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WWWF at Madison Square Garden 6/27/77

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WWE Old School intro.

Announcer Vince McMahon introduces the show.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WCW Souled Out 1998 (Repost)

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The opening video package is all about Eric Bischoff and the Nash/Giant match.

Tony Schiavone welcomes us to the sold out Hara Arena in Dayton.  He, Bobby Heenan, and Dusty Rhodes are on commentary.  They talk a bit about what’s going down tonight.

Juventud Guerrera, Super Calo, Lizmark Jr., & Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Psicosis, La Parka, Silver King, & El Dandy.  Mike Tenay joins the other guys for commentary on this.  For some reason, there was a time when he only called the lucha matches.  I wish that were the case in TNA today, since they only have a few lucha matches every couple of years.  It’s lucha rules here, appropriately.  Psicosis and Calo start.  What exactly was Calo’s gimmick supposed to be?  Lizmark and Silver King comes in.  Lizmark avoids some dropkicks.  King fires up with chops.  Lizmark does some flips and catches him in a backbreaker.  King hits a swinging DDT and covers.  Chavo saves.  Chavo and Dandy come in and have another since exchange.  They take a spill out of the ring and Parka and Juventud come in.  They hit stereo baseball slides onto the guys outside.  Some quick stuff happens while I’m typing.  Juventud his a diving rana and some more fast shit happens.  Lizmark does a neat arm sequence with Psicosis.  Dandy gets a la magistral on Lizmark but Calo saves.  Calo hits a neat headscissors off the turnbuckle.  Silver King does a spinny thing and senton on Calo and covers.  Juventud saves.  He fucks up a little doing something with King.  King and Juventud fight on the top rope.  Juventud pushes him down and hits a 450 splash, but Parka breaks the cover, then hits him with a sit-out powerbomb.  Calo saves.  Psicosis hits a front suplex and a diving leg drop on Chavo.  Calo saves.  Parka tags in and throws Chavo out of the ring.  King and Calo go at it.  Calo gets sent to the outside and King dives, but Calo moves and King crashes.  Calo dives and hits it.  Dandy dives onto Calo.  Juvtentud springboards off of Lizmark onto Dandy.  Parka hits an Asai moonsault on everbody.  Lizmark dives on everybody.  Chavo and Psicosis are the only guys left in the ring.  Chavo hits the tornado DDT for the win at 9:30.  La Parka hits all the winners with a chair, then he hits his partners too.  Awesome match.

Raven comes out with Flock members Kidman, Lodi, Van Hammer, Scotty Riggs, and Sick Boy (last three are guesses, but I think I’m right).  David Penzer announces that the Flock will be banned from ringside.  They leave, and Raven cuts what I assume was his usual promo for the time period.

Raven’s Rules Match: Raven vs. Chris Benoit.  Raven jumps Benoit on the outside to start.  When they make it to the ring, Benoit gets a quick backslide for a near fall.  Raven pounces on him again and tries to stay on top of things.  Raven goes for a bulldog on a chair.  It looked to me like Benoit blocked it, but they play it off like he hit it, so I’ll play along.  Benoit reverses Raven and hits the drop toe hold on the chair.  Benoit fires away with chops and blasts Raven with a clothesline.  Benoit snap suplexes Raven on the chair for a near fall.  Benoit rips Raven’s shirt off and chops him some more.  Benoit kicks Raven’s ass outside the ring, even suplexing him on the ramp.  Benoit takes Raven back to the ring and suplexes him near the chair.  Benoit puts the chair on Raven’s face and hits the diving headbutt!  Benoit is knocked loopy.  By the time he manages to make the cover, Raven is able to kick out.  Benoit goes for a Northern Lights suplex, but Raven counters and hits a DDT.  They’re both laid out again.  Benoit wakes up and covers for a two count.  Raven goes for the DDT, but Benoit locks in the Cripple Crossface.  Raven passes out to give Benoit the victory at 10:36.  Kidman comes down, but Dean Malenko shows up and puts him in the Texas Cloverleaf.  The rest of the Flock attacks Benoit and Malenko as Hammer carries Raven away.  Malenko manages to fight off the Flock.  Really good match.  Was this promotion good in early 1998 and nobody told me?

WCW World Cruiserweight Championship Match: Rey Mysterio Jr. (c) vs. Chris Jericho.  11 years later and both of these guys have been World Champions in WWE.  Who would have thought that in 1998?  Tenay is back on commentary.  Rey’s knee is hurt, but he still goes full speed ahead.  Jericho is sent outside with a headscissors and Mysterio does the 619 back when it was still a fakeout move.  Rey appears to tweak his knee, but when Jericho tries to sneak attack him Mysterio locks in a sleeper.  He ends up getting a near fall with a victory roll, but favors his knee again.  Fuck, Rey used to be awesome.  They tease what might be an awesome rana off the apron, but Rey hurts his knee and Jericho goes to work on him.  Rey fights back and hits an odd Unprettier type move.  Rey eventually hurts his knee again and Jericho locks in the Liontamer for the instant submission at 8:22.  Good match.  Jericho gets upset that the crowd is booing him, so he beats up Rey some more to give them a reason to boo.  He hits Rey’s knee with a trunk.

Mean Gene Okerlund is in the ring with JJ Dillon to talk about the WCW World Heavyweight Championship being vacant.  Dillon talks, then introduces Roddy Piper.  Piper talks, then asks Sting to come out.  Sting indeed does come out.  Piper asks Hollywood Hogan and Scott Hall to come out, who indeed come out as well, accompanied by Eric Bischoff.  Piper tells Hall that even though he won the World War 3 battle royal, he’s not getting a title shot right now.  Piper announces that Sting and Hogan will wrestle for the vacant title at SuperBrawl next month.  Hogan protests.  Sting punks him down.  Hall leaves.  Hogan leaves when notices he has no backup.  Dissension in the nWo?

WCW World Television Championship Match: Booker T (c) vs. Rick Martel.  They lock up and trade hammerlocks.  Martel ends up getting a near fall off of a reverse cradle, then they trade hammerlocks again.  He tries the reverse cradle again, but Booker holds onto the ropes.  Booker works Martel’s arm.  He hits a kick, covers for two, and goes back to the arm.  Martel escapes, but Booker gets ahold the arm again and keeps working on it.  Martel tries to leapfrog Booker but gets headbutted in the gut.  Martel gets mad and stomps Booker in the corner, then whips him into the opposite turnbuckle and drops an elbow on him.  Martel hits a gutwrench suplex for a two count, then a spinebuster for another near fall.  Booker gets a near fall with a sunset flip.  Martel continues to work on Booker’s back.  Booker escapes and catches him with a forearm after some quick moving.  Booker misses a dropkick.  Martel locks in the crab hold, but Booker gets a rope break.  Booker hits the scissors kick and a sidewalk slam, then the Harlem Hangover for the win at 10:50.  Good match.  Martel grabs the belt from the referee, then hands it to Booker and raises his hand.  Perry Saturn runs in and hits an Exploder on Martel

This is a good show so far.

WCW World Tag Team Champion Scott Hall (w/ Louie Spicolli) vs. Larry Zbyszko (w/ Dusty Rhodes). Hall doesn’t wear his tag belt to the ring.  That makes me sad.  Maybe Nash will wear his later.  Dusty leaves the commentary table to be Zbyszko’s second.  Larry gets the better early on and Hall seems befuddled that the old man is outdoing him.  Larry locks Hall in the abdominal stretch.  Hall hiptosses him out of it.  Repeat.  Larry takes Hall down repeatedly.  Spicolli gets in a cheap shot to let Hall take over.  Dusty goes for Spicolli.  Nothing happens with that.  Larry smashes Hall’s face into the turnbuckle, but Hall cuts him off and works him over.  Hall hits the fall away slam, which I always mark for for some odd reason.  He sets up the Outsider’s Edge, but Zbyszko backdrops him out of it and makes a comeback.  Larry accidentally kicks the referee.  Hall hits a lariat and covers, but obviously, the referee is down.  Hall checks on the referee.  Larry plays possum and locks Hall in his chancery hold.  Spicolli attacks Zbyszko.  Dusty comes in and cleans his clock, then hits the Bionic Elbow on Zbyszko!  Dusty takes off his shirt to reveal an nWo shirt!  They all attack Larry, who wins by DQ at 9:16.  I expected this match to be awful, but it was kinda fun.

Scott Norton, Konnan, & Buff Bagwell of the nWo (w/ Vincent) vs. The Steiner Brothers & Ray Traylor (w/ Ted Dibase).  Schiavone is very upset because of Dusty joining the nWo.  He and Heenan call for Tenay to come out and carry the team.  Believe it or not, there was a time when Tenay was a good commentator.  Rick and Bagwell start.  I’ve always hated Buff Bagwell intensely.  His gimmick is so fucking obnoxious.  Rick beats up Bagwell, then Traylor beats up Bagwell, then Rick beats up Bagwell some more.  Why are they not letting Scott have a turn in their game?  Rick tags Traylor back in.  Bagwell makes the tag to Norton, who briefly murders Traylor, but Traylor makes a comeback.  Man, you forget what an agile dude Traylor could be.  Listening to the commentary, there’s something to Rick and Traylor not tagging in Scott.  The bad guys get the heat on Traylor for a bit.  Lukewarm tag to Rick, who gets DDT’d by Konnan.  Scott threatens the referee.  Bad guys beat up Rick.  Traylor and Scott argue in the face corner.  Scott eventually comes in to try to save Rick and argues with the referee again.  Rick makes a hot tag to both partners.  Scott cleans house.  The referee tries to make him get out of the ring but gets shoved again.  He Dragon suplexes Konnan off of Traylor, who finally tags him in.  Scott hits the Steiner Screwdriver on Konnan for the win at 12:20.  Okay match.  Scott and Bagwell have compare physiques and chat after the match.

WCW World Tag Team Champion Kevin Nash (w/ Hollywood Hogan & Eric Bischoff) vs. The Giant.  No tag belt with Nash either.  Sad face.  Stare down.  Nash pokes Giant.  Giant shoves Nash.  They lock up for about half a minute.  Nash grabs a side headlock.  Giant backdrop suplexes his way out of it.  Giant goes on the offensive and Nash bails to take a breather.  Nash comes back in and goes on the offensive.  I use the same phrase over and over again don’t I?  Giant fights back and kicks Nash with a high big boot.  Slow back and forth brawl.  Nash clotheslines Giant out of the ring and DOES A FUCKING SUICIDE DIVE.  Let that sentence sink in for a moment.  Giant catches him and rams him into the post, then puts him back in the ring.  While the referee’s back is turned, Hogan blindsides Giant with a chair.  Giant barely beats the count back in the ring.  Nash is upset he didn’t win by count-out, but takes the advantage Hogan handed him on a silver splatter.  Giant hits a clotheslines, then they knock each other down with big boots.  Nash eventually covers for a two count.  Nash does the punches in the corner spot, but Giant gives him an inverted atomic drop.  Giant makes a comeback and body slams Nash.  He signals for the chokeslam.  Bischoff jumps up on the apron and gets chokeslamed by Giant.  Nash throws coffee in Giant’s face and hits a horribly botched and painful looking Jackknife Powerbomb for the pin at 10:48.  The finish was scary.  Giant is lucky he wasn’t crippled.  Match wasn’t good, but it was quite a spectacle.

Ric Flair vs. Bret Hart.  This is Bret’s first WCW match.  Lock up, headlock, drop, good basic stuff to start.  Bret puts Flair in his own figure-four leglock 2 minutes in.  Flair gets a rope break and rolls to the apron.  Bret suplexes him back in and covers for a two count.  Bret works on Flair with some simple holds.  They get into a slap fight and Flair takes a breather.  Flair comes back in and gets the advantage for a moment, then gets backdropped and slammed.  Bret grounds him with a headlock.  They get back to their feet and Flair throws some punches to get the advantage.  Bret goes for a sleeper, but Flair backdrops him.  Flair low blows Bret when the ref’s back is turned and takes over.  Flair works the leg a bit.  They trade chops and punches.  Bret hits a swinging neckbreaker.  Bret starts working on Flair’s leg.  Bret tries the figure-four around the ring post, but Flair kicks him into the guardrail.  Flair works on Bret’s leg back in the ring.  Flair goes for the figure-four, but Bret counters with an inside cradle for a near fall.  Bret hits a backslide for another two count, then Flair clips his leg and locks in the figure-four.  Bret suffers for a bit, then turns it over, forcing Flair to release the hold.  Flair goes to the top rope and of course gets thrown off.  Bret takes his chest first bump into the turnbuckle.  Flair goes for a Russian leg sweep, but Bret counters and hits his own.  Flair chops Bret.  Bret pulls down his straps.  Flair begs off, but Bret punches him in the corner.  Inverted atomic drop gets Flair out of it.  Didn’t we see that exact same spot in the last match, only more poorly executed?  Bret hits his diving elbow for a two count, then hits a superplex.  Bret locks Flair in the Sharpshooter for the win at 18:06.  Very good match.

Michael Buffer is in the ring to do intros for the main event.  What’s going to follow Flair vs. Bret?

Randy Savage (w/ Miss Elizabeth) vs. Lex Luger.  Bleh.  Savage plays chickenshit and Luger persues him.  Elizabeth hits him from behind allowing Savage to jump Luger and get the advantage.  Liz chokes Luger with Savage’s bandana while Savage distracts the referee.  Luger catches a charging Savage with a boot and starts a comeback, but Liz grabs his foot and lets Savage pounce on him again.  I’ve never seen Liz interfere like this.  Savage and Luger brawl in the crowd.  They make it back to the ring and Luger hits some forearms.  Hall comes down with a chair.  Hogan follows and they chat a bit.  Hall gets on the apron.  Luger sends Savage into him and knocks Hall to the floor.  Luger puts Savage in the Torture Rack for the victory at 7:07.  The nWo jumps Luger after the match.  Sting makes the save and the two WCW supermen fight off the bad guys.  Luger puts Nash in the Rack and Sting puts Hogan in the Scorpion Death Lock.  Luger and Sting celebrate to close the show.

Great show.  Today PPVs are mostly lame matches in between crappy segments.  This show only had one non-wrestling segment in 3 hours.  Besides that, it was just match, match, match, match, and nearly all of those matches were good.  Even Luger and Savage had a decent match (it was kept short and played to their strengths, as Luger sucks and Savage was old even 11 years ago).  I give Souled Out 1998 a thumbs up!

NWA Clash of the Champions II: Miami Mayhem

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Opening video.

Jim Ross is in the parking lot of the James L. Knight Center.  Some uninteresting people show up, including Frances Crockett, Gary Juster, and some other names I didn’t catch.

Miami Mayhem!

Clash of the Champions open.

Tony Schiavone and Bob Caudle introduce the show.  I assume they’re the announcers.  Bruce Owens is the ring announcer.  Who?

Intros for the United States title match, then commercials.  Seriously?  Commercials?

NWA United States Heavyweight Championship: Barry Windham (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Brad Armstrong.  They lock up.  Armstrong hits what Caudle calls a nice arm drag, but I didn’t see it because they cut away to fans.  Windham hits an arm drag and they cut away to Dillon.  Does this camera man hate arm drags?  Armstrong slams Windham, who bails from the ring.  They lock up again and Windham beats up Armstrong.  Armstrong hits a hip toss and a headlock takeover.  Windham turns it into a headscissors.  After the break, Windham bails again to consult with Dillon.  They lock up again and Armstrong goes back to his side headlock.  Windham goes back to his headscissors.  Windham argues with referee Teddy Long.  They lock up and fuck around some more, then Windham BLASTS Armstrong with a big right hand.  Another right and a body slam from Windham.  Windham goes for a fist drop, but Armstrong avoids it.  Windham bails again.  Back inside, Armstrong takes over Windham with a headlock yet again.  They finally get up and do some jumping around.  Armstrong applies… a side headlock.  Windham turns it into a backdrop suplex.  Good.  Windham hits a powerslam for 2.  Windham applies a figure-four leglock.  Dillon helps him behind Teddy Long’s back.  Armstrong tries to turn it over, but fails.  Long finally catches Windham using the ropes and forces him to break.  Windham beats up the weakened Armstrong and throws him out of the ring.  Windham slams Armstrong into the barricade.  Windham slingshots Armstrong back into the ring and slams him, then goes for a diving elbow drop.  Armstrong avoids it and makes his comeback.  Armstrong hits a diving cross body for 2, then goes for another one.  Windham rolls through and clamps on the claw hold to get the pin in 13:57.  Fine match.

Coming up, The Fantastics!

More 1988 commercials!  They’re actually kind of amusing.

Tony Schiavone and Bob Caudle talk to Lyle Alzado, some former football player doing a TV show.  They show footage of the show (Learning The Ropes), where Alzado plays a teacher moonlighting as a pro wrestler.  That looks kind of amusing.

Bob Caudle interviews the returning Rock & Roll Express.

Next, we’re on a boat!  Well, a yacht, where Ric Flair and Lex Luger sign the contract for their World Championship Match at the Great American Bash PPV.  Amazingly, the Four Horsemen leave without beating the hell out of Luger.

Next, the Fantastics vs. The Sheepherders!

Commercials!  Hah!  An A&W Cream Soda commercial with the guy who played Larry on Newhart!

The Four Horsemen arrive!  Except for Windham, who was already there.  Jim Ross interviews Ric Flair.

Intros for the United States Tag Team title match, then cut TO THE BACK!

Lex Luger arrives and is immediately jumped by the Four Horsemen.  They beat the shit out of him.

More commercials!

NWA United States Tag Team Championship Match: The Fantastics (c) vs. The Sheepherders (w/ Rip Morgan).  Never heard a bell.  It was probably lost somewhere in all the hubub.  The Sheepherders beat up Tommy Rogers.  Rogers hits a cross body and tags in Fulton.  It’s weird that the Sheepherders/Bushwhackers look just alike when they’re apparently not related.  I can’t tell them apart, and the announcers don’t bother to identify them.  Sheepherders beat up Fulton.  Okay, so Luke Williams is apparently the blond one and Butch Miller is the one with the bald spot.  Fulton and Luke fight outside, then Morgan accidentally clothesline Luke.  Rogers tags in and runs wild on Luke.  Clusterfuck ensues and the Fantastics sends the Sheepherders out of the ring.  Butch comes in and beats up Rogers.  Luke tags in and does the same.  Rogers avoids a shot to make the Sheepherders collide, then makes the tag to Fulton.  Fulton ends up in the wrong corner quick and ends up playing face in peril just like his partner just did.  Fulton hits a cross body on both of them for 2, then the Fantastics take turns splashing them for 2.  Isn’t only 1 of them legal?  The Sheepherders bail again.  Rogers tags in and works Butch’s arm.  The Sheepherders get Rogers outside and hit him with one of the belts, then with a chair.  Luke covers Rogers and bites the bottom rope for some reason.  Luke hits a splash on Rogers for 2.  Butch accidentally hits Luke with a diving double axe handle.  Butch tags in.  Rogers hits him with a clothesline.  Butch hits a knee lift and something else for 2.  Luke tags in and applies a sleeper hold.  Luke continues to beat on Rogers.  Rogers sends Luke into a chair held by Butch on the apron.  Fulton gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Fulton gets Luke with a reverse cradle for the pin (about 18 minutes shown).  Okay match.  Kind of hard to follow.  Heel Bushwhackers was fun though.  I had never seen the Sheepherders before.

Next, the Garvins vs. The Varsity Club!  Commercials!

“Dr. Death” Steve Williams (in a suit!) has joined Tony Schiavone for commentary for the next match.  They talk about the beat down of Lex Luger.

Intros for the Varsity Club/Garvins match, then TO THE BACK!

Jim Ross promises an update on Lex Luger soon.  The show FOOTAGE of what happened EARLIER TONIGHT!

More commercials!  I actually remember those Folgers commercials.

The Varsity Club of NWA World Television Champion Mike Rotunda & Rick Steiner (w/ Kevin Sullivan) vs. Ron & Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious).  Kevin Sullivan is locked in a cage.  They’re already brawling.  I THINK I heard a bell.  Ron beats up Steiner.  Jimmy tags in and works Steiner’s arm.  Steiner bails to consult with Sullivan.  Sullivan tries to get Precious to come over to him.  Rotunda tags in.  He and Jimmy trade fireman’s carrys.  Ron tags in and wrestles with Rotunda.  Sullivan has some paper he wants to show Precious.  Steiner tags in and works Ron’s arm.  Precious slowly goes towards Sullivan, but Jimmy retrieves her.  Rotunda works Ron’s arm.  Jimmy goes and yells at Sullivan for aggravating Precious.  Precious has the key to Sullivan’s cage.  Varsity Club continue working over Ron.  Ron fights Steiner off and makes the tag to Jimmy.  Jimmy does stuff, then tags Ron back in.  Ron gets various cradles on Steiner for 2.  Ron tries a sunset flip on Rotunda.  Rotunda grabs the ropes to avoid it, but Teddy Long kicks his arms away.  Steiner saves anyway.  Rotunda hits a back body drop and a leg drop and otherwise beats up him, including choking him with a rope or something behind the referee’s back.  Rotunda holds Ron in front of the cage so Sullivan can punch him.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Precious  goes over to Sullivan’s cage and he grabs her.  Jimmy pins Steiner in about 13 minutes.  Sullivan kisses Precious and tries to choke her.  Steve Williams saves Precious from Sullivan.  Precious gets away from Sullivan and shoves Jimmy and leaves.  This was all about the stupid angle.  Match was sort of okay, though.

Commercials.

Schiavone and Caudle talk.  They show the Powers of Pain and Ivan Koloff attacking The Road Warriors a while back.  They talk about the upcoming retarded Tower of Doom Match at the Great American Bash.

Al Perez (w/ Gary Hart) vs. Nikita Koloff.  They lock up and shove each other around.  Perez wrings Nikita’s arm.  Nikita takes Perez over and works his arm in return.  They finally break that up, lock up again, and do nothing much.  Koloff accidentally hits his shoulder on the turnbuckle.  Perez kicks him out of the ring to Hart and get his cheap shots in.  Koloff tires of that shit and goes after Hart, but Perez attacks him from behind and slams him on the concrete floor.  Perez tries to suplex Nikita in from the apron, but Nikita lands on top for 2.  Nikita goes for an elbow drop, but misses.  Perez continues to beat on Nikita.  Nikita tries a springboard sunset flip, but Perez back walks across the ring into the ropes.  Never seen that one before.  Perez tries a suplex, but Nikita reverses it and suplexes Perez.  Nikita makes his comeback and shoulder blocks Perez out of the ring.  Hart distracts Nikita, then Larry Zbyszko attacks Nikita to cause the DQ in 11:51.  The heels leave Nikita laying.  The match was boring.

The World Tag Team Championship match is NEXT!

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Dusty Rhodes & Sting.  Anderson and Sting start.  Anderson goes after the arm, but Sting doesn’t sell it.  After a brief break outside, Arn comes back in and beats up Sting, then throws him out of the ring and tries to clothesline him against the post.  Sting moves and Arn clotheslines the post.  Sting wraps the arm around the post, then brings Arn back in and works his arm.  Tully comes in and Sting hits him with a headscissors, then tags in Dusty.  Dusty does the flip, flop, & fly on Tully, then decks Arn too.  Florida loves Dusty for obvious reasons.  The Horsemen get the advantage on Dusty.  Dillon chokes Dusty behind the referee’s back.  Dusty drops Tully with a lariat and a dropkick, of all things, then makes the tag to Sting.  Sting press slams Tully, then whips him into the corner and hits the Stinger Splash.  Sting goes for the Scorpion Death Lock, but Arn isn’t having any of that shit.  Horsemen beat up Sting on the outside.  Anderson beats up Sting in the ring and goes for a Vader Bomb, but Sting gets his knees up.  Sting continues to play face in peril.  Arn DDTs Sting on the concrete floor!  Dillon throws Sting back in the ring.  Tully covers, but Teddy Long takes too damn long to count.  Dusty gets the hot tag and runs wild on everybody, including Dillon.  Dusty hits a big elbow drop on Anderson, but Tully saves.  Sting takes out Tully, then tosses Teddy Long.  Sting and Tully brawl outside while Dusty and Arn brawl inside.  Dusty shoves the referee too.  Barry Windham attacks Dusty and the ref calls for the DQ in 11:01.  Windham puts the claw on Dusty.  Horsemen beat down Dusty.  Commercials.  I assume it’s a double DQ.  Really good match, though.  Arn & Tully were so awesome.

Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, and Bob Caudle are at ringside.  Ross promises an update on Lex Luger this coming Saturday.

Credits.

Okay show, but I hated the way they would do intros for matches, then cut to the back.  That’s some TNA shit.

NWA Bunkhouse Stampede 1988

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

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

Ross and Caudle talk.

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

Ross and Caudle talk.

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

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

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

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

Highlight video closes the show.

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

NWA Starrcade 1987: Chi-Town Heat

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Turner Home Entertainment!  So this is probably the original VHS release.  Fuck.

Starrcade ’87: Chi-Town Heat opening montage.

Light show and ballyhoo!  We’re in Chicago on Thanksgiving Day, 1987 (placing yours truly at not quite 3 months old when this show occurred).

Bad Street USA hits!  I already dig this show!

Tom Miller is the ring announcer!

Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross are on commentary!

Sting, The Fabulous Freebirds (w/ Precious) vs. Eddie Gilbert, Rick Steiner, & Larry Zbyszko (w/ Baby Doll).  Gilbert’s hometown is announced as “Every woman’s dream” and Sting’s is announced as “Every man’s nightmare.”  Steiner schools Sting in the early moments.  Sting wipes out Steiner with a dive to the outside, then hits a sloppy missile dropkick back inside.  Hayes and Garvin dropkick the other guys too.  Brief clusterfuck.  Hayes tags in and works Steiner’s arm.  Garvin tags in and does more of the same.  Zbyszko tags in.  Garvin drops him repeatedly with shoulder blocks.  Hayes tags in, tweaks Larry’s nose, and punches him in the face.  Gilbert tags in, gets beaten up, and asks for a time out.  There are no time outs in wrestling!  Sting tags in and works Gilbert’s arm.  Gilbert slams Sting and tags in Steiner, who Sting promptly takes over with an ARMBAR!  Steiner and Garvin go at it a bit.  Zbyszko tags in and beats up Garvin.  The heel team gets heat on Garvin.  Sting gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Zbyszko rakes his eyes and lets Gilbert get the advantage.  Gilbert throws Sting to the floor.  Back inside, Gilbert hits a suplex for 2.  Zbyszko tags in and tries to suplex Sting, but Sting reverses it.  Steiner tags in and cuts off Sting.  Zbyszko tags in and tries to beat up on Sting too.  Hayes gets the even hotter tag and runs wild.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Hayes hits a bulldog headlock on Zbyszko and covers, but Zbyszko’s legs were all in the ropes.  Hayes applies a sleeper hold.  Gilbert hits a double axe handle from behind.  Zbyszko tags in Steiner as the timer counts down.  Steiner hits a belly to belly suplex for 2.  Hayes gets an inside cradle on Gilbert, but no pin.  Hayes gets a sunset flip on Gilbert as the time limit expires.  It’s a 15:00 draw in 15:01.  Close enough!  Really fun opener.

UWF Heavyweight Championship Match: “Dr. Death” Steve Williams (c) vs. NWA Western States Heritage Champion Barry Windham.  They shake hands, run the ropes, Doc hits a big hip toss and a press… but Windham avoids a slam and gets a reverse cradle for 1.  They do some awesome mat work and end up rolling out of the ring.  They go back inside.  The crowd is shitting all over this.  Williams hits a backdrop suplex.  Windham hits a gutwrench suplex.  Windham turns a side headlock into a backdrop suplex, but Williams keeps the headlock clamped on.  Windham tries to escape again, but Williams is holding onto it.  Windham finally rolls free.  Williams tries to leap frog Windham, but can’t clear him, and gets accidentally headbutted in the balls.  This is the first time to pop the crowd.  Windham gives Williams time to collect himself and get back up.  Doc is hurting now.  Windham takes over with a side headlock.  Doc counters it and Windham headstands his way free.  Windham drops Williams with a shoulder tackle, then tries a cross body, but Doc ducks and Windham sails to the outside.  Doc’s balls are still hurting.  As soon as Windham gets back in, Williams pins him with an Oklahoma roll in about 6:50.  Fine little match.  I bet they could do a lot better, and I’m sure they did somewhere.

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

Non-Title, Scaffold Match: The Rock & Roll Express vs. NWA United States Team Championship 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.  Yeah, I know this wasn’t a good review, but I really hate this retarded concept.

Championship Unification Match: UWF Television Champion Terry Taylor (w/ Eddie Gilbert) vs. NWA World Television Champion Nikita Koloff.  Earl Hebner is the referee!  They lock up.  Taylor backs Koloff into the corner and gives a clean break.  Repeat, but this time, Taylor wants to give Nikita a cheap shot, but Nikita bitches him down.  Taylor goes with a wrist lock, and Nikita looks at him like “Bitch, what do you think you’re doing?”  Nikita reverses it and applies an ARMBAR!  “An armbar can become a submission hold.”  Really, JR?  I would never have thought so.  Taylor tries to ram Nikita into the turnbuckles, but Nikita counters and does it to him instead.  Nothing Taylor does seems to have any effect on Nikita.  Nikita clamps on a hammerlock, but Taylor gets a rope break.  Nikita transitions into a pinning predicament, but Taylor is still to close to the ropes.  Taylor bails to consult with Gilbert.  Back inside, Taylor shoves Nikita.  Nikita slaps Taylor, then kicks his ass.  Nikita gets another near fall, then Taylor bails again.  Nikita pulls Taylor back in by his hair and hammers on him some more.  Taylor catches Nikita with a knee and tries to get the Flair pin in the corner, but Nikita still kicks out.  Nikita continues working the arm.  Taylor rakes Nikita’s eyes.  Nikita goes back to the armbar.  Taylor tries to beat up Nikita, but Nikita no sells it and gets the Russian Hammer.  Taylor dodges the Russian Sickle and beats up Koloff on the outside.  Taylor attacks Nikita’s shoulder.  Gilbert gets his cheap shot in behind Hebner’s back.  Taylor tries a sunset flip, but Nikita punches him to prevent it.  Taylor tries to suplex Nikita, but gets suplexed himself.  Nikita does the punches in the corner, gets distracted by the referee, and allows Taylor to hit an inverted atomic drop for 2.  Taylor argues with the referee and Nikita schoolboys him for 2.  Nikita backdrops Taylor out of a piledriver attempt and kicks his ass.  Taylor bails.  Nikita follows him and catches a knee when he’s trying to get back in the ring.  Gilbert hits Nikita’s knee with a chair.  Taylor locks Nikita in the figure-four leglock and uses Gilbert for leverage.  The referee finally catches them and forces the break.  Gilbert chokes Nikita behind the referee’s back.  Taylor and Gilbert collide.  Nikita blasts Taylor with the Russian Sickle for the pin in 17:36.  Good match.

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

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon) (c) vs. The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering).  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.  Earl Hebner comes in and makes the three count for Animal 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.

Steel Cage Match for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship: Lex Luger (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Dusty Rhodes.  Johnny Weaver holds the key to the cage!  There’s some confusing stipulation about Dusty’s career being on the line because he can’t sign something for 90 days.  I didn’t hear an opening bell, but they start fighting.  Oh, it’s clipped, because they announced that five minutes have elapsed after about a minute.  That really blows.  I wonder how many other matches were clipped and I just didn’t notice.  Dusty works Luger’s arm.  Luger fights back and rams Rhodes into the cage.  Sorry, I’m out of it.  Clipping really pisses me off.  Dusty gets BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Luger drops an elbow for 2.  Luger hits a backbreaker and goes for the Torture Rack, but he can’t get Dusty locked in.  Dusty holds on to the cage to escape it.  Luger keeps working Dusty over.  Luger works on Dusty’s arm.  Dusty fights back.  Dusty locks Luger in a sleeper hold.  Dillon hits Johnny Weaver with a chair, tries to unlock the cage, but ends up just throwing the chair in to Luger.  Rhodes DDTs Luger on the chair for the pin (around 12 minutes shown) to win the title.  It was alright, I guess.  I wasn’t especially interested.

Steel Cage Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ron Garvin (c) vs. Ric Flair.  More clipping.  Fuck.  Garvin works Flair’s arm.  Garvin stomp.  They trade blows.  Flair gets the advantage.  After 2 minutes, 5 minutes has elapsed.  Flair hits a knee drop for 2.  Flair works on Garvin’s leg, then locks in the figure-four leglock.  Garvin reverses it and they get into the ropes to force the break.  More stuff happens while I have to answer an annoying phone call.  Garvin beats up Flair and locks him in the figure-four.  Garvin released the hold and works on Flair’s leg some more.  Flair tries to ram Garvin into the cage, fails, gets rammed into the cage himself.  Garvin hits a diving cross body for 2.  Garvin gets a backslide for 2.  Garvin rakes Flair’s bloody head across the cage.  Garvin chops Flair.  They fight on the top rope.  Garvin headbutts Flair, who crotches himself on the top rope.  Garvin goes for a sunset flip off the top, but Flair sits on it and holds to ropes for 2 until Tommy Young catches him.  Garvin gets the sunset flip for 2.  Ref bunch.  Garvin KO punches Flair for 2.  Flair catches Garvin and rams his head into the cage for the pin (about 18 minutes shown).  It was fine.  I hate clipping.  Flair is the World Champion again.

End credits play over a highlight video.

The show was fine, but the Turner edited department is fucking retarded.  Why would you show every midcard match in full, then clip the top 2 matches?