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Opening match: The Great Muta v. Doug Gilbert

Doug would be the Gilbert brother who has the distinction of still being alive today. This match is why I hate Muta so much today, namely because he was so far over what everyone else in North American wrestling was doing it's just sickening, and now he's still doing the same stuff nine years later with no growth or change or effort put into it. Gilbert is subbing for the Junkyard Dog here. Aw, that's a shame. Muta does everything crisp and smooth, and it's still amazing to watch him do his thing. He pulls out a pescado before JR even knew what to call it, and finishes Gilbert off quickly with the moonsault. *** Odd stat: Announced time of match was 3:16.

Butch Reed v. Ranger Ross

This was pre-Doom for Reed, back when the NWA had him and didn't know what to do with him. "Hey, let's team him up with the other black guy in the fed, there's a great idea." Well, I guess sometimes racial intolerance breeds good things? Ranger Ross is just some guy, basically. I never heard of him again after 1989, that's for sure. His gimmick is that of an Army Ranger, much like Craig Pittman. Most of his offense is kicking and punching while jumping up and down and flailing his limbs, which JR calls "martial arts." Uh huh. This is back before the letters "UFC" meant anything when typed together, of course. This match was heavily edited for time reasons (thank god) but I've seen it in full and Reed basically weathers a bunch of kicks and punches and puts Ross away with a shoulderblock off the top rope at will. (no rating due to editing).

I really dislike Gary Michael Capetta's whiny announcing, by the way.  

Bullrope match: Bob Orton v. Dick Murdoch

Oh, this is too damn exciting. If you think WCW has a dinosaur problem now... This match came about because of various nefarious dealings on Gary Hart's part at Clash VI which resulted in Murdoch being punked by Orton. And since Dick is from Texas, naturally they have a bullrope match. This is about as anti-hardcore as you can get, as both guys barely make contact with each other.  More...

 

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