What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – August 19, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown call the action from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

A video package hypes Brian Christopher, who must be on the verge of returning to action after a shoulder injury.

Russell talks with USWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Billy Jack Haynes.  Haynes argues that Christopher is not going to return to the USWA because he put him on the shelf for good.

Brown interviews Brandon Baxter, who says that he is managing USWA Tag Team Champions the Heavenly Bodies in Jim Cornette’s stead in the USWA.  He brags about beating Randy Hales at the latest Mid-South Coliseum show as well.  The Legend Slayers come out and Axl Rotten is with them as he is the newest member of the group.  Rotten turned heel in Memphis when he attacked Steven Dunn when the latter came in to stop the Slayers beating up Doug Gilbert after the first blood match against Brian Lee.  Lee runs down Gilbert, cutting one of his best promos in months.

Opening Contest:  Axl Rotten & Brian Lee (w/Brandon Baxter) defeat Blackjack Daniels & T.D. Steel after Lee pins Steel after a flying knee drop at 1:46:

Rotten and Lee rush the ring and pulverize the jobbers.  An inverted powerslam from Rotten sets up Lee’s flying knee drop for the finish.

Doug Gilbert (10-9-2) pins Gorgeous George III (w/Uptown Karen) (12-19-1) after hitting him with a chain at 3:00:

During Gilbert’s entrance, he delivers a promo in the split screen Lee, vowing revenge based on Lee’s comments about his brother, Eddie, on last week’s telecast.  George has arguably the lowest stock among name talents in the company at this time, having lost seventeen-straight matches coming into this one.  And his streak goes up to eighteen when Gilbert hits him with a chain while making the comeback in a match that does not feature a lot of action.  Rating:  *

After the match, Gilbert goes after Brandon Baxter, who did commentary over his last match.  However, when he does so he runs into Axl Rotten and Brian Lee.  Tommy Rich makes the save, though.

Russell talks with Gilbert and Rich, with Rich saying it is good to be cheered by the fans again.  Gilbert warns Rotten and Lee that they will lose the hospital elimination match that is booked for the Mid-South Coliseum.

A video package hypes PG-13.

Russell and Corey Maclin chat about how mad PG-13 is since they lost the USWA Tag Team Championship to the Heavenly Bodies.

USWA Tag Team Champions the Heavenly Bodies and Brandon Baxter cut a taped promo, with the Bodies vowing to beat PG-13 in a rematch where Baxter is going to be handcuffed to the ring post.

PG-13 (29-15-2) beat Reggie B. Fine & the Yellow Jacket after J.C. Ice pins the Jacket after Demolition Decapitation at 3:15:

Fine has not been around for months, but his time away did not help to cure his losing ways.  But why keep win-loss statistics anyway because Fine comes by the announce booth prior to the match and tells Russell and Brown that he has never lost a match in the USWA.  Fine reverts to his usual complaints that his opponent is using his hair to seize the advantage even though he does not have any.  The crowd loves PG-13 as they slice through the Jacket and finish him with their version of Demolition Decapitation.

Russell interviews PG-13.  Wolfie D says that he might slap Brandon Baxter around when he is handcuffed to the ring post in Memphis, while J.C. Ice shifts his attention to an eighteen-man battle royal that will take place in Memphis for a USWA Unified World Championship shot.  Ice claims that PG-13 will work together to win it.

Brown chats with USWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Billy Jack Haynes.  Haynes claims that USWA Unified World Champion Jerry Lawler is ducking him, so he is going to have to win the battle royal in Memphis to get a title match.

Non-Title Match:  Billy Jack Haynes (USWA Southern Heavyweight Champion) (16-2-1) pins Charlie Laird after a chokeslam at 1:28:

Haynes slaps Laird around and tells the crowd that is what he is going to do to Brian Christopher if he dares to return to the USWA.  The chokeslam gives Haynes another easy televised win.

After the match, Haynes continues to beat up Laird, so Christopher runs in and nails Haynes with a superkick, forcing the champion to flee.

Best-of-Three Falls Mixed Tag Team Match:  Bill Dundee & Miss Texas (1-0) beat Pat Tanaka & Uptown Karen (w/Brandon Baxter & Downtown Bruno) in two falls when Baxter and Bruno interfere at 9:04:

Other Falls:  Dundee and Texas win the first fall when Texas pins Karen after she and Tanaka collide at 3:48

This is a weird television main event that continues the Dundee-Legend Slayers feud that has turned into a Dundee-Tanaka feud.  The lines are blurred concerning who Texas is feuding with as well since she has faced Baxter, Bruno, and Karen over the last several months in various combinations.  Although Tanaka is a capable worker, he was suffering from a bad hip at this time so that restricted his movement and bumps and really brought down the quality of his matches.  That is acutely felt here because Karen is abysmal and cannot carry the team.  After heel miscommunication causes the first fall, Dundee tosses the managers into the ring after some token action that follows and that gets the heels disqualified.  I already feel like I said too much about a match where the less said about it the better.  Rating:  ¼*

The Last Word:  There were a lot of styles clashes on today’s show as Doug Gilbert and Gorgeous George III cannot carry a match on their own and Pat Tanaka was too injured to work anything resembling a good match in the main event.  This is another disappointing show that exposes how flat the promotion is without an infusion of Smoky Mountain talent.

The August 21 Mid-South Coliseum show drew the same 1,400 crowd and $8,600 gate as the previous card.  Here were the results of the show, courtesy of prowrestlinghistory.com:

-Steven Dunn (8-2-1) beat Gorgeous George III (12-20-1)

-Randy Hales (1-1) beat Brandon Baxter (3-2) in an “I Quit” match

-Axl Rotten & Brian Lee (1-0) beat Doug Gilbert & Tommy Rich (11-7-2) in a hospital elimination match.

-Bill Dundee (18-8-1) defeated Buddy Landel (2-3) in a “loser leaves town” match

-Robert Gibson & Tracy Smothers (0-1) defeated Frank Morrell & Phil Hickerson in a street fight

-Brian Christopher (26-13-4) beat Pat Tanaka (0-5-2)

-USWA Tag Team Champions the Heavenly Bodies (1-1) wrestled PG-13 (30-15-2) to a no-contest.  As a result of the match, the USWA Tag Team Championship was held-up.

-Tracy Smothers won a battle royal to get a shot at the USWA Unified World Championship.

-USWA Unified World Champion Jerry Lawler (20-4) beat Tracy Smothers (5-2)

Backstage News*:        Billy Jack Haynes did not wrestle at the Mid-South Coliseum because he took a nasty bump on the floor during a match against Tommy Rich in Nashville the night before.  There were fears that Haynes broke his neck, but it was later downgraded to a severe concussion and USWA officials thought it best to give Haynes the night off.  Other injuries are hurting the promotion since Pat Tanaka has a bad hip, Tracy Smothers blew out his knee and had to miss a few shows on the circuit, and Robert Gibson’s has had back problems.

*Backstage news is provided courtesy of Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer for August 28.

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