NWA Battle of the Belts III

Live from Daytona Beach, FL

Airdate: September 1, 1986

Attendance: 8,000

Hosted by Gordon Solie and Stan Rhoads

Match 1: The Cuban Assassin versus Tyree Pride


Rating: NONE

Summary: Timing a show correctly means not having the remaining sixty seconds of a match as an opener. Let’s hope this is the only timing issue.

Match 2 for the NWA US tag team titles: The Fabulous Ones (champions) versus the Bushwhackers Sheepherders


Rating: ***

Summary: Tag formula worked to perfection with the babyface switcheroo stolen from the Big Event.

Match 3 for the NWA US junior heavyweight title: “White Lightning” Tim Horner (champion) versus the Ninja (w/ Kendo Nagasaki)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Who gave these guys ten minutes for what they could have accomplished in five? Mutoh’s style was definitely ahead of its time here in 1986. Based on a technicality, the belt was returned to Horner due to Nagasaki’s interference.

Match 4 for the AWA World title: Nick Bockwinkel (champion) versus Kendo Nagasaki (w/ Sir Oliver Humperdink)


Rating: *

Summary: Nagasaki was the best opponent CWF could find for Bockwinkel? To quote John McEnroe, you cannot be serious! Very old school match that contrasted drastically with the previous match. Bockwinkel should have brought Curt Hennig with him.

Match 5: The Road Warriors (w/ “Precious” Paul Ellering) versus the Shock Troops (w/ Sir Oliver Humperdink)


Rating: **

Summary: As hot as the Road Warriors were in ’86, there was no way they would be jobbing in this match. Since the Shock Troops were practically glued to the territory at the time, I guess they refused to put the Warriors over.

Match 6 for the NWA Bahamas title: Chris Champion (champion) versus Kendall Windham


Rating: **

Summary: Playing a cocky heel suited Champion. I look forward to seeing him as part of the New Breed.

Match 7 for the NWA World title (2 out of 3 falls): “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion) versus NWA Southern champion Lex Luger


First fall:

Second fall:

Third fall:

Rating: ****

Summary: Flair made Luger into a bona fide star here. I foresee better things on the horizon for Luger.

Match 8 for the NWA Florida title: “Cowboy” Ron Bass (champion) versus Barry Windham


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Great way to send the fans home happy with a title win for Barry.

Conclusion: Combine the Fabulous Ones-Sheepherders match with the Flair-Luger match, and this is a great show.

Unfortunately for CWF, money was not on their side. In early 1987, they would be purchased by Jim Crockett Promotions in its effort to compete on a national level with the WWF. Back in those times, I would attend the CWF shows in Robarts Arena in Sarasota. The memories still resonate to this day.

See you for WWF Saturday Night’s Main Event VII!

TV Rating: N/A

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