Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 04-13-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: April 13, 1985 (taped 04/05)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Who will win the vacant American tag team titles? How will Hercules fare against the nefarious yet beloved Adams? And just who in God’s name is wrestling Kevin tonight?

Mr. Hemsworth, you are SO not 1985. Please bring me a REAL god of thunder:

Opening montage.

Match 1: Scott Casey versus Terry Daniels

Highlights:

  • Ring announcer Marc Lowrance proclaimed Casey as a “newcomer,” although Casey spent time in Big Time Wrestling in the 70s.
  • For those unaware, Casey won the vacant WCCW TV title on 4/1 against Dennis Condrey.
  • Of course, the TV title was only defended on the Ft. Worth programs; thus, this match was non-title.
  • Mercer must have gotten his notes wrong last week because he advertised the Freebirds for NEXT week rather than this week. Blame him and not me, ok?
  • When Casey blocked a hip toss, he provided Daniels with one of his own.
  • Mercer advertised a house show coming to Tel Aviv, Israel in early August. Cue ominous music.
  • For those unaware, I said that because of what happened to Mike Von Erich and nothing else.
  • As the “BOR-ING” chants ruminated in the Sportatorium, Casey slammed Daniels.
  • Speaking of Daniels, he attempted a cross body block, but Casey caught and slammed him again.
  • After Daniels rebounded with his own slam, he landed an elbow drop.
  • He slammed Casey again but missed a knee drop.
  • While Daniels gave Casey a cross corner whip, he followed with a knee to the midsection.
  • He then gave Casey another cross corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
  • When Casey gorilla-press-slammed him, he scored with a knee drop for 1.
  • Daniels attempted another slam, but Casey countered with a backbreaker.
  • 1-2-3.
  • Casey won in 9:27.

Rating: DUD

Summary: Like I mentioned earlier, Casey began his career in the 70s; thus, his style was very mat based. Nevertheless, the 80s called, and the Dallas faithful wanted their opening match back.

Match 2 (non-title): NWA American champion “Gentleman” Chris Adams versus Hercules Hernandez (w/ Sunshine)

Highlights:

  • Adams attempted a cross body block, but Hercules caught and slammed him.
  • As Hercules countered a side head lock with a belly-to-back suplex, he missed an elbow drop.
  • Adams then guillotined him with the top rope and tossed him to the floor.
  • When he rammed Hercules into the timekeeper’s table, Adams missed a superkick.
  • Hercules responded by steamrolling Adams with a running knee lift followed by a back elbow.
  • After Hercules reversed a cross corner whip, he came up empty on his follow-through.
  • Adams then scored with a superkick and mounted the top turnbuckle.
  • To Adams’ dismay, Sunshine shook the ropes, and Adams fell to the mat.
  • Hercules clotheslined Adams, but Gino stormed the ring and brawled with him.
  • While referee David Manning called for the bell, Hercules won by DQ at 6:38.

Rating: *½

Summary: While the Dallas faithful was split due to the female contingent’s admiration for the Englishman, it took Gino’s involvement to garner cheers for Hercules despite his association with Sunshine.

After the match, the Dynamic Duo tries to double-team Hercules, but Sunshine sprays Aquanet to tease them, er, I mean scatter them from the ring.

Match 3: Kevin Von Erich versus Thor

Highlighdts:

  • For those unaware, Thor was portrayed by Kevin Wacholz a.k.a. Nailz. I know at least one person who was petrified.
  • Kevin won a test-of-strength and dropkicked Thor.
  • When Thor gave Kevin a cross corner whip, he followed with a back elbow.
  • He then hip-tossed and suplexed Kevin.
  • As Kevin mounted the top turnbuckle, he scored with an elbow smash.
  • He then gave Thor a cross corner whip followed by a knee to the midsection.
  • After he supplied Thor with an Iron claw, Kevin pinned him at 5:35.

Rating: *½

Summary: Showcase match for the #1 contender to the NWA World title. Sorry, Thor, but you lost.

Sorry, Hemsworth, but Tom Petty has some advice for you:

At ringside, Mercer interviews Sunshine who’s unhappy about the Dynamic Duo’s chicanery and wants to recruit yet another wrestler to counteract them. Although she won’t reveal his identity, she states that we’ll recognize him when we see him.

Match 4 for the vacant NWA American tag team titles: The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette) versus the Fantastics

Highlights:

  • Fulton tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Condrey.
  • As Fulton supplied Condrey with a ten-punch count-along, Eaton tagged in, reversed an Irish whip, and punted Fulton in the midsection.
  • He then dealt Fulton a high knee sending him to the floor.
  • When Eaton joined him, Fulton hip-tossed him on the floor.
  • All four wrestlers were in the ring, and Rogers rang Eaton’s bell.
  • After Rogers dropkicked Eaton, the Fantastics double-backdropped Condrey.
  • Tags were exchanged on both sides, and Condrey clotheslined Rogers for 2.
  • While Condrey launched a double underhook slam, he got another 2.
  • Eaton tagged in and powerslammed Rogers.
  • As Condrey tagged in, he couldn’t get 3.
  • Condrey then delivered a backbreaker and ultimately obtained yet another 2-count.
  • When Eaton tagged in, he provided Rogers with a belly-to-back suplex for 2.
  • He then slammed Rogers, mounted the top turnbuckle, but missed a flying knee drop.
  • Hot tag Fulton.
  • After Eaton tossed Fulton down to the mat, he pummeled referee Rick Hazzard. How dastardly!
  • With all four wrestlers in the ring, Cornette joined them and WHACKED Fulton in the back with the tennis racquet. Nefarious!
  • He then revived Hazzard, but Eaton only got 2.
  • While referee David Manning replaced Hazzard, he called for the bell.
  • The Fantastics won by DQ at 7:50, yet the titles remained held up.

Rating: ***

Summary: WILD main event with a controversial finish to enable further rematches.

Conclusion:  Can you handle another match between the Midnight Express and Fantastics?

Well, Thor, it doesn’t take much to please you as I was polling the RSG-ites.

Nonetheless, a match to firmly crown American tag team champions must be forthcoming. While Sunshine needs reinforcements for the Dynamic Duo, Kevin is RED HOT while on his way to a date against Ric Flair.

Quick question: I find it unique that two WCCW wrestlers portrayed gods from an earlier culture while the Von Erichs were staunch Christians.

Thor, take it elsewhere and go find some girls.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 04-20-85!

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