Written by Moose Duncan
Before Wrestlemania, for example, the NWA was running Starrcade every December, starting in 1983. There are no celebrities to be seen, but go ahead and look up some of the matches on YouTube and tell me they weren't awesome. It is said that the single greatest moment in wrestling history was at Wrestlemania 3, when Hulk Hogan body slammed 500 pounder Andre The Giant. But I say if you watch the Starrcade '83 main event of Ric Flair and Harley Race in the cage bleeding like stuck pigs for 30 minutes, you may feel different.
The two mega-powers in the business, WWF and NWA/WCW, did cross paths once, in what is called the "Black Saturday" incident.
McMahon saw Turner's outfit as a bit of a threat, and wanted to get them gone. So through a series a back door deals, he acquired enough of the promotion to become majority owner. And so went Black Saturday. The southern fans were used to their realistic wrestlers having realistic matches in small studios where 50 people sat around and raised heck. When McMahon took over, he sent the Georgia guys home, and piped in taped matches from around the country with his WWF guys. The fans absolutely hated it! The experiment went so poorly that the regular wrestlers were brought back to TV, and McMahon wound up eventually selling his part of the southern company back to Ted Turner at a loss.
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