Live from Irving, TX

Airdate: May 4, 1986

Attendance: 24,121

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Back on February 18, in an effort to separate themselves from the National Wrestling Alliance (and Jim Crockett Promotions in particular), World Class defected from the NWA and became the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA). Additionally, they differentiated by waiving the disqualification and countout results as a means to maintain a title.

Prior to the gauntlet match, Hayes gets on the microphone and tells “Gentleman” Chris Adams that he’s not going to stop the match due to the eye injury sustained during Gino Hernandez’s final match back on 1/27/86. RIP Dynamic Duo.

Match 1 (gauntlet): The Great Kabuki (w/ Michael Hayes) versus “Chief” Mark Youngblood


Rating: ½*

Summary: Youngblood kept the pace up but ultimately succumbed to Kabuki’s craftiness.

Match 2 (gauntlet): The Great Kabuki (w/ Michael Hayes) versus Jerry Allen


Rating: ½*

Summary: Allen was employed as a jobber for the WWF soon after this match.

Match 3 (gauntlet): The Great Kabuki (w/ Michael Hayes) versus Steve Simpson


Rating: ½*

Summary: Surprise finish as I expected Adams to finish off Kabuki.

After the match, both Kabuki and Hayes double-team Simpson. Adams hits the ring and gives Kabuki a superkick. The numbers catch up with Adams until Kabuki mistakenly gives Hayes a thrust kick.

Match 4 for the WCWA Texas title: Brian Adias (champion) versus “Mr. Electricity” Steve Regal


Rating: ***

Summary: Solid match between these two grapplers. Hailing from Arlington, TX, Adias was adored by the Texas Stadium faithful.

Match 5: “Hollywood” John Tatum & the Grappler (w/ Missy Hyatt) versus “Gentleman” Chris Adams & Brickhouse Brown


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Good finish that popped the crowd. This was actually my first exposure to Brown, and he did a good job. Of course, the fans were firmly in Adams’ corner.

After the match, Grappler and Tatum toss Brown over the top rope down to the turf. Hyatt gets in the ring and slaps Adams a few times until Brown returns to clear the ring. Interestingly, as Hyatt leaves ringside, she screams at security to remove a woman from the crowd and calls someone a “fucking asshole.” Perhaps that someone pointed out her poor choice of attire.

Match 6 for the WCWA World title: “Ravishing” Rick Rude (champion w/ Percy Pringle) versus Bruiser Brody


Rating: **1/2

Summary: While eager to pull out of the NWA, it’s a good thing WCWA wasn’t eager to hotshot its biggest title at the biggest event of the year.

As Rude and Pringle are leaving the stadium area, Brody attacks the champion. The locker room empties to break it up.

Match 7 for the WCWA World Six-Man titles ((lumberjack strap elimination): The Fabulous Freebirds (champions) versus Kevin Steve Simpson, Kerry, & Lance Von Erich (w/ Kevin & Fritz Von Erich)


Rating: ****

Summary: Confusing ending as I was unsure about the over the top rope elimination. Nonetheless, this was a great match with a hot crowd that helped to make Lance look good in the fans’ eyes. With Kevin sidelined and Kerry pinned early, the underdog team of Lance and Simpson overcoming the odds told a great story.

Match 8 (barbed wire): Bruiser Brody versus Terry Gordy


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Bloody brawl that helped to encourage ticket sales.

Match 9 (mud): Sunshine versus Missy Hyatt

No video evidence of this match exists as of this writing; however, stills of the match can be found here. Sunshine won the match for those keeping track.

Conclusion: Fun show that proved the WCWA could still hold a major show without the NWA being involved.

See you for WWF The Big Event!

Buyrate: NONE

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