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Real Wrestle Mania…Why not do it like the old days?
There was a time when each year in pro wrestling, the wrestling bookers from the various wrestling territories would get together and promote cross promotional mega-cards that allowed the fans an opportunity to see matches that they never thought possible. I can remember reading Pro Wrestling Illustrated as a kid and flipping to the last few pages which was where they used to put the regional results from various shows around the country. I remember seeing some of the best booking in the history of the pro wrestling industry.
Starrcade 1983 was the first time that I can remember seeing some of the greatest matches of all time that included talent from all over the country competing on one stage. It was the precursor to WrestleMania, and showcased a variety of matches that commanded the attention of the entire wrestling world. More than the main event pitting Ric Flair against Harley Race, the matchups on the undercard solidified Starrcade as a pivotal time in the industry as smaller regional territories began to see the merits of national marketing. Matches like Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood vs. the Briscos and Abdullah the Butcher vs. Carlos Colon gave the fans a chance to see talent that they were not as familiar with which broadened the audience and helped the NWA grow.
Superclash was a concept that started in 1985 and continued until 1990 that pitted stars from various promotions against one another once a year as an opportunity to see the best of the best from around the world compete. I remember in 1985 seeing Mil Mascaras retain his IWA title against Buddy Roberts, Krusher Khruschev, Ivan, and Nikita Koloff retain their NWA 6 man tag team titles against Crusher, Dick the Bruiser, and Baron Von Raschke, but most of all, I remember seeing Jumbo Tsuruta, Giant Baba, and Genichiro Tenryu defeat Harley Race and the Long Riders in a six man tag that introduced me to Japanese wrestling for the first time. No match at any Superclash garnered more attention that at Superclash III when Jerry Lawler defeated Kerry Von Erich to unify the AWA world championship with the WCWA world championship that was filled with controversy and intrigue.
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