What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – June 24, 1995

Lance Russell returns to today’s broadcast alongside Dave Brown and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Russell interviews Brandon Baxter, who is upset that he is not being treated like a star in the USWA like he was in the Global Wrestling Federation (GWF).  Baxter demands that Russell tell him who Bill Dundee is going to have as his mystery partner for an upcoming match and that brings Dundee out.  As expected, that leads to Doug Gilbert and Brian Lee backing up their manager, but PG-13 make the save.

Opening Non-Title Contest:  Brian Lee & Doug Gilbert (w/Brandon Baxter) (1-0) defeat PG-13 (USWA Tag Team Champions) (23-11-1) via disqualification when Bill Dundee interferes at 6:41:

The teams work the usual tag team formula, with Lee distracting the referee early on so he does not count a Wolfie D sunset flip on Gilbert and then kneeing J.C. Ice when he runs the ropes so the heels can begin the heat sequence of the match.  After the hot tag, Wolfie and Gilbert botch a body press spot that leads to Wolfie having Gilbert pinned.  That causes Baxter to enter the ring and hit Wolfie in the back of the head with his shoe.  When Dundee runs in to confront Baxter, the referee sees him in the ring, so the champions get disqualified.  Rating:  **

After the bell, two-thirds of the Legend Slayers pound on Dundee.  Gilbert delivers a piledriver before Brian Christopher and Scott Studd make the save.

Brown interviews Gorgeous George III and Uptown Karen.  Karen vows to get revenge on USWA Women’s Champion Miss Texas this week in Memphis as that feud keeps dragging on.  George hypes his match today against Brickhouse Brown, promising to punish him.

Brickhouse Brown (4-6) beats Gorgeous George III (w/Uptown Karen) (12-11-1) with a schoolboy roll up at 2:31:

At this point in the year the ring is beat up and the ring ropes are fraying.  That hardly makes for a safe working environment.  George weathers Brown’s early offensive flurry and when Brown tries to do an O’Connor roll, Karen uses hair spray to blind him which allows her man to score the pin.  However, Miss Texas comes out to complain about the cheating, the referee restarts the match, and then Texas trips George when he runs the ropes, allowing Brown to schoolboy his way to victory.  Memphis has used the restart booking a few times this year and it helps no one.

After the match is over, Karen sprays Texas in the eyes and George takes out Brown.  They double team Texas before Brown recovers and moves the save.

Russell interviews USWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Brian Christopher.  Christopher puts over a no stoppage match that will take place in Memphis against Billy Jack Haynes.  To make up for the Louisville incident, Christopher is awarded a new trophy for the “Best of Louisville” battle royal.

Non-Title Match:  Brian Christopher (USWA Southern Heavyweight Champion) (23-10-4) pins T.D. Steel after a Tennessee Jam at 2:10:

Steel plays a heel jobber today, getting in Christopher’s face in the corner and eating a superkick because of it.  Steel does a leapfrog and celebrates, only to have Christopher drill him with a second superkick and follow up with the Tennessee Jam.  Steel’s mannerisms throughout the match made this entertaining.

Billy Jack Haynes (5-0-1) pins Scott Studd (21-8-2) after Studd misses a missile dropkick at 3:09:

Knowing he is at a disadvantage, Studd takes the fight to Haynes immediately, scoring a near-fall from a dropkick.  Haynes follows up with a release German suplex, but misses an elbow drop.  However, Studd misses his trademark missile dropkick and Haynes covers for the win.  Spliced in between those moves were a few awkward sequences that weighed the match down, but if these two were given more time they could have delivered a better match.  Rating:  *½

Russell interviews Haynes, who is irritated with fans cheering for Brian Christopher.  He attacks the guy who gave Christopher the trophy earlier in the show, causing Christopher to run out and make the save.  The locker room empties to keep both combatants away from each other.

The Last Word:  This was a pretty good show that built the appropriate segments and had some decent wrestling by television standards.  Haynes was a welcome addition to the roster at this point and he had better in-ring ability that some of the other top heels, so it was a welcome breath of fresh air.

Here were the results of the big show in Memphis on June 26.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the show drew a crowd of 1,800 because of a special appearance by the Undertaker, who was revealed as Bill Dundee’s tag team partner on the Memphis version of the show.  The attendance improved by 650 fans, earning the USWA a gate of $11,000:

-Scott Studd (21-9-2) wrestled Max Muscle (2-0) to a draw

-Tracy Smothers (1-1) defeated the Gambler (2-3)

-Tracy Smothers & Miss Texas defeated Gorgeous George III & Uptown Karen when Smothers pinned George after a schoolboy and NWA referee Mark Curtis, who was in attendance, counted the pinfall.  After the match, George and Karen gave Texas a spike piledriver.

-Mr. World Class (2-2) wrestled T.D. Steele to a no contest when Vader interfered

-Billy Jack Haynes (6-0-1) beat USWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Brian Christopher (24-10-4) after using a foreign object to win the title.

-NWA Tag Team Champions the Rock N’ Roll Express (2-1-2) wrestled USWA Tag Team Champions PG-13 (23-12-1) to a no contest.  As a result of the match, both titles were held up.

-Bill Dundee & the Undertaker defeated Doug Gilbert & Jimmy Harris in a handicap, “body bag” match.  Manager Brandon Baxter ended up in the body bag after the Undertaker gave him a Tombstone piledriver.

Backstage News*:        Vader’s recent appearance in Memphis is meant to hype his “Road Kill tour” on the way to Bash at the Beach where he is going to wrestle Hulk Hogan in a cage match for the WCW title.  Memphis fans cheered his appearance and those in attendance said he got more cheers than the Undertaker.

*Brian Lee was supposed to be in the tag team main event of the recent Memphis show to play off his previous role as the “fake Undertaker” last year, but he reportedly missed the show because of an automobile accident.

*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for July 3.

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