/9 September 2000
|WCW Classics by Mike Regan
This week, it's the most dangerous WCW Classics recap yet, as I work with minimal notes from hazy recollections of a show that didn't air until midnight because the Braves game that was already pre-empting it went into extra innings. So this report might become short and ugly.
WCW Classics Report:
This week, it's the brawlers, starting off with a future WWF Commissioner and cast member of the G.I. Joe cartoon.
From January 1982:
Landell was not yet the "other other" Nature Boy and was almost unrecognizable with dark hair. Slaughter was U.S. Champion at the time. Roddy Piper does commentary again (all of this week's matches are from Mid-Atlantic Wrestling, which it turns out was where last week's Austin Idol matches came from as well) and talks about the best wrestler of 1981 poll, just like last week. Landell puts up a good fight, even avoiding Slaughter's Cobra Clutch finisher, but gets pinned when Slaughter counters a body slam with a small package.
Next, it's Classic Clips. This week, it's a couple seconds of Bruiser Brody followed by about a millisecond of a Big John Studd promo.
The next match surprised me in that it happened in Mid-Atlantic, and not Florida.
From November 1982:
Some fans might remember the late Leroy Brown as Elijah Akeem, one half of the Zambuie express in Florida and Texas (along with Ray "Kareem Mohammed" Candy). Rotundo was a plucky rookie years away from a long list of embarrassing gimmicks (Captain Mike, Irwin R. Schyster V.K. Wallstreet). The story was that Brown kept beating the crap out of Rotundo, who kept demanding rematches. And the beating continued here, as Brown destroys Rotundo's arm in very Anderson-esque fashion. Rotundo's entire offense consists of two single-leg takedowns, an arm drag, and a drop kick (that kind of sounds like his offense for most of his career, now that I think about it). Brown wins with an elbow drop.
And now our "main event."
From April 1982:
Mosca and Khan were entered in that big tag tournament I discussed last week. The announcers talk about some of the other teams, including the eventual winners, Ole Anderson and Stan Hansen. I really have nothing to say about Mosca, who's entire career was before my time. His partner Khan had a Mongolian gimmick and is best known for a wild feud with Andre the Giant about a year before this. Khan also had another WWF stint in 1987 where he put the failed Outback Jack experiment to sleep once and for all. On the jobbing side, Anthony (here sporting a white-guy afro about five years too late) would achieve fame in several southern territories, and national infamy as wrestling plumber T.L. Hopper during the WWF's creative nadir in 1996. As for Richie, I think he competed in Calgary at some point. This is a total squash, where the heels beat up one of the faces, who eventually tags in his partner, who then gets beaten up as well (I guess we could call them lukewarm tags). This pattern continues until Khan drops both knees and the head of Anthony, but refuses the pin so Mosca can tag in and get the win with a punch. Yes, a punch.
Hopefully, this report didn't suck too much. Next week, more of Sgt. Slaughter, along with his greatest protege, Greg Gagne (kidding, actually it's Don Kernodle).
By the way, for a show about the brawlers, there sure wasn't a lot of brawling this week.