You know what the really interesting thing about WWE's vast video library is? For years we were told that anything that happened outside of a WWE arena was the pits.
Which is what makes Starrcade: The Essential Collection so interesting. Twenty two years ago Vince McMahon did everything he could to stop this show from being successful. But kudos to him for putting out this collection.
And what a collection it is. It begins with a fifty minute documentary looking at how the event began under the Jim Crockett Promotions banner in November 1983, over a year before the very first Wrestlemania. There's some great stories from some of the people who performed at this event. But the really good thing about this part is that we also hear from some of the lesser lights, people who worked in a backstage capacity, and people who worked at the arenas.
Then there's the matches, a selection of twenty five from the eighteen shows. There's some gems here, from the likes of Ric Flair, Harley Race, Sting, Lex Luger, Hulk Hogan, Eddie Guerrero, Steve Austin and more. There was only one match I didn't like, and that was one of the Battlebowl encounters.
So is this collection worth getting? Certainly. This is definitely one for the wrestling historians out there.
Rating: 5 stars.