Can Adams become World champion? Who’s that in Kiniski’s corner? Will the Fantastics win? And who will join me for this enticing episode?
OK, Monique. We’re not going to break any rules here. But perhaps some records?
Whew! Eric, great to have you here! Breaking that record is truly against all odds.
Match 1: “Iceman” King Parsons versus Kelly Kiniski (w/ Jake “The Snake” Roberts)
According to Mercer, Roberts was in Kiniski’s corner as a mentor. I wonder how much the DDT was on sale.
Parsons monkey-flipped him, but Kiniski rebounded with a backbreaker.
When Kiniski applied a bear hug, Parsons escaped.
Kiniski then gave Parsons a cross corner whip and reapplied a bear hug.
As Parsons hooked a sunset flip, he only got 1.
He then countered a slam with an inside cradle for 2.
After Kiniski slammed Parsons, he only got 1.
Parsons then delivered a knee lift, but Roberts got a shot to Parson’s back with referee Bronko Lubich distracted. SNEAKY!
While Kiniski tossed Parsons over the top rope, Roberts continued to distract Lubich. Clever!
Parsons returned immediately and rolled up Kiniski.
Parsons won in 6:25.
Summary: Decent match with some improvement by Kiniski although Parsons got the duke.
After the match, Kiniski and Roberts double-team Parsons, and Roberts hits a DDT. Kiniski then lands a series of elbow drops until referee Rick Hazzard shoos them away.
Match 2 (non-title): NWA American tag champions the Fantastics versus El Diablo Grande & Dale Veasey
For those unaware, Veasey was also known later in his career as Lt. James Earl Wright of the State Patrol in WCW.
Rogers tagged in, but Veasey slammed him.
As the Fantastics sneakily switched, Diablo tagged in and leapfrogged Fulton.
Speaking of Fulton, he dropkicked Diablo who wasn’t prepared for that.
All four wrestlers were in the ring, and Rogers dropkicked Veasey.
When Rogers tagged in, Fulton distracted referee David Manning.
That allowed Diablo and Veasey to double-team Rogers in the heel corner. How dastardly!
After Fulton hip-tossed Rogers back to their corner, he tagged in and dropkicked Veasey.
He then powerslammed Veasey and tagged in Rogers.
While Rogers mounted the top turnbuckle, he launched a flying splash onto Veasey.
It could be…
It might be…
The Fantastics won in 7:14.
Summary: Showcase match for the Fantastics.
Match 3: Jake “The Snake” Roberts versus Buck “Rock’n’Roll” Zumhofe
Roberts slammed Zumhofe but missed a dropkick.
When Zumhofe rammed him face-first into the mat twice, Roberts rebounded with a knee to the midsection.
Zumhofe attempted a cross body block, but Roberts caught and guillotined him with the top rope.
As he hung Zumhofe out to dry on the top rope, Roberts pinned him at 4:20.
Summary: Showcase match for Roberts, but no DDT = no buys from me.
Following a commercial break, a video featuring Sunshine airs. Snippets from her days with “Gorgeous” Jimmy Garvin are shown as this was an old video created prior to her face turn.
Match 4 for the NWA World title: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (champion) versus “Gentleman” Chris Adams (w/ Gary Hart)
Since Adams was the antagonist, the Dallas faithful chanted “go, Ric, go.”
Adams converted a hammerlock into a half-nelson and got 2. In the meantime, he put his feet on the bottom rope. Nefarious!
As Hazzard caught him in the act, Adams missed an elbow drop.
Flair delivered a knee drop for 2.
According to Mercer, Kerry became the new American champion. Upon doing some research, I discovered that Kerry defeated Gino Hernandez by DQ on 10/29. Methinks the disqualification rule had been waived.
Adams used chicanery again to try to pin Flair but failed.
When Adams hip-tossed him, he slammed Flair and followed with a knee drop.
To counter a hammerlock, Flair implemented an airplane spin.
Flair then sent Adams shoulder-first into the top turnbuckle and tossed him out of the ring.
With Adams on the apron, Flair attempted to suplex him back into the ring.
However, Adams escaped and applied a sleeper.
Flair countered with a belly-to-back suplex and reversed a cross corner whip.
After Adams leaped to the second turnbuckle, he missed a cross body block.
In fact, he DEMOLISHED Hazzard!
Flair then attempted a suplex, but Adams hooked an inside cradle.
Due to Hazzard’s wooziness, Adams only earned a false pin.
Flair then reversed an Irish whip and hooked an O’Connor roll for 2.
While Flair countered a side head lock with a knee crusher, Adams attempted an enziguri.
Since Adams got no mustard on it, he attempted a monkey flip.
Flair countered with a Boston crab, but Hart entered the ring and whipped Flair with his belt. Evil!
As a result, Hazzard disqualified Adams; therefore, Flair retained at 14:18.
Summary: Interestingly, they didn’t work the Flair formula, yet the psychology was very strong. I’m surprised Adams didn’t get a superkick where Flair fell out of the ring.
After the match, Hart and Adams double-team Flair until referee David Manning intervenes.
Conclusion: Adams gave Flair a run for his money but came up short. Meanwhile, Roberts assisted Kiniski in turning Parsons into mincemeat. Next week, footage from the Thanksgiving Day show at Reunion Arena will be shown. Aren’t you excited, Eric?
Thanks for stopping by, Eric, and good luck in your career. Just keep those wheels going round and round.