The SmarK Rant for World Class Championship Wrestling – 10.15.82
Let’s do some World Class for a while! This will be a short run because there’s limited episodes on the Network and I already did most of them on 24/7, but it’ll be fun to do something different for a spell.
Taped from Dallas, TX
Your hosts are Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi, who is apparently a football player for the Cowboys.
David Von Erich v. Frank Dusek
Dusek became better known as a booker and even hung out on RSPW in the late 90s. David currently has a bounty hanging over his family, which is always a tried and true storyline to go with. David works the arm while Saldi notes that Dusek was working in Japan with some guy named Hulk Hogan on the Hulkamania tour. This was 1982, so there you go, neither Vince nor Verne came up with that whole deal. David hits the high knee for two, and they slug it out in the corner while we get some great camera angles right in there. That was something you didn’t see at the time. David with a kneelift and a backdrop for two, but Dusek wraps him up in an abdominal stretch and that only encourages the crazed female fans cheering the Von Erichs on. Dusek gets into a hilarious shoving match with the ref over a rope break, loses by knockout, and David rolls him up for the pin at 4:05. When would you ever see a ref dropping a wrestler like that? Fun match. **1/4
Al Madril & Jose Lothario v. The Checkmate & The Magic Dragon
Checkmate was a UK wrestler named Tony Charles, and he just died this year, apparently! Magic Dragon was a Japanese wrestler also known as Professor Sonoda, and he unfortunately died back in 1987. Lothario, looking older than dirt even in 1982, takes Checkmate down and works on his leg, while Bugsy McGraw sells popcorn in the stands. Man, I know Fritz wasn’t the richest promoter, but that’s a pretty tough job to make extra money with. Madril comes in and Dragon works a hammerlock on him, and the fans go crazy for Madril like it’s a devastating submission move. They need to send RAW back in a time machine and tape at the Sportatorium. They’re literally doing nothing out there and the fans are going crazy for it. They slug it out and Madril gets a flying shoulder tackle, but the Dragon hits a flying forearm, and then they both try their move and collide for the KO. That’s a nice little spot. Tags on both sides and Lothario is a house of fire, but Checkmate turtles to stop the big comeback, and Lothario has nothing to counter it. Checkmate takes him down with a cheapshot and works the neck, and we get some good heel work as they lure Madril in and trade off on the armbar. Jose fights back with a backbreaker, and Madril just peppers Checkmate’s head with short punches in a fun comedy spot. Jose gets a flying stomp for two, and stupid Bronco Lubich doesn’t even go down to make the count. He might seriously be the worst referee in history. Dragon slugs away on Madril in the corner and backflips into a kick, but misses a somersault senton (!!!) to allow Madril to make the comeback again. Backdrop gets two and the women in the front row are just losing their minds. Checkmate comes in again with a flying headbutt, but a second try misses and he takes a bump to the concrete. No mats out there in 1982. Madril hauls him back in with time running out and goes for the mask, and it’s BREAKING LOOSE IN TULSA! Checkmate and Madril collide and poor Madril crawls to the wrong corner, but manages to tag Lothario on the second try. He’s just unloading with punches that are pretty damn stiff, and a backbreaker gets two. Madril with a shoulderblock on the Dragon for two. Sunset flip looks to finish, but time expires at 15:00. Holy cow, that is one accurate timekeeper! It was dead on with my own stopwatch. Fun, fast-paced tag team match that had stuff well ahead of its time. ***
Meanwhile, Ric Flair addresses the rumors that he put a bounty on the Von Erich family. He scoffs at the idea, because he’s a wealthy man and if he wanted Kerry taken out, he’s just do it himself. Also, Fritz Von Erich is a liar who is desperate to see his sons defeat him. This was a very different Flair interview from what you normally hear from him in the 80s, as he was sitting down and speaking quietly instead of ranting and raving about his cars and limos and women.
Grand Marquis II v. The Samoan
The Samoan is, I believe, a very young Samu, looking more like Carlito at that point. They note that he’s one of the sons of the Wild Samoans, so that would be the most logical guess. There’s also Sam “Tonga Kid” Fatu, but everything on the web says that both he and Samu debuted in 1983. So I’m confused. GOD DAMN YOU SAMOANS AND YOUR CONFUSING FAMILIES. Samoan works the arm for a while, but falls victim to the dreaded backdrop of Grand Marquis II and gets pinned at 5:00.
Michael Hayes v. The Great Renesto
Renesto is of course Tom Renesto, half of the Assassins. We get some major stalling and Hayes slugs him down and works a headlock, then drops him with a bulldog and adds a piledriver for the easy pin at 3:18. Total squash. Afterwards, Hayes assures us that if the Von Erichs need backup, they’ll have it from the Freebirds, and in fact Terry Gordy will make his debut next week to help out. Well that sure didn’t work out well for the Von Erichs.
A fun, breezy show that was light-years ahead of its time and thus is totally watchable for newer fans as well. Check it out on the Network, because they’re picking it up just as it gets REALLY good!