WCCW: TV (04.02.83)


April 2, 1983
Dallas, TX
(taped on 3/18/83)

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.

  • Little Coco vs. Billy the Kid

They do some comedy spots in this one, but they aren’t necessarily the typical over the top midget ones. Billy the Kid hurts his hand punching Coco, they both get dizzy after an airplane, etc. Little Coco picks up the win with a nice rollup. (5:00) Wrestling is definitely a circus. *½

  • Killer Karl Krupp vs. Mike Reed

This is Krupp’s return to Dallas. One of the WORST matches I think I’ve ever seen. Bad timing, bad execution all around, and not a single wrestling move. Krupp puts the boots to Reed until he gets the pinfall. (4:00) Chalk it up to inexperience on Reed’s part, chalk it up to never being any good on Krupp’s part. CRAP

Elsewhere, the Fabulous Freebirds respond to the “go home Freebirds” chants everybody has been making. Hayes says his old lady wants him to come home, but there isn’t anybody in Texas that can send them home. Gordy pulls out a yellow rose and tries to say that the Freebirds will slowly take Texas apart peddle by peddle, but his big hand makes the bulb immediately fall off the stem. Whoops. Roberts thinks that the Texas crowds want the Freebirds to go home because they make the Von Erichs look so bad.

  • David Von Erich vs. Buddy Roberts

Hayes and Gordy are “conspicuous by their absence”. They play off an armbar to start. Buddy finally catches David with a knee to turn the tide. He chokes David in the ropes and thumbs him in the throat. Ref Bronko Lubich gives Buddy a hard time, but doesn’t DQ him. Buddy cranks on David’s neck for a while. Roberts comes off the second rope to lower the boom, but he’s caught in a clawhold to the crotch. The Testicular Claw, if you will. Buddy rakes the eyes and hits a running bulldog for 1-2-NO! Back to the neck. David trips Buddy off into the corner and wins a slugfest, but then telegraphs a backdrop. Roberts lowers the boom on David for 1-2-NO! David shoves away a second running bulldog and hits a Harley Race Knee Smash for the win. (11:20) Brilliantly, Buddy did most of the work here and David just reacted well to everything. ***¼

The Von Erichs, Arman Hussein, and the Freebirds are asked what they think of Iceman King Parsons. The Freebirds call him “boy” a lot and consider him to be like a dog chasing a parked car. Dang.

  • Iceman King Parsons vs. The Great Kabuki (w/King Kong Bundy)

Mercer mentions the Iceman’s win streak as of late and how this will be his biggest challenge. Although this is the return of the Great Kabuki after his injury, this will be the last time we’ll see Kabuki on these World Class shows from the WWE Network. Kabuki wraps up his feud with Yatsu here and heads to the Mid-Atlantic territory to feud with Jimmy Valiant. Iceman Parsons seems so underrated when people discuss black wrestlers from the 1980s. Everybody mentions Junkyard Dog or Butch Reed. JYD had the charisma and Reed could wrestle, but I think the Iceman possessed both skills and doesn’t get enough praise. Parsons spends much of the match fighting off Kabuki’s various nerve holds. Kabuki does a really good job of letting the air out of the Iceman’s comebacks as the crowd quiets down with every savate. Iceman hits a really nice knee lift, dropkicks, and BUTT BUTT combination to pin Kabuki. (12:15) Huge deal at the time putting over Parsons since Kabuki was RARELY pinned in World Class. Iceman gets the heck out of the ring before King Kong Bundy gets a hold of him. ***

Bill Mercer speaks with the Iceman after the match. He proved everybody wrong tonight! He boogies and gets down, ya’ll. He’s not bad, but bad people don’t mess with the Iceman. NOW CAN YOU DIG THAT?

NEXT WEEK: NWA world champion Ric Flair meets Kevin Von Erich! Plus, Tola Yatsu meets the Great Kabuki in a “kendo stick” match!


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