Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 05-21-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: May 21, 1983 (taped 05/13)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Marc Lowrance

Can the Mongol conquer the “gentleman”? Will Gordy recapture the American title from Kevin? And who will join us to enjoy tonight’s reflection?

Oh no! Not Dirty Harry again!

Opening montage.

Match 1: Tola Yatsu (w/ Arman Hussein) versus Paul “Butcher” Vachon

Highlights:

  • Yatsu delivered a knee lift and powerslammed Vachon.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Yatsu won.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Yatsu. Methinks Vachon got sliced, minced, and cured as he jobbed to Yatsu.

At ringside, Lowrance interviews Hussein with Yatsu. In response to a handicap match pitting Hussein and Yatsu against Kamala, Hussein states Kamala “could never win.” I’ll allow Asia to offer my $.02.

Match 2: “Gentleman” Chris Adams versus the Mongol (w/ Skandor Akbar)

Highlights:

  • After a mid-ring collision sent Adams to the floor, Mongol joined him yet ate a pair of superkicks.
  • Adams then re-entered the ring and hit a tope suicida. Woohoo!
  • As Adams delivered another superkick inside the ring, he gave Mongol a cross corner whip.
  • Superkick #4 caused Mongol to get tied up in the ropes, but when Adams attempted a cross body block, Mongol escaped and evaded him.
  • With Adams prone on the apron, Mongol persistently choked him.
  • Referee Fred Sinclair administered the five-count and disqualified Mongol.
  • As a result, Adams won by DQ.

Rating: **

Summary: I would like to refer to Mongol as Samsonite because Adams carried him like a piece of luggage.

After the match, Mongol tries to attack Adams again but eats an enziguri.

Prior to the next match, Garvin challenges David Von Erich again.

Match 3: “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin (w/ Sunshine) versus Johnny Mantell

Highlights:

  • Garvin hip-tossed Mantell and followed with a pair of dropkicks.
  • When he hooked a flying headscissors, I lost my ever-loving mind because I’d never seen Garvin wrestle like this before.
  • The Dallas faithful chanted “go Johnny, go” while Mantell delivered his own pair of dropkicks.
  • As Garvin hit a series of knee drops, he slammed Mantell for a 1-count.
  • Mantell then countered an arm bar with a slam before Garvin put a knee into his midsection for 2.
  • After Garvin leap-frogged him, Mantell attempted a cross body block only to fall prey to a backbreaker.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Garvin won.

Rating: *½

Summary: Showcase match for Garvin who actually impressed me here.

Match 4 for the NWA American title: Kevin Von Erich (champion) versus Terry Gordy

Highlights:

  • At the onset, Kevin countered an arm bar with a dropkick.
  • While the Dallas faithful LOUDLY chanted “go Kevin, go,” their hero hooked a bodyscissors.
  • Gordy escaped and gave Kevin a cross corner whip.
  • As Kevin reapplied a bodyscissors, he switched to a sunset flip for 2.
  • He then reversed an Irish whip and hooked an abdominal stretch.
  • When Gordy escaped, Kevin put a knee into his midsection.
  • He then attempted an Iron claw, but Gordy thwarted it.
  • After Kevin applied a sleeper, Gordy made the ropes to escape.
  • He then reversed an Irish whip and applied his own sleeper.
  • As Kevin escaped, Gordy suplexed him for 2.
  • He then attempted a piledriver, but Kevin countered with a back drop.
  • When Kevin reversed a cross corner whip, Gordy leaped to the second turnbuckle but missed a cross body block.
  • Kevin then leaped to the top turnbuckle and successfully delivered a cross body block.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Kevin retained.

Rating: **½

Summary: Smooth chemistry between Kevin and Gordy provided an exciting main event.

Before the show leaves the air, Lowrance interviews Kevin at the broadcast table. While Kevin’s happy about retaining his title, he’s still aiming for the World title.

Conclusion:  Kevin continues to show why he’s world-title-caliber in his victory over Gordy. Also, Garvin completely shocked me with some aerial moves during his match.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 05-28-83!

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