Archive for NWA Western States Heritage Championship

NWA Bunkhouse Stampede 1988

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

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

Ross and Caudle talk.

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

Ross and Caudle talk.

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

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

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

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

Highlight video closes the show.

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

NWA Starrcade 1987: Chi-Town Heat

Posted in WCW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 28, 2010 by Grappleholic

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

Starrcade ’87: Chi-Town Heat opening montage.

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

Bad Street USA hits!  I already dig this show!

Tom Miller is the ring announcer!

Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross are on commentary!

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

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

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

Non-Title, Scaffold Match: The Rock & Roll Express vs. NWA United States Team Championship The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette & Big Bubba Rogers).  Rogers jumps Morton before he can climb the scaffold.  When Morton recovers, he climbs up with Cornette’s tennis racket in hand.  This sucks.  Who invented this retarded match?  Rock & Roll Express wins in about 10 minutes.  Cornette sends Big Bubba up the scaffold.  Morton gives him a low blow and climbs down to safety.  This was shit and a complete waste of time.  Yeah, I know this wasn’t a good review, but I really hate this retarded concept.

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

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

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

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

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

End credits play over a highlight video.

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