Taped from Dallas, TX
Airdate: March 12, 1983 (taped 03/04)
Hosted by Bill Mercer
Can Kevin and David gain victory in their ongoing feud with the Freebirds? Will Kerry give Hayes comeuppance for Christmas night? And who will be my special guest host for tonight’s reflection?
Allison! Glad you can make it! Don’t fret so much and please enjoy the show!
While Mercer opens the show, Garvin and Sunshine join him. Garvin then changes his mind about his matches being filmed and challenges David for the Texas title.
Match 1: “Wild” Bill Irwin versus Johnny Mantell
- Mantell’s none other than booker Ken Mantell’s brother. I wonder if he can time a dropkick.
- When Mantell leap-frogged him, he dropkicked Irwin. I guess he can!
- Irwin then hip-tossed Mantell but missed an elbow drop.
- As the Dallas faithful derided him with a “Chauncey” chant, Irwin got reversed on a cross corner whip.
- Mantell then charged but came up empty.
- After Irwin delivered a back elbow, he got 2.
- He then hit a gutwrench suplex for another 2.
- When Mantell hooked a sunset flip, he got 2.
- Irwin then supplied Mantell with a running stomp for 2.
- As Irwin backdropped Mantell, two minutes remained in the match.
- Mantell then hooked an inside cradle for 2.
- After a pinfall reversal sequence didn’t achieve a pin, Mantell secured a somersault roll-up for another 2.
- Irwin then slammed Mantell and followed with a running knee drop for 2.
- With thirty seconds remaining, Mantell delivered an elbow smash for 2.
- Mantell then hooked a double underhook suplex for another 2.
- Ultimately, the bell rang, and referee Larry Hayes ruled the bout a time-limit draw.
Summary: Solid workrate along with psychology by Mantell made this quick TV match worthwhile.
Match 2: Tola Yatsu (w/ Arman Hussein) versus Mike Bond
- Before the match began, King Kong Bundy came to the ring, grabbed the microphone, and challenged Hussein. He then nailed Hussein, and Yatsu defended his manager. Heel stables collide!
- Yatsu delivered a gutwrench suplex and followed with a knee drop.
- As Bond botched a back drop, he whipped Yatsu into the corner.
- He then monkey-flipped Yatsu and gave him a cross corner whip.
- When Bond attempted a second monkey flip, Yatsu blocked it.
- Yatsu then backdropped and powerslammed Bond.
- After he applied an abdominal claw, Yatsu made Bond submit.
- Yatsu won.
Summary: Showcase match for Yatsu.
After the match, Mercer interviews Hussein with Yatsu. Hussein’s ready for Bundy’s challenge whether it’s Bundy or Kabuki. By the way, does this guy think he’s on Candid Camera?
Following a commercial break, a video featuring “Iceman” King Parsons is shown with Saga’s “On The Loose” playing behind it.
Following another commercial break, Mercer interviews David who accepts Garvin’s challenge “on TV.”
Match 3: The “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich versus Michael Hayes
- Kerry reversed an Irish whip and backdropped Hayes.
- When Kerry delivered a knee drop, he got 2.
- He then missed a second knee drop, so Hayes dropped an elbow upon Kerry’s injured right knee and focused on unwrapping the bandage.
- While the Dallas faithful LOUDLY chanted “go Kerry, go,” their hero escaped an atomic drop attempt and rolled up Hayes.
- Kerry won.
Summary: Hayes’ brief use of psychology on Kerry’s knee was solid, but his persistence with the bandage cost him thanks to a surprise roll-up.
After the match, Hayes attacks Kerry while Gordy and Roberts join him. The Freebirds then viciously triple-team Kerry until Kevin and David rescue their younger brother. Since the participants of the next match are already at ringside, referee David Manning grabs the microphone and begins the second portion of the main event immediately.
Match 4: Kevin & David Von Erich versus Terry Gordy & Buddy Roberts
- Roberts tagged in, but Kevin rammed him face-first into David’s knee.
- When Kevin dropkicked Roberts, he tagged in David.
- Upon delivering a high knee to Roberts, David got 2.
- He then hit a backbreaker on Roberts for another 2.
- As Gordy tagged in, he reversed an Irish whip and applied a sleeper.
- While the Dallas faithful chanted “go David, go,” their hero hooked his own sleeper on Gordy.
- Roberts tagged in, rammed David face-first into the mat, and got 2.
- After David leap-frogged Roberts with ease, he delivered a cross body block for 2.
- Kevin tagged in and backdropped Roberts.
- When Roberts slammed Kevin, he missed an elbow drop.
- David tagged in and monkey-flipped Roberts.
- As Kevin tagged in, he mounted the top turnbuckle and hit an amazing corkscrew splash.
- All four wrestlers were in the ring while David hit a high knee to Roberts.
- After Kevin dropkicked him, Gordy got tied up in the ropes.
- Kevin then applied an Iron claw on Gordy yet kicked referee Bronko Lubich down twice when he tried to intervene.
- When David tossed Roberts from the ring, Lubich called for the bell.
- Gordy and Roberts won by DQ.
Summary: EXTREMELY hot feud with a finish that makes sense as anger and frustration cost the Von Erichs a victory over their archrivals. Excellent corkscrew splash by Kevin notwithstanding.
After the match, David pulls Kevin off Gordy with tremendous effort. Kevin then frees himself from his brother’s clutches and attacks the prone Gordy again. To keep Roberts at bay, David gives him a cross corner whip that results in a Roberts flip. Finally, both Larry Hayes and Lubich pull Kevin away from Gordy.
Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews the Von Erichs. While David’s satisfied with a moral victory due to inflicting harm upon the Freebirds, Kevin wants a no-disqualification match against Gordy.
Conclusion: The Von Erich-Freebirds feud is in full force with full support from the Dallas faithful. Whereas Yatsu easily won a showcase match, Johnny Mantell earns some credibility by going a solid ten minutes with Irwin.
Allison, I’m so glad you could partake in this episode. Please call 1-800-VON-ERICH, and you won’t be disappointed.
TV Rating: NONE
Stay tuned for WCCW 03-19-83!