Tag Team Appreciation Month

THE MIRACLE VIOLENCE CONNECTION

"Dr. Death" Steve Williams & Terry "Bamm Bamm" Gordy

1987 - 1996

AJPW, WCW, NWA World Tag Team Champions

 

Written by Adam Zimmerman

As far as "cool tag team names" go, The Miracle Violence Connection has one of the coolest. Steve Williams and Terry Gordy picked up the name while wrestling as a team in Japan -- the homeland of a lot of cool things (at least in my personal opinion). They were also alternately known there as the Super Dangerous Duo which isn't a bad name either (pretty catchy). When they started teaming up in the States though, they were simply known as "Dr. Death" Steve Williams and Terry "Bamm Bamm" Gordy. 

 

Williams and Gordy first formed their team in the summer of 1987, in Jim Crockett Promotions. I vaguely remember seeing them team up at this time. I was raised on JCP but I would have only been about 6 years old so it's a little fuzzy. I do remember thinking they were pretty awesome because they reminded me of The Road Warriors; just a big, burly team that was exciting and intimidating to "little me". 

 

I guess I should explain at this time that this particular team went through three "phases". Phase one is here in 1987, in JCP. This phase didn't last very long, though. They only had one feud which lasted for six matches. The feud was against the somewhat "odd couple" team of Dick Murdoch and Eddie Gilbert... but I am a fan of Gilbert and Murdoch as singles wrestlers so, I won't say it was a bad team, just a little odd. Williams and Gordy won the first five matches but Gilbert and Murdoch took the win in the sixth match, ending the feud. After that, Williams and Gordy went their seperate ways for the next few years.

The next time these two met up was in All Japan Pro Wrestling, in 1990. There, they were given their official name of The Miracle Violence Connection. The MVC quickly became a top team and even won their first world titles by defeating the veteran duo of Stan Hansen and Genichiro Tenryu for the AJPW World Tag Team Championship on March 6, 1990. They made one successful defense of the belts against Stan Hansen and one of his many (really, WAY too many) tag team partners, this one being Dan Spivey. They then lost the titles to Jumbo Tsuruta and another JCP alumnus; the Great Kabuki. All in all, they ended up winnig the AJPW tag titles five times and also won the annual Real World Tag League in 1991 and '92.

 

In 1992, they also competed in WCW. They ended up winning the WCW titles from the Steiner Brothers on July 5, 1992 in a pretty stiff match. At one point, Rick had Terry Gordy in what would best be described as a "modified twister" (for you MMA and catch wrestling fans) that looked particularly painful. He then tagged in Scott and my first thought was, "I bet Gordy is relieved. Scott is the one you can work with". My second thought was, "Man, that statement about Scotty hasn't been accurate for a long time". 

A week later, they also won the vacant NWA tag tiles in a tournament final against Dustin Rhodes and Barry Windham. They feuded with the Steiners while there, which was seen as a big angle in WCW and also seen as a big angle by Japanese wrestling fans. Before leaving WCW and heading back to Japan, they dropped both tag titles to WIndham and Rhodes.

 

The last time these two men tagged together and the "Third Phase" of the team was a one shot match in a losing effort against The Elininators at ECW's High Incident on October 26, 1996. It was a decent match but the MVC had obviously run its course by this point, especially Gordy who was in the midst of dealing with his brain damage he suffered with ever since he slipped into a coma in 1993. In their prime, though, The Miracle Violence Connection was truly a team to be reckoned with.

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