NWA Title: Ric Flair vs. Nikita Koloff, NWA Tag Team Titles (Steel Cage Match): The Rock n' Roll Express vs. The Andersons, NWA Television Title (First Blood Match): Dusty Rhodes vs. Tully ... See full summary »
NWA Title: Ric Flair vs. Nikita Koloff, NWA Tag Team Titles (Steel Cage Match): The Rock n' Roll Express vs. The Andersons, NWA Television Title (First Blood Match): Dusty Rhodes vs. Tully Blanchard, United States Tag Team Title Match (No DQ Match): Krusher Khruschev and Ivan Koloff vs. The Kansas Jayhawks, Scaffold Match: The Road Warriors vs. The Midnight Express, Strap Match: Wahoo McDaniel vs. Rick Rude, Central States Title: Sam Houston vs. Bill Dundee, Louisville Street Fight: Big Bubba Rogers vs. Ronnie Garvin, Hair vs. Hair: Jimmy Valiant vs. Paul Jones, Hector Guerrero and Baron Von Raschke vs. Shaska Whatley and The Barbarian, Brad Armstrong vs. Jimmy Garvin, Tim Horner and Nelson Royal vs. Don and Rocky Kernodle Written by
Jim Cornette's infamous fall off the scaffold did not go as planned. Big Bubba was actually supposed to catch Cornette, but because of the sunglasses he was wearing, he misjudged Cornette's position. Cornette hit the mat with full impact, the pain of which caused him to pass out for a few seconds. Cornette claims to still have knee problems to this day. See more »
NWA Starrcade '86 was hyped as 'Night of the Skywalkers'. The match that earned it that tagline was a tag team scaffold match between the Road Warriors and the Midnight Express (Eaton & Condrey). This match was entertaining as a novelty, but only barely. The wrestlers involved were obviously unable to perform to the best of their ability due to fear of falling from the scaffold. Who could blame them? This meant a very slow match with a lot of punches and a few stomps, and a lot of holding onto things. It reminded me of four grown men playing on a jungle gym, and was overall fun to watch if you don't set your expectations too high.
The best matches of the card were the Andersons vs. the Rock'n'roll Express and Ric Flair vs. Nikita Koloff. Although neither of those matches are what I would consider stellar, they were solid and enjoyable. Much of the rest of the card was not terribly interesting or inspired, such as Wahoo McDaniel vs. Rick Rude in an Indian Strap match, Jimmy Valiant vs. Paul Jones in a Hair vs. Hair match, Ronnie Garvin vs. Bubba Rogers in a Louisville Street Fight, and Dusty Rhodes vs. Tully Blanchard in a First Blood match. This one was particularly disappointing to me, as I know what both men are capable of, and this match was not what I would consider a great showing for either.
Overall I would call it a pretty mediocre card. If you like classic NWA wrestling like I do, you will enjoy Starrcade '86. Otherwise I don't think this pay-per-view event will be incredibly enjoyable. It was most definitely not among the best that I've seen from Jim Crockett Promotions.
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