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Clash of the Champions VII: Guts and Glory (1989)

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Himself
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Paul E. Dangerously
Missy Hyatt ...
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Himself
Stan Lane ...
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Johnny Ace
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I thought it was hit or miss.
15 June 2016 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

Live from Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Your commentators are Jim Ross & Bob Caudle

Tag Team Tournament: Semi-Finals

The Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin) (W/Terry Gordy) Vs The Dynamic Dudes (Shane Douglas & Johnny Ace)

The Freebirds win. This only went about 7 minutes, but they gave us some decent stuff while it lasted. I can't stand the Dynamic Dudes, but they looked good here.

**1/4

Ranger Ross Vs The Terrorist

Oh man. Trust wrestling to come up with a gimmick named "The Terrorist" especially in this army environment. Ranger Ross wins in over a minute with a kick to the face.

½*

We get a video tribute for The Road Warriors.

Gary Hart refuses to let The Great Muta do a demonstration of wrestling on a couple of jobbers. Eddie Gilbert tries to burn The Great Muta, but the flame ends up hitting one of the jobbers when Muta moves.

George South & Cougar Jay Vs The Ding Dongs

The Ding Dongs are one of the worst tag teams in the history of wrestling. They are wearing pink jumpsuits and have bells attached to their ankles. The Dingdongs win. They got booed out of the building by the crowd.

*

Tag Team Tournament: Semi-Finals

The Midnight Express (W/Jim Cornette) Vs The Samoan Swat Team (W/Paul E. Dangerously)

The Midnight Express win after The Road Warriors cost The Samoan Swat Team the match. This wasn't too bad. It kinda ended just when it was getting really good. The crowd went apeshi***** for the ending.

**

"Dr. Death" Steve Williams Vs Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy

The match ends in a double countout after both start brawling in the aisle way. This was a physical brawl, but not the most exciting one. The finish was rather lame as well. The crowd chanted bullshi******* at it.

*1/2

Norman The Lunatic (W/Teddy Long) Vs Mike Justice

Norman wins in 47 seconds with an avalanche in the corner followed by a big splash. Norman's gimmick is very cartoonish.

DUD

The Fabulous Freebirds cut a promo. We also get a vignette of Brian Pillman.

The Steiner Brothers (W/Missy Hyatt) Vs Kevin Sullivan & Mike Rotunda

The Varsity Club wins after Rotunda suplexes Scott Steiner on a chair. Meh. This one was pretty average, if you ask me. Scott Steiner took a nasty bump on his back, though.

**

Jim Cornette says The Midnight Express are gonna beat The Fabulous Freebirds later tonight.

Television Championship

Sting (C) Vs "Wild" Bill Irwin

Sting nails Irwin from behind with a Stinger splash and rolls him up to get the win. A lot of these matches are so short. This one was OK for the time that it got.

*1/2

We get a vignette of Scott Hall. He's not the "Hey yo" personality as of yet. He's got a big physique and a mustache. He's shown fighting gators here.

Up next is an interview with Ric Flair at Flair's home in Charlotte. Flair says he's had to stay home for 5 weeks and do physical therapy twice a day at the hospital. He's gotta talk to his lawyers if there is life after wrestling. The sport's been good to him. Flair says his left arm goes numb, his hand tingles continuously, and he's got a pinched nerve in his neck from the injury Terry Funk gave him. He says this neck injury is harder than when he broke his back from the airplane crash. He says mentally it's been the hardest thing for him because he's always been active. He says he's used to the grueling travelling schedule, and wrestling 300 days a year. He's had to watch programming from home. He won't come back to wrestling if he's not a 100%. He tells Terry Funk not to sleep well at night because he's coming for him down the road.

Thoughts: Ric Flair was very subdued here. It was refreshing for a change. I love Flair's high-energy promos, but this felt real.

Tag Team Championship

Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin (W/Terry Gordy) Vs The Midnight Express (W/Jim Cornette)

Hayes and Garvin win the titles after interference from Terry Gordy. This is the best match on the card show so far. It was a decent tag team match that managed to be fairly exciting at times.

**1/2

Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat Vs Terry Funk

Steamboat wins by DQ after Terry Funk nails Steamboat with the microphone. This is a really good match. Steamboat adapted to Funk's unique style perfectly, and the two meshed together very well. The finish protects both men and neither had to suffer defeat.

***1/2

Lex Luger clears Terry Funk from the ring after Funk assaults Steamboat after the match. Lex Luger acts like he's gonna help Steamboat to the back, but Luger ends up drilling him with a clothesline. Luger assaults him with a chair and puts Steamboat in the rack before Sting runs out and makes the save.

'Thoughts: This was Lex Luger's heel turn. It was a well-done heel turn.

This show is kinda hit or miss overall. The main event is fun, but everything else is either hit or miss. It's worth a watch once.

5.5/10


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