When WWE announced earlier this year that it would revive Starrcade for the first time since 2000, wrestling fans – for the most part – could barely contain their excitement.  And sure: some said that an event produced by Vince McMahon could never, or more accurately, would be ever – to do justice to the WCW masterpiece that those of a certain age once considered as ] his WrestleMania . To illustrate the point, December To Dismember was cited as a cautionary tale (and not for the first time).
On the other hand, had One Night Stands 2005 and 2006, the ECW meeting shows abundantly peppered with members of the original cast, who managed to capture exactly what made Paul Heyman's fight so special, the bingo hosted on the living room.
There have also been indications, in the decade since, that WWE – under the new direction of Triple H – is finally beginning to embrace the creations of its rivals. AJ Styles is a two-time WWE champion, on the one hand, and what about NXT itself? The first fighting approach adopted in Orlando seems to be strongly influenced by the Ring of Honor (from which it borrows much of its list).
A show like One Night Stand was never very likely. With the exception of Goldberg (who can only fight two minutes at a time) and Chris Jericho (who is currently preparing to return to Japan), almost all of Ted Turner's biggest stars are too old, too beaten or, you know , too racist to compete.
However, Starrcade could have been a night of nostalgia. The traditions of the WCW, including the name and location of the show, took place at the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina, which hosted four of the first five NWA events, were there to attract the gamblers, but how about some winks to Eric Bischoff? ?
WarGames, of course, had already been used, and was used to great effect, in the NXT TakeOver show last weekend. It was appropriate for a party type that defined the era to be given its own special event, but even if you remove that from the cards, there are still a lot of things that could have been deployed.
Dream couples, you might think, are one of them. The original Starrcade was always the end of the line for the longest and longest fights of the year; the scenario in which names like Hulk Hogan, Sting, Roddy Piper and Goldberg resolved their differences.
WWE used Starrcade as a show almost exclusively for rematches, plus a 12-man team fight with a single purpose seemed to be presenting Bludgeon Brothers Harper and Rowan as a force to be reckoned with. It seemed (and probably felt) more like No Mercy or Unforgiven than one of the biggest shows of the year.
There also seems to have been very little, in terms of reserve, that would attract the recalcitrant WCW. . The search for the title of Shinsuke Nakamua in the USA UU It ended in a DQ victory, to be fair (which is clbadic, pranks from Russo's time) but other than that it was something standard for WWE: nothing new and nothing particularly exciting.
The decision not to televise the event at all is strange. WWE is a company known for nothing, if not for cash, but it seems to have missed the opportunity (and, perhaps, the last chance) to squeeze the nostalgia sponge of Monday Night Wars.
Do you fear that having the show so close to the Survivor Series would be a disappointment in the splendor of one of its traditional Big Four fixtures? If so, could not they have dropped it, say, in June or July, instead of the Great Fireballs perhaps? Fans could probably have forgiven the fact that they did not adhere to the traditional November / December programming.
In the end, it's the loss of WWE as much as ours. This could have been the opportunity to breathe new life into some of the WCW principles that have been missed in the world of struggle since its collapse in 2001.
As the sole owner of the video library, and desperate By boosting their network of subscribers to offset the TV ratings they score – WWE would surely have reaped the rewards both in the short and long term by arousing some interest in one of the fallen giants of wrestling.
Special documentaries and merchandise (nWo t-shirts never really go out of style) are a fact, but new stars could also have been created if some of the rookies were allowed to rub elbows, even if only through the microphone, with greats of eras past.
Instead, November 25 will fall like a night in which they did not even bother with a custom set. Seriously, look at that miserable thing.