Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 09-29-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: September 29, 1984 (taped 09/07)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kevin and Adams take down Devastation, Inc.? How will “Sweet Brown Sugar” fare against Austin? What does French have in store for Hernandez and his valet? And who will join me for this zero-gravity episode?

Patrick Ewing! Much like NC State in ’83, Georgetown was out to deny Houston a championship in ’84 with plenty of heart.

Opening montage.

Match 1: Jake “The Snake” Roberts versus “Chief” Jules Strongbow

Highlights:

  • Roberts delivered a knee drop for 2.
  • While the Dallas faithful chanted “go, Chief, go,” their hero rallied but missed an elbow drop.
  • Roberts then clotheslined him and followed with a DDT.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Roberts won.

Rating: *½

Summary: It’s obvious how hot it was in the ring based upon the amount of sweat exerted during rest holds.

Following a commercial break, Marc Lowrance interviews Stella Mae French in the parking lot. French arrives in her prized possession—an eighteen-wheeler. Upon exiting the vehicle, she cuts a promo on “this broad” (a.k.a. Nickla Roberts) while carrying a big stick. While WCCW refers to Nickla as “Andrea” I’m not a big fan of the nickname.

Match 2: “Wild” Bill Irwin (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar & Scott “Hog” Irwin”) versus Mike Gallagher

Highlights:

  • Gallagher leapfrogged Bill and followed with a dropkick.
  • As Bill delivered a gutwrench suplex, he hit a flying knee drop for 2.
  • He then leapfrogged Gallagher and CREAMED him with a bicycle kick.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Bill won.

Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for Bill.

From the locker room, Lowrance interviews Roberts who “underestimates” Adams. Afterward, Akbar complains about cameras in the locker room then promises Devastation, Inc. will attain the six-man titles from the Von Erichs. He then cuts a promo on Hart about a five-minute challenge in Fort Worth.

Match 3: “Sweet Brown Sugar” Skip Young versus Norvell Austin (w/ Koko B. Ware)

Highlights:

  • Austin reversed a cross corner whip, but Young vaulted over and backdropped him.
  • When he dropkicked Austin, Young attempted a Thesz press.
  • On the other hand, Austin countered with a stun gun.
  • Austin then landed a knee drop and elbow drop for 2.
  • As Austin tossed Young to the floor, Ware tossed Young back into the ring. I don’t believe that was as gentlemanlike as it sounded.
  • Nevertheless, Austin scored with a back elbow followed by a shoulder breaker.
  • He then dropkicked Young down to the floor.
  • Upon Young’s return, Austin delivered an atomic drop for 2.
  • He then hit a backbreaker for another 2.
  • When he supplied Young with another backbreaker, Austin mounted the top turnbuckle.
  • He then attempted a cross body block; however, Young used momentum to land on top.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Young won.

Rating: **

Summary: While the Austin brought some workrate, Young used technique and savvy to beat one of his rivals. What’s that, Patrick?

Very appropriate, Patrick. Oh, what time is it?

After the match, the Pretty Young Things double-team Young until Young falls out of the ring.

Match 4: Kevin Von Erich & “Gentleman” Chris Adams (w/ Gary Hart) versus Killer Khan & Scott “Hog” Irwin (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar)

Highlights:

  • Kevin provided Scott with a standing dropkick followed by a flying version.
  • As Adams tagged in, he mounted the top turnbuckle and lowered the boom on Scott.
  • Tags were exchanged on both sides because Kevin wanted another piece of Khan’s flesh.
  • When a “yellow” Khan immediately tagged out, Adams tagged in and gave Scott a cross corner whip.
  • Adams then ate boot on his follow-through, and Khan tagged in.
  • While the Dallas faithful chanted for Adams, Khan tossed their hero into the babyface corner so that he could face Kevin. By the way, I’ve yet to receive any monetary consideration from the Crisco folks, so I’ll put that vegetable shortening joke to rest.
  • Nonetheless, Kevin mounted the top turnbuckle and mauled Khan with a flying elbow smash.
  • Khan rebounded with a backbreaker for 2.
  • After Scott tagged in, he dropkicked Kevin.
  • While the Dallas faithful LOUDLY chanted “go, Kevin, go,” their hero suplexed Scott.
  • Hot tag Adams.
  • Upon missing a dropkick, Adams suffered an elbow drop from Scott.
  • Khan tagged in, piledrove Adams, and taunted Kevin.
  • As Scott tagged in, he mounted the second turnbuckle and LEVELED Adams with a right.
  • Khan tagged in and landed a running knee to Adams in the heel corner.
  • When Adams avoided an Asiatic spike, Kevin tagged in and backdropped Khan.
  • Adams tagged in, and the babyfaces launched a double dropkick to Khan much to the delight of the Dallas faithful.
  • After Scott tagged in, he supplied Adams with a knee drop for 1.
  • Scott then missed a leg drop, and all four wrestlers were in the ring.
  • Meanwhile, Akbar got up on the apron, so Adams nailed him.
  • Scott then placed a knee into Adams’ back while Akbar choked Adams with his turban and the top rope. How dastardly!
  • As Kevin applied an Iron claw to Khan, Scott hoisted Adams atop the top turnbuckle.
  • With referee Bronko Lubich distracted by Kevin and Khan, Hart got up on the apron and WALLOPED Scott.
  • Adams then hit a cross body block on Scott.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Adams and Kevin won.

Rating: ***

Summary: Tremendous main event with Kevin and Adams succeeding thanks to Hart’s interference.

After the match, a determined Kevin maintains his Iron claw upon Khan. Akbar steps into the ring, and he and Scott double-team Hart. When Adams returns to send Scott reeling, Hart POUNDS Akbar to a mighty ROAR.

Ok, much more energetic that that.

Conclusion:  The tandem of Kevin and Adams appear to be a solid duo with Hart at the helm. While Young grabs victory from Austin, the Pretty Young Things made sure he remembers their name. French has an equalizer for Hernandez and his valet, and Roberts wants a piece of Adams. What do you think, Patrick?

That’s the absolute truth, Patrick. Thanks for coming and not posterizing me!

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 10-06-84!

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