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10/13/85, Asheville NC

First up, a battle royal with the final two men challenging for the tag titles in the main event. It comes down to Big Daddy Ritter, Gino Hernandez, and El Santo Negro. Ritter dominates his two foes and scooped El Santo Negro up onto a shoulder to slam him out to the floor. Gino pulls El Santo Negro down behind Ritter, and a double dropkick sends Big Daddy sailing!

Kazaharu defeats Chris Benoit by submission with his rolling figure-four headlock.

Tom Prichard defeats El Caballero with a thrust kick to the jaw.

The Paisans defeats Wild & Gorgeous when Italian Stallion pins Royal with an O’Connor Roll.

Big Daddy Ritter defeats Brady Boone in a total one-sided match.

In an MACW Tag Title Match, the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers defeat Gino Hernandez & El Santo Negro by DQ. Late in the match, Armand Rougeau tries to come in behind the referee’s back with one of the title belts. Gino intercepts and blasts all three men with the belt. The referee sees it and ends the match but the challengers are left standing tall!

 

10/14/85, Fayetteville NC

El Santo Negro defeats El Caballero with a leaping cross body off the top rope.

Wild Bill Irwin defeats Chris Benoit with a flying kneedrop.

In an MACW Tag Title match, The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers defeat the Paisans when Raymond pins Tony Parisi after Bombs Away.

Big Daddy Ritter & Kazaharu defeat Tom Prichard & Brady Boone after Ritter plants Boone with his powerslam.

Gino Hernandez defeats Gorgeous Gary Royal by submission with the figure four, in a message to the MACW Champion!

 

10/16/85, Lenoir NC

El Santo Negro defeats Gorgeous Gary Royal by DQ after Wild Bill Irwin interferes. Tom Prichard makes the save and evens the odds, leading to …

Tom Prichard & El Santo Negro defeat Wild & Gorgeous when the masked man catches Irwin in a rolling cradle.

Kazaharu defeats Chris Benoit by submission with his rolling figure-four headlock.

Brady Boone defeats El Caballero with a bulldog.

In the main event, Gino Hernandez and the Paisans face Big Daddy Ritter and the Rougeaus in an Elimination Match.

            -Gino & Ritter both get counted out.

            -Raymond Rougeau pins Tony Parisi after getting tripped by Armand.

            -Jacques Rougeau pins Italian Stallion by rollup seconds later while he protests to the referee.

After the match the Paisans dump Jacques and Raymond to the floor and beat up on Armand. The brothers retreat while the crowd gets sent home happy.

 

10/17/85, Columbia SC

El Santo Negro & Chris Benoit defeat Kazaharu & El Caballero when El Santo Negro makes the blind tag and pins Caballero with his rolling cradle.

Tony Parisi and Wild Bill Irwin battle to a 15-minute draw.

In an MACW Tag Title Match, the Fabulous Rougeaus retain against Tom Prichard & Brady Boone, with Jacques pinning Boone after Bombs Away.

Italian Stallion pinned Gorgeous Gary Royal with an O’Connor Roll.

Gino Hernandez and Big Daddy Ritter battle to a double DQ.

 

10/18/85, Charleston SC

El Santo Negro defeats El Caballero. Kazahary attacks after the match, brutalizing the masked man with a kendo stick.

Big Daddy Ritter defeats Chris Benoit with the powerslam.

Wild & Gorgeous defeat Tom Prichard & Brady Boone, with Irwin pinning Boone.

Gino Hernandez defeats Kazaharu.

In an MACW Tag Title Match, the Fabulous Rougeaus retain after losing to the Paisans by DQ.

Big Daddy Ritter won a 10-man Battle Royal for an MACW Title shot at the next event in Charleston.

 

 

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Nice set of house shows.  I thought the battle royal in Ashville where the last two got a tag title shot that night was very creative.  Can't say I was not disappointed that it wasn't Gino and Ritter going for the belts!

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MACW TV, 10/19/20

We open the show with Bob Caudle and David Crockett hyping a very important announcement.

A video airs and AWA promoter, Verne Gagne, appears.

 Gagne: Good evening. For those of you who don’t know me, I am Verne Gagne. I am the promoter of the American Wrestling Association. I am here tonight to announce that the AWA and Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling have entered into a promotional agreement. Moving forward, AWA World champions will defend their titles against MACW wrestlers, beginning with Nikita Koloff defending the AWA World Title at the upcoming Starrcade event. More details on this new partnership will be forthcoming.

Bob Caudle announces a special gauntlet match next week on the program, with the winner getting the shot at Koloff on Thanksgiving night!

 

MATCH #1

TV Title Match

Kokina defends vs. Mick Foley

Headbutt. Thrust kick. Splash in the corner. Legdrop. Ballgame.

After the win, Rip Rogers says that Kokina will be putting his name in the gauntlet.

 

Following a commercial break, we see footage from a recent live event, where Kazaharu brutalized El Santo Negro with a kendo stick. Back in the studio, David Crockett is joined by Don Kernodle and informs us that, due to his injuries, El Santo Negro isn’t able to wrestle this week against Kernodle as planned. Kernodle says that’s fine with him, because he’s already found his partner, and he’ll reveal who it is next week on the program.

 

MATCH #2

Big Daddy Ritter vs. Pete Sanchez

Kazaharu and Sonny King lurk at ringside. Ritter has the match won in seconds but he toys with Sanchez for a few minutes before putting him away. Rather than deliver his powerslam, Ritter applies an excruciating bearhug, squeezing Sanchez into unconsciousness.

After the match, Sonny King says that Ritter AND Kazaharu will be in the gauntlet for the AWA title shot.

 

A video package airs showing Dutch Mantell and the Blade Runners, interspersing clips of them in action running roughshod over opponents and beating down the Road Warriors, with footage of them training in the gym.

 

MATCH #3

Johnny Weaver, Tom Prichard & Jim Powers vs. Four Horsemen (Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson & Super Destroyer)

Ric Flair joins on commentary for this match and proclaims that Destroyer staked his claim as a Horseman with his “big win” last week over Kerry Brown. David Crockett says it was an extremely tainted win and that Kerry deserves another shot. In the ring, the Horsemen show good synergy, isolating and beating down the rookie Powers for several minutes. Powers finally fights them off and makes the tag to Weaver, who gets the upper hand until Ole trips the veteran coming off the ropes. Now it’s Weaver’s turn to get brutalized until he grabs Arn in a Weaver Lock. Arn reaches the ropes in desperation and Weaver makes it to the corner and brings in Prichard, who storms into the ring like a house afire! All three Horsemen enter the ring one at a time and Prichard drops each with a thrust kick to the jaw! Prichard goes for the pin on Arn… Ole breaks it up. Now all six men into the ring and brawling. Weaver and Ole tumble to the floor. Powers clotheslines Destroyer head over heels over the top rope. Prichard hooks Arn in a sleeper, Double A counters into a back suplex! Both men are down and make the tag to Powers and the Destroyer, respectively. The U.S. champ leaps with a flying clothesline on Powers, then sets him on the top turnbuckle and hits his superplex. It’s academic!

After the match, Arn Anderson enters HIS name in the gauntlet and vows to bring the AWA title into the Horsemen. Flair meanwhile says that Gino still hasn’t found someone to be in his corner for the Throw in the Towel Match… and that he’s been told by Jim Crockett that if Gino can’t find someone, he'll have to forfeit the match!

 

MAIN EVENT

MACW Tag Title Match

Fabulous Rougeau Brothers defend vs. The Paisans

Armand Rougeau and Mad Dog Vachon escort the champs to ringside, but Armand orders Vachon to the back with the jackets of the champions. Parisi and Italian Stallion come out super motivated and have the champs on their heels for much of the match! The studio audience is getting excited, smelling an upset, but the tide turns when Armand hops onto the apron, distracting Stallion, allowing Jacques to nail Parisi with a low blow behind the referee’s back. From there, Parisi falls easy prey to the Bombs Away finisher, with Raymond scoring the pin.

 

The show is almost over when Gino Hernandez comes out.

Gino: I hear what people are saying… that yours truly Gorgeous Gino can’t find someone in his corner for the throw in a towel match. And it’s true. I’ve gone up and down the roster, asking every man I know who’s an enemy of the Four Horsemen… and they each said no. Except one! And that’s the man I want to talk to right now, because I know he’s watching. This is a man who has spilt my blood, tried to cripple me, tried to end my career! And so I want you to sit there and imagine watching Ric Flair do everything and anything he can to do the same. He’ll beat and torture and torment me to your heart’s content, and the only man who can stop it is YOU. That’s why I’m here tonight to ask… Jack Brisco… stand in my corner for this title match!

The show ends.

 

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Wow.... the alliances are forming.  Maybe 1986 will really be the DAWN OF WAR!  

What a finish... Oklahoma's greatest athlete never backed down from a challenge!

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Oh man an AWA/MACW alliance! Starrcade is going to make history! 

A gauntlet match for a shot at the AWA title is must see TV.

Looking forward to the Road Warriors/Blade Runners collision. 

Horsemen look strong and united. This is bad news for everybody else. 

LOL, those Rougeaus do it again. This title run has been so entertaining. Cant wait to see who faces them at Starrcade.

Talk about a cliff hanging ending. Gino might be a genius. I'm sure Jack Brisco would love to watch Gino take a beating while his fate is in his hands. So much intrigue.  

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Worldwide Wrestling, 10/20/85

Kerry Brown destroys Terry Brunk. After the match, he tells Tony Schiavone and Ray Stevens he's got unfinished business with Super Destroyer.

Adrian Street defeats Chris Benoit with the Lordly Privilege. Street keeps the hold applied after Benoit gives up. Finally Ray Stevens rolls into the ring and pulls off Street. Street and Stevens go nose to nose, with the referee and the Moondogs separating them. After they're separated, the referee announces a reversal of the decision due to Street's refusal to release the hold, making Benoit the winner by DQ. 

Mr. Wrestling II defeats Gene Ligon with the knee lift.

The Moondogs defeat Phil LaFleur and Mike Jackson when Spot hits his second-rope legdrop on Jackson.

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MACW TV, 10/26/85

 

A huge show on tap! A gauntlet match to determine the challenger for the AWA World Title at Starrcade! Plus we hear from Ric Flair and Jack Brisco before the throw in the towel match! Don Kernodle reveals his tag partner! And much much more!

 

MATCH #1

Phil LaFleur vs Gorgeous Gary Royal

An outstanding match in the athletic, quicker-paced junior heavyweight style. LaFleur scores the win after countering Royal’s attempt at a sleeper with a standing switch, then leaps onto his shoulders with a victory roll!

Back to the broadcast position, and David Crockett announces Mid-Atlantic is bringing in a second set of tag championships—the United States Tag Titles! An eight-team tournament begins next week and the finals will happen at Starrcade. Crockett cues up a roll listing the eight participating teams:

 

The Paisans

Fatu & Samu, the Samoans

Johnny Weaver & Mr. Wrestling II

The Blade Runners, Justice and Korchenko

Representing the AWA, the Killer Bees

The Moondogs

Wild & Gorgeous

And, making their return… The Road Warriors!

 

Speaking of tag teams, Don Kernodle is out now and makes his way to the ring to make his announcement. He only gets a few words in before the Rougeaus come out. Jacques, Raymond, Armand, and Vachon all are wearing suits. Jacques and Raymond have their title belts draped over their shoulders.

Armand: Enough is enough, no?!? For weeks, you come out here, saying you will conquer ze tag division. You conquer NOTHING! We think… we think you don’t even AVE a partner, no? Ha HA! Oui! You are just bluffing!

As Armand heckles Kernodle, Mad Dog Vachon starts to loosen his tie and then removes his jacket. He begins unbuttoning his shirt.

Kernodle: He’s right behind you…

Jacques and Raymond start to turn… Vachon grabs their heads and smashes them together! Armand immediately starts begging off as Vachon starts throwing wild haymakers at the tag champs. Kernodle is out and joins the battle! Jacques and Raymond are reeling and now Vachon has his sights set on Armand, who turns and flees, abandoning his brothers. Kernodle and Vachon turn and pick up the title belts, holding them over the semi-conscious carcasses of the champs.

 

MATCH # 2

Gauntlet Match for an AWA World Title match at Starrcade

Here are the rules. Entry into the match was drawn at random. Every five minutes, a new participant enters. Eliminations occur at any time by pinfall, submission, or being thrown over the top rope. Once two men are left, the only ways to win are by pinfall or submission.

Tom Prichard and Kazaharu are the first two participants. As the time ticks down, Kazaharu cuts off a leap into the corner with a thrust kick, then applying his rolling figure-four headlock. Prichard trying to hang on as the next man enters…

El Santo Negro is next! He storms the ring and, in an amazing show of balance, leaps to the top rope, springs off, and wallops Kazaharu with a big splash! That releases the hold, and El Santo stays on top for the cover. 1… 2… 3! Kazaharu is out! He rolls to the outside but the masked man isn’t done! He follows with a leaping dive over the top rope to wipe out Kazaharu! El Santo Negro has eliminated himself, but he doesn’t care. He’s still going after Kazaharu!

Prichard recovering in the ring and just watches the melee as the clock ticks down…

Arn Anderson is out next and seems quite cocky and amused about what awaits him—until Prichard blasts him with a roundhouse right! The two men go back and forth for the next five minutes, with Prichard countering whenever Arn looks to have the upper hand.

Kokina is out next. Arn and Prichard look to make an alliance … then Arn shoves Prichard into the grasp of the massive Samoan, who scoops up Prichard for a devastating slam, then a falling headbutt. Leaping legdrop! 1, 2, 3, Prichard is out!

Arn and Kokina now circling in a rematch from the Starrcade Cup, and Arn spending most of his time looking to stick and move. Arn trying to stay away from the ropes as well… the stalling takes up most of the rest of the period.

LEX LUGER is next! We haven’t seen him since Labor Day! Luger cuts off Kokina and opens up with a HUGE barrage of punches. The Total Package is in a frenzy! Kokina counters with an open-handed blow to the throat. Arn standing back and watching the brawl… Kokina lunges at Luger, who moves! Kokina reels against the ropes… Luger grabs him by one of his massive legs and heaves. Kokina goes over the top to the floor!!! Now Luger turning his attention to Arn, who is begging off, then tries to ambush Luger. Arn going right to the eyes! Double A pulling out every cheap trick in the books… the studio audience is FIRMLY behind Luger. Arn goes for a spinebuster, Luger pulls up short and kicks Arn under the chin! Double A back to his feet… clotheslined down by Luger. And again! Arn feeds back into Luger’s grasp, who turns and chucks Anderson out of the ring!

Big Daddy Ritter is the next, and final, participant, escorted by Sonny King. Ritter gets jumped by Luger right as he enters the ring, and the fans are screaming for Lex. Ritter shrugs off Luger and delivers a wicked clothesline that de-cleats the Total Package. What ensues is a hard-hitting and extremely physical battle, with neither man showing any sign of backing down. Ritter focuses in on the lower back of Luger when he does have control, looking to aggravate that injury. Headbutts to the spine prove especially effective! Luger fights back, though, delivering a couple of running clotheslines that stagger Ritter, then ducking a wild roundhouse and planting him with a back suplex! Luger is up and signaling for the Torture Rack! He goes to lift Ritter—and now Sonny King is in the ring! The referee interceding, as Luger blasts King and hoists HIM in the Torture Rack! The referee trying to get Luger to let him go, while Ritter… he’s got brass knucks! WHAM right in the lower back! Luger drops King in a heap, while Ritter scoops Luger for the Thump powerslam! 1! 2! 3!

Big Daddy Ritter WINS the gauntlet and will be moving on to challenge for the AWA title at Starrcade!!

 

Back from the break to see Caudle and Crockett joined by Jack Brisco. The question is out there: will Brisco accept Gino Hernandez’s offer to be in his corner for the throw in the towel match? Brisco looks back on everything that has happened between him and Gorgeous Gino: battling for the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title… gang warfare with Power Play, leading to Wargames, and watching as Gino delivered a piledriver to his own brother, Jerry Brisco. He watched as his baby brother got strapped to a stretcher and carried out of the building, because of something Gino did. Then… he and one of his best friends Thunderbolt Patterson put their careers on the line for another shot at the title. And Gino and Ole ended Thunderbolt’s career. Jack had to say goodbye to his little brother and his best friend, and Gino is at fault! Now… Gino wants HIS help. But against Ric Flair and the Andersons, who he still has a grudge with. Brisco can take the title off of Flair, AND get to see Gino Hernandez get beaten, bludgeoned, and tortured in the process for as long as BRISCO wants to see it happen. That’s good enough for him. Tomorrow night, in Charlotte, HE ACCEPTS!

 

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Really good show here.  

Finally Mad Dog has had enough.  You did an awesome job here with the slow build.

Great Gauntlet match

Jack & GIno together... this is like TNT... someone is going to get blown up.  The only question is if it will be one of them or Flair or the Andersons.

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Lot's of great teams will be vying for the US straps. 

Kernodle picked a good one! Didn't see that coming. After months of torment by the Rougeaus, Vachon finally breaks, Awesome moment! I can't wait until Vachon gets his hands on Armand LOL. 

The gauntlet match was action packed and sets up the AWA title match as a huge deal. WOW! Big Daddy Ritter wins it. Ritter vs. Nikita will be a wild hard hitting heel vs. heel match. 

Brisco says yes! I think Gino is going to suffer quite a bit. I wonder if Dick Murdoch will be watching this match closely. 

 

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Worldwide, 10/27/85

Dutch Mantell & Blade Runners defeat Brady Boone, Mike Jackson & Johnny Weaver. Justice and Korchenko hit Boone with their double press slam into a gutbuster, then tag in Dutch to make the pin.

Mr. Wrestling II defeats Mick Foley with a knee lift.

Schiavone and Ray Stevens are talking about tonight’s big event in Charlotte topped by the Ric Flair-Gino Hernandez rematch when Adrian Street & The Moondogs storm the set and beat down Stevens! Street locks in his submission hold on Stevens.

The Paisans defeat Terry Brunk & El Caballero with Stallion pinning Caballero.

Dick Murdoch defeats Eric Embry with the brainbuster.

 

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10/27/85, Charlotte NC

Terry Brunk & El Caballero defeat Chris Benoit & Mick Foley when Caballero hits Foley with a dropkick off the top rope.

Big Daddy Ritter defeats Phil LaFleur with the Thump powerslam.

In a U.S. Title match, Kerry Brown wins by DQ after Super Destroyer delivers a blatant low blow right in front of the referee. The Destroyer remains champion.

The Road Warriors, making their return, defeat the Blade Runners by countout.

Lex Luger, Johnny Weaver, Mr. Wrestling II & El Santo Negro defeat the Samoans & Rip Rogers when Luger submits Rogers in the Human Torture Rack.

Dick Murdoch defeats Arn Anderson with the brainbuster in a rematch of the Group A finals of the Starrcade Cup.

In the main event, Ric Flair vs Gino Hernandez for the Mid-Atlantic Title. The only way to win is have your opponent’s cornerman throw in the towel. Ole Anderson is in Flair’s corner, and Jack Brisco—Gino’s nemesis—is in Hernandez’s corner. Flair and Gino have a brutal match that leaves both men bloody, and they take advantage of the anything-goes rules. Brisco seems content to sit back and watch Gino be tortured and tormented, to the inevitable frustration of Flair. As the match advances past the 30-minute mark, a bloodsoaked Gino mounts a comeback, battering Flair from pillar to post. At one point, Gino goes to Irish whip Flair across the ring, Flair reverses and sends Gino into the near corner, inadvertently walloping the referee, who drops through the ropes to the floor. With the ref down, Ole Anderson comes in with a chair and blasts Gino in the back. He collapses, and both Flair and Ole start laying the boots to the challenger. Gino keeps trying to get to his feet. Brisco just stands there, taking it in for a few moments… until he finally shakes his head, screams “Damn!” and climbs into the ring. Brisco starts throwing HUGE haymakers at Ole! Then Flair! A pier-four brawl has erupted in the ring! The referee struggling back into the ring—and he calls for the bell, pointing to Brisco’s fallen towel, while Ole still has his in his belt! Brisco dropped it in the brawl! The bell is ringing but the fight continues, with Brisco and Gino sending the Horsemen packing… Brisco and Gino eye one another with distrust.

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10/29/85, Richburg SC

Don Kernodle defeats Terry Brunk with a back suplex.

Rip Rogers defeats Mike Jackson with a rope-assisted jacknife pin.

Lex Luger & Phil LaFleur defeat Wild & Gorgeous after Luger catches Irwin with a powerslam.

After intermission, Dutch Mantell defeats Chris Benoit.

Fatu & Samu defeat Johnny Weaver & Mr. Wrestling II after Fatu pins Weaver after a flying headbutt.

Kerry Brown defeats Kokina by countout. The other Samoans come out but scatter after Lex Luger hits the ring with a chair.

 

10/30/85, Walterboro SC

Phil LaFleur defeats Terry Brunk with a flying dropkick.

Kokina destroys Chris Benoit.

Johnny Weaver & Mr. Wrestling II defeat Wild & Gorgeous after II hits Irwin with his patented knee lift.

Dutch Mantell defeats Mike Jackson.

In the main event, Lex Luger, Kerry Brown & Don Kernodle defeat Fatu, Samu & Rip Rogers when Luger submits Rip in the Human Torture Rack.

 

11/1/85, Asheboro NC

Mike Jackson defeats Terry Brunk.

Gorgeous Gary Royal defeats Chris Benoit.

Dutch Mantell defeats Phil LaFleur with a roll-up using a handful of tights.

Don Kernodle defeats Wild Bill Irwin with a back suplex.

In the main event, Lex Luger, Kerry Brown, Johnny Weaver & Mr. Wrestling II faced the Samoans & Rip Rogers in an elimination tag.

-Mr. Wrestling II pinned Samu after a knee lift.

-Fatu pinned Mr. Wrestling II after his flying headbutt.

-Lex Luger and Kokina both got counted out after brawling outside the ring.

-Kerry Brown gets disqualified for throwing Rip Rogers over the top rope.

-Johnny Weaver pins Fatu with the Weaver Roll.

-Johnny Weaver submits Rip Rogers with the Weaver Lock.

 

 

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11/2 TV

Show opens with highlights of the Throw in the Towel Match in Charlotte, with both Ric Flair and Gino Hernandez a bloody mess!

Bob Caudle and David Crockett welcome us in and remind us we’re less than four weeks away from Starrcade in Greensboro. Tonight on the program, the U.S. Tag Title tournament begins. El Santo Negro in action. The Samoans are in action. And speaking of the Samoans, it’s now been signed for Starrcade… Kokina puts the TV Title on the line against the man he beat for it, Lex Luger.

 

MATCH #1

The Samoans vs Brady Boone, Mike Jackson & Jim Powers

The Samoans dominate this match from beginning to end. Powers gets isolated, and Kokina delivers his leaping legdrop to get the win. He’s not done yet, though. Fatu and Samu wallop his partners, and then stretch Powers out on the mat for three big splashes by Kokina. Powers is left a heap on the mat and gets stretchered out of the studio.

Rip Rogers, the Samoans’ handler, screams that’s just a taste of what awaits Luger at Starrcade on Thanksgiving night!

 

Back from the break, we see a video package on the Killer Bees. They’ll be in action next week in the U.S. Tag tournament, against Fatu and Samu!

 

Back in the studio, to cue up highlights from Charlotte:

Gino goes to Irish whip Flair across the ring, Flair reverses and sends Gino into the near corner, inadvertently walloping the referee, who drops through the ropes to the floor. With the ref down, Ole Anderson comes in with a chair and blasts Gino in the back. He collapses, and both Flair and Ole start laying the boots to the challenger. Gino keeps trying to get to his feet. Brisco just stands there, taking it in for a few moments… until he finally shakes his head, screams “Damn!” and climbs into the ring. Brisco starts throwing HUGE haymakers at Ole! Then Flair! A pier-four brawl has erupted in the ring! The referee struggling back into the ring—and he calls for the bell, pointing to Brisco’s fallen towel, while Ole still has his in his belt! Brisco dropped it in the brawl! The bell is ringing but the fight continues, with Brisco and Gino sending the Horsemen packing… Brisco and Gino eye one another with distrust.

Back live to the studio and a gleeful J.J. Dillon has joined Caudle and Crockett. J.J. explains Flair is off earning some well-deserved R&R after that match, but he’ll be ready for Greensboro, and turn back Captain Redneck’s challenge.

This brings Murdoch out into the studio. J.J. calls him a chump who’ll never be on top in wrestling. He’s a wannabe. A pretender. Murdoch lets J.J. rant and rave and tells Dillon he’s got a message he wants J.J. to send Flair. Murdoch blasts Dillon with a haymaker, then drags him to the ring and delivers a brainbuster!

 

Back from the break to footage from last week, of Don Kernodle and Mad Dog Vachon revealing their alliance. David Crockett tells us it’s been signed for Starrcade… they will meet the Rougeaus for the tag titles! And next week, we see these would-be challengers in action… Speaking of Starrcade, another match just signed: El Santo Negro vs Kazaharu.

 

MATCH #2

El Santo Negro vs El Caballero

The lucha libre style is on full display in this one and the studio audience cannot get enough of it. Santo Negro scores the win after about 10 minutes of high-flying action with a rolling cradle that Crockett incorrectly calls “La Majistrale!”

 

A training video of Big Daddy Ritter, working out poolside under the guidance of Sonny King. Sonny says they’ve relocated to beautiful South Florida to prepare for this match. Finally Ritter gets the opportunity he’s been denied for too long—a shot at a world championship. He vows Ritter will defeat Nikita Koloff at Starrcade: not for America, not for the fans, but for himself!

 

MATCH #3

U.S. Tag Title Tournament

The Paisans vs. Wild & Gorgeous

Irwin and Gary Royal can’t get on the same page in this one and the Paisans take full advantage, showing surprising aggression. After Irwin holds Stallion for Royal to take a swing, the Paisan moves and Gary takes out Wild Bill! The Stallion dumps Royal to the floor, then hits a leaping elbow drop and covers Irwin for the 3 count! The Paisans move on in less than five minutes! After the bell, Irwin and Royal get in a shoving match and Irwin storms out of the studio.

 

We go to footage from last week’s episode of Worldwide, and the attack on Ray Stevens by Adrian Street and the Moondogs. Bob Caudle says Stevens is recuperating at home and offers up an address for fans to send in their cards and letters. Johnny Weaver joins the broadcast team. He’s upset about what happened to a fellow veteran like Stevens, and he wants some revenge. He’s calling out the Moondogs for the first round of the tag tournament, and he would LOVE to see Adrian Street get involved so he could knock that weirdo back to England!

 

MAIN EVENT

U.S. Tag Title Tournament

Road Warriors vs. Blade Runners

A HUGE response for Animal and Hawk, who storm into the studio and charge Justice and Korchenko. This is more of a fight than a match and the referee immediately loses control of a brawl that starts to spill throughout the studio. After a few minutes of fighting, the referee calls for the bell and throws out the match, disqualifying both teams. But nobody seems to care! The brawl continues, with fans scattering but also glued to the action. Bob Caudle signs off as the melee continues…

 

 

STARRCADE 85

From Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC

MAIN EVENT
for the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair (w. J.J.. Dillon) defends vs. "Captain Redneck" Dick Murdoch

AWA World Heavyweight Title
"The Russian Nightmare" Nikita Koloff defends vs. Big Daddy Ritter (w/ Sonny King)

Mid-Atlantic Tag Titles
Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (w/ Armand Rougeau) defend vs. Don Kernodle & Mad Dog Vachon

Mid-Atlantic TV Title
Kokina (w/ Rip Rogers) defends vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger

El Santo Negro vs. Kazaharu

And much more!

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I was wondering how the Flair/Gino match would end. Very clever. Flair retains while Gino stays strong. After surviving Gino, I wonder if Flair will be 100% focused on Murdoch at Starrcade. 

Samoans just squash their opponents and Kokina sends Luger a powerful message.

Well now we know Murdoch is more than ready for Flair as JJ takes a punch and a brainbuster! 

The Vachon storyline has been built up so well and was a great tie in to the Kernodle storyline. Their match with the Rougeaus at Starrcade just might steal the show. 

Another match I'm really looking forward to is Nikita vs. Ritter for the AWA title. I like the intrigue of two strong and hated heels going at it.

Irwin and Royal just couldn't get on the same page and it costed them as the Paisans advance. 

Dang! Road Warriors and Blade Runners tear it up to end the show. 

Starrcade is looking pretty damn good. 

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11/3 Worldwide

Adrian Street is on commentary this week with Tony Schiavone.

Phil LaFleur defeats Terry Brunk with a victory roll.

Kazaharu defeats Pete Sanchez by knockout with his figure-four sleeper.

The Moondogs defeat Chris Benoit & Steve Gatorwolf when Spot pins Gatorwolf after a legdrop off the middle rope.

In the main event, the Super Destroyer defeats Tom Prichard with a superplex to retain the U.S. Title.

 

 

 

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11/3/85, Asheville

Arn Anderson defeats Steve Gatorwolf with a spinebuster.

Tom Prichard & Mike Jackson defeat the Moondogs after Adrian Street interferes. Lex Luger makes the save, leading to a singles match.

Lex Luger defeats Adrian Street by countout.

El Santo Negro defeats Mick Foley.

In a U.S. Title match, Super Destroyer defeats Phil La Fleur with a superplex to retain the title.

Dick Murdoch & Johnny Weaver defeat Ric Flair & Ole Anderson when Weaver surprises Ole with thw Weaver Roll.

 

11/4/85, Atlanta

Steve Gatorwolf defeats Mick Foley.

The Moondogs defeat Tom Prichared & Phil La Fleyr when Spot pins La Fleur with his second rope legdrop.

In a U.S. Title match, Super Destroyer defeats El Santo Negro with the superplex to retain the title. El Santo Negro was in control earlier in the match but Kazaharu interfered behind the referee’s back.

Lord Adrian Street defeats Johnny Weaver by submission with the Lordly Privilege.

In the main event, Dick Murdoch, Lex Luger & Mike Jackson defeated the Horsemen in a two out of three falls match. The Horsemen won fall 1 when Arn pinned Mike Jackson after a gourdbuster. Murdoch won the second fall after hitting Ole with his patented brainbuster. The Horsemen were disqualified in the third fall.

 

11/4/85, Greenville NC

Brady Boone defeats Gene Ligon with a flying cross body.

The Paisans defeat the Blade Runners by DQ after Dutch Mantell interferes. Kerry Brown makes the save, and a challenge to a six man tag later in the night

Mr. Wrestling II defeats Gorgeous Gary Royal.

Kerry Brown & The Paisans defeat Dutch Mantell & the Blade Runners after Kerry Brown pins Korchenko.

 

11/5/85, Sumter SC

Steve Gatorwolf defeats Mick Foley with a tomahawk chop.

El Santo Negro & Mike Jackson defeat the Moondogs by DQ when Adrian Street intereferes. Johnny Weaver is out to even the odds, leading to...

The Moondogs & Adrian Street defeat El Santo Negro, Mike Jackson & Johnny Weaver when Street submits Weaver with the Lordly Privilege.

Super Destroyer retains the U.S. Title over Tom Prichard, hitting him with a superplex.

The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair, Ole Anderson & Arn Anderson) defeat Dick Murdoch, Lex Luger & Phil LaFleur after Flair defeated LaFleur with the figure four.

 

11/5/85, Lumberton NC

Gorgeous Gary Royal submits Brady Boone with his sleeper and bodyscissors.

Kerry Brown defeats Gene Ligon with a powerslam.

Mr. Wrestling II defeats Dutch Mantell by DQ after the Blade Runners interfere. The Paisans make the save, leading to...

Dutch Mantell and the Blade Runners defeat Mr. Wrestling II and the Paisans after Dutch Mantell pins Parisi after a low blow and a schoolboy pin. The fan favorites get the upper hand after the match, clearing the ring to send the crowd home happy.


 

11/6/85, Raleigh NC

Lord Adrian Street defeats Steve Gatorwolf by submission weith the Lordly Privilege.

The Moondogs defeat Tom Prichard & Phil LaFleur when Spot pins LaFleur after nailing him with the oversized bone behind the referee's back.

Arn Anderson defeats Mike Jackson with a gourdbuster.

Dick Murdoch & Lex Luger defeat Ric Flair & Ole Anderson when Murdoch hits Ole with the brainbuster.

El Santo Negro defeats Mick Foley with the rolling cradle.

Super Destroyer defeats Johnny Weaver to retain the U.S. Title in an extremely hard-fought match.


 

11/7/85, Comfort NC

Chris Benoit defeats El Caballero with a bridging back suplex.

Brady Boone defeats Steve Gatorwolf with a sunset flip.

Pete Sanchez and Gene Ligon both get counted out.

Mike Jackson defeats Mick Foley with an O'Connor Roll.

Mr. Wrestling II & The Paisans defeat Dutch Mantell & Blade Runners after Mantell brings Shoo Baby into the match.


 

11/7/85, Norfolk

Phil LaFleur & Don Kernodle defeat the Moondogs after Rex brings the oversized bone into the match. Lord Adrian Street, who was ringside, gets involved, bringing Lex Luger out to even the odds and leading to...

Lex Luger defeats Adrian Street by countout after Street turns tail and leaves after just a few minutes of action.

The Blade Runners defeat Johnny Weaver and El Santo Negro, with Justice pinning Weaver after their double gutbuster.

In a U.S. Title match, Super Destroyer and challenger Kerry Brown battle to a time limit draw.

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew defeat Dick Murdoch & Tom Prichard in a match that was advertised as a six man but changed when Flair comes out sporting a sling on his arm. Flair stays ringside, and takes a foreign object from the sling to wallop Prichard behind the referee's back, leaving him easy prey for the pin by Ole. The Horsemen beat down Murdoch in a 3-on-1 after the match.


 

11/8/85, Columbus GA

The Blade Runners defeat Steve Gatorwolf & Brady Boone, with Korchenko pinning Gatorwolf after their gutbuster finisher.

Dutch Mantell defeats El Santo Negro after interference by Kazaharu. Kazxaharu wears out El Santo Negro with a kendo stick after the match.

Lord Adrian Street & the Moondogs defeat Johnny Weaver, Mr. Wrestling II & Mike Jackson after Street submits Jackson with the Lordly Privilege.

Phil LaFleur defeats Mick Foley by reversing a small package.

The Four Horsemen defeat Dick Murdoch, Lex Luger, Kerry Brown & Tom Prichard when Ole pins Prichard with his feet on the ropes in the midst of a wild eight-man brawl. The fan favorites send the Horsemen retreating after the match after a few more minutes of brawling.


 

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Great use of the Horsemen in many of those many event.  Like how you kept Murdoch and Lex strong but not letting them take any of the falls.  Great booking going on in the MACW

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11/9/85, MACW TV

Bob Caudle & David Crockett run down the show, and hype Starrcade, which is coming now in just a few weeks. This week on the program, more first-round action in the U.S. Tag Title Tournament. Plus, in the main event, the entire Four Horsemen in action for the first time ever on television against Dick Murdoch, Kerry Brown, Gino Hernandez, and Jack Brisco! Speaking of Starrcade and the Horsemen, it’s been signed… Kerry Brown gets another crack at the U.S. Title and Super Destroyer as part of the extravaganza!

Speaking of, Gino and Brisco come out to the podium … together? Brisco talks about everything that happened to him this year: the blood spilled, the titles won and lost, watching his brother get injured and his friend Thunderbolt Patterson leave. Brisco sees the end of the road for him coming soon and he has spent most of this year hating Gino Hernandez… until Charlotte, when he watched the beating Gino took against Flair and the Horsemen. He saw the heart and the guts of Gino! And so, they’ve decided to unite for one goal—to get rid of the Four Horsemen. Brisco and Gino challenge Ole and Arn Anderson to a street fight at Starrcade!

 

MATCH #1

U.S. Tag Title Tournament, First Round

Killer Bees vs. Fatu & Samu

The fan favorites from the AWA are no match for the Samoans. The first few minutes are back and forth, but then Fatu and Samu take control. Fatu scores the win with a flying headbutt on Flair, to the delight of Rip Rogers at ringside.

Fatu, Samu, Kokina and Rip Rogers are still in the ring after the break and Rip is waving a clipboard back and forth. He’s got the contract for the TV Title match at Starrcade between Kokina and Lex Luger… but he wonders if Luger is man enough to come into the ring and sign it.

Luger’s music hits and he walks into the studio to a huge ovation… then holds up one finger as the music changes to “Ironman.” A HUGE ROAR as Animal, Hawk, and Paul Ellering come out and join Luger. The four men make their wauy to the ring, Luger goes right for Rip and signs the contract, then goes nose nose with the TV champ. The air is CRACKLING with intensity as the Samoans quickly retreat. Alone in the ring, Animal grabs the microphone and challenges the Blade Runners to a rematch at Starrcade.

 

MATCH #2

U.S. Tag Title Tournament, First Round

Mr. Wrestling II & Johnny Weaver vs. The Moondogs (w/ Adrian Street & Ms. Linda)

Spot and Rex jump the veterans before the bell but II and Weaver use their experience and savvy to regain the upper hand. They isolate Spot and begin tying him into a pretzel with a variety of holds. Weaver is in, and he’s signaling for the Weaver Lock as Rex tries to break it up. II intercepts and they brawl, drawing the attention of the referee. That allows a lurking Adrian Street to come in and ensnare Weaver in the Lordly Privilege. He chokes Weaver into unconsciousness, leaving him easy prey for Rex to score the pin. After the win is officially announced, Street applies the hold on Weaver again as the Moondogs hold back II, with Street screaming into the face of Weaver after last week’s comments, while Weaver turns an unsightly shade of purple. At last Street releases the hold and Weaver is in desperate need of medical attention.

 

After an extended commercial break, we return.

 

MATCH #3

Don Kernodle & Mad Dog Vachon vs. Gene Ligon & Mick Foley

A “warm up” for the challengers heading into their big tag match at Starrcade. Kernodle takes on most of the work, then tags in Vachon, who proceeds to clean house on their two foes, wiping out Ligon and Foley with a double clothesline, then quickly hooking Ligon… for a piledriver! Ligon is finished, and the count is academic. As Kernodle and Vachon celebrate, the Rougeaus hit the ring! The three on two odds are too much to overcome, and the champions beat down Kernodle and Vachon. Armand gets into a semi-conscious Vachon’s face, SCREAMING at him in French!

 

MAIN EVENT

Dick Murdoch, Kerry Brown, Gino Hernandez & Jack Brisco vs. Four Horsemen

What begins as a straight-up technical wrestling match that sees Flair in the ring against Brisco and Gino, and Murdoch in the ring against Ole Anderson, breaks down after about 10 minutes of action while Kerry Brown is trying to deliver his back suplex on Super Destroyer. Arn runs in to break it up, bringing in Gino, which brings in Ole, which brings in Brisco. The four men engage in a heated brawl that leads out of the studio. In the ring, the other four men are going at it tooth and nail. The referee is forced to disqualify both teams but the brawl continues as the show goes off the air…

 

STARRCADE 85

From Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC

MAIN EVENT
for the Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair (w. J.J.. Dillon) defends vs. "Captain Redneck" Dick Murdoch

AWA World Heavyweight Title
"The Russian Nightmare" Nikita Koloff defends vs. Big Daddy Ritter (w/ Sonny King)

Mid-Atlantic Tag Titles
Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (w/ Armand Rougeau) defend vs. Don Kernodle & Mad Dog Vachon

United States Title
Super Destroyer defends vs. Kerry Brown

Mid-Atlantic TV Title
Kokina (w/ Rip Rogers) defends vs. "The Total Package" Lex Luger

El Santo Negro vs. Kazaharu

And much more!

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11/9/85, Richmond VA

Brady Boone defeats Mick Foley with a sunset flip.

El Santo Negro and Phil LaFleur go to a no contest when the Blade Runners attack. The masked man and LaFleur team up and hold them off, leading to a tag match.

The Blade Runners defeat El Santo Negro and LaFleur after hitting their gorilla press-gutbuaster finisher on LaFleur. Justice takes the pin.

Lex Luger, Don Kernodle & Mr. Wrestling II defeat Adrian Street & the Moondogs after Luger hits a catch powerslam on Rex.

After intermission, Dutch Mantell makes short work of Steve Gatorwolf.

In an Elimination Tag, Dick Murdoch, Kerry Brown, Phil LaFleur & Tom Prichard face the Four Horsemen.

            -Kerry Brown and Super Destroyer both get counted out

            -Ole pins Prichard after a suplex off the second rope.

            -Arn pins LaFleur after a gourdbuster.

            -Murdoch pins Arn with a brainbuster.

            -Murdoch over Ole by DQ after Ole wallops him with a chair.

            -Flair immediately pins Murdoch.

 

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