Taped from Dallas, TX
Airdate: February 18, 1984 (taped 02/03)
Hosted by Bill Mercer
Can Adams defeat Flair to become World champion? How will Mike fare against Roberts? Perro Aguayo battles with Fishman. Plus a bonus match! Who will help me bring you all of this excitement?
Match 1: Missing Link (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar) versus George Weingeroff Mike Reed
- Due to travel difficulties, Weingeroff no-showed tonight’s show; thus, Reed took his place.
- Link attacked Reed at the onset and powerslammed him.
- When he mounted the second turnbuckle, Link missed a diving head butt.
- He then hit an inverted shoulder breaker and followed with a diving head butt.
- Link won.
Summary: Showcase match for Link.
Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews the Freebirds in the ring. Gordy discredits the rumors that the Freebirds rearranged Kevin’s face while Hayes gives his version of the six-man match that reinstated the Freebirds. Next, we revisit last week’s show when Hayes used Gordy’s boot to beat down the Von Erichs.
Match 2: Perro Aguayo versus Fishman
- Fishman charged, but Aguayo backdropped him.
- As he delivered a pair of flying head butts, Aguayo dodged Fishman sending him between the ropes to the floor.
- Aguayo then leap-frogged Fishman before monkey-flipping him.
- When Aguayo hit a pair of big boots, Fishman secured a bear hug.
- Aguayo escaped by ringing Fishman’s bell and suplexed him for 1.
- After Fishman rebounded with a dropkick, he got 2.
- Aguayo then backdropped Fishman again and landed a senton splash for 2.
- As he slammed Fishman, Aguayo mounted the top turnbuckle but missed a flying senton.
- That allowed Fishman to get 2.
- When he slammed Aguayo, Fishman mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a flying splash for another 2.
- Aguayo responded with another senton splash for 2.
- After he hit a Samoan drop, Aguayo mounted the second turnbuckle and successfully hit a flying senton.
- Aguayo won.
Summary: While they seemed lost at the beginning, both wrestlers used their high-flying skills to maintain the Dallas faithful’s interest.
Match 3: Buddy Roberts versus Mike Von Erich
- When Mike hit the ring, he immediately brawled with an unsuspecting Roberts.
- Following an uppercut, Roberts landed an elbow smash.
- He then bulldogged Mike for 2.
- As he tossed Mike down to the floor, Roberts attempted a flying knee drop but missed.
- With Roberts on the apron, Mike delivered a flying headscissors.
- Roberts then hit a backbreaker, mounted the second turnbuckle, and hit another elbow smash.
- After Mike blocked a second bulldog attempt, he rolled up Roberts.
- Mike won.
Summary: You’ve heard of learning on the job before, right? That’s exactly what Mike’s doing here. What did Roberts do?
Match 4 for the NWA World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion) versus NWA American champion “Gentleman” Chris Adams (w/ Sunshine)
- Prior to his introduction, Flair chastised Sunshine.
- While the Dallas faithful chanted “go Chris, go,” Flair countered a hammerlock by carrying Adams onto the top turnbuckle.
- Flair then hooked an inside cradle, and momentum switched twice before the hold was broken.
- As Mercer hyped an upcoming match between Flair and David which never occurred, Adams slammed Flair.
- He then backdropped Flair and hooked an inside cradle for 2.
- Flair tossed him between the ropes to the floor; however, Adams returned via sunset flip for 2.
- When Adams hooked a backslide, he got another 2.
- Adams then reversed a cross corner whip and backdropped Flair again.
- After he suplexed Flair, Adams couldn’t get 3.
- Flair attempted a vertical suplex, but Adams escaped and secured a sleeper.
- As Flair countered with a backbreaker, Adams trapped Flair in a second backslide for yet another 2.
- He then gave Flair a cross corner whip but ate knee on his follow-through.
- When Flair countered a side head lock with a knee crusher, Adams rebounded with an enziguri.
- That resulted in a Flair flop.
- While Adams gave Flair another cross corner whip, a Flair flip followed.
- Adams then executed a leg sweep followed by a diving head butt for 2.
- After he reversed another cross corner whip, Adams backdropped Flair for a third time.
- Flair backdropped an unsuspecting Adams who seemed to want another sunset flip.
- Instead, Adams landed a superkick.
- Do we have a new World champion?
- Flair put his foot on the bottom rope.
- As Flair reversed a cross corner whip, Adams leaped to the second turnbuckle.
- He then delivered a cross body block, but Flair used momentum to land on top.
- Flair retained.
Summary: Adams had many chances, but the last chance he took cost him dearly. As usual, Flair sold everything Adams had to offer and gave the Dallas faithful some hope before dashing it against the rocks.
Next week, Hayes and Gordy square off against Kerry and Kevin. Somehow, considering the circumstances, I do not believe that went on in that manner.
Conclusion: Although I realize that Fritz was saving David’s ultimate victory over Flair for the World title for one of WCCW’s spectaculars, seeing him battle Flair to a double countout would have had fans on the edge of their seats. On the other hand, I understand giving Flair a solid victory over Adams makes him look strong for his next opponent.
TV Rating: NONE
**BONUS MATCH (non-title)** NWA World champion “Nature Boy” Ric Flair versus Mike Von Erich
- Should Mike defeat Flair or last beyond ten minutes, David will receive another shot at the World title.
- This match occurred on 1/30 in Fort Worth.
- To give you an idea as to how raw Mike was,this was the twelfth match of his career.
- Mike hip-tossed Flair and followed with a back drop.
- When he gave Flair a cross corner whip, it resulted in a Flair flip.
- Flair then tossed him to the floor, but Mike returned via sunset flip for 2.
- As Flair rebounded with a back elbow, he got 2.
- He then delivered a knee drop for another 2.
- After he suplexed Mike, Flair couldn’t get 3.
- At the six-minute mark, Flair hooked an abdominal stretch, but Mike escaped and hooked one of his own.
- Flair escaped but missed an elbow drop.
- When a mid-ring collision sent both wrestlers crashing to the mat, Flair hit an elbow smash and mounted the top turnbuckle.
- With three minutes remaining, Mike caught and slammed him.
- He then missed an elbow drop which allowed Flair to hook a figure-four leg lock.
- Will Mike submit and forfeit David’s title opportunity?
- While Mike struggled in the hold, David came to ringside to encourage him to fight.
- Due to said encouragement, Mike reversed the hold.
- As only ninety seconds remained, Flair attempted a piledriver, but Mike countered with a back drop.
- Flair attempted another figure-four leg lock, but Mike blocked it and monkey-flipped Flair.
- While the last minute ticked away, Mike got 2.
- Flair then attempted a vertical suplex, but Mike escaped and hooked a sleeper.
- Surprisingly, Mike maintained the hold until the clock expired.
- David earns another shot at the World title!
Summary: You can’t say that Mike couldn’t follow directions because Flair carried him to a watchable match where Mike survived without looking talentless. Of course, David’s title shot would go unanswered due to his untimely demise.
After the match, David and Kerry join Mike in the ring to celebrate. Wolfie, anything to add?
A lost classic! Thanks, Wolfie!
Stay tuned for WCCW 02-25-84!