Surprisingly after all these years of running this series I haven't touched the first Clash of Champions event in 1988. All and all the show was lackluster with most of the attention set on the main event match between Sting & Ric Flair. This event was Jim Crockett Promotions answer to Wrestlemania 4 & apparently was also known for not having commercial breaks during the matches even though the matches ran for 20 minutes or more in some cases.
The most interesting part of this main event is that Sting had actually only debuted in late 1987 & within four months he was challenging Ric Flair for the title. This was Sting's coming out party his first shot at headlining an event and with the help of Ric Flair it was a success. At this time Dusty really needed a fresh name at the top of the card and even though this didn't lead to instant super stardom for the "Stinger" he did become a reliable name for the company eventually. But most importantly this not only gave the company a new match for the event, it also gave them a moment because nobody expected the match to end in a draw.