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JerryvonKramer

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  1. JerryvonKramer

    NWF, 1983

    This episode of League of Champions featured Pedro Morales making a surprise appearance to challenge his old friend Bruno Sammartino for his title. The two shook hands after an epic encounter. Meanwhile, Larry Zbyszko is still nowhere to be seen. Also on the show, Mick Foley came out and started harrassing the host of the show, Sean Mooney. He kept putting plastic straws in his ear and ruffling his hair in some truly bizarre behaviour which left fans wondering about Foley's mental state. Foley at 17 is a very young wrestler, but has already made a mark in the company by defeating the legendary Bobo Brazil, albeit with some help from The Grand Wizard. But this latest display from Foley is disturbing. After a few minutes of this, SD Jones had seen enough and came running out to confront Foley leading to a match which Foley promptly won. Doug Somers and Jerry Valiant continued their winning streak with a win over Billy Robinson and Mike Jackon after Somers pinned Jackson. With so many wins for Somers and Valiant now, some are wondering if the NWF will introduce tag titles. Somers and Valiant are said to be lobbying President Lou Thesz for this.
  2. JerryvonKramer

    NWF, 1983

    This live show continued with the Funboys Three vs. Foley / Douglas plus partner main events. Jones, Cash and Brazil each only have 13 days left with the company so there will be a new storyline for the young Foley forthcoming. Lou Thesz has taken an interest in Foley backstage and has been teaching him about psychology. Baron Scicluna came back from injury but was caught taking painkillers. He put over Dominic Denucci as per usual.
  3. JerryvonKramer

    NWF, 1983

    In a scheduling mixup, the Supercard was meant to take place on Tuesday but admin staff had accidentally booked the venue for Friday. This meant that half the roster were away INCLUDING Larry Zbyszko who was supposed to be blowing off his feud with Bruno Sammartino in the main event. Quickly, NWF made some talent trades to acquire Dory Funk Jr and Abdullah the Butcher to cover the holes on the card. Hence, Supercard 1983 revolved around an angle in which Larry Zbyszko sent in a recorded video tape of himself with a bandaged leg claiming he was injured and could not take part in the show and that instead Abdullah the Butcher would take his place! Bruno reacted furiously, and Grand Wizard promised that Abdullah would be so brutal that Bruno would wish that he'd never been born. The main event was a wild brawl featuring blood and a crazy spot from Abdullah when he tried to piledrive Bruno on a table only to see it collapse under his weight. Bruno was very firey in the main event and the match finished with an stoppage for as Abdullah was heavily bleeding. An enraged Bruno would not relent and Abdullah had to be carried out with a stretcher. Bruno was shouting for Larry Zbyszko to show himself. Elsewhere on the card, Dory Funk Jr went 40 minutes with Jerry Valiant who managed to hang long enough, the crowd was suprisingly into the match even though it featured long periods on the mat and a slow pace. Bobo Brazil finally got his hands on Mick Foley, but referee Brain Hildebrand was knocked out. Foley smashed Brazil over the head with a steel chair and Grand Wizard snuck down to the ring in a referee's jacket to count to three. Foley claimed the victory and this seems to be the end of the road for Brazil. Generally the show has had a very positive reaction from fans as well as "in the dirt sheets".
  4. JerryvonKramer

    NWF, 1983

    In the last TV show before the Supercard, NWF President Lou Thesz oversaw the contract signing between Bruno Sammartino and Larry Zbyszko for the title. The show was mostly an advert for the PPV event (being sold on Closed Circuit). Don Leo Jonathan came out of retirement in the main event to face Billy Robinson in a bout that was a lot better than it had any right to be.
  5. JerryvonKramer

    NWF, 1983

    Tonight's challenger is Ted DiBiase who Grand Wizard has brought in as a reminder of his father, Iron Mike as a "ghost of the past". He had a solid match with Bruno but afterwards Larry Zbyszko came out to try to steal Bruno's thunder. Billy Robinson is set to end his run so will be helping to put over Mick Foley. We also had the first live tour show in New Jersey which featured the Funboys Three (SD Jones, Bobo Brazil and Porkchop Cash) going over Mick Foley, Shane Douglas and Doug Somers. Somers took the pin and Foley was kept strong during the match and missed the finish due brawling with Cash outside of the ring.
  6. JerryvonKramer

    NWF, 1983

    Tonight Ivan Koloff was the challenger, but that match was really just the setup for Bruno to transition into a feud with Larry Zbyszko who attacked him and ended the match by DQ. This will be the main event at the Super Card at the end of next month. It may be getting to the time to establish a secondary title and even a touring event featuring a B-show to help accelerate growth for the company and give more experience to the younger stars.
  7. JerryvonKramer

    NWF, 1983

    In a major coup, Larry Zbyszko will be coming in for six dates on a talent trade with GCW with Porkchop Cash and Baron Scicluna going the other way. There's the main event for the first supercard sorted! He debuted immediately on the TV cutting the following promo: "Do you remember me Bruno? Do you remember me? Once upon a time I worshiped you like all of these schmucks out here, because I was young and naive and foolish and impressionable. I thought that for once in this world there was someone who cared for me, there was someone who wasn't SELFISH. But how wrong I was to trust in you. You're not the hero people think you are. You only care about one man and that's Bruno Sammartino. Well let me tell you something old man, I am your worst nightmare come to life. I've been talking to the Grand Wizard and he said I need to get down here to make your life a living hell, and that's exactly what I'm going to do. I'm going to do everything I can to haunt you with the ghosts of the past, ghosts Bruno, ghosts that I want you to see when you close your eyes at night! And then when you're in a cold sweat, when you're lying there like the hairy gorilla you are eyes looking up at the ceiling. I want you to see my face laughing. Because that belt you have around your waste is going to be mine, ALL MINE when I am through!" During the rest of the card, Bobo Brazil came back from injury during Mick Foley's match and chased him back to the locker room. Grand Wizard's challenger was Kamala but Ivan Koloff ran in during the main event and attacked Bruno with a chain as Larry Zbyszko got on the mic and laughed manically saying "the ghosts! The GHOSTS BRUNO" over and over again.
  8. JerryvonKramer

    NWF, 1983

    In disastrous news, the NWA have clamped down on the loans claiming that the company is abusing the system by using it too often! Still Bruno can milk two more defences from this. The first of those is Killer Khan who had a Texas Death Match with Bruno this week. The formula of Wizard bringing in the monster to take on Bruno might be old but it is as good as it is going to get for these early weeks of NWF. These are all strong main events and the idea is that this will make more people tune in as word of mouth gets around. Elsewhere on the show, Mick Foley steamrolled Don Diamond, while SD Jones went to see Brazil in hospital again, who is recovering but angry about Foley's attack.
  9. JerryvonKramer

    NWF, 1983

    In the best episode of League of Champions on Disney to date, Bruno started the show giving a heartfelt sitdown interview with Sean Mooney about the time Stan Hansen injured his neck in 1973. He talked about the mental anguish of that period outside of the squared circle and how he's never forgiven Hansen for it. Just as he said that, Grand Wizard cackled off stage and Stan Hansen himself emerged! He attacked Bruno from behind and a wild pull apart brawl ensues. Later in the show Gary Michael Capetta announced that Bruno has requested a cage match with Hansen tonight to settle this score once and for all!! In a short skit SD Jones visited Bobo Brazil in hospital. Mick Foley destroyed Mohamad Saad and seems to be getting more psychotic. The main event saw an amazing brawl between Bruno and Hansen in the steel cage with Bruno. The TV audience has increased by 373% since week 1, but is still only drawing a 0.08 which is around 66,730 people.
  10. JerryvonKramer

    NWF, 1983

    A bit of an angle for this show, as Mick Foley acting like a crazed psychopath ran in and attacked Bobo Brazil with a chair during his match with Bulldog Brower. He continues to hack at the legendary Brazil with a chair until SD Jones ran out, but the damage was already done. Brazil needed to be stretchered out. Bruno vs. Jack Brisco had excellent heat and the pair had good chemistry. These "one and done" title defences against well known names are to establish Bruno as an unbeatable champion.
  11. JerryvonKramer

    NWF, 1983

    In order to help this roster, Bruno has picked up a veritible job squad the most famous of which are perennial journeymen Doug Somers and Jerry Valiant, who will tag sometimes. Others who will be brought in primarily to put others over are Siva Afi, Frank Monte, Mohamed Saad, and Mike Jackson. These are all decent hands who will help with the undercard. For this week, it was time for Bruno to have a break, and Flair to come in to defend the NWA belt which he did in a thirty-minute technical match against Billy Robinson which fell flat with the live crowd. Jack Brisco was announced as Bruno's challenger for next week on the Grand Wizard conveyor belt. Debuts for much of the job squad.
  12. JerryvonKramer

    NWF, 1983

    Two more stars added on 3-month deals: Bulldog Brower and Billy Robinson. There are no plans as such for these workers other than filling out the card. Robinson can work longer matches which will help to fill some time on these dire cards. He will also be useful for talent trades. Haystacks Calhoun has left NWF in disgust without notice. Ivan Koloff has come in from GCW for a 2-show trade in exchange for SD Jones and Robinson. Don Diamond has been brought in as enhancement talent. Grand Wizard's challenger this week is Jumbo Tsuruta. The idea is to get Bruno over as a truly international champion, and NWF over as a place where everyone from all over the world comes. There was a "once in a lifetime" legends match between Thesz (66) and Brazil (58). Push for Douglas and Foley continues.
  13. JerryvonKramer

    NWF, 1983

    Some signings! SD Jones! Porkchop Cash! Bobo Brazil! All on 3-month deals. They will form a faction called The Funboys Three and their main role will be to put over Foley and Douglas. They aren't available for this next show. Terry Funk came in and did a crazy bump in the main event against Bruno which was hot. The undercard was total trash, with Don Leo Jonathan coming out of retirement to fill out the card against Frankie Williams, and Lou Thesz tagging with Haystacks Calhoun to put over Foley and Douglas -- naturally Thesz didn't take the pin.
  14. JerryvonKramer

    NWF, 1983

    Bruno has made a series of loans to supply Grand Wizard with a constant stream of title contenders. The first is Dory Funk Jr in from Crockett. Terry will follow next week. These cards are genuinely awful, but talent is limited. Foley and Douglas are slowly being built up as young heels. But the lack of anything going on outside of Bruno's title is quite painful. It's time to look for some more workers to join this roster -- it is unclear who, if anyone, will join. David Sammartino has been sent to rehab for 3 months.
  15. JerryvonKramer

    NWF, 1983

    This first show revolved around Lou Thesz bringing in the old NWF title and Grand Wizard pressing Spiros Arion's claim to it. Naturally, Bruno disagrees and they have a match over it, which Bruno wins making him the new NWF champion. The thinness of this card is painful. Calhoun didn't like taking the countout loss to Shane Douglas, but he'll be gone by the end of the month. David Sammartino was apparently wasted on drugs and it is very likely Bruno will send him to rehab. Dominic vs. The Baron was about as good as could be expected given that it wasn't even good in 1978 this is 1983. Bruno shone in every segment. Also, Spiros Arion got injured in the main event and is out for the whole month -- lol. The basic plan now will be to bring in NWA stars on one-shot deals managed by Wizard to challenge for Bruno's belt.
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