FMW submitted a guest column to me for your perusal. Let (him / me) know what you think.
Remember When... Edition 1: Cornette The Coward
The wonders of being Stir Crazy. Here I am, head cold and all, with nothing to do. So what's the next best thing than beginning to talk to myself? Write a column! This is actually my second column, if you search you may find my first (be forewarned: it sucks). I figure I put my love of classic wrestling into a neat little piece of writing. Every column will feature a different angle/event/match of the good ol' days of pro wrestling. I'll probably do these every once and awhile, so I'll make this one good.
Edition 1: Cornette The Coward
The scene: An edition of NWA World Championship Wrestling, early 1986, just before the Great American Bash summer tour. Tony Schivonie and David Crockett are talking about a recent event from a TV taping of NWA Worldwide Wrestling, which Tony calls "A horrible sight..." He wasn't far off from the truth on this occasion.
We cut to footage from the taping. A molten hot crowd (A common occurance for the NWA at this time) watches on as Jim Cornette and the Midnight Express, Loverboy Dennis Condrey and Beautiful Bobby Eaton, are standing in the ring. Recently winning the World Tag Titles from the Rock N' Roll Express, they are on top of the world, looking for a fight. Cornette sees that Magnum T.A. isn't in the building, but his teammates Dusty Rhodes and BabyDoll are.
"You think you're so tough, why don't you come on out DREAM! Do ya hear me or do ya wanna hear me?"
That's exactly what they do. Dusty doesn't exactly want to get his woman in any harm, but Cornette is edging him on.
"That's a very nice hat ya got there Dream, did ya get it with a free bowl of soup?"
Now you know it's on, cause NOBODY messes with the Dream's hat. In he comes, a three on one situation (heck, Cornette's racket makes it four). Ref Tommy Young advises Rhodes to reconsider, but he gets pushed aside. BOOM! Double clothsline to the Midnights and a backhand to Cornette all in one swoop! He's gonna do a number on the squir..oh..I mean manager, when Condrey nails Rhodes with the loaded tennis racket.
It doesn't look good for Rhodes at this point, until BabyDoll comes in to try and stop these madmen before any more harm is done. Trying in vain to stop them, she's whipped down by Eaton. And that's when Cornette does an attack so hideous, so cowardly, you'd want to shoot him dead right there. As they hold Rhodes in place to watch...
"Oh my god!! They hit her with the racket!!"
A defensless women, assulted in cold blood, as her man is forced to watch. The cowards race out as help comes in, before they have to pay for their sinns. The crowd has become a mix of hush silence, and mad hysteria.
"They held him, they wanted him to watch."
At the interview area, David is so disgusted he leaves the Midnights with the mic.
"I want you to tell Magnum what we did here today Dusty!"
Back at the WTBS studio, Dusty and Magnum have arrived.
"This doesn't involve any titles... this is about VENGANCE! And its only just begun." " We're gonna give ya one, good ol' fashioned @** kickin'!"
And with that, one of the hottest summers in pro wrestling history began, with the GAB 86. During the tour, Magnum, Dusty, and BabyDoll would get their revenge in a 6 man cage match, with Babydoll taking the coward out once and for all.
Well, I hope you've enjoyed this look back at one of the more underrated angles in JCP history. I still haven't decide what will be my next topic, so stay tuned. As always, feedback is most appreciated, so please reply with comments.
(edited by Guru Zim on 13.5.03 1614) Willful ignorance of science is not commendable. Refusing to learn the difference between a credible source and a shill is criminally stupid.
First, as always, I'd like to thank Mr. James E. Cornette for preventing the possible spawning between Dusty and Baby Doll with the tennis racket shot. The human race is in an eternal debt of gratitude for that action Of course, a few significant items were omitted. Because the Midnight Express were ducking Magnum and Dusty, they agreed to face a mysterious team called the James Gang, who mysteriously were extremely similar to Magnum and Dusty. And of course, shortly after the GAB '86 ended, Dusty would have Baby Doll desert him as she would follow the NWA title back to Ric Flair.
Dunno about other columnists, but for my case, it was a two-part thing: # 1. The commercials-to-matches transitions were getting really awful and boring. I just felt like mentioning the things that were non-wrestling and rattling around up there.