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NWA Great American Bash 1988: The Price for Freedom

Posted in WCW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by Grappleholic

WWE Classics version!  Mean Gene Okerlund does the introduction for WWE Classics.

PPV opening video running down the card for tonight.

We are LIVE from the Baltimore Arena in… Baltimore!  “Man Called Sting” plays.  That has to be dubbed in, but it still rules.

The ring announcer is Gary Michael Cappetta. Tony Schiavone and Jim Ross are the announcers.

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Sting & Nikita Koloff.  Nikita has hair!  All four brawl to start.  Arn and Nikita fight outside.  Sting get an inside cradle on Tully for 2.  Sting takes out Anderson with a dive to the outside.  Back inside, Anderson comes off the top, but Sting catches him with a blow to the gut.  Sting and Nikita work Anderson’s arm.  Anderson finally manages to side step Nikita in the corner, but Nikita drops both Horsemen with the Russian sickle.  Cover on Arn, who gets his foot on the ropes.  Sting tags in.  Anderson locks him in a sleeper hold, but Sting sends him into the turnbuckles.  Sting works Anderson’s arm some more.  Blanchard tags in and gets dominated by Sting, too.  Koloff tags in and beats up Blanchard too.  Lots of arm locks in this match.  Nikita tries to wrestle Blanchard’s shoulders down to get a pin, which is awesome.  Sting tags in and abuses Blanchard some more.  Nikita Mongolian chops Blanchard’s ears, which leads to Sting getting a 2 count.  Koloff tags back in and destroys Blanchard some more.  Man, Blanchard is just getting massacred here, and he’s the heel!  Blanchard finally manages to make the tag to Anderson.  Is it still a hot tag if it’s the heel team?  Koloff dominates Anderson, too.  Blanchard tags in and tries his damnedest to get some offense going, but Nikita clotheslines him out of the ring.  Koloff suplexes Blanchard and covers, but Dillon pulls Nikita out of the ring.  Nikita goes after Dillon, but runs into the post.  Anderson sends Koloff into the post again.  The Horsemen finally manage to get some heat on Koloff.  Nikita hulks up on Anderson, but Anderson DROPS him with a DDT.  Cover, but NIKITA KICKS OUT!  Blanchard tags in and attacks Nikita’s injured shoulder.  Anderson tags in and goes for a Vader Bomb, but Nikita gets his knees up.  Blanchard tags in as Nikita makes the hot tag to Sting.  Sting runs wild on Blanchard and press slams him.  Anderson tags in and Sting plants him with a bulldog headlock.  Blanchard tags in.  Sting hits an atomic drop.  Blanchard tries something similar, but Sting counters and dropkicks him.  Sting knocks the Horsemen’s heads together.  Anderson tags in.  Sting locks him in a sleeper hold.  Blanchard tries a diving sunset flip, but Sting prevents it.  Nikita runs in and drops Anderson.  Sting hits the Stinger Splash on Blanchard and locks in the Scorpion Death Lock.  Nikita runs back and forth, dropping Anderson and Dillon.  The bell rings to signal the time limit expired at 20:07.  Sting and Nikita think they won, but Cappetta announces it’s a draw.  Fucking awesome match.

Ross and Schiavone talk.  They cut back to the ring, where Sting and Nikita beat the shit out of the Horsemen and run them off.  Ross and Schiavone explain the stipulations for the next match.  I think it’s if the Midnight Express lose, they and Cornette will be whipped with a leather strap, and Cornette will be held in a cage above the ring.

NWA United States Tag Team Championship Match: The Fantastics (c) vs. The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette).  They make Cornette put on a straight jacket and put him in the cage that will be hanging over the ring.  Cornette trying to bribe the referee is awesome.  The bell finally rings, and we’re off!  Eaton and Fulton lock up.  Fulton gets a 1 count off of a sunset flip.  Fulton with a nice couple of head scissors takeovers.  Lane tags in.  Fulton does a wonky arm drag.  Lane lands some kicks that send Fulton out of the ring.  Outside, Fulton reverses Lane into the post, then hits a baseball slide dropkick.  Rogers tags  in and locks up with Lane.  Eaton tags in and goes with Rogers.  Rogers gets a reverse cradle for 2, the a cross body for 1.  Fulton tags in and the Fantastics hit a double backdrop on Eaton and a double hip toss on Lane.  The Fantastics send the MX out of the ring, then strut.  Fantastics work over Lane.  Eaton tags in and bulldogs Rogers as Rogers had a reverse cradle on Lane.  Cover gets 2 for Eaton.  MX gets heat on Rogers.  Rogers rallies and gets a sunset flip on Lane for 2.  Eaton tags in and cuts Rogers off.  Eaton hits the diving leg drop, then tags in Lane.  Lane covers, but Fulton saves.  Eaton tags in.  MX goes for the Rocket Launcher, but Rogers catches Eaton with his knees.  Fulton gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Lane trips Fulton from the outside, then slams him to the floor.  Rogers and Eaton crash into referee Tommy Young.  Lane tries to hit Rogers with a chain.  Rogers and Lane fight outside.  Eaton punches Fulton with the chain for the pin in 16:22.  MX regain the titles, and don’t have to get whipped.  Pretty good match, but it pales in comparison to the opener.  The Fantastics complain about the chain, but Young finds it in Fulton’s tights, where Lane put it.  The Fantastics grab Cornette and whip him with Tommy Young’s belt.

Cornette complains to Bob Caudle, then runs away from the Fantastics.

They lower the 3 tiered cage for the Tower of Doom Match.  Gary Michael Cappetta tries to explain this convoluted match.  2 teams of 5 guys.  Every 2 minutes, a door will open, letting someone enter the Tower from the top.  The goal is to work your way to the bottom, where Precious is “the keeper of the keys.”  The full team to exit will be the winners.

Tower of Doom Match: The Varsity Club of Kevin Sullivan & Mike Rotunda, Ivan Koloff, Al Perez, & The Russian Assassin (w/ Gary Hart & Paul Jones) vs. Ron Garvin, Jimmy Garvin, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, & The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering).  It takes a while for them to get all of this shit set up.  Ron Garvin and Ivan Koloff go up first and fight.  Rotunda and Williams climb to the top and wait for their turn to enter.  This is stupid.  Williams and Rotunda get in as Garvin gets through the open trap door.  Koloff and Rotunda beat up Williams while Garvin waits on the second level.  Perez and Animal enter.  Garvin makes it to the bottom.  Williams and Koloff make it to the second level.  Garvin exits the cage, which is a good thing, because that means they’re winning.  Koloff and Williams right in the middle cage while Animal fights Rotunda and Perez on top.  Hawk and The Russian Assassin enter.  Perez and Animal make it to cage 2.  Everybody brawls awkwardly in their respective cages.  Williams slams Koloff on the chain link fence that is the foor of cage 2.  That couldn’t have been pleasant.  Sullivan and Jimmy Garvin enter.  Hawk and Assassin make it to cage 2.  Animal and Perez make it to the bottom and brawl.  Animal escapes the cage, followed by Perez.  The doors open and Rotunda makes it to cage 2.  Koloff, Assassin, and Hawk make it to the bottom.  Hawk avoids a double team and clotheslines them both.  Garvin and Sullivan fight on the top.  Williams and Rotunda fight in cage 2.  Hawk escapes the cage.  Of course, that leaves nobody to prevent Koloff and Assassin from escaping too.  Williams makes it to the bottom and escapes.  Rotunda and Sillvan beat up Garvin in the second cage.  Rotunda makes it to the bottom cage and escapes.  Sullivan and Garvin struggle, but neither make it out.  They guys who have made it out brawl at ringside.  Garvin puts a spinning toe hold on Sullivan.  The trap door opens again and they make it to the bottom cage.  Sullivan goes after Precious.  Garvin kicks Sullivan’s ass.  Garvin hits a brainbuster on Sullivan.  Precious unlocks the door.  Sullivan knocks Garvin out through the door, giving Garvin’s team the win at 19:09.  Sullivan locks himself in the cage with Precious.  She tries to fight him off as the other guys try to make it back in.  Garvin and Hawk climb to the top and work their way back to the bottom as Sullivan chokes Precious with something.  Hawk kicks Sullivan’s ass as Garvin helps Precious out of the cage.  Rick Steiner was somehow involved with this mess at the end.  This was long, boring, and stupid.

They have to kill time, so they show replays of the stupid shit at the end as Ross and Schiavone talk.

Bob Caudle talks about the abortion we just suffered through.

NWA United States Heavyweight Championship Match: Barry Windham (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.  They lock up.  Rhodes hits a shoulder tackle and Windham bails.  They run the ropes.  Rhodes drops down and gets elbowed in the back of the head.  Rhodes press slams Windham and hits a DDT.  Rhodes hits a diving cross body for 2.  Windham bails again.  Windham finally gets back in the ring and gets beaten up by Dusty some more.  Dillon tries to come in, gets decked, and gets tangled up in the ropes.  Windham bails again to check on Dillon.  Windham beats up Dusty on the outside.  He tries a piledriver on the concrete floor, but Rhodes backdrops him, then nails him with a clothesline.  Rhodes chases Dillon around the ring, then goes back inside.  Windham beats up Rhodes and tries to slingshot him inside from the apron, but Rhodes slingshots Windham out of the ring to the concrete floor.  Rhodes slams Windham on the floor.  Rhodes jaw jacks with Dillon, which lets Windham cheap shot Rhodes and gets the advantage.  Windham applies the Claw with his gloved hand.  They work the Claw hold for a while.  A long while.  Dusty finally elbows his way out and goes for the figure-four, but Windham… locks the Claw on again.  Dusty escapes, bumping the ref in the process.  Windham goes up top.  Rhodes throws him off and hits an elbow drop… but there’s no referee.  Dillon sneaks up on the apron.  Ron Garvin comes in and nails Dusty.  Dillon throws the referee back in.  Windham locks the Claw on again and pins Rhodes in 15:57.  Good match.  Steve Williams comes out to check on Dusty.

Ross and Schiavone talk.

They show Dillon, Garvin, and Gary Hart backstage.  Dillon gives Garvin a suitcase full of money.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. “The Total Package” Lex Luger.  They lock up.  Luger over powers Flair.  They lock up again and Luger grabs a headlock.  Man, Flair’s selling is out of this world, even with a move as basic as a headlock.  Luger hits a hip toss and a dropkick.  Flair bails.  Back inside, they lock up again.  Luger press slams Flair.  Flair bails and flops over the guardrail.  Awesome.  Flair shoves Tommy Young.  Young shoves Flair back and runs away.  Heh.  Back inside, Luger wants a test of strength.  Luger wrings Flair’s arm, then press slams him again.  Luger bear hugs Flair.  He lets Flair go.  Flair tries to bail.  Luger suplexes Flair back in the ring for 2.  They fight on the outside.  Back inside, Flair starts working Luger over.  A knee drop gets 2, but Luger powers out.  Luger hits a big clothesline for 2.  Luger hits a hip toss and goes for the dropkick, but misses.  Flair flops into the mat.  Luger goes for a sunset flip.  Flair fights it, but Luger gets him over for 2.  Flair works Luger’s leg.  Flair locks in the figure-four leglock.  Luger reverses it.  Flair escapes and attacks the leg some more.  Luger avoids a blow and clotheslines Flair out of the ring, which somehow isn’t a DQ.  “Because of the momentum,” Ross says.  That rule is retarded anyway, but at least be consistent with it.  Flair chops Luger.  Luger hulks up and press slams Flair again, but hurts his injured knee in the process.  He stupidly tries a knee drop, which Flair avoids.  Flair goes up top and politely waits for Luger to come throw him off.  Luger punches Flair in the corner.  Flair hits an inverted atomic drop.  Luger no sells it and kills Flair with a lariat.  Cover, but Flair gets his leg on the bottom rope.  Luger punches Flair in the corner again, then whips Flair to the opposite corner.  Flair flips out of the ring.  Luger throws him back in.  Flair tries to hip toss Luger, but fails.  Luger gets a backslide for 2.  Flair charges Luger, who bear hugs him.  They get tangled up, then tumble out of the ring together.  Flair has injured his leg.  Flair rams Luger into the post, then tries to uses a chair, but Young won’t let him.  Dillon rams Luger’s head into the post.  Flair pulls Luger back into the ring.  Luger is BUSTED WIDE OPEN!  Flair beats up Luger.  Luger fights back.  Flair chops the shit out of him to no effect.  Luger hits a powerslam.  Luger locks Flair in the Torture Rack.  The referee calls for the bell in 23:13.  Huge pop, as everyone thinks Luger just won the title.  Some other babyfaces come out to celebrate.  Cappetta announces that Flair wins by blood stoppage on orders of the Maryland State Athletic Commission.  Luger is pissed.  Great match here.

Ross and Schiavone talk about Luger getting screwed by the state of Maryland as the credits play.

If you just take out the middle part with that retarded cage match, this show fucking rules.

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?