Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 3-20-82

Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 3-20-82

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: March 20, 1982 (taped 3/7)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Marc Lowrance & Al Madril

All the Kerry Von Erich versus Kabuki action you could ever want all in one show! Also, who will make a cameo in this week’s reflection? Read on!

Woohoo! We’re practically at the Delta Tau Chi-level of Party Central!

Opening montage.

Match 1: Jose Lothario versus Bugsy McGraw

Highlights:

  • They brawl right away and head to the concrete floor.
  • After McGraw delivered an elbow smash, the wrestlers fought among the Dallas faithful. Wow! Attitude Era wrestling in 1982!
  • Well, Austin debuted in WCCW but not until 1989.
  • McGraw then rammed Lothario twice into the door to exit the arena. OK, perhaps it’s more like ECW.
  • Raven, go find Tommy Dreamer already.
  • Next, McGraw rammed Lothario face-first into the steps.
  • Lothario came back and made McGraw HIT THE POLE.
  • When McGraw sought refuge on the other side of the ring, Lothario caught up with him.
  • McGraw then took him into the Dallas faithful and made Lothario HIT THE POLE supporting the Sportatorium’s roof.
  • It seems to be quite a theme tonight, your Holiness.
  • As they returned to ringside, McGraw WHACKED Lothario with a steel chair.
  • Lothario came back and rammed McGraw face-first into the steps.
  • After Lothario brought the chair into the ring, McGraw exited the ring swiftly.
  • When the match finally moved to the ring, it didn’t last long.
  • Outside the ring, Lothario SMASHED the chair on McGraw’s back.
  • McGraw then stumbled at ringside and HIT THE POLE himself. Great selling if not a bit goofy.
  • When McGraw tossed Lothario down to the concrete floor, he leaped from the apron and delivered a double axe handle.
  • He then hit a pair of elbow drops to Lothario on the floor and made a cover.
  • However, referee Bronco Lubich wouldn’t recognize it.
  • Lothario then tried to ram him, but McGraw made Lothario HIT THE POLE instead.
  • Not THAT kind of pole! (courtesy of AtariCrypt)
  • Back in the ring, McGraw delivered a slam, mounted the top turnbuckle, but Lothario caught and sent him down to the mat.
  • Lothario then gave McGraw a cross corner whip followed by a shoulder block.
  • As he gave McGraw another cross corner whip, he hit a second shoulder block.
  • He then administered a third cross corner whip, but Lubich warned him about the fists.
  • With Lubich distracted, McGraw pulled a foreign object out of his tights and CREAMED Lothario. How dastardly!
  • 1-2-3.
  • McGraw won.

Rating: **1/2

Summary:  For fans of the WWF Attitude Era, this was right up your alley. While it was a heated brawl throughout the match, heel chicanery finalized the story.

Match 2 (non-title): NWA Texas champion “Wild” Bill Irwin (w/ “Captain” Frank Dusek) versus Richard Blood

Highlights:

  • While the Dallas faithful chanted “Chauncey” at him, Irwin hooked a full nelson.
  • Blood came back with a cross corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • As the “Chauncey” chants grew louder, Irwin delivered a swinging neckbreaker.
  • He then stomped Blood in the midsection and followed with a splash for 2.
  • After a diving head butt, Irwin got another 2.
  • Blood came back with a sunset flip for 2.
  • When Dusek taunted him with the Texas championship belt, Blood delivered a back drop.
  • He then gave Irwin a knee drop for another 2.
  • Next, he delivered a knee lift, hit a flying forearm, but couldn’t get 3.
  • Irwin came back with a botched backbreaker and gave Blood a shoulder breaker.
  • As he mounted the second turnbuckle, Irwin hit another splash from across the ring.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Irwin won.

Rating: **

Summary:  Showcase match for Irwin.

Lowrance then interviews a rather feisty McGraw who’s “tired of it all.”

Before the next match begins, Lothario gets on the microphone and challenges McGraw to a street fight. After Lothario offers us some Español, Bundy grabs the microphone and instructs him to “speak English.” How insensitive!

Al, watch out! Your mother-in-law’s coming to visit.

Match 3: King Kong Bundy (w/ Gary Hart) versus Jesse Relampago León (w/ Jose Lothario)

Highlights:

  • Methinks Lothario won’t help León achieve his boyhood dream here.
  • Go make a cameo on Nitro in Chicago with your Kliq buddies, Shawn, and leave us alone.
  • When a pair of shoulder blocks couldn’t budge Bundy, León dropkicked him.
  • Bundy came back with a slam followed by a back elbow.
  • As Bundy missed a second back elbow, León delivered a second dropkick.
  • He then hit a flying forearm but still couldn’t take Bundy off his feet.
  • Next, he mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a missile dropkick. In the process, Bundy went down to the mat.
  • He then gave Bundy a splash for 2.
  • After a cross corner whip, Bundy used a standing choke and tossed him down to the mat.
  • He then hit the splash.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Bundy won.

Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Bundy.

Match 4 (non-title): NWA American champion the “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich versus NWA American tag team champion Armand Hussein

Highlights:

  • Despite not using entrance music, ring announcer Joe Renelli referred to Kerry as the “modern day warrior.”
  • Hussein attacked Kerry at the onset and tied him to the Tree of Woe.
  • As Kerry came back with a dropkick, Hussein delivered a knee drop for 2.
  • Kerry then ducked a clothesline and applied the Iron claw to Hussein’s abdomen.
  • When Kerry hoisted Hussein upon his shoulder, the Great Kabuki hit the ring and gave Kerry a thrust kick.
  • Referee David Manning then called for the bell to disqualify Hussein.

Rating: DUD

Summary: More angle than match as you will see.

After the match, Kabuki delivers another thrust kick to Kerry while Madril leaves the broadcast table. The heels try to double-team Kerry, but Madril enters the ring to even the odds. As all four wrestlers brawl, Madril gives Kabuki a back drop. Kerry then hits a knee drop to Kabuki before sending him over the top rope to the concrete floor. When the heels return to the ring, Hart comes to ringside.

While Hart enters the ring, Madril nails him. He then gives Kabuki and Hart a double noggin knocker. As Hart tries to hold Kerry, he eats a shot from Kabuki instead. Finally, the babyfaces chase Hart, Hussein, and Kabuki from the ring.

Match 5 (non-title): NWA American champion the “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich (w/ Fritz Von Erich) versus the Great Kabuki (w/ Gary Hart)

Highlights:

  • This match took place in San Antonio on 2/5.
  • Um, Robinson didn’t enlist into the Navy until 1983.
  • As Kerry used momentum, he sent Kabuki down to the concrete floor.
  • Kabuki then bit Kerry so Fritz grabbed and nailed Kabuki.
  • When Hart confronted him, Fritz nailed and made him HIT THE POLE.
  • Kerry then gave Kabuki a back drop followed by a knee drop.
  • Next, Kerry applied the Iron claw to Kabuki’s head.
  • Kabuki then tried to escape by climbing the turnbuckle to no avail.
  • Meanwhile, King Kong Bundy came to ringside, but Fritz hammered him.
  • After Fritz turned his attention to Hart, Bundy tried to double-team Fritz.
  • Kerry then put the boots to him, but Bundy took him down.
  • In the meantime, the fight between Fritz and Hart distracted referee Bronco Lubich.
  • As Kabuki assisted Bundy, he gave Kerry a superkick.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Kabuki won.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Lots of outside interference marred the match yet caused the finish.

After the match, Fritz nails him, but Bundy responds with a bear hug. Kabuki and Bundy then double-team Fritz while Kerry punches Hart. When Kevin hits the ring, he sends Kabuki to the concrete floor. Bundy then enters the ring only to eat a dropkick from Kevin. As the Von Erichs attempt to double-team him, Bundy makes a hasty exit.

Thanks for stopping by, Ms. Fairchild. I wonder if you and Kevin were childhood friends.

Conclusion:  Hot episode with tons of brawling. I certainly recommend this episode due to all of its excitement. Also, the next episode contains a spoiler, but I won’t reveal it.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 4-3-82!

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