Tuesday, December 5, 2006

NWA Starrcade 1986

1) Ole & Arn Anderson vs. The Rock N Roll Express – Cage Match – 6
2) Big Bubba vs. Ron Garvin – Louisville Street Fight – 5
3) Jimmy Valiant vs. Paul Jones – Hair vs. Hair Match – 3
4) Tully Blanchard vs. Dusty Rhodes – First Blood Match – 5
5) The Road Warriors vs. The Midnight Express – Scaffold Match – 6
6) Ric Flair vs. Nikita Koloff – 6

This was one of those tapes where they only showcased about half the matches and then half of those were clipped. The cage match was exciting to watch because of the old school tag psychology used. Arn was really young and soon became a master in the ring. Morton bled and the Express won to retain the tag belts. Bubba and Garvin had some flaws but they still managed to put on a decent match. Garvin hit a nasty piledriver as the highlight. Valiant and Jones was more choreographed that the annual Rockettes Christmas Spectacular in New York. It looked like it belonged more in the WWF than in the NWA. Valiant bled and his head weeble-wobbled more than a bobble head doll. I expected more from Blanchard and Rhodes. Rhodes busted JJ Dillon with the elbow before the match even started. Dusty busted Tully open with the elbow following a ref bump and then Dusty got busted too. Ref saw that Dusty was bleeding and awarded the match to Tully. The scaffold match is historic mainly because I believe that it was the first one ever. I gave it a good rating mainly for all the times they teased falling off the scaffold. Cornette bumped off the scaffold after the match and blew out both of his knees. Flair and Nikita rounded out the tape. It was intense at times and at other times featured them just going through the motions. Starrcade 86 is remembered for the scaffold match and not much else. As a matter of fact, I’ve already forgotten most of it.

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