WCCW Christmas Star Wars 1985

Live from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 25, 1985

Attendance: 7,840

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Unlike their regular TV tapings at the Sportatorium, this event was held at Reunion Arena which used to host games for both the Mavericks and Stars. While the Sportatorium was demolished in 2003, Reunion Arena’s demolition occurred in 2009.

Ring announcer Ralph Pulley sang “God Bless America.” Very nice rendition.

Other matches from this show that will not be included due to not being televised:

  1. Johnny Mantell (booker Ken Mantell’s brother) pinned Tommy Montana.
  2. Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Bob Sweetan
  3. Antonio Inoki successfully defended his IWGP title by defeating “Dr. Death” Steve Williams.
  4. Bruiser Brody beat One Man Gang in a “chain” match.

Match 5: The Missing Link versus the “Heartthrob of New Jersey” Jack Victory


Rating: *1/2

Summary: The Missing Link was WCCW’s version of George “The Animal” Steele although I don’t believe Link had the same teaching credentials.

After the match, Percy Pringle III and “Ravishing” Rick Rude come to the ring. They applaud Link’s victory in an effort to lure him back into Pringle’s stable. As Link appears to be confused on what to do, Rude nails him with a steel chair. Finally, Sunshine comes to Link’s aid and sprays mace in Rude’s face. Pringle wrestles the mace away from her, but Link rescues her before Pringle can mace her.

Match 6: The Fabulous Freebirds versus Mark Youngblood and David Peterson


Rating: **

Summary: Extended squash for the Freebirds that wasn’t terrible.

Match 7 for the NWA American tag team titles: The Dynamic Duo (champions) versus Kerry & Kevin Von Erich


Rating: ****

Summary: Great match with a crappy finish.

After the match, Adams questions Hernandez for not tagging him then slaps his partner. Are the Dynamic Duo breaking up?

Match 8: The Great Kabuki & NWA Texas Champion the Grappler (w/ Percy Pringle III) versus Brian Adias & “Iceman” King Parsons


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Decent tag match that got the crowd involved.

After the match, Adias gives the Grappler some right hands until Kabuki kicks him in the head. The Grappler then kicks Adias in the midsection with the loaded boot. A chair-wielding Parsons chases the heels from the ring.

Match 9 for the NWA American title: “Ravishing” Rick Rude (champion w/ Percy Pringle III) versus Lance Von Erich


Rating: **1/2

Summary: Not the greatest match for either man as Lance’s “fiery” comebacks were lukewarm at best.

After the match, Lance gives Rude an atomic drop followed by a dropkick.

When we return from a commercial break, Mercer interviews Sunshine about the Missing Link. She vows that the Missing Link will not be mistreated again.

Match 10 (mixed tag): “Hollywood” John Tatum & Missy Hyatt versus “Cowboy” Scott Casey & Sunshine


Rating: ***

Summary: While the men put up a good fight, it was the battle of the women that everyone wanted to see. Perhaps on another day, Sunshine can truly get her mitts on Missy.

After the match, Missy cries and throws a tantrum. Aw.

Match 11: The Fabulous Freebirds versus Kerry, Kevin, and Lance Von Erich


Rating: **1/2

Summary: The Freebird-Von Erich feud stayed red-hot. It kept the crowd either on their feet or on the edge of their seat every time.

Conclusion: While I wouldn’t call it a spectacular event, it had its moments. Obviously, the highlight for me was the mixed tag match. 1986 would be a landmark year for WCCW. In February, they withdrew from the NWA becoming the World Class Wrestling Association. In the process, American champion “Ravishing” Rick Rude became World champion overnight. The next WCWA show on my schedule will be the Parade of Champions from May ’86, so it’ll be a while before we see our heroes from Dallas again.

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

Buyrate: NONE

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