Can Kevin achieve his comeuppance against the dastardly Khan? What’s new with the ‘Handsome Half-Breed"? Who will join me for this natural episode?
Absolutely, Mr. Hobbs! A winner coming right up!
Prior to the first match, we revisit last week’s penalty box match when Stella Mae French sought revenge against “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin. Secondly, we revisit the result of the NWA hearing. Thirdly, we revisit the ending to the Von Erichs/Freebirds tag match from 6/16.
Following a commercial break, Marc Lowrance interviews the NEW Texas heavyweight champion—Gino Hernandez. For those unaware, a tournament was held on 6/24 in San Antonio. Here are the results:
The “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich defeated Johnny Mantell.
Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy beat Blackie Gordman.
The “Handsome Half-Breed" Gino Hernandez defeated George Weingroff.
Although Jose Lothario and “Wild” Bill Irwin fought to a draw, Lothario advanced.
Jules Strongbow beat “Hollywood” John Tatum.
Due to forfeiture, “Rock’n’Roll” Buck Zumhofe advanced over Michael Hayes.
Due to a double-disqualification, neither Kevin Von Erich nor Killer Khan advanced.
The “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich defeated Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy.
The “Handsome Half-Breed" Gino Hernandez beat Jose Lothario.
Due to injury, the “Handsome Half-Breed" Gino Hernandez advanced over the “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich.
“Nature Boy” Ric Flair defeated Jules Strongbow.
The “Handsome Half-Breed" Gino Hernandez beat “Nature Boy” Ric Flair to win the Texas title.
Regardless, Hernandez touts his success for becoming a double champion. He then vows to win the NWA World title before boarding his Learjet.
Match 1: Johnny Mantell versus George Weingroff
During the early portion of the match, Weingroff was BUSTED OPEN hardway.
Nevertheless, he leap-frogged Mantell instead of sunset-flipping him, yet Weingroff hooked him for a 2-count.
He then secured an O’Connor roll for another 2.
When Weingroff countered an arm bar with a slam, Mantell rebounded with an inside cradle for 2.
Weingroff then applied a full nelson while the Dallas faithful chanted “go Johnny, go.”
As Mantell escaped another O’Connor roll, he hooked his own sunset flip for 2.
He then hip-tossed Weingroff and delivered a huracanrana. Wow!
After Mantell applied an abdominal stretch, Weingroff countered with one of his own.
With one minute remaining, Weingroff countered a hangman’s neckbreaker attempt with a backslide for 1.
Each wrestler then tried to secure a pinning attempt, but time expired.
As a result, referee Bronko Lubich ruled the bout a time-limit draw.
Summary: Time-limit draws are a necessary evil in pro wrestling. They legitimize the “sport” aspect of the art and allow two young preliminary wrestlers to showcase themselves without suffering defeat.
Mercer then interviews Mantell at ringside who credits Weingroff for his wrestling acumen despite his disability.
Match 2 (non-title): NWA American and Texas champion the “Handsome Half-Breed” Gino Hernandez versus “Hollywood” John Tatum
At this point of Tatum’s career, he neither was billed as “Hollywood” nor had a valet.
While the Dallas faithful chanted “go Johnny, go,” their hero gave Hernandez an Irish whip followed by a back drop.
As he gave Hernandez a pair of cross corner whips, Tatum came up empty on his follow-through.
Hernandez then suplexed Tatum and followed with a swinging neckbreaker.
When he mounted the top turnbuckle, Hernandez delivered a flying elbow smash.
Summary: It took a little while to get going, but Hernandez used both psychology and wiliness to earn his fair share of jeers in this match.
Match 3: Kevin Von Erich versus Killer Khan
Prior to the introductions, Kevin attacked Khan but suffered a hip toss.
He then hit a standing dropkick, charged Khan in the corner, but came up empty.
When Khan chopped Kevin down to the mat, he missed a knee drop.
Kevin then attempted a cross body block, but Khan caught and supplied him with a backbreaker.
As Khan tried to apply an Asiatic spike, Kevin avoided him and applied an Iron claw.
Khan escaped and mauled Kevin in the corner.
After referee David Manning unsuccessfully pulled Khan away, Khan military-press-slammed him. How dastardly!
Kevin then mounted the top turnbuckle and delivered a flying elbow smash.
While Kevin reapplied an Iron claw, Khan simultaneously secured an Asiatic spike.
Manning returned to his feet, but Lubich substituted for him.
When the brawl continued, the bell rang.
Kevin won by disqualification.
Summary: Ya think these guys didn’t like each other? This match was non-stop brawling with a bailout from the frustrated Khan.
After the match, the locker room empties to pull Kevin and Khan apart. Since the members of the locker room are having grave difficulty keeping them apart, Manning threatens to fine them if they continue their brawl. Despite the warning, the chaos intensifies between Khan and Kevin until the segment ends. Sometimes money means less than getting even.
Conclusion: The war between Kevin and Khan continues while the “Handsome Half-Breed" stands as both the American and Texas champion. What do you think, Mr. Hobbs?
Thank you, Mr. Hobbs. I look forward to that game winner.