NWA Lutte Internationale TV
Taped at CHLT-TV Studios, Sherbrooke, QC
Broadcasted March 2nd, 1985
(After the opening credits, we go to the broadcast booth where Guy Hauray & Édouard Carpentier are waiting to kick off this week’s show.)
Guy Hauray: Good morning, wrestling fans, and welcome to NWA Lutte Internationale TV. We begin this week’s program with some major breaking news to pass along as we have a new NWA International Heavyweight Champion. Indeed, last night right here in Sherbrooke, Terry Funk captured the NWA International Heavyweight Championship from Rick Martel in controversial fashion as Alexis Smirnoff came in to cost Martel the match and the championship.
Édouard Carpentier: This was one controversial ending, Guy, and there’s no doubt about the fact even a good night of sleep didn’t wash away the stunning events that took place last night. This isn’t a dream or a nightmare, it’s the real thing; Terry Funk is now the NWA International Heavyweight Champion!
Guy Hauray: We have some exclusive footage of the match as well as post-match commentary with the ever so humble new International Heavyweight Champion, Terry Funk, as we tried to get explanations for what happened.
(We’re brought to the final moments of the match as Rick Martel and Terry Funk are furiously exchanging right hands and referee Adrien Desbois is trying to separate both men but Martel accidentally clips Desbois in the eye with his elbow as Martel winded up to swing at Funk again. The exchange continues as Desbois is momentarily out of commission and Funk swings at Martel again but Martel dodges and nails an Atomic Drop on Funk! The Funker goes down and Martel grabs his legs and locks in a Boston Crab, right in the middle of the ring. Funk is trying to fight back as much as he can but eventually, he taps out...but there’s no referee! Martel relinquishes the hold and goes checking on the referee when out of nowhere, Alexis Smirnoff runs in from the dressing room with his Soviet flag in tow! As Martel tries to wake the referee up, Smirnoff connects with the flag behind Martel’s neck! Martel is out cold and Smirnoff drags Funk over Martel before waking the referee. Smirnoff flees as the referee, unaware of what just happened, makes the 3-count as Terry Funk is now the new NWA International Heavyweight Champion! The fans in attendance are utterly disgusted by what happened and they don’t hesitate to show their frustration as security ushers the new champion away to the back.
We then cut to Funk’s dressing room as a local reporter talks to Funk.)
Reporter: Mr. Funk, do you care to explain what just happened out there?
Terry Funk: Dontcha want to congratulate me first, son? Is this how you greet your new NWA International Heavyweight Champion?
Terry Funk: My goodness....you didn’t think I would win tonight, did ya? You thought that Rick Martel would walk out of here the champion, just like everyone else here tonight, huh? Well, guess what: you were all wrong. You’re looking at a real champion! A real man! Not a pretty boy wuss like Rick Martel! I’m talking about a real man that will defend this championship day in and day out everywhere in the National Wrestling Alliance. Do you realize now, son, what this means? Do you realize that this championship belt right there makes me the most powerful man in the NWA along with Ric Flair? This means that before anyone can even think of going after Ric Flair’s World Heavyweight Championship, they’re gonna have to go through me first. And they ain’t nobody good enough to beat me. I’ll hold this title forever, do you understand me? FOREVER!
Reporter: Don’t you wanna also thank Alexis Smirnoff for handing you that title?
Terry Funk: Well, as a matter of fact, young man, I already did. Of course, I thanked him. I’m an honourable & kind individual. And to show him my gratitude, I’m gonna give him a chance at my championship in 2 weeks from now, March 15th in Baysville, Ontario. But don’t fret, my friend, because I can already tell you that I’m gonna show up at the Montreal Forum next Friday night and I’ll have my first title defense. I don’t know against whom yet but I can assure you that it won’t be Rick Martel. I’m gonna be defending this championship against real men from now on. Trust me, ain’t no way that Rick Martel is ever seeing that belt again. So, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll grab myself a beer because I think I deserve it!
(We cut back to the broadcast booth as Guy Hauray & Édouard Carpentier are now joined by promoter Frank Valois.)
Guy Hauray: Back to the studios and obviously, Frank Valois, I’m sure that this isn’t something that pleased you.
Frank Valois: Well, Guy, it is what it is. The referee’s decision is final and while it was controversial, we can’t strip Terry Funk of the championship so he’s officially the NWA International Heavyweight Champion. But Rick Martel is entitled to a rematch and I can assure you that down the road, he will get his rematch for the championship.
Édouard Carpentier: But, in the meantime, one thing that you can do something about is the title picture for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. Many teams showed their interest last week to challenge the Rougeau Brothers for their titles. And this is the reason why you’re here right now.
Frank Valois: Yes, I am, Mr. Carpentier. With how the show ended last week, this isn’t something that I can let linger and do nothing about because it’s only gonna get worse. So, that’s why I came up with a solution that we’ll put in application right here this week. Here’s what’s gonna happen: in just a few moments, we’ll put our entire tag team division in a battle royal and the winning team will not only win the right to face the Rougeau Brothers for the NWA World Tag Team Championship but they’re also gonna have their opportunity later on the show. We’re gonna settle this once and for all so that the Rougeaus can move on to their next set of challengers because there also are tag teams in Mid-Atlantic who want their shot at the Rougeaus.
Guy Hauray: Wow! Thank you , Frank Valois, for that stunning announcement. It’s gonna happen right here today! So, Eddie, any prediction as to who will win?
Édouard Carpentier: I’ll be honest with you, Guy, I don’t have a clue who’ll win this one. So many tag teams are worthy of getting their shot at the Rougeau Brothers; it’s anyone’s guess!
Guy Hauray: And we won’t have to wait long to find out who it will be because this battle royal will happen when we come back!
Tag Team Battle Royal
Participants: The Sensationals (Sweetan & Oliver), The Sheepherders, Carlos Colon & Hercules Ayala, The Zambuie Express, Frenchy’s Legion, Baron Von Raschke & Gilles Poisson, The Samoan SWAT Team, The Midnight Express, The Wild Samoans, The Dellaserras and Tito Senza & Serge Jodoin
Before the match starts, the broadcast team explains the rules that in order to eliminate one team from the battle royal, you only need to eliminate one member of the team to accomplish that. As expected, both the Dellaserras and the tandem of Tito Senza & Serge Jodoin don’t last long as they’re the two first casualties of the battle royal. The broadcast team is also surprised that Sherri Martel didn’t also send Billy Robinson & Terry Taylor in the battle royal as the Creatchman Family have 2 teams involved in that battle royal. Everything seems to be going smoothly until Chicky Starr shows up to the ringside area and while Carlos Colon and Dennis Condrey were struggling to eliminate each other, Chicky climbed on the apron and pulled Colon over the top rope by his hair to eliminate him! Carlos is furious and goes immediately after Chicky Starr! In the meantime, the Creatchman Family is working together to try eliminating the Sheepherders and they almost are successful but Fatu is thrown over the top rope by Butch Miller! In the meantime, Baron Von Raschke & Gilles Poisson are working surprisingly well together and they’re able to eliminate Mad Dog Lefebvre & Richard Charland! The Midnight Express are next to go after the Sheepherders and it’s a miscue between Randy Rose and Dennis Condrey that provokes the demise of Jim Cornette’s tag team! Next eliminated are the Zambuie Express, thanks to an incredible feat of strength (and perseverance!) by the Wild Samoans! But the Samoans have no time to celebrate as Bob Sweetan sneaks behind Sika and send him over the top rope! We’re now down to the Sheepherders, the Sensationals & the unlikely duo of Von Raschke & Poisson! It seems like the Sensationals want to work a truce with the Sheepherders to focus on Von Raschke & Poisson. It becomes a 3-team brawl as all 6-men exchange right hands and position themselves in a respective corner to try eliminating the other team. But no team is quite an expert at brawling like The Sheepherders are and they take control of the ring and they’re about to eliminate Gilles Poisson as they have Poisson set up in the air for the double gutbuster! However, Rip Oliver charge Luke Williams with a football tackle, making him lose his balance and eventually, both Poisson AND Williams fly over the top rope! The match is over and the Sensationals are now facing the Rougeaus later in the show! Sherri Martel comes down running to the ring and is ecstatic as she now seems to believe that it’s a done deal that her men will walk out of this week’s show as NWA World Tag Team Champions!
Winners and facing the Rougeaus later on: The Sensationals (Rip Oliver & Bob Sweetan)
Sting vs The Spoiler
After being successful last week in beating Gilles Poisson, Sting is now entering his final TV match before the Young Lions Cup tournament by facing another savvy veteran in The Spoiler, who secured a huge win over Sika last week with his dreaded Claw. The broadcast team questions if it was a smart move by Sting to take this match so close to him heading to Japan. While Sting is showing some tremendous heart & speed against The Spoiler, he’s unfortunately not experienced enough to neutralize The Spoiler, who secures the victory once again this week his infamous Iron Claw. The broadcast booth hypes up The Spoiler’s winning streak and how a title shot could be soon in play for him!
Winner: The Spoiler
NWA World Tag Team Championship
The Rougeau Brothers vs The Sensationals (Rip Oliver & Bob Sweetan, w/Sherri Martel)
Despite having competed in a match less than 30 minutes ago, Sherri Martel’s protégés seem to still be in great shape but especially motivated for this title opportunity. Jacques starts the match against Rip Oliver and early on, the champions have the upper hand, given they’re in tip-top condition and in fresh shape, compared to the Sensationals. Quick exchanges early show the ever-so-great continuity in the Rougeaus tag team work, very much praised by the broadcast team. However, it takes only one mistake to turn the tide in a match and it’s a Jacques mistake that allows Rip Oliver & Bob Sweetan to take control of the match. Even though the neck & head problems are now past Jacques Rougeau, it’s in those areas that Bob Sweetan & Rip Oliver are working on to soften up the younger Rougeau. The Sensationals come within an eyelash to win the tag titles with a spike piledriver on Jacques but Raymond’s save was the difference there. Finally, the Rougeaus regain the momentum when Sweetan & Oliver go for a second spike piledriver but Jacques blocked and sent Sweetan crashing into Oliver in the corner, allowing himself to make the tag to brother Raymond. Raymond cleans house and the crowd goes into a frenzy as the Rougeaus mount the irresistible comeback. Finally, Jacques joins Raymond in the ring and Rip Oliver falls prey to La Bombe Rougeau, giving the Rougeaus a successful title defense! This week’s episode ends with the Rougeau Brothers celebrating in the ring while a dejected Sherri Martel retreats backstage with her men.
Winners and still champions: The Rougeau Brothers
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