NWA World Championship Wrestling 11.02.1984
Considering the majority of the shows so far have looked at WCCW, Mid-South and NWA World Wide Wrestling shows, it is exciting to have an opportunity to explore a different territory, if only for a few shows. For this review, we head to Georgia during the ownership (according to my Wiki-fu skills) of Ole Anderson, Jack Brisco and Jerry Brisco. Whilst a lot of wrestlers move between the NWA territories, this will be my first chance to see a number of other big names from the world of wrestling.
As a potential sign of things to come, Gordon Solie and Ole Anderson are front and center at the start of the show, with both men discussing some of the big angles that have been happening in the territory at this time. The big story seems to be Ted Dibiase and his use of a loaded glove, used in a match against what appears to be Tommy Rich.
It is a shame that I couldn’t have joined Georgia the week before, as we are also informed of a falling out between the members of the Legion of Doom. Paul Ellering was caught out speaking ill of King Kong Bundy, and Bundy is now a face! Bundy is our first man in the ring tonight as he takes on Jessie Barr and Pat Rose. This match is slightly more competitive that I expected, as I did expect a complete and utter squash. However, after fighting off a double team, Bundy turns it into a legitimate squash with a powerslam for the five count.
One of the perks of watching these shows is the chance to see wrestlers that I’ve often read about but never seen – this show allows me my first time viewing The Spoiler. He battles Dale Veasey, a wrestler who apparently is returning from injuries sustained in a crash. I’d heard before that the Undertaker had ‘stolen’ his top-rope walk off of The Spoiler, and that move is used to great effect. In some ways, I feel that the match is a little bit too prolonged and aimless, but The Spoiler eventually locks in an iron claw for the victory. I’d be interested to see how The Spoiler does in a match where the tempo is pushed.
Holy potential angle! The next two interviews set up the prospect of King Kong Bundy and STAN HANSEN vs The Roadwarriors. If any of that plays out on TV, should be awesome. KKB is also an under-rated, solid guy on the microphone, doing a good job to sell his anger at Paul Ellering.
We get a chance to see the controversial man of the moment in the next match as Ted Dibiase faces off against Jason Walker. This is a complete squash, though it does give the audience a chance to see more potential Dibiase heeling with the loaded glove. The fact that he uses it on a jobber is a great move and made me laugh at least.
A tag match follows as we see the team of Wahoo McDaniel and Jay Youngblood versus Gary Ellis and a man whose name I’m not able to ascertain, even with Google search as my aid. As is mentioned on commentary, I do enjoy the veteran/excitable rookie mix of McDaniel/Youngblood, although they are then compared to the Moscas – poor guys. A pretty comprehensive showcase of Youngblood’s athleticism is finished off my a McDaniel’s chop.
As the show has progressed, the tone has shifted at points to what is presented as a more serious issue – the condition of Bob Armstrong. Whilst the official incident isn’t discussed, it would appear that the Legion of Doom had some role in the attack. The refusal of Dibiase to speak about it makes it seem a lot more serious than some of the angles on the show, and brings an element of tension – I want to see what happens next.
This angle probably explains the next match, as Jake Roberts fights Brad Armstrong. When I first watched this match, and it ended up a time-limit draw, I really didn’t understand it. However, with Roberts’ potential involvement in Brad’s Dad’s beatdown, a stalemate probably makes a lot of sense. It’s funny watching Roberts during his run before WWF, as he is just lacking that slight fine tuning that he eventually gets to make him a star. Rough around the edges, definitely. Here’s a kneelift in light of no finish.
The Roadwarriors then destroy Johnny Rich and Bob Brown. Compare the Animal clothesline to the McDaniel chop – Animal almost kills the guy. It is little or no surprise looking back as to why the Warriors were popular. The idea of them against Hansen and Bundy is hard to comprehend – who would sell?
The main event (or at least as much of a main event as you get on NWA TV in 1984) is Les Thornton vs Bruno Sammartino Jr. Weirdly enough, considering events earlier in the match and the amount of verbal love Thornton gets on commentary (which has Jay Youngblood as a guest to boot), the match ends as a draw. Nothing really doing in this match means no gif – believe me, you didn’t miss much.
Georgia has grabbed my attention – I want to know what happened to Bob Armstrong, whether Dibiase is ever found out, and what happens between The Road Warriors and Bundy/Hansen? Pretty simple formula to good wrestling.