It’s a battle of champions! Who will triumph, David or Garvin? Can the Freebirds topple Adams and Mantell? What’s Garvin’s take on Sunshine’s new valet? And who will join me to bring this episode to you?
Martha and Alan! Welcome back! Although your relationship is purely professional, this song pops in my head thinking about both of you...
Prior to the opening match, we revisit a match between Kerry Von Erich and Roberts. In case you missed it, it’s included in my 8/27/83 reflection.
Mercer then interviews Garvin with Sunshine along with newcomer Precious.
Match 1: Kamala (w/ Gen. Skandor Akbar & Friday) versus Art Crews
Who? Crews’ claim to fame was that he was Shawn Michaels’ very first opponent.
Kamala attacked Crews before the bell, nonetheless ring announcer Marc Lowrance welcomed us to the Sportatorium.
According to Mercer, Akbar offered $10,000 to anyone who can slam Kamala.
When Kamala splashed him, he pinned Crews.
Summary: Showcase match for Kamala.
Match 2: “Gentleman” Chris Adams & Johnny Mantell versus Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts
Roberts hip-tossed Adams before dropkicking him.
As Adams leap-frogged him, he executed a leg sweep to Roberts.
He then dropkicked Roberts twice sending him over the top rope to the floor.
With Roberts on the apron, Adams brought him in the hard way.
Mantell tagged in, mounted the second turnbuckle, and lowered the boom on Roberts.
When Adams tagged in, Roberts put a knee into his midsection.
Hayes tagged in and delivered an elbow drop.
After he rammed Adams face-first into the mat, Hayes mounted the second turnbuckle and landed a double axe handle for 2.
Roberts tagged in and guillotined Adams with the top rope.
As Mantell distracted referee Larry Hayes, the Freebirds illegally switched.
Hayes didn’t permit such nefariousness, so a legal tag between the Freebirds occurred.
When Roberts tagged in, Adams countered an arm bar with a slam.
Roberts then delivered a swinging neckbreaker to Adams for 2.
After Hayes tagged in, Adams tagged out to Mantell who hip-tossed Hayes.
Mantell then put a knee into Hayes’ midsection, but Roberts tagged in and landed an elbow drop for a 1-count.
As Hayes tagged in, he hit a back elbow to Mantell.
He then unleashed a swinging neckbreaker for 2.
When a mid-ring collision happened, tags were exchanged on both sides.
Adams then gave Roberts a cross corner whip followed by a back drop.
With all four wrestlers in the ring, Adams slammed Roberts.
The Freebirds then attempted a double clothesline but missed.
Conversely, Roberts clotheslined Adams while Mantell tripped Hayes.
Roberts then attempted a bulldog, but Adams shoved him off.
After Adams landed a superkick, he pinned Roberts.
Adams and Mantell won.
Summary: Solid tag match where, despite the Freebirds’ shenanigans, Adams looked sharp and stood tall.
Prior to the next match, Adams grabs the microphone and challenges Garvin for an American title shot. He then refers to Garvin as a “coward.” Quite the gusto there from Adams. And the heels just thought he was a...
Match 3 (non-title): NWA American champion Jimmy Garvin (w/ Sunshine) versus NWA Texas champion David Von Erich
David slammed Garvin twice and mimicked him.
While Mercer hyped an NWA World title match next week between champion Harley Race and “Iceman” King Parsons, Garvin slammed David.
Sunshine then distracted referee Bronko Lubich so that Garvin could gain the advantage. SNEAKY!
When David missed a knee drop, Akbar, Kamala, and Friday came to ringside.
Kamala then entered the ring and attacked David.
As a result, referee Bronko Lubich called for the bell to disqualify Garvin.
David won by DQ.
Summary: More angle than match as you will see.
Afterward, Kamala mauls David until David rebounds with an Iron claw. Before Kamala became OUT COLD, Akbar and Friday rescue their charge. I smell a new feud.
Conclusion: The old adage of “too good to be true” directly applies to the hype for the main event. Instead, it became an angle that set up a David versus Kamala altercation. Otherwise, the tag match coupled with the introduction of Precious make the episode rewarding. What do the two of you think about this show?
Wow! Rooting for the heel, much like your network, was quite revolutionary for its time. Thanks for stopping by!