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Do you have the WWE Network yet? Well, you totally should, because among other things, it has an absolute crapton of old wrestling pay-per-views. As a fun way of working our way through ALL of them, I’m thrilled to introduce STRAIGHT SHOOT RETRO, with the very first entry: Starrcade 1983!
Every Wednesday at 9pm ET, I’ll be joined by Jeff Schiller of the Beard & Hat Connection to talk about a PPV of yesteryear that you can find on the WWE Network. We’ll have watched the event ahead of time, done some research and gotten our thoughts together, and we encourage you to do the same, so you can ask questions, participate in the conversation and maybe even offer up some retro PRF suggestions…
Between now and Wednesday, make sure to watch Starrcade 1983 on the WWE Network, then RSVP to the event and start submitting questions on the official Google+ Event Page.
Check out four ways to enjoy below, then keep on scrolling for more info on Starrcade 1983…
- Right here, on this very page, live or after-the-fact, through the embedded YouTube video right up above
- Over at the official Google Hangout event page, where you can watch live and even ask questions for me and my special guest.
- On my official YouTube channel, where you can check out the video after the fact and of course SUBSCRIBE.
- The morning after, via audio-only podcast versions of the show embedded above or on iTunes, Stitcher and PodOmatic.
On November 24, 1983, Jim Crockett Promotions (which would later morph into WCW) put on the first-ever Starrcade event through the NWA. In keeping with NWA tradition, the event took place on Thanksgiving, but was the first to appear on closed-circuit television throughout JCP’s southern territory. The event was an effort to halt the national expansion of Vince McMahon’s WWF and took place almost a year and a half prior to WrestleMania I.
Like many Starrcade events, the inaugural one featured Ric Flair competing for the NWA Title – this time against the legendary Harley Race. But the rest of the card is no less impressive, featuring “Rowdy” Roddy Piper vs. Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Carlito & Primo’s dad Carlos Colon vs. Abdullah the Butcher, and matches including The Great Kabuki, Jimmy Valiant (under a mask), Randy’s dad “Cowboy” Bob Orton, Jr., Wahoo McDaniel, the Briscos, Ricky Steamboat and more.