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World Class Championship Wrestling - March 24, 1984
by Erick Von Erich
It's another week at the Sportatorium, as we'll have a Very Special Announcement. This particular episode on the WWE Network has a disclaimer, saying it's in the best format possible, due to technical difficulties. I can't see much, but hey, it's better than VHS. But with so much going on in World Class Championship Wrestling, let's get down to ringside for...
Encore Match: "Iceman" King Parsons & "Gentleman" Chris Adams (w/Sunshine) vs. The Missing Link & "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin (w/Skandar Akbar and Precious)
Ayup, re-broadcast from last week. It ends the same way, of course. I still like Garvin ranting: "I WANT MY STUFF", though.
A Very Special Interivew ith Fritz Von Erich
Pre-recorded from the World Class Studios with Marc Lowrance hosting. Fritz has a big announcement regarding the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. The match promised for David Von Erich WILL take place, but it will be either Kerry or Kevin who will be challenging for the title at Texas Stadium in May! Fritz also thanks the audience for all their sentiments during David's death. If YOU (well, the you from March 1984) would like to donate to the David Von Erich Memorial Gym in Lewisville, Texas, here's an address.
Kelly Kiniski vs. Mike Reed
Kiniski clubs Reed around the ring with some of the most basic offense you'll see. Punch, punch and reverse elbow. Kiniski ends it with a reverse atomic drop and bounces off the ropes with an elbow drop to get the pin at 2:48. More interesting was Bill Mercer's commentary which referenced the ongoing "war" between Devastation, Inc. and the Fabulous Freebirds. I don't think we've seen much of that on these episodes, yet.
"Gentleman" Chris Adams vs. Buddy Roberts
No real rhyme or reason to this match-up, other than the usual "championship contention" thing. Adams is the reigning American Champion, but this is non-title. Hip-toss and hammerlock from Roberts. Adams reverses and takes him down with a headlock. Roberts rolls him over, pulls the trunks and almost gets a 3. Back to a vertical base with a hammerlock as we cue up "Go, Chris, Go". Roberts misses a clothesline, as Adams comes off the ropes with a flying bodypress for 2. Roberts takes a powder and walks out to ringside. Back in, Adams with a single-leg takedown and he's right back to the headlock. Roberts BITES him to break, then jabs him in the throat with a thumb. Backdrop is avoided, as Adams leaps over into a sunset flip for 2. More headlock, because it's fun. Tehys tand up to brawl and Adams delivers a forerarm off the ropes. Criss-Cross (JUMP! JUMP) on the ropes and in an awkward spot, they meet in mid-air with a headbutt to Adams's tummy. Looked like Adams was going for a Thesz press, perhaps. Whip and clothesline get 2 for Roberts, then he slams Adams on the top rope. Elbowdrop from the second rope gets another 2 for Roberts. Roberts dodges a charge and Adams eats floor. Adams tries to get back in, but receives a hangman on the ropes. Adams tries again and repays Roberts with his own hangman. Roberts tries begging him off, but Adams connects with a super-kick. Whip tot he ropes and another super-kick, but suddenly "Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin runs in to draw the disqualification at 9:59. Garvin goes into a beatdown on Adams, until Mike Von Erich runs in to make the save. Well, this was good for what it was.
The Super Destroyers (w/General Skandar Akbar) vs. Kerry Von Erich & "Iceman" King Parsons
SD's are still the American Tag Team Champions (as far as I know), but this another non-title bout. Kerry starts out with SD1 (I think), bounces off the ropes, ducks under, then drop-kicks and slams the masked man. SD2 tags in, who fares a little bit better, until Kerry backdrops him and applies an arm-wringer wristlock. Tag in to Iceman, as they work the arm. SD2 picks up Iceman for a slam, but Ice holds on, rolls through and turns it into an armbar. SD's try a double team whip move, but Iceman is ready and slugs them both. Headbutt for SD2, followed by the forehead toe-tap, then tag-off to Kerry. Kerry misses a kneedrop and the SD's finally go on offense. Kneelift from SD1 and they cut off the ring with constant tags. Flying headbutt from SD2 scores a 2 count. Blind tag to Iceman, as he and Kerry do the double-team whip, drop-down and drop-kick. Iceman with some boogy'ing and a headbutt. SD2 attacks the bread basket and hits his own drop-kick on Iceman. Gut-wrench suplex from SD1 gets 2. Whipt to the ropes and side slam/suplex. The obligatory face-in-peril-desperation sunset flip gets 2 for Icmean. Hot-tag to Kerry and it's time to clean house with a discus punch and double noggin-knocker. Slam and kneedrop on SD1, then Kerry hooks a sleeper. SD2 makes the save and all four got at it. Kerry is tossed outside and Iceman is double-clotheslined. SD's try it again, but this time Iceman takes out SD2 with the butt-butt! Kerry, still the legal man, climbs to the top turnbuckle and leaps with a flying bodypress on to SD1. That gets the 3 count and the fans go into a tizzy.
Bill Mercer wraps it up at ringside. Come back next week, when our main event will be Michael Hayes & Terry Gordy taking on Kimala and the Missing Link!
Why'd You Watch This?:
Really only two matches on this episode. The main event started out slow, but really picked up once the Super Destroyers took over. Iceman and Kerry matched their pace and it made for a satisfying --and exciting-- finish. I mean, Kerry with a top rope flying bodypress?! Biggest news is the upcoming NWA World Championship match in May, so we've finally got a firm date to build towards.
Boom-da-da-da-boom, da-da-da-boom, da-da-da-boom
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