April 6, 2010
The Powerdriver Review
NWA World Championship Wrestling
January 17, 1987
To start the show with a flashback to a recent episode of NWA Worldwide where Barry Windham breaks up a Four Horsemen beatdown on various JTTS. He goes nose-to-nose with Ric Flair, but did they FINALLY meet for the NWA world title?
Your hosts are Tony Schiavone & David Crockett.
Dusty Rhodes comes out and lets Ivan Koloff and Vladimir Petrov that if he wants some of Nikita Koloff, why donít you come and get some of the American Dream? LIVE AND IN COLOR, JACK.
NWA World Tag Team Champions Manny Fernandez & Rick Rude (w/Paul Jones) vs. Rocky King & Bill Tabb
Tabb is looking more and more like the Barbarian with that haircut and the style of his tights. Double backbreaker to Tabb sets up the RUDE AWAKENING (snap DDT) for the win at 3:28.
Paul Jones says the Rock N Roll Express canít get the job done, so the Raginí and Rude challenge the Road Warriors. Seriously? Who CHALLENGES the Road Warriors?
Barry Windham comes over and says that the Four Horsemen think he was trying to get involved in their match, but he was just saving his friends from getting injured. Letís go to the video tape to see what happened between Flair and Windham on Worldwide. By the way, this is NOT the famous Worldwide match from the first Ric Flair DVD although it is included in the extras on the Ultimate Ric Flair Collection DVD set.
NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair (w/Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard & JJ Dillon) vs. Barry Windham (w/Dusty Rhodes and the Rock N Roll Express)
From Columbia SC on January 13, Windham is a HOUSE OF FIRE on Flair to start. Flair starts to leave, but thatís when Dusty and the RNR Express head down to make sure Windham gets his fair chance at Flair. Back in, the Flair Flip lands him right in AAís arms. Windham brings Flair in with a suplex and drops a knee for 1-2-NO! Flair goes low and chops Windham to the floor. Flair spots Dusty and takes Windham back inside. Windham fires back on Flair and punches him out right in front of Dusty and RNR. Immediately, they stick him back in the ring. Once again, Flair goes low and delivers the Rolling Knee Drop. He tries a second one, but Windham catches the knee on the way down and applies the figure-four. This crowd is going completely insane this whole time. JJ Dillon sneaks in and rakes Windham across the face to break up the hold. Flair drops Windham crotch-first on the top rope, but Windham comes back with a crossbody for 1-2-NO! He tosses Windham out to the Horsemen, but Dusty and the RNR keep them at bay. Back inside, Windham slams Flair off the top and hits him with a missile dropkick for 1-2-NO! Then out of nowhere, Windham catches Flair with the LARIAT! Cover, 1-2-NO! The Horsemen jump in the ring, which causes a DQ and a huge brawl erupts. (6:40 shown) Dusty, Windham, and the RNR Express clean house. Windham gets on the mic and reminds everybody that he indeed has Flairís number. Just fantastic stuff and a great way to lead right into their classic that airs on next weekís show. ***ľ
Back in the WTBS studios, Tony Schiavone introduces the NWA world champ Ric Flair. He admits that Barry Windham is one of the greats of the sport, but one thing Flair didnít appreciate was David Crockett calling Ric Flair the winner after that match. Whoís got the belt? Flairís got the belt. That makes him the winner, ladies and gentlemen. Does Barry Windham really think heís got what it takes to be the world champion facing guys like Nikita Koloff one night and then Dusty Rhodes the next and the Road Warriors for the next few days after that? Flair doesnít think so, pal. After his match Monday night with Nikita, Flair says heíll be holding auditions for the Space Mountainettes. HA. Only Ric Flair. WOOO!
The Kansas Jayhawks vs. Allen West & Eddie Roberts
Itís ďDirty HairyĒ Dutch Mantel and Bobby Jaggers Ė the Kansas Jayhawks. The jobbers Roberts and West look in MUCH better shape than the stars getting pushed here, but they donít have the personality. The Jayhawks arenít technical wizards, but they get the job done. Jaggers hits a Jumping Lariat on West for the win at 3:54.
David Crockett introduces Lex Luger to the program as a former Rookie of the Year who continues to constantly improve. This is his JCP debut. Luger calls himself the total package. Heís here for one reason and thatís to make a lot of money with the Four Horsemen. And thatís exactly what heís going to do. Tony and David are understandably baffled by that last statement.
Barry Windham vs. Thunderfoot #2
Barry is a guy who wrestled a lot with Lex Luger down in Florida. Maybe he can shed some light on this situation. Windham puts Thunderfoot #2 away with the LARIAT at 2:17.
Windham heads over to Tony and David. Heís just as confused as everybody else about Lugerís comment. Windham leaves to go figure this thing out.
JJ Dillon leads the Minnesota Wrecking Crew and Tully Blanchard over to the podium for a word. Ole says that Barry Windham made a HUGE mistake trying to jump in on the Four Horsemen. Itís going to cost you a nose, Barry. DANG. When itís all said and done, Dusty and his friends will be looking up at the kings of the hill Ė the Four Horsemen and JJ Dillon. Unity!
Dick Murdoch & Baron Von Raschke vs. Randy Barber & Gary Royal
Looks like Baron Von Raschke has already mended his ways teaming with Murdoch. Tony and David find it interesting that none of the Horsemen had anything to say about Lugerís comment. Murdoch ends Barber with the BRAINBUSTER at 5:35.
The Road Warriors and Paul Ellering respond to the world tag champs challenge. BUNCHA SLUGS! Road Warrior Hawk ainít impressed with Fernandez and Rude because they havenít beaten anybody. Hawk says he doesnít mind slaughtering a cow and eating it raw if thatís what he wants to do. Ellering thinks that the world tag champs are just talking a bunch of crap that donít mean anything too.
The Midnight Express & Big Bubba Rogers (w/Jim Cornette) vs. Larry Stevens, David Isley & Ronnie Angle
These three challenged the Road Warriors and Dusty Rhodes for the six-man tag belts in Greensboro that same night. As usual, Cornette spends the whole time talking over Tony and David. Iím not sure which jobber is which because we donít really have any PBP besides what Cornette says. Fine with me though. Bubba shows off his enziguri skills and the Midnights deliver the ROCKET LAUNCHER for the win at 4:13. Eaton pins the guy with his pinky finger. Great stuff.
Cornette reminds everybody of the Tightwad Crockett conspiracy involving Big Bubba Rogers and the Bunkhouse Stampede matches. When Tony tries to provoke them, Eaton gets mouthy and starts to take off his wrist tape. Is he going to choke Tony down? As for the Midnights, Crockett isnít giving them any more US tag title shots. Dusty Rhodes Ė Big Bubba is badder and stronger than you are. So much for the ĎFunky like a Monkeyí tour. At the close of the interview, I think I heard Bobby tell Tony to shut up. Hilarious.
After the break, Ivan Koloff says he thinks Dusty Rhodes will look good with a neck brace after Petrov gets through with him.
Vladimir Petrov (w/Ivan Koloff) vs. Zane Smith
FLYING RUSSIAN HAMMER! So much for Zane Smith at :38. Just like every week, Ivan promises revenge on Nikita for disgracing mother Russia.
Out comes JJ Dillon, he responds to Tony and Davidís musings over why there was no mention of Lex Lugerís comment earlier. People are always calling and trying to be a part of the Four Horsemen, but he canít help but be somewhat flattered when someone of the caliber of Lex Luger saying that his ultimate goal is to be part of the Four Horsemen. Anyways, JJ is out here to get a closer look at Lex.
Lex Luger vs. George South
Luger hits the Powerslam and hooks on the TORTURE RACK for the submission at 1:30. Needless to say, JJ is definitely impressed.
Lex comes by the podium to put himself over some more. Barry Windham comes over and tries to change Lexís mind about wanting to join the Four Horsemen because they are a DASTARDLY group. Itís just business, Barry.
Tim Horner vs. Thunderfoot #1
Ahh, the Thunderfoots tag team Ė Joel & Dave Deaton. Just another addition from the purchase of Central States. Fun little squash as Horner gets the win with the OíCONNOR ROLL at 5:10.
Jimmy Valiant swings by to talk about how much he loves people and then gives Tony a big smooch. Hope youíve had your shots, Tony.
Jimmy Garvin (w/Precious) vs. Bill Mulkey
Precious talks a bunch of junk to poor Bill Mulkey while her man beats the crap out of him. BRAINBUSTER gets the win at 3:03.
Brad Armstrong vs. Vernon Deaton
Armstrong outwrestles Deaton entirely the whole match and gets the win with the RUSSIAN LEGSWEEP at 2:58.
The Super Powers (Dusty Rhodes and Nikita Koloff) tell their enemies to come get some. Lex Luger? Why would you want to be a Four Horsemen? Do your homework, son. Find out what they are all about. If Luger and Petrov have come for the big time, you are certainly going to get it here.
More Ric Flair goodness. He says that some people in the audience can live in his shoe because itís a lot nicer than what they are living in now. Hahaha. If JJ Dillon decides to expand the Horsemen, Lex Luger will be included. He knows Luger wants to be custom-made from head to toe just like the Four Horsemen. WOOO!
NWA World Television Champion Tully Blanchard (w/JJ Dillon, Arn Anderson & Ric Flair) vs. Randy Mulkey
Mulkey knows the $10000 is on the line and tries to jumpstart this with a quick rollup, but that just pisses Tully off. Blanchard tosses him out several times and Dillon and AA toss Mulkey back inside. SLINGSHOT SUPLEX ends Randy Mulkey at 2:35.
And we close the show with a great Arn Anderson interview. He drops some logic on the Super Powers and the Road Warriors saying that not everyone can be the best. They got the belts, son. The Four Horsemen are more unified than ever (hey whereís Ole?) and as for Lex Luger, the man just made the best possible choice. Tully makes some excuses for the Horsemen when they get attacked and not all four of the group is there, but thatís where my tape ends. Probably one a few moments left, but still.