-Broadcasting live to our local affiliates in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri, as well as in Syndication across these great United States, the American Wrestling Association proudly presents World Class Wrestling, coming to you this week from the North Side Coliseum in Fort Worth!-
Jim Ross: Good Evening Ladies and Gentleman, and welcome to AWA World Class Wrestling! I'm Jim Ross, joined by "Cowboy" Bill Watts and we have quite a slate of wrestling action for you tonight. Why don't you tell the folks about it Bill.
Bill Watts: In our main event we will see Kevin Von Erich go one on one with the very dangerous man from Japan, Mr. Saito. The Grappler is going to be in action tonight. We are going to see Samu and The Tonga Kid, The Islanders take on members of The Movement, and we will see the World Class Television Championship defended in our opening match.
Jim Ross: However, we will not be seeing DJ Peterson defend that title. As you all saw last week, Peterson won the title on July 4th at Star Wars. However this past Monday evening at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, World Class Wrestling held a very special event for the service men and women, and they saw Big John Studd defeat DJ Peterson to become the new Television Champion.
Bill Watts: Peterson put up one heck of a fight, but the size and strength of Studd was just too much in the end. I know DJ is looking for a rematch, and if I have any say in the matter, he'll certainly get one.
Jim Ross: Tonight, young Sam Houston is getting his opportunity, and while this is quite the size mismatch, Houston has shown himself to be quite capable in the ring, and you can't count anyone out.
1 Fall, 15 Minute Time Limit
-Big John Studd w/Nick Bockwinkel vs Sam Houston - AWA World Class Television Title
Houston made the best of his opportunity and charged right at Studd. He hammered the giant with lefts and rights and then fired off a dropkick, and another dropkick that had the big man staggering. Houston ran across the ring and bounced off the ropes and launched himself into a cross body block, and then Studd caught him. A smirk crossed Big John's face as he swung Sam up into the air and planted him into the mat with a huge bodyslam. Studd reached down and jerked Houston to his feet by the hair and locked him into position for a butterfly suplex. Studd then launched Houston 3/4th's of the way across the ring with the move. Studd got to his feet, walked across the ring and yanked Houston to his feet again. This time Studd locked on his Reverse Bearhug and Houston immediately gave up.
Winner, and still Television Champion: Big John Studd
Marc Lowrance is waiting at ringside with Nick Bockwinkel as Studd exits the ring. Bockwinkel who has the World Class Heavyweight Title over his right shoulder, hands Studd the Television Title which he had on his left.
Marc Lowrance: Big John Studd, a very impressive defense of your newly won Television Title here tonight.
Nick Bockwinkel: John, may I?
Studd nods at Bockwinkel, as he puts the belt on his shoulder, and wipes the sweat from his forehead.
Nick Bockwinkel: Mr. Lowrance, when you stand nearly seven feet tall, virtually everything you do is impressive. Taking nothing away from Mr. Houston here tonight, or Mr. Peterson this past Monday, but John Studd is a superior athlete. He is bigger, he is stronger, and both of those men were quite simply overmatched and stood only the proverbial snowballs chance in Hades.
Marc Lowrance: So you are saying that he wants better competition?
Nick Bockwinkel: Of course that's what I am saying Marc Lowrance, weren't you listening! But myself and Mr. Studd are not ones to wait for the supposed brain trust to provide us with opportunities, we make our own. So, on behalf of Mr. Studd, I am laying out a challenge to you Barry Windham. Now, I know you've just come off the grueling tournament for the Central States Championship, and we don't want you at fifty percent, we want you at your best. So, the rumor mill is churning, that come the end of August, there will be another Star Wars type supershow. So, rest up Mr. Windham, and if come that time you are still Central States Champion, Big John Studd challenges you to meet him in a Title versus Title match.
Marc Lowrance: This is the first I've heard of any supershow.
Nick Bockwinkel: Of course it is Mr. Lowrance. Perhaps one day they'll allow you to sit at the big kids table during the business meetings. Until then just continue the holding microphone while John and I talk. But we're finished now, and your chair is over there in case you've forgotten.
Bockwinkel rolls his eyes, then he and Studd walk away laughing as Marc Lowrance looks offended.
Jim Ross: Welcome back everyone. Before the break we saw Big John Studd successfully defend the Television Championship against Sam Houston, and then in between ridiculing Marc Lowrance, Nick Bockwinkel laid out a challenge for Studd to challenge Barry Windham in a title versus title match for the Central States Title.
Bill Watts: First of all, the super show that Mr. Bockwinkel was speaking of will be announced soon. Second of all, Nick had better be concerned with his own championship and not with what Big John Studd is doing. However, if Studd and Windham are both still champion at the time of said event, and both men are interested in the match, perhaps World Class officials will explore the possibility.
Jim Ross: There you have it folks. Let's head up to the ring where we will see The Grappler in action.
1 Fall, 10 Minute Time Limit
-The Grappler vs Brody Chase-
The Grappler wastes no time this evening, going right after Chase and laying into him with a series of clubbing forearms across the back. A hammerlock take down drives him to the canvas, then a hard elbow drop to the back follows it up. Grappler backs off and when Chase gets to his feet, just smokes him with a lariat. The three count follows, and Grappler heads right out to Marc Lowrance.
Winner: The Grappler
Marc Lowrance: Grappler, you wasted no time in there this evening.
The Grappler: Because I have something to say. Barry Windham, you may have scored the luckiest victory of your career on Independence Day when you defeated me, but I guarantee lightning won't strike twice and next time we step in this ring, that Central States title is coming home with me. I'm calling you out Windham, and I'm daring you to step in the ring with me again. They got a name for you when you're the world's greatest wrestler. They don't call you a great wrestler, they call you The Grappler. Beat Me, if you can.
Marc Lowrance: Back to you Jim and Bill.
Jim Ross: If The Grappler continues to dominate opponents like that, there will be no choice but to grant him a title shot.
Bill Watts: You don't have to like his attitude, but you can't deny his talent.
Jim Ross: Alright folks, up next we have one heck of a tag team match.
Bill Watts: I am excited for this one Jim, four hard hitting individuals are about to go at it.
Jim Ross: The two biggest members of The Movement, Elijah Akeem and Kareem Muhammad are in the ring awaiting, The Islanders!
1 Fall, 20 Minute Time Limit
-The Islanders (Samu/The Tonga Kid) vs The Movement (Elijah Akeem/Kareem Muhammad) w/Tiger Conway Jr, Mustafa Morrow, Taalib Jones-
This was a wild brawl from the opening bell. The Movement attempted to sneak attack The Islanders, but they saw them coming and nailed both of them with savate kicks. Then the punches started flying, then the headbutts started being exchanged, then the action spilled to the floor, and the other members of The Movement backed off because The Islanders looked ready to start killing people .
What followed was an eight minute let's see who can hit the hardest exchange, that finally came to an end when all four were again brawling in the ring. The Islanders nailed Akeem with a double headbutt that staggered him, then connected with a double savate kick that put Muhammad down. They then bounced off opposite ropes and hit a double leaping headbutt to each side of Akeem's head, that crashed him to the mat. Tonga then ascended the top rope, and Samu assisted him in a huge Top Rope Splash onto the prone form of Muhammad for the One, Two, Three.
Winners: The Islanders
Jim Ross: Good Lord, what a brawl!!
Bill Watts: I told you I was excited for it, and it didn't disappoint Jim. Four men who like to fight doing just that.
Jim Ross: What is this now?
Morrow and Jones are in the ring checking on Muhammad and Akeem who are still on the mat. Tiger Conway who had remained on the floor has now entered the ring holding two steel folding chairs. He walks over and hands one to Jones, then gives the other to Morrow. He says something to the two men who look at him with a puzzled expression. Conway's look goes from one of dispassion to one of anger. He then yells out "They Failed. Show them the price for failure!"
Morrow and Jones briefly look at one another, before repeatedly striking Muhammad and Akeem across the backs with the steel chairs. Conway meanwhile stands in the center of the ring with his fist held in the air. After a solid eight to ten strikes with a chair for each man, Conway drops his fist, and motions for the men to follow him out of the ring.
He stops next to Marc Lowrance, and grabs his arm, pulling the microphone to his lips.
Tiger Conway Jr: Ray Candy and Leroy Brown are stripped of their names, and banished from The Movement.
Conway walks away with a look of pride on his face as Morrow and Jones follow him with looks resembling fear. A host of referees and medical personnel flood the ring to check on the fallen men, as the crowd boo's the men leaving ringside.
Jim Ross: We're back here at World Class Wrestling, and before the break we witnessed, well quite frankly I don't know what we witnessed.
Bill Watts: Tiger Conway Jr has certainly changed in the last months Jim, and I'm not sure what else to say myself.
Jim Ross: Well Bill, with The Grappler making short work of his opponent earlier tonight, we have a little extra time before our main event, so we are going to see the debut of a new tag team here in World Class. Long time wrestling fans are likely familiar with both men, but they've come together, and they are looking for tag team gold. Let's head to the ring and see the debut of The Highwaymen.
1 Fall, 20 Minute Time Limit
-The Highwaymen (Bobby Duncum/Phil Hickerson) vs Mike Bond/Ken Johnson-
Hickerson and Duncum came out in matching full length dusters and cowboy hats, before heading into the ring where they have simple black trunks and boots. This is a simple four minute showcase for the new team, with both men getting time to show off a bit of their arsenal. The end comes when Duncum nails a big boot on Johnson, then tags in Hickerson who puts him down with a DDT that scores the pinfall.
Winners: The Highwaymen
Marc Lowrance: Ladies and Gentleman, your winners, Phil Hickerson and Bobby Duncum, The Highwaymen.
Phil Hickerson: Marc Lowrance, me and Bobby have made our way here to World Class Wrestling for two reasons. Number one is to do what we do best, and that's beat people up. Number two is too bring home some gold. Whether that's the World Class Tag belts, or the AWA World Tag belts, we don't care.
Bobby Duncum: You line 'em up, we'll knock 'em down. You unnastan?
The Highwaymen head toward the locker room as we cut back to the announce position.
Jim Ross: An impressive debut for sure. Folks, we'll be right back with our main event.
Jim Ross: Welcome back fans, up next we have our main event of the evening which will see Kevin Von Erich taking on Mr. Saito.
Bill Watts: Saito has been making quite a name for himself by dropping people on their heads.
Jim Ross: That is true, but Kevin is almost as at home here in Fort Worth as he is in Dallas, so he will have this crowd behind him here tonight.
1 Fall, 30 Minute Time Limit
-Kevin Von Erich vs Mr. Saito-
Things looked bleak for Kevin almost immediately as Saito shot underneath his collar and elbow attempt and caught him in a waistlock. Kevin struggled, but Saito hoisted him in the air and dropped him to the mat with the Saito Suplex for the One, Two, Thr...foot on the rope.
Saito yanked Kevin to his feet and blitzed him with a series of chops and then plowed him with a clothesline. Saito covered, but only got two. Saito dropped an elbow on Kevin and then cranked on a headlock. For the next several minutes he kept Kevin on the mat and laid on him, twisting at his neck and head. Finally Kevin fought his way to his feet and looked to be rallying, but Saito grabbed him around the waist and turned him over with a belly to belly suplex. Saito covered and got two and nine tenths.
Saito laid some stomps onto the prone Von Erich, and then pulled him to his feet. He whipped Kevin into the ropes and caught him with a huge powerslam, but only managed a two count again. Saito pulled Kevin up and whipped him into the turnbuckle, and then followed in with a clothesline. Saito walked back out to mid-ring and charged in with another clothesline. Holding his arm in the air to signal a third clothesline, Saito walked back to the center of the ring, and charged again. Only this time he crashed into the foot of Kevin Von Erich.
Kevin turned around and climbed quickly to the top rope, then leapt backwards into his Turning Crossbody Block that caught a stunned Saito by surprise, and managed to score a long two count. Both men were slow getting to their feet, and when they did, Von Erich surprised Saito again by firing off a huge dropkick that sent Saito staggering backwards into the ropes. Kevin marched forward and began to lay into Saito with lefts and rights, another big dropkick sent him to the canvas. Kevin bounced off the ropes and attempted a big splash, but Saito brought up the knees.
Again, both men were slow getting up. This time Saito got to Kevin first and blistered him with a chop, but Kevin fired back with a big punch. Saito went for a clothesline, but Kevin ducked under it and clamped on The Iron Claw!! Saito struggled for a few seconds, then instead of trying to pull away, leaned into the move, hooked Kevin and drilled him with another Saito Suplex!!
Both men laid on the mat not moving, as referee Ron West began to count both of them down. Finally Mr. Saito got onto all fours and began to crawl toward Von Erich. He was over top him, seemingly about to make a cover, when Kevin's hand shot up and re-hooked the Iron Claw! Saito grabbed Von Erich's wrist, as Kevin sat up and began to really apply the pressure. The two struggled for a moment, before Kevin managed to get leverage and drive Saito onto his back. It wasn't long and Mr. Saito submitted.
Winner: Kevin Von Erich
Bill Watts: What a match! Kevin Von Erich picks up a huge win and forces Mr. Saito to submit!
Jim Ross: We are almost out of time, but Marc Lowrance is standing by with Kevin Von Erich.
Marc Lowrance: Kevin Von Erich, you just picked up a huge win against Mr. Saito. Is there anything you'd like to say?
Kevin Von Erich: Thanks Marc, and yes there is. Earlier tonight I heard Nick Bockwinkel out here insulting you, and I'd like to tell Nick Bockwinkel that maybe he should pick on somebody his own size. We all saw him screw The Junkyard Dog out of the Heavyweight Title, and now he's running around here hiding behind Big John Studd. But if he has any guts at all, I am challenging him to get in this ring and fight me for that belt! It's about time a Von Erich holds that World Class title anyway!
Marc Lowrance: The challenge has been laid down Ladies and Gentleman! We'll see you next week!