Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-22-1984

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 22, 1984 (taped 12/14)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Marc Lowrance

Can Kerry and Kevin topple Hernandez and Adams? Who are the newcomers to WCCW? Who won PWI awards in 1984? And who will join me for this appetizing episode?

Betty! Glad you could join us. While I’m sure the nerds mean well, one of them will definitely run to you.

Opening montage.

Match 1: “Iceman” King Parsons versus the “Crippler” Rip Oliver

Highlights:

  • This match marked Oliver’s WCCW debut.
  • When the Dallas faithful chanted “go, Ice, go,” their hero backdropped Oliver.
  • Speaking of Oliver, he delivered a backbreaker and got 1.
  • He then slammed Parsons, hit an elbow drop, and got 2.
  • As Parsons rebounded with an inside cradle, he pinned Oliver.
  • Parsons won in 12:22.

Rating: *

Summary: Oliver was in control for most of the match, but Parsons used a countermove that earned him the victory. What’s that, Lewis?

College is the best time of your life, Lewis, but let’s not be too naughty.

After the match, Oliver offers to shake hands, and Parsons obliges. Like a dirty rotten scoundrel, Oliver kicks Parsons in the midsection and hooks a shoulder breaker.

WRESTLING AWARDS BANQUET: Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Bill Apter honors Mike as Rookie of the Year. Next, Mike notes that only he and David have won this award in his family.

Apter then honors Kevin as the Man of the Year, and Kevin humbly accepts.

Match 2: Billy Jack Haynes (w/ Sunshine) versus Tony Falk

Highlights:

  • For those unaware, Falk was a perennial jobber. Also, Haynes appeared to be perfectly sane at this point of his career. But I digress…
  • Haynes hip-tossed, leapfrogged, and gorilla-press-slammed Falk.
  • As he dropkicked Falk, Haynes high-fived Sunshine.
  • Falk rebounded with some offense in the corner, but Haynes no-sold it.
  • When Haynes clotheslined Falk, he followed with an elbow drop.
  • After Haynes applied a full nelson, Falk submitted.
  • Haynes won in 3:43.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Haynes. Booger, did you have something to say about Falk?

At ringside, Lowrance interviews Parsons who’s ready to get revenge against Oliver.

Match 3: Kevin & Kerry Von Erich versus the “Handsome Half-Breed” Gino Hernandez & “Gentleman” Chris Adams (w/ Gary Hart)

Highlights:

  • Kevin and Adams brawled at the onset until Kevin sent him to the floor.
  • When Kerry leapfrogged him, he nailed Hernandez with a right.
  • He then supplied Hernandez with a back elbow and headbutted him somewhere in southern Texas during a leap frog attempt. OUCH!https://tenor.com/view/bull-victory-escape-bullfighting-gif-5691719
  • As Adams tagged in, Kerry reversed an Irish whip and hooked a sleeper.
  • Adams countered by guillotining Kerry with the top rope.
  • After Adams applied his own sleeper, Kerry hoisted him atop the top turnbuckle.
  • He then slammed Adams down to the mat.
  • While Kevin tagged in, Adams sought refuge on the floor.
  • Hernandez then ambushed Kevin who also went down to the floor.
  • When he saw Adams, the brawl between them continued.
  • Kevin then rammed Adams face-first into the apron, but Adams rebounded with an eye rake.
  • As Hernandez gave Kevin a cross corner whip, he came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Adams then guillotined Kevin with the top rope, so Kerry chased after him.
  • With all four wrestlers in the ring, Kerry hammered Adams with a discus punch sending him over the top rope to the floor.
  • Hernandez then put a boot into Kevin’s midsection and tagged in Adams.
  • After he mounted the top turnbuckle, Adams scored with a double axe handle.
  • Adams then clotheslined Kevin and tagged in Hernandez.
  • While Kevin leapfrogged Hernandez, he applied an Iron claw.
  • Adams tagged in, but Kevin supplied the heels with a double noggin knocker.
  • When Kevin stood on the second turnbuckle, he applied an Iron claw to Adams.
  • Hernandez interfered, so Kerry stormed over to stop him.
  • As Adams guillotined Kevin with the top rope again, he knocked down referee Bronko Lubich.
  • Kerry and Hernandez brawled on the floor until Kerry tossed Hernandez out into the parking lot.
  • Strangely, the bell sounded. I believe Lubich may have thrown the match out.
  • Ring announcer Ralph Pulley confirmed my suspicion at approximately the 12:00 mark.

Rating: **½

Summary: Wild match that may be a precursor to further action in 1985.

After the match, Kerry tosses Adams back into the ring for Kevin. He then tosses Hart into the ring, but Hart escapes before Kevin can serve him up for Christmas dinner.

Conclusion:  Von Erichs versus Adams and Hernandez are the perfect appetizer for the upcoming year. Also, Sunshine brings Haynes into WCCW much to the delight of the Dallas faithful. On the other hand, Oliver makes an enemy out of Parsons on his first night in the territory. What do you think, Gilbert?

Glad to hear it, Gilbert. Before you dance with Judy, turn the music up.

Next week, Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy battles Missing Link and Mike squares off with another newcomer hailing from southern California. Who could it be?https://tenor.com/view/wormser-revenge-nerds-smile-gif-7818231

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 12-29-84!

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