World War III: (November 23) Hennig is asked about Flair and all Curt says it's time to move on and he doesn't want to hear about Ric Flair anymore. During his match with Chris Benoit we hear Flair's music begin to play and Hennig looks towards the ramp and in that instance Benoit slaps on the crossface and gets Hennig to submit. Fast forward to World War 3 the New World Order is targeting Mongo, Benoit, and Malenko. Malenko is the last man standing after Mongo takes out Louie, Wallstreet, and Konnan, Benoit was ousted by Hennig from behind and Malenko took Hennig down.
November 24: The following night after World War 3 questions were around if Flair would be back at this point after teasing his return the night before. Hennig claims that Benoit only got the win last night, because Flair distracted him and can't truly can't past what happened in September. I want my title back Chris and this time your washed up leader won't help you. Benoit & Malenko come up short against Vicious and Delicious thanks to a Hennig distraction. Setting up a rematch next week for the United States championship.
December 1: Gene interviews Benoit & Mongo about the possibility of Flair returning after his song started during Benoit's match at World War 3. Benoit says we never doubted that Flair would be back and we will be waiting for him, but now my attention is set on Hennig. During the match Hennig was about to hit the plex but Flair jumps the rail out of nowhere and once Hennnig notices he looks like he has seen ghost. The match end via count-out after Hennig ran from Flair who stayed in the ring and soaked in the fans.
December 8: Show starts with highlights of Fall Brawl and then Flair closes the show appearing in the ring officially for the first time since Fall Brawl to address Hennig and the fans. Thanking them for supporting him and challenges Hennnig to a match for Starrcade inside a cage.
December 15: Hennig explains his actions again that he's been a supporting star and shared the spotlight, but he wanted to knock Flair back and take the first spot. Hennig accepts Flair's challenge for Starrcade and contends he will end Flair once and for all.
December 22: Gene is in ring with Hennig & Flair allowing both men the chance to speak for the first time face to face since Fall Brawl. Flair calls Hennig one of the best he's been in the ring with, but that he has it all backward respect can give you the spotlight just as much as notoriety can.
Starrcade: Video package highlighting the history between Hennig & Flair starting with Arn giving up his spot for Hennig then to Fall Brawl and everything in between. The Cage lowers and you can feel the tension in the arena. Flair fighting for the first time since Fall Brawl in the same match that he was injured in against the man who took him out. Flair will take the win after both men beat the crap out of each other giving fans at least one match to be happy about from Starrcade 1997.
One of the reasons I rebooked it because Ric Flair was not really booked as a superstar in WCW for one reason or another. Flair wasn't booked on Starrcade 1997 originally and his feud with Hennig was rushed to a conclusion for Dallas Page to challenge Hennig for the US Title at Starrcade instead. With the changes I made we see Flair take the win in a bitter feud with Hennig after getting injured. Also Chris Benoit gets a nice rub defeating Hennig and winning the United States Title admittedly in a fluky way, but a win is a win. Check out the Starrcade 1997 card I would've booked in this time line:
WCW Cruiserweight Championship:
(c) Eddy Guerrero vs Rey Mysterio
Goldberg vs Hammer
Randy Savage, Konnan, Vincent vs Dean Malenko, Ray Traylor, Steve McMichael
WCW United States Championship:
(c) Chris Benoit vs Diamond Dallas Page vs Raven
Bret Hart guest referee:
Larry Zbyszko vs Eric Bischoff
Steel Cage Match:
Ric Flair vs Curt Hennig
Vicious & Delicious vs The Steiner Brothers
WCW World Heavyweight Title Match:
(c) Hollywood Hogan vs Sting