WWE Starrcade returns home

By Alley Morris
Times-News correspondent

   GREENSBORO – The exhilarating sound of Ric Flair’s signature expression, “Woooooo!,” was heard throughout the Greensboro Coliseum on Saturday night prior to the beginning introductions at Starrcade.
Wrestling fans waited with anticipation as the lights dimmed and the voice of the announcer boomed from the ring. The WWE Smackdown event started with a trip down memory lane, detailing the history of Starrcade that began Nov. 4, 1983, in Greensboro.
Videos of wrestling matches played on the jumbo screen which highlighted some of wrestling’s biggest icons. This was the first time, in 30 years, that Starrcade was held in the Greensboro Coliseum. The first match of the night was a grudge match between Bobby “Glorious” Roode and Dolph Ziggler.
Hall-of-famer Arn Anderson, of the notorious Four Horsemen, served as the “enforcer” during the match.  Glorious came out as the victor after Arn Anderson performed his signature move on a surprised Ziggler.
      The third match was dedicated to former hall-of-famer, the late Dusty Rhodes, as his son, Dustin Rhodes, fought against Dash Wilder of the Revival.
“I can’t tell you what it means for me to be in this ring as Dusty Rhodes. There is nothing more special, right now, than standing here where Dad did. Thank you all for loving and honoring the Rhodes family,” Dustin Rhodes said
Another hall-of-famer and United States Champion, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, walked his way down to the ring.
“This is the first time I’ve been in this building since we raised the roof! Some of the greatest matches of my time took place in this building,” Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat exclaimed.
After Steamboat’s speech, Smackdown Live Superstars Shinsuke Nakamura and Baron Corbin fought for the United States Championship. The unexpected disqualification in that match was followed by North Carolina’s own Jeff and Matt Hardy who introduced a pair of tag team hall-of-famers, The Rock n’ Roll Express, otherwise known as Rocky Gibson and Ricky Morton.
Following their recollection of the good ole’ days, the Smackdown Live Championship was put on the line. The Usos, the winners of the match, retained their titles. With the arena of fans standing and yelling “Whooooooo,” Nature Boy Ric Flair strutted to the runway. His long-awaited appearance served as the introduction of his daughter, Charlotte Flair, who defended her Smackdown Live Women’s Championship against Natalya in a Steel Cage Match.
After her winning figure 8 submission hold, Ric Flair came out to meet his daughter with congratulatory hugs. The main event of the night was a steel cage title match between “The Phenomenal One,” AJ Styles and the “Modern Day Maharaja,” Jinder Mahal, with the Singh Brothers, for the WWE Championship. These wrestlers fought valiantly with multiple 2 count pins and several attempts of escape through the door of the steel cage. After interference from the Singh brothers, AJ Styles climbed out and down the cage retaining his WWE Championship title. The crowd celebrated a Starrcade to remember as they exited the Greensboro Coliseum.

Alley Morris is an eighth-grade home-schooler and a Teens & 20s writer. 

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