Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-11-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 11, 1982 (taped 12/3)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Who will win the war of words between Flair and Fritz? Can Bundy defeat Kevin to put himself in contention for the American title? And who will be helping display this tasty treat for you?

Thanks, Amy, but be careful that we don’t encounter any more slumber party massacres.

Opening montage.

Prior to the opening bout, King Kong Bundy cuts a promo on Kevin.

Match 1: The Spoiler versus Jose Lothario

Highlights:

  • In case you didn’t already know, although each wrestler had a good wrestling career, they’re better known for training Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker.
  • Both wrestlers spilled out to the apron, and referee David Manning counted them out.
  • As a result, no winner.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Punch and kick match that helped to establish Spoiler as a heel. Literally, it was Spoiler’s heel tactics that stood out and nothing else.

Unlike last week, the Sportatorium looks rather empty. Methinks the Dallas faithful chose Christmas shopping over ‘rasslin’ this week.

No, Amy, but thank you for the lovely gift of you in Santa Claus gear.

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews referees Bronko Lubich and David Manning. He then details that a special referee will join either Lubich or Manning during the cage match for the NWA World title at Star Wars on Christmas night. Manning then reveals the four potential names:

  1. Duke Keomuka
  2. “Wild” Bill Curry
  3. Ken Mantell
  4. Michael Hayes

According to Manning, Hayes won the fan vote by a landslide. Lubich then toots his own horn by claiming that he’s been the referee during two World title changes. Both referees feel Kerry can win the match.

During a Hart interview involving Kabuki, Dragon, and Checkmate, Bundy interrupts him. Bundy then claims that “Wild” Bill Irwin and Spoiler will align with him during the six-man tournament.

Afterward, Madril, Adias, and McGraw have formed a partnership, and McGraw’s ready to run wild.

Match 2 (six-man): Bugsy McGraw, Al Madril, & Brian Adias versus the Great Kabuki, Magic Dragon, & Checkmate (w/ Arman Hussein)

Highlights:

  • Adias escaped an arm bar and dropkicked Kabuki.
  • As Madril backdropped Dragon, he got 2.
  • Adias tagged in, leapfrogged Dragon, and followed with a dropkick.
  • When Adias gave Kabuki a cross corner whip, he ate a thrust kick on his follow-through.
  • Tags were exchanged on both sides while Madril delivered a flying shoulder block.
  • After McGraw tagged in, the heels triple-teamed him in their corner. How dastardly!
  • McGraw then slammed Dragon but missed an elbow drop.
  • As tags were exchanged on both sides, Adias hooked a sunset flip on Dragon for 2.
  • Dragon then whipped Adias into a flying knee from Kabuki.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Dragon, Kabuki, and Checkmate won.

Rating: *½

Summary: Much like last week’s tag match, there wasn’t much chemistry between the teams or combatants.

I bet you do, Amy, I bet you do.

From separate studios, Mercer interviews Fritz and NWA World champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Mercer questions Flair about the bounty, but Flair denies it 100%. In rebuttal, Fritz stands behind the evidence and claims that Kerry will become NWA World champion. Next, Flair angrily questions why the title match will be in a cage, but Fritz sternly threatens him. To end the segment, Flair states “you wanted the match, now accept the consequences.” THIS is how you sell tickets to a show on Christmas night.

Prior to the main event, Kevin cuts a promo on Bundy.

Match 3 (non-title): NWA American champion Kevin Von Erich versus King Kong Bundy

Highlights:

  • Much like Adias earlier, Kevin escaped a wrist lock and delivered a dropkick.
  • With Bundy in the corner, Kevin charged but ate a knee to the midsection.
  • Bundy then gave Kevin a cross corner whip and followed with an avalanche.
  • When he gave Bundy a cross corner whip, Kevin applied the Iron claw.
  • Unfortunately, since it was in the corner, Kevin had to break the hold.
  • To counter a reverse chin lock, Kevin applied a reverse Iron claw.
  • Bundy escaped while the Dallas faithful chanted “we want the claw.”
  • As Bundy returned to the ring, he applied a bear hug.
  • Kevin escaped with an elbow smash, but Bundy slammed him for 2.
  • After Bundy gave Kevin another cross corner whip, he came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Bundy then reversed a cross corner whip sending Kevin directly into referee David Manning. Like a true pro, Manning bumped all the way over the top rope to the floor.
  • When Bundy intentionally tossed Kevin over the top rope, he suplexed Kevin back into the ring.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Bundy won.

Rating: **

Summary: Decent match that should earn Bundy a title shot down the line.

Conclusion:  The Flair-Fritz interview has to be seen to be believed. If ever two sides opposed one another, it’s Fritz and Flair. The Bundy-Kevin match is also worth your time, so check it out.

You’re welcome, Amy. I’m sorry that I can’t showcase more pictures of you, but they’re way too provocative for my reflections. If you would like to know what I’m talking about, search for images of Kimberly McArthur. You’ve been warned.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 12-18-82!

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