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[1986-02-22-NWA-Worldwide] Ric Flair & Arn Anderson vs Dusty Rhodes & Ron Garvin

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Taped on 2/18/86, aired on World Wide Wrestling 2/22/86

CP @ Rock Hill, SC - Winthrop Coliseum - February 18, 1986
TV taping:
Ron Garvin & National Heavyweight Champion Dusty Rhodes (w/ Baby Doll) defeated NWA World Champion Ric Flair & NWA TV Champion Arn Anderson when Rhodes pinned Flair after Garvin punched Flair in the face behind the referee's back

 

 

 

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Pretty certain this wasn't taped in Rock Hill, SC (the 2/15 episode of Worldwide which was taped on 2/11 was).  I'd be careful if you're taking the venues from the listings on the Sports & Wrestling board because there is a ton wrong with them for the JCP stuff from 1984-86.

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Ric Flair & Arn Anderson vs Dusty Rhodes & Ronnie Garvin - Worldwide 2/22/86

I remember Austin raving about this match way back when because of Dusty giving Baby Doll a kiss and then saying what the hell and giving Garvin a kiss. He thought it was the funniest and damndest thing he ever did see. In the moment watching it in action, I was popping as much as the crowd. WHAT A CROWD! Talk about sustained heat. They were not in the ring for a long time, but they sure as hell had a good time! Anytime, Flair and Garvin are lighting it up, it is a helluva time. I loved Flair flopping about sixty seconds into this as he is going for the tag, missing the tag, Garvin yanking him back up by the trunks just to chop him down. Dusty hits the double bionic elbow on the Horsemen and that leads to the kissing spot. Flair finally makes a tag to Arn after two Flair Flops and a whole lot of bumping. Garvin hits the sleeper on Arn, but he backs into the Horsemen corner. There is not much of a heat segment as Flair cannot contain Garvin for long and takes a back drop. Dusty yanks him into the corner and wraps his leg around the post as revenge for the leg breaking angle. This does not lead to much. The finish is pretty nuts. Dusty goes for the figure-4 and Arn saves. This brings Garvin in and in the fracas he nails Flair with the Hands of Stone and Dusty pins the World Champion in a tag match. The Risky Bidness Boys celebrate like Dusty has actually won the World Championship. Great booking as the crowd popped huge, Dusty gets a pinfall on Flair and Garvin looks like a big time star as it was his right hand that put Flair down. So now when Flair vs Garvin goes around the horn people will believe that Garvin has a puncher's chance. Tons of fun, definitely watch for Dusty & Flair's antics, but also some amazing booking. ***1/4

 

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These Worldwide crowds are insane. Just consistent, ballistic heat; obviously more so when your Dustys and Flairs are in there, but it's not just a star power thing. Every episode from around this period has some of the best crowds ever in wrestling. It's very awesome. This was also a wonderful little five minutes. It's a hyper-condensed southern style tag but they made the absolute most of every second. Flair flopping as he tries to make the tag, Dusty kissing both Baby Doll and Garvin, Arn's look of pure hatred when he finally gets the tag, Dusty's incredible double punch combo to Flair and Arn in the corner; everything they did was on the money. Great finish as well. I pretty much adored every second of this. What a fucking roll Crockett was on at this point. 

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