Memphis Vice make their television debut. Joe LeDuc reveals that Dirty Rhodes is his first target. Frank Morrell continues to train with Billy Travis. Bill Dundee assaults Lance Russell during an interview. Tony Falk wants to be the first guy to wrestle and defeat Jeff Jarrett. Paul Diamond has a sit down interview to introduce himself to the CWA fans and discuss various obstacles in his life. AWA Southern Tag Team Champions The Mod Squad compete against Paul Diamond and Michael Lee in the main event.
Frank Morrell is determined to lead Billy Travis to the AWA International Championship. A sit-down interview Jeff Jarrett following the vicious attack he endured two weeks ago. Joe LeDuc returns to in-ring competition. AWA Southern Tag Team Champions The Fantastics defend against the Mod Squad, who have put up $3,000 in gold coins.
Paul Diamond and Michael Lee make their debut as a tag team in the CWA. Abdul Gaddafi wins his first championship. Bill Dundee and Buddy Landel continue to destroy CWA talents before their tag match against Jerry Lawler and Dutch Mantell.
There’s an intense scene as Bill Dundee and Buddy Landell target the Jarrett family by viciously attacking both Jerry and Jeff. Eddie Marlin believes there is only one man to get rid of Dundee and Landell, and it is the King. But, will Lawler return to team with Dutch?
Jerry Jarrett announces his retirement, but also reveals that his son Jeff Jarrett will be getting involved in professional wrestling. Joe LeDuc is making his return to the CWA. There’s a split between the trio of Buddy Landell, Dutch Mantell and Bill Dundee. In the main event, Buddy Landell takes on Billy Travis.
Austin Idol makes his in-ring return for the CWA when he takes on the loud mouth, Tony Falk. AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Bill Dundee teams with Dutch Mantell to take on Billy Travis and Frank Morrell in the main event.
Let’s take a look inside Pro Wrestling Illustrated February 1995, shall we?
AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Bill Dundee is hell bent on proving he knows who the Midnight Rider is. Everyone is preparing for the Thunder Dome.
Abdul Gaddafi makes his debut for the CWA and it’s clear that he’s not going to be liked. JD Costello, a new manager in CWA, is coming in and he’s got to make his mother proud at any cost. AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Bill Dundee teams with Dutch Mantell to take on Dirty Rhodes and Tracy Smothers in the main event, which leads to a crazy aftermath. The Spoiler unmasks and reveals his identity.
Koko Ware looks to get revenge on Bill Dundee. Austin Idol is returning and he’s coming for the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship. AWA Mid-American Champion Buddy Landell teams with Dutch Mantell to take on Tracy Smothers and Billy Travis in a tag team main event.
We’ve got new AWA Southern Tag Team Champions as the Fantastics defend against Pat Rose and Tony Falk. Buddy Landell, Bill Dundee and Dutch Mantell are determined to take over the CWA with Lawler gone. AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Bill Dundee takes on Tracy Smothers in a singles match.
Did Dundee survive the challenge of Big Red Reese? The Spoiler spoils the recent attack by the Bladerunners on Phil Hickerson, his former partner. The Fantastics begin a competition for two lucky ladies to win a date with them, but one CWA wrestler takes exception to that. An eight man tag team main event takes place.
Did Dundee and his wife lose their hair? Or, is Lawler gone for six months? Steve Keirn returns to the CWA and has his eyes set on the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship. The Fantastics compete in tag action against Dutch Mantell and Tony Falk. The Blade Runners are in action and Big Red Reese returns to the area.
Recently, I decided to seek out and obtain Memphis wrestling from 1986 to 1995, at least for now. I’ve been reviewing a bunch of the shows from 1986 and thought it would be a good idea to share them here to read your reactions/memories and maybe get a better idea of what Memphis wrestling was all about. Currently, I’m up to August 1986, but I’ll start from the beginning here.
Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas don’t like the criticism they’ve gotten in WCW. Dustin Rhodes is bummed about Barry Windham turning on him. Does Randy Savage need a break from wrestling? Being a smaller wrestler is in instead of being a larger than life persona. Kevin Sullivan recent attacks and blood feud with Brian Lee in SMW. All this plus much more in the magazine!
In this edition of Inside The Magazine, WWF Magazine from September 1993 is looked at. In the magazine, Shawn Michaels goes on a date with Rhonda Shear. The Steiner Brothers won the tag titles twice in five days against Money Inc. Crush sits down for an interview. Also, the WWF responds to Billy Graham and his claims.. and boy does it get ugly. All that and more!
Honky Tonk Man sits down for a Q&A. Paul E. Dangerously won’t let Sabu commit suicide in the ring. Arnold Skaaland may have found a man to get revenge on Bob Backlund for a recent attack. Vader should fear Hulk Hogan. The Patriot might not be able to team with Marcus Alexander Bagwell. The Undertaker visited USWA to take on Sid Vicious. All that plus many more features in this edition of Inside The Magazine!
Hopefully, you like Vic Venom (Vince Russo). He’s in this quite a bit. The hype for the USA vs. Canada feud is heavily featured. Plus, Ahmed Johnson gives us an in-depth look at gang life and what it’s all about. The feud between Mankind and Hunter Hearst Helmsley is highlighted, as well. All that and more!
It’s the first time looking at a WCW magazine, and boy, it’s a long one. There’s some interesting information throughout and plenty of material.
Fallout from WrestleMania VIII continues in this edition of WWE Magazine. Shawn Michaels and Sensational sit down for an interview. Papa Shango’s curse on Ultimate Warrior is highlighted. Plus, the Legion of Doom and Beverly Brothers have developed a hatred for each other due to their different upbringings.
In the last poll, there was a tie between ECW Barely Legal 1997 and WCW Bash at the Beach 1996 to be viewed on a future edition. It’s likely that she’ll watch Barely Legal first. There’s no timeframe on when this will happen, but be on the lookout for it!
The previous two editions of this series saw my girlfriend, Carly, watched WCW UnCensored 1995 and WWF King of the Ring 1996. Both of which, are three hour pay per views. This time around, I decided to go with a change of pace and length. Carly sat down and watched a WWF Saturday Night Main Event from 1989. The hour special usually had several high profile matches in a tighter time schedule.
Find out Carly’s reaction to guys like Rick Rude, Randy Savage, Big Bossman, and Demolition!
The fifteenth edition of the series highlights the September ’97 Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine. Lets take a look.
Carly sits down and watches WWF King of the Ring 1996. Find out her reaction to wrestlers like the Undertaker, Mankind, Goldust and more!
Mr Perfect has joined forces with Randy Savage and has a plan for his future. Headshrinkers are subject to a personality profile. Shawn Michaels wins the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Sgt. Slaughter is law and order in the WWF. Nailz and the Undertaker are headed towards a huge confrontation. Plus, much more!
So, I have managed to get my girlfriend (Carly) interested in professional wrestling. She enjoys the action and characters and the whole deal. At least she does for now. I suggested that we go back and watch some old stuff and I figured why not document her reaction/thoughts. Lets see how this experiment goes.
There were several shows to choose from and I decided to go with an all-time classic… WCW UnCensored ’95. The full card/results for the show are as follows,