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NWA Clash of the Champions V: St. Valentine’s Massacre

Posted in WCW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2011 by Grappleholic

Cool opening video.  Clash of the Champions open.  We’re LIVE from Cleveland, Ohio.  Jim Ross and Magnum T.A. hype up the show.  The ring announcer is… a guy I don’t recognize.

The Russian Assassins (w/ Paul Jones) vs. The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette).  Lane feigns some of his hokey karate crap.  The Russian pushes him across the ring.  They lock up.  Lane does his hokey karate crap.  Eaton tags in and works the Russian’s arm.  The Russian slams Eaton and tags in the other Russian.  Ross says it’s #2.  Lane tags in and heats a weak clothesline.  MX double team Russian Assassin #2.  We get an inset promo from Paul E. Dangerously while the match is going on.  Jones takes his coat off and acts like he wants to fight Cornette.  Lane hits Jones with hokey karate kicks.  The Russians console Jones.  Paul E. joins Ross and Magnum for commentary.  The MX clean house.  Cornette hits one of the Russians with the tennis racket on the outside.  The Russians fail to get any heat going.  They pull the switcheroo and get the advantage on Lane.  Lane is sent outside.  Cornette threatens Jones with the tennis racket to keep him from getting in a cheap shot… just like Cornette got in a few minutes ago.  The Russians get the heat on Lane.  It’s boring.  Lane catches one of them with a cross body for 2.  That’s called a hope spot, kids!  The Russians keep the heat on Lane.  The legal one tries to apply a crab hold, falls over, and grabs the ropes to apply a half crab.  Eaton makes the save.  Russians try to double team Lane, but Eaton prevents it again.  Eaton gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Paul E. leaves the booth.  MX hit the Rocket Launcher on one of the Assassins.  Eaton gets the pin in 13:15.  This wasn’t any good.  I normally like the MX, so the Russians must have sucked.

Bob Caudle interviews Ricky Steamboat, who is holding the baby who would grow up to be Richie Steamboat.  They show video of Steamboat beating up Ric Flair.

Steve Casey vs. “Hacksaw” Butch Reed.  They lock up.  Reed pushes Casey into the ropes, then poses.  Reed hits an arm drag and dances a bit.  They lock up again.  Reed pushes Casey into the ropes again.  This time he doesn’t give a clean break.  Casey hits a dropkick and an arm drag.  Casey cranks on Reed’s arm.  They trade arm locks.  Casey wins that exchange and takes Reed down the mat, where he keeps working on the arm.  Reed powers his way to his feet and backs Casey in the corner.  Casey hits another arm drag.  Reed slams Casey, but Casey holds on to the arm.  Reed gets a rope break.  Reed hides in the safety of being near the ropes for a bit.  Reed gives Casey a taste of his own medicine by working his arm.  Reed pulls Casey’s hair.  Casey hits an arm drag to reverse the momentum in the battle of who can hurt whose arm more.  Reed pushes Casey into the ropes.  Casey hits… another arm drag.  Casey works the arm some more.  Reed bails.  After a bit of time wasting, Reed calls for a test of strength.  Casey stupidly obliges.  Reed wins the test of strength, of course.  Casey finally escapes and gets a hammerlock.  Reed gouges his face.  Reed throws Casey out of the ring and poses.  Casey gets back to the apron.  Reed pulls his head across the top rope.  Casey fights his way back into the ring and makes his comeback.  Reed cuts him off with a forearm to the back of the head and applies a camel clutch.  It transitions into a rear chin lock.  Said rear chin lock continues for some time.  Casey tries to fight back again, but Reed throws him out of the ring again.  This match has officially gone on longer than the MX match.  Reed hits a suplex for 2.  Reed argues with the referee.  Casey tries to make his comeback, but Reed avoids a dropkick.  Reed applies a rear chin lock again.  He has a foot on the bottom rope just to be a dick.  I’m pretty sure that would actually decrease your leverage, Magnum.  Teddy Long accuses Reed of using the ropes.  Nothing comes of that.  Casey fights out of the rear chin lock and makes his comeback.  Casey hits corner punches, a hip toss, and a monkey flip.  Casey lands a couple of dropkicks.  He goes for a cross body, but Reed catches him and press slams him.  Reed goes up top and hits a diving shoulder block for the pin in 17:42.  This would have been fine at 5 minutes.  At almost 18, it was WAY too long and boring.

NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair comes out to the ring with Hiro Matsuda and a bunch of random women.  Bob Caudle interviews him.  Flair puts himself over and calls out Ricky Steamboat.  He offers Caudle his pick of the women.  Caudle isn’t interested.  Steamboat comes out.  Flair talks about how boring monogamy is and says he’ll beat Steamboat at the PPV on Monday.  Steamboat talks about what a scumbag Flair is.  Flair tells Steamboat to “go home and help the missus with the dishes.”  Steamboat attacks Flair and they begin to fight.  Caudle and women awkwardly stay in the ring.  Steamboat rips off Flair’s suit and gives him a press slam and a back body drop, then hits the diving cross body and gets a phantom three count.  Hiro Matsuda wakes up after being decked earlier and he and Flair double team Steamboat.  Steamboat makes his own comeback, sends Flair out of the ring, and knocks him into the crowd.  Steamboat comes back to the ring and puts on the tattered remains of Flair’s suit.  The crowd approves.  Steamboat rips it off and throws the pieces to the crowd, who still approve.

Coming up, The Road Warriors!  The Total Package!

The Blackmailer (w/ Hiro Matsuda) vs. “The Total Package” Lex Luger.  They lock up.  Luger shoves Blackmailer across the ring.  Repeat.  Luger blocks a wrist lock.  Blackmailer grabs a headlock.  Luger throws him off and absorbs a shoulder block.  Luger grabs a headlock, then drops Blackmailer with a shoulder block.  Blackmailer bails.  Back inside, the lock up again.  Luger grabs a headlock again.  Blackmailer tires of this shit and hits a backdrop suplex.  Luger no-sells it.  They stare at each other.  They lock up again.  Luger grabs another headlock.  Blackmailer backs Luger into the corner and beats on him a bit.  Luger reverses a whip, hits a back body drop, and does… a side headlock takeover.  Luger lets go and the walk around and look at each other.  They lock up again.  Blackmailer lands some blows.  Luger hits a powerslam.  Luger does… another side headlock takeover.  He works it for a while, then hits a press slam.  Luger charges, but Blackmailer ducks and Luger tumbles out of the ring.  Blackmailer pulls Luger’s neck into the top rope to keep him out of the ring.  This match will never end at that rate.  He chokes Luger against the ropes, then knocks him off the apron again.  Luger hits a slingshot sunset flip for 2.  They trade punches.  Blackmailer scrapes Luger’s eyes and goes on the offensive.  Blackmailer grabs a rear chin lock.  Luger escapes and gets caught in the balls.  Luger blocks a suplex attempt and hits one of his own.  Blackmailer beats on Luger.  Luger hulks up and makes his comeback.  Luger hits a superplex for the pin in 13:02 to end it.  That was a message to Barry Windham, who Luger will challenge for the United States title at Chi-Town Rumble.  This pretty much sucked.

Still to come, the Varsity Club vs. The Fantastics.

Michael Hayes delivers NWA World Television Champion Rick Steiner to Bob Caudle for an interview.  I’m pretty sure Steiner’s early gimmick was that he was borderline retarded.

NWA United States Tag Team Championship Match: Mike Rotunda & “Dr. Death” Steve Williams (c) of The Varsity Club (w/ Kevin Sullivan) vs. The Fantastics.  Sullivan & Williams won the titles, but the Varsity Club is using the Freebirds rule.  Rotundo and Rogers lock up.  Rotundo hits a fireman’s carry.  Rotundo takes him down.  Rogers gets back to his feet.  They stare at each other for a while.  Rogers hits an arm drag.  They stare at each other again.  Rogers grabs a side headlock.  Rotundo pulls his hair.  Rotundo does the drop down, leap frog, and is met with a clothesline, which gets 2 for Rogers.  Doc tags in and beats up Rogers, which is probably the most enjoyable thing on this show so far.  Rogers avoids an elbow drop and tags in Fulton.  The Fantastics hit a double dropkick.  Fulton swivels his hips.  They lock up.  Doc hits a shoulder block, then takes Fulton down.  We get an inset promo from Rick Steiner, who just had an interview 5 minutes ago.  Fulton fights back, but Doc takes him down again.  Rotundo takes in.  Fulton gets a sunset flip for 2.  Doc tags in.  Rotundo takes Fulton down to keep him from making the tag.  Fulton ducks some clotheslines and hits a cross body for 2.  Rogers tags in and hits a dropkick.  Doc recovers immediately and pounds on Rogers.  Rogers takes a rough looking bump off of a back body drop.  Rotundo tags in and lands an elbow smash on Rogers, then slaps Fulton.  Rogers fights back and tags in Fulton.  Fulton hits a knee lift for 2.  Fulton hits corner punches.  Doc decks Fulton and sends him to the floor.  With the referee distracted, Williams drops Fulton across the guardrail.  Fulton plays face in peril as the Varsity Club put a beating on him.  Fulton gets his knees up to block a splash from Rotundo.  Williams tags in and keeps Fulton from making the tag.  Rogers comes in the ring to attack Doc and is immediately forced out by the referee.  Fulton stays in the pressure cooker.  Doc hits an impressive press slam  and a football tackle.  Fulton holds onto the ropes to avoid the Oklahoma Stampede and lands on top of Doc.  Rogers gets the hot tag and RUNS WILD~!  Rotundo trips Rogers from the outside.  Rogers avoids an elbow drop and fights back, but gets sent to the floor.  Fulton makes a comeback.  Rogers hits a diving cross body on Doc.  Rotundo stomps Rogers in the back of the head.  Doc gets the pin on Rogers in 13:25.  For the first time all show, I can say I enjoyed this match.

Up next, The Dragon in action!

Bob Bradley vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat (w/ Bonnie & Richie Steamboat).  Bradley talks trash.  They shove each other.  Steamboat ducks a punch and hits an atomic drop and some punches and a chop.  Bradley bails.  They lock up.  Bradley hit a hip toss.  They lock u p again.  Bradley hits a body slam.  Bradley hits an arm drag.  Steamboat hits a hip toss and a few slams, then a pair of the best arm drags in the history of professional wrestling.  Bradley bails.  Steamboat slingshots him back into the apron and rams his face into the mat.  Bradley bails again.  Steamboat joins him and gets slammed on the floor and sent into the barricade.  Back inside, Bradley rakes Steamboat’s eyes and hits a body slam.  Bradley lands an elbow smash and another body slam, and a clothesline.  Steamboat avoids Bradley in the corner.  Bradley does the Flair flip.  Steamboat hits an arm drag into an arm lock.  Bradley telegraphs a back body drop.  Steamboat succeeds with one, then hits another arm drag.  The leap frog each other.  Steamboat hits a hip toss and another arm drag.  I will never complain about Ricky Steamboat doing arm drags.  Bradly does a drop down, leap frog, leap frog, elbow smash.  Bradley hits a sidewalk slam.  Steamboat avoids a diving headbutt and drops Bradley with a chop.  Steamboat hits a diving chop and a diving cross body for the pin in 6:24.  See, kids?  In the magical land of 1989, a guy getting a title shot on the next PPV wins matches to build himself up!  What a novel concept.  The match was okay.

Coming up, JYD, Sting, & Michael Hayes!  Also, Rick Steiner.

Non-Title: Rip Morgan vs. NWA World Television Champion Rick Steiner.  Morgan stomps the mat.  Steiner bites his leg.  We get an inset promo from Mike Rotundo while Morgan beats up Steiner.  Steiner hits a Steiner Line and sends Morgan out of the ring.  They lock up.  Morgan beats up Steiner in the corner.  Steiner no sells blows to the head.  Because he’s too dumb to feel them, see?  Morgan hits a clothesline.  Steiner hits a powerslam, then barks and gets on all fours.  Morgan stomps around some more.  They lock up again.  Morgan beats on Steiner.  Morgan hits an elbow smash for 2, then grabs a rear chin lock.  Morgan hits a body slam.  Steiner avoids a diving splash and makes his comeback.  Morgan avoids an elbow drop and bear hugs Steiner.  Dumb move.  Steiner hits a belly to belly suplex for the pin in 4:41.  Steiner drinks something a fan throws in the ring.  It was okay.

Bob Caudle interviews Sting, Junkyard Dog, & Michael Hayes, who are going for the Six-Man Tag Team titles tonight.  They go back down into their dressing room.  Kevin Sullivan comes in and locks the gate leading to the babyface dressing room.  They can’t get out and they’re in the main event NEXT!  What will they do?

The Road Warriors and Genichiro Tenryu come out for the main event.  The Varsity Club hit the ring and attack them.  The bell rings, so I guess this is the main event now.

NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship Match: NWA World Tag Team Champions The Road Warriors & Genichiro Tenryu (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. NWA United States Tag Team Champions The Varsity Club.  They brawl while we get an inset of Doug Dillinger trying to open the door for Sting, JYD, & Hayes.  Animal clotheslines everybody.  They keep cutting to the back and interrupting the match.  Hawk beats up Sullivan.  Tenryu and Rotundo lock up.  Tenryu lands a chop and a dropkick.  Rotundo begs off.  Cut to the back again.  Don’t these fuckers know what bolt cutters are?  Tenryu drops Doc with an enzuigiri.  Hawk tags in and gives Doc a clothesline.  Cut to the back, where Sting, JYD, and Hayes are finally released.  Animal and Doc lock up.  Animal powers Doc into the heel corner.  Doc and Rotundo double team Animal.  Rotundo sends Animal’s shoulder into the post and the barricade.  Varsity Club get the heat on Animal.  Hawk gets the hot tag, but the referee didn’t see it.  The Varsity Club hit a spike piledriver on Hawk.  Sting, Hayes, and JYD hit the ring for a three-way brawl.  It’s a double DQ in 5:47.  And this was lame.  Folks are bawling all over the place.  Cut to commercials.

People are still brawling.  Ross and Magnum hype Chi-Town Rumble.  Roll credits.

I think I enjoyed one match on this show.  The rest of it was pretty suckish.

Starrcade: The Essential Collection Disc 3 (Repost)

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Originally posted on my old blog on 2/13/09.

I’m finally back with Disc 3.  This is the first review to be written on my brand new awesome computer!

Road Warrior Animal introduces #9.

#9
Starrcade, 12/13/89
Non-Title, Iron Team Tournament Match: The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. NWA World Tag Team Champions The Steiner Brothers.  The two Jims (Ross and Cornette) are on commentary.  Scott and Hawk start.  Scott goes for Hawk’s leg, then Hawk hits an enzuigiri.  Hawk catches Scott’s leg, and Scott does a nifty flip out of it.  Scott tags in Rick.  Hawk nails a lariat for a two count from referee Nick Patrick.  Animal comes in.  Rick hits the Steiner Line.  Animal takes over briefly, then Rick hits a belly-to-belly suplex.  Tags on both sides.  Hawk hits a press slam and a fist drop, then covers.  Rick saves.  Hawk hits a big boot for another near fall.  Tag to Animal, who misses an elbow drop on Scott.  Scott hits a belly-to-belly.  Scott runs at Animal in the corner and gets caught with a kick or clothesline.  I forgot which in the time it took to type that sentence.  While I was typing those sentences, Hawk and Scott went at it.  Scott hits a belly-to-belly overhead off the turnbuckle on Hawk.  Animal comes in and works over Scott.  Hawk comes in and beats up Scott too.  Animal tags back in.  Hawk beats up Rick for good measure.  Road Warriors hit the Doomsday Device.  Animal has Scott in a backdrop-style bridge.  Both men’s shoulders were on the mat, but Scott lifts his shoulder at the last second to get the pin on Animal at 7:28.  Nifty old school finish.

Dusty Rhodes introduces #8.  It’s a match from Starrcade 2000.  Oh dear.  Oh thank God, it’s the good one.

#8
Starrcade, 12/17/00
Three-Way Ladder Match: 3 Count vs. Jamie Knoble & Evan Karagias vs. The Jung Dragons (w/ Leia Meow).  Tony Schiavone, Scott Hudson, Mark Madden, and Chavo Guerrero Jr. are on commentary.  Whoever gets the contract hanging above the ring gets a shot at Chavo’s Cruiserweight Championship.  Kaz Hayashi and Shannon Moore start.  They do a nifty bit, then a painful looking botch.  Okay, this match is already looking like it’s going to be way to fast to type.  Yang and Helms tease going at it, then everyone races for ladders.  The sneaky boy band grab a ladder from under the ring while everyone else goes for the ladders on the aisle.  The Dragons come in and send them out of the ring.  Yang, who would one day become everyone’s favorite Asian redneck, Jimmy Wang Yang, dropkicks a ladder into Knoble (who would one day drop the K) and Karagias (who after the fall of WCW dropped off the face of the Earth).  Knoble and Karagias end up alone in the ring and argue over who is going to take the contract down.  They shove each other, then Yang dropkicks Knoble into Karagias.  Knoble takes a bump into the ladder.  Yang hits the Yang Time on Moore.  Everyone else does suicide dives as Knoble goes for the prize.  Yang pushes the ladder over and sends him into the pile.  They do some crazy awesome spots that would take way too long to explain.  Helms hits a sick neckbreaker on someone.  Knoble hits a sunset flip powerbomb on Helms off the ladder.  Moore hits a rear chinlock drop on Yang.  Knoble goes for the prize, but Leia Meow comes in and stops him.  Yang hits a cross-arm Iconoclasm off a ladder on Karagias.  The Dragons build a scaffold out of four ladders.  3 Count send them crashing into it.  Knoble drops Moore with a Tombstone Piledriver while Karagias hammers Helms.  Hayashi and Karagias take bumps off the ladder scaffold.  Moore hits an awesome headscissors on Yang to bring him off the ladder scaffold.  Helms sends Knoble off, then both members of 3 Count pull down the contract together at 13:46.  Awesome spotfest with lots of insane bumps.

Dusty introduces #7.

#7
Starrcade, 12/13/89
Non-Title, Iron Man Tournament Match: NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair vs. Sting.  Ross and Terry Funk are on commentary.  Flair wins the tournament on a pinfall, submission, or count-out.  Sting needs a pin or submission to win.  If they draw, Lex Luger wins the tournament.  They lock up, then Sting hits a hiptoss.  Flair puts Sting in a hammerlock, but Sting counters with a drop toe hold.  Flair inexplicably sets Sting on the top turnbuckle, then gives a clean break.  They lock up again and Flair tries to out arm-power Sting, which I find foolish.  Sting, of course, powers Flair down.  Sting gets the better of an exchange and Flair takes a breather.  They go at it again and Sting gets a near fall off of a backslide.  Flair nails Sting with chops.  Sting hiptosses Flair again, then dropkicks him.  Flair throws Sting out of the ring, then chops him and whips him into the guardrail.  Flair suplexes Sting back into the ring.  Flair works over Sting and gets a near falls from a ground cobra twist and an inside cradle.  Sting makes a comeback and kicks Flair’s ass.  Sting puts Flair in the Scorpion Death Lock, but it’s way too close to the ropes and Flair gets a break.  Flair attacks Sting’s leg and locks in the figure-four leglock.  Sting escapes it somehow, but Flair keeps on working Sting’s leg.  Sting gets a near fall with another backslide.  Flair stays after Sting’s leg.  Sting counters the figure-four with an inside cradle for the pin at 15:56, even though the time limit was 15 minutes.  Good match, though.  Ole and Arn Anderson come out and raise Sting’s hands in victory, as they’re all Horsemen at the time.  I’m guessing it was soon after this that the Horsemen kicked Sting out for wanting his title shot at Flair.

Dusty introduces #6.  We’re going way back to the first Starrcade for this one.

#6
Starrcade, 11/24/83.
Non-Title, Dog Collar Match: Roddy Piper vs. NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Greg Valentine.  I should mention that throughout the match, the announcers can’t make up their minds if it’s a title match or not.  It’s not.  Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle are the announcers.  Not much to say here, they just brawl and maim each other with the chain.  They both bleed like crazy.  Piper hooks Valentine’s legs with the chain and pins him at 16:08.  Valentine attacks Piper and chokes him with the chain after the match.  Sorry for the short review, but there’s only so many times in one match I want to type “punch” and “chokes (or whips) with the chain).

Animal introduces #5.  Shit, another Scaffold Match.

#5
Starrcade, 11/27/86
Scaffold Match: The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette & Big Bubba Rogers).  Tony Schiavone and Rick Stewart (who?) are on commentary.  The Road Warriors wait at the top during the ring intros.  Loverboy Dennis Condrey teases climbing up, but chickens out.  MX finally does come up.  The bell rings and the Road Warriors kick ass.  Condrey throws powder in Hawk’s eyes.  Eaton does the same to Animal.  They fight on top of the scaffold.  That sentence will cover the rest of the match until someone takes a stupid, unnecessary bump.  Condrey falls, then Eaton, to give the Road Warriors the win at 7:08.  Ellering takes Cornette’s tennis racket.  Cornette climbs the scaffold to escape and runs right into Animal.  Cornette falls and blows out his knees.

Jim Ross introduces #4, explaining the build up the epic Sting/Hogan showdown in 1997.  In short, Hogan’s nWo ran roughshod over WCW for a year while Sting watched from the rafters and grew his hair out.

#4
Starrcade, 12/28/97
WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan (c) vs. Sting.  Schiavone, Rhodes, and Tenay are on commentary.  Nick Patrick is the referee.  Hogan throws his bandanna at Sting.  Sting responds by slapping him.  Hogan panders to the crowd, then Sting slugs him.  Hogan panders some more as Sting just stands there.  Okay guys, you’ve built the moment.  Time to wrestle.  Hogan beats up Sting.  Hogan tries to elbow drop Sting three times, but misses every time.  Sting dropkicks Hogan out of the ring.  Hogan comes back in and they work a headlock.  Hogan comes off the ropes but Sting leapfrogs him and sends him out of the ring with a dropkick again.  They go back and forth, but nothing particulary interesting happens.  They fight outside and Sting hits a Stinger Splash on the guardrail.  Back in the ring, Hogan chokes Sting with his boot.  Hogan hits the leg drop and gets the clean pin.  Bret Hart shows up and says he’s not going to see Sting get screwed.  Hart nails Patrick and takes over as referee.  Hogan tries to run away, but Hart throws him back in the ring.  Buff Bagwell and Scott Norton come in to attack Sting, but Sting is not to be denied.  He hits a Stinger Splash and the Scorpion Death Lock for the victory at 12:53.  Luger, The Giant, and a bunch of jobbers come out to celebrate with Sting.  The Hogan pin on Sting was supposedly meant to be a fast count, and rumor is Hogan paid off Patrick to not count slow.  If it’s true, Hogan is a prick, but a brilliant prick.  The match comes off looking like Hogan won fair and square, then got screwed.

Ric Flair introduces #3.

#3
Starrcade, 11/24/83
Steel Cage Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Harley Race (c) vs. Ric Flair.  Former World Champion Gene Kiniski is the guest referee for this match, the main event of the first Starrcade.  Solie and Caudle are the announcers.  It takes about 10 minutes for the entrances, introductions, and all that jazz.  They do a headlock sequence.  Kiniski warns Flair about using closed fists, so Flair nails Race with some elbows.  Race backs Flair into the ropes and doesn’t give a clean break.  Kiniski chastises him.  Flair backs Race into the ropes and responds in kind.  Race nails Flair with a high knee, but misses his falling headbutt.  Flair nails a chop and covers, but no count.  Flair puts Race down to the mat with a headlock.  Very old school match.  Flair holds him on the mat for a little while, but Race eventually powers up and hits a suplex.  He misses the headbutt again.  Flair goes for a move, but Race falls on him and gets a count.  I think it was just one.  Race gets Flair into the ropes and beats on him, but Kiniski pulls him away.  Race hits a piledriver and something else for a near fall.  Actually I can’t tell if the fall was near because Kiniski counts so slow and quietly.  Race hits a neckbreaker for what I did see was a near fall.  Wrestling in 1983 was a lot different than it is in 2009.  Race hits a powerslam-type move for another close one.  Flair tries to fire back, but Race headbutts him to the mat and finally hits his falling headbutt.  Race rams Flair into the cage and beats on him some more.  Flair finally fires back with chops and elbows.  He’s BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Flair backs Race into the corner but gets headbutted again.  Kiniski is a strict referee.  Flair hits a knee drop and a kick to the head, then a piledriver on his own for a near fall.  Flair hits a suplex for another near fall.  Kiniski is such a shitty referee.  Flair rams Race into the cage, then Race grinds Flair’s face into it.  Kiniski pulls Race away again.  Were referees supposed to be IN THE FUCKING WAY in 1983?  Geeze.  Flair locks in the figure-four leglock.  Race reverses and the roll into the ropes, so Flair has to break it.  Race hits his diving headbutt for a two count.  Race hits a suplex for a two count.  Race beats on Flair in the corner, and Kiniski pulls him away by his hair.  Race goes for a suplex, but Flair reverses it into a suplex of his own.  Ref bump.  They should have knocked him out 20 minutes ago.  Flair hits a cross body off the top rope for the win at 23:49.  The ring fills up with people celebrating with Flair.  This match was probably considered good by 1983 standards, but by my standards it was slow and boring, with a referee who really hindered the match.

Tully Blanchard introduces #2.

#2
Starrcade, 11/28/85
“I Quit” Steel Cage Match for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship: Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ Baby Doll) vs. Magnum T.A.  I haven’t seen this match in a while.  Hopefully it holds up better today than the previous match did.  Schiavone and Caudle are the announcers.  I don’t think we’ve heard that combination yet.  They lock up.  Tully throws a punch, Magnum throws one of his own, and the crowd pops big.  Man, Magnum was OVER.  The crowd comes to life whenever he throws a punch or does anything else for that matter.  Tully gets heat, Magnum makes a small comeback and pops the crowd, Tully gets heat again.  Rinse, lather, repeat, but it’s good stuff.  Magnum goes head-first into the cage and gets cut.  Either Tully gets color too, or Magnum’s blood gets on him, or both.  Tully tries to make Magnum quit, but Magnum responds with a resounding “HELL NO!”  Magnum fights back, but Tully won’t quit either.  Magnum punches Tully in the corner, but Tully gives him an inverted atomic drop, then beats him in the head with the microphone.  Somebody (Baby Doll I presume) throws a wooden chair over the cage to Tully.  Tully breaks it and tries to use a piece of it to stab Magnum in the eye.  Magnum gets hold of the spike and sticks it into Tully’s head, forcing Tully to quit at 14:48-ish.  Really great match.  It’s an old fashioned bloody, hate-filled brawl that still stands the test of time.

Ric Flair introduces #1!  I’ve been wanting to see this match for a long time.

#1
Starrcade, 12/27/93
WCW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Vader (c) (w/ Harley Race) vs. Ric Flair.  Flair has to retire if he loses.  Schiavone and Ventura are the announcers.  Vader gives Flair a shove and Flair takes a big bump off of it.  Vader beats the snot out of Flair.  With Flair’s honker, that’s not an easy job.  Flair throws some chops, but they don’t phase Vader.  Vader continues to kick Flair’s ass.  Flair finally manages to stagger Vader with chops and punches, but Race attacks Flair outside of the ring.  The interference gives Vader the opening to beat on Flair some more.  Flair hits a few jobs, then Vader hammers him and hits a better version of that shitty slam Mark Henry does.  Vader hits a clothesline off the middle rope.  Vader goes airborne again but Flair moves.  Flair hits a flying chop or elbow to the head, then totally misses a second one.  He hits the third attempt, then a knee drop.  Vader clotheslines him.  Vader hits a superplex, but misses a big splash.  Flair bounces off the ropes, then bounces off of Vader.  Vader throws Flair out of the ring, allowing Race to get in another cheap shot or two.  Back in the ring, Vader tries to splash Flair in the corner.  Flair moves and fires back with chops, but Vader splashes him in the other corner.  Flair throws chops and punches like they’re going to be outlawed tomorrow and finally drops the big man.  Flair attacks Vader’s leg with the ringpost and chairs.  Flair is FIRED UP and hammer Vader with the best punches I’ve ever seen him throw.  Flair fights Vader like a man posessed, even biting him!  Flair punishes Vader’s leg some more, then punches him down and goes for the figure-four leglock, but Vader kicks him away.  Vader misses the Vader Bomb and Flair locks in the figure-four.  Race tries to distract the referee.  Vader manages to get a rope break.  Vader goes up for the moonsault, but Flair moves out of the way!  Flair covers for two.  Race comes off the top rope and accidentally headbutts Vader.  The referee ejects Race.  Flair fires up with chops, then runs into the wall that is Vader.  Flair manages to trip Vader and get the pin at 21:10.  Fucking great match here, kids.  Vader plays the big man heel better than anyone I’ve ever seen, and Flair is Flair.  Great way to cap off a fine DVD release from WWE.

NWA Clash of the Champions IV: Season’s Beatings

Posted in WCW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2010 by Grappleholic

Awesome opening video with CANNONS!  Clash of the Champions open.

Chattanooga, Tennessee!  Jim Ross and Bob Caudle are the announcers.  Fucking Jason Hervey is ring announcer for the first match.  I hope he’s not on for the whole show.

NWA United States Tag Team Championship Tournament – Final: Eddie Gilbert & Ron Simmons vs. The Fantastics.  I didn’t hear an opening bell.  That’s annoying.  Tommy Young is the referee!  Simmons and Fulton shake hands a lock up.  Fulton tries to knock Simmons down and fails.  He finally knocks Simmons down with a dropkick.  Simmons misses a lariat, but hits a backbreaker.  Simmons press slams Fulton.  Rogers tags in and trades arm locks with Simmons.  Gilbert tags in and his a nice, fast paces exchange with Rogers.  Fulton tags in.  Gilbert gets a sunset flip for a near fall.  Fulton and Gilbert do some nice wrestling.  Gilbert looks to be getting agitated.  Fulton takes Gilbert down with a headlock.  Gilbert turns it into a headscissors.  Fulton turns back into a headlock.  Fulton gets an inside cradle for 2.  They shove each other, then shake hands again.  Fans boo that.  Simmons tags in and takes over for Gilbert, working Fulton’s arm.  Fulton gets an inside cradle for 2.  Simmons gets a schoolboy for 2.  Rogers misses a diving elbow drop and gets hit with a football tackle by Simmons.  Gilbert tags in and works Rogers’ arm.  Fulton gets the tag and works Gilbert’s arm.  Gilbert escapes with a fireman’s carry.  They’re starting to get aggressive with each other.  Simmons tags in and schoolboys Fulton for 2.  Simmons accidentally shoulder blocks the turnbuckle.  The Fantastics make quick tags and work Simmons’ shoulder.  Simmons escapes and tags in Gilbert.  Gilbert hits a neckbreaker on Rogers for 2.  Gilbert hits a suplex for 2.  Rogers suplexes Gilbert and makes the tag to Fulton.  Simmons tags in and slams Fulton.  Fulton avoids an elbow drop and hits a leg drop for 2.  Rogers tags in and hits a knee lift for 2.  Rogers hits an elbow smash and a jackknife hold for 2.  Simmons powers him into the corner and makes the tag to Gilbert.  Gilbert hits a backdrop suplex on Rogers for 2.  Simmons tags in and works Rogers’ arm.  Rogers avoids Simmons in the corner, then tags in Fulton.  Fulton goes for a diving cross body, but Simmons catches him mid-air with a powerslam.  Gilbert tags in and gets a reverse cradle for 2.  Fulton kicks Gilbert off into the post.  Gilbert gets knocked off the apron and into the barricade.  Fantastics work Gilbert’s injured arm.  Every time Gilbert gets a move in, then Fantastics tag and keep him under pressure.  Gilbert hits the hot shot on Fulton and makes a comeback.  Fulton avoids Gilbert in the corner causing Gilbert to hit the post again.  Fulton schoolboys Gilbert for the pin in about 29 minutes.  Really good match.

Starrcade ’88 on December 26!

Tony Schiavone and Lex Luger are at… I guess the other broadcast booth.  They talk about stuff.

Jim Ross interviews NWA World Television Champion Mike Rotunda & Kevin Sullivan about Rotunda’s title defense against Rick Steiner at Starrcade.

The Italian Stallion vs. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams (w/ Kevin Sullivan).  Doc has now turned heel and joined the Varsity Club.  No opening bell here either.  Doc totally schools Stallion in wrestling.  Stallion retaliates and dropkicks Doc out of the ring.  Stallion wrings Doc’s arm.  Doc takes him down again.  Stallion hits Doc with a clothesline.  Doc bails.  They trade hammerlocks.  Doc hits what would be called the Angle Slam years later.  Stallion avoids an elbow drop and hits a leg for 1.  They wrestle some more.  Doc cheats by using the ropes for leverage to try to get the pin.  Referee Teddy Long eventually catches him.  Stallion hits a cross body for 2.  Doc’s kick out sends Stallion out of the ring.  Doc beats up Stallion some more and throws him out of the ring again so Sullivan can get his cheap shots in.  Doc beats up Stallion on the outside.  Doc suplexes Stallion in from the apron.  There’s a cut in the video.  Stallion fights back.  Doc applies a sleeper hold.  Stallion fights back and hits a clothesline.  Doc avoids an elbow drop.  Doc gets a schoolboy for 2.  Doc works Stallion’s leg.  Stallion gets sent outside so Sullivan can cheap shot him again.  Doc hits a double axe handle off the apron.  Back inside, Stallion hits corner punches, but Doc hits an inverted atomic drop.  Doc takes Stallion down with a front face lock, then applies a rear chin lock.  Doc slams Stallion and goes for a diving headbutt, but Stallion avoids it.  Stallion makes his comeback.  Doc catches Stallion and hits the Oklahoma Stampede for the pin in about 15 minutes.  Pretty decent match.

Tony Schiavone, Lex Luger, and Jason Hervey talk.  They show clips of the Wonder Years, which I love.  I wish some channel would start airing that again.  I miss the days when it was on Nick At Nite.

Magnum T.A. interviews Junkyard Dog.

Jim Ross promises lots more to come!

They show footage of the Road Warriors jamming a spike into Dusty Rhodes’ eye.

Starrcade hype video.

Ivan Koloff vs. Paul Jones.  Koloff has to wrestle with one hand tied behind his back.  No bell again.  Jones bails immediately.  Koloff trips Jones.  Jones lands a light punch.  Koloff punches Jones.  Jones begs off.  Koloff headbutts him.  Koloff slowly and boringly beats up Jones.  Koloff chokes Jones.  Jones beats up Koloff.  Fuck this is boring.  Jones chokes Koloff with the rope that was used to tie Koloff’s arm.  They go outside.  Jones sends Koloff into the post a couple of times.  Jones beats up Koloff some more.  Koloff lands some punches.  Jones bails and hits Koloff with an object of some sort.  Jones beats up Koloff.  Koloff beats up Jones.  Jones bails again.  Motherfuck me, this sucks.  Koloff gets the object and hits Jones with it for the pin in about 7 minutes.  This was fucking horrible in every way imaginable.  The Russian Assassins jump Koloff after the match.  Junkyard Dog makes the save with his chain.  Insta-commercials.

Tony Schiavone and Lex Luger talk about the abortion we just witnessed and about the Road Warriors/Dusty Rhodes situation.

Jim Ross talks to Sting briefly.  Insta-commercials.

Road Warrior Animal and Paul Ellering are in the ring awaiting Dusty Rhodes, but Rhodes isn’t there yet.

Magnum T.A. interviews Rick Steiner.  Crazy Rick Steiner is awesome.  Insta-commercials.

NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship Match: Road Warrior Animal (c) (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. Dusty Rhodes.  The deal here is that Dusty and the Road Warriors were champions, then the Warriors turned on Dusty, so the winner of this match gets to pick his partners for the titles.  Again, no bell.  Dusty nails Ellering with the Bionic elbow, then brawls with Animal.  Rhodes wraps Animal’s leg around the post a few times.  Dusty works Animal’s leg back in the ring.  Rhodes chops the referee for no reason, then locks Animal in the figure-four.  Ellering breaks it.  Animal beats up Dusty.  Rhodes hits Animal in the balls and tears at his eye.  Hawk runs in and attacks Dusty.  Sting makes the save.  Dusty attacks Animal’s leg with a chair.  The bell rings for the DQ in about 3 minutes.  Replays.  Insta-commercials.  I think Animal won by DQ.  It sucked, but it did fine setting up Sting & Dusty vs. Warriors at Starrcade.

Schiavone and Luger talk.

The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette) vs. NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair & NWA United States Heavyweight Champion Barry Windham (w/ JJ Dillon).  Finally a bell!  Eaton and Flair start.  Eaton slaps Flair silly, then decks Windham on the apron.  Flair and Eaton trade shots.  Eaton back body drops Flair.  Windham tries to sneak in, but Eaton is having none of that shit.  Flair flips in the corner, then gets decked by Stan Lane on the apron.  Lane tags in kicks Flair.  Flair catches Lane’s leg and tags in Windham.  Lane drops Flair with an enzuigiri.  Lane lands a dropkick on Windham.  Windham beats up Lane, hits a body slam and goes for a diving elbow drop.  Lane avoids it and lands a kick that sends Windham out of the ring.  Eaton scares Flair off and decks Windham.  Lane slingshots Windham back into the ring and tags in Eaton.  Flair tags in.  Eaton hip tosses and slams both Horsemen.  Eaton nails Flair and Windham with a double clothesline.  He covers Windham, but Flair is the legal man.  Flair and Windham take a powder on the outside.  Flair and Lane go at it.  Lane locks Flair in the figure-four leglock!  Eaton decks Windham and locks him in it too!  Lane hits Flair with an elbow smash for 2.  Lane hits Flair with some of his karate kicks.  Eaton tags in.  Flair begs off, then punches Eaton in the face.  Eaton and Flair trade shots.  Lane tags in and wrestles with Flair.  We get an inset promo from Paul E. Dangerously.  Flair goes up top, but Lane throws him off.  Eaton tags in and beats up Flair.  Flair flips in the corner and tries a diving double axe handle, but Eaton counters and hits a neckbreaker.  Eaton decks Windham.  MX hit a double flapjack on Flair.  Eaton covers Flair, but Dillon puts Flair’s foot on the rope.  Eaton gets a reverse cradle for 2.  Windham nails Eaton from behind.  Windham tags in and beats up Eaton.  Windham punches Eaton out of the ring.  Windham suplexes Eaton in from the apron, then hits a powerslam for 2.  Flair tags in and hits a knee drop, then slaps Eaton and boot scrapes his face.  Windham hot shots Eaton into the barricade on the outside.  Lane nails Windham.  Flair attacks Eaton on the outside.  Windham tags in and hits a lariat on Eaton for 1.  Windham hits a gutwrench suplex, then a knee drop.  Windham locks Eaton in a sleeper hold.  Flair tags in and beats up Eaton.  Lane gets the hot tag and runs wild.  MX double team Windham.  Lane kicks Flair out of the ring.  Eaton hits the diving leg drop on Windham.  Cornette and Dillon get into it.  Flair hits Eaton with Dillon’s shoe.  Windham pins Eaton in 17:42.  Awesome match.  Insta-commercials.

Tony Schiavone interviews Jim Cornette.

Jim Ross and Bob Caudle talk about the show as highlight play.

Tony Schiavone and Lex Luger talk about the main event.

The show was good besides a couple of shitty matches in the middle.  The opener and the main event were really good.

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

Posted in WCW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2010 by Grappleholic

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

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

Schiavone and Magnum talk about the matches still to come.

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

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

Magnum T.A. interviews the Varsity Club.

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

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

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

Schiavone and Magnum talk.

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

Ross and Caudle talk about the last match.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NWA Starrcade 1985: The Gathering

Posted in WCW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 25, 2010 by Grappleholic

WWE 24/7 version of the show.

DISCO BALL!

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

Tom Miller is Atlanta’s ring announcer.

They play the national anthem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blanchard vs. Magnum time!  Oh fuck yes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Replay of the finish.

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

A highlights video closes the show.

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