Can Gordy attain greatness by winning the NWA World title? Who’s the young newcomer with the short hair and just a shred of flamboyance? Let’s find out!
Match 1: Kelly Kiniski versus “Rock’n’Roll” Buck Zumhofe
Kiniski monkey-flipped him, but Zumhofe reversed an Irish whip and delivered a back drop.
When a criss-cross occurred, Kiniski booted Zumhofe in the midsection.
He then guillotined Zumhofe with the top rope, clotheslined him, and followed with an elbow drop for 2.
As he gave Zumhofe a cross corner whip, Kiniski ate knees on his follow-through.
Zumhofe then rang Kiniski’s bell, turned on his boom box for motivation, yet suffered a backbreaker.
Kiniski won in 8:20.
Summary: Showcase match for Kiniski. Methinks Zumhofe’s days in WCCW are numbered.
Match 2: The “Crippler” Rip Oliver versus Terry Daniels
Daniels wore his Marine uniform to the ring. For those unaware, Daniels had been working in Mid-South around this time.
As Daniels hip-tossed Oliver, he followed with a dropkick.
Oliver tossed Daniels down to the floor and injured Daniels’ arm in the process.
With Daniels on the apron, Oliver returned him to the ring via a vertical suplex.
Daniels hip-tossed Oliver again but missed a dropkick.
When Oliver mounted the second turnbuckle, he delivered a double axe handle.
He then followed with a shoulder breaker and pinned Daniels at 3:11.
Summary: Showcase match for Oliver.
Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews Haynes with Sunshine. Haynes speaks about his ill father and the name change to Billy Haynes. To clarify, Sunshine is NOT his manager if you catch my drift.
Match 3: Billy Jack Haynes (w/ Sunshine) versus Shawn Michaels
I think I may have heard about this guy. What’s his nickname? Showstopper?
If you can believe it, Michaels was a mere nineteen years old at the time and recently spent his time in Md-South. In the main event?
Michaels didn’t break clean in the corner, but Haynes reversed a cross corner whip.
When Michaels climbed the turnbuckles, he flipped down to the mat while landing on his feet. He’s quite the icon.
Unimpressed, Haynes locked him in a full nelson.
As Michaels submitted, Haynes won in 1:20.
Summary: Showcase match for Haynes, Better days were ahead for this Michaels bum.
Match 4 for the NWA World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion) versus Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy
Having survived the onslaught of Kerry Von Erich, Flair remained THE MAN as he brought his million dollar looks to the ring.
Before the match began, Haynes entered the ring and announced that he would like to challenge the winner of this match. Gordy shook his hand, but Flair didn’t. How dastardly!
Instead, Flair hit on Sunshine who accepted Flair’s offer of a kiss.
She then slapped the BEJEEZUS out of him to a thunderous roar from the Dallas faithful.
As Gordy reversed a cross corner whip, he backdropped Flair.
He then gorilla-press-slammed Flair and followed with a fist drop.
When Gordy rammed him face-first into the top turnbuckle, a Flair flop ensued.
Gordy delivered a knee drop followed by an elbow smash.
After a cross corner whip resulted in a Flair flip, Gordy applied a sleeper.
Flair raked the eyes to escape and tossed Gordy to the floor.
With Gordy down on the mat, Flair hit his own knee drop for 2.
Gordy excited the Dallas faithful with a few jabs followed by a right cross putting Flair down for 2.
While the Dallas faithful chanted “we want the spike,” Flair leapfrogged Gordy but ate a clothesline.
Gordy then attempted an Asiatic spike but missed.
As Flair gave him a cross corner whip, Gordy countered a back drop attempt with an inside cradle.
Do we have a new champion?
Gordy then hooked a backslide for another 2.
When Flair attempted a piledriver, Gordy countered with a back drop.
Flair then mounted the second turnbuckle and landed a flying elbow smash.
After Flair attempted to pin Gordy with a foot on the second rope, he got 2. SNEAKY!
He then wrenched Gordy’s neck before piledriving him for 2.
While Flair attempted a figure-four leg lock, Gordy countered with another inside cradle for 2.
Flair then missed a knee drop, so Gordy applied a figure-four leg lock.
Will Flair submit?
No, Flair made the ropes to break the hold.
Gordy then suplexed Flair for 2.
As Gordy gorilla-press-slammed him again, he applied an Asiatic spike.
Once again, Flair made the ropes again to break.
When he gave Flair another cross corner whip, Gordy backdropped him a second time.
Flair then reversed a cross corner whip and supplied Gordy with a belly-to-back suplex.
After Flair kept Gordy’s shoulders down, he placed his foot on the bottom rope for leverage. Clever!
Although Gordy believed he won, referee Bronko Lubich awarded Flair the belt.
Flair won in 14:02.
Summary: Gordy came close, but Flair found a way to retain his title. Despite the match not being very scientific, it told a great story that had the Dallas faithful anxious for a Gordy victory.
After the match, the replay reveals that Flair lifted his shoulder at 2.
Conclusion: Despite the show containing ZERO Von Erichs, this episode is a no-brainer to recommend. Those who want to see the future HBK either out of curiosity or to get his butt whipped will want to witness this show. Last, but not least, Flair and Gordy went toe-to-toe where Gordy came within an eyelash of becoming World champion.
Next week, the Fantastics battle the Midnight Express and Kerry grapples with “Gentleman” Chris Adams.
On a personal note, after a grueling battle with cancer, my father passed away. May he Rest in Peace.