Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA WrestleRock ’86

Live from the Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN

Airdate: April 20, 1986

Attendance:  23,000

Hosted by Larry Nelson, Rod Trongard, & Ken Resnick

Can the Road Warriors get revenge against the Freebirds? Will Bockwinkel regain the World title? How will Snuka and Greg fare against Brody and Barbarian? What’s going on with the Midnight Rockers? Let’s dig in and find out!

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Rock Star Gary presents WCCW Year in Review: 1984

1983 was such a banner year for WCCW. Some would call it WCCW’s best year due to all the great feuds. Of course, the Von Erich-Freebird feud tops the list but also David Von Erich-Jimmy Garvin, “Iceman” King Parsons-Buddy Roberts, and Chris Adams-Jimmy Garvin deserve mention. Of course, the battle of the valets between Sunshine and Precious cannot be ignored.

What happens in 1984? Can WCCW keep the momentum going as their syndicated show gets more coverage across the country?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-28-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 28, 1982 (taped 12/25)

Attendance: 12,000

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Kerry conquer Flair and capture the World title in a cage? How will Hayes’ involvement as a referee affect the match? Also, who will help me tell the last tale from 1982?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 12-27-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 27, 1982 (taped 12/25)

Attendance: 12,000

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Who will win the vacant six-man titles? With $10,000 on a pole, who takes home a spectacular Christmas present? And who will be RSG’s helper with this reflection?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on WCCW 10-30-1982

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: October 30, 1982 (taped 10/26)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi

A work stoppage in pro wrestling? Who orchestrates it? Also, the Freebirds make their WCCW tag team debut. Let’s see who’s awesome enough to assist me?

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Rock Star Gary reflects on AWA WrestleRock ’86


Live from Minneapolis, MN

Airdate: April 20, 1986

Attendance:  22,000

Hosted by Rod Trongard & Larry Nelson

Three cage matches along with the Midnight Rockers, Sergeant Slaughter, Jimmy Snuka, Road Warriors, Freebirds, and more fill out this star-studded supershow. Read on!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash of the Champions IX: New York Knockout

Live from Troy, NY

Airdate: November 15, 1989

Attendance:  4,000

Hosted by Jim Ross & Gordon Solie

New York Knockout? Are we referring to these bunch of termagants? Seriously, Flair and Funk battle in an “I Quit” match to settle their feud. Also, the Midnight Express square off against the Dynamic Dudes. In a rematch, Pillman seeks to dethrone Luger for the US title. If that’s not enough, the Steiners face the Skyscrapers. What are you waiting for? Read on!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Great American Bash ’89: Glory Days

Live from Baltimore, MD

Airdate: July 23, 1989

Attendance:  14,500

Hosted by Jim Ross & Bob Caudle

Thus far, 1989 has been great. Can the NWA continue the trend with this show? Read on!

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Rock Star Gary reflects on NWA Clash of Champions VII

Live from Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC

Airdate: June 14, 1989

Attendance:  dehydrated, perspiring Army soldiers (no A/C)

Hosted by Jim Ross & Bob Caudle

Ten-hut! Reading this reflection brings purpose, direction, and spirit to your miserable life. Drop and give me twenty!

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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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WCW Wednesdays Part 2

To those in the good ol’ USA, Happy Veterans’ Day! Kudos to those of you who served your country.

To celebrate, let’s discuss Clash of the Champions VII: Guts and Glory. It emanated from none other than Fort Bragg, NC.

From top to bottom, the card looked like this:

  1. The Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) defeated the Dynamic Dudes (Johnny Ace & Shane Douglas).
  2. Ranger Ross pinned the Terrorist (a.k.a Jack Victory).
  3. The Ding-Dongs beat George South & Cougar Jay.
  4. Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated the SST (w/ Paul E. Dangerously).
  5. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams fought Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy to double count-out.
  6. Norman the Lunatic (w/ Teddy Long) squashed Mike Justice.
  7. The Varsity Club (Kevin Sullivan & Mike Rotunda) beat the Steiner brothers.
  8. Sting retained the World TV title by pinning “Wild” Bill Irwin.
  9. The Freebirds won the World tag team titles by defeating the Midnight Express.
  10. Ricky Steamboat beat Terry Funk by disqualification.

After the main event, the “Total Package” Lex Luger saved Steamboat from Funk then turned on him.

Please share your thoughts on this great if not intriguing show. And be sure to check out for all of my wrestling reflections.

Rock Star Gary reflects on…WCCW Christmas Star Wars ’85!

Live from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 25, 1985

Attendance:  7,840

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Unlike their regular TV tapings at the Sportatorium, this event was held at Reunion Arena which used to host games for both the Mavericks and Stars.  While the Sportatorium was demolished in 2003, Reunion Arena’s demolition occurred in 2009.

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Rock Star Gary reflects on…WCCW David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions

First of all, I would like to take WWE Network to task for not having this show available. While the Vault doesn’t get as much traffic as the current content, supershows such as this one (and its successors) along with AWA’s Superclash shows would help to promote the vast content of the Network quite well.

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Freebirds in Georgia


I have been looking for info on the Freebirds split in Ga and there seems to be two stories – some sites says Roberts and Gordy attacked Hayes after a loss. In a promo Hayes claims Gordy walked out on him during a match against Ole and Gene Anderson.

In his promo Hayes says Ole sold him out. Not sure how that would work since Gordy was his partner.

can't find any results of a match between the Andersons and the Birds. Did Hayes turn face off camera and they created the phantom walk out to explain the face turn? Was there an attack and a reconciliation before Gordy walked out on him?

I will say first up, I love the font.  That being said, that era is WAY before my time as a fan, so perhaps some of the other grumpy and older farts here on the blog can be of more assistance to you on that one.  


OK, been wondering for 15 years.  Why do you hate them so much?  Just because they replaced Buddy and Gordy with Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin?  I’m not saying they were great but you seem to have them as least favorite ever…

Basically because they were WAY overpushed and repackaged a bunch of times despite doing the same match over and over and never being particularly good in the ring.  They got two World tag titles for some reason, multiple managers and valets, and pretty significant chunks of screen time for almost no return on investment.  Meanwhile good teams like the Midnights get jerked around and jobbed out for political reasons. 

They did, however, have a badass theme song, I'll give them that.