Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-23-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: July 23, 1983 (taped 07/15)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Brody obtain the bounty by exposing Roberts’ baldness? Will Gordy defeat Adams, or will the Englishman stand tall? How well did Garvin and Sunshine survive as David’s valets for a day? Also, who will join me to celebrate this rather famous episode?

NEW opening montage.

Match 1 for the UWA Women’s title: Lola Gonzales (champion) versus Vicky Carranza

Highlights:

  • This match occurred on 6/17 at Reunion Arena.
  • For those curious, neither wrestler was trained by Moolah. In fact, Gonzales was trained by Gory Guerrero.
  • Gonzales slammed her, but Carranza rebounded with a hip toss.
  • When Gonzales gave Carranza a cross corner whip, she came up empty on her follow-through.
  • Carranza then hip-tossed and charged Gonzales but came up empty herself.
  • As Gonzales slammed Carranza, she mounted the second turnbuckle but missed a flying senton.
  • Carranza pounced on her and got 2.
  • After Gonzales attempted another slam, Carranza hooked an inside cradle for another 2.
  • Carranza then secured a modified O’Connor roll but couldn’t get 3.
  • When Gonzales attempted her own O’Connor roll, Carranza botched it, yet Gonzales earned a 2-count.
  • Next, a mid-ring collision occurred when both wrestlers attempted cross body blocks.
  • Carranza then hooked a sunset flip for 2.
  • As Gonzales botched a victory roll, Carranza used momentum to be on top.
  • 1-2-3.
  • WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!

Rating: **

Summary: Gonzales carries Carranza to a watchable match with decent psychology and workrate, yet Carranza needs more seasoning since she isn’t crisp during a couple of moves with Gonzales. My apologies for spoiling the result in a prior reflection; however, this “title change” is not reflected in the UWA Women’s title lineage. Finally, no belt is presented to Carranza despite her victory.

Next, what you’ve all been waiting for…

VALET FOR A DAY: Due to David Von Erich’s victory over “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin for the NWA Texas title on 7/4 in Fort Worth, Garvin and Sunshine must act as David’s valets for a day. On David’s ranch, As Garvin and Sunshine arrive in a maroon Lincoln Continental, Garvin gives David a whole lotta lip about his upcoming responsibilities.

David then instructs Garvin to open the back door to the Continental and meet him at the “back 40” meaning Garvin must walk behind the car. Lest we forget, it’s a HOT and HUMID July Day in Texas. Next, Garvin complains while making fence post holes while Sunshine must assist David’s skeet shooting. Garvin then hits the deck in dramatic fashion while ducking a rifle shot.

Following that task, Sunshine and Garvin give David’s dog a bath while Garvin continues to complain. Hilarity ensues when they trade places holding the dog still. Afterward, David instructs them to haul bales of hay to the barn by foot. As Garvin wears his customary white gloves and can carry a bale over his shoulder, Sunshine struggles to drag one behind her.

When everyone finally arrives at the barn, Garvin complains that he’ll clean it up but not in front of the camera. While Garvin raises a shovel, he and David brawl as the segment ends.

HOT TAKE: Excellent segment that truly defines comeuppance given to a heel. Garvin played his part perfectly with his whining, and Sunshine looked absolutely miserable. As you’d expect, David felt right at home being a rancher giving orders to his ranch hands. This vignette is worth your time seeking out by itself.

We then head to the Sportatorium.

Match 2: Michael Hayes versus Johnny Mantell

Highlights:

  • Hayes hip-tossed him, but Mantell rebounded with a slam.
  • According to Mercer, the Freebirds lost the WCCW World Six-man tag titles to the Von Erichs (back on 7/4).
  • Hayes then leap-frogged and clotheslined Mantell.
  • As he delivered a swinging neckbreaker, Hayes got 2.
  • While the Dallas faithful LOUDLY chanted “go home Freebirds,” Mantell rebounded with a back drop for 2.
  • Hayes then attempted a slam, but Mantell escaped.
  • When Mantell attempted a side-Russian leg sweep, Hayes held the top rope to block it.
  • Hayes then mounted the second turnbuckle and hit a flying elbow
  • 1-2-3.
  • Hayes won.

Rating: **½

Summary: Hayes’ heel mannerisms sold this match while he used Mantell’s lack of experience against him.

Match 3: “Gentleman” Chris Adams versus Terry Gordy

Highlights:

  • Gordy blocked a hip toss and delivered one of his own.
  • When he leap-frogged Adams, Gordy succumbed to a senton splash.
  • Adams then slammed Gordy, gave him a cross corner whip, and followed with a superkick for 2. Great sell by Gordy afterward as well.
  • As Gordy backdropped him, he slammed Adams.
  • He then delivered a knee drop but missed a second one.
  • After Adams hit a second and third superkick, he mounted the top turnbuckle but missed a flying elbow drop.
  • Adams then escaped a slam and hooked a German suplex with a bridge.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Adams won.

Rating: **

Summary: Great finish to a match where it’s quite feasible that Gordy’s size would overwhelm Adams.

After the match, Gordy rams Adams shoulder-first into the ring post and follows with a Samoan drop.

Match 4: Bruiser Brody versus Buddy Roberts (w/ Michael Hayes)

Highlights:

  • Brody slammed Roberts with one arm while the Dallas faithful chanted “Bruis-er.”
  • As Brody tried to remove Roberts’ headgear, he booted Roberts in the midsection.
  • Before Brody could remove the headgear, Hayes assisted Roberts with exiting the ring.
  • Brody then slammed Roberts while Hayes tried to trip him.
  • When Hayes distracted Brody, Roberts shifted his headgear and head-butted Brody down to the mat. SNEAKY!
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a flying head butt.
  • Next, Roberts attempted a bulldog, but Brody shrugged him away.
  • He then successfully removed Roberts’ wig from underneath the headgear. Woohoo! 500 big ones to the big guy!
  • After Hayes hurriedly covered Roberts’ head with his t-shirt, referee David Manning disqualified Roberts.
  • Immediately, the Freebirds hightailed it backstage to avoid further embarrassment.
  • Brody won by DQ.

Rating: *½

Summary: Tremendous heat for Brody especially after he extricated Roberts from his wig.

Before the show leaves the air, Mercer interviews Parsons and Brody at ringside. Parsons then high-fives Brody and puts $500 in his hand. Nobly, Brody claims he only got half the job done, so he returns half of the money.

Conclusion:  The caper of Roberts’ headgear took a dramatic turn this week with Brody’s actions. Also, the “valet for a day” vignette is truly historical for WCCW. Adams’ execution of a German suplex to Gordy is a sight you must see. What are your thoughts, Dee Dee?

TV Rating: NONE

To the heckler who felt compelled to steal my thunder last week, I offer Jerry Seinfeld as my rebuttal…

Stay tuned for WCCW 07-30-83!

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