Taped from Dallas, TX
Airdate: February 6, 1982 (taped 1/17)
Hosted by Gene Goodson & Armand Hussein
Can Big Daddy Bundy survive a handicap match? Wait a minute! The American title’s on the line! You can’t miss this show.
Wow! Melissa! Thanks for the support. Let’s have some fun down in the Lone Star State.
Match 1: “Wild” Bill Irwin (w/ “Captain” Frank Dusek) versus Richard Blood
- For those unaware, Blood was not Ricky Steamboat using his real name. He was portrayed by Tommy Wright.
- Before I begin, Goodson had a terrible habit of exaggerating wrestler’s weights. Between last week’s episode and this one, both Kevin and Kerry Von Erich along with Irwin each weigh 260 lbs. To the naked eye, it is obvious none of them carries that kind of weight.
- After a cross corner whip, Irwin gave Blood a knee to the midsection.
- He then delivered a boot to the midsection following an Irish whip for a 1-count.
- Upon slamming Blood, Irwin gave him a vertical suplex for 2.
- As he gave Blood another knee to the midsection, he followed with a cross corner whip.
- On the other hand, he ate a mule kick on his follow-through.
- Blood then mounted the second turnbuckle and delivered an elbow smash.
- Next, he hooked an inside cradle for 2.
- When he gave Irwin a knee lift, Blood delivered a dropkick for another 2.
- He then hit a flying forearm but couldn’t get 3.
- As Blood came off the ropes, Dusek hooked his boot. How dastardly!
- Blood then pulled Dusek up to the apron and nailed him.
- Much to Blood’s dismay, Irwin put a knee into his back.
- After a slam, Irwin mounted the second turnbuckle and delivered a forearm smash.
- Irwin won.
Summary: Showcase match for Irwin with some decent jobber offense from Blood.
Goodson then interviews Kevin Von Erich who gives an honest and endearing promo. When Goodson asks him about hobbies, Kevin mentions cliff diving. Goodson then interviews Kerry who mentions skydiving as a hobby. Yeah, his head was usually in the clouds.
Match 2: Carlos Zapata versus Jose Lothario
- After a criss-cross, Lothario attempted to nail him, but Zapata applied the brakes.
- Shortly after, Lothario escaped a side headlock with a knee crusher.
- He then nailed Zapata with a left-right combination knocking him OUT COLD.
- Lothario won.
Summary: S-L-O-W showcase match for Lothario.
Match 3 for the NWA American title: Bugsy McGraw (champion) versus NWA Texas champion Al Madril
- For those unaware, the American title represented the top regional title in WCCW while the Texas title stood secondary to it.
- McGraw won the American title back on 12/26/81 defeating the Great Kabuki.
- Despite having gray hair in his beard, McGraw hadn’t yet reached 40 years of age.
- Sorry, Steve. I don’t mean to be a jerk.
- After McGraw missed an elbow drop, he gave Madril a cross corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
- As the Dallas faithful chanted “Go Al, go,” Madril nailed McGraw repeatedly until McGraw sought refuge outside the ring.
- McGraw then put a knee into Madril’s midsection and followed with an atomic drop for 2.
- Next, an elbow smash by McGraw sent Madril between the ropes to the concrete floor.
- McGraw then guillotined Madril using the top rope.
- After McGraw made Madril HIT THE POLE, he joined and rammed him face-first into the apron.
- Ultimately, Madril returned to the ring but missed a splash.
- He then leap-frogged McGraw and hit a dropkick.
- After a series of flying shoulder blocks, Madril got 2.
- He then gave McGraw a back drop for another 2.
- Upon dropkicking McGraw again, Madril delivered an atomic drop.
- He then hooked the figure-four leg lock.
- Do we have a new champion?
- No, McGraw made the ropes.
- When Madril wouldn’t release the hold, referee Bronco Lubich called for the bell.
- McGraw retained via disqualification.
Summary: Mostly stalling and brawling until the fiery yet crappy finish. I smell an angle.
After the match, Madril challenges McGraw to a no-DQ match.
Pro wrestling shows during this period stuck to kayfabe by having pre-taped matches ready in case a featured match ran short. A familiar instance occurred during the original Clash of Champions as standby matches were announced but not televised due to the time-limit draw in the main event.
Match 4: Kerry Von Erich versus Larry Higgins
- Higgins tried to attack Kerry at the bell, but Kerry responded with a standing dropkick.
- After an Irish whip, Kerry applied the Iron claw to Higgins’ midsection.
- Upon placing Higgins over his shoulder, Kerry took him down while maintaining the hold.
- Kerry won in 0:56.
Summary: Showcase match for Kerry who never removed his jacket.
Match 5 (handicap): Big Daddy Bundy versus El Negro Assassin & Tony Torres
- Can Bundy overcome the odds?
- Al, don’t make me find Peg.
- Shoulder blocks from both Assassin and Torres couldn’t take Bundy off his feet.
- They then applied a double wristlock, but Bundy shoved them down.
- According to Goodson, Bundy lost last week on TV. Upon further review, McGraw beat him. I smell chicanery.
- Nevertheless, Bundy gave Assassin a belly-to-back suplex.
- Torres tagged in, attempted a dropkick, but Bundy swatted him away.
- As Assassin and Torres double-teamed Bundy, they delivered a double back elbow taking him down to the mat.
- Bundy then thwarted a double Irish whip by ramming his opponents together.
- With Assassin down in the corner, Bundy splashed Torres SQUISHING him.
- Bundy won.
Summary: Showcase match for Bundy. He might want to add a side of Texas toast to his hearty meal of Torres.
Sorry, Ted, wrong Bundy.
Conclusion: Every so often, a title match gets dangled as an incentive to peak viewership. While the title match sucked, it served a purpose for a future no-DQ match. The next show promises a double dose of the Great Kabuki, Ivan Putski, and another match involving Madril.
Thanks for hanging out, Melissa. Come back as often as you like.
TV Rating: NONE
Stay tuned for WCCW 2-20-82!