Taped from Dallas, TX
Airdate: November 13, 1982 (taped 11/9)
Hosted by Bill Mercer & Jay Saldi
This reflection is dedicated to the memory of Christopher Pallies, a.k.a. King Kong Bundy. He has a pair of roles in this episode. Let’s see what happens!
Sorry, Mr. Bundy, please don’t avalanche me.
Match 1: The Fabulous Freebirds versus “Captain” Frank Dusek & “Killer” Tim Brooks
- Interestingly, there were two referees for this match whereas in most recent episodes, there was only one for tag matches.
- When Brooks bit Hayes’ thumb during an arm bar, Hayes returned the favor by biting Brooks’ forehead.
- Gordy tagged in, and the Freebirds delivered a double back elbow.
- As Dusek tagged in, he baited Hayes into the ring so he and Brooks could double-team Gordy. SNEAKY!
- Gordy rebounded with a belly-to-back suplex to Dusek.
- After Hayes tagged in, he hit a back elbow to Dusek.
- Brooks then distracted Hayes allowing Dusek to nail him from behind.
- When Gordy tagged in, he backdropped and hoisted Dusek into a fireman’s carry.
- Hayes tagged in, mounted the top turnbuckle, and delivered a double axe handle to Dusek.
- The Freebirds won.
Summary: What a difference these guys make on the wrestling scene in Dallas–fluid teamwork, charisma to excite the Dallas faithful, and much better workrate than in previous months.
Match 2 (handicap): (bogus) All-Asia champion the Great Kabuki (w/ Gary Hart) versus Salvador Olivares & the Samoan
- For the second consecutive week, the Samoan participated in a handicap/three-way dance match against Kabuki.
- Samoan gave Kabuki a cross corner whip, but Olivares charged yet ate a thrust kick from Kabuki.
- As Kabuki delivered a knee crusher, Olivares submitted.
- Samoan then hit a pair of head butts and slammed Kabuki.
- After he attempted to climb the ropes, Samoan lost his balance. Oops.
- Kabuki then delivered a knee crusher to him, and Samoan submitted.
- As a result, Kabuki won.
Summary: Showcase match for Kabuki. On a scale of one to one hundred, how do you rate this match, Mr. Bundy?
Wow, that’s BAD!
After the match, Hart puts the loafers to Olivares and Samoan while Kabuki distracts referee Bronko Lubich. Bundy then enters the ring and grabs the microphone. As he Instructs Hart to exit the ring, Bundy refers to Kabuki as a “chinaman.” Kabuki then pulls out his nunchucks causing Bundy to exit the ring. Upon appropriating a chair, Bundy returns, but Hart controls the chaos.
Good point, Mr. Bundy, but it wouldn’t fly today.
At ringside, Saldi interviews Kerry Von Erich who wants revenge against Kabuki for injuring him.
Match 3: “Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich versus Destroyer II
- After a six-week hiatus, Kerry returned to action.
- Kerry leap-frogged Destroyer prior to dropkicking him.
- When he delivered a knee drop, Kerry earned a 1-count.
- Destroyer rebounded with a pair of knees to the midsection.
- As he gave Kerry an Irish whip, Destroyer missed a clothesline.
- Kerry then landed a roundhouse right.
- Kerry won.
Summary: Showcase match for the returning “Modern Day Warrior.”
Match 4: Bugsy McGraw versus Checkmate (w/ Arman Hussein)
- This week, Checkmate wore a mask that resembled Tiger Mask.
- Checkmate played possum, and McGraw couldn’t figure out how to attack him.
- While the Dallas faithful chanted “go Bugsy, go,” Checkmate gave McGraw a cross corner whip but came up empty on his follow-through.
- Checkmate played possum again and got the better of McGraw as you’d expect.
- As Checkmate tried to stop another McGraw rally by playing possum one more time, McGraw joined him. HA!
- He then delivered an atomic drop for a 1-count.
- When he hit a back elbow, McGraw followed with an elbow drop for another 1-count.
- Checkmate then sought refuge on the apron; however, McGraw joined him.
- While McGraw applied a bear hug, referee Bronko Lubich counted them out of the ring.
- No winner.
Summary: Complete contrast of styles that didn’t work whatsoever. Thank goodness McGraw was over; otherwise, this would have been horrendous.
BOUNTY-GATE: At “World Class Studios,” Fritz Von Erich produces a photocopy of a check from “Rick Flair” to Gary Hart for $12,500. He believes it to be proof of a bounty paid to Hart. According to Fritz, King Kong Bundy provided the evidence in exchange for $5000. Also, the NWA decreed that Kerry deserves a “championship match for the World title.” He then cuts a promo on Kabuki and Hart. Details of the championship match have yet to be determined.Following a commercial break, Bundy joins the broadcast booth and promises to return next week to describe his part of the bounty story.
Conclusion: The secret of the bounty has been unraveled, and the foundation for Kerry’s path to the NWA World title begins with Kabuki and ends with Flair. While the Freebirds’ match was really good, the wrestling on the rest of the card was marginal at best.
I think you’d better do what he says. RIP King Kong Bundy.
TV Rating: NONE
Stay tuned for WCCW 11-20-82!