What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – October 28, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are reunited in the booth for today’s show from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Russell interviews Downtown Bruno, who complains about what Doug Gilbert and Miss Texas have done to Brandon Baxter over the last few weeks.  Bruno says that he will be taking Baxter’s place as an ally of Smoky Mountain Wrestling.  He also complains about the recent treatment of Bob Armstrong.  This brings Armstrong out and he shakes Bruno’s hand before running down the USWA.  Armstrong hypes his son Jesse James and Tracy Smothers as his biggest weapon.

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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.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – October 7, 1995

The set of announcing musical chairs continues on this week’s telecast with Dave Brown and Corey Maclin calling the action from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – September 30, 1995

Lance Russell is back in the studio this week, calling the matches with Dave Brown.  They are broadcasting from WMC-TV5 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Russell interviews the Heavenly Bodies and Brandon Baxter.  Dr. Tom Prichard says that the Bodies are not happy that PG-13 is getting a crack at the WWF Tag Team Championship this week in Memphis.

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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 – 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 – April 22, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are doing commentary from the WMC-TV5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Russell interviews Tommy Rich.  Rich says that he is going to drop a bomb on the USWA.

PG-13 cut a pre-taped promo, promising that the Gambler and Brickhouse Brown are going to pay for beating them on last week’s show and winning the tag team titles.

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

Today’s commentary is different as Dave Brown and Corey Maclin are in the booth and they are in the WMC-TV 5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

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

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are doing commentary and are in the usual WMC-TV 5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – March 25, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in the booth and are coming to us from the WMC-TV 5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Russell interviews Wolfie D and he welcomes J.C. Ice back.  Ice says that only he knows when his neck is ready and when it is he is going to make Doug Gilbert and Tommy Rich pay.  Wolfie D hypes a piledriver elimination match and says that Bill Dundee is going to be his partner in this match.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – March 18, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in the booth and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV 5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – March 11, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in the booth and they are broadcasting from the WMC-TV 5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.  Russell begs for the PG-13-Tommy Rich/Doug Gilbert feud to end and announces that there will be a cage match between the two teams at the next Memphis Coliseum show.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – March 4, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in charge of commentary and they are at WMC-TV 5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.  They hype a new look for today’s broadcast.

The end of last week’s USWA Unified World Championship match between Jerry Lawler and Bill Dundee is shown.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – February 25, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are sad to inform Memphis fans that Eddie Gilbert passed away in Puerto Rico of a heart attack.  A video package to the tune of Garth Brooks “The Dance” honors Gilbert’s career in the region.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – February 18, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown are in the booth from the WMC-TV 5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

Highlights of the 1978 Tupelo Concession Stand Brawl are shown.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – February 11, 1995

As per usual, Lance Russell and Dave Brown call the action and they are from the WMC-TV 5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.  Brown lets fans know that Jerry Lawler is the new USWA Unified World Champion.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – February 4, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown call today’s action from WMC-TV 5 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – January 28, 1995

Dave Brown and Corey Maclin call today’s action from the WMC-TV 5 studio in Memphis.  Macklin usually served as the ring announcer on these shows, but he would stand in for Lance Russell when Russell was absent.  He was WMC-TV’s sports reporter.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – January 21, 1995

Lance Russell and Dave Brown call today’s action from the WMC-TV 5 studio in Memphis, Tennessee.

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What the World Was Watching: USWA Championship Wrestling – January 7, 1995

While Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW) was a nostalgic look at wrestling’s past, the United States Wrestling Association (USWA) stubbornly fought for its existence, casting itself as a major promotion that was on the same level as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) or World Championship Wrestling (WCW).  Based in Memphis, Tennessee, a classic wrestling hotbed and arguably the only place to successfully fend off Vince McMahon’s territorial expansion in the 1980s, the USWA was created from a merger of the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA) and World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1989.  The promotion tried to run shows along the East Mississippi and Texas in the early 1990s, but the venture proved unsuccessful.  By the middle of the decade the USWA was back to running its weekly shows in towns such as Louisville, Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana, as well as holding weekly supercards on Monday nights at the Memphis Coliseum.  These events were heavily promoted on USWA TV, filmed at the WMC-TV 5 studio in Memphis.  While that may have made USWA TV seem second rate, the company had a talented core with owners and bookers Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler, as well as announcers Lance Russell and Dave Brown (who had a full-time gig as WMC-TV 5’s meteorologist).  They were supplemented by older territory stars such as Tommy Rich, Doug Gilbert, and Bill Dundee and a crop of new talent that included Lawler’s son Brian Christopher, PG-13, and wrestlers that the WWF and WCW sent for seasoning as the USWA had a working agreement with both.

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