REWIND-A-WAI #59: NWA Starrcade (1983)

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John Pollock and Wai Ting review NWA Starrcade 1983 featuring Harley Race vs. Ric Flair in a steel cage match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

We discuss the circumstances that led to the creation of the very first Starrcade, its infamous Dog Collar match between Roddy Piper and Greg Valentine, plus appearances from Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, The Brisco Brothers, Gordon Solie, Bob Caudle, a 26-year-old Tony Schiavone and more.

This edition of the Rewind-A-Wai is presented by Espresso Executive Producer, Martha Fischer.

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NWA Starrcade 1983: “A Flare For The Gold”
November 24, 1983
Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, NC

**NWA World Heavyweight Title Steel Cage Match: Harley Race (c) vs. Ric Flair
**NWA World Tag Team Title Match: The Brisco Brothers (c) vs. Jay Youngblood & Ricky Steamboat
**Dog Collar Match: Roddy Piper vs. Greg Valentine
**NWA Television Title Vs. Mask Match: The Great Kabuki (c) vs. Charlie Brown
**Bob Orton Jr. & Dick Slater vs. Mark Youngblood & Wahoo McDaniel
**Abdullah The Butcher vs. Carlos Colon
**Kevin Sullivan & Mark Lewin vs. Johnny Weaver & Scott McGhee
**Bugsy McGraw & Rufus R. Jones vs. The Assassins

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Next time on Rewind-A-Wai: WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event (October 29, 1988)

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I’m glad John was also not a fan of Gene Kaniski (sp?). I watched this show a couple years back and the ref constantly getting in the mix drove me nuts. It’s a cage match so it made it more aggravating to me. Were cage match rules different back then?

John was so disappointed he couldn’t do a pun for Say, Say, Say

What strange timing that by the time I was done with this episode the cuts started, and one of the things that stuck out was your praise of Crockett/WCW showing end credits for producers cameramen and now writers we don’t see or know even exist I saw John Quote tweet Andrea Listenberger who I was unfamiliar with and she ended her tweet with #OtisandMandyForever