Manami Toyota & Mike Quackenbush vs. Cesaro & Sara Del Rey (and other Dream Matches!)

Mike Quackenbush 25th Anniversary: w/ Manami Toyota vs. Cesaro & Sara Del Rey - YouTube

We live in a world where Manami Toyota gave Cesaro the rolling cradle. Life is so weird.

Welcome back to another Dream Matches column! This time, I have a wild CHIKARA match- MANAMI TOYOTA vs. CESARO!! With Mike Quackenbush and Sara Del Rey as their partners! I’ve had my eyes on for a while but was avoiding because of the length, but it turns out it’s really goddamn awesome!

And we follow that up with a very “Before They Were Stars” showdown, as John Cena as the super-lean, roided to the gills “Prototype” takes on WCW reject Chase Tatum, who has to lead the match! Back to All Japan, as John Tenta’s “oddly-skinny rookie run” has him teaming with Yoshiaki Yatsu against… Bruiser Brody and Jimmy Snuka!?! Then we cap it off with some WCW Saturday Night goodness, as Barry Darsow & John Nord take on Disorderly Conduct.

LUCHA RULES (leaving the ring counts as a tag):
MIKE QUACKENBUSH & MANAMI TOYOTA vs. CLAUDIO CASTAGNOLI & SARA DEL REY:
(CHIKARA, 19.09.2010)
* Okay, now THIS is an interest mix of characters- friggin’ CESARO vs. TOYOTA?!? I’m there, dude. This is CHIKARA owner Mike Quackenbush teaming up with Manami again, but in a tag team match, and their opponents are the future Cesaro as an indie darling under his real name- long, lean and already bald, in white trunks. His partner is Sara Del Rey, who… okay I don’t know jack shit about modern women’s wrestling, but I’ve heard she’s respected. She was big in Shimmer, a women’s promotion that I always found to have a very clutzy-looking style of wrestling (but I’m a puro snob when it comes to women’s stuff, and ’90s AJW casts a WIDE shadow over low-budget American indies). She also went to ROH, CHIKARA and has been a WWE trainer since 2012.

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Bruiser Brody & Jimmy Snuka vs. The Funk Brothers (and other Dream Matches!)

Watch the Funk Brothers, Stan Hansen, Bruiser Brody, Jimmy Snuka AND Giant Baba all get into it!

Welcome back to more Dream Matches! This time, I take a look at the early 1980s of All Japan, because I was curious about just what the Funk Brothers were like in their 30s (the answer: Still old!). And they’re taking on another gaijin team- the brawling mega-heel Bruiser Brody, along with “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka himself!

Also, prepare for some torture as we dive further into the career of one ERIK WATTS- two matches featuring the blandest, most forgettable tag team in WWF history, and one from his bizarre 1999 WCW comeback! That’s right- it’s time for some TEKNO TEAM 2000! Watts & Chad Fortune team up against Barry Horowitz & the Brooklyn Brawler, then the Smoking Gunns! And then watch ’90s Dudebro Heel Watts up against the legendary jam-up guy, El Dandy!

REAL WORLD TAG LEAGUE 1981- FINAL MATCH:
THE FUNK BROTHERS (Terry & Dory Jr.) vs. BRUISER BRODY & JIMMY SNUKA (w/ Stan Hansen):

(All Japan, Dec. 13th, 1981)
* Damn, so Snuka has wrestled in Japan before. And here he is teamed up with legendary psychopath Bruiser Brody against the Funks, at this point beloved heroes in All Japan. Dory merely looks to be 75 here, as opposed to his usual self, while Terry has the curly hair and looks reasonably in shape. Both Funks are in blue trunks, while Brody & Snuka are in black (Broady with furry boots) and backed up by Stan Hansen. Jimmy looks like he’s only had a dinner plate full of cocaine compared to how much he was using in the WWF, and looks weird with boots and normal wrestling gear on. I’ve literally never seen a Brody match before this, so this will be interesting.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-01-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: October 1, 1983 (taped 09/23)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Will Brody get the better of Hayes? How will David fare against Mongol and Devastation, Inc.? What other treats are included? And who will assist me with bringing it all to you?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 09-17-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: September 17, 1983 (taped 09/09)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Gordy returns and faces Brody. Who will get the duke? Will Garvin survive a tough match against Parsons? And who’s trying to steal my spotlight with tonight’s reflection?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 08-27-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: August 27, 1983 (taped 08/12)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Zhukov defeat Brody and join Devastation, Inc.? Will Kerry give Roberts some comeuppance for costing the Von Erichs the six-man titles? How do Garvin and Kevin interact this week? Also, who am I waiting for to join me for tonight’s reflection?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-23-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: July 23, 1983 (taped 07/15)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Brody obtain the bounty by exposing Roberts’ baldness? Will Gordy defeat Adams, or will the Englishman stand tall? How well did Garvin and Sunshine survive as David’s valets for a day? Also, who will join me to celebrate this rather famous episode?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-16-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: July 16, 1983 (taped 07/01)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Garvin put a speed bump along Kevin’s road as American champion? Will Roberts and Mongol get the better of Brody and Parsons? What’s the latest news on Garvin and David? And who will make her presence felt for tonight’s reflection?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 07-02-1983

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: July 2, 1983 (taped 06/17)

Attendance: 21,000

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kevin win the NWA World title? Will the Freebirds retain the American tag titles against Kerry and Brody? And who will help me celebrate a championship edition of WCCW?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…WCWA Parade of Champions ’87

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: May 3, 1987

Attendance:  5,900

Hosted by Bill Mercer

While dedicated to the memory of David Von Erich, this show is also dedicated to the memory of Mike Von Erich who passed away twenty-three days prior (4/12/87). Additionally, Kerry Von Erich was severely injured in a motorcycle accident on 6/4/86 and remained out of action for this show.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…WCCW Parade of Champions ’86

Live from Irving, TX

Airdate: May 4, 1986

Attendance:  24,121

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Back on February 18, to separate themselves from the National Wrestling Alliance (and Jim Crockett Promotions in particular), World Class defected from the NWA and became the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA). Additionally, they differentiated by waiving the disqualification and countout results to keep a title.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…NWA Battle of the Belts II

Live from Orlando, FL

Airdate: February 14, 1986

Attendance:  unknown

Hosted by Gordon Solie and Mike Graham

Prior to the first match, Solie shills the latest copy of Pro Wrestling Illustrated with the Road Warriors on the cover.

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