Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 03-05-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: March 5, 1983 (taped 02/18)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Will Roberts defeat David and earn a title shot? What are Akbar’s upcoming plans? What does Garvin think about the Von Erichs and Freebirds? And who guest-hosts tonight’s installment?

Oh, no! Not that guy!

Opening montage.

At the broadcast table, Mercer interviews General Skandor Akbar who introduces a video featuring Kabuki recuperating in his “homeland.” Akbar promises that Kabuki will return “shortly” and describes the incoming Kamala. We then get a video featuring the Ugandan giant.

Match 1: “Iceman” King Parsons versus Magic Dragon


  • Parsons leap-frogged Dragon and followed with a butt butt.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Parsons won.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Parsons as Dragon was on job duty for this taping.

After the match, Hussein enters the ring and attacks Parsons. To retaliate, Parsons uses another butt butt to send Hussein flying to the floor.

I’m sure you did, girls.

Prior to the next match, Akbar with Bundy challenges Yatsu.

Match 2: The Great Yatsu (w/ Arman Hussein) versus Al Madril


  • Yatsu hooked a bear hug and converted it into an inverted atomic drop.
  • As he slammed Madril, Yatsu followed with a knee drop for 2.
  • He then delivered a backbreaker for another 2.
  • While the Dallas faithful chanted “go Al, go,” Yatsu gave Madril a pair of cross corner whips.
  • Madril then leaped to the second turnbuckle but botched a cross body block.
  • When Yatsu compensated for it with a shot to the throat, he applied an abdominal claw.
  • Madril submitted; thus, Yatsu won.

Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Yatsu as Madril was also on job duty during this taping.

After the match, Yatsu releases the hold before getting disqualified. He then reapplies the abdominal claw, but Hussein pulls him off. Mercer then interviews Hussein at ringside, and Hussein cuts a promo on Devastation, Inc.

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin with Sunshine. While Garvin’s seated in a jacuzzi, he continues to refuse his matches being filmed. Sunshine then hands him a set of pictures of the Von Erichs, and Garvin runs them down and tears up the pictures. Next, he sees a picture of the Freebirds and believes they “belong in the garbage.” After all, he’s got too much “class.”

Match 3 (non-title): NWA Texas champion David Von Erich (w/ Kerry & Kevin) versus Buddy Roberts (w/ the Freebirds)


  • According to ring announcer Marc Lowrance, referee Bronko Lubich ruled that the match couldn’t begin until everyone but Roberts and David returned backstage.
  • Garvin and Sunshine stood in the aisle filming the match.
  • When Roberts hung him out to dry, he punted David.
  • David then reversed a cross corner whip, hung Roberts out to dry, and punted him. Payback!
  • As Roberts put a knee into the midsection, he attempted an atomic drop.
  • However, David escaped and delivered his own atomic drop for 2.
  • While the Dallas faithful chanted “go, David, go,” their hero applied an Iron claw.
  • After Roberts made the ropes to escape, David took his time releasing the hold.
  • That brought the Freebirds back to ringside.
  • When they entered the ring and attacked David, Lubich called for the bell.
  • David won by DQ.

Rating: *

Summary: It would have been poor booking for the Freebirds to lose twice in the same taping, so the decision makes sense.

After the match, Gordy delivers a swinging neckbreaker to David, and Hayes follows with one of his own. Without haste, Kerry and Kevin storm the ring and chase the Freebirds back to the locker room.

Before the show leaves the air, Mercer interviews an ailing David at the broadcast table.

Conclusion: The Von Erich-Freebird war continues unabated. Meanwhile, both Akbar and Garvin set their sights on taking down the Von Erichs. What did you think of the show, Wendy?

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 03-12-83!

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