As promised on a prior show, Mid-South went through with a name change for their program. Jim Ross welcomes the audience from a remote studio and tells us we will see the Road Warriors in action, along with a main event of Chavo Guerrero against Steve Keirn.
Korchenko is back with his Soviet flag to take on Perry Jackson. The commentary team is Joel Watts and….oh no, they left Joel by himself? This seems like a bad idea. Watts tells us he doesn’t know much about Korchenko, so thanks for that. His offense is not exactly Dynamite Kid 1982 here, but he gets a win with some kind of backbreaker.
Taken from an NWA telecast, the Road Warriors beat up some unnamed jobbers in about 30 seconds, with commentary by Tony Schiavone. Animal press slams and drops Hawk onto the guy instead of using the Doomsday Device that we would come to associate with that team. This was further promotion for the inaugural Crockett Cup coming in April, a tournament that the Warriors would win.
Rob Rechsteiner took on Koko B. Ware. Yes, that’s young Rick Steiner who refuses a handshake from Koko at the start. They do a criss cross and Ware gets a hip toss and sends Rechsteiner to the outside, and Rob claims tights were pulled. I miss heels complaining about hair and tights pulls, simple stuff that establishes something and also makes me laugh. Especially when it’s a guy with a crew cut complaining. Koko works the left arm as Watts tells us there is more psychology in TV matches on Mid-South because of the longer time limit. Well, that and this isn’t a squash match, Joel. Rechsteiner gets the edge with some rudimentary offense and mocks Koko, who fights back with right hands. Koko gets the win with a finish that is a favorite of mine: he’s whipped to the corner, jumps on the 2nd rope, head fakes a crossbody and hits a missile dropkick.
The Blade Runners who would eventually be Sting (Flash) and Ultimate Warrior (Rock) take on Brett Wayne Sawyer and Sean O’Reilly. Wow, Sawyer has quite the Southern name, and after struggling to hold a side headlock, hits a dropkick on Flash. Rock tags in and Watts actually says that he looks “deranged, and that could be the STEROID effect.” Oh my God, someone said the word steroid on a wrestling show in 1986, but to be fair the Warrior was juiced to the gills at this point and could barely move. Way too many bear hugs here before the Runners win with the Hart Attack move. Even Jim Ross in the studio says these guys aren’t polished. Yeah, we can see that Jim.
Feature bout is Steve Keirn against Chavo Guererro with a stipulation: loser will be painted yellow. Chavo brought a paint can with him. Oddly, this is being shot from a ringside camera in a corner instead of a hard camera. Slugfest to start, then Chavo gets a leglock in before an eye rake breaks. Another couple of submission tries by Chavo and this is really freaking boring. After they come back from a break, Keirn kicks out at a two count. Suplex by Chavo gets two, and I don’t know what the hell is going on here because it’s been so one-sided. Chavo wins with a German suplex with a bridge, and gets the paint can. Keirn loads his fist and nails Chavo, but the ref tries to stop him from using the pant and gets tossed for his trouble. No doubt encouraged by the woman screaming near the camera, Chavo fights back and even catches Keirn’s partner Stan Lane trying to sneak in. Numbers game prevails and Keirn ends up painting Chavo and I have no idea what the point of this was.
Jim Ross promises a match next week in a cage between the Fabulous Ones (Keirn and Lane) against the Guerreros. Well, that has to be better than the crap I just sat through.
The show closes with an all time classic: Jim Cornette celebrating the Midnight Express winning the tag titles with a cake and balloons. As the Midnights go around ringside throwing confetti, the Rock and Roll Express run out and slam Cornette’s face in the cake This applies to comedy in general and not just wrestling: when someone takes a cake to the face, it’s extremely likely to be funny.
Summary: Not much to see here. Just a shame there’s only one more on the network in 1986, and then another I put in reserve as rations. I think some guy had a bunch of YouTube videos from their golden era of 1984/85 so maybe that will be covered soon.