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NWA Clash of the Champions I

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Opening video.  The audio is horrible on this video.

We’re LIVE from the Greensboro Coliseum!  Tony Schiavone and Bob Caudle introduce the show.  Schiavone and Jim Ross will be the announcers.  Tom Miller is the ring announcer.

Amateur Rules Match for the NWA World Television Championship: Mike Rotunda (c) (w/ Kevin Sullivan) vs. Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious).  There are rounds and you only need a 1 count to win.  Teddy Long is the referee!  He was always a horrible referee.  Insta-commercials before the match.  They lock up  and do some wrestling, with Rotunda hiding in the ropes a lot.  Rotunda does jumping backs.  Garvin hits an arm drag, a hip toss, and a slam.  Rotunda bails.  Garvin kisses Precious.  They do some more stuff.  Garvin hits an elbow smash for 0, which constitutes a near fall.  I’m pretty sure that would get you DQ’d in amateur wrestling.  Garvin shoves Rotunda and gets reprimanded by the referee.  Rotunda puts the boots to Garvin, then hits a clothesline.  Rotunda tries to mount Garvin amateur-style.  End of round 1.  Rotunda slams Garvin and goes up top, but Garvin gets up and throws him off.  Garvin hits a back body drop.  Garvin goes for a suplex, then gets distracted by Sullivan messing with Precious.  Rotunda schoolboys Garvin for the pin in 58 seconds of the second round.  Garvin hits a brainbuster on Rotunda.  Sullivan and Rick Steiner beat up Garvin.  Precious chokes Sullivan with something.  Sullivan no sells it.  Garvin pulls Precious to safety.  This was stupid.

Tonight, Ric Flair defends the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Bob Caudle interviews “Dr. Death” Steve Williams.

Next, The Midnight Express vs. The Fantastics for the NWA United States Tag Team Championship!

A commercial for Four Horsemen vitamins.  Seriously.

NWA United States Tag Team Championship Match: The Midnight Express (c) (w/ Jim Cornette) vs. The Fantastics.  MX attack the Fantastics right off the bat.  The audio for this show is so horrible.  Fantastics fight back.  It’s a wild brawl in the ring and all around ringside.  MX get heat on Rogers.  Eaton whips Rogers into a table held by Cornette.  Rogers plays face in peril for a long time.  Rogers gets a sunset flip on Lane, but Eaton saves.  Lane kicks Rogers in the back of the head and tags in Eaton.  Stuff happens.  Eaton bulldogs Rogers on the table on the outside.  The Fantastics hug outside.  MX beat up Rogers some more.  False tag as Fulton gets it, but the referee doesn’t see it.  Fulton throws the referee out of the ring.  Cornette accidentally hits Eaton with the tennis racket.  Fantastics hit the Rocket Launcher on Eaton and Rogers gets the pin in 10:19.  MX and Cornette beat up the Fantastics and some referees.  The decision is reversed because Fulton threw the referee out of the ring, so MX retain the titles.  I’m sorry for the shittiness of this review.  The horrible audio of this video is making it hard to follow.

Bob Caudle talks about something, but I can’t fucking hear him.

They show Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell from Leave It To Beaver) interviewing Jim Cornette at some point in the past.

Bob Caudle interviews Gary Hart and Al Perez.

Frances Crockett talks about the Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup.

Next, Dusty Rhodes and The Road Warriors seek revenge!

Texas Barbed Wire Match: Dusty Rhodes & The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. Ivan Koloff & The Powers of Pain (w/ Paul Jones).  Everybody brawls.  Animal has a weird mask on for some reason.  Animal pins Warlord after Barbarian accidentally hits his partner with a diving headbutt in about 5 minutes.  This sucked.  The Powers of Pain take Animal’s mask off and fuck his face up.  Apparently the mask had something to do with an injury Animal received setting this up.  The faces fight off the heels.

Tonight, Flair defends the title!

Ross and Schiavone talk.

Bob Caudle interviews Nikita Koloff.

Next, the World Tag Team Championship will be on the line!

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Lex Luger & Barry Windham.  Luger overpowers Blanchard, so Anderson and Blanchard try to double team him.  Luger cleans both of their clocks.  Luger gets Blanchard in the Torture Rack, but Anderson breaks it by attack Luger’s knee.  The Horsemen make quick tags and work over Luger’s leg.  Windham gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Windham hits a powerslam on Blanchard for 2.  Windham locks Blanchard in a sleeper hold.  Blanchard goes outside to try to break the hold, but Windham holds on and puts him to sleep outside.  Anderson revives Tully in time for Tully to be thrown off the top rope by Windham.  Windham continues to run wild.  He locks Blanchard in an abdominal stretch.  Anderson breaks it, then hits a DDT.  Anderson hits the spinebuster for 2.  I missed a tag somewhere in there.  Some other stuff happens, then Windham and Tully crash into each other skull first.  Windham and Blanchard do another nice exchange.  Anderson comes in to work over Windham.  They punch each other and both fall down.  Blanchard tags in and hits the slingshot suplex on Windham, but Windham kicks out!  Anderson and Luger tag in.  Luger runs wild on the Horsemen.  Blanchard knees Luger in the back from behind.  Luger catches Anderson with a powerslam.  Windham comes in to kick Tully’s ass.  Dillon holds up a chair for Anderson to send Luger into, but Luger reverses Anderson into the chair and gets the pin in 9:33 to win the titles!  Really good match.  Are you surprised?  It’s fucking Arn and Tully!

Next, the World Championship!

Ross and Schiavone talk for a minute, then Tom Miller introduces the judges for the main event: Gary Juster, Sandy Scott, and Patty Mullen  Ken Osmond and Jason Hervey are also there for some reason.

For this match, I’m going to switch to the Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection DVD.  It’s the same match with decent audio quality.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Sting.  Dillon is lifted above the ring in a cage.  Tommy Young is the referee!  They lock up.  Sting pushes Flair into the corner and screams.  They lock u p again and Flair cranks on Sting’s arm.  Sting gets up and no sells it.  Flair tries to work the arm again, but Sting overpowers him.  Sting wants a test of strength.  Flair stupidly obliges and gets over powered again.  He chops Sting, but Sting no sells it, hip tosses Flair, and dropkicks him out of the ring.  Flair comes back in and they trade hammerlocks, with Sting getting the better of it.  Flair gets into the ropes and gets some shots on Sting.  Sting leap frogs Flair twice and press slams him.  Sting hits a head scissors and a hip toss, then takes Flair over with a side headlock.  Flair escapes and Sting takes him down again.  Flair cuts the headlock into a cradle for 2 in a spot I always mark out for.  Flair finally escapes and chops Sting in the corner.  Sting threatens the corner punches, but doesn’t go through with it.  Sting beats up Flair anyway.  Sting whiffs a dropkick, but Flair does the face flop anyway.  Flair sends Sting out of the ring, but Sting comes right back in.  Flair begs off, but Sting finally does the corner punches.  Sting goes back to his side headlock.  Flair turns it into a cradle for 2… a few times!  Flair punches Sting in the rib and gets the advantage.  They trade punches.  Sting kicks Flair in the gut a bunch and press slams him again.  Sting bear hugs Flair.  Sting finally releases and goes for an elbow drop, but misses.  Flair avoids a Stinger Splash and Sting injures his elbow.  Flair hits an inverted atomic drop, then brings Sting out of the ring and whips him into the barricade.  Flair works Sting over the ring for a bit, then takes him back outside and whips him into the barricade again.  Back inside, Sting absorbs Flair’s chops and starts hulking up.  Sting punches Flair out ring and tries a Stinger Splash against the post, but Flair moves and Sting hits the post.  Flair wrings Sting’s arm again.  Sting hip tosses Flair and hits a clothesline for 2.  Sting suplexes Flair into the ring form the apron and goes for the Scorpion Death Lock, but Flair immediately makes it to the ropes.  Sting no sells Flair’s chops again and punches him.  Cover, but Flair was in the ropes again.  Flair ducks a clothesline close to the ropes and Sting tumbles out of the ring.  Flair pulls Sting across the top rope, but Sting no sells it and hits a diving cross body for 2.  Flair hits a shin breaker and starts working over Sting’s leg.  Flair hits a backdrop suplex, then locks in the figure-four leglock.  Flair uses the ropes for leverage behind the referee’s back in class Flair fashion.  Sting hulks up and turns it over.  Flair breaks the hold and they both hobble around.  Flair goes right back to Sting’s leg.  Flair tries to suplex Sting out of the ring, but Sting suplexes Flair back in.  Sting goes for a big splash, but Flair gets his knees up.  Sting locks Flair in an abdominal stretch.  Flair hip tosses his way out of it, then misses an elbow drop.  Flair goes up top, but Sting throws him off.  Cover gets 2.  Sting pulls Flair’s balls into the ring post.  Sting locks Flair in the figure-four leglock!  Flair suffers for a bit, but gets a rope break.  Sting yells at Dillon.  Sting goes the corner punches again, then hip tosses Flair again.  Flair begs off, but Sting pounds on him anyway.  Sting works Flair’s leg.  Flair shoves Tommy Young, who shoves him back.  Flair gets whipped into the corner and flips over and out of the ring.  Flair goes for a sunset flip back into the ring, but Sting punches him to break it.  Sting beats up Flair some more.  Flair fails and inverted atomic drop and gets clotheslined for 2.  Flair avoids the Stinger Splash and Sting tumbles out of the ring again.  Back inside, Flair chops Sting.  Sting fires back, but Flair locks him in a sleeper hold.  Sting drops down and sends Flair head first into the top turnbuckle.  Flair throws Sting out of the ring again.  Sting goes for a springboard sunset flip back in, but Flair drops down and grabs the ropes.  Tommy Young counts 2, then catches Flair and kicks his arms off.  Sting completes his sunset flip for 2.  Flair hits a half assed cross body off the top, but Sting rolls through for 2.  Flair tries to knock Sting down, but Sting no sells him again.  Flair begs off, but Sting kicks his ass.  Sting hits the Stinger Splash and locks in the Scorpion Death Lock with 30 seconds to go.  The 45 minute time limit expires in 44:59.  Close enough!  Fine match, but kind of repetitive since they had so much time to fill.  Insta-commercials.

Tom Miller reads the decision.  Mullen scores it for Flair.  Juster scores it for Sting.  Scott scores it a draw.  It’s a draw, so Flair retains the title.  Sting is pissed.

Back to shitty audio quality land where Ross, Schiavone, and Caudle talk to wrap up the show.

End credits.

I liked the last 2 matches, especially the tag title change.  I’d love to watch this show with decent audio quality someday.

NWA Chi-Town Rumble

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I’ve been looking forward to getting to this one, since it features my favorite match of all time.

Cool 80’s style opening video.  Jim Ross and Magnum T.A. introduce the show.  They talk about tonight’s matches, they we get another video package hyping some of the aforementioned matches.

Bob Caudle interviews Michael Hayes.  Hayes spends most of it hyping to rest of the show instead of his own match.  He comes out to Badstreet USA, so that makes it better.

Russian Assassin #1 (w/ Paul Jones) vs. “Freebird” Michael Hayes.  They lock up, break, lock up again.  RA1 (as I will be calling him for the rest of this match) grabs a side headlock.  Hayes fights out, runs the ropes.  RA1 tries to leapfrog him, but Hayes stops himself and punches him.  I’m sad to report that Paul Jones’ bitchin’ mustache is gone.  RA1 gets some moves in, but Hayes stays in control for the most part, despite wasting time to dance and work the crowd.  Hayes works RA1’s arm.  This goes on for a really long time.  RA1 catches Hayes with a knee to the middle.  RA1 finally manages to build some offense.  Russian Sickle gets 2.  RA1 cheats a bunch.  Rest holds.  Hayes fights out and hits a cross body for 1.  RA1 hits another Russian Sickle as Gary Michael Cappetta announces that we’ve passed the 10 minute mark.  RA1 goes back to the rear chin lock.  They do some more stuff.  Jones cheap shots Hayes behind the referee’s back.  Hayes rams RA1’s head into the turnbuckle a bunch, then goes for a bulldog headlock, but RA1 counters it.  RA1 goes for a suplex, but Hayes counters and hits one of his own.  Hayes avoids RA1 in the corner and he spears the post.  Hayes starts making his comeback at the 15 minute mark.  Hayes hits a DDT for the pin in 15:49.  Decent match, but longer than I cared for it to be.

Bob Caudle interviews Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat with his wife, Bonnie, and young son, Richie.  See, he’s a family man!

After Butch Reed makes his entrance, Bob Caudle conducts a pre-match interview with Sting.  He talks about his new gear.

Butch Reed (w/ Hiro Matsuda) vs. Sting.  Sting ducks a punch and hits an atomic drop.  They stall a bit.  They lock up and break.  Reed complains to referee Teddy Long that Sting pulled his hair.  They lock up again.  Sting cocks his arm for a punch, but Reed hides in the ropes.  Reed puts Sting in a side headlock.  Sting leapfrogs Reed a couple of times and hits an arm drag and some dropkicks.  Reed bails and stalls for a bit.  Reed finally gets back in the ring and they lock up again.  Sting takes Reed over with a side headlock.  Sting gets a backslide for 2, then takes Reed over with an arm drag and cranks on Reed’s arm.  Reed gets a rope break.  Reed consults with Matsuda on the outside.  Reed beats on Sting.  Sting avoids an elbow smash in the corner and cranks on Reed’s arm again.  Reed throws Sting out of the ring.  Reed beats up Sting.  Reed hits a diving axe handle for 2.  Reed continues working over Sting.  Matsuda chokes Sting behind the referee’s back.  Reed chokes Sting while Long admonishes Matsuda.  Reed transitions it to a chin lock.  Sting tries to fight out, but fails.  This continues for a while.  Sting finally gets free and makes his comeback.  Sting slams Reed and goes for a Vader Bomb, but Reed gets his knees up.  Sting avoids a clothesline and Reed falls out of the ring.  Sting suplexes Reed in from the apron for 2.  Reed sends Sting out of the ring again.  Back inside, Reed hits a neckbreaker for 2.  Reed puts Sting in a chin lock again, but gets caught pulling Sting’s tights.  Does that help in a chin lock?  Really?  Sting finally hits a jawbreaker to escape it.  Sting ducks some clotheslines and hits one of his own.  Sting backdrops Reed and hits an elbow drop.  Reed throws Sting out of the ring again.  Reed stomps on Sting to keep him out.  Sting goes for a slingshot sunset flip.  Reed squashes it and gets 2, but is caught holding onto the ropes.  Long kicks Reed’s hand loose and Sting turns him over to get the pin in 20:06.  They keep brawling after the match.  Sting finally fights Reed off.  Long, slow, boring match.

Bob Caudle interviews Paul E. Dangerously.  He has replaced Dennis Condrey with Jack Victory because Cornette and Eaton don’t know Jack Victory.  Actually, Condrey left the NWA a few days before.  They enter for the match.

Bob Caudle interviews The Midnight Express and Jim Cornette.

Loser Leaves the NWA: Randy Rose, Jack Victory, & Paul E. Dangerously vs. The Midnight Express & Jim Cornette.  Cornette was Dangerously, but Rose and Lane start.  Lane clotheslines Eaton out of the ring.  Victory and Eaton tag in.  MX and Cornette triple team victory, which gets a big pop.  Babyface Jim Cornette is still surreal.  MX make quick tags and double team Victory, then Rose.  Dangerously accidentally decks Rose.  MX continue to work over Rose.  Rose bails, cheap shots Eaton from the outside, and slams him into the barricade.  Rose slams Eaton and tags in Dangerously, who puts the boots to Eaton.  As soon as Eaton comes to life, Dangerously tags out to Rose.  Cornette tags in and wants Dangerously.  Rose decks Cornette from behind, slams him, and tags in Dangerously.  Dangerously beats up Cornette.  Cornette makes a comeback and Dangerously tags out to Rose.  Rose decks Cornette, then tags in Victory.  Victory beats up Cornette until Eaton drops Victory with a bulldog headlock.  Cornette makes the tag to Lane, who runs wild on Victory.  Dangerously cheap shots Lane to let the heels get the advantage.  The heels get the heat on Lane.  Lane plays face in peril for a while, then makes the hot tag to Eaton.  Eaton runs wild on Victory and forcibly tags in Dangerously with Victory’s hand.  Eaton tags in Cornette, who kicks Dangerously’s ass.  Cornette hits a clothesline on Dangerously, but Rose saves.  Rose tags in and goes for Cornette, who manages to tag in Lane.  All six guys brawl.  Rose misses a dive.  Lane covers, but Victory saves.  MX sends Victory and Rose into each other, then hit a double flapjack on Rose.  Lane pins Rose in 15:52, so Rose has to leave the NWA.  Pretty decent match.  Best thing on the show so far by a mile.

Bob Caudle interviews the World Heavyweight Champion, Ric Flair (w/ Hiro Matsuda).

Mike Rotunda comes out for the next match.

Bob Caudle interviews the World Television Champion Rick Steiner, who introduces his brother, Scott.  Scott explains that Steiner had some sort of accident.  Apparently this is what made Rick all… odd.

NWA World Television Championship Match: Rick Steiner (c) (w/ Scott Steiner) vs. Mike Rotunda.  Steiner takes Rotunda over with a headlock.  Rotunda bails.  Back inside, they do some amateur stuff.  Rotunda bails again.  Back inside again, Rotunda cheap shots Steiner to get the advantage.  Steiner goes for a clothesline, but Rotunda bails again.  Rotunda comes back in again and they do some shit, then Steiner clamps on a side headlock.  Rotunda applies an abdominal stretch, but gets caught using the ropes.  Steiner reverses it and turns it into a ground Cobra Twist, but Rotunda was in the ropes.  Rotunda bails fucking again.  They wrestle some more.  Rotunda hits a cross body.  Steiner rolls through for 2.  They do some amateur wrestling and some other shit.  Rotunda avoids a diving splash.  Rotunda beats up Steiner on the outside.  Back inside, Steiner hits a powerslam, gets 1, gets up to bark, and covers for 2.  Kevin Sullivan comes out and compliments Steiner’s dog.  Steiner goes outside and looks confused.  He comes back in.  Rotunda hits a backdrop suplex for 2.  Rotunda misses a dropkick.  Steiner locks Rotunda in a sleeper hold, but gets his own shoulders pinned to the mat in 16:21.  Rotunda regains the title.  The neat finish was the highlight of an otherwise boring match.  Sullivan and Steve Williams come out to help Rotunda to the back.

Bob Caudle interviews the World Tag Team Champions, the Road Warriors, and Paul Ellering.  Typically great Road Warriors interview.

Lex Luger comes out for the next match.  Bob Caudle conducts a pre-match interview with the United States Champion Barry Windham (w/ Hiro Matusda).

NWA United States Heavyweight Championship Match: Barry Windham (c) (w/ Hiro Matsuda) vs. Lex Luger.  Luger shoves Windham before the match.  They wrestle a bit.  Luger drops down, leapfrogs, and clamps on a sleeper.  Windham hits a backdrop suplex, but Luger no-sells.  Luger press slams Windham.  Luger counters an inverted atomic drop and clotheslines Windham for 2.  Luger continues to shine.  Luger hits a powerslam and comes off the top rope, but Windham avoids him.  Luger falls out of the ring.  Windham suplex Luger in from the apron and goes for the Claw, but Luger avoids it.  They brawl a bit, with Windham getting the better of it.  Windham clotheslines Luger, who falls out of the ring again.  Windham beats up Luger on the outside.  Luger ducks a punch and Windham punches the post.  Windham’s hand is hurt and bleeding.  He keeps fighting as well as he can.  He clamps in the Claw with the injured hand.  Luger fights it off.  Windham manages to keep the heat on Luger.  He keeps punching Luger with the band hand, then selling it.  Windham hits the superplex and an elbow drop for 2.  Windham hits a backdrop suplex hold, but pins his own shoulders to the mat while Luger gets a shoulder up and gets the pin to win the title in 10:44.  Windham jumps Luger after the match, piledrives him on the belt.  Windham leaves and Luger recovers to celebrate.  Good match.

Bob Caudle interviews the NEW World Television Champion, Mike Rotunda.

Ross and Magnum talk.

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: The Road Warriors (c) (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. NWA United States Tag Team Champions Kevin Sullivan & “Dr. Death” Steve Williams of the Varsity Club.  Sullivan beats up Animal to start, gets dropped buy a clotheslines, and goes for a cross body.  Animal catches him and slams him for 2.  Doc tags in and has a power brawl with Animal.  Animal powerslams Doc and tags in Hawk.  Doc rolls out of the ring.  Back inside, Doc and Hawk lock up.  Doc press slams Hawk.  Hawk avoids an elbow drop and clotheslines Williams.  The Road Warriors hit a sandwich clothesline on Williams.  Cover gets 2.  Sullivan and Animal lock up.  The Varsity Club beat up Hawk in their corner and on the outside, where Sullivan whacks Animal in the arm with a chair.  Doc hits Animal with a leg lariat for 2, then works over Animal’s arm.  The Varsity Club gets the heat on Animal.  Hawk gets the hot tag and runs wild.  All four start brawling.  Williams drops Hawk on the outside.  Animal gets Sullivan up for the Doomsday Device, but Williams chop blocks his leg.  Williams tries to pin Animal, even though neither are legal.  Hawk hits a diving lariat on Sullivan for the pin in 8:27.  Good match.

Bob Caudle interviews the NEW United States Heavyweight Champion, Lex Luger.

They show clips of the happenings (© Gorilla Monsoon) leading to the World Championship match.

Ricky Steamboat comes out with his wife and kid, then the wife and kid leave, but the message that Steamboat is a family man was received.  The World Champion gets his own elaborate entrance.

And here we go!

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair (c) (w/ Hiro Matsuda) vs. Ricky Steamboat.  Tommy Young is the referee.  They lock up.  Steamboat drops Flair with a quick tackle for 2.  Steamboat clamps on a headlock.  Flair tries to counter it and gets reverse cradled for 2.  Flair takes a breather on the outside.  They show some football players in the audience.  Flair and Steamboat lock up again.  Flair chops Steamboat in the corner.  Steamboat responds with his own fierce chops, then backdrops Flair.  Flair begs off and tries to cheap shot Steamboat.  He makes due by pulling his hair.  Flair chops Steamboat.  Steamboat responds with a chop that drops Flair.  Flair works a hammer lock.  Steamboat takes him down and clamps on a headlock.  Steamboat hits a series of quick moves and takes Flair down with the headlock again and almost gets the pin.  Flair works the headlock into a pinning predicament for a couple of few near falls, in a spot I always mark out for because of this match.  They work the headlock a bit, and it’s glorious.  They trade chops.  Steamboat drops Flair again with a big chop for 2.  Flair bails again.  They lock up again back on the inside.  Flair chops Steamboat and drops him with a shoulder tackle.  Steamboat with a drop down, leapfrog, chop that sends Flair out of the ring again.  Back inside now.  They tease a test of strength, but Flair forgoes that.  They lock up again.  Steamboat hits a hip toss, a head scissors, and a dropkick, then takes Flair down with the side headlock again for 2.  Flair hits Steamboat with some elbows to the head, but Steamboat quickly regains the momentum.  Repeat.  Steamboat chops Flair out of the ring.  Flair trips Steamboat and pulls him outside, then beats on him and rams him into the barricade.  Flair brings Steamboat back inside and hits a knee drop for 2.  Flair hits a butterfly suplex for 2.  Flair punches and chops Steamboat.  Steamboat fights back and sends Flair into the corner.  Flair flips out, runs to the other corner, and comes off the top with a cross body.  Steamboat rolls through for 2.  Flair hits an inverted atomic drop and locks Steamboat in the figure-four leglock.  Steamboat struggles as Flair uses the ropes to apply more pressure.  Tommy Young finally catches Flair and forces him to break the hold.  They trade chops again.  Flair connects with a cross body that sends both of them out of the ring.  Flair sends Steamboat into the post, then suplexes him from the apron back into the ring.  Cover gets 2.  Flair hits a backdrop suplex for 2, then argues with the referee.  Young shoves him and points at his shirt.  Flair hits a backbreaker and covers with his feet on the ropes for a series of 2 counts.  Steamboat schoolboys Flair for 2.  Flair avoids a cross body and Steamboat crashes and burns.  They do some mat wrestling.  Steamboat hits a butterfly suplex and covers, but Flair gets his foot on the bottom rope.  Steamboat gets a backslide for 2.  Steamboat throws some chops and drops Flair with a clothesline.  Steamboat hits a chop to the head.  Steamboat hits another clothesline and goes up top.  Steamboat hits a diving chop to the head.  Steamboat goes up top again and hits a diving cross body, knocking down Tommy Young in the process.  Steamboat checks on the referee.  Flair schoolboys Steamboat and grabs the tights, but there’s no referee.  Teddy Long comes out to check on Young.  Flair throws Steamboat out, but Steamboat skins the cat and goes for a diving cross body.  Flair avoids it and goes for the figure-four, but Steamboat catches him with an inside cradle.  Teddy Long counts the pin at 23:07.  Matsuda and Flair are pissed when Young backs up Long’s decision.  Steamboat is the World Champion!  Fucking amazing match, and my favorite wrestling match of all time.  Steamboat calls for his wife and kid to come back out so he can celebrate with his family.

Ross and Magnum talk.

Bob Caudle interviews the NEW World Heavyweight Champion, Ricky Steamboat!  The babyfaces break out the champagne to celebrate.

Ross and Caudle talk.  Ross says “We’ll be right back in just a moment,” then the credits and a clip package play.

Oh, they are back, and  match is going on in the ring.  It’s Kendall Windham vs. Steve Casey, but they only show it for a few seconds before going to a screen hyping the replay.

Some of the matches on this show weren’t very good, but a few were, and the main event is an amazing match that everyone should seek out if you’ve never seen it.

NWA Starrcade 1988: True Gritt

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Tony Schiavone and Magnum T.A. open the show, LIVE from the Norfolk Scope!  Jim Ross and Bob Caudle are the announcers.  Gary Michael Cappetta is the ring announcer.

NWA United States Tag Team Championship Match: The Fantastics (c) vs. Kevin Sullivan & “Dr. Death” Steve Williams of the Varsity Club.  Sullivan beats up Fulton to start.  Fulton fights back and hits a diving Thesz press for 2.  The Fantastics make quick tags and work over Sullivan.  Williams tags in.  Jason Hervey of the Wonder Years is in the crowd.  I loved that show.  The Fantastics make quick tags and try to dominate Williams.  They hit Doc with a double monkey flip.  Fulton gets press slammed.  Williams blasts Fulton with a clothesline.  The Fantastics bail to talk strategy.  They come back in and knock Doc out of the ring with a double dropkick.  Fulton tries a headlock, but Williams hits a backdrop suplex.  Fulton avoids an elbow drop and makes the tag.  Rogers dropkicks Williams into the corner.  Sullivan tags in.  They double clothesline Rogers.  Rogers avoids a clothesline from Sullivan, who tumbles out of the ring.  Sullivan comes back in and Rogers puts him in a headlock.  Rogers lands on his feet from a backdrop and dropkicks Sullivan.  Doc tags in.  Rogers rights both of them.  Fulton comes in and the double team both opponents.  Williams hits a stalling suplex on Rogers for 2.  Rogers gets a sunset flip for 2.  Hey, Teddy Long is the referee!  Rogers inside cradle Sullivan for 2, fucks up a Thesz press, then makes the tag to Fulton.  Williams tags in and beats up Fulton.  Fulton thumbs Doc in the eye to escape a bear hug.  Rogers and Sullivan go at it.  Sullivan catches Rogers with a boot in the corner and goes up top.  Rogers throws him off.  Rogers goes for a dive, but Sullivan gets his knees up.  Williams and Sullivan get the heat on Rogers.  Rogers rallies and makes the hot tag to Fulton, who runs wild.  Fulton gets Doc in a sleeper hold.  Rogers does the same to Sullivan.  Fulton goes for a Thesz press on Williams, but Williams hot shots Fulton into the ropes for the pin in 15:51.  Good match.

Schiavone and Magnum talk about the matches still to come.

The Original Midnight Express (Dennis Condrey & Randy Rose) (w/ Paul E. Dangerously) vs. The Midnight Express (Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane) (w/ Jim Cornette).  MX jumps the OMX during their ring entrance.  Cornette wants to fight Dangerously.  They have intros, then the match starts and the MX beats up the OMX some more.  Lane and Condrey finally lock up.  Condrey knocks Lane out of the ring and Cornette whacks him with the tennis racket.  Dangerously rings the bell in protest.  The MX and Cornette as babyfaces is bizarre.  Condrey and Lane go at it again.  Condrey hits punches in the corner, but Lane brings him out with the inverted atomic drop.  Rose and Eaton tag in.  MX double teams Rose.  Cornette whacks Rose in the back with the tennis racket on the outside.  Dangerously rings the bell again.  Lane sends Rose head first into the ring post, then throws him back inside.  Rose begs off from Eaton.  Lane tags in and hits Rose with a cross body for 1.  Condrey tags in and wants a handshake.  Lane kicks him.  Eaton tags in.  Condrey hammers him on the apron before he can get in the ring.  Eaton fights him off and hits a diving elbow drop, then decks Rose.  Lane decks Condrey from the apron.  MX double team Condrey.  Lane locks him in a rear chin lock.  Lane gets Condrey in a crucifix hold, but takes him into the ropes.  Eaton tags in and hits a bulldog headlock on Condrey.  MX works over Rose.  Rose avoids Eaton in the corner and Eaton crotches himself, giving the OMX the opening to start kicking his ass.  Eaton plays face in peril, getting the ever loving shit beat out of him for several minutes.  Eaton avoids the Rocket Launcher and makes a very hot tag to Stan Lane.  Lane runs wild.  The referee gets tied up with Eaton and Condrey.  Dangerously hits Lane with the cell phone.  Cornette runs Dangerously off.  Teddy Long finds the cell phone and refuses to count Rose’s pin.  MX hits the high/low on Rose and Lane gets the pin in 16:47.  Great match.  Condrey attacks the MX and Cornette with the tennis racket after the match.  Dangerously puts the boots to Cornette as the OMX beats down the MX.  Eaton gets the tennis racket and runs the heels off.

Schiavone and Magnum, then Ross and Caudle talk about how this war will continue to rage!

Magnum T.A. interviews the Varsity Club.

The Russian Assassins (w/ Paul Jones) vs. Junkyard Dog & Ivan Koloff.  If the Assassins lose, they have to unmask and Jones has to retire.  JYD rolls around with one of the Assassins, the headbutts him, then throws him into the turnbuckles.  The other Assassin comes in and JYD punches him out of the ring.  Koloff throws him back in the ring and JYD covers, but Jones puts the Assassin’s foot on the ropes.  Koloff tags in and he and JYD double team the Assassin.  The Assassin beats up Koloff a bit.  Koloff rallies and hits a diving Russian Sickle.  The other Russian saves, then tags in and gets beaten up.  Koloff gets a sunset flip, but the referee has his back turned, dealing with the other Assassin.  JYD tags in and misses a headbutt.  The Assassins beat up JYD.  The illegal Assassin comes off the top rope, but accidentally nails his partner.  JYD covers, but Teddy was out of place again.  JYD avoids the Russian Missile and makes the lukewarm tag to Koloff.  Koloff beats up the Assassins and knocks Jones off of the apron.  Koloff hits the Russian Sickle on one of the Assassins.  Jones gives the other Assassin something to put in his mask.  The Assassin headbutts Koloff, allowing the legal Assassin to get the pin in 6:47.  Not good, but at least it wasn’t painfully long.

Ross and Caudle talk.  They lower a cage from the ceiling.  Kevin Sullivan will be locked in the cage for the next match.

NWA World Television Championship Match: Mike Rotunda (c) (w/ NWA United States Tag Team Champion Kevin Sullivan) vs. Rick Steiner.  They shove each other, then brawl.  The issue here is that Sullivan and Rotunda kicked Steiner out of the Varsity Club.  Rotunda bails, then comes back in and cranks Steiner’s arm.  Steiner takes Rotunda over with a fireman’s carry.  They lock up.  Steiner grabs a headlock and cranks on it for a bit.  They jump around and Steiner hits a Steiner Line for like 1, then Rotunda bails.  They do some nice wrestling.  Steiner gets Rotunda in an arm lock.  They do some more good wrestling.  Steiner hits a cross body for 2.  Steiner dances a bit, so Rotunda bails.  I don’t get it either.  Fans chant “SYRACUSE SUCKS!” to piss off Rotunda.  They lock up again.  Steiner hits a Steiner Line, goes for another one, but Rotunda throws him out of the ring.  Rotunda hot shots Steiner into the barricade.  Rotunda beats up Steiner back inside.  Rotunda clamps on a rear chin lock.  Steiner fights back as the crowd barks.  Where the fuck did the commentary go?  Rotunda drops Steiner with an elbow and cranks on the rear chin lock again.  Rotunda drops Steiner with a clothesline.  Steiner gets a sunset flip for 2.  Steiner avoids a dropkick, the counters a slam attempt with an inside cradle for 2.  Steiner hits another Steiner Line and crowd barks some more.  The commentary finally starts up again.  Steve Williams comes out.  Steiner backdrops Rotunda.  Steiner hits a powerslam for 2.  Steiner hits a belly t0 belly suplex.  Williams rings the bell, which confuses Steiner.  They lower Sullivan’s cage.  Tommy Young comes out to talk to Cappetta and Teddy Long.  Sullivan grabs Young.  Steiner sends Rotunda crashing into Sullivan, then gets the pin in 18:02 to win the World Television Title.  It was fine, but went longer than I cared for it to.

Schiavone and Magnum talk.

NWA United States Heavyweight Championship Match: Barry Windham (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Bam Bam Bigelow (w/ Sir Oliver Humperdink).  They lock up, break, lock up again, break again, lock up again.  Bigelow shoves Windham into the corner.  Windham hits Bigelow with some punches.  Bigelow catches Windham with a fireman’s carry, then drops down, putting the impact on Windham’s midsection.  Windham punches Bigelow some more, then hits a backdrop suplex that Bigelow no sells.  Windham bails.  Back inside, they fuck around until Bigelow drops Windham with a shoulder block.  Windham punches Bigelow to little effect.  Bigelow press slams Windham.  Bigelow’s punches have far more effect on Windham.  Bigelow dropkicks Windham out of the ring, where he stumbles into the barricade.  Bigelow kicks Windham in the middle, then hits a vertical suplex for 2.  Windham throws Bigelow out of the ring and Bigelow’s knee hits the concrete.  Biglelow hits a slingshot splash for 2.  Bigelow let him up, apparently.  Bigelow press slams Windham again and goes for splash off the top, but Windham avoids it.  Windham throws some more punches and hits a lariat.  He poses on the turnbuckles instead of going for the kill.  Windham hits a backdrop suplex.  Windham dropkicks Bigelow out of the ring again.  Windham follows and rams Bigelow’s head into the post.  Back inside, Windham clamps on the Claw.  Bigelow gets a rope break.  Windham slams Bigelow, then goes for a diving elbow drop.  Bigelow avoids it and makes his comeback.  Windham hits a cross body, sending them both tumbling over the top rope.  Bigelow hits an atomic drop on the floor, then charges Windham.  Windham avoids Bigelow, who runs into the post.  Windham beats the count back inside to win it at 16:16.  Pretty good stuff here.

Ross and Caudle talk about the last match.

Magnum T.A. interviews the NEW World Television Champion, Rick Steiner.  Stupid Rick Steiner is funny.

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

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: The Road Warriors (c) (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. Dusty Rhodes & Sting.  Roadies attack Dusty and Sting before the match.  Sting and Dusty send them packing.  Intros, then the match starts.  Sting and Animal lock up.  Sting sends Animal out, then works his arm when he comes back in.  Tag to Dusty.  Dusty hits the elbow on Animal, who tags out to Hawk.  They brawl a bit, then Sting comes back in and brawls with Hawk too.  Animal comes back in and press slams Sting.  Dusty tags in and works over Animal’s leg, wrapping it around the post.  Hawk tags in and wants a test of strength with Dusty.  Dusty nails him and goes for the figure-four, but Animal stops him.  Hawk and Dusty end up outside the ring, where Hawk beats up Dusty.  Back in the ring, the Warriors make the exchange and Animal takes a turn wearing down Dusty.  Warriors continue getting heat on Dusty.  Dusty manages to tag Sting, who comes in against Animal.  Sting hits the Stinger Splash and locks in the Scorpion Death Lock, but Hawk breaks it and sends Sting to the outside.  Warriors beat on Dusty.  Sting comes in and hits a cross body on Animal.  Ellering stops the referee from making the count to cause the DQ at 11:18.  Dusty and Sting celebrate afterwards, even though they didn’t win the belts.

Schiavone and Magnum talk about the match.  They show some replays.  They talk about the main event, where Flair can lose the title by DQ.  Ross and Caudle talk about the main event, too.

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

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Lex Luger.  Luger clotheslines Flair out of the ring early.  They show Lou Thesz in the crowd.  Luger overpowers Flair early on.  Flair chops Luger, who doesn’t sell it, so Flair bails and begs off.  Luger works Flair’s arm.  Luger doesn’t sell Flair’s chops again.  Luger beats up Flair some more.  Flair shoves the referee, who warns him.  Flair must have forgotten that he can lose the title on a DQ.  Flair finally gets the advantage.  Luger locks on a sleeper hold, but Flair escapes.  Flair goes for the figure-four, but Luger counters with an inside cradle for a near fall.  Luger hits a superplex for a near fall, then puts Flair in the figure-four.  Flair doesn’t give up, though, so the match continues.  Luger accidentally nails the ref, then Flair throws Luger over the top rope.  Ross says it should have been a DQ.  Why wasn’t Luger DQ’d in the first few minutes when he clotheslined Flair over the top rope?  Anyway, more neat stuff happens while I was typing.  Flair attacks Luger’s leg with a chair while the referee isn’t paying attention.  Flair works Luger’s leg over.  Flair locks in the figure-four.  Luger manages to turn it over.  Flair goes up top, but of course Luger throws him off.  Luger gets a sunset flip for a near fall.  Luger puts Flair in the Torture Rack, but his leg gives out and Flair gets the pin with his feet on the ropes at 31:02.  Really good match.

Schiavone talks about the match and they show some replays.  Ross and Caudle talk about it, too.

Magnum T.A. interviews the World Champion, Ric Flair.  Typically great Flair promo.

Schiavone talks, then Ross and Caudle talk, then we get a highlights video to close the show.

Pretty good show, with a few really good matches, and nothing really bad.

NWA Great American Bash 1988: The Price for Freedom

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WWE Classics version!  Mean Gene Okerlund does the introduction for WWE Classics.

PPV opening video running down the card for tonight.

We are LIVE from the Baltimore Arena in… Baltimore!  “Man Called Sting” plays.  That has to be dubbed in, but it still rules.

The ring announcer is Gary Michael Cappetta. Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross are the announcers.

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Sting & Nikita Koloff.  Nikita has hair!  All four brawl to start.  Arn and Nikita fight outside.  Sting get an inside cradle on Tully for 2.  Sting takes out Anderson with a dive to the outside.  Back inside, Anderson comes off the top, but Sting catches him with a blow to the gut.  Sting and Nikita work Anderson’s arm.  Anderson finally manages to side step Nikita in the corner, but Nikita drops both Horsemen with the Russian sickle.  Cover on Arn, who gets his foot on the ropes.  Sting tags in.  Anderson locks him in a sleeper hold, but Sting sends him into the turnbuckles.  Sting works Anderson’s arm some more.  Blanchard tags in and gets dominated by Sting, too.  Koloff tags in and beats up Blanchard too.  Lots of arm locks in this match.  Nikita tries to wrestle Blanchard’s shoulders down to get a pin, which is awesome.  Sting tags in and abuses Blanchard some more.  Nikita Mongolian chops Blanchard’s ears, which leads to Sting getting a 2 count.  Koloff tags back in and destroys Blanchard some more.  Man, Blanchard is just getting massacred here, and he’s the heel!  Blanchard finally manages to make the tag to Anderson.  Is it still a hot tag if it’s the heel team?  Koloff dominates Anderson, too.  Blanchard tags in and tries his damnedest to get some offense going, but Nikita clotheslines him out of the ring.  Koloff suplexes Blanchard and covers, but Dillon pulls Nikita out of the ring.  Nikita goes after Dillon, but runs into the post.  Anderson sends Koloff into the post again.  The Horsemen finally manage to get some heat on Koloff.  Nikita hulks up on Anderson, but Anderson DROPS him with a DDT.  Cover, but NIKITA KICKS OUT!  Blanchard tags in and attacks Nikita’s injured shoulder.  Anderson tags in and goes for a Vader Bomb, but Nikita gets his knees up.  Blanchard tags in as Nikita makes the hot tag to Sting.  Sting runs wild on Blanchard and press slams him.  Anderson tags in and Sting plants him with a bulldog headlock.  Blanchard tags in.  Sting hits an atomic drop.  Blanchard tries something similar, but Sting counters and dropkicks him.  Sting knocks the Horsemen’s heads together.  Anderson tags in.  Sting locks him in a sleeper hold.  Blanchard tries a diving sunset flip, but Sting prevents it.  Nikita runs in and drops Anderson.  Sting hits the Stinger Splash on Blanchard and locks in the Scorpion Death Lock.  Nikita runs back and forth, dropping Anderson and Dillon.  The bell rings to signal the time limit expired at 20:07.  Sting and Nikita think they won, but Cappetta announces it’s a draw.  Fucking awesome match.

Ross and Schiavone talk.  They cut back to the ring, where Sting and Nikita beat the shit out of the Horsemen and run them off.  Ross and Schiavone explain the stipulations for the next match.  I think it’s if the Midnight Express lose, they and Cornette will be whipped with a leather strap, and Cornette will be held in a cage above the ring.

NWA United States Tag Team Championship Match: The Fantastics (c) vs. The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette).  They make Cornette put on a straight jacket and put him in the cage that will be hanging over the ring.  Cornette trying to bribe the referee is awesome.  The bell finally rings, and we’re off!  Eaton and Fulton lock up.  Fulton gets a 1 count off of a sunset flip.  Fulton with a nice couple of head scissors takeovers.  Lane tags in.  Fulton does a wonky arm drag.  Lane lands some kicks that send Fulton out of the ring.  Outside, Fulton reverses Lane into the post, then hits a baseball slide dropkick.  Rogers tags  in and locks up with Lane.  Eaton tags in and goes with Rogers.  Rogers gets a reverse cradle for 2, the a cross body for 1.  Fulton tags in and the Fantastics hit a double backdrop on Eaton and a double hip toss on Lane.  The Fantastics send the MX out of the ring, then strut.  Fantastics work over Lane.  Eaton tags in and bulldogs Rogers as Rogers had a reverse cradle on Lane.  Cover gets 2 for Eaton.  MX gets heat on Rogers.  Rogers rallies and gets a sunset flip on Lane for 2.  Eaton tags in and cuts Rogers off.  Eaton hits the diving leg drop, then tags in Lane.  Lane covers, but Fulton saves.  Eaton tags in.  MX goes for the Rocket Launcher, but Rogers catches Eaton with his knees.  Fulton gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Lane trips Fulton from the outside, then slams him to the floor.  Rogers and Eaton crash into referee Tommy Young.  Lane tries to hit Rogers with a chain.  Rogers and Lane fight outside.  Eaton punches Fulton with the chain for the pin in 16:22.  MX regain the titles, and don’t have to get whipped.  Pretty good match, but it pales in comparison to the opener.  The Fantastics complain about the chain, but Young finds it in Fulton’s tights, where Lane put it.  The Fantastics grab Cornette and whip him with Tommy Young’s belt.

Cornette complains to Bob Caudle, then runs away from the Fantastics.

They lower the 3 tiered cage for the Tower of Doom Match.  Gary Michael Cappetta tries to explain this convoluted match.  2 teams of 5 guys.  Every 2 minutes, a door will open, letting someone enter the Tower from the top.  The goal is to work your way to the bottom, where Precious is “the keeper of the keys.”  The full team to exit will be the winners.

Tower of Doom Match: The Varsity Club of Kevin Sullivan & Mike Rotunda, Ivan Koloff, Al Perez, & The Russian Assassin (w/ Gary Hart & Paul Jones) vs. Ron Garvin, Jimmy Garvin, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, & The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering).  It takes a while for them to get all of this shit set up.  Ron Garvin and Ivan Koloff go up first and fight.  Rotunda and Williams climb to the top and wait for their turn to enter.  This is stupid.  Williams and Rotunda get in as Garvin gets through the open trap door.  Koloff and Rotunda beat up Williams while Garvin waits on the second level.  Perez and Animal enter.  Garvin makes it to the bottom.  Williams and Koloff make it to the second level.  Garvin exits the cage, which is a good thing, because that means they’re winning.  Koloff and Williams right in the middle cage while Animal fights Rotunda and Perez on top.  Hawk and The Russian Assassin enter.  Perez and Animal make it to cage 2.  Everybody brawls awkwardly in their respective cages.  Williams slams Koloff on the chain link fence that is the foor of cage 2.  That couldn’t have been pleasant.  Sullivan and Jimmy Garvin enter.  Hawk and Assassin make it to cage 2.  Animal and Perez make it to the bottom and brawl.  Animal escapes the cage, followed by Perez.  The doors open and Rotunda makes it to cage 2.  Koloff, Assassin, and Hawk make it to the bottom.  Hawk avoids a double team and clotheslines them both.  Garvin and Sullivan fight on the top.  Williams and Rotunda fight in cage 2.  Hawk escapes the cage.  Of course, that leaves nobody to prevent Koloff and Assassin from escaping too.  Williams makes it to the bottom and escapes.  Rotunda and Sillvan beat up Garvin in the second cage.  Rotunda makes it to the bottom cage and escapes.  Sullivan and Garvin struggle, but neither make it out.  They guys who have made it out brawl at ringside.  Garvin puts a spinning toe hold on Sullivan.  The trap door opens again and they make it to the bottom cage.  Sullivan goes after Precious.  Garvin kicks Sullivan’s ass.  Garvin hits a brainbuster on Sullivan.  Precious unlocks the door.  Sullivan knocks Garvin out through the door, giving Garvin’s team the win at 19:09.  Sullivan locks himself in the cage with Precious.  She tries to fight him off as the other guys try to make it back in.  Garvin and Hawk climb to the top and work their way back to the bottom as Sullivan chokes Precious with something.  Hawk kicks Sullivan’s ass as Garvin helps Precious out of the cage.  Rick Steiner was somehow involved with this mess at the end.  This was long, boring, and stupid.

They have to kill time, so they show replays of the stupid shit at the end as Ross and Schiavone talk.

Bob Caudle talks about the abortion we just suffered through.

NWA United States Heavyweight Championship Match: Barry Windham (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.  They lock up.  Rhodes hits a shoulder tackle and Windham bails.  They run the ropes.  Rhodes drops down and gets elbowed in the back of the head.  Rhodes press slams Windham and hits a DDT.  Rhodes hits a diving cross body for 2.  Windham bails again.  Windham finally gets back in the ring and gets beaten up by Dusty some more.  Dillon tries to come in, gets decked, and gets tangled up in the ropes.  Windham bails again to check on Dillon.  Windham beats up Dusty on the outside.  He tries a piledriver on the concrete floor, but Rhodes backdrops him, then nails him with a clothesline.  Rhodes chases Dillon around the ring, then goes back inside.  Windham beats up Rhodes and tries to slingshot him inside from the apron, but Rhodes slingshots Windham out of the ring to the concrete floor.  Rhodes slams Windham on the floor.  Rhodes jaw jacks with Dillon, which lets Windham cheap shot Rhodes and gets the advantage.  Windham applies the Claw with his gloved hand.  They work the Claw hold for a while.  A long while.  Dusty finally elbows his way out and goes for the figure-four, but Windham… locks the Claw on again.  Dusty escapes, bumping the ref in the process.  Windham goes up top.  Rhodes throws him off and hits an elbow drop… but there’s no referee.  Dillon sneaks up on the apron.  Ron Garvin comes in and nails Dusty.  Dillon throws the referee back in.  Windham locks the Claw on again and pins Rhodes in 15:57.  Good match.  Steve Williams comes out to check on Dusty.

Ross and Schiavone talk.

They show Dillon, Garvin, and Gary Hart backstage.  Dillon gives Garvin a suitcase full of money.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. “The Total Package” Lex Luger.  They lock up.  Luger over powers Flair.  They lock up again and Luger grabs a headlock.  Man, Flair’s selling is out of this world, even with a move as basic as a headlock.  Luger hits a hip toss and a dropkick.  Flair bails.  Back inside, they lock up again.  Luger press slams Flair.  Flair bails and flops over the guardrail.  Awesome.  Flair shoves Tommy Young.  Young shoves Flair back and runs away.  Heh.  Back inside, Luger wants a test of strength.  Luger wrings Flair’s arm, then press slams him again.  Luger bear hugs Flair.  He lets Flair go.  Flair tries to bail.  Luger suplexes Flair back in the ring for 2.  They fight on the outside.  Back inside, Flair starts working Luger over.  A knee drop gets 2, but Luger powers out.  Luger hits a big clothesline for 2.  Luger hits a hip toss and goes for the dropkick, but misses.  Flair flops into the mat.  Luger goes for a sunset flip.  Flair fights it, but Luger gets him over for 2.  Flair works Luger’s leg.  Flair locks in the figure-four leglock.  Luger reverses it.  Flair escapes and attacks the leg some more.  Luger avoids a blow and clotheslines Flair out of the ring, which somehow isn’t a DQ.  “Because of the momentum,” Ross says.  That rule is retarded anyway, but at least be consistent with it.  Flair chops Luger.  Luger hulks up and press slams Flair again, but hurts his injured knee in the process.  He stupidly tries a knee drop, which Flair avoids.  Flair goes up top and politely waits for Luger to come throw him off.  Luger punches Flair in the corner.  Flair hits an inverted atomic drop.  Luger no sells it and kills Flair with a lariat.  Cover, but Flair gets his leg on the bottom rope.  Luger punches Flair in the corner again, then whips Flair to the opposite corner.  Flair flips out of the ring.  Luger throws him back in.  Flair tries to hip toss Luger, but fails.  Luger gets a backslide for 2.  Flair charges Luger, who bear hugs him.  They get tangled up, then tumble out of the ring together.  Flair has injured his leg.  Flair rams Luger into the post, then tries to uses a chair, but Young won’t let him.  Dillon rams Luger’s head into the post.  Flair pulls Luger back into the ring.  Luger is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Flair beats up Luger.  Luger fights back.  Flair chops the shit out of him to no effect.  Luger hits a powerslam.  Luger locks Flair in the Torture Rack.  The referee calls for the bell in 23:13.  Huge pop, as everyone thinks Luger just won the title.  Some other babyfaces come out to celebrate.  Cappetta announces that Flair wins by blood stoppage on orders of the Maryland State Athletic Commission.  Luger is pissed.  Great match here.

Ross and Schiavone talk about Luger getting screwed by the state of Maryland as the credits play.

If you just take out the middle part with that retarded cage match, this show fucking rules.

NWA Bunkhouse Stampede 1988

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Jim Ross and Bob Caudle are the announcers.  Tony Schiavone is the ring announcer.

NWA World Television Championship Match: Nikita Koloff (c) vs. NWA United States Tag Team Champion Bobby Eaton (w/ Jim Cornette).  Nothing at all happens for over a minute, besides Eaton and Cornette hugging.  They finally lock up, then Eaton goes to consult with Cornette.  They lock up again.  Eaton gets Nikita in the corner and gives a clean break.  Nikita does a hammer lock, but Eaton gets the ropes.  Eaton throws some punches.  Nikita kicks his ass.  Nikita wins a test of strength.  Eaton complains about hair pulling.  They do some amateur style wrestling, then Eaton elbows Nikita in the face.  Eaton kicks Nikita out of the ring.  They brawl outside.  Back inside, Eaton grounds Nikita with a side headlock.  Through out the match, we get the joy of listening to Cornette yell obnoxiously at ringside.  They get to their feet and Nikita slams Eaton.  Eaton consults with Cornette, who then yells at the referee.  Eaton goes back to the side headlock.  Nikita rolls it into a pinning predicament for 1.  Eaton sends Nikita out of the ring again.  They brawl outside some more. Nikita sends Eaton into the post, then hip tosses him on the floor.  Eaton rakes Nikita’s face.  Back inside, Eaton covers for a 2 count.  A little later, Eaton hits a missile dropkick for 2.  They do some mat work for a while.  Nikita nails Eaton with the Russian Sickle, knocking Eaton into the ropes.  Eaton gets Nikita in an ARMBAR!  Eaton keeps working the arm.  Nikita starts fighting back.  Nikita hits the Russian Sickle just as the 20:00 time limit expires at 20:01.  Nikita gets hold of Cornette’s tennis racket, but Eaton grabs it from him.  Stan Lane runs down and helps Eaton beat down Nikita.  The match was fine.

Ross and Caudle talk.

NWA Western States Heritage Championship Match: Barry Windham (c) vs. Larry Zbyszko (w/ Baby Doll).  Baby Doll gets in Windham’s face.  Nothing else happens for the first couple of minutes.  They finally lock up.  Windham hits an arm drag.  Baby Doll yells advice.  They do some more stuff.  Windham hip tosses Zbyszko again.  Zbyszko bails.  Back inside, Zbyszko takes Windham down and punishes his leg.  Windham escapes and Zbyszko complains about hair pulling.  Zbyszko applies a hammer lock.  Windham fireman carries his way out of it.  Windham hits an inverted atomic drop and Zbyszko bails again.  Zbyszko applies a convoluted leg lock to Windham’s injured knee.  Windham reveres it into a Kobashi-style rolling cradle, but Zbyszko turns it back over.  Windham escapes.  They shove each other.  Zbyszko gets Windham in another leg hold.  Windham escapes again, but he’s hobbling.  Windham hits a powerslam for 2.  Windham slams Larry, then goes a diving elbow drop, but Larry avoids it.  Zbyszko goes back to working the knee.  Windham turns a side headlock into a backdrop suplex.  Larry goes back to his original strategy of working the knee.  Windham rallies and drops Larry with a dropkick, then hits a suplex for 2.  Windham hits a gutwrench suplex for 2.  Windham clamps on a sleeper hold.  They fight outside.  Zbyszko gets beat up, then manages to send Windham into the post.  Windham pulls Larry’s balls into the ring post.  Zbyszko ducks Windham, who spills out of the ring.  Back inside, Zbyszko punches Windham to block a sunset flip attempt and covers for 2.  Larry goes for a neckbreaker, but Windham turns it into a backslide for 2.  Larry goes for a piledriver, but Windham backdrops him.  Zbyszko covers for 2 off of taking a move.  Odd.  They collide and both go down.  Windham avoids a knee in the corner and hammers Zbyszko.  Windham whips Larry into the referee, then covers for a phantom 3 count.  Zbyszko hits Windham with Baby Doll’s high heel shoe and covers for the pin in 19:17.  Larry wins the title!  It was pretty good, I guess.

Ross and Caudle talk.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Road Warrior Hawk (w/ Paul Ellering).  Hawk over powers Flair to start.  Flair nails Hawk, who doesn’t flinch.  They lock up again.  Flair tries to shoulder block Hawk, fails, and gets press slammed.  Flair bails.  Dillon calls for a time out.  Heh.  Hawk press slams Flair again.  Hawk stomps a mud hole into Flair in the corner.  Hawk continues to dominate.  Flair chops Hawk, realizes it isn’t working, and begs off.  Hawk drops him with a big shoulder block.  Flair bails and Hawk follows him outside to kick his ass.  Flair back pedals.  Hawk throws the wooden steps at him.  Back inside, Hawk puts Flair in a nerve hold.  Flair hits him in the balls.  Flair finally manages to get going.  Flair hits a knee drop for 2, when Hawk throws him off.  Flair throws Hawk out of the ring.  Flair sends Hawk into the barricade repeatedly.  Flair hits another knee drop for 2 back in the ring.  Hawk misses a knee drop and injures his knee.  Flair attacks the leg.  Ellering and Dillon bicker at ringside.  Hawk and Flair trade chops.  Flair hits a backdrop suplex, then wraps Hawk’s knee around the post.  Flair locks Hawk in the figure-four leglock, using the ropes to cause more pain.  How exactly does grabbing the ropes cause the guy more pain?  Hawk turns the figure-four over.  Flair gets a rope break while he screams in pain.  Man, Flair is out of this world awesome.  Flair goes up top and gets thrown off.  Hawk chops Flair.  Hawk comes out of the corner and clotheslines Flair and the referee.  Flair is fine, but the referee is killed dead.  Hawk clotheslines Flair over the top rope.  Flair pulls Hawk out of the ring.  Hawk rams Flair’s head into the post.  Flair is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Back in the ring, Hawk hits a powerslam on Flair.  Hawk does some kind of pose and Flair begs off.  Hawk hammers Flair.  Hawk drops Flair with a clothesline.  Flair scrapes Hawk’s eyes and goes up top.  Hawk superplexes him and covers.  Dillion comes in and hits Hawk with a chair.  Hawk no sells it.  Dillon begs off.  Hawk grabs him.  Flair hits Hawk with the chair.  The referee comes back in and counts 2, but Hawk throws Flair on top of the referee.  Flair suplexes Hawk.  Hawk no sells it.  Flair begs off.  Hawk hammers Flair in the corner.  Flair flops face first to the mat.  Hawk hits a fist drop.  Flair hits Hawk with the chair to cause the DQ in 21:41.  Hawk sends Flair into the corner.  Flair bails.  Really good match here, I thought.  They show highlights.

Ross and Caudle talk as the crew puts up the cage for the main event.  They play credits.  The Bunkhouse Stampede match is a Steel Cage Battle Royal, more or less.  They show footage of the Zbyszko/Windham match from earlier.

Bunkhouse Stampede – Final: NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Dusty Rhodes vs. NWA World Tag Team Champion Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Ivan Koloff (w/ Paul Jones) vs. The Warlord vs. NWA World Tag Team Champion Arn Anderson vs. Lex Luger vs. The Barbarian vs. Road Warrior Animal (w/ Paul Ellering).  Everybody brawls.  Anderson chokes Koloff, then saves Blanchard from being eliminated by Rhodes.  Luger hammers the Barbarian.  Rhodes rakes Koloff’s face into the cage.  Arn and Tully double team Luger.  Luger fights back and prevents himself from being eliminated.  Rhodes and Koloff fight on the top rope.  Barbarian attacks Dusty.  Koloff is bleeding.  Dusty sends him into the cage.  Animal and Blanchard fight on the top rope.  Dusty tries to eliminate Anderson, but Koloff chokes Dusty from behind with a rope.  More brawling.  Dusty launches Tully into the cage.  Luger hits an atomic drop on Koloff and Koloff attacks the cage with his face again.  Dusty grinds Anderson’s head into the cage.  Anderson is bleeding too.  The Powers of Pain hammer Animal.  Barbarian bites Animal’s bloody forehead.  Luger randomly runs wild.  Rhodes whips all of the heels with Tully’s belt.  10 minutes in and no eliminations have occurred.  Rhodes whips Koloff with the belt some more and otherwise abuses him.  The Powers of Pain hammer on Animal some more.  Luger hits Tully with Arn Anderson’s boot.  The Powers of Pain beat on Luger.  Animal tries to power Arn over the top of the cage.  Barbarian tries to stop him, but gets dropped.  Tully tries to pull Koloff throw the cage door with a belt.  Anderson escapes his predicament, as does Koloff.  Animal sends Koloff over the top of the cage and punches him down for our first elimination.  Animal press slams Tully onto Arn.  Animal eliminates the Warlord, but The Barbarian hits Animal drop behind to send him out too.  Luger and Rhodes beat up the Horsemen.  Luger puts Blanchard in the Torture Rack.  The Horsemen try to eliminate Luger, but he fights them off.  Barbarian hammers Dusty.  Arn, Luger, and Tully all eliminate each other in one mess of an elimination.  Jones hands Barbarian an object to hit Dusty with.  Barbarian hits a diving headbutt.  Barbarian tries to eliminate Dusty.  Dusty fires some Bionic elbows at him.  They fight on the top rope again.  Barbarian tries to send Dusty over the top of the cage.  Rhodes responds in kind.  Rhodes gets Barbarian on the top of the cage and lands a couple of Bionic elbows to send Barbarian to the floor in 26:19.  This was… well, interesting.  Rhodes wins a big cowboy boot shaped trophy and $500,000.

Ross and Caudle talk.  Now suddenly, the audio and video are horrible out of sync.

Highlight video closes the show.

While the main event was pretty stupid, the other 3 matches were pretty solid, even if they weren’t mind blowing by any means.

NWA Starrcade 1986: Night of the Skywalkers

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Not even a warm up, as this goes straight to the first match.

Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious) vs. Brad Armstrong.  Tony Schiavone does ring announcing.  He and some other guy I’ll hopefully figure out later on commentary.  Garvin and Armstrong lock up aggressively.  The referee’s name is either Scrappy or Slappy.  They don’t do anything of note.  They trade hammerlocks and wrestle a bit.  The referee’s name is Scrappy McAllen.  That’s hilarious.  Garvin milks a hold for a while.  Armstrong fights out and locks in an ARMBAR!  Garvin counters and locks in a head scissors.  They go back and forth.  Armstrong ends up back in the head scissors.  Armstrong eventually fights out and locks in a side headlock.  Garvin rolls into a pinning predicament and gets the pin, I think, but the referee caught him holding Armstrong’s trunks, so the match continues.  Garvin finally escapes the headlock with a backdrop suplex.  Eventual cover gets 2.  Garvin throws Armstrong out of the ring.  Precious yells at Armstrong.  Garvin kicks Armstrong in the head from in the ring.  Repeat.  Armstrong makes it back in and Garvin hit shots him into the ropes for 2.  Second cover gets 2.  Garvin hits a backbreaker for 2.  Garvin picks Armstrong up, but Armstrong lands on top for 2.  Armstrong charges Garvin in the corner and gets kneed in the face for 2.  Another cover gets 2.  Garvin uses a chin lock.  Armstrong escapes.  Garvin gets an inside cradle for 2.  Armstrong reverses it for 2.  Garvin slams Armstrong and goes up top, but misses a diving splash.  It’s a 15:00 draw at 15:08.  They keep fighting, but Armstrong eventually runs Garvin off.  Very meh match, way too long and uninteresting.

I already tell this is going to be an ordeal because that match was lame, and because my video isn’t the best quality and the audio is a little out of sync, which annoys me to no end.

Tom Miller is the ring announcer now.

The Barbarian & Shaska Whatley vs. Baron Von Raschke & Hector Guerrero.  This has to be another 2 location show, as Bob Caudle and Johnny Weaver are on commentary now.  All four brawl to start.  Hector and Whatley have a fine exchange.  Barbarian tags in and goes at it with Guerrero.  Hector avoids a clothesline.  Raschke holds Barbarian for Hector to hit a dive.  Hector and Whatley brawl outside.  Barbarian sends Hector into the barricade.  The heels work over Hector.  He does a great face in peril.  Hector spits in Whatley’s face and makes the hot tag.  Baron Von Raschke runs wild!  Claw hold to Whatley.  Barbarian saves.  Hector comes in and cleans his clock.  Baron avoids Whatley in the corner and drops an elbow for the pin in 6:29.  Decent stuff.  The heels beat down Rascke after the match until Hector makes it back in for the save.

No DQ Match for the NWA United States Tag Team Championship: Ivan Koloff & Krusher Khruschev (c) vs. The Kansas Jayhawks.  Koloff and Mantel start.  It’s… oddly kind of awesome.  Jayhawks make quick tags and work over Koloff in the early going.  Scrappy McAllen is the referee again!  Wooo!  Krusher tags in and beats up Mantel.  Dutch fights back and challenges Koloff to come in the ring while Jaggers chokes Koloff.  The Jayhawks take turns working over Krusher.  Ivan tags in and gets beat up some more.  Dutch gets the first near fall of the match on Ivan.  The Russians start to get heat on Dutch, beginning with Krusher beating him up on the outside.  Dutch plays face in peril.  Geeze ref, it’s no DQ, stop getting in the way of Jaggers trying to come in.  Dutch clotheslines the Russians and tags in Jaggers, who runs wild.  Clothesline on Koloff, but Krusher saves.  Ivan and Dutch brawl outside.  Ivan tries to come off the top with the chain onto Jaggers, but Dutch makes the save with a bull whip.  Dutch and Krusher brawl outside.  Krusher hits Jaggers with the chain, allowing Ivan to get the pin in 7:52.  This was fine.

Indian Strap Match: Rick Rude (w/ Paul Jones & Paul Jones’ bitchin’ mustache) vs. Wahoo McDaniel.  After some pre-match shenanigans, the match starts.  Wahoo whips Rude.  Repeat.  Rude hits some forearms.  Wahoo whips him, then hammers him down.  Usual strap match shit.  Rude beats up Wahoo.  Rude slams Wahoo, touches 2 corners, then gets cut off.  Wahoo beats up Rude.  Wahoo touches 3 corners, then gets cut off by Rude.  Rude stupidly goes up top and Wahoo yanks him off with the strap.  Wahoo touches 3 corners.  Jones tries to interfere and gets chopped.  Rude pushes Wahoo into the 4th corner for the win in about 8 minutes.  By the time the bell rings it’s an official 9:08.  Rude and Jones attack Wahoo, but Hector Guerrero and Baron Von Raschke make the save.  Next!

NWA Central States Heavyweight Championship Match: Sam Houston (c) vs. Bill Dundee.  Tony finally names his co-commentator, Rick Stewart.  Houston and Dundee go at it with some aggressive wrestling to start.  Houston does the side headlock rolled into a pinning predicament spot that I always mark out for.  Houston with a nice head scissors takedown.  Dundee takes Houston down  and works his arm a bit.  Houston fights back.  Really good simple wrestling here.  Houston goes for his bulldog headlock, fails, reverse cradle for 2.  Houston gets taken to the outside and Dundee beats on him.  Houston comes back with an atomic drop that catapults Dundee over the barricade.  Houston slingshots Dundee back into the ring and covers for 2.  Dundee kicks Houston in the face and hits a diving splash (or a diving punch?) for 2.  Dundee with a rear chin lock.  Dundee punches Houston a few times, then struts, the covers for 2.  Dundee locks Houston in a crab hold.  Houston powers out.  They roll into the ropes.  Dundee chokes Houston in the ropes.  Dundee throws Houston out of the ring.  Dundee with a front facelock on the mat.  Houston fights out and makes a fiery comeback.  Houston slams Dundee, then fails a knee drop.  Dundee attacks the knee viciously.  Houston’s boot comes off somehow and Dundee whacks him with it for the DQ in 10:22.  This was pretty good.

Hair vs. Hair Match: Paul Jones (w/ Manny Fernandez) vs. Jimmy Valiant (w/ Big Mama).  It’s Jones’ hair vs. Mama’s hair.  Also, it’s a different Big Mama than the one last year.  Also, Manny will be suspended above the ring in a cage.  The referee can’t get Manny to go into the cage.  More babyfaces come out to try to make him.  Manny fights off Nelson Royal, Tim Horner, and Baron Von Raschke, then Wahoo comes out and decks him, forcing him into the cage.  Jones tries to hold into the cage as it is raised.  The match finally start.  Valiant beats up Jones.  Kids, this is what wrestlers looked like before the emphasis was placed on having good bodies.  Jones takes a foreign object out of his tights and decks Valiant, but stupidly doesn’t cover.  Valiant is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Eventual cover gets 2.  Jones drops Valiant and covers again, but Valiant gets his foot on the bottom rope.  Jones goes to stomp it and hurts his leg.  Jones hits him with the object again for 2.  Jones goes for the Indian Death Lock, but gets countered.  Valiant makes his comeback and locks Jones in the sleeper hold.  Valiant gets hold on Jones’ object and hits him with it, then gets the pin in 4:28 (official.  Fuck they take forever to ring the closing bell.).  Valiant shaves Jones’ head.  Manny Fernandez is released from the cage and attacks Valiant.  Rick Rude comes out to join the beatdown.  They hit a swank elevated DDT that some tag team should adopt as a finish on Valiant and onto a steel chair.  Raschke and Wahoo come out to check on Valiant.  Too little, too late, guys.

Louisville Street Fight: Ron Garvin vs. Big Bubba Rogers (w/ Jim Cornette).  Tommy Young is the referee!  Garvin punches Bubba to no effect.  He punches him some more and finally drops him.  Bubba rolls out of the ring to hear some advince from Cornette.  Garvin punches Bubba some more.  For some reason everytime I go to type “Garvin” I accidentally type “Garven” first.  That makes absolutely no sense.  Anyway, Garin beats up Bubba some more.  Bubba finally manages to get some offense going.  Garvin pulls a good length rope out of his boots, chokes Bubba, tries to hog tie him, beats him, ties him to the top rope and bites him.  Bubba fights back, but he looks winded.  Bear hug by Bubba.  Garvin headbutts his way free.  Bubba bear hugs him again.  Garvin headbutts his way free again.  Garvin throws some punches and knocks Bubba out of the ring.  Bubba comes back in and Garvin punches on him some more.  Bubba falls out of the ring again.  Garvin follows him out and they brawl.  Back inside, Bubba goes up top!  Garvin throws him off Flair-style and covers, but Bubba throws Garvin on top of the referee.  Garvin hits a DANGEROUS looking piledriver.  Cornette whacks Garvin with the tennis racket.  The referee counts them both down for the double KO… but there MUST be a winner!  So, the first man to his feet will be the winner.  Cornette comes in to try to help Bubba up.  Young shoves him out of the ring.  Bubba grabs the referee as Garvin gets up.  Cornette hits Garvin with the tennis racket again and drops him.  Bubba gets to his feet for the win in 11:52.  This was fun in some parts.

First Blood Match for the NWA World Television Championship: Dusty Rhodes (c) vs. Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon).  No opening bell that I heard.  Also, Dillon goes from behind fine to randomly having his head covered in blood at ringside.  What’s up with that?  They both try to protect themselves from getting punched in the face.  Blanchard backs off every time Dusty cocks his elbow.  They go a little bit.  Dusty poises to punch Blanchard in the face and Blanchard bails.  Dusty headbutts Blanchard in the face.  Hey, Earl Hebner is the referee!  Anyway, they brawl a bit.  Dusty works Tully’s leg, which strikes me as a stupid strategy in a first blood match.  Blanchard rips at Dusty’s forehead.  Dusty stomps Blanchard’s face.  Dusty accidentally elbows the referee.  Hebner gets up and Dusty suplexes Blanchard on top of him.  Dusty throws Dillon’s shoe (which I guess Dillon threw to Tully) away and hits some bionic elbows.  Blanchard is bleeding, but the referee is still down.  Dillon wipes off Blanchard’s forehead and rubs Vaseline on it.  Blanchard hits Dusty with a roll of coins.  The referee wakes up to see Rhodes bleeding and awards the match to Blanchard in about 8 minutes.  Still more meh on this show.

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

Scaffold Match: The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette & Big Bubba Rogers).  The Road Warriors wait at the top during the ring intros.  Loverboy Dennis Condrey teases climbing up, but chickens out.  MX finally does come up.  The bell rings and the Road Warriors kick ass.  Condrey throws powder in Hawk’s eyes.  Eaton does the same to Animal.  They fight on top of the scaffold.  That sentence will cover the rest of the match until someone takes a stupid, unnecessary bump.  Condrey falls, then Eaton, to give the Road Warriors the win at 7:08.  Ellering takes Cornette’s tennis racket.  Cornette climbs the scaffold to escape and runs right into Animal.  Cornette falls and blows out his knees.

Steel Cage Match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship: The Rock & Roll Express (c) vs. Ole & Arn Anderson.  Ole and Gibson lock up.  Gibson ducks a blow and throws some punches.  Arn tags in.  All 4 brawl for a minute.  The referee sends Gibson out and the Andersons beat up Gibson a bit.  Gibson fires back in Arn.  Ole tags in and brawls with Gibson.  Morton tags in and beats up Ole.  Arn tags back in and goes at it with Morton.  Gibson tags in and gets beat up by the Andersons.  Gibson avoids a figure-four by kicking Arn face first into the cage.  Ole tags in and stomps on Gibson as he tries to make it to his corner.  Gibson gets beat up, then makes the tag to Morton, who runs wild for about a second until Ole rams into the cage a couple of times.  Morton gets his ass stomped by the Andersons for a while.  Morton is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  The complete destruction of Ricky Morton continues for several minutes.  Arn hits the spinebuster on Morton for the sure pin, but Gibson saves!  Ole tags in and Arn holds Morton for Ole to come off the top with a knee to the arm.  Ole has been working the shit out of that arm, and goes back to it now.  Man, Ricky got SO close to make the tag that time, but Ole cut him off at the last possible second.  Morton fires some punches at Ole, then gets him in an inside cradle, but Arm saves.  Robert comes in and goes after Arn.  Ole picks up Morton for a slam, but Gibson dropkicks him and Morton gets the pin in Ole in 19:03.  Really good formula tag match here.  The R&R escape the cage before they can get their asses kicked too much more.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair (c) vs. NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Nikita Koloff.  Tommy Young is the referee!  They lock up.  Koloff over powers Flair.  Repeated.  Flair bails.  Flair foolishly gets into a test of strength, fails that, and throws some hard chops at Nikita.  Nikita no sells, which scares Flair into bailing again.  Nikita overpowers Flair again.  Flair yells that he’s going to kick Nikita’s ass.  Hah.  Nikita hip tosses Flair.  They lock up again, and Nikita hip tosses Flair again, then slams him.  Twice.  Big slams, too.  Less body slam, more throwing Flair halfway across the ring.  Flair tries a shoulder block, fails, and gets bear hugged.  Nikita turns the bear hug into a pinning predicament for a pair of 2 counts.  Neat.  Flair avoids Nikita in the corner and hits a big vertical suplex.  Nikita springs up and Flair begs off, then bails again.  Back inside, Nikita grabs a side headlock.  Flair backs him into the ropes and beats on him some.  Nikita goes the Russian Hammer (chokeslam without the slam).  Young makes him break the choke.  Flair avoids Nikita and Nikita goes over the top rope.  Flair wraps Nikita’s leg around the ring post, then chop blocks the leg back inside.  Flair continues working the leg and locks in the figure-four leglock, using the ropes behind the referee’s back.  Flair eventually breaks it and beats up Nikita some more.  Flair throws chops, which seem to just piss Nikita off.  Flair sends Nikita out of the ring.  Flair rams Nikita into the scaffold and busts him open.  Back inside, Flair hits a knee drop for 2, but Nikita kicks out emphatically.  Flair hits a backdrop suplex for 2, another emphatic kick out.  Flair punches Nikita in the forehead, presumably to make him bleed worse.  Nikita gets pissed and makes a comeback.  He tosses Flair around.  Flair begs off, but Nikita whips him into the corner.  Flair flips out and Nikita goes after him.  Nikita counters Flair and rams his face into the scaffold.  Flair finally makes it back inside.  He and Nikita trade blows.  Flair flops face first into the mat.  Nikita hits a shoulder block and Flair bounces into Tommy Young, sending him out of the ring.  Nikita kills Flair with a clothesline.  Cover, but there’s no referee.  Referee Scrappy McAllen is back to check on Tommy Young.  Flair catches Nikita with a knee to the back and Scrappy makes a 2 count.  Is his name McAllen or McGowen?  I can’t tell.  It’s a moot point, as Nikita accidentally murders him with a clothesline.  Tommy Young makes it back inside.  He tries to force Nikita to break in the corner.  Nikita shoves him twice, so Young calls for the DQ in 19:23.  They keep brawling.  Nikita kills everyone who runs in.  All of the heels run in and gang up on him.  The babyfaces run in to make the save.  The official decision is a double DQ.  The match was pretty good.  Flair and Nikita fight some more, but it’s eventually broken up.  Replays of the wild clusterfuck at the end.

End credits.

The show was alright in some places, very boring in others.  I guess I’ll give it a thumbs in the middle.

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.