WCCW: TV (03.19.83)


March 19, 1983
Dallas, TX
(taped on 3/4/83)

The NWA & WCCW champions were as follows:
NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Ric Flair (9/17/1981)
NWA World Six-Man Tag Team Champions: The Fabulous Freebirds (12/25/1982)
NWA American Heavyweight Champion: Kevin Von Erich (3/4/1983)
NWA American Tag Team Champions: The Fabulous Freebirds (11/26/1982)
NWA Texas Heavyweight Champion: Jimmy Garvin    (3/4/1983)

Your host is Bill Mercer.

  • “Wild” Bill Irwin vs. The Texan

The mysterious Texan is Jake Roberts under a mask. Knowing how important Jake’s facial expressions are to his ring psychology, it’s so weird seeing him in a mask. This was just a brief trip to Dallas for Jake. He would return in the fall of 1984 as a regular part of the WCCW roster. Despite being a challenger along with King Kong Bundy and the Great Kabuki over the World Class six-man tag titles, Irwin right now is a “man without a country” so to speak, according to Mercer. Basically, he’s an unofficial member of Devastation Inc. Texan controls to start working off a headlock. Irwin hammers back on the Texan and tries a suplex, but Texan counters with a short-arm clothesline. Some Terry Funk jabs scores a nearfall on Irwin. Roberts tries to gain a pinfall with a three-quarter nelson, but no dice. Irwin fights back with a big boot, but Texan catches him telegraphing a backdrop with a knee lift that takes Irwin all the way to the floor. VINTAGE JAKE THE SNAKE! Irwin tries a sunset flip for two, but then Texan charges and rolls him up for the win. (8:58) Mercer sold it like we were nearing a ten-minute time limit draw, but they were about a minute behind in real time. **

  • Iceman King Parsons vs. Buddy Roberts (w/Michael Hayes)

Before the match begins, Michael Hayes calls Iceman a “joke”. Parsons may be a roll, but he’s never wrestled a FREEBIRD. Iceman makes Hayes pay for his comments by popping him in the jaw one good time. Buddy of course jumps on Parsons, but gets hit with the BUTT BUTT real quick for the upset victory. (:08) AWESOME. The building shakes on that finish. Out comes Terry Gordy to help argue a re-do from ref Bronko Lubich. Nothing doing. When that doesn’t help, they complain to Bill Mercer. Like Iceman is going to come back out by himself with some mad Freebirds. Iceman returns to the ring, but he brings the Von Erich boys with him. Since the Freebirds realize it’s an unfair advantage for the babyface crew, they head to the locker room steaming mad. And that’s how Iceman King Parsons was MADE in World Class.

After the break, they show a piece where Bill Mercer interviews David Von Erich from his ranch where a new baby filly was born. This is what Ric Flair would call appealing to the training bra-wearing Texas teenie boppers. WOO! More importantly, David says he’s ready to fight Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin over his NWA Texas heavyweight title. He also sends a threat out to Ric Flair. David doesn’t care for him too much.

  • King Kong Bundy vs. Mike Bond

The name is Bond…Mike Bond. Not one of my best jokes, I must admit. This is one of those jobber matches where the enhancement guy isn’t afraid of trying to make a comeback and isn’t a total crash test dummy either. Bundy wins with a hotshot and a jumping knee drop at 6:14. Afterwards, Bundy tells Bill Mercer that Arman Hussein and Tola Yatsu have got to go.

  • NWA Texas Heavyweight Champion David Von Erich vs. Jimmy Garvin (w/Sunshine)

Garvin REFUSED to wrestle on TV unless he was granted a Texas heavyweight title match, and here we go. As cliché as it sounds, Gorgeous George is of course often imitated but never duplicated. Garvin makes a big deal about giving David an armdrag, but David returns the favor THREE times and Garvin bails. Back inside, David works on an armbar. Garvin eventually kicks him away, but gets put back in the same position. Since he’s near the ropes, Garvin is able to escape again to the floor. Back in again, David switches over to a headlock. Garvin breaks loose, but goes low on the champ, and applies a chinlock. He manages to cut off a comeback, but David gets the CLAWHOLD anyway. Garvin rakes the eyes to free himself. David wins a slugfest, but Garvin ducks the High Knee causing David to go flying over the top rope to the floor. He’s nearly counted out, but Garvin pulls him back into the ring and delivers the BRAINBUSTER for the three-count. (9:25) Ladies and gents, we’ve got a *new* NWA Texas Heavyweight Champion. David sells that brainbuster like it caused him to have a seizure. Just awesome. Mercer makes the case that the Brainbuster is illegal in Texas, but it doesn’t seem to matter much. **½

Mercer talks with the new Texas champ Jimmy Garvin while Sunshine poofs his hair. When Mercer asks about the Brainbuster, Garvin says he calls the move “Bombs Away”. It’s not a Brainbuster, you see? Mercer thinks Garvin’s finisher could be fatal because David was dropped right on his head, but Garvin reminds Mercer that this is a MAN’S sport. And right now, Garvin is *the* man.

Two big star-making performances here tonight.

NEXT WEEK: King Kong Bundy meets the Great Yatsu!


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