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Flashback - Kiel Auditorium August 5, 1983

 - John Edwards

This month's article takes us back to August 1983 and a Friday night card at the "air conditioned" Kiel Auditorium, 15th and Market Streets, St. Louis, Missouri. This card was important for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that I was there in person.

 

This card was important because:

 

  1. Sam Muchnick had turned over the reigns of the St. Louis Wrestling Club to the consortium led by Harley Race and Bob Geigel nineteen months before. At this time (summer 1983) the promotion was still doing well as Vince McMahon's expansion hadn't happened yet.
  2. The mix of talent, featuring NWA (Flair, Race), AWA (Hulk Hogan, Von Raschke, Crusher Blackwell), and even Georgia (Super D) was still extremely strong.
  3. Larry Matysik by this time had left to form his short-lived Greater St. Louis Wrestling Enterprises promotion.
  4. Harley Race was in the midst of his caretaker reign, having gained the NWA belt in St. Louis on June 10, 1983. He would continue to hold the belt until dropping it to Flair at the epic cage match at Starrcade on November 24, 1983.
  5. This title reign would be followed by chaos: the death of David Von Erich, placating Fritz by putting the belt on Kerry, and the eventual control of (and death of) the NWA belt by Jim Crockett's control of the belt and the champion in the Carolinas. 

Now, on to the matches, complete with my commentary!

 

Opener:

 

1. Ron Ritchie d. Steve Hall  Not much to say about this one. On to the second match

 

2. Lelani Kai and Roger Kirby (perennial Kansas City and St. Louis Favorite) vs. Princess Victoria and Bulldog Bog Brown (another perennial favorite) - No results, but I sure Roger Kirby's team were the heels. Mixed Tag Match: (usual stips, partners must tag to ensure man vs. man and woman vs. woman) I am sure there were plenty of good spots between Kirby and Brown.

 

3.  Barry Windham d. Tonga John - Barry gets the win in his St. Louis debut. According to July 28th edition of "The Wrestler" (courtesy of Chitown Rich) - "Sensational newcomer Barry Windham makes his St. Louis debut as he tackles 290-pound Tonga John. Windham is a top performer in the South and Southeast and he hopes to make a big impression in St. Louis on August 5th."

 

4.  Super D d. Gentleman George Wells - Super D. at this time was crushing people in Georgia using his "superplex". George Wells was a nice-guy face who would get wins on Wrestling at the Chase on TV, but was outclassed here. I was quite happy as I was a huge Super D mark from seeing him destroy jobbers on WTBS. Booking Super D marked a departure from the past as Sam Muchnick did not book masked wrestlers as a rule.  More...

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