On this day: The first Starrcade is headlined by a Steel Cage match between Ric Flair and Harley Race that ends with Flair hitting a wild dive off the top rope after a brutal 25 minutes to win his second NWA World Heavyweight Championship. (11/24/83)
There aren’t very many people who can manage to look tough while dressed like a complete dork and holding an acoustic guitar. Harley Race is one of the few. Don’t try this at home…or anywhere else, for that matter!
This Day in WCW History: Vader recovers from an incidental headbutt by his manager Harley Race to take down a charging Ric Flair, only to prematurely celebrate retiring the Nature Boy in Charlotte, NC before falling prey to a pin that saves Flair’s career and earns him yet another World Heavyweight Championship at Starrcade ‘93: 10th Anniversary.
This Day in WCW History: Ric Flair’s sudden departure from World Championship Wrestling leaves the promotion without a World Champion and US Heavyweight Champion Lex Luger without an opponent for a Steel Cage main event, until Barry Windham is named Flair’s replacement. Windham looked primed to upset his fellow former Horseman for his first World Title, but it’s Harley Race’s surprise visit to will on Luger to be more aggressive that turns the tables and allows the US Champion to hit a Piledriver to become just the second WCW World Heavyweight Champion at The Great American Bash 1991.