Hello and welcome to another
sensational review from Seanomaniac Wrestling Reviews, the only wrestling
review series on the internet that is stranger than Orlando Jordan’s TNA run!
It’s Starrcade 1986: Night of The Skywalkers! The Midnight Express vs The Road
Warriors, Nikita Koloff vs Ric Flair, The Andersons vs The Rock “N” Roll
Express inside of the steel cage. Plenty of epic wrestling matches with big
names all over this card, this is going to be a good on for sure and I cannot
wait to see if this show lives up to the hype considering all the big names and
feuds on this card. Let’s get it on!
The Kernodles vs
Tim Horner & Nelson Royal
This ain’t my boy Denny Brown, Horner
and Rocky start. Both men trade arm-drags and drop-downs with dodges here and
there. Arm-drag from Rocky and in comes Don, Horner slams him down before Don
is going to return the favour with a big powerslam. Royal and Don are going to
square off, shoulder block from Don. Abdominal stretch from Royal, hip-toss
counter from Don. Don whips Royal to the corner, Don misses a splash and eats a
knee. Horner schoolboys Don for two, side headlock from Horner. Hip-toss from
Don, shoulder block before Royal applies a sleeper. Rocky tags in and dives off
the top rope with a sunset flip for two, Rocky misses a flying crossbody though
and Royal tags in Horner. Powerslam for two, small package for two before both
men bang heads in the middle of the ring.
Who will gain control? Delayed
vertical suplex from Don for a close two, back body-drop from Don. Falling
headbutt misses as Horner dodges, Royal wants in the ring. Dropkick from Horner
for two, Don lands a vicious clothesline. Don tags in Rocky, military press
slam from Rocky for two. Horner flips out of a back suplex with both men trying
an O’Connor roll with Horner reversing Rocky and picking up the win.
Fine opening match, they work at a
fast pace and waste no real time with getting down to business, some meaty
looking shots in there too with Don dealing most of them out but yes, short and
sweet probably the easiest opening match of the Starrcades to watch so far!
Royal & Tim Horner over The Kernodles via O’Connor Roll!
Brad Armstrong vs
Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin W/ Precious
They lock-up, neither man gaining
control with the crowd really into Armstrong. Garvin can’t maintain control,
Armstrong lands a side headlock but Garvin counters with his legs. Side
headlock from Garvin, Armstrong breaks free and looks for a top wrist-lock.
Lock-up and side headlock from Garvin, Armstrong wants the top wrist-lock
again, it pays off with Garvin down and complaining he grabbed the hair. More
leg-work from Garvin, Armstrong escapes and uses his speed to drop toehold
Garvin and work his arm with an arm-bar. Garvin tries escaping but Armstrong
has that hold in strong before Garvin uses the hair as Precious distracts the
referee. Armstrong escapes and lands a hip-toss and a side headlock.
Garvin uses the hair to reverse the
control and apply the head-scissors, Garvin chokes the referee behind the
referee’s back as Precious watches on from ringside. Side headlock from
Armstrong, Garvin punches the ribs to escape. Garvin’s atomic drop does not pay
off but Garvin reverses the side headlock and holds the tights for a close two.
Armstrong continues wrenching but Garvin delivers a beautiful belly to back
suplex, knee-drop to the head from Garvin for two. Armstrong is thrown to the
floor and Precious is talking massive amounts of trash as Garvin keeps
Armstrong out of the ring with boots to the head. Snap-mare into a cover for
two, Armstrong is showing signs of a comeback. Garvin drops Armstrong across
the top rope for a close two, backbreaker from Garvin for a close two.
Shove off from Armstrong, both men
bang heads after a drop-down and leapfrog spot, Garvin tries a scoop slam but
Armstrong is too heavy and gets the two. Armstrong goes low with a right hand,
Garvin is whipped to the buckle but kicks Armstrong square in the face for a
close two. Knees from Garvin and a small
package for two, Armstrong reverses for two. Garvin slaps on a sleeper, scoop
slam from Garvin who climbs high. Garvin misses the splash and we have a
Seemed like it was going that way
considering how long we teased out the side headlock spots, it just went on and
on but I felt this could have been something a little more considering how much
the crowd was into Armstrong and absolutely despised Garvin.
& Baron Von Raschke vs The Barbarian & Shaska Whatley
I am guessing the story here is that
Paul Jones and his Army must have turned on old Baron Von Raschke so Baron
found himself a partner in Hector Guerrero. Amazing how alike the Guerrero
family looks, it’s ridiculous. The heels jump Guerrero, Baron attacks Whatley.
The old Irish whip into one another goes wrong for the heels, Guerrero lands a
back body drop and a springboard crossbody. Dropkick too, Whatley goes for the
headbutt and tags in Barbarian. Middle rope chop, Guerrero dodges the boot but
is dropped across the top rope. Barbarian has Guerrero in the ropes but
Guerrero dodges the clothesline, plancha to the floor from Guerrero.
Guerrero meets the ring-post, Barbarian
drops Guerrero on the guardrail. Military press slam from Barbarian who tags in
Whatley, back body drop from Whatley. Tag to Barbarian, back-breaker from
Barbarian. Middle rope headbutt from Barbarian, Guerrero is choked against the
middle rope. Double back body-drop to Guerrero for two, Whatley grabs Guerrero
by the hair and drags him to his corner. Tag to Barbarian who chokes Guerrero
behind the referee’s back. Big boot from Barbarian for a close two,
back-breakers from Barbarian. Headbutt from Whatley, Guerrero escapes and tags
in Baron. Baron runs wild with a noggin-knocker, Irish whip and The Claw Hold.
Barbarian boots down Baron, Guerrero
goes after Barbarian. All four men are brawling, Whatley misses a corner splash
and Baron gets the win after an elbow drop. The heels get their heat back
though by attacking Baron after the bell, big boot to the face of Baron after a
double clothesline and a beautiful diving headbutt from Barbarian to the chest
of Baron. Guerrero makes the save but the damage has been done.
Decent, Guerrero is fantastic, no
surprise there really with the legendary pedigree that the family has, Guerrero
is exciting and like nothing we have seen at this point and we get a pretty
good heat segment and it’s over before overstaying its welcome so happy days,
this card has been delivering so far!
Guerrero & Baron Von Raschke over The Barbarian & Shaska Whatley via
Tag Team Championship Match) Ivan Koloff & Khrusher Khrushchev © vs The
Dutch and Ivan to start, lock-up to
the corner and Ivan beats down on Dutch before Dutch sends Ivan to the corner
and lands a back-drop. Tag to Bobby who lands right hands and an elbow. Ivan is
pin-balled between the babyfaces’ corner, Dutch whips Ivan and lands a boot
before tagging in Bobby. Schoolboy for two, Ivan grabs a front chancery but
Bobby is too quick, tag to Dutch. Ivan tags in Khrusher, what a ridiculous
outfit by the way. Knee by Khrusher, big right hands work over Dutch. Ivan
helps too, Irish whip but Khrusher lowers his head, The Jayhawks double-team
Khrusher. Bobby lands a massive right to the face, side headlock from Bobby.
Punches and punches, knee from Dutch. Khrusher dodges the drop toehold, Ivan
receives the tag. Clubbing blows in the corner, Dutch dodges and lands a
massive forearm. Bobby has a headlock, Dutch tags right back into the match.
Double elbow for two, Khrusher pulls the leg of Dutch.
Khrusher comes in, Dutch eats a big
knee to the back. Khrusher crotches Dutch on the guardrail, Khrusher works over
Dutch with Ivan, diving axe handle from Ivan. Dutch escapes the beatdown and
tags in Bobby, right hands and noggin-knockers all around, clothesline from
Bobby. Khrusher makes the save, things break down and Ivan has his chain but Dutch
takes down Ivan with his whip. Khrusher is whipped down and sent to the floor,
Bobby and Ivan remain in the ring. Khrusher steals the chain and clocks Bobby
in the back of the head for the win.
Not much to this one, lots of brawling
and some decent reactions when Ivan was taking a beaten but not a stellar
contest by any means, bare-bones tag team match with lots of brawling.
Koloffs over The Kansas Jayhawks via Chain To The Head!
Match) Rick Rude W/ Paul Jones vs Wahoo McDaniel
Could this top the strap-match with
Garvin?? Rick Rude is here just mere months before going to the WWF, let’s see
if we can see what the WWF saw in The Ravishing One. Rude looks to be in
magnificent shape while Wahoo whips Rude before the bell, Wahoo looks to
shorten the distance while Rude seems cautious and out of his element, Rude
tees off with forearms before meeting the strap to the jaw. Rude begins choking
Wahoo before Wahoo chops back at Rude. Rude delivers big right hands to Wahoo
who is staggered in the corner, Rude grabs the strap and whips Wahoo before
landing some sickening rights to the skull of Wahoo.
Rude continues to deliver shot after
shot to the head of Wahoo, Rude celebrates prematurely which is not a wise
choice. Boots and eye-rakes follow from Rude, Rude continues the punishment as
it appears Wahoo is bleeding from these shots. Rude continues the punishment
with a big scoop slam before tying up Wahoo, we have seen this strategy before
from Wahoo. Rude gets two buckles before Wahoo boots down The Ravishing One.
Elbow to the head from Wahoo, make it double. Wahoo chokes and elbows Rude with
the strap, Paul Jones tries to revive his wrestler with little success. Rude is
bleeding now, Wahoo looks for the win with a massive chop. Hog-tying time,
Wahoo drags Rude, touching three of the buckles before Rude kicks down Wahoo.
Fist-drops from Rude, Rude climbs high
looking for something devastating. It connects, a massive fist-drop. Wahoo
kicks Rude with both his heels but a knee-drop from Rude is enough to stop
Wahoo for now. Rude climbs high again and Wahoo drags Rude off the top rope.
Elbow drop from Wahoo and Rude is all tied up again, Rude accidently punches
Wahoo into the fourth buckle so the heels get their heat back and beat the piss
out of Wahoo in the corner. This is eventually thwarted by Hector Guerrero and
Baron Von Raschke.
Carbon-copy of the other strap matches
that I have seen, Wahoo was never a man of many holds at this stage in his
career but the fans love them, Rude does fine like Garvin before him, a nothing
match that I am numb to at this point having seen a strap match every
McDaniel over Ravishing Rick Rude via Touching All 4 Corners!
States Championship) Superstar Bill Dundee vs Sam Houston ©
I have seen Sam Houston get eaten
alive on every NWA show I have watched but here he is as a champion, the crowd
behind him but still looks waver thin like a long centipede. Superstar Bill
Dundee is here, a short little man but a gifted athlete inside of the ring who
has many a fantastic match in Memphis. Both men trade holds to begin with
Houston working the arm, Dundee uses the hair to pull down Houston. Side
headlock takedown from Dundee for two, Dundee uses the hair to maintain
control. Head-scissors and arm-drags keep Houston in firm control, a dropkick
floors Dundee. Dundee grabs that arm, driving a knee into it before Houston
fires back with big right hands. Right hand by Houston floors Dundee, side
headlock takedown from Houston.
Dundee comes up, the bulldog is
blocked though. Houston flips out of the suplex, O’Connor roll from Houston but
Dundee pulls the trunks down to create separation. Dundee pulls Houston to the
floor, Houston meets the ring apron before Dundee misses a right hand. Houston
lands an atomic back drop which sends Dundee to the floor, Dundee is slow to
get back into the ring. Houston pulls Dundee into the ring for a two count,
Dundee shoves Houston onto the bottom rope. Houston lands a massive right but
Dundee lands a boot to the face, Dundee is on the top rope and lands a massive
diving fist-drop for a close two. Dundee stretches the jaw of Houston before
landing a snap-mare into a rear chin-lock.
Houston escapes but eats a lot of
elbows to the back of the head, big right hand from Dundee into a Boston crab.
Dundee chokes Houston using the bottom rope before tossing Houston to the floor
hard. Dundee climbs high but the referee says no, Dundee walks the top rope
Taker style and lands a diving axe handle for a close two. Front chancery from
Dundee, Houston fires up though with massive rights and an elbow for two.
Houston lands a knee drop and calls for his bulldog, scoop slam from Houston
who misses a knee drop. Dundee starts working the knee, Dundee drops all his
weight on the knee. Spinning toe hold from Dundee, Houston shoves off Dundee
into the referee but Dundee clocks Houston with his boot. Referee disqualifies
Dundee for using the boot, Dundee is irate and destroys Houston with the boot
after the bell.
Houston wins in a fairly standard
wrestling match, nothing special about this match too with seems to be a real
theme at this point. However, I do like the idea of the referee bump happening
and the referee actually catching the heel in the villainous act, doesn’t
happen often so a treat when I saw it here.
Houston over Bill Dundee via DQ!
(Hair vs Hair
Match) Jimmy Valiant W/ Big Mama vs Paul Jones W/ Manny Fernandez
Paul Jones had beaten Valiant at The
Great American Bash and shaved the luscious locks of Valiant, Ragin’ Bull had
turned heel which makes me sad because I thought Ragin’ Bull could have done
more as a babyface but maybe ego among other things led to Manny turning heel.
Regardless, the hair of Big Mama and Jones are on the line in this match. This
feud has nearly spanned three years at this point, possibly longer so I am
fairly excited to see its conclusion.
Valiant’s hair has grown back nicely
with his punches still being the drizzling shits. Jones is begging for mercy
already, another right from Valiant. Jones in backpedalling bad, hip-toss from
Valiant. Eye-rake, corner choke before the referee tries to break it up. Ragin’
Bull is in a cage above the ring, Jones reaches into his tights and decks
Valiant in the face with the foreign object. Jones loses control after missing
a knee-drop but brings out another object and cracks Valiant in the face with
it. Valiant is bleeding because of course it is, more knee drops from Jones and
his Indian Death-lock does not work out for him. Valiant slugs back with rights
and lefts to knock down Jones, should this be going this long with no back-up
in Jones’ corner? Valiant slaps on the Sleeper! Jones takes out something again
but drops it and now Valiant has the object, Jones has no clue and is decked
and we finally have the happy ending we have been looking for I believe.
Valiant shaves the head of Jones while Rick Rude and Manny get their heat back
by leaving Valiant out-cold after the match.
I mean I saw this match down to a tee
the last time I did a review, this feud was stretched out for as long as
humanely possible and the pay-off is worth it if you really cared but I did not
need to see this comedy matches go so long or this many times when reviewing
these shows. Thankful it is over.
Valiant over Paul Jones via Sleeper!
Street Fight Match) Big Bubba Rogers W/ Jim Cornette vs Ronnie Garvin
Cornette’s bodyguard who does not move
and mows down everyone in his sights take on the man with the hands of stone.
Big Bubba looks like a monster and definitely has that star presence about him,
love the whole look also while Garvin is dressed for war. Big Bubba stares a
whole through Garvin, Garvin is sizing up the competition. Garvin is going for
the hit and run strategy, using his speed to avoid Bubba and pepper Bubba with
shots to the face. The big man is pissed, Garvin manages to knock Bubba after 3
big punches to the face. Cornette talks strategy with his man, Bubba comes back
in looking for the kill. Garvin is tossed to the floor, Garvin is slow to
re-enter the ring. Bubba starts clubbing Garvin, Garvin tries to stay in the
ring but its not possible.
Garvin grabs some water and blinds
Bubba, right hands from Garvin. Bubba’s selling is interesting but we will put
that down to the big man being green. Garvin sends Bubba to the floor, Bubba is
angry and runs into a front chancery. Choke from Garvin, knee-lift from Bubba.
Corner splash and a right hand, Garvin meets the buckle. Garvin is clocked with
the roll of nickels, Bubba slams Garvin and lands a massive splash. You can win
by pin-fall or a ten-count, Garvin is a bloody mess which would be effective
had I not seen it in the last 3 matches. Garvin takes a rope out of his boots
and starts choking and hog-tying Bubba which is a smart strategy. Garvin starts
biting the head of Bubba who is staggering around the ring, Bubba lands a boot
and clubbing blows to Garvin. Bearhug from Bubba, Garvin headbutts his way out
and sends Bubba to the floor. Bubba gets back in the ring, Garvin tees-off with
more rights and lefts. Bubba falls to the floor, Bubba marches down Garvin and
lands a big headbutt. Bubba climbs high, Garvin yanks Bubba off the top rope
with a massive thud and covers for one with Bubba pressing Garvin on the
Garvin spikes the shit out of Bubba
with a piledriver but Cornette delivers a racket shot to the back of the head
of Garvin, we have a double-down with neither man moving and neither man beats
the ten-count so it will be first man to his feet will be declared the winner
in this one. Cornette tries helping Bubba but referee Tommy Young stops that
shit right away while Garvin begins to stir. Bubba grabs the referee so
Cornette takes out the leg of Garvin and Bubba manages to beat the count and
Alright, Bubba is green and gassed
immediately which makes the match interesting to say the least but fair-play to
Bubba for being spiked with that piledriver and Garvin doing his best to put
over Bubba as unstoppable. The finish is good old wrasslin’ with Cornette
screwing babyface Garvin with shenanigans. Enjoyable albeit a bit long in the
tooth, the serious matches are coming now though so I shall let it slide!
Winner: Big Bubba
Rogers over Ron Garvin via Beating The Count!
Championship First Blood Match) Dusty Rhodes © vs Tully Blanchard W/ JJ Dillon
Having held onto the world
championship briefly, The American Dream rebounded to take the Television
Championship from Tully Blanchard. What sucks about this right here is the
stipulation, a fun stipulation under other circumstances but considering I have
seen blood in the previous three matches, I don’t really feel it so much
anymore. However, Tully does his best to win me over by wearing headgear so
that it is more difficult to bust open Tully Blanchard. JJ Dillon and Earl
Hebnar are arguing, Dillon eats a Bionic Elbow and is bleeding. That’s a start
for sure, Blanchard is not happy about this because all his cheating tactics
have been thwarted. Rhodes is on the defensive, throwing leg kicks and running
Dream is nursing a knee that was
destroyed by The Four Horseman, Blanchard and Rhodes are being very defensive
when it comes to their big fat heads. Rhodes struts around the ring, luring in
Blanchard. Rhodes headbutts Blanchard, really not a bright strategy, snap-mare
and Rhodes stomps the leg. I do like how cautious they ae about their heads
considering the stipulation. It is not something I have seen in many first
blood matches which is crazy when you think of it but I guess that’s just WWE
rubbing off on me. Rhodes stretches the leg and delivers an elbow to the leg.
Blanchard rakes at the face but cannot stop The Dream. Blanchard achieves
control briefly, scraping the head of Rhodes but Rhodes snaps off Blanchard and
delivers more elbows to the head.
Right hands and body-shots, JJ Dillon
trips Rhodes with the referee going down too. Blanchard wants to drill Rhodes
with the shoe of Dillon but Rhodes blocks the shoe. Rhodes suplexes Blanchard
into the referee and delivers punches and elbows to the head, Blanchard is
bleeding with Rhodes celebrating but the referee is down. Dillon cleans up the
wound of Blanchard, the referee is none the wiser to this change. Dillon hands
Blanchard a foreign object, cracking Rhodes in the face with said item. Rhodes
is bleeding while Blanchard is fine, we have a winner in Tully Blanchard.
Rhodes is irate, Rhodes throws the referee to the floor.
This was so bland for what I would
expect to see from these two men, it comes in under ten minutes too which was
another surprise and Blanchard beats The Dream which is an even bigger surprise
for this viewer right here. Rhodes and Blanchard never went past gear one, it
was so meh.
Blanchard over Dusty Rhodes via Handful of Nickels!
The Road Warriors W/ Paul Ellering vs The Midnight Express W/ Jim Cornette
You have to throw your opponent off
the scaffold, seems straight-forward but also dangerous as it looks like a
flimsy piece of shite while also hindering any sort of actual match. This will
be a spectacle, so just sit back and watch this ridiculous match take place.
The Road Warriors are afraid of nothing and hunt down The Midnight Express,
Eaton goes low and attacks Animal before we see a couple of elbows and such.
Hawk batters Condrey, fuck wrestling in this match it looks so shaky. Condrey
blinds Hawk with powder, Eaton does the same to Animal. Condrey almost sends
off Hawk but Hawk holds on, a railing falls down behind Condrey which would
make me shit my pants if I am honest. Like professionals, these guys keep going
like absolute mad lads.
Eaton is almost knocked off by Animal
but survives, thank God for that while Hawk goes back to demolishing Condrey.
Eaton regains his balance and is back up on the top rope, Eaton is bleeding
which sucks for him as Animal continues dishing out the blows. Condrey gets a
little closer to the mat, looking ready to take his bump. Animal and Eaton are
in the middle of the scaffold, Condrey is battering Hawk but Hawk battles back.
We have a chicken fight in the middle of the scaffold and both Midnight Express
members crash to the mat while Cornette almost decks Paul Ellering. Cornette
climbs high to escape, Cornette is caught so Cornette decides he is going to
swing from the scaffold before falling and shattering his knee in a sickening
Pure spectacle, impossible to rate.
Looking at those who did this match, it’s a miracle none of them got hurt
because this could have ended a lot nastier than just Cornette getting hurt. To
be honest the wrestlers took more safer bumps than Cornette who took a mad
bump. Very interesting to see, not that exciting but you try and have an
interesting match on a tiny patch of scaffold without hurting you or your
Warriors over Midnight Express!
(NWA Tag Team
Championship Cage Match) The Rock “N” Roll Express © vs The Andersons
These two had a fantastic
twenty-minute draw the last time at The Great American Bash, I was dying for a
finishing stretch with a definitive winner, let’s hope we get something special
here again. I have no doubts with a cage being the stipulation, Ole and Gibson
to start. Gibson is too quick for Ole who misses blow after blow, a tag to Arn
does little to stop Gibson before the referee stops Morton from getting
involved. Arn is bounced off the cage and in the corner of the babyfaces, Arn
falls back to tag Ole. Gibson pummels Ole and Morton gets the tag and throws
punches at Ole, Ole goes down. Elbow from Ole, snap-mare but Morton kicks off
Ole. Arn locks-up with Morton, a knee goes well for Arn but Morton won’t be
meeting that cage wall.
Hammerlock counter from Morton who
drills Arn with a right hand, Arn recovers staying near his corner. Morton
takes the arm and tags in Gibson, Gibson tries a corner knee but Arn dodges.
Arn sends the knee into the cage over and over, in comes Ole. Leg-working time
boys, Ole wrenches and stomps the bejesus out of the knee. Ole drops all his
weight on the leg, tag to Arn who stomps the knee too. Gibson is in serious
trouble here, Gibson kicks off Arn and sends him into the cage but Arn holds
onto the leg. Ole comes in and does more damage to the knee, Ole continues
working the knee with big stomps and a stretch of the leg. Gibson uses right
hands to stagger Ole but Ole holds onto the foot and Arn comes in dropping
massive elbows and knees to the leg.
Gibson screams out in pain with each
attack, Arn eats an enzugiri with Gibson tagging in Morton who tees off with
rights and lefts before Ole says screw that and sends Morton into the cage
hard. Ole sends Morton into the cage again, snap-mare into a two-count. Ole
works the arm with Morton using his free hand to pepper Ole but they are too
close to The Anderson corner, Arn comes in and goes to work biting the head of
Morton. Morton is bleeding, Morton’s pretty face is raked across the cage as
Ole comes in for a cheap-shot or two. Morton comes alive in the corner but Arn
works the arm, elbows to the elbow. Ole comes in and stomps all over Morton,
the left-arm of Morton is the focus. Arm-bar from Ole, Morton screams out in
Morton hits the steel cage hard,
seated arm-bar from Ole. Ole and Arn combine for a nice knee to the head,
hammerlock scoop slam and knee-drop from Arn who climbs to the top turnbuckle.
Arn’s axe handle goes wrong as Morton drills Arn. Ole comes in illegally
sending Morton into the cage, the referee holds back Gibson drawing massive
heat from the crowd. Ole lands a shoulder-breaker for a close two, Morton
dodges a right hand and lands a knee-lift. Could this be the moment? Crowd can
feel something but Arn grabs that hand and tags in Ole who cuts off Morton with
a vicious boot. Another arm-bar from Ole who wrenches and wrenches, Morton will
not quit though. Ole ties up Morton in the ropes, Arn attacks behind the
referee’s back. Morton is so close once more but The Andersons are in control,
Morton ducks a right hand but is drilled with a vicious spinebuster. Gibson
saves the match for his team, Ole climbs high and wants a knee-drop on the arm.
Ole is so happy as it connects, seated
arm-bar from Ole. This is on the verge of torture as Morton has been beaten
time and time again, how much longer can he last? Morton kicks off Ole who
grabs a headlock, shoulder block and both men are down. Can this be the moment?
Arn tags in and stretches the jaw of Morton, Arn tries working the arm but
Morton uses his good arm to rock Arn. Arn is punch-drunk, the crowd comes alive
again and this time we are denied again as Ole lands a huge knee to Morton. How
many more times can they tease it? Morton drills Ole with a flurry of punches,
Morton almost steals it with a small package. Gibson has had enough and kicks
the crap out of Arn before Ole goes to slam Morton but Gibson dropkicks Morton
on top of Ole for the win.
What a match, was not expecting that
ending for sure because they had build the anticipation so high for that
hot-tag but take nothing away from this, it was so easily the best match of the
card by a country mile. The Andersons are absolutely vicious, especially Ole
who is just a great heel. An awful looking man who looks like he enjoys
crushing his opponents, a pure delight to watch him go after the smaller
Morton. The match builds up to a hot-tag that never comes but the way the
people come up every time Morton knocks one of The Andersons down is
tremendous, they have them in the palm of their hands and I was so into this
match. I want to see more, I don’t care if these two fought every night for the
next 3 years, I would be there to watch them because they have killed it twice,
Winners: Rock “N”
Express over The Andersons via Dropkick!
Heavyweight Championship Match) Ric Flair © vs Nikita Koloff
It was meant to be Magnum’s moment,
Magnum T.A. was primed to be the next big thing in The NWA but a car crash
would leave him unable to wrestle ever again, scrambling to decide what to do
the company turned Nikita from a despised heel to a man who was fighting on
behalf of the fallen Magnum. Standing across the ring from Nikita was the man
known as Ric Flair, the man who had dominated The NWA throughout the 80s. No
bigger challenge than this, no bigger obstacle than this. Sink or swim for
Nikita, let me say this though after having watched so many NWA Events that
Nikita is so much bigger and well built compared to the majority of the roster
it is not even fair.
Flair stares down Nikita, the referee
Tommy Young explains the rules while Nikita never breaks his gaze. Intimidating
as hell, Nikita shoves down Flair with the power advantage. Flair takes a
breather, comes in and tees off with no effect on Nikita. Nikita stands tall
with Flair talking massive amounts of trash. Flair chokes Nikita before Nikita
tosses Flair across the ring, Flair is re-evaluating. Nikita tosses Flair
again, scoop slam from the challenger.
Make it double, Nikita applies a
bearhug and spears Flair with shoulder thrusts before Nikita misses a running
splash. Flair lands a vertical suplex and celebrates before Nikita pops right
back up, Flair powders again. Side headlock from Nikita, Flair drives Nikita to
the corner and lands chops and big punches to the head. Shove-off, Flair runs
into a brick wall before Nikita takes down Flair with The Russian Hammer,
Nikita misses the sickle though as Flair dodges. Nikita may have hurt his hip
or his leg, either way Flair goes to work. Nikita’s leg is sent into the
ring-post, chop-lock from The Nature Boy. Chops and a Figure Four Leg-Lock from
The Nature Boy with the ropes used for extra leverage. Nikita being an absolute
monster decides to turn the tide, Flair is in pain as the hold is reversed so
Flair must relinquish the hold.
Nikita hobbles to his feet, Flair goes
right after the leg. Nikita’s face is raked across the ropes, chops and punches
in the corner but they are shaken off as Nikita starts limping forward. Chop
after chop, Nikita shakes off Flair who is down on the floor. Side headlock
from Nikita but Flair side-steps Nikita who crashes to the floor, Nikita is
bleeding after being sent to the ring-post. Knee-drop from Flair for two, belly
to back suplex from Flair for a close two. Closed fists from Flair, Nikita is
shaken but keeps coming back for more. Shoulder thrusts from Nikita, massive
scoop slam with Flair begging for mercy. Hip-toss from Nikita, Flair continues
begging but does his flip to the floor. Flair has met the scaffold and is
bleeding too, Flair and Nikita trade shots in the ring.
Nikita has momentum though, side
headlock with the referee being wiped out by a flying shoulder tackle. Eye-poke
by Flair, Nikita is whipped to the buckle but explodes out with The Russian
Sickle. Nikita has the pin, there is no referee though. Nikita wants a referee
up, Flair knees Nikita in the back and covers for two. Nikita lands the sickle
on the other referee, Nikita chokes Flair in the corner. Nikita shoves down
Tommy Young, we have a DQ as Nikita cannot be contained.
Biggest match of the year on the
biggest card and we have a none-finish. Definitely not their fault with what
happened with Magnum but surely they could have had something different to end
the show but then again, nothing was going to top the cage match in my eyes.
What I will say is Flair leads Nikita to a very fun match, the best of Nikita’s
career to this point. It truly is amazing how good Flair can make anyone and
everyone look good inside of that ring, it’s a testament to his abilities
despite peoples’ perception that he wrestles the same match over and over.
Nikita looks good here, the finish is shite for such a big card but they wanted
Magnum and unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.
That was Starrcade 1986, a disappointing show if I am being truly honest, I thought that with the talent growing ever more popular and the roster deepening, things would be excellent or at least very fun top to bottom but I didn’t get that on this card. The first 8 matches are largely forgettable with nothing of note taking place, a time-limit draw even takes place so it tells you all you need to know while the big matches didn’t deliver for me bar the tag team cage match. The scaffold match was a spectacle, I had low expectations going in so that was not a problem at all, I did have an issue with Dusty vs Tully, I thought it was a piss-poor match for two stars of their magnitude especially with the stalling that led-up to the match and the interesting psychology it had to begin with, it pretty much finished immediately and I thought really? That’s it? So yeah, not a good match in my book. Cage match is fantastic fun, a great tag team match and the crowd is rampant for the champions, great stuff all around there and the main event up until the finish is very solid too with the crowd buying into The Russian Nightmare. Ultimately, I wouldn’t bother checking anything but the cage match unless you are a historian or die-hard fan. Thanks for reading and remember: there’s always another night!