WCCW 06-16-84

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: June 16, 1984 (taped 06/08)

Attendance: unknown

Hosted by Bill Mercer

To start, we have a title versus mask match. To finish, we have Flair versus Kerry from Japan. Who will join me for this rather important episode?

Bob, thanks for the hot news tip. I’m completely certain this episode is newsworthy.

Opening montage.

To begin the show, we head to Fort Worth (taped 5/21) where Rock’n’Soul defends the NWA American tag titles against the Super Destroyers in a title versus mask match. At the conclusion of the match, Zumhofe gets the hot tag, and all four wrestlers are in the ring. Zumhofe attempts an O’Connor roll but eats a big boot from Destroyer #2 knocking him OUT COLD. After Parsons demolishes Destroyer #1 with a butt butt, Destroyer #2 switches with #1, covers the unconscious Zumhofe, and the Super Destroyers steal the titles.

After the match, Parsons removes the mask from Destroyer #1 to reveal...Murray Langston! No, it was Scott “Hog” Irwin. While General Skandor Akbar cloaks Scott with his keffiyeh, Zumhofe and Parsons remove the mask from #2 to reveal...Rey Mysterio, Jr.! No, it was “Wild” Bill Irwin (a.k.a. Chelsea thanks to Marc Lowrance). Rock’n’Soul then double-dropkicks the disgraced new champs out of the ring.

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews Akbar about the unmasking of the Super Destroyers. Akbar warns Parsons and Zumhofe “they will pay” due to the “sacred identities” of the Destroyers. Next, he sets his sights on Devastation, Inc.’s goal on attaining the vacant Texas title.

We head to the Sportatorium for the rest of the taping.

Match 1: Killer Khan (w/ Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy) versus Pat Rose


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Khan.

Match 2 (non-title): NWA American champion the “Handsome Half-Breed” Gino Hernandez versus Rick Hazzard


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Hernandez.

Following a commercial break, Mercer interviews Kerry about the title loss. At this point, you may want to scroll down to check out my reflection of their match on 5/24. I’ll wait...

OK, now that you’ve read about it, you must know that WCCW never aired Kerry’s defeat. Since Kerry only had a grueling 18-day reign, allow me to list the matches he endured:

May 7: Kerry beat Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy in Fort Worth, TX.

May 8: Kerry beat "Nature Boy” Ric Flair in Muskogee, OK

May 9: Kerry beat "Nature Boy” Ric Flair in Corpus Christi, TX.

May 10: Kerry beat the Missing Link in a non-title match in Allen, TX.

May 11: Kerry beat "Nature Boy” Ric Flair in a non-title match in Dallas, TX.

May 12: Kerry beat "Nature Boy” Ric Flair in San Antonio, TX.

May 13: Kerry drew Mike Rotundo in Ocala, FL and defeated “Superstar” Billy Graham in Orlando.

May 14: Kerry beat “Superstar” Billy Graham in Fort Myers, FL.

May 15: Kerry beat “Superstar” Billy Graham by DQ in Miami, FL.

May 17: Kerry defeated Black Bart in Melbourne, FL.

May 18: Kerry beat “Superstar” Billy Graham in Lake City, FL.

May 19: Kerry beat “Cowboy” Ron Bass in Tampa, FL.

May 22: Kerry defeated Jumbo Tsuruta in Tokyo, Japan.

Regardless, Kerry won’t make excuses for his loss and wants to defend the six-man titles with his brothers. A close-up of Kerry’s face shows that he got potatoed at one point. Is potatoed a word or a sniglet?

Match 3: Kevin & Mike Von Erich (w/ the “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich) versus Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy & Buddy Roberts (w/ Michael Hayes)


Rating: **½

Summary: Solid tag match with Kevin, Gordy, and Roberts handling the yeoman’s portion of the match. Hayes, of course, brought the INTENSE heat upon the Freebirds despite the audio sounding like they performed in a vacuum.

After the match, the battle continues while Hayes removes his boot and WHACKS Kerry with it. He then clobbers Kevin and Mike until Kerry gets a hold of it. Abruptly, Khan storms the ring and PLASTERS the Von Erichs until he inadvertently hammers Gordy. The Von Erichs then chase the rest of the heels from the ring to end the telecast.

TV Rating: NONE

BONUS MATCH for the NWA World title (two out of three falls): Kerry Von Erich (champion) versus “Nature Boy” Ric Flair





Rating: ****

Summary: Despite Kerry’s feet on the bottom rope, Higuchi counted the pin, and Flair earned his third World title. I truly wish that Kerry had more of a repertoire to hang with Flair because, outside of Texas, Kerry’s brawling style didn’t always work. Having said that, this match was exciting, historical, and worth seeking.

After the match, Kerry briefly disputes the decision but leaves the ring without incident. AJPW officials then enter the ring and bestow Flair with a huge trophy.

Conclusion: Well, you can’t say the promotion remains stagnant at this point whatsoever. In fact, with Kerry’s losing the World title and the Super Destroyers regaining the American titles, this episode remains a truly historical one and should be enjoyed thoroughly. For Rich Hall and Bob Charles, I’m RSG, and this wasn’t Not Necessarily the News. Ah, the glory days.

Stay tuned for WCCW 06-23-84!

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