TAPE 819

Quality: EX (Master Convert)

Length: 2.5 hrs (DVD)

NWA BATTLE OF THE BELTS I - 9/2/85 (First of three big shows for the Florida promotion. This one had the potential to be historic, with both the NWA & AWA World titles defended on the show. Unfortunately, there was horrible weather and Rick Martel, the AWA champion, was unable to appear. Still, you get a good show with an excellent NWA title match. I've got a conversion of a VHS master, so VQ is EX.)
Chavo & Hector Guerrero vs Grappler & Rip Oliver (Good match; the Guerreros are referred to as "former world tag champions" which is, well, completely untrue.) Rip Rogers vs Koko Samoa Kendall Windham vs Jack Hart (Windham wins Florida title; Hart is better known as Barry Horowitz of WWF-jobber fame) Rick Rude vs Billy Jack Haynes Road Warriors vs Harley Race & Stan Hansen (Wild brawl that sees all four guys basically just stiffing the crap out of each other. Fun.) Nick Bockwinkel vs Frankie Lane (This would be the slot that was supposed to have been the AWA title match...) Ric Flair vs Wahoo McDaniel (2/3 Falls - Good match in the *** or ***1/2 range that goes 40 minutes or so. Weird to see Flair, the heel, going over clean in both of his falls at this time in his career, when he wasn't beating anybody clean.)