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WCW Starrcade 1991 - Your thoughts?

What's everyone's thoughts on this show?

I watched it and thought it was a really good show overall. Obviously alot of the teams weren't familiar with each other so some things suffered but then again some of the teams created worked out pretty nice. Z-Man and Terry Taylor were actually a really good team and probably could have had a run. I kind of liked Kazmaier/Liger as a really random team too.

I thought the best matches on the show were either Z-Man/Taylor vs Arn/Luger or Sting/Abdullah vs Pillman/Eaton. I think you could go either way here but the latter might win it out. The Taylor/Z-Man tag featured Taylor kind of turning face throughout the match and probably giving one of his best performances ever. I don't think he ever showed more fire or character than he did there.

The Sting/Abdullah tag was a spectacle. I don't think anyone could ever book something as wild as this one. Sting had to team with his paid bounty hunter who was coming out to get him to fight off his best friend and his former friend. The whole story of Pillman having to decide whether to save Sting and get him to BattleBowl or to help himself get to BattleBowl was a great story and something else. The crowd was livid for it and I thought it was a true gem.

One other tag that was alot of fun involved Todd Champion/Ricky Steamboat vs Cactus Jack/Buddy Lee Parker. When Parker was announced as Cactus' partner, Abdullah went nuts because he wanted to team with Cactus. Buddy got the crap beaten out of him twice then he crawled to the ring to try to get himself to
Battlebowl. Jim Ross really put over this story well and showed how this night could be a life changer for Parker if everything went well.

As for Battlebowl itself, it was a well put together match. They played out some feuds and reignited others. Sting vs Rude was good stuff and the final with Sting vs Luger was also really good.

Overall, I thought it was a great show. It was different, had some interesting pairings(Arachnaman and Johnny B. Badd anyone?) and had a couple of really good matches.

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Re: WCW Starrcade 1991 - Your thoughts?

I remember watching this ppv live as a little kid...good times, I always thought that WCW gave up on the Battlebowl concept too soon. I believe if they kept going with it year, after year it could have been as big as The Royal Rumble over time. I would of just moved the ppv it was held on. I would of had a separate PPV for this instead of Starrcade. I know WCW did this in 1993 when they had a separate PPV called Battlebowl which was held that November.

I would of kept that concept of it and have the winner of Battlebowl every year get a shot at the World Champion of Starcade . I know they did this in 1993 and kind of did it with the World War 3 Battle royals a few years later.. but I always kind of preferred the battle bowls to the 60 man battle royals. It had its own unique personality from a regular battle royal...just like Royal Rumble does which makes that one special. If you see one regular battle royal, you've seen them all in my opinion.

As for this particular PPV itself I enjoyed it and find its a really underrated PPV. I believe there was no other way than have Sting and Luger be the last two in this considering the story behind their feud. The following years Battlebowl in 1992 however, was such let down compared to this one. They only had i believe 8 or 10 wrestlers in that one and just one ring. If they were going to half ass it, they were better off not doing it,

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I don't like multi-ring matches. I love the idea of a tag team qualifying matches where people are picked at random, though. They should've just had one ring.

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