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WCW/NWA Starrcade 1989 [VHS]

 NR |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: March 28, 1990
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301618610
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Starrcade's Ever! February 24, 2007
It's been almost 20 years since the PPV took place & to this day, this is one of the most (if not THE most) unique wrestling event in the history of the professional wrestling right up there with the original Starrcade & WrestleMania. This PPV was based off an Iron Man/Iron Team tournament based off a point system. The idea behind the tournament is that NWA took their two top babyfaces & heels in both tag teams & singles wrestlers and had each other them face each other in 15 min. matches. Based off how you win, you gain points and the man & team with the highest amount of points at the end of the night would win the tournament. The point system went as follows: Pin/Submission = 20, 15 = Disqualification, Countout = 10, Draw = 5, Loss = 0. As Jim Cornette would say throughout the night, "it's as important HOW you win as IF you win." Basically, with this format, you would get alot of matches that were main event caliber & with the 15 min. time limit, there wasn't any time for long rest holds or stalling, you just had non-stop action.

Steiner Brothers vs. Doom - This had a good mix of wrestling & with some heavy brawling towards the end but as throughout the entire tournament, Doom were just here to have the other teams to get over on & score points with. The Steiners ended up winning by countout receiving 10 points.

Sting vs. Lex Luger - I've only seen a few Sting vs. Luger matches & this was the best one I've seen them have as it was high impact between the two. The ending was a bit exaggerated (just watch & you'll see what I mean) but again, best match I've seen between these two. Luger wins & gains 20 points.

Road Warriors vs. Doom - Similar to the Steiners match earlier as it went back & forth with the Warriors getting the 20 point victory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome March 23, 2006
There are some petty details that make this event unperfect but all and all it's still 5 stars. LOD vs SST and LOD vs DOOM are pretty edited but every other match is shown either completely or no more than minutes short of complete. That's no biggie though because LOD had nothing on any of the teams 'cept maybe DOOM. They only won the tourney because of real life stroke that they used to hold other teams down. For instance, LOD always refused to lose cleanly to The Steiners. That's why you have the borderline screwy ending to their match.

There were so many different feuds that intertwined and crossed throughout this show and it's really hard to explain. You can't fully appreciate this show without knowing all about it. I reccomend searching and reading some sort of wrestling fan site or forum. Shouldn't be hard to find...

Even if you don't get into specefics of the current situations and feuds, this is still a fun tape. Every single match is good. LOD vs The Steiners is super stiff. Luger vs Sting is the best match that the 2 ever had with each other. Considering that it was 1989, the bumps they did onto the concrete and all the high impact moves made this a real wild match that still holds up to an extent today. Luger was so dang good back then, as was Sting.

Sting vs Flair was great. Sting beat Flair for his first win over him. Again, you kind of had to be there to know how important this was. They already had a history at this point and this win just intensified it and spawned a whole other set of volumes. All of this, and much more, make this tape worth the price to anyone looking for the best NWA/WCW shows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Starrcade Ever July 30, 2009
By Jose
It's been 20 years since this event happened & to this day, I still regard this event as the best Starrcade event of them all. This was a really unique event as this event was center around two tournaments that would occur in one night. It was an Iron Man/Team tournament with the top wrestlers that the NWA saw as "top of the food chain". In the Iron man tournament, the participants will be NWA Champion Ric Flair, Sting, United States Champion Lex Luger & Television Champion The Great Muta. The Iron team tournament featured The Road Warriors, NWA Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers, Doom & New Wild Samoans who replaced the Skyscrapers due to Sid's injury. The rules were to gain points based off how you win and the man & team with the highest amount of points at the end of the night would win the tournament. The point system: 20 points for a pinfall or submission victory, 15 for a countout victory, 10 for a disqualification victory, 5 for a time-limit draw and 0 for a loss. Again, I have the original copy instead of the edited VHS release so I saw the entire card so I don't know what has been edited on the tape.

The Steiner Brothers vs Doom. This was a good match that had both teams using the brawling/wrestling style throughout before the match got out of control near the end to the point where all four men were brawling on the floor till Rick Steiner made it back in the ring before the ten count to give the Steiners 15 points.

Sting vs Lex Luger. Out of all their matches together including their 1992 title match, this was their best encounter as they went back & forth with Sting's fast paced/power offense meshing well with Luger's strength. The ending was sort of weak but it didn't take away from what was a great match between these two & again their best clash.
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