Welcome to an abbreviated sixth installment of “Return To 6:05”. This week we’re covering the NWA Championship Wrestling show from November 30, 1985, coming just 2 days after Starrcade ’85: The Gathering. As the poet Laureate David Crockett said, “If you missed it, you missed it.” Well, thankfully for those at home who may have missed it, this was largely a recap episode. We won’t cover the matches that they showed from the big event since we already covered them in last week’s entry, but there was plenty of new content that we will discuss.
Italian Stallion and Rocky King vs The Midnight Express (with Jim Cornette)
Rocky King again showed off his agility & his mushroom shaped Jheri curl (it was the ‘80s after all). For a guy whose purpose was to be a glorified jobber, dude was in amazing shape and looked like he could have been used as a top star. Italian Stallion, on the other hand, was pretty much just a solid lump who didn’t move around half as gracefully.
Midnight Express used their fluid teamwork to their advantage, playing with the Stallion for a bit. As an insult to injury, Cornette yelled out at him “You lay off the spaghetti and meatballs and you’ll actually get something done!” The Midnights toyed with both men until they were ready to finish them off. Rocky was in the ring at the end, taking a Flying Knee off the top rope by Beautiful Bobby, followed by a Suplex Piledriver by Loverboy Dennis Condry, and finally the pin.
Winners: The Midnight Express
“Raging Bull” Manny Fernandez vs Tommy Lane
Manny came dressed like he was ready for a wild night at a gay club, replete with a leather vest, leather chaps, a leather headband, a leather belt with a big ol’ buckle, and a pair of li’l ol’ trunks to compliment his big bushy mustache and his sweet, sweet mullet. Manny, as usual, showed off his great leaping skills and quick reflexes, jumping over Lane, rolling and landing a Drop Toehold all within in a couple seconds. Almost every moment of the match was controlled by Manny, spending much of his time with a headlock on as if to play with Lane. He even stood up with the Headlock just to hit a Bulldog off the ropes with the lock on and never broke it. Every time Lane showed any sign of resistance, Manny had his number. A push by Lane was met with a Flying Headscissors, a punch was met with a neutralizing Standing Double Knee, a whip by was met with a Diving Flip and his patented Flying Burrito Cross-Body Block. Post-match, Manny let Tony Schiavone and us at home know that this was the “Year of the Rage” (someone should let Alex Riley know that he is about 30+ years too late), and he shouted out my hometown and his, San Antonio, multiple times in Spanish.
Winner: Manny Fernandez
Road Warriors (with “Precious” Paul Ellering) vs Black Bart and Thunderfoot
This was another entry in the SuperStation Championship Challenge Series. After his match with Ron Bass at Starrcade, I’m still mad at Black Bart for being such a shit wrestler and blatant gigger, so it warmed my heart to see Hawk destroy him with a Shoulder Block just seconds into the match. This match just served as a platform to show how utterly strong the Road Warriors were, Hawk Scoop Slamming both men over and over like they were paper. Things were no better when Animal tagged in, trying to rip off Thunderfoot’s arm. Black Bart clumsily stumbled around the ring and missed a lariat that was supposed to connect with Hawk by a country mile.
Ivan Koloff came out during the match to talk with Tony Schiavone, and Ellering ran over to yell at him for having the gall to interrupt the match taking place with his boys in the ring. Koloff immediately decimated “Precious Paul”, drawing attention from Hawk, who ran over to save him. This was a set-up, as Nikita and Khrusher ran out and jumped Hawk. Animal, unaware of the happenings just 100 feet or so away, slammed and pinned Thunderfoot to end the match, and just as he did all 3 Russians ran to the ring with a chain and floored him. Hawk came running back to the ring with a chair to clear the ring while the crowd chanted “USA!” The Warriors then carried Ellering’s limp and lifeless body away.
Winners: Road Warriors
“Rugged” Ron Garvin vs Jim Jeffers
The former Ms. Atlanta Lively (shhh, it’s our secret, don’t tell anyone) took on one of my favorite jobbers in Jim Jeffers. Commentary spent much of the match discussing the Road Warriors and Paul Ellering, so you know this was an important one. “Rugged Ronny” manhandled Jim Jeffers, hitting him with shoulders, slaps and huge punches. Jeffers had this great look of trepidation, as if he would rather be ANYWHERE but in the ring getting his ass handed to him by Garvin. Between Chicken Wings to his arms and multiple headbutts from Garvin, I can’t say I blame him.
Jeffers had a moment of offense during a Sunset Flip from Garvin, where he sat on his chest and flexed his arms, but instead of getting a pin it only angered Garvin more. For his showboating, Jeffers got a Double Foot Stomp to the chest and the Hands Of Stone to knock him the Hell out. Garvin added insult to injury when he sat on Jeffers’ chest as the ref counted the 1-2-3.
Winner: Ron Garvin
The Road Warriors came out to the interview area next, pissed to Hell, telling the Russians that they just started World War III. Hawk & Animal said that they were now vigilantes and would do everything in their power to make the Russians regret hurting their little buddy who keeps their money safe.
Whoever claims that RAW was the first show to have the main event be an interview has clearly never seen old NWA. Arn Anderson came out to talk about the World Television Championship, saying it was the most important belt in the world only behind the World Heavyweight Championship, but even then it is seen by more people than any championship out there. He said that possession was 9/10 of the law, meaning no one should claim Dusty Rhodes should be the champ. This logic was a bit flawed as the belt that Arn was referring to was conspicuously missing from view. To explain why, a clip of Dusty leveling Arn with a chair was shown, Dusty nonchalantly walking away with the prize. Arn (who stole the belt from Dusty in the first place) said that he was a coward for not facing him eye to eye instead of “eye to back” to take the title from him.
Speaking of the Television Championship and the controversy surrounding the ownership of it, Jim Crockett announced a one-night tournament on January 4th emanating from the Greensboro Coliseum tournament to determine who the rightful Television Champion was. Looks like we’re back on the build to the next big event, so I hope you continue to join me here weekly while January 4th, 1986 approaches. See you next week for another exciting “Return To 6:05”.