Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-13-1985

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: July 13, 1985 (taped 06/28)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Who will win the battle of the thrust kick versus the superkick? Can the Von Erichs defeat the Dynamic Duo to capture the American titles? What does Hart have up his sleeve? Let’s rock!

Opening montage.

Match 1: The Fantastics versus the “Crippler” Rip Oliver & Jack Victory

Highlights:

  • On 6/24 in Ft. Worth, the Dynamic Duo defeated the Fantastics to become American tag team champions.
  • Due to all the stalling, Mercer quipped that Madison Square Garden was almost as famous as the Sportatorium.
  • Oliver tagged in, but Fulton hip-tossed him.
  • When Rogers tagged in, he rolled up Oliver for 2.
  • Victory tagged in, but Rogers leapfrogged and monkey-flipped him.
  • As Fulton tagged in, he mounted the second turnbuckle and lowered the boom on Oliver.
  • Victory distracted referee David Manning, so the Fantastics illegally switched much to the delight of the Dallas faithful.
  • After Manning corrected the Fantastics, Victory distracted Manning again, and the Fantastics pulled another fast one. Sly!
  • Rogers mounted the top turnbuckle and dealt Victory a short right cross.
  • While Rogers dropkicked him, Fulton tagged in, but Victory tossed him down to the floor.
  • Oliver tagged in and guillotined Fulton with the top rope.
  • When he fed Fulton a press drop, Oliver distracted Manning so that Victory could give Fulton the business. SNEAKY!
  • Fulton rebounded with a knee lift and made the hot tag.
  • As Rogers backdropped Victory, he rammed the heels together.
  • Victory reversed an Irish whip, but Rogers caught him with an O’Connor roll.
  • After Oliver thwarted that, all four wrestlers were in the ring.
  • The heels tossed Rogers over the rope, but Rogers skinned the cat back into the ring.
  • While Oliver tossed Fulton over the opposite top rope, Manning called for the bell.
  • The Fantastics won by DQ at 14:08.

Rating: ***

Summary: No matter who the Fantastics face, they make matches entertaining.

After the match, the Fantastics dropkick the heels out of the ring to a raucous ovation.

Following a commercial break, at the Dallas Society for Crippled Children, Mercer stands at the David Von Erich Memorial Playground for Handicapped Children. A plaque is shown commemorating the dedication that occurred on 6/18 at Founders Academy in Lewisville, TX. According to Mercer, the Von Erichs donated $24,000 from the David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions. He interviews Marilyn Swayze–the director of development for the society. Before the segment ends, we see a quick video with Fritz digging the ceremonial dirt alongside Kerry, Kevin, Mike, and Chris. Without question, the Von Erichs donated to a worthy cause.

Match 2 for the NWA American tag team titles: The Dynamic Duo (champions) versus Kevin & Kerry Von Erich

Highlights:

  • This match occurred on 7/4 in Ft. Worth and was joined in progress.
  • As Adams hooked a sunset flip, Kerry escaped and rolled him up for 2.
  • Kerry missed a discus punch, so Adams delivered a belly-to-back suplex.
  • When Hernandez tagged in, all four wrestlers were in the ring.
  • Kerry countered a front face lock with an abdominal Iron claw, but Hernandez tagged out.
  • After Adams mounted the top turnbuckle, he lowered the boom on Kerry.
  • Adams applied a sleeper, but Kerry escaped.
  • While Adams sent Kerry between the ropes to the floor, he launched a tope suicida. Woohoo!
  • With Kerry and Adams on the floor, Manning was occupied with them.
  • In the meantime, Kevin applied an abdominal Iron claw to Hernandez.
  • Back in the ring, Adams attempted a vertical suplex, but Kerry blocked it and scored with one of his own.
  • Hernandez tagged in, but Kerry secured him in a bear hug.
  • As Adams stormed in to break the hold, all four wrestlers were in the ring again.
  • Kevin whipped Hernandez into the ropes bumping Manning.
  • In fact, Manning’s head got caught between the ropes, and commentator Marc Lowrance almost lost his composure.
  • Rick Hazzard helped Manning get untangled, yet the war continued around him.
  • When Kevin applied an Iron claw to Hernandez’s head, Hernandez escaped and tossed powder in Kerry’s eyes. Hmmm…Hernandez and powder…
  • Hernandez held Kerry prone, and Adams turned Kerry’s lights out with a superkick.
  • After Adams pulled him into position, Hazzard counted the pin for Hernandez.
  • The Dynamic Duo retained at 7:11 shown.

Rating: **½

Summary: Wild match with a freak accident that permitted the champions to retain. According to Mercer, since the Dynamic Duo won, they can choose the stipulation for the next match. In this case, things can get a little hairy sometimes.

Back at the Sportatorium, Mercer interviews Gary Hart with “Killer” Tim Brooks and One Man Gang. Hart is focused on the six-man titles. Conspicuously, “Maniac” Mark Lewin isn’t here; however, all three men crow about 1,001 pounds prepared to destroy all things Von Erich.

Match 3 (non-title): NWA American champion “Gentleman” Chris Adams versus Kabuki (w/ Sunshine)

Highlights:

  • Although Adams showcased both the American and American tag belts, “Iceman” King Parsons defeated Adams for the American title on 7/5 in Dallas.
  • Kabuki blocked a hip toss and dealt Adams one of his own.
  • When Adams leapfrogged him, Kabuki gave him a cross corner whip.
  • Adams leaped to the second turnbuckle but missed a cross body block.
  • As Kabuki attempted a cross body block, Adams caught and guillotined him with the top rope.
  • With Kabuki tied in the ropes, Adams scored with a superkick.
  • He applied a Scorpion death lock, yet Mercer had no clue how to call it. I’d bet Adams neither notified Mercer he’d use the move nor that Riki Choshu invented it.
  • After Adams delivered a knee drop to Kabuki’s right knee, he gave Kabuki a cross corner whip but ate a thrust kick on his follow-through.
  • With Adams in the corner, Kabuki charged but came up empty.
  • Kabuki was tied to the Tree of Woe, so Adams sought a steel chair at ringside.
  • Before Adams could use it, Sunshine valiantly tried to stop him.
  • Since Adams was distracted, Kabuki rolled him up and pinned him.
  • As a result, Kabuki won at 9:30.

Rating: **

Summary: Despite each wrestler inserting their signature kick into the match, Adams’ overzealousness cost him the match.

Afterward, Adams superkicks Kabuki out of the ring and tosses Sunshine down to the mat.

As retribution, Kabuki grabs Adams by his right leg and rams it into the ring post thrice.

Conclusion:  What an incredible hour of entertaining wrestling! Kabuki beat Adams to send the Dallas faithful home happy while the Fantastics thrilled them every second they were between the ropes. On the other hand, the Von Erichs lost to the Dynamic Duo on Independence Day almost at the expense of David Manning. Definitely catch this episode as it well worth watching.

Next week, Kevin will square off with Adams.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 07-20-85!

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