Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-12-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: January 12, 1985 (taped 12/25)

Attendance: 20,000

Hosted by Bill Mercer

How will Kevin fare in a lumberjack match against Adams? Will the Midnight Express make a name for themselves at the expense of the Fantastics? And who will join me in this journey of an episode?

Carla! Great to see you. I hope your quest into WCCW is enjoyable. After all, you’re young and have a lot to say.

Opening montage.

Prior to the opening match, the Haynes/Mike versus Hernandez/Jake match from last week airs. Mercer emphasizes Mike’s use of the Iron claw as he follows in the Von Erich tradition.

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

Highlights:

  • According to Mercer, One Man Gang will make his WCCW debut next week.
  • Parsons reversed a cross corner whip and backdropped Oliver.
  • When Oliver mounted the second turnbuckle, he delivered a double axe handle.
  • Oliver then rang Parsons’ bell and rammed Parsons’ head into the top turnbuckle to no avail.
  • As Parsons returned the favor with better results, he slammed Oliver for 1.
  • He then gave Oliver a cross corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through. In fact, he injured his right shoulder.
  • After Oliver wisely hit a shoulder breaker, he pinned Parsons at 8:28.

Rating: **½

Summary: Parsons gave Oliver credibility with his selling, and Oliver’s heel tactics enabled the Dallas faithful to dislike him immediately.

Match 2 for the NWA American tag team titles: The Fantastics (champions) versus the Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette)

Highlights:

  • Like good babyfaces, the Fantastics tossed candy canes to the Dallas faithful during their introduction.
  • For those curious, Cornette was a mere 24 years of age at this point in his career.
  • As the Dallas faithful chanted “go, Tommy, go,” their hero hip-tossed Eaton.
  • He then dropkicked Eaton who sought solace in the heel corner.
  • When tags were exchanged on both sides, Condrey mounted the second turnbuckle, leaped, but got nailed by Fulton.
  • Rogers tagged in but got caught in the heel corner.
  • After Eaton tagged in, the Midnight Express supplied Rogers with a double back elbow.
  • Fulton then distracted referee Bronko Lubich, so the Midnight Express double-teamed Rogers. SNEAKY!
  • While Condrey tagged in, he delivered a pair of backbreakers to Rogers.
  • Eaton tagged in, gave Rogers a cross corner whip, and followed with a back elbow for 2.
  • As he slammed Rogers, Eaton mounted the second turnbuckle and launched a flying knee drop.
  • Condrey tagged in and guillotined Rogers with the top rope.
  • When Condrey baited Fulton into the ring, he clotheslined Rogers.
  • He then landed a knee drop and got 2.
  • After Eaton baited Fulton into the ring again, Cornette gave Rogers the business. How dastardly!
  • Condrey then slammed Rogers and followed with a gutbuster.
  • While Eaton tagged in, he supplied Rogers with a pair of elbow drops.
  • Condrey tagged in, but Rogers countered a double back drop attempt with a sunset flip.
  • Since he’s not strong enough to keep both members of the Midnight Express down, he hurried to the babyface corner.
  • Hot tag Fulton.
  • With all four wrestlers in the ring, Condrey dispatched Rogers to the floor.
  • The Midnight Express then attempted a double clothesline, but Fulton ducked.
  • As Rogers tripped Condrey from outside the ring, Fulton connected with a cross body block to Eaton.
  • 1-2-3.
  • The Fantastics retained at 13:10.

Rating: ***

Summary: Excellent tag team work by the Midnight Express, but the Fantastics used intelligence to single out Eaton for the pin. Speaking of intelligence, Margie, do you have any input?

Absolutely, Margie! It helps to have a healthy appetite for your work. Stay hungry!

After the match, Cornette throws an unbelievable tantrum to Lubich about trunk-pulling. I mean, he PITCHED A FIT!

Following a commercial break, we revisit the tale of a friendship gone awry between Chris Adams and Kevin.

Match 3 (lumberjack): Kevin Von Erich versus “Gentleman” Chris Adams (w/ Gary Hart)

Highlights:

  • They brawled at the onset like you’d expect, and Kevin tossed Adams down to the floor.
  • When the babyface lumberjacks tossed Adams back in, Kevin slammed him.
  • He then tossed Adams down to the floor again, and the babyfaces did their job again.
  • As Kevin supplied Adams with a ten-punch count-along, he applied an Iron claw.
  • Adams then dumped Kevin down to the floor, and the heel lumberjacks tossed Kevin back in.
  • After Adams tossed him down to the floor again, Gordy returned him immediately.
  • Adams then connected with a superkick, hip-tossed Kevin, landed a knee drop, and got 2.
  • While Kevin countered a rear chin lock with an airplane spin, he hip-tossed Adams out of the corner.
  • He then leaped to the top turnbuckle but missed a splash.
  • When Adams rammed him face-first into the mat, he slammed Kevin.
  • He then delivered a knee drop for 2.
  • As Adams piledrove him, he mounted the top turnbuckle.
  • Kevin then caught and guillotined him with the top rope.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Kevin won at 5:00.

Rating: **½

Summary: Good gimmick match where Kevin avenged all of Adams’ chicanery to win the feud.

After the match, Kevin applies an Iron claw, but Hart enters the ring to intervene. Kevin pummels him in the corner until Adams removes Hart’s boot and CREAMS Kevin’s corn. Mike joins the fray and sends Adams scurrying. Kevin and Mike celebrate the victory to thrill the Dallas faithful.

Conclusion:  Exciting show as the Fantastics retained their titles while Kevin gave Adams an unwelcome Christmas present in the form of defeat. What are your thoughts, Louden?

That’s awesome, Louden! Just don’t lose sight of Carla in the process. She’s crazy for you.

1985 is upon us, and WCCW looks to keep the momentum going. Let’s hope it’s as enjoyable as some of the fun within 1984 has been.

Next week, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair defends the NWA World title against Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 1984: A Year in Review!

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