Starrcade '85: The Gathering was the third annual Starrcade professional wrestling event produced by Jim Crockett Promotions under the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) banner. It took place on November 28, 1985 from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina and The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia.
The main feud heading into Starrcade was between Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes over the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Flair was in his fourth reign as the champion, and his reign at the time had lasted for over a year. On September 29 at the Omni in Atlanta, after Flair defeated Nikita Koloff in a steel cage match, Nikita and Ivan Koloff attacked Flair until Rhodes came and fought them off. Ole and Arn Anderson then came, and, along with Flair, beat down Rhodes. Flair broke Rhodes' left ankle with a diving knee drop, and applied the figure four leglock.
Previous Starrcade events have been held at the Greensboro Coliseum, and this event was the first to be expanded, and held in two locations, with both also serving as locations for broadcasting via closed-circuit television. It was the first time an event was broadcast live from two locations. In 1985, the World Wrestling Federation was an emerging competitor to Jim Crockett Promotions, and created the WrestleMania event, which had significant success. The following year's WrestleMania, WrestleMania 2, was created similar to Starrcade, being held in three locations.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Greensboro Coliseum
- Krusher Khruschev defeated Sam Houston for the vacant NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (9:30)
- Ron Bass defeated Black Bart (with James J. Dillon) in a Texas Bullrope match (8:34)
- James J. Dillon (with Black Bart) defeated Ron Bass in a Texas Bullrope match (3:29)
- Buddy Landel (with James J. Dillon) defeated NWA National Heavyweight Champion Terry Taylor to win the title (10:30)
- Magnum T.A. defeated NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Tully Blanchard (with Baby Doll) in a "I Quit" steel cage match to win the title (14:43)
- The Rock 'n' Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) (with Don Kernodle) defeated NWA World Tag Team Champions Ivan and Nikita Koloff (with Krusher Khruschev) in a Steel cage match to win the title (12:22)
- The Omni
- Manny Fernandez defeated Abdullah the Butcher (with Paul Jones) in a Mexican Death match (9:07)
- Billy Graham defeated The Barbarian (with Paul Jones) by disqualification in a Arm wrestling match
- Billy Graham defeated The Barbarian (with Paul Jones) by disqualification (3:02)
- NWA National Tag Team Champions the Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Ole and Arn Anderson) defeated Wahoo McDaniel and Billy Jack Haynes (9:00)
- Jimmy Valiant and Miss Atlanta Lively (with Big Mama) defeated The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton and Dennis Condrey) (with Jim Cornette) in an Atlanta Street Fight (6:36)
- Dusty Rhodes defeated NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair to win the title (22:08)
- The decision was later overturned by referee Tommy Young and changed to a disqualification win for Rhodes due to interference by Arn Anderson, allowing Flair to retain the NWA World title
Other on-screen talent
- List of WCW pay-per-view events
- World Championship Wrestling/Event history
- NWA Starrcade
- Jim Crockett Promotions
|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|