Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham from CWF 1986

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This was for Flair’s NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Long Flair matches in the mid and late eighties really escaped a lot of the trappings of modern long matches. Why? The matches were almost always worked like the guys were trying to win the whole time.

It rarely felt like they were going very long just for the sake of it. Windham and Flair did this almost flawlessly together. They were just constantly battling. Their hair was flying everywhere. Barry’s face was a blood mess. The pacing throughout this long contest made it all the more impressive.

It was just a competitive fight. Nothing felt staged. Nothing felt coordinated. It was beautiful.

The double countout did not even feel cheap. This was a battle that clearly proved nothing except for the fact that these two men were equals. (****1/2)

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