Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-25-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: June 25, 1983 (taped 06/17)

Attendance: 21,000

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Who will lose his hair and his dignity? Will either David or Garvin become Texas champion? And who will join me in bringing this historical episode to you, the loyal RSG faithful?

John Riggins—Super Bowl XVII MVP! What a unique and pleasant surprise! Welcome aboard! All the ‘rasslers in WCCW are tough SOBs.

Opening montage.

Match 1 (six-man): “Gentleman” Chris Adams, Chavo Guerrero, & Jose Lothario versus “Wild” Bill Irwin, the Mongol, & Fishman (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar)

Highlights:

  • For those unaware, Fishman was notable for wrestling in the UWA in Mexico.
  • Guerrero reversed a cross corner whip and hip-tossed Fishman.
  • When he dropkicked Fishman, Guerrero missed a second one.
  • He then delivered a pair of flying headscissors and tagged in Adams.
  • As Mongol also tagged in, he ate a superkick from Adams.
  • Fishman tagged in, but Adams leap-frogged and monkey-flipped him.
  • After another superkick by Adams, tags were exchanged on both sides again.
  • Fishman then gave Lothario a cross corner whip followed by a slam.
  • When Fishman mounted the top turnbuckle, Lothario caught and slammed him down to the mat.
  • Tags were exchanged on both sides for a third time while Adams backdropped Mongol.
  • As Guerrero tagged in, he landed a spinning heel kick to Mongol.
  • During his comeback, Mongol slammed Guerrero in the corner and hit a backbreaker for 2.
  • Irwin tagged in and delivered his own backbreaker.
  • After he hit a flying knee drop, Irwin got another 2.
  • Lothario tagged in and slammed Irwin.
  • When Mongol tagged in, he supplied Lothario with an atomic drop.
  • Unbeknownst to Mongol, Guerrero tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a cross body block.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Guerrero, Adams, and Lothario won.

Rating: **

Summary: Lots of action, and Guerrero continues to shine in WCCW.

Following a commercial break, Marc Lowrance interviews the Freebirds back in the locker room. While highlights of both Parsons and Roberts losing chunks of hair are shown, Roberts strongly intends to change Parsons into “Mr. B” as in bald. Hayes then sells the Freebird hair cream like it should be marketed at your local Piggly Wiggly.

Match 2 for the NWA Texas title (vacant): David Von Erich versus “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin (w/ Sunshine)

Highlights:

  • David hip-tossed Garvin and followed with a dropkick.
  • As David missed a second dropkick, Garvin earned a 1-count.
  • He then slammed David for another 1-count.
  • When David hooked an inside cradle, he got 2.
  • He then secured an O’Connor roll for another 2.
  • While the Dallas faithful chanted “go David, go,” their hero slammed Garvin.
  • He then scored with a high knee, yet Garvin escaped an Iron claw thanks to the ropes.
  • After he delivered a knee lift, David got 2.
  • He then applied a sleeper, but Garvin made the ropes.
  • As David gave him a cross corner whip, Garvin exploded with a running knee for 2.
  • David then attempted a cross body block, but Garvin countered by guillotining him with the top rope for 2.
  • When Garvin made another cover and altered referee Bronko Lubich’s view, Sunshine grabbed David’s boot. SNEAKY!
  • 1-2-3.
  • WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!

Rating: *½

Summary: Wiley and clever heel shenanigans helped Garvin to regain the Texas title much to the chagrin of the Dallas faithful.

Following a commercial break, Lowrance announces that due to Sunshine’s actions, the Texas title will be held up once again. Garvin protests but to no avail.

Match 3 (hair): “Iceman” King Parsons versus Buddy Roberts

Highlights:

  • Roberts ambushed Parsons at the onset, but Parsons hooked a sunset flip for 2.
  • When Roberts slammed him, he followed with an elbow drop for 1.
  • Another slam attempt by Roberts resulted in Parsons’ landing on top for 2.
  • As Parsons delivered a cross body block, he got another 2.
  • Roberts then sought refuge outside the ring, but Parsons brought him back in the hard way.
  • While Mercer mentioned that “Nature Boy” Ric Flair lost the NWA World title to Harley Race on 6/10, Parsons chopped Roberts but couldn’t get 3.
  • Parsons then slammed Roberts for yet another 2.
  • After Roberts got tied up in the ropes, Parsons nailed him to a great reaction from the Dallas faithful.
  • He then hip-tossed Roberts and followed with an elbow drop for a fifth consecutive 2-count.
  • When Parsons hooked an abdominal stretch, Roberts escaped but missed a series of elbow drops.
  • Parsons then rolled up Roberts from the corner but only got 2.
  • As Roberts reversed the roll-up, he practically disrobed Parsons while grabbing the tights.
  • That caused a BIG BLUE SPOT on the screen to protect innocent eyes.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Roberts won.
  • On the other hand, referee David Manning questioned Roberts about pulling Parsons’ trunks, so Roberts hit a swinging neckbreaker on Parsons.
  • He then retrieved the hair removal cream and fought with Manning over it.
  • After Parsons nailed Roberts, he delivered a butt butt.
  • He then grabbed the cream and lathered it all over Roberts’ head.

Rating: ***

Summary: Although Roberts cheated to win, he ultimately lost the battle of hair. He did a great job of selling prior to stealing the victory however.

Afterward, Hayes rescues his fellow Freebird and brawls with Parsons in the ring. When Parsons retrieves the hair cream, Hayes bolts out of the ring quicker than a politician being caught in a brothel.

Conclusion:  One of the most famous hair matches in wrestling history occurred, and Roberts got the worst of it. Although Garvin cheated to win the title, Sunshine’s shenanigans didn’t pay off in front of NWA officials. Without question, find the time to watch this episode.

Thanks for stopping by, John. Be careful, and don’t run into any Cowboys.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 07-02-83!

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