Wrestling Review: Central States All Star Wrestling Feburary 4th, 1984

The third available 1984 episode of Central States All-Star Wrestling begins with the typical low rent Vegas styled graphics before we cut to the first match. Announcers Rick Stuart and Kevin Wall call the action between a babyface Ron Ritchie, who the promotion would obviously love to get behind, and his opponent heel Scott Ferris. It’s a non-descript back and forth for the bulk of the match, the heel once again leading the way for Ritchie, before Ritchie scores a pinfall thanks to a roll up off the ropes.

            Tommy Rogers, reflecting the lack of depth on the territory’s bench, faces off again against Missouri born heel Grizzly Evans for the second time this month. It’s much like their January 7th broadcasted encounter – a lot of typical heel spots, sloppily executed, while announcers Stuart and Wall extol the virtues of Rogers obviously grooming him for something at least resembling a top babyface spot on the Central States roster. Unfortunately for Geigel and the rest of the territory, Rogers is clearly unsuited for such ambitions, but scores the pin in a poorly executed finish.

            We are treated to a brief bit of Stuart/Wall puffery with their promotion of the Jay and Mark Youngblood team, complete with footage from a Mid-Atlantic match with Jerry Grey and Ben Alexander, but there’s precious little to recommend further viewing. It’s rudimentary at best. We cut afterwards to Stuart interviews with “Crazy” Luke Graham and Harley Race. We discover Barry Windham scored a victory in the 35,000 battle royal St. Louis battle royal, as well as a title shot against then NWA World champion Ric Flair, and Race is none too happy about it. A nascent feud over the Missouri title between Race and Wahoo McDaniel begins here and Race delivers a strong interview to push things down the road.

            “Colonel” Buck Robely, sans customary yellow t-shirt, and Bruiser Brody (referred to interchangeably as “King Kong” Bruiser Brody and just Bruiser Brody) tackle The Grapplers in a tag team contest. Robely wrestles the bulk of the match and the Grapplers acquit themselves quite well in the role of the masked heel team, but Brody soon dominates once the Colonel finally makes the tag to Brody. It’s a hard hitting match, better than the territory merits at this point in its history, and ends with Robely busted open and The Grapplers scoring a disqualification victory.

            A Marc Lawrence interview with Ric Flair from World Class Wrestling about the St. Louis battle royal follows and Flair does a workmanlike job building up his forthcoming confrontation with battle royal winner Barry Windham. The episode then cuts to footage from the aforementioned battle royal. Despite the lack of commentary and distant camera work, participants like Ken Patera and “Crusher” Jerry Blackwell are easy to discern amongst the ring of bodies battling for a worked prize. The final participants, Windham and Dory Funk Jr., engage in a solid battle before Windham eliminates him with a crowd pleasing near suplex over the top rope. It concludes the episode on a rather anti-climatic note. The lack of any real rhyme or reason in episodic structure becomes more apparent with each new 1984 episode.