Tully Blanchard vs. Magnum T.A. ("I Quit" Cage Match at Starrcade 1985)

Okay everyone: THIS. IS. WRESTLING.

Above is the final 8:30 minutes of the “I Quit” Steel Cage Match at NWA Starrcade 1985 between Tully Blanchard (Champion; accompanied by Baby Doll) and Magnum T.A. (Challenger) for the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. This match (in its entirety, anyway) embodies my opinions of the best types of wrestling matches: it depended more on telling the story of the match to the audience through the flow of the match, rather than depend on a series of disjointed short spots like most wrestling matches today do.  

This was the eighth match at the NWA Starrcade 1985 event. The match began with both men going back and forth, gaining, losing, and regaining the momentum. Blanchard used his camel clutch on Magnum, then Magnum performed a gorilla press drop, dropping Blanchard onto the top rope. Later, Blanchard attacked Magnum with the microphone and the cage itself, and later countered mounted punches from Magnum with an inverted atomic drop. As the match progressed, Blanchard knocked down the referee, and his valet Baby Doll threw a wooden chair into the ring. Blanchard then demolished the chair, and attempted to use a sharp and pointed part of the chair as a weapon, however Magnum blocked it and turned the tables on Blanchard, using the weapon on Blanchard’s forehead, forcing him to agree to give up, lose the match, and lose the United States Championship to Magnum.

Man, I just can’t get enough of these old-school matches!!!

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