TAPE 405

Quality: VG/EX (1st Gen Convert)

Length: 3 hrs (2 DVD)

CROCKETT CUP '87 RAW FOOTAGE - 4/11/87 (Oh yeah, now we're talking! What we have here is 3 hours of raw footage shot by an NBC affiliate in the DC area in preparation for a couple of pieces they did on professional wrestling. There are backstage interviews with wrestlers - which end up being used in the piece, which is included - along with a bunch of complete matches from the Crockett Cup tourney. These matches are far more complete than what's available on the commercial tape of the show, as you get the entire quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds. This is truly a must-have for the old-school fan, no question about it! The matches are shot by a single, pro-quality, stationary camera. Quality is VG/EX)
Interviews w/Ric Flair, Mike Rotundo, Jim Cornette, Magnum TA, some NWA exec, Road Warriors Pez Whatley & Teijo Khan vs Road Warriors Midnight Express vs Ron & Jimmy Garvin Kevin Sullivan & Arn Anderson vs Bob & Brad Armstrong Brad & Bart Batten vs Tully Blanchard & Lex Luger Interview w/Barry Windham (Windham basically breaks kayfabe, talking about his departure from the WWF, his partnership with Mike Rotundo, the fact that Rotundo is his brother-in-law, etc. Good stuff.) Interview w/Dave Meltzer (yes, Meltzer!) "The George Michael Sports Machine" (this would be the reason that NBC was at the tourney filming in the first place) Tully Blanchard & Lex Luger vs Bob & Brad Armstrong (***1/2 - good stuff) Midnight Express vs Road Warriors (SLIGHTLY clipped) Rick Rude & Manny Fernandez vs Dusty Rhodes & Nikita Koloff ( JIP - I'm sorry, but it's just bad booking to have the reigning world tag champs eliminated in the quarterfinals) Tully Blanchard & Lex Luger vs Giant Baba & Isao Takagi (semis - you might find yourself wondering "how the heck did Baba & Takagi get to the semis? Well, they had two byes and beat one jobber team - Royal & Brown - to get there. That's how. Crockett must've promised Baba a semis push to get him to come over from Japan or something.) Midnight Express vs Dusty Rhodes & Nikita Koloff (semis - slightly clipped) RIC FLAIR VS BARRY WINDHAM (GREAT match! 27+ minutes. Ric Flair matches are so much better when he's actually allowed to show offense like he does here against Windham. Back and forth action that, amazingly enough, doesn't feature a bladejob by Flair. Weird thing is, in one of the postmatch interviews done by NBC, he's sporting a band-aid anyway!) The return of Magnum TA (TA's first wrestling appearance since his Oct '86 car wreck. This is truly one of the great moments of the NWA in the mid-80s. HUGE pop and genuine emotion for TA. Great stuff.) Tully Blanchard & Lex Luger vs Dusty Rhodes & Nikita Koloff (Finals)