Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-09-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: April 9, 1983 (taped 04/01)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kevin win the World title by defeating Flair? Will Kabuki get revenge against Yatsu for injuring him? Will Parsons make it 2-for-2 against the Freebirds with a victory over Hayes? Who will join me to celebrate this show?

Thanks for popping in, Jerilee! Enjoy the show!

Opening montage.

These matches occurred at the State Fair Coliseum which holds up to 8,500 people.

Prior to the opening match, David Von Erich grabs the microphone and challenges Garvin. Like a good slimy heel, Garvin hides behind Sunshine while running his yap. As David exits the ring, Garvin ambushes him. David tries to get to Garvin, but referee Bronko Lubich restrains him.

Match 1 (non-title): NWA Texas champion “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin (w/ Sunshine) versus Mike Bond

Highlights:

  • Garvin slammed Bond and followed with a forearm smash.
  • When Garvin cheated by pulling Bond’s hair, he replied to Lubich: “I used my muscles.” HA!
  • He then backdropped Bond, delivered a knee drop, and got 2.
  • As he guillotined Bond, Garvin got another 2. In fact, he was toying with Bond.
  • Garvin then hit a backbreaker and pulled him up again at 2.
  • After he clotheslined Bond, Garvin pulled him up yet again.
  • He then delivered a belly-to-back suplex yet intentionally didn’t complete the lateral press.
  • When he hit a swinging neckbreaker, Garvin pinned Bond.

Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Garvin.

After the match, David returns to the ring, and Sunshine slaps him. How dastardly! Like a gentleman, David moves Sunshine out of the way and pounds on Garvin. He then spanks Sunshine to give her comeuppance. I humbly withdraw my gentleman comment but laugh at Sunshine’s expense nonetheless.

Earlier tonight, Kevin cuts a promo on Flair at ringside and vows to win the World title.

From the locker room, Flair reminds Kevin who he really is.

Match 2: “Iceman” King Parsons versus Michael Hayes

Highlights:

  • While the Dallas faithful chanted “go home, Freebirds,” Parsons hip-tossed Hayes twice.
  • He then backdropped Hayes before dishing out a hip toss and a pair of dropkicks.
  • As Parsons delivered a cross body block, Hayes used momentum (and the ropes) to land on top.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Hayes won.

Rating: *

Summary: With the crowd hotter than a Dallas morning in August, Hayes stole one here.

After the match, Mercer interviews Hayes who “taught (Parsons) not to slap a Freebird.”

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews Garvin at the beauty salon. As you’d expect, he touts himself and has David Von Erich on the brain.

Match 3 (kendo stick): Tola Yatsu (w/ Arman Hussein) versus the Great Kabuki

Highlights:

  • Yatsu attempted to whack him with the stick, but Kabuki blocked it with his nunchucks.
  • When referee David Manning put the stick into the center of the ring, Kabuki caught a charging Yatsu with a thrust kick.
  • Kabuki then nailed Yatsu repeatedly in the back with the stick and followed with a shot to the midsection.
  • As Yatsu gained the advantage and the stick, Kabuki blocked a shot with the stick and delivered a spinning thrust kick.
  • Yatsu then hammered him with the stick until Kabuki rebounded with a pair of thrust kicks.
  • After Kabuki mounted the top turnbuckle, he leaped but ate a shot to the throat with the stick.
  • He then fell down to the concrete floor, and Manning counted him out.
  • BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Rating: DUD

Summary: Kabuki’s jobbing to Yatsu on his way out of WCCW, but this match wasn’t entertaining in the least.

At ringside, Monica Hunter briefly interviews Hussein.

Match 4 for the NWA World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion) versus NWA American champion Kevin Von Erich

Highlights:

  • While Mercer promoted incoming wrestlers Chavo Guerrero and Chris Adams, Flair leap-frogged Kevin but received a hip toss.
  • Kevin then dropkicked Flair and followed with a flying headscissors.
  • As Kevin reversed a cross corner whip, he backdropped Flair.
  • Flair then “broke Kevin’s nose” according to both Kevin and Mercer yet delivered a knee drop for 2.
  • When Kevin gave Flair a cross corner whip, a Flair flip ensued.
  • Kevin then applied an Iron claw, but Flair escaped.
  • After Flair attempted a vertical suplex, Kevin escaped and hooked a sleeper.
  • Flair escaped via an eye rake, and a mid-ring collision occurred.
  • As Flair mounted the top turnbuckle, Kevin caught and slammed him down to the mat.
  • Kevin then hit a cross body block for 2.
  • When Flair’s kick-out sent Kevin atop referee Bronko Lubich, Flair missed an elbow drop to him but nailed Lubich.
  • With Lubich down, Flair intentionally tossed Kevin over the top rope to the concrete floor. Nefarious!
  • He then rammed Kevin shoulder-first into the ring post, but Kevin beat the count back into the ring.
  • After Flair suplexed him, he got 2.
  • He then delivered an elbow drop for another 2.
  • As he hit a backbreaker, Flair couldn’t get 3.
  • Kevin then WALLOPED Flair with a forearm smash causing a Flair flop.
  • When he gave Flair another cross corner whip, Kevin backdropped him again.
  • Flair then leap-frogged him, and Kevin inadvertently steamrolled Lubich.
  • After Lubich was OUT COLD on the concrete floor, Kevin applied an abdominal Iron claw.
  • Kevin then sent Flair over the top rope to the concrete floor, joined, and made Flair HIT THE POLE.
  • As Flair was BUSTED OPEN, David Manning relieved Lubich.
  • Kevin then backdropped Flair for a third time and slammed him.
  • When he mounted the top turnbuckle, Kevin delivered a cross body block.
  • Do we have a new champion?
  • 1-2-3.
  • WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!
  • Although the Dallas faithful became apoplectic, Manning and Lubich conferred with one another.
  • Unfortunately for Kevin, Lubich caught Kevin’s tossing Flair over the top rope and awarded the victory to Flair.
  • As a result, Flair retained.

Rating: ***

Summary: A tremendous ALMOST for Kevin as he came ever so close to becoming World champion.

After the match, while the Dallas faithful chants “bull-shit,” Flair screams “it’s mine!”

Conclusion:  Blockbuster episode with the highlight being Kevin’s near-victory in the main event. The time constraints placed upon the matches in the middle get forgotten due to the World title match. Wholeheartedly, I give my biggest recommendation. Would you agree, Jerilee?

See you later, Jerilee! I hope you’re less lonely now.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 04-16-83!

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