned Ric Flair to win the tournament

    Starrcade 1990 - The Kiel Auditorium; St. Louis, MO 12/16/1990

    • Tag Team Tournament Quarterfinals: The Steiners (USA) beat Col. Deklerk & Sgt. Kreuger (S Africa)
    • Tag Team Tournament Quarterfinals: Rey Misterio Sr. & Konnan (Mexico) beat Chris Adams & Norman Smiley (Great Britain)
    • Tag Team Tournament Quarterfinals: The Great Muta & Mr. Saito (Japan) beat Rip Morgan & Jacko Victory (New Zealand)
    • Tag Team Tournament Quarterfinals: Victor Zangiev & Salmon Hashimikov (USSR) beat Danny Johnson & Troy Montour (Canada)
    • Semi-Finals: The Steiners beat Misterio & Konnan
    • Semi-Finals: Muta & Saito beat Zangiev & Hashimikov
    • Finals: The Steiners beat Muta & Saito to win the Pat O'Conner Invitational Tag Team Tournament
    • Bobby Eaton beat Tom Zenk
    • Michael Wall Street beat Terry Taylor
    • The Skyscrapers beat The Motor City Madman & Big Cat
    • Tommy Rich & Ricky Morton beat The Freebirds
    • Bull Rope match for the US Championship: Lex Luger won the title from Stan Hansen
    • Street Fight for NWA Tag Team Championship: Champions Doom fought Arn Anderson & Barry Windham to a no contest
    • Cage Match for NWA World Championship: Champion Sting beat The Black Scorpion (revealed to be Ric Flair)

    Starrcade 1991 - The Scope; Norfolk, VA 12/29/1991

    • Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Jim Garvin beat Michael Hayes & Tracey Smothers
    • Steve Austin & Rick Rude beat Big Josh & Van Hammer
    • Ricky Morton & Dustin Rhodes beat El Gigante & Larry Zbysko
    • Bill Kazmaier & Jushin Liger beat Dallas Page & Mike Graham
    • Lex Luger & Arn Anderson beat Tom Zenk & Terry Taylor
    • Ricky Steamboat & Todd Champion beat Cactus Jack & Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker
    • Sting & Abdullah the Butcher beat Bobby Eaton & Brian Pillman
    • Big Van Vader & Mr. Hughes beat The Nghtstalker & Rick Steiner
    • Scott Steiner & Firebreaker Chip beat Johnny B Badd & Arachnaman
    • Tommy Rich & Ron Simmons beat Steve Armstrong & PN News
    • Sting won the Battle Bowl battle royal which was made up of the winners of the lethal lottery tag team match winners by last eliminating Lex Luger

    Starrcade 1992 - The Omni; Atlanta, GA 12/28/1992

    • Van Hammer & Dan Spivey beat Cactus Jack & Johnny B Badd
    • Dustin Rhodes & Big Van Vader beat Kensuske Sasaki & The Barbarian
    • Barry Windham & The Great Muta beat 2 Cold Scorpio & Brian Pillman
    • Steve Williams & Sting beat Erik Watts & Jushin Liger
    • NWA World Championship: Champion Masa Chono beat The Great Muta
    • WCW World Championship: Champ Ron Simmons beat Steve Williams by DQ
    • WCW & NWA Tag Team Championship: Champions Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas beat Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes
    • King of Cable Tournament Final: Sting beat Big Van Vader
    • Battlebowl: The Great Muta won the match over the lethal lottery match winners (first four matches) by last eliminating Barry Windham

    Starrcade 1993 - Independence Arena; Charlotte, NC 12/27/1993

    • Paul Orndorff & Paul Roma beat 2 Cold Scorpio & Marcus Alexander Bagwell
    • Shockmaster beat Awesome Kong
    • TV Championship: Champion Steven Regal fought Ricky Steamboat to a time limit draw
    • Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne beat Tex Slazenger & Shanghai Pierce
    • Best of Three Falls Match for US Championship: Steve Austin beat Champion Dustin Rhodes 2 falls to 0 to win the title
    • WCW International World Title: Champion Rick Rude pinned The Boss
    • WCW Tag Team Championship: Sting & Road Warrior Hawk beat Champions The Nasty Boys by DQ
    • WCW World Championship: Ric Flair beat Big Van Vader to win the title, if Flair lost, he would have been forced to retire.

    Starrcade 1994 - Municipal Auditorium; Nashville, TN 12/27/1994

    • US Championship: Big Van Vader won the title from Jim Duggan
    • Alex Wright beat Jean-Paul LeVeque
    • TV Championship: Champion Johnny B Badd beat The Honky Tonk Man
    • WCW Tag Team Championship: The Nasty Boys beat Champions Harlem Heat by DQ
    • Mr. T beat Kevin Sullivan
    • Sting beat Avalanche by DQ
    • WCW World Championship: Champion Hulk Hogan beat Brutus Beefcake

    Starrcade 1995 - Municipal Auditorium; Nashville, TN 12/27/1995

    • World Cup Match: Jushin Liger beat Chris Benoit
    • World Cup Match: Koji Kanemoto beat Alex Wright
    • World Cup Match: Lex Luger beat Masa Chono
    • World Cup Match: Johnny B Badd beat Masa Saito by DQ
    • World Cup Match: Shinjiro Otani beat Eddie Guerrero
    • World Cup Match: Randy Savage beat Hiroyoshi Tenzan
    • World Cup Match: Sting beat Kensuke Sasaki for WCW to win the World Cup over New Japan 4-3
    • Triangle Match to get title shot at the WCW Championship: Ric Flair beat Sting & Lex Luger
    • WCW World Championship: Ric Flair won the title from Randy Savage

    Starrcade 1996 - The Coliseum; Nashville, TN 12/29/1996

    • Cruiserweight Championship: Ultimo Dragon won the title from Dean Malenko
    • WCW Women's Champion: Akira Hokuto beat Madusa to win the tournament final for the new title
    • Jushin Liger beat Rey Mysterio Jr
    • Jeff Jarrett beat Chris Benoit
    • WCW Tag Team Championship: Champions Kevin Nash & Scott Hall beat The Barbarian & Meng
    • Tournament Final for Vacant US Championship: Eddie Guerrero beat Dallas Page
    • Lex Luger beat The Giant
    • Roddy Piper beat WCW Champion Hollywood Hogan in a non-title match

    Starrcade 1997 - MCI Center; Washington, DC 12/28/1997

    • Cruiserweight Championship: Champion Eddie Guerrero beat Dean Malenko
    • Randy Savage, Scott Norton, & Vincent beat The Steiners & Ray Traylor
    • Bill Goldberg beat Steve McMichael
    • Perry Saturn beat Chris Benoit
    • Buff Bagwell beat Lex Luger
    • US Champion: Dallas Page won the title from Curt Hennig
    • Larry Zbysko beat Eric Bischoff in a match where Bret Hart was special guest referee
    • WCW World Championship: Sting won the title from Hollywood Hogan

    Starrcade 1998 - MCI Center; Washington, DC 12/27/1998

    • Cruiserweight Championship: Champion Billy Kidman beat Juventud Guerrera & Rey Mysterio Jr.
    • Cruiserweight Championship: Champion Billy Kidman beat Eddie Guerrero
    • Norman Smiley beat Prince Iaukea
    • Perry Saturn beat Ernest Miller
    • Scott Norton & Brian Adams beat Jerry Flynn & Fit Finlay
    • TV Championship: Champion Konnan beat Chris Jericho
    • Eric Bischoff beat Ric Flair
    • WCW World Championship: Kevin Nash won the title from Bill Goldberg

    Starrcade 1999 - MCI Center; Washington, DC 12/19/1999

    • Big Vito & Johnny the Bull beat Lash LeRoux & Disco Inferno
    • Cruiserweight Championship: Madusa won the title from Evan Karagias
    • Hardcore Championship: Champion Norman Smiley beat Meng
    • Shane Douglas, Dean Malenko, Perry Saturn, & Asya beat Jim Duggan, Rick Steiner, Kevin Sullivan, & Mike Rotundo
    • ┬áVampiro beat Steve Williams. As a result, Vampiro got 5 minutes with Oklahoma
    • Creative Control & Curt Hennig beat Harlem Heat & Midnight
    • Bunkhouse Match: Jeff Jarrett beat Dustin Rhodes
    • Crowbar on a Pole: Dallas Page beat David Flair
    • Sting beat Lex Luger by DQ
    • Power Bomb Match: Kevin Nash beat Sid Vicious
    • Ladder Match for US Championship: Champion Chris Benoit beat Jeff Jarrett
    • No DQ Match for the WCW World Championship: Champion Bret Hart beat Bill Goldberg in a match where Bret Hart suffered what turned out to be a career ending concussion.

    Starrcade 2000 - MCI Center; Washington, DC 12/17/2000

    • Three Team Ladder Match for a Cruiserweight Title Shot: Three Count beat Jamie Knoble & Evan Karagias, Kaz Hayashi, & Yang
    • Lance Storm beat The Cat
    • Hardcore Championship: Terry Funk won the title from Crowbar
    • Kronic fought Big Vito & Reno to a no contest
    • Ambulance Match: Mike Awesome beat Bam Bam Bigelow
    • Gen. Rection beat Shane Douglas by DQ
    • Street Fight: Jeff Jarrett & The Harris Boys beat Billy Kidman, Konnan, & Rey Mysterio Jr.
    • WCW Tag Team Championship: Kevin Nash & Dallas Page won the titles from Chuck Palumbo & Shawn Stasiak
    • Bill Goldberg beat Lex Luger
    • WCW World Championship: Champion Scott Steiner beat Sid Vicious

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