Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-07-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: July 7, 1984 (taped 06/22)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kerry and Adams send Garvin and Link packing? What will happen to Donovan when he encounters Khan? Plus a BONUS match! Who will join me for this surprising epic gangster-like episode?

Noodles, I didn’t mean anything by it. Please. I belong here.

Opening montage.

Prior to the opening match, we revisit the 6/16 episode when the Freebirds and Von Erichs added another chapter to their ongoing war.

Match 1 (non-title): NWA American & Texas champion the “Handsome Half-Breed” Gino Hernandez versus George Weingeroff

Highlights:

  • To cover the wound suffered in his match “last week,” Weingeroff wore a bandage above his left eye.
  • Hernandez delivered a spinning savate kick followed by an elbow smash.
  • When he landed a back elbow, Hernandez got 2.
  • Weingeroff rebounded with an elbow smash, a biel, and a dropkick.
  • As he hit an atomic drop, Weingeroff backdropped Hernandez.
  • He then missed a dropkick, so Hernandez suplexed him.
  • After Hernandez mounted the top turnbuckle, he launched a big elbow.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Hernandez won.

Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Hernandez.

Match 2: Jules Strongbow & “Rock’n’Roll” Buck Zumhofe versus “Wild” Bill Irwin & Kelly Kiniski (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar)

Highlights:

  • Mercer mentioned that Zumhofe was “not normal.”
  • As Strongbow leapfrogged him, he chopped Irwin down to the mat.
  • Tags were exchanged on both sides while Zumhofe leveled Kiniski with an elbow smash.
  • When he slammed Kiniski, he delivered an elbow drop for 1.
  • He then rang Kiniski’s bell, landed on his feet after a monkey flip, and dropkicked Kiniski.
  • After Kiniski rebounded with a boot to the midsection, he slammed Zumhofe.
  • Irwin tagged in, but Zumhofe hip-tossed him.
  • As Zumhofe followed with a dropkick, Strongbow tagged in and backdropped Irwin.
  • He then launched a knee drop for 2.
  • When Irwin scored with a bicycle kick, Kiniski tagged in and dropkicked Strongbow.
  • He then slammed Strongbow and followed with his own knee drop.
  • After Irwin tagged in, he slammed Strongbow, mounted the second turnbuckle, and hit an elbow drop for 2.
  • Kiniski tagged in, but Strongbow reversed a cross corner whip sending Kiniski HARD back-first into the opposite corner.
  • Hot tag Zumhofe.
  • Zumhofe hooked an abdominal stretch on Kiniski, but Irwin mounted the second turnbuckle.
  • As Irwin leaped, Zumhofe released the hold, and Kiniski suffered Irwin’s mischievous double axe handle.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Zumhofe and Strongbow won.

Rating: **

Summary: With its “rock’n’roll” and “go, Chief, go” chants, the Dallas faithful was strongly behind Zumhofe and Strongbow while the tag formula held the match together for a babyface victory.

Match 3: Killer Khan versus Chic Donovan

Highlights:

  • Donovan missed a dropkick, so Khan put a knee into his midsection.
  • When Donovan struck him, Khan no-sold it.
  • Khan then delivered a knee drop, mounted the top turnbuckle, and ANNIHILATED Donovan’s left knee.
  • Without any question whatsoever, Donovan submitted; thus Khan won.

Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Khan while Donovan returns to the injured list.

After the match, Khan continues to hammer Donovan’s injured knee until Kevin hits the ring. Khan and Kevin brawl in the ring, and Adams joins the fray. To knock Khan from the ring, Adams and Kevin successfully land a double dropkick. In the meantime, Donovan writhed in pain on the mat.

Match 4: The “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich & “Gentleman” Chris Adams versus the Missing Link & “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious & Gen. Skandor Akbar)

Highlights:

  • Kerry military-press-slammed Garvin and tagged in Adams.
  • As Adams mounted the top turnbuckle, he lowered the boom on Garvin.
  • He then delivered an Anderson slam followed by a knee drop to Garvin.
  • When Link tagged in, he launched a series of head butts and an atomic drop to Adams.
  • He then mounted the second turnbuckle and scored with a diving head butt.
  • After Adams ducked a clothesline, he landed a superkick to Link.
  • Tags were exchanged on both sides while Kerry backdropped Garvin.
  • As Adams tagged in, he superkicked Garvin between the ropes to the floor.
  • He then attempted to suplex Garvin back into the ring, but Precious tripped him. How dastardly!
  • When she hooked Adams’ boot, Garvin pinned Adams.
  • Garvin and Link won.

Rating: **

Summary: Due to losing a pair of steel cage loser-leaves-Texas matches, this was Garvin and Precious’ last TV appearance for WCCW. Garvin wouldn’t return to Texas until 1994. Despite winning this match, Garvin did the honors by putting over Mike Von Erich during house shows.

After the match, the heels pummel Adams until Stella Mae storms the ring. She tosses Precious around like a rag doll and slaps the taste from Garvin’s mouth with some assistance from Kerry.

BONUS MATCH for the WCCW World Six-Man tag titles (Badstreet): Kevin, Kerry, & Mike Von Erich versus Michael Hayes, Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy, and Buddy Roberts

Highlights:

  • This match occurred on 7/4 in Ft. Worth where 12,721 attended the show.
  • While the Freebirds made their entrance to “Badstreet USA,” the Von Erichs used ZZ Top’s “La Grange” as their entrance music. Hey! That song’s not family-friendly!
  • As you’d expect, chaos ensued at the moment the Von Erichs entered the ring.
  • Kevin then supplied Hayes and Roberts with a double noggin knocker.
  • When Kevin choked him with his belt, he sent Hayes flying to the concrete floor.
  • Kerry and Kevin then clotheslined Gordy with a belt.
  • After Gordy whipped Kerry into the corner, he came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Gordy then tossed Mike over the top rope to the concrete floor, yet Kevin WALLOPED both Hayes and Gordy with his boot.
  • While Kevin sent Gordy flying over the top rope to the concrete floor with another boot shot, Hayes hammered Kevin with a boot.
  • Mike then provided Gordy with a ten-punch count-along, but Gordy rebounded with a shot down near Houston.
  • As Hayes creamed Mike with a boot, Kevin did the same to Gordy.
  • The Von Erichs then triple-dropkicked Gordy out of the ring. Spectacular!
  • When Gordy returned, Kerry and Kevin double-backdropped him.
  • Kevin then brought Hayes in the hard way, and Kerry demolished Gordy who was tied up in the ropes.
  • After Hayes curtailed Kerry’s offense, Kevin applied an Iron claw to him.
  • Gordy then SMACKED Kerry with a boot and whacked Kevin to save Hayes.
  • To show how much the Ft. Worth faithful loved the Von Erichs and hated the Freebirds, Kerry hit Gordy so hard with a boot that it flew into the stands. Immediately, a member of the Ft. Worth faithful sent it right back to him. HA!
  • Roberts then choked Mike with a belt, and Hayes was BUSTED OPEN.
  • While Kevin was sent unceremoniously to the concrete floor, Hayes suplexed Mike.
  • Kevin was BUSTED OPEN, so Roberts hammered on the cut. Vicious!
  • With Mike’s leg tied up in the ropes, Hayes kicked him mercilessly.
  • Gordy then demolished Kerry with a boot sending him down to the concrete floor.
  • As Roberts held the bloodied Kevin, Gordy tried to nail him with a boot but inadvertently got Roberts instead.
  • Mike then delivered a flying headscissors to Roberts taking him over the top rope to the floor.
  • When Hayes whipped Kerry into the corner, he ate a knee to the midsection on his follow-through.
  • Suddenly, Killer Khan stormed the ring and knocked Kerry into the middle of 1985.
  • With Kerry OUT COLD, Hayes pinned him.
  • WE HAVE NEW CHAMPIONS!

Rating: ***

Summary: Wild, intense brawl with all six wrestlers competing simultaneously. The vigor and violence were excessive, but it solidified how brutal the Von Erich-Freebird war had become.

Conclusion:  Somehow, I don’t see the Freebirds’ title win becoming final, yet the match was fantastic. Garvin’s final TV match in WCCW had the Dallas faithful both loving and hating it. Khan destroyed Donovan to cultivate his monster heel status. Meanwhile, Zumhofe and Strongbow survived a midcard tag match, but I wanted to see them face both Irwins. Lastly, Hernandez continued to irritate the skin of the Dallas faithful much to my entertainment. What do you think, Max?

That’s pretty harsh, Max! I’m sorry.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 07-14-84!

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