WWE held Starrcade last night and for many emotional reasons the show was a success. Former stars like Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, and Ricky Steamboat got to revisit the WWE and be a part of the show and at the same time, current talents like Goldust (Dustin Rhodes) got put away the gold tights for one night and come out as Dusty's son after a special tribute to the "American Dream."
Unfortunately, there were also a number of things the WWE could have done differently to add more to the Starrcade event, one that a lot of fans didn't even know was happening. From the response of a number of members of the WWE Universe who did know the show was taking place, they were disappointed they couldn't see it and it begs the question, why didn't WWE do more to get more fans involved?
The WWE did the right thing by adding something unique to a normally boring show but here are Five Ways WWE Screwed Up Starrcade.
5. Starrcade Was Merely A Live Event
Starrcade hasn't been a part of the wrestling landscape for years, but that doesn't mean it isn't important. In fact, Starrcade is a much bigger event than merely putting the show together, holding it a regular SmackDown Live event and smacking some paint on it to call it something else.
While the show appeared to have a much better attendance showing that most other SmackDown events it wouldn't be a surprise to learn that WWE had fans in attendance who didn't even know this was going to be a unique show. WWE did very little promotion for the show and only those in attendance got to see it. The show wasn't even held in December (which Starrcade was famous for).
4. Wasn't Aired On WWE Network
Last night in Greensboro was an experience I never knew I wanted, never knew I could have. Performing in North Carolina, performing at Dream’s dream...performing at #WWEStarrcade with my dad watching. Speechless. Thank you. 💜 pic.twitter.com/o0VlQ9FIov— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) November 26, 2017
Fans that are now reading about the results from Starrcade would love to have been able to watch the show. Unfortunately, there was no way for them to do so as the event wasn't aired on the WWE Network and there's no sign it ever will be.
To many, it's unacceptable that WWE would offer a special show and not give fans a way to watch it. WWE brought in big names like Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ricky Steamboat, Rock N'Roll Express and others and unless you follow WWE's Twitter feed or some WWE.com exclusive videos, there's no way to go back and view what took place and became a part of history.
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3. Only SmackDown Talents
If walls could talk this coliseum would have stories for days.— Singh Brothers (@SinghBrosWWE) November 26, 2017
Dusty, Flair, Steamboat, Rock n Roll Express, they paved the way for the future.
An honor to be part of this amazing event tonight. #WWEStarrcade #WWE #SDLive pic.twitter.com/NJGVfbmLdf
At the end of the day, Starrcade was a SmackDown Live event that added a little splash to it. Only Dustin Rhodes (Goldust) was added to the card and not a part of the SmackDown roster.
It's not a surprise that it was exclusively talent from the blue brand as the WWE didn't really promote or make possible a way to watch the show but it could have really added more to the event if some of the bigger talents from both shows made appearances. Starrcade was known as one of WCW's biggest shows. It feels like a bit of a letdown that talents like the Singh Brothers and Sin Cara were featured parts of the event.
2. WWE Hasn't Confirmed Footage For Future Use
There is some footage of Starrcade available on WWE.com and on WWE's YouTube Channel but there's been no word on whether or not the WWE even intends to make a special out of the show.
Just because WWE didn't air the entire broadcast on WWE Network doesn't mean they couldn't put a 30-minute documentary together with footage of legends and other performers getting ready for such a momentous occasion. WWE may never do that and it would be a shame. Fans deserve a way to see this beyond one single handheld camera at ringside.
1. WWE Doesn't Seem To Use It As Learning Tool
Such a surreal and amazing moment for me to share the same ring tonight with one of my all time favorites... a mentor and a man who will always have the best spine buster in the business #ArnAnderson #Respect #Starrcade #Glorious pic.twitter.com/4jGNCQBDhz— Bobby Roode (@REALBobbyRoode) November 26, 2017
Starrcade was considered a success by many. Former talents got to relive some emotional moments, current talent got to mingle with past greats and fans got to see something special. Unfortunately, most signs point to the fact that WWE will not use this experience as a learning tool and offer this kind of nostalgia and emotion more often.
There is word the WWE is planning on holding Starrcade again next year but why doesn't the WWE do more of this type of thing? The company airs so much programming there is a need to make shows unique and special and legends along with current stars is a great way to do that.