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#21 AA484

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 01:02 PM

To piggyback on what you guys have been posting, I've combined the Bowdren 100 and the 80s WON winners and runner-ups into a list.  I also noted whether or not we have footage of it.  I also notes and corrected/added dates where necessary.  If anyone else wants to chime in with corrections or edits, feel free.

 

North American matches first:

 

Bob Backlund vs. Ken Patera (WWF 5/19/80) ***Complete***

 

Bruno Sammartino vs. Larry Zbyszko (WWF 8/9/80) ***Complete***

 

Pat Patterson vs. Sgt. Slaughter (WWF 5/4/81) ***Complete***

 

Wayne Ferris & Kevin Sullivan vs. Bill Dundee & Dream Machine (Memphis 5/26/81) **Post-Match Only**

 

Eddie Gilbert & Ricky Morton vs. Masa Fuchi & Atsushi Onita (Memphis 9/4/81) ***Complete***

 

Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric Flair (NWA 9/17/81) *Clips Only*

-Only thing I've ever seen of this is a short 2-3 minute clip on Youtube.

 

Bob Backlund vs. Adrian Adonis (WWF 1/18/82) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (Mid-Atlantic 2/7/82) ???NO FOOTAGE???

-No idea on this one.  I've never seen any evidence of it being aired or of footage surviving.

 

Ric Flair vs. Bob Backlund (Georgia Omni 4/7/82) NO FOOTAGE

 

Bob Backlund vs. Jimmy Snuka (WWF 6/28/82) ***Complete***

 

Buddy Rose vs. David Schultz (Portland ??1982??) ???Unknown???

-Not really sure which match this is referring to.  Dave didn't give an exact date, only the year.  It was also a "chain" match, which rules out anything on the 80s Portland set.  According to wrestlingdata.com, they apparently had a couple of chain matches in 6/82 and 7/82 but, as far as I know, none were aired.

 

Tiger Mask vs. Dynamite Kid (WWF 8/30/82) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Stan Hansen (Georgia Omni 10/3/82) NO FOOTAGE

 

Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich (WCCW12/25/82) ***Complete***

 

Ricky Steamboat & Jay Youngblood vs. Sgt. Slaughter & Don Kernodle (Mid-Atlantic 3/12/83) ***Complete***

 

Jerry Lawler vs. Bill Dundee (Memphis 6/6/83) ***Complete***

 

Freebirds vs. The Von Erichs (WCCW 7/4/83) ***Complete***

 

Don Muraco vs. Jimmy Snuka (WWF 7/23/83) ***Complete***

-According to Graham's site, this aired on USA Network, although I've never seen a copy.

 

Kerry Von Erich vs. Michael Hayes (WCCW 11/24/83) ***Complete***

 

Roddy Piper vs. Greg Valentine (JCP 11/24/83) ***Complete***

 

Harley Race vs. Ric Flair (JCP 11/24/83) ***Complete***

 

Hulk Hogan vs. Iron Sheik (WWF 1/23/84) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich (WCCW 5/6/84) ***Complete***

 

Eddie Gilbert & Tommy Rich vs. Koko Ware & Norvell Austin (Memphis 5/18/84) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (JCP 5/29/84) ***Complete***

 

Ricky Steamboat vs. Dick Slater (JCP 6/4/84) ??Unknown??

-This was a Falls Count Anywhere match for the U.S. Title.  Dave gives early-June as the date and Greenville, SC as the venue.  I was able to track the actual date down but am unaware of any footage being available, although I've seen a 6/84 Steamboat/Slater matchup on a couple of comps, but I'm not sure if it's this one.

 

Sgt. Slaughter vs. Iron Sheik (WWF 6/16/84) ***Complete***

 

Freebirds vs. The Von Erichs (WCCW 7/4/84) ***Complete***

 

Bruiser Brody vs. Jerry Blackwell (AWA 10/21/84) ***Complete***

 

Terry Gordy vs. Killer Khan (WCCW 11/22/84) ***Complete***

 

Ricky Steamboat vs. Tully Blanchard (JCP 11/22/84) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Bruiser Brody (St. Louis 1/4/85) **Clips**

-Only about 13 minutes or so of this exists in clips, as far as I know.  There is an hour-long time limit draw on Youtube but it's not this match.

 

Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich (St. Louis 1/25/85) ***Complete***

-I believe this is available in full.

 

Hulk Hogan vs. Roddy Piper (WWF 2/18/85) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Harley Race (JCP 2/24/85) ***Complete***

 

Ted DiBiase vs. Jim Duggan (Mid-South 3/22/85) ***Complete***

 

Hulk Hogan & Mr. T vs. Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff (WWF 3/31/85) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Terry Taylor (Mid-South 6/1/85) ***Complete***

 

Fabulous Ones vs. The Sheepherders (Memphis 8/6/85) ***Complete***

 

Freebirds vs. The Road Warriors (AWA 9/28/85) ***Complete***

 

Rick Martel vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (AWA 9/29/85) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Butch Reed (Mid-South 10/27/85) ??Unknown/Clips??

-Not sure about this one.  I think that there are clips or a clipped version (according to Goodhelmet) out there but I've never seen it.  It wasn't on the 80s set in any form or fashion.  I couldn't even find results for a 10/27/85 OKC Mid-South show.  Any other info to add?

 

Jim Duggan vs. Buzz Sawyer (Mid-South 11/11/85) ***Complete***

 

Magnum T.A. vs. Tully Blanchard (JCP 11/28/85) ***Complete***

 

Ted DiBiase vs. Dick Murdoch (Mid-South 12/31/85) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham (Florida 2/14/86) ***Complete***

 

Bill Dundee & Buddy Landell vs. Jerry Lawler & Dutch Mantell (Memphis 3/24/86) **Clipped**

-Sadly, what we have is pretty heavily clipped.

 

British Bulldogs vs. Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake (WWF 4/7/86) ***Complete***

 

Midnight Express vs. Rock 'n' Roll Express (JCP 4/12/86) ***Complete***

 

The Fantastics vs. The Sheepherders (JCP 4/19/86) **Clipped**

-As far as I know, the complete version of this has never been released.

 

Ric Flair vs. Ricky Morton (JCP 7/5/86) ***Complete***

 

Midnight Express vs. Rock 'n' Roll Express (JCP 8/16/86) ***Complete***

 

Midnight Rockers vs. Buddy Rose & Doug Somers (AWA 8/30/86) ***Complete***

 

Owen Hart & Ben Bassarab vs. Viet Cong Express (Stampede 9/6/86) **Clipped**

 

Nick Bockwinkel vs. Curt Hennig (AWA 11/21/86) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham (JCP 1/20/87) ***Complete***

 

Ricky Steamboat vs. Randy Savage (WWF 3/29/87) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham (JCP 4/11/87) ***Complete***

 

Jerry Lawler vs. Austin Idol (Memphis 4/27/87) ***Complete***

 

Nick Bockwinkel vs. Curt Hennig (5/2/87) ***Complete***

 

Wargames I (JCP 7/4/87) ***Complete***

 

Terry Taylor & Eddie Gilbert vs. Sting & Shane Douglas (UWF 9/9/87) ***Complete***

-Really a "non-match" but I believe the whole thing is here.

 

Midnight Express vs. The Fantastics (JCP 3/27/88) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Sting (JCP 3/27/88) ***Complete***

 

Randy Savage vs. Ted DiBiase (WWF 4/25/88) ***Complete***

 

Midnight Express vs. The Fantastics (JCP 4/26/88) ***Complete (Mostly)***

 

Ted DiBiase vs. Randy Savage (WWF 6/25/88) ***Complete***

 

Midnight Express vs. Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson (JCP 8/28/88) ??Unknown??

-This is a mystery to me.  Dave has it as 8/26 in Greensboro but Graham's site has an 8/28 in G'boro so I rolled with that.  Can't find anything as far as footage goes, though.  Graham's site has it as a "TV taping" but gives no further dates or info.  The Philadelphia tag title win is out there in handheld footage and is much more famous, so I wonder if Dave just got his dates/locations mixed up.

 

Ric Flair vs. Lex Luger (WCW 12/26/88) ***Complete***

 

Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson vs. The Rockers (WWF 2/16/89) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (WCW 2/20/89) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (WCW 3/18/89) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (WCW 4/2/89) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (WCW 5/7/89) ***Complete***

 

Ricky Steamboat vs. Lex Luger (WCW 7/22/89) *NO FOOTAGE*

-Nothing (that we know of) exists of the 7/22 match but the 7/23 match is very good and readily available so it makes an acceptable substitute.

 

Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk (WCW 7/23/89) ***Complete***

 

Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk (WCW 11/15/89) ***Complete***



#22 peachchaos

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 01:38 PM

The first Flair NWA title win is really something the Network should produce. Damn shame not to have more than the finish to such a historic match.



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Posted 22 August 2017 - 11:13 AM

The Slaughter/Sheik Boot Camp Match is complete?



#24 PeteF3

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 11:19 AM

Unless the ranking is for a different Boot Camp Match, the MSG match aired on MSG Network complete.



#25 Phil Schneider

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 11:21 AM

Eddie Gilbert & Ricky Morton vs. Masa Fuchi & Atsushi Onita (Memphis 9/4/81) ***Complete***

 

We really only have post match for this one too, the match proceeding the brawl is joined in progress



#26 AA484

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 12:23 PM

Ah, thanks for that.



#27 peachchaos

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 01:22 PM

Unless the ranking is for a different Boot Camp Match, the MSG match aired on MSG Network complete.

 

We also got a video quality upgrade since this was on the Best of WWE at MSG DVD.

 

Eddie Gilbert & Ricky Morton vs. Masa Fuchi & Atsushi Onita (Memphis 9/4/81) ***Complete***

 

We really only have post match for this one too, the match proceeding the brawl is joined in progress

 

Which is why it's sort of insane that it finished 20th on the DVDVR Memphis results. Don't get me wrong, I love the fight, but it's a post-match angle, not a match. The Louisville Brawl from earlier in the year is almost as entertaining, but wasn't in contention for similar reasons I assume.



#28 AA484

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 03:11 PM

That's part of the reason why I labeled it complete; because it was part of the set. I actually originally watched it on the set and couldn't remember exactly how much was shown of the actual match.

#29 paul sosnowski

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 03:47 PM

Don Muraco vs. Jimmy Snuka (WWF 7/23/83) ***Complete***

-According to Graham's site, this aired on USA Network, although I've never seen a copy.

 

 

I have this full Landover MD show and I sent it to Peach a few weeks ago.

 

I also have the 7/16/83 Philly and 7/30/83 MSG Snuka-Muraco matches.



#30 paul sosnowski

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 03:48 PM

I also thought that this match was missing a few minutes at the beginning...

 

Rick Martel vs. Jumbo Tsuruta (AWA 9/29/85) ***Complete***



#31 AA484

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 04:26 PM

If it was *nearly* complete I went ahead and counted it as such.

#32 peachchaos

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 01:36 PM

The first Flair NWA title win is really something the Network should produce. Damn shame not to have more than the finish to such a historic match.

 

I've been on the hunt for this. Haven't found anything concrete yet, but:

 

18947645_1523642364377531_74580453403782

 

So there could at least be footage of their 8/7/81 match in STL since Dusty's jacket says '81 on it.



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Posted 28 August 2017 - 01:50 PM

 

The first Flair NWA title win is really something the Network should produce. Damn shame not to have more than the finish to such a historic match.

 

I've been on the hunt for this. Haven't found anything concrete yet, but:

 

18947645_1523642364377531_74580453403782

 

So there could at least be footage of their 8/7/81 match in STL since Dusty's jacket says '81 on it.

 

Johnny P or someone should do a documentary on the hunt for footage.






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