What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – March 25, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in the booth and are coming to us from the WMC-TV 5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Russell interviews Wolfie D and he welcomes J.C. Ice back.  Ice says that only he knows when his neck is ready and when it is he is going to make Doug Gilbert and Tommy Rich pay.  Wolfie D hypes a piledriver elimination match and says that Bill Dundee is going to be his partner in this match.

Opening Contest:  Doug Gilbert, Tommy Rich & Gorgeous George III defeat Ken Raper, Cory Williams & Edric Hines when George pins Hines after the Powderpuff at 2:37:

This squash is meant to put over the piledriver elimination match as the heels work over the jobbers with ease until George pins Hines with the Powderpuff.  After the match, Hines and Williams eat two piledrivers.  Raper just gets thrown over the top rope, avoiding further punishment.

Brown interviews the heels, who gloat about giving the jobbers a set of piledrivers.  Gilbert and Rich talk for a long time about how they are going to win the piledriver elimination match.

Russell interviews USWA Unified World Champion Bill Dundee.  Dundee talks up Tommy Rich as being the youngest NWA World Champion and that he held the title for a month.  That is a blatant lie since Rich only held the title for four days.  Rich interrupts and tells Dundee that he is coming for his title.

Non-Title Match:  Bill Dundee (USWA Unified World Champion) (9-4) pins Crusher Bones (w/Diamond Mike) (2-2) with a schoolboy roll up at 2:38:

Dundee loves using the schoolboy roll up as a finisher, capitalizing on some heel miscommunication in this brief match after Bones misses an elbow drop and Mike hops on the ring apron.

Non-Title Match:  Brian Christopher (USWA Southern Heavyweight Champion) (13-6-1) defeats Chris Kanyon after a Tennessee Jam at 3:36:

Kanyon was a young, New York-based wrestler who spent much of 1995 wrestling across the United States until he landed a permanent gig in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) near the end of the year.  During this brief stop in Memphis he had a hockey gimmick, sporting a New York Rangers jersey and some hockey gloves.  This was a gimmick Kanyon was familiar with as he formed a tag team with Billy Kidman on the independent circuit where both men wrestled in hockey uniforms.  During the match, Gorgeous George III stumbles through a promo that claims Christopher has not wrestled him yet despite both men wrestling on this show a couple of weeks ago.  Although he is serving as an enhancement talent, Kanyon gets in a few moves like a rolling snapmare and vertical suplex.  He looks good in the process, so a casual observer could see that the potential for something bigger was there.  Christopher eventually finishes Kanyon with a superkick and Tennessee Jam.

After the match, Christopher and George get into a promo war where Christopher tells George that he will end up being another victim of his title reign.

A video package shows off Marcus Dupree’s football skills.

Diamond Mike walks out and argues that the Dupree video package should not have been shown because it is not wrestling.  Mike calls himself “Mr. Football” and claims that he has never heard of Dupree.  When Dupree comes out, Mike will not stop touching him, so Dupree nails him.  A stiff arm or something like that would have been more appropriate.

Scott Studd (10-3-1) defeats Jack Hammer (w/Diamond Mike) (4-2-1) via reverse decision at 2:08:

As per usual, Studd puts on a nice match with Hammer where each man gets an equal share of offense until Mike trips Studd in the corner and Hammer uses the Flair pin for the three-count.  David Haskins comes out and tells the referee what happened.  On the basis of Haskins word alone, the referee reverses the decision and Studd wins.

After the match, Crusher Bones runs in and the heels pound away on Haskins until Marcus Dupree makes the save.

Haskins tells Brown that Dupree may not be a professional wrestler, but he knows how to fight.  He hypes a match with Diamond Mike’s guys this week in Memphis.

Wolfie D (2-0-1) beats the Spellbinder (6-4) via disqualification when Doug Gilbert and Tommy Rich interfere at 3:01:

In this brief match, the Spellbinder gets to show off his power by throwing clotheslines and giving Wolfie D a fallaway slam when the PG-13 member tries a reverse flying body press off the second rope.  Wolfie D’s comeback is interrupted by Gilbert and Rich, causing a disqualification.  Rating:  ¾*

After the bell, the heels beatdown Wolfie until Bill Dundee makes the save.  Wolfie gives the Spellbinder a piledriver, only to have Gorgeous George III run in and give the heels a three-on-two advantage.  Eventually, J.C. Ice and Brian Christopher make the save.

The Last Word:  There was a lot more wrestling and less talking on today’s show, which was a nice change of pace.  The USWA needs some more heels, though, as Doug Gilbert and Tommy Rich are great as a team but that leaves little for the singles ranks.  And once Diamond Mike’s stable presumably loses its feud with David Haskins and Marcus Dupree they will not have a lot of credibility either.

Here were the results of the March 27 show at the Memphis Coliseum.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the show drew a crowd of 1,150 fans:

-Scott Studd (11-3-1) beat Ken Raper

-The Spellbinder (6-5) defeated Moondog Rex (1-1)

-Moondog Spot (3-0) beat Chris Kanyon

-Doug Gilbert (0-1-1) defeated Wolfie D (3-0-1)

-Miss Texas (5-2) beat USWA Women’s Champion Sweet Georgia Brown (2-4) to win the title.

-David Haskins & Marcus Dupree defeated Crusher Bones & Jack Hammer (0-1)

-USWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Brian Christopher (14-6-1) beat Gorgeous George III (7-4-1)

-USWA Unified World Champion Bill Dundee (10-4) beat Tommy Rich (0-1) via disqualification.

-Wolfie D, Bill Dundee, Jerry Lawler & Mabel defeated Doug Gilbert, Tommy Rich, Gorgeous George III, and the Spellbinder in a piledriver elimination match.

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