Sunday, December 10, 2006

NWA Starrcade 1987

1) Michael Hayes, Jimmy Garvin, & Sting vs. Eddie Gilbert, Rick Steiner, & Larry Zbyszko – 5
2) Barry Windham vs. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams – 4
3) The Rock N Roll Express vs. The Midnight Express – Scaffold Match – 5
4) Nikita Koloff vs. Terry Taylor – 4
5) The Road Warriors vs. Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard – 6
6) Dusty Rhodes vs. Lex Luger – Cage Match – 6
7) Ric Flair vs. Ron Garvin – Cage Match – 7

This was the first ever pay-per-view offering from Jim Crockett Promotions and the NWA and the six-man tag was a hot way to open the show. The face team of Hayes, Garvin, and Sting were over huge. I’m not exactly sure why they decided that it should end in a draw but it was still good enough to warrant an average rating. Windham and Dr. Death started off at a very quick pace but slowed down after just a few minutes in a rather lackluster bout. I’ve seen the Midnights and the RNRs wrestle some damn good tag matches but this just was not it. There’s only so much you can do in a scaffold match and after about eight minutes or so it seemed to drag along. It was almost a carbon copy of the previous year’s scaffold match. Koloff and Taylor was a so-so match that I don’t remember too much of. The purpose of it was to unify the NWA and UWF television titles but I don’t think anything was achieved. I would go so far to call it one of Taylor’s best matches. The match featuring the Road Warriors was the typical NWA 1980s tag team match. Arn and Tully were at the top of their game here, as were the Road Warriors, which makes it worth at least one watching. I covered the Luger match when I reviewed the Dusty Rhodes DVD. Rhodes carried Luger to a pretty enjoyable but forgotten match in the long run. The main event featuring Flair and Garvin was quite possibly one of the best cage matches I’ve seen. They got stiff and really worked together great. I still don’t know why Garvin was the champion heading into this but Flair managed to regain the title in a solid match to cap off an above average show.

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