WCCW 04-23-83

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: April 23, 1983 (taped 04/15)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Gordy regain the American title from Kevin? Which wrestler makes a smashing debut? And who will join me for this reflection?

Wow, Terry! Thanks for joining me. I’m sure Kevin won’t mind a few pointers.

Opening montage.

We return to the Sportatorium, and hopefully this episode is an improvement over last week.

Prior to the opening match, Mercer interviews Adams who refers to Texas as a “beautiful country.” Adams is setting his sights on the Mongol.

Match 1: “Gentleman” Chris Adams versus Tom Renesto, Jr.


Rating: *

Summary: Showcase match for the newcomer Adams.

Match 2: King Kong Bundy (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar & the Mongol) versus Sal Olivares


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Bundy. Unless the match between Bundy and Giant Baba from 6/17 is shown, this match marks Bundy’s final appearance in WCCW. From what I see, he moved over to the Mid-South territory where he began his five-count gimmick.

Is that a joke about Southerners, Terry? Be careful, ‘cuz they know how to shoot.

After the match, Chavo Guerrero jumps in the ring to chase off Bundy. When Bundy shoots his mouth off at him, Guerrero hits him with a plancha. Woohoo!

At ringside, Monica Hunter interviews Guerrero who challenges both Devastation, Inc. and the Freebirds.

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews Akbar who promotes the Mongol.

Match 3: Kamala (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar & Friday) versus Bill Rathke (w/ Arman Hussein)


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Kamala.

Mercer then interviews Kevin who’s ready to brawl with Gordy in the main event. While he feels that he should be World champion, he respects referee Bronko Lubich’s decision.

Match 4 for the NWA American title: Kevin Von Erich (champion) versus Terry Gordy


Rating: **½

Summary: They botched the ending but told a good story nonetheless with good psychology and a HOT crowd.

Before the show leaves the air, Mercer interviews the Freebirds. Hayes then cuts a scathing promo on the Von Erichs as Gordy uses a steel chair to demonstrate his frustration and anger.

Conclusion: Combine a solid main event with matches involving two newcomers and an outgoing Bundy. Who knows where he’ll end up?

Thanks for stopping by, Terry. I’m sure the RSG-ites will hit you up for your tutoring skills.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 04-30-83!

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