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Starrcade 1987
Starrcade87
Tagline(s) Chi-Town Heat
Information
Promotion National Wrestling Alliance
Date November 27, 1986
Attendance 8,000
Venue UIC Pavilion
City Chicago, Illinois
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Starrcade '87 was the fifth annual Starrcade professional wrestling event produced by Jim Crockett Promotions under the National Wrestling Alliance banner. It took place on November 26, 1987 from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. It was the first NWA event to be broadcast live on pay-per-view. This was the first major JCP event to feature wrestlers from the Universal Wrestling Federation, which was purchased by JCP shortly before the event.

The main event was a steel cage match between Ric Flair and Magnum TA for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. After the event, Flair feuded with Lex Luger. The event also included a steel cage match between Dusty Rhodes and Lex Luger for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship, a match between The Road Warriors and the team of Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard for the NWA World Tag Team Championship, and a match between Nikita Koloff and Terry Taylor to unify the NWA World Television Championship and the UWF World Television Championship.

Background

Starrcade was headlined by the match between Ric Flair and Magnum TA for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. The booking committee wanted to end Flair's reign as the champion. They had been building Magnum TA as the next main eventer since their previous encounter at last years Starrcade event. Magnum was a natural choice with, he was young, racked with talent, and extremely well received with fans.

Jim Crockett Promotions had previously only broadcast Starrcade on closed-circuit television while the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), a competitor, had started to broadcast events on pay-per-view in 1985 with WrestleMania, and was very successful. The 1987 Starrcade was the first pay-per-view event of the National Wrestling Alliance. To compete with Starrcade, the WWF introduced the Survivor Series event, and held it on the same night as Starrcade. The WWF also limited the amount of pay-per-view providers that would carry Starrcade by not allowing providers to carry WrestleMania IV if they did not carry Survivor Series exclusively. Only a small amount of providers carried Starrcade, but it was still able to outdraw WWF's Survivor Series with 5.5 buy rate, whilst Survivor Series drew a 4.8 buy rate.

Event

The first match was between the team of Eddie Gilbert, Rick Steiner and Larry Zbyszko and the team of Venom, Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin. Venom, Hayes and Garvin had the early advantage until Zbyszko performed a front power slam to Garvin. Zbyszko, Gilbert and Steiner dominated Garvin until Venom tagged in. Venom fought off Zbyszko, Gilbert and Steiner until Zbyszko performed an eye rake. Venom was dominated until Hayes and Gilbert tagged in. All wrestlers came in, and Hayes, Venom and Garvin performed mounted punches. Zbyszko, Gilbert and Steiner had the advantage after Gilbert performed an axe handle to Hayes. Hayes fought back with the small package on Gilbert. As Hayes had Gilbert in the sunset flip, the match ended in a time-limit draw.

The second match was between Barry Windham and Steve Williams for the UWF Heavyweight Championship. The match started back and forth until Williams applied the side headlock. Windham failed to break the hold with several throws. After breaking the hold, Williams attempted to jump over Windham, but Windham's head hit Williams' groin. Williams recuperated, and Windham leaped at Williams. Williams avoided it, and Windham fell outside the ring. After Windham came back into the ring, Williams pinned Windham with an Oklahoma roll to win the match, and retain the title.

The third match was a Skywalkers match between The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) (accompanied by Jim Cornette and Big Bubba Rogers) and The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson). The match started with Rogers attacking Morton, as Gibson was double-teamed on the scaffold. Rogers attempted to climb the scaffold, but Morton attacked him, Lane and Eaton with Cornette's tennis racket. Eaton fought back by throwing powder at Morton and Gibson. The teams went back and forth until Lane climbed under the scaffold. Morton followed Lane, and pushed him off. Morton and Gibson then attacked Eaton until he fell, and The Rock 'n' Roll Express won the match.

The fourth match was between Nikita Koloff and Terry Taylor (accompanied by Eddie Gilbert) to unify the NWA World Television Championship and the UWF World Television Championship. The match started with Koloff targeting Taylor's left arm. Taylor gained the advantage by sending Koloff's head into the guard rail outside. Taylor then targeted Koloff's left arm and shoulder with the use of the ringpost. Gilbert attacked Koloff's left knee with a steel chair, and Taylor applied the figure four leg lock. After Taylor accidentally knocked Gilbert off the apron, Koloff performed a Russian Sickle, and pinned Taylor to unify the titles.

The fifth match was between The Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) and the team of Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. The Road Warriors had the early advantage. As Hawk had Blanchard in the guerrilla press, Anderson attacked Hawk's left knee. Anderson and Blanchard targeted the knee with the use of the ring post and a steel chair. Anderson attempted a seated senton, but Hawk raised his knees, and hit Anderson's groin. The Road Warriors gained the advantage, and Blanchard knocked the referee outside the ring. Animal sent Anderson outside the ring with a back body drop, and performed a Doomsday Device on Anderson with Hawk. Animal then pinned Anderson with a replacement referee counting the pin. The original referee reversed the decision, and the Road Warriors were disqualified for Animal sending Anderson outside the ring. Anderson and Blanchard won the match, and retained the title.

The sixth match was a steel cage match between Dusty Rhodes and Lex Luger (accompanied by James J. Dillon) for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. Johnny Weaver held the key to the cage. Rhodes would be suspended for ninety days if he lost. The match started back and forth until Luger sent Rhodes' head into the cage, and ground his head against it. Luger attacked Rhodes' left arm until Rhodes fought back, and applied the sleeper hold. Dillon attacked Weaver with a steel chair, and took the key. As the referee attempted to stop Dillon from unlocking the door, Luger ran into him, and Dillon threw in the chair. Luger attempted to pick it up, and Rhodes performed a DDT on the chair. Rhodes then pinned him to win the match and the title.

The main event was between Ric Flair and Magnum TA for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Magnum had the advantage with forehand chops, mounted punches and the Garvin Stomp. After they exchanged chops, Flair performed a low blow and an inverted atomic drop. Flair targeted the left leg, and applied the figure four leg lock after a shin breaker. Magnum fought back after blocking Flair's attempts to send his head into the cage. Garvin attacked Flair using the cage, and applied the figure four leg lock. Magnum performed a diving knee drop, and continued to attack Flair using the cage. As Magnum performed mounted punches, Flair countered with an inverted atomic drop. Flair then reversed an Irish whip, sent Magnum head into the cage. As the two men were left bleeding, the wounded and beaten members of the Four Horsemen ran in to help aid their leader. As they were climbing the cage, Magnum was able to belly to belly suplex Flair into the cage. Knocking off the members of the Horsemen and attaining the pin victory over Flair. Claiming the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Aftermath

Results

  • Venom, Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin (with Precious) fought Eddie Gilbert, Rick Steiner and Larry Zbyszko (with Baby Doll) to a time-limit draw
  • Steve Williams (c) defeated Barry Windham, Singles match for the UWF Heavyweight Championship
  • The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Stan Lane) (with Jim Cornette and Big Bubba Rogers), Skywalkers match
  • Nikita Koloff defeated Terry Taylor (with Eddie Gilbert), Championship unification match for the NWA World Television Championship and the UWF World Television Championship
  • Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard (c) (with James J. Dillon) defeated The Road Warriors (Road Warrior Hawk and Animal) (with Paul Ellering) by disqualification, Tag team match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship
  • Dusty Rhodes defeated Lex Luger (c) (with James J. Dillon), Steel cage match for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship
  • Magnum TA defeated Ric Flair (c) (with James J. Dillon), Steel cage match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship

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