Classic Wrestling Review: Starrcade ’94

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Starrcade

December 27, 1994

Nashville Municipal Auditorium

Nashville, Tennessee

News & Notes: After Halloween Havoc, Hulk Hogan teamed with Sting and Dave Sullivan to face the Three Faces of Fear at Clash of the Champions. Mr. T was once again a special ref. Hogan’s team won, but the Faces of Fear attacked after the match. The Butcher put Hogan in a sleeper hold and refused to release it. Also, the Faces of Fear attacked Mr. T. A WCW Title Match between Hogan and Butcher was booked for Starrcade to finally settle the score, but this did not sit well with Vader. He was still technically the #1 Contender. WCW announced there would be three main events for the show. Hogan would face Butcher, Sting would wrestle Avalanche, and Vader would fight Duggan for the U.S. Title. The poster would list Vader’s match as a main event, but it doesn’t feel like one. In fact, it opens the show. There will also be a match between Mr. T and Kevin Sullivan. I would believe it more if they called that one of the main events.

Meanwhile, Hogan has other things on his mind. Randy Savage arrived in WCW. He debuted on the December 3rd edition of WCW Saturday Night. Savage said he was there to confront Hogan and would either shake his hand or slap his face.

The show opens with the narrator talking about tradition and the various matches for the night. He makes a bad pun about Duggan being the chairman of the board. Then, he runs down the rest of the card, including Mr. T stepping into the ring with Kevin Sullivan. The narrator also mentions Randy Savage confronting Hulk Hogan. Will he shake his hand or slap his face or shake his face and slap his hand? Finally, he discusses the main event and asks what went wrong in the lifetime friendship of Hulk Hogan and The Butcher. I’ll tell him what went wrong. The Butcher got a main event push!

Tony Schiavone then tells us people are hanging from the rafters in Nashville. He’s with Bobby Heenan and Mean Gene. Bobby finally shed his neck brace, so I guess he’s healed. Gene calls Heenan the Ed Wood of WCW, but Bobby takes it as a compliment. I would too. Then, Heenan mocks Tennessee for being rednecks. Also, Schiavone points out Santa Claus in the crowd, but it’s clearly Dave Sullivan. Since WCW doesn’t understand how dyslexia works, I’m surprised Dave wasn’t calling himself Satan instead of Santa.

Next, Aaron Tippin sings the national anthem. He is sporting a glorious mustache and not-so-glorious hair. He’s also wearing a Tampa Bay Lightning jersey in Nashville, which is odd. His rendition was okay, but a bit too country for my taste. But, I did like the fireworks display at the end.

The commentators then discuss Randy Savage and argue about who he should slap. They show Savage’s debut on WCW Saturday Night. Randy seems surprised to learn Hogan is WCW Champion. I see he did his homework before signing with the company. He says he has an issue with it because he’s the number one wrestler and Hogan is number two. He also demands Hogan so he can TCBY. Wait, I mean TCB. He doesn’t want yogurt. Gene tells him Hogan isn’t there, but he will be at Starrcade. Savage then says he will be there and will either shake Hogan’s hand or slap his face. Gene starts to cut him off, but Savage interrupts and says he has a date with Hogan. Aw, that’s sweet. Oh, excuse me, he has a date with destiny. I misheard him.

Gene then plugs the hotline before they present a video of the PWI Year-End Awards. Heenan tears up a copy of the magazine. Bill Apter presents the Wrestler of the Year Award to Hulk Hogan. Bockwinkel hands him the trophy, despite the fact he’s standing in front of a picture of himself already holding it. Hogan claims fans kept asking him to complete his legacy by beating Ric Flair. I somehow doubt that. He also threatens—I mean promises to keep running wild in 1995. I wish Bret Hart would have won. He apparently came in second in the voting. How many times did Hogan vote for himself under different names?

U.S. Title Match: Vader (w/ Harley Race) vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan (c)

Notes: According to the poster, this was supposed to be one of the main events. Here it is opening the show. Vader was frustrated about not getting his WCW title match, so he attacked Jim Duggan at Clash of the Champions. He figured if he won the U.S. Title, they would have no choice but to give him his match. The U.S. Champion is technically supposed to be the #1 Contender. If Vader has to go through two channels to become a proper #1 Contender, then I don’t blame him for being angry. WCW isn’t exactly making Hogan look good by not facing Vader. I’m surprised he allowed such a storyline.

The Match: Duggan jumps Vader in the aisle, and they brawl. He even fights with Harley Race and sends him over the ropes. Then, Vader and Duggan brawl in and out of the ring and Jim whips Vader into the guardrail. Duggan also surprises Vader with a cross body and a slam, but Vader answers by boxing his ears and going to the eyes. He eventually sends Duggan crashing into the rail and starts working Jim’s ribs. He nails a Vader Bomb, but Duggan gets a foot on the ropes. Jim then kicks Vader low when he attempts a second bomb. Vader fights back using ref distractions and avalanche attacks. But, he misses a moonsault. Duggan capitalizes with clotheslines until Race rakes his eyes. However, Duggan catches Vader in a slam when he dives off the ropes. Duggan attempts his running clothesline again, but Vader sidesteps him. Race stood on the apron with Jim’s 2×4 and Duggan ran into it. So, Vader gives Duggan an inverted wheelbarrow slam for the win.

Thoughts: I’m of two minds on this match. It was technically quite good. The problem is, this was supposed to be a showcase for Vader. He’s moving into a program with Hogan. Duggan controlled much of the match and Vader only won with help. He should have made quick work of Duggan. This didn’t make him look strong. My only guess is this was a test. Hogan wanted to see if Vader would be selfless against one of Hogan’s buddies.

Winner: Vader (New Champion) (12:06)

Mean Gene is backstage with the Three Faces of Fear, and—OH MY GOD!! MY EYES!!! Someone tell Avalanche to tuck all that back in or get some long tights!! I can’t unsee it! I’m sorry—I’ll try not focusing on it. Sullivan is holding a tombstone that says, “Hulkamania, rest in agony.” Gene doesn’t understand it. It seems self-explanatory to me. Butcher calls the tombstone a late Christmas present. He also claims to be sky high. I don’t doubt it. Then, he says Hogan will know he was in a fight after tonight. Next, Avalanche screams about having Sting one-on-one. He hopes Sting has medical insurance because he’s sending him to the hospital. He also jumps up and down. Oh, please don’t do that! Finally, Sullivan talks about making alliances and buying funeral parlors. I wonder if he got a good deal from the Undertaker. Gene tries to wrap up the promo, but everyone starts screaming and acting strangely. Butcher even makes silly faces.

Alex Wright vs. Jean-Paul Levesque

Notes: Yes, you are seeing this correctly. Triple H is on a WCW PPV. This is his only appearance. He trained with Killer Kowalski and worked the indies before signing with WCW. He initially joined the company under the name Terra Ryzing. It is both absurd and highly amusing. However, WCW repackaged him as a snooty Frenchman named Jean-Paul Levesque. It was an early precursor to his Hunter Hearst Helmsley gimmick, but with a bad French Accent.

He’s facing another newcomer to WCW, Alex Wright. Alex is a second-generation wrestler. He is the son of a British wrestler, Steve Wright and was born and raised in Germany. WCW discovered him during their European tour. They gave him the nickname Das Wunderkind (The Wonderkid) and also some catchy techno theme music. He comes to the ring and does a silly bump and grind dance that looks like he’s humping the air.

The Match: Levesque mocks Alex early by pinching his cheeks and bowing, but Wright catches him with arm drags and flying head scissors. Both men trade mat holds and athletic reversals until Jean-Paul becomes frustrated. He attacks Alex with punches and kicks until Wright tumbles out of the ring on a missed cross body. But, Alex catches him at the ropes and tries a slingshot sunset flip. Levesque blocks it and answers with a powerslam and some more mat holds. He also gives Wright a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker, but Jean-Paul misses a flying elbow. Wright takes advantage with uppercuts and a wheel kick. However, both men collide with each other. Jean-Paul then tries to run Alex into the corner, but he backflips over him and rolls him up for the win.

Thoughts: The match started slow, but it built to something decent. Both men looked sharp, despite being quite green. It felt like they were losing the crowd early, but they slightly won them back by the finish. It was good but basic. Triple H’s time in WCW was short, but we will see much more of Wright in the company. He’s a good wrestler, but he doesn’t find much personality until he eventually turns heel.

Winner: Alex Wright (14:03)

Heenan watches the replay and claims Wright held the tights, but Tony denies it. Then, Tony plugs the January Clash of the Champions in Las Vegas. Heenan thinks the people in Vegas are referring to him when they talk about Old Blue Eyes, but Schiavone tells him that’s Frank Sinatra. Bobby has no clue who that is. Next, The Honky Tonk Man’s music plays for a moment. He’s supposed to be in the next match, but the music stops. Cappetta then introduces Arn Anderson instead. Tony and Bobby are confused.

TV Title Match: Johnny B. Badd (c) vs. Arn Anderson (w/ Col. Parker & Meng)

Notes: This was supposed to be a rematch between Badd and Honky. However, The Honky Tonk Man learned he was losing and quit the company earlier in the day. He is ever the professional. Arn Anderson is a last-minute replacement. He always seems reliable in that manner. It won’t be the last time he’s used in this fashion. Tony speculates Honky got scared Badd would want revenge for Honky hitting him with a guitar. Heenan disagrees. He says Honky is stuck in traffic. But, Tony uses the opportunity to plug the hotline for the scoop.

The Match: Arn keeps taking Johnny down by the hair and they trade holds. Whenever Badd gets the advantage, Arn lifts him and places him on the turnbuckles. He even slaps him, so Badd fights back until Arn complains of hair-pulling. He then regroups and manages to nail the spinebuster, but he doesn’t cover him. Anderson then puts Johnny in more holds and blocks a sunset flip before locking Badd in a sleeper. But, Johnny escapes and lands a flying sunset flip. Arn tries to answer by pinning him with his feet on the ropes, but the ref catches him. Arn argues with the ref, so Badd rolls him up for the win.

Thoughts: This was a decent match. I’ll give them credit because they put this together at the last minute. I feel like the finish has been used before with Anderson, but that didn’t take away from the bout. I’m glad we got this instead of Badd/Honky. I wasn’t looking forward to another fight between them. I kind of wish it had more time because the ending seemed abrupt, but I like what we got.

Winner: Johnny B. Badd (12:11)

Next, they go back to the PWI Year End Awards. The Nasty Boys were named Tag Team of the Year. Heenan compares it giving the Cindy Crawford Beauty Award to Rosanne Barr. Apter says over 18,000 fans voted for the Nasties. They don’t get a trophy. They get a plaque. Sags thanks their fans across the world, his family, and his tag partner. Knobbs thanks everybody, but he doesn’t give specifics. Sags went through the trouble of thanking Brian. Yet, he can’t return the favor? That’s mean. Then, the two of them fight over who gets the plaque, but Apter tells them to do that later. I know the Nasty Boys aren’t a great pick, but ‘94 wasn’t a strong year for tag team wrestling. They did have some good matches with Cactus & Maxx. They might sadly be the best option for the award.

Tony then plugs a local steak house in Nashville. Heenan shakes his head in disbelief. Tony asks him why, but Bobby replies, “It’s my head!” Bobby also whistles because Sherri will be appearing next.

The Nasty Boys vs. Harlem Heat (w/ Sister Sherri)

Notes: Harlem Heat returned over the summer with new names. They’re no longer Kole & Kane. Now, they’re Booker T and Stevie Ray. They also got a new manager. After Flair retired, Sherri started managing Harlem Heat and they renamed her Sister Sherri. Now, they’re in a feud with the Nasty Boys that will go for a while. Also, we see here what being buddies with Hogan gets you. The Tag Team Champions aren’t on this show, but the Nasty Boys get a match.

The Match: Everyone brawls to begin the match until Harlem Heat regroup. The Nasty Boys take control early with double clotheslines and an assisted corner splash. The match becomes a brawl again, but Sherri distracts the ref and Stevie clotheslines Knobbs over the ropes. Then, Knobbs and Stevie botch an Irish whip before Knobbs hits a clothesline and facebuster. Next, the Nasties surprisingly spend some time working over both Stevie and Booker T’s arms. Even the commentators are surprised by this. However, Harlem Heat get Sags on the floor, and Stevie drops him shin-first across the rail. Harlem Heat then slow the match down with bear hugs and chinlocks. Sags eventually fights back and tags Knobbs. He cleans house until they brawl again and Sherri tries using some hairspray. She attempts spraying Knobbs, but gets Stevie instead. The Nasties hit a flying elbow drop, so Sherri dives off the ropes. Unfortunately, she lands on Booker and the ref calls for the bell.

Thoughts: This match had its moments, but it started dragging. It was longer than it should have been and the finish was disappointing. Booker didn’t get to show off much of his athleticism, which would have helped. There were long periods of the Nasties working holds and Stevie slowing down the match. It wasn’t great.

Winners: The Nasty Boys (by DQ) (17:49)

After the bell, the Nasties get hold of Sherri and give her Pity City. The crowd cheer while Sherri flops around on the mat. Knobbs then tells the camera they’re as nasty as they want to be and wishes everyone a Nasty Christmas. I’m pretty sure Christmas was over already. Then, Tony plugs the hotline with Mikey Tenay and Chris Cruise. They show Hulk Hogan talking with them, so Tony mentions Randy Savage. Heenan thinks Hogan should focus more on The Butcher.

Tony then talks about Sting/Avalanche and shows footage of Sting accepting the PWI award for being the Most Popular Wrestler. Why is there an award for both Most Popular and Wrestler of the Year? Wouldn’t one denote the other? Sting is wearing a pair of sunglasses goofy enough Christian would have loved them. I’m guessing its to hide the fact he’s drunk because he behaves strangely. He keeps talking in a fake Russian accent and says, “I make speech, huh?” He thanks his little Stingers in all shapes and sizes. He also says he was born and raised in WCW. Then, he randomly does his war cry and goes back to the accent.

Next, Gene is backstage with Sting. Gene admits he had a bit of the bubbly after the PWI Awards. I’m sure he made a future Chris Jericho proud. Gene discusses Sting’s match with Avalanche. Sting claims he’s tired of talking about what he’s going to do. He then repeats his lines about his little Stingers of all shapes and sizes, but he leaves out the fake accent. Then, Sting says he will have to be a giant killer to win and admits he feels exactly like that. He beats his chest and yells before leaving the scene.

Mr. T vs. Kevin Sullivan

Notes: Cappetta calls this a score-settling contest. Sullivan enters the arena and watches his video while yelling, “Hey! Hey! Hey!” Is he saying hello to himself on the screen? What’s wrong with him? Then, Mr. T makes an entrance wearing his referee gear from Halloween Havoc and a matching nightcap. Tony claims this is the first time T has wrestled, but I’m pretty sure it’s at least the third. I get they don’t want to acknowledge his WWF work, but don’t make ridiculous statements.

The Match: T gets the advantage early with punches and a hip toss. Meanwhile, Dave Sullivan arrives in his Santa gear. The two men continue brawling to the floor where Kevin pulls T’s shirt over his head. He gives T some stiff shots because T was working a bit rough earlier. They continue trading punches while a cameraman falls on his ass. So, Sullivan pushes T on top of him. Sullivan then attempts removing T’s shirt, but it can’t fit over his hands. He has to continue the match with a shirt dangling from his arms. Then, Jimmy Hart arrives and places his megaphone in Dave Sullivan’s Santa sack. Dave takes the sack and clocks Sullivan with it, so T covers for the win.

Thoughts: They at least kept this short. You could tell some of the shots were stiff. T didn’t know how to throw worked punches, so Sullivan gave him a few receipts. It was a mess of a match. I’m unsure why it needed to happen. I like Mr. T, but he wasn’t relevant in 1994. Hogan simply wanted to get his friend a spot on the show. Also, this reminded me that we will get another Kevin/Dave match. I’m not looking forward to that.

Winner: Mr. T (3:50)

Dave celebrates with the fans, so Kevin jumps him from behind. Tony yells, “Oh, my god! He’s beating up Santa Claus!” Sullivan then takes Dave into the ring and gives him a piledriver. He also takes off Dave’s belt and beats him with it. The fans chant for Hogan, but Hulk isn’t bothering. Even Mr. T disappeared. I guess no one likes Dave Sullivan.

Tony then plugs SuperBrawl V. He also talks about the remaining matches and Randy Savage before sending it to Gene. He’s in the locker room and says they had to clear out a few naked people before doing this interview. He welcomes Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart and talks about the Butcher and Savage. Hogan says he hoped the Butcher would change his mind about doing the match. That makes Hulk sound like he’s scared. Hogan also agrees Butcher is on the ultimate high. I guess they were getting high together. Then, Hogan talks about focusing on the cancer and family business. Whoa, who is Hogan calling cancer? He didn’t specify, but that is a loaded statement. Gene then tries to get a word with Jimmy, but Hogan rudely interrupts him. He talks about Savage and claims he’s shooting with the world. Hogan says everyone knows about his problems with Randy. Next, Gene tells Hart to toot his own horn. Oh, my! Jimmy says he will never turn his back on Hogan. That’s ominous. Gene then stumbles over his words, so Hogan mocks him mercilessly. Finally, Hogan claims he’s tired of giving quarter and promises to throw out the rule book. This was almost a heel promo by Hogan. It sounds like he’s venting his frustrations over some of the crowd reactions he’s getting.

Sting vs. Avalanche (w/ Kevin Sullivan)

Notes: Avalanche enters to a cheap knock-off of his WWF theme. He’s with Kevin Sullivan. Kevin probably should have stayed at ringside. He walked backstage only to enter again. Sting then arrives and it looks like he’s trying to see how high he can spike his hair. It has reached ridiculous lengths. Sting gets a great reaction and slaps hands with the fans. Then, both men face each other. Avalanche jumps up and down, so Sting responds by beating his chest and yelling. Heenan calls him Tarzan Boy. Thanks, now that song by Baltimora is in my head.

The Match: They shove each other a few times, but Avalanche misses a corner splash. Sting then attacks his legs repeatedly. They also fight through a test of strength, but Sting keeps returning to the legs. However, he fails on some slam attempts. Then, Avalanche gives Sting some powerslams and a bear hug. However, Sting answers with a sleeper hold. Avalanche keeps attempting to break it, but Sting recovers. Next, Sting goes back to the legs only to fail at another slam. Avalanche answers with a powerslam and signals for the Avalanche Drop. Sting recovers and nails a clothesline and flying axehandle. He then goes for a Stinger Splash, but the ref gets sandwiched behind Avalanche. Sting doesn’t notice. He puts Avalanche in the Scorpion Deathlock, but Sullivan breaks it. Then, Sting grabs Kevin and throws him at Avalanche, but it has no effect. Sullivan and Avalanche surround Sting, so Hogan arrives with a chair while a new ref calls for the bell.

Thoughts: I liked the story they were trying to tell, but this match was slow. You can tell Avalanche doesn’t have the conditioning he used to have. He was quite winded. There was some good action, but much of this was dull. It also doesn’t help that there was a disappointing finish. If Avalanche was in better shape, I could have seen this being decent.

Winner: Sting (by DQ) (15:26)

Avalanche and Sullivan retreat while Hogan checks on Sting. Heenan refers to Hogan as the Lone Ranger, but he thinks Avalanche had the match won before Hogan arrived. Heenan says he’s so sick of Hogan. He’s not alone. Bobby also warns Sting Hogan will eventually turn on him. That was some inadvertent foreshadowing.

Next, they show more footage from the PWI Awards. Jimmy Hart won Manager of the Year, so Heenan said it was like Forrest Gump winning the Einstein Award for intelligence. Jimmy thanks everyone and talks about how he hasn’t won the award since 1987. He also says half the award should go to Hogan. He claims Hogan slapped some sense into him in and made him see his evil ways. Then, he restates the fact that he will always be Hogan’s friend. Is this foreshadowing already? I didn’t think WCW planned that far ahead.

Then, they recap the Hogan/Butcher feud. Tony says no one was surprised to see Butcher at Hogan’s side when he arrived in WCW. Butcher feigns disgust over the Masked Man’s attack. They show footage of all the times Butcher was at Hogan’s side after the mugging. They also show all of the Masked Man’s assaults. Next, Gene interviews Hogan on the beach. Hogan is rude to Gene again and tells him to go interview Flair instead. Tony then points out there were two masked men, which allowed Butcher to continue the deception. They also show footage from Halloween Havoc and Clash of the Champions.

WCW Title Match: Hulk Hogan (c) (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. The Butcher (w/ Kevin Sullivan & Avalanche)

Notes: The Butcher keeps making chopping motions with his hands as he walks to the ring. Tony mistakenly says, “The dick has been stacked against Hogan!” Is that so!? Butcher then rips up a Hogan t-shirt and spits on it. Hogan enters next with a chair in his hand. Michael Buffer does the introductions. He calls Nick Bockwinkel honorable, so Heenan says, “HA!” The Butcher makes stupid faces while Buffer introduces him. Then, Buffer introduces Hogan and says Hulkmania again. No one has bothered correcting him. Hogan’s theme then plays a second time, for some reason. Meanwhile, Bockwinkel ejects Sullivan and Avalanche from ringside.

The Match: Hogan shoves Butcher around the ring, but he responds with head chops. Then, they brawl to the floor, and the back rakes begin. Both men take turns raking each other’s back, front, and eyes. It is at least 40% of this match. Jimmy Hart stops Butcher from using a chair, but no one stops Hogan from using it. The ref doesn’t care. Then, Butcher surprises Hogan with a high knee and chokes him. He also uses more rakes, but he misses a diving chop. Hogan responds with—you guessed it, rakes. He even does a Kung-Fu pose and chops Butcher. However, Butcher catches Hogan ducking and uses a nerve hold for a while. He eventually locks Hogan in the sleeper hold. Hogan starts fading, and the referee checks his arms. But, Butcher releases him too soon. Hogan decides to play possum and then hulks-up when Butcher makes a cover. This draws Sullivan and Avalanche back to the ring, but Hogan fends them off and hits the leg drop for the win.

Thoughts: This was awful. It was mostly back rakes, biting, and poor offense. The Butcher is not a main-eventer. This was two friends goofing around in the main event of WCW’s biggest show. I don’t understand why they didn’t book Hogan/Vader for this show instead. It was already set up and would have been a bigger match. I guess Hogan wanted to get his friend a big payday.

Winner: Hulk Hogan (12:07)

After the match, Hogan fends off Sullivan and Avalanche. He grabs a chair, but Randy Savage arrives. He shakes hands with the Three Faces of Fear and starts directing traffic. Hogan is in disbelief. But, when Sullivan turns to face Hogan—Savage attacks Kevin from behind. Hogan then gives the Faces of Fear some of the weakest chair shots I’ve ever seen. The fans cheer while Hogan and Savage clear the ring. Savage picks up Hogan’s title belt, so Heenan begs him to hit Hogan with it, but he doesn’t. Hogan sees him holding the title and questions him, but Randy hands it to Hogan. He also shakes Hogan’s hand, so Heenan sounds sick. Then, both men pose for the crowd while they show replays. Heenan insults Savage some more until Hogan and Savage head backstage.

Hogan heads into the locker room to celebrate and Gene joins him. Hogan gives everyone an Ooh Yeah, so Gene needlessly points out he’s referring to Savage. Randy jokingly replies, “Where is he?” Hogan then says again he wished Butcher would change his ways. Hulk claims Savage kept him razor-sharp. Then, Savage replies he decided to trip the light fantastic and broke a promise to Kevin Sullivan. He sarcastically apologizes for it. Hogan then says he did what he had to do, but he beat a piece of himself. Oh, my—again. Gene starts to say more, but someone screams Hogan’s name. It’s Vader. He barges into the locker room with Harley Race and demands Hogan listen to him. Vader says Hogan is living with the demon of fear because of Vader. He says he sees the fear in Hogan’s eyes. He then claims the Hulkamaniacs are asking if Hogan is afraid to face Vader. He also questions whether Hogan or Bockwinkel is running WCW. Vader yells he’s the #1 Contender and calls out Hogan for a match. Hogan says maybe it’s Vader time right now and shoves him, but the officials break up the fight. Gene yells that Vader is a lunatic.

Gene restores order and talks to Nick Bockwinkel. Nick stumbles his way through a promo about how Vader has a claim to the title match. Bockwinkel can’t form a sentence, so Gene tells him to leave and claims he was double-talking him. Heenan then calls Hogan a marked man while Tony tells everyone Happy New Year.

The Good:

– The opener was decent, despite the questionable structure.

– TV Title Match was good

– There were some intentional and unintentional amusing moments on the show.

– Vader got the U.S. Title away from Duggan

The Bad:

– The Main Event was awful

– Sting/Avalanche was dull

– The Nasties/Harlem Heat match was disappointing

Performer of the Night:

I’m going to give it to Bobby Heenan again. None of the wrestlers had a stand-out night, but Bobby’s commentary was great.

Final Thoughts:

This wasn’t a good PPV, but I’m not as negative about it as some people. I was able to find amusement in even the bad stuff. Unintentional humor can make up for a bad event. However, that doesn’t mean I give it a recommendation. It is still quite disappointing for a Starrcade. I guess Starrcade ’93 was a fluke. WCW has returned to treating SuperBrawl as more important. That’s where they will finally hold Hogan vs. Vader. This was a sad way to end what was otherwise a good ‘94 for WCW.

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Written by Paul Matthews

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