• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (December 26, 1988) – NWA Starrcade 1988
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on December 26, 1988, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired ‘NWA Starrcade 1988’ LIVE on PPV from the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia.
This was the first PPV after billionaire Ted Turner bought Jim Crockett Promotions and renamed it World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
The main event featured NWA World Heavyweight Champion “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair defending his title against the #1 contender Lex Luger.
Here are the results:
– NWA United States Tag Team Championship: Steve Williams & Kevin Sullivan def. The Fantastics (c)
– The Midnight Express def. The Original Midnight Express
– The Russian Assassins def. Junkyard Dog & Ivan Koloff
– NWA World Television Championship: Rick Steiner def. Mike Rotunda (c)
– NWA United States Heavyweight Championship: Barry Windham (c) def. Bam Bam Bigelow via countout
– NWA World Tag Team Championship: Sting & Dusty Rhodes def. The Road Warriors (c) via DQ
– NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ric Flair (c) def. Lex Luger
• Possible Bad News Regarding John Cena’s WWE PPV Status
16 Time WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena will be returning to WWE programming on next week’s New Year’s edition of SmackDown Live.
With Cena returning to WWE TV in January, this has resulted in the fans questioning Cena’s Royal Rumble 2019 PPV status.
It should be noted that Cena might not work the Royal Rumble 2019 PPV, which takes place on January 27, as he’ll begin shooting for another movie in Vancouver from January 20.
During a recent interview with ESPN, Cena revealed why he can’t wrestle in WWE while filming a movie:
“The biggest difficulty is trying to juggle stuff because I have learned, and I’m trying to fight this system but I’m losing, once you’re in production for a movie, they don’t allow you to wrestle. Because I can’t go to a WWE taping and have my nose put over here.
Not only doesn’t it look good, it’s, ‘Man, you don’t look right.’ So they shut the whole movie down, there are 150 people that are expecting a paycheck for that movie and I just screwed them out of their wage. It ups the budget of the movie, so I just put the movie behind the eight ball of possibly being a financial success.”
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