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Let's Go to the Ring!

Join us monthly as we look through the good old days - and not-so-good old days - of World Championship Wrestling (WCW), series by series, to figure out what makes each of WCW's shows tick. Just what defines Starrcade, and what defines Halloween Havoc? WCW may have gone out of business years ago, but it will never lose its place in wrestling history, and its position as the one true competitor to the WWF may never be replicated. Together, let's take a look through it and enjoy the highs, lows, and strange decisions along the way.Logo art by: Gina Trujillo (http://resuki.com/)

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Episode 8: Starrcade '90

Sting has risen to the top and captured the World Heavyweight Title, but the mysterious Black Scorpion threatens to bring him crashing back down. It's mask vs. title as Sting seeks the Black Scorpion's identity. Meanwhile, which tag team will be declared Champions of the Universe? Will the Horsemen get revenge on Doom for their attack on Ric Flair? Will the amazing power of computer science defeat Terry Taylor and his five-arm? And which match drove John into an existential crisis? For all this and more, let's go to the ring!Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LetsGo2theRing?lang=en or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LetsGo2theRing/ Music by Michael Gary Brewer at https://www.instantmusicnow.com/

3hr 3mins

17 Apr 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 3: Starrcade '85

Dusty Rhodes has had some Hard Times since Starrcade '84, but now he's back to take it out on Ric Flair. Will we actually get an honest-to-goodness finish this time? Will the Midnight Express escape a match against Jimmy Valiant with tuxedos intact? (Wait...didn't Jimmy Valiant lose a "Loser Leaves Town" match last time? Again?) Can Manny Fernandez hold on to the sombrero that he so casually tossed to the crowd last year? And who is the exciting third member of the announce team? For all this and more...let's go to the ring!Music by Michael Gary Brewer at https://www.instantmusicnow.com/

2hr 35mins

9 Nov 2018

Rank #2

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Episode 7: Starrcade '89

WCW gets all experimental on us as Starrcade '89 hosts tag and singles tournaments! It's a Luger selling extravaganza! Can Flair and Sting's friendship survive their competition? Who will win when the Road Warriors and the Steiner Brothers face off in a dream match? And what unexpected wrestler reminded us of Ricky Steamboat? For all this and more, let's go to the ring!Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LetsGo2theRing?lang=en or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LetsGo2theRing/ Music by Michael Gary Brewer at https://www.instantmusicnow.com/Storium Arc: http://storiumarc.com/Companions of the Perception Check: https://www.companionsofperception.net/

2hr 42mins

8 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 10: Starrcade '92

The Lethal Lottery has WCW all mixed up! Again! WCW actually loved the Battlebowl: The Lethal Lottery concept so much it ran it for two Starrcades in a row. On the bright side, it isn't the whole show this time! The grand tradition of the Battlebowl championship ring begins (a year late) as Sting tries to win a second ring (on the same night he's been given his first one)...and faces Vader for the King of Cable as well. Oh, and hey, we've got two World titles now. What's up with that? To find out, let's go to the ring!Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LetsGo2theRing?lang=en or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LetsGo2theRing/Music by Michael Gary Brewer at https://www.instantmusicnow.com/Logo by Gina Trujillo at http://resuki.com/

2hr 30mins

11 Jul 2019

Rank #4

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Episode 5: Starrcade '87

It's the end of an era with Starrcade '87: Chi-Town Heat (alternately, Glory Bound). It's time to find out if less is more, as Starrcade '87 has 5 fewer matches than the prior year. Will a shorter show be a better show? Will Dusty Rhodes face the end of his career (for 90 days)? Will Ric Flair's second time around as challenger at Starrcade be as memorable as his first? With Ole gone, will Arn and Tully carry on the Anderson Legacy? And which wrestler reminded John of a Sesame Street character? For all this and more...let's go to the ring!Like the show? For new episode announcements and news about the show, you can follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LetsGo2theRing?lang=en or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LetsGo2theRing/Music by Michael Gary Brewer at https://www.instantmusicnow.com/

2hr 17mins

2 Jan 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 4: Starrcade '86

It's the gift that keeps on giving, whether you particularly want it to or not, as Starrcade '86 is an hour longer...much of which is made up of video packages for other shows. But don't worry, there's wrestling too! Which is more powerful, whip or chain? Who will win when the Road Warriors and the Midnight Express battle high above the ring? (Gravity. Gravity wins.) And will Ric Flair retain his title against bold new crowd favorite babyface...Nikita Koloff? For all this and more, let's go to the ring!Music by Michael Gary Brewer at https://www.instantmusicnow.com/

2hr 44mins

7 Dec 2018

Rank #6

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Episode 9: Starrcade '91

The Lethal Lottery has WCW all mixed up! Starrcade hosts a night full of unusual tag team action, leading up to one (just slightly overcomplicated) battle royal - it's time for Battlebowl! Can Sting endure against the onslaught of evil champion Lex Luger's henchmen and the Dangerous Alliance? Who will win when Freebird faces Freebird? What bold new hero will rise to capture the crowd's loyalty? All this and a bold, definitely totally original new wrestler that does everything an, uh, arachnid can! Let's go to the ring!Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LetsGo2theRing?lang=en or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LetsGo2theRing/ Music by Michael Gary Brewer at https://www.instantmusicnow.com/

2hr 31mins

10 May 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 6: Starrcade '88

It's the show that had so much grit it needed an extra "t!" Jim Crockett Promotions has fallen, but in its place rises World Championship Wrestling. Will the show feel markedly different from what came before? Will Lex Luger defeat Ric Flair in a battle for the title, with the DQ rule waived in his favor? In a battle between the original and new Midnight Express, which comes out on top? And just how did Kevin Sullivan convince a nice guy like Dr. Death to join his squad of evil college graduates, anyway? For all this and more, let's go to the ring!

2hr 18mins

1 Feb 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 19: Starrcade Series Retrospective

We've reached the end of WCW's first supercard, and the end of our first series as well. In this episode, we take a look back at the Starrcade series as a whole and discuss the series' themes, along with some of the highs and lows and surprises we've encountered watching the Starrcades. Plus: New series awards, a performer stats guessing game (play along!), and our Ultimate Starrcade cards! Finally, find out what we'll be covering next! For all this and more...let's go to the ring!Music by Michael Gary Brewer at https://www.instantmusicnow.com/Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/letsgo2thering , or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LetsGo2theRing/

2hr 12mins

3 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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Episode 18: Starrcade 2000

It's the 18th Starrcade...and the last. World Championship Wrestling's first ever supercard comes to a close, a few months before the end of the company itself. Will Starrcade end with a bang, or a whimper? Will Goldberg best Luger and keep his new streak and existing career alive? Which tag team will win a #1 contender's match for a singles title? Just what is the difference between a Street Fight and a Bunkhouse Match, anyway? And what noble figure approaches through that shining portal in the distance, here to rescue us all? For all this and more, let's go to the ring!Music by Michael Gary Brewer at https://www.instantmusicnow.com/Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/letsgo2thering , or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LetsGo2theRing/

3hr 16mins

6 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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Episode 17: Starrcade '99

It's time for a look at Starrcade '99 - but don't blink or you might miss it zipping on by. WCW's crammed a four hour show into three hours by just rushing though everything at a million miles per hour. Still, in the midst of the whirlwind you can spot Norman Smiley looking for his lost dignity, Sting learning an important life lesson about trust, not one but two near-disastrous powerbombs, the blight upon humanity called Oklahoma (not the state or the musical, mind), and Kevin Nash and Sid Vicious facing off in a match with probably one of the most famous endings in WCW history. For all that and more, let's go to the ring!Music by Michael Gary Brewer at https://www.instantmusicnow.com/Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/letsgo2thering , or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LetsGo2theRing/

3hr 42mins

3 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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Episode 16: Starrcade '98

For much of 1998, the two factions of a fractured nWo have battled for dominance. Now, at Starrcade '98, it's time to finally see which faction reigns...wait...not a single match addresses that? Oh. Well, we can at least see if this Goldberg guy can retain both his title and his undefeated streak, I guess. WCW's been building that angle for more than a year, so there's no way they can screw that up, right? ...I feel like I've said that before. Plus: Another triangle match, except that means something almost entirely different now! And when will I learn to stop wishing WCW would put more promos on these shows? For all this and more, let's go to the ring!Music by Michael Gary Brewer at https://www.instantmusicnow.com/Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/letsgo2thering , or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LetsGo2theRing/

3hr 12mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #12

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Episode 15: Starrcade '97

In WCW's darkest hour, a hero will rise...and fall...and rise another time. For a year and a half, the New World Order has run wild over World Championship Wrestling, but now WCW's greatest champion and most beloved hero, Sting, has returned to reclaim the title and save those who once mistrusted him. There's no way WCW can screw this up, right? Right? But before that, the rise of Goldberg begins, WCW Monday Nitro is on the line, and a surprising performer brings joy to John's face. For all this and more, let's go to the ring!Music by Michael Gary Brewer at https://www.instantmusicnow.com/Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/letsgo2thering , or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LetsGo2theRing/

3hr 25mins

2 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 14: Starrcade '96

It's the episode of a decade! No, make that a century! Or a lifetime! Take your pick. At Starrcade '96, Roddy Piper returns to face ultra-heel Hollywood Hogan to save WCW from the evil NWO as we see just how much a company can change in one short year. Meanwhile, Ultimo Dragon and Dean Malenko fight for more belts than either could even possibly carry alone, Sting enters his brooding, rebellious phase and goes to hang out in the rafters, and 14 episodes in we finally see a women's wrestling match. For all this and more, let's go to the ring!Music by Michael Gary Brewer at https://www.instantmusicnow.com/Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/letsgo2thering , or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LetsGo2theRing/

3hr 16mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 13: Starrcade '95

It's WCW vs. NJPW for the World Cup of Wrestling as WCW runs another Starrcade that has nothing to do with anything! Luger and Sting also face a fressssssh Ric Flair to determine who will fight Randy Savage for the title...but will Sting and Luger's friendship survive the battle? And will Bobby Heenan's sanity survive the night with Dusty Rhodes joining the commentary team? For all this and more, let's go to the ring! I'm a possum!Music by Michael Gary Brewer at https://www.instantmusicnow.com/Logo by Gina Trujillo at http://resuki.com/

3hr 22mins

8 Oct 2019

Rank #15