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WWWF at Madison Square Garden 6/27/77

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WWE Old School intro.

Announcer Vince McMahon introduces the show.

Howard Finkel, sporting a powder blue suit and a full head of hair, is the ring announcer.

Jan Nelson vs. Jose Gonzalez.  I assume this is the same Jose Gonzalez who would murder Bruiser Brody in a dirty bathroom 11 years later.  He’s a big babyface here in New York.  An “Old School Flashback” in the bottom right corner informs me that Kanye West was born this month, June 1977.  That’s unfortunate for the world.  But I digress.  Gonzalez is the more experienced grappler, while Vince touts Nelson as a future star.  I don’t know that Nelson ever lived up to that.  Gonzalez makes the heel Nelson look foolish, and you can hear Nelson Muntz guffaw in the crowd more than a decade before The Simpsons debuted.  Lots of good ol’ fashioned arm work in this match. as Nelson works an arm lock for several minutes.  Gonzalez fights back with some arm wrangling of his own.  Nelson quickly cuts him off and then beats him  up.  Gonzalez avoids a charge in the corner and makes his comeback.  Gonzalez hits four dropkicks and scores the pin in 9:46.  *3/4

Rocky Tomayo vs. Larry Zbyszko.  Holy crap, Larry is young here.  I’ve never heard of Rocky Tomayo.  More basic, old fashined grappling.  They actually do a bit of chain wrestling, which always makes me giddy.  This is actually kind of fun.  Larry is a fiery young babyface here, very quick to take Tomayo down and grab a hold.  Of course, this is Larry Zbyszko, so there is some stalling.  Tomayo endures a lot of trauma to his hamstrings.  Larry catches Tomayo with an inside cradle for the pin in 7:30.  Man, this referee counts slow.  **1/4

Tony Garea vs. George “The Animal” Steele.  Fiery young babyface Garea is ready to fight, which befuddles the Animal.  Steele stalls a bit, then gets the advantage on Garea by wrestling heelishly.  Garea makes a fiery comeback.  The referee DQ’s Steele in 7:22 for hitting Garea with a foreign object.  Steele continues to lay the beating on.  Garea rallies and runs the big man off.  **

2/3 Falls: Ken Patera & Nikolai Volkoff (w/ Captain Lou Albano) vs. Andre the Giant & Chief Jay Strongbow.  The babyfaces run Albano off during the introductions.  This seems to be a grudge match.  Patera stalls a long time before getting in the ring to start the match.  Vince calls Strongbow a “fired up redskin.”  The ’70s were a different time.  Strongbow gets Patera in his own hold, the full nelson.  Patera escapes.  Andre tags in and puts Patera in the full nelson.  Patera manages to make the ropes.  Volkoff tags in.  The heels try to cut off Andre in their corner, but Andre is a giant, so he’s like “fuck that.”  Strongbow comes in.  Volkoff puts a hurting on him briefly.  Andre tags in and bear hugs Volkoff.  Volkoff gets free, but Andre punches him the face.  Strongbow tags back in and gets caught on the wrong side of town.  Andre gets a hot tag at point, but the referee didn’t see it.  Heels continue getting the heat on Strongbow.  Andre finally gets the tag and runs… well, he doesn’t really run wild, but he wrecks shit like a destructive giant briefly.  Clusterfuck breaks out, largely involving Strongbow running into Andre, causing him to shoulder block both heels in the corner.  Andre goes for a big splash on Patera, but Patera avoids certain death and makes the tag.  Strongbow comes in with a big babyface flurry and locks Volkoff in a sleeper hold.  Patera saves, but gets his man DQ’d in 13:46.  My stream turns shitty, which is just lovely.  After I get it straightened out, Volkoff and Patera get into it at ringside.  Presumably, Volkoff is pissed that Patera cost them the fall.  Insta-commercials.  Strongbow and Volkoff start the second fall.  Andre hold Volkoff for Strongbow to hit him, which is illegal.  The heels are still not getting along.  Patera shoves Volkoff.  Volkoff takes a swing at him.  Volkoff goes to leave the ring, but Patera clubber his back from behind.  Patera leaves.  Andre gives Volkoff a big boot and a splash for the pin in a little over two minutes.  Finkel gives the total time as 16:25.  Fun match.  **3/4

Lenny Hurst vs. Stan “The Man” Stasiak.  This is Hurst’s MSG debut.  I wonder if he ever made it back.  Stasiak is a former WWWF Champion, and the father of a guy who would someday run into shit in backstage segments.  Stasiak is from Buzzard Creek, Oregon, which is a great name for a wrestling hometown.  Vince touts the 225 lb Hurst as the lightest wrestler in the WWWF.  I’ll bet he wishes that were still the case today.  Anyway, Stasiak is the ornery old heel, Hurst is the fiery young babyface, and they work the match accordingly.  Hurst delivers a dropkick that sends Stasiak to the apron.  Stasiak comes back in and puts a beating on the young man.  Hursts makes his comeback, then eats a boot to the face.  Stasiak lands the heart punch for the pin in 7:55.  **

Vince interviews WWWF Champion “Superstar” Billy Graham (w/ The Grand Wizard) in the ring prior to his match.  I’m almost certain I’ve seen this interview before.  “I am the man of the hour, the man with the power, the man too sweet to be sour.”

WWWF Heavyweight Championship Match: “Superstar” Billy Graham (c) (w/ The Grand Wizard) vs. Bruno Sammartino (w/ Arnold Skaaland).  Bruno has a mustache and a Jew fro here.  I think this is 2 months after Graham took the title from Bruno in Baltimore.  Graham taunts Bruno with the belt, and by god, Bruno wants that belt back.  The beauty of this is that Graham cheated Bruno out of his belt, so Bruno is PISSED OFF and wants it back.  He does not laugh it off and talk about how championships come and go.  Bruno attacks Graham to jumpstart the match and MSG comes UNGLUED.  Graham manages to subdue Bruno with a full nelson.  Vince notes that this hold is attacking Bruno’s neck, which was broken not all that long ago by Stan Hansen.  Bruno reverses it and almost puts the champ down with it.  Graham manages to avoid having his arm drop the third time and gets to his feet, but Bruno keeps the hold.  Graham finally manages to get free and takes a powder.  Graham comes back and manages to get the advantage, putting pressure on Bruno’s back and arms.  Bruno again reverses Graham’s hold and puts the pressure on him.  Graham manages to get some momentum going and puts the boots to Bruno.  They work a bear hug for a bit.  Bruno takes a spill to the outside, and Graham tries to keep him there.  Bruno gets back in and goes on the attack.  Graham begs off to no avail.  Graham rallies, but knocks down the referee in the process.  The guys brawl and the referee tries to break it up, only to get taken down repeatedly.  The ref finally calls for the bell in 18:15.  It’s a double DQ.  Fun strong guy match.  **3/4

Baron Von Raschke (w/ Freddie Blassie) vs. Ivan Putski.  Putski’s beer belly is a little bit less prominent here than on the last show I saw.  Raschke is announced as the “European Heavyweight Champion” 20 years before the WWF actually created a European Championship.  These two went to a 20 minute draw previously, so now we’ve got a 30 minute time limit.  Oh dear.  Blassie is taken to the back before the match starts, for some reason.  Raschke has a gimmick in his hand.  Putski informs the referee of such.  Raschke successfully conceals it on his person.  They finally lock up after a lot of stalling.  They also work the lockup for a long time.  This is going to be a long one.  Raschke with some desultory leg work.  Putski with a rear chin lock, then transitions into some kind of wonky head scissors hold.  Putski finally wakes up and shows some babyface fire.  They go back and forth a bit.  It goes to a 30 minute time limit draw in 19:13.  I don’t care if they lied about the time, I missed some editing, or what.  I don’t need to see these two wrestle for another minute ever.  Putski, that son of a bitch, calls for one more minute.  They brawl a bit.  Raschke takes a powder.  Long and boring.  *3/4

Baron Mikel Scicluna vs. “High Chief” Peter Maivia.  Maivia is making his MSG debut.  His now-five year old grandson would later go on to some success in pro wrestling and Hollywood.  Scicluna gets the jump on him.  Maivia quickly rallies and kicks some ass.  Scicluna tries to use an object, but fails.  Maivia avoids Scicluna in the corner and pins him with a prawn hold in 1:08.  It’s announced at 2:09, which is a lie.  DUD

2/3 Falls: Dominic Denucci & Haystacks Calhoun vs. Mr. Fuji & Professor Toru Tanaka.  Calhoun’s kayfabe hometown is Morgan’s Corner, Arkansas, which endears him to me.  I know of all of these guys, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen any of them wrestle.  Denucci and Tanaka brawl.  Denucci applies a full nelson and allows Calhoun to hit a lackadaisical punch.  Tanaka beats on Denucci a bit.  Denucci fires back with Mongolian chops.  Fuji tags in and hits a “Kamikazi Necktie” (think Sling Blade) for the pin in 3:06.  Denucci makes a comeback as the second fall starts.  Tanaka and Fuji double team Denucci in the corner.  Calhoun comes in to help out, but only distracts the referee.  We’ve got a curfew draw in 1:00 of the second fall!  Calhoun comes in to beat the heels up for a bit, having never actually tagged in to the match.  Fuji & Tanaka win the match, having won the only fall in a 2/3 falls match.  3/4*

And there’s another 1970s WWWF show from the Network.  There’s one more show from the 70s, then we’ll move into the 80s.

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WWF SummerSlam 1988

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The WWF: What The World Is Watching!  PPV opening video.  We’re LIVE from Madison Square Garden!  Gorilla Monsoon and “Superstar” Billy Graham are the announcers.  Howard Finkel is the ring announcer.

The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers vs. The British Bulldogs (w/ Matilda).  The Rougeaus are now pretending to be pro-America, which makes them heels.  Davey Boy goes to work on Jacques immediately.  Raymond tags in.  They lock up.  Davey Boy backs him into the corner.  Raymond cheap shots him.  Raymond does a monkey flip, but Smith lands on his feet and takes him over with an arm drag.  Dynamite tags in and works over Raymond.  Davey Boy tags in and gets a sunset flip for 2.  Bulldogs take turns working over Raymond.  Raymond and Davey do a cool quick little reversal sequences.  Jacques trips Davey Boy from the outside, then tags in and works his leg.  Rougeaus take turns working Davey Boy’s leg.  Davey manages to get a quick inside cradle on Jacques for 2.  Dynamite gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Snap suplex to Jacques!  Falling headbutt gets 2.  Brief clusterfuck.  Davey Boy hits the running powerslam on Raymond, but Jacques saves.  Dynamite tags in and gets backdrop suplexed off of Raymond by Jacques.  Jacques tags in and beats up Dynamite.  Jacques locks him in an abdominal stretch, prompting Davey to run in and break it.  Raymond comes in and puts it on as well.  Dynamite fights out and gets beaten up.  Jacques hits a big splash for 2.  Jacques puts Dynamite in a weird modified camel clutch.  Raymond tags in and applies the same hold.  Again.  Dynamite escapes, but Jacques cuts him off from making the tag.  Dynamite gets an inside cradle, but the referee takes too long to start the count, and only gets 2.  Jacques puts Dynamite in the abdominal stretch.  Raymond tags in and kicks him in the gut.  Dynamite struggles over and makes the hot tag… but the referee didn’t see it!  Jacques covers for a 2 count.  Dynamite fights back and makes the real hot tag.  Jacques holds onto the ropes and avoids a dropkick.  Davey Boy press slams Jacques into the top rope.  More stuff happens.  Davey Boy press slams Dynamite onto Jacques and the bell rings.  It’s a time limit draw at 19:05.  The fuck?  The Rougeaus cheap shot the Bulldogs and the Bulldogs chase them to the back.  The match was good in parts, but part of it seemed like they were just killing time.

They show Ron Bass injuring Brutus Beefcake.  A big red “CENSORED” X appears on the screen.  As a result, Beefcake won’t be able to challenge for the Intercontinental Championship tonight.  Gorilla says there will indeed be an Intercontinental Championship match tonight.

Bad News Brown vs. Ken Patera.  Brown jumps Patera immediately and kicks his ass.  Patera rallies and clotheslines Brown out of the corner and finally manages to take his ring jacket off.  Patera looks remarkably like a chunky old lady.  That chunky old lady kicks Bad News’ ass.  Brown avoids an elbow drop and beats up Patera some more.  Patera catches Brown with a knee lift, then elbows him in the head a couple of times.  Patera takes Brown down into a pinning combination, but only gets 1.  Patera drops Brown again and drops an elbow for 2.  Patera hits a backbreaker for 2.  Patera gets an inside cradle for 1.  Patera bear hugs Brown.  Brown escapes.  Patera goes for a full nelson.  Brown immediately gets to the ropes.  Repeat.  More stuff happens.  Patera spears the post.  Brown hits the Ghetto Blaster for the pin in 6:37.  Yeah, this wasn’t any good.

Hype for a boxing match.  Gorilla’s favorite line tonight is “It’s gonna be a happening.”

Mean Gene Okerlund interviews the Mega Powers (w/ Elizabeth).

Rick Rude (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Junkyard Dog.  Rude does his usual pre-match promo, and has JYD’s face on his tights.  Alrighty.  Rude jumps JYD immediately.  JYD backdrops him and headbutts him out of the ring.  JYD beats up Rude.  Rude beats up JYD.  Sorry, I really should be paying closer attention to the match.  Rude works a rear chin lock.  Whoops, I just checked out again.  JYD fights back and lands a big headbutt, then nails Heenan off the apron.  Rude hits a side Russian leg sweep goes to the top rope, pulls his pants down, and hits a diving punch.  The tights under the tights have Jake Roberts’ wife on then.  Roberts runs in and kicks Rude’s ass to cause the DQ in 5:31.  Roberts apologizes to JYD for getting him DQ’d.  JYD visibly mouths “Fuck.”

Mean Gene interviews the Intercontinental Champion The Honky Tonk Man and Jimmy Hart.  Honky says he’ll defend the title against anybody.

The Bolsheviks (w/ Slick) vs. The Powers of Pain (w/ Baron Von Raschke).  Third straight match that starts with immediate brawling.  The Powers clean house.  Volkoff trips Barbarian and Zhukov tries to capitalize, but gets sent out of the ring.  Powers beat up Volkoff and sends him bailing, too.  Zhukov tries to get rolling on Barbarian, but nothing comes of it.  Warlord tags in and beats him up.  Volkoff breaks a cover.  Warlord hits a belly to belly, but Nikolai saves again.  Slick gets on the apron with his cane.  Nothing comes of that.  The Bolsheviks get heat on Warlord.  Slick threatens The Baron with his cane.  Barbarian tags in and beats up the Bolsheviks.  I refuse to call this “running wild.”  Tag to Warlord.  Double shoulder block to Zhukov.  Warlord hits a running powerslam.  Barbarian follows with a diving headbutt for the pin on Zhukov in 7:20.  Man, this sucked.

Survivor Series hype.  3 months beforehand.  Awesome.  Nowadays, they barely promote PPVs in the weeks before the show.  Gorilla promises that it will be a happening!

Brother Love comes out to do the Brother Love Show.  His guest is “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.  Duggan calls him a phony.  Brother Love lectures Duggan on love.  They bicker.  Duggan threatens to stick his 2×4 up Love’s ass.  Love tries to convince him that he loves him.  Duggan swings the 2×4.  Love runs away.  This was kinda fun.

More hype for that boxing match.  It’s gonna be a happening!  Gorilla and Graham talk about it.

Honky Tonk Man comes out and calls for anyone to come out and wrestle him.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Match: The Honky Tonk Man (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. The Ultimate Warrior.  Warrior kicks Honky’s ass.  Slam, shoulder block, clothesline, big splash, pin in 31 seconds.  And so ends the longest Intercontinental Championship reign of all time, a record that still stands almost 22 years later.

Regis Philbin is in the crowd.

Survivor Series hype!  They show highlights from the 1987 Survivor Series.  Gorilla says “It was a happening” twice in 30 seconds.  And it will be a happening once again!  I count 8 occurrences of the word “Happening” during that segment.

Mean Gene interviews Sugar Ray Leonard, one of the boxers in the fight they keep hyping.  They show some highlights of him boxing.  I don’t care.  This must be intermission.  They show a video interview with Leonard’s opponent, what’s-his-face.  Okerlund talks to Leonard some more.  I still don’t care.

They show the opening video hyping the main event again.

Bobby Heenan intrudes into the announcer’s booth.  Crowd chants “WEASEL!” at him.  He talks about whatever.

“The Rock” Don Muraco vs. Dino Bravo (w/ Frenchy Martin).  They lock up.  They break.  They lock up again.  Gorilla, Heenan, and Graham argue about Bravo’s supposed bench press record.  It’s quite a happening.  Muraco throws Bravo around.  Bravo bails.  Bravo beats Muraco up a bit.  Muraco flips Bravo around some more.  Bravo beats him up some more.  Muraco hits a side Russian leg sweep, which Monsoon calls a neckbreaker.  Muraco backdrops Bravo, then decks Martin when he gets on the apron.  Muraco lifts Bravo and bumps the ref.  Bravo hits the side suplex for the pin in 5:30.  This wasn’t any good either.

SURVIVOR SERIES!  ON THANKSGIVING NIGHT!  IT’LL HAPPEN AT THE RICHFIELD COLISEUM!

Sean Mooney interviews Jesse “The Body” Ventura, who will be the special guest referee in the main event.

WWF Tag Team Championship Match: Demolition (c) (w/ Mr. Fuji & Jimmy Hart) vs. The Hart Foundation.  The Hart Foundation turned babyface, so Jimmy turned on them.  Ax beats up Bret to start.  Bret avoids an elbow drop and starts fighting back.  He decks Smash for good measure, then gets a reverse cradle on Ax for 2.  Smash tags in and Bret hits him with a couple of arm drags.  Tag to Neidhart, who continues working Smash’s arm.  Ax catches Neidhart with a kick from the apron to let Demolition get the advantage.  Neidhart gets beaten up until Hart tags in against Ax.  Smash comes in and sends Hart into the turnbuckles.  Demolition beats up Bret.  Neidhart runs Jimmy Hart away, presumably because he’s as sick of that fucking megaphone as I am.  Demolition punishes Bret’s shoulder.  Bret manages to drop Ax with a clothesline and makes a hot tag that the referee didn’t see.  Neidhart finally gets the proper hot tag and cleans house.  Hart slingshots Neidhart outside onto Smash.  Back inside, Neidhart hits a powerslam for 2.  Hart tags in and whips Neidhart to smash Smash in the corner.  Heh.  Hart hits a backbreaker on Smash, but Ax saves.  Neidhart beats him up, then beats up Mr. Fuji on the apron.  Jimmy Hart runs back out and gives the megaphone to Ax, who nails Bret with it, allowing Smash to get the pin in 10:48.  Good match.

BOXING MATCH!  SUGAR RAY LEONARD VS. SOMEBODY!  IT WILL BE A HAPPENING!

Mean Gene is in the heel locker room to interview the defeated Honky Tonk Man.

The Big Boss Man (w/ Slick) vs. Koko B. Ware (w/ Frankie).  Slick distracts Koko to allow Boss Man to jump him from behind.  Koko fights back and lands a dropkick that gets Boss Man tied up in the ropes.  Koko beats up a tied up Boss Man.  When Boss Man escapes, he starts wailing on Koko.  Boss Man with the Stinger Splash in the corner.  Boss Man continues abusing Koko.  Boss Man goes up and goes for a diving splash, but Koko avoids the worst of it.  Koko avoids Boss Man in the corner and Boss Man crotches himself on the middle rope.  Koko mounts his comeback, connecting with a missile dropkick that looks like it caught Boss Man in the face.  Koko hits a big splash, but Boss Man throws him off of the cover.  Boss Man hits the sidewalk slam for the pin in 5:57.  Fun little match.

SURVIVOR SERIES!  IT’S GONNA BE A HAPPENING!

Sean Mooney is in the babyface locker room to interview the NEW Intercontinental Champion, The Ultimate Warrior.  Typically insane Warrior promo.

Hercules vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts.  They do nothing.  Jake goes for the snake bag, then Herc tries to jump him.  They fight.  Jake hits the knee lift and goes for the DDT, but Herc bails.  Roberts works a side headlock.  Herc backdrop suplexes him, but Jake holds on.  Herc gets out of it and beats up Roberts.  Herc works a rear chin lock.  Herc hits a clothesline for 2.  Herc goes back to the chin lock.  They trade hammerlocks.  Herc hits an elbow that sends Roberts out of the ring.  Roberts pulls Herc to the outside and goes back in.  Herc pulls Jake across the top rope.  Back inside, Herc hammers Jake.  Jake hits a jawbreaker to escape a rear chin lock.  Roberts connects with some punches and a short range clothesline.  Roberts goes for the DDT, but Herc backdrops him.  Herc avoids the knee lift and hits a slam and an elbow drop for 2.  Jake rallies and hits the DDT for the pin in 10:09.  This was boring and went WAY too long.  Jake puts the snake on Hercules.

They show the events leading up the Mega Powers/Mega Bucks match.

The Mega Bucks (Ted Dibiase & Andre the Giant) (w/ Bobby Heenan & Virgil) vs. The Mega Powers (WWF Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage & Hulk Hogan) (w/ Miss Elizabeth).  Jesse Ventura is the referee.  It’s gonna be a happening!  Jesse moves the tag ropes around to different corners for some reason.  Savage and Andre lock up.  Andre mauls Savage.  Quick tag to Dibiase.  Dibiase wants Hogan.  Savage tags out to Hogan.  Hogan and Dibiase lock up.  Dibiase rakes the eyes.  Hogan blocks all of his punches and hits an atomic drop.  The Mega Powers throw Dibiase back and forth, punching him.  Savage shoves Ventura in the process.  Mega Powers make some quick tags and work over Dibiase.  Hogan tries to deck Andre and gets headbutted.  Well, he deserved it.  Savage comes in and Andre headbutts him too.  Andre tags in and squashes Hogan and otherwise abuses him.  Dibiase tags in and beats up Hogan too.  Well, it does look like fun.  Dibiase works a rear chin lock.  Hogan fights out.  Double clothesline spot.  Hogan makes the tag to Savage.  Savage drops Dibiase across the top rope, then hits the diving axe handle.  Dibiase avoids Savage charging in the corner.  Savage stays in control and hits a cross body for 2.  Dibiase drops Savage with a clothesline and tags in Andre.  Andre sits on Savage in the corner.  That can’t be pleasant.  Dibiase tags in and beats up Savage some more.  Suplex gets 2.  Savage avoids a falling elbow drop from the middle rope.  Savage makes the tag to Hogan.  Hogan beats up Dibiase.  Hogan suplexes Dibiase, then decks Andre and drops him.  Savage goes for the diving elbow on Andre, but Andre boots him in the face.  Hogan puts Dibiase in a sleeper.  Andre grabs him from behind, headbutts him, and throws him out of the ring.  All of the corner people get on the apron.  Liz takes her skirt off.  HOT.  Savage and Hogan make it back in and run wild.  Hogan slams Dibiase.  Savage hits the diving elbow drop.  Hogan hits the leg drop.  Jesse counts 1, 2, but doesn’t want to count the 3.  Savage pushes his hand down for the 3 in 14:50.  Fun match.  Hogan and Savage pose.

There were some bad matches, but overall the show was a lot of fun.  SummerSlam ’88 was quite a happening!

WWF WrestleMania IV

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WWE open.

“The World Wrestling Federation: What The World Is Watching!”  WrestleMania IV!  We are LIVE from the Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey!

Mean Gene Okerlund welcomes us to WrestleMania IV!  He introduces Gladys Knight to sing “America The Beautiful.”

The referees carry a huge ass trophy to the ring.  It will be presented to the winner of the Battle Royal.

Gorilla Monsoon and Jesse Ventura are the announcers.  They talk about what’s on tap for tonight.  Bob Uecker is back, too.

Battle Royal featuring The Hart Foundation of Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart, The Young Stallions of Paul Roma & Jim Powers, Sika, Danny Davis, The Killer Bees of Brian Blair & Jim Brunzell, Bad News Brown, Sam Houston, The Rougeau Brothers of Jacques & Raymond, Ken Patera, Ron Bass, Junkyard Dog, The Bolsheviks of Nikolai Volkoff & Boris Zhukov, Hillbilly Jim, King Harley Race, and George “The Animal” Steele.  Everybody brawls, except Steele, who is just wandering around at ringside.  Sam Houston gets eliminated, followed quickly by Sika.  Volkoff almost eliminates Brunzell, the one of the Rougeaus almost does too.  Steele keeps fucking with Neidhart, and pulls him out of the ring over the top to eliminate him.  Brunzell got eliminated somewhere in there.  Raymond Rougeau and Brian Blair get eliminated in the same motion.  JYD eliminates Bass.  Zhukov and/or Hart eliminate Hillbilly Jim.  Roma eliminates Davis.  Somebody eliminates Jim Powers.  Race and JYD trade headbutts.  Volkoff, Patera, and Zhukov get eliminated in short order.  Jacques gets eliminated.  JYD eliminates Race.  Brown eliminates Roma.  Hart holds JYD for Brown, but JYD ducks and Hart gets hit.  JYD does his headbutts on the ground.  Hart and Brown double team JYD, then talk strategy.  JYD fights them both, but he’s overcome by superior numbers.  Hart and Brown bundle JYD out.  They act like they’re going to split the win, then Brown drops Hart with a kick, kicks his ass, then throws him out to win it in 9:47.  Hart, pissed that Brown double crossed him, dropkicks him out of the ring and smashes the trophy.

Howard Finkel explains tonight’s tournament for the vacant WWF Championship.  He introduces Robin Leach from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous to read a scroll about it.

WWF Championship Tournament – Round 1: “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. Ted Dibiase (w/ Andre the Giant & Virgil).  They lock up.  Dibiase backs Duggan into the corner and breaks clean.  Repeat, but this time Dibiase tries a cheap shot and Duggan cuts him off.  They trade punches.  Duggan hits an atomic drop and sends Dibiase out of the ring in a hilarious bump.  Dibiase goes on the offensive until Duggan drops him with a clothesline.  Duggan punches Dibiase in the corner, then runs into Dibiase’s boot in the opposite corner.  Dibiase goes to work.  Duggan fights back, but Dibiase rakes his eyes.  Duggan gets a sunset flip for 2.  Dibiase catches Duggan with a knee to the middle, then a fist drop.  Dibiase goes for a suplex, but Duggan reverses it.  Dibiase comes off the middle rope and gets caught with a shot to the gut.  Duggan gets rolling and goes for the three point clothesline, but Andre grabs his leg.  Dibiase hits him from behind, then finishes him with a fist drop in 5:03.  It was a fun little match.

Mean Gene interviews Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake.  Gene admires his “package.”

WWE Championship Tournament – Round 1: Dino Bravo (w/ Frenchy Martin) vs. “The Rock” Don Muraco (w/ “Superstar” Billy Graham).  They lock up, break, lock up again.  Bravo shoves Muraco into the corner and wails on him.  Muraco comes back and hits a half assed Vader Bomb into an elbow drop.  Bravo hits a couple of elbow drops, then a gutwrench suplex.  Muraco fights back and works on Bravo’s leg some.  Muraco works a spinning toe hold.  Bravo kicks Muraco away and Muraco gets hung in the ropes.  Bravo hits a piledriver, takes too long to cover, and only gets 2.  Bravo goes for another one, but Muraco backdrops him.  Double clothesline spot.  Muraco makes a comeback, but accidentally kills the ref in the process.  Bravo hits his side suplex and covers.  The referee taps him on the back three times, so Bravo thinks he won.  The ref was calling for the DQ.  Muraco wins by DQ in 4:54 because Bravo pulled the referee in front of him.  This match was lame and had a lame finish to boot.

Bob Uecker talks about Vanna White, who is around somewhere, then talks to The Honky Tonk Man and Jimmy Hart.  Honky will be putting the Intercontinental Title against Brutus Beefcake tonight.

WWF Championship Tournament – Round 1: Greg Valentine (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat (w/ baby Richie Steamboat).  Steamboat carrying his son to the ring will be something they show when Richie debuts on WWE TV in the future, I’m sure.  They lock up, break, repeat.  Lock up again and do some awesome stuff.  Man, Steamboat has the most glorious arm drags ever.  Steamboat moves fast.  Valentine throws him over the top, but Steamboat skins the cat back in, dropkicks him, then fails at a crucifix.  Valentine beats up Steamboat.  Valentine goes for a backdrop suplex, but Steamboat lands his feet and rams Valentine into the turnbuckles.  Steamboat works on Valentine’s arm.  Valentine hits an inverted atomic drop and a clothesline, then elbows Steamboat in the head.  They show Donald Trump in the front row.  Steamboat goes for a body slam, but Valentine lands on top for 2.  Valentine hits a gut buster, then goes for the figure-four.  Steamboat kicks him into the turnbuckle.  They trade chops.  Valentine finally falls down.  Valentine hits a shoulder breaker for 2.  Valentine goes for the figure-four again, but Steamboat cuts him off, then rams his head into the mat.  Steamboat hits a diving chop, and Valentine takes a great delayed bump.  Cover only gets 2.  Steamboat rams Valentine’s head repeatedly into the turnbuckles, argues with the referee, then goes up top.  Steamboat hits a diving cross body, but Valentine rolls through and gets the pin in 9:11.  Good match.

Mean Gene interviews Koko B. Ware and The British Bulldogs, who have Matilda back after The Islanders and Bobby Heenan kidnapped her.  They say Matilda has been trained to go after weasels.  Heh.

WWF Championship Tournament – Round 1: “The Natural” Butch Reed (w/ Slick) vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth).  Nothing happens, then they do a little bit.  Reed slow beats up Savage.  Savage fights back, but Reed reverses his suplex attempt.  Reed hits an elbow drop for 2.  Reed ponderously beats up Savage some more.  Reed hits Savage with a clothesline, talks at Elizabeth, then goes up top.  He spent too long fucking around.  Savage throws him off the top, then hits the diving elbow for the pin in 4:08.  It was fine when Savage was on offense, but unfortunately that was maybe 30 seconds of the match.

Uecker is backstage, still talking about Vanna White.  He talks to Bobby Heenan, with the Islanders.

WWF Championship Tournament – Round 1: The One Man Gang (w/ Slick) vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Oliver Humperdink).  Gang jumps Bigelow and lumbers around, beating him up.  Bigelow hits a cartwheel splash for 2, then a cross body for 2.  Bigelow keeps rolling.  Bigelow hits a headbutt, then Slick low bridges him out of the ring.  Bigelow makes it to the apron, but that really ugly ref counts him out at 3:00.  Stupid.

Mean Gene interviews Hulk Hogan.  His promo turns very wacky.  “Thank God Donald Trump’s a Hulkamaniac!”  Something about the Trump Plaza falling into the ocean.  I don’t know.

Another shot of Trump in the front row.  They show Slick screwing Bigelow again.

WWF Championship Tournament – Round 1: Rick Rude (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. Jake Roberts.  Rude cuts a promo, saying what’s under his robe is why “the odds are in [his] favorite.”  They lock up as Damien wriggles around in the bag.  Roberts rams Rude’s face into the mat.  Rude slams Roberts, then hammers him.  Repeat.  Roberts slams Rude a couple of times.  Rude ends up the corner with Damien and freaks out.  Roberts cranks on Rude’s arm.  Rude punches Roberts, but Roberts holds onto the wrist lock and grounds him.  Roberts his a knee off the middle rope and goes for the DDT, but Rude bails.  Heenan hugs him.  Back inside, Roberts works on Rude’s arm some more.  The run the ropes.  Roberts slams Rude again and goes for the knee lift, but Rude avoids it and puts the boots to him.  Rude hits a clothesline, swivels his hips, and hits an elbow drop for 2.  Rude works a chin lock.  Heenan distracts the referee to give Rude the chance to choke Roberts.  Roberts finally works his way out of it.  Rude hits a diving chop, then swivels his hips some more.  Rude hits a clothesline for 2.  Rude goes back to the chin lock.  Rude flapjacks Roberts and goes up top to hit a diving punch for 2, covers for another 2, then goes back to the chin lock.  Roberts backdrop suplexes him, but Rude keeps his old on, then covers for 2.  Rude stomps Roberts in the ropes.  I think I hear a “BORING!” chant developing.  Rude works the chin lock again.  This is boring.  Roberts finally breaks out with a jawbreaker, then makes his comeback.  Roberts hits a short range clothesline and goes for the DDT, but Rude runs him into the corner.  Roberts catches a charging Rude with a knee, then hits a gutbuster for 2.  Rude hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Double clothesline spot.  Rude gets a 1 count.  Rude goes for the Flair pin in the corner, but the bell rings after 2.  It’s a 15:00 draw at 15:14.  Roberts runs Rude and Heenan off with Damien.  The match was good in the beginning and the end.  The middle part where they were just stalling for time was boring.

Mean Gene and Vanna White are at the big fancy tournament bracket.  Vanna gives her predictions for the second round.

Hercules (w/ Bobby Heenan) vs. The Ultimate Warrior.  Hercules tries a shoulder block, to no effect.  Repeat.  They stare at each other, then shove each other.  They lock up and lumber around.  Warrior backs Hercules into the corner.  The ref makes them break and Herc gets a cheap shot in.  They brawl.  It’s bad.  Hercules backdrops Warrior out of the ring.  Warrior pulls Herc out and they brawl on the floor.  Back inside, more horrible brawling.  Warrior punches Herc in the corner.  Herc brings him out with an inverted atomic drop.  Herc avoids Warrior in the corner and locks in the full nelson.  Warrior kicks off the turnbuckles, then lifts his shoulder and gets the pin in 4:37.  Herc attacks Warrior after the match, then chokes him with his chain.  Warrior gets the chain and swings it around to run Herc off.  This sucked.  All of it.

Gorilla and Jesse talk, then we get an Andre/Hogan history package.

WWF Championship Tournament – Quarterfinal: Andre the Giant (w/ Ted Dibiase & Virgil) vs. Hulk Hogan.  Andre immediately goes on the attack.  He clobbers Hogan with huge blows.  Hogan fights back with forearms, then chokes DIbiase when he gets on the apron.  Hogan knocks Andre and Dibiase’s heads together.  Hogan chops Andre.  Andre gets tangled up in the ropes.  Hogan rips his shirt off and poses as Virgil and Dibiase free Andre.  Stupid Hogan.  Hogan knocks Andre down and hits 3 elbow drops for 2.  Andre chokes Hogan.  Andre chops Hogan, then clamps on a nerve hold.  Hogan fights back, then signals for the slam.  Virgil distracts the ref while Dibiase sneaks in and hits Hogan with a chair.  Hogan hits Andre with the chair IN FULL VIEW of the referee, who does NOTHING.  Andre hits Hogan with the chair, and the ref calls for the double DQ in 5:22.  This actively sucked.  Hogan chases Dibiase up the aisle.  Dibiase throws Virgil to Hogan.  Hogan suplex Virgil in the aisle.  Hogan comes back to the ring and body slams Andre.  Hogan does his posing routine.

Mean Gene interviews Randy Savage and Elizabeth.

WWF Championship Tournament – Quarterfinal: “The Rock” Don Muraco (w/ “Superstar” Billy Graham) vs. Ted Dibiase.  Dibiase doesn’t want to get in the ring.  Muraco brings him in the hard way.  Muraco hits a powerslam for 2.  Muraco hits a diving fist or chop for 2.  Muraco hits the Throwback, and generally continues beating up Dibiase.  Dibiase finally manages to defensively slingshot Muraco into the turnbuckles, then puts the boots to him.  Dibiase gets the heat on Muraco.  Except this crowd isn’t heated AT ALL.  Muraco avoids a falling elbow drop from the middle rope and makes his comeback.  Dibiase hot shots Muraco into the top rope for the pin in 5:36.  Fine little match.

Bob Uecker talks to Demolition (w/ Mr. Fuji).

The One Man Gang and Slick are in the ring for Finkel’s announcement that Gang receives a BYE in this round because of the draw between Rude and Roberts.

WWF Championship Tournament – Quarterfinal: Greg Valentine (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth).  They lock up.  Valentine hammers Savage.  Savage fights back and hits a knee drop for 2.  Valentine beats up Savage some more.  Elbow drop gets 2.  Valentine hits a shoulder breaker for 2.  Valentine throws Savage out of the ring, then hits him with an elbow to the back of the head from the apron.  Valentine hits Savage with some chops.  Valentine continues to beat up Savage.  He goes for the figure-four, but Savage holds into the ropes.  Valentine hits a suplex for 2.  Savage starts fighting back and actually gets a small reaction from the crowd.  Savage slams Valentine, then hits a diving double axe handle.  Hart jumps on the apron to stop the count.  Savage lunges for him.  Valentine gets the offensive on Savage again, but Savage reverses a suplex attempt, then goes up and goes for another axe handle.  Valentine catches him with a blow to the middle.  Hart helps Valentine avoids a charging Savage in the ropes.  Valentine goes for the figure-four, but Savage turns it into an inside cradle for the pin in 6:07.  Good little match.

Mean Gene and Vanna White go over the brackets at the end of the second round.  Vanna still doesn’t know who Uecker is.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Match: The Honky Tonk Man (c) (w/ Jimmy Hart & Peggy Sue) vs. Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake.  They lock up.  Beefcake catches Honky’s foot, teases a punch, then hits an atomic drop.  Beefcake messes up Honky’s hair, so Honky bails.  Beefcake rams Honky’s head into the turnbuckles repeatedly.  He keeps doing a scissors motion with his fingers, I guess because he wants to cut Honky’s hair.  Beefcake hits a high knee and Honky bails again.  Beefcake pulls him back in and beats him up.  Honky avoids an elbow drop and puts the boots to Brutus.  Honky beats up Brutus.  Hart chokes Beefcake behind the referee’s back.  Honky grabs a front face lock, but decides to beat him up some more instead of going for his move.  Then he actually goes for the Shake, Rattle, & Roll, but Beefcake holds onto the ropes to avoid it and makes his comeback.  Beefcake locks in the sleeper hold.  Jimmy gets on the apron and nails the referee with the megaphone.  Beefcake puts Honky to sleep and thinks he won, then notices the referee is also sleeping.  Beefcake goes for his bag of barber equipment, but Hart gets it and tries to escape under the ring.  Beefcake drags him out and cuts some of Hart’s hair off.  Peggy Sue tries to wake Honky while some more referees try to wake the original referee.  Peggy throws water on Honky to wake him up.  Beefcake comes in with his shears, but referees hold him back.  Beefcake is announces as the winner by DQ in about 9 minutes (no bell).  Fun match.

Bob Uecker talks to Andre the Giant, then gets choked by Andre’s massive hands.

The Islanders & Bobby Heenan vs. The British Bulldogs (w/ Matilda) & Koko B. Ware (w/ Frankie).  Second missed bell in a row.  Is the time keeper in the toilet or something?  Dynamite schools Tama to start.  Davey Boy and Haku tag in.  Davey Boy hits a cross body for 2, then a body slam for 2.  Davey Boy gets a crucifix hold for 2.  Tama tags in and gets press slammed.  Haku tags in and beats up Smith.  Koko tags in and dropkicks Haku, then does an awesome headlock/leg scissors to the Islanders.  Haku beats up Dynamite, who tags in Heenan, wearing his silly dog proof suit.  Heenan puts the boots to Dynamite.  As soon as Dynamite responds, Heenan tags in Tama.  Tama slams Dynamite and goes for a Vader Bomb, but Dynamite gets his knees up.  Koko tags in and runs wild on the Islanders.  The Islanders get some heat on Koko, then tag in Heenan to get his licks in again.  Whatever letters are on the back of Koko’s tights are blurred out.  I think it’s “WWF.”  Koko whips Heenan into the turnbuckles, then dropkicks him.  The Islanders jump Koko and a clusterfuck ensues.  The Islanders slam Heenan on top of Koko for the pin in about 7 minutes.  Good little match.  Dynamite headbutts the Islanders, which is always a stupid move.  Davey Boy sicks Matilda on Heenan afterwards.

Finkel introduces Jesse Ventura.  It must have been in Jesse’s contract that he gets to pose at every WrestleMania.

Ted Dibiase is in the ring for Finkel’s announcement that he gets a BYE in the semifinals.  Why do they feel the need to bring the guys out for these announcements?

WWF Championship Tournament – Semifinal: The One Man Gang (w/ Slick) vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth).  They lock up, with Gang overpowering Savage.  Savage grabs Gang by the beard and “clotheslines” him across the top rope.  Gang beats up Savage.  Gang gets a couple of 2 counts.  Gang slams Savage and goes for the splash, but Savage moves, avoids Gang in the corner, and makes a comeback.  Savage knocks Gang out of the ring and hits a diving axe handle to the outside.  Slick helps Gang get back in the ring.  Savage tries to slam Gang, fails, and gets choked.  Slick aggravates Elizabeth.  Savage chokes Slick.  Gang attacks Savage with Slick’s cane to cause the DQ in 4:12.  This was bad.  After the match, Savage hits a diving axe handle that causes Gang to squash Slick.

Flip over disc to continue!  I shall!

Mean Gene and Vanna White and the brackets board again.  Vanna leaves to go to ringside.  Bob Uecker shows up just after she left.

WWF Tag Team Championship Match: Strike Force (c) vs. Demolition (w/ Mr. Fuji).  Smash smashes Martel.  My wit amuses me.  Tito comes in to dropkick Martel onto Smash.  Brief clusterfuck ensues.  Strike Force try to work over Smash’s arm.  Ax tags in and promptly gets arm dragged by Tito.  Strike Force tries their arm working strategy on Ax.  Smash tags in and gets his arm punished too.  Smash elevates Tito and Ax nails him.  Demolition gets the heat on Santana.  Martel gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Martel locks Smash in the Boston crab.  Santana stops Ax from interfering.  Mr. Fuji gets on the apron with his cane.  Tito chokes him.  Ax hits Martel with Fuji’s cane behind the referee’s back.  Smash pins Martel to win the titles in 8:02.  Fine match.

Finkel introduces the celebrities for the main event: Robin Leach, who will present the championship belt to the winner and guest ring announcer Bob Uecker, who introduces guest timekeeper Vanna White.

WWF Championship Tournament – Final: Ted Dibiase (w/ Andre the Giant) vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth).  They lock up.  Crowd is dead.  Andre trips Savage behind the referee’s back.  They trade hammerlocks.  Savage hits a shoulder block, then Andre trips him again.  Dibiase works over Savage.  Savage blocks a sunset flip attempt and hits a clothesline for 2.  Dibiase beats up Savage some more.  Savage rallies.  The crowd pops a little bit when he hits a move.  Savage knocks Dibiase out of the ring and goes to the top, but Andre stands over Dibiase to protect him.  Savage confers with Elizabeth, who leaves.  Dibiase attacks Savage from behind and gives him a bunch of fist drops for 2.  Elizabeth comes back out with Hulk Hogan in tow.  Dibiase works a rear chin lock.  He lets go when he sees Hogan.  Hogan gets a chair and sits down in Macho’s corner.  Dibiase continues to beat on Savage.  Andre grabs Savage again and Hogan nails Andre.  Savage tries to fight back against Dibiase, but can’t get rolling.  Dibiase hits a suplex for 2.  Dibiase hits a gutwrench suplex for 2.  Dibiase goes up top, but Savage throws him off, then goes for the diving elbow drop, but Dibiase moves out of his way.  Dibiase locks in the Million Dollar Dream.  Andre distracts the referee.  Hogan sneaks in and hits Dibiase with the chair.  Savage hits the diving elbow drop for the pin in 9:18.  Okay match, but I’m sure they had a lot of matches that were way better than this.  This was mostly storyline, which is fine, I guess.  Savage, Liz, and Hogan celebrate.

Fun show.  This was one of the few old school tapes that one of my local video stores had when I first became a fan, so it’s a sentimental favorite of mine.

NWA Starrcade 1985: The Gathering

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WWE 24/7 version of the show.

DISCO BALL!

Bob Caudle and Tony Schiavone are our hosts.  This is apparently a simulcast ala WrestleMania II from The Omni in Atlanta and the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro.  Caudle and Solie are in Atlanta and Johnny Weaver is in Greensboro.  Weaver looks so clueless.

Tom Miller is Atlanta’s ring announcer.

They play the national anthem.

Music and a light show, which seems to be the 80’s equivalent of pyro and ballyhoo.

NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship Match: Krusher Khruschev vs. Sam Houston.  Krusher Khruschev is Barry Darsow in his most difficult to spell gimmick.  The referee holds up a belt that is on the line, but nobody bothers to specify what championship is on the line.  Nothing of note happens.  Houston avoids an elbow drop.  They lock up.  Houston lands on his feet from an elbow drop and punches him.  Schiavone finally says it’s the Mid-Atlantic title that’s up for grabs here, so I’ll go back and put that at the beginning.  Houston utilizes a head scissors.  Khruschev turns it into a pinning predicament.  Houston turns it back.  Khruschev uses his power.  Or something.  Fuck, this is boring.  Houston makes his comeback and pops the crowd.  Punch, dropkick, ARMBAR!  The announcers are barely talking, which is disconcerting for some reason.  Khruschev back body drops Houston.  The match goes on unmercifully.  Khruschev body slams Houston and does up top, but Houston dropkicks him and he crotches himself.  Houston throws some punches, then hits a bulldog headlock for the pin… NO.  Fuck.  Khruschev’s foot was on the bottom rope.  Khruschev hits the Sickle to put me out of my misery at 9:29 to win the title.  Retain the title?  They didn’t specify if someone was champion or if it was vacant.  Ah, Wikipedia says vacant.

Mexican Death Match: “Ragin’ Bull” Manny Fernandez vs. Abdullah the Butcher (w/ Paul Jones).  The way it’s explained, it’s basically a sombrero on a pole match.  They brawl.  Abby hits him with the timekeeper’s mallet.  Manny is BUSTED WIDE OPEN.  Manny kicks Abby with his cowboy boots and actually manages to monkey flip him.  Manny takes a boot off and whacks him with it.  Abby is bleeding after being repeatedly hit with the boot.  Abby gets the boot and whacks Manny with it.  Abby goes for the sombrero, but Manny stops up and Abby takes a back bump off of the middle rope.  Manny whacks him with the boot.  Manny goes for the sombrero, but Abby whacks him with the boot.  Abby goes for it again, but Manny takes his belt off and whips Abdullah with it.  Abdullah fights back and drops Manny with a headbutt.  Manny avoids an elbow drop that would have certainly squashed him.  Manny rallies.  Manny SUPLEXES Abdullah.  Manny goes for the sombrero, but Abby hits him in the balls.  Manny rallies again and hits a forearm (“Flying burrito!”).  Another of off the turnbuckles drops Abdullah.  Manny goes for a diving splash, but Abdullah moves.  Manny avoids a charge in the corner and grabs the sombrero for the win at about the 9 minute mark.  Well, it was better than the first match.

Johnny Weaver interviews the new Mid-Atlantic Champion, Krusher Khruschev.  Hey, I don’t think he’s REALLY Russian.  Something is amiss here!

Texas Bull Rope Match: Ron Bass vs. Black Bart (w/ JJ Dillon).  If Bass wins, he gets 5 minutes with Dillion in a Bull Rope Match.  Bass kicks Bart in the gut and whacks him with the cowbell.  He continues whacking Bart with the bell and generally abusing him.  Bart gets the cowbell and takes control.  Crowd seems fairly uninterested, and so do I.  Bass is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!, as is Bart.  Bass grinds the rope against Bart’s bloody forehead.  Bart tries to hit Bass with the cowbell, but Bass grabs his arm and powers it away.  Bart misses a clothesline and goes over of the top rope.  Bass follows him out, they brawl for a second, then they roll back inside.  Bass gets a 2 count after hitting Bart with a bell yet again.  Bass creatively low blows Bart with the rope and flips him over.  Bass hits Bart with the cowbell again for 2.  Bass comes off the middle rope and hits Bart with the cowbell for the pin in about 8:40-ish (They make me screw up match times a lot because they like to ring closing bell long after I’ve given up and stopped my watch).  Dillion attacks Bass immediately

Texas Bull Rope Match: Ron Bass vs. JJ Dillon (w/ Black Bart).  Dillion puts the boots to Bass.  The referee makes him tie the rope to his wrist.  Dillon hits Bass with the cowbell for 2.  Dillon chokes Bass with the cowbell.  Bass hulks up and beats up Dillon.  Dillon bleeds too.  Bass accidentally knocks the referee down.  Black Bart comes back in and hits a piledriver on Bass, then pulls Dillon top of him for the pin in 3:30.  Very unexciting stuff on this show so far.

The Barbarian (w/ Paul Jones) and “Superstar” Billy Graham come out.  Apparently they’re going to have a $10,000 arm wrestling match, then have a wrestling match.  Graham wins.  Jones whacks him with his cane.

The Barbarian (w/ Paul Jones) vs. “Superstar” Billy Graham.  Barbarian starts off with the unfair advantage.  How dastardly.  Graham avoids a diving headbutt and makes a comeback.  Bearhug.  I know that’s not a complete sentence.  Bite me.  Jones attacks Graham with his cane for the DQ in 3:02.  Graham takes the cane and whacks Jones.  Barbarian attacks Graham from behind, then rams him into the post on the outside.  Barbarian continues to attack Graham until the referee breaks it up.  The referee raises Graham’s hand for his hollow victory.  Nothing to see here.  But they think so, because they show replays.

NWA National Heavyweight Championship Match: Terry Taylor (c) vs. “Nature Boy” Buddy Landel.  They fuck around a bit, then Taylor slaps the shit out of Landel.  Landel is Ric Flair-lite.  They lock up and Landel works Taylor’s arm.  Taylor arm drags his way out of it and they lock up again.  Taylor blocks some punches and knocks Landel down.  Landel with a side headlock takeover.  Taylor turns it into a pinning predicament for 2 in a spot I always love.  They keep going, and it’s good stuff.  JJ Dillon, who was supposed to come out with Landel, finally makes his way to ringside.  Taylor hits a leg drop and covers, but Landel gets his foot on the ropes.  Taylor throws some chops in the corner.  Landel drops him with a clothesline for 2.  Taylor gets an inside cradle for 2.  Landel kicks him in the head and locks him in the camel clutch.  Taylor fights back.  Taylor hits a suplex for 2.  Ref bump.  Second ref bump, as Landel pushes Taylor into the referee.  Taylor reverse an Irish whip, causing Landel and Dillon to collide.  Taylor goes for the superplex, but Dillion trips Taylor and Landel lands on top for the pin in 10:29.  Good match!

NWA National Tag Team Championship Match: Ole & Arn Anderson (c) vs. Wahoo McDaniel & Billy Jack Haynes.  Hayes and Arn start.  Man, Hayes is JACKED.  Arn leap frogs Haynes, then gets press slammed.  Ole tags in and locks up with Haynes.  3 times.  Hayes punches him.  Wahoo tags in and beats up Ole.  Arn tags in.  Wahoo chops him.  Side headlock takeover by Wahoo.  Arn gets him in a head scissors.  Wahoo escapes.  The Andersons start tagging in and out and get heat on Wahoo.  Wahoo chops the crap out of Arn, but Ole stops him from making the tag.  Wahoo chops the shit out of Ole too.  Haynes gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Clusterfuck ensues for a moment.  Wahoo gets out the Andersons double team Haynes a bit.  Wahoo tags back in and chops the fuck out of Arn some more.  Big chop and a cover by Wahoo, but Ole saves.  Ole trips Wahoo, which allows Arn to get a 2 count.  Ole trips Wahoo in the corner and holds his feet to allow Arn to get the pin in 9:00.  Pretty good stuff here too.

Johnny Weaver announces a 15 minute intermission.  Cut to, presumably 15 minutes later, where Weaver interviews Buddy Landel and JJ Dillon.

Blanchard vs. Magnum time!  Oh fuck yes!

Copy & Pasted from the Starrcade: The Essential Collection DVD review, slightly edited.

“I Quit” Steel Cage Match for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship: Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ Baby Doll) vs. Magnum T.A.  They lock up.  Tully throws a punch, Magnum throws one of his own, and the crowd pops big.  Man, Magnum was OVER.  The crowd comes to life whenever he throws a punch or does anything else for that matter.  Tully gets heat, Magnum makes a small comeback and pops the crowd, Tully gets heat again.  Rinse, lather, repeat, but it’s good stuff.  Magnum goes head-first into the cage and gets cut.  Either Tully gets color too, or Magnum’s blood gets on him, or both.  Tully tries to make Magnum quit, but Magnum responds with a resounding “HELL NO!”  Magnum fights back, but Tully won’t quit either.  Magnum punches Tully in the corner, but Tully gives him an inverted atomic drop, then beats him in the head with the microphone.  Somebody (Baby Doll I presume) throws a wooden chair over the cage to Tully.  Tully breaks it and tries to use a piece of it to stab Magnum in the eye.  Magnum gets hold of the spike and sticks it into Tully’s head, forcing Tully to quit at 14:48.  Really great match.  It’s an old fashioned bloody, hate-filled brawl that still stands the test of time.

Atlanta Street Fight: The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette) vs. Jimmy Valiant & Miss Atlanta Lively (w/ Big Mama).  Miss Atlanta Lively is Ron Garvin in drag.  They brawl.  Garvin throws powder in Eaton’s face and chokes him.  Valiant hits Condrey with a chair on the outside.  Condrey is already bleeding.  They trade off and keep brawling.  MX is working in their tuxedos.  Eaton is bleeding too.  Valiant and Lively whip Condrey into Eaton.  Valiant locks Condrey in a sleeper hold.  MX throws powder into Valiant’s face and beat on him.  Eaton hits Lively with the powder too.  MX try to pull Lively’s tights off.  Valiant saves her/him.  MX gets their tuxes ripped up.  Valiant is taken down to the outside.  Cornette comes and hits Lively with the tennis racket.  MX double teams Lively.  Valiant tries to save, but Eaton throws him back outside.  Valiant tries to come back again, but gets beaten down.  Eaton comes off the top rope and Lively catches up with a shot.  Lively gets the pin in 6:37.  This sucked.  Valiant and Lively strip Cornette down to his drawers.

Johnny Weaver interviews the new United States Champion, Magnum T.A.  Magnum says he’ll be a fighting champion.

Steel Cage Match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship: Ivan & Nikita Koloff (w/ NWA-Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion Krusher Khruschev) vs. The Rock & Roll Express (w/ Don Kernodle).  Morton and Nikita lock up.  Morton hits a dropkick to a huge pop.  Nikita beats up Morton.  Ivan tags in.  Morton gets a 2 count off of a cross body.  Gibson tags in and dropkicks Ivan, then slams him, then drops a knee for 2.  R&Rs make quick tags and work over Ivan.  Inva bleeds from all of the punishment he’s taking, and makes the heroic tag to Nikita, who runs wild on the dastardly R&Rs.  Wait, the Russians are the heels?  I jest, I jest.  Ivan tags back in as the Russians punish Gibson.  Ivan rams Gibson into the cage and hits an elbow drop for 2.  The Russians make quick tags and double team Gibson behind the referee’s back when given the opportunity.  Gibson avoids a running knee into the ropes/cage by Ivan.  Russians continue to beat on him.  Gibson avoids an Ivan leg drop.  The match goes on.  There’s a ref bump.  Morton gets the hot tag and immediately pins Ivan with a reverse cradle (right after Ivan backdropped Gibson) in 12:27 to win the titles.  Pretty good match.  The Russians try to do a beat down.  Morton escapes the cage.  Khruschev comes in and Russians beat down Gibson.  Don Kernodle is down from some attack we didn’t see.  Ivan whips the shit out of Gibson with the chain.  A bunch of people finally come in to scrape Gibson’s carcass up and the Russians leave.

Copy & Pasted from the Starrcade: The Essential Collection DVD review, slightly edited.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes.  Tommy Young is the referee.  They lock up, then Dusty clubbers Flair.  Flair bails and takes a moment to compose himself before coming back in.  Flair leapfrogs Dusty, but takes a Bionic Elbow to the head.  Flair takes another breather.  Back inside, Dusty works Flair’s arm over.  Flair gets out of it and fires away with chops.  Flair kicks Dusty’s leg and apparently hurts it, because Dusty howls in pain and bails.  Ah, it’s the same leg that the Horsemen broke months earlier.  Dusty mans up and comes back the apron, where he nails Flair with some more elbows.  Dusty works on Flair’s leg.  Flair tries to suplex Dusty, but can’t get him up.  Dusty reverses it and suplexes Flair, then goes back to the leg.  Flair manages to get Dusty in a sleeper hold, but Dusty escapes and sends Flair face first into the turnbuckle.  Dusty wraps Flair’s leg around the post.  Flair goes up top and gets thrown off for the 5 billionth time.  Dusty goes for the figure-four, but Flair pushes him away.  Flair fires a chop and goes for the figure-four, but Dusty pushes him away.  Flair tries again with the same result.  The fight some more.  Dusty gets thrown over the top rope while the referee isn’t looking, but makes it back in and hits a diving cross body for a near fall.  They fight some more, then Flair punishes Dusty’s leg some more.  Flair locks in the figure-four and tortures Dusty, but eventually releases the hold.  Dusty hits some elbows for a near fall.  There’s a ref bump.  Dusty puts Flair in the figure-four.  Arn and Ole Anderson run in and attack Dusty.  A second referee comes in and makes a two count for Flair.  Dusty gets an inside cradle and pins Flair at 22:07.  The babyfaces come down and celebrate with Dusty.  Dusty’s title win here was, appropriately, a Dusty finish, as the decision was reversed a few days later.

Replay of the finish.

Schiavone interviews Rhodes amongst the babyface celebration.  Schiavone and Caudle talk about what we’ve seen tonight.

A highlights video closes the show.

This show is a mix of some really good stuff and some really awful crap.

NWA Starrcade 1984: The Million Dollar Challenge

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I can tell that the source for this rip is something extremely old.

There’s a clip of Ric Flair pinning Harley Race to win the title in the main event of Starrcade ’83.

Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle are our hosts.  They hype the main event, Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes in a $1 million Challenge Match for the NWA World Championship.

There’s something of  a light show around the ring.

Ring announcer Tom Miller gets us rolling.

NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: Mike Davis (c) vs. Denny Brown.  A young Earl Hebner is the referee.  No opening bell, which is annoying.  Brown has some nice offense with a head scissors and an arm drag into an armbar.  That must have been mind blowing in 1984.  Brown is really impressive.  It’s basic wrestling, and still it really impresses me because nobody really does that stuff today.  Davis drops down and causes Brown to spill to the outside and hurt his back.  Davis kindly helps him back into the ring.  Davis body slams Brown a couple of times to work over the bad back.  A backbreaker gets 2.  Brown hits a forearm, but sells the back injury instead of capitalizing.  Davis gets an inside cradle for 2.  Brown fights back and hits a dropkick for 2.  They collide into each other.  Brown gives Davis some licks.  Davis hits a backdrop suplex that puts both mens’ shoulders to the mat.  Brown lifts his shoulder at the last second to get the pin and win the title.  There’s some confusion about who won, but in the end, Brown is the new champion.  Fun little match here.  I love basic wrestling like that.

Tony Schiavone is the locker room putting over the fact that he’s in the locker room.  Ric Flair paces back and forth in the background.

Mr. Ito vs. Brian Adidis.  Never heard of either of these guys, and that’s saying something.  Fine, quick paced wrestling early on.  I think Hebner is still the referee.  It’s surreal seeing him with a full head of hair.  They wring each others’ arm.  Adidis keeps an armbar locked in.  Ito fights back and kicks his ass.  Adidis respons with some shots and spins Ito around with an airplane spin.  Adidis gets the pin in 3:11.

Solie and Caudle talk over replays.

NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship Match: Jesse Barr (c) vs. Mike Graham.  They lock up.  Graham looks like a midget next to Barr.  They do some nice wrestling.  Barr works a rear chin lock.  Graham reverses it into a pinning predicament for 2.  Barr turns it into an arm lock.  Barr keeps cranking on the arm.  Graham makes a comeback and gets sort of an Indian death lock on Barr.  Graham goes for the figure-four, but Barr slips away.  They work a knuckle lock for a while.  Graham fights out of it and gets an armbar on.  Graham locks in the figure-four, but Barr gets a rope break.  Barr takes Graham over with a side head lock.  Graham struggles in it for a while.  Graham finally uses a shin breaker to escape, then works Barr’s leg.  Graham puts the figure-four on again, but Barr gets a rope break again.  Graham gets a sunset flip for 2.  Ref bump.  Cradle reversals.  Barr pins Graham with his feet on the ropes in 11:46.  Pretty good match, but man, they milked those holds forever.

They show an angle with Ron Bass, Black Bart, and Tully Blanchard beating down Dick Slater and Ricky Steamboat.  I think that’s what’s went on, anyway.  Steamboat wants revenge!

They show a replay of Barr’s cheating pinfall.

Elimination Match: The Zambuie Express (w/ Paul Jones) vs. Buzz Tyler & Assassin #1.  The Zambuie Express is Elijah Akeem and Kareem Muhammad, two large black men of Big Daddy V proportions.  I have no clue which one is which.  All four brawl to start.  Man, they’re working poor Earl to death tonight.  He’s been the referee for every match so far.  The match gets some order and Tyler goes with one of the Zambuies, knocking him out of the ring.  That was Muhammad.  Tags to Akeem and Assassin #1.  I think Akeem is less wide of the two Zambuies.  He gets his ass kicked as well.  Tags to Muhammed and Tyler.  Muhammed kicks Tyler’s ass.  Tag to Akeem.  They double team Tyler a bit.  Tyler fights back against Akeem.  He knocks him down with a punch and covers for 2.  Assassin comes in and brawls with Muhammad.  Tyler and Akeem brawl outside and are both counted out.  Assassin pins Muhammed in 4:58.  Assassin goes after Paul Jones, who keeps his distance.  Kind of fun in a fun, bad match way.

Solie and Caudle talk.

Tony Schiavone interviews Dusty Rhodes.

NWA Brass Knuckles Championship Match: Black Bart (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. NWA World Tag Team Champion “The Ragin’ Bull” Manny Fernandez.  I’m guessing the Brass Knuckles Championship is like a Hardcore title, as it’s anything goes with no time limit.  They brawl, slowly to start.  Bart beats up Fernandez and BUSTS HIM WIDE OPEN!  Fernandez fights back, sends Bart out of the ring, and comes off the apron with a big blow to the head.  Back inside, and Manny is rolling.  Bart is bleeding too.  Manny with a swank knee drop for 2.  Another big punch gets 2 for Manny.  Bart fights back and has Manny reeling.  Dillon throws Black Bart’s bull rope to him, but before he can use it, Manny gets a reverse cradle for the pin in 7:38 to win the title.  Not a horrible little brawl.  There’s a six-man on the Horsemen DVD where Manny is just awesome and left me feeling like I need more Manny Fernandez in my life.

Solie and Caudle talk.  Intermission, so it’s time for some filler.

They show Flair beating Race last year again.

Schiavone tries to interview Ricky Steamboat, but there’s a technical fuck up, so Solie and Caudle talk more.  Schiavone finally gets his interview with Steamboat.  He’s put up $10,000 to get him some of Tully Blanchard.

Solie and Caudle talk some more.

Schiavone is now in the heel locker room to interview JJ Dillon and Tully Blanchard.

Solie and Caudle talk some more.  Yeah, there’s a lot of that, but it’s cool, because they’re actually promoting the matches instead of whatever bullshit announcers today do.

Loser Leaves Town, Tuxedo Street Fight: Paul Jones (w/ Elijah Akeem) vs. Jimmy Valiant (w/ Assassin #1).  The referee makes Akeem get out of the ring.  Jones begs off and runs away from Valiant.  Valiant gets hold of him and ties him to the top rope by the neck with a rope.  Valiant takes off his jacket and kicks Jones’ ass.  He stuffs Jones’ suit flower (I’m sure there’s a name for that) in his mouth, then rips his suit off, stripping him down to his drawers.  Jones gets untied while Valiant is distracted and attacks Valiant from behind.  Valiant hulks up and locks Jones in a sleeper hold.  Jones is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  The referee goes to call for the bell, but is distracted by Akeem.  Clusterfuck ensues.  JJ Dillon comes in and hits Valiant with an international object.  Dillion pulls Jones on top of Valiant for the pin in 5:25.  The match worked in context.

Tony Schiavone interviews the World Champion, Ric Flair.

Solie and Caudle talk.  There’s an idiot sitting right behind Caudle that keeps poking his head into the shot.  He did it during their last segment too.

NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship Match: NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champion “Cowboy” Ron Bass (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Dick Slater.  They lock up.  Slater drops him, chases JJ Dillon around the ring.  They lock up again and Slater chases Dillon again.  Focus, Slater, focus!  They finally go at it in the ring.  They work a grounded headlock, which I always enjoy.  Solie repeats his great line about Slater from last year, “He’ll fight a buzz saw and give it the first two rounds.”  Slater hits an atomic drop, starts to chase Dillon around, but stays in the ring.  Bass bails.  Bass hits the JYD-style head butts.  The referee won’t let Slater stomp Bass in the face.  Bass gets the advantage.  Slater gets caught in the ropes.  Dillon gets his cheap shots in.  Bass keeps the heat on Slater.  Slater comes back and grinds his boot into Bass’ face.  Bass scrapes Slater’s eyes and throws him out of the ring.  Dillion gets his cheap shots in and throws him back in.  Slater fights back, shoves the referee down, and hits a backdrop suplex.  Dillion comes in and stomps on Slater.  Slater kicks Dillon’s ass and throws him out of the ring.  Slater hits a knee drop and covers.  The referee wakes up and DQ’s Slater for shoving him in 9:11.  Slater beats up both of them after the match.  I dug this match.

Solie and Caudle talk.

They play the national anthem, which is random for the middle of the show.  Then they have a light show to “Coming To America.”  Oh, it’s because the next match has the Americans against the evil Russians.

Ole Anderson & Keith Larson (w/ Don Kernodle) vs. Ivan & Nikita Koloff.  Tommy Young is the referee!  This is a Grudge Match.  The Russians had previously injured Kernodle, who is Larson’s brother.  Anderson and Larson jump the Russians.  No opening bell that I heard.  Nikita gets knocked out of the ring and the match gets under order with Larson beating up Ivan.  The faces make quick tags and work over Ivan.  Ivan almost gets something going against Larson, but fails.  The demolition of Ivan Koloff continues.  They work Ivan’s arm.  The heels finally manage to get the advantage.  Nikita finally gets the tag in.  The Russians get heat on Anderson for several minutes.  Anderson finally makes the hot tag.  Larson runs wild on the Russians.  Koloff holds onto the ropes to avoid a dropkick.  The Russians beat up Larson.  Larson gets an inside cradle on Ivan, but Nikita saves.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Nikita clotheslines Kernodle (who is on crutches).  Ivan hits Larson with an international object for the pin in about 15 minutes.  The Russians try to continue the beat down on Larson, but Kernodle makes the save and beats the hell out of them with his crutch.  Good match here.

Solie and Caudle talk.

NWA World Television Championship Match: Tully Blanchard (c) vs. Ricky Steamboat.  They’ve each put $10K on the line, and Blanchard can lose the title by DQ or by “running,” which I assume means by count-out.  Blanchard goes on the attack immediately.  Steamboat responds in kind.  Steamboat kicks Blanchard’s ass, and it’s awesome.  Steamboat with a suplex off the apron and a karate chop for 2.  Steamboat with a rear chin lock.  Blanchard tries to roll out of it, but Steamboat keeps it clamped on.  Blanchard gets the ropes to force a break.  Steamboat sells his injured ribs.  Blanchard attacks the ribs.  Steamboat fights back with chops.  Steamboat with a rear chin lock.  Blanchard gets to the ropes to break it.  Blanchard hits a backdrop suplex and punches Steamboat in the back for 2.  Steamboat reverses Blanchard and locks in the chin lock again.  Blanchard gets a break again.  Steamboat wants a test of the strength.  Blanchard acts like a little girl sticking her toe into the pool to see if the water is cold.  Lock up, leap frog, leap frog, Steamboat hits a powerslam for 2.  Steamboat beats up Blanchard some more.  Steamboat hits Blanchard’s own favored slingshot suplex on him for 2.  Steamboat hits a dropkick for 2.  Blanchard is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Blanchard gets an object from somewhere and swings.  Steamboat ducks and goes for a backdrop suplex, but Blanchard punches him with it for 2.  Steamboat fights off a superplex attempt and hits a diving splash for 2.  Steamboat goes for a sunset flip.  Blanchard fights it, pulls the object out of his tights, and hits Steamboat with it for the pin in 13:16.  Awesome match!  They show highlights of this awesome match of awesomeness.

NWA United States Heavyweight Championship Match: “Chief” Wahoo McDaniel (c) vs. “Superstar” Billy Graham.  Graham comes out to “Kung Fu Fighting,” which is awesome.  They start with a test of strength.  They lock up and Graham over powers Wahoo.  Wahoo hammers Graham.  Graham locks Wahoo in a full nelson.  Wahoo gets a rope break.  Graham hits a karate chop and locks in the full nelson again.  Graham covers for 2.  Graham hits an elbow smash and an elbow drop for 2.  Wahoo chops Graham down for the pin in 4:18.  Well this wasn’t much of a match.  Graham claims that Wahoo pulled his tights, but the camera doesn’t show any such shenanigans.

Solie and Caudle talk.  Another intermission.  Another replay of the Starrcade ’83 finish.

Schiavone interviews the judges for the main event, Duke Keomuka, Joe Frazier, and Kyle Petty.  Frazier will also be the referee.

Solie and Caudle talk some more.

Long entrances with odd music choices playing.  Dusty comes out to “Purple Rain.”

$1,000,000 Challenge Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship: “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair (c) vs. NWA World Tag Team Champion “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.  As mentioned, “Smokin'” Joe Frazier is the special guest referee.  They lock up.  Rhodes drops Flair with a shoulder block, then cranks on a side headlock.  Flair hits some chops.  Rhodes fires back with jabs.  Rhodes with the head lock again.  Rhodes drops Flair with a clothesline.  Flair avoids an elbow drop.  Flair fires some chops and punches Rhodes down in the corner.  Flair hits a knee drop for 2.  Rhodes avoids a second knee drop and locks Flair in the figure-four leglock.  Flair suffers for a minute, but manages to reach the ropes to break it.  Rhodes works Flair’s leg.  Flair punches his way free.  They lock up again.  Flair gets a wrist lock on Rhodes.  Rhodes powers him down.  Rhodes hits Flair with a chop and an elbow.  Flair charges Rhodes and gets press slammed.  Flair fires some chops.  Rhodes responds by clobbering him and whipping into the corner.  Flair flips out of the ring.  I was going to say that he Flair flipped, but that would be redundant.  Rhodes suplexes Flair into the ring for 2.  Flair goes up top and gets thrown off.  Flair avoids an elbow drop.  Flair gets Dusty in a sleeper hold.  Rhodes manages to send Flair out of the ring to break the hold.  Flair pulls Dusty out of the ring.  They trade blows at ringside.  Flair sends Rhodes into the post to give him a reason to blade.  Rhodes is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Frazier checks on the cut.  Flair attacks Rhodes in the corner and clobbers him with punches on the mat.  Rhodes fights back, but Flair keeps clobbering him.  Frazier checks the cut again.  Flair goes after Rhodes again.  Frazier separates them and checks the cut.  Frazier stops it due to blood in 12:21.  Really good match.  Dusty is pissed and tries to go after Frazier, but he’s held back.  Jim Crockett gives Flair the $1 Million check.

Solie and Caudle talk.

Schiavone has a post-match interview with the man who’s a million dollars richer and still the World Champion, Ric Flair.

Solie and Caudle talk some more.  Another idiot behind them in the shot.

Schiavone has a post-match interview with a bandaged Dusty Rhodes (with his partner, Manny Fernandez in the background).  He’s pissed at Joe Frazier and Ric Flair.

Solie and Caudle talk one last time, then a highlights package closes the show.