Taped from Dallas, TX
Airdate: October 9, 1982 (taped 9/28)
Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi
Can Irwin regain the Texas title? Who will win between Bundy and Madrid? Why is McGraw involved? Also, guess who decided to show up this week?
Take it easy, Chrissy, I promise a Von Erich will ease your worried mind.
Match 1: (bogus) All-Asia champion the Great Kabuki (w/ Gary Hart) versus Brian Adias
- Adias leap-frogged and dropkicked Kabuki.
- When Adias made a second attempt Kabuki evaded him.
- In the process, Adias injured his left knee.
- Kabuki then delivered a pair of knee crushers causing Adias to writhe in pain.
- Unfortunately for Adias, he was unable to continue.
- Kabuki won.
Summary: Showcase match for Kabuki and his new knee crusher finisher.
Match 2: Checkmate (w/ Arman Hussein) versus the Samoan
- The Samoan hit a dropkick, charged at Checkmate, and fell between the ropes to the floor.
- As Checkmate held the ropes for him, he put a knee into the Samoan’s midsection. SNEAKY!
- He then rolled up the Samoan for 2.
- When he played possum, Checkmate fooled the Samoan by dropkicking him in the back.
- Checkmate then hooked the Samoan in a cradle and pinned him.
Summary: Showcase match for Checkmate. Perhaps the Samoan should locate his cousin STAT.
Following a commercial break, we revisit last week’s episode when Hart interrupted a Checkmate interview. We then get an interview from the offices of H&H Enterprises. When Hart brings up a bounty on Kerry Von Erich by Hart for NWA World champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Hart objects to Mercer’s style of questioning. Hart then refers to Checkmate as “a man of 10,000 holds.” Checkmate then details his training to overcome size with ability.
Match 3: NWA American tag team champion King Kong Bundy (w/ Arman Hussein) versus Al Madril (w/ Bugsy McGraw)
- To deter the image of a rather empty arena, the lighting was turned down before this match.
- Bundy delivered a back elbow and tossed Madril to the floor.
- When Madril hit a shoulder block, Hussein tripped him coming off the ropes. How dastardly!
- McGraw then brawled with Hussein at ringside and hit a series of elbow smashes.
- Meanwhile, Bundy slammed Madril, but McGraw tripped him coming off the ropes.
- He then tossed Hussein into the ring, and a four-way brawl broke out.
- As a result, referee Bronko Lubich called for the bell to throw the match out.
Summary: More storyline than match as McGraw wouldn’t let Hussein use one-upmanship against Madril.
Match 4 for the NWA Texas title: David Von Erich (champion) versus NWA American tag team champion “Wild” Bill Irwin
- Normally, I don’t comment on ring robes or jackets; however, David wore a schnazzy jacket bearing the state of Texas with a yellow rose.
- While the tape conversion distorted Saldi’s voice, Irwin placed David atop the top turnbuckle.
- The Dallas faithful then chanted “go David, go,” and a criss-cross erupted.
- As Irwin hip-tossed him, David hooked a step-over toe-hold.
- Since David’s no Funk, Irwin didn’t submit.
- David then hit a back elbow for 2.
- When Irwin countered a head lock with a belly-to-back suplex, he delivered a diving head butt for 2.
- He then rammed David into the top turnbuckle for another 2.
- After Irwin hit a bicycle kick, David rebounded with a knee drop.
- David then missed a dropkick but hooked a sunset flip for 2.
- With referee John Renesto blinded, Irwin crotched David on the top rope. OUCH!
- WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!
- Suddenly, Bronko Lubich stormed into the ring and informed Renesto of Irwin’s chicanery.
- With the match restarted, David hooked an inside cradle.
- David retained.
Summary: A huge ALMOST for Irwin’s regaining the title, but it was not to be.
Conclusion: Decent episode that contained a main event with a screwy finish, a four-way brawl, and the ever-so contentious Gary Hart.
Don’t fret, Chrissy. No one will ever forget about you.
TV Rating: NONE
Stay tuned for WCCW 10-16-82!