Brian Lee vs. Wrath (and other Dream Matches!)

Welcome back to more of wrestling’s most unexpected Dream Matches! This week: it’s 1992 SMW, as Brian Lee the would-be Southern babyface star takes on a green-ass Adam Bomb/Wrath/Brian Clarke in his “Nightstalker” identity! And remember Blitzkrieg in WCW? The skinny white guy who copied all the cool shit he saw from puro/lucha tapes (wait… does that make him the most influential wrestler in history?)? Well here he is against Psychosis! And last week I showed you PCO as “X” in NWA TNA, as he won an X Division Battle Royal in a big debut- here’s his follow-up match against Chris Sabin! And finally, we end things with a sequel to that RINGS match from two weeks ago- this is one of the most beloved “Shoot Style” matches of all time, as Volk Han takes on Kiyoshi Tamura! Puro mat-wrestling fans LOVE this one!

BRIAN LEE vs. THE NIGHTSTALKER:
(Smoky Mountain Wrestling, 1992 sometime?)
* Yes, it’s the ultimate Dream Match of CHAINZ vs. WRATH, bitches! This is from way, WAY early in the careers of both men, with Lee having 4 years to Brian Clarke’s 2. The Nightstalker was infamously bad at this point, to the extent that he looks like THAT and Vince McMahon still waited four years to bring him in. Dude was at least 6’4″ legit and incredibly jacked here, wearing black trunks and gloves. Lee looks pretty hilarious- he has big “Southern wrestler” vibe with the GIGANTIC mullet (even ’92 Crush would be embarrassed), plain black trunks, and bleach-blond hair. He has long, skinny arms & legs with a jobbery physique, so with his huge height he just looks like someone made a jobber version of one of those “growing dinosaurs” that gets bigger in water.

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What the World Was Watching: Fire on the Mountain (1995)

This show took place on August 12, 1995 at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, Tennessee.  According to prowrestlinghistory.com, the card drew 1,900 fans, 1,400 more than attended a Summer Blast tour card in the city a month earlier.  Footage was provided courtesy of a fan cam.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – September 9, 1995

Doug Gilbert delivers a promo vowing to win the USWA Southern Heavyweight Championship on today’s broadcast.

Dave Brown and Corey Maclin are today’s announce team and they are calling the show from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

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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.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – August 26, 1995

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

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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.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – August 12, 1995

The regular team of Lance Russell and Dave Brown are calling the action and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – August 5, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are continuing their regular commentary duties from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – July 29, 1995

(Based on comments, it seems like the Blog is favoring SMW in its feud with the USWA.  SMW’s TV is missing most of this inter-promotional feud because of its taping schedule, sadly)

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in the booth and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Russell interviews Tracy Smothers, who runs down the USWA.  He repeats a lot of the same talking points that he used last week.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – June 22, 1995

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

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – July 15, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in the booth and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Brown tells fans that Brian Christopher will be out of action for six weeks with a broken shoulder blade.  Russell follows up by saying that Randy Hales was hurt in the Rock N’ Roll Express-PG-13 USWA Tag Team Championship match in Memphis on Monday.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – July 8, 1995

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

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – July 1, 1995

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

A video package highlights Brandon Baxter’s issues with Jimmy Valiant.

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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.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – June 17, 1995

(I was doing a 2.5 hour move yesterday, so I was not able to get my regular USWA column up.  Read below about what was happening in Memphis in mid-June 1995!)

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

Brown interviews Brandon Baxter, who proclaims a new era in the USWA.  He welcomes out Doug Gilbert, Brian Lee, and Jimmy Harris and dubs his group “the Legend Slayers.”

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What the World Was Watching: USWA: A Night to Remember

This show took place at the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky on June 11.  According to Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer, the show drew a crowd of 3,500 and a gate of $25,000.

Corey Maclin welcomes out Jim Cornette, who walks to the COPS theme and is sporting his military-style jacket from WrestleMania X.  Cornette puts over how the Gardens is better than the Omni or Madison Square Garden and then welcomes out Lance Russell.  Russell and Maclin will be doing commentary.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – June 3, 1995

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

Russell interviews newcomer Billy Jack Haynes.  Haynes puts himself over as a heel and demands respect from the crowd, who get on his case.  This segment started well but Haynes got distracted by the crowd and he lost his train of thought.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – May 27, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in the booth and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Footage of Doug Gilbert turning against Jerry Lawler in their tag team match against Brian Lee and Jimmy Harris at the Coliseum is shown.  After this, a brawl broke out between Gilbert, Lee, and Harris against Lawler, Bill Dundee, and PG-13.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – May 20, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are doing commentary and they are taped from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.  Since Russell missed last week’s show, he is oblivious about what happened so Brown clues him in.  That is not a good look to start the broadcast.

Russell interviews Downtown Bruno, who puts himself over as the best manager in the WWF.  He says Uptown Karen will be Gorgeous George III’s new valet and he is forming a stable known as the Downtown Connection that includes George, Karen, the Gambler, Brickhouse Brown, and Johnny Rotten.  Bruno runs down Miss Texas and challenges her to a match where the loser must eat dog food.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – May 13, 1995

Dave Brown and Corey Maclin are today’s announcers.  The show airs from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Brown interviews Jimmy Harris, who says Doug Gilbert does not want to face USWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Brian Lee today because he does not want to get hurt.

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