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NWA Clash of the Champions VI: Ragin’ Cajun

Posted in WCW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2012 by Grappleholic

This is my first review in nearly 11 months.  I hope I’ve still got it.

Jim Ross and Michael Hayes introduce the show.  Apparently it’s some kind of legends night.  The show Terry Funk, Lou Thesz, Gene Kiniski, Sam Muchnick, and Pat O’Connor arriving.  They had dinner with NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ricky Steamboat had dinner with them.  Buddy Rogers, Dory Funk Jr., and Harley Race are also there.  Jim Herd says some kind words about them.

Opening video.

They play the national anthem.  Pyro and ballyhoo.

Commercials.  There’s a plug for the Wrestling Hotline.  1-900-909-9900.  Not that I recommend trying that number in 2012.

Gary Michael Cappetta is the ring announcer.

The Samoan Swat Team (w/ Paul E. Dangerously) vs. The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette).  Samu beats up Lane to start.  Lane scores a shoulder block.  They do some drop down and leap overs.  Lane ends up getting a cross body for a 1 count.  Samu accidentally knocks Fatu off the apron.  Fatu recovers quickly and tags in to put a hurting on Lane.  Lane is having none of that and tags in Eaton.  Eaton hits a diving dropkick.  I’m not going to dignify it with the name of missile dropkick.  MX make quick tags and work over Fatu.  Cornette hits Samu with the tennis racket on the outside, which pisses Samu off.  MX continue working over Fatu.  Fatu chops Lane in the throat and tags out.  Lane gets a sunset flip on Samu for 2.  The Samoans try to double team Lane in the corner, but Samu ends up accidentally decking Fatu again.  Hayes on commentary calls this “a main event in any arena.”  He must have hit the nose candy before they went on the air.  MX work over Samu.  The Samoans cut Lane off briefly, but Eaton gets the tag and cleans house.  MX switch behind the referee’s back without making a tag, but they’re babyfaces so it’s okay.  The match continues to drag.  Lane gets a near fall off a jackknife hold.  The referee took a while to count because everyone was in the ring.  Samoans get the heat on Eaton.  Lane gets the hot tag and runs wild.  The Samoans conk heads, which we know has no effect on Samoans.  Paul E. trips Lane.  Cornette hits Fatu with the tennis racket.  Samu kicks Lane.  Fatu covers for 2.  Fatu beats up Lane for a while.  Fatu knocks Eaton off the apron.  This pisses Eaton off, so he comes in to distract Tommy Young while the Samoans double team Lane.  Fatu goes for a diving headbutt, but Lane avoids it.  Samu and Eaton tag in.  Eaton runs wild.  He bonks the Samoans’ heads together.  They shrug it off and headbutt him.  One of the Samoans accidentally hits the other when Eaton moves.  Clusterfuck ensues.  MX hit the Rocket Laucher while Cornette decks Paul E.  Fatu hits Eaton with Paul E’s cell phone and puts Samu on top.  Samu pins Eaton in 20:33.  Solid formulaic tag match, but felt long.

Next, The Great Muta!

Great Muta (w/ Gary Hart) vs. Steve Casey.  Man, Muta is young here.  He meditates, then blows mist into the air, the blows mist into Casey’s face and kicks his ass.  Muta hits a handspring elbow to the corner, then hits a snapmare and clamps on a rear chin lock.  Casey manages to hit an arm drag and works Muta’s arm a bit.  Muta hits a nifty dropkick in the corner, then sends Casey outside and teases a dive.  Hart throws Casey back into the ring and Muta hits a diving dropkick.  Muta rakes Casey’s eyes and continues beating on him.  Casey works Muta’s arm a bit more.  Muta flips around and works on Casey’s leg.  Muta drops Casey with a sweet roundhouse kick, then puts a claw on his armpit.  Not a typo.  Casey makes his comeback and runs wild briefly.  Muta avoids a dropkick and sends Casey out of the ring with the kick that Shelton Benjamin would call the Dragon Whip 15 years later.  Muta then wipes Casey out with a cross body to floor and throws him into the barricade.  Back inside, Muta hits a backbreaker and finishes Casey with the moonsault press in 8:12.  Fine little showcase for Muta.  I love Muta, I love moonsaults, and I love Muta’s moonsaults.

Junkyard Dog comes out with a New Orleans marching band.

Junkyard Dog vs. “Hacksaw” Butch Reed (w/ Hiro Matsuda).  Ross puts over that these two are old rivals from the Mid-South territory, appropriate since we’re in the Superdome in New Orleans.  JYD lands a punc and Reed bails for a moment.  They want to fight, but Teddy Long insists that they open up the hands.  JYD grabs a side headlock, then some shoulder blocks.  He does the doggie headbutting deal and sends Reed outside again.  Reed dicks around for a bitm then comes back in.  JYD works Reed’s arm some.  JYD hits a hip toss and a body slam and continues to beat up Reed.  Reed finally gets the advantage and beats up JYD.  Reed drops some elbows for 2, then clamps on a chin lock.  JYD almost goes down, but rallies and makes his comeback.  BIG back body drop by JYD gets 2.  Double clothesline spot.  Reed hits  a diving shoulder block and covers, but JYD gets his foot on the ropes.  Reed stupidly celebrates.  Matsuda distracts the ref.  Reed collides with Matsuda.  For some reason, this knocks Reed out and allows JYD to get the pin in 8:54.  It wasn’t completely horrible.

Bob Orton Jr. (w/ Gary Hart) vs. “Captain Redneck” Dick Murdoch.  Lock up.  Orton hits a couple of fireman’s carrys.  Spell check doesn’t like that word.  Murdoch hits a fireman’s carry of his own.  They trade arm wringers.  I approve.  The work around arm locks for some time, and I’m perfectly fine with that.  Murdoch escapes a rough spot and they lock up again.  Orton puts a hurting on the back of Murdoch’s head.  Murdoch fights back on spaghetti legs (term stolen from Jim Ross).  Murdoch lands a dropkick and Orton takes a front bump into the turnbuckles.  Murdoch drops Orton with a BIG right hand.  Murdoch rolls to the floor and beats up Orton on the apron.  Orton rallies and goes for the superplex.  Murdoch fights him off and lands some blows.  Orton rakes the eyes.  Murdoch catches Orton coming into the corner and drops him.  Murdoch goes for the brainbuster, but Hart trips him and Orton lands on top for the pin in 9:47.  I dug the hell out of this.

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: The Road Warriors (c) (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. Mike Rotunda & “Dr. Death” Steve Williams of The Varsity Club (w/ Kevin Sullivan).  Hawk and Rotunda start.  Hawk gets the better of it and Rotunda bails.  Hawk gives chased, but is blocked by referee Teddy Long.  Animal tags in.  He gets whipped towards the enemy corner and drops Doc with an elbow smash.  Animal press slams Rotunda.  Doc runs in and gets the same treatment.  Hawk and Doc tag in and brawl.  Hawk hits an atomic drop and a clothesline.  Cover, but Rotunda pulls him off.  Doc hits a clothesline and taunts Animal.  Rotunda tags in and hits an elbow drop for 2.  Hawk kicks out with authority.  Animal tags in and grabs a headlock.  Doc tags in and Animal gabs him too.  They go for a backdrop suplex, but Animal flips out and dropkicks them, then hits a double clothesline.  Animal gets low bridged out of the ring.  Doc drops him in the hard floor.  Back inside, the heels get the heat on Animal.  Hawk gets the tag, but the referee didn’t see it.  Animal continues to play face in peril.  He eventually drops Rotunda with a lariat.  Doc prevents him from making the tag.  Animal clotheslines Doc.  Hawk gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Animal shoves the ref.  Doomsday Device on Rotunda.  Sullivan and Ellering brawl on the floor.  Long refuses to count for the Road Warriors.  Doc schoolboys Hawk and Long makes a fast count to give the Varsity Club the titles in 11:37.  Okay match.  This must be the beginning of Teddy’s heel turn and becoming a manager.

Jim Ross interviews some pissed off Road Warriors and Paul Ellering at ringside.

Ranger Ross vs. The Iron Sheik (w/ Rip Morgan).  America vs. Iran.  Sheik sings the Iranian national anthem, then jumps Ross and chokes him with his robe.  Sheik hits a side suplex, then chokes Ross with his own shirt.  Ross hits a suplex for 1.  Rosss beats up Sheik.  Sheik applies an abdominal stretch.  Ross rallies and kicks Sheik in the head.  Cover.  Morgan hits Ross with the flag to cause the DQ in 1:55.  Sheik and Morgan attack Ross.  Junkyard Dog makes the save.

Bob Caudle interviews Ric Flair, who is going for his 6th World Championship tonight.

NWA United States Tag Team Championship Match: Rick Steiner & Eddie Gilbert (c) of The First Family (w/ Missy Hyatt) vs. Kevin Sullivan & Dan Spivey of The Varsity Club.  The heels attack the champs before the bell and get the jump on them.  The much larger Spivey beats up Gilbert.  The much shorter Sullivan tags in and provokes Steiner, who kindly distracts referee Tommy Young so Spivey can beat up Gilbert on the outside.  Gilbert continues to take abuse from the Varsity Club.  Steiner gets the tag and runs wild on Spivey.  Powerslam gets 2.  Steiner hits a belly to belly.  Sullivan breaks the cover.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Steiner clotheslines Spivey and both tumble out of the ring.  Gilbert nails Sullivan with Hyatt’s Gucci bag and cradles him for the pin in 3:51, even though neither were legal.  The Varsity Club beat up Gilbert, but Steiner makes the save with a chair.  It was short.

Wrestling Hotline!

2/3 Falls Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat (c) (w/ Bonnie & Richie Steamboat) vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.  Terry Funk has joined Jim Ross for commentary on this match.  Flair and Steamboat lock up.  Steamboat pushes Flair into the corner and slaps him.  They trade holds and do some amateur-type stuff o the mat.  Steamboat slaps the piss out of Flair again, then wins a power arm lock contest.  Flair gets the ropes to break and bails.  They lock up again.  Steamboat hits a hip toss and gets a side headlock takeover.  They work around the headlock for a bit.  I always enjoy that.  They trade chops.  Back to the headlock.  Flair forces Steamboat into the corner and chops him.  Steamboat replies with a chop that knocks Flair off his feet.  Steamboat hits a big back body drop.  Flair lands a closed fist punch.  Steamboat gets a reverse cradle for 2, then hits a clothesline and goes back to the headlock.  Steamboat beats up Flair a bit.  Flair face plants and Steamboat covers for 2.  Flair hits an inverted atomic drop.  Steamboat drops Flair with another chop for 2.  Steamboat hits a shoulder block for 2.  Another chop gets 2 for Steamboat.  Flair bails and face plants at ringside.  Back inside, Flair lands some chops.  Steamboat responds in kind.  Steamboat gets another near fall.  Steamboat hits a vertical suplex and goes for a splash, but Flair gets his knees up.  Flair goes to work on Steamboat.  Flair hits a butterfly suplex and tries to hold Steamboat down, but gets only a series of 2 counts.  Steamboat fires back, but whiffs a dropkick.  Flair goes for the figure-four, but Steamboat cradles him ala Chi-Town Rumble.  Flair cuts back the cradle and pins Steamboat to win the first fall in 19:35.  Commercials.  They go at it again.  Steamboat hits a diving chop for 2.  Flair hits a backdrop suplex and a knee drop.  He misses a second knee drop and Steamboat attacks his leg.  Steamboat locks in the figure-four.  Flair suffers for a moment, but gets the ropes.  Steamboat locks on a crab hold.  Flair gets another rope break and hides out in the corner.  Steamboat goes back on the attack anyway.  They do some more sweet mat wrestling, then end up outside.  Flair sends Steamboat into the barricade and slams him on the floor.  Coming back inside, Flair jerks Steamboat’s neck down across the ropes.  Flair suplexes Steamboat back inside for 2.  Flair applies an abdominal stretch and turns it into a ground Cobra Twist for 2.  Flair tries to pin Steamboat with his feet on the ropes, but fails.  Steamboat gets a reverse cradle for 2, then a jackknife hold for 2.  Flair goes back on the offensive.  He goes up top, but Steamboat cuts him off and hits a superplex.  Steamboat applies a double chickenwing armlock and Flair submits to give Steamboat the second fall in 35:03.  Insta-commercials.  They keep going hard at it.  Flair hits a shin breaker and applies the figure-four.  Steamboat quickly gets the ropes.  Flair argues with the referee.  They do some stuff.  Flair does the Flair flip in the corner and runs into a chop from Steamboat on the apron.  Flair begs off, then trips up Steamboat and goes for the Flair pin in the corner, but only gets 2.  Steamboat misses Flair in the corner and gets hung their briefly, injuring his knee.  Flair goes to work on the leg and reapplies the figure-four.  Steamboat suffers for a while, but finally roles into the ropes.  Flair sends Steamboat’s bad leg into the apron.  Flair hits a diving cross body for 2.  Steamboat goes for a slam, but his leg gives out and Flair gets another 2 count.  Steamboat hits a flying headbutt and a chop, then comes off the top with the diving cross body for 2.  Steamboat hits a swinging neckbreaker for 2.  Steamboat goes for a springboard sunset flip.  Flair fights it, but Steamboat gets him over for 2.  Flair clamps on a sleeper hold.  Steamboat nearly goes out, but rallies and manages to send Flair outside.  Back inside, Steamboat lands an enzuigiri for 2.  Steamboat comes off the top rope, but Flair avoids it and goes back to work on Steamboat’s leg.  They trade chops.  Steamboat wins the exchange and beats up Flair int he corner.  Flair goes for an inverted atomic drop, but Steamboat blocks it and chops him.  Cover, but Flair gets his foot on the rope.  Flair elbows Steamboat on the head and hits a backdrop suplex.  Flair goes up top again.  Steamboat throws him off.  Steamboat gets the chickenwing armlock again.  Steamboat’s leg gives out and they fall back, putting both mens’ shoulders on the mat.  Steamboat lifts his at the last second and gets the pin in 55:30, even though Flair’s foot is under the rope.  Steamboat retains the title.  Great match, but I disagree with those who say this is better than Chi-Town Rumble.  Insta-commercials.

Jim Ross interviews NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ricky Steamboat.  He’s ready to move on from Ric Flair.  They examine the video and see that Flair’s foot was on the bottom rope.  Steamboat agrees that Flair deserves another shot.

Enjoyable show.  Flair/Steamboat is a classic and I really dug the Orton/Murdoch match and the Muta showcase.

Starrcade: The Essential Collection Disc 2 (Repost)

Posted in WCW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2010 by Grappleholic

Originally posted on my old blog on 2/1/09.

Tully Blanchard introduces #19 on the countdown.

#19
Starrcade, 11/26/87
NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon) (c) vs. The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering).  Jim Ross and Tony Schiavone are on commentary.  The Road Warriors are challenging for the gold in their hometown.  Hawk dominates Anderson to start.  Tully comes in and quickly tries to bail, but Animal press slams him back into the ring.  He tries to bail again, but Hawk chases him down and throws him back in.  The Horsemen double team Hawk briefly, but Hawk nails a double clothesline to keep the momentum on the Road Warriors’ side.  Hawk press slams Blanchard, but Anderson clips his knee, finally giving the Horsemen a chance.  Blanchard hits Hawk’s injured knee with a chair.  Anderson hits a DDT on Hawk and covers, but Hawk kicks out at one.  Blachard tries to put Hawk in the figure-four, but Hawk counters and keeps fighting.  Anderson and Blanchard take turns beating on Hawk.  Blanchard finally goes lock in the figure-four.  Hawk finally makes the hot tag.  Animal cleans house.  Blanchard knocks referee Tommy Young out of the ring.  Animal backdrops Anderson over the top rope.  Warriors hit the Doomsday Device on Anderson.  A young Earl Hebner (w/ full head of hair!) comes in and makes the three count for Animal gets the pin at 13:24.  New Champions!  But wait!  Tommy Young comes back in.  He saw Animal throw Anderson over the top rope and reverses the decision!  Horsemen win by DQ!  I really liked the match.  It seemed custom made for the Road Warrior sto win the titles in their hometown, and I don’t understand why they didn’t.

Tully introduces the next match as well.

#18
Starrcade, 12/29/96
Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Jushin Thunder Liger.  Big commentary table needed for this crew: Schiavone, Tenay, Dusty, and Heenan.  I love when WWE puts Liger matches on DVD.  Liger controls the match early on.  Rey hits a Frankensteiner and starts his comeback.  A headscissors sends Liger out of the ring, then Rey does the precursor to the 619, which is the same motion, but with no opponent to hit.  It’s just a fake out.  Liger suplex Mysterio out of the ring.  Rey comes back in but misses a dropkick.  Liger puts Rey in a surfboard hold.  Mysterio hits a standing moonsault for a near fall, then DDTs Liger right on his horns.  Rey tries to springboard onto Liger, but Liger catches him with a dropkick.  Liger hits a release German suplex for a two count.  Liger hits a koppou kick in the corner.  Rey respons with a monkey flip out of the opposite corner.  Rey hits a cool headscissors and an Asai moonsault.  Back in the ring, Rey hits a move and covers, but Liger gets a foot on the ropes.  Rey goes for the springboard leg drop, but misses.  Liger hits a diving headbutt for a two count.  Rey goes for a top rope Frankensteiner, but Liger holds on and Rey falls.  Liger hits a koppou kick and the Liger bomb for the win at 14:17.  Good match, but I expected a match between these two to be a lot better.  It’s definitely not a waste of time by any means, though.

Tully again, introducing the next match.

#17
Starrcade, 11/26/87
Scaffold Match: The Rock & Roll Express vs. The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette & Big Bubba Rogers).  Rogers jumps Morton before he can climb the scaffold.  When Morton recovers, he climbs up with Cornette’s tennis racket in hand.  This sucks.  Who invented this retarded match?  Rock & Roll Express wins in about 10 minutes.  Cornette sends Big Bubba up the scaffold.  Morton gives him a low blow and climbs down to safety.  This was shit and a complete waste of time.

Ric Flair introduces the next match, because he’s in it!

#16
Starrcade, 12/26/88
NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Lex Luger.  Jim Ross and Bob Caudle are announcing.  In ring intros, courtesy of legendary ring announcer Gary Michael Capetta.  Tommy Young is the referee.  The stipulation here is if Flair gets DQ’d, Luger wins the title.  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.

Jim Ross introduces the next match.

#15
Starrcade, 12/27/95
Eddie Guerrero vs. Shinjiro Otani (w/ Sonny Onoo).  I’ve seen this a few times before, most recently on the Eddie Guerrero DVD set that came out a few months ago.  Schiavone, Rhodes, and Heenan are commentary.  This match is part of the WCW vs. New Japan World Cup.  They’re tied at 2 points each at this point.  Anyway, they wrestle, and it’s very good.  The first few minutes mostly mat-based.  Otani hits a neat monkey flip.  Eddie hits a move and sends Otani to the outside.  Back in the ring, Eddie puts Otani in a crab hold.  Eddie hits a brainbuster and covers, but Otani gets his foot on the ropes.  Otani sends Eddie to the outside and hits a springboard suicide dive.  Otani gets him back in the ring and works him over.  Otani locks in a sleeper hold, but Eddie hits a backdrop suplex to escape it.  Cover gets two.  Otani hits a German suplex for a near fall.  Eddie hits a nice avalanche-style Frankensteiner for a near fall.  Eddie hits a sit-out Razor’s Edge (they’re probably a better name for it I can’t think of).  Otani manages to get Eddie in an ankle hold.  Eddie gets a rope break.  Eddie hits his own dive to the outside.  Otani suplexes Eddie back into the ring and hits a springboard dropkick.  Otani does the throat slash gesture about 5 times and goes for the Dragon suplex.  Eddie counters and they do a pinfall reversal sequence, during which Otani gets the pin at 13:44.

Road Warrior Animal introduces the next match.

#14
Starrcade, 12/26/88
NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: The Road Warriors (c) (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. Dusty Rhodes & Sting.  Ring intros from Capetta.  Tommy Young is the referee.  Ross and Caudle are announcers.  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.

Ric Flair and David Crockett introduce the next match.

#13
Starrcade, 12/28/92
King of Cable Tournament – Final: Sting vs. Vader (w/ Harley Race).  Jim Ross and Jesse Ventura are on commentary.  They lock up.  Sting throws some punches Vader doesn’t sell.  Vader slams Sting.  Sting runs into Vader, which is the equivalent of running into a brick wall.  Vader press slams in and drops him on the ropes.  Sting finally drops Vader with a rolling kick.  Sting hits a release German on Vader and keeps his momentum going by clotheslining Vader over the top rope.  Sting dives over the top rope onto Vader and Race.  Back in the ring, Vader hammers Sting with punches.  Vader misses a splash in the corner and Sting takes him over with an arm drag.  Vader kicks Sting in the face, but Sting comes back with a DDT and a superplex!  Sting locks Vader in the Scorpion Death Lock!  Vader gets out and they head outside.  Sting goes for a Stinger Splash, but Vader moves and Sting hits the guardrail.  Vader goes on the offensive back in the ring.  Vader hits a backdrop and a big splash for a two count.  Sting gets a near fall with a backslide.  Sting goes for a sunset flip.  Vader tries to sit on him, but Sting moves.  Vader hammers Sting with more punches.  Vader sets up Sting on the top rope, but Sting punches him, causing him to fall.  Sting doesn’t have any energy left to hit a move, though.  Vader makes it up and wallops Sting some more.  Sting makes a comeback and hits a diving splash for a two count.  Race distracts Sting allowing Vader to nail him and take over again.  Vader hits a chokeslam and a second rope splash.  Vader goes up top again, but Sting slams him and gets the pin at about 17 1/2 minutes.  Awesome match.

Flair and Crockett introduce the next match.

#12
Starrcade, 11/24/83
NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: The Brisco Brothers (c) vs. Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood.  Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle are on commentary.  For the second match in a row, the video starts after the opening bell, so I can’t get a match time.  Jack and Steamboat start.  Angelo Mosca is the special referee.  Briscos make a few quick tags.  From a distance, I can’t tell the difference between Steamboat and Youngblood.  I guess I’ll have to watch the hair, as Youngblood has a mullet.  Steamboat and Youngblood make quick tags and work over Jerry.  Jack tags in and goes at it with Steamboat.  Jack (I think) hits a double-underhook suplex (pronounced “suplay” by Solie) and does a neat waistlock into a pinning predicament for a near fall.  Jerry uses a keylock on Steamboat, but Steamboat powers out.  Youngblood tags in and goes at it with Jack.  Jerry comes back in and gets a near fall with a ground Cobra Twist.  Jerry doesn’t like the count and shoves Mosca, who shoves him back, allowing the challengers to get the advantage.  Steamboat drops Youngblood onto Jerry for the pin at about 12 minutes.  The Briscos are poor spots about losing and attack Mosca, Steamboat, and Youngblood after the match.  Jack puts Steamboat in the figure-four and Jerry goes up for a splash onto Steamboat, but Mosca catches him.  Steamboat and Youngblood fight them off.

Flair and Crockett again, introducing #11.

#11
Starrcade, 11/28/85
NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair (c) vs. Dusty Rhodes.  Yay, we finally get a bell!  Tommy Young is the referee.  Schiavone and Caudle are on commentary.  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.

Dusty Rhodes introduces #10.

#10
Starrcade, 12/28/97
WCW World Cruiserweight Championship Match: Eddie Guerrero (c) vs. Dean Malenko.  Schiavone, Rhodes, and Tenay are the announcers.  Charles Robinson is the referee.  Eddie is a brilliant asshole heel, and Malenko is the babyface who wants to kick his ass.  Eddie and Malenko are great, of course.  Malenko hits an Alabama Slam and a jackknife hold for a near fall, then a powerslam.  They trade shots, then Eddie rakes Malenko’s eyes, then snapmares him and rubs a boot into his face.  More stuff happens.  Eddie goes for a tornado DDT but gets tossed away.  Malenko hits a move for a near fall.  Sorry, I’m a little sleepy and having trouble keeping up with the match.  Eddie works on Malenko’s leg.  Malenko hits a sort of German suplex for a near fall.  Eddie tries a move, but Malenko spins him around into a backbreaker.  Eddie tries a top rope Frankensteiner and Malenko tries to counter it.  They both end up falling.  Malenko hits a powerbomb and goes for the Texas Cloverleaf, but doesn’t get it.  Eddie hits a missile dropkick and the frog splash for the win at 14:57.

End of disc 2!

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.

AWA SuperClash III

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Larry Nelson introduces the show.  Lee Marshall joins him.  This a very old video, and not the best quality.  I hope I can get through it.  Marshall and Ray Stevens are the announcers.  Gary Michael Cappetta is the ring announcer.  He introduces various people.  The audio and video are kind of out of sync.  I hope that doesn’t drive me too insane.

Cactus Jack & AWA Southern Tag Team Champions The Rock & Roll RPMs vs. Chavo, Mando, & Hector Guerrero.  Hector does some break dancing, then avoids being doubled teamed by the RPMs.  He takes them over with a headlock/head scissors combo.  Cactus and Mando tag in.  Mando gets a sunset flip, but puts him into the ropes.  Cactus throws some punches and sends Mando out of the ring.  Cactus follows him out and gets backdropped on the concrete.  The Guerreros works Cactus’ leg.  Cactus tags in one of the RPMs.  Chavo takes him over with a head scissors.  The Guerreros do flippy stuff to the RPMs as a clusterfuck ensues.  When I finally figure out which RPM is which, Cactus comes back in and beats up Chavo.  The RPMs and Cactus take turns beating up Chavo.  Hector tags in and dropkicks everybody.  Another clusterfuck ensues.  Mike Davis accidentally clotheslines Tommy Lane.  The Guerreros dispose of the heels.  Chavo pins Lane with a moonsault body block in 6:33.  Fun little opener.

Larry Nelson interviews the POWW Champion Nina (the future Ivory).

WCCW World Light Heavyweight Championship Match: Jeff Jarrett (c) vs. Eric Embry.  They lock up.  They break and lock up again.  Repeat.  They trade hammerlocks in a fast and furious fashion.  Repeat.  They counter hip toss attempts, then shove each other.  Jarrett works Embry’s arm.  Embry escapes and drops Jarrett with a lariat.  Embry dodges a cross body, causing Jarrett to take a bump on his shoulder.  Jarrett rolls to the floor and sells it.  Jarrett makes it back in.  Embry attacks the injured shoulder.  Jarrett rallies and hits a missile dropkick, but hurts his shoulder.  Jarrett gets a sunset flip for 2, then a backslide for 2, then an inside cradle for 2, then another sunset flip.  Embry counters it and pins Jarrett with a prawn hold in 4:14.  Fine little match.  Embry regains the title for the fourth time, according to Cappetta.  Lee Marshall interviews Embry.  Embry says he’ll give Jarrett a rematch anytime, then goes to the back to check on his condition.  What a nice guy.

Larry Nelson interviews The Terrorist.

Jimmy Valiant vs. Wayne Bloom.  Bloom jumps Valiant and kicks his ass.  Valiant kicks Bloom’s ass back.  Valiant gets the pin with an elbow drop in 25 seconds.  Whatever.

Larry Nelson interviews some guy and Bambi.  The guy is POWW promoter David McClane.  POWW is a women’s promotion and they’re doing some stupid Lingerie Street Fight Battle Royal.

Verne Gagne has at some point replaced Ray Stevens on commentary.

WCCW Texas Heavyweight Championship Match: Iceman King Parsons (c) vs. Brickhouse Brown.  They shove each other.  Brown grabs a side headlock, then drops Parsons with a shoulder block and a dropkick.  Parsons bails.  Back inside, they lock up.  Brown works a headlock for a couple of hours.  He drops Parsons twice more with shoulder blocks, then hits a fucked up spinning backslide for 2.  Parsons bails again.  Brown works the headlock for another day or so.  Parsons escapes and hits a butt butt.  Parsons hits a weak clothesline for 2.  Parsons hits a suplex for 2.  Brown hits a cross body for 2.  Parsons knocks Brown down with some punches for 2.  He argues with the ref.  Trust me, Iceman, I wish this match was over, too.  Parsons tries a piledriver, but fails and gets backdropped.  Brown makes his comeback.  Parsons begs off.  Brown puts the boots to him in the corner, then beats him up some more.  Brown hits a half assed cross body and covers.  He thinks he got the pin, but Parsons’ foot was on the ropes.  Parsons punches Brown with and gets the pin in 5:42.  This sucked.  Marshall interviews Parsons.  Ugh.

Larry Nelson interviews Brandi Mae and Pocahontas.  This whole stupid match is about the Terrorist ripping up Brandi’s shorts.  Pocohantas promises to war dance tonight.  That David guy strikes me as a sleaze ball.

There’s some kind of convoluted six-person tag.  Cappetta says the titles are on the the line, so whatever.  Diamond Dallas Page interrupts the ring announcing.  Whatever, let’s just get this over with.

AWA World Tag Team Championship & AWA World Women’s Championship Match: Badd Company (c) & Madusa Miceli (w/ Diamond Dallas Page) vs. The Top Guns & Wendi Richter (c).  Everybody brawls.  The faces whip the heels into each other.  The Top Guns double team Pat Tanaka.  Dukes works over Tanaka.  Diamond tags in and beats up Dukes.  Diamond misses Dukes in the corner.  Richter tags in and tries to pull Madusa in the ring.  Madusa pulls across the top rope, then comes in the ring and beats her up.  Richter fights back and throws her around.  Richter missed a dropkick.  Richter hits a powerbomb, but Diamond saves.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Tanaka savate kicks Richter, then accidentally kicks Madusa.  Richter pins Madusa in 5:44.  The Top Guns spank Madusa.  The Top Guns are announced as the World Tag Team Champions, but history says otherwise.  I don’t know what the fuck happened there, and I don’t care.  The heels bitch at Lee Marshall.  Madusa slaps Tanaka and Page.  Badd Company and Page yell abuse at Madusa after she leaves and call her a bimbo.

Lee Marshall interviews WCCW World Heavyweight Champion Kerry Von Erich, with his young daughter Holly.  He says he’ll prove tonight that he’s the one and only World Heavyweight Champion.

AWA International Television Championship Match: Ron Garvin vs. Greg Gagne.  Stevens is back on commentary now.  Make up your minds!  The title is held up.  They lock up.  Garvin beats up Gagne.  Yay!  Gagne beats up Garvin.  Boo!  Garvin beats up Gagne some more.  Gagne back body drops Garvin for 2.  Gagne works Garvin’s arm.  Garvin fights back and beats up Gagne.  Garvin gets an inside cradle for 2.  I swear it sounds like Marshall keeps calling him “Garmin.”  They end up stuck on the ropes for a minute, then Garvin beats up Gagne on the outside.  Gagne makes it back inside and wins by count-out in 5:52.  Garvin puts Gagne in a sleeper.  Gagne escapes and puts Garvin in a sleeper.  THE FUCKING MATCH IS OVER, STOP TORTURING ME!  Gagne wins the vacant title.  This sucked.  A lot.  Marshall interviews Gagne.  I don’t care.

Still to come, the stupid 80’s eye candy match.

Larry Nelson interviews Verne Gagne.  Diamond Dallas Page interrupts.  He leaves, and Verne keeps talking.  Fuck.  And there are a lot of matches still to come.  Double fuck.

They a clip of a Jerry Lawler/Kerry Von Erich match from Memphis.

Nelson interviews the AWA World Heavyweight Champion, Jerry “The King” Lawler.

Cappetta introduces that annoying sleazy David McLane to do the ring announcing for the stupid women’s match.

Beverly Hills Lingerie Street Fight Battle Royal featuring Laurie Lynn, Luna Vachon, Peggy Lee Leather, Pali the Syrian Terrorist, Malibu, Bambi, Pocahontas, Brandi Mae, and POWW Champion Nina.  They fight.  It sucks.  They’re all in street clothes.  People get eliminated.  It comes down to Pali and Brandi Mae.  They fight horribly.  Brandi rips a Pali’s weird leotard thing.  Pali chokes Brandi with her stockings or something.  Fuck, I want this to end.  Pali eliminates Brandi and wins after a horribly long 8:33.  It was terrible.  Pali talks, then Marshall interviews her so she can talk some more.

Larry Nelson interviews Peggy Lee Leather.  Luna interrupts and cuts a weird promo.  This segment sucks too.

Lee Marshall puts over random people.  He talks to PWI Editor Bill Apter.  Apter is going to present an award to Jerry “The King” Lawler.

Larry Nelson interviews Sergeant Slaughter.

Boot Camp Match: Colonel DeBeers (w/ Diamond Dallas Page) vs. Sergeant Slaughter.  Sarge beats the shit out of DeBeers to start.  I didn’t hear an opening bell.  Maybe they don’t need one, since this is anything goes.  I don’t know.  DeBeers gets the shit beat out of him, then chokes Sarge with something.  Sarge stops being choked and beats up DeBeers some more.  They fight outside.  Page steals Sarge’s combat helmet.  DeBeers hits Slaughter with one of the things that they string a rope in that I guess does service for a guardrail here.  Page gives DeBeers Sarge’s helmet.  Page holds Sarge for DeBeers to hit.  Sarge ducks and Page gets knocked off of the apron.  Sarge makes a comeback and takes his helmet back.  Sarge headbutts DeBeers with the helmet a bunch of times.  Sarge hits a clothesline (the Slaughter Cannon), then locks in the Cobra Clutch.  Sarge wins by submission in about 6 minutes.  Sheik Adnan El Kaissey runs and The Iron Sheik run in and they all beat up Sarge.  The Guerreros make the save!  Sarge takes a swing at Chavo.  That dick.  Sarge goes after the Iron Sheik.  Shit eventually calms down and Marshall interviews Slaughter.  This match sucked.  Sarge recites the pledge of allegiance.

Larry Nelson is with Bill Apter and Jerry Lawler.  Apter presents Lawler with the Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year Award.

WCCW World Tag Team Championship Match: The Samoan Swat Team (c) (w/ Buddy Roberts) vs. Michael Hayes & Steve Cox.  Samu and Hayes lock up.  They hammer each other in the corner.  Hayes whips Samu into Cox’s boot.  Cox tags in and twists Samu’s arm.  Fatu runs in and nails Cox, but Cox doesn’t let go.  Hayes runs over and knocks Fatu off of the apron.  Cox avoids a cross body and hits an arm drag on Samu, then cranks on the arm again.  Samu accidentally clocks Fatu and knocks him off the apron again.  The exact same thing happens again a minute later.  The SST finally manage to get heat on Cox.  Fatu puts him in a nerve hold.  Cox hits the ropes and knocks Samu off the apron, then he and Fatu clothesline each other.  Hayes gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Cox takes out Samu with a dive to the outside.  Hayes hits a DDT on Fatu.  Roberts comes in behind the referee’s back and hits Hayes in the back of the head with something, allowing Fatu to get the pin in 7:53.  Decent enough match.

Larry Nelson interviews the Iron Sheik and Sheik Adnan El Kaissey.

Prior to the strap match, Cappetta introduces a special guest, the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, Tatsumi Fujinami!  Fernandez bad mouths Fujinami.  Fujinami holds Fernandez to let Wahoo nail him!

Indian Strap Match: Manny Fernandez vs. Wahoo McDaniel.  Wahoo whips Manny’s hand with the strap.  Ouch.  Wahoo shows his expertise with the strap, using it to snapmare Fernandez, then choke him, then whip him.  Fernandez gets the advantage and beats up Wahoo.  Wahoo is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Manny touches one corner before Wahoo cuts him off.  They trade chops.  Manny gets BUSTED WIDE OPEN as well.  Wahoo beats him up.  Wahoo touches 3 corners before Manny manages to cut him off.  Fernandez hits a diving knee drop.  Manny goes up top, stupidly, and Wahoo pulls him off by the strap, predictably.  Wahoo touches 3 corners.  Manny kicks him into the 4th corner to give Wahoo the win in 7:49.  Manny keeps beating on Wahoo, but Fujinami makes the save!  Lee Marshall interviews Wahoo.

Larry Nelson interviews Verne Gagne and AWA President Stanley Blackburn.

Al Lerner (who?) is the guest ring announcer for the main event.  Lawler and Von Erich both cut promos before the match.

Title Unification Match: AWA World Heavyweight Champion Jerry “The King” Lawler vs. WCCW World Heavyweight Champion “The Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich.  Lawler plays chickenshit to start.  Lawler rams Von Erich’s arm into the top turnbuckle to “bust it open” (Kerry had cut his arm open before the match because he was coked up or something).  They lock up.  Von Erich hits Lawler with a punch that sends him ass over teakettle.  Kerry hits Lawler with a vicious clothesline.  Repeat.  They lock up again.  Lawler avoids a clothesline… but gets clotheslined again anyway.  WCCW booker Frank Dusek is at ringside.  Kerry wants a test of strength.  Lawler stupidly obliges.  Kerry hits a discus lariat for a pair of 2 counts.  They roll around on the mat.  Lawler hits Von Erich with some great punches and knocks him out of the ring.  Kerry goes for a slingshot splash, but Lawler catches him with his knees.  Lawler hits a piledriver.  Kerry no sells it.  Lawler struts around and turns around into a tornado punch.  Kerry covers for 2.  Kerry goes for the Claw, but Lawler fights it.  Lawler avoids a knee drop.  Lawler gets a cover, but Kerry throws him on top of the referee.  Kerry hits a piledriver, but by the time the referee wakes up, Lawler manages to kick out at 2.  Kerry beats up Lawler some more.  Kerry goes for a tornado punch outside, but Lawler ducks and Kerry punches the post.  Lawler pulls an object out of his tights and hits Von Erich with it, then hits a diving fist drop.  Lawler hits another fist drop, then another diving one with his object.  Kerry catches him with the Claw to the stomach.  Kerry is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Kerry shifts the Claw to Lawler’s forehead.  Lawler gets a rope break.  Kerry puts the Claw back on.  They get up.  Lawler avoids Kerry in the corner and Kerry hits the turnbuckles.  Kerry punches Lawler some.  Lawler hits Kerry with his object again.  Frank Dusek yells.  It’s No DQ, so quit your bitching!  Lawler punches Kerry’s blood forehead.  Lawler goes into his Muhammad Ali routine and hits Kerry with a bunch of jabs.  Lawler punches Kerry with his object again.  Kerry falls out of the ring, where Dusek checks on him.  Kerry comes back in.  The referee checks the cut.  Lawler punches him again.  They trade punches.  Kerry beats up Lawler.  The punch each other down.  Kerry covers for 2, then applies the Claw again.  Lawler gets his shoulder up repeatedly.  The referee stops it due to Kerry’s blood loss at 18:53.  Lawler is awarded the match, despite being down and out.  Dusek bitches at the referee.  Kerry leaves with the belts.  Lawler did what he could to hold the match together, but it wasn’t very good.  Lawler is announced as the winner, despite the fact that Kerry stole the belts, presumably to buy more coke.  Marshall interviews Lawler after the match.

Larry Nelson interviews the bloody mess that is Kerry Von Erich.  They show clips of the match.  Stanley Blackburn defends the referee’s decision.

The Stud Stable (w/ Sylvia) vs. The Rock & Roll Express.  Ricky Morton and Jimmy Golden start.  Morton hits an arm drag.  Robert Fuller comes in and gets arm dragged, too.  Robert Gibson comes in and everybody brawls.  Studs bail.  Morton holds Golden in a front face lock for a bit.  Everybody ends up in the ring fighting again.  Studs bail again.  Gibson and Fuller run the ropes.  Golden knees Gibson in the back from the apron.  Fuller sends Gibson out of the ring.  Sylvia whacks Gibson with her big stick.  Studs beat up Gibson.  Gibson gets thrown out and beaten with the stick again.  Golden puts Gibson in an abdominal stretch, using the ropers for leverage.  Gibson gets free.  Morton tags in and half assed runs wild.  Clusterfuck ensues again.  R&R hit a double dropkick on one of them.  They all brawl, leading to a double DQ in 7:03.  Whatever.  Marshall interviews the Rock & Roll Express.

Larry Nelson interviews the Stud Stable.

Lee Marshall interviews Verne Gagne at ringside.

And finally this horrible fucking show ends.  Aside from a couple of good short matches at the beginning, this show sucked in pretty much every way.

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.