Starrcade was a Thanksgiving Special at first, Dusty Rhodes thought of this Event because he said to himself "what are people going to do now that they've eaten there Thanksgiving meal?" and his answer was to offer them a Special Wrestling Event to finish off Thanksgiving with. To really set this Event up, they started off with NWA Champion Harley Race putting a Bounty out on Ric Flair for $25,000. They used Cowboy Bob Orton Jr. and Dick Slater to collect the Bounty to add suspense and what finished the set up for the Main Event was Ric Flair announcing his Retirement and than returning with a baseball bat and cutting a Promo that ended with "It's only just begun". Other matches were NWA Tag-Team Title match between Jay Youngblood and Ricky Steamboat challenging Gerry & Jack, The Briscoe Brothers. Instead of having a U. S. Title match between Roddy Piper and Greg Valentine, to make this Event unforgettable, they asked Piper to get a Dog Collar so that they could have a Dog Collar match. They had a TV Title vs. Mask match between Charlie Brown and the Champion The Great Kabuki. For the first fifteen minutes, the TV Title was on the line and the rest of the match the Mask was on the line, so that's what I believe helped solidify this Event as the gold standard in what we now call Pay-per-Views in Wrestling. There were other matches that I don't remember right now, but those matches really made me want to see the second one whenever I first watched it on the WWE Network, so please enjoy my Episode of Starrcade 1983.
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