'WWE Vintage Collection’ TV Report #268 – July 21st, 2013
Shown on Sky Sports in the U.K.
By Stephen Lyon.
This week's theme: Classic Great American Bash matches. Main Event of today's show was Barry Windham vs Dusty Rhodes for the NWA U.S. title, from the NWA Great American Bash ppv, July 1988. Other matches on today's show included: Sting vs The Great Muta for the NWA TV title (NWA Great American Bash ppv, July 1989); and Rock & Roll Express vs Arn & Ole Anderson (NWA Great American Bash tour, July 1986).
Show was hosted by Gene Okerlund & the returning Renee Young.
1) Rock & Roll Express wrestled to a 20 minute time limit draw with Arn & Ole Anderson. This match took place as part of the 'NWA Great American Bash' tour, held in Greensboro, North Carolina on July 26th, 1986. Announcers for this match were Tony Schiavone & David Crockett. This match was billed as a number one contenders match. This was an edited version of the match. Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson had the better of the early going, before the Andersons overpowered Morton and began to double team him. At one point he was tossed over the top rope to the outside, which would have been a D.Q. but the referee didn't see it. Outside the ring, Ole choked Morton with a camera cable. Back in the ring, Ole drove a knee into Morton shoulder. Morton kept kicking out of pinfall attempts, and even scored a nearfall of his own with crossbody block. The pace picked up when Gibson received the hot tag, throwing multiple dropkicks. Gibson caught Arn in a sleeperhold, causing Double A to drop down, and just as it appeared that Arn would submit/pass out, the bell rang to signify that the time limit had expired. After the match, a brawl between all four men continued in the ring, ending when Gibson brought in a chair and cleared the ring of the Andersons.
2) NWA TV Champion, Sting defeated The Great Muta (w/Gary Hart in his corner). This match took place at the 'NWA Great American Bash 1989' pay-per-view event, held in Baltimore, Maryland on July 23rd, 1989. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Bob Caudle. There were two rings set up for this event, as a two ring War Games cage match was scheduled for later in the show. Starting off this match, Sting leapt from one ring to the other to attack Muta. Muta soon took control though, using a backbreaker, but missing with a moonsault. Muta caught Sting with a high crossbody block outside the ring. Back in, Sting nailed Muta with clotheslines and dropkicks as he built up the pace. Muta tried to use a sleeper, but Sting escaped and military press-slammed Muta instead. Muta made a comeback, throwing kicks, but missed with a handspring elbow smash in the corner. Sting was on the verge of victory when Muta blew mist. Sting ducked, and the mist took out referee Nick Patrick. Sting missed with a Stinger splash in the corner on Muta and fell down, which allowed to then connect with a top rope moonsault. Replacement referee Tommy Young ran in for the count, but Sting kicked out at two. Sting then used a belly-to-back suplex to score the pinfall win. After the match, as Sting celebrated, Muta stole the NWA TV title belt and left through the crowd with Gary Hart.
3) NWA U.S. Champion, Barry Windham (w/J.J. Dillon in his corner) defeated Dusty Rhodes. This match took place at the 'NWA Great American Bash 1988' pay-per-view event, held in Baltimore, Maryland on July 10th, 1988. Announcers for this match were Jim Ross & Tony Schiavone. Match was joined in progress, and all Dusty in the early going. Dusty gave a Windham a DDT, followed by a crossbody block off the second rope on Windham. Dusty threw punches and did a flip-flop-and-fly on Windham, before also decking J.J. Dillon on the ring apron. Rhodes and Windham brawled outside the ring. Windham tried to piledrive Dusty on to the concrete floor, only for Dusty to turn the tables and backdrop Windham on to the concrete floor instead, then clothesline him. After a commercial break, back in the ring, Windham slammed Dusty and dropped an elbow on him. Windham then used a clawhold on Dusty, taking him right down to the mat for a two count. Dusty did a Superman comeback and fought back to his feet. Windham tried to superplex Dusty off the ropes, but was instead knocked off the ropes, and into the referee, taking him out. With no ref, Dusty slammed Windham, then dropped an elbow on him. Suddenly Ron Garvin ran in - only to suprisingly deck Dusty, turning heel in the process. J.J. Dillon then revived the referee, as Windham re-applied the clawhold on an unconscious Dusty, who this time was pinned for a three count.
Closing thoughts: Fun show this week. Sting vs Muta was the best match.
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1) Rock & Roll Express wrestled to a time limit draw with Arn & Ole Anderson ('NWA Great American Bash' tour - Greensboro, North Carolina: 26/07/86).
2) NWA TV Champion, Sting defeated The Great Muta (w/Gary Hart in his corner) ('NWA Great American Bash 1989' pay-per-view event - Baltimore, Maryland: 23/07/89).
3) NWA U.S. Champion, Barry Windham (w/J.J. Dillon in his corner) defeated Dusty Rhodes ('NWA Great American Bash 1988' pay-per-view event - Baltimore, Maryland: 10/07/88).
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