The Lawcast – WCW Starrcade 1988 Was The True Beginning of World Championship Wrestling

Welcome, boys and girls, to another episode of the Lawcast! This week we’re kicking off a new winter tradition, as we begin our Starrcade series with WCW Starrcade 1988. We chose to begin there, rather than with the actual first Starrcade, so we could tell the story of WCW through these 12 PPVs, and see how this company rapidly, and chaotically, shifts from year to year. We’re covering 88 and 89 this year, and we’ll pick up where we leave off next year!

Now let’s focus on this show, and all of the bizarre 80s NWA staples that makes it so special. From Dusty Rhodes’ passive aggressive booking, to Ric Flair doing Ric Flair things, on down to the showdown between Jim Cornette and Paul Heyman. This show has a lot of good and a lot of bad, and the most praise is directed at *checks notes* LEX LUGER?!

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