Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Memories: Starrcade '85 Turns 30

This Thanksgiving marks the 30th anniversary of Starrcade '85, one of the most successful events in Jim Crockett promotions history.

Starrcade '85 took place on Thursday, November 28, 1985 in two big venues - - the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC and the Omni in Atlanta, GA. It was also broadcast on closed-circut television to dozens of venues across the southeast, including the Louisiana Superdome where it was part of a big Mid-South Wrestling card held there promoted by Bill Watts.

In celebration of that great event on this Thanksgiving Day, and in memory of what was once a special part of many folk's Thanksgiving tradition for a several years, we take a look back at some of the memorabilia surrounding Starrcade '85. Happy Thanksgiving!

Program Cover

Ticket Stub

Photograph of Ric Flair moments before ring introductions for Starrcade '85

Line-Up Sheet

Newspaper result from the event in Greensboro, NC


  • Don Kernodle defeated Tommy Lane by pinfall
  • Denny Brown defeated Rocky King by pinfall to retain the NWA Junior Heavyweight Title
  • Krusher Khruschev defeated Sam Houston by pinfall to win the vacant Mid-Atlantic Title
  • Ron Bass defeated Black Bart by pinfall in a bullrope match
  • James J. Dillon defeated Ron Bass by pinfall in a bullrope match
  • "The Nature Boy" Buddy Landel defeated Terry Taylor to win the National Title
  • Magnum T.A. defeated Tully Blanchard in an "I Quit" steel cage match by digging a broken chair leg into Tully's forehead to win the NWA U.S. Title
  • The Rock-N-Roll Express defeated Ivan & Nikita Koloff by pinfall to win the NWA World Tag Titles
  • Thunderfoot defeated The Italian Stallion by pinfall
  • "Pistol" Pez Whatley defeated Mike Graham by pinfall
  • "The Ragin' Bull" Manny Fernandez defeated Abdullah the Butcher in a pole match
  • "The Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant & Miss Atlanta Lively defeated The Midnight Express (Eaton & Condrey) by pinfall in a street fight match
  • Billy Graham defeated The Barbarian by DQ in an arm wrestling match
  • Arn & Ole Anderson defeated Wahoo McDaniel & Billy Jack Haynes by pinfall
  • "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes defeated "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair by DQ in an NWA World Title match


Mid-South Wrestling presented the closed circuit broadcast of Starrcade 85 at the Superdome in New Orleans along with some of their big main events at the time.

Mid-South main events live in the Superdome as part of Starrcade '85:
  • Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs. Humongous with Sir Oliver Humperdink
  • The Hacksaws: Butch Reed & Jim Duggan vs. Dick Slater and Buzz Sawyer