What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – October 14, 1995

Dave Brown and Corey Maclin are doing the announcing duties against today and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Brown and Maclin comment on pictures of the hospital elimination match in Memphis between Brian Christopher and Miss Texas against Jesse James Armstrong and Brandon Baxter.  They emphasize that Texas was busted open during the match.

Brown interviews Brian Christopher, who says that he feels responsible for what happened to Texas.  He criticizes Armstrong for hurting her, only to be interrupted by Billy Jack Haynes, who should not in Memphis because he lost a loser leaves town match several weeks ago.  The promotion justifies Haynes appearing again with Haynes saying that the thirty-day period from when he lost that loser leaves town match is over.  Haynes thinks that Christopher is still the USWA Southern Heavyweight Champion, which does not say a lot for USWA’s television programming, and Christopher grabs a shovel to defend himself.  However, Haynes is not interested in attacking Christopher because he is not the champion anymore.  This segment went of the rails once Haynes got involved as things became awkward.

Opening Contest:  Brian Christopher (34-15-6) pins Charlie Laird after a superkick at 1:35:

Fueled by the last segment, Christopher charges into the ring and takes it to Laird.  A superkick finishes the jobber in a little more than ninety seconds.

Brown talks with Randy Hales.  Hales announces that Jesse James Armstrong and Brandon Baxter have been given the largest fine in the USWA’s history because of what they did to Miss Texas in Memphis.  Armstrong and Baxter walk out and tell Hales that they are not going to pay the fine.  In a bit of foreshadowing of his future WWF career, Armstrong tells Hales that he is a “new age outlaw,” who will attack Hales if the fine is not retracted.  Brian Christopher tries to get at Armstrong to end the segment, but PG-13 and the Spellbinder hold him back.

Brown interviews Brandon Baxter, who says that he is ready for war because he has Armstrong’s help, as well as that of Jim Cornette.  Cornette, who was doing a general gimmick in SMW at this time, comes out with the Heavenly Bodies and argues that the crowd needs to show the heels some respect.  Cornette hypes a double title match between the Bodies and PG-13, with Dr. Tom Prichard noting that the Bodies were double tag team champions a month prior.

The Heavenly Bodies (w/Jim Cornette & Brandon Baxter) (3-4-1) beat the Spellbinder & Kip Morris after Dr. Tom Prichard pins Morris after a double flapjack at 2:58:

No one of any significance in the USWA must want to team with the Spellbinder since he keeps getting these crummy partners.  Cornette spends the match on commentary, immediately improving its quality.  The Spellbinder fares well against the former USWA tag team champions but Morris blows it after Jimmy del Ray knees him in the back when he runs the ropes.  This was a nice, smooth squash to get the Bodies back to .500 on the year.

We get another Baxter interview segment.  This time he says he is giving Randy Hales one more chance to get rid of his fine.  Hales walks out and refuses, prompting Bob Armstrong to walk out and argue against the fine on behalf of his son.  Once again, Hales refuses to back down, so Armstrong says he is not going to leave the show until the situation is settled.  Brian Christopher comes out to back up Hales, saying that the Armstrong family is trash.  He begins choking Armstrong, prompting Jesse James to save his father and the two brawl until Bob nails Christopher in the head with a chair.  As this goes on, Baxter beats up Hales.  The chaos is resolved when Doug Gilbert makes the save.  Normally, a babyface attacking an old man would not be a smart decision, but Bob looked so good for his age that it was a non-issue here.

USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship Match:  Jesse James Armstrong (Champion w/Brandon Baxter) (5-4) beats Doug Gilbert (18-12-3) via disqualification when Brian Christopher interferes at 2:34:

This is a rushed match where both men go through the motions of Gilbert seizing the advantage several times, only to be checked by interference from Baxter and Bob Armstrong.  Baxter tosses Armstrong a chain near the end of the match, which Armstrong uses to deck Gilbert, but before the referee can count the fall, Christopher runs in and attacks the champion.

After the bell, a wild brawl breaks out and Miss Texas attacks Baxter.  This time, Steve Armstrong runs in and attacks Christopher, piledriving him on a trash can lid as the Heavenly Bodies, Axl Rotten, and Steven Dunn provide backup.  These forces cut off PG-13 when they try to make the save so everything hinges on Billy Jack Haynes, who lays out Steve and Jesse James Armstrong with clotheslines.  After that, the SMW contingent flees.

Brown talks with Christopher and Doug Gilbert about how they have helped each other on today’s show.  Christopher calls out Haynes, who says that he helped in the last segment because he did not like what Armstrong and Baxter did to Texas last week.  Christopher asks Randy Hales to come out and proposes a six-man tag team match between he, Gilbert, and Haynes against Bob, Steve, and Jesse James Armstrong for this week in Memphis and Hales agrees to make the match.

Non-Title Match:  PG-13 (USWA Tag Team Champions) (40-17-3) defeat Steven Dunn & Axl Rotten (w/Jim Cornette) when Wolfie D pins Rotten after heel miscommunication at 3:20 shown:

This is a good, standard television tag team match where PG-13 force the heels to regroup with Cornette in the early going and they roar back after Dunn nails J.C. Ice in the back of the head from the apron.  Wolfie D puts the heels on the defensive after the hot tag and Cornette tries to hit Wolfie with his racquet as Rotten holds him in place.  However, Wolfie moves, Rotten takes the blow, and that is all she wrote.  Rating:  **

The Last Word:  The main event was fine, but the show should have ended with the last interview segment.  The brawling segments on this broadcast were well done and it appears that the USWA is trying to revive the USWA-SMW feud since attendance has been plummeting at the Mid-South Coliseum.  Fans loved seeing Billy Jack Haynes as a babyface, but his run in the role would be short-lived.

Attendance reached a new record low at the Mid-South Coliseum on October 16 where only 425 fans, 175 fewer than the previous week, attended to see the following show.  Results come from prowrestlinghistory.com:

-Johnny Rotten (3-3-1) beat Ken Raper

-The Spellbinder (10-7-2) defeated Axl Rotten (5-4-3)

-Doug Gilbert (18-13-3) beat Steven Dunn (13-5-3) in a taped fist match

-The Bushwhackers defeated Tekno Team 2000 (5-2)

-Brandon Baxter (4-5) beat Miss Texas (16-6-1)

-USWA Tag Team Champions PG-13 (41-17-3) defeated SMW Tag Team Champions the Heavenly Bodies (4-4-1) via disqualification when the Bodies used Jim Cornette’s tennis racquet

-Brian Christopher, Billy Jack Haynes & Doug Gilbert defeated Bob Armstrong, Jesse James Armstrong & Steve Armstrong

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