Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 1-22-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: January 22, 1983 (taped 01/07)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kevin retain the American title against Bundy? What are Kerry’s thoughts about his match against Flair at the supershow? Who will join us and assist with the reflection?

You got it, and I’m not even driving a station wagon.

Opening montage.

Match 1 for the NWA American title: Kevin Von Erich (champion) versus King Kong Bundy

Highlights:

  • This match took place at Christmas Star Wars.
  • When Kevin escaped a headscissors, he dropkicked Bundy.
  • He then escaped a hammerlock and dropkicked Bundy again.
  • As Bundy tossed him down to the concrete floor, Kevin re-entered via sunset flip for 2.
  • He then attempted an Iron claw, but Bundy countered with an eye rake.
  • After Bundy delivered a back elbow, Kevin rebounded with an Iron claw.
  • Bundy then put his leg under the bottom rope to escape.
  • When Kevin mounted the top turnbuckle, he leaped, but Bundy pulled referee David Manning in front of him.
  • With Manning down, Bundy tossed Kevin over the top rope to the concrete floor. SNEAKY!
  • He then gave Kevin a cross corner whip, but Manning pulled Kevin from the corner before he ate an avalanche.
  • ..Manning then declared Kevin the winner via DQ.
  • Kevin retained.

Rating: *½

Summary: Bundy had his chance to regain the title, but he blew it.

After the match, Kevin and Bundy brawl, and Kevin dropkicks him. Bundy then heads for cover atop Joe Rinaldi seated at ringside.

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews Kerry who witnesses the videotape of his cage match against Flair for the first time. Kerry states “there was no excuse for what..happened.” At the moment when Kerry received the knee in the back from Flair and the subsequent cage door shot, he exclaims “son of a gun!” When he gets either Freebird in the ring, Kerry’ll “cripple (him)”.

Match 2: Terry Gordy versus Brian Adias (w/ Kerry Von Erich)

Highlights:

  • Unlike previous weeks, Gordy wore a black cowboy hat to show his true colors.
  • Adias hip-tossed Gordy and received accolades from Kerry.
  • As Gordy guillotined Adias with the top rope, he followed with a swinging neckbreaker.
  • He then delivered a knee drop for 2.
  • While the Dallas faithful chanted “go Brian, go,” Michael Hayes slithered to ringside.
  • Kerry noticed him and prepared for battle.
  • When Adias botched a sleeper, Kerry chased Hayes around the ring.
  • The chase came through the ring a couple of times before Hayes fled backstage.
  • After Gordy reversed an Irish whip, he piledrove Adias.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Gordy won.

Rating: *

Summary: Despite having Kerry in his corner, it was inevitable that Adias would lose. This was more storyline than match as rest holds nearly put me down for the count during the match.

After the match, Gordy wants to piledrive Adias again, but Kerry enters the ring and nails him. A discus punch then sends Gordy flying over the top rope to the floor.

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews Manning who mentions that Hayes’ attitude changed as Christmas night went on. We then revisit the footage from the cage match, and Manning acknowledges Hayes’ aggressiveness with his referee work as well as Gordy’s potentially “permanent” damage to Kerry with the cage door slamming. Lastly, he mentions a “rematch clause” which will benefit Kerry down the road.

Prior to the next match, Mercer interviews Bundy who referred to Kevin as a “scrawny little redneck.” Bundy wants to change his persona to Devastation, Inc.

Match 3: King Kong Bundy versus the Samoan

Highlights:

  • Bundy slammed the Samoan and followed with a back elbow.
  • When he gave the Samoan a cross corner whip, Bundy delivered an avalanche. Without question, he SQUISHED the Samoan.
  • He then hit a backbreaker and splashed the Samoan.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Bundy won.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Bundy.

After the match, Bundy grabs the microphone and says “me and the man are going to be running roughshod over wrestling for a long time.”

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews Bundy at the broadcast table. Bundy puts over “the man,” and when Mercer asks who it is, Bundy sidesteps him by mentioning his new partner—the Great Kabuki.

Conclusion:  Kevin successfully defended the American title while Gordy and Bundy showcased their talents. Also, the Kerry and Manning interviews helped to shape the story of the Von Erich-Freebirds feud. Grab a seat and partake this one. Did you enjoy our brief Texan vacation, milady?

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 01-29-83!

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