- Assassin #2 was Ray Fernandez but has been played by many other wrestlers. Ray would leave NWA in 1985 and sign with the WWF.
- Rufus Jones would go on to wrestle in Puerto Rico and died of a heart attack in 1993. He was 60 years old.
WINNERS: Sullivan & Lewin via Splash
Post-match, it’s a brawl. It ends with Lewin getting a foreign object from manager Gary Hart and nailing Scott McGhee with it.
- Mark Lewin was nearing the end of his career. He’d wrestle in Florida and do sporadic work in the business before retiring in 1998.
- Scott McGhee would go on to wrestle in the WWF as a “Jobber to the Stars” before retiring due to injury in 1988.
Barbara Clarey is with family complete with a mother wearing a vest and a father with a camo hat.
Tony Schiavone is backstage with Harley Race who gives a promo heel says this is the last place he’d wanna be at any time in his life. Race says he’s been scouting Flair for the last few weeks and he’s gonna hit him in his weakest spots.
Ring announcer Tom Miller introduces the next match.
MATCH #3: Carlos Colon vs. Abdullah the Butcher
Solie reminds us that this match was “banned in Puerto Rico” which, apparently, means this was a mean match. Butcher beats on Colon in the corner until Colon starts fighting back. Butcher tries to use a foreign object but Colon intercepts it and uses it on Butcher who is bleeding all over the place. Colon hits several legdrops and gets a two-count. Butcher gets up and tries an elbow drop after the ref takes a bump and hits the ref instead. Colon works on Butcher’s leg with some elbows and then hits the Figure Four leglock. Butcher’s manager, Hugo Savinovich, comes into the ring on Butcher’s behalf (he had just gotten to the ring) and breaks the pin with an object. Butcher gets the pin.
WINNER: Abdullah the Butcher via cheating
GRADE: D+. Good to see Colon, though.
- Carlos Colon would migrate to the WWF and make one more appearance.
- Abdullah the Butcher would leave the NWA for five years for the WCCW and return to NWA in 1988.
Tony Schiavone is backstage with Angelo Mosca, who’s supposed to be a referee later on tonight. His arm is bleeding and he says he’d referee the match if he only had one arm. He says that the object that was used on him was dirty and only served to make him mad. He’ll get that Mark Lewin guy. Meanwhile, McGhee is next to him and he’s bleeding profusely and apparently asleep or dead. Mosca says that he thinks that Flair’s gonna be champion.
Barbara Cleary interviews more people about the “drive to the arena”. The fans she interviews are hoping Ric Flair wins tonight.
MATCH #4: Chief Wahoo McDaniel & Mark Youngblood vs. Dick Slater and Bob Orton, Jr.
I look at Randy and see so much of his dad, it’s incredible. Tom Miller starts saying that there’s a guest but his mic cuts out. It comes back on and he brings out Dusty Rhodes, I guess. Rhodes is set to take on the winner of Flair and Race. McDaniel and Slater start out. There are puddles of blood all over the ring. Yikes. Wahoo tosses Slater out of the ring and he hops the ropes and walks over to Orton and taps him on the shoulder before getting back in the ring. Youngblood is tagged and he puts Slater in an armlock, then slams him. Slater counters with a nice Double Leg Pickup Pin Combo and gets two. Slater is dumped out again and the two heels complain to the ref that this is unfair. The ref counts instead. Slater is back in and goes for a test of strength but converts it to a Russian Legsweep. Orton gets tagged in and hits that Orton knee to the back and then hits a backbreaker from a press position. Snapmare and then misses an elbow. Youngblood chases Orton as he runs and tags Slater. Orton tags himself back in and hits a nice backbreaker. Slater comes in and hits an elbow off the backbreaker. He follows with a gut wrench and gets a two count as Caudle talks about “not hooking the leg” as if that’s the reason Slater didn’t get the three. Youngblood spills outside and Orton nails him, dropping his back on the railing outside. Youngblood gets back in the ring and Slater hits a punt in full view of Orton (heh). Orton in and puts Youngblood in a headlock. Crowd gets firmly behind Youngblood who breaks free and runs into a big boot by Orton. Orton locks the head again and then tags Slater. Youngblood gets out of the lock and reaches for the tag but Orton blocks him. Slater hits a suplex (called a “soo-play” by Solie) and then tries a piledriver but Youngblood counters and crawls to his corner. He reaches for the hot tag and Wahoo’s in, a house o’ Native America fire, taking out the heels with chops and Atomic Drops. He knocks Orton down with a Tomahawk Chop (called a “Tommy-Hawk Chop” by Caudle). Orton manages to trip up Wahoo and tag Slater who hits a Side Soo-play for two. Slater keeps pinning Wahoo but the situation does not improve. Slater tags in Orton and they hit a double elbow. Orton hits a hammer elbow and some knees and gets two. Wahoo counters, tossing Orton into the turnbuckle. Slater gets in and Wahoo and Youngblood hit double Tommy-Hawk Chops. Wahoo gets knocked out of the ring and Youngblood starts hitting dropkicks everywhere. Slater and Wahoo battle outside the ring. Youngblood tries a dropkick on Orton but Orton backs off. Slater and Orton put Youngblood on the top turnbuckle and Orton hits a Superplex and gets the pin.
WINNERS: Orton and Slater via Superplex
GRADE: B-. Not a bad tag match, though the ending looked botched.
Post-match, Slater goes off the ropes and hits Wahoo’s extended arm. Orton celebrates as the crowd gives him some heat. Youngblood tends to Wahoo who looks hurt.
- Orton left the NWA for the WWF, in 1984, after capturing the NWA tag titles one last time.
- Youngblood wrestled with the NWA for three more years before leaving for WCCW. He would return to the NWA in 1990.
Schiavone’s with Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat(!). Ric gives a rather subdued interview where he tells Race that he doesn’t know what kind of a match he’s in for but that he will be the champion when it’s over because “all the marbles are on the line”. Almost, Ric. He leaves, introducing Rickeh Thteamboat and Jay Youngblood who sounds fucking loaded as he praises Ric. Ricky gets in on the NPR vibe, too, and says they will be tag champs. Really. They will.
Barbara Clary is with Dusty Rhodes but the audio cuts out. When it comes back online: HISTRAH IS HERE BEBBEZ or something.
MATCH #5: Charlie Brown (challenger) vs. The Great Kabuki (champion) (w/ Gary Hart) for the NWA TV Title/Charlie Brown’s Mask
So, I guess Charlie Brown has to remove his mask if he loses but wins the title if he beats Kabuki. Kabuki sprays Green Mist as he looks at Charlie Brown who is, essentially, Santa Claus with a luchadore mask. He beats on Kabuki and knocks him out of the ring. The fighting gets back into the ring and Brown hits a foot to Kabuki’s balls. Ouch. Brown punches Kabuki and then hits a quick sleeper hold. Kabuki looks like he’s out so Gary Hart starts pulling on Brown’s leg, forcing Brown to break the hold. Kabuki tries to chop Brown but misses and it’s Sleeper time again. But Gary Hart places Kabuki’s leg on the bottom rope and Brown has to break the hold. Kabuki starts chopping at Brown and hits a nice Roundhouse, then the Claw. Brown dances around and breaks out, then hits huge backdrops but Kabuki ends that with a kick to the face. Kabuki hits a Claw off the rope and keeps it locked in for several minutes. Brown starts to regain composure and dances crazy again, breaking out of the hold. Brown tosses Kabuki in the corner and charges but Kabuki kicks him in the face again. Kabuki hits the top rope and hits another Claw. Brown goes flat on the mat and Kabuki nearly gets a pin. Kabuki lets go and hits a chop off the top rope, getting a two count. Brown starts headbanging again so Kabuki just chops him on the head and Brown goes down. Kabuki goes to unmask Brown but Brown won’t let that happen. So Kabuki starts in with punches and kicks. Brown hulks up and hits a forearm. Kabuki tosses him into the corner and charges but Brown moves and Kabuki eats turnbuckle. Brown hits an immediate hammer elbow drop and gets the pin.
WINNER AND NEW CHAMPION: Charlie Brown
GRADE: C+. Neat, quick match but didn’t really mean much.
- Brown was really Johnny Valiant and would return as Valiant in 1984.
- Kabuki would wrestle for WCCW and then Japan for most of his career. We will see him later on in this review archive in a one-time appearance for the WWF…
The boys in the booth talk about Roddy Piper. Solie is going with Piper as the winner of his match.
- Piper signed, the following year, with the WWF as their top heel.
- Valentine signed, the following year, with the WWF after this match.
Solie and Caudle talk about the match and how deadly it was.
WINNERS AND NEW CHAMPIONS: Steamboat & Youngblood
GRADE: C+ for what it was.
Post-match, the Briscos attack the faces and Mosca interferes, getting beat up himself. Steamboat makes the save and the Briscos are tossed out of the ring. Mosca hands them the belts.
- Jay Youngblood would tour the South Pacific and wrestle in Australia for the next two years. In 1985, he ruptured his spleen during a match and, while being treated for the injury backstage, had three heart attacks and passed away. Youngblood was only 30 years old.
- Jack Brisco went to the WWF in 1984 and then promptly left the same year he joined them after one match. He lived in Florida, running a body shop and passed away, in 2010, at the age of 68 due to complications from open heart surgery.
- Jerry Brisco, like his brother Jack, went to the WWF in 1984. He also stopped wrestling after one match. Following his in-ring action, he worked as a booker and road agent for the WWF.
Solie runs the credits to show us everyone who worked on the show tonight as Steamboat and Youngblood pose and celebrate for the crowd.
- Harley Race with wrestle with WCCW, AWA, and Japan for the next three years before signing with the WWF in 1986.
Although my memories have faded through the years, I remember sitting and watching Ch. 39 (an independent UHF channel in Houston) )on Saturday nights. The promoter was a guy named Paul Boesch and the host of the show was none other than Mr. Jim Ross.
Both men brought Houston and the Gulf Coast region into the Universal Wrestling Federation as well as the National Wrestling Alliance. With those two alliances in place, we saw the likes of Andre The Giant, The Missing Link, Hulk Hogan, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, The Lovely (Miss) Elizabeth, Steve “Dr. Death” Williams, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Ted DiBiase, “Nature Boy” Buddy Landell, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Ric Flair, Jim Cornette, Terry Fuink, The Fabulous Freebirds, Junkyard Dog, KoKo B. Ware, and countless others.
UWF was eventually bought and disbanded by Jim Crockett back in '87. Boesch then arranged a deal with the World Wrestling Federation to hold the organization’s brand of wrestling in Houston, a change from the city’s longstanding run with the NWA and the UWF.
I miss those days of wrestling SO much … back before it became “big business”.
Great memories, Quentin. I grew up with the Prime Time Wrestling WWF show on USA back when they were doing the matches of the week. Great stuff.
Thanks for sharing. 🙂