WCCW- April 2, 1983
by erick von erich
This month, the WWE 24/7 broadcast leads off with a clip of Kerry Von Erich and Bruiser Brody defeating the Freebirds for the American Tag Team Championship. I believe that's coming up in roughly 3 or 4 months in "24/7 time". Not much of a studio or Bill Mercer intro this episode, but with so much going on in World Class Championship Wrestling, let's get down to ringside for...
Match 1: Billy the Kid vs. Little CoCo
Well, this match won't be too tall on excitement, since it's two midgets. Fans are around the ring asking for autographs, per usual. Billy the Kid waves off all autograph requests, letting us know that he's an EVIL midget! The cameras catch that ornery old lady again, dressed in red and heckling Billy. She's allowed to hang around after all the other fans have cleared out. They criss-cross the ropes (which'll make ya JUMP-JUMP), with CoCo slapping and armdragging. They bounce again and this time CoCo suckers Billy with the ol' "Hey! Stop! Look down! Look up! Look at my fist!" trick. Billy slams him and stomps the forehead. They go into a knucklelock challenge, which Billy monkey-flips out of (wouldn't that be a chimp-flip?). Billy pops up and struts arounds, in shades of "Wild" Red Barry. CoCo leaps over Billy and performs a leg-scissors takedown, then headbutts him in the rump for a comedy spot. CoCo lifts up Billy into an airplane spin! Both guys are woozy and hit the mat, though. Billy executes a backdrop, then both guys runs the ropes again. CoCo leaps over, then pins Billy with a rolling reverse leg-scissors pinning combo. Actually a good midget match, as their moves were the main atrraction, with only two comedy spots.
Without a commerical break or anything, we see two new grapplers coming down the aisle, as we immediately go to..
Match 2: Mike Reed vs. "Killer" Karl Krupp
Krupp was on old EVIL Nazi gimmick guy, but this time they're correctly pronouncing his name as "Kroop". I have an old Detroit show where he's announced as "Krup", as in it rhymes with "cup". Anyways, this is a horrible, horrible match. Krupp does nothing but punch and kick. I'm not simplifying it or being lazy...that's really all he does! Reed gets a backdrop and drops three consecutive elbows to send Krupp bailing, early. Krupp returns, does a little goose-stepping and goes back to kicking and punching. Even Bill Mercer seems bored, as he keeps dropping in the word "tuetonic" to avoid falling asleep. Guess what? Krupp wins this match with a 3 count after a.... kick.
A Very Special Pre-Recorded Interview
Bill Mercer interviews the Fabulous Freebirds: Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts. They complain about the fans, saying that this is the only place they're boo'ed, since across the country, coast-to-coast, "Fantasia will amaze ya'". Gordy rips up a yellow rose to symbolize what they'll do to Texas.
Match 3: David Von Erich vs. Buddy Roberts
"Go Home, Freebird" errupts from the crown, immediately. They lock-up and brawl before settling into a knucklelock. David uses his long legs to step out of the hold and twists it into an arm-wringer to take Roberts to the mat. Roberts sends him to the turnbuckle, but David halts hm, drops a knee and gets 2. DVDE goes right bakc to work on the same arm, until Roberts sends him to the ropes and catches him with a kneelift. Robets works over DVE with a series of clubs and rope chokes. Roberts lands a flying elbow, then wants to go to the second turnbuckle. As he leaps off, DVE catches him in the tummy with the IRON CLAW! Roberts jabs him in the eyes to break, then lands a bulldog for a 2 count. Roberts takes over for awhile with a chinlock, and an elbow off the second rope for 2. He tries to slam DVE, but can't hold him up. DVE falls on top for a quick 2. Roberts tries his bulldog again, but is pushed off. DVE responds with a backdrop, irish-whip to the ropes and a charging high-knee to get the 3 count. About 11 minutes of ugly brawling and restholds. Roberts slips off the ringsteps as he's getting out of the ring.
Afterwards, Mercer greets Von Erich at ringside for a quick promo. David challenges all 3 Freebirds, then mentions how he's still after Jimy Garvin and his Texas Title.
Special Interviews with Monica Hunter
Hunter is a young African-American lady, with some pre-recorded clips from several World Class wrestlers. Shes aks them of their opinion on "Iceman" King Parsons. The 3 Von Erichs all dig him, especially Kerry, who demonstrates some of the dance moves he's learned from him. "He boogies and he's a great wrestler". The Freebirds compare Parson to an old dog on a farm, with no brains. Arman Hussein actually compliments Parsons, but says that he hasn't been Tola Yatsu, yet.
Back from a commercial, Bill Mercer is at ringside with King Kong Bundy. Yup, even Bundy thinks Parsons is impressive...but look out, cuz' Kamala is coming! Then we go right into..
Match 4: "Iceman" King Parsons vs. The Great Kabuki (w/King Kong Bundy)
Return match for Kabuki, after he'd been injured by Yatsu. They start cautiously, feeling each other out. Kabuki applies an arm-wringer, but Iceman rolls under and kicks out. Kabuki chops, but meets a headbutt from Iceman. Headlock, shoulderblock and a hip-toss from Iceman. Kabuki chops back, lands his reverse thrust kick, then clamps on his pectoral hold, or "super titty twister". Iceman powers out with a headbutt to the tummy. Kabuki comes right back with a belly-to-back suplex and another thrust kick. Iceman manages a slam for a quick 2 count, but Kabuki clamps down with another nerve hold. Finally, Kabuki leaps from the top turnbuckle with a flying chop. But, according to the Rules of Wrestling: since Iceman's African-American, he has a hard-head (as do Samoans)! Kabuki sends him in for a backdrop, but Iceman flips out of it, then charges with a flying butt-butt to score the 3 count pin.
After a break, Mercer is in the studio with Iceman and congratulates him on his big win. Iceman says he's "Not bad. But bad people don't mess with Iceman, cuz' I get down and boogie!" Okay then. As Mercer signs off, he promises next week we'll see two big matches: Tola Yastu vs. The Great Kabuki and Kevin Von Erich vs. Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship! But, unfortunately, WWE 24/7 skips ahead a few weeks and we'll miss that episode. Phooey!
Why'd You Tape This??
How can you tell you've watched a crappy show? When the MIDGET MATCH is the best match, that's how. The three other matches are incredibly boring and the Krupp/Reed tussle should never be seen again. Iceman's push had been working well, but all the complimentary interviews just rammed him down your throat. It's also becoming obvious to World Class crowds that Buddy Roberts is the unofficial jobber of the Freebirds. Not a good episode at all...but we've got more good stuff on the horizon.
Boom-da-da-da-boom, da-da-da-boom, da-da-da-boom