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NWA Starrcade 1985: The Gathering

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WWE 24/7 version of the show.

DISCO BALL!

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

Tom Miller is Atlanta’s ring announcer.

They play the national anthem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blanchard vs. Magnum time!  Oh fuck yes!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Replay of the finish.

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

A highlights video closes the show.

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