Starrcade '83: Flare for the Gold was the first annual Starrcade professional wrestling event. It was produced under the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) banner by Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP). The event took place on November 24, 1983 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina and was broadcast on closed-circuit television around the Southern United States. Eight professional wrestling matches were featured.
The main event was a steel cage match where Ric Flair defeated Harley Race to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Their feud began after Race won the title from Flair in June. Race then offered a bounty to have Flair put out of professional wrestling. In August, prior to the event, Bob Orton, Jr. and Dick Slater attacked Flair, appearing to inflict on him a career-ending injury. Flair announced his retirement, but returned shortly after. As a result of his victory in the match, Flair was acknowledged as a reputable champion, and their feud ended after the event. The event also included a match featuring Ricky Steamboat and Jay Youngblood against Jack and Jerry Brisco for the NWA World Tag Team Championship and a Dog Collar match between Roddy Piper and Greg Valentine.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- The Assassins (Assassin #1 & Assassin #2) defeated Bugsy McGraw & Rufus R. Jones (8:06)
- Johnny Weaver & Scott McGhee defeated Kevin Sullivan & Mark Lewin by DQ (6:38)
- Carlos Colon defeated Abdullah The Butcher by DQ (4:27)
- Tag Team Match: Bob Orton Jr. & Dick Slater defeated Mark Youngblood & Wahoo McDaniel (13:50)
- Charlie Brown defeated The Great Kabuki for the NWA World Television Championship (10:35)
- Roddy Piper defeated NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Greg Valentine in a non-title Dog Collar match (16:06)
- Jay Youngblood & Ricky Steamboat defeated NWA World Tag Team Champions The Brisco Brothers (Jack & Jerry Brisco) to win the title (Special Referee: Angelo Mosca) (12:48)
- Ric Flair defeated NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race in a Steel Cage Match to win the title (Special Referee: Gene Kiniski) (23:46)
Other on-screen talent
|National Wrestling Alliance|
|1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990|
|World Championship Wrestling|
|1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000|
|1983 World Championship Wrestling pay-per-views|
|1984 World Championship Wrestling pay-per-views|
|1985 World Championship Wrestling pay-per-views|
|The Great American Bash 1985 • Starrcade 1985|
|1986 World Championship Wrestling pay-per-views|
|The Great American Bash 1986 • Starrcade 1986|
|1987 World Championship Wrestling pay-per-views|
|The Great American Bash 1987 • Starrcade 1987|
|1988 World Championship Wrestling pay-per-views|
|Bunkhouse Stampede 1988 • The Great American Bash 1988 • Starrcade 1988|