Original Airdate April 4th 1986
(Originally airing in Spanish on WAPA Channel 4 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This broadcast is translated to English where applicable.)
The opening montage featuring highlights of Carlos Colon, Chicky Starr, Invader 1, Invader 2, Invader 3, Abdullah the Butcher, Hercules Ayala, Bam Bam and Dutch Mantell plays. Carlos Colon doing a cartwheel and coming up fists at the ready leads to the WWC logo as the music ends.
NWA and Capitol Sports Presenta
Los Campeones De La Lucha Libre
Con Tus Luchadores Favoritos De Fama Mundial
Rickin Sanchez and Hugo Savinovich sit smiling at the commentary desk in Coliseo Municipal Pedro Rodriguez Gaya De Catano.
Rickin: Welcome fans to another exciting week of WWC action. I am joined by my friend and colleague, Hugo Savinovich.
Hugo: Tournament time!! And we have a surprise return!!
Rickin: Tonight is the beginning of our light heavyweight title tournament. We will have two tournament matches tonight. First we will see the return of Dutch Mantel after the injury to his arm by los Mercenarios.
Hugo: I'm sure Dutch has revenge on his mind!
Rickin: I would imagine he does. We will also see the team of Jonathan Boyd and the Crusher in action.
Hugo: Did you know they lost the NWA 6-man titles last weekend?!?
Rickin: I did, but I didn't want to be the one to say it. Barrabas is no fan of mine already and he will be in a foul mood when he stops by the desk after his team's match already. Abdullah Tamba will be in singles action again tonight.
Hugo: He impressed again two weeks ago! Little Abdullah is very graceful for such a large man!
Rickin: He certainly is. Owen Hart will be joining Chicky Starr in his Sports Shop.
Hugo: I know you don't approve of Owen and Chicky being friends.
Rickin: Owen Hart is an impressionable young man and needs the right guidance. I don't think Chicky Starr is the man to provide that guidance.
Hugo: I doubt he'll be going to see Invader 1 or Carlitos Colon! They are friends of Ricky Santana.
Rickin: There is that. Our first tournament match this week will be one half of the Rock and Roll RPMs, Tommy Lane, against the Japanese veteran Kuniaki Kobayashi.
Hugo: Kobayashi is very well rounded. He is a capable martial artist as well as a mat wrestler. He likes to use a fisherman's suplex or a bodyscissors sleeper to finish off his opponents. And he is willing to do whatever it takes to win!
Rickin: Something you were known for as well. Ricky Santana will join me at the desk before going against the young American Chris Candido in the main event. I'm told he uses a headbutt off the top rope as a finisher.
Hugo: It's hard to beat a man with that little regard for his own safety! They tend to be very tough.
Rickin: I can see that being the case, yes. The crowd is cheering and here comes Dutch Mantell.
Hugo: Given who it was that injured him, I can see him getting crowd support.
Rickin: I'm sure these fans would love to see Dutch opposed to los Mercenarios and Chicky Starr.
Hugo: Dutch is a very dangerous man!! Even when he doesn't have revenge on his mind!
Rickin: One downside of los Mercenarios willingness to hurt other wrestlers for money has to be the amount of enemies they make.
Hugo: I'm sure Dutch wants to settle with whoever put the bounty out on him too!
Rickin: I imagine he does. I'll be talking to him next week and it should give us an idea of what Dutch means to do now that he's back.
Hugo: He's not waiting for the bell!
Domingo Robles vs. Dutch Mantell
Mantell takes Robles apart early, but the veteran comedy jobber is able to get a few dirty tricks over on Dutch and start in on the injured left arm. Dutch with an eye gouge, then runs Robles' face all the way down the top rope on one side of the ring. Short clothesline by Dutch with no ill effect on the injured arm. Gourdbuster gets Dtuch the 3 count.
Dutch Mantell by pinfall in 3:51 with a gourdbuster
Rickin: Big win in his return for Dutch Mantell.
Hugo: He showed that his arm was back to full strength! That's a very important thing to do.
Rickin: It will still be a target for his opponents for a while. When we come back we'll see Jonathan Boyd and the Crusher in action. Don't go anywhere.
(Commercial Break) 0-8:30
Rickin: We're back and Barrabas is leading Jonathan Boyd and the Crusher to the ring.
Hugo: Barrabas looks very unhappy! Do you think his team blames him for their loss?!?
Rickin: It is likely that has come up in the last 4 days.
Hugo: How did that sit with Bam Bam?!?
Rickin: Given that Bam Bam is not here, I can only imagine not well.
Hugo: He might be appearing in Japan today! Or somewhere in the U.S. I'm told Bam Bam is in demand all over the world!
Rickin: That is possible. I can't imagine the way those titles were lost improved the relationship between Barrabas and Bam Bam though.
Hugo: No, probably not...
Rickin: Referee Ricky Vargas is calling for the bell.
Mr. X & Y vs. Jonathan Boyd and the Crusher
Boyd uses his energetic brawling while the Crusher is more deliberate with his power offense. Mr. Y is able to mount a short comeback before running into a big boot from the Crusher. Crusher tags Boyd and holds Y for the three point clothesline from Boyd, who covers for three.
Jonathan Boyd & the Crusher by pinfall in 5:14 with an assisted three point clothesline
Rickin: Boyd and the Crusher needed that win going into the 19th agianst Castillo and Perez.
Hugo: They got the win against them last time! I think Castillo and Perez need the momentum more.
Rickin: They got the win with the help of Barrabas.
Hugo: A win is a win!!
Rickin: Fair enough. We'll be right back with Barrabas at the desk and Abdullah Tamba in action.
(Commercial Break) 8:30-14:45
Rickin: We are back, fans, and I am joined by Barrabas. He is flanked by Jonathan Boyd and the Crusher. Big win for your team going into Roberto Clemente Coliseum.
Barrabas: You think we need that win to beat two silver spoon wannabe wrestlers like Huracan Castillo Jr. and Miguelito Perez? If they didn't have those names do you think we would even know who they are?
Rickin: I think they are developing into a very good tag team and both have shown growth as wrestlers as well.
Barrabas : Of course you do. How many times have you brought up my team losing the NWA 6-Man Championships so far??
Rickin: We discussed it as you were on your way to the ring. What would you have us talk about?
Barrabas: How much we embarassed those spoiled brats Castillo & Perez last time we faced them for one. I bet Castillo's dad has a bonus in it for you if you can mention it neough times, doesn't he??
Rickin: I am paid the same regardless. There is no attempt now, nor has there ever been, to undercut you.
Barrabas: Of course you won't talk about it! I'm sure you've also been saying that Bam Bam is unhappy with me too!
Rickin: Is he?
Barrabas: No! I'll be in his corner on the 19th when he wins the Caribbean Heavyweight Title and I'll be in his corner when he takes on Invader 1 on TV in 2 weeks! I want you to stop slandering me and spreading lies about my relationship with my clients!
Rickin: We in no way stated that-
Barrabas: This interview is over!
Barrabas storms off with Boyd and the Crusher in tow.
Rickin: That could have gone better.
Hugo: You said it yourself, Barrabas was in a terrible mood.
Rickin: I'm surprised he let me keep the microphone. Chicky Starr is leading Abdullah Tamba to the ring.
Hugo: And the crowd is pelting both with garbage!
Rickin: Chicky Starr seems to have accepted this and looks like he enjoys it.
Hugo: If it happens long enough, you just get used to the idea. You start to understand that the crowd will get angrier if you like it.
Rickin: Tamba seems to be ignoring anything thrown his way, focused on the ring.
Hugo: He's got a job to do!
Rickin: And he's been doing it well. Last week it took him less than 3 minutes to defeat Frank Conners two weeks ago.
Hugo: Little Abdullah is very dangerous! Almost as dangerous as the monster! The machine! The madman from the Sudan!
Rickin: To be in the conversation is....I hesitate to use the word impressive.
Hugo: Even if it is the right word!
Rickin: So it is. It looks like we're ready to go, referee Tomas Marin has called for the bell.
Armandito Salgado vs. Abdullah Tamba
Tamba again steamrolls his opponent, giving him no offense save a few no-sold punches. A splash from the top rope gets Tamba the three count.
Abdullah Tamba by pinfall in 2:43 with a top rope splash
Rickin: Abdullah Tamba is on a roll and doesn't look to be stopping soon.
Hugo: Chicky Starr has one of the dominant wrestlers in the WWC at his disposal.
Rickin: Yes, and I'm sure I'll disapprove of however he chooses to use that. Up next we will see Owen Hart in the Sports Shop.
Hugo: Can't wait!
Rickin: And then our first match of the tournament, Tommy Lane against Kuniaki Kobayashi. We'll be right back fans.
(Commercial Break) 14:45-21:30
Hugo: We're baaaaaack...and it's Sports Shop time!!
The intro for the Sports Shop plays and we cut to Victor with a microphone on the set.
Victor (wooden): It is my pleasure to introduce the hottest wrestler and manager in the World Wrestling Council. Ladies and gentlemen, here is the most exciting, most charismatic, best dressed man in Puerto Rico, Chicky Starr.
Chicky Starr walks on set in his athletic gear, tag title draped over his shoulder, and picks up the microphone on his chair before sitting down.
Chicky: Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the most important 3 minutes on television! I am Chicky Starr and this is my Sports Shop. It seems all ofthe talk is about this tournament for the Light Heavyweight Championship. I could have been in that tournament, but I already have a championship belt. And to be fair, I could win that tournament hands down if it were not for the inclusion of my guest today.
Owen Hart walks on set, picks up the microphone on his chair and sits down after shaking Chicky's hand.
Chicky: (English) I have been watching your progress as time goes on and I am very impressed. You know what it takes to win a wrestling match and that is a rare thing!
Owen: I'm glad somebody noticed. All I ever hear is how I'm doing it wrong.
Chicky: Take it from somebody who has made a career of doing it wrong. It doesn't ever stop. People like Rickin Sanchez and Ricky Santana will always have a problem with people like us. Speaking of Ricky Santana, why did he need to be at ringside for your match last week?
Owen: That's a damn good question! I don't recall stalking him. Maybe all those losses to me have made him desperate to do whatever he can to hurt me.
Chicky: He can't seem to beat you in the ring. Costing you a win in a title match seems like it's going a little far though.
Owen: Do you KNOW how big a win there would have been for me back home in Canada?!? I will tell you this, Chicky, I do not forget when somebody does something like that to me. Ricky Santana can expect payback sooner or later.
Chicky: You have to stand up for yourself, yes. I've looked at this tournament and the only man I think you have to worry about is this Kobayashi.
Owen: I'm sure Rickin Sanchez would argue that Ricky Santana is a favorite.
Chicky: He likes his wrestlers to do things the "right" way.
Owen: So I noticed. I wonder if he ever had to compete for a job. Or find a way to stand out with 7 older brothers!
Chicky: Being overlooked can change your way of seeing things. Don't go as far into that territory as Barrabas though. The man tries so hard he guarantees his own failure. Learn from that example.
Owen: I hadn't really been paying attention. I really should now that you mention it.
Chicky: Everyone should. That is it for another edition of Chicky's Sports Shop. I'd like to thank Owen Hart for being my guest.
Owen: Thanks for having me!
Chicky: (Spanish) Now it's time for Ric Flair to to take us back to the boring part of the show.
Flair's sign-off plays as Owen and Chicky walk off the set talking. Cut to the arena.
Rickin: That went about as expected.
Hugo: Everyone needs a sympathetic ear now and again. Owen Hart included.
Rickin: And do you agree with any of what was said?
Hugo: There is a lot of pressure to win. It can be hard to resist the temptation to take shortcuts when that kind of money and prestige is on the line.
Rickin: That's fair. Tommy Lane of the Rock and Roll RPMs is on his way to the ring.
Hugo: He's got a big test tonight! Not only is he used to tag team wrestling, but he's up against a very good wrestler in Kuniaki Kobayashi.
Rickin: It's going to be a tough match, but he's got this crowd behind him and that will give him a second wind down the stretch.
Hugo: I'm not sure that will be enough to counteract the skill and experience of Kobayashi!
Rickin: I don't pretend to know much about Kobayashi, but Lane has been impressive these last two months. He's reached the ring and here comes Kobayashi.
Hugo: The fans don't seem to know how to react!
Rickin: It's their first time seeing Kobayashi. I'd guess tonight's match will have a lot to do with their opinion of him going forward.
Hugo: I don't think they will like what they see..
Rickin: I defer to you on that. You know much more about Kobayashi than I do.
Hugo: He has never been shy about using...
Rickin: Illegal tactics?
Hugo: I was going to say whatever dirty trick he could think of, but that works. He is one of the arch-rivals of the great Japanese champion Tiger Mask.
Rickin: That is a name I have heard. It looks like ring announcer Eliud Gonzalez is finished with his announcements. We're ready for action.
Tommy Lane vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi
Lane has the advantage early, prompting Kobayashi going to the eyes to set up his martial arts kicks. Lane fires back with punches and the match goes back and forth with Kobayashi cheating to regain the advantage each time Lane fires up. Lane finally has enough and hits a low blow from his knees (big cheers), then hits a big jumping leg drop for a 2 count. He goes for a powerbomb and Kobayashi rolls through for a sunset flip nearfall. Lane gets a nearfall off of a side suplex, then barely kicks out of a rollup attempt by Kobayashi (who has his feet on the ropes). A big spinkick by Kobayashi and he's looking for the fisherman's suplex, but Lane counters before Kobayashi can grab the leg. Lane gets Kobayashi up for his own suplex, but Kobayashi floats over and locks in the bodyscissors sleeper. Lane refuses to give up, struggling for the ropes, but passes out. Kobayashi advances in the tournament. He leaves the ring, celebrating to boos as referee Ricky Vargas tries to revive Lane.
Kuniaki Kobayashi by submission in 12:17 with a bodyscissors sleeper (Lane passed out)
Rickin: Tommy Lane with a good showing, but the experience and skill of Kobayashi did come through. After a lot of cheating.
Hugo: A win is a win!! He advances! Lane showed me more than I thought he would.
Rickin: He probably should have tapped out when he knew he couldn't make the ropes.
Hugo: We all know that when we go in the ring. Sometimes it's hard to let your pride go.
Rickin: Up next I will be talking to Ricky Santana before our main event. Stay tuned to see if Ricky Santana can advance in the tournament.
(Commercial Break) 21:30-39:00
Rickin: We're back with Ricky Santana joining me. We both saw the comments by Owen Hart earlier in the show.
Santana: He can say whatever he wants, Owen Hart tried to cheat a man out of his title. I wasn't going to stand by and watch it happen.
Rickin: We both know that Owen Hart will try to interfere with your chances in the tournament as payback.
Santana: That's the way it goes. He comes to Puerto Rico claiming to be this gret technical wrestler, but I've seen him cut corners, attack before the bell and cheat his way to winning more than I've seen clean victories. He's going to do whatever he's going to do. I have to concentrate on what I need to do to win.
Rickin: Tonight you face the American rookie Chris Candido. It's not often you go in with an experience advantage.
Santana: That doesn't mean I get to take him lightly. He's won a lot of matches in Canada and the U.S. with his diving headbutt.
Rickin: So you don't feel your experience advantage will give you an edge?
Santana: It might. Then again, I pushed Dutch Mantell farther than naynoe thought I would. And he has almost a decade of experience on me. But he never took me lightly and there is a lesson there. If you don't go in focused on what you need to do it's going to work against you, regardless of experience.
Rickin: It sounds like you are learning the right lessons. Thank you for stopping by the desk Ricky.
Santana: Thanks for your time Rickin.
Santana heads to the ring s the fans cheer him on.
Rickin: I know you don't often agree with what Ricky Santana has to say, Hugo. What did you think?
Hugo: He's not wrong. You can't underestimate a man going into a match or you will find yourself losing very quickly!
Rickin: Something not all wrestlers learn early in their careers.
Hugo: Al Madril made that mistake not too long ago. Now he has a broken leg!
Rickin: I don't think that is at stake here, but Santana could find himself out of the tournament if he doesn't take Candido seriously.
Hugo: High enough stakes!
Rickin: Yes, for a young man like Santana, a chance at a title belt is very important. Now Santana is in the ring and here comes Chris Candido.
Hugo: He's engaging the crowd!
Rickin: It's good to see young wrestlers who understand how important it is to have the crowd on their side.
Hugo: Even if the crowd will be with Santana?!?
Rickin: The crowd can support both wrestlers, but I do agree that Santana will be the crowd favorite here.
Hugo: Will we see Owen?!?
Rickin: I hope not. The crowd seems to at least not be getting on Candido.
Hugo: They will if he beats Santana!!
Rickin: I imagine if he wins cleanly he will gain some fans here today. Both wrestlers are now in the ring and Santana is offering a handshake. There it is and referee Victor Quinonez has called for the bell.
Chris Candido vs. Ricky Santana
Things go back and forth on the mat early after a few basic wrestling sequences. Candido gets a few two counts on rollups, then Santana. Both men get a little heated after some hard chops by Santana and they exchange chops with no advantage gained. A slam by Candido and he whips Santana hard into the corner. Santana pushes Candido off on the superplex attempt, but the attempted flying crossbody is rolled through for a nearfall by Candido. Santana tries the fisherman's suplex, but Candido reverses. He climbs up top for the diving headbutt, but Santana moves out of the way at the last instant. This time the Santana flying crossbody connects as Candido staggers to his feet, and Santana gets the three. Santana helps Candido to his feet and raises his arm to the crowd.
Ricky Santana by pinfall in 11:19 with a top rope crossbody
Rickin: Big win for Ricky Santana, but Chris Candido came very close.
Hugo: Good match for both!!
Rickin: I'm sure Candido would have liked the win, but that diving headbutt is a double edged sword.
Hugo: You hit your head very hard either way, if it doesn't hit the other man it definitely works against you!
Rickin: So Kuniaki Kobayashi and Ricky Santana will meet in two weeks to determine one half of the finals matchup. Be sure to tune in next week for the remainder of the first round matches. We will Be showing you the entire announced card for April 19th as we leave.
Main Event - Abdullah the Butcher w/Chicky Starr vs. Carlitos Colon © for the Universal Heavyweight Championship
Los Invaders (1 & 3) vs. Los Primos Starr © for the Caribbean Tag Team Championships
Bam Bam w/Barrabas vs. Hercules Ayala © for the Caribbean Heavyweight Championship
Los Super Medicos vs. Los Mercenarios
Huracan Castillo Jr. & Miguelito Perez vs. Jonathan Boyd & the Crusher w/Barrabas
Gama Singh vs. TNT
Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals