Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-04-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: June 4, 1983 (taped 05/27)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Who will capture the vacated Texas title? Will Kerry get the better of Hayes, or will the Freebirds have other plans? Also, who will join me to co-host tonight’s reflection?

Hey, everyone! It’s Joshua from WarGames. I hope he doesn’t suggest we play Global Thermonuclear War.

Opening montage.

Match 1: “Gentleman” Chris Adams versus Bill Rathke


  • Adams attempted a pair of shoulder blocks, but Rathke stood his ground.
  • Upon attempting a third shoulder block, Rathke used momentum to send Adams between the ropes to the floor.
  • While the Dallas faithful chanted “go Chris, go,” their hero slammed the not-so-svelte Rathke.
  • He then delivered a flying knee drop and followed with an enziguri.
  • When he hooked an inside cradle, Adams pinned Rathke.

Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for Adams.

Match 2: Kamala (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar & Friday) versus Johnny Rich


  • For those unaware, Rich is the cousin of former NWA World champion Tommy Rich.
  • Kamala applied a standing choke, released it, and splashed Rich twice.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Kamala won.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Kamala.

While standing along a fence at David’s ranch, Mercer interviews David who vows to regain the Texas title and also chase after the World title. Next, Mercer and David ride horses, and David cuts a promo on Garvin.

Match 3: The “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich versus Michael Hayes


  • According to Mercer, the Freebirds will defend the American tag titles at Star Wars against Kerry and a partner yet to be determined.
  • While the Dallas faithful LOUDLY chanted “go home Freebirds,” Hayes delivered a knee lift.
  • Kerry rebounded with his own knee lift for 2.
  • As Hayes leap-frogged him, Kerry hit a cross body block for another 2.
  • Hayes delivered a clothesline followed by a fist drop for 2.
  • When Kerry slammed him, he mounted the top turnbuckle and hit the big elbow for 2.
  • Hayes rebounded by slamming Kerry’s right knee against the apron.
  • After Kerry backdropped him, he hammered Hayes with a forearm.
  • He then attempted a second forearm, but Hayes used momentum to send Kerry down to the floor.
  • As Hayes attempted to suplex Kerry back into the ring, Kerry used momentum to land on top.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Kerry won.

Rating: **½

Summary: Hot match with decent psychology and an aerial move by Kerry to put the cherry on top.

After the match, Gordy storms the ring, and the Freebirds double-team Kerry. Suddenly, Kevin hits the ring to save his brother and shoo away their nemeses.

Mercer then interviews the Freebirds at ringside, and Hayes doesn’t believe Kerry can find a partner for the extravaganza. Afterward, Gordy insults the Von Erichs before Mercer cuts him off before Gordy goes off the deep end.

Match 4 for the NWA Texas title (vacant): David Von Erich versus “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin (w/ Sunshine)


  • David hooked an inverted step-over toe-hold and got 2.
  • With the Dallas faithful firmly in David’s favor, Garvin delivered a series of knee drops.
  • David rebounded with a knee lift for 2.
  • As David attempted an Iron claw, Garvin blocked it.
  • David then gave Garvin a cross corner whip followed by a back drop.
  • When David hit a knee drop, he got 2.
  • He then hooked an inside cradle for another 2.
  • After Garvin got tied up in the ropes, David roughed him up and followed with a high knee for only 2 thanks to Sunshine.
  • David then chased after Sunshine first outside the ring and then inside.
  • As a result, referee Bronko Lubich called for the bell.
  • According to ring announcer Marc Lowrance, both wrestlers were disqualified; thus, the title remained vacant.

Rating: **

Summary: By no means is this feud over.

After the match, David applies the Iron claw to Garvin while a horrified Sunshine gasps in fear. Garvin escapes by tossing David over the top rope to the floor.

Before the show leaves the air, Mercer interviews Garvin with Sunshine at the broadcast table. Garvin’s adamant to become the Texas champion and cuts a promo on David.

Conclusion:  The feud between David and Garvin rages on while the question of Kerry’s partner at the extravaganza remains undetermined. Hopefully, next week, we’ll learn more about it. With the action hot and heavy between the Von Erichs and Freebirds/Garvin, let’s hope the game doesn’t get out of hand.

Good strategy, Joshua. Perhaps we’ll join our collective brains again before 1983 comes to a close.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 06-11-83!

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