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WCCW 02-02-85

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: February 2, 1985 (taped 01/25)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

How will Kevin and Haynes deal with Adams and Hernandez? A popular name returns to WCCW, but how will he fare against Roberts? And who will help me to celebrate my birthday with this reflection?

Oh no! I’ve not only turned another year older, but I’m also headed into the Twilight Zone.

Opening montage.

Prior to the first match, we revisit the end of last week’s match when Gang appeared as Hart’s “solution” for the Von Erichs.

Mercer interviews Hart within Hart’s office. While Hart touts Adams’ credentials, he’s proud of his “solution”—One Man Gang.

Match 1: Kelly Kiniski versus El Diablo


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Kiniski. I realize Gene and Fritz were friends, but Kelly’s not getting over with me at all. Yes, Mr. Bloom?

I’m sorry, Mr. Bloom, but I don’t think that’s on his radar.

Match 2: Jake “The Snake” Roberts versus Johnny Mantell


Rating: *½

Summary: Are you kidding me? Mantell was on job duty in Mid-South and AJPW but got a 15-minute draw with Roberts on TV? It must have been nice to be the booker’s brother. What’s that, John?

At ringside, Mercer interviews Kevin who introduces “I.C.” Curry from Nazareth, Israel. For those unfamiliar, WCCW was popular in Israel thanks to Middle East Television on Saturday nights.

Match 3: Kevin Von Erich & Billy Jack Haynes (w/ Sunshine) versus the “Handsome Half-Breed” Gino Hernandez & “Gentleman” Chris Adams (w/ Gary Hart)


Rating: *

Summary: Wild brawl where the heels used team chemistry along with dastardly tactics to control the babyfaces. In the end, chicanery allowed the heels to prevail. Care to add something, Helen?

Conclusion: A solid main event together with a strong Hart interview are the highlights of this episode. Without question, the time-limit draw involving Mantell should have had a different outcome considering the levels of both wrestlers. One can only hope Mantell isn’t headed toward the American or Texas titles. Although that would seem scary, I believe the adventure into the Twilight Zone isn’t complete.

Next week, Roberts squares off with Mike Von Erich. Let’s hope we return to the third dimension in one piece by then.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 02-09-85!

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