Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-09-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: July 15, 1983 (taped 07/01)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Who will win tonight’s lumberjack match? What’s the next step in the feud between David and Garvin? Since his humiliation with hair removal cream, how does Roberts respond? And who will add some flavor to tonight’s reflection?

Hey, Christie! Welcome back! Hope you’re up for some good ‘rasslin’.

Opening montage.

Match 1: “Gentleman” Chris Adams versus Johnny Mantell


  • In case you forgot, Mercer informed us that Mantell “is the younger brother of (booker) Ken Mantell.” This promotion is the epitome of nepotism, so I can’t argue.
  • Lots of mat wrestling to start until Mantell slammed Adams.
  • When Adams rebounded with a hip toss, he leap-frogged Mantell but missed a dropkick.
  • The Dallas faithful chanted “go Chris, go” while two minutes remained.
  • As Mantell delivered a backbreaker, he only got a 1-count.
  • He then hip-tossed Adams but missed an elbow drop.
  • After a double clothesline put both wrestlers down on the mat, Adams slammed Mantell.
  • He then hit a leg drop for 2, brother.
  • When Mantell hooked an inside cradle, he got 2.
  • They reversed the cradle numerous times while fifteen seconds remained.
  • As they fell down to the floor, the bell rang.
  • Referee Larry Hayes ruled the bout a time-limit draw.

Rating: **

Summary: Decent opener where Adams made Mantell look good.

After the match, Adams and Mantell shake hands. Great sportsmanship!

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews David about his involvement in the World title match at the extravaganza. David then cuts a quick promo on Harley Race. When the subject switches to “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin, David’s ready for him as well as any involvement Sunshine offers. Mercer then mentions their next match with the stipulation that the loser will become the valet for the winner for a day. David promises that when he wins, he’ll make Garvin mow his 270-acre ranch by hand. Also, he informs Sunshine that his clothes and dishes need to be cleaned. Great promo!

Match 2: Chavo Guerrero versus Rip Rogers


  • For those familiar with Rogers’ work in WCW, his hair wasn’t bleached blond at this point in time. In fact, he resembled a young Lanny Poffo.
  • Following a criss-cross, Guerrero executed an O’Connor roll yet only got 1.
  • He then hooked Rogers in a bow and arrow, but Rogers rebounded with a back elbow for 2.
  • As Guerrero backflipped off the top rope, he hip-tossed Rogers.
  • He then delivered a flying headscissors followed by a dropkick.
  • When he hit a flying head butt, Guerrero delivered a flying back elbow.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Guerrero won.

Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Guerrero as he toyed with Rogers before putting him away.

Match 3: Mr. Ebony (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar & Mongol) versus Mike Bond


  • Ebony clotheslined Bond and followed with a slam.
  • When he rang Bond’s bell, Ebony slammed him.
  • He then applied a full nelson, and Bond submitted.
  • As a result, Ebony won.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Ebony.

After the match, Mercer interviews Akbar with Ebony and Mongol. Akbar then cuts a promo on Bruiser Brody for Kamala’s sake.

Match 4 (lumberjack): NWA American tag champion the “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich versus WCCW World Six-Man tag champion Terry Gordy


  • Kerry hip-tossed Gordy and followed with a pair of slams.
  • As Gordy tried to regroup outside the ring, the lumberjacks tossed him back into the ring without any
  • Kerry then delivered a cross body block for 2.
  • When Gordy guillotined him with the top rope twice, he tossed Kerry to the floor.
  • The lumberjacks then tossed Kerry into the ring, and Gordy suplexed him for 2.
  • After Kerry hooked a sunset flip, he only got 1.
  • Gordy then applied a bear hug, but Kerry made the ropes.
  • As Kerry gave him a cross corner whip, Gordy reapplied the bear hug.
  • Kerry responded with an Iron claw much to the delight of the Dallas faithful.
  • When Gordy escaped by tossing Kerry to the floor, the lumberjacks returned him to the apron.
  • With both wrestlers on the apron, Gordy charged but HIT THE POLE.
  • After the babyface lumberjacks returned Gordy to the ring, Garvin nailed Kerry before shoving him inside. SNEAKY!
  • Gordy then hit a belly-to-back suplex for 2.
  • As he delivered a backbreaker, Gordy got another 2.
  • He then gave Kerry a cross corner whip and attempted a slam.
  • On the other hand, Brody tripped Gordy, and momentum put Kerry atop Gordy.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Kerry won.

Rating: ***

Summary: Exciting main event where the stipulation played a smart role in the outcome.

After the match, all of the wrestlers spilled into the ring until the babyfaces cleared the heels from the ring. Without question, I smell an upcoming battle between Gordy and Brody.

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews Garvin with Sunshine at ringside. After he called David a “chicken,” Garvin also referred to Kevin as one because Kevin wouldn’t put the American title on the line for next week’s match.

Conclusion:  You can’t argue with a good lumberjack match as the main event sold the show. Otherwise, Ebony made his presence felt while Guerrero entertained the fans at Rogers’ expense. In addition, Mantell held his own with Adams. What did you think, Christie?

Thanks for joining us, Christie. I hope your prediction rings true.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 07-16-83!

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