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WWE: Starrcade - The Essential Collection (2008)

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  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: World Wrestling
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001H5X6SK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,105 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Before Wrestlemania, longtime fans of professional wrestling looked forward to the the end of the year for one of WWE's biggest events -- Starrcade. Rivalries that had festered for months would be settled once and for all and contenders who had long dreamed of their big break would finally get their title shots. Now, for the first time, fans can see the great NWA and WCW battles on DVD with The Best of

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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Offical List November 11, 2008
Format:DVD
Disc 1
Starrcade December 29, 1996 - The Match of the Decade
"Rowdy" Roddy Piper vs. Hollywood Hulk Hogan

Starrcade December 13, 1989 - Iron Man Singles Tournament
Sting vs. The Great Muta

Starrcade December 28, 1992 - Unified World Tag Team Championship
Barry Windham / Brian Pillman vs. Ricky Steamboat / Shane Douglas

Starrcade December 27, 1998 - WCW World Heavyweight Championship
Goldberg vs. Kevin Nash

Starrcade December 29, 1991
BattleBowl

Starrcade December 27, 1993 - 2 out of 3 Falls for the WCW United States Championship
Dustin Rhodes vs. Stunning Steve Austin

Disc 2
Starrcade November 26, 1987 - NWA World Tag Team Championship
Road Warriors vs. Arn Anderson / Tully Blanchard
Alternate Commentary: Todd Grisham / Road Warrior Animal

Starrcade December 29, 1996
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Jushin Thunder Liger

Starrcade November 26, 1987 - Scaffold Match
Rock `n Roll Express vs. The Midnight Express

Starrcade December 26, 1988 - NWA World Heavyweight Championship
Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger

Starrcade December 27, 1995
Eddie Guerrero vs. Shinjiro Ootani

Starrcade December 26, 1988 - NWA World Tag Team Championship
Dusty Rhodes / Sting vs. Road Warriors

Starrcade December 28, 1992 - King of Cable Tournament Final
Sting vs. Big Van Vader

Starrcade November 24, 1983 - NWA World Tag Team Championship
Brisco Brothers vs. Jay Youngblood / Ricky Steamboat

Starrcade November 28, 1985 - NWA World Heavyweight Championship
Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric Flair

Starrcade December 28, 1997 - WCW Cruiserweight Championship
Eddie Guerrero vs.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Release with only one Bad Quality January 15, 2009
Format:DVD
Starrcade, the event that led to the birth of many ppv's that people has ever witnessed including Wrestlemania. This is a great release & it was good to see WWE pay repects to NWA/WCW's grandness stage of all time. This 3 disc set holds 25 matches from Starrcade's past along with a short documentary on the event's heritage. All of the matches are in their entirety but entrances for the most part are not. Although there are a few entraces that are still intact. Including Sting's from '97 & a couple a Flair's. But don't expect any entrances from the likes of Goldberg, Kevin Nash, and Hollywood Hogan. Nevertheless, still a near perfect set.

Even though the documentary portion is pretty short (about 10 minutes shy of a hour) it covers enough to let people know how special & historic Starrcade came to be. You will hear from superstars who were actually a part of Starrcade. Including Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Arn Anderson, Magnum T.A., Tully Blanchard, Road Warrior Animal, Brisco Brothers, Roddy Piper, & others. The documentary goes straight forward & doesn't stop for a match. The superstars speak on matters dealing with Starrcade. Such as the event's birth, growth, popularity, issues, & different angles surrounding Starrcade. Oh and to note out, there are no special bonus extra's on this set whatsoever. Just a brief documentary and 25 matches picked by the fans is all you get.

Just to clear up some confusion, the order of the match selection is how the fans voted for them. I hope that helps you.

Disc 1
(25) Match of the Decade 12.19.96
Hollywood Hulk Hogan vs. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
Me personally, I think WCW really hyped up this match way too much. Hogan just formed the nWo & Piper was the one who everybody expected to stop them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "WrestleMania" Before WrestleMania February 14, 2009
Format:DVD
What WrestleMania is to WWE or how Bound For Glory is to TNA in this current era of wrestling, that's what Starrcade was to the NWA/WCW. This was their mega show, their "Super Bowl", their ultimate show. Around 25 years later, WWE did the right thing in celebrating the legacy this event has left with this Essental collection.

The documentry stars by covering the idea behind the idea & setup of the Starrcade event with Thanksgiving Day being the top drawing wrestling to day of the year along with the importance of having the event in Greensbrough, NC. Brief history behind the Dog Collar match between Roddy Piper & Greg Valentine along with the main event between Ric Flair & Harley Race were covered before going into how successful the event was to the point where they made a heavy amount of money off the presale for the 1984 event. The concept behind Starrcade '85 being held at different arenas (a concept WWE copied for WrestleMania III months later) was talked about before heavily discussion the role of Magnum T.A. in Starrcade's history from the violent "I Quit" match with Tully Blanchard to how he effected the 1986 edition. The records that Starrcade '86 set along with stories from the Scaffold Match with Road Warriors/Midnight Express were discussed as well. The story behind the setup of Starrcade '87, what effect Vince McMahon had on the event, and how it played a part in the future of Jim Crockett Promotions was heavily discussed. The formation of WCW & the changes to the event such as new concepts along with Eric Bischoff's influnce of Starrcade was heavily talked about before the documentry closed out on various views regarding Goldberg's streak ending at the '98 event, why Starrcade lost it's special appeal over the years, and the legacy it left behind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great timeline if what Starrcade meant to the wrestling world!!
If you love and grew up with wrestling, and are into it's history.... Than anyone would appreciate this DVD no doubt!!!
Published 2 months ago by Chad J. Shabazz
3.0 out of 5 stars Did not include insert guide.
I was disappointed when opening to see that the guide to see which matches were on each DVD was not included. It was in the photograph, but was missing when it arrived. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
So, I was looking through some of my dvd sets and realized I have never done a review of this set. So here it is. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Starrcade at it's best
WCW/NXA at it's ultimate showdown Sting Rick Flair and Dusty Rhoades as wella s Tony Schavvaney and Jim Ross Commentary. It is a must see for WCW wresting Fans!!!
Published 5 months ago by Robert Hennessy
5.0 out of 5 stars Starrcade
It brings back a lot of good times watching WCW it is a must have dvd of any wrestling fan
Published 7 months ago by adam brant
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
Brought back memories of my childhood in the mid 80s when the characters were more important than the production. Awesome.
Published 7 months ago by Moses Cross
5.0 out of 5 stars i really miss pro wresting
this is pro wrestling and it reminds me of growing up and watching the saturday evening tbs wrestling from atlanta, starrcade was the original wrestlemania, no question about that. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr E
3.0 out of 5 stars Some great matches
Had some great matches but hardly any interviews. Thought it could have picked better matches from that long history. Was just ok
Published 12 months ago by SCOTT DTETREAULT
4.0 out of 5 stars Starrcade is Awesome
Great DVD Collection of the First Supercard Series in Wrestling History. Re-live the best matches and own wrestling history at its finest. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Barry B. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have!
If you're a fan of wrestling, then this is a DVD you need to add to your collection. Purchased as a gift for my son who has been into wrestling since he was a child.... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tamara Tolliver
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