Match of the Week: Ric Flair vs Kerry Von Erich (WCCW Star Wars 82)
Wild days of Fritz Von Erich WCCW enter new level on Christmas day of 1982 at Reunion Arena in Dallas. The event Christmas Star Wars pitted NWA World Heavyweight champion Ric Flair and challenger Kerry Von Erich in a cage match. Stemming from results of 2-out-3 falls match from August Star Wars event special guest referee was chosen for this match in a fan vote which went to Michael Hayes of Fabulous Freebirds and a friend of Von Erichs. With him there are two refs in the match.
The crowd was super hot mostly of screaming girls for the match hoping one of the state own beat Flair and take the belt. Both would grate each other on the cage with Flair doing the bleeding. Hayes getting involved trying be fair in the match would physically break holds up from both Flair and Kerry. Both wrestlers traded their trademark holds (Flair: figure four leglock; Kerry Von Erich: claw) on each other. Hayes getting upset with both wrestlers for "rule breaking." After a knock out and trying help out a friend, Kerry refused to win that way resulting big disagreement between him and Hayes. Hayes left the cage only get dumped out after Kerry inadvertently knocked into him. Terry Gordy, of Freebirds, slams the cage on Kerry Von Erich cementing their heel turn. KVE would fight back for several minutes before main referee called for the bell and awarded the match to Ric Flair who retained NWA World Heavyweight title.
While one chapter closed another open up as Von Erichs went to war with Fabulous Freebirds feuding for years. The feud help send WCCW to its glorious peak and made Von Erichs big as rock stars. Then tragedies happen and business changed, but that's another story.
Interesting note this match was used as Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoiler hoax all of it by diehard wrestling fans. You have Merry Christmas.