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JULY 4, 1986





Magnum T.A. © vs The Masked Superstar



Ted Dibiase & Dr. Death © vs

The Tennessee Studd Stable (Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden)



“Dirty” Dick Slater © vs Mr. Olympia



Tommy & Johnny Rich © vs Bob & Brad Armstrong



Jimmy Garvin with Precious vs Lanny Poffo with Woman



“Mr. Electricity Steve Regal © vs “White Lightening Tim Horner



Wendell “Wild Cat” Cooley vs “The Nature Boy” Buddy Landel with Ronnie P. Gossett



Reggie Bennett vs “Dangerous” Danny Davis 



Killer Khan with Sheik Adnan Al Kassie vs Private Terry Daniels



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JULY 3, 1986





NWA World Heavyweight Championship 

Magnum T.A (c) vs Jumbo Tsuruta w/Tojo Yamamoto 


WSW Tag Team Championship cage match 

The Tribal Nation (Chris & Mark Youngblood) (c) vs The Moondogs (Rex & Spot) w/"Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan 


NWA World Women's Championship 

Debbie Combs (c) vs Lisa Moretti 


Russian chain match 

Kendall Windham vs "The Russian Hammer" Alexis Smirnoff w/"General" Skandar Akbar 


NWA World Jr Heavyweight Championship 

"Mr Electricity" Steve Regal (c) vs "The Flamboyant" Eric Embry 


WSW Television Championship Tournament Finals

Jimmy Jack Funk vs "Black Bullet" Shaska Whatley w/Slick 


One night round robin tournament to determine the undisputed NWA World Tag Team Champions

The Funk Brothers (Terry & Dory Jr) vs Zaibatsu (Kendo Nagasaki & Mr Pogo) w/Tojo Yamamoto vs Ted DiBiase & "Dr Death" Steve Williams 

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JULY 5, 1986







NWA World Title Match

" The Russian Nightmare" Nikita Koloff vs Magnum T.A (C) 


  NWA World Tag Team Title Match

  Ted Dibiase & Dr. Death (c) vs Ivan Koloff & Kruscher Kruschev 


Steel Cage Match for the North American Title

Terry Gordy (c) vs Michael Hayes


  NWA JR Heavyweight TItle

  "Mr. Electricity" Steve Regal  vs Mike Graham 


  Mid-South Tag Team TItle Match: 

"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes & Blackjack Mulligan vs Outlaw Ron Bass & Black Bart


Loser Leave Town Match

   Harley Race vs Larry Zbyszko


Mid-South Title Match

"Hacksaw" Butch Reed (c) vs Any Member of Ernie Ladd's Stable!


Grudge Match

Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs Iceman Parsons


Grudge Match

  Terry Taylor vs Gorgeous Gary Young



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NWA Great American Bash 86 night 1 Preview

Saturday July 3rd

McNicholas Arena,Denver CO 

Also available on closed circuit television.

WSW Television Championship Tournament Final.

Jimmy Jack Funk vs "Black Bullet" Shaska Whatley w/Slick

Jimmy Jack burst on the scene during the main event of WSW's second TV episode helping his "cousins" Terry & Dory Jr "win" the NWA World Tag Team Titles from Zaibatsu. While the NWA recognizes neither teams stint with the titles it was nevertheless a memorable debut. Whatley's own arrival was decidedly more modest,making his debut during WSW's first loop. This trend continues with the youngest Funk becoming a fixture of the main event/TV scene immediately while Whatley was initially regulated more towards the opening contest/lower midcard. But Whatley had a secret weapon,his smooth talking manager Slick who's dubious (if occasionally entertaining) tactics have been undeniably effective. Both men had a hard road to the finals with JJ having to beat "Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan & Chicky Starr while Whatley had to endure Pvt Don Kernodle & "The Latin Heartthrob" Al Perez. This is the first time these two men have shared a ring in WSW but with a opportunity to go down in history as the first TV champion on the line we can expect them to hold nothing back. Can Jimmy Jack add another title to the Funk family legacy? Or does Slick have the right trick up his sleeve to secure the title for his "main man"?

 NWA World Jr Heavyweight Championship Bout

"Mr Electricity" Steve Regal(c) vs "The Flamboyant" Eric Embry

There's some history here. In November of last year these two men were fighting side-by-side in Continental Championship Wrestling ad part of the Platinum Club during which time Embry captured the U.S Jr Heavyweight title. After Embry lost that title courtesy of botched interference from Regal's partner Chick Donovan and his subsequent ejection from the group Regal & Embry began to represent the club in the Tag division. In the chaotic period which saw CCW rejoin the NWA the duo found themselves on separate paths. While Regal was eventually able to reenter the reorganized CCW,Embry debuted in WSW alongside Doug Somers as Radiance. There are many similarities between the two, both are preening pretty boys who are as likely to break the rules as not. Some experts are predicting the partnership with Somers could tip the balance in favor of the challenger as Regal hasn't made any alliances since rejoining CCW. 

Russian Chain match 

Kendall Windham vs "The Russian Hammer" Alexis Smirnoff w/"General" Skandar Akbar

At Resurrection the event marking the return of wrestling to Amarillo Windham lost to Tim Brooks thanks to a distraction from Akbar. When Windham demanded a rematch Brooks & Akbar agreed but the match didn't occur thanks to a pre match attack by Akbar's newest client Smirnoff. Since then it more people have entered the fray with Akbar hiring Karachi Vice to Devastation Inc & Windham countering by creating a new version of the Wild Bunch with Dutch Mantell & The Irwins. Windham seemed to score a marquee victory by beating the Russian in a flag match at WSW'S first Memorial day special but Smirnoff dismissed it and challenged Windham to a Russian chain match. Can Windham move one step closer to his desired rematch with Brooks or will Devastation Inc's Soviet supersoldier bury the young Texan under the Hammer & Sickle once and for all?

NWA World Women's Championship Bout 

Debbie Combs(c) vs Lisa Moretti

The first womens match in the breif history of WSW comes courtesy of our sister promotion Wonder Women Wrestling. Moretti already enters the match as a duel champion holding both the WWW Fighting Spirit championship & the NWA Texas Women's Championship. While this titles aren't on the line it's worth noting as the most recent holder of this titles (they've been defended together since Medusa Miceli defeated Velvet McIntyre in a title vs title match in January) was in fact Debbie Combs herself. Combs vacated the duel straps on April 28th in order to focus on winning the World Title from Windi Richter which she did on the May supercard and retained in a rematch on the June supercard. Earlier that same night Moretti defeated five other women in a battle royal to earn this opportunity. Will the era of Combs continue or will Moretti become a triple champion?

WSW Tag Team Championship Steel Cage Match.

The Tribal Nation(c) vs The Moondogs w/"Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan 

The Moondogs have been terrorizing WSW since arriving on the very first episode mercilessly beating opponents in glorified assaults that last far longer than the scheduled matches. This feud started properly when the Youngbloods defeated the Moondogs in the finals of a tournament to become WSW's first and so far only Tag Team Champions. Since then the they and their respective stable mates have collided in a series of increasingly violent brawls with each being more out of control than the last. To hopefully settle this rivalry in a way that doesn't destroy the surrounding building it has agreed the two teams will do battle on night 1 inside a 15 foot high steel cage! Can the champions survive or will the Moondogs remind everyone why it's usually considered a bad idea to enter a cage with an animal?

One night round robin tournament to determine the undisputed NWA World Tag Team Champions 

Ted DiBiase & Steve Williams vs Zaibatsu (Kendo Nagasaki & Mr Pogo) w/Tojo Yamamoto vs The Funk Brothers (Terry & Dory Jr)

At Resurrection DiBiase and Williams defeated Nagasaki & Pogo to retain the Tag Team Titles only to have them stolen by their bitter opponents and their Zaibatsu teammates Kim Duk & Jumbo Tsuruta. On the first episode of WSW TV Tojo brought out the entire group and insisted that his men were the rightful champions. Dory Funk Jr interrupted and challenged the group to act like the champions they claimed to be and defend "their" titles against himself & a partner of his choosing the following week. Zaibatsu accepted but regretted it as Dory's partner was revealed to be his brother Terry. Together they would defeat the Japanese duo and take possession of the title belts. Regardless however the NWA insisted that DiBiase & Williams were still the recognized champions, refusing to recognize either Zaibatsu or the Funk's claim to the gold. Even Dory inviting the DiBiase & Williams to Amarillo to discuss the matter didn't settle anything as not only did tempers flare between Terry and Williams but Zaibatsu attacked the whole lot. Finally the idea of a one night round robin tournament was agreed upon to leave no doubt on who deserves to be called champions. Each team will face each other and the team with the best score in the end leave with the titles. But perhaps the greatest question is,after wrestling twice in the same night will the winners be in any condition to survive the challengers awaiting on the remaining two nights?

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Bout 

Magnum T.A(c) vs Jumbo Tsuruta w/Tojo Yamamoto 

Nothing to say here except that two of the best in the world will do battle over the richest prize in the industry. Can Magnum fend off the seemingly unstoppable WSW Heavyweight Champion or will Jumbo take the 10 pounds of gold back to Japan? And can either man survive the gauntlet that awaits them the next two nights? 

Tickets still available!

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NWA Great American Bash 86 night 2 preview

Sunday July 4th 

Bay Center,  Pensacola FL 

Also available on closed circuit television.

Flag match 

Pvt Terry Daniels vs Killer Khan w/Shiek Adnan Al Kassie 

The Iraqi Shiek returned to the NWA mid June spouting his customary anti-american rhetoric promising to wage war on the entire American wrestling scene with his mercenary Killer Khan. The Mongolian monster has been annihilating the competition sometimes two at once. One man who refuses to be intimidated however is Pvt Terry Daniels.  The former united states marine has vowed to fulfill his oath to defeat America's enemies by beating the mist spraying giant in a flag match! Can the marine halt Khan's advance or will he be just another casualty in the Shiek's war?

Intergender match

Reggie Bennett vs "Dangerous" Danny Davis

Another recent arrival who has been getting under the skin of the CCW faithful,albeit for a different reason,is the so called "Dangerous" Danny Davis. Firmly convinced he is the greatest pro wrestler alive in defiance of the fact that he has yet to win a single match since his debut. He likewise feels entitled to tell Reggie Bennett to her face that she doesn't belong in the business by sole virtue of being a woman even having the audacity to tell here to get "back to the kitchen where you belong" and was promptly bodyslammed on the floor for his trouble. The one somewhat positive thing you could say about Mr Davis is he doesn't seem to give up easily as he interrupted her interview the following week saying he hadn't been ready and preceded to challenge her too a match at GAB! Bennett gladly accepted both to the match as well as a arm wrestling match on the go home episode of CCW TV ......which she won in approximately two seconds. Davis even tried to pearl harbor her afterwards but only succeeded in enraging her into giving him another slam. The almost unanimous consensus is Bennett will squash the arrogant chauvinist like a bug but who knows? Maybe Davis will finally show how dangerous he can be.

Southeastern title match: title & contract on a pole.

Wendell "WIld Cat" Cooley(c) vs "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel w/Ronnie P Gossett

On May 1st Cooley won a one night eight man tournament to claim the reactivated Southeastern Championship. The following week Landel defeated Norvell Austin (subbing for Mr Olympia) to become number one contender by dq when Olympia arrived and attacked Landel . The week after that their title match would ironically also in dq this time Landel himself being the guilty party. Despite this Landel would again defeat Austin in a number one contender match. Fed up with the brawling & non finishes Les Thatcher has decreed one final match with the loser being out of a job! Both men have been fixtures of CCW for years and the loss of either will be felt deeply. Who leaves with the title? Who leaves with a pinkslip? 

NWA World Jr Heavyweight Championship match.

"Mr Electricity" Steve Regal(c) vs "White Lighting" Tim Horner

From the moment Horner brought the title back to the states after winning it off of Black Cat in Japan Regal seemed to start campaigning for a title match culminating in a attack on Horner after a successful defense against Scott Armstrong. His wish was granted on the April 24th episode of CCW TV but the match ended in a draw. A series of rematches followed with Regal capturing the gold on May 17th. A rematch was granted to Horner due to illegal tactics on Regal's part. Can "White Lighting" regain his title and if so will it even be Regal he has to beat to do it?

Loser wears a dress 

"Gorgeous" Jimmy Garvin w/Precious vs "Luscious" Lanny Poffo w/Women

During his feud with Austin Idol earlier in the year Garvin was repeatedly attacked by a masked man calling himself Luscious. Contrary to what everyone thought the man,revealed to be Poffo, was completely unrelated to Idol instead being motivated by his belief that his & Woman's looks are far superior to that of Garvin & Precious. Reggie Bennett would temporarily become involved before branching off into her beef with Davis. With the possibility of a intergender match pitting Bennett against Poffo off the table for the time being, Les Thatcher has decreed the two vainglorious athletes will do battle one more time with the winner being the one to force his opponent into a dress! 

Continental Tag Team Titles match 

Tommy & Johnny Rich(c) "Bullet" Bob & Brad Armstrong

After over a year of being the two most despised men in wrestling the Rich cousins have seemingly decided to turn over a new leaf after a few heart-to-hearts from Tommy Gilbert seeking allies against the Stud Stable. The talks didn't seem to be working until Gilbert pulled out the big gun.....Tommy's mother Peggy Rich! Mama Rich reminded Tommy he hadn't been raised to act in such a reprehensible manner which apparently connected with something within the two as they've gone so far as to apologize to the Armstrongs for their antics leading up to the Armstrong's title win on May 8th and the Richs regaining the titles on the 17th. A tiebreaker has been signed but the question stands,can the Rich cousins new attitudes withstand the strain of a title match against such fierce rivals?

Continental Title vs Mask match 

"Dirty" Dick Slater(c) vs Mr Olympia

Something's going on with Mr Olympia. The masked man has arrived late and in some instances completely no showed certain events. One such instance saw him leave Slater & Crusher Blackwell to what became a 3 on 2 handicap match against the Masked Superstars & the Assassin. When confronted by Slater Olympia apologized and attempted to explain himself but was decked for his trouble. Olympia,indignant demanded a title match which Slater agreed to on the grounds that Olympia put his mask on the line,despite the fact that he has done so before and actually lost and unmasked. Slater accuses Olympia of using the mask as a excuse to break his word. Olympia accuses Slater of letting the title go to his head. The crowd is divided almost evenly over whither to believe Mr Olympia's claims that his absences are due to genuine bad luck with some siding with both men. Who's side are you on?

NWA World Tag Team Championships match 

Ted DiBiase & "Dr Death" Steve Williams(c) vs The Stud Stable (Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden) w/Ronnie P Gossett

The Stud Stable has been a fixture of the Southeastern/CCW tag scene for years. So noone was particularly surprised when they won a elimination tag match to earn this opportunity. What will be a surprise is who excactly the Stud Stable will challenging. Considering all three possibilities will have had to go through two matches just 24 hours earlier,it seems the Stud Stable looks poised to take the Tag straps back to Tennessee.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship match 

Magnum T.A(c) vs The Masked Superstar

At 6'3 and weighing nearly 300 pounds The Masked Superstar was already a formidable foe in his own right. Since the addition of MS2 however he has been all but unbeatable. The combination of his own world class talent,his ever present companion & the fact that he'll be facing someone who'll no doubt have experienced a grueling match the night before, the stars seem to be allaigning for the Masked Superstar.

Card subject to change. Tickets still available!

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NWA Great American Bash 86 night 3 preview

Monday July 5th

The Louisiana Superdome

New Orleans La

Airing live on close circuit television 

NWA World Jr Heavyweight Championship match 

"Mr Electricity" Steve Regal(c) vs Mike Graham

When the NWA made the decision to turn the GAB into a three day event a goal was set to if possible have each of the World champions defend their title on each show. This was particularly difficult in regards to the Jr Heavyweight Championship as simply put some promotions had fewer potential challengers than others. Thankfully Mid-South is home to a man who not only meets the weight limit but has amassed a number of star making performances. Mike Graham,son of legendary Florida promoter Eddie Graham has done a admirable job of keeping himself in title contention throughout the year and has been awarded perhaps his biggest opportunity yet. Can the generational talent make his biggest contribution to the Graham family legacy in spite of the fact that he has to keep an eye on three potential opponents?

Grudge match

Terry Taylor vs "Gorgeous" Gary Young

As soon as Gary Young arrived on the scene in early May he set about the business of pissing off as many people as humanly possible. His favorite tactic is assigning fan favorites childish nicknames (Magnum P.U). His favorite target has proven to be Terry Taylor who he has in insisted on calling "Theresa" Taylor naturally challenged Young to a match which was scheduled for the May 29 episode of Mid-South tv but never started as Young attacked before the bell. A few attempts to have a proper match have yielded similarly unsatisfactory results. A grudge match has been signed for night 3. Will Taylor shut the arrogant Young up or will Young finally prove his superiority over "Theresa"

Grudge match 

Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs Iceman Parkins

That losing the NWA North American championship to Terry Gordy would put Roberts in a bad mood is understandable. What is less understandable is his decision to vent that frustration on Iceman Parkins. It started simply enough with Roberts randomly interrupting a interview to accuse Parkins of "wasting everyone's time" but things escalated quickly as Roberts then blindsided the Iceman culminating in a DDT on the concrete floor! After taking a month off due to a concussion Parkins came back and wasted no time demanding a match with Roberts. Nothing much to this as Parkins is simply looking for vengeance while Roberts sees it as a stepping stone to another North American title shot.

Mid-South championship match 

"Hacksaw" Butch Reed(c) vs A opponent of Ernie Ladd's choosing.

Butch Reed putting Ladd into retirement is the kind of thing that can create a forever war. Which made it particularly shocking when the two aligned with Ladd vowing to make Reed the first black world champion in the history of professional wrestling. Things seemed to be going well especially when Ladd lead Reed to defeat the great Harley Race to capture the now retired NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship. However some people noticed that the focus of Ladd's promos shifted from his making Reed the first black world champion to him becoming the first black manager of a world champion. The reason for this became apparent on January 25th as Ladd turned on Reed and helped Jerry Lawler capture the title. Reed would regain the title on March 14th after which Lawler would leave the Territory. Ladd was undeterred however bringing in the One Man Gang who would unsuccessfully challenge for the title on May 8th after which they stole the title. They were forced to return it the following week. Things have continued to spiral from there with Reed daring Ladd to bring whoever he wants to GAB. Most expect him to bring OMG but Ladd is known to have a surprise or two in store.

Mid-South Tag Team Championship Bunkhouse match.

"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes & Blackjack Mulligan(c) vs Black Bart & Ron Bass

These teams were until allies until very recently stemming from their mutual cowboy lifestyle. However Rhodes's assertion that he & Mulligan are the baddest cowboys in wrestling since winning the Mid-South Tag Team tournament on April 19th has rubbed the self identified outlaws the wrong way. Though the champions insist they mean no disrespect and the two teams have still proven to be able to work against mutual rivals like the Russians they have also agreed the issue needs to be settled in the best way to determine just how bad a cowboy is,a Bunkhouse match! Who will walk out of the Superdome with the titles and the right to call themselves the baddest cowboys in wrestling?

Loser Leaves Town 

Harley Race vs Larry Zybyszko

Zybyszko eternally convinced he's being denied his rightful respect joined forces with Roger Kirby and began attempting to recruit Race into their Midwestern Mafia. Though Race initially refused repeated attacks by the Canadian Lumberjacks Jos Leduc & Moose Morowski forced him to reconsider. The duo would continue to team together even defeating Butch Reed & Steve Williams to become NWA World Tag Team champions in May of last year holding them until the following September where they lost them to Williams and new partner Ted DiBiase when Zybyszko turned on Race in frustration with Race's refusal to cheat. Sometime after it came out that Zybyszko had paid the Lumberjacks to attack Race. Zybyszko would vanish for 4 months before returning with Japanese monster Tarzan Goto. They would doubleteam Race who would eventually recruit his own monster in the form of Bruiser Brody leading to some out of control tag matches. Finally after 18 months of this all parties have agreed, the NWA isn't big enough for both of them. 

NWA World Tag Team Championship match 

Ted DiBiase & Steve "Dr Death" Williams(c) vs "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff & Krusher Kruchev

Russians + Americans + titles = money!

North American championship steel cage match 

Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy(c) vs Michael "P.S" Hayes

April 19th was poised to be perhaps the greatest night in the Freebirds already illustrious history. Buddy Roberts & Gordy were entered into a tournament crown new Mid-South Tag Team Champions & Gordy had a shot at the North American championship. The night was going great, Gordy & Roberts made it to the finals & Gordy had defeated Jake Roberts to capture the North American title. But a rare miscommunication between them cost them their ideal ending to the night. What happened next shocked the wrestling world. Hayes assaulted the exhausted Gordy with a chair before a shocked crowd and a heartbroken Roberts. Seven years of success, friendship, brotherhood, all poured down the drain in the same promotion it was started in. Buddy Jack has disappeared unwilling if not unable to choose between the two men who've meant so much to him. Hayes accuses Gordy of abandoning the team to seek singles glory. The two have brawled all over the territory from the ring to the parking lot. It's gonna be anything but brotherly love as these two step into a steel cage at the Superdome.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship match 

Magnum T.A(c) vs "The Russian Nightmare" Nikita Koloff

These two have already clashed twice. The first at Wrestlewar 86 ended in a time limit draw. The second on April 19th saw Koloff score a undeniable visual pin with the time limit expiring again just before the referee counted 3. Nikita then cemented his claim on another shot by cleanly pinning the champion during a six man tag. Considering that Magnum would have to survive 2 title matches to even make it to the Superdome and the fact that he has not proven capable of pinning the Russian, they is a growing anxiety that there is nothing to stop Koloff from taking pro wrestlings most prestigious prize back to the motherland.

Card subject to change. Tickets still available!

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July 3rd 1986

McNicholas Sports Arena 

Denver Colorado 

Airing live on close circuit television 

The National Wrestling Alliance & Western States Wrestling present

The Great American Bash night 1

(A montage of action from NWA territories past & present ends on the NWA logo and a voice-over that says "The National Wrestling Alliance,The past,present & future of professional wrestling. Fade to black.)

"America was not built on fear,America was built on courage,on imagination,and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand" Harry S Truman

[Open] to a fireworks display,shots of American families together & American troops standing stoiclly. 

Narrater: As we come together to celebrate the birth of a nation we remember the sacrifices that made it possible....

The intro turns into a montage of WSW action, Kendall Windham hitting a lariat,Smirnoff  standing tall over a body buried under the Soviet flag,Dungeon of Doom bloody-ing their opponents,The Youngbloods emotional title win,Zaibatsu staring ominously at the camera while Tojo waves the Japanese flag & The Funk Brothers celebrating amongst the Amarillo faithful.

...And the challenges we've still too endure. Over the next three nights we celebrate America and the spirit that birthed her.

(Red,white & blue fireworks explode revealing the GAB logo as "Living in America" by James Brown plays)

Narrater: The National Wrestling Alliance is proud to present...Night 1 of The Great American Bash!

We cut to a sweeping shot of a sold out McNicholas Sports Arena filled to bursting with screaming fans,many waving homemade signs. A pyro display brings the cameras attention to the entrance marked by a massive hanging GAB symbol. The viewer can see the elevated walkway which will have the fans along the aisle looking up at the wrestlers.

We cut to a tuxedoed Steve Stack at ringside commentary.

Stack: Hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to night 1 of the three night wrestling extravaganza the Great American Bash! 6 titles are on the line,scores will be settled & careers will be made as the greatest athletes this sport has to offer collide. And now I send to the ring and the special ring announcer for all three nights of the Bash,Gary Michael Cappetta!

We cut to a tuxedoed Cappetta standing center ring,the mat has the GAB logo on it and the ropes are in descending order red,white & blue.

Cappetta: Ladies and gentlemen this is your opening contest for night 1 of the Great American Bash *Huge pop*it is set for 1 falk with a 20 minute time limit and is the first match in a one night round robin tournament to determine the undisputed NWA World Tag Team champions! *Somehow bigger pop* 

"Amarillo by morning" by George Straitt comes over the pa system as Dory Funk Jr & Terry Funk emerge on stage to a monster reaction.

Cappetta: introducing team number 1,from the Double Cross Ranch in Amarillo Texas,combined weight 520lbs Dory Funk Jr & Terry Funk!

The Funks hit the ring playing to the crowd,Terry looking even more animated than usual while Dory has a more measured but still excited look on his face. The party ends as "End of the Century" by Seikima-2 roars over the pa system. Tojo leads his men out waving the Japanese flag to thunderous boos.

Cappetta: And their opponents hailing from the empire of Japan,accompanied by their manager Tojo Yamamoto, combined weight 248 kilos Kendo Nagasaki...Mr Pogo....Zaibatsu!

The Japanese contingent storm the ring. Pogo & Terry rush each other and start throwing haymakers. Kendo & Dory square off. Tojo tries to blast Terry with the flag but he ducks & Tojo hits Pogo in the arm! Before the stunned manager can go for another swing Terry pulls him into a atomic drop that sends the hated manager through the ropes. Seeing Pogo regroup Terry charges in for a clothesline that sends them both over the top allowing the bell to finally ring!

Match 1

The Funk Brothers vs Zaibatsu w/Tojo Yamamoto 

After about 14 minutes of chaos ( interrupted occasionally by a scientific display by Dory) The Funks get the win when in a callback to their first meeting Terry counters a Kendo back body drop attempt into a piledriver!

Winners and up a win in the tournament,The Funk Brothers!

Stack walks the crowd through a recap of the TV Title tournament so far with each man's road being shown in clips. "Amarillo by morning" pipes up again as Jimmy Jack makes his way down.

Cappetta: The following contest is the finals of the WSW Television Title Tournament! It is set for 1 fall with a 10 minute time limit. Introducing first from the Double Cross Ranch in Amarillo Texas he weighs 242 lbs. Jimmy Jack Funk!

Funk waves to the crowd as "Jive Soul Bro" blares over the pa system. Slick dances ahead in a rather nice pimp suit while Whatley swaggers behind in a suit jacket and a particularparticularly nice bowler.

Cappetta: And his opponent, accompanied by his manager Slick,from Chattanooga Tennessee he weighs 245 lbs "Black Bullet Shaska Whatley!

Match 2

Jimmy Jack Funk vs "Black Bullet" Shaska Whatley w/Slick 

As soon as the bell rings the two men go at it hard with both displaying a mixture of wrestling & brawling. A couple minutes in Chicky Starr makes his way to ringside in a Tony Montana style suit complete with sunglasses,fedora & large cigar. With about 2 mins left the 2 combatants are trading stiff forearms in the middle of the ring. A particularly nasty one from Whatley has JJ leaning through the ropes and while the ref is holding Whatley back Starr takes the opportunity to stick his cigar in Funk's face! The crowd & Stack are horrified and even Slick appears shocked but Cappetta's announcement of 1 min remaining pulls him out of it and he frantically urges his man to capitalize. A scoop powerslam is all It takes to finish the injured Funk off.

Winner and inaugural WSW Television Champion, "Black Bullet" Shaska Whatley!

The official hands the title to Whatley as medical staff rush to check JJ's eye.

A pair of pre-recorded promos from the champion & challenger in the upcoming match for the World Jr Heavyweight Championship match air.

Massive boos as "You shook me all night" comes over the pa system.

Cappetta: The following contest is scheduled for one fall with a 20 minute time limit and is for the NWA World Jr Heavyweight Championship! Introducing the challenger, being accompanied by "Pretty Boy" Doug Somers, he hails from Dallas Texas and weighs 224 lbs "The Flamboyant" Eric Embry!

The champ comes down to "Electricity" by Midnight Star

Cappetta: And his opponent, hailing from Ft Lauderdale Florida, he weighs 222lbs and is the reigning,defending NWA World Jr Heavyweight Champion..  "Mr Electricity" Steve Regal!

Match 3

NWA World Jr Heavyweight Championship match 

"Mr Electricity" Steve Regal(c) vs "The Flamboyant" Eric Embry w/"Pretty Boy" Doug Somers 

What follows is a solid match with a rather comedic element as the two heels try to prove not so much who's the better wrestler as who's the better cheater. While the champ is prepared to go quite low indeed it's a well timed trip from Somers during a suplex attempt that seals the deal.

Winner AND NEW NWA World Jr Heavyweight Champion, "The Flamboyant" Eric Embry!

A smirking Embry is handed his new prize and basks in both the congratulations from his partner and especially the boos from the crowd who are not looking forward to Embry somehow becoming more insufferabley arrogant than he already was.

After a brief pause to clear to allow the Jrs to make their way to the back, "End of the Century" roars over the pa system again as a particularly pissed off looking Zaibatsu make their way down.

Cappetta: This is the next match in the tournament to determine the undisputed NWA World Tag Team champions. Introducing team number 1 hailing from the empire of Japan and accompanied by Tojo Yamamoto, Kendo Nagasaki,Mr Pogo....Zaibatsu!

"Boomer Sooner" comes over the pa system to a (mostly) positive reaction as DiBiase & Williams charge the ring.

Cappetta: And their opponents hailing from Omaha Nebraska & Norman Oklahoma respectively, at a combined weight 544lbs. They are the recognized reigning & defending NWA World Tag Team champions....Ted DiBiase & Steve "Dr Death" Williams!

Match 4

Ted DiBiase & Steve "Dr Death" Williams(c) vs Zaibatsu w/Tojo Yamamoto 

16 mins of stiff,intense action end with Williams socking Tojo in the jaw as for getting on the apron only to turn into the mist from Nagasaki as the referee is getting Tojo back to his corner. This allows Pogo to lock in the Japanese sleeper (i.e dragon sleeper) and choke Doc out while Kendo held DiBiase at bay.

Winners and breaking even in the tournament, Zaibatsu!

A video package details the rivalry between Devastation Inc & The Wild Bunch with particular emphasis on Smirnoff's role keeping Windham from another shot at Brooks.

The simply titled "State anthem of the Soviet Union" is nearly drown out by the patriotic WSW faithful as as a flag waiving Smirnoff & Akbar march to the ring.

Cappetta: The following contest is a Russian chain match! It is scheduled for one fall with a 30 minute time limit. Introducing first, accompanied by "General" Skandar Akbar, representing Devastation Inc,  hailing from the U.S.S.R, he weighs 116 kilos "The Russian Hammer" Alexis Smirnoff!

Smirnoff & Akbar shout the worst insults they can think of from the center of the ring. Their mood sours even further as "A country boy can survive" and the crowd erupts into cheers as Kendall Windham strides down waving the stars n stripes!

Cappetta: And his opponent,representing the Wild Bunch,hailing from Sweetwater Texas,he weighs 218 lbs...Kendall Windham!

Match 5

Russian chain match: "The Russian Hammer" Alexis Smirnoff w/"General" Skandar Akbar vs Kendall Windham 

The two skip the customary tug-of-war and just start pounding on each other. The chain is used in every conceivable manner to inflect pain with a particularly frightening scene having Smirnoff wrap the chain around Windham's neck and attempt to hang the young Texan though thankfully Windham was able to snap the Russian's neck down across the top rope. The end comes with a bloody Windham wrapping the chain around his arm for a extra impactful lariat! But instead of going for the cover he pulls Smirnoff up wraps the chain around his head and spikes the Russian with a bulldog to finish a grueling 15 minutes.

Winner: Kendall Windham 

As Akbar is berating a unconscious Smirnoff he spots Windham trying to pull himself up in the corner. In a rage Akbar rushes in and starts pounding on the exhausted Windham. He stops to yell at Smirnoff some more with the camera picking up what sounds like "You're fired!" before turning to resume attacking Windham but is caught by a lariat! Windham tiredly rolls to the floor and leaves to a rousing reaction.

A video package play hyping up the Upcoming NWA World Women's Championship match. We see Debbie Combs defeating Wendy Richter and holding the title aloft followed by Moretti winning a battle royal to earn this opportunity.

The challenger swaggers to the ring to the tune of "Maneater" by Hall & Oates proudly displaying her two titles (which Steve Stack points out are not on the line)

Cappetta: The following contest is scheduled for one fall with a 30 minute time limit and is for the NWA World Women's Championship! Introducing the challenger she is the NWA Texas Women's Champion & the WWW Fighting Spirit Champion. From Seattle Washington,Lisa Moretti!

The champion proudly walks to the ring to "Hit me with your best shot" by Pat Benatar.

Cappetta: And her opponent, hailing from Nashville Tennessee she is the reigning,defending NWA World Women's Champion...Debbie Combs!

Match 6

NWA World Women's Championship match 

Debbie Combs(c) vs Lisa Moretti 

This one starts slow building gradually to a eclectic finish. The good ol boys in the crowd and much of the viewing audience have grown accustomed to a Women's match consisting of about 3 mins of slapping and hair pulling so they are first surprised and eventually amazed at the 20+ minutes of back and forth action the two ladies put on. The finish comes when the challenger goes for a desperation powerslam only for the champion to slip out and hit a neckbreaker for the victory.

Winner AND STILL NWA World Women's Champion:Debbie Combs

A video package highlights the upcoming WSW Tag Team Titles putting emphasis on the Moondogs brutality &  the Youngbloods athleticism.

"The Moondogs" by Richard Lee comes over the pa system as Kevin Sullivan guides the borderline rabid Moondogs to the ring.

Cappetta: The following contest is a steel cage match for the Western States Wrestling Tag Team Championship. There is no time limit and the only ways to win are pitfall,submission or referee stoppage.Introducing the challengers Representing the Dungeon of Doom and being accompanied by "Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan,from the swamps of Louisiana,at a combined weight of 665 lbs...Rex...Spot...The Moondogs!

The fans stare in fearful awe as Sullivan herds the Moondogs into the cage past a intimidated Cappetta. Huge pop as "As long as the grass shall grow) by Johnny Cash starts up 

Cappetta: And their opponents. Hailing from Amarillo Texas at a combined weight of 484 lbs the Western States Wrestling Tag Team Champions,  Chris & Mark Youngblood The Tribal Nation!

Match 7

Steel cage WSW Tag Team Championship match 

The Youngbloods(c) vs The Moondogs w/"Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan 

All out war from the opening bell. Few pin attempts as the four seem more interested in destroying each other. The tipping point comes at nearly 20 minutes in. All four are bleeding and exhausted. The camera is in the face of Spot who's sitting in the corner bleeding like a stuck hog. The camera is being put through a hole that was cut out to give the audience a view that wasn't obstructed by the cage. Suddenly the camera crashes to the floor. A switch to a different feed reveals Sullivan standing over a down camera man passing the Golden Spike to spot through the hole. Mark stumbles over to drag him out to finish off but is met by the Spike to the throat. Spot collapses into a pin...1....2.....3!!!

Winners AND NEW WSW Tag Team Champions: The Moondogs!

Sullivan grabs the titles off the table and takes them in the cage handing one to each Moondog. He helps them up and raises their hands cackling madly the whole time.

A video package details the controversy surrounding the NWA World Tag Team Titles. From being stolen by Zaibatsu to being "won" by the Funks to the ensuing series of matches pitting the Funk family against Zaibatsu to the brawl between Terry & Williams on WSW TV. It all comes down to this.

"Amarillo by morning" plays while the brothers solemnly make their way to the ring. Stack informs the audience that JJ was taken to the nearby hospital earlier and that the brothers saw helped put him in the ambulance. The Champs come down to "Boomer Sooner" Cappetta makes the announcements and the match is on.

Match 8

Ted DiBiase & Steve "Dr Death" Williams vs The Funk Brothers 

(Stack informs the audience that if the Funks win they're the champions but if DiBiase & Williams win it's a tie but that under the principle of a tie going to the champion DiBiase & Williams will retain)

They leave nothing in the tank. Brawling spots between Terry & Williams. Scientific exchanges between Dory & DiBiase. A few bits of all 4 in the ring. The end comes as we're nearing the time limit. DiBiase & Terry are in and DiBiase performs a go behind standing switch. Terry throws a elbow that drops DiBiase. What happens next divides the audience both live and at home. On the way down one of DiBiase's legs flys up and catches Funk in the uprights! Thr referee says it didn't SEEM intentional. Oklahoma roll by DiBiase. Dory tries to break it up but is stopped by Williams....1...2...3!

Winners AND STILL NWA World Tag Team Champions: Ted DiBiase & Steve "Dr Death" Williams 

A video package hypes the coming NWA World Heavyweight Championship match between Magnum T.A and WSW Heavyweight Champion Jumbo Tsuruta. Magnum is shown hitting his belly-to-belly suplex on opponents of all sizes contrast with Jumbo hitting the Tiger suplex and his opponents.

Both men make their way to the ring and stand in opposing corners before Cappetta makes the introductions.

Cappetta: Ladies and gentlemen this is your Great American Bash night 1 main event! 1 fall 60 minute time limit for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship! In the corner to my left the challenger, accompanied by his manager Tojo Yamamoto and representing Zaibatsu. He hails from Makioka,Yamanashi Japan. He weighs 130 kg. He is the Western States Wrestling Heavyweight Champion...Jumbo Tsuruta! And his opponent in the corner to my right. Hailing from Virginia Beach,Virginia. He weighs 245 lbs. Since December 25th 1985 and for the 190 days since he has been YOUR reigning defending undisputed NWA Heavyweight Champion of the world....Magnum T.A!

Main event 

NWA World Heavyweight Championship match 

Magnum T.A(c) vs Jumbo Tsuruta w/Tojo Yamamoto 

The two spend about 10 minutes feeling each other out with chain wrestling and low-risk offense. By the end they've gone full tilt and emptied their arsenals. After 45 mins Magnum finally hits the belly-to-belly but Jumbo rolls outside. Magnum go after him but while struggling to lift Jumbo back into the ring gets distracted by Tojo allowing Jumbo to drive him into the guardrail. They both get up at about 5 and start throwing bombs. They get so into it they (and a good portion of the crowd) lose track of the count leading to a double c.o!


A frustrated champion & challenger resume brawling. Magnum manages to drop Jumbo but is struck by Tojo...to no effect. Tojo realizes his mistake and dives in the ring to escape but the champ catches him! Magnum had the despised manager in position for the bell-to-belly but the rest of Zaibatsu storm the ring and swarm the champion. They pound on him for a couple minutes before Pogo & Kim hold Magnum by his arms while Nagasaki breaks his Kendo stick over his knee and prepares to drive the sharp edge into Magnum's head! But as he rears back Ted DiBiase and Steve Williams charge the ring with chairs and clear the ring. DiBiase and Williams help Magnum up and invite Zaibatsu back into the ring but Tojo decides against it and orders a retreat. 

Stack: What a night of wrestling it's been. Ladies and gentlemen on behalf of Western States Wrestling and the National Wrestling Alliance I'm Steve Stack wishing you a good night and remember to tune into nights 2&3. Good night everyone!

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JULY 4, 1986



Gordon Solie:  Thank you.  Thank you so very much and welcome once again to Continental Championship Wrestling sanctioned by the National Wrestling Alliance, the oldest and largest sanctioning body the world over.  Tonight is going to be an historic evening as The Great American Bash continues with 9 huge matches including all three NWA World Titles.  I see our ring announcer is set so let’s turn it over to Gary Michael Cappetta and get right to all the action.




Gary Michael Cappetta:  Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the Pensacola Bay Center.  The National Wrestling Association in conjunction with Continental Championship Wrestling brings you the best wrestling has to offer tonight as it presents the second night of the Great American Bash.  Before we get to the ring, please stand and remove your hats as the great Lee Greenwood sings our national anthem. 






Eric Embry © vs “White Lightening Tim Horner


The fans are a little surprised here to see that it is Eric Embry coming out as the new NWA Jr. Heavyweight champion as he defeated “Mr. Electricity” Steve Regal last night in Denver. 


This fact matters little to them as they are all behind Tim Horner.

After about 5 minutes of this match, it becomes obvious that it doesn’t matter if it is Embry or Regal as they are one and the same…. Cheaters!  Embry is going to do anything possible to keep his new title and Horner seems a little off his game.  Eventually Horner realizes that this has little to do with wrestling and it is time to fight fire with fire and the brawl is on!  After a few minutes of wrestling from the top, we see Horner in complete control and Embry down on the mat.  Horner climbs to the top rope as we hear the fans stirring.

Gordon Solie:  What’s he doing here?  Its Steve Regal.


 He shoves Tim Horner off the top rope and Horner is down.  The ref is calling for the bell.  Regal is now climbing to the top rope himself.  Wow… a devastating splash on Eric Embry!  Regal now kicking and stomping away on both Horner and Embry.  It doesn’t matter to him; Mr. Electricity is hitting everything in his way.  It seems like he is out to prove that losing his title last night was a fluke, but this is not the place to behave like this.  Typical Steve Regal… he can’t handle it when he is not the center of attention.  I’m sure Tim Horner will have something to say about this and while I was not a fan of the tactics of one Eric Embry, I’m sure this is not how he wanted his first title defense to go.

Winner by DQ:  Tim Horner


Reggie Bennett vs “Dangerous” Danny Davis 

This match starts with a confident Danny Davis coming to the ring, antagonizing the fans showing off that 175 pound “muscular” body. 


This act continues all the way until Reggie Bennett hits the ring.  She comes out to a huge ovation, and she hurries to the ring and goes right for Davis.  Davis’ act is over now as he jumps out of the ring with the fear of God in him.  Bennett turns to the crowd and the ovation grows louder.  Bennett gives a few flexes and shows off what a body should look like.


WHAM… from behind Davis nails Bennett with a running forearm.  Bennett staggers but does not go down.

WHAM… Davis with a knee to the back.  Bennett again staggers.

WHAM….  Davis, off the ropes, with a swinging neck breaker and down goes Bennett.

We get a few minutes of dirty tactics from Dangerous Danny as he works over Bennett.  That is until the crowd gets behind her and she does her best Hulk Hogan impression where everything Davis hits her is shrugged off like a gnat attacking an elephant.

WHAM… Stunning short-arm clothesline by Bennett and down goes Davis.

She drags him up by his hair…. Military Press… walks around the ring… BIG SLAM.

Again, she drags him up by the hair, Irish whip to the ropes… Huge Running clothesline.

And for the third and final time, she drags him up by the hair, and we hear Gordon Solie saying it looks like she is setting him for the piledriver… No… She lifts up but towards her face and slams him down on the back of her neck. (Powerbomb) This one is all over as the ref could have counted to 20!



Killer Khan with Sheik Adnan Al Kassie vs Private Terry Daniels

If Pvt. Daniels wins the match, the fans will celebrate to the Star Spangled Banner but if Khan wins, we will hear the Iraqi Anthem in honor of Sheik Adnan.  The crowd in angered at the thought of hearing the Iraqi anthem on July 4th but their anger turns to cheers when Pvt. Daniels runs to the ring waving the American flag.  There is a bit of uneasiness in the crowd for this one as you can hear the murmurs about how awful it would be to have the Iraqi anthem played on America’s Independence Day!

Terry Daniels is game but Killer Khan is a monster.  It becomes apparent that Daniels is in way over his head.  With each kick, chop and punch, the end comes nearer.  Eventually Killer Khan locks in the Asiatic Spike and it is all over.


Sheik Adan Al Kassie comes into the ring looking very pleased with himself and grabs the mic, utters some words in Arabic and then demands that all American peasants rise for the national anthem of the greatest country in the world…. Iraq!


            The boos and debris rain down on Sheik Adnan and a confused looking Killer Khan.  As the first cord of the anthem begins to play, we hear on another microphone…

“Stop the music you maggot.”

The crowd explodes as Sgt. Slaughter rushes towards the ring.  The crowd explodes with pure jubilation.  A savior has appeared on Independence Day!

Adnan orders Killer Khan to attack the intruder and Khan obliges.  The problem for Khan was that to Sarge, this was WAR.  He came in, army helmet in hand…

WHAM… he clobbers Khan with this heavy head gear and down goes the Mongolian beast.  Sarge takes out the whip and is laying into Khan.  Slaughter now sees Adnan coming into the ring.

WHAM…. Cannon Clothesline by Slaughter…. The Arabian headdress goes flying as Sheik Adnan almost flips in the air as he is nearly decapitated.

Slaughter goes to Pvt. Daniels, helps him to his feet and grabs the giant American flag that Daniels had brought to the ring.


Sgt. Slaughter:  Play Our National Anthem!


The Star-Spangled Banner begins to blare through the speakers at the Bay Center.  The crowd goes wild as Slaughter salutes Daniels and the two American heroes walk out together to a standing ovation!



Wendell “Wild Cat” Cooley vs “The Nature Boy” Buddy Landel with Ronnie P. Gossett

We see the title and a piece a paper on top of a 15-foot pole in one of the corners.  This one has the fans on the edge of their seats.  Not only is it for the title but someone is going to be leaving CCW.  Give the devil his due, “The Nature Boy” can really do it all in the ring and after a rake to the eyes, he shows off that technical ability and has Cooley struggling.


We get a lot of momentum changes early with some good chain wrestling and a few poor attempts at climbing the pole for the title and contract.  Business picks up when Cooley blocked a right hand by Landel as he refused to break cleanly from the corner.  The champ has had enough and is more than willing to mix it up.  This is where RPG gets a little nervous and throws Landel some sort of elbow pad to Landel.  Landel puts it on without the ref noticing.  Landel whips Cooley to the ropes and catches him with a knee to the gut.

WHAM… Landel drags Cooley to his knees and drops a “loaded” elbow to the neck of Cooley and he goes down hard.  Landel starts to strut around the ring.  The title is within his grasp.

Landel off the ropes, he soars high in the air.

Gordon Solie:  Landel going for his patented Corkscrew Elbow Drop!  He is high in the air!  Cooley moves out of the way at the last second.  Landel lands hard on the loaded elbow pad and he seems to have injured himself.  Gossett is on the apron.

WHAM… Huge right hand by Cooley and Gossett goes flying. 

Landel is up but holding that elbow.  He comes at Cooley but gives a weak left-handed punch.  Cooley easily blocks it and connects with a huge right hand of his own.

Landel tries to pop up like it didn’t hurt but he fell right back on his face.


Cooley scoops him up, walks around the ring with the Nature Boy…

Wham…. Oklahoma Stampede!  Cooley to the corner.  He climbs to the top rope.  10 Feet to the title.  He starts climbing.  Landel is up but it is too late.  With a burst of energy, Cooley yanks himself up the pole and grabs the title and contract.

Gordon Solie:  Oh, the look on the face of Ronnie Gossett is priceless.  The over-confident Nature Boy has lost and will be looking for employment someplace else.  Can’t say I am truly heartbroken that the Great American Bash has started off poorly for Mr. Gossett. And I do use the term Mr. lightly. 




Jimmy Garvin with Precious vs Lanny Poffo with Woman

No sense getting to involved here.  We all know the hatred these two have for each other.  Poffo comes out the same arrogant, hateable way while Garvin comes out in his same arrogant loveable way. 

Say what ever you like about the gimmick these two have going, they are both really good in the ring and with all the bumping, selling and willingness to work with each other, these two put on a really good show.  We get a good mix of technical skill with some underhanded tactics by both men.  Each time we see one of them try to put the dress on the other, we get a momentum changer as neither wants to leave here in lady’s clothing.  In Poffo’s case, Woman interferes when ever things look bleak to give her man a chance to recover. 


That is until Garvin hoists Poffo up high, walks to the center of the ring, and plants him right on his head with a devastating Brainbuster!

Garvin retrieves the dress.  It is over the head.  Woman climbs up on the apron.

WHAM!  Precious grabs the legs of Woman and pulls her off the apron.  Her head hits the ring as she falls toward the arena floor and Precious is all over her like a hell cat!  With the dress already over the head, Garvin props Poffo up to a seated position and puts one arm through the hole and then the other.  The dress is on, and the match is OVER but the humiliation of Poffo is not done.

Precious leaves a fallen Woman and regains her purse.  She opens it up, pulls something out and tosses it to Gorgeous Jimmy.


Garvin with the coup de gras, bends over and puts bright red lipstick all over the lips and face of Lanny Poffo and then Garvin and Precious walk out to a huge ovation!




“Dirty” Dick Slater © vs Mr. Olympia


This match starts out with two former allies throwing caution to the wind and going right to the brawling tactics.  The fans are split on who they are rooting for, but they are loving the action.  This style seems to favor Slater, but Olympia is holding his own.

Gordon Solie:  Oh no!  What are you doing here?

Ronnie Gossett:  I have come to save the people from hearing you slurring your words.

Gordon Solie:  Shouldn’t you be helping Buddy Landel pack his bags that is if you can stop sobbing as you know you lost one of your meal tickets.  We all know how much you love a Big Meal!

RPG: Watch it Solie and don’t you worry about The Nature Boy.  He has already signed a new wrestling contract and NWA fans; you will have the pleasure of seeing the most talented man in professional wrestling every Saturday on the Superstation!  Bill Watts knows talent when he sees it and Buddy will be just down the road in Mid-South Wrestling!  And if you really want to know, yes Bill Watts did throw a few dinners at some high-priced restaurants my way for helping him sign the Nature Boy!

Gordon Solie:  So that explains it.  Now why are you out here at this moment.

RPG:  Just watching my new wrestler.  I mean as soon as everybody in the back knew that Buddy was no longer with me, they wanted to know if my services where available.

Gordon Solie:  Are you saying that you have signed one of the two men in the ring right now.

RPG:  I have signed the one who will be leaving with the Continental Title.

Gordon Solie:  Enough of your cryptic talk Sir.  Who have you signed?

RPG:  Have another drink.  Sit back and you will find out soon.

Gossett walks to the ring but says nothing to either wrestler.  As the action in the ring continues, Slater whips Mr. Olympia towards the ropes but he slams into ref Mac Murray and down goes Murray.  Gossett is now up on the apron.

WHAM… Slater with a big right hand and down goes Olympia.

Ronnie is in the ring and hugs Slater as the boos rain down on the champ.  His fans can’t believe that he is with Ronnie P.

Gossett pulls out a pair of brass knucks and puts them on.  Slater drags Mr. Olympia over towards the corner while Gossett tries to climb the ropes.  He can only get to the middle rope and is holding on for balance.  Slater is holding Olympia’s legs as Ronnie P. is getting set to come off the ropes with a brass knucks blow!

WHAM…. Ronnie P. connected right to the back of the head, but it was the head of Dirty Dick Slater!!!

Mr. Olympia drags a knocked-out Slater to the center of the ring and covers him while Gossett goes and helps the ref.  Mac Murray sees the pin attempt and slowly begins to make the 3 count!



Gordon Solie:  What has just happened?  It seems like Slater has been double crossed by Ronnie Gossett.  Mr. Olympia is your NEW Continental champion!



Tommy & Johnny Rich © vs Bob & Brad Armstrong

Both teams come out to nice ovations, but the biggest ovation of this match was for Peggy Rich, Wildfire’s mother, who is responsible for bringing Tommy and Cousin Johnny back to the side of good.  This match starts with a handshake from Bob and Tommy as they start off this title match. 



The crowd is more in favor of Bob and Brad as this is of course Alabama, but the Rich cousins are not far behind in the love factor.     

We get about 12 minutes of technical wrestling where Brad is the star.  All 4 men are doing a nice job of selling for each other and while this is not your typical Continental Match, the crowd is really enjoying it.  Wildfire, who has been on the bottom for a while gets a little frustrated and goes to pop Brad with a right hand in the corner.

This draws the ire of both Brad and Peggy.  Peggy is fuming at her son and comes to ringside and demands that he tag out.  Johnny is in and the technical match continues with Peggy berating her son.  When the “yelling” is over, Tommy tags back in for more technical stuff.  A few more tags by both sides and we end up with Brad following Wildfire to the ropes as he is trying to roll up Wildfire for the pin.

WHAM… without the ref or Bob Armstrong noticing, Peggy, clobbers Brad with her “old lady’s purse” and Brad goes down.


Wildfire on top….


1…2…3!  The crowd is booing like crazy as Peggy celebrates with her boys and the trio makes hasty retreat as the crowd begins to throw debris at them.


  Brad and Bob are stunned in the ring.

Gordon Solie:  Well… I don’t know what to say.  I really thought Tommy and Johnny had seen the light but now we find out that the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree.  Peggy might be the most-rotten Rich of them all!  Tommy “Wildfire” Rich and Johhny Rich are still the Continental Tag Team Champions!



Ted Dibiase & Dr. Death © vs

The Tennessee Studd Stable (Robert Fuller & Jimmy Golden) with Ronnie P.


The NWA Tag Title picture has been cleared up after last night’s win by Dibiase and Dr. Death at the first night of the Bash in Denver.  You might think the hard match against the Funks and Zaibatsu, plus the travel would have taken its toll on the champs but it seems getting their titles back has only served to energize them for tonight.  They come out like a house a fire and there seems to be nothing that can stop them.  Nothing except Ronnie P.!

Lucky for the champs that Dick Slater has not left the building yet and he is still white hot with rage at Ronnie.  About 5 minutes into this match, the crowd explodes as Slater sprints toward the ring and RPG!  Gossett sees this and his mouth drops wide open, and his eyes are as wide as the Grand Canyon.  There is nowhere to run!


Slater is slamming RPG from one steel girder to another.  WHAM… Slater rams RPG into the ring post and he is a bloody mess.

All this action outside the ring just seems to fire up the champs even more in the ring.  The end comes after a Dr. Death powerslam on Golden for a clean win over the Studd Stable.




Magnum T.A. © vs The Masked Superstar

Before the match, Gordon cannot help but hype up the match last night in Denver between Magnum and Jumbo Tsuruta and he even goes so far as to say that Magnum was lucky to survive that bout and wonders if he has anything left in the tank.

The nearly 300-pound Masked Superstar comes to the ring first and he is accompanied by the other near 300-pound Masked Superstar #2. 

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While the crowd is all over the Superstar, he ignores them and is all business.  T.A. comes out to a huge ovation but he also seems laser-focused and avoids many of his usually high-fiving with the fans.

We found out this match is going to be all about the power moves and who can counter them best.  The Superstar gets the first advantage as he blocks an early belly to belly attempt by the champ as he dropped T.A. on his shoulder for a nasty jawbreaker-like move. 

Back and forth we go, Superstar using his weight to simple lean on the champ to wear him down while T.A. keeps searching for a way to connect until finally….

WHAM… T.A., after an Irish Whip connects with the Belly to Belly.  The problem was that Masked Superstar #2 dragged out Superstar #1 and gave his partner time to recover.  The ref complained but did little else but complain.  We see the two Superstars conversing before #1 come back in.

Magnum grabs him and musters up enough strength to slam the Superstar who is in a real bad way.  The crowd gets on him as he rolls out of the ring looking for another breather.  The camera picks up the old switch-a-roo as Superstar #2 enters the ring.  T.A. not knowing it, thinks he has The Masked Superstar right where he wants him.

WHAM… Big blow by Superstar #2 and it is like a brand-new match has just begun accepting that it is a fresh #2 vs a worn out T.A.

We get another 12-15 minutes like we did in the beginning with each man searching for that big move.  We get a copy of the beginning where eventually The Superstar is hit with the belly to back only to have #1 drag out #2 and we get another switch of the Masked Men!

Finally, at about the 50-minute mark, the action spills outside.  T.A. body slams #1 on the cement floor and then grabs #2 and rams his head into the ring post.  T.A., as quickly as someone who is exhausted can, throws Superstar #1 back into the ring.

Irish Whip…Belly to Belly….



Gordon Solie:  Magnum T.A. has survived.  Folks that was basically a handicap match and Magnum T.A. might be the only wrestle in the world who could have beaten both Masked Superstars on the same night.  The real question though is whether Magnum T.A. has anything left in the tank for his match tomorrow night against the “Russian Nightmare” Nikita Koloff.  For those lucky enough to be in New Orleans tomorrow night, make sure to head down to the Superdome.  For those of you night in the Crescent City, get there!  This will be one for the ages.  So long from the Sunshine State.  I hope you enjoyed your Independence Day!


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JULY 5, 1986


Jim Ross:  Thank you.  Thank you so very much and welcome once again to Mid-South Wrestling.  Tonight is the final night of the Great American Bash.  The first two nights in Denver and Pensacola have been extraordinary events and tonight will be just the same!   We have 9 huge matches including all three NWA World Titles.  The biggest question is can the American’s, on Independence Weekend, survive an invasion from the Russians who are coming both for the NWA World Title and the NWA World Tag Team Title.  Don’t worry fans, the Americans are in great hands as Ted Dibiase and Dr. Death will be defending the Tag Title against Ivan Koloff and Kruscher Kruschev and then in thr bug one, we have the biggest name in American Wrestling today…. Magnum T.A. defending the World Title agains the Russian Nightmare, Nikita Koloff.  That and much, much more on an historical night in the Louisiana Superdome.  I see our ring announcer is set so let’s turn it over to Gary Michael Cappetta and get right to all the action.


Gary Michael Cappetta:  Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the Louisiana Superdome.  The National Wrestling Association in conjunction with Mid-South Wrestling brings you the best wrestling has to offer tonight as it presents the final night of the Great American Bash.  Before we get to the ring, please stand and remove your hats as the great B.B. King plays our national anthem. 



  NWA JR Heavyweight TItle

  Eric Embry vs Mike Graham 

Mike Graham was excited for the title shot and came out fast which caused Eric Embry to go to the questionable tactics right away.  This might be the closest thing we get to a real wrestling match the entire night as many of the other matches are just going to turn into one brawl after another.  We get a quality first match that saw many momentum changes but Embry showed that he was just dirty enough to keep this recently won Jr. Heavyweight title.  The end came after the ref didn’t notice the low blow and them Embry came off the top rope with a forearm smash.  The pin included a grab of the trunks and a foot on the ropes for leverage.  Embry has proven to be one of the dirtiest wrestlers of the Bash and he put the other Jr. Lightweights on notice that they better be ready for anything when they come after his title.


Grudge Match

Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs Iceman Parsons

These two, with contrasting styles put on a great match.  Iceman with his energy wants to go at a fast-paced tempo while “the Sanke” wants to slow this one down into a methodical destruction of his opponent with the end coming with a sudden strike… the DDT.

Neither one gets exactly what they want here in terms of a victory but they both get to beat on each other a bit; maybe too much.  The action spilled outside the ring and they both seemed content to club away at the other and neither made it back to the ring.  This brawl continued all the way up the ramp until the two were behind the curtain and out of camera shot.


Grudge Match

  Terry Taylor vs Gorgeous Gary Young

No matter how arrogant, confident and dirty Gary Young was in this match, there was no stopping Terry Taylor.  In a match that Taylor controlled 75% of the action, he was able to put away Young with the Five Arm.  The only thing that went wrong in this match for Taylor was the celebration.  As he partied with the crowd, Young attacked from behind with a chair and left Taylor laying on the arena floor.  It seems that this one is not over yet.

Mid-South Title Match

"Hacksaw" Butch Reed (c) vs Any Member of Ernie Ladd's Stable!

The champ was at a clear disadvantage in this one.  Everyone thought all along that it would be Ernie Ladd bringing One Man Gang to the ring to fight Reed as that is the only person we have seen him manage lately.  The crowd and Reed were shocked when it turned out to be Bad News Allen.  Allen had lost a Loser Leave Town for a Year Match against Magnum T.A. just over a year ago and the people had forgotten all about him.  When he came out with Ladd, they were quickly reminded of how nasty and dangerous he could be.  Bad News attacked before the bell but Reed was expecting it.  No big deal to Allen as the fight was on and make no mistake about it…. This was a FIGHT!

Unfortunately for ref Scrappy McGowen, he got a little to close to the action and was knocked down by Reed with an accidentel shoulder block.  With the ref down, here comes Ernie Ladd and the 2-1 attack.

Allen held Reed while Ladd connected with 3 Giant Boots to the head.  Reed was almost done here.

WHAM… Ghetto Blaster by Allen and Reed is now completely done!

McGowen had recovered enough by now to make the three count.

Jim Ross:  I can’t believe what I have just witnessed.  Ernie Ladd and Bad News Allen have cheated their way to the North American Title.  This combination might be unstoppable!  Hacksaw Butch Reed is going to need some help.


  Mid-South Tag Team Title Match: Bunkhouse Stlye

"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes & Blackjack Mulligan vs Outlaw Ron Bass & Black Bart

Come dressed as you like sees all 4 of these big “cowboys” in jeans while Bart and Bass have added some black cowboy hats to the attire.  Bass has also brought “old Bessie,” his bull rope with him.  We get a good 15 minutes of all out brawling with each man getting their time on both top and bottom.  In the end, this brawl ends with a double count-out. 


Loser Leave Town Match

  Harley Race vs Larry Zbyszko

Finally, this 18 month long feud must come to an end!  Zbyszko pulls out the entire array of dirty tricks in this match to ensure it is not him.  From playing the frightened heel and sucker punching Race as the ref tried to keep the former NWA Champ away to low blows to an illegal weapon (a small rope) used to choke Race with, Larry was a diry as good be.  The problem was that each of these attacks just seemed to fuel the anger in Harley.  In the end, we see the high, high vertical suplex followed by the top rope diving headbutt followed by the piledriver to give Harley the win.

The crowd, who throughout history, has not always been behind Race, were ecstatic.  This was mostly due to the fact that Zbyszko will be gone!  They gave Harley a nice ovation and it was obvious that he was enjoying it.  In fact, he stayed around the ring for an unusually long time.  Almost like this might be the last time he is going to be here for a while.


  NWA World Tag Team Title Match

  Ted Dibiase & Dr. Death (c) vs Ivan Koloff & Kruscher Kruschev 

Back and forth we go.  Americans in control…. Russians in control….. who will get the last run?  We see Dibiase playing the face in peril and he is taking some serious double team moves from Ivan and Kruscher.  Ivan tells Kruscher to hold Dibiase.

WHAM… Ivan with a huge forearm to KRUSCHER…..  Dibiase has slipped away at the last minute.

Dibiase with the hot tag and Dr. Death is in like a house a fire!  He is tossing both Russians from pillar to post.  Dibiase is back in.  The whip both Russians into one another and then slam their heads together. 

WHAM…. Dr. Death with the Oklahoma Stampede on Kruscher.

WHAM…. Dibiase with a face first suplex on Ivan…. Right on top of Kruscher.

Dr. Death with the cover….. 1….2…3!  Dibiase and Dr. Death have survived this Independence Day invasion and are still the NWA World Tag Team Champions.

And then the unexpected….

Ivan Koloff with his big Russian Chain…..

WHAM…. Koloff whips KRUSCHER off the ropes and levels him with the chain.  Koloff continues the assault for the next few minutes.  After Kruscher’s betrayal of the U.S. there is nobody coming to his rescue.  THIS IS FOR THE RUSSIANS TO FIGURE OUT!  And it’s obvious they did…. Kruscher is no longer with them.  He is a man without a country! 


Steel Cage Match for the North American Title

Terry Gordy (c) vs Michael Hayes

Michael Hayes has no idea what he got himself into.  Gordy pounds him from one side of the cage to the other as this match gets under way and Hayes and his pretty face are busted up early.  Hayes with a rake of the eyes is able to slow down Bam Bam but only for a short period of time.  Gordy gets the rather quick but brutal victory after a piledriver on Hayes.  After the bout, and with Gordy heading back to the locker room, a bloody Michael Hayes, still groggy, grabs the house mic….

Michael Hayes:  Enough…. Enough Bam Bam.  This last month has been tearing me apart inside.  We are brothers.  I know families fight but in the end, they come together and that bond is even stronger.  Come back here know and let’s get back to the way things should be… Freebirds helping Freebirds.

The crowd urges Gordy to keep walking but Gordy has been a Freebird for a long time.  He grew up in this industry with Michael Hayes and you can see it in his eyes that this means a lot to him.  Slowly he turns, hands on hips…. Thinking… Gordy…..starts walking…. Back to Hayes.  They embrace in the center of the ring for a long time. 

As the two head out, Gordy has his North American Title while Hayes gets  his robe that he wore to the ring, the crowd is unsure what to make of this.  Is Gordy going back to his heel ways or is Michael Hayes now with Gordy on the side of good?

We don’t have to wait long to find out!

Hayes reaches into his robe and pulls out a container of some sort of cream.  He dips his hand in and comes out with a big glob of it.  From behind Hayes violently rubs the cream right in the eyes of Gordy….

Gordy is screaming in agony.  He is rolling on the floor, writhing in pain.  Hayes still with the house mic…

Michael Hayes:  And once you turn on a Freebird, the Freebirds will DESTROY YOU!

Hayes is getting all kinds of heat.  Debris is raining down on him as he smirks his way to the locker room.  Gordy needs help.  It is like he is totally blind.  Doctors rush to the ring.  They place towels over his head and are screaming instructions!!! Gordy must be guided to the back where you hear people screaming to get him to the hospital.



 NWA World Title Match

" The Russian Nightmare" Nikita Koloff vs Magnum T.A (C) 

The question is can Magnum muster up enough energy to survive the Russian Nightmare.  He has dealt with a monster of a match with Jumbo on the first night of the Bash and last night he basically had to deafeat Superstar #1 and #1 in a 55- minute marathon.  Everyone knows this is ble as Nikita has basically owned T.A. in their recent battles where he has done everything but with the belt.  The best hope for T.A. is this is Independence Day and the crowd won’t let him go down to a Russian on July 4th weekend if they could help it.

The match is a WAR but it is obvious that the last two nights has taken its toll on T.A..  He is one step behind the Russian Nightmare who is connecting with big move after big move.  In a moment of pure desperation, T.A. catches Nikita with the Belly to Belly Suplex.

1….2… Ivan Koloff reaches into the ring and pulls T.A.’s leg and drags him off of Nikita.  The pin attempt is foiled.  The ref is admonishing Ivan and T.A. is glaring at him but nothing else comes of these shenanigans.  T.A. is giving everything he has but he just can’t finish off Nikita. 

WHAM…WHAM…. A double clothesline and both men are down.  Who gets up first will be in control.

Despite the crowd’s help, T.A. collapsed along the ropes after dragging himself up hand over hand to the top rope.  Nikita is up and gives an  hellacious scream!

WHAM…. Russian Sickle on T.A. when he was eventually able to get to his feet…..

1…2….2 ½   Kickout by T.A.

The crowd is relieved but only for a second as Koloff drags Ivan up be his hair.

WHAM…. A second Russian Sickle on T.A..

1….2….2  ¾   Kickout by T.A.

Nobody in the Superdome can believe it.  Every wrestler in the NWA has been done after one Sickle but T.A. has survived 2.  The crowd is screaming….

Nikita again drags T.A. and whips him into the ropes for sickle #3….. T.A. ducks under and hits the ropes on the other side.  He meets Nikita in the center and wraps his arms around Nikita.  T.A. is going for the Belly to Belly.

WHAM… T.A. was just too weak and couldn’t execute the move.  Nikita blocked it.

WHAM… Short arm Russian Sickle….


The crowd is in shock but they know they just saw a classic match.  Even as the announcer calls for the NEW NWA World Champion, the what if’s start in the crowd.  What if T.A. had not had to wrestle Jumbo the Masked Superstar the last two nights.  What if there wasn’t so much travel.  What if Ivan had not interfered.

Make no mistake about it, the crowd in the Superdome booed like crazy when Nikita and Ivan celebrated in the ring but they also cheered like crazy as Magnum walked back to the locker room.  They all know in their hearts that he will Very Soon win the NWA World Title for a 3rd time!

And that’s the end of the Great American Bash 86!




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                                                                                  Halloween Havoc NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament First Round Matches.

Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight champion   "Nature Boy " Ric Flair w/JJ Dillon vs Continental Heavyweight champion " Nature Boy" Buddy Landel

"Hacksaw" Butch Reed vs NWA World Tag Team Champion Ted Debiase
                                                                              "Captain Redneck" Dick Murdoch vs Bad News Allen w/Ernie Ladd

                                                                              NWA United States Champion "The Russian Nightmare" Nikita Koloff vs Continental Television Champion Terry Taylor
                                                                                Southeastern Heavyweight Champion Mr Olympia vs Brad Armstrong
                                                                            "Wildfire" Tommy Rich vs NWA Mid-South Champion "Soul Man" Rocky Johnson
                                                                                Tully Blanchard w/Baby Doll vs "Handsome" Harley Race
                                                                       "Macho Man" Randy Savage w/Ms Elizabeth vs NWA North American Champion Jake "The Snake" Roberts w/Shiek Adnan Al Kassie

*Non Tournament matches*
                                                                                   NWA World Jr Heavyweight Championship
  "Flamboyant" Eric Embry(c) vs "Downtowm" Denny Brown

World Tag Team Championship 

Ted Debiase & Steve " Dr Death" Williams(c) vs The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Arn & Ole Anderson) w/JJ Dillon

 Airing live on closed circut television Starting 6pm throughout all NWA territories. Gordon Solie on Commentary + A special surprise celebrity guest to sing the nationa anthem! 

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The Omni Coliseum
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October 31st 1986


Gordon Solie: Welcome! Welcome indeed to the most frightfully anticipated wrestling event of the year, Halloween Havoc! I'm Gordon Solie & it's my pleasure to be calling the action tonight from the historic Omni Coluseam in beautiful Atlanta Georgia, a city that has been a important part of my career & has seen some of the greatest wrestling cards of the past few decades. And tonight will be no exception, tonight 16 of the greatest athletes on the planet earth shall compete in a grueling 1 night tournament to claim what is undoubtedly the most prestigious prize in our industry, the NWA World Heavyweight Championship sadly relinquished by Magnum T.A who has been in all our thoughts & prayers. Also tonight we will see the NWA World Jr Heavyweight Championship as well as the NWA World Tag Team Championships defended & before we came on the air I was told that following the conclusion of the first round matches NWA President Bill Watts will make a appearance to make a very special announcement. With all that being said let's send it to the ring where our ring announcer Gary Michael Cappetta is ready to start the action.

Gary Michael Cappetta: Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls. Welcome to the Omni Coluseam in Atlanta Georgia. Tonight the National Wrestling Alliance brings you the best professional wrestling has to offer as it presents Halloween Havoc! Before we begin the tournament to crown a new NWA World Heavyweight Champion please stand & remove your hats as the beautiful and talented Whitney Houston sings our national anthem.
The 28th Annual Grammy Awards (1986)


NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament round 1.

"Macho Man" Randy Savage w/Ms Elizabeth defeats NWA North American Champion Jake "The Snake" Roberts w/Shiek Adnan Al Kassie by countering a DDT into a lightning fast inside cradle.

 Tully Blanchard w/Baby Doll defeats "Handsome" Harley Race by c.o when Baby Doll hit Race with her "loaded" purse as Race was on the floor & Blanchard had the referee distracted.

"Wildfire" Tommy Rich defeats NWA Mid-South Champion "Soul Man" Rocky Johnson with a handful of tights.

Southeastern Heavyweight Champion Mr Olympia defeats Brad Armstrong with a DDT. After the match Olympia & Armstrong shook hands.

NWA United States Champion "The Russian Nightmare" Nikita Koloff defeats Continental Television Champion Terry Taylor by shoving Taylor off during a bulldog attempt & hitting the "Russian Sickle" when Taylor got up.

"Captain Redneck" Dick Murdoch vs Bad News Allen w/Ernie Ladd ends in a Double DQ.

"Hacksaw" Butch Reed defeats Ted DiBiase by powering out of DiBiase's sleeper attemp & hitting a spear.

Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion "Nature Boy" Ric Flair w/JJ Dillon defeats Continental Heavyweight Champion "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel when Dillon slipped Flair a foreign object which he hit Landel with during a figure four attempt.

During the intermission separating the 2 halves of the show, NWA President "Cowboy" Bill Watts announced that the NWA board of directors had agreed that Halloween Havoc would be the first of a series of mega events to run in the Omni. The next mega event will take place on Thanksgiving, Thursday November 25th when the NWA will proudly present... Starrcade!

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Quarterfinal matches.

"Macho Man" Randy Savage w/Ms Elizabeth vs Tully Blanchard w/Baby Doll ends in the double c.o.

"Wildfire" Tommy Rich defeats Southeastern Heavyweight Champion Mr Olympia with a lowblow behind the referee's back.

"The Russian Nightmare" Nikita Koloff recieves a bye to the semifinals.

"Hacksaw" Butch Reed defeats Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion "Nature Boy" Ric Flair w/JJ Dillon by catching Flair as he was going for a move off the top rope, launching him halfway across the ring then scaling the ropes for a shoulderblock from the top rope.

NWA World Jr Heavyweight Championship 

"Flamboyant" Eric Embry(c) defeats "Downtown" Denny Brown. Embry was originally accompanied to ringside by his Radiance teammates Doug Somers & Gary Royal but the referee refused to start the match until they returned to the locker room. After over 15 minutes of action, Brown seemed to be on the verge of victory when Paul Roma emerged from the crowd & struck him with the title belt as Embry was claiming to be injured & being attended to by the ref. As soon as Roma exited the ring however Embry sprinted across the ring to make the cover with the confused ref counting the 1...2...3.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Semifinal match.

"Hacksaw" Butch Reed defeats NWA United States Champion "The Russian Nightmare" Nikita Koloff by cutting off Koloff's attempt at the "Russian Sickle" with a spear.

"Wildfire" Tommy Rich recieves a bye to the finals. When this was announced, Rich came out, took the mic & told the enraged crowd "Thank you, Thank you this was a truly hard fought victory" while making as if he were wiping away a tear.

NWA World Tag Team Championship match 

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Arn & Ole Anderson) w/JJ Dillon defeats Ted DiBiase & Steve "Dr Death" Williams when Arn ducked a clothesline from Williams during a pier-sixer causing Williams to crash into DiBiase instead! Ole quickly threw a stunned Williams out of the ring then he & Arn hit a double Gordbuster on DiBiase for the win. NEW CHAMPIONS!!!
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(As Gary Michael Cappetta was announcing Tommy Rich he removed a jacket he was wearing revealing a shirt that read "Magnum T.A Driving School" which caused the crowd to ERUPT in fury)

NWA World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Finals 

"Hacksaw" Butch Reed defeats "Wildfire" Tommy Rich after tearing him in half with 3 spears! NEW CHAMPION!!! Watts hands the title to a tearful Reed as confetti rains down. Reed lifts the title high as Solie excitedly sends us off the air to the sight of wrestling's first black World Heavyweight Champion.
Hacksaw, The Natural & Doom: The Legacy of Butch Reed

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Awesome event!  Well done. 

I like all the small touches like Capetta and Whitney.  Hope we still made some money here after paying everyone.  I think we need to sell this one on VHS to keep the money rolling in.  

I like how Tommy Rich continued to push buttons and become the biggest heel in the NWA!

Big win for the Andersons!  Dr. Death and Dibiase need to get on the same page for the rematch.  

We need to find some stiffer competition for Embry.  He is on quite a roll.  

Congrats to Butch Reed!  He has a lot of tough challenges coming up.

Thanks for all your hard work.


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I couldn't wait for this show and man did it deliver! 

The AWA has Linda Ronstadt coming in and tonight the NWA scores a young Whitney. Nice touch. 

That 1st round was filled with the best of the best. Reed defeating Dibiase and Flair winning the battle of the Nature Boys were highlights. That Savage/Snake match is ring psychology at its best. Tully gets over on Harley, thanks to Baby Doll. Bad News and Murdoch eliminate each other. Olympia defeats fellow fan favorite BA and a handshake follows. Nikita with a devastating finish on Taylor.  And of course that hated Tommy Rich advances. 

STARRCADE is coming! A Thanksgiving tradition.

Savage and Tully are out. Tommy is bringing the heat. OH SNAP! Reed takes down tournament favorite Ric Flair! 

Pretty Paul helps his man Embry retain. Downtown is going to want some payback.

Reed is on a roll! Damn, he took out Nikita. Tommy gets a heel heated bye. What a classy guy giving the fans a heartfelt promo like that.

Andersons are the new NWA World Champs! They backed up all the talk. Bad night for Dibiase. I wonder if there will be friction between him and Williams after that finish. 

Reed vs. Rich for all the marbles. I loved this because Reed is one of the most loved and over faces in the game while Tommy has got to be the most hated and despised heel in the game. 3 spears later and Reed is the NEW NWA world champ! That is one satisfying ending. Reed deserves this and I can't wait to watch his run. Congratulations Butch Reed! 

Awesome job NWA! 




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and we start things off on a bad note as Cracky the Crack Head sings the National Anthem!

Good Lord! What a First Round!! Savage stuns Jake with a roll up. Tully cheats to beat Harley, which will not go unavenged! My Boy Tommy Rich outsmarts Rocky Johnson. Olympia beats Armstrong in a friendly encounter. Nikita destroys Taylor with the Sickle! Murdoch and Bad News are out, someone is getting a Bye! Reed beats Dibiase in what I can only assume was a classic. and Flair has to cheat to beat Landel.... Boo!!!

Starrcade is coming on Thanksgiving! Nice!

Savage and Tully go to a Double C.O.... Someone is going right to the finals!!

Tommy Rich beats Olympia! Oh, I hope he is getting the Bye!!!

Nikita gets a Bye, and that's bad news for whoever gets him fresh.

REED BEATS FLAIR!!! Holy Shit!! Go Butch!!

Embry gets one over on Brown with a little help from his friends!

Reed manages to get past Koloff, but he has had one hell of a road to the finals...

While Tommy Rich endears himself to the crowd! Come On Tommy!! Wildfire can ride again!!

YEAH!! The Andersons bring home the NWA World Tag Team Titles!! Doc and Dibiase have a miscue, and that's all she wrote!! 

Magnum T.A. Driving School t-shirt is wonderful!!

It's been a long time coming, and as much as I love me some Tommy Rich, this moment had to be his. Butch Reed becomes the Heavyweight Champion of the World! 

Great Job Gentleman! Well thought out tournament, perfect choice for champion. Looking forward to seeing what you all come up with for Starrcade!

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I loved the presentation, with Whitney Houston and a tease for Starrcade! It's great to see the tournament being used to advance Tully Blanchard and Harley Race's animosity. Steve Williams and Ted DiBiase versus the Minnesota Crew would've been such an amazing match to see live!

What a meteoric rise for Butch Reed! It was a treat to see it development over the course of the night, with the upset win over Flair. Tommy Rich getting mega-heat beforehand is a great way to prime the audience to get 100% behind Butch Reed. Excellent job!

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Great job with the tournament, Dragon!

Excited for the Andersons as World Tag Team Champions!

Tommy's "Magnum TA Driving School" shirt was perfect! 

Again, you did an awesome job laying out the tournament and by the finals the fans wanted to see Butch win and Rich get killed, Butch should make for a great World champion!

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NOVEMBER 25, 1986



Gordon Solie:  Thank you.  Thank you so very much and welcome once again to the National Wrestling Alliance, the oldest and largest sanctioning body the world over. Tonight, is going to be an historic evening as we have reached Starrcade 86, the biggest and best wrestling event of the year.  Tonight, we will have 10 huge matches including all three NWA World Titles.  I see the NWA President, Cowboy Bill Watts in the ring and seems set to go so lets turn things over to him now and get right to all the action.


Cowboy Bill Watts:  Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, welcome to the Omni.    The National Wrestling Association in conjunction with Mid-South Wrestling and Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling brings you the best wrestling has to offer tonight as it presents Starrcade 86.  Before we get to the ring, please stand and remove your hats as the South’s very own Charlie Daniels performs the Star-Spangled Banner.  Trust me folks, if you have never heard the National Anthem played on a fiddle before you are in for a big treat.



When the national anthem is over, Charlie Daniels grabs the mic and says this is going to be one Helluva night and so let’s start it off Georgia style and it goes something like this… (Charlie really gets the Georgia crowd going with an awesome playing of the “Devil Went Down to Georgia.”



Chris Benoit vs Steve Wright

Wright seemed to be getting Benoit in position for the "Octopus Hold" when Foley threw his helmet in the ring. As the ref admonished Foley, Benoit mule kicked Wright leading to the Dragon suplex for the win.



NWA JR. Heavyweight Title Match:  Eric Embry © vs Brad Armstrong

Brad Armstong gets the win by dq when the rest of Radiance (Somers, Royal & Roma) stormed the ring after Brad hit the Russian Legsweep.  As Embry and Radiance head back to the locker room with Embry raising the title above his head, Armstrong struggles to his feet. 


You can just tell by the look on Brad’s face that he is fuming.  Remember, he cost himself a job with Continental Championship Wrestling by showing up tonight at Starrcade and now the NWA and more specifically, wrestlers from Mid-Atlantic have screwed him out of the NWA World Jr. Heavyweight Title!  What is next for B.A.?  We will have to wait and find out.



Grudge Match:  Freebird Jimmy Garvin vs Scott Casey with Sunshine

Jimmy Garvin wins by count-out as a masked women rushed down to the ring and dumped a bucket of what appeared to be pig slop on Sunshine and then ran away.  Scott Casey saw this and rushed out to help his valet as Jimmy Garvin stayed in the ring and just smiled. 


Gordon Solie couldn’t say for sure, but he was pretty sure the masked woman was Precious who was suspended from the NWA for the month of November for putting a bounty on Scott Casey.  It seems like come December when she returns, Precious is going to have some questions to answer.   



Ole & Arn Anderson vs The Patriots (U.S. Steel & Todd Champion)

Sorry everyone, but this is the weakest match on the card even though it’s for the NWA Tag Title but when that no good Les Thatcher pulled Continental Championship Wrestling at the last moment, there was nothing that could be done.  U.S. Steel and Todd Champion did their best to use their power to their advantage, but the Andersons are the champs for a reason and their teamwork was spot on with the end coming in a clean victory when Arn followed up Ole’s top rope knee drop with a Spinebuster on Champion for the victory. 



Captain Redneck Dick Murdoch & Mid-South Champion, “Soul Man”Rocky Johnson vs

 Bad News Allen &LeRoy Brown with Ernie Ladd

Losing Team Must Leave the NWA & if Rocky Johnson Loses, the winner gets his Mid-South Title

A true brawl from start to finish with, as you would expect, the finish involving Ernie Ladd.  With Bad News Allen arguing with the ref for distraction purposes, Ernie Ladd tried to clobber Rocky Johnson who was being held from behind by LeRoy Brown.  Problem was Murdoch took the opportunity to come from behind and nail Brown in the back of the head.  The blow caused Brown to release Johnson but now got hit in the front of his head by his own manager.  After the double whammy, LeRoy was in trouble. 

Bad News Allen turns only to be hit with the Soul Man Shuffle which caused his to fall through the ropes…

Huge double team move now as Rocky Johnson helps Murdoch lift and deliver a double suplex on Bad News Brown.

The ref covers



Gordon Solie is ecstatic as he can’t believe that Bad News Brown and Bad News Allen are out of the NWA!  As we catch a glimpse of Ernie Ladd, Solie adds that he can only imagine the joy going through the mind of NWA President Bill Watts right now as Ladd and his group have basically terrorized Watts for all of 1986!



The Posse (Dick Slater, Black Bart, Bobby Jagers & Dirty Rhodes) vs

Brutha's in Arms (Shaska Whatley, Tiger Conway Jr, Norvell Austin & Savanah Jack)

The Posse pulls out the victory in a wild bout when Bart hit Jack with the "Texas Trash Compacter" through a table on the floor! 



Mid-South Tag Team Title Match:

The Masked Superstars © vs Ted Dibiase & Dr. Death

Sheik Adnan Kassie must give Dibiase & Dr. Death $5000 if the win

Cleary the two best teams from Mid-South Wrestling are here vying for supremacy and they put on a great show.  Sheik Adnan seems oddly quiet during the match and that might be because his bodyguard, Hercules Ayala, has been banned from the building and now the Sheik must guard his own $1,000,000 briefcase!


Again, a match of big moves, near falls, and momentum changes.  At about the 20-minute mark, we see the Sheik finally get involved as Masked Superstar #1 has just hit a big body slam on Dr. Death.  Sheik slides the briefcase into one corner and then walks around the ring to the other side and gets up on the apron.  He starts screaming at ref, Carl Ferige, who comes over to “argue” with Sheik.

Superstar #1 grabs the briefcase, and out of character, climbs up to the top rope.  He leaps off the top rope, going for a briefcase shot to the head.

OOOFFF… Dr. Death rolls out of the way at the last second and Masked Superstar is down and the briefcase goes flying!

Dr. Death is up… here comes Superstar # 2…. Oklahoma Stampede on #2.

Dr. Death scoops up Superstar #1, the legal man, Oklahoma Stampede on #1.

Dr. Death covers #1…

Carl Fergie sees and slowly moves over to start what seems like the slowest cover in history!

WHAM…. Oh My God!  Ted Dibiase comes off the top rope with the briefcase and clobbers his Dr. Death.

Dibiase then drags the Masked Superstar on top of Dr. Death and Fergie now makes a fast 1-2-3 count and the Superstars keep their titles!

Dibiase picks up the Million Dollar Briefcase, looks at Sheik Adnan who shakes his head.  Dibiase opens the case, sees the money and shakes his head in approval back at the Sheik.  Dibiase walks out to the Omni floor and shakes hands with Sheik Adnan Al-Kassie as the Masked Superstars close in on Dr. Death. 

The crowd explodes as Terry Gordy rushes to the ring to help Dr. Death. 

J88bKA3.png?2The Masked Superstars are trying to escape from the ring but just as they are going through the ropes, Gordy grabs each of them by the mask and gives a big yank and the masks come off. 

The crowd gasps again, this time at the unmasked Masked Superstars!


Gordon Solie:  I can’t believe what I have just seem.  Ted Dibiase has turned on Dr. Death and it looks like Sheik Adnan Al Kassie has his new Million Dollar Man!  And what to make of the appearance of the Superstars!


United States Title Match:

The Russian Nightmare Nikita Koloff with Ivan Koloff vs Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy

Nikita really got all he could handle when he called out any American who had the guts to meet him at Starrcade for his U.S. Title.  This bout was mega move after mega move with the end coming with Nikita winning by DQ as Uncle Ivan hit Gordy from behind when the action spilled out onto the floor. 

This didn’t stop the Russians from dragging Gordy back into the ring where we saw “the Russian Nigtmare” connect with a big Russian Sickle.    


The problem got worse for Gordy when the Russians left the ring as Freebirds Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin rushed to the ring with a gallon of paint and a paint brush. 


With Gordy just starting to stir from the beating from the Russians, Michael Hayes quickly painted a long yellow strip down his former partner’s back and then dumped the entire gallon of paint over Gordy’s head.  The Freebirds now were stomping a mudhole in Bam Bam and there was nothing he could do about it.

The crowd exploded as Dr. Death rushes to the ring to help Gordy just as Gordy had helped him a little while ago.  Even though Dr. Death was alone, he quickly cleared the ring as the Freebirds ran for cover.  A messy Gordy and an amped up Dr. Death dared the Freebirds to come back in the ring, but they never even thought about it as the headed up the aisle. 


2 Rings surrounded by 1 Cage

New Wrestler Enters Every 5 Minutes

Kevin Sullivan’s Spectral Hand (Sullivan, Missing Link, Warlord, The Barbarian &The Great Kabuki)


Luger’s Legion (Luger, Wahoo McDaniel, Dan Spivey, & Renegade Warriors (Mark & Chris Youngblood)


McDaniel & Kabuki start and spend the five minutes blistering each other with chops, kicks & forearms. Finally the first period ends and Missing Link enters to make it 2 on 1 for 2 mins. Wahoo fights back as best he can but the two savages eventually wear him down. Thankfully the period ends & Chris Youngblood enters using his quick offense to stump the madmen. Wahoo regroups and we get a proper Tornado 2 on 2 until the horn sounds again and The Warlord enters the ring. The powerhouse is completely unleashed repeatedly slamming his foes into the mat, each other & especially the cage. Wahoo & Chris are both in bad shape as the horn heralds the arrival of Mark Youngblood. The elder Youngblood brother is the proverbial "house of fire" as he unloads on his opponents with stiff chops. He manages to floor Link & a bloody Kabuki but Warlord refuses to go down. The faces are just hanging in there when the Barbarian storm into the cage. He meets up with Warlord and together the Powers of Pain unload devastating double team moves. Barby is just finishing a string of big boots when Dan Spivey charges in. He immediately nails Link with a big boot of his own, catches Kabuki with a bulldog, then entering the second ring, runs through a double clothesline attempt from P.oP & hits his own dropping them both! Spivey's blitz gives his teammates time to recover and they actually have the advantage as Kevin Sullivan enters. Sullivan stands in the corner, reaches into his tights & retrieves... THE GOLDEN SPIKE!!! Sullivan surveys his surroundings then, holding the spike like a slasher villain holds his knife, let's lose a blood curdling scream and stabs Spivey! Sullivan is a man possessed stabbing all his opponents in rapid fashion.


Then as the timer ticks down, he stands in the center of ring 1 taking in the chaos around him before noticing blood on the Spike. He stares for a moment before smiling and LICKING THE BLOOD to the absolute disgust of the crowd. As he's savoring the taste the horn sounds for the final time signaling Lex Luger's arrival. Luger wastes no time immediately tackling Sullivan and pounding him into the matter as the fans are informed that the "Match Beyond" has begun. What follows is several minutes of hell with no discernable advantage on either side. Most of the wrestlers are bleeding. Finally a turning point, Barbarian manages to collect the Golden Spike as Sullivan hits Luger with a uppercut to the uprights. Seeing Barbarian with the spike Sullivan grabs Luger and holds him in position while screaming "finish him!". Barbarian doesn't need to be told twice & rushes forward. But just as he's bringing the spike down, Luger breaks free & dives out of the way causing Barbarian to drive the spike into the top of Sullivan's head! Barbarian is in shock giving Luger enough time to hit a running forearm sending him into the space between the rings. With as much urgency as he can muster, Luger pulls Sullivan into the "Torture Rack"!


To his credit Sullivan endures the pain for a few moments but once it's clear no help is coming he submits!

After the bell, as the cage is being raised Sullivan breaks away from the medics attending to him. Managing to come up behind Luger, Sullivan spins him around...AND THROWS A FIREBALL IN HIS FACE!!!!


Everybody is in shock! Sullivan stumbles through the ropes and joins his minions laughing the whole time while medics & security rush to tend to Luger.


NWA World Title Match:

Hacksaw Butch Reed © vs Tully Blanchard with Baby Doll

We all know that this was an awesome match with each guy bumping and selling like crazy, momentum change after momentum change and near falls by each man, so let’s just get to the finish. 


Hacksaw Butch is in full control of the match and comes off the ropes at full speed setting up Tully for the spear but somehow Tully dodges it and Reed crashes full tilt into ref Ron West.  Reed checks on West who is out as Tully goes to Baby Doll and is screaming for her to get involved.


Baby Doll slowly gets up on the apron and puts one leg through the ropes but hesitates.  Tully is screaming to hurry up.

Suddenly, Baby Doll steps back out through the ropes and stands on the apron.  Tully is frantically screaming but Baby Doll shakes her head NO!

SMACK!  Tully smacks the Perfect 10 right in the face and down she goes.

Seeing that their original  plan has not worked out, Ric Flair and the Andersons rush the ring and attack Hacksaw.  The throw everything at him but the kitchen sink.  We see the Ole Kneedrop, the Flair Figure 4, and the Arn Spinebuster.

Finally, Tully with the assistance of Flair hit the Slingshot Suplex and Reed and Tully goes for the cover.

You could have counted to 100 but the only problem was that Ron West was still out cold.  No matter what the Andersons due, they can’t get West up.

Suddenly we hear a moan from the crowd …. It’s Carl Fergie, in his ref cloths, rushing to the ring.  He dives under the bottom rope as Tully once again covers Hacksaw.

With the fastest count in history, Carl Fergie makes the 3-count and Gordon Solie can’t believe the miscarriage of justice as he announces Tully Blanchard as the new NWA World champion.  He hopes that Bill Watts will not let this stand but says that Tully is the champion for now.

As we go off the air, we see Tully, the Andersons and Flair celebrating their victory with Carl Fergie. 


Baby Doll, holding her reddened check with tears streaming down her face, and Hacksaw Butch Reed kneeling in disbelief as the NWA World Title was literally just stolen from him!

So long from the Omni!



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I wonder if Watts is upset about Gordon mentioning CCW.

Charlie Daniels playing the national anthem on a fiddle is the most southern way to start a Mega Event ever! "The Devil went down to Georgia" was one of my mother's favorite songs so she would have been so happy.

Benoit evens the score with Wright. I think these two need something special for their next 1on1.

Leave it to Embry to be proud of himself after having 3 guys bail him out. Poor B.A

Garvin wins the Grudge match thanks to a pig slop throwing "mystery woman".

The Andersons retain to the shock of... absolutely nobody!

Watts gets his Christmas present early as Ladd is gone from the NWA!

Black Bart was the mvp of the Posse at Starrcade.

Carl Fergie being his most blatantly biased yet is somehow the least interesting story coming out of the Mid-South Tag Title match. DiBiase turns on Williams and the Million Dollar Man is born! Plus the unmasking of the Superstars. I gotta ask, were they already wearing the paint under the masks?

Bad news is Gordy got screwed out of the United States Championship. Great news is we're getting The Miracle Violence Connection!

I never thought I'd have the opportunity to write out a Wargames but I'm proud of the end result. The pictures you added took it to a whole other level.

I stand corrected, THIS is Carl Fergie at his most blatantly biased. Baby Doll seems to get cold feet causing the Horsemen to improvise. I can only imagine the reaction Tully slapping Baby Doll got in the 1980s south. 

Starrcade 86 will be a night wrestling fans talk about for decades to come!

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Interesting to see what happens with Armstrong now,

Ladd is going to be pissed, but I'm sure he'll have something up his sleeve!

Dibiase turns on Doc, but Gordy comes for the save. Interesting way to turn Superstar into Ax. Dibiase with Adnan will be interesting and draw big heat

I'd still pay a ton of money to see Nikita vs Gordy

Luger gets revenge on the Sullivan gang, then gets burned.

Tully winning the NWA Title will lead to an interesting dynamic in the Horseman, but man I hate to see Butch lose the title that quick after he long chased it.


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I loved the turn from Ted DiBiase ... boy, I wouldn't want Steve Williams and Terry Gordy mad at me, though! That War Games was so much fun - and a fireball is really cool way to top it all off! The main event had so much drama! If screwing Butch Reed out of his title wasn't bad enough, getting violent with Baby Doll paints such a great picture of the piece of work we've now got as our world champion! Great show from top to bottom!

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I couldn't think of a better way to kick off Starrcade in Georgia with Charlie Daniels. Whoever booked this is a genius.

Foley gets in his heat as Benoit opens the show with a win over Wright.

Poor Brad. Just by showing up he loses his job in Continental. Then he gets ambushed by Radiance. 

Shenanigans give Jimmy Jam the win. Now's the perfect time for him to use his "It's not my fault" catchphrase LOL. 

I'll give US Steel credit, they made the most of their opportunity but they were in there with the Andersons. No shame. 

Crowd popping moment as Johnson retains and him and Murdoch send the Bad men packing. I agree, I know Watts loved this. I need a follow up Ladd promo LOL. 

That trash compacter through the table might be the finish of the night. 

NO WAY! Dibiase turns! Could this be the birth of the Million Dollar Man? Wait! There's more! Gordy runs out and the masks come off! And now Demolition is born. What a moment!

I would love to see Nikita and Gordy go at it again and again. However, Gordy is going to be busy going after those no good Freebirds. I'm all for Gordy and Williams teaming up and wrecking havoc.

WARGAMES! OH YEA! This was the bloody brawl I thought it would be and more. Sullivan goes to town with his golden spike but Luger gets the most satisfying win as he makes Sullivan submit. However, the evil Sullivan gets the last laugh with a wicked fireball to Luger's face. Another story begins. Great match. 

I had a funny feeling about the World title match and I can't believe it. I really thought Reed had it when Baby Doll hesitated. Then I remembered that when you mess with one horsemen you mess with 4. Throw Fergie into this and Tully is now the NWA world champion. I'm bummed out that Reed's reign ended this quick. The flip side is this sets up a new Horsemen dynamic. Very interesting. 

Great job NWA! Starrcade was a hit. 


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