Live from Irving, TX

Airdate: May 5, 1985

Attendance: 26,153

Hosted by Marc Lowrance.

Match 1: The Dynamic Duo (“Gentleman” Chris Adams & the “Handsome half-breed” Gino Hernandez) versus the Great Kabuki and Scott Casey (w/ Sunshine)


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Awful finish to a pretty good tag match. I thought Casey would eat the pin here.

After the match, Hernandez tosses a couple of chairs into the ring aimed at Kabuki.

Match 2: The “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich (w/ Fritz Von Erich) versus the One Man Gang (w/ Gary Hart)


Rating: **

Summary: The huge crowd ate up the victory with a spoon. Gang moved around pretty well for a man his size (487 lbs.).

Afterwards jobbers try to restrain Gang so that Hart’s head could be shaved. Since that isn’t working out, Kevin Von Erich hits the ring to provide assistance by handcuffing Gang to the ropes. Fritz subdues Hart with a knee lift then grabs a chair for Hart to sit. As Hart is being shaved, Gang tries to unscrew the turnbuckle. Hart’s head has been completely shaved as Gang breaks loose. Satisfied their work is done, the Von Erich clan exits the ring as Hart’s embarrassed.

Match 3 (12-man 2-ring tag team best 3 out of 5 falls): Kerry, Kevin, & Mike Von Erich and Freebirds Michael Hayes, Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy & Buddy Roberts versus “Gentleman” Chris Adams, Gino Hernandez, Rip Oliver, One Man Gang, Kamala, and “Dr. Death” Steve Williams (w/ Skandor Akbar and Gary Hart)


Rating: ****

Summary: Chaotic match that was action-packed. I wouldn’t have wanted to be the director to try to capture everything in this match.

After the match, Hart got on the microphone and ordered Gang to destroy the new Lincoln. Before Gang can swing his chain toward the luxury car, Mike nails him. Holding the chain, referee David Manning shoos Gang back to the dressing room.

All of a sudden, Hernandez steals the chain from Manning and demolishes the windshield. After Adams kicks some glass in for good measure, the Dynamic Duo celebrate on their run back to the dressing room. How dastardly! A despondent yet angry brethren attempt to charge the heel dressing room but are thwarted by Bronco Lubich and David Manning.

Match 4 for the vacant NWA American tag team titles: The Midnight Express (w/ Jim Cornette) versus the Fantastics (w/ Little John)


Rating: ****

Summary: Great match with an intriguing finish.

After the decision, Cornette attempted to wallop Little John with his racquet, but it had no effect.

In spite of the fact that the World title match took place earlier in the day, I present it to you as the final match as it truly represents the main event.

Match 5 for the NWA World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion) versus Kevin Von Erich


Rating: *****

Summary: Whew! That was an incredible roller coaster ride that I never want to abandon. Back in 1985, this match, along with WrestleMania, hooked me for life on the legend of the squared circle. Bravo, gentlemen!

Afterward Kevin climbs back into the ring, but Hazzard tells him it’s over. A bloodied Flair re-enters the ring to brawl with Kevin some more. Kevin tries to reapply the Iron claw, but Hazzard won’t allow him. In response, Kevin tosses him over the top rope to the floor. Once again, the Iron claw is applied. Manning made an effort to get Kevin off Flair but was denied. Kerry and Mike hit the ring to consult their brother, but Kevin’s stubborn so he reapplies the claw again. Finally Fritz enters the ring and convinces his son to fight another day. Cementing a great match, Fritz gets on the microphone and expresses pride in Kevin. Aw.

Conclusion: If I were in charge of programming the WWE Network this show would be added immediately. From the world title match to the 12-man best of five match to the tag team title match this show completely overshadowed last year’s event. While nothing truly historical occurred at this show, I recommend it without any reservations.

See you for AWA Superclash!

Buyrate: NONE

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