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
  • The Omni

Other on-screen talent

Ring announcer

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National Wrestling Alliance
World Championship Wrestling
World Wrestling Entertainment
1983 World Championship Wrestling pay-per-views
Starrcade 1983
1984 World Championship Wrestling pay-per-views
Starrcade 1984
1985 World Championship Wrestling pay-per-views
The Great American Bash 1985Starrcade 1985
1986 World Championship Wrestling pay-per-views
The Great American Bash 1986Starrcade 1986
1987 World Championship Wrestling pay-per-views
The Great American Bash 1987Starrcade 1987
1988 World Championship Wrestling pay-per-views
Bunkhouse Stampede 1988The Great American Bash 1988Starrcade 1988
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