The 15th annual Starrcade took place on December 28, 1997 from the MCI Center in Washington, DC (PS: I was there!). At this time in WCW, the big storyline was nWo vs WCW and the main event was Sting representing WCW vs Hulk Hogan representing the nWo.
The true spirit of Starrcade would live on in 1997 with one of WCW’s biggest rivalries ever culminating at the event. As Hulk Hogan and The nWo dominated WCW, the organization’s face-painted franchise, Sting, transformed himself and waited for the perfect opportunity to strike. Once a charismatic figure with bleach blond hair sporting neon colors, Sting began wearing black and white, and silently observed everything from the rafters of arenas all over the country. He would descend to the ring every so often to fight off The nWo, but he would not compete for nearly a year. Challenging only Hogan, viewers would tune into WCW Monday Nitro to see how the two would taunt each other next, or when Sting would drop down from the rafters.