What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – September 2, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are back in the booth and they are calling the action in the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Russell talks with Jesse James Armstrong, who is not happy that Randy Hales has suspended his friends in SMW.

Opening Non-Title Contest:  Jerry Lawler (USWA Unified World Champion) (21-4) pins Reggie B. Fine (0-12) after Fine misses a flying leg drop at 3:47:

Armstrong does commentary for this match, doing his best to hype Fine as a threat to Lawler.  However, Fine has not won a singles match this year so that is a hard sell.  A terrible match unfolds as these two slowly go through the motions until Fine slams Lawler, only to miss a flying leg drop and lose.  Rating:  ½*

After showing highlights of the USWA Tag Team Championship Tournament in Memphis, Russell talks to Armstrong again.  Armstrong mocks Randy Hales and accuses him of being partial to PG-13.

Jesse James Armstrong (0-1) defeats T.D. Steel via submission to a cobra clutch at 3:14:

Unlike most of his matches, Steel shines early and forces Armstrong to bail after a dropkick.  That is as good as it gets, though, as Armstrong comes back in and deliberately pounds away.  Armstrong hits an elbow drop off the second rope and traps Steel in a cobra clutch for a submission win in his television debut.  Like the opener, the slow tempo made this a chore to sit through.

Russell chats with Brandon Baxter, Axl Rotten, and Pat Tanaka as the Legend Slayers stable is dwindling by the week.  Baxter says that Rotten and Tanaka are the best team in the USWA and there is a conspiracy against he and his guys.

Axl Rotten & Pat Tanaka (w/Brandon Baxter) defeat Chris Frazier & Tony Williams when Rotten pins Frazier with a flying elbow drop at 1:43:

Rotten and Tanaka made for an awkward pairing, but Brian Lee was on his way out of the company so Rotten needed a new tag team partner.  Williams is more of a name talent than Frazier so Frazier absorbs most of the beating by the heels and takes the fall after Tanaka powerbombs him and Rotten follows up with a flying elbow smash.  Reports suggest that Tanaka is beat up, so putting him in tags is a good idea.  This is also the first win for Tanaka in the USWA since arriving in mid-July.

Brown interviews USWA Women’s Champion Miss Texas, who says she cannot wait to face Brandon Baxter and Uptown Karen in Memphis. Baxter interrupts and reverts to gender stereotyping, ordering Texas to the kitchen.  Texas nails him, prompting Downtown Bruno and Karen to attack her from behind.  This intergender feud needs to end because it just keeps going in circles.

Russell interviews Brian Christopher.  Christopher is excited because he beat USWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Billy Jack Haynes in Memphis last week in a non-title match.  He hypes their rematch, which will be for the title.

Brian Christopher (29-13-4) beats Brian Lee (w/Brandon Baxter) (10-12-2) via disqualification when Billy Jack Haynes interferes at 2:55:

Before the match, Haynes attacks Christopher as Lee and Baxter distracts the referee.  That helps Lee get an advantage until Christopher catches him with a superkick out of nowhere.  Before Christopher can mount a big comeback, though, Haynes charges back into the ring and draws a disqualification.

After the bell, Baxter, Lee, and Haynes do a beatdown until PG-13 and Jerry Lawler make the save.

USWA Tag Team Champions PG-13 and Doug Gilbert cut a taped promo, hyping a six-man tag team match in Memphis against the Heavenly Bodies and Tracy Smothers.

Non-Title Match:  PG-13 (USWA Tag Team Champions) (33-15-3) beat Charlie Laird & Blackjack Daniels when J.C. Ice pins Daniels after a double bulldog at 2:16:

There are lots of armlocks in this short match, intermixed with a Russian leg sweep-dropkick combination by PG-13 on Laird and a double bulldog on Daniels, the latter of which gives PG-13 another televised win.

Russell and Brown chat with Tammy Delk, the USWA’s ring announcer for cards in Evansville, Indiana.  Delk puts over the USWA and encourages fans to go to the shows.

The Last Word:  This was just a filler show as all of the main characters were kept strong but very little happened with existing storylines.  The broadcast was not terrible but there was nothing captivating about it either.

Here are the results of the Mid-South Coliseum show on September 4.  Attendance results were unavailable.  Results are courtesy of prowrestlinghistory.com:

-Steven Dunn (9-2-2) beat the Gambler (2-6) at 6:08

-Brandon Baxter & Uptown Karen defeated USWA Women’s Champion Miss Texas in a handicap match when Karen pinned Texas at 6:14

-Brian Lee (10-13-2) beat Doug Gilbert (12-9-2) at 8:07

-USWA Tag Team Champions PG-13 (34-15-3) defeated Axl Rotten & Pat Tanaka (1-0) when Wolfie D pinned Rotten.

-Jesse James Armstrong (1-1) pinned Bill Dundee (20-8-1) at 8:26

-USWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Billy Jack Haynes (17-3-1) wrestled Brian Christopher (30-13-4) to a no-contest

-Brian Lee & Jesse James Armstrong beat Jerry Lawler & Sid Vicious (3-0) via disqualification when Sid used an illegal piledriver on Armstrong at 13:08

Up Next:  USWA Championship Wrestling for September 9!