Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 05-26-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: May 26, 1984 (taped 05/11)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Marc Lowrance

Will Flair prove that Kerry’s a flash-in-the-pan? Or will our hero establish himself with a non-title victory over the former champion? Can the Freebirds survive an onslaught by Devastation, Inc.? All this and much more in this action-packed episode. Aren’t you excited, Lewis?

Those are some high hopes, Lewis, but I can’t fault you for being a bad boy running wild.

Opening montage.

Match 1: Great Kabuki (w/ Gary Hart) versus Kamala (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar & Friday)

Highlights:

  • This match occurred at Texas Stadium on 5/6 and marked the WCCW return of Hart.
  • When Kamala supplied him with a standing choke, Kabuki responded with a spinning thrust kick.
  • He landed another thrust kick, but Kamala applied a bear hug.
  • As Kabuki escaped with a double chop to the head, Kamala applied a nerve hold.
  • If it wasn’t 90 degrees, the Irving faithful could have brought their blankets and napped at this stage of the card.
  • Regardless, Kabuki escaped with a chop and another spinning thrust kick.
  • A fourth thrust kick sent Kamala down to the mat.
  • After Hart nailed Friday, Akbar sought refuge inside the ring.
  • Hart then made Friday HIT THE POLE. Truly, this was way more exciting than the match.
  • Nevertheless, Hart entered the ring to attack Akbar, and referee Bronko Lubich called for the bell.
  • He ruled the match a double-disqualification, yet I rule it an absolute WASTE OF TIME.

Rating: -**

Summary: Yes, folks. I dug deep and found another negative-star match as it not only provided zero redeeming value but also insulted one of the largest crowds in wrestling history and me. Avoid this dreck at all costs. Care to add something, Booger?

Yeah, that’s what I thought or perhaps as good as an old TV dinner.

After the “match,” referee David Manning comes to the ring to break up the melee, but since everyone in the ring is a heel, all the fans root for bloodshed. None, however, was forthcoming.

Next, we head to the Sportatorium for the remainder of the show.

Match 2: Kelly Kiniski versus Jules Strongbow

Highlights:

  • For those unaware, Strongbow was the kayfabe brother of Chief Jay Strongbow and a former WWF tag team champion.
  • Kiniski attacked Strongbow at the onset and delivered a back elbow.
  • As he supplied Strongbow with a swinging neckbreaker, Kiniski got 2.
  • He then hit a knee drop for another 2.
  • When he slammed Strongbow, Kiniski missed a senton splash.
  • Strongbow then threw a series of chops, reversed an Irish whip, and backdropped Kiniski.
  • After he applied a spinning toe hold, Strongbow hooked an Indian death lock.
  • Kiniski submitted; thus, Strongbow won.

Rating: ½*

Summary: Solid debut for the incoming babyface.

Following the match, Lowrance mentioned a backstage “altercation” between Kamala and Kabuki.

After the ad break, Lowrance interviews Akbar next to the broadcast location. Akbar explains that “money talks” and “Kabuki is with him tonight” before heading down to the ring.

Match 3 (eight-man): Freebirds & Killer Khan versus Great Kabuki, Missing Link, & Super Destroyers (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar)

Highlights:

  • We got Kabuki for ANOTHER match on this show?
  • Hopefully, the Freebirds carry them infinitely better than Kamala.
  • #1 slammed Roberts but missed an elbow drop.
  • When Roberts slammed #1, he tagged in Gordy.
  • A criss-cross broke out, and Gordy hip-tossed #1.
  • As Hayes tagged in, Gordy and Link fought with chairs at ringside.
  • Kabuki tagged in and supplied Hayes with a spinning thrust kick.
  • Meanwhile, Lowrance announced that Kamala was injured in the back.
  • #2 tagged in and landed a back elbow to Hayes.
  • After Khan antagonized #2, Link head-butted Hayes from the apron.
  • #2 then mounted the second turnbuckle, leaped, but ate a right from Hayes.
  • Hot tag Gordy.
  • With all eight wrestlers in the ring, fists were flying, and the Dallas faithful shouted “buh” with each blow.
  • Referee David Manning called for the bell to throw the match out.

Rating: **

Summary: As you’d expect, the action was wild, the tag formula popped the crowd, but the finish stunk up the barn.

After the match, the Freebirds successfully remove a mask from one of the Super Destroyers, and I believe the victim is Scott Irwin due to the long brown hair. Fortunately for him, he covered his face with the mask and scampered back to the heel locker room. In the meantime, the Freebirds deliver a double elbow smash to Kabuki sending him to the floor.

Following a commercial break, Lowrance interviews the NEW heavyweight champion of the world—Kerry—who credits his success to the greatest fans in professional wrestling.

Match 4 (non-title): NWA World champion the “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich versus “Nature Boy” Ric Flair

Highlights:

  • Kerry escaped a wrist lock and dropkicked Flair.
  • As he nailed Flair, it resulted in a Flair flop.
  • While the Dallas faithful chanted “we want the claw,” Flair tossed Kerry to the floor.
  • He then guillotined Kerry with the top rope.
  • When Kerry reversed a cross corner whip, he applied a sleeper.
  • Flair escaped via a knee crusher and delivered a knee drop.
  • During Flair’s attempt to hook a figure-four leg lock, Kerry countered with an Iron claw.
  • He then delivered a gorilla press slam and nailed Flair to cause Flair flop #2.
  • After a discus punch, Kerry got 2.
  • He then hooked an O’Connor roll for another 2.
  • As Kerry countered a hip toss with a backslide, he couldn’t get 3.
  • Whew! I had hoped Flair didn’t succumb to another backslide.
  • Flair rebounded with a figure-four leg lock, but Kerry reversed the hold.
  • When Flair escaped, he attempted another figure-four leg lock, but Kerry shoved him away.
  • Kerry reversed another cross corner whip and provided Flair with gorilla press slam #2.
  • After Kerry hit a cross body block, he got 2.
  • He then hooked an abdominal stretch, took Flair down, and pinned him.

Rating: ***½

Summary: While not as historic as the 5/6 match, this match featured more psychology and a pinning predicament that I’ve never seen Flair suffer. Kudos, gentlemen!

After the match, each wrestler shoves the other until Kerry reels off a series of rights followed by a discus punch.

Conclusion:  In a hard-fought match, Kerry proved that beating Flair was not a fluke. While in a babyface role, the Freebirds and Khan stood toe-to-toe with Devastation, Inc. and removed one of the masks. What does this mean for Akbar’s henchmen? In other matches, Strongbow made an energetic debut while Kamala and Kabuki stunk up Texas Stadium. What are your thoughts, Wormser?

I’m glad you approve. Your knowledge of anatomy impresses me and the RSG-ites.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 06-02-84!

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