WCCW 12-27-82

Taped from Dallas, TX

Airdate: December 27, 1982 (taped 12/25)

Attendance: 12,000

Hosted by Bill Mercer

Who will win the vacant six-man titles? With $10,000 on a pole, who takes home a spectacular Christmas present? And who will be RSG’s helper with this reflection?

It’s totally not 1983 yet, Julie. Hold on for a couple more episodes.

Opening montage.

For those unaware, the next two episodes are gleaned from Christmas Star Wars at Reunion Arena—the former home of the Dallas Mavericks.

Prior to the opening match, David and Kevin Von Erich support the Freebirds for their match but also want a shot at the six-man titles. David also wishes Kerry good luck against Flair.

Match 1 for the NWA World Six-Man tag titles (vacant): The Fabulous Freebirds versus Tom Steele, “Iron” Mike Sharpe, & Ben Sharpe


Rating: ***

Summary: Exciting tag match that followed the formula and enabled the Freebirds along with David to become the inaugural six-man champions.

After the match, Mercer interviews the new champions. David refers to the Freebirds as “quality guys” and relinquishes his spot to Roberts. Classy! Following that, Gordy expresses his joy to achieve more gold.

Prior to the next match, Mercer interviews referee David Manning who explains the rules of the battle royal:

  1. Eliminations occur when a wrestler submits, gets pinned, or is tossed over the top rope.
  2. When only three wrestlers remain, the match changes into a $10,000 on a pole match.

Match 2 (battle royal/$10,000 on a pole):


Spoiler, Checkmate, “Captain” Frank Dusek, Ben Sharpe, Tom Steele, King Kong Bundy, “Wild” Bill Irwin, “Iron” Mike Sharpe, Ken Mantell, Bugsy McGraw, Al Madril, Jose Lothario, Magic Dragon, David Von Erich, & Brian Adias


Rating: NONE

Summary: This would have been a good way to elevate Adias, but Mantell got the last laugh.

After the match, Mercer interviews a winded and elated Mantell.

Conclusion: In addition to the unique stipulation to the battle royal, the Freebirds’ victory carries quite a bit of weight going forward. If you’ve never seen the Freebirds and Von Erichs team together, check it out. The next episode features the cage match for the World title.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for WCCW 12-28-82!

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