December 14, 1989
River City Wrestling #406
Winnipeg Arena, Winnipeg Manitoba
estimated attendence 3,200
Ben Bassarab v Steve Regal
Former AWA Tag Team champion, "Mr Electricity" Steve Regal looked to be in phenomenal shape for this bout. Bassarab offered
a handshake to start but Regal slapped his hand around and continued to circle his foe.
They locked up, went to the ropes, and Regal set the tone early with a smack across Bassarab's face. Referee Buddy Lane
restrained Bassarab from retaliating.
However Ben got the next advantage with a standing wristlock and used this to extract some revenge and some pain from
Regal. Mr. Electricity eventually rolled out of it, and then put Ben into a standing wristlock of his own. However, seconds
later and Bassarab had rolled out himself and reversed things. Flustered Regal went to the eyes of Bassarab with a rake.
The pace picked up now with Regal throwing the rule book out the window and trying to pick up his share of the pay early.
Boots, chops, dropkicks, and an atomic drop, but Bassarab kicked out at 2.
Regal made a mistake telegraphing a back body drop, and Bassarab jumped over his back, locked arms, and pulled Regal
into a pin for a near end.
Back on their feet Regal tried to kick Bassarab, but Ben blocked it, spun Regal around and then clotheslined him to the
mat. Bassarab though slowed the match down and worked a reverse chinlock. When things picked up again Bassarab was in total
control nailing a backbody drop, and a couple of dropkicks. He climbed to the top but Regal seeing this took a powder, rolling
out of the ring.
Against Buddy Lane's instructions Bassarab followed the Florida native out of the ring but ended up on the short end
of a throw into the steel barricade that seperates the fans from the action. Regal then slammed Bassarab to the mats outside
the ring, climbed onto the apron and dropped a devastating knee.
Back inside the ring now Regal worked the knee with a couple kicks, and then locked on the figure-four. For almost a
full minute Ben made his way slowly to the ropes in obvious pain.
After the break he tried to stand but fell down. Regal closed like a jackyl pulling Ben to the middle of the ring. He
tried for a figure-four again but Bassarab kicked him off. He tried again, this time Bassarab kicked Regal hard in the knee
and he crumpled to the mat.
Now both men tried to stand, but both failed, as their knees would not support their weight. Bassarab used the ropes
to leverage his way up, but Regal crawled over and pulled Bassarab's legs out from under him. Both men spilled out to the
From their knees they exchanged punches. Buddy Lane applied a very slow 10 count, and finally both men were able to stand
and narrowly beat the count to get back into the ring.
Regal tried for a dropkick to Bassarab's knee but the Alberta native rolled out of the way and Regal landed hard on his
tailbone. Bassarab followed up with an atomic drop, and then caught Regal with a belly to back suplex. He came off the ropes
and nailed Regal with a flying shoulderblock. Bassarab then went to the top and came off the buckle with a flying cross bodyblock
for 1, 2, 3 !!!
Ben Bassarab defeated Steve Regal by pinfall after a flying crossbody block at 9:21
Bout # 2
Jonnie Stewart (/w Beauty) v Konga the Barbarian
The Barbarian came out in leather, looking rather Road Warrior-esque and intimidating. However, after the way he handled
the Beast recently the fans weren't counting out the youngster across the ring.
In fact Stewart began the match by walking up to Konga and slamming his forearm into the monster's chest with all his
might. It didn't hurt the big man as much as it surprised him. Stewart took two steps back then hit a standing dropkick to
Konga's chest which forced the big man back a step. The Barbarian tried to corral Stewart, but the youngster ducked under
and went to a stick and move attack.
Stewart kept the Barbarian off balance for the next couple of minutes but did no real damage. Finally the big man caught
him with a short arm clothesline knocking Stewart onto his back. Retribution came quick now as the Barbarian went to
work with low tech punches and kicks. He then locked in a standing bearhug and worked that for a very long minute. Finally
he released the hold when Stewart refused to submit and threw him over the top rope to the floor below.
Barbarian followed him out of the ring, but his attempts to get to Stewart were interrupted by the alluring presence
of Beauty who pleaded with him to stop. Finally Barbarian pushed her away and hovered over Stewart.
However, the break had been long enough and Stewart lashed out with a punch to the gut. Barbarian though grabbed Stewart
and rolled him back into the ring.
Stewart greeted him back into the squared circle with a kick to the ribs, and then a legdrop across the Barbarian's back.
He tried for a pin but Konga pressed him off easily before Lane was even in position for a first slap of the mat.
Jonnie tried to go back to work on the big man but eventually he got caught by the throat and thrown to the mat. Konga
stomped away at Jonnie, choked him, applied a hangman, and then nailed two belly to belly suplexes. Konga threw Jonnie to
the ropes and tried for a big boot to the face, but Stewart ducked under, came off the far ropes and nailed Konga with a flying
bodyblock. Except the Barbarian caught him in mid-air, spun him, and powerslamed him to the mat. Buddy Lane counted, 1, 2,
Konga the Barbarian defeated Jonnie Stewart by pinfall after a powerslam at 8:05
Midget Tag Team Action
Irish Leprechaun & Little Louis v Little Tokoyo & Karate Kid
Ahhh...midgets..fun for the whole family. They did all the usual gags and gaffs that had the fans laughing with them...and
kind of at them.
Near the end of the match Karate Kid got into a heated argument with referee Buddy Lane. Little Tokoyo then snuck behind
Lane and Kid pushed the referee over backward. The two had a good laugh until their opponents recovered and nailed them with
twin dropkicks, then clotheslines. A series of telegraphed back bodydrops which resulted in a game of leap frog ensued until
Little Tokoyo wasn't watching where he was going and ran right into Buddy Lane. The ref went down holding his nether regions,
and Leprechaun and Louis nailed double elbowdrops on Tokoyo followed by a double swing. They tossed him right into Karate
Kid, and both went down to the mat. Seconds later Lane was back on his feet and the Leprechaun nailed Tokoyo with a piledriver
with Louis on the second buckle to push on the feet of Tokoyo. Normally Lane wouldn't allow such tactics but he had obviously
had enough and counted a very quick 3 count for the win.
Irish Leprechaun & Little Louis defeated Little Tokoyo & Karate Kid by pinfall when Leprechaun pinned Tokoyo
after a stuffed piledriver at 11:17
After the match the wee-vilians showed their displeasure with Lane by pretending to open the ropes for his
exit only to both pull up on the middle strand and crotch poor Lane. They then showed their displeasure with the fans by mooning
them before leaving.
Tommy Jammer v Col. DeBeers
Col. DeBeers was brought in for his ability to generate outright hatred from the fans. He was given the opportunity before
the match to spew his crap on the mic and get the crowd worked up.
This set the stage for the pretty boy fan favorite, surfer dude, Tommy Jammer to hit the ring running.
Mercifully this match was kept short. Jammer was a ball of fire to start, but DeBeers cut that short with a chop to the
throat. The South African pro-apartheid wrestler then went to work with kicks, stomps, and boot chokes while carring on a
conversation with the fans. He then took a tour of ringside smashing Jammer's head into various surfaces.
Back inside the ring DeBeers tried to submit Jammer to a camel clutch but the dude got to the ropes. Finally Jammer fought
back with furious fists, dropkicks, and a bodyslam!!
Jammer punctuated his feelings with a pair of fistdrops, and then nailed his finisher to the delight of the fans.
Tommy Jammer defeated Col. DeBeers by pinfall after a Jammer Slammer at 6:36
Elimination Six-Man Tag Match
Baron von Raschke, Ron Ritchie, & Len Crazy Horse
Pat Brady, Bobby Bass, & Brent Sampson
It was RCW led by commissioner Raschke against Windy City Chicago led by mouthy Roddy Piper wannabee Pat Brady. This
match had been advertised as a straight six man tag match, so it was a surprise when it was changed to an elimination style
Also a surprise was a brand new referee as a last minute substitution with Buddy Lane still recovering from a couple
of groin shots from the midgets. The new ref was none other then former RCW wrestler Mike Valiant.
Raschke wanted to start the match but let youthful exuberance of Len Crazy Horse talk him out of it. That was a mistake
as the Chi-town trio took liberty with Len and he played Ricky Morton for the first 5 minutes of this match. Things broke
down when Raschke and Ritchie finally had enough and a really donnybrook broke out. But Valiant chose to restrain Raschke
which lead to a 3 on 2 situation and the beating got worse for Len.
Finally he managed to tag out to Raschke with the hot tag. The veteran went to work on all 3 men in turn as they entered
the ring, lambs to the slaughter. However after a tag out to Ritchie things took a turn for the worse for the River City warriors.
Ritchie got caught by Sampson as he was backed into the ropes. A couple minutes later and Sampson finished Ritchie off with
a gutwrench suplex.
Brent Sampson eliminated Ron Ritchie by pinfall after a gutwrench suplex at 8:51
Raschke and Horse worked well as a team and you would never have guessed they were a man down. Soon enough Raschke brought
the crowd to their feet when he applied the clawhold to Big mouth Bobby Bass. His teamates tried to make the save but Len
was too quick taking out Sampson. And Raschke stopped Brady in his tracks with a kick to the stomach, while never releasing
the clawhold on Bass. Referee Mike Valiant then got into the action by throwing Brady out of the ring! Within seconds Bass
Baron von Raschke eliminated Bobby Bass by submission with the clawhold at 12:13
It was two on two now, but it was time for Brady and Sampson to show some excellent teamwork. Brady was the agitator
and diabolical leader while Sampson was the muscle. Len took the most of the punishment, but it was Raschke who ended up in
trouble. After Horse finally managed to tag in the Baron, it was constant two on one's after quick tags by the Windy City
pair, and Horse was in no shape to help Raschke. Just when it looked like Raschke would get out of his troubles he applied
a clawhold to Brady. But he didn't realize that Brady had made a blind tag a couple seconds earlier to Sampson. The strong
man came up behind the Baron and put him into a full nelson. After about 15 seconds of not getting the submission Sampson
slammed Baron to the mat and got the 3 count.
Brent Sampson eliminated Baron von Raschke by pinfall after a full nelson slam at 17:20
The crowd was stunned as Horse entered the ring, already looking beaten. Sure enough he was beaten from pillar to post
by his fresh opponents. He had several attempts at a spirited comeback but each time some slick double teaming or cheating
would end that quickly. Finally the Baron returned to ringside to argue with Mike Valiant that the match should be stopped,
despite Len having narrowly escaped three successive pin attempts. However this distraction allowed Pat Brady to climb to
the top rope and Sampson to put Len over his knee, and they delivered the Doomsday device. Before the pin could be made however
the Baron entered the ring and attacked the Chicago duo.
Len Crazy Horse was eliminated by disqualification for outside interference at 22:11
Pat Brady, Bobby Bass, and Brent Sampson defeated Baron von Raschke, Ron Ritchie, and Len Crazy Horse in a six man elimination
[Pat Brady & Brent Sampson were the survivors]
After the match the brawl was on with all six competitors returning to the ring. This time the River City crew got the
better of their foes sending them scurrying from the ring.
After nearly an hour and half of the show completed, there was a 15 minute refreshment break.
Союза, Gimn Sovetskogo Soyuza
better known as the Russian National Anthem greeted the people of Winnipeg back to their seats, as Ivan Gorky acted as
a one man colour guard for former WWWF World Champion, Ivan Koloff!!
The fans greeted Koloff with a rousing rendition of "go home".
The opening strains of the Who's "Behind Blue Eyes" though caused some confusion with the crowd until the legendary Nick
Bockwinkel appeared and made his way down to the ring. The sight of that blonde hair brought the fans to their feet.
Former AWA World Champion, formerly the most hated man in town, Bockwinkel seemed genuinely touched by the crowd's response.
Unfortunately this distracted him, and as he waved to the crowd from the ring apron Ivan Koloff took the opportunity to attack
him from behind. He drove a knee into Bock's ribs sending him spilling to the floor.
Nick Bockwinkel v Ivan Koloff
Koloff left the ring, retrieved his foe and rolled him back into the ring. Removing his red satin CCCP warm-up jacket
he wrapped it around the throat of Bockwinkel. Buddy Lane, back from his midget beating, applied a 5 count and Koloff relented.
Koloff went into a string of applying a rear chinlock while sitting on Bock's back, then slamming him into the mat. He
repeated this several times to the ire of the crowd.
Finally Bock got to the ropes for a break. Koloff hit him with a sledgehammer of a punch, and Bock stumbled into the
corner. The Russian continued the attack with kicks and a shoulderblock, keeping Bock trapped in the corner.
Finally Bock countered after a shoulderblock, by double hooking Koloff's arms, spinning his way out of the corner and
dropping Koloff with a double underhook DDT.
Both men were down, but Bockwinkel was up first at the count of 8. Now it was his turn to go to work and he showed Koloff
every dirty AWA trick, including nail rakes across the back, eye gouges, finger stomps, and then a sleeperhold which he slipped
into a chokehold until Buddy Lane caught him and called for the break.
Bock went for a piledriver but Koloff countered with a backbody drop.
Koloff fired back with kicks, and the two legends traded blows in the middle of the ring, bringing the crowd to their
feet. Finally Koloff scooped up Bock into a fireman's carry but slick Nick slid down the Russkie's back, rolling him up, for
1, 2, he grabbed a handful of tights just to be sure...3 !!
Nick Bockwinkel defeated Ivan Koloff by pinfall after a roll-up at 6:10
Ivan Gorky tried to attack Bockwinkel from behind after the match but Bock caught him with a kick to the gut, and then
expelled him from the ring over the top rope.
North American Women's Title Match
The Terrorist (champion) v Magnificent Mimi
The Terrorist tried to turn this into a brawl right off the hop, but Mimi took her down to the mat with a drop toe hold.
She worked over the Terrorist's legs, who seemed to have no answer for Mimi's efficiency on the ground.
Finally after a ropebreak the champion found that answer, in a punch to the face. Mimi came up holding her nose, so the
champ took liberties with body shots.
A bearhug, shots to the back, and a standing surfboard were used by the Terrorist to try and break the challenger, to
Mimi fought back with some martial arts like side-kicks, open palm strikes, and finally a piledriver for a decisive win.
Magnificent Mimi defeated The Terrorist by pinfall after a piledriver at 7:26
[Magnificent Mimi won the North American Women's Title]
RCW Tag Team Title Match
Bruise Brothers (Larry Picone & Dave Koorajian) (champions)
Jack Steele & Ricky Rice
The match started with a four man staredown in the middle of the ring which precipatated a brawl before the opening bell.
When order was restored Koorajian had control of Rice and was pounding away in the middle of the ring. Picone was soon tagged
in and the brawling and power attack continued.
Rice was eventually able to do a somersault to get over and tag in Steele. The hot tag worked and Steele took control
of the match for the challengers.
He tagged in Rice holding Picone in an armbar while Rice came off the top rope with an elbow to the shoulder. The two
continued the quick tags with double teams, tagging off every 10 seconds for a couple minutes of furious action.
Koorajian came in to break up a tag attempt. The challengers then double teamed him, but when they sent him to the ropes
they telegraphed a double back body drop and instead Big Dave him them both with a double DDT. Picone recovered and made a
pin attempt on Steele, but it was kicked out after 2.
The Bruise Brothers went to work with another round of power and fisticuffs but couldn't put their spunky challengers
away. Then it was Steele and Rice's turn once again to take control and pick up the pace of the match. This time it was Picone
having to come in and make the save.
This started another 4 man brawl, this time spilling to outside the ring. Here the champions were in their element, first
dismantling Steele with a toss overtop of the announce table sliding into the guard rail. They then brought Rice into the
ring and hit a double flying clothesline. Koorajian made the cover and got the 1, 2, 3 !
Bruise Brothers defeated Jack Steele & Ricky Rice by pinfall when Koorajian pinned Rice after a double team clothesline
[Bruise Brothers retained the RCW Tag Team Titles]
RCW Television Title Match
Bobby Jaggers (champion) v Jim Brunzell
Jaggers began the match by offering Brunzell a handshake. As these two are well acquainted Brunzell was having nothing
to do with this, slapping his hand away. Jaggers acted hurt and complained to referee Buddy Lane who orderd him to wrestle.
They locked up and Brunzell backed Jaggers to the ropes. A very cautious break ensued with Lane warning both men to keep
it clean. The scene was then repeated but this time with Jaggers backing Brunzell into the ropes. After a surprising
clean break Jaggers offered a handshake again, and again was rebuffed.
This time after complaining to Lane, Jaggers chose to leave the ring and go to the announce table to complain. He
narrowly broke the 10 count returning. Jaggers offered a test of strength in the middle of the ring which he was winning
bringing Brunzell to his knees. However the High Flyer responded to the urges of the crowd and slowly reversed his fortunes
bringing Jaggers all the way down until he stomped on Jaggers fingers.
Brunzell then went to work with a single leg takedown, and a leglock. He then overcame Jaggers attempts to grab
him in a chinlock, and from his own butt he seperated Jaggers legs, in a legspreader, a real test of both men's flexibility.
Apparently Brunzell does a lot more Yoga then Jaggers because he had the cowboy screaming in pain until he was able to
roll out of it. He tried to call for time but Brunzell pulled him away from the ropes. He nailed the champ with a couple of
forearm uppercuts, and then a vertical suplex, for a 2 count.
Jaggers though caught the challenger with a back elbow to the chest, then chopped him right across the throat. Lane threatened
the champ with DQ but Jaggers didn't flinch. The champ punched and kicked at Brunzell. Lane sent the champ to his corner
on a break and checked on Brunzell. This gave the champ time to unwrap his wrist and get the tape ready as a weapon.
Sure enough, as they engaged once more Jaggers was able to use the tape to choke Brunzell while in a reverse chinlock,
shielding what was really going on from the ref. This went on for a couple minutes until Lane finally caught on and removed
the tape. Brunzell looked beaten, laying over the middle rope, sputtering and spitting like a junior high boy on his first
Jaggers came off the far ropes and landed across Brunzell and continued to use his weight to choke his challenger
on the ropes until the verge of disqualification. Dragging Brunzell to the middle of the ring he nailed a piledriver. But
he was too cavalier in his pin, taking his time, not pressing the chest, and not hooking a leg. As a result Brunzell was able
to kick out just before the hand hit the mat for the 3rd time.
Brunzell was on his knees now, and offered Jaggers a handshake. Jaggers looked amused in his apparent triumph. Brunzell
got to his feet and Jaggers accepted the handshake. He then tried to boot Brunzell in the gut by surprise but the challenger
was ready and caught the foot of the Jayhawk. He spun him around and then launched himself onto the champ with a flying shoulderblock.
He lay on top for a 2 count. Both men scrambled to their feet. Brunzell ducked a clothesline attempt then took Jaggers down
with a flying crucifix. When Jaggers stumbled to his feet Brunzell nailed him with his flying dropkick. He covered,
and got the 1, 2, foot on the ropes...a narrow escape for the champion.
Brunzell then locked on an Indian deathlock, but Jaggers was able to roll his way out. Finally the champ turned things
around by attacking the knee of Brunzell. He ripped off Brunzell's kneepad and continued to stomp it and twist the leg.
Brunzell rallied back but when he went for his dropkick he couldn't get anything on it and his knee gave out. This gave Jaggers
the opportunity to hit the neckbreaker and pick up the 1, 2, 3 !
Bobby Jaggers defeated Jim Brunzell by pinfall after a neckbreaker at 13:05
[Bobby Jaggers retained the RCW Television Title]
Well the card started at 7:00pm local time, it was now around 9:40pm. so a 20 minute refreshment break was taken for
the fans before our two final bouts of the evening.
Ricky Steamboat v Don Muraco
While Muraco is a former RCW Heavyweight champion while Steamboat is making his first appearance in RCW it doesnt take
the fans long to remember why they hate the arrogant Muraco, and cheer for the legendary Steamboat.
The match starts with Muraco putting Steamboat in a series of headlocks. First standing, then breaking at the ropes with
a shot to the head. Then standing headlock again, and another punch to the head on break. Then he takes the headlock to the
ground before Buddy Lane calls for a break when Muraco tries to sneak in a fishook.
Steamboat works his first advantage with a standing wristlock that brings Muraco to his knees. He also works an armwringer
in this feeling out process of the match. Muraco steps between the ropes for a break and then stalls for time.
The action picks up after Muraco sends Steamboat hard to the buckle and follows up with a back elbow to the chest. A
series of criss cross' occur with Steamboat leap frogging Muraco, sliding under him, and finally delivering a solid sidekick
to Muraco's midsection. The Dragon follows up with a couple uppercut forearms, followed by a couple Mexican hiptosses, until
Muraco bails out of the ring.
Steamboat holds the advantage long enough to nail a vertical suplex and get a 1 count. But Muraco comes storming back
with a couple of boots to the gut, a clubbing forearm to the head, and then works a neckvice towering over Steamboat.
We are 10 minutes into this match as Steamboat rallies out of the wear down hold with elbows. Muraco though puts Steamboat
in a chokehold in the corner until the ref makes him break. He follows up with a rake of the nails, and then chokes Steamboat
across the top rope. The arrogant Rock wastes time to jaw with the fans which costs him.
Steamboat recovers and the two trade kicks and punches in the middle of the ring, but Muraco gets the better of that
exchange. Bodyslam, bootrake, stomps, irish whip, back body drop, and a 1 count for Muraco. Unhappy he wastes more time trying
to intimidate Buddy Lane. Steamboat plays possum and when Muraco tries to drop an elbow he rolls out of the way. Steamboat
goes to work on Muraco's legs trying to chop the Rock's big wheels out from under him.
The fans come to their feet when he actually manages to get the figure-four leglock on Muraco, but the big man manages
to get to the ropes for the break.
Muraco grabs Steamboat by the waistband and hurls him from the ring. Twice Steamer tries to get back into the ring only
to eat a knee from Muraco that drives him back to the floor. The third time Steamboat moves out of the way, climbs to the
top buckle and thne nails Muraco with a double axhandle. He covers, gets, 1, 2, foot on the ropes.
Steamboat works a front chancery, then nails a reverse neckbreaker for a 2 count. He then goes back to working the legs
but Muraco is so powerful that he finally just kicks Steamboat away.
18 minutes into the match and Steamboat goes into his martial arts stance and works over his opponent with chops, and
kicks. This fails to end the match however and Muraco manages to get the advantage in the corner and rams his shoulder into
Steamboat's back. He then goes to work on the back which Steamboat has had trouble with in his career. A standing surfboard,
a standing bearhug, a pair of backbreakers, and many stomps wear down the Steamer. But he refuses to stay down or submit.
Once again the two find themselves trading punches and kicks inside the ring, then outside the ring. Back inside Steamboat
catches Muraco coming off the ropes with a flying dropkick, then monkey flips him into the corner. He covers for a 2 count.
The Dragon attempts a flying cross bodyblock but Muraco carries through the momentum nailing a powerslam, and comes within
an eyelash of getting a 3 count. Muraco goes back to work on the back of Steamer for a couple minutes but can't put him away.
Just as the fans are getting restless Muraco goes for his piledriver finisher but Steamboat blocks it. Muraco clubs him
across the back and sets up for it again. Once more Steamboat blocks it, and almost back drops Muraco who manages to stand
his course. Muraco then gets Steamboat up but the Dragon was waiting for this and wraps his legs around Muraco's head and
headscissors him to the mat. But as both men scramble to their feet Muraco flattens his opponent with a vicious clothesline.
He then quickly puts him back in the piledriver position but this time Steamboat does manage to not only block it but backbodydrop
him as well. Then Steamboat hits a standing moonsault landing perfectly on the winded big man. Lane counts 1, 2, 3 !!!
Ricky Steamboat defeated Don Muraco by pinfall after a standing moonsault at 28:03
Coal Miners Glove Match
RCW Heavyweight Title Match
Davey Boy Smith (champion) v Dynamite Kid
The metal coal miners glove is attached to a pole above one of the top turnbuckles. It is suspended about 12 feet above
Buddy Lane calls both men forward to explain the rules. The glove is the only legal foreign object, the use of anything
else will cause a disqualification. A pinfall or submission can be gained regardless of the use of the glove, and regular
rules regarding countouts and disqualifications are still in effect.
The two former friends glare at each other as they listen quietly. Once Lane tells them to go back to their corners,
they remain instead in the middle of the ring.
DK lashes out with a right to the temple of DBS, who fights back with a kick to the gut, then a punch of his own. The
match is on and it starts with a punchfest, then spills to the ground where they roll around and out of the ring. On the floor
DK reverses a whip and sends DBS knee first hard into the ringsteps.
Back inside Dynamite wastes no time going right after the knee of DBS. He twists the leg from the ankle, stomps, knees,
and lays the knee across the bottom rope and pounds on it. When he thinks he has done enough damage he beils DBS across the
ring and attempts to get the gauntlet. However, DBS has enough left to stagger on one good leg to the corner and grab DK's
foot. Dynamite retaliates with a boot to the head of DBS but it's enough of a worry that DK jumps down from trying to retrieve
the glove, landing squarely on the bad knee.
DK goes to work with a couple of snap suplexes, a gutwrench suples, and then locks on a figure-four. DBS gets to the
ropes for the break but DK flirts with disqualification before finally releasing the hold.
DK tries again to retrieve the glove and DBS uses the same strategy. This time though he is able to pull DK down to the
mat. The challenger lands hard on his bad back, and lies on the mat, lower back raised, writhing in pain. DBS goes right to
work on the bad back with stomps, and a backbreaker where he holds the challenger stretched across his knee. He whips Dynamite
back first into the buckles then takes him over with a belly to back suplex. He goes for the pin but only gets a 2 count.
DBS tries to retrieve the belt but is caught by DK who gives him a low blow. Rather then disqualifying the challenger
however the ref gives him a warning and delays him from trying to retrieve the belt. When DK puts his hands on Lane to move
him, he is given a final warning which he heeds. In frustration he goes back to his attack on Davey Boy. Stomps, punches,
gutwrench suplex, and then a flying headbutt. He covers but only gets 2 and a half.
After smacking his hands on the mat in frustration he climbs to the top across the ring from the glove, but DBS catches
him. With DBS on the 2nd buckle and the challenger on the top they exchange tentative punches and slaps, until DBS is able
to bring down his foe with a ring shaking superplex.
DK turns over after a second and lies face down, his legs kicking in pain. Lane comes over to see if he wants to continue
and he nods yes. DBS was going for the glove but instead turns around and after a pause as he watches his former partner,
he turns him over, hooks a leg, and gets 1, 2, kickout!!
As DBS picks up DK the challener reaches out and pokes the champ in the eye. He then delivers a vicious kick to the knee
which drops the champ. DK keeps up a half interested attack as he rests and suffers in obvious pain from his bad back.
He whips the champ to the buckle so hard that DBS hits the buckle, pops over top, lands first on the apron and then spills
to the floor below.
DK though over exerted his back and is paying for it. After a few seconds he begins to crawl over to the corner. He uses
the ringpost to brace his back as he stands up. Turning around he begins to climb for the glove. DBS though comes around the
ring, gets onto the apron, and pulls DK down, hotshotting him off the top rope.
From the apron DBS climbs the buckles and grabs the coal miners glove. He puts it on and as DK turns around DBS punches,
but DK ducks under. DK tries to kick DBS but the champ grabs his leg, spins him around, and punches him in the lower back.
DK drops first to his knees and then to his face, pounding the mat in pain. Again Buddy Lane asks him if he wants to quit
as DBS patiently waits. Again DK refuses. DBS picks him up into a bodyslam position to deliver possibly his running powerslam
finisher. But DK worms his way out of it, and comes down with DBS in an armbar. This is the arm that has the coal miners glove
on it, so DK is able to stretch the champ and remove the glove.
DBS gets out of the hold as DK is more interested in the glove. As he tries to pick it up off the ground DBS stomps on
his fingers, then delivers a knee lift. But as DBS picks it up DK delivers a baseball slide, taking DBS' feet out from
under him. DK grabs DBS and delivers a quick DDT, grabs the glove, puts it on, and waits for DBS' head to pop up.
The fans shout a warning but DK follows through, managing to deliver a huge punch to the head of DBS who drops like a
stone. DK covers, and gets the 1, 2, 3 !!!
Dynamite Kid defeats Davey Boy Smith after hitting him with the coal miner's glove at 19:20
[Dynamite Kid wins the RCW Heavyweight Title]
DK can't even stand after the match and is awarded his belt while he lies on his back. There is a smattering of
cheers, whether thats for the courage he showed, or for DBS, or for the whole card is unknown. However, the new champ smiles
through the pain as his male nurse arrives in the ring and calls for a stretcher.
New champions in Dynamite Kid, Magnificent Mimi, while the Bruise Brothers and Bobby Jaggers retained their titles. The
fans also got to witness wins by legends Ricky Steamboat and Nick Bockwinkel.
That's it for another year of River City Wrestling, and for the first decade of RCW. We'll see you next year in 1990!