During this rematch from last night's Starrcade referee Randy Anderson was knocked unconscious and Nick Patrick came down, counted Sting's shoulders down and awarded the championship to Hogan. After the match a brawl ensued during which Anderson came to thinking the match was still going on and attempted to award the bout to Sting. But no bell could be heard as the match had already officially ended when Patrick called for the bell. Sting however left with the belt while Hogan still claimed to be champion. The ending of this match was not shown on TV until the following Thursday.
championship held up after Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat results in a double pin. This occurrence is unrecognized by WWE, who considers Flair a six-time WCW Champion, his first reign being an NWA reign extended to WCW.
Defeated Sting for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. WWE recognized it as an NWA reign extended to WCW, but it is not considered as one of Flair's 16 world championships, which are made of 2 WWE championships, 6 WCW championships and 8 NWA championships.