Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 08-04-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: August 4, 1984 (taped 07/20)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Mike and Adams topple the Freebirds? Will Kevin get the better of Khan? By the way, what’s up with Khan? And who will join me for this fiery episode?

Charlie! Of course! My RSG-ites and I all love you! Since Dallas in August is so hot, let’s head into the fire…

Opening montage.

WCCW UPDATE: In Fort Worth, Akbar boasts about stealing Khan from the Freebirds. When Hayes confronts him, Missing Link and Khan double-team him. Before Khan can apply an Asiatic spike, Hayes escapes. In a match involving Kerry & Kevin versus Link & Khan, the Freebirds storm the ring to brawl with Devastation, Inc. It would seem that both the Von Erichs and Freebirds have a common enemy.

Afterward, Akbar touts his acquisition of Khan and cuts a promo on the Freebirds.

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews Hayes who’s furious about Akbar stealing his “friend.” He also states that he signed a record contract with David Wolf who is known for his association with Cyndi Lauper. When Mercer opens the van door, Gordy explodes in anger while spitting tobacco.

Match 1: Scott “Hog” Irwin (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar & “Wild” Bill Irwin) versus Rick McCord

Highlights:

  • Scott slammed McCord and followed with a hip toss.
  • When he hooked a sunset flip, Scott only earned a 1-count.
  • For those that care, Mercer used the word abeyance in regards to the six-man titles.
  • Scott delivered a big boot and hooked a vertical suplex for 2.
  • As he backdropped McCord, Scott landed an elbow drop for another 2.
  • McCord then reversed a cross corner whip, gave Scott another one, and unleashed a dropkick for 1.
  • After Scott hit a high knee, he hoisted McCord atop the top turnbuckle.
  • He then destroyed McCord with a superplex and pinned him.

Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Scott.

Match 2: Kevin Von Erich versus Killer Khan (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar)

Highlights:

  • Kevin landed a kick to Khan’s skull much to the delight of the Dallas faithful. Khan’s OMG expression always made me think someone stole his lollipop.
  • As he gave Khan a cross corner whip, Kevin unleashed a knee to the midsection.
  • He then scored with an elbow smash, gave Khan another cross corner whip, but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • While the Dallas faithful chanted “go Kevin, go,” their hero ate a big boot.
  • Khan then attempted an Asiatic spike, but Kevin blocked it.
  • When Kevin backdropped him, he applied an Iron claw.
  • Khan escaped, yet Kevin reapplied it.
  • Suddenly, Hayes stormed the ring and ejected Kevin.
  • Referee Bronko Lubich called for the bell to throw the match out.

Rating: *

Summary: HOT match with a storyline finish. Right, Charlie?

Next, Hayes brawls with Khan, but Kevin nails Hayes. They each want a piece of Khan at the expense of the other. Link comes into the ring and attacks both Kevin and Hayes. While Akbar gets involved, Kevin dropkicks Khan from the ring. Hayes dumps Link and fights with Kevin, but the latter gets the better of him.

Match 3: “Gentleman” Chris Adams & Mike Von Erich versus Michael Hayes & Buddy “Jack” Roberts

Highlights:

  • While the Dallas faithful LOUDLY chanted “go home, Freebirds,” Buddy rammed Mike face-first into the mat.
  • Hayes tagged in while Mercer hyped the upcoming appearance of Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
  • When tags were exchanged on both sides, Adams gave Buddy a cross corner whip followed by a back drop.
  • Hayes tried to interfere but got backdropped as well.
  • As Adams launched a superkick to him, he slammed Buddy.
  • Upon landing a knee drop, Adams got 2.
  • Mike tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Buddy.
  • With Buddy on the apron, Mike suplexed him back into the ring.
  • Adams tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Buddy.
  • When Hayes tagged in, he scored with a back elbow.
  • Hayes then rammed Adams face-first into the mat and delivered a swinging neckbreaker for 2.
  • While the Dallas faithful clamored for vegetable shortening, Buddy tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Adams.
  • Buddy then slammed Adams for 2.
  • As Adams rebounded with a monkey flip, he dropkicked Buddy from the ring.
  • Surprisingly, the camera missed a couple of moves by Adams but didn’t miss the…
  • Hot tag Mike.
  • With Buddy on the apron, Mike hooked a flying headscissors to return him to the ring.
  • Hayes tagged in and clotheslined Mike.
  • After he slammed Mike, Hayes mounted the second turnbuckle, and scored with a big elbow for 2.
  • Adams tagged in and backdropped Hayes.
  • When Buddy tried to interfere, he ate a superkick from Adams.
  • With all four wrestlers in the ring, the babyfaces whipped the Freebirds into one another.
  • Referee David Manning ensured Mike returned to the babyface corner, so the Freebirds double-clotheslined Adams for 2.
  • As Mike distracted Manning again, Buddy came in and slammed Adams. SNEAKY!
  • Mike disrupted the pin attempt again, so Manning scolded him back to the babyface corner.
  • In the meantime, Buddy slammed Adams again.
  • When Hayes tried another pin attempt, Mike made a third save.
  • Once again, Manning returned Mike to the corner while Adams countered a slam with an inside cradle.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Adams and Mike won.

Rating: ***

Summary: This was exactly the best way to showcase Mike due to his lack of experience. It certainly helped that his trainer, Buddy, walked him through the match. Additionally, the tag formula kept the Dallas faithful MOLTEN hot, and the victory by the babyfaces blew the roof off the Sportatorium.

After the match, Hayes levels Mike with a forearm and tosses him over the top rope to the floor. The Freebirds then double-suplex Adams. When Buddy mounts the top turnbuckle, the Freebirds attempt a spike piledriver. Instead, Mike gets up on the apron and shakes Buddy down to the mat. Nevertheless, Hayes piledrives Adams, but Mike shoos both Freebirds away.

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews Mike in the ring. Mike is ready for another Badstreet match with his brothers against the Freebirds.

Next week, Kevin will battle with Gino Hernandez!

Conclusion: Adams and Mike prevailed in the main event, but the story behind this episode was Akbar’s acquisition of Killer Khan. Both the Freebirds and Von Erichs want to destroy Khan because he’s evil and conniving. What do you think, Charlie?

Awesome, Charlie. I hope the RSG-ites also thought the episode was en fuego.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 08-11-84!

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