WCCW: TV (12.18.82)
December 18, 1982
(taped on 12/7/82)
The NWA & WCCW champions were as follows:
NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ric Flair (9/17/1981)
NWA American Heavyweight Champion: Kevin Von Erich (9/5/1982)
NWA American Tag Team Champions: The Fabulous Freebirds (11/26/1982)
NWA Texas Heavyweight Champion: David Von Erich (9/19/1982)
Your host is Bill Mercer.
Broken away from H and H Limited, King Kong Bundy tells Kevin Von Erich that the NWA American Heavyweight title is soon coming back to him where it belongs.
- Jose Lothario vs. The Spoiler
Mercer mentions how the Spoiler got pretty brutal with his opponent last week saying that he’s acting like he did when he had Gary Hart as a manager. Lothario and Spoiler trade headlocks, wristlocks, and various holds. Not a lot to talk about here. Spoiler clearly wrestling like a heel here. Lothario gets some punches in and goes after Spoiler’s knee. As Spoiler retreats to the apron, Lothario goes out to meet him where they kick and punch each other until there’s a double countout. (6:34) The crowd seemed pumped for it. Not much of a match though. *
Bill Mercer meets with WCCW refs Bronko Lubich and David Manning to find out who will be joining one of them as the special guest referee for the Kerry/Flair rematch on Christmas day in the cage in Dallas. They of course want to prevent the shenanigans that happened in the first title match, so the ref who officiated that match is taken out of contention. After the NWA and various local unnamed promoters picked four names for the fans to write in and choose who they want to be the special guest referee for this big title match, Michael Hayes was chosen by the people by a landslide margin. Manning says the reason Hayes was picked by the NWA board in the first place was because he has some experience refereeing big title matches in both Japan and somewhere else in America. Sounds like bull to me, but who cares. I LOVE IT. Those minor details that territory fans could neither prove nor disprove is always cool with me. Both refs want to be the primary referee for this match. Lubich mentions that he has refereed two NWA world title changes and hopes perhaps he gets to see a third.
King Kong Bundy, “Wild” Bill Irwin, and the Spoiler interrupt Gary Hart’s interview hyping his boys Kabuki, Checkmate, and the Magic Dragon. Bundy does all the talking saying that despite the fact that Irwin and the Spoiler are represented by Hart, they will still win the NWA world six-man tag team championship tournament. If they win the tournament, they will win a trophy, $50,000, and a Mercedes Benz 600SL. Hart wraps it up saying that no matter who wins the tourney, he’s smelling SO sweet. Seems odd that Bundy is so cool hanging out with Gary there.
Meanwhile, Bugsy McGraw, Al Madril, and Brian Adias talk about being a part of the six-man tag team tournament as well. Being the most charismatic of the three, Bugsy puts over how CrAzY the matches will be with six men in the ring.
- Bugsy McGraw, Al Madril, & Brian Adias vs. The Great Kabuki, Checkmate, & Magic Dragon (w/Arman Hussein)
The big story here is Adias being cornered and controlled by H and H Limited. No matter how much work the heels do on him, he doesn’t seem to want to tag out. Finally, Al Madril gets a tag. He catches Kabuki with a jumping shoulderblock for two. Now Bugsy gets pushed back into the heel corner. McGraw fares better than Adias, but gets hammered down by Checkmate. He shakes off what Checkmate is dishing out and tags in Adias. Oh, boy. Dragon works him over and while he gets one big sunset flip, he can’t get the three-count. Dragon whips Adias into a flying knee strike from Kabuki (!!) for the 1-2-3. (10:17) Cheaters! Nah, it seems lately that Adias is certain death for any win for the babyfaces. **
Well, I’m sold! Now where’s my money?!
- Non-title match: NWA American Heavyweight Champion Kevin Von Erich vs. King Kong Bundy
If Bundy wins, it’s conceivable he will get a title shot. Feeling out process to start with wristlocks and the like. Bundy starts avalanching Kevin to turn things around. Using his speed since he lacks in size against Bundy, he returns the favor. He begins threatening the CLAWHOLD, but Bundy escapes to the floor. Back inside, Bundy puts Kevin in a bearhug. When that doesn’t get the job done, Bundy slams Kevin down and locks in a chinlock to wear him down. Kevin escapes and starts whipping Bundy around the ring, but ref David Manning gets bumped and does a Barry Windham backflip over the top rope to the floor! Since there’s no ref to see what Bundy does, he heaves Kevin over the top rope which would normally be a DQ. Bundy brings Kevin back inside with a suplex. Being none the wiser, ref David Manning rolls into the ring and slowly counts the pinfall. (8:08) Despite the chicanery, Bundy would indeed receive an American heavyweight title shot on Christmas night. **
If nothing else here grabs you, check out the Fritz/Flair confrontation. It’s fantastic.
NEXT WEEK: The Texas Heavyweight Champion David Von Erich meets the All-Asian Champion the Great Kabuki!
Posted on March 30, 2014, in WCCW and tagged Al Madril, Arman Hussein, Bill Irwin, Brian Adidis, Bronko Lubich, Bugsy McGraw, David Manning, Fritz Von Erich, Gary Hart, Great Kabuki, H and H Limited, Jose Lothario, Kevin Von Erich, King Kong Bundy, Magic Dragon, Ric Flair, The Spoiler, Tony Charles. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.