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Starrcade 1996 - A Great PPV

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I only recently got a chance to watch Starrcade 96 in its entirety and I have to say, I thought it was one of the best WCW pay per views I ever watched. A red hot crowd and some good to very good matches made this show really enjoyable. If I had watched it in 1996 it would have been my favorite ppv that year. The cruiserweight matches pitting Ultimo Dragon vs Dean Malenko and Jushin Liger vs Mysterio were really good. Jarrett vs Benoit and DDP vs Gurrero also really added dept to the under/mid card of the show. The main event matches pitting Luger against Giant and Hogan vs Piper might have lacked the fast paced excitement of the matches I mentioned previously but the audience was really into them and this really made it a memorable show for me. Plus that fan run in towards the end of the Hogan/Piper match was great!

So folks, what do you think? Was Starrcade 96 an enjoyable event for you? How would you rank it compared to other Starrcades or WCW ppvs in general that year?
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Undercard is really good for the most part but the main event is fucking awful though I guess Piper/Hogan on PPV is some sort of a big deal even if it is 11 years after that feud meant anything. I also believe this was one of the first Sell Outs WCW did during the big run they had from 1996-1998
 

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One of my favorite WCW PPVs. Great stuff like Outsiders clubbing it out w/those spectacular Faces of Fear. Benoit vs Jarrett having a sleeper great match. Which is stunning considering the rest of Jarrett's WCW tenure from this stint would be the worst thing to come from 1997. Eddie vs DDP was good; WCW did a great job giving the finals to those two. Not something you saw very often as we all know. WCW letting two rising workers compete for the upper mid card championship. Malenko vs Dragon is one of those matches I can firmly understand someone not thinking is as "great" as myself & others may do, but it still more than holds up for me. Was always a bit miffed it got nixed from making the Starrcade DVD set released back in 2008. Women's match gets slept on this show too & that's a good, quality match. And finally, Liger bullying the piss out of Mysterio for 14 minutes is brilliant. Underrated match that is. I think some expected the showcase of what would be the two most iconic high flyers, but instead we got Liger being a jerk & Mysterio working his grand plucky underdog goodness. May have not gone the way some have conceived, but it's still damn great.

Hogan vs Piper is what it is. Seen worse, seen MUCH better. Can understand it being a draw b/c well...it was. Simply put. Hogan vs Sting the year later is worse & that was "the" money match for WCW. That's how things go sometimes. Remember zilch about Luger vs Giant, but I think that says it all. I actually wonder if that is kind of awesome, now that I think about it. Luger was out of his prime & Giant hasn't found it yet. It's probably far from it, but dammit I want to have some hope.
 

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I watched it a couple of times. I just cant get into it like i can with starrcade 97 and 98. It doesnt have the same huge event vibe, lacks that historic feeling the two subsequent starrcades had
 

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Undercard is really good for the most part but the main event is fucking awful though I guess Piper/Hogan
If you were around 1985 and saw Hogan/Piper in reversed roles you would understand the appeal of why Piper coming back to call out Hogan was a big deal.

Besides that event actually felt like a big time Mania event, while we had crap at the previous ppv such as that WWF ppv which stunk up the joint.
 

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Giant vs. Luger was a really good, big man match that a lot of internet fans don't appreciate.

Piper vs. Hogan had mega heat.

The match that disappointed me was Liger vs. Rey but that because Liger had to change styles for health reasons.
 
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