Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-08-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: October 8, 1983 (taped 9/23)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kerry avoid Gordy’s oriental spike and defeat him? Will Adams and David succeed against Devastation, Inc.? And who will join me to bring you this episode?

Mark Goodman! That’s not such a bad idea.

 

Opening montage.

Match 1: Buddy Roberts versus Johnny Mantell

Highlights:

  • Unlike previous weeks, Roberts wrestled without his head gear.
  • Instead, he removed his wig to the sheer delight of the Dallas faithful.
  • And just like that, this episode is EONS better than last week’s endeavor.
  • To counter a hammerlock, Mantell used momentum to send Roberts between the ropes to the floor.
  • Upon his return, Roberts backdropped Mantell but missed an elbow drop.
  • Mantell then slammed him for 2.
  • When Mantell applied a head lock, Roberts countered with a knee crusher.
  • Roberts then slammed Mantell, mounted the second turnbuckle, and hit a diving head butt for 2.
  • As Roberts attempted to piledrive him, Mantell countered with a back drop.
  • With one minute left, Roberts hip-tossed Mantell, mounted the opposite second turnbuckle, but missed a diving head butt.
  • Mantell then clotheslined him for 2.
  • After he delivered a double underhook suplex, Mantell got another 2.
  • He then put a knee into Roberts’ midsection and hooked an abdominal stretch.
  • Unfortunately for Mantell, the bell rang before referee Bronko Lubich could get a submission from Roberts.
  • Instead, Lubich ruled the bout a time-limit draw.

Rating: ***

Summary: Despite the draw, Mantell brought some workrate while Roberts supplied the heat as well as some aerial tactics to make the match worthwhile.

After the match, like a good heel should, Roberts reapplies his wig.

Match 2: “Iceman” King Parsons versus Bill Rathke

Highlights:

  • Before Parsons could remove his jacket, Rathke attacked him.
  • He then tossed Parsons between the ropes to the floor.
  • As Mercer commented on Rathke’s girth, Parsons was sent between the ropes to the other side of the ring.
  • Parsons returned and gave Rathke some of his own medicine.
  • When Rathke re-entered the ring, Parsons hit a butt butt.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Parsons won.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Parsons.

Although Mercer hyped a video for Sunshine, the WWE Network removed it probably due to the involvement of Donna Summer.

Match 3: David Von Erich & “Gentleman” Chris Adams versus Mongol & Boris Zhukov (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar)

Highlights:

  • To begin the match, a criss-cross ensued, and Mongol backdropped Adams.
  • On the other hand, Adams landed on his feet, delivered a cross body block, and got 2.
  • When Adams dropkicked Mongol, Zhukov tagged in yet received a back drop.
  • Adams then hip-tossed Zhukov and tagged in David.
  • As David also supplied a hip toss to Zhukov, he followed with a flying headscissors. Mind you, David was 6’7”.
  • Adams tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Zhukov.
  • After David tagged in, he rammed Zhukov shoulder-first into the top turnbuckle.
  • While referee Jerry Usher admonished Mongol for an illegal tag, Adams illegally switched with David. SNEAKY!
  • Tags were exchanged on both sides, and David threatened Mongol with the same Iron claw that made Mongol bleed last week.
  • When the Dallas faithful clamored for “the claw,” David reversed a cross corner whip and hip-tossed Mongol.
  • Adams then distracted Usher, so the heels double-teamed David. How dastardly!
  • As Zhukov tagged in, he applied a bear hug to David.
  • To break the hold, David rang Zhukov’s bell, but Zhukov tagged in Mongol.
  • David couldn’t break the bear hug by Mongol, but Zhukov tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and lowered the boom onto David.
  • After Zhukov reapplied a bear hug, David escaped with a right hand.
  • Zhukov then slammed David, mounted the top turnbuckle, but David caught and slammed him down to the mat.
  • Hot tag Adams.
  • When Adams clotheslined him, he got 2 on Zhukov.
  • He then delivered a superkick, but Mongol prevented the pin.
  • As all four wrestlers were in the ring, Akbar got up on the apron.
  • David then applied an Iron claw to Mongol and nailed Akbar.
  • After David brought Akbar into the ring via an iron claw, Mongol and Zhukov rescued their manager from harm’s way.
  • Consequently, Usher disqualified Mongol and Zhukov; thus, Adams and David won.

Rating: ***

Summary: Strong tag match that followed the formula, contained some aerial tactics, and had the Dallas faithful in a tizzy.

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews Akbar in the locker room. Akbar’s ready to depoly Kamala against the babyfaces and “ban the claw.” To end the interview, a ham’n’egger complains about a camera being present while he’s taking a shower. Who is that guy?

Match 4: The “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich versus Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy

Highlights:

  • The match began as a brawl until Kerry mounted the second turnbuckle and unleashed a flying elbow smash.
  • As he dropkicked Gordy, Kerry followed with a knee drop.
  • Gordy rebounded by guillotining Kerry with the top rope.
  • When they brawled to the floor, Gordy slammed Kerry on the floor. Mind you, they didn’t use protective mats during this era. The Sportatorium had a HARD wooden floor. OUCH!
  • Kerry then leaped into the ring and provided Gordy with a ten-top-turnbuckle count-along.
  • After he tossed Gordy to the floor, Kerry joined and slammed him.
  • Gordy rebounded again albeit this time with a clothesline, but Kerry responded with one of his own.
  • As he delivered an elbow drop, Kerry missed a discus punch.
  • Gordy then WALLOPED him sending Kerry over the top rope to the floor.
  • With Kerry on the apron, Gordy applied an oriental spike and brought Kerry into the ring.
  • He released the hold to punish Kerry further then reapplied it.
  • When David entered the ring to save his younger brother, referee Jerry Usher called for the bell to disqualify Kerry.
  • Gordy won by DQ.

Rating: *½

Summary: More of a brawl than a wrestling match, and David saved Kerry’s bacon from an oriental spike.

After the match, David hooks an Iron claw upon Gordy, but Gordy squirms out of the ring to escape.

INTERESTING ITEM OF NOTE: During the credits, Mike Von Erich was listed as a grip.

Conclusion:  Much improved effort this week as compared to last due to the hot main event and two solid matches. What are your thoughts, Mark?

That’s quite a party! Thanks for joining me.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 10-15-83!

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