Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 08-27-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: August 27, 1983 (taped 08/12)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Zhukov defeat Brody and join Devastation, Inc.? Will Kerry give Roberts some comeuppance for costing the Von Erichs the six-man titles? How do Garvin and Kevin interact this week? Also, who am I waiting for to join me for tonight’s reflection?

Opening montage.

Match 1: “Gentleman” Chris Adams versus Jose Lothario

Highlights:

  • Lothario backdropped Adams, yet Adams landed on his feet like a cat!
  • When Adams hit a cross body block, Lothario’s kick-out sent Adams reeling to the floor.
  • Lothario then delivered a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker followed by a standard backbreaker for 2.
  • As Lothario applied a bear hug, Adams escaped but missed a leg drop.
  • Each wrestler then leap-frogged the other, and a mid-ring collision occurred.
  • With two minutes remaining, Lothario attempted a slam, but Adams fell atop him for 2.
  • Adams then hooked an inside cradle for another 2.
  • After Lothario hit backbreaker #3, he got a 2-count.
  • Adams rebounded with a leg sweep and head butt for 2.
  • At the nine-minute mark, Adams gave Lothario a cross corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Lothario then reapplied a bear hug and converted to a modified spinebuster for 2.
  • When the bell rang, referee Jerry Usher ruled the bout a time-limit draw.

Rating: *1/2

Summary: Forgive me for placing expectations on this match, but Adams and Lothario should have worked a more lucha-libre-style given they’re both babyfaces. The psychology between them was solid, but the draw was telegraphed much sooner than ring announcer Marc Lowrance’s countdowns.

As you’d expect, Adams and Lothario shake hands after the match. Sportsmanship!

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews Kevin Von Erich at the broadcast table. Meanwhile, footage of the match for the American title airs.  Thanks to Sunshine’s aerosol spray, a BUSTED OPEN Garvin upsets Kevin and wins the title. Afterward, an exasperated Kevin rightfully feels cheated.

Match 2 (non-title): NWA American champion “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin (w/ Sunshine) versus Mike Reed

Highlights:

  • Garvin dropkicked Reed, gave him a cross corner whip, and countered a step-over toe hold with one of his own.
  • As Garvin guillotined Reed with the top rope, he delivered a backbreaker for only 2 because he wasn’t finished with him.
  • Another backbreaker by Garvin eliminated Reed.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for the new American champion.

After the match, Kevin hits the ring to confront Garvin. When Garvin charges, Kevin backdrops him. Garvin then seeks refuge outside the ring but forgets his belt. Proudly, Kevin takes it and wraps it around his waist much to the delight of the Dallas faithful. He then challenges Garvin to retrieve his belt and nails him. Without the belt, Garvin and Sunshine retreat to the locker room. What’s that, Tom?

Match 3: The “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich versus Buddy Roberts

Highlights:

  • Despite Roberts’ attempts to flee, Kerry manhandled and provided him with a ten-top-turnbuckle count-along.
  • While the Dallas faithful chanted “we want the wig,” Kerry delivered a cross body block for 2.
  • Roberts rebounded by punting Kerry in the corner.
  • When Kerry reversed a cross corner whip, he did his own punting. I wonder if he could get a five-second hang time.
  • Roberts then mounted the second turnbuckle and butted Kerry with his head gear.
  • As referee David Manning verified that the headgear wasn’t loaded, Kerry slammed Roberts.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle and landed a big elbow for 2.
  • After Kerry suplexed Roberts, he earned another 2.
  • Kerry then executed an O’Connor roll and pinned Roberts.

Rating: **

Summary: Although he and his brothers lost the six-man titles last week, Kerry defeated Roberts to gain some revenge for the chicanery placed upon him.

After the match, Hayes storms the ring and whips Kerry with his belt. How dastardly! Kerry somehow obtains the belt, and the Freebirds scatter faster than an intern’s dignity at a cigar club meeting.

Match 4: Bruiser Brody versus Boris Zhukov (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar)

Highlights:

  • Should Zhukov defeat Brody, Akbar will sign him to a role within Devastation, Inc. That’s quite the tall task.
  • Brody slammed Zhukov and delivered a big boot.
  • As Brody tossed him to the floor, he joined and WALLOPED Zhukov with a steel chair.
  • Back in the ring, Brody dropkicked Zhukov and tied him up in the ropes.
  • He then hit another big boot to the stationary Russian and slammed him.
  • When he delivered a running knee drop, Brody pinned Zhukov.

Rating: *

Summary: In typical Brody fashion, this was more of a brawl than a wrestling match. Stoli for everyone, ‘cuz Zhukov isn’t coming around here anymore.

Sorry, Tom.

Conclusion:  Give me a show of hands who though Brody would job? Yeah, I thought so. Regardless, his match nicely contrasted with the ongoing Von Erich-Freebird feud. Seeing how the American title changed hands also made this show very enjoyable and entertaining. What do you think, Tom?

You betcha, Tom. Let’s hope you don’t have a change of heart.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 09-10-83!

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