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NWA Clash of the Champions VI: Ragin’ Cajun

Posted in WCW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2012 by Grappleholic

This is my first review in nearly 11 months.  I hope I’ve still got it.

Jim Ross and Michael Hayes introduce the show.  Apparently it’s some kind of legends night.  The show Terry Funk, Lou Thesz, Gene Kiniski, Sam Muchnick, and Pat O’Connor arriving.  They had dinner with NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ricky Steamboat had dinner with them.  Buddy Rogers, Dory Funk Jr., and Harley Race are also there.  Jim Herd says some kind words about them.

Opening video.

They play the national anthem.  Pyro and ballyhoo.

Commercials.  There’s a plug for the Wrestling Hotline.  1-900-909-9900.  Not that I recommend trying that number in 2012.

Gary Michael Cappetta is the ring announcer.

The Samoan Swat Team (w/ Paul E. Dangerously) vs. The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette).  Samu beats up Lane to start.  Lane scores a shoulder block.  They do some drop down and leap overs.  Lane ends up getting a cross body for a 1 count.  Samu accidentally knocks Fatu off the apron.  Fatu recovers quickly and tags in to put a hurting on Lane.  Lane is having none of that and tags in Eaton.  Eaton hits a diving dropkick.  I’m not going to dignify it with the name of missile dropkick.  MX make quick tags and work over Fatu.  Cornette hits Samu with the tennis racket on the outside, which pisses Samu off.  MX continue working over Fatu.  Fatu chops Lane in the throat and tags out.  Lane gets a sunset flip on Samu for 2.  The Samoans try to double team Lane in the corner, but Samu ends up accidentally decking Fatu again.  Hayes on commentary calls this “a main event in any arena.”  He must have hit the nose candy before they went on the air.  MX work over Samu.  The Samoans cut Lane off briefly, but Eaton gets the tag and cleans house.  MX switch behind the referee’s back without making a tag, but they’re babyfaces so it’s okay.  The match continues to drag.  Lane gets a near fall off a jackknife hold.  The referee took a while to count because everyone was in the ring.  Samoans get the heat on Eaton.  Lane gets the hot tag and runs wild.  The Samoans conk heads, which we know has no effect on Samoans.  Paul E. trips Lane.  Cornette hits Fatu with the tennis racket.  Samu kicks Lane.  Fatu covers for 2.  Fatu beats up Lane for a while.  Fatu knocks Eaton off the apron.  This pisses Eaton off, so he comes in to distract Tommy Young while the Samoans double team Lane.  Fatu goes for a diving headbutt, but Lane avoids it.  Samu and Eaton tag in.  Eaton runs wild.  He bonks the Samoans’ heads together.  They shrug it off and headbutt him.  One of the Samoans accidentally hits the other when Eaton moves.  Clusterfuck ensues.  MX hit the Rocket Laucher while Cornette decks Paul E.  Fatu hits Eaton with Paul E’s cell phone and puts Samu on top.  Samu pins Eaton in 20:33.  Solid formulaic tag match, but felt long.

Next, The Great Muta!

Great Muta (w/ Gary Hart) vs. Steve Casey.  Man, Muta is young here.  He meditates, then blows mist into the air, the blows mist into Casey’s face and kicks his ass.  Muta hits a handspring elbow to the corner, then hits a snapmare and clamps on a rear chin lock.  Casey manages to hit an arm drag and works Muta’s arm a bit.  Muta hits a nifty dropkick in the corner, then sends Casey outside and teases a dive.  Hart throws Casey back into the ring and Muta hits a diving dropkick.  Muta rakes Casey’s eyes and continues beating on him.  Casey works Muta’s arm a bit more.  Muta flips around and works on Casey’s leg.  Muta drops Casey with a sweet roundhouse kick, then puts a claw on his armpit.  Not a typo.  Casey makes his comeback and runs wild briefly.  Muta avoids a dropkick and sends Casey out of the ring with the kick that Shelton Benjamin would call the Dragon Whip 15 years later.  Muta then wipes Casey out with a cross body to floor and throws him into the barricade.  Back inside, Muta hits a backbreaker and finishes Casey with the moonsault press in 8:12.  Fine little showcase for Muta.  I love Muta, I love moonsaults, and I love Muta’s moonsaults.

Junkyard Dog comes out with a New Orleans marching band.

Junkyard Dog vs. “Hacksaw” Butch Reed (w/ Hiro Matsuda).  Ross puts over that these two are old rivals from the Mid-South territory, appropriate since we’re in the Superdome in New Orleans.  JYD lands a punc and Reed bails for a moment.  They want to fight, but Teddy Long insists that they open up the hands.  JYD grabs a side headlock, then some shoulder blocks.  He does the doggie headbutting deal and sends Reed outside again.  Reed dicks around for a bitm then comes back in.  JYD works Reed’s arm some.  JYD hits a hip toss and a body slam and continues to beat up Reed.  Reed finally gets the advantage and beats up JYD.  Reed drops some elbows for 2, then clamps on a chin lock.  JYD almost goes down, but rallies and makes his comeback.  BIG back body drop by JYD gets 2.  Double clothesline spot.  Reed hits  a diving shoulder block and covers, but JYD gets his foot on the ropes.  Reed stupidly celebrates.  Matsuda distracts the ref.  Reed collides with Matsuda.  For some reason, this knocks Reed out and allows JYD to get the pin in 8:54.  It wasn’t completely horrible.

Bob Orton Jr. (w/ Gary Hart) vs. “Captain Redneck” Dick Murdoch.  Lock up.  Orton hits a couple of fireman’s carrys.  Spell check doesn’t like that word.  Murdoch hits a fireman’s carry of his own.  They trade arm wringers.  I approve.  The work around arm locks for some time, and I’m perfectly fine with that.  Murdoch escapes a rough spot and they lock up again.  Orton puts a hurting on the back of Murdoch’s head.  Murdoch fights back on spaghetti legs (term stolen from Jim Ross).  Murdoch lands a dropkick and Orton takes a front bump into the turnbuckles.  Murdoch drops Orton with a BIG right hand.  Murdoch rolls to the floor and beats up Orton on the apron.  Orton rallies and goes for the superplex.  Murdoch fights him off and lands some blows.  Orton rakes the eyes.  Murdoch catches Orton coming into the corner and drops him.  Murdoch goes for the brainbuster, but Hart trips him and Orton lands on top for the pin in 9:47.  I dug the hell out of this.

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: The Road Warriors (c) (w/ Paul Ellering) vs. Mike Rotunda & “Dr. Death” Steve Williams of The Varsity Club (w/ Kevin Sullivan).  Hawk and Rotunda start.  Hawk gets the better of it and Rotunda bails.  Hawk gives chased, but is blocked by referee Teddy Long.  Animal tags in.  He gets whipped towards the enemy corner and drops Doc with an elbow smash.  Animal press slams Rotunda.  Doc runs in and gets the same treatment.  Hawk and Doc tag in and brawl.  Hawk hits an atomic drop and a clothesline.  Cover, but Rotunda pulls him off.  Doc hits a clothesline and taunts Animal.  Rotunda tags in and hits an elbow drop for 2.  Hawk kicks out with authority.  Animal tags in and grabs a headlock.  Doc tags in and Animal gabs him too.  They go for a backdrop suplex, but Animal flips out and dropkicks them, then hits a double clothesline.  Animal gets low bridged out of the ring.  Doc drops him in the hard floor.  Back inside, the heels get the heat on Animal.  Hawk gets the tag, but the referee didn’t see it.  Animal continues to play face in peril.  He eventually drops Rotunda with a lariat.  Doc prevents him from making the tag.  Animal clotheslines Doc.  Hawk gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Animal shoves the ref.  Doomsday Device on Rotunda.  Sullivan and Ellering brawl on the floor.  Long refuses to count for the Road Warriors.  Doc schoolboys Hawk and Long makes a fast count to give the Varsity Club the titles in 11:37.  Okay match.  This must be the beginning of Teddy’s heel turn and becoming a manager.

Jim Ross interviews some pissed off Road Warriors and Paul Ellering at ringside.

Ranger Ross vs. The Iron Sheik (w/ Rip Morgan).  America vs. Iran.  Sheik sings the Iranian national anthem, then jumps Ross and chokes him with his robe.  Sheik hits a side suplex, then chokes Ross with his own shirt.  Ross hits a suplex for 1.  Rosss beats up Sheik.  Sheik applies an abdominal stretch.  Ross rallies and kicks Sheik in the head.  Cover.  Morgan hits Ross with the flag to cause the DQ in 1:55.  Sheik and Morgan attack Ross.  Junkyard Dog makes the save.

Bob Caudle interviews Ric Flair, who is going for his 6th World Championship tonight.

NWA United States Tag Team Championship Match: Rick Steiner & Eddie Gilbert (c) of The First Family (w/ Missy Hyatt) vs. Kevin Sullivan & Dan Spivey of The Varsity Club.  The heels attack the champs before the bell and get the jump on them.  The much larger Spivey beats up Gilbert.  The much shorter Sullivan tags in and provokes Steiner, who kindly distracts referee Tommy Young so Spivey can beat up Gilbert on the outside.  Gilbert continues to take abuse from the Varsity Club.  Steiner gets the tag and runs wild on Spivey.  Powerslam gets 2.  Steiner hits a belly to belly.  Sullivan breaks the cover.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Steiner clotheslines Spivey and both tumble out of the ring.  Gilbert nails Sullivan with Hyatt’s Gucci bag and cradles him for the pin in 3:51, even though neither were legal.  The Varsity Club beat up Gilbert, but Steiner makes the save with a chair.  It was short.

Wrestling Hotline!

2/3 Falls Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat (c) (w/ Bonnie & Richie Steamboat) vs. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.  Terry Funk has joined Jim Ross for commentary on this match.  Flair and Steamboat lock up.  Steamboat pushes Flair into the corner and slaps him.  They trade holds and do some amateur-type stuff o the mat.  Steamboat slaps the piss out of Flair again, then wins a power arm lock contest.  Flair gets the ropes to break and bails.  They lock up again.  Steamboat hits a hip toss and gets a side headlock takeover.  They work around the headlock for a bit.  I always enjoy that.  They trade chops.  Back to the headlock.  Flair forces Steamboat into the corner and chops him.  Steamboat replies with a chop that knocks Flair off his feet.  Steamboat hits a big back body drop.  Flair lands a closed fist punch.  Steamboat gets a reverse cradle for 2, then hits a clothesline and goes back to the headlock.  Steamboat beats up Flair a bit.  Flair face plants and Steamboat covers for 2.  Flair hits an inverted atomic drop.  Steamboat drops Flair with another chop for 2.  Steamboat hits a shoulder block for 2.  Another chop gets 2 for Steamboat.  Flair bails and face plants at ringside.  Back inside, Flair lands some chops.  Steamboat responds in kind.  Steamboat gets another near fall.  Steamboat hits a vertical suplex and goes for a splash, but Flair gets his knees up.  Flair goes to work on Steamboat.  Flair hits a butterfly suplex and tries to hold Steamboat down, but gets only a series of 2 counts.  Steamboat fires back, but whiffs a dropkick.  Flair goes for the figure-four, but Steamboat cradles him ala Chi-Town Rumble.  Flair cuts back the cradle and pins Steamboat to win the first fall in 19:35.  Commercials.  They go at it again.  Steamboat hits a diving chop for 2.  Flair hits a backdrop suplex and a knee drop.  He misses a second knee drop and Steamboat attacks his leg.  Steamboat locks in the figure-four.  Flair suffers for a moment, but gets the ropes.  Steamboat locks on a crab hold.  Flair gets another rope break and hides out in the corner.  Steamboat goes back on the attack anyway.  They do some more sweet mat wrestling, then end up outside.  Flair sends Steamboat into the barricade and slams him on the floor.  Coming back inside, Flair jerks Steamboat’s neck down across the ropes.  Flair suplexes Steamboat back inside for 2.  Flair applies an abdominal stretch and turns it into a ground Cobra Twist for 2.  Flair tries to pin Steamboat with his feet on the ropes, but fails.  Steamboat gets a reverse cradle for 2, then a jackknife hold for 2.  Flair goes back on the offensive.  He goes up top, but Steamboat cuts him off and hits a superplex.  Steamboat applies a double chickenwing armlock and Flair submits to give Steamboat the second fall in 35:03.  Insta-commercials.  They keep going hard at it.  Flair hits a shin breaker and applies the figure-four.  Steamboat quickly gets the ropes.  Flair argues with the referee.  They do some stuff.  Flair does the Flair flip in the corner and runs into a chop from Steamboat on the apron.  Flair begs off, then trips up Steamboat and goes for the Flair pin in the corner, but only gets 2.  Steamboat misses Flair in the corner and gets hung their briefly, injuring his knee.  Flair goes to work on the leg and reapplies the figure-four.  Steamboat suffers for a while, but finally roles into the ropes.  Flair sends Steamboat’s bad leg into the apron.  Flair hits a diving cross body for 2.  Steamboat goes for a slam, but his leg gives out and Flair gets another 2 count.  Steamboat hits a flying headbutt and a chop, then comes off the top with the diving cross body for 2.  Steamboat hits a swinging neckbreaker for 2.  Steamboat goes for a springboard sunset flip.  Flair fights it, but Steamboat gets him over for 2.  Flair clamps on a sleeper hold.  Steamboat nearly goes out, but rallies and manages to send Flair outside.  Back inside, Steamboat lands an enzuigiri for 2.  Steamboat comes off the top rope, but Flair avoids it and goes back to work on Steamboat’s leg.  They trade chops.  Steamboat wins the exchange and beats up Flair int he corner.  Flair goes for an inverted atomic drop, but Steamboat blocks it and chops him.  Cover, but Flair gets his foot on the rope.  Flair elbows Steamboat on the head and hits a backdrop suplex.  Flair goes up top again.  Steamboat throws him off.  Steamboat gets the chickenwing armlock again.  Steamboat’s leg gives out and they fall back, putting both mens’ shoulders on the mat.  Steamboat lifts his at the last second and gets the pin in 55:30, even though Flair’s foot is under the rope.  Steamboat retains the title.  Great match, but I disagree with those who say this is better than Chi-Town Rumble.  Insta-commercials.

Jim Ross interviews NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ricky Steamboat.  He’s ready to move on from Ric Flair.  They examine the video and see that Flair’s foot was on the bottom rope.  Steamboat agrees that Flair deserves another shot.

Enjoyable show.  Flair/Steamboat is a classic and I really dug the Orton/Murdoch match and the Muta showcase.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coming up, The Road Warriors!  The Total Package!

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

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

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

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

Up next, The Dragon in action!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mitsuharu Misawa Tribute

Posted in AJPW with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2010 by Grappleholic

Here are several matches I reviewed last year right after Mitsuharu Misawa’s death.

All Japan, 3/9/88
Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Tiger Mask II.  This is their first singles match.  Handshake before the match.  They lock up and switch around a bit before Jumbo backs him into a corner and gives a clean break.  Tiger works a headlock a bit.  Jumbo lifts him up and hits a knee breaker, but the pugnacious Tiger grabs the headlock again.  Jumbo tries to fight it but Tiger grounds him.  Jumbo rolls it over into a pinning predicament a couple of times, but Tiger keeps it clamped on.  Jumbo hits the knee breaker again, but Tiger doesn’t even let go this time.  It finally gets broken, but Tiger rebounds off the middle turnbuckle and hits a headbutt.  Then he grabs the headlock again.  Really?  Jumbo has had enough of this shit and fights it, but Tiger continues to grab the headlock at every opportunity.  Jumbo finally hits a backdrop suplex, then the high knee and a piledriver.  Cover gets two.  Double-arm suplex from Jumbo yields the same result.  Tiger fights back with some kicks that send Jumbo to the outside, then hits a baseball slide dropick and a suicide cannonball.  Jumbo comes back in and Tiger sends him back out with a lariat, then heads to the top rope and dives out onto him.  Back inside, Tiger hits a missile dropkick and a German suplex hold for a near fall.  Tiger hits a slam and goes for a frog splash, but Jumbo gets the knees up.  Jumbo hits a knee kick and then stomps him a few times.  Tiger gets a schoolboy for a quick near fall.  Jumbo lands some chops, then Tiger reverses him and gets a reverse cradle for another near fall.  Frankensteiner gets another one.  Misawa did Frankensteiners?  Jumbo blocks what was possibly another attempt, then hits a backdrop for a close near fall.  Jumbo goes for another backdrop, but Tiger gets him with an inside cradle for a near fall.  Tiger dodges a lariat and tries something, but Jumbo nails him with an elbow, then hits a third backdrop suplex for the win at 14:43.  Good match, but I flinched everytime Misawa took a backdrop.  I better get used to it.

All Japan, 6/8/90
Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Mitsuharu Misawa.  2 years later now, Misawa is sans-mask and ready to step up to the top. Jumbo offers a handshake, but Misawa snubs him.  They lock up twice and Jumbo shoves him away both times.  On the third lock up, Jumbo grabs a headlock and starts doing some stuff.  Stuff happens quickly, then Jumbo hits a lariat for the first near fall.  Jumbo goes for a backdrop, but Misawa turns over into a pinfall attempt.  Jumbo is sent out.  Misawa flips over the top rope, then hits a dropkick off the apron.  Misawa sends Jumbo over the guardrail with an elbow shot.  Misawa meets Jumbo on the apron with another elbow that sends him off, taking another bump into the guardrail, then follows with a dive to the outside.  They make it back in the ring and Misawa clamps on a front necklock.  Jumbo counters and works Misawa’s arms a bit with a double wristlock from behind.  Misawa reverses it, then Jumbo reverses the reversal.  Misawa kicks him away to break it.  Misawa does a hammerlock.  Jumbo gets to the ropes to break it, then Misawa slaps him.  Lock up, Misawa backs Jumbo into the ropes, breaks, and slaps him again.  Jumbo gets pissed and hammers him with some blows and the high knee, then locks in an abdominal stretch.  Misawa reverses it.  The end up outside, where Jumbo whips Misawa into the barricade, then it’s back to the ring.  Jumbo gets a near fall off of the Butterfly suplex, then clamps on a rear chinlock.  Misawa breaks it, then gets flapjacked and stomped on.  Jumbo tries to flapjack again, but Misawa dropkicks him and nails some elbows and a slam, then the missle dropkick.  Misawa keeps up the attack and gets a near fall with a frog splash.  Jumbo half ass hot shots Misawa into the top rope and gets a two count, then stomps him again.  Jumbo hits a piledriver and gets two, then a Thesz press for another near fall.  Jumbo throws a dropkick and that big boot he likes then goes to the ropes.  Misawa meets him and gets caught with a knee to the face.  Jumbo slams him and goes up top again.  Misawa goes up to meet him and attempts a superplex, but Jumbo nails him with a forearm to knock him down and comes down with a flying knee to the face.  Jumbo hits a powerbomb, but Misawa still has some fight in him and kicks out.  Jumbo goes for the Butterfly suplex again, but Misawa turns it into a backslide for a near fall.  Jumbo takes a breather on the outside, but just like their previous match, Misawa hits a baseball slide dropkick, then a dive to the outside.  Misawa tries to set up a German suplex back in the ring, but Jumbo fights it.  Misawa gets a reverse cradle for a close one.  Misawa kicks him down and goes for the frog splash, but Jumbo catches him with the knees and covers for a two count.  Jumbo slams him and locks in a crab hold, but it’s too close to the ropes.  Lariat from Jumbo almost gets the win, but Misawa still has some left.  Second lariat yields the same result.  Jumbo hits another lariat in the corner and nails the backdrop suplex, but can’t take advantage.  Misawa makes it to his feet first and gets a German suplex hold for a really close near fall.  Misawa goes for the Tiger Driver, but Jumbo turns it over into a bridge for 2.  Jumbo hits the high knee again.  Misawa tries that bouncing off the middle turnbuckle and heatbutting him bit from the previous match, but Jumbo catches him with a punch.  Misawa avoids a charging Jumbo and tries a suplex.  Jumbo counters and tries his own but Misawa lands on top.  Jumbo turns it over once, but Misawa ends up on top and gets the win at about 24:20.  Really good match… I almost want to call it great.  Toshiaki Kawada, Kenta Kobashi, and Akira Taue come in the ring to celebrate the win with Misawa.

All Japan, 9/1/90
Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Mitsuharu Misawa.  The rematch, and from what I’ve watched so far, a rubber match of sorts.  We get full entrances and all of that good stuff this time.  They lock up.  Jumbo blocks an elbow.  Repeat.  Misawa avoids the high knee, but Jumbo catches him with a low knee, then shots to the mid-section.  Misawa fights back and schoolboys Jumbo, but I don’t think he even gets a one count.  They do the double armlock countering bit from the previous match.  Misawa throws some strikes to keep up the offensive for a while, then Jumbo fights back and hits the high knee for a near fall.  Jumbo tries a crab hold, then applies an abdominal stretch.  He turns it into a ground Cobra Twist for a near fall.  Jumbo works on Misawa’s leg a bit.  Misawa applies a headscissors.  Jumbo gets out and pounds Misawa’s back some.  Misawa fires off with some kicks.  Jumbo hits a couple of elbow smashes, then gets a near fall off a piledriver.  Misawa tries that hitting the middle turnbuckle bit, but Jumbo fucking faceplants him into the mat, then hits the Thesz press for a near fall.  Jumbo goes for the backdrop, but Misawa lands on top for a near fall.  Jumbo rolls it over and gets one of his own.  They trade elbows, the Jumbo nails Misawa with a flurry of slaps and punches.  Misawa rolls to the outside.  Jumbo follows him out and throws him into the barricade, then over it and into the crowd, where he nails him with a chair.  Jumbo heads back to the ring.  Misawa takes a minute, but makes it back too.  Jumbo meets him on the apron and Misawa nails some elbows, then something off the top rope.  Misawa sends Jumbo out and hits a suicide dive.  Back inside, Misawa hits a diving shoulderblock for a near fall.  Misawa blasts Jumbo with a flurry of elbows.  Jumbo responds with headbutts and a dropkick.  Cover gets two.  Jumbo gets a powerslam and covers, but Misawa is too close to the ropes.  Jumbo goes for the powerbomb, but Misawa turns it into a half assed Frankensteiner for a near fall.  Misawa hits an elbow and the German suplex for a near fall.  Misawa tries a victory roll, I think, but kinda leapfrogs Jumbo.  Jumbo pounces on the cover and almost wins it.  Jumbo hits the high knee, tries another and kinda fails.  Misawa goes to the top, but Jumbo superplexes him.  Jumbo hits the backdrop suplex for the one, two, hegothimnohedidn’tcomeonref!  Misawa hits a vicious elbow smash and throws two more.  Jumbo big boots him, then catches him with a lariat and hits the backdrop suplex for the pin at 24:51.  Another really good match.

All Japan, 8/31/90
Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada, & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Akira Taue, Masanobu Fuchi, & Mighty Inoue.  I missed this match before because my file names were out of order.  It’s the day before the previous match, and coincidentally, my third birthday.  JIP where Taue has Kikuchi in an elevated crab hold.  Kawada comes in and lands a kick on Taue to force the break.  Misawa tags in, but Taue goes right to work on him.  Tag to Fuchi, who gets caught with Misawa’s rebound hedbutt.  Tag to Kawada.  Kawada and Misawa double team Fuchi for a moment.  Kawada hits a kick that sends Fuchi out of the ring, then press slams Kikuchi out on to him.  Kikuchi pounds on him briefly until Taue comes around to save him.  Kikuchi tags in, then Fuchi tags Inoue, who I’ve never seen before.  Kikuchi is a fighter, but inoue gets the better of him.  Kikuchi takes the punishment from team Taue for a while.  Hot tag to Misawa, who pounds Inoue with elbows.  Taue tags in and takes some elbow-related punishment too.  Tag to Kawada.  Taue gets double teamed a bit.  Kawada moonsaults onto Taue, but Fuchi saves.  Tags to Kikuchi and Inoue.  Kikuchi lands a Fisherman’s suplex for a near fall, then slams Inoue and goes up top.  Inoue gets up and throws him face first into the mat.  Inoue lands a couple of sentons and covers, but Misawa saves.  Kawada tags in and gets caught with a crucifix hold for a near fall.  Fuchi tags in and backdrop suplexes Kawada, but Misawa saves.  Taue runs in to attack Misawa, but gets tossed out.  Kawada nails Fuchi with a lariat, then tags Misawa, who KO’s Fuchi with a diving elbow smash for the win.  Pretty good match here, too.

All Japan, 2/23/91
Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. The Miracle Violence Connection (Steve Williams & Terry Gordy).  By the way, Miracle Violence Connection is the greatest name for a team ever.  We get the entrances and intros, then JIP to the MVC working over young Kobashi.  Kobashi starts fighting off Gordy, who quickly decides to let Doc handle this situation.  Doc punishes Kobashi with an abdominal stretch, but Kobashi gets out of it and tags in Misawa.  Gordy tags in.  They trade blows, then Gordy lands a lariat for a near fall.  MVC work over Misawa.  Kobashi tags in and works Doc’s leg a bit, then lands an enzuigiri on Gordy and kicks the shit out of him.  Misawa comes in and works Gordy’s leg, applying a half crab hold.  Doc tries to break, but has to work hard at it, because Misawa is hard headed.  Literally.  Kobashi tags in and applies a Texas Cloverleaf to Gordy, then meets an interfering Doc with a lariat.  Gordy lands the DDT on Kobashi, but his foot is too close to the ropes.  Kobashi takes the punishment for a bit, but drops Gordy with a bulldog and makes the tag to Misawa.  Misawa lands a backdrop on Gordy.  Williams breaks the cover, so Kobashi nails him.  Gordy goes for the powerbomb, but Misawa counters and gets a Fisherman’s suplex.  Williams makes it back in to save.  Williams tags in.  Misawa lands a leg lariat and tags in Kobashi.  Double DDT to Williams, but Gordy breaks Kobashi’s cover.  Kobashi hits the moonsault, but Gordy breaks it.  Kobashi does the rolling cradle on Gordy for a near fall, then Gordy faceplants him into the mat.  Kobashi nails a charging Gordy and goes for the moonsault, but Williams pushes him off the top rope to the floor.  Soon after, Gordy nails Kobashi with a lariat for the pin.  Good match.All Japan, 7/24/91
AJPW World Tag Team Championship Match: The Miracle Violence Connection (c) vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada.  At this point, neither Misawa nor Kawada have held the tag titles.  Misawa starts with Gordy and nails some nasty elbows.  Gordy responds with a lariat for an early 2 count.  Doc tags in and does the same thing.  Kawada tags in and they do a test of strength, then Kawada just kicks the shit out of Doc’s leg.  Doc works Kawada’s arm a bit.  Misawa steps down from the apron and wipes his face with a towel or something.  Maybe a bloody nose?  Both MVC members continue to work Kawada’s arm.  Kawada finally gets up, kicks the shit out of Doc’s leg again, and makes the tag to Misawa.  Misawa kicks ass briefly, then the MVC starts to work him over too.  Misawa fights back after a while and tags in Kawada.  Kawada can’t get Gordy up for a suplex, so he takes him down a Fujiwara armbar.  Gordy gets a rope break.  Misawa tags in and goes after Gordy’s arm too for a moment, then it’s Kawada’s turn again.  Williams and Misawa tag in.  Misawa gets a German for 2 as Gordy saves.  Misawa tags out with a hurt knee.  Kawada comes in FIRED UP, but is quickly shut down.  Kawada takes a beating, then tags Misawa.  Williams promptly attacks Misawa’s knee, but Misawa will have none of that.  Williams does manage to apply a half crab, but Kawada comes in and kicks him off of it.  Gordy takes Kawada outside and they fight into the crowd as Williams continues to work on Misawa’s knee.  Gordy disposes of Kawada and comes back to help Williams work the injured knee.  Kawada makes it partway back but falls down before getting to the apron, so he isn’t there when Misawa gets near the corner to tag.  He makes it back as Williams has Misawa in another leg hold, but Gordy throws him back into the crowd.  Kawada finally makes it back to force Gordy to break a Sharpshooter.  Gordy goes for a backdrop, but Misawa lands on top for 2.  Tag to Kawada, who makes Gordy pay for fucking with him.  Powerbomb gets 2.  Kawada sets up another, but Doc prevents it, then tags in and punishes Kawada.  Kawada avoids the first Oklahama Stampede attempt, but Doc gets the second one.  Misawa saves at 2.  Kawada drops Doc with a spin kick and tags Misawa, who nails Doc with the flying elbow smash.  Tag to Gordy.  Misawa hurts the bad knee and can’t keep up the momentum, but keeps kicking out of pin attempts.  Doc comes in and powerslams Misawa.  Kawada comes in and kicks the shit out of him.  Gordy goes for a powerbomb, but Misawa turns it into a Frankensteiner for the win at 25:47.  Misawa & Kawada win the belts for the first time!  The new champions are presented with the belts as the MVC leave, pissed.  Really good match.  Right as the video ends, there’s a shot of Giant Baba doing commentary.

All Japan, 9/4/91
AJPW World Tag Team Championship Match: Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada (c) vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue.  Entrances, introductions, and a fuck load of streamers.  Kawada and Taue, who will later form a great tag team of their own, start.  They lock up, with Taue overpowering Kawada.  Taue slaps him, which incites Kawada to kick Taue’s ass.  Misawa tags in and Taue seems reluctant to go with him, but Jumbo tells him to go for it.  Misawa throws kicks and elbows, then sends Taue outside to take some punishment from Kawada.  Taue comes back in, takes another elbow from Misawa, and tags in Jumbo.  Jumbo gets the better of the exchange and Misawa tags in Kawada.  Kawada goes toe to toe with Jumbo, then takes a vicious lariat.  Tag to Taue, who gets the better of the softened up Kawada.  Jumbo comes back in and locks Kawada in a sleeper.  Misawa comes in and breaks it.  Taue tags in and hot shots Kawada into the ropes for 2.  Jumbo tags in and locks in the sleeper again.  Kawada kicks him away and he tags in Taue.  Kawada kicks Taue and tags in Misawa, who hits the flying elbow smash.  Tag to Jumbo.  Jumbo goes after Misawa’s arm.  All of these matches seem to have lots of quick tags instead of extended heat segments.  Misawa counters Jumbo and drops him with a DDT, then tags Kawada.  Kawada ducks Jumbo’s big boot and hits a lariat, then knocks Taue off the apron.  Kawada blasts Jumbo with kicks.  Jumbo gets Kawada with a knee to the middle and tags in Taue.  Misawa gets his arm tended at ringside.  Kawada drops Taue and hits a diving elbow drop for 2.  Kawada takes a beating for a while.  Misawa comes in and throws some elbows, rips off the tape that was just put on his shoulder, and tags in.  Misawa and Kawada hit some tandem moves on Taue.  Misawa hits the Tiger Driver, but Jumbo saves at 2.  Jumbo tags in and locks Misawa in an abdominal stretch.  Kawada breaks it and gets lariated for his trouble.  Jumbo and Taue target Misawa’s shoulder.  Jumbo hits the backdrop, but Misawa kicks out at 2.  Jumbo goes for the backdrop again, but Misawa lands on top for 2.  Misawa nails him with an elbow and applies a facelock.  Jumbo gets a rope break.  Misawa goes up top and gets superplexed.  Jumbo hits a powerbomb for 2.  Kawada nails Jumbo with a lariat and pulls Kawada on top for 2.  Some stuff happens while I had to answer the phone, and Jumbo submits to Misawa’s facelock at 21:18.  The official time says 26:34, so either this was clipped and I didn’t notice, or something is wrong with their stop watches.

All Japan, 12/6/91

Real World Tag League: Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada vs. The Miracle Violence Connection.  This is the de facto final.  The first couple of minutes involve Kawada and Misawa working over Doc, and Doc taking it because he’s a bad motherfucker.  Gordy and Misawa trade shots.  Kawada lands kicks on Gordy and drops him with a lariat for 2.  Doc uses his knee to faceplant Kawada and applies a sleeper.  Doc lets Kawada up and tries to suplex him, but Kawada counters with a sleeper of his own.  Misawa comes in and tries to same tactic.  Kawada tries an abdominal stretch, but Gordy comes in and nails him.  Doc lariats Kawada, who takes a break on the outside.  Doc looks to consider a dive, but nothing comes of it.  Doc suplexes Kawada back in and tags in Gordy, who applies an STF.  Kawada reaches the ropes.  Doc applies what I think is a Prison Lock, but Kawada reaches the ropes again.  Same story with a half crab.  The MVC keeps working Kawada’s knee.  Kawada finally fires up with kicks to Doc and makes a warm tag to Misawa.  He takes care of Doc, then elbows Gordy out of the ring and hits him with a tope suicida.  Misawa brings Gordy back in and covers for a near fall.  Williams sneaks in the land some kicks on Misawa, then tags in.  Misawa nails him and tags Kawada.  Kawada and Doc trade shots.  Doc goes for the football tackle, but Kawada nails him with a kick to the face for 2.  Kawada tags out and holds Doc for a missile dropkick.  Misawa hits the frog splash on Doc for 2.  Misawa blasts Doc with the diving elbow smash, then goes for the facelock.  Gordy comes in and apparently scratches Misawa’s face to get him off.  Kawada tags in and gets tossed around by Doc.  Misawa breaks a cover attempt and he a Gordy brawl.  MVC take Misawa outside.  Kawada follows and tries to save, but Doc slams him.  MVC double powerbombs Misawa on the floor.  Doc gets Kawada back in the ring and covers for 2.  Kawada surprised Doc with an inside cradle and almost wins.  Doc tags in a pissed off Gordy, who lariats Kawada in the corners about 3 times.  Kawada kicks out of the cover again.  Kawada lands a spin kick to Gordy and goes for a powerbomb.  He doesn’t get it, but it almost turns into a Ganso bomb.  Kawada applies the facelock to Gordy.  Doc interrupts and gets NAILED with a lariat.  Kawada locks the facelock on Gordy again.  Gordy manages to get a rope break.  Kawada hits the powerbomb and gets a very close 2 count.  Kawada hits a bodyslam and the diving elbow drop for 2.  Kawada goes for another powerbomb, but Doc makes it back in and stops it.  MVC beat down Kawada.  Double powerbomb, and it’s gotta be over.  But no!  Misawa saves!  Misawa hammers Doc in the cornerm then throws some elbows at Gordy.  Kawada Germans Gordy for another close 2 count.  Gordy catches a kick attempt and drops Kawada for a close one.  Gordy powerbombs Kawada for the win at 25:24.  Good match, and the finishing stretch was awesome.All Japan, 1/21/92
Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Masanobu Fuchi.  JIP.  On paper, Fuchi is out of his league.  Fuchi doesn’t give a shit what your paper says.  We start with Fuchi working a headlock.  He survives a barrage of elbows and a suplex and continues to work over Misawa.  Fuchi deals out much punishment to Misawa’s knee.  Fuchi rocks an STF, but Misawa gets a rope break.  Fuchi hot shots Misawa into the ropes for 2.  Misawa finally has enough of this shit and fires away with elbows.  Misawa hits a couple of suplexes and the frog splash, but can’t make the cover.  Fuchi counters the Tiger Driver and almost pins Misawa with a backslide.  Fuchi lands a backdrop and a Thesz press for 2.  More cool stuff happens, then Misawa wins with the facelock.

NWA Clash of the Champions IV: Season’s Beatings

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

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

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

Starrcade ’88 on December 26!

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

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

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

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

Magnum T.A. interviews Junkyard Dog.

Jim Ross promises lots more to come!

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

Starrcade hype video.

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

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

Jim Ross talks to Sting briefly.  Insta-commercials.

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

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

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

Schiavone and Luger talk.

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

Tony Schiavone interviews Jim Cornette.

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

Tony Schiavone and Lex Luger talk about the main event.

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

NWA Clash of the Champions III: Fall Brawl

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Opening video about Sting wanting to be a champion.

Clash of the Champions open.

Tony Schiavone introduces the show.  Jim Ross and Bob Caudle are the announcers.  Not sure who the ring announcer is.

NWA World Television Championship Match: Mike Rotunda (c) (w/ Kevin Sullivan) vs. Brad Armstrong.  Rotunda schools Armstrong with some amateur takedowns.  Rotunda hits a rebound cross body, but Armstrong rolls through for 2.  Rotunda bails to consult with Sullivan.  Rotunda hits arm strong with some European uppercuts, then Armstrong hits a hip toss and a dropkick for 2.  Rotunda bails again.  Insta-commercials.  Rotunda hits a knee lift, then hot shots Armstrong into the top rope.  Rotunda throws Armstrong out of the ring for Sullivan to get his cheap shots in behind referee Tommy Young’s back.  Rotunda beats up Armstrong on the outside.  Back inside, a suplex gets 2 for Rotunda.  Rotunda clamps on a rear chin lock.  Rotunda lands some more European uppercuts and otherwise abuses Armstrong.  Rotunda goes back to the rear chin lock.  Armstrong fights out, then gets his head knocked off with a lariat.  Rotunda hits an elbow drop for 2.  Insta-commercials.  Rotunda has Armstrong in the rear chin lock again.  Steve Williams has come to ringside to cheer for Armstrong.  Rotunda goes for the airplane spin for 2.  Rotunda hits a side suplex for 2.  Rotunda gets an inside cradle for 2.  Rotunda lands a punch for 2.  Another cover for 2.  Rotunda hits a clothesline for 2.  Rotunda tries desperately to get the pin, but the 20 minute time limit expires (about 11 minutes shown).  Man, almost half of the match was cut out.  What I saw of it was good, though.  Williams congratulates Armstrong for not losing, I guess.

Lots of commercial breaks on this show are making it feel rushed.

“Dr. Death” Steve Williams & Nikita Koloff vs. The Sheepherders (w/ Rip Morgan).  Doc starts with (I think) Luke.  The Sheepherders both beat up on Doc, then both teams square off and the Sheepherders bail.  Doc drops Luke with a big shoulder block.  Doc hits drops Luke and hits Butch with a shoulder tackle.  Morgan comes in, then leaves before he can get dropped.  Butch and Nikita tag in.  Butch hides on the apron, then comes in and beats up Nikita.  Nikita fights back  and slams both Sheepherders.  The Sheepherders try to work over Nikita, but Nikita is having none of that shit.  Doc tags in and works Luke’s arm.  Doc suplexes Luke in from the apron, then hits a diving cross body for 2, as Butch saves.  Nikita and Doc take turns working Luke’s arm.  Luke avoids Doc in the corner, causing him to spear the post.  Insta-commercials.  Williams shrugs off Luke’s punches, but Butch nails Doc from behind.  Doc ducks a shot from Butch, causing him to deck Luke.  Nikita tags in and runs wild on Butch.  The Sheepherders get the advantage on Nikita and send him into the barricade on the outside.  Sheepherders get heat on Nikita.  Butch spits at Doc, giving the Sheepherders time to double team Nikita behind Tommy Young’s back as he tries to keep Doc out of the ring.  Morgan attacks Doc with the flag pole to distract Doc when Nikita makes it to the corner.  Nikita avoids a diving headbutt and makes the hot tag to Doc.  Doc runs wild.  He tries to press slam Luke, but Butch clips his leg from behind.  Nikita tags back in, completely revived after having 30 seconds to rest, and blasts Butch with the Russian Sickle for the pin about 16 minutes shown).  Okay match.

Insta-commercials.

Dusty Rhodes vs. Kevin Sullivan (w/ Gary Hart).  No entrances or intros.  Man, they’re rushing through this show.  They lock up.  Sullivan throws chops at Dusty.  Dusty elbows Sullivan, throws him out of the ring, and rams him into the announce table.  Stuff happens.  Dusty beats up Sullivan and throws him out of the ring again.  Bob Caudle is on commentary with Ross now.  What happened to Schiavone?  Rhodes elbows Sullivan a bunch.  Sullivan knocks Rhodes down and puts the boots to him.  Hart hits Dusty with his shoe on the outside.  Sullivan locks Dusty in a rear chin lock.  Dusty fights out and makes his comeback.  Sullivan tries to use the spike, but fails,  Dusty hits Sullivan with the spike.  Cover, but Hart pulls Dusty out of the ring.  Dusty goes after Hart, but Al Perez attacks Dusty with a chair.  Is this No DQ?  Sullivan whips Dusty with the chain.  Dusty hits a cross body on the chain to knock Perez and Sullivan down, then pins Gary Hart with a half assed inside cradle in 7:00.  This was retarded.

Insta-commercials.

Russian Chain Match: Ivan Koloff (w/ Paul Jones) vs. Ricky Morton.  Koloff beats up Morton.  Morton pulls the chain into Koloff’s balls.  Koloff beats up Morton some more.  Morton gets sent outside and pulls Koloff into the ropes with the chain.  Koloff beats up Morton.  Morton beats up Koloff.  They use a chain.  Morton pulls Koloff off the top rope with a chain.  Insta-commercials.  Morton goes for the pin, touching 3 corners before Koloff holds into the ropes to keep him from touching the fourth.  Jones holds out his cane for Koloff to hold on to, but Morton gets away and touches the fourth corner for the win (about 6 minutes shown).  This sucked.  A Russian Assassin comes in and takes out Morton.  Koloff tires of Jones’ shit and shoves him.  The Russian Assassins jump Koloff and kicks his ass.  This whole scenario was lame.

Next, Sting vs. Windham for the BELT!

NWA United States Heavyweight Championship Match: Barry Windham (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Sting.  Sting hits some arm drags.  They argue.  They lock up.  Sting leap frogs Windham and hits a couple of dropkicks to send Windham out of the ring.  They lock up again.  Windham hits a backdrop suplex, but Sting no sells it an dropkicks Windham out of the ring again.  Insta-commercials.  Windham beats on Sting.  Sting hits an inverted atomic drop and hits Windham with punches in the corner.  Windham beats up Sting on the outside, then back in the ring.  Sting gets a sunset flip for 2.  Windham hits a knee drop for 2.  Sting gets an inside cradle for 2.  Windham tries a Stinger Splash, but Sting avoids it and Windham hits the turnbuckle.  Windham goes outside.  Sting follows and rams his head into the post.  Windham falls over the barricade.  Back inside, Sting bites Windham’s forehead.  Windham is bleeding.  Sting rakes his back.  Sting lands some punches and dropkicks Windham.  Cover, but too close to the ropes.  Sting applies a sleeper hold.  Sting finally releases it… then goes right back to it.  Windham hits a shin breaker to escape the sleeper hold.  Windham attacks Sting’s leg.  Windham locks in the figure-four leglock.  Dillon helps Windham get extra leverage behind the referee’s back.  After releasing the hold, Windham hits a backdrop suplex.  Sting hits a suplex.  Windham applies the claw to Sting’s pec.  Sting manages to send Windham outside.  Sting slingshots Windham back into the ring and hits a back body drop and a couple of elbow drops.  Sting hip tosses Windham.  Windham goes for a lariat, but accidentally hits the referee.  Sting hits the Stinger Splash and locks in the Scorpion Death Lock.  Dillon brings a chair in the ring.  Sting kicks his ass.  Windham hits Sting with the chair.  Tommy Young comes back to the count the pin, but football player John Ayers comes in and tells Young what happened.  Young gives it to Sting by DQ (about 21 minutes shown).  Sting takes out Windham and Ayers takes out Dillon.  Okay match.

This show felt way too rushed and was mostly mediocre.

NWA Clash of the Champions II: Miami Mayhem

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Opening video.

Jim Ross is in the parking lot of the James L. Knight Center.  Some uninteresting people show up, including Frances Crockett, Gary Juster, and some other names I didn’t catch.

Miami Mayhem!

Clash of the Champions open.

Tony Schiavone and Bob Caudle introduce the show.  I assume they’re the announcers.  Bruce Owens is the ring announcer.  Who?

Intros for the United States title match, then commercials.  Seriously?  Commercials?

NWA United States Heavyweight Championship: Barry Windham (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Brad Armstrong.  They lock up.  Armstrong hits what Caudle calls a nice arm drag, but I didn’t see it because they cut away to fans.  Windham hits an arm drag and they cut away to Dillon.  Does this camera man hate arm drags?  Armstrong slams Windham, who bails from the ring.  They lock up again and Windham beats up Armstrong.  Armstrong hits a hip toss and a headlock takeover.  Windham turns it into a headscissors.  After the break, Windham bails again to consult with Dillon.  They lock up again and Armstrong goes back to his side headlock.  Windham goes back to his headscissors.  Windham argues with referee Teddy Long.  They lock up and fuck around some more, then Windham BLASTS Armstrong with a big right hand.  Another right and a body slam from Windham.  Windham goes for a fist drop, but Armstrong avoids it.  Windham bails again.  Back inside, Armstrong takes over Windham with a headlock yet again.  They finally get up and do some jumping around.  Armstrong applies… a side headlock.  Windham turns it into a backdrop suplex.  Good.  Windham hits a powerslam for 2.  Windham applies a figure-four leglock.  Dillon helps him behind Teddy Long’s back.  Armstrong tries to turn it over, but fails.  Long finally catches Windham using the ropes and forces him to break.  Windham beats up the weakened Armstrong and throws him out of the ring.  Windham slams Armstrong into the barricade.  Windham slingshots Armstrong back into the ring and slams him, then goes for a diving elbow drop.  Armstrong avoids it and makes his comeback.  Armstrong hits a diving cross body for 2, then goes for another one.  Windham rolls through and clamps on the claw hold to get the pin in 13:57.  Fine match.

Coming up, The Fantastics!

More 1988 commercials!  They’re actually kind of amusing.

Tony Schiavone and Bob Caudle talk to Lyle Alzado, some former football player doing a TV show.  They show footage of the show (Learning The Ropes), where Alzado plays a teacher moonlighting as a pro wrestler.  That looks kind of amusing.

Bob Caudle interviews the returning Rock & Roll Express.

Next, we’re on a boat!  Well, a yacht, where Ric Flair and Lex Luger sign the contract for their World Championship Match at the Great American Bash PPV.  Amazingly, the Four Horsemen leave without beating the hell out of Luger.

Next, the Fantastics vs. The Sheepherders!

Commercials!  Hah!  An A&W Cream Soda commercial with the guy who played Larry on Newhart!

The Four Horsemen arrive!  Except for Windham, who was already there.  Jim Ross interviews Ric Flair.

Intros for the United States Tag Team title match, then cut TO THE BACK!

Lex Luger arrives and is immediately jumped by the Four Horsemen.  They beat the shit out of him.

More commercials!

NWA United States Tag Team Championship Match: The Fantastics (c) vs. The Sheepherders (w/ Rip Morgan).  Never heard a bell.  It was probably lost somewhere in all the hubub.  The Sheepherders beat up Tommy Rogers.  Rogers hits a cross body and tags in Fulton.  It’s weird that the Sheepherders/Bushwhackers look just alike when they’re apparently not related.  I can’t tell them apart, and the announcers don’t bother to identify them.  Sheepherders beat up Fulton.  Okay, so Luke Williams is apparently the blond one and Butch Miller is the one with the bald spot.  Fulton and Luke fight outside, then Morgan accidentally clothesline Luke.  Rogers tags in and runs wild on Luke.  Clusterfuck ensues and the Fantastics sends the Sheepherders out of the ring.  Butch comes in and beats up Rogers.  Luke tags in and does the same.  Rogers avoids a shot to make the Sheepherders collide, then makes the tag to Fulton.  Fulton ends up in the wrong corner quick and ends up playing face in peril just like his partner just did.  Fulton hits a cross body on both of them for 2, then the Fantastics take turns splashing them for 2.  Isn’t only 1 of them legal?  The Sheepherders bail again.  Rogers tags in and works Butch’s arm.  The Sheepherders get Rogers outside and hit him with one of the belts, then with a chair.  Luke covers Rogers and bites the bottom rope for some reason.  Luke hits a splash on Rogers for 2.  Butch accidentally hits Luke with a diving double axe handle.  Butch tags in.  Rogers hits him with a clothesline.  Butch hits a knee lift and something else for 2.  Luke tags in and applies a sleeper hold.  Luke continues to beat on Rogers.  Rogers sends Luke into a chair held by Butch on the apron.  Fulton gets the hot tag and runs wild.  Fulton gets Luke with a reverse cradle for the pin (about 18 minutes shown).  Okay match.  Kind of hard to follow.  Heel Bushwhackers was fun though.  I had never seen the Sheepherders before.

Next, the Garvins vs. The Varsity Club!  Commercials!

“Dr. Death” Steve Williams (in a suit!) has joined Tony Schiavone for commentary for the next match.  They talk about the beat down of Lex Luger.

Intros for the Varsity Club/Garvins match, then TO THE BACK!

Jim Ross promises an update on Lex Luger soon.  The show FOOTAGE of what happened EARLIER TONIGHT!

More commercials!  I actually remember those Folgers commercials.

The Varsity Club of NWA World Television Champion Mike Rotunda & Rick Steiner (w/ Kevin Sullivan) vs. Ron & Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious).  Kevin Sullivan is locked in a cage.  They’re already brawling.  I THINK I heard a bell.  Ron beats up Steiner.  Jimmy tags in and works Steiner’s arm.  Steiner bails to consult with Sullivan.  Sullivan tries to get Precious to come over to him.  Rotunda tags in.  He and Jimmy trade fireman’s carrys.  Ron tags in and wrestles with Rotunda.  Sullivan has some paper he wants to show Precious.  Steiner tags in and works Ron’s arm.  Precious slowly goes towards Sullivan, but Jimmy retrieves her.  Rotunda works Ron’s arm.  Jimmy goes and yells at Sullivan for aggravating Precious.  Precious has the key to Sullivan’s cage.  Varsity Club continue working over Ron.  Ron fights Steiner off and makes the tag to Jimmy.  Jimmy does stuff, then tags Ron back in.  Ron gets various cradles on Steiner for 2.  Ron tries a sunset flip on Rotunda.  Rotunda grabs the ropes to avoid it, but Teddy Long kicks his arms away.  Steiner saves anyway.  Rotunda hits a back body drop and a leg drop and otherwise beats up him, including choking him with a rope or something behind the referee’s back.  Rotunda holds Ron in front of the cage so Sullivan can punch him.  Clusterfuck ensues.  Precious  goes over to Sullivan’s cage and he grabs her.  Jimmy pins Steiner in about 13 minutes.  Sullivan kisses Precious and tries to choke her.  Steve Williams saves Precious from Sullivan.  Precious gets away from Sullivan and shoves Jimmy and leaves.  This was all about the stupid angle.  Match was sort of okay, though.

Commercials.

Schiavone and Caudle talk.  They show the Powers of Pain and Ivan Koloff attacking The Road Warriors a while back.  They talk about the upcoming retarded Tower of Doom Match at the Great American Bash.

Al Perez (w/ Gary Hart) vs. Nikita Koloff.  They lock up and shove each other around.  Perez wrings Nikita’s arm.  Nikita takes Perez over and works his arm in return.  They finally break that up, lock up again, and do nothing much.  Koloff accidentally hits his shoulder on the turnbuckle.  Perez kicks him out of the ring to Hart and get his cheap shots in.  Koloff tires of that shit and goes after Hart, but Perez attacks him from behind and slams him on the concrete floor.  Perez tries to suplex Nikita in from the apron, but Nikita lands on top for 2.  Nikita goes for an elbow drop, but misses.  Perez continues to beat on Nikita.  Nikita tries a springboard sunset flip, but Perez back walks across the ring into the ropes.  Never seen that one before.  Perez tries a suplex, but Nikita reverses it and suplexes Perez.  Nikita makes his comeback and shoulder blocks Perez out of the ring.  Hart distracts Nikita, then Larry Zbyszko attacks Nikita to cause the DQ in 11:51.  The heels leave Nikita laying.  The match was boring.

The World Tag Team Championship match is NEXT!

NWA World Tag Team Championship Match: Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (c) (w/ JJ Dillon) vs. Dusty Rhodes & Sting.  Anderson and Sting start.  Anderson goes after the arm, but Sting doesn’t sell it.  After a brief break outside, Arn comes back in and beats up Sting, then throws him out of the ring and tries to clothesline him against the post.  Sting moves and Arn clotheslines the post.  Sting wraps the arm around the post, then brings Arn back in and works his arm.  Tully comes in and Sting hits him with a headscissors, then tags in Dusty.  Dusty does the flip, flop, & fly on Tully, then decks Arn too.  Florida loves Dusty for obvious reasons.  The Horsemen get the advantage on Dusty.  Dillon chokes Dusty behind the referee’s back.  Dusty drops Tully with a lariat and a dropkick, of all things, then makes the tag to Sting.  Sting press slams Tully, then whips him into the corner and hits the Stinger Splash.  Sting goes for the Scorpion Death Lock, but Arn isn’t having any of that shit.  Horsemen beat up Sting on the outside.  Anderson beats up Sting in the ring and goes for a Vader Bomb, but Sting gets his knees up.  Sting continues to play face in peril.  Arn DDTs Sting on the concrete floor!  Dillon throws Sting back in the ring.  Tully covers, but Teddy Long takes too damn long to count.  Dusty gets the hot tag and runs wild on everybody, including Dillon.  Dusty hits a big elbow drop on Anderson, but Tully saves.  Sting takes out Tully, then tosses Teddy Long.  Sting and Tully brawl outside while Dusty and Arn brawl inside.  Dusty shoves the referee too.  Barry Windham attacks Dusty and the ref calls for the DQ in 11:01.  Windham puts the claw on Dusty.  Horsemen beat down Dusty.  Commercials.  I assume it’s a double DQ.  Really good match, though.  Arn & Tully were so awesome.

Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, and Bob Caudle are at ringside.  Ross promises an update on Lex Luger this coming Saturday.

Credits.

Okay show, but I hated the way they would do intros for matches, then cut to the back.  That’s some TNA shit.

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.