On Saturday, the WWE will be bringing back the Starrcade show, which was once the flagship event for WCW from 1983 until 2000. The show is set to take place at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in North Carolina, and will feature six matches – with each of the four SmackDown Championship belts being put on the line.
However, viewers will be disappointed to learn that the house show special will not be televised on the WWE Network, meaning you’ll have to buy a ticket to the event if you want to see it.
This is bound to upset many loyal WWE fans. The card is stacked, with A.J. Styles defending his WWE Championship against Jinder Mahal in a Steel Cage Match. Charlotte will also try to retain her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Natalya with Ric Flair in attendance.
Baron Corbin will face Shinsuke Nakamura for the United States Championship while Dash Wilder will clash with Dustin Rhodes. The Usos, Sami Zayn-Kevin Owens, New Day and Chad Gable-Shelton Benjamin compete in a Fatal-4-Way match for the SmackDown Tag Team titles.
Starrcade was once WCW’s equivalent of WrestleMania to the WWE. Previously a show for the National Wrestling Alliance and Jim Crockett Promotions, Starrcade was home to many of the top matches in WCW.
The Nature Boy Ric Flair headlined nine of the Starrcade pay-per-views, including two matches against Dusty Rhodes for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, and showdowns with Lex Luger and Sting, in 1988 and 1989, respectively.
WCW’s last edition of Starrcade was in 2000 with the main event seeing Scott Steiner defeat Sid Vicious for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. WCW was then bought out by the WWF in 2001, but Starrcade will provide a nice moment of nostalgia for the old-timer fans. The only problem is that we won’t be able to watch it.
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