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WCCW TV 4/17/1982

Written By Alfredo Esparza

World Class Championship Wrestling 4/17/1982

Taped at the Sportatorium in Dallas, TX. Aired on 4/17/1982.

Mark Lowrance is on commentary. He mentions they will show a tape featuring Fritz Von Erich and The Great Kabuki.

Black Gordman vs. Sal Olivares

Olivares with an armdrag takedown on Gordman. They get back up and Gordman this time takes Olivares down. Olivares goes for a leg takedown on Gordman but he escapes and lands a kneedrop on Olivares. Gordman gets distracted by the fans who are yelling at him. He gets in a kick on Olivares and then tosses him into the turnbuckle. He punches Olivares.

Hard chop across the chest of Olivares. Gordman whips Olivares across the ropes and kicks him in the mid-section. Olivares fights back against Gordman. Gordman not pleased and throws a few punches and a hard elbow at Olivares. He yells to the fans to shut up! Gordman goes to work on Olivares left arm, but Olivares reverses it and wraps up Gordman’s left arm. Gordman kicks at Olivares.

Gordman slams Olivares and then lands a knee on him. He stomps on Olivares hand. Olivares makes a comeback and slams Gordman’s head into the top turnbuckle. He hiptosses Gordman and tries for a dropkick but Gordman moves out of the way. Gordman lays in another knee into Olivares mid-section. He whips Olivares across the ropes and gets in another kick. He follows with a DDT and then wraps up Olivares arms and takes him down and submits him. Gordman gets booed by the fans as he gets his arm raised.

WINNER: Black Gordman

Mark Lowrance interviews referee David Manning. He talks about the difference between refereeing amateur and professional wrestling. He says at the professional level there are some wrestlers who will do things to distract the referee to cheat to win. He says the NWA has certain rules that referees must follow. He mentions that there are times that he suggests special rules for certain matches or wrestlers.

Al Madril vs. Carlos Zapata

Zapata and Madril lock up and break away as they reach the ropes. Madril wraps up Zapata by the waist and then reverses it. Madril gets Zapata in a hammerlock. Referee breaks them up as they reach the ropes. Madril goes back to an armbar on Zapata and takes him down on the mat. Zapata yells that Madril pulled his hair. Zapata with a leg takedown but Madril trips him up and they both are back up on their feet.

Al Madril grabs hold of Zapata with a headlock and punches him. Crowd cheers in approval. Zapata and Madril reverse each other’s hammerlock and Madril gets Zapata back in a headlock and he punches him again. Zapata punches at the air confused with what just happened to him. They grab hold of each other by the hands and Madril shoves Zapata into the turnbuckles.

Al Madril gets the crowd to start cheering louder and louder. Zapata covers his ears. They run the ropes and Madril teases punching Zapata but Zapata grabs hold of the top rope. More rope running and Zapata charges at Madril but Al moves out of the way and Zapata flies to the outside. He gets back in the ring. Zapata with a chop at Madril’s neck. He slams Madril’s head into the top turnbuckle a few times. Zapata starts choking Madril and the referee pulls him away.

Carlos Zapata chops at Madril’s neck again. Referee David Manning warns Zapata. Zapata back with a knee at Madril and a few kicks at his back. Crowd starts cheering for Madril. Zapata kicks Madril out of the ring. Zapata snaps Madril’s neck with the ropes. He slams Madril’s head into the top turnbuckle and keeps kicking at him. Again Madril’s head slammed into the top turnbuckle and Zapata kicks Madril out of the ring.

Al Madril climbs back onto the ring and punches Zapata. He slams Zapata’s head into the top turnbuckle a few times. Al Madril climbs up to the top rope and hits Zapata with a cross body block for the pin.

WINNER: Al Madril

Kevin Von Erich vs. Wild Bill Irwin

Kevin Von Erich gets kissed by several girls as he strolls down the entrance to the ring. This is a non-title match. Kevin with a low spin kick knocks down Wild Bill Irwin. He gets Irwin with a headlock. Wild Bill tries to break out of the hold and whips him across the ropes. Kevin catches Irwin with a dropkick and gets Irwin with an armbar. Wild Bill refuses to give up and pushes at Kevin’s head. He gets Kevin backed into the ropes and then whips him across the ropes and hip tosses Kevin. He misses an elbow on Kevin.

Kevin Von Erich gets in an elbow and snapmares Irwin but misses an elbow of his own. Wild Bill is back up and starts pounding away on Von Erich. Fans start to chant “Chauncey” at Irwin. Kevin grabs Irwin in a sleeperhold but Irwin knocks him off by driving him into the turnbuckles. Kevin gets control of the match again takes Irwin down with an armlock submission hold. He applies pressure by using his legs on Irwin’s arm. Wild Bill tries to break free but Von Erich keeps the hold on until Irwin is able to reach the ropes.

Wild Bill tells the fans to shut-up and they start to yell “Chauncey” at him. Kevin goes back to working on Irwin’s left arm. Wild Bill whips Kevin off the ropes and Kevin trips over Irwin and Wild Bill gets in a few elbows on Kevin’s back. They go back and forth in the corner until Irwin slams his head into the top turnbuckle. Irwin gets a two-count but the two continue to exchange punches. Irwin gets Kevin on the ropes and punches him. He whips Kevin across the ropes and Kevin gets Irwin with a sunset flip and gets a two count. Irwin gets back up and grabs Von Erich in a headlock.

Kevin Von Erich makes a comeback and throws a punch off the ropes. Kevin grabs Irwin with the Iron Claw but Irwin reaches the ropes. He kicks Irwin across the back and then slams his head into the turnbuckle. Von Erich goes for the Iron Claw again but this time in the center of the ring. Irwin blocks the Claw! However, Kevin goes for Irwin’s mid-section with the Iron Claw! Irwin throws Kevin off him. He attacks Von Erich in the corner. Wild Bill slams Kevin and then climbs up to the middle rope and misses a dive onto Von Erich. Kevin climbs up to the middle rope and dives off and grabs hold of Irwin with a sunset flip for the pin.

WINNER: Kevin Von Erich

Mark Lowrance interviews Kevin Von Erich after he got the win. He said he learned his finishing move from his father Fritz Von Erich.

Mark Lowrance mentions an altercation between Fritz Von Erich and The Great Kabuki at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth. Fritz was blinded by The Great Kabuki’s green mist. They air a tape of David Von Erich against The Great Kabuki. They have a brawl and Fritz Von Erich runs into the ring and attacks The Great Kabuki as David Von Erich holds off Gary Hart. Fritz puts the Claw on Kabuki. Referees run out to try to stop everyone. Richard Blood comes out to try to stop Fritz. King Kong Bundy comes out to try to break the Claw off Kabuki. Fritz continues his attack on Kabuki.

Fritz & Kevin Von Erich are interviewed by Mark Lowrance. Fritz talks about his sons training at home. He believes that at one point in the future, Kerry, Kevin and David will become World Champions. Fritz then talks about Gary Hart trying to run him out of wrestling. He says that he and his sons have made it a goal to run Gary Hart and others like him out of the wrestling business. Fritz says that the debt will be paid against The Great Kabuki. Kevin is proud of his dad.

They show highlights of Gorgeous George vs. The Nature Boy from the 1950s.

Armand Hussein vs. Richard Blood

Armand Hussein asks Richard Blood to leave the ring so he can do his camel walk ceremony. The crowd mocks him as he does the ceremony. Hussein cleanly breaks away from Blood. He doesn’t break cleanly the third time and tries to chop at Blood but Richard Blood moves out of the way and Hussein goes over the top rope. Hussein gets back in the ring and Blood knocks him down a few times and finally sends Hussein to the outside.

Hussein gets back in the ring and throws a punch at Blood’s face. He slams Blood’s face across the top turnbuckle. Hussein lays in a forearm across Blood’s chest and then stomps on him near the ropes. He throws Blood to the outside and then slams Blood on the floor. Crowd starts to cheer for Richard Blood.

Richard Blood gets back in the ring but Hussein places Blood on the ropes. He chokes at Blood near the ropes. Blood fights back against Hussein. He punches at Hussein a few times. Blood gets fired up and kicks at Hussein. He throws more punches at Hussein. He whips Hussein across the ropes and lands a forearm on Hussein. Hussein misses with a clothesline but then catches him off the ropes with one a few seconds after. Hussein runs at the ropes and lands a senton on Blood and gets the pin.

WINNER: Armand Hussein

SHOW THOUGHTS: I thought this was an okay episode that was greatly helped by the crowd’s overall excitement throughout the show. Best match on the show was the Kevin Von Erich vs. Wild Bill Irwin match. That had a lot of heat and the action moved along well throughout with it going back and forth and Kevin couldn’t quite get the win over Irwin with the Iron Claw so he used a reverse sunset flip off the ropes to get the pin. Gordman and Hussein in their matches were great at getting the crowd riled up and rooting against them throughout. Madril and Zapata had a fun match as well.


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