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WCCW 02-15-86

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: February 15, 1986 (taped 02/07)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Will Lance defeat Rude and capture the American title? What’s new with Mike Von Erich? Can the Freebirds remain strong? And more!

Opening montage.

Match 1: The “Heartthrob of New Jersey” Jack Victory versus David Peterson


Rating: **½

Summary: Solid opener as I believed Victory might steal one here.

From Fort Worth, Bill Apter from Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents Mike Von Erich with the 1985 Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year award. This would be Mike’s first appearance since the Cotton Bowl show. With Kerry by his side, Mike thanks the Fort Worth faithful for “inspiration for all the athletes.” Kerry adds that Mike is the “inspirational athlete of my lifetime.”

Match 2: Michael Hayes & Buddy “Jack” Roberts versus “Iceman” King Parsons & Mark Youngblood


Rating: ***

Summary: While the finish was detected from Love Field, the psychology of the match was strong, and the heat was consistent throughout the match.

Mercer describes a “double tragedy” with the unfortunate passing of Gino Hernandez as well as the significant eye injuries suffered by “Gentleman” Chris Adams. C’mon, WCCW!

In a blatant breach of kayfabe, Hayes, Kerry, and referee David Manning offer some heartfelt words about Gino Hernandez.

Next, Mercer stands outside Adams’ house as Jeanie Clarke, a.k.a. Lady Blossom and Adams’ squeeze, brings a bandaged Adams to the car before heading to England. Adams believes his wrestling career is over and plans to spend time with his family. As Clarke methodically loads him into the red Corvette, Mercer wishes him good luck.

In a “tribute” to the Dynamic Duo, a video with a different tune than George Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone” is shown. Highlights include Hernandez’s smashing of the Lincoln Continental at the 1985 Parade of Champions along with their dastardly acts as tag team champions. After all, they were YOUR champions.

Match 3 for the NWA American title: “Ravishing” Rick Rude (champion w/ Percy Pringle) versus Lance Von Erich


Rating: ***

Summary: Fun story being told as Rude gave Lance an opportunity to win, but Pringle ripped out the hearts of the Dallas faithful at the appropriate time.

Following the match, Lance complains to Manning about the cane shot to no avail.

Conclusion: Really good where everyone had their working boots on. Rude and Lance have worked enough together to tell a good story. As always, the Freebirds do what’s necessary to generate heat win or lose. Peterson’s win over Victory was a nice surprise. Mike’s award ceremony did what it was supposed to do; however, comparing the “blinding” of Adams to the actual death of Hernandez was completely…

Regardless, check out the episode as it’s worth your time.

Next week, Kerry and the Missing Link battle “Hollywood” John Tatum & One Man Gang. If Link truly has a thing for blondes, I cannot wait until he encounters Missy Hyatt. Vavavoom!

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 02-22-86!

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