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WWF WrestleMania II (Repost)

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This review was originally written on 12/22/09.

On we march, with WrestleMania II!

WWE open, since this is from the Anthology.  WWF: The Recognized Worldwide Leader in Sports.  WrestleMania II: What The World Has Come To.  I should mention now that for some reason, they decided it would be a good idea to have WrestleMania II from 3 locations: Uniondale, New York, Chicago (Rosemont), Illinois, and Los Angeles, California.

First to New York, where Vince McMahon delivers his famous “Welcome to WrestleMania!” line.  Vince introduces his color commentator for the New York portion, Susan St. James.  I see Howard Finkel is the ring announcer for New York.  Ray Charles sings “America the Beautiful.”

Cut to Mean Gene Okerlund in Chicago for a minute.

Back in New York, some old fat guy interviews Roddy Piper (with “Cowboy” Bob Orton), who will be boxing Mr. T tonight.  Piper cuts a typically great promo, with the awesome line “If Mr. T can knock me out in this fight, I would not only quit professional boxing, I would quit professional wrestling, I would quit tiddlywinks, I would quit dating girls!”  He then turns to Orton and says “I’d stick with you, though.”

Don Muraco (w/ Mr. Fuji) vs. “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff.  After the opening bell, they play pre-taped audio comments from both wrestlers.  That strikes me as dumb.  They lock up.  Orndorff gets the better of it at first.  Orndorff gets Muraco on the mat and applies an arm lock.  Susan St. James is horrible on commentary.  Muraco tries to arm drag his way out of it, but Orndorff keeps it clamped on.  Muraco finally hits a Samoan drop to escape the punishment of his arm.  They go out of the ring and brawl to a double count-out at 4:33.  Crowd chants “BULLSHIT!”  It started off good, then went downhill.

Mr. T interviews himself.  During this, Finkel finally makes the announcement that the last match was a double count-out.

WWF Intercontinental Championship Match: Randy Savage (c) (w/ Miss Elizabeth) vs. George “The Animal” Steele.  A pre-taped interview during Savage’s entrance.  This show is so sloppily produced.  Susan likes Steele.  Savage bails as soon as Steele goes after him.  Savage gets back in the ring.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Steele finally gets hold of Savage and bites his leg.  Steele picks up Savage by the neck, chokes him, then drops him.  Steele gets distracted, looking at Elizabeth.  Savage ties him up in the ropes and puts the boots to him.  Savage with a diving crossbody for 2.  Steele throws Savage out of the ring.  Savage crawls under the ring, comes out the other side, and jumps Steele from behind.  Steele bites Savage’s arm.  Steele clubs Savage until Savage gouges his eyes.  Savage slaps Steele with a bouquet of flowers.  Steele bites him again, then hits him with the flowers.  Steele eats the turnbuckle pad.  He feeds some of the stuffing to Savage.  Savage bails.  Who can blame him?  Steele chases him around the ring.  Steele pleads with Elizabeth.  Savage comes off the top with the diving axe handle to the outside.  Back in the ring,  Savage slams Steele and hits the diving elbow, but Steele kicks out at 1.  Steele grabs Savage’s nose, then throws him into the corner.  The ref admonishes Steele.  Savage trips Steele up and gets the Flair pin in the corner at 7:08.  This sucked.  Steele eats another turnbuckle, then chases the referee to the back.

In Chicago, Mean Gene interviews two of the participants in the NFL vs. WWF Battle Royal, Bill Fralic and Big John Studd.  During this, we hear Finkel’s annoucement that Savage was the winner and still the Intercontinental Champion.  Gah.

Vince and Susan talk about snakes.

George Wells vs. Jake “The Snake” Roberts.  They trade punches.  Wells with a backdrop.  Snake sends Wells to the outside and they brawl on the floor.  Back inside, Wells hits a shoulder block.  Wells whips Roberts into the corner, then takes him over with a head scissors.  Wells with a knee lift.  Wells with a powerslam for 2.  Snake gouges the eyes, then begs off and bails.  Wells follows him out and back into the ring.  Roberts gets a cheap shot with the knee lift when Wells is still coming through the ropes, then hits the DDT for the pin at 3:05.  Jake puts the snake on Wells after the match.  The match was fine for what it was.

They show an altercation between Roddy Piper and Mr. T that led to tonight’s match, which I believe took place on Saturday Night’s Main Event.

Cut to Los Angeles, where Jesse Ventura interviews the WWF Champion, Hulk Hogan.

Back to Vince and Susan, then to Finkel in the ring to introduce the celebrities for the New York main event.  The guest ring announcer is Joan Rivers.  She introduces the judges: Darryl Dawkins, Cab Calloway, and G. Gordon Liddy.  The special guest timekeeper is Herb.  I don’t know who any of those people are.  The referee is Jack somebody.

Boxing Match: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (w/ “Cowboy” Bob Orton and the old fat guy) vs. Mr. T (w/ Joe Frazier & the Haiti Kid).  They box.  It sucks.  I’m not a boxing fan anyway, and I really hate lame, worked boxing matches in wrestling.  The first round ends.  They go to their corners.  Round 2 starts.  They box some more.  It still sucks.  I do like Piper’s plaid boxing trunks.  Round 2 ends.  Piper cheap shots T again anyway.  Orton throws a bucket of water on T to boot.  Round 3 starts.  Guess what?  They box!  T punches Piper out of the ring.  He barely makes it back in.  They’re both getting tired.  Round 3 ends.  Just end this shit already.  Piper throws his stool at Mr. T.  Round 4 starts.  They punch each other.  Piper knocks T’s mouthpiece out.  T knocks Piper’s mouthpiece out.  Piper socks the ref, then body slams Mr. T to cause the DQ at 1:17 of the 4th round.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Man, this sucked.

Now on to the Chicago portion of the show.  Gorilla Monsoon and Mean Gene hype the battle royal.  Gorilla introduces their color commentator for this portion, Cathy Lee Crosby.  Never heard of her either.  Curse my lack of knowledge of low level celebrities from before I was born.  Chet Coppock is the ring announcer for Chicago.

WWF Women’s Championship Match: The Fabulous Moolah (c) vs. Velvet McIntyre.  Moolah jumps McIntyre immediately and kicks her ass.  McIntyre fires back with dropkicks and an elbow smash.  McIntyre with a body slam, then comes off the top with a big splash, but Moolah moves out of the way, then covers McIntyre for the pin at the 59 second mark.  Well that was utterly pointless.

Gorilla, Gene, and Crosby hype the battle royal again.

Flag Match: Nikolai Volkoff (w/ Freddie Blassie) vs. Corporal Kirchner.  Volkoff sings the Soviet national anthem before the match.  The winner gets to wave his flag. Volkoff goes on the offensive early.  Kirchner fights back.  Kirchner knocks down the referee.  While he’s down, Kirchner catches Blassie’s cane and nails Volkoff with it for the pin at 1:35, so he gets to hold up Old Glory.  Match was nothing.

Mean Gene is in the ring to explain the rules for a battle royal.  The timekeeper is the “where’s the beef” lady.  The referees are Dick Butkus and Ed “Too Tall” Jones.

Battle Royal featuring Jimbo Covert, Pedro Morales, Tony Atlas, Ted Arcidi, Harvey Martin, Dan Spivey, Hillbilly Jim, King Tonga, The Iron Sheik, Ernie Holmes, The Killer Bees of Brian Blair and Jim Brunzell, Big John Studd, Bill Fralic, The Hart Foundation of Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart, Russ Francis, Bruno Sammartino, William “The Refrigerator” Perry, and Andre the Giant.  There’s no opening bell, but everyone just starts fighting.  “Big Cat” Ernie Ladd joins Gorilla and Crosby at the announce table for whatever reason.  Ah, I guess because he was both a football player and a wrestler.  Tonga and one of the football players eliminate each other.  Holmes gets eliminated, I think by Bruno, or maybe Studd.  Brunzell gets tossed.  Perry eliminates Atlas.  A bunch of guys try to gang up on Andre.  Morales and Marvin eliminate each other.  Arcidi, Jim, and Spivey try to dump Blair, but he slips back in and helps the other guys dump Arcidi.  Sheik dumps Spivey.  Sheik dumps Jim and Blair.  Sheik and Studd dump Fralic.  Sammartino backdrops Sheik out of the ring.  Sammartino beats up Studd.  Harts beat up Perry.  Andre beats up one of the little guys, I think it’s Russ Frances.  Studd eliminates Bruno.  Perry throws the Harts over the top rope, but they both hit the apron and come back in.  Studd dumps Perry.  Perry shakes Studd’s hand, then, poor sport that he is, pulls Studd out of the ring.  It’s down to Andre, the Harts, and Frances.  Andre gets tied up in the ropes.  The Harts dump Frances, then double team Andre.  Andre big boots Hart, then rams Hart and Neidhart’s heads together.  Big boot to Neidhart sends him out of the ring.  Andre press slams Hart out of the ring and onto Neidhart to win it in about 9 minutes.

Cut to New York, where Vince and Susan talk to Roddy Piper.

Back to Chicago, where Jimbo Covert bitches about getting eliminated from behind.  Gene talks to The Iron Sheik.  “Wrestler is better than football player!”  Replays of the battle royal.

WWF Tag Team Championship Match: The Dream Team (c) (w/ Johnny Valiant) vs. The British Bulldogs (w/ Captain Lou Albano & Ozzy Osbourne).  Davey Boy Smith and Greg Valentine start.  Smith shines early.  Valentine hits a hip toss, but Davey Boy avoids an elbow drop.  Tag to Dynamite.  Dynamite kicks Valentine’s ass and snap suplexes him, then tags Davey Boy back in.  Davey Boy hits his stalling suplex for 2.  Valentine bails to take a breather.  Valentine comes back in and hammers Smith, then headbutts him in the groin.  Tag to Beefcake.  Smith with a press slam, then the tag to Dynamite.  Dynamite with an inside cradle for 2.  Tag to Smith, who hits a Fisherman’s suplex for 2.  Tag to Valentine, who comes off the top with a clubbing blow to Smith.  Valentine with a suplex for 2.  Tag to Dynamite.  He and Valentine trade blows.  Bulldogs make quick tags to work over Valentine.  Beefcake comes in to club Dynamite, and is sent out by the ref.  Dynamite with a sunset flip on Valentine for 2.  Dynamite with a backbreaker, but Beefcake pulls him off of the cover.  Dynamite continues to wear down Valentine.  Valentine drops Dynamite with a sick piledriver for 2.  He tries to hold Dynamite’s shoulders down and ends up getting kicked in the balls.  Valentine goes up top and gets thrown across the ring by Dynamite.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Smith tries to press slam Dynamite onto Valentine, but Valentine bails.  Smith tags in and hits the running powerslam on Valentine for a close 2.  Smith with another suplex for 2.  Valentine finally manages to get the advantage on Smith and tags in Beefcake, who puts a beating on Davey Boy.  Tag to Valentine, who comes off the top with another clubbing blow.  Valentine continues working over Davey and drops him with a shoulder breaker, but foolishly picks him up at 2.  Smith throws Valentine into the Bulldog’s corner, where he collides head first with Dynamite.  Smith covers Valentine to get the 3 and capture the tag titles at 12:02.  Finally, a good match!  Ozzy and Captain Lou celebrate while Davey Boy helps up the knocked loopy Dynamite at ringside.  Mean Gene talks to Ozzy and Captain Lou.  He finally manages to talk to Davey Boy.  Replay of the pretty sick finish.

That’s it for Chicago!  Back to Vince and Susan in New York to talk about what’s still to come in the Los Angeles portion of the show.

Jesse Ventura, Lord Alfred Hayes, and Elvira will host the LA portion of the show.  Lee Marshall is the ring announcer.

Hercules Hernandez vs. Ricky Steamboat.  Hercules immediately goes on the attack.  Steamboat fires back with a karate chop and a pair of arm drags.  He attacks Hercules’ arm.  Steamboat leap frogs Herc a bunch and nails him with an elbow.  Steamboat with a suplex, then back to the arm.  Herc blasts Steamboat with a clothesline and hits him with some vicious knees.  Herc hot shots Steamboat into the ropes and beats on him some more.  Steamboat tries to fight back, but almost gets pinned.  Elvira is extremely annoying on commentary.  Herc drops Steamboat with an elbow, then drops a couple more elbows on him.  Cover gets 2.  Steamboat chops Herc.  Herc avoids another chop and drops Steamboat with a discus lariat for 2.  Herc with a press slam.  Herc with another press slam.  Herc comes off the top with a dive, but gets caught by Steamboat’s knees.  Steamboat off the top with a diving crossbody for the pin at 7:33.  It wasn’t bad.

Man, Adrian Adonis sure has changed since we last saw him at The Wrestling Classic.  He was a rough a tough type then… now he’s a cross dresser with bad makeup.

“Adorable” Adrian Adonis (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Uncle Elmer.  Hart sprays Elmer with perfume, so he chases Hart and Adonis out of the ring, where they hug.  Elmer attacks Adonis we gets back into the ring. No opening bell that I heard. Adonis Flair flips in the corner, then falls out of the ring.  He gets back in and Elmer knocks him out of the ring again.  Elmer rips Adonis’ dress, then knocks him into the ropes where he gets tied up.  When Adonis gets untied, he finally goes on the attack.  He takes off the remains of his dress.  Elmer with the Avalanche in the corner, then he goes for a leg drop, but Adonis avoids it.  Adonis off the top with a headbutt/splash for the pin in about 3 minutes.  This sucked.

Lord Alfred interviews Hogan.

The Funk Brothers (w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. Junkyard Dog & Tito Santana.  Dory has been given the name “Hoss” for whatever reason.  Terry throws chairs in the ring.  The faces throw them out.  Dory and JYD lock up.  JYD slams both of the Funks, then they bail.  Tito and Terry tag in.  Terry throws some vicious sounding chops.  Tito clotheslines him out of the ring.  Dory jumps in and eats a couple of Tito’s dropkicks, then rolls out himself.  Tag to JYD.  He lands some punches on Terry, then rams his head into the turnbuckle repeatedly.  JYD with a headbutt for 2.  JYD throws Terry out of the ring.  I swear, the Funks have spent more time on the outside of the ring than in it during this match.  Tag to Dory.  Tag to Tito.  Tito with a flying jalapeno for 2, as Terry saves.  Dory and Tito run the ropes, but Terry catches Tito with a knee to the back.  Terry tags in and throws Tito to the floor, where Jimmy puts the boots to him.  JYD runs him off.  Funks put the boots to Tito.  JYD runs Hart off again and helps Tito back into the ring.  Terry with a suplex for 2.  He argues with referee Dave Hebner.  Tito counters another suplex attempt with one of his own.  Terry and Tito knock heads.  Tag to Dory.  Dory with the Texas suplex for 2.  Funks continue to work over Tito.  Hot tag to JYD.  JYD cleans house.  Terry chokes JYD with a rope,  JYD backdrops Terry out of the ring.  JYD kicks their asses on the outside.  JYD decks Jimmy Hart.  JYD with an inside cradle on Terry.  Dory saves.  Tito puts Dory in the figure-four.  The referee makes Tito leave the ring.  Jimmy throws Terry the megaphone.  Terry hits JYD in the head with it for the pin at 11:44.  Okay match.

They set up the cage.  It’s a special reinforced cage so King Kong Bundy won’t go through the side, the famous big blue cage.

They show what led up to Hogan/Bundy in a cage, a brutal attack by Bundy and Don Muraco on Saturday Night’s Main Event.  They show Hogan lifting weights with Hillbilly Jim and a doctor, while Gene talks to them about Hogan’s injuries.

Ventura interviews Bundy and Bobby Heenan.

Elvira, who is awful, throws it to New York with Vince and Susan, who is almost as awful.  They talk, then back to LA.

Marshall introduces the guest ring announcer for the main event, Tommy Lasorda.  Lasorda introduces the the guest thimekeeper, Ricky Schroder, and the guest referee, Robert Conrad.  Well, at least I know who Rick Schroder is.

Steel Cage Match for the WWF Championship: Hulk Hogan (c) vs. King Kong Bundy (w/ Bobby Heenan).  Hogan has taped ribs.  They start brawling.  Hogan chokes Bundy with his own singlet.  Elvira says this match resembles a horror movie.  I agree, but probably for different reasons.  Bundy tires of getting beat up by the walrus and attacks Hogan’s ribs.  Bundy tries to escape through the door.  Hogan stops him, so Bundy picks up Hogan and rams his back into the cage.  Bundy takes the bandage off of Hogan’s ribs and chokes him with it.  He ties Hogan to the bottom rope and tries to leave.  Hogan gets free and chokes Bundy with the tag rope.  Hogan rams Bundy head first into the cage.  Hogan beats up Bundy a bit.  Bundy is bleeding.  Hogan tries to slam Bundy, who falls on top of him.  Hogan chokes Bundy with the bandage from earlier.  Bundy fights back.  Avalanche and a big splash by Bundy.  Bundy tries to escape again.  Hogan stops him.  Hogan avoids another avalanche and slams Bundy, then hits the leg drop.  Bundy tries to stop Hogan, but Hogan kicks him off the ropes and to the floor.  Hogan escapes over the top at 10:20.  Bundy goes out through the door a moment later.  Just to show what a role model he is, Hogan throws Heenan into the cage and beats him up after the match, then celebrates.

So that’s WrestleMania II.  Man, it sucked.  The only redeeming thing is the Bulldogs’ title win over the Dream Team.

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NWA Starrcade 1984: The Million Dollar Challenge

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

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

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

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

Ring announcer Tom Miller gets us rolling.

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

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

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

Solie and Caudle talk over replays.

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

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

They show a replay of Barr’s cheating pinfall.

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

Solie and Caudle talk.

Tony Schiavone interviews Dusty Rhodes.

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

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

They show Flair beating Race last year again.

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

Solie and Caudle talk some more.

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

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

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

Tony Schiavone interviews the World Champion, Ric Flair.

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

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

Solie and Caudle talk.

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

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

Solie and Caudle talk.

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

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

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

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

Solie and Caudle talk some more.

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

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

Solie and Caudle talk.

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

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

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

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