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WCCW 05-17-86

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: May 17, 1986 (taped 05/04)

Attendance: 24,121

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Can Brody capture the World title? Who will win the six-man elimination lumberjack match between the Von Erichs and Freebirds? Plus, a BONUS match! Check out part 2 of the 3rd annual David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions NOW!

Opening montage.

Prior to the opening match, Kevin, in street clothes and with a sling on his right arm, grabs the microphone. Apparently, his shoulder isn’t ready for competition, so Steve Simpson will substitute for him. C’mon, Fritz. It’s the biggest show of the year.

Match 1 for the WCWA World Six-Man titles (elimination/lumberjack): The Fabulous Freebirds (champions) versus Kerry & Lance Von Erich & Steve Simpson


Rating: ****½

Summary: Sensing Freebird devastation, Lance overcame the odds and won the titles for the Von Erich family. Gordy’s workrate combined with some aerial maneuvers by Simpson and Roberts make this an extremely worthwhile match. Of course, the Irving faithful LOST ITS DAMN MIND with the Von Erich victory.

After the match, the babyfaces including Mike flood the ring to congratulate Lance.

Match 2 for the WCWA World title: “Ravishing” Rick Rude (champion w/ Percy Pringle) versus Bruiser Brody


Rating: **

Summary: Complete clash of styles as Brody did not want to sell what Rude was offering. I truly wish someone else had this spot on the card because everyone paid to see the Von Erichs along with the barbed wire match.

Following the match, Brody chases after Rude in the long walk back to the locker room. He clobbers Rude from behind and literally kicks Pringle’s butt. As a brawl ensues, Grappler tries to get involved but gets shoved aside. Ultimately, they’re separated while the Irving faithful cheers their burly hero.

Conclusion: Although the World title match was a wash, the six-man match was everything and a bag of chips thanks to the Freebirds.

Missing footage from the show included a tag match involving “Iceman” King Parsons and Missing Link versus One Man Gang and General Skandor Akbar subbing for Kamala. Also, I’m sorry to disappoint, but no video footage whatsoever exists (that I can locate) of the mud match between Sunshine and Missy Hyatt.

Speaking of Hyatt, she touts that she main-evented this show because the mud match had to be scheduled last due to the mess. I find that both convenient and off-putting. On the bright side, one match that I could locate was…

**BONUS MATCH** (lights-out, barbed wire): Bruiser Brody versus Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy


Rating: **

Summary: If blood was what you paid to see, then you got your money’s worth. This was hardcore before hardcore became popular.

Next time on WCCW, Brody and Lance battle Rude and Gang; however, I have a unique WCCW column for you next week.

TV Rating: NONE

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