Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-07-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: April 7, 1984 (taped 03/30)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Will Devastation, Inc. achieve gold over the Freebirds for the six-man titles? How will Kevin fare against Kiniski? And who will join me for this um, er, aquatic episode?

Madison! How great to see you! This is truly a unique experience.

Opening montage.

Match 1: Chick Donovan versus Johnny Mantell

Highlights:

  • Mantell hip-tossed Donovan but missed an elbow drop.
  • With three minutes remaining, Donovan escaped a slam, but Mantell avoided an O’Connor roll.
  • Mantell then attempted a sunset flip, but they were too close to the ropes for a pin attempt.
  • When Donovan reversed a cross corner whip, he delivered a flying headscissors.
  • He then hit a back elbow with thirty seconds left.
  • As Mantell hooked an inside cradle, he got 2.
  • The bell rang, and nothing truly happened.
  • Without a shred of doubt, referee David Manning ruled the bout a time-limit draw.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Fascinating dynamic with the face versus face matchup; however, this was the pure definition of a prelim match with barely anything of note occurring. Ever the company man, Mercer put it over despite the borefest. I beg to differ.

Match 2: Super Destroyer #1 (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar) versus Mike Reed

Highlights:

  • #1 delivered a big boot for 2.
  • As he dropkicked Reed, #1 hoisted Reed atop the top turnbuckle.
  • He then hooked a superplex.
  • 1-2-3.
  • #1 won.

Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for #1.

From the WCCW Studios, Mercer interviews Akbar who will have Devastation, Inc. ready for the returning Andre the Giant. In fact, he’s prepared to rename Kamala “the eighth wonder of the world.” Mercer then brings up the return of Kabuki, but Akbar has “no comment.”

Match 3: Kevin Von Erich versus Kelly Kiniski

Highlights:

  • While Mercer shilled the David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions on 5/6, Kevin dropkicked Kiniski. More specifically, Mercer mentioned that Kerry will challenge for the NWA World title against “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
  • Kiniski then put a knee into Kevin’s midsection and slammed him.
  • When Kiniski missed a knee drop, Kevin gave him a cross corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Kiniski then delivered a swinging neckbreaker for 2.
  • As Kiniski applied a head lock, Kevin retaliated with an Iron claw.
  • Kiniski then used momentum (and the trunks) to send Kevin between the ropes to the floor. Clever!
  • Upon Kevin’s return, he mounted the top turnbuckle and CREAMED Kiniski.
  • He then splashed Kiniski for 2.
  • With the Dallas faithful LOUDLY chanting “go Kevin, go,” their hero mounted the bottom rope and delivered a missile dropkick for another 2.
  • Kevin then slammed Kiniski, followed with another splash, but couldn’t get 3.
  • When Kevin attempted a cross body block, Kiniski sloppily hit a stungun.
  • He then hooked a backbreaker and allegedly pinned Kevin.
  • As the bell rang, referee Bronko Lubich waived off the pin due to ultimately seeing Kevin’s foot on the bottom rope.
  • Kevin then dropkicked the distracted Kiniski.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Kevin won.

Rating: **

Summary: Kiniski does NOT impress me whatsoever. First, he vacillates between heel and face depending on the match. And second, his style is somewhat disjointed; thus his moves don’t look as crisp. Nevertheless, Kevin’s high-flying along with a both controversial and rather fabricated ending highlighted this match. How did you find this match, Madison?

Oh, man…I can feel the hate mail for that one.

After the match, Kiniski nails Kevin. On the other hand, Kevin reverses a cross corner whip and follows with a dropkick sending Kiniski to the floor. I fear for their rematches.

Match 4 for the WCCW World Six-Man tag titles: The Freebirds (champions) versus Kamala, Missing Link, & Super Destroyer #2 (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar, Super Destroyer #1, & Friday)

Highlights:

  • #2 leap-frogged Gordy but ate a stomp during a monkey-flip attempt.
  • As #2 dropkicked him, he gave Gordy a cross corner whip but ate boot on his follow-through.
  • Hayes tagged in while he and Gordy delivered a double elbow smash to #2.
  • When Hayes followed with an elbow drop, he got 2.
  • #2 rebounded with a knee to Hayes’ midsection and tagged in Kamala.
  • After Hayes stomped on Kamala’s bare feet, apparent heel shenanigans evolved into heel miscommunication.
  • Tags were exchanged on both sides while Link mounted the second turnbuckle but missed a diving head butt.
  • As #2 tagged in, Roberts dropkicked him for 2.
  • #2 rebounded with a sidewalk slam and tagged in Kamala.
  • When Kamala intentionally rammed Roberts’ head into him, Link tagged in and attempted an atomic drop.
  • Roberts, however, blocked it and hit one of his own.
  • Hot tag Gordy.
  • With all six wrestlers in the ring, Kamala chopped Gordy down to the mat.
  • Hayes then distracted referee Bronko Lubich, so #2 guillotined Gordy with the top rope. SNEAKY!
  • After Link provided Gordy with another top rope guillotine, he rammed Gordy’s knee into the ring post.
  • #2 tagged in, yet Gordy gave him a cross corner whip. Unfortunately for Gordy, he came up empty on his follow-through.
  • As Hayes tagged in, he repeatedly nailed #2 until Kamala saved his partner.
  • All six wrestlers were in the ring again while Hayes tried to remove #2’s mask.
  • With Lubich distracted, Akbar got up on the apron and CLOBBERED Hayes. How dastardly!
  • #2 then held Hayes, and Link mounted the top turnbuckle.
  • Instead of nailing Hayes with a diving head butt, Link inadvertently torpedoed #2.
  • Hayes then pinned #2 as the Freebirds retained.

Rating: **½

Summary: The match told a good story as the champions overcame the nefarious heels due to corruption gone awry.

Oh, brother. My inbox will be inundated now.

Conclusion:  Having Devastation, Inc. as a different foil for the Freebirds was a decent change-up for the promotion. Also, with David’s death fresh on the minds of the Von Erichs, a new opponent for the Freebirds was absolutely appropriate. The Dusty finish in the semi-main felt a bit forced but didn’t destroy Kiniski. All in all, it was another good episode as WCCW rolls on its way to Texas Stadium in May. What are your thoughts, Madison?

Absolutely! And thanks for coming up for air to join us. I believe David Byrne will assist you…

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 04-14-84!

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