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WCCW TV 9/25/1982

Written By Alfredo Esparza

World Class Championship Wrestling 9/25/1982

Taped 9/14/1982 at the Sportatorium in Dallas, Texas. Aired on 9/25/1982.

They air a recap of Bugsy McGraw’s feud with Gary Hart & The Great Kabuki.

Bill Mercer interviews Gary Hart & The Great Kabuki. Mercer asks Hart if they are going to do the same against Kerry as they did the previous week against McGraw. Hart says they are going to do Ric Flair a favor tonight and they will beat Kerry Von Erich in record time and disprove the myth.

Bill Mercer and Jay Saldi are on commentary.

“The Modern Day Warrior” Kerry Von Erich vs. The Great Kabuki (w/ Gary Hart)

The Great Kabuki with some chops takes Kerry Von Erich down but Kerry’s quickly back up and makes a brief comeback before getting caught by a pair of kicks. Kabuki climbs to the top rope and Kerry quickly gets back up and grabs hold of Kabuki and powerslams him down to the mat. Kerry covers Kabuki for the pin and gets the quick victory! Crowd and announcers are surprised! Kerry Von Erich wins in 43 seconds! Hart and Kabuki argue with the referee. Kabuki attacks referee David Manning before Hart gets him away.

WINNER: Kerry Von Erich

Kevin Von Erich vs. “Wild” Bill Irwin

When Kerry walked down the aisle a blonde woman kissed him in the mouth. As Kevin walks down the aisle this little girl jumps on him and Kevin quickly lets her down. Another woman hands Kevin a little boy and Kevin carries him to the ring.

Fans start to chant “Chauncy” at Wild Bill Irwin. Some mat work to start the match and Kevin quickly escapes Irwin’s grasp. Waistlock takedown by Kevin Von Erich reverses into a front facelock. Kevin takes Irwin down near the ropes and that leads to a break. Some waistlock reversals by both with Kevin getting the edge breifly. Irwin knocks him down and goes for a leglock but Kevin kicks him off and into the ropes. Irwin bounces off the ropes and into a monkey flip. Von Erich follows with an armdrag into an armbar.

Wild Bill whips Kevin into the ropes and goes for a slam but Kevin rolls through and gets Irwin back into an armbar. Kevin gets Irwin in a body scissors. He rolls Irwin around the ring while keeping him in the body scissors. He goes for a pin on Irwin but Wild Bill kicks out at two. Irwin reaches the ropes the ropes as an attempt to break out of the hold but can’t hold on for too long. He instead pokes Kevin’s eyes.

Irwin starts to beat on Kevin attacking him in the corner with some punches. He kicks, knees and elbows Kevin. Follows that up with a back breaker. Irwin climbs up to the middle rope and misses a splash as Kevin moves out of the way. Kevin follows with a sunset flip for a two count. Irwin hits Kevin. Von Erich cliimbs the middle rope and chops Irwin. He follows with an elbow drop on Irwin.

Kevin Von Erich gets Irwin in a body scissors and chinlock combination on the mat. He breaks the chinlock and grabs Irwin’s arm. Kevin tries to pin Irwin but starts punching at him. He goes for the claw but Irwin blocks it. Kevin instead gets the claw on Irwin’s mid-section. Irwin tosses him off. He starts punching away at Kevin and tosses him into the corner. Knee at Kevin followed by a body slam. Irwin with a running kneedrop at Kevin but Kevin moves out of the way.

Von Erich with a chop off the middle rope at Irwin and he gets a two count. Irwin fights back with some punches. He whips Kevin into the ropes but Kevin catches him with some kicks that take him down to the mat. Kevin goes for the claw but he misses and Irwin fights him off. He gets the claw on Irwin’s stomach but again he escapes.

Irwin stomps and attacks Von Erich. He tosses Kevin to the outside floor. Kevin gets back into the ring but Irwin continues his attack. Kevin makes a comeback! He punches Irwin and that sends Wild Bill over the top rope. Referee doesn’t disqualify him. Von Erich brings Irwin back into the ring. He gets the claw across Irwin’s head! Irwin escapes again.

Kevin Von Erich goes for the claw again but Irwin strikes first. Kevin fights back and whips Irwin into the corner. He misses a corner splash. Irwin uses the ropes to choke Kevin. As Irwin drops onto Kevin, Von Erich applies the claw on him. They struggle near the ropes. Referee forces them to break but Kevin keeps punching at Irwin. They brawl on the mat exchanging punches. Bell rings as there is a 15-minute time limit draw.

WINNER: 15 minute time limit draw

David Von Erich is interviewed by Bill Mercer. They share memories from when David played basketball in college and Mercer was the announcer. He talked about returning from Florida and winning the All-Asia Tag Team and the Texas Heavyweight titles. Mercer asks if he thinks he’s now a complete wrestler which David isn’t sure he is but he does think he’s learned a lot from his time wrestling in Florida and how to wrestle against those who break the rules.

David Von Erich vs. The Magic Dragon (w/ Armand Hussein)

David Von Erich and Armand Hussein argue before the match starts. The Magic Dragon catches David Von Erich with a kick to the face! He delivers some chops before David makes a big comeback. David whips Dragon into the ropes and catches him with a jumping high knee! He follows that up with a knee drop.

The Magic Dragon fights back with some chops. David fights back with some punches and takes Dragon down with a toe hold. Referee David Manning warns Armand Hussein. The Magic Dragon knees David’s leg but that doesn’t work as David just applies more pressure to the toe hold. Dragon finally kicks David off but Von Erich charges back and gets him in the corner. The Magic Dragon with some chops across David’s head. Snapmare followed by a choke on David.

David Von Erich gets back up and tries to break out of The Magic Dragon’s grasp. Dragon keeps David in a nerve hold. David punches away but Dragon counters with some chops. He gets David again with a nerve hold. David slams Dragon’s head into the top turnbuckle to break out of the hold but Dragon quickly attacks David again and puts the nerve hold back on.

The Magic Dragon whips David into the ropes and hits him with an elbow that sends David to the outside. David gets back into the ring and Dragon continues his attack. He does his flip off of David and follows with a superkick. The Magic Dragon covers David for the pin but David’s all over the ropes so referee David Manning stops the count. The Magic Dragon thinks he won, but referee tells him he didn’t. Armand Hussein climbs into the ring and argues with the referee.

While all that is going on, David Von Erich grabs hold of The Magic Dragon and applies the sleeper hold. Referee heads over and David ends up winning the match!

WINNER: David Von Erich

King Kong Bundy (w/ Armand Hussein) vs. Bugsy McGraw

Armand Hussein tells the ring announcer to call King Kong Bundy the American Heavyweight Champion. McGraw is wearing a hat with a light on it and goggles. He struts around and plays with the officials and camera crew.

McGraw mocks Bundy before locking up with him. Bugsy struts as the fans cheer him on. He starts to dance to the chants. Bundy whips Bugsy into the ropes but he grabs the ropes and shakes his legs a bit which upsets Bundy. Bundy whips McGraw into the ropes and catches him in a bear hug. Bugsy elbows his way out of the bear hug briefly as Bundy gets him in it one more time. He slaps his way out of Bundy’s bear hug.

Bundy quickly gets Bugsy in the bear hug a third time and then shoves him into the corner and splashes him. He whips Bugsy across the corner but McGraw catches him with kicks and follows with an elbow drop for a near fall. Both exchange punches! Bundy shoves McGraw into the ropes. Hussein grabs Bugsy. Referee calls for the bell to disqualify Bundy. Bundy charges at McGraw but instead hits Hussein as Bugsy moved out of the way!

Wild Bill Irwin comes in and attacks McGraw but Bugsy surprises him. Bugsy tosses Irwin, Hussein and Bundy to the outside!

WINNER: Bugsy McGraw

SHOW THOUGHTS: Good episode as it featured the three Von Erichs in singles matches. Kerry and David won while Kevin ended his match with “Wild” Bill Irwin in a 15-minute time limit draw. They kept Kerry strong as he’s Flair’s top challenger at that time. He beat Kabuki in under a minute which probably hurt Kabuki but it was done in a way were it was a surprise and Kabuki was back up quickly. The other two singles matches with the Von Erichs went longer and were good. Bundy vs. McGraw was a short main event with a wild finish as Bugsy cleaned house against H & H Incorporated.

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