NWA: Georgia Championship Wrestling (08.80)

Georgia Championship Wrestling
August 1980
Atlanta, GA
WTBS-17 Studios

The current GCW champs are as follows on 8/2/80:
NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Harley Race (11/7/1979)
NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion: Baron Von Raschke (6/8/1980)
NWA Georgia Tag Team Champions: Steve Keirn & Mr. Wrestling II (7/30/1980)
NWA Georgia Jr. Heavyweight Champion: Kevin Sullivan (6/8/1980)
NWA National Television Champion: Vacant (6/28/1980)

We start the clip with Kevin Sullivan and Stan Hansen talking with Gordon Solie. Hansen says he can’t trust anybody around here and tells the good guys that he’s going to start looking out for himself. When Hansen mentions Ole and Gene Anderson, they come over and bully him into the ring. As Kevin Sullivan goes to help Stan, the Great Mephisto shows up and grabs Sullivan as they begin brawling. Mark Lewin runs over and grabs Sullivan from behind and slaps on the SINGAPORE SLEEPERHOLD. Some jabronis try and help out. Ole Anderson goes to help Mephisto and Lewin while Hansen beats up Gene.

Next up, we see Lars Anderson and Ole Anderson barking at each other getting ready to rumble when the zebra shirts put a stop to it. After a break and things calm down, Lars Anderson tells Gordon Solie that people will find out he is the coldest of the Anderson brothers.

They go to some comments from Dusty Rhodes and Andre the Giant after their match against Gene and Ole Anderson in the Omni. They want a rematch with the Anderson brothers to settle this once and for all – and Dusty and Andre plan to put an end to this. But I thought it would never be over?

During an interview with Kevin Sullivan, he talks through a clip of one of his Omni matches with Mark Lewin. While Mark Lewin and the Great Mephisto are beating up Sullivan, ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER comes to Sullivan’s aid and runs off the bad dudes. Back in the studio, Sullivan tells he will be facing the Great Mephisto while Abdullah the Butcher battles Mark Lewin in the Omni on August 22.

  • Kevin Sullivan vs. Rick Connors

Mark Lewin looks to distract Sullivan before the bell. Sullivan cranks on the neck for much of the match. Connors makes a slight comeback, but Sullivan comes back and hits the Double Stomp for two. He hits Connors with that big right hand and applies the FIGURE-FOUR for the win in 3:42.

The current GCW champs are as follows on 8/16/80:
NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Harley Race (11/7/1979)
NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion: Steve Keirn (8/11/1980)
NWA Georgia Tag Team Champions: The Assassins (8/6/1980)
NWA Georgia Jr. Heavyweight Champion: Kevin Sullivan (6/8/1980)
NWA National Television Champion: Vacant (6/28/1980)

We see clips of Ernie Holmes trying to make a name for himself by interrupting a match from a few weeks back in the Omni between Baron Von Raschke and Mr. Wrestling II. I guess if you want to get booked, he’s trying to make things happen. These are some of the worst looking football tackles you’ll see in wrestling. Obviously, Holmes doesn’t want to actually hurt Raschke, but Holmes is clearly very green and not actually ready for primetime. Raschke would wrestle Holmes a few times in Columbus GA and that’s about it for him in this area.

Next, we see the Assassins and Ole Anderson trying to corner Lars Anderson in the ring. Ole couldn’t be happier at the thought of getting his hands on Lars before the tape switches and we miss what happens.

Gordon Solie is talking with Jim Brunzell as we go to what looks like a lumberjack match between Mr. Wrestling II and the Masked Superstar. While he was primarily working in the Mid-Atlantic territory for most of 1980, the Superstar returns to settle his old score with Mr. Wrestling II leading to a “loser leaves town” cage match in the Omni.

  • Steve Keirn vs. Stan Lane

THE FABULOUS ONES EXPLODE~! This should be a good one. Keirn recently captured the Georgia heavyweight title from Baron Von Raschke on the previous Tuesday night in Columbus, GA, so this is his first match on TV as the GA champ. They get very aggressive with each other to start, but Keirn finds a way to keep control of Lane with a headlock. Lane cuts off Keirn with one of his nice follow through clotheslines. He slams Keirn and starts pounding the back. A gutwrench suplex damages Keirn’s back some more as “Nature Boy” Stan Lane chokes him down in the corner. Lane hits a backbreaker for a two-count. He tries a slam, but Keirn slips out and applies a sleeperhold when BARON VON RASCHKE shows up to attack Keirn from behind. (4:00) He wants to run Keirn off into the ringpost, but Keirn thinks better of it and runs Raschke into the corner. Keirn nails Lane out of the ring. He avoids the CLAWHOLD and ties Raschke up in the ropes. Keirn beats the shit out of Raschke’s CLAWHOLD arm. Ref Nick Patrick joins the ref in the red jumpsuit. RASCHKE HAS BEEN HURT~!

Dusty Rhodes talks to us from the Florida studios. In the Omni on August 22, Andre the Giant joins Dusty Rhodes against the Minnesota Wrecking Crew in a “loser leaves town” match.

  • Dusty Rhodes vs. Ken Dillinger

Dusty shows off his robe and irritates Dillinger quite a bit. This looks to be from 1977 Dusty more than 1980 Dusty just from the robe, the hat, and the attitude. Dillinger is just here to eat elbows from Dusty. When Ole Anderson (with more hair than 1980 Ole) shows up at ringside, Dusty throws Dillinger out of the ring at his feet and dares Ole to come get him a piece. As Ole helps Dillinger back inside, Rhodes goes to the BIONIC ELBOW and pins Dillinger in 1:42.

The current GCW champs are as follows on 8/23/80:
NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Harley Race (11/7/1979)
NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion: Steve Keirn (8/11/1980)
NWA Georgia Tag Team Champions: The Assassins (8/6/1980)
NWA Georgia Jr. Heavyweight Champion: Kevin Sullivan (6/8/1980)
NWA National Television Champion: Terry Taylor (8/22/1980)

Mike Davis shows us who the idiot of the week is by getting in Ole and Gene Anderson’s faces telling them a reckoning is coming without any backup. When Ole and Gene grow tired of listening to him, they run him into the ringpost destroying his shoulder. A one-eyed Wahoo McDaniel and Lars Anderson chase away Gene and Ole and it looks like Mike Davis is going to be on the shelf. Wahoo McDaniel talks to Gordon about getting revenge on Mark Lewin and the Great Mephisto for blinding him. Wahoo holds up a chain hinting to us what is ahead for those two.

Next thing we know, we see Wahoo McDaniel has a handcuff chain on Abdullah the Butcher saying he’s got Abdullah facing Mark Lewin in a “shackle” match where their ankles are shackled together on September 5 in the Omni. Meanwhile, Abdullah is stabbing away at a voodoo doll of Mark Lewin.

We now hear from the *NEW* NWA National TV champ Terry Taylor the previous night in the Omni. He’ll take on all comers.

Gordon is now shown talking with Kevin Sullivan and Wahoo McDaniel. Everyone has bandages on their head around here. I miss that. Sullivan tells us Wahoo shoved him out of the way of the fire ball from Mephisto, which is why Wahoo is blinded right now. He says something needs to be done about Mark Lewin and the Great Mephisto because they are flat out INSANE people. Wahoo chimes in and hypes the “shackle” match between Abdullah and Lewin. Since Wahoo doesn’t even really care about Abdullah, he hopes they just beat each other to death.

The current GCW champs are as follows on 8/30/80:
NWA World Heavyweight Champion: Harley Race (11/7/1979)
NWA Georgia Heavyweight Champion: Steve Keirn (8/11/1980)
NWA Georgia Tag Team Champions: The Assassins (8/6/1980)
NWA Georgia Jr. Heavyweight Champion: Kevin Sullivan (6/8/1980)
NWA National Television Champion: Terry Taylor (8/22/1980)

“Cowboy” Bill Watts comes to Atlanta carrying a 2×4 and has been wanting to tell Dusty Rhodes and Mr. Wrestling II that he never trusted Ole Anderson. He thinks Ole orchestrated a grand conspiracy to get rid of Dusty Rhodes all along. As you might gather from this interview, Dusty and Andre the Giant did not survive the “loser leaves town” match against the Anderson brothers back on August 22. When Watts brings up Dusty, he takes his hat off because Dusty is the only Texan that Bill respects. Watts is so pissed off at Ole Anderson and he’s got a partner to take on Ole and Gene. He can’t reveal who his partner is, but his partner will send Ole Anderson to the hospital. This match on September 5 in the Omni will be “loser leaves town” as well.

  • Steve Keirn vs. Ole Anderson

Not sure what has led to this match, but here we are. Mike Davis and Baron Von Raschke are at ringside for this one. They trade some amateur stuff to start and it looks like Ole has hurt his knee. You can’t tell if Ole is trying to sucker him in for something or not. You’re waiting for the reveal to happen, but it never does. Ole gets a hold of Keirn and pounds on him, but Keirn punches his way up and knocks him to the floor. Back in, Ole snapmares Keirn and applies a rear chinlock. As Keirn fights up, Ole slams him back down and drops an elbow for two. Ole misses a swing and Keirn catches him with the SLEEPERHOLD. To help out, Raschke jabs Keirn in the back with a chair for the DQ in 4:49. Raschke beats up on Keirn while Ole gets his hands on Mike Davis. Next thing we know, Bill Watts and a large masked man appear! Watts goes over to Solie and tells us his partner wants a piece of Ole Anderson. Gee, there’s some oddly familiar blond hair showing through that mask. Watts says he’s not who you think he is. His initials are V.R.R. His name is Uvalde Slim and he’s from Austin Texas. Watts tells us this guy whipped both of the Funk brothers in a bar one night and that’s when Watts knew he liked him. IT’S TOTALLY NOT DUSTY~! The masked guy quietly says “payback is hell, baby”. Watts says a lot of people thought it would be the Junkyard Dog, but NOPE. It’s Uvalde Slim!

We watch some footage of the Masked Superstar against Mr. Wrestling II. When the Masked Superstar tried to take off #2’s mask, #2 had a second mask on underneath. Those look like some fun matches to have watched in full.

Bill Watts shows up again to tell us that Ole is the lowest of the low because of his deep-seeded deception. He unravels Ole’s evil plan to rid Georgia of Dusty Rhodes and shows us the heel turn inside the cage where Ole couldn’t put him down with a steel-toed boot. Uvalde Slim comes back out and calls him “Virgil”. While Watts talks about getting rid of Ole and Gene, Dusty plays around with lifting up the mask and Solie tries to get him to stop knowing he wants to see Dusty get his fair shake. Dusty told Uvalde to enjoy the ladies in Georgia, but that PAYBACK IS HELL – and payback is coming. Watts says his partner’s initials are V.R.R. and that’s not something you have to take a shot for. HAHA.

We hear from the real Dusty Rhodes. Ole Anderson can’t keep him out of Georgia. Even Amarillo wants to keep him out of town as well. Dusty says he doesn’t have to be in tights to kick booty. He’s excited to see this Uvalde Slim fella too.

Solie sets up a clip of the former NWA world champ Dory Funk Jr. talking about how glad he and Terry are to see what the Anderson brothers have done to Dusty Rhodes. Sounds like we will be seeing the Funk brothers back in Georgia very soon.

Back over to Dusty, he says the Funk brothers never ran him out of wrestling in Texas. As for the Rhodes family, they are the premier family in wrestling, which is every man, woman, and child who loves Dusty. As for Ole Anderson, Dusty still has something in store for him, jack.

And that’s going to do it for this month. Until next time, so long for now.

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