No introduction today. RIP Tommy Page! Let’s just get right to it. This is Day 14 of “Thirty Days Of Dougie!”…
Thirty Days Of Dougie! (Day 14): Fantasy Wrestling & A Chicken Head…
March 5, 2017
I came across a question in one of my Facebook groups, “Jim Crockett Promotions: A Great Era In Pro Wrestling”, which asked, “If you had a chance to put your dream JCP card together, using the Television title, United States champion, NWA Heavyweight champion, Six Man title, and United State Tag Team champion what will it be?”. I grew up on wrestling from Jim Crockett Promotions, the Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling territory, and I love the idea of putting together a fantasy super-card, using only wrestlers from the JCP territory and era. So let’s just do it. Five title matches listed and the person asking this question still forgot about the NWA World Tag Team Championship, the Mid-Atlantic Championship and the Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Titles, which were all regularly defended in this territory. Also, then AWA World Champion Nick Bockwinkle also made regular visits to the Carolinas and defended his title so just for general principle, I’ll add that title into the mix too. That makes nine matches, consisting of talent that wrestled regularly in the Crockett territory, which ended in 1988 when Crockett sold out to Ted Turner and the company moved to Atlanta. And since I made the matches, I’ll also book the finish for each match. This should be a fun piece of nostalgic fantasy booking.
NWA World Championship Match
Ric Flair (c) versus Harley Race (Special Referee: Gene Kiniski)
Flair and Harley put on a wrestling clinic as always. Flair locks Harley in the figure-four leglock. The referee gets distracted by Cowboy Bob Orton and Dick Slater, two men who Race had hired to “take Flair out”, a few months earlier. As Slater distracts Referee Kiniski, Orton slides into the ring and nails Flair across the head. He slides out of the ring as Race covers the Nature Boy. Count of two as Flair just manages to get that shoulder up at the last second. Race throws Flair outside the ring where Slater and Orton are waiting and then pulls Kiniski over to the corner to distract him as Slater and Orton do their dirty work. From the back comes Wahoo McDaniel and he’s got a chair. Wahoo lays out Slater and chases Orton away and then rolls Flair into the ring. Race is over jawing with Wahoo and complaining to Kiniski. While Race is distracted, Flair from behind with a roll-up to get the three count and victory.
Winner and still NWA World Champion: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair
AWA World Championship Match
Nick Bockwinkle (c) versus Roddy Piper
Piper is in rare form, clawing, scratching abd trying to maul the AWA World Champion and scores several two counts, with Nick just able to get that shoulder up at the last second. Finally, Nick manages to catch Piper with a low blow while the referee is distracted. A cover and foot on the ropes for extra leverage by Nick, but the referee catches it at the last second so he stops the count at two. Piper starts the big comeback with punches and kicks and even a bite on Nick’s forehead. Finally, frustrated, Nick turns and just slugs the referee. The ref calls for the bell, disqualifying the AWA Champion. Piper wins, but Nick retains the title.
Winner by DQ: Roddy Piper (Bockwinkle retains the title)
NWA World Tag Team Championship Match
Ole Anderson & Stan Hansen (c) versus Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
Awesome brawl that goes from post to post. Advantage changes back and forth many times, but to end it, Youngblood ducks a Hansen clothesline and responds with a vicious chop to the throat on the big cowboy. Tag to Steamboat who comes flying off the top with the cross-bodypress to score the win. New Champions.
Winners and NEW NWA World Tag Team Champions: Rick Steamboat & Jay Youngblood
NWA United States Championship Match
Greg “The Hammer” Valentine (c) versus Blackjack Mulligan
Both men come out swinging in a great brawl that gets out of control and bloody very quickly. The actions spills to the floor and out into the audience. The referee counts to ten and both men are counted out.
No Contest – Double Count Out (Valentine retains the U.S. Title)
NWA World Television Championship Match
Arn Anderson (c) versus The Great Kabuki (w/ Gary Hart)
More brawling action as these two great athletes, with their contrasting styles, fight head and toe, with neither man able to sustain a long advantage. Finally, Arn gets caught by Gary Hart from the outside as the referee gets bumped to the mat. Hart holds Arn as Kabuki starts to spray the mist. Arn ducks at the last second and Kabuki sprays the face of Hart with the green mist. Hart goes down and Kabuki is distracted. As the ref slowly gets back up, Arn with a spinebuster from out of nowhere to get the pin.
Winner and still NWA TV Champion: Arn Anderson
NWA United States Tag Team Championship Match
The Midnight Express (Eaton & Lane) w/ Jim Cornette (c) versus Paul Jones & Baron Von Raschke
Talk about a contrast in styles. This match would definitely be it. The end comes when Eaton catches Raschke with the Alabama Jam to get the pin.
Winners and still U.S. Tag Champs: The Midnight Express
Mid-Atlantic Championship Match
Ken Patera (c) versus The Masked Superstar
Superstar escapes Patera’s attempt to lock in the swinging neckbreaker and blasts Patera with a clothesline. Cobra locked in and Patera passes out, refusing to submit. The referee calls for the bell and we have a new Champion.
Winner and new Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion: The Masked Superstar
Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship Match
Jimmy Snuka & Ray Stevens (c) w/ Gene Anderson versus Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle w/ Private Nelson
A rare heel versus heel match and the fans would be crazy, cheering and booing both groups. In the end, Kernodle ducks a Snuka chop, but is tripped up by Gene Anderson from the outside, using his cane. Nelson goes after Anderson and the ref, distracted by this, doesn’t see Ray Stevens nail Kernodle with something from his tights. Stevens hits the “bombs away” from the top as Snuka cuts off Slaughter and the referee counts three.
Winners and still Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champions: Jimmy Snuka & Ray Stevens w/ Gene Anderson
NWA Six Man Tag Team Championship Match
Jos LeDuc, One Man Gang & Ernie “The Cat” Ladd w/ Sir Oliver Humperdink versus Barry Windham, Jake Roberts & “The Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant.
Lots of crazy and lots of brawling in this epic encounter as the House Of Humperdink tries to grab some six-man gold. The referee loses control quickly as the action goes all over the arena. In the end,Humperdink distracts Valiant long enough for Ernie Ladd to use his “injured thumb” to spike Valiant in the throat. Cover and pin and the members of Sir Oliver’s family take home the gold.
Winners and Six Man Tag Champions: Jos LeDuc, One Man Gang and Ernie Ladd w/ Sir Oliver Humperdink
And there you go… Yes, I jumped around from year to year, but that’s okay. It’s a dream JCP card and fantasy. And if I remember correctly, the U.S. Tag Team Championship and the Six Man Tag Team Championship weren’t part of the Crockett era NWA, but came along later after Ted Turner had bought them out. I may be wrong though so don’t hold me to that. But since they were in the original quesion, I decided to use them anyhow. I do things like that.
Chicken Head. It’s not what you think. Okay, maybe it is usually, but not in the context that I’m speaking of here and now. Last night at work, we had a man come into the store. Well, more of a boy than a man because he was only in his early twenties, but had that major baby-face going on. And a nice, fresh haircut. That was obvious too. But here’s where the chicken head part comes in. He had his hair cut short and on the top, he had a nice spiked mohawk. And it was bright red. And looked like a freakin’ rooster. Yes, the man had a chicken head hair cut. All he would have had to do is strut a bit and say cock-a-doodle-doo and I would have lost it. Think Terry Taylor from the WWF wrestling days as the “Red Rooster”… but far, far worse. Whoever told him that dying his hair a bright red and fixing it up to look like a rapid chicken, that person is not his friend. It was and is not a flattering look. Oh vey! For being a chicken head, literally, that boy… guess where he’s going? That’s right. He’s on the list! And hopefully, he’ll also be going to the barber so they can fix that mess. A chicken head! What the hell was he thinking? *sighs*
And that’s it for today. Thank you for reading. And I’ll be back tomorrow for the next edition, as opposed to the “New Edition”. Good music, but I don’t think they’re coming back anymore. Have a great one. I’m Doug and you’re not.