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Match: (second main event, 2/3 falls, 20 minute time limit)
Dillon, 240, Newark, NJ & Benny Romeo, 235, Phoenix, AZ
vs. Spike Huber
& Ted DiBiase
tag team! Now, this is interesting – I know that JJ Dillon had a successful
career and later was hugely famous with the Four Horsemen, but at this time he
was just a pale skinny guy in a goofy looking singlet willingly bumping for
Huber & DiBiase. Nobody in St. Louis knew who he was and he had zero heat.
Benny Romeo was a true jobber in the more precise definition of the word. The
match was great, though, as DiBiase won the first fall for his team at 9:04 with
the figure four leglock. This knocked Benny Romeo out due to injury – causing
Harley Race to come out and team with Dillon. All hell broke loose, culminating
in a DiBiase-Race brawl, a real “donnybrook” according to Larry Matysik.
This, of course, sold many a ticket to the next Kiel card, where Race and
DiBiase were to face off in a singles match.
(Most Falls to Curfew)
Thundercloud, 229, San Carlos, AZ
vs. Bulldog Bob Brown
previous match, with all its excitement, was a tough act to follow. I will say
that Chief Thundercloud did have a cool headdress. He was a bit more talented
than the David Oswalds and the Ron Sextons, but not by much. He did have a bit
more of a “look” – he was older, probably a journeyman in the business who
had been around in a bunch of areas, with a bunch of gimmicks. The noble Chief
and the Bulldog punched, kicked, and gouged each other until the Bulldog got the
only fall and the match.
whole, this was a very good episode of Wrestling at the Chase. On a one hour,
local, free show we saw – the NWA Champion Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, and Ted
jobber side we saw: David Oswald, Ron Sexton, JJ Dillon, Benny Romeo, and Chief
Dusty, and Ted DiBiase would not have been the stars they were without their
willing and cooperative opponents. This was another long-gone aspect of the
kayfabe days that I miss – the good old-fashioned squash.
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