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WCCW TV 10/9/1982

Written By Alfredo Esparza

World Class Championship Wrestling 10/9/1982

Taped 9/28/1982 at the Sportatorium in Dallas, Texas. Aired on 10/9/1982.

Bill Mercer and Jay Saldi are on commentary.

The Great Kabuki (w/ Gary Hart) vs. Brian Adias

The Great Kabuki busts out the nunchucks before the match and then spits out his green mist. Bell rings for the match to start. Adias takes Kabuki down with a hiptoss but Kabuki’s quickly back up on his feet. Brian goes for a wristlock but Kabuki escapes. Test of strength with Kabuki catching Adias with a kick to the stomach. He gets Adias in a wristlock.

The Great Kabuki delivers some punches at Adias mid-section as he keeps him in a wristlock. Adias briefly escapes only to get kicked and that’s followed by some chops. Hammerlock by Kabuki. Adias whips Kabuki into the ropes and catches him with a dropkick. He whips Kabuki into the ropes for another dropkick but Kabuki holds onto the ropes and Adias lands badly and grabs hold of his knee.

Reverse kick by the Kabuki takes Adias down. Adias grabs hold of his right knee. Kabuki attacks Adias right knee. He lands across Adias leg and twist and turns it as Adias writhes in pain. Referee Bronco Lubich checks in on Adias and calls for the bell to end the match. Lubich and ringside staff members help Adias out of the ring.

WINNER: The Great Kabuki

Checkmate (w/ Armand Hussein) vs. The Samoan

The Samoan gets Checkmate in an armlock but Checkmate escapes and takes The Samoan down. Checkmate uses his speed to take The Samoan down to the mat and grabs him in a toe hold. He takes The Samoan back down to the mat and again gets him in a toe hold into a crossface. They’re near the ropes and forced to break. The Samoan catches Checkmate with a standin dropkick but is limping as he gets back up on his feet. He whips Checkmate into the ropes and charges at him but Checkmate moves out of the way and The Samoan lands on the floor.

Checkmate raises the top rope for The Samoan to get back into the ring and as he does so, he knocks The Samoan down to the mat. Uppercuts by Checkmate. Snapmare into a pin attempt by Checkmate but The Samoan kicks out at two. Checkmate goes for another pin attempt but The Samoan gets on the ropes to break the attempt.

The Samoan gets Checkmate in a side headlock. Checkmate punches his way out of the old and gets him with a knee lift. He stomps on The Samoan but the Samoan fights back and lands some headbutts on him. Checkmate rolls up into a ball and The Samoan doesn’t know what’s going on and he turns to referee Tom Renesto. As the Samoan is distracted, Checkmate quickly gets back up and dropkicks The Samoan and that sends him into the turnbuckles. Checkmate then goes for a body scissors into a pin on The Samoan for the win!

WINNER: Checkmate

Wild Bill Irwin promo about wrestling David Von Erich later on the show and wanting to get the Texas Heavyweight title back from him.

Feature on Gary Hart and his stable. Bill Mercer talks about his history with Gary Hart and how he’s always had trouble convincing him that he’s out to help him promote his wrestlers. They show Bill Mercer trying to interview Checkmate and Gary Hart interrupting them and telling Mercer that he didn’t give him permission to talk so Checkmate refuses to talk to Mercer.

Bill Mercer was able to get an interview with Checkmate at H & H Enterprises headquarters. Gary Hart is also in the interview and Mercer asks him why he doesn’t like him asking Hart or his men questions. Hart tells him that Mercer tries to stir things up with certain questions he likes to ask. Mercer tells Hart that he had no intention of embarrassing Checkmate or any of his men and that he was just going to ask where Checkmate was from. Hart tells Mercer that he probably was going to ask those kinds of questions but thought Mercer would also ask about Hart possibly trying to collect on a bounty placed by Ric Flair on Kerry Von Erich.

Gary Hart tells Bill Mercer that he doesn’t trust him. Mercer then asks Checkmate if he’s heard about this bounty which upsets Hart. Hart tells Mercer that he thought he was going to ask him where he’s wrestled and his wrestling philosophy which Mercer replies that he wants him to ask “vanilla” questions. Gary Hart tells him that’s not true and that he just wants him to ask questions directed at Checkmate.

Checkmate is from the Isle of Man and explains where it located and how he doesn’t like being in big cities. He said that he learned to wrestle because it was just something they did on the island. Hart said the reason he left the Isle of Man because he beat everyone and has done so in every country he has wrestled in. He says Checkmate is to wrestling what The Great Kabuki is to the martial arts. Hart says they claim Checkmate is the “Man of 1,000 Holds” but he believes that he knows 10,000 holds.

Mercer asks Checkmate how long has it taken to learn his style of wrestling which Checkmate said he’s learned all his life. He said a little man on the island taught him how to wrestle. Checkmate says he can beat everyone. Mercer points out that he’s a smaller wrestler but Checkmate says that at 225 that is the weight for a standout wrestler.

Mercer asks Checkmate if he can do some features where he shows everyone some of his wrestling holds which he says he is willing to show them a few moves because he doesn’t want to share too many secrets. Hart tells Checkmate that he shouldn’t show Mercer anything because he can’t keep a secret and says Mercer will tell his opponents about certain moves. Hart says that he’s not saying Mercer a bad person but just thinks he can’t keep a secret.

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

King Kong Bundy doesn’t want Bugsy McGraw ringside. Hussein tells Bundy not to worry because he’s going to win which Bundy replies that he knows that. Madril threatens to punch Bundy.

Bundy shoves Madril into the corner. He does it a second time and Hussein laughs at Madril. Bundy tries to shove Madril into the corner again but Madril fights him off and crawls beneath him to escape. Crowd cheers him on. Bundy gets upset and heads over to talk to Hussein. Hussein and the referee Bronco Lubich argue a bit. Madril gets Bundy in a side headlock and punches him.

Madril gets Bundy in a side headlock again and punches him again. McGraw celebrates ringside. Bundy gets Madril on the ropes and lands a forearm across Madril’s chest. He slams Madril into the turnbuckles. Bundy chokes Madril with his foot across his neck. He whips Madril into the ropes and elbows him. Reverse chinlock by Bundy.

Al Madril rakes Bundy’s eyes to break out of the chinlock. He follows with some punches at Bundy. Bundy counters with forearms. Madril rocks Bundy with another punch but Bundy knocks him back down and chokes him again. Bundy tosses Madril to the outside. Bundy raises his arms. McGraw tries to help Madril back into the ring.

Madril gets back in and Bundy continues the assault. Al fights back and punches Bundy. Bundy whips Madril into the ropes and they collide. Madril hits the ropes again but Hussein trips him. Bugsy McGraw goes after Hussein. Madril is out. Bundy slams Madril. Bundy hits the ropes and McGraw trips him up. All four men get into the ring and they brawl. Both Bundy and Madril get disqualified.

WINNER: Double DQ

David Von Erich promo for his match against Wild Bill Irwin vowing that he’ll keep the title.

David Von Erich © vs. Wild Bill Irwin for the Texas Heavyweight Title

Fans chant “Chauncy” at Wild Bill Irwin as soon as he enters the ring. David Von Erich enters the ring and trash talks Irwin. David with a power armdrag takes down Irwin as soon as the match starts. He gets the fans chanting “Chauny” again at Irwin. Irwin gets David into the corner and lands a knee to the mid-section.

They lock-up again near the corner and David takes him back down to the mat. Irwin escapes a pin attempt. David gets Irwin in a hammerlock and yells out “C’mon Chauncy!” Fans chant for David Von Erich. Irwin picks David up over his shoulders and sits him up on the top turnbuckle for a clean break. He charges at David who jumps off the ropes and gets Irwin with an armdrag and into an armbar.

Irwin whips David into the ropes but David reverses and sends Irwin into the ropes but Irwin holds onto the ropes and that knocks David down to the mat. Irwin goes for an elbow but David moves out of the way. Von Erich gets Irwin in a side headlock. Irwin pulls at David’s hair. Wild Bill counters into a headscissors but Von Erich escapes. Irwin goes for another headscissors and again David escapes and gets Irwin back in a side headlock.

They get back up on their feet and Irwin whips David into the ropes. Irwin with a hiptoss but Von Erich takes him down and into a toe hold. He lands an elbow across Irwin’s left leg and gets him in a toe hold. Irwin with a forearm across David’s head but David keeps the toe hold locked in. Wild Bill with a legdrop across the head to escape.

David Von Erich gets Irwin with an inside step-over toe hold. He drops back and goes for a reverse drop toe hold for a pin attempt but Irwin escapes. Irwin reaches the ropes but David continues to attack him. Wild Bill recovers and gets in some forearms into David. David fights back with some punches and chops! He whips Irwin into the ropes and elbows him. Von Erich gets a near fall.

David Von Erich gets Irwin again in a side headlock but Irwin picks him up and backdrops him. Irwin follows with a falling headbutt for a near fall. He slams David’s head into the top turnbuckle and then chokes him on the ropes. Wild Bill slams him again into the top turnbuckle and then charges into the other corner ramming David head-first into the turnbuckles. He gets a near fall. Irwin punches David but David fights back.

Irwin whips David into the ropes and lands a big boot across the chest! More forearms exchanged. David delivers some punches and gets in a couple of knee lifts in the corner. He lands a knee drop on Irwin. David whips Irwin into the ropes but misses a dropkick. Irwin with a forearm and he whips David into the ropes. David gets Irwin with a sunset flip for a two count. Referee Tom Renesto gets kicked accidentally by David Von Erich.

Wild Bill Irwin picks up David Von Erich and he drops him onto the top rope. He covers David for the pin and referee Tom Renesto makes the count. Irwin celebrates.

Referee Bronco Lubich heads into the ring and tells referee Tom Renesto that Irwin used an illegal move to get the pin on David Von Erich. Renesto reverses his decision which upsets Irwin and Wild BIll attack David Von Erich. David then cradles Irwin and covers him for the pin. Irwin’s upset and continues to attack David as he rolls to the outside. Wild Bill yells that it’s his belt and that he got the three count.

WINNER: David Von Erich

Bill Mercer mentions that next week Fishman and Michael Hayes will make their World Class debuts.

SHOW THOUGHTS: Okay episode with the main event being the best match on the show. The Checkmate and Gary Hart interview segment was good. The other matches were okay with the first focusing on Kabuki injuring Adias. The match that followed had a similar feel to it as well. Bundy vs. Madril was competitive and had the brawl to lead to a double DQ.

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