Rock Star Gary reflects on…Crockett Cup ’86

Live from New Orleans, LA

Airdate: April 19, 1986

Attendance:  3,500 (afternoon), 13,000 (evening)

Hosted by no one as there is ZERO commentary.

Match 1 (first-round): “Chief” Wahoo McDaniel & Mark Youngblood versus “Hangman” Bobby Jaggers & “Mean” Mike Miller

Highlights:

  • McDaniel and Youngblood chopped the heck out of Miller.
  • After Jaggers missed a chop, a double shoulder block put he and Youngblood down on the mat.
  • Hot tag McDaniel as he chops both of his opponents to pieces.
  • Another chop to the head by McDaniel got the pin.

Rating: ½*

Summary: Very short clip of the match was shown, but the New Orléans crowd was ready for a good time.

Match 2 (first-round): Sam Houston & Nelson Royal versus the NWA Central States tag team champions Batten Twins

Highlights:

  • Bart and Brad Batten were identical twins whom I cannot distinguish.
  • Batten #1 mounted the second turnbuckle and hit a fist drop that got 2 on Houston.
  • Cross-corner whip by Batten #2 as he delivered a shoulder block on his follow-through.
  • After another cross-corner whip, Batten #2 came up empty while hitting his shoulder on the ring post.
  • Batten #1 tagged back in and delivered a back elbow to Houston and got 2.
  • Batten #2 was in, as the twins gave Houston a double back drop.
  • Houston came back with a dropkick knocking both Battens down.
  • Hot tag Royal who chopped Batten #2.
  • Bulldog by Houston got the pin.

Rating: *

Summary: Houston wasn’t long for JCP as he went to the Central States territory for more seasoning. The Batten twins would return to Central States and lose the Central States tag team titles to some nobodies named the Midnight Rockers.

Match 3 (first-round): Baron Von Raschke & the Barbarian (w/ Paul Jones & Shaska “Don’t call me Pez” Whatley) versus the “Raging Bull” Manny Fernandez & the “Boogie-Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant

Highlights:

  • After giving Valiant a cross-corner whip, Von Raschke came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Barbarian missed a dropkick, but Fernandez didn’t miss an elbow drop.
  • Hot tag Valiant.
  • After nailing both Von Raschke and Barbarian, Valiant applied a sleeper to Von Raschke.
  • Barbarian broke it up, and all four men were in the ring.
  • Barbarian tossed Fernandez outside the ring then the heels along with Whatley triple-teamed Valiant.
  • Fernandez used a sunset flip over Barbarian to re-enter the ring and got the pin.

Rating: *

Summary:  The crowd was definitely behind Fernandez and Valiant.

Match 4 (first-round): Terry Taylor & “Dr. Death” Steve Williams versus “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel & “Superstar” Bill Dundee

Highlights:

  • Taylor and Landel renewed their rivalry from Starrcade ’85
  • Upon giving Landel a cross-corner whip, Taylor delivered a monkey flip followed by a dropkick.
  • While Dundee and Williams distracted referee Earl Hebner, Landel choked Taylor in the corner.
  • Sleeper by Dundee was countered by a jaw breaker.
  • Williams tagged in and gave his opponents a double noggin knocker.
  • Three-point tackle by Williams to Landel set up the Oklahoma Stampede.
  • Running powerslam by Williams got the pin on Landel.

Rating: *1/2

Summary:  The Louisiana crowd loved “Dr. Death,” and he gave them their money’s worth here.

Match 5 (first-round): Hector & Chavo Guerrero versus the Bushwhackers Sheepherders

Highlights:

  • Joined in progress as the Sheepherders isolated their efforts upon Hector.
  • However, Hector came back and delivered a splash to Butch.
  • Luke tagged in and received a sunset flip from Hector that only got 2.
  • At the ten-minute mark, Hector tagged back in and delivered dropkicks to both Sheepherders.
  • After an Irish whip, Hector applied an abdominal stretch to Luke.
  • Butch came in as all four men were in the ring.
  • Los Guerreros whipped the Sheepherders into one another.
  • As Hector dropkicked Butch sending him outside the ring, Jack Victory got up on the apron only to get nailed by Chavo.
  • Double clothesline by the Sheepherders to Hector got the pin.

Rating: *

Summary:  I would have preferred the entire match rather than the condensed version here because this was very entertaining.

Match 6 (first-round): The Fabulous Ones versus the UWF tag team champions Fantastics

Highlights:

  • I only have one thing to say about this match-up.
  • After a leap frog by Lane, Fulton stomped his face then mimicked the Fabulous Ones’ strut.
  • Fast forward to Keirn delivering a stun gun to Fulton. I wonder if a young Steve Austin was in the Superdome crowd watching.
  • Keirn prevented Fulton from making the tag while a full moon hung over New Orleans.
  • While the referee was occupied with Rogers, Lane tossed Fulton over the top rope down to the concrete floor. SNEAKY!
  • A double shoulder block put both Fulton and Lane down.
  • Hot tag Rogers who delivered dropkicks to both Fabulous Ones.
  • As Keirn gave Rogers a back drop, a recently tagged in Fulton rolled him up for the pin.

Rating: *1/2

Summary: This was a dream match back in the ‘80s. I would have enjoyed this match in full as well.

Match 7 (first-round): Rick Steiner & “Mad Dog” Buzz Sawyer versus Koko B. Ware & the Italian Stallion

Highlights:

  • Perhaps this match was the point where Steiner grew up to be a canine.
  • Ware reversed a cross-corner whip by Buzz and gave him a back drop.
  • A dropkick by Ware sent Buzz through the ropes down to the apron.
  • Steiner entered the ring, ate a forearm from Ware, and was tossed between the ropes down to the concrete floor.
  • Hip toss and dropkick by Stallion kept the faces in control.
  • Steiner applied the bear hug to Ware, but Ware rang his bell to escape.
  • Vertical suplex by Buzz who then mounted the top turnbuckle but missed a splash.
  • Stallion tagged back in and gave Buzz a dropkick.
  • At the fifteen-minute mark (seriously?), Stallion delivered a slam and elbow drop to Buzz.
  • Buzz countered a monkey flip into a powerslam and got the pin.

Rating: *1/2

Summary:  Unlike the previous two matches, I don’t want to see this one in full. The Italian Stallion had no business whatsoever going fifteen minutes with anyone.

Match 8 (first-round): Mid-Atlantic champion Black Bart & “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious) versus Brett Sawyer & Dave Peterson

Highlights:

  • After reversing a cross-corner whip, Brett gave Bart a hip toss followed by a pair of flying headscissors.
  • Brett leaped from the top rope and delivered a guillotine leg drop.
  • Bart regained control and guillotined Brett on the top tope.
  • Upon slamming Brett, Jimmy got a 2 count.
  • Brett countered a back drop with a knee lift.
  • Peterson tagged in and gave Bart a back drop.
  • However, he missed a dropkick.
  • After a slam, Bart delivered a leg drop to Peterson.
  • Dangerous brainbuster by Jimmy got the pin on Peterson.

Rating: *

Summary:  I wouldn’t have been surprised if they needed the spatula to remove Peterson from the ring after that move.

Match 9 (second-round): NWA World tag team champions The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette) versus Sam Houston & Nelson Royal

Highlights:

  • After he gave Houston a cross-corner whip, Eaton made him eat a back elbow.
  • Condrey delivered a clothesline to Houston that I bet he’s still feeling to this day.
  • Houston countered a back drop with a knee lift and tagged in Royal.
  • While Houston occupied the referee’s attention, Royal hooked an abdominal stretch on Condrey.
  • Meanwhile Eaton mounted the top turnbuckle and nailed Royal in the back with an elbow.
  • Subsequently, Condrey pinned him.

Rating: *

Summary:  Not as much of a glorified squash as you would think it would be.

Match 10 (second-round): NWA US champion Magnum T.A. & “Miss Atlanta Lively” Ron Garvin versus Rick Steiner & Buzz Sawyer

Highlights:

  • Ron’s famous right hand was taped after being injured by Tully Blanchard.
  • Buzz tagged in and bit Magnum in the forehead.
  • Vertical suplex by Buzz got 2 on Magnum.
  • However, an inside cradle by Magnum got 2.
  • A backslide by Magnum got another 2 count.
  • Hot tag Ron at the five-minute mark.
  • After giving Buzz a back drop, Ron tagged out.
  • Ron gave Steiner an Irish whip, and Magnum delivered the belly-to-belly suplex for the pin.

Rating: *1/2

Summary:  Strong effort from the makeshift team of Magnum/Garvin.

Match 11 (second-round): The Road Warriors (w/ “Precious” Paul Ellering) versus “Chief” Wahoo McDaniel & Mark Youngblood

Highlights:

  • After a leap frog, Youngblood attempted a cross-body block to Animal but instead received a backbreaker.
  • Back elbow by Animal got 2 on McDaniel.
  • Hawk tagged in and gave Youngblood a flying shoulder block.
  • Dropkick by Youngblood to Hawk, but he missed a cross body block.
  • Hawk then mounted the second turnbuckle and delivered a clothesline.
  • 1-2-3.

Rating: ½*

Summary:  Dominant performance by the team that many people (like myself) feel are the team of the 80s. Let’s see if they prove it going forward in this show.

Match 12 (second-round): Ivan & Nikita Koloff versus the “Raging Bull” Manny Fernandez & the “Boogie-Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant

Highlights:

  • After Fernandez reversed a cross-corner whip, he delivered a back elbow to Ivan.
  • Sunset flip by Fernandez only got 1 on Ivan.
  • Valiant tagged in, influenced the referee to check on the incoming Nikita, and kicked Ivan down in the southern area of the bayou.
  • Fernandez then grabbed Ivan by the legs and crotched him using the ring post. OUCH!
  • At the five-minute mark, Fernandez and Valiant gave Ivan a double back elbow that earned Fernandez a 2 count.
  • After Fernandez missed a dropkick, Nikita tagged in.
  • Nikita guillotined Fernandez on the top rope.
  • Fernandez reversed a cross-corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • Ivan then mounted the top turnbuckle, got caught, and came down the hard way.
  • Hot tag Valiant.
  • With Valiant hooking a sleeper on Ivan, Nikita nailed him to break the hold.
  • All four men were in the ring.
  • While the referee was occupied with getting Fernandez back into his corner, the Soviets double-teamed Valiant by Nikita hitting him with the Russian sickle.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Boo! Hiss!

Rating: *1/2

Summary:  Most competitive match of the tournament thus far.

Match 13 (second-round): Dino Bravo & Rick Martel versus Terry Taylor & “Dr. Death” Steve Williams

Highlights:

  • Ring announcer Bruce “Don’t call me Brother Love yet” Prichard announced that Bravo was unavailable due to having appendicitis. Not sure how accurate that was, but Bravo had recently quit the WWF because they cancelled a show in Montreal where Bravo would challenge Hogan. Rumor had it that they didn’t want the hometown crowd booing Hogan and favoring Bravo.
  • Anyways, Williams and Taylor won by forfeit as a well-dressed Martel shook their hands.

Rating: NONE

Match 14 (second-round): Rock’n’Roll Express versus the Bushwhackers Sheepherders (w/ Jack Victory)

Highlights:

  • Another match-up to salivate over.
  • Morton gave Luke a cross-corner whip right into a mule kick by Gibson.
  • Dropkick by Morton sent Luke through the ropes down to the concrete floor.
  • Butch came in and ate another dropkick from Morton.
  • Sunset flip by Morton got 2 on Butch.
  • Gibson reversed a cross-corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • After a leap frog, Gibson delivered a dropkick to Butch.
  • Morton tagged in and gave the Sheepherders a double noggin knocker.
  • All four men were in the ring as the Express gave the Sheepherders a cross-corner whip into one another.
  • Following that, they hit the double dropkick.
  • Victory came in and tried to wallop Morton with the New Zealand flag but got nailed instead.
  • Morton grabbed the flag pole and hammered Victory with it.
  • The referee called for the bell disqualifying the Express.
  • To say the teenage girls in the crowd were not happy would be putting it mildly.

Rating: *1/2

Summary:  This would be another match that I would love to see in its entirety.

Match 15 (second-round): NWA National champion Tully Blanchard & NWA World TV champion the “Enforcer” Arn Anderson (w/ James J. Dillon) versus the UWF tag team champions Fantastics

Highlights:

  • Awesome!
  • Rogers gave Blanchard an atomic drop.
  • Next, he countered an atomic drop by Blanchard by flipping over him then hitting him with a dropkick.
  • Rogers reversed a cross-corner whip by Arn and gave him a hip toss along with a pair of dropkicks.
  • From the apron, Fulton vaulted over Arn and gave him a sunset flip for 2.
  • After Blanchard tossed Fulton outside the ring to the concrete floor, he distracted referee Earl Hebner so that Arn could nail Fulton.
  • Hot tag Rogers who gave each Horseman a back drop.
  • Arn countered a back drop with the gourdbuster for only 2 thanks to a save by Fulton.
  • While Hebner was occupied with Blanchard, Arn picked up Rogers for a slam, but Fulton dropkicked Rogers atop Arn and got the pin.
  • The crowd came unglued for the Fantastics’ victory.

Rating: **

Summary:  More! More! Give me more! The future Brainbusters were born despite their loss.

Match 16 (second-round): Mid-Atlantic champion Black Bart & “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious) versus Giant Baba & Tiger Mask

Highlights:

  • For those unaware, Tiger Mask was NOT Eddie Guerrero here. In fact, it was Mitsuharu Misawa. I’ll pause so that you Puroresu fans can control your drooling.
  • Ok, then, let’s move on.
  • After a leap frog, Tiger Mask delivered a dropkick to Jimmy.
  • With Jimmy on the concrete floor, Tiger Mask delivered a baseball slide sending Jimmy into the steel railing.
  • Upon ramming Jimmy’s head into the top turnbuckle, Baba hit a piledriver.
  • Inside cradle from Jimmy to Tiger Mask got 2.
  • A pair of shoulder blocks by Baba couldn’t take Bart off his feet, but a chop afterward did the trick.
  • Tiger Mask mounted the top turnbuckle, hit the flying body press, but only got 2 thanks to a save by Jimmy.
  • Big boot from Baba got the pin on Bart.

Rating: *1/2

Summary:  You didn’t see wrestling like this in New Orléans back in 1986.

This marked the end of the matinee session.

Match 17 (quarterfinals): The Road Warriors (w/ “Precious” Paul Ellering) versus the NWA World tag team champions Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette)

Highlights:

  • Yet another dream match.
  • After a leap frog, Animal gave Condrey a back elbow.
  • Great dropkick by Animal sent Condrey down to the concrete floor to regroup with his manager.
  • The Express tried a double wristlock on Hawk, but he threw both heels off then clotheslined them out of their boots.
  • Piledriver by Condrey…no-sold by Hawk.
  • After a slam by Condrey, Eaton mounted the top turnbuckle.
  • The Express tried an assisted cross body block, but Hawk caught Eaton and slammed him.
  • Shoulder breaker by Hawk was followed by a fist drop.
  • After a powerslam to Condrey, Animal came off the ropes but ate a shot from Cornette’s tennis racquet.
  • The referee called for the bell.

Rating: **

Summary:  On one hand, the World champions lost in the quarterfinals. On the other hand, the team of the 80s moved on to the semi-finals. This would not be the last time these two team tangled.

Match 18 (quarterfinals): Ivan & Nikita Koloff versus Terry Taylor & “Dr. Death” Steve Williams

Highlights:

  • Taylor reversed a cross-corner whip by Ivan and gave him a monkey flip followed by a dropkick.
  • A military press slam by Williams included three overhead repetitions. Impressive!
  • A pair of shoulder blocks by Williams couldn’t take Nikita off his feet, but a dropkick did wonders for Williams.
  • After a leg drop, Ivan only got 2 on Williams who kicked out with authority.
  • Double axe handle to Williams’ back earned Nikita a 2 count.
  • At the fifteen-minute mark, Williams placed Ivan atop the top turnbuckle.
  • He slammed him down to the mat then gave him a dropkick.
  • After Williams reversed an Irish whip, he delivered a powerslam to Ivan for 2.
  • Taylor tagged in, gave Ivan a cross-corner whip, and then followed with a back drop.
  • After a slam, Nikita tossed Taylor outside the ring so violently he hit the steel railing.
  • Ivan then made him taste said steel railing. It must have tasted like the BBQ swordfish at Atchafalaya.
  • Two minutes remained in the match.
  • Back in the ring, Nikita then guillotined Taylor on the top rope.
  • Cross-body block by Taylor only got 2 on Ivan.
  • Bear hug by Nikita to Taylor, and a false tag occurred.
  • Ivan tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Taylor.
  • 1-2-NO!
  • Ivan slammed Taylor but missed a knee drop.
  • With fifteen seconds remaining, Taylor hooked an inside cradle on Ivan but only got 2.
  • As the bell rang, Nikita gave Taylor the Russian sickle.
  • Both teams were eliminated due to a time-limit draw.

Rating: **1/2

Summary:  While the time-limit draw seemed inevitable, the match was very entertaining. Due to the double-elimination, the winner of the Baba/Tiger Mask versus Magnum/Garvin match will advance to the finals of the tournament.

After the match, Nikita tosses Taylor over the top rope to the concrete floor. In response, Williams attacks both Soviets to a raucous ovation. Eddie Gilbert and Kortsia Korchenko hit the ring to pummel the Americans. In the meantime, the timekeeper rings the bell incessantly.

Match 19 (quarterfinals): The UWF tag team champions Fantastics versus the Bushwhackers Sheepherders

Highlights:

  • All four men were in the ring as Fulton gave Luke a dropkick.
  • Fulton then delivered a dropkick to Butch in order to clear the ring.
  • After another dropkick from Fulton to Luke. Butch entered the ring so both Fulton and Rogers delivered dropkicks to him.
  • After Butch tossed Fulton through the ropes down to the concrete floor, he followed him only to receive another dropkick. Does that mean that Butch has been taken to Dropkick City?
  • All four men fought on the floor as Butch rammed Fulton face-first into the ring post.
  • Meanwhile Rogers made Luke taste the steel railing. It must have tasted like the crabby couple at Katie’s Restaurant.
  • Rogers gave Luke a knee lift as Victory kicked Fulton behind referee Tommy Gilbert’s back.
  • Luke then rammed Fulton into the ring post face-first again.
  • False tag occurred as Butch had Gilbert’s attention.
  • Fulton then rammed Luke’s head into Butch’s.
  • Hot tag Rogers as he bit a BUSTED OPEN Luke. Ick.
  • Rogers mounted the second turnbuckle and nailed Luke with a right.
  • Butch then knocked Fulton, Gilbert, and a cameraman down in domino-like fashion.
  • He then followed the BUSTED OPEN Fulton on the concrete floor and brawled with him.
  • Victory came from behind Fulton and distracted him so that Butch could nail Fulton from behind.
  • Meanwhile Rogers gave Luke the ten-punch count-along in the ring.
  • Outside the ring, Victory unscrewed the flag pole so that Butch could nail Rogers in the ring with it.
  • The Sheepherders double-teamed Rogers until Fulton tripped Butch.
  • Rogers grabbed the flag pole and WHACKED Butch in the head with it.
  • Victory entered the ring and received a shot with the pole.
  • Butch and Rogers fought over the pole as Tommy Young came out to check on Gilbert.
  • Simultaneously, Lady Maxine checked on Victory.
  • As Fulton dropkicked Butch out of the ring, the bell rang.
  • Prichard announced that the official decision was a double-disqualification.

Rating: ***

Summary:  This received more time on the video than the previous matches and was truly chaotic. Due to the double-DQ, the Road Warriors advanced to the finals.

After the match, the chaos continues as the timekeeper again rings the bell continuously.

Match 20 (quarterfinals): NWA US champion Magnum T.A. & Ron Garvin versus Giant Baba & Tiger Mask

Highlights:

  • Single leg crab by Ron on Tiger Mask, but the latter made the ropes.
  • Back elbow by Baba put Magnum down on the mat.
  • Tiger Mask then hit a dropkick.
  • After a slam, he hit Magnum with an elbow drop for 2.
  • Magnum blocked a vertical suplex and gave Tiger Mask one of his own.
  • Sunset flip by Magnum got 2.
  • Baba then rolled Magnum up for a series of 2 counts.
  • All four men were in the ring as Magnum and Ron reversed cross-corner whips sending Tiger Mask and Baba into one another. Obviously, Tiger Mask got the worst of that endeavor.
  • Dropkick by Magnum accompanied by a schoolboy from Ron got a 2 count on Baba.
  • Cross body block by Tiger Mask got 2 on Ron.
  • Tiger Mask cartwheeled over Magnum then gave him a dropkick.
  • Running senton by Tiger Mask got 2.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle and hit a flying body press.
  • Magnum countered with a belly-to-belly suplex for the pin.

Rating:  **1/2

Summary:  Quite the finis h there as Magnum/Garvin will meet the Road Warriors in the finals.

Match 21 for the UWF North American title: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan (champion) versus “Mr. Unpredictable” Dick Slater

Highlights:

  • Unlike the Duggan most fans witnessed in WCW during the Monday Night War, this was Duggan in his prime.
  • Jim Ross was the ring announcer for this match.
  • Cross-corner whip by Duggan led to a clothesline.
  • After a leap frog, Duggan delivered an elbow to Slater’s back.
  • A serious right by Duggan knocked Slater atop the top turnbuckle.
  • Duggan then nailed him with a well-placed elbow.
  • Slater tossed Duggan outside the ring, followed him, then rammed him back-first into the steel railing.
  • Back in the ring, Slater delivered a forearm then applied a rear chin lock.
  • Behind referee Earl Hebner’s back, Slater nailed Duggan with the microphone.
  • Swinging neckbreaker by Slater kept him in control.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle but ate a shot to the midsection on the way down.
  • The Duggan stomp got the Superdome crowd involved.
  • After a slam, Duggan delivered a knee drop for 2.
  • Atomic drop by Duggan was countered into an elbow to the head for 2.
  • Duggan’s powerful kick-out landed Slater atop Hebner.
  • Cross-corner whip by Duggan, but he came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Again Slater mounted the top turnbuckle and nailed Duggan in the head with an elbow for 2.
  • Duggan reversed a piledriver with a back drop, but Slater tied him up in the ropes.
  • After Hebner manhandled Slater away from Duggan, the latter freed himself, and the three-point clothesline got the pin for Duggan.

Rating: **1/2

Summary:  The Louisiana crowd loved Duggan, and he gave them what they paid to see.

Match 22 for the NWA World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion w/ James J. Dillon) versus the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes (w/ Baby Doll)

Highlights:

  • Houston promoter Paul Boesch was the ring announcer for this match.
  • To begin the match, Rhodes won a top wristlock battle.
  • After receiving some Flip, Flop, & Fly, Flair exited the ring to regroup. That’s a tongue twister!
  • After a leap frog, Flair ate a bionic elbow.
  • Upon sharing a “Woo!” with the crowd, Flair delivered a knee drop.
  • Knee drop #2 was followed by Flair tossing Dusty down to the concrete floor.
  • Flair joined him and rammed Rhodes into the ring post.
  • Rhodes was BUSTED OPEN!
  • Back in the ring, Flair missed knee drop #3.
  • Rhodes retaliated by ramming Flair’s leg into the ring post.
  • Sleeper by Flair, but Rhodes countered with momentum sending Flair face-first into the top turnbuckle. That resulted in a Flair flop.
  • Outside the ring, Rhodes rammed Flair into the ring post.
  • A sunset flip by Flair back into the ring was countered by Flip, Flop, & Fly.
  • Rhodes then gave Flair the ten-punch count-along followed by a bionic elbow.
  • Flair was BUSTED OPEN!
  • Cross-corner whip by Rhodes not only resulted in a Flair flip but also Flair being tied to the Tree of Woe. Hadn’t seen that before.
  • At the fifteen-minute mark, a clothesline by Rhodes got 2.
  • Rhodes reversed a cross-corner whip and applied a sleeper to Flair.
  • After Flair supposedly passed out, Rhodes got a 2 count thanks to Flair’s leg on the bottom rope.
  • Upon giving Flair a clothesline, Rhodes applied the figure-four leg lock.
  • However, Flair made the ropes.
  • Flair put Rhodes down with an elbow, mounted the top turnbuckle, but came down the hard way.
  • Shoulder block by Rhodes knocked Flair into referee Tommy Young sending the latter to the concrete floor.
  • Are we going to see the same finish as Starrcade ’85?
  • Rhodes countered a slam into an inside cradle, but Young was still OUT COLD on the concrete floor.
  • As Baby Doll picked Young up off the floor, Flair removed Rhodes’ left boot.
  • Flair then walloped Rhodes with it.
  • Young re-entered the ring and gave Flair a 2 count.
  • Flair then tangled with Baby Doll.
  • In the meantime, Rhodes grabbed his boot and nailed Flair with it.
  • Young saw the infraction and disqualified Rhodes.

Rating: **1/2

Summary:  While exciting, this match was one of the worst these two ever performed together.

After the match, Rhodes nailed both Young and Flair with his boot much to Baby Doll’s delight. He then took the World title belt and left with his valet.

Match 23 (finals): The Road Warriors (w/ “Precious” Paul Ellering) versus NWA US champion Magnum T.A. and Ron Garvin

Highlights:

  • Tony Schiavone was the ring announcer for this match.
  • The winner of this match will win the Crockett Cup trophy and $1 million.
  • After a leap frog, Animal gave Magnum a hip toss.
  • However, he missed an elbow drop.
  • An arm drag and dropkick answered for Magnum.
  • Hawk tagged in and took control of Ron in the corner.
  • Military press slam by Hawk who mounted the top turnbuckle but missed the splash.
  • Inside cradle by Ron got 2 on Hawk.
  • Magnum tagged in, gave Hawk a dropkick, and got 2.
  • In an impressive act of strength, Hawk picked up Magnum while stuck in a front face lock and tagged in Animal.
  • Animal then worked on Magnum’s back with double axe handles.
  • Bear hug by Animal to Magnum then Hawk tagged in.
  • Gutwrench suplex by Hawk got 2.
  • Hawk applied an over the shoulder backbreaker then dropped to his knees earning him another 2 count.
  • After a big boot, Hawk tagged Animal back in.
  • Sunset flip by Magnum resulted in his eating a knuckle sandwich from Hawk.
  • Hawk then missed a standing leg drop.
  • Fist drop by Hawk was followed by a powerslam by Animal for 2.
  • Cross-corner whip by Animal was reversed by Magnum who gave Animal a belly-to-belly suplex.
  • Is it over? Do Magnum/Garvin win the Cup?
  • 1-2-NO!
  • Hawk made the save with an elbow drop to Magnum.
  • Hot tag Ron.
  • A battle of head butts between Ron and Hawk led to a stalemate with both men down on the mat.
  • Abdominal stretch by Ron, but Hawk wriggled out of it.
  • (Taped) Hands of Stone by Ron knocked Hawk out, but Ron further injured his hand.
  • As referee Earl Hebner was distracted by Magnum, Animal delivered a vicious clothesline to Ron and got the pin.
  • The Road Warriors won the Crockett Cup and $1 million!

Rating: ***1/2

Summary:  As the main event should be, it was the best match of the night. Additionally, it cemented the Road Warriors as the best tag team of the 80s.

After the match, as Animal raises his arms in victory, Magnum continues to brawl with Hawk. Shortly afterward, Tony makes the official announcement, and the Road Warriors and Ellering hold up the Cup. Immediately following that, Mrs. Jim Crockett Sr. and promoter Jim Crockett, Jr. get into the ring and present the $1 million check to the Road Warriors.

Conclusion:  Whew! Two hours flew by and had some great match-ups. Unfortunately, the footage was tremendously clipped so it was difficult to enjoy the match-ups completely. I can only hope that the WWE Network can provide a full version of this show in the near future. If you’ve never seen this show, please enjoy it despite its brevity.

See you for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event VI!

Buyrate: NONE

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