Coming in September only on iNDEMAND
See the final showdown for NWA supremacy between legendary champion Harley Race and the American Dream Dusty Rhodes from the Omni in Atlanta. Find out why Rhodes was one of the most popular stars in the world. See why Nature Boy Ric Flair proves he is a Jet Flyin', Limousine Ridin' Kiss Stealin' Son of a Gun. Plus, Jerry the King Lawler, Macho Man Randy Savage, Kamala the Ugandan Giant, Ravishing Rick Rude, the Universal Heartthrob Austin Idol and much, much more.
Hosted by Mean Gene Okerlund.
(Defending National Wrestling Alliance World heavyweight champion)
American Dream Dusty Rhodes
(Challenging former champion)
is the final showdown between arguably the two greatest stars of
their era. Harley Race won the NWA World heavyweight
championship for a second time in 1977 and dominated the title
for five years. He comes into this match having tied the record
for most times winning wrestling most prestigious belt with his
Harley Race dominated the title, Dusty Rhodes dominated the box
office. The charismatic America Dream was the most popular star
in wrestling. He had previously beaten Race for the belt in
Florida only to be a stung a week later when Race won it back in
came into this battle with something to prove. Race wanted to
show he was the dominant wrestler in the sport. Dusty needed the
belt to solidify his claim that he was the sport’s biggest
This night in Atlanta’s historic Omni will live forever.
Dusty Rhodes conquers Japan and Country Music
Stardust, as Rhodes occasionally he liked refer to himself, was a star anywhere in the world and his celebrity crossed over to many worlds of entertainment.
In this special interview segment, Rhodes is interviewed from Tokyo. You have never heard Dusty Rhodes interviewed until you’ve heard him interviewed being questioned in Japanese.
Later, he takes the stage to appear with his close friend Willie Nelson.
Four Horsemen Destroy the American Dream
group of people that weren’t Dusty Rhodes fans was the Four
Horsemen. The combination of Nature Boy Ric Flair, Tully
Blanchard, Arn Anderson, and their mentor Ole
Anderson ruled WCW
with an iron fist and weren’t above trying to extend their
reign over the Rhodes. In this segment, the Horsemen perpetrate
a brutal beating on the American Dream and afterward Ole
Anderson delivers a chilling interview.
Nature Boy Ric Flair Up Close and Personal
Nature Boy Ric Flair was taking the World by storm in 1982 after winning his first NWA World heavyweight championship. Flair never made secret of the fact that his lavish standard of living was a major motivation in his amazing work ethic to be the best wrestler in the world. In this special feature, Flair gives fans an inside look at his jet-plane-flying-limousine-riding-kiss-stealing-son-of-a-gun lifestyle.
Jerry "The King" Lawler vs.Kamala the Ugandan Giant
Before he became on institution on Monday nights as an announcer, Jerry “The King” Lawler was one of the top wrestlers in the world and the King of Memphis. Here he takes on one of his most fierce rivals, the 400-pound Kamala the Ugandan Giant. The 400-pound savage with uncanny agility cut a path of terror through the entire sport set out to destroy Lawler. Lawler would later go on to become a World heavyweight champion in his own right while Kamala would go on to give Hulk Hogan some of his most memorable battles.
Man Randy Savage is best known to some as one of the
greatest draws in wrestling, a multiple time World champion, and
Hulk Hogan’s greatest rival. Others know him from the mega-hit
movie, Spider-Man. Here he takes on one of wrestling’s most
charismatic stars, the Universal Heartthrob Austin Idol.
Idol was the man to shave Jerry “The King” Lawler’s
head and was the master of the devastating Las Vegas Leglock.
Savage is seconded by his father, the great Angelo Poffo.
George vs Frank Talliber
Before there was Buddy Rogers, before there was Ric Flair, before there was Hulk Hogan, before there was the Rock…. There was the man who pioneered flamboyant ring style, Gorgeous George. George innovated so many of the things we take for granted in wrestling today like bleached blond hair, ring entrances with music, colorful robes, and preening before his match. At the time, no one had ever seen anything like "The Human Orchid", and George became one of the first television stars ever. See why he was so ahead of his time.
Ravishing Rick Rude vs. Dirty Dutch Mantell
Ravishing Rick Rude had one of the most amazing physiques in the history of wrestling. His combination of power, athleticism, good looks, and sex appeal made him one of the biggest stars in the sport. He is one of the few wrestlers to ever beat the Ultimate Warrior, Sting, and Ric Flair. His feud with Jake “The Snake” Roberts is legendary. Here he is seconded by his valet Angel and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhardt against veteran star Dirty Dutch Mantell. Mantell’s craftiness and ring savvy earned him many championships over the course of his career and made him a dangerous opponent no matter who he stepped in the ring with.
(Challenging former champion)
Outlaw Ron Bass had beaten Mike Rotunda for the title a few weeks earlier thanks to the interference of manager JJ Dillon. This rematch would turn into bedlam thanks to the interference of the American Dream Dusty Rhodes and the 500-pound One Man Gang.
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Special thanks to Pete Lederberg of Pete's Florida Wrestling Photos for providing the photos for the upcoming feature in TV Guide.
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