MATCH : Dusty Rhodes/Nikita Koloff/Paul Ellering/Road Warriors v Four Horseman/War Machine


EVENT : Great American Bash '87

VENUE : Orange Bowl, Miami, Florida

DATE : 31st July 1987

STIPULATION : WarGames Match

BACKGROUND : This match would be the first televised WarGames match in NWA/WCW history. The reason I say first televised version is because Great American Bash 87 took place over many events throughout July. WarGames as explained in an earlier induction was one of Dusty Rhodes better ideas and was a nice concept that let two teams of 5 battle it out in a caged double ring! The Four Horseman (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Lex Luger & Tully Blanchard along with their manager JJ Dillon) had been running riot in the NWA and had quickly become the most hated villains in the wrestling industry. The Road Warriors, Dusty Rhodes and Nikita Koloff would be the men to square off against them in the WarGames match along with the Road Warriors manager Paul Ellering. JJ Dillon was supposed to be the 5th man on the Horseman's team but due to a legit injury had to be replaced by the War Machine who you may know better as the Big Bossman/Big Bubba Rogers.

MATCH REVIEW : The WarGames concept was a really revitalising idea for the NWA and helped them out the same way as the Royal Rumble did for the WWF/E in the 90's. It was a real fresh idea for wrestling at the time and this match kicked it all off! The Four Horseman had so much heat that they really could have wrestled 5 ironing boards and the Ironing boards would have been cheered! That saying, Road Warriors and Rhodes were really over in the 80's so the crowd interaction really makes this match red hot! The other reason this match is so good is that Flair, Blanchard, Arn Anderson, Dusty and the Road Warriors are all in the height of their prime which says something as they are all legends in the business. A wonderful match which portrays great storytelling and the ability to execute a great brawling wrestling match.