Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-23-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: October 23, 1982 (taped 10/12)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi

How will Hayes fare against Irwin? What’s the scoop on Kerry’s injury? And who’s here to help me tell this story?

Elvira, that’s neither true nor kind! Scram until 1983, and bring Stephanie in here.

You’ll just have to wait and find out, Steph.

Opening montage.

Match 1 (non-title): (bogus) All-Asia champion the Great Kabuki (w/ Arman Hussein) versus Al Madril

Highlights:

  • To thwart an incredibly elongated and boring arm bar, Kabuki jabbed Madril in the ribs and followed with a thrust kick.
  • He then chopped Madril to the floor.
  • When Madril reversed a cross corner whip, he caught Kabuki’s foot rather than eat toe jam.
  • He then delivered a dropkick like he just learned it in wrestling school. Yikes!
  • As Kabuki rebounded with a spinning thrust kick, Madril face-planted him twice for 2.
  • Kabuki then hit a pair of chops to the neck for 2.
  • After a swinging neckbreaker, Kabuki got another 2.
  • Madril then gave Kabuki a cross corner whip but ate foot on his follow-through.
  • When Kabuki gave him a cross corner whip, Madril leaped to the second turnbuckle and delivered a cross body block for 2.
  • Madril then hooked a sunset flip for another 2.
  • As one minute remained in the match, Madril applied an abdominal stretch.
  • Kabuki escaped, but Madril secured an inside cradle.
  • Can Madril eek it out in the last few seconds?
  • 1-2-NO!
  • Finally, the bell rang, and referee Bronko Lubich ruled the match a time-limit draw.

Rating: *

Summary: The first ten minutes of the match were dreadfully boring, but the last five minutes showed that each wrestler could tell a story and give the Dallas faithful something a bit worthwhile.

Be patient, Steph.

After the match, Kabuki dropkicks Madril into the corner and hits his knee-crusher finisher twice. OUCH! Before Kabuki can inflict more damage, Bugsy McGraw rescues Madril.

Match 2: Checkmate (w/ Arman Hussein) versus Ken Mantell

Highlights:     

  • Checkmate played possum, but Mantell didn’t fall for it.
  • As Checkmate hooked a Boston crab, Mantell escaped.
  • He then countered a snap mare with a backslide for 2.
  • When Mantell secured a sunset flip, he got 2.
  • Checkmate immediately rolled up and pinned Mantell.

Rating: *

Summary: Scientific mat wrestling match with good psychology at the end.

Outside a medical office building, Mercer brings us an update on the knee surgery for Kerry Von Erich. He then interviews Dr. John Anderson who demonstrates the cartilage removal technique he performed arthroscopically on Kerry. Next, Mercer interviews Kerry who is experiencing mental torture about NWA World champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair’s bounty placed upon him. He then states that proof exists about the bounty, and he’ll get even with Flair.

Match 3:  NWA American tag champion “Wild” Bill Irwin versus Michael Hayes

Highlights:

  • Irwin attempted a slam, but Hayes blocked it and slammed him instead.
  • When Irwin gave him a cross corner whip, Hayes hooked a sunset flip for 2.
  • Irwin rebounded with a bicycle kick followed by a knee to the midsection.
  • As he gave Hayes another cross corner whip, he put a second knee into the midsection.
  • He then attempted Hayes’ bulldog, but Hayes shoved him into the opposite corner to counter.
  • After Hayes delivered a bulldog, he attempted a piledriver.
  • On the other hand, Irwin backdropped him over the top rope to the floor.
  • Hayes won by DQ.

Rating: **

Summary: Despite its brevity, the match was fast-paced and exciting. It’s certainly a welcome change-of-pace from the previous two bouts.

After the match, Hayes returns to the ring although a criss-cross emerges. Before Hayes can send him into the middle of 1984, Irwin bails from the ring.

Match 4: David Von Erich versus Roberto Renesto

Highlights:

  • Renesto attacked him before the bell, but David rebounded with an Iron claw.
  • While still wearing his cowboy hat and yellow-rose robe, David won in nine seconds.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for David.

Yes, Steph, in fact, David’s a great rider…of horses, not motorcycles.

Mercer and Saldi interview Hayes who promises Terry Gordy’s arrival next week. He’s aiming for the American tag titles and refers to King Kong Bundy as a “washing machine.”

Conclusion:  Although the show got off to a sputtering start, it picked up after the Kerry interview. Who else is ready for the WCCW tag team debut of the Freebirds?

Woohoo, Steph! Come back soon, ok?

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 10-30-82!

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