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WCCW 03-08-86

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: March 8, 1986 (taped 02/21)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can the Von Erichs get the better of the Freebirds? How will Link fare against the World champion? Get it while it’s hot!

Opening montage.

Match 1: Mark Youngblood versus Jerry Allen


Rating: **

Summary: Popcorn match between a pair of babyfaces.

Following the decision, Allen raises Youngblood’s arm as a sign of sportsmanship. A part of me wanted to Allen to nail him, but I understand the important lesson of sportsmanship to young viewers.

Video featuring Kevin visiting the Dallas Easter Seals Society for Children airs.

Match 2 (non-title): WCWA World champion “Ravishing” Rick Rude (w/ Percy Pringle) versus the Missing Link (w/ Sunshine)


Rating: -*

Summary: Whereas Rude had a lot to work with in last week’s match, he had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING here. Link was a one-trick pony and wasn’t interesting whatsoever as a babyface.

After the match, Link chases after Pringle, and Rude clotheslines him to protect his manager. With Sunshine in the ring, Pringle threatens to wallop her with his cane, but she ducks, crawls through his legs, and whips him down to the mat to a raucous ovation. Link spills Rude to the floor with, guess what, another head butt.

Manning grabs the microphone and emphasizes the new DQ rule to Pringle. Had this been a title match, Link would have become World champion.

Fun with video manipulation is scored by some generic instrumental rock. Highlights include Jimmy Garvin getting his butt whooped by both Sunshine and Stella Mae French, King Kong Bundy, Andre the Giant, Junkyard Dog, Kamala, Ric Flair, Adams, Hernandez, Parsons, and, of course, the Von Erichs and Freebirds.

Prior to the main event, Hayes grabs the microphone and polls the Dallas faithful over who’s sexier: the Von Erichs or himself. The answer is quite obvious but not to his liking.

Match 3: Kerry & Kevin Von Erich versus Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts


Rating: ****

Summary: With the excitement turned up to 11, the Von Erichs triumphed as the chemistry between these teams is pure magic.

After the match, the Freebirds attack as Roberts slams Kevin and Hayes hammers Kerry with his DEVASTATING LEFT HAND. Roberts locks Kevin in a figure-four leg lock while Hayes ties Kerry up in the ropes. Upon tossing referee Bronko Lubich down, Hayes swipes his belt to double-team Kevin. Nefarious!

Kerry breaks free and obliterates Hayes with a discus punch sending him flying between the ropes to the floor. Next, he belts a prone Roberts with one. As Roberts scurries to the floor, Kerry checks on his brother.

Conclusion: First, get Link off my screen now or change his character please. When your World champion can’t make you look good, your character’s not working.

Second, the Von Erichs-Freebirds feud marches on, and I wonder what happens in their next chapter. Third, since the WWF was promoting WrestleMania 2, the insertion of the former WCCW stars in a music video is not lost on this guy.

Next week, Lance faces Michael Hayes plus an update on “Gentleman” Chris Adams!

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 03-15-86!

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