TAPE 73

Quality: Varies (See Below)

Length: 96 min (DVD)

NWA WORLDWIDE - 1/5/85 (First episode in the long-sought-finally-available full 1985 season of NWA Worldwide. This represents a big upgrade in quality over previously-available copies. Great show that had a ton of stuff going on all the time. Quality on this episode is VG.)
Interview w/Dusty Rhodes & Manny Fernandez Re: Road Warriors challenging for NWA World tag titles (remember, the Roadies are the *AWA* champs at this time) Road Warriors vs Steve Muslin & Rick McCord (shown during above interview) Interview w/Ricky Steamboat Re: Ric Flair (Says Flair is a *2* time champ - Ricky forgot Flair's title loss to Kerry Von Erich too...) Ron Bass, Black Bart & Tully Blanchard vs Tommy Lane, Lee Ramsey & Dave Diamond The Barbarian vs Joel Deaton Interview w/Tully Blanchard Re: Announcing his search for a perfect 10 (This ended up being a surprisingly short search. I think they could have drawn it out a bit longer.) Assassin #1 vs Curtis Harrison (Tony calls the Assassin "The Man with the Hands of Stone" - I thought that was Ronnie Garvin?) Magnum TA vs Doug Vines Ivan Koloff vs Don Kernodle, 12/9/84 (Highlights - Flag Match - Nikita attacks Kernodle after the match and steals the US flag then STUFFS IT INTO HIS TRUNKS. Dusty makes the save and he & Kernodle beat up Nikita with the Russian flag pole.)
NWA WORLDWIDE - 1/12/85 (More of the same as above, quality is EX)
Don Kernodle vs Ivan Koloff, 1/6/85 (Clip - Cage - Flag match - Kernodle gets double-teamed so Ricky Steamboat comes down and tears the cage door off the hinges to help!) Magnum TA & Manny Fernandez vs Joel Deaton & Jeff Sword (A running theme through these early '85 episodes of Worldwide is that Dusty Rhodes is barely associating himself with the World tag title. He never carries the belt. He hardly ever does interviews with Fernandez. And here, his world title partner Fernandez teams with another guy. We get it, Dust - the tag title is beneath you.) Video for Tully Blacnhard's Search for a Perfect 10 (This is a video of a blonde whose name we never learn nor do we ever see her again. She smokes! Very unusual for TV...) Steve Casey vs Ben Alexander Interview w/Ricky Steamboat & Don Kernodle (Clips shown of the following two matches...) Don Kernodle vs Ivan Koloff, 1/6/85 (Clip - Cage - Flag match - Kernodle gets double-teamed so Ricky Steamboat comes down and tears the cage door off the hinges to help!) Ivan & Nikita Koloff attacking Ricky Steamboat, MACW, 1/5/85 Ron Bass vs Mike Davis (Dick Slater runs in and attacks Bass) Buzz Tyler Opening Present from his fans (a South Carolina sweatshirt) Buzz Tyler vs Mike Fever (Tyler's entrance is an exact copy of Jimmy Valiant's at this point) Wahoo McDaniel Attacking Ric Flair (Not sure where/when this is from) & follow-up Flair promo Nikita Koloff vs Tommy Lane Superstar Graham & Barbarian vs Sam Houston & ??? Dan Spivey putting the full-nelson on Paul Jones