Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 09-24-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: September 24, 1983 (taped 09/09)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kevin and Kerry give Devastation, Inc. their comeuppance for their dirty tactics last week? How will Adams fare against a Freebird? And who will join me in bringing this exciting episode to you this evening?

Martha Quinn! Whatever could she have in store for us?

Opening montage.

Match 1: “Gentleman” Chris Adams versus Buddy Roberts


  • To escape a hammerlock, Adams used momentum to send Roberts through the ropes to the floor.
  • Upon Roberts’ return, Adams delivered a knee lift.
  • He then monkey-flipped Roberts while the Dallas faithful chanted “we want the wig.”
  • When a mid-ring collision occurred, Roberts slammed him.
  • Adams then leap-frogged Roberts twice and landed a superkick.
  • As he PLANTED Roberts with a tombstone piledriver, Adams mounted the top turnbuckle.
  • Suddenly, he accidentally slipped off and fell down to the mat.
  • Roberts then delivered an elbow drop, mounted the second turnbuckle, and hit a flying elbow smash for 2.
  • After he provided Adams with an atomic drop, Roberts bulldogged him for another 2.
  • Adams then blocked a second atomic drop and delivered one of his own.
  • With thirty seconds remaining, Adams gave Roberts a cross corner whip followed by a superkick.
  • He then suplexed Roberts for 2.
  • When he hooked an inside cradle, Adams got another 2.
  • The bell rang, and referee Jerry Usher ruled the bout a time-limit draw.

Rating: ***

Summary: Decent opener, but why is Adams involved in all of these time-limit draws? The answer must be revealed. Call the Coast Guard!

Match 2: Johnny Mantell versus Cocoa Samoa


  • Samoa leap-frogged Mantell twice but received a dropkick.
  • As Mantell slammed him, a criss-cross ensued.
  • Mantell then slammed him again for 2.
  • When Samoa delivered a leg drop, he only got 1 thanks to Mantell’s foot on the bottom rope.
  • Mantell then hit a cross body block for 2.
  • After Mantell reversed a cross corner whip, he ate a right hand on his follow-through.
  • Mantell then countered a slam with a side-Russian leg sweep.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Mantell won.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Mantell as he defeats another wily veteran.

Match 3: Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy versus Ken Johnson


  • Johnson attempted a cross body block, but Gordy caught and slammed him.
  • When the Dallas faithful chided Gordy with a “Bruis-er” chant, Gordy slammed Johnson again.
  • He then applied an oriental spike, but Johnson didn’t submit.
  • As Johnson had difficulty breathing, Gordy pinned him.

Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Gordy to emphasize the effectiveness of his new finisher.

At ringside, Mercer interviews Kevin who will join his brother to get their hands on Devastation, Inc.

Match 4: Kevin & Kerry Von Erich versus Mr. Ebony & Mongol (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar)


  • Since he couldn’t take Mongol off his feet with a shoulder block, Kerry dropkicked him.
  • Kevin tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Mongol.
  • As tags were exchanged on both sides, Ebony escaped an arm bar only to eat a dropkick from Kerry.
  • Mongol tagged in while the Dallas faithful chanted “go Kerry, go.”
  • When Mongol received a monkey flip, Kevin tagged in and dropkicked him.
  • Ebony tagged in but succumbed to an Iron claw.
  • After Mongol saved his partner, Kevin applied an abdominal claw.
  • Kerry tagged in, and the Von Erichs double-dropkicked Ebony.
  • As Mongol guillotined Kerry with the top rope, Kevin distracted referee Bronko Lubich.
  • That enabled the heels to double-team Kerry in their corner. How dastardly!
  • When Mongol tagged in, he applied a bear hug to Kerry.
  • To counter the hold, Kerry applied an Iron claw.
  • Mongol escaped and tagged in Ebony.
  • After Ebony applied his own bear hug, he gave Kerry a cross corner whip.
  • Kerry then leaped to the second turnbuckle but slipped off. OK, who greased the top rope this week?
  • As Mongol tagged in, he reapplied a bear hug.
  • Ebony tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Kerry.
  • When Ebony reapplied a bear hug, he attempted a back drop but failed.
  • Hot tag Kevin who gave Ebony a cross corner whip followed by an avalanche.
  • After Kevin hooked a sleeper, Mongol saved his partner again.
  • Kevin then reapplied an Iron claw, but Mongol made yet another save.
  • With all four wrestlers in the ring, the Von Erichs double-dropkicked Mongol.
  • Kerry then slammed Ebony, and Kevin leaped to the top turnbuckle and splashed Ebony.
  • 1-2-3.
  • The Von Erichs won.

Rating: ***½

Summary: Impressive tag match as the Von Erichs used their tag team ingenuity to overcome Devastation, Inc.

After the match, the brawl continues as the Von Erichs give the heels cross corner whips into each other. The heels then scatter while the Von Erichs receive accolades for their victory by the Dallas faithful.

Conclusion:  Considering most of the matches on TV were less than ten minutes, the main event was a good demonstration of a solid house show match for WCCW. In addition, the opener proved that Adams can wrestle anybody and achieve good results. What’s your take, Martha?

I guess both my readers and I will have to watch out.

DISCLAIMER: In no uncertain terms do I represent MTV or its properties. Their inclusion was for nostalgia/entertainment purposes only.

TV Rating: NONE

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