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NWA Clash of the Champions I

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Opening video.  The audio is horrible on this video.

We’re LIVE from the Greensboro Coliseum!  Tony Schiavone and Bob Caudle introduce the show.  Schiavone and Jim Ross will be the announcers.  Tom Miller is the ring announcer.

Amateur Rules Match for the NWA World Television Championship: Mike Rotunda (c) (w/ Kevin Sullivan) vs. Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious).  There are rounds and you only need a 1 count to win.  Teddy Long is the referee!  He was always a horrible referee.  Insta-commercials before the match.  They lock up  and do some wrestling, with Rotunda hiding in the ropes a lot.  Rotunda does jumping backs.  Garvin hits an arm drag, a hip toss, and a slam.  Rotunda bails.  Garvin kisses Precious.  They do some more stuff.  Garvin hits an elbow smash for 0, which constitutes a near fall.  I’m pretty sure that would get you DQ’d in amateur wrestling.  Garvin shoves Rotunda and gets reprimanded by the referee.  Rotunda puts the boots to Garvin, then hits a clothesline.  Rotunda tries to mount Garvin amateur-style.  End of round 1.  Rotunda slams Garvin and goes up top, but Garvin gets up and throws him off.  Garvin hits a back body drop.  Garvin goes for a suplex, then gets distracted by Sullivan messing with Precious.  Rotunda schoolboys Garvin for the pin in 58 seconds of the second round.  Garvin hits a brainbuster on Rotunda.  Sullivan and Rick Steiner beat up Garvin.  Precious chokes Sullivan with something.  Sullivan no sells it.  Garvin pulls Precious to safety.  This was stupid.

Tonight, Ric Flair defends the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Bob Caudle interviews “Dr. Death” Steve Williams.

Next, The Midnight Express vs. The Fantastics for the NWA United States Tag Team Championship!

A commercial for Four Horsemen vitamins.  Seriously.

NWA United States Tag Team Championship Match: The Midnight Express (c) (w/ Jim Cornette) vs. The Fantastics.  MX attack the Fantastics right off the bat.  The audio for this show is so horrible.  Fantastics fight back.  It’s a wild brawl in the ring and all around ringside.  MX get heat on Rogers.  Eaton whips Rogers into a table held by Cornette.  Rogers plays face in peril for a long time.  Rogers gets a sunset flip on Lane, but Eaton saves.  Lane kicks Rogers in the back of the head and tags in Eaton.  Stuff happens.  Eaton bulldogs Rogers on the table on the outside.  The Fantastics hug outside.  MX beat up Rogers some more.  False tag as Fulton gets it, but the referee doesn’t see it.  Fulton throws the referee out of the ring.  Cornette accidentally hits Eaton with the tennis racket.  Fantastics hit the Rocket Launcher on Eaton and Rogers gets the pin in 10:19.  MX and Cornette beat up the Fantastics and some referees.  The decision is reversed because Fulton threw the referee out of the ring, so MX retain the titles.  I’m sorry for the shittiness of this review.  The horrible audio of this video is making it hard to follow.

Bob Caudle talks about something, but I can’t fucking hear him.

They show Ken Osmond (Eddie Haskell from Leave It To Beaver) interviewing Jim Cornette at some point in the past.

Bob Caudle interviews Gary Hart and Al Perez.

Frances Crockett talks about the Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup.

Next, Dusty Rhodes and The Road Warriors seek revenge!

Texas Barbed Wire Match: Dusty Rhodes & The Road Warriors (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. Ivan Koloff & The Powers of Pain (w/ Paul Jones).  Everybody brawls.  Animal has a weird mask on for some reason.  Animal pins Warlord after Barbarian accidentally hits his partner with a diving headbutt in about 5 minutes.  This sucked.  The Powers of Pain take Animal’s mask off and fuck his face up.  Apparently the mask had something to do with an injury Animal received setting this up.  The faces fight off the heels.

Tonight, Flair defends the title!

Ross and Schiavone talk.

Bob Caudle interviews Nikita Koloff.

Next, the World Tag Team Championship will be on the line!

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Lex Luger & Barry Windham.  Luger overpowers Blanchard, so Anderson and Blanchard try to double team him.  Luger cleans both of their clocks.  Luger gets Blanchard in the Torture Rack, but Anderson breaks it by attack Luger’s knee.  The Horsemen make quick tags and work over Luger’s leg.  Windham gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Windham hits a powerslam on Blanchard for 2.  Windham locks Blanchard in a sleeper hold.  Blanchard goes outside to try to break the hold, but Windham holds on and puts him to sleep outside.  Anderson revives Tully in time for Tully to be thrown off the top rope by Windham.  Windham continues to run wild.  He locks Blanchard in an abdominal stretch.  Anderson breaks it, then hits a DDT.  Anderson hits the spinebuster for 2.  I missed a tag somewhere in there.  Some other stuff happens, then Windham and Tully crash into each other skull first.  Windham and Blanchard do another nice exchange.  Anderson comes in to work over Windham.  They punch each other and both fall down.  Blanchard tags in and hits the slingshot suplex on Windham, but Windham kicks out!  Anderson and Luger tag in.  Luger runs wild on the Horsemen.  Blanchard knees Luger in the back from behind.  Luger catches Anderson with a powerslam.  Windham comes in to kick Tully’s ass.  Dillon holds up a chair for Anderson to send Luger into, but Luger reverses Anderson into the chair and gets the pin in 9:33 to win the titles!  Really good match.  Are you surprised?  It’s fucking Arn and Tully!

Next, the World Championship!

Ross and Schiavone talk for a minute, then Tom Miller introduces the judges for the main event: Gary Juster, Sandy Scott, and Patty Mullen  Ken Osmond and Jason Hervey are also there for some reason.

For this match, I’m going to switch to the Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection DVD.  It’s the same match with decent audio quality.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Sting.  Dillon is lifted above the ring in a cage.  Tommy Young is the referee!  They lock up.  Sting pushes Flair into the corner and screams.  They lock u p again and Flair cranks on Sting’s arm.  Sting gets up and no sells it.  Flair tries to work the arm again, but Sting overpowers him.  Sting wants a test of strength.  Flair stupidly obliges and gets over powered again.  He chops Sting, but Sting no sells it, hip tosses Flair, and dropkicks him out of the ring.  Flair comes back in and they trade hammerlocks, with Sting getting the better of it.  Flair gets into the ropes and gets some shots on Sting.  Sting leap frogs Flair twice and press slams him.  Sting hits a head scissors and a hip toss, then takes Flair over with a side headlock.  Flair escapes and Sting takes him down again.  Flair cuts the headlock into a cradle for 2 in a spot I always mark out for.  Flair finally escapes and chops Sting in the corner.  Sting threatens the corner punches, but doesn’t go through with it.  Sting beats up Flair anyway.  Sting whiffs a dropkick, but Flair does the face flop anyway.  Flair sends Sting out of the ring, but Sting comes right back in.  Flair begs off, but Sting finally does the corner punches.  Sting goes back to his side headlock.  Flair turns it into a cradle for 2… a few times!  Flair punches Sting in the rib and gets the advantage.  They trade punches.  Sting kicks Flair in the gut a bunch and press slams him again.  Sting bear hugs Flair.  Sting finally releases and goes for an elbow drop, but misses.  Flair avoids a Stinger Splash and Sting injures his elbow.  Flair hits an inverted atomic drop, then brings Sting out of the ring and whips him into the barricade.  Flair works Sting over the ring for a bit, then takes him back outside and whips him into the barricade again.  Back inside, Sting absorbs Flair’s chops and starts hulking up.  Sting punches Flair out ring and tries a Stinger Splash against the post, but Flair moves and Sting hits the post.  Flair wrings Sting’s arm again.  Sting hip tosses Flair and hits a clothesline for 2.  Sting suplexes Flair into the ring form the apron and goes for the Scorpion Death Lock, but Flair immediately makes it to the ropes.  Sting no sells Flair’s chops again and punches him.  Cover, but Flair was in the ropes again.  Flair ducks a clothesline close to the ropes and Sting tumbles out of the ring.  Flair pulls Sting across the top rope, but Sting no sells it and hits a diving cross body for 2.  Flair hits a shin breaker and starts working over Sting’s leg.  Flair hits a backdrop suplex, then locks in the figure-four leglock.  Flair uses the ropes for leverage behind the referee’s back in class Flair fashion.  Sting hulks up and turns it over.  Flair breaks the hold and they both hobble around.  Flair goes right back to Sting’s leg.  Flair tries to suplex Sting out of the ring, but Sting suplexes Flair back in.  Sting goes for a big splash, but Flair gets his knees up.  Sting locks Flair in an abdominal stretch.  Flair hip tosses his way out of it, then misses an elbow drop.  Flair goes up top, but Sting throws him off.  Cover gets 2.  Sting pulls Flair’s balls into the ring post.  Sting locks Flair in the figure-four leglock!  Flair suffers for a bit, but gets a rope break.  Sting yells at Dillon.  Sting goes the corner punches again, then hip tosses Flair again.  Flair begs off, but Sting pounds on him anyway.  Sting works Flair’s leg.  Flair shoves Tommy Young, who shoves him back.  Flair gets whipped into the corner and flips over and out of the ring.  Flair goes for a sunset flip back into the ring, but Sting punches him to break it.  Sting beats up Flair some more.  Flair fails and inverted atomic drop and gets clotheslined for 2.  Flair avoids the Stinger Splash and Sting tumbles out of the ring again.  Back inside, Flair chops Sting.  Sting fires back, but Flair locks him in a sleeper hold.  Sting drops down and sends Flair head first into the top turnbuckle.  Flair throws Sting out of the ring again.  Sting goes for a springboard sunset flip back in, but Flair drops down and grabs the ropes.  Tommy Young counts 2, then catches Flair and kicks his arms off.  Sting completes his sunset flip for 2.  Flair hits a half assed cross body off the top, but Sting rolls through for 2.  Flair tries to knock Sting down, but Sting no sells him again.  Flair begs off, but Sting kicks his ass.  Sting hits the Stinger Splash and locks in the Scorpion Death Lock with 30 seconds to go.  The 45 minute time limit expires in 44:59.  Close enough!  Fine match, but kind of repetitive since they had so much time to fill.  Insta-commercials.

Tom Miller reads the decision.  Mullen scores it for Flair.  Juster scores it for Sting.  Scott scores it a draw.  It’s a draw, so Flair retains the title.  Sting is pissed.

Back to shitty audio quality land where Ross, Schiavone, and Caudle talk to wrap up the show.

End credits.

I liked the last 2 matches, especially the tag title change.  I’d love to watch this show with decent audio quality someday.

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

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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 Great American Bash 1988: The Price for Freedom

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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?