May 31, 2010
The Powerdriver Review
NWA World Tag Team Champions The Midnight Express (w/Jim Cornette) vs. The James Gang – (World Championship Wrestling, 5/3/86)
The Midnight Express just think this is another non-title warm-up match, but one of these masked men is the shape of Dusty Rhodes while the other guy is muscular and the exact same size as Magnum TA! Cornette knows exactly what’s going on and freaks out. Of course, Tony plays dumb to see what the Midnights can do against America’s Team. Huge brawl all over the studio to start while Cornette goes ballistic saying that Ray Charles could see who these guys really are. In the ring, Dusty and Magnum take turns twisting on Condrey’s arm. As Eaton comes in, we take a commercial break. Afterwards, Bobby leaps off the top onto Magnum to give his team the advantage. Magnum TA – or Jesse James – plays face in peril for a while. Cornette even gets a shot in with his tennis racket handle. Eventually, Eaton gets caught up top for a superplex, but then he brings up the knees to block a splash. Sunset flip by Magnum makes everything break down as Dusty and Condrey hit the ring. As Dusty makes the save, the James Gang deliver STEREO BELLY TO BELLY SUPLEXES! Double three-count on the Midnights! (7:39 shown) Baby Doll comes out and scares Cornette clear out of his mind swinging a bull rope. Unlike some of Dusty’s other masked moments, the way this was presented was never intended to fool anybody at all including Tony Schiavone. It was just a way for Dusty and Magnum to get at the Midnight Express to make Cornette insulting Baby Doll.