NWA Clash of the Champions II: Miami Mayhem

Live from Miami, FL

Airdate: June 8, 1988

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Tony Schiavone & Bob Caudle

While the initial Clash stands on its own as a spectacular, this Clash serves as a promotional vehicle for the upcoming Great American Bash tour. Get out your beach umbrella, fruity cocktail, and sunscreen as we head to Miami, Florida for some NWA wrestling action!

Jim Ross welcomes us to the show as limousines pull up to the Knight Center. Former Denver Bronco and Oakland Raider Lyle Alzado and Frances Crockett emerge from the first limo. From the second limo, Gary Juster and Elliot Murnick make their way into the arena. Some of you who watched Mid-Atlantic wrestling from the 70s will remember Elliot and/or his father Joe.

Match 1 for the NWA US title: Barry Windham (champion w/ JJ Dillon) versus Brad Armstrong


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Armstrong was game, but Windham was better.

After what seemed like a LONG commercial break (*cough* promotional segment removal *cough*), Caudle interviews the Rock’n’Roll Express who came out to “Boogie Woogie Dance Hall.”

We then see a video from the Blackhawk yacht in West Palm Beach, Florida where the contract signing for the NWA World title match between Flair and Luger on 7/10 at the Great American Bash takes place. For those interested, the yacht was owned at the time by then-owner of the Chicago Blackhawks Bill Wirtz.

After a commercial break, Ross awaits the limousine for the Four Horsemen. Decked in a black tuxedo, Flair cuts a promo on Luger.

Prior to the next match, a silver limousine arrives. As Luger emerges, the Four Horsemen ambush him. After they ram him a couple of times into the limousine’s trunk, Luger is BUSTED OPEN! According to Luger’s book, this is the first time he ever bladed.

Match 2 for the US tag team titles: The Fantastics (champions) versus the Sheepherders (w/ Rip Morgan)


Rating: ***

Summary: If you’ve never seen the Sheepherders and only know them as the Bushwhackers, then you owe it to yourself to see this match as a good example of their capability as a heel tag team. They were certainly more than just strange wrestlers who liked WWF ice cream bars.

After a commercial break, Tony interviews “Dr. Death” Steve Williams. Initially, he tells us that he’s “speechless” then contradicts himself. The pitfalls of a live microphone, folks.

Prior to the next match, Ross supplied an update on Luger who was rushed to the hospital. We then get a replay of the Horsemen attack.

Match 3: Ron & Jimmy Garvin (w/ Precious) versus the Varsity Club (w/ Kevin Sullivan)


Rating: ½*

Summary: Boring match that was merely a backdrop for the Sullivan-Precious storyline.

After the match, Sullivan escapes the cage and chokes Precious. Like a gentleman, Williams leaves the broadcast table to nail Sullivan. After Williams rescues her, Precious shoves Jimmy away and storms off.

Tony and Caudle discuss a Skywalkers match at the Great American Bash between the Road Warriors and the Powers of Pain as highlights of their feud are shown. Next, a diagram of the Tower of Doom is displayed. Caudle then shows us a parchment of the “original rendition of the Tower of Doom” per Tony. Yeah, the tower of doom was created by Neanderthals, and I’ve got some oceanfront property in Phoenix, AZ I’ll sell you DIRT CHEAP.

Match 4: The “Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff versus Al Perez (w/ Gary Hart)


Rating: *1/2

Summary: They tried but failed. Next!

After the match, Hart cloaks Koloff with his jacket while Perez nails him with a chain. This whole match would have been better with a Hart promo attached to it somewhere.

Match 5 for the NWA World tag team titles: The “Enforcer” Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (champions w/ JJ Dillon) versus the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes & Sting


Rating: ****

Summary: Excellent entertaining match with a crappy finish.

After the match, Windham applies the claw to Rhodes. Meanwhile, Flair joins the fray to beat up Sting.

Conclusion: Bash tickets! Bash tickets here! Get your hot, fresh Bash tickets! This show was a lot of sizzle with a really good main event but nowhere close to being as good as the original Clash. Unless you’re dying to see Luger’s first blade job, I’d skip this one. By the way, kudos to Teddy Long for working the entire show. You don’t usually see one referee work every match on the card.

See you for NWA Great American Bash ‘88!

Rating: 5.80

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