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WWE: Starrcade - The Essential Collection

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WWE: Starrcade: The Essential Collection (3-Disc)(DVD)

For close to two decades, it was the signature event – first in NWA, then WCW. Some of the greatest Superstars in wrestling history had defining moments at the event. Starrcade may be gone, but fans of sports entertainment continue to celebrate its rich tradition and lasting legacy. Now, for the first time on DVD, the greatest matches of Starrcade are collected in a 3-disc set, along with a new and exclusive documentary exploring the 18-year history of the event, including comments from Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Magnum TA, Road Warrior Animal, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, David Crockett, and others.


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001H5X6SK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,273 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Scotty M. on 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.
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A. Pierre on 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

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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D.P. VINE VOICE on February 14, 2009
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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 biggest show of the year like "Super Bowl" is to football or "World Series" to baseball. Around 25 years later, WWE did the right thing in celebrating the legacy this event has left with this essential collection.

The documentary 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 pre-sale for the 1984 event. The concept behind Starrcade '85 being held at different arenas (a concept WWE copied for WrestleMania 2 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.
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