July 11, 1985
The North American Wrestling Alliance proudly presents NWA Main Event coming to you from Irish McNeil’s Boys Club in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Jim Ross: Hello everybody and welcome to NWA Main Event. I am Jim Ross and my partner as always is Cowboy Bill Watts. Bill, the NWA really outdid itself with the Great American Bash last week in Pensacola.
Cowboy Bill Watts: That’s right Jim. We had 3 new champions crowned as Misty Blue Simmes defeated The Fabulous Moolah, the Midnight Express used some dastardly tactics to defeat the Hart Foundation and Buzz Sawyer won the vacated NWA Gulf States championship.
Jim Ross: And then there was the wildest match I have ever seen between Ted Dibiase, Dr. Death Steve Williams and Barry Windham vs Akbar’s Army of Hercules Hernandez, Kamala and Mr. Saito.
Cowboy Bill Watts: You got that right Jim but first we need to show the fans the ending to the NWA World Tag Team Title Match between the champions, Harley Race and Larry Zbyszko with Roger Kirby vs the Hacksaws (Reed and Duggan).
Video Match: NWA WORLD TAG TEAM TITLE
Harley Race & Larry Zbyszko © with Roger Kirby vs Hacksaw Jim Duggan & Hacksaw Butch Reed
A back and forth match between 4 quality wrestlers. At one point, Reed was the face in peril and was taking a pretty good beating when for no reason at all, Roger Kiby came and clipped Hacksaw Duggan’s knee and down he went to the arena floor. Low and behold, this was the exact time the Butch Reed escaped and tried to make a tag, but nobody was home. Reed is left to take more of a beating while Duggan recovers. Duggan finally climbs back up to the apron, and is fuming about what happened to him. Hacksaw rushed into the ring only to have the ref escort him back out. This allowed the champs to continue to work over Reed who is in a real bad way now. Somehow, he finally makes a tag and Duggan comes in like a house a fire and carries the match through the next phase. Eventually he comes to make a tag from Reed but Butch jumps down to the floor and simply walks away from his tag team partner as he heads for the aisle and through the curtain. Duggan is left to fight the champs on his own and does okay for a while but eventually the numbers game gets to him and Harely Race follows up a middle rope diving headbutt with a piledriver for the win.
Jim Ross: Well folks, you just saw it and it shocked all of us in Pensacola last week. Hacksaw Butch Reed abandoned Hacksaw Duggan and gave up one heck of a chance at the world titles.
Cowboy Watts: I had no idea what had gotten into Butch Reed but as the night went on, it became more obvious as to who had gotten into Hacksaw Butch Reed.
Jim Ross: You said a mouth full there. I have watched the video tape of that Dibiase/Akbar 6 Man tag team match at least a dozen times and I sure as heck don’t have a clue as to what happened.
Cowboy Bill Watts: Let’s show the fans what you are talking about.
VIDEO TAPE MATCH: BOUNTY VS CONTRACT MATCH
Ted Dibiase, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams & Barry Windham vs “The Ugandan Giant” Kamala, Hercules Hernandez & Mr. Saito with Skandar Akbar
Akbar comes to the ring with a suitcase full of money which he hands to Cowboy Bill Watts. Watts opens the case, shows the fans the $50,000 and closes the briefcase. The stipulations for this one are huge! If Dibiase’s team goes down, Dibiase is out of the NWA. If Akbar’s team loses, his must give Dibiase the $50,000 and his NWA Managerial License will be revoked.
The tape cuts to the finish as the crowd begins to moan as Hacksaw Butch Reed comes down to ringside.
He goes up to Akbar and whispers something in his ear and we see a big grin come across the Arab’s face. Reed starts yelling at Dibiase who seems a bit distracted!
WHAM… Kamala with a Giant Splash on Windham on the outside and Barry is basically been eliminated from the match as he is so badly hurt that he can’t get back to the ring.
Akbar jumps up on the apron and the ref starts to yell at him. On the other side of the ring, Butch Reed jumps up on the apron as Hercules Hernandez hooks Dibiase from behind. Reed enters the ring and he is about to clobber Dibiase!
WHAM…. The crowd is shocked… Reed completely missed Dibiase and nails Hercules Hernandez right in the face with a big right hand.
WHAM… Reed powerslams Hernandez and then quickly rolls out of the ring.
WHAM… Dibiase hits his own powerslam and covers Hernandez.
Saito and Dr. Death are still brawling and he doesn’t even know the count is happening
Kamala enters the ring and raises a huge fist to the sky!
The crowd is going wild as Akbar rushes to the briefcase to try and steal his money but Hacksaw Reed rips it from his hands and gives it to Dibiase. Akbar crumbles to the crowd and appears to be in tears.
Dibiase and Dr. Death are already celebrating in the ring as Barry Windham slowly and gingerly comes to the party. The crowd is going wild as Akbar is out of the NWA!
What happens next will be talked about as a day that lives in infamy as far as NWA Wrestling in concerned.
From out of the locker room comes none other than “the big cat” Ernie Ladd and he has a Fist raised in the air.
Suddenly Butch Reed raises his fist in unity with Ladd. While Akbar is finally heading to the back with his Devastation Inc. team, “the Ugandan Giant, Kamala turns around and heads back to the ring. Ernie Ladd throws him a towel and Kamala whips the African face paint off and he too raises his fist in unity with Ladd and Reed.
Next, Dibiase and Dr. Death put their thumbs and pointer fingers together in the shape of a diamond and hold them in front of their face. Dibiase and Dr. Death rub their hands together like the are washing their hands of something. They then point to Ladd, Reed and Kamala and then to Windham.
Ladd, Reed and Kamala then proceed to attack Barry Windham like you have never seen before. Dibiase and Dr. Death walk away while officials rush the ring to try and stop the attack, but they have no shot at stopping a team of Ladd, Reed and Kamala. In the end, Ladd, Reed and Kamala point to the sky as they walk away and the medics rush to the ring to help Windham.
Jim Ross: All I know is that after watching that again, I need some questions answered.
Watts: The good thing Jim is that we will get all of those answers tonight as many of the participants in that match are in the building tonight with the exception of Skandar Akbar whose managerial license has been revoked.
Jim Ross: Well thank goodness for that. We will be right back.
Hacksaw Butch Reed with Ernie Ladd defeats defeats Ben Deleon with the Football Tackle.
During this short match, Ross and Watts are still debating what went on that caused Hacksaw Reed to turn on Hacksaw Duggan st the Great American Bash and what Ernie Ladd has to do with it.
After the match, Ladd and Reed come to the interview area.
Jim Ross: First off, Ernie Ladd… what are you doing here. We heard that you had retired from wrestling.
Ernie Ladd: I was suckered into retirement by Blackjack Mulligan and that yellow dog of a son of his, one Barry Windham.
Jim Ross: I admit, I have no idea what you are talking about.
Ernie Ladd: That’s because you are about as stupid as you look. Last year out in Rocky Moutain Wrestling, Blackjack Mulligan opened up his big drunk mouth and told everyone how he was going to run the Big Cat our or wrasstling! Well, I broke his leg and took his title. Next thing I know, some coward in yellow pajamas and a mask shows up and is calling me out. Well I beat that punk from pillar to post for about a month and then he challenges me to a match where I agreed to leave wrestling if he beat me. Little did I know this yellow dog was Barry Windham and little did I know that rat of a father had paid off the officials and allowed him to bring a chain to the ring! Even worse, those in power, the authority if you will, allowed him to use that chain to whip me like I was some sort of slave. Needless to say, through cheating, I went down in defeat and was forced to out of wrestling. Well now I am back as a manager and I am going to assembly a group of wrestlers that are going to turn the authority on their ear and at the same time, end the career of Barry Windham and anyone else who gets in our way. I had paid the Funk brothers to go after Mulligan and Windham but Dusty Rhodes got in our way. So Rhodes… you are on my list too.
Cowboy Bill Watts: Well that explains it. You lost to Barry Windham and couldn’t handle it, so now you are back to bother us all as a “manager.”
Jim Ross: And what about you Hacksaw. Why did you turn on Hacksaw Duggan when you two could have been world champions.
Hacksaw Butch Reed: You must be either blind or part of the corrupt authority Mr. Ladd was just talking about. You all saw him jump away when I tried to tag him in. You all saw me doing all the work. This is 1985, not 1855. I ain’t no slave. Nobody is going to watch me do all the work and then reap the benefits of it. Hacksaw Duggan is not my master. Mr. Ladd told me in private before the match to pay close attention and see what Duggan did. He guaranteed me that Duggan wouldn’t be of any help and he was right. I am not going to take a beating for nobody anymore but together with Mr. Ladd, I am going to give them.
Jim Ross: Okay Ladd, that explains Hacksaw Reed’s actions, but how did you even communicate with Kimala to get him to help you out?
Ernie Ladd: Kamala? If you mean Mr. Harris… you will just have to ask him next week.
Jim Ross: Mr. Harris?
Ladd and Reed smirk and then raise their fist in the air and walk off.
Jim Ross: I think those two are going to cause a lot of trouble around here.
Cowboy Bill Watts: You said a mouth full.
“The Professor” Bill Ash defeats Paul Roma when he followed up an eye poke and a forearm to the kidneys with rear flying chin lock
The crowd was so disgusted throughout the match by Bill Ash and his pompous, I am better than you attitude, that they really got behind the powerful built youngster. This lifted Roma up and he gave the experienced Ash all he could handle until Ash really used some questionable tactics. In the end Ash gave a “nasty” interview where he put down all of the “uneducated swamp people” here in Louisiana. Roma interrupted the interview and wanted rematch next week. The very confident Ash accepted and told the youngster that next week he will teach the youngster to respect his elders and not interrupt the educated when he is soeaking.
Buddy Landell defeats Scott Doring with the Figure 4 in a match that required Landell to use all sorts of under-minded tactics to neutralize the power of Doring.
After the match, Landell puts his thumbs together and pointer fingers together in the sign of a diamond and holds it out from his face. Watts and Ross remind us that this the exact same symbol made by Dibiase and Dr. Death just before they threw Barry Windham to the Ernie Ladd, Hacksaw Reed and Kimala at the Bash. Watts says he has to get to the bottom of this and heads to the ring.
Cowboy Bill Watts: Well Mr. Landell. Welcome to the NWA, I think. Not sure I can say that I am a fan of some of the tactics I just say you use on Scott Doring; and what was that “Diamond sign you just made.”
Buddy Landell: Well that’s a fine how do you do. I mean the “Nature Boy” Buddy Landell drops Steve Doring like a bad habit as I had him screaming like a little girl when I locked in the Figure 4 and all you can ask me about is a symbol I made with my fingers. Not welcome to the NWA, Nature Boy. Not the fact that wow, you just might be the next NWA champion. Not the fact that the women in the crowd could barely control themselves during your match but instead, you ask why did a put my fingers in the shape of a Diamond?
Cowboy Bill Watts: Well I can see we are going to get along great.
All of a sudden, Ted Dibiase and Dr. Death Steve Williams come out and they immediately make the sign of the Diamond with Buddy Landell.
Cowboy Bill Watts: Well you two are exactly the two I wanted to speak with. Why did you people allow Ernie Ladd to beat on Barry Windham like that at the Great American Bash. Why did Hacksaw Reed help you defeat Skandar Akbar? And what is this Diamond sign I keep seeing.
Ted Dibiase: Whoa… slow down there, Cowboy. First, you all should be thanking me right now. Dr. Death and myself got rid of the most hated man in the NWA, one General Skandar Akbar and instead of being praised, we are being grilled. As for Barry Windham… I got no loyalty to him. Hacksaw Reed asked a favor and we obliged. Hacksaw and I have been on the same page for a long, long time.
Dr. Death: Diamond sign? In due time Watts. In due time.
Dibiase, Dr. Death and Landell walk off together as Cowboy Bill Watts seems frustrated but the lack of answers he is getting tonight.
Leon White defeats “Iron” Mike Sharpe with a Powerslam
When the match is over, Barry Windham and Hacksaw Duggan are at the interview desk where they are fuming about the events at the Great American Bash.
Hacksaw Duggan: Butch Reed… I have never had anyone walk out on me in a wrestling match before. I mean you and I were going for the World Tag belts and then you just left me there to deal with the Midwest Mafia all by myself. That is low. That is as low as it gets. I didn’t understand it at first until I saw you walk out later in the night with one of the most evil men ever to step foot in the ring… Ernie Ladd. I mean if you are going to side with the Devil, there isn’t anything I can do about it. Butch Reed…. One thing I know for sure is that you and me got some unfinished business and next time, I got me a partner right here in Barry Windham that I am sure will be there when I need him
Barry Windham: I try my best to stay calm. I try must best to stay even keel but right now I am fuming. I go out of my way to help Ted Dibiase and Dr. Death deal with Skandar Akbar and then they allow a scoundrel like Ernie Ladd to attack me 3-1. Ernie Ladd, you found out last year you couldn’t beat me, and it cost you your career. You better be careful as this time it might cost you a whole lot more. And Dibiase…. Dr. Death… I have not forgotten about you.
Tim Horner defeats “Hollywood John Tatum with the rolling cradle as Tatum was crying to the ref that Horner holed the tights.
After the bout, Jim Cornett and the Midnight Express come out holding their newly won NWA North American Tag Titles.
Jim Cornette: I told you Jim Ross. I told you Bill Watts: The Midnight Express are the greatest tag team in professional wrestling today. Just go and ask the Hart Foundation…. Oh you can’t. They ran out of town after the Great American Bash as they knew they could never beat us.
Cowboy Bill Watts: Okay Wimpy… why don’t you remind everyone that it was your interference that allowed your team to win those belts in the first place.
Jim Cornette: Oh, not today. Not today you big bag of wind. Bill Watts, you will not ruin our party. This is a celebration of the fact that these titles are right back where they belong. Let’s go over to the ring so the party can in fact begin and the fans can give the Midnight Express a proper ovation.
As the fans boo louder and louder, the Midnight Express and Corny head over to the ring with Bill Watts following with a microphone. Big Bubba Rogers, Cornett’s bodyguard, rolls out a big cake.
Jim Cornette: We told you Watts. It was a celebration. Look at this cake. It’s better than any wedding cake I have ever seen. It cost hundreds of dollars and it is part of Mother’s bonus for us winning the titles. She told me have the greatest party ever; with one stipulation. Do you know what that stipulation was Watts?
Watts: No idea.
Jim Cornette: Mother’s only rule was that YOU ARE NOT INVITED! Hahahahah. Hey Beautiful Bobby, Lover Boy Denis… why don’t you two get in the ring and take a victory lap.
With Big Bubba holding the ropes down for the Express, they enter the ring and start to jog around the ring. All of a sudden, in a bit of a shock to Cornette, the crowd goes bonkers with their cheering. This is because The Rock n Roll Express have returned to the NWA and have snuck up behind Jim Cornette. Bill Watts sees them but says nothing.
WHAM…. Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson have slammed Cornette’s face into the cake and he falls forward destroying this multi-tiered masterpiece. As Cornette is sliding all over the place trying to get his footing, the Rock n Roll Express dash of to the locker room before the Midnight Express and Big Bubba ever see what is happening.
Jim Ross: Hahahah. Oh my! That was awesome. Folks, we are out of time. So long from Shreveport.