Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Week 2018

Last year, the WWE brought Starrcade back to the Greensboro Coliseum for a night of nostalgia which by and large was a huge hits for the fans. Given the event's success and positive response from fans, especially locally, some speculated that the WWE might make it an annual tradition back in Greensboro or in perhaps in Atlanta, and perhaps as WWE Network special.

Well, yes and no. The WWE is bringing back Starrcade again this year as a special presentation on the WWE Network except - - - - - - - - it's in Cincinnati, Ohio.

I can hear Stone Cold Steve Austin now. WHAT???? And the WWE will wonder why there won't be any buzz about this event this year.

Starrcade, if you are going to go to the trouble to bring it back as a nostalgic attraction at all, needs to be in the old traditional Mid-Atlantic/JCP territory. Sure, Starrcade continued as a Ted Turner WCW event for over a decade, and in places like Nashville and Washington D.C. and occasionally even in a traditional Crockett city.

But if you are going to bring back the nostalgic aspect of Starrcade, it needs to be here. In Greensboro. Just like they did last year so wonderfully.

Bruce Mitchell of wrote about the night Starrcade returned to Greensboro much more eloquently than I could ever hope to do. It was a special article for the Mid-Atlantic Gateway last year. Take a moment to read that again now. A Thanksgiving Surprise: Starrcade Magic Returns to Greensboro by Bruce Mitchell

Over the next few days we'll be taking a look back at some of the Crockett Starrcades on the actual date anniversary of those big shows. Along with your turkey and pumpkin pie, I hope you'll feast on these great memories of Thanksgiving events from years ago:

November 22 - Starrcade '84 The Million Dollar Challenge
November 24 - Starrcade '83 A Flare for the Gold
November 26 - Starrcade '87 Chi-Town heat
November 27 - Starrcade '86 Night of the Skywalkers
November 28 - Starrcade '85 The Gathering

And don't forget, wrestling was a Thanksgiving tradition in Greensboro and Norfolk long before Starrcade. Take a look back at 20 years of JCP Thanksgiving events from 1967-1987 on our Thanksgiving Tradition page on the old Mid-Atlantic Gateway Archive website.

Plus check out these old posts on Thanksgiving and Starrcade traditions:

The Forgotten Prelude to Starrcade '85
When most folks think of events leading to the Flair/Rhodes main event at Starrcade '85, they think of Flair and the Andersons turning on Dusty in the cage at the Omni. However, it got it's start much earlier than that. Read about an angle and an important part of that story largely forgotten in the saga of Starrcade '85.

Thanksgiving Retro: Greensboro and Norfolk 1975
A look back at a huge night of action in the Mid-Atlantic territory featuring NWA champion Jack Brisco, U.S. champion Terry Funk, Wahoo McDaniel, Paul Jones, Andre the Giant, Superstar Billy Graham, Gene and Ole Anderson and so many more!

Thanksgiving Wrestling Through The Years for Jim Crockett Promotions
Links to pages featuring info on annual Thanksgiving cards for Jim Crockett Promotions from 1967-1987.

Dr. Joseph Estwanik: A Doctor Remembers
Kyra Quinn looks back at a sometimes forgotten character in the story of Starrcade '85.

A Second Look at WWE Starrcade (2017)
I was skeptical at first. Then I took a second look once it was over, and I saw things in a different light. WWE's Starrcade in Greensboro 2017.