This list, by and large, is not a wholly inclusive scope of Windham's career but rather the product of matches that were readily available whether on tape or through stream sites such as Dailymotion or Youtube. There may, of course, be matches missing that are of worth to my argument (Windham's career in Championship Wrestling From Florida is a glaring omission, for the most part) but I either could not find them to view or in match listing. Any notable exceptions would be greatly appreciated, especially if you have a video available.83-07-04 Harley Race vs. Barry Windham (CWF)
it looks like the VHS that this came off of had been viewed multiple times (adding to the quality degredation) but with a match like this on it, one should come to expect such need for multiple viewings. It's a pity that the cuts also miss some of the action, as the last cut comes during a great workover by Windham that culminates in the rookie going for a piledriver and the match resumes with Race busting up Windham on the outside. We still get enough of a solid narrative, however, to keep this match as something great and a good first dip into this project.
83-11-16 Barry Windham vs. Ron Bass (Title vs. Saddle - CWF)
An interesting feud built toward an interesting (and unforgettable) match. Cowboy Bass had held high regard for the saddle handed to him by Dusty Rhodes' mother and seemingly lived to the illusion of being the favourite child to the Rhodes family (despite not even being their son). Cue Windham who felt that he needed to knock Bass down a peg and the feud between a cowboy and a "snot-nosed punk" began and lead to this bout. As for the match, it's yet another good outing for Windham. It starts off cautious, with neither man willing to underestimate the skills that their opponent brings, but it becomes really good once Bass starts working the lower back of Windham. Despite the televised cuts, the announcers do a good enough job in explaining the missed footage as well as putting both men over in their roles. Witnessing a losing Bass flip out and saddle Windham up to be ridden in the ring was a great angle, to boot.
85-02-16 Barry Windham Vs Dick Murdoch (WWF)
Okay/good but nothing more. The difference between Windham in a smaller territory like CWF and in the big-arena in Philly is like chalk and cheese. Everything is blown-up and extended in its delivery and expression - most probably to ensure the effects of the match can be viewed to those in the rows toward the back. This certainly had its moments but it needed some better selling in places to do a bit better. Murdoch/Windham should/could be a great pairing, though.
86-02-14 Barry Windham Vs Ric Flair (CWF)
The first classic in what turned out to be a goldmine feud. Windham's chase for the gold feels determined and, despite the match's length clocking in at almost three quarters of an hour, the exquisite performances from both men make you wholly wish this could have gone on longer.
86-??-?? Barry Windham Vs Terry Funk (WWC)
There was a great spot here where Flunk tries to hit a swinging neckbreaker and Barry tries his damndest to hang onto the rope, allowing for gravity to pull Funk off and let him fall. This isn't nearly on the level of the Flair match but it's still a damned good outing that portrays Windham as one the greats. As for Funk, he comes across as he always does - a heel that's as mean in his punches as he is captivating in his performances. Funk's post-match promo, degrading the entire island as a pig farm, was hilarious.
87-01-13 Barry Windham Vs Ric Flair (NWA)
JIP and more an angle leading to the match the week after, but this is still worth the mention. It's just a FIGHT between the two bleached blonde stars that has the crowd electric. Windham has Flair's number here, but The Horsemen make a run-in to save Flair's pride and allow for room in the lie that Flair would have kicked out. Great.
87-01-20 Barry Windham Vs Ric Flair (NWA)
These two got "funky like a monkey" to quote Dusty on commentary. It's a strong testiment to both wrestlers when they go out and cannot come close to their best match yet still deliver an absolute classic, regardless. No matter how many shortcuts to victory the dirtiest player in the game tries to take, Windham can always circumvent and maintain control. He just cannot put away Flair, either. No matter how Flair played up going into this match that he was on a different level to Windham, it was Flair that was trying to survive until the time limit expired. If only the commercial DVD release held the uncut version of this match, but that's no matter. We're still treated to a good bulk of what both men delivered.
87-02-21 The Midnight Express Vs Ron Garvin & Barry Windham (NWA)
This is arguably at the peak of the Garvin/MX feud, and is the match in which Cornette hits Ron with the fireball. There are a good few other outings between these pairs but, sadly, I cannot find them on easily accesible tape so this would have to do as a comparison. Too bad, really, as this is pretty middle-road and I'm sure these four could do much better.
87-03-14 Barry Windham & Ron Garvin vs. Dick Murdoch & Ivan Koloff (NWA)
Fuck, another interference finish following a sweet TV main event. This is pretty much Windham Vs the heels, though, considering Garvin tags out early and lingers on the ring-apron for the rest of the match. That's fine, though, as Windham is more than capable of keeping exchanges good without becoming stale while Murdoch is the fucking man at making you hate him.
87-04-11 Barry Windham Vs Flair (NWA)
Rather Youtube search for the Crockett Cup 1987 footage than rely on the individual match as it's too heavily edited (JIP about 10 minutes in). It's quite hard to compare this to their previous match on standard TV, due to the prior suffering from commercial breaks, but they're, at the very least, equal. While the previous match needs some extrapolation on whether the missing footage is as good, the entirity showed here is of top calibre and greatly defines just how Windham will always be the man who always had Flair's number.
87-07-18 Barry Windham Vs Tully Blanchard (NWA)
Windham really hams it up here with his punch-drunk selling, and the match comes off all the better for it. Blanchard's a sneaky sunnava gun, though, and he'll try just about anything to get a sucker punch in. If there's one thing I've noted, most notably in this and the 86 Flair classic, is that Windham shows little regard for his own health when he's thrown out the ring. He flops like a tub of lard onto the concrete below, with only minimal knee protection to cussion the blow. The follow-up two matches between these guys in '88 are the better matches but this is still a super fun 15 minutes to spend on a random viewing.
87-09-05 Barry Windham vs. Arn Anderson (NWA)
What a MANLY fight. Arn looked really good in his battered state, swinging wildly at the referee because he couldn't discern him from Windham. The interference ending is what it is but the main body is a good chunk, regardless.
87-09-12 Barry Windham vs. Arn Anderson (NWA)
The rematch, with a 30 minute time limit that, of course, goes to a draw. The usual Windham bag was emptied here, from an almost jumping abdominal stretch down to a nasty spill over the ropes with little control of his momentum in diving to the floor.
87-09-19 Barry Windham vs. Lex Luger (NWA)
Windham Vs The Horsemen continues and the crowd here is a hell of a lot more electric than the past few matches I've watched. These referee shenanigans need to be used more often in contemporary wrestling - considerng other sports have action replays and third decisions, the use within the sport would be a welcomed addition. Aside from the Horsemen and Dillon interference this doesn't much build too far and acts, rather, as a showcase of two very similarly built men taking to each other in brisk fashion. Windham had a better match against Arn, but that's probably easier to believe, too.
87-11-14 Barry Windham Vs Rick Steiner (NWA)
The amount of iffy finishes is just too high. Whether it's Zbyszko or one of The Horsemen, Windham just cannot catch a break and wrestle a clean match in front of his fans. While the trend lies in a lot of the TV matches not breaking past being good, they still serve as reason to just how consistent Windham is.
88-01-16 Sting & Barry Windham vs. Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (NWA)
Windham may not have a continouosly great punch but he can throw a mean right hook when given the opportunity. Sting, however, has some shitty strikes but he works fast and the crowd get behind him. More fun than any good.
88-01-23 Barry Windham Vs Tully Blanchard (NWA)
As soon as Blanchard made the comeback, this hit new levels of greatness due to Windham's selling of the leg being out of this world great. I adored how Windham not only sold looking like he had been knocked groggy, when he was shoved into the turnbuckle, but how when the momentum carried him forward his left knee buckled so naturally. Blanchard's workover of the knee is noteworthy, too, as it changes depending on the context of the match. When he's within control, he's delivering hard kicks and submissions yet when Windham teases control Tully levels him with vicious punches right to the knee.
JJ Dillon's antics in ringing the bell (signalling a time-limit draw), as his guy was about to lose, was hilariously ingenios. Considering the time-limit was still ticking while the referee watched a replay via JR's monitor Blanchard's victory would almost assuredly be won via either time-limit or a sneak-attack on Barry once the match was about to be restarted. The latter almost cost Windham the gold, but interference from Luger meant this rather ended in a riotous brawl than a loss for the champion. Really good match with a captivating performance by Windham.
88-03-27 Lex Luger & Barry Windham vs Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard (NWA)
Everything aligns for the possibility of a great 80s tag match. Dillon gets camera time and sells the anxiety and worry he has in his Horsemen being able to beat the faces, Arn (rather opposingly to previous matches with Windham) sells a missed knee drop to perfection, and Windham delivers a fucking terrific face-in-peril segment that builds to a super-hot tag and quick finish for Luger going over his ex-tag mates. Windham shows no sign of giving up, yet when Blanchard hits his slingshot suplex everyone thinks its just about over - that is, until Windham kicks out just in time and the crowd goes BERSERK. Perfectly structured match to get the most out of every guy here. Well worth the watch.
88-03-31 The Four Horsemen (Flar/Arn/Tully) Vs Sting, Lex Luger & Barry Windham (NWA)
Holly hell do Flair, Arn and Tully work hard to make Luger look good. Holy hell, too, does Windham work his ass off to ensure the face control/comeback segments are worthy of the craziness that the crowd brings. Phenomenally fun and really, really good in the parts where it should have been.
88-04-02 Barry Windham & Lex Luger Vs Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson (NWA)
Unlike their previous match at Clash of Champions, this doesn't ascertain itself as great. Arn looks like a million bucks here, though, and is on point in everything he does. Sweet tag between The Horsemen while Windham goes for a crucifix-pin, too. Luger's hulk-smash attitude to wrestling may appeal to the crowd but it's not much for me.
88-04-10 Barry Windham Vs Tully Blanchard (NWA)
This comes a couple months before Windham's heel turn, for historic comparison, and was not nearly as good as the January match but it was still a decent encounter, nontheless, and still holds as testament to both as great sellers in their craft, too.
88-04-20 Barry Windham & Lex Luger Vs Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson (NWA)
Despite the extended time that Luger had in this, he came across as wholly passable and his second, lengthy FIP segment was rather good. It's after that second FIP segment that this match gets its delivery in full with Windham working hard to keep his own in hanging with The Horsement before he tries to make a desperate tag to Luger. Of course, as Dillon had told him before (a point that JJ reiterates with glee as Windham looks up in dissapointment to an empty corner), Luger wasn't there when Windham needed him but that's no fault of Luger, but that of the beating he sustained. It was always Luger that held Windham back and he finally saw it and thus ended their partnership with a doublecross before storming off. Windham's now classic heel turn was teased, beautifully, within the match and most importantly within Luger's FIP segments where Windham would resort to new, more heel-like tactics (such as faking a tag) in ending the onslaught against Luger. Great wrestling, with non-stop action, interwoven by a beautiful character turn and portrayal makes this one of the gems within the matches I've seen. Watch this.
88-11-26 Ric Flair & Barry Windham Vs Dusty Rhodes & Bam Bam Bigelow (WCW)
Flair is up to his old tricks, here, with his rope-turn and delayed sell. Dusty, as booker, is up to his old tricks, too, and this ends in a cock-up.
88-12-07 Ric Flair & Barry Windham Vs The Midnight Express (WCW)
Yeah, that pairing happened. Yes, it's as good as it looks. Even Dillon and a racquet-bearing Cornette tease a punch-up between each other. There's a point that truly irks me, however. While the first Flair-flip over the ropes came with a clothesline from Eaton, the second time (later into the match) Flair was completely ignored as he climbed to the top of the turnbuckle right where Eaton stood. That shouldn't put you off watching this, though.
88-12-26 Bam Bam Bigelow Vs Barry Windham (WCW)
Windham worked well in selling Bigelow as the strong wreckingball that he was portrayed as while Bam Bam, for the most part, remained both servicable and game to run with Windham in allowing the match to flesh out into some form of decency but doesn't quite sprout beyond those levels.
89-01-21 Ric Flair & Barry Windham Vs Eddie Gilbert & Ricky Steamboat (WCW)
This was the tag match that sparked the Steamboat/Flair series when Steamboat did the unthinkable in pinning Flair clean. Lengthy match-up that's really good and has a hot crowd to boot.
89-02-20 Lex Luger Vs Barry Windham (WCW)
Hey, look, there's Meltzer! While the show in question (Chi-Town Rumble) is most rightly famous for the Flair/Steamboat I classic it also holds the better Luger/Windham match-up. I still don't much like Luger in these matches but he came off well here.
90-12-16 Doom Vs Barry Windham & Arn Anderson (WCW)
Damn, Theodore Long has come across as a jack of all trades (master of none) in this career restropective. He's been a referee and backstage announcer in NWA and now a manager for DOOM in WCW. Man, that double pin stinks but the brawl within and post-match more than makes up for that. Match results are irrelevant, though, when two teams hate each other and are rather out their for blood than changing win/loss records. Heyman/JR on commentary is a beautiful pair, to boot.
91-02-24 The Four Horsemen (Windham/Flair/Zbyszko/Vicious) Vs Sting's Squadron (Sting/Pillman/Steiners) (WCW)
Beautiful start to the Wargames match in which Windham looks a sure-fire means to gain control over the match. Neither Sting nor The Horsmen would bank on Pillman interjecting himself into the match to exact revenge against Windham, though, and lay a heavy beatdown throughout until aid can be sent. Windham bleeds and bumps like an absolute star in putting Pillman over here, though, as the little kid who looks death in the face and starts swinging. The face shines always follow terrific heel segments and the build to the end is magnificent. While it may not continue in the greatness the beginning quarter laid out, it still remains a fantastic match.
91-03-21 Brian Pillman Vs Barry Windham (WCW)
If you want a short and to the point video on just how good Windham is at both selling and working the injured body part of his opponent then this is what you should go for. This barely makes it eight minutes before Arn Anderson runs in to lay the pain down on the babyface Pillman. Not sure why I saw Aces & Eights Ken Anderson in Barry when he made his entrance, though.
91-04-06 Barry Windham Vs Brian Pillman (WCW)
Similar structure to their first encounter the previous month (with a little less work on the body parts) but longer and better.
91-04-07 Barry Windham Vs Brian Pillman (WCW)
A day removed from their past encounter and these two have yet another good match. Sure, the basic structure is there for them to use (and it could become very "samey") but they still work so well off each other.
91-04-27 Barry Windham Vs Brian Pillman (WCW)
Windham is such a shmarmy heel. I mean, what guy pretends to accidently elbow the referee HARD in the eye and then laughs about it? What a DICK. This may have been a set-up for the Slamboree taped-fist match but they still brought new goods to the fray in showing their hatred for each other. A bit off in the beginning when Pillman is in control, but this definitely picks up.
91-05-19 Barry Windham Vs Brian Pillman (WCW)
The blow-off, taped-fist match to their magnificent feud. Unlike the usual shtick of such gimmicks being wasted on wrestlers that do not understand how to work them, these guys deliver it perfectly. Everything is about delivering maximum hurt to the other and both do it in quite unique methods. Windham has just been next level in this feud in terms of his heel work. For a guy who worked the majority of his early career as such a charismatic, crowd-popping babyface, he works the heel role so damn well.
92-02-29 Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes Vs Larry Zbyszko & Steve Austin (WCW)
Acclaimed by some as Austin's best match in WCW and outside of Wargames, Dustin's, Windham's and Zbyszko's best match while under the post-NWA WCW brand name. I don't think it's as good as those praises but do you really need anything more than those names at the height of the Dangerous Alliance angle to sway you into viewing this?
92-05-17 Dangerous Alliance (Anderson/Eaton/Austin/Zbyszko/Rude) Vs Sting's Squadron (Sting/Koloff/Rhodes/Steamboat/Windham) (WCW)
Even better than the 1991 Wargames match. Once again it has Windham starting the match allowing for a lengthy work-over session to highlight Windham's talents. The little touches like Paul E. taking his team through strategy play-by-plays and Rude working Steamboat's injured nose in a chokehold really helped cement why this match gets as much praise as it does. Each guy held their own and fought, nay, brawled without hesitation for the after-effects upon their health to attain the outcome that they believed WCW needed. The lead-up to the finish was marred by stalls and the inability to release the ringpost but the finish they went for kept both teams equal and was actually a rather intelligent end. The only blemish on an otherwise perfect match.
92-10-20 Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes Vs Steve Austin & Steve Williams (WCW)
On paper a tag of Windham and Dustin Rhodes sounds superb. Of course Rhodes is still very young into his career here but there does seem to be more similarity between them than their hair colour (in that they're both seemingly glossed over as elite workers). After seeing a decade long build of the flying clothesline as a finisher by Windham, it's funny seeing it used as a simple takedown manouver here. 30 minutes is a hellishly long time, though, and this should have rather gone for a shorter time limit as that's what killed this. In a compacted form this could have been something much more.
92-12-28 Brian Pillman & Barry Windham Vs Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas (WCW)
Terrific tag team match in which Ricky shines like a diamond and the newly formed team of Pillman/Windham show that they have as much chemistry together as they did against each other. Not only is this one of the best Windham matches, but it's probably also one of the better matches WCW ever produced.
93-01-02 Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas Vs Barry Windham & Brian Pillman (WCW)
This was a week after their terrific tag at Starrcade. Lightning doesn't strike twice, but the match was still sweet.
93-04-27 William Regal Vs Barry Windham (WCW)
Why are you judging this? Of course it's great. It's Regal taking on Windham. You want matwork? You've got matwork. You want wrestling and good looking offence? You've got that, too.
93-06-17 Barry Windham Vs 2 Cold Scorpio (WCW)
"After this match they may have to call him 'Out Cold Scorpio'". Scorpio doesn't get much in and this starts off almost like an extended squash yet Scorpio just won't die. Scorpio comes back in a segment dressed with the aura of awesomeness only he brings and it looks like there might just be an upset. Two guys that deserve more love than they get going out and having a rocking match at a Clash show. Thumbs up.
93-07-03 Barry Windham, Steve Austin & Brian Pillman vs Ric Flair, Arn Anderson & Paul Roma (WCW)
Hollywood Blonds with Windham Vs Flair and Arn?! That's a sweet line-up; it's just too bad Jabroni Roma was in this.The Austin/Flair taunts and teases of each other are so great. Gotta love how Austin copies Flair's taunt on him asking "now who's laughing" only to get a hard SLAP to the face by the old coot. The workover segment on Anderson was superb, too, with the hints of Anderson lucking out and tagging in a fresher partner every time the heels got too cocky being intelligently done.