This is arguably one of the most famous pay-per-view events in the history of WCW, featuring the in-ring return of Sting following a 15-month exile which saw the rise of the nWo, but also the dominance of the WWE in the Monday Night Wars. WCW at this time was on fire, and the anticipation going into this event was full of electricity. I have seen the main event for this show, but nothing more so I am quite intrigued to see what will be produced at a time when WCW was on absolute fire. So here I go with the next…
Old School Review: Starrcade 1997
The opening promo is based around Sting loitering in an abandoned warehouse, toying the idea of facing Hollywood Hogan at the event. We then go inside the MCI Center in Washington D.C for the event, and we are joined by our commentators for the evening Tony Schiavone, Mike Tennay and Dusty Rhodes who briefly talk about the main event. We are then shown various WCW Superstars in the crowd, showing unity for the main event, and after a brief comment by Dusty Rhodes we then head to the ring for the first match of the evening.
WCW Cruiserweight Championship: Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. Dean Malenko
Both men make there way to the ring, and the match is a really enjoyable pace. It is the standard match of a WCW card which provides something different and unique for the fans. The match is very back and forth between both men with a whole variety of moves being used. After a great match, Eddie is able to retain his championship following a frog splash. I cannot help but feel that it was slightly withdrawn though and could have being a lot better.
Winner: Eddie Guerrero, to retain the WCW Cruiserweight Championship
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
Scott Hall makes his way to the ring, and talks about Kevin Nash not being there tonight and how The Giant is the winner by technical forfeit. Eventually, The Giant makes his way to the ring and takes out Scott Hall with Nash’s signature powerbomb.
Randy Savage, Scott Norton and Vincent (w/ Elizabeth) vs. Scott Steiner, Rick Steiner and Ray Traylor (w/ Ted DiBiase)
Vincent and Norton make their way out first, and assist Scott Hall to the back before then immediately returning to the ring. The Steiner’s and Taylor then make their way to the ring, before the third man is revealed for the nWo as Randy Savage who makes his way to the ring with Elizabeth, and the match gets underway with Scott Steiner and Savage. There is various tags in and out by both teams, with particular attention paid to a back injury of Scott Steiner. Eventually, after a failed attempt at a frankensteiner Savage is able to nail an elbow from the top rope to pick up in the win in a match which was in all honesty a bit of a washout. There wasn’t really anything to it which made it stand out or have a lasting impact.
Winner: Randy Savage, Scott Norton and Vincent
Match Rating: 1.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We go to Mean Gene Okerlund, who is joined by JJ Dillon. They talk about the presence of various WCW talents in the audience, and the importance of not only Sting versus Hogan but also Larry Zbysko versus Eric Bischoff. It is then announced that Nick Patrick (former nWo referee) will be the referee for the main event.
Bill Goldberg vs. Steve McMichael
Goldberg makes his way to the ring first, and it is really weird to see the entrance without all the hype and pyro. Mongo then makes his way to the ring, and they begin brawling in the aisle way. The match is basically an execution of various power moves between both men, and whilst it does help continue the build of Goldberg going into 1998 the match is still pretty awful. Goldberg eventually wins the match following a Jackhammer. Strange to see the moves without the patent spear beforehand.
Match Rating: 0.5 out of 5.0 Stars