Live from Greensboro, NC

Airdate: November 22, 1984

Attendance: 16,000

Hosted by Gordon Solie and Bob Caudle

The ending of the main event from last year’s show is shown as Flair became the NWA World Champion for the second time.

Match 1 for the NWA World Junior Heavyweight title: Mike Davis (champion) versus Denny Brown


Rating: ***

Summary: This was a short mostly mat-based match which earned Brown some quality time as junior heavyweight champion with Jim Crockett Promotions.

Ring announcer Tom Miller announces Davis as the winner then corrects himself. In spite of the clear camera angle showing Brown’s shoulder coming off the canvas, both Solie and Caudle are befuddled by Hebner’s decision.

In the dressing room, Tony Schiavone happily discusses Ric Flair’s glorious year as champion and promises interviews all evening.

Match 2: Mr. Ito versus Brian Adias


Rating: *1/2

Summary: Extremely short match inserted into the show probably to appease WCCW.

Match 3 for the NWA Florida Heavyweight title: Jesse Barr (champion) versus Mike Graham


Rating: **

Summary: Good old-fashioned scientific match with Barr playing the dastardly heel.

Highlights from NWA World Wide Wrestling are shown. Tully Blanchard, the Long Riders (Ron Bass and Black Bart) and James J. Dillon are mauling Dick Slater and Ricky Steamboat. While Blanchard and Bass hold Steamboat, Bart mounts the top turnbuckle and nails him in the back with a cowboy boot.

Match 4 (tag-team elimination): The Zambuie Express (w/ Paul Jones) versus Assassin #1 and the “Avalanche” Buzz Tyler


Rating: DUD

Summary: Zero redeeming value for this short mess. Move along.

In the dressing room Tony interviews the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. Dusty sells this match like it’s the “Thrilla in Manila.” Obviously he wants the victory, the title, and the million dollars.

Match 5 for the Brass Knuckles title: Black Bart (champion w/ James J. Dillon) versus the “Ragin’ Bull” Manny Fernandez


Rating: *1/2

Summary: While the fans loved Fernandez this wasn’t a great brawl whatsoever.

During the intermission the finish of last year’s main event is shown again. Immediately thereafter, Tony interviews Ricky Steamboat in the dressing room. Steamboat has put up $10,000 against Tully’s TV title. In spite of being injured Steamboat states he will be ready for him.

In Blanchard’s dressing room Tony tries to get the scoop from Dillon. While Dillon is upset about the previous match, Tully cuts a money promo on Steamboat. He wants the winner of the Rhodes-Flair World title match.

Match 6 (Tuxedo/Loser-leaves-town): “The Boogie-Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant (w/ the Assassin) versus Paul Jones (w/ Kareem Muhammed)


Rating: *

Summary: The tale of this match was Jones getting his comeuppance until Valiant could be outsmarted. Not a bad story, but at the same time not a good match.

Back in Flair’s dressing room Tony interviews the champ.

Match 7 for the NWA Mid-Atlantic title: “Cowboy” Ron Bass (champion w/ James J. Dillon) versus Dick Slater


Rating: *1/2

Summary: As a babyface Slater seemed watered down. I realize something had to be ongoing to fill the houses after this show, but this match could have been much better than it was.

Afterwards an infuriated Slater delivers elbows to both Dillon and Bass.

In the ultimate act of patriotism a trumpet plays the national anthem as the camera focuses on the American flag. Gee, I wonder which match is next.

Match 8: Ivan and Nikita Koloff versus Ole Anderson and Keith Larson (w/ Don Kernodle)


Rating: **

Summary: Tag formula plus 80s jingoism made this a fun match; however, Nikita’s skills were very limited since this was very early in his career.

After the match the Koloffs attempt to double-team Larson, but Kernodle whacks both Koloffs with the crutch and chases them out of the ring. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

Match 9 for the NWA World TV title: Tully Blanchard (champion) versus Ricky Steamboat


Rating: ***1/2

Summary: Combine Steamboat’s speed and savvy with Blanchard’s treachery, and this was a very exciting fun match.

Match 10 for the NWA US title: “Chief” Wahoo McDaniel (champion) versus Superstar Billy Graham


Rating: DUD

Summary: This match was clipped to hell, yet barely had anything going for it anyways.

Once again, the finish to Starrcade ’83 is shown. Enough already! We get the point.

Back in the dressing room, Tony interviews Duke Keomuka, Joe Frazier, and NASCAR driver Kyle Petty. According to Tony, all three men will be judges should the match go the full sixty-minute time limit. Duke is ready for a great match. Frazier states he’ll make sure everything goes right. Uh huh. Petty’s worried about how tough each wrestler is.

Match 11 for the NWA World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion) versus the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes


Rating: ***

Summary: Not the best Rhodes-Flair match you’ll ever see. Finish was very puzzling yet made sense from a boxing perspective.

After the match, Rhodes charges after Frazier but is restrained by Fernandez, Brown, Adias, and others. Meanwhile Jim Crockett hands Flair a $1 million check at ringside. Back in the ring Fernandez applies a towel to Rhodes’ cut.

In the dressing room Tony interviews Flair who states he will be available for Starrcade ’85 next year.

As Solie and Caudle sum up the show, one of the ham’n’eggers in the audience finds the broadcast position and has a shit-eating grin on his face while on camera.

Meanwhile back in the dressing room an extremely perturbed Rhodes calls out Frazier. He then tells Flair that this isn’t over and pushes Tony away before leaving.

After a highlight package Tony interviews Frazier. His philosophy is that it was a bad cut and he feels that his decision to stop the match is justified.

Conclusion: While last year’s show had a great ending and began what became the Flair era in the NWA this show felt much flatter. With the exception of the Steamboat-Blanchard match everything was either rushed or didn’t have a lot of impact/emotion. On a positive note this show featured the involvement of celebrities. While NASCAR wasn’t anywhere as big in 1984 as it is now, Greensboro was smack dab in the middle of NASCAR country; therefore, the inclusion of Kyle Petty worked well here. On top of that, inserting Joe Frazier who not only was a former boxing champion but also a big name in closed-circuit programming into the main event match was a bold move. I wonder how other promoters will react.

As far as my recommendation is concerned, this show barely holds any historical significance so I wouldn’t go out of my way to watch it.

See you for WrestleMania!

Buyrate: NONE

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