Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 01-26-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: January 26, 1985 (taped 01/11)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

How will Kerry clash with Adams? Will the Fantastics retain their titles against Cornette’s men? And just who is Hart’s “solution”? Also, who will join me for this investigative episode?

Yes, Wadsworth. Your role will be meaningful. Please relax.

Opening montage.

Match 1: One Man Gang versus Shawn Michaels

Highlights:

  • For those unaware, Gang was portrayed by George Gray. He had previously spent time in AJPW and Florida. He was also billed at 6’8” and approximately 400 pounds; therefore, Michaels’ chances of surviving, never mind winning, were quite slim.
  • Gang mauled Michaels and tossed him to the floor.
  • Upon clotheslining Michaels, Gang OBLITERATED him.
  • He then CRUSHED Michaels with a powerslam and finished him with the 747.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Gang won in 2:51.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Gang. Michaels would return to Mid-South before meeting some kid named Marty Jannetty in Central States.

Back in the locker room, Mercer interviews Cornette who provides a brief history on the genesis of the Midnight Express. His quest for his team is the American tag titles while taking down the Fantastics.

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

Highlights:

  • While the Fantastics literally embraced the Dallas faithful with hugs and kisses, Cornette, wearing a completely different suit than his interview, coached his team.
  • With Condrey in a head lock, Eaton came in, but Rogers caught him in a leg scissors. He then took both heels down to the mat simultaneously.
  • All four wrestlers were in the ring, and Rogers dropkicked Eaton.
  • As Eaton tagged in, he reversed a cross corner whip, yet Rogers leaped to the second turnbuckle.
  • Rogers then leaped over a charging Eaton and dropkicked him twice more.
  • When tags were exchanged on both sides, Fulton gave Condrey a cross corner whip into Eaton and monkey-flipped him.
  • All four wrestlers were in the ring again, and Rogers monkey-flipped Eaton.
  • After Fulton slammed Eaton, Condrey grabbed Fulton’s hair to distract him.
  • Rogers then distracted referee David Manning, so Condrey mounted the top turnbuckle and lowered the boom upon Fulton.
  • While Eaton slammed Fulton, he followed with an elbow drop.
  • Condrey tagged in and got 2.
  • As Condrey delivered a backbreaker, Eaton tagged in and prevented the champs from tagging out.
  • Rogers distracted Manning again, so the Midnight Express double-teamed Fulton. How dastardly!
  • When the Dallas faithful chanted “go, Bobby, go,” Condrey tagged in, and the Midnight Express double-clotheslined their hero for 2.
  • Condrey then guillotined Fulton with the top rope and tagged in Eaton.
  • After Eaton landed a back elbow, Fulton hit a cross body block to both heels.
  • NUCLEAR tag Rogers.
  • While all four wrestlers were in the ring again, Condrey sent Rogers directly into Manning.
  • The Midnight Express tried to whip the champs into one another, but Fulton reversed his whip.
  • As Rogers leapfrogged him, he splashed Eaton.
  • Manning, however, was still groggy and couldn’t make the count.
  • When Manning ultimately turned his attention to Condrey and Fulton, Rogers attempted an O’Connor roll.
  • Cornette then BLASTED him with the tennis racquet knocking Rogers OUT COLD.
  • 1-2-3.
  • The Midnight Express won in 17:21.
  • WE HAVE NEW CHAMPIONS!

Rating: ***½

Summary: Great job by both teams as they followed the formula and had the Dallas faithful chomping at the bit. Like good heels, they cheated their way to the titles leaving the Dallas faithful shocked and dismayed.

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews Hart who complains about Adams’ being “stepped over” for a World title shot. He then has a “solution” to this problem who will “appear very soon.”

Match 3: The “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich versus “Gentleman” Chris Adams (w/ Gary Hart)

Highlights:

  • Kerry delivered a knee lift, and they botched a shoulder block sequence.
  • When Adams rebounded with a superkick, he would rather celebrate than pin Kerry.
  • With Kerry on the floor, Adams joined and rammed him face-first into the apron.
  • Kerry then reversed an Irish whip and hooked a sleeper.
  • As Adams used momentum to send Kerry face-first into the top turnbuckle, he applied his own sleeper.
  • The Dallas faithful chanted “go, Kerry, go,” and their hero hoisted Adams onto the top turnbuckle.
  • After Adams retaliated, Kerry WALLOPED him all the way down to the floor.
  • Kerry then joined and rammed Adams face-first into the apron.
  • While he slammed Adams on the floor, Kerry returned him to the ring the hard way.
  • He then attempted an Iron claw, but Adams blocked it.
  • When Adams used momentum to send him into the ropes, he shot Kerry down to the floor.
  • He then launched a tope suicida. Woohoo!
  • As he suplexed Kerry back into the ring, Adams got 2.
  • Kerry then countered a hip toss with a backslide.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Kerry won in 7:42.

Rating: **

Summary: Kerry’s infamous backslide earns him another victory in a wild, raucous bout which the Dallas faithful ate up with a spoon.

After the match, Hart climbs into the ring and lowers Kerry’s arm. Kerry belts him and applies an Iron claw to Adams. Meanwhile, Hart waves toward the back, but who is he summoning?

Kerry simultaneously hooks an Iron claw to Hart, but Gang storms the ring to assist Hart. As Gang powerslams Kerry, Adams helps by holding Kerry’s legs. Gang then hits a 747, mounts the second turnbuckle, and delivers what I can presume to be a 767 SQUISHING Kerry into a pile of goo.

Conclusion:  Extremely solid episode that not only had a title change but also told a great story. If there was any question how to react to Gang, his affiliation with Hart clarified it for us. Yvette, what are your thoughts about this tale of mystery?

Most excellent! We always had faith in you.

Next week, Kevin teams with Billy Jack Haynes to square off against Gino Hernandez and Adams.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 02-02-85!

Comments? Suggestions? Send them to me at [email protected] and follow me on Twitter (@rockstargary202). Also, please check out all of my reflections at rockstargary.com including RAW is WAR from 1998.