Saturday, November 24, 2018

Thanksgiving Flashback: Starrcade '83 35th Anniversary



THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO TONIGHT! - STARRCADE 83!

 It is called "the Granddaddy of The All" and is generally recognized as the first "Super Card" that ushered in the modern era of super card pay-per-events.

Before there was Wrestlemania, there was Starrcade.

The first Starrcade was in 1983 and was sub-titled "A Flare for the Gold" and featured the area's favorite son "Nature Boy" Ric Flair regaining the NWA world title from Harley Race. It was Flair's second World championship of what would become 16 World titles over the next two decades.

Take a look back at Starrcade '83 on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway Archive website. There you will find special art graphics, program cover, newspaper and magazine material, ticket stub, results, and much more. 




NWA CHAMPIONS ON THANKSGIVING FOR JCP

What do Swede Hanson, Pat O'Connor, the Missouri Mauler, Johnny Weaver, Jerry Brisco, Dory Funk, Jr., Wahoo McDaniel, Rufus R. Jones, Ricky Steamboat, Paul Jones, Ivan Koloff, Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, and Nikita Koloff have in common? They all failed in their bid to capture the NWA World Heavyweight championship on a Jim Crockett Promotions card on a Thanksgiving night. Only Ric Flair was successful in capturing the "ten pounds of gold" on Thanksgiving, and he did it twice. See the list of all those Thanksgiving title matches on the Mid-Atlantic Gateway.


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