Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 06-02-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: June 2, 1984 (taped 05/11)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kevin topple Hayes? Who makes his triumphant return to WCCW? How will Strongbow fare against this mysterious King? And who will join me for this smoking episode?

Oh God! Is that you?

Yikes! I hope you enjoy this episode, or I’ll be heading down a long, hot road.

Opening montage.

Match 1: Killer Khan (w/ Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy) versus Tony Torres

Highlights:

  • Khan delivered a back elbow followed by a backbreaker.
  • When he mounted the second turnbuckle, Khan hit a flying knee drop.
  • He then applied an Asiatic spike, and Torres submitted.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Khan.

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews “Gentleman” Chris Adams at ringside. We then see footage from Fort Worth when Stella Mae French saved Adams’ bacon during a Garvin-Precious double-team.

In fact, she slaps the taste right out of Precious’ mouth. According to Adams, French is Sunshine’s aunt. Upon further review, French is portrayed by Tanya West. Nonetheless, Adams finishes the interview stating French wants to be his tag team partner.

Match 2: Jules Strongbow versus John King

Highlights:

  • Who? This guy looks nothing like his brother, Rocky.
  • Strongbow countered a hip toss with one of his own.
  • As King delivered a back elbow, he botched a knee lift.
  • He then dropkicked Strongbow for 2.
  • When Strongbow gave King a cross corner whip, he ate a knee on his follow-through.
  • Strongbow then reversed an Irish whip and backdropped King.
  • After Strongbow applied a stepover toe hold, he cinched an Indian death lock.
  • King submitted, so Strongbow prevailed.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Strongbow.

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews the NEW American champion—Gino Hernandez—who announces his return and supplies an “I told you so” about his American title achievement along with an “I’m back!”

Match 3 (non-title): NWA American champion the “Handsome Half-Breed” Gino Hernandez versus Johnny Mantell

Highlights:

  • Hernandez hip-tossed him, but Mantell rebounded with one of his own.
  • When Hernandez hooked a full nelson, Mantell escaped to the delight of the Dallas faithful.
  • Mantell then countered a side head lock with a roll-up for 2.
  • As he delivered a back elbow, Hernandez landed an elbow drop for 1.
  • He then mounted the top turnbuckle, but Mantell caught and slammed him down to the mat.
  • After he gave Hernandez a cross corner whip, a flip sent Hernandez all the way to the floor.
  • In fact, he inadvertently took out of the security guards patrolling the ring.
  • Mantell then hit a flying head butt, but Hernandez avoided a back elbow.
  • When Hernandez suplexed him, he mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a flying elbow drop.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Hernandez won.

Rating: **

Summary: Give Mantell credit for his tenacity, but a couple of his moves did not look crisp. On the other hand, Hernandez knew how to milk a reaction from the Dallas faithful and defeated Mantell soundly.

Match 4: Kevin Von Erich versus Michael Hayes

Highlights:

  • Hayes hooked a sunset flip for 2.
  • As Kevin responded with a dropkick, Hayes flew between the ropes to the floor.
  • Kevin then gave Hayes a cross corner whip but ate knee on his follow-through.
  • When Hayes clotheslined him, he followed with an elbow smash.
  • Kevin rebounded with a back drop and attempted an Iron claw.
  • After Hayes blocked it, Kevin applied an abdominal claw.
  • Hayes escaped and hit another elbow smash.
  • As he delivered a swinging neckbreaker, Hayes followed with a knee drop for 2.
  • Hayes then attempted a cross body block, but Kevin evaded him.
  • When he dropkicked Hayes twice, Kevin applied a leg scissors.
  • Hayes escaped and hit a bulldog for 2.
  • After Kevin hooked a hip toss, he missed an elbow drop.
  • Hayes then slammed Kevin, mounted the top turnbuckle, and leaped right into an Iron claw.
  • As Gordy hit the ring, Kevin applied an Iron claw to him as well.
  • Khan then stormed the ring and WALLOPED Kevin.
  • To no one’s surprise, referee Bronko Lubich called for the bell to disqualify Hayes.
  • Kevin won by DQ.

Rating: **

Summary: Wrestling’s hottest feud continues with the addition of Khan to the recipe.

After the match, Khan and Gordy double-suplex Kevin. Khan then mounts the top turnbuckle and hits a flying knee drop while Gordy holds the prone Kevin. While Khan applies an Asiatic spike, Hayes ejects an interfering King. The babyface locker room empties, the heels scatter, and the Dallas faithful goes WILD. As the babyfaces tend to him, Kevin is BUSTED OPEN.

Conclusion:  The Von Erich-Freebird feud rolls on with the Freebirds getting the better of Kevin this week. Also, Hernandez makes a big splash off his phantom title victory in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, Strongbow continues his winning ways, and French substitutes for the AWOL Sunshine. I’m scared to know your thoughts on this one, Almighty One. Is there a reason?

Whew! Let’s hope the RSG-ites and I stay on the right path and end up in a divine place.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 06-09-84!

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