Written By Alfredo Esparza
Championship Wrestling From Florida 5/5/1984
Taped 5/2/1984 in Tampa, Florida. Aired on 5/5/1984.
Gordon Solie is the host. He’s joined by Barbara Clary, Buddy Colt and Mike Davis.
Solie mentions that they are going to air a taped match featuring Billy Jack vs. Tony D’Amato and mentions something happened after the match that was very impressive. Billy Jack is the current Florida Heavyweight Championship. Solie mentions that many past Florida Heavyweight Champions have gone on to win the World Heavyweight Champions. Billy Jack gets D’Amato in the full nelson very quickly to end the match.
After the match, Superstar Graham shows up ringside. He tries to climb into the ring but backs away. Gordon Solie heads over to the ringside area to interview Billy Jack. Solie points out that a cheap shot from D’Amato seemed to fire up Billy Jack. He then challenges Superstar Graham to a match or a full nelson challenge.
Promos for upcoming shows by Gordon Solie and Barbara Clary who does the promo in Spanish.
“Superstar” Billy Graham joins Gordon Solie at the announcers desk. He talks about a no-disqualification match against Joe Lightfoot. Graham talks about how he’s going to injure Lightfoot because he’s a martial arts champion of the world. He warns Lightfoot that he’s going to rip a bumper from a cadillac and beat him with it. He vows to end Lightfoot.
Mike Rotundo vs. Kevin Sullivan
Kevin Sullivan takes down Mike Rotundo with a waistlock takedown. Rotundo back up and he sends Sullivan into the ropes but they tangle up a bit with Sullivan getting the upper hand on Rotundo with a side headlock. Rotundo sends Sullivan into the ropes but Sullivan gets Rotundo with a backslide for a near fall.
Rotundo takes Sullivan down to the mat but Sullivan escapes and places Mike in a headscissors. He escapes and gets Sullivan back in a headlock but Sullivan escapes. Sullivan punches Rotundo. Rotundo counters with a pair of uppercuts followed by a snapmare into a cradle for a near fall. Sullivan counters with a hammerlock. That gets reversed.
Another armdrag takedown by Rotundo. Sullivan whips Rotundo into the ropes but Rotundo leapfrogs and catches Sullivan with a dropkick and takes Kevin back down with an armbar. Sullivan pulls at Rotundo’s hair but Mike keeps the arm locked in. Kevin pulls Rotundo’s hair and slams him into the top turnbuckle. he delivers some hard chops and punches and then whips him into the ropes and catches Rotundo with a clothesline. Rotundo kicks out.
Rotundo with a cradle for another near fall but Sullivan’s back up and attacks Rotundo. Rotundo fights back and kicks and punches at Sullivan. He whips him into the ropes and elbows him. Sullivan powers out of a pin attempt. Rotundo whips Sullivan into the ropes and Kevin raises his leg and kicks Rotundo. They hit the ropes and Rotundo catches Sullivan in an airplane spin only Sullivan reaches the ropes and breaks out of the hold and slips off Rotundo’s shoulders.
Sullivan pulls Rotundo to the outside and sends Rotundo into the ring post. He grabs a chair and hits Rotundo across the top of the head. Referee and Mike Davis stop Sullivan from any further attack and referee DQs Sullivan.
WINNER: Mike Rotundo via DQ
Gordon Solie interviews Ron Bass, Black Bart and the manager The Panama Gang (The One Man Gang) and he mentions that due to circumstances surrounding J.J. Dillon, he’s been cast as the number one manager in Florida. Gang mentions that he is recovering from his injury and he vows revenge against Dusty Rhodes. He praises Black Bart and Ron Bass for being the new Florida U.S. Tag Team Champions. Bass praises his new partner Black Bart and he issues challenges to any wrestlers in Florida.
The Long Riders (Black Bart & “Cowboy” Ron Bass) (w/ The Panama Gang) vs. Mike Allen & Mike Fever
Mike Davis on commentary apologizes to his best friend Mike Rotundo. He tells Gordon Solie that he froze when Kevin Sullivan was attacking Rotundo.
Black Bart whips Mike Fever into the ropes but Fever catches him with a pair of dropkicks. Bart follows with a punch into the mid-section. Fever hits the ropes and catches Black Bart with a cross body block for a near fall. Bart gets back up and beats on Fever. He misses an elbow and Fever tags out and Allen gets in the ring. Allen comes in hot but Black Bart counters a headscissors attempt by tossing Allen onto the top rope.
Ron Bass tags in and he beats on Allen. Big elbow at Allen. He tags Bart back in and Black Bart picks up Allen and tosses him onto the top rope. He tags in Ron Bass and Bass gets Allen with the Texas Stampede for the pin. Short match.
WINNERS: Black Bart & Ron Bass
They return from a commercial break and right as Gordon Solie is about to speak, Mike Davis excuses himself and leaves the announcers desk. Both Solie and Colt look confused.
“Superstar” Billy Graham joins Gordon Solie and talks about how strong he is. He challenges anyone to an arm wrestling match and said that last week when he made the same challenge no one accepted. Graham says Rhodes won’t come out to challenge him and neither will Barry Windham. He then says that he knows for a fact that Barry Windham is on anabolic steroids and says it’s an Olympic year! Graham then says not even Billy Jack will come out to challenge him and says he is the “Man of the hour, too sweet to be sour!”
“Superstar” Billy Graham vs. Denny Brown
“Superstar” Billy Graham does some martial arts poses and chops the top turnbuckle. Solie mentions that this will be the last time we will see Bruce Tharpe on the show due to him going to get his law degree and wishes him the best.
Graham rakes Brown across the face. He follows with a punch to the back. A knee into the back followed by a chop and another punch. Graham quickly gets Brown in a full nelson and the match ends via submission. Match lasted only a few seconds.
WINNER: Superstar Graham
Barry Windham joins Gordon Solie and talks about an upcoming tag team match with him teaming with Blackjack Mulligan against Ron Bass and Black Bart.
The Panama Gang, Ron Bass and Black Bart talk about Windham getting his father Blackjack Mulligan to team with him against them. Bass says trouble (Mulligan) is back in town and says they are not afraid of him. He brings up riding Windham last week.
Kevin Sullivan talks about a loser-leaves-town match between Dusty Rhodes and The Purple Haze. He vows to send Rhodes to paradise.
Dusty Rhodes joins Gordon Solie and talks about his loser-leaves-town match against The Purple Haze.
Barry Windham vs. “The Black Ninja” Kendo Nagasaki
Kendo Nagasaki goes for a kick but Windham moves out of the way. They hit the ropes and Windham catches Nagasaki with a dropkick and Nagasaki heads to the outside. He gets back in the ring and Windham with an armdrag takedown into an armbar.
Nagasaki gets back up and gets Windham into the ropes and catches him with an elbow. Windham counters and takes Nagasaki down with an armbar. Solie takes this time to respond to “Superstar” Graham’s earlier claim that Barry Windham was on anabolic steroids and says that he is not and that Graham was lying. Nagasaki gets back up with Windham still working on the left arm. Kendo pulls Barry’s hair but that doesn’t break Windham off him. Knee across Kendo’s left arm. He keeps the armbar locked in on Nagasaki.
Nagasaki escapes and catches Windham with a superkick. He chokes Windham and then spins around and catches Windham with another kick. Kendo catches Windham with a nerve hold. Side backbreaker by Nagasaki. He whips Windham into the ropes and catches him with an elbow. More kicks at Windham. Windham rolls to the outside.
Windham climbs to the top rope and catches Nagasaki with a clothesline and covers him for the pin!
WINNER: Barry Windham
Barbara Clary talks about the “Crisis Or Paradise” show coming up in Miami. They air a video with Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo. Barbara interviews both in Miami at the Orange Bowl. Windham says he and Rotundo are trying to sign for a match there. Rotundo talks about having previously wrestled and play football with Syracuse University in Miami.
Hector Guerrero (w/ Chavo Guerrero) vs. “Wild” Bill Snyder
The Guerreros show off the Mexican flag before the match. Chavo slaps Hector to fire him up. Snyder gets Guerrero on the ropes and Guerrero screams at the referee and Snyder to get him off. Snyder with a slam and a snapmare. Guerrero escapes and gets Snyder with a hammerlock. Gordon Solie says that the Guerrero Brothers eat 3-4 Jalapeño peppers before they get into a match. He’s not sure if that’s psychological.
Snyder tries to escape but Guerrero knocks him down. Guerrero with a suplex. Front chancery by Guerrero. Snyder reaches the ropes. Chavo Guerrero joins Solie at the announcers desk and talks about them still wanting a shot at the tag team titles against anyone including Black Bart and Ron Bass. Guerrero rakes Snyder’s eyes. He pulls Snyder by the beard and tosses him around.
Legdrop by Guerrero followed by a backbreaker. Hector slams Snyder’s head into the top turnbuckle but Snyder retaliates and gets Guerrero the same way and then starts to punch Hector. He gets a near fall. We see Guerrero make a comeback as the show is coming to an end.
WINNER: Hector Guerrero
SHOW THOUGHTS: Good episode. It was entertaining with the Windham vs. Nagasaki and Sullivan vs. Rotundo matches being good TV matches. Most of the matches were kept very short. They did an angle were now Mike Davis was somehow controlled by Kevin Sullivan. The “Superstar” Graham promos were good and thought the recap of his confrontation with Billy Jack was good. Graham claiming Windham was on anabolic steroids and Solie later denying that claim was amusing.