MATCH : Harley Race v Ric Flair


EVENT : IYH : StarrCade 1983 : A Flair for the Gold

VENUE : Greensboro, North Carolina

DATE : 24th November 1983

CHAMPIONSHIP : NWA World Heavyweight Title

STIPULATION : Steel Cage Match

BACKGROUND : StarrCade 1983 was the very first StarrCade and was wisely headlined by one of the best feuds of the 1980's between Ric Flair and Harley Race. Flair had lost the NWA World Heavyweight Title to Race around six months prior and was determined to get his belt back but the champion was doing everything in his power to keep a hold of his title. One dirty tactic Harley Race applied was paying Bob Orton Jr. and Dick Slater a $25,000 bounty to put Flair out of action for good. Ric Flair would return from an injured neck, caused by Orton & Slater, and challenge Race at StarrCade. The event was given the full moniker StarrCade : A Flair for the Gold, so could Flair regain the title and prove to be a reputable champion?

MATCH REVIEW : Ric Flair still proclaims to this day that this match is the most important one in his whole career and it's difficult to disagree with him. Before this match their were discussions on whether Flair was the right man to hold the belt but from this match Ric Flair would go from strength to strength becoming on of the greatest World Champions of all time. The match follows the basic story of a Flair taking endless punishment before setting up for the big comeback with the crowd rallying behind him. All in all a great match with a stellar star making performance from Flair and a bit of a bow out from Harley Race whose career started to decline from here. A must watch for any wrestling fan and a worthy entry into the Wrestling Match Hall of Fame.