Written by: Bob Colling
From: Memphis, TN
Lance Russell and Dave Brown welcome us to the program and promote what will be on the show. Tracy Smothers will defend the AWA Mid-American Championship. Plus, Fire and Flame will defend the AWA Southern Tag Team Championships!
AWA Mid-American Champion Tracy Smothers comes out to be interviewed by Lance Russell. Smothers is happy to be the champion and considers it to be the greatest thing that’s ever happened to him. Russell notes that Smothers has been “just another wrestler” for quite sometime, but now it’s a different time since he’s champion. Smothers says a lot of people are calling trying to get a shot at him and he’s ready for the challenge. Smothers says they just got to put their name on the contract, and just like on the Price Is Right, they can come right down.
Juicy Johnny comes out and says he’s going to beat Smothers and make him the shortest reign for the Mid American. It was literally one sentence, but that proved to be too difficult for Johnny.
Opening Contest: AWA Mid-American Champion Tracy Smothers vs. Juicy Johnny: This match has a thirty minute time limit, and I’m fairly certain that won’t even come remotely close to being an issue. Smothers controls the match with an arm bar for a few moments. Smothers knocks Johnny off his feet with a standing dropkick for a two count. Johnny has a really difficult time getting out of a crucifix pin attempt. Smothers scoop slams Johnny but misses an elbow drop. Johnny works over Smothers with a few knee lifts but gets knocked down to the canvas. The announcers note that Johnny has a big metal knee brace, but hasn’t been able to use it. Smothers comes off the middle rope to hit a twisting crossbody for the win. (*. I’ve been saying for a while that I’d like to see Smothers get a push, and thankfully it’s happening. He’s young and energetic with some good offense.)
JD Costello comes out with Mr. Universe and says he’s sick and tired of the praise Smothers is getting. Universe takes the time to pose. Costello says the fans will believe whatever is told to them. Costello notes that Universe beat Smothers up badly after the match and is surprised to see him even wrestling. He promises that Tracy’s life is in danger.
Second Contest: Mr. Universe vs. David Johnson: Universe runs over Johnson with a clothesline followed by a powerslam. JD Costello says that Universe is the only person that matters and he’s going to be the next Mid-American Champion. Universe delivers another slam followed by a few leg drops for the win. (1/4*. Universe is really awkward and not very good in the ring. He loves to pose, though.)
Lance Russell promotes an upcoming Evansville show on Wednesday. There will be four championship matches. If Sato and Goto win the titles from Jarrett and Tanaka, then Jarrett gets his hair shaved. Tojo, Sato and Goto enter the scene and Russell believes that Tojo is responsible for this. Tojo wants to see Jarrett lose his hair and thinks that Jarrett will look like a retard, just like his father. Tojo loves to call them goofy and retards. Sato chimes in and says this time Jarrett is going to have a bald head when they beat them.
Kenny D comes out and he’s the manager for the Killer. Lance Russell wants to find out more about the Killer. Kenny puts over how Russell looks saying he always looks good. Kenny says that a picture speaks more than words. Kenny says it is fine that Larry Sharpe will be handcuffed to him. Kenny calls Bam-Bam Bigelow a watermelon. Killer makes his way out and the fans quickly go silent because he doesn’t look friendly. He wears a mask and he’s a jacked up guy. Far better shape than Mr. Universe. I suppose that could be a future angle.
Third Contest: The Killer vs. The Red Demons in a handicap match: Killer has the Demons underneath his arms and drives them into each other head first. Killer connects with a big clothesline and a powerslam to win the match quickly. (1/2*. I was expecting Killer to not be very good, but in the short time he showed that he had some level of skill.)
Lance Russell promotes the card coming to Evansville on Wednesday. AWA Mid-American Champion Tracy Smothers takes on Mr. Universe. AWA Southern Tag Team Champions Fire & Flame take on Giant Hillbilly and Paul Diamond in a no disqualification match with their masks on the line. AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Bam-Bam Bigelow takes on The Killer. Jeff Jarrett and Pat Tanaka take on AWA International Tag Team Champions Akio Sato and Tarzan Goto.
Fourth Contest: AWA International Champions Akio Sato & Tarzan Goto vs. Benny Trailer & Jerry Garmen: As you could probably guess, Sato and Goto dominate the match and have very little problem with their challengers this week. Goto comes off the ropes to hit a jumping headbutt for a two count. Sato holds Trailer with a wheelbarrow allowing Goto to hit a top rope knee drop for the win. (1/2*. The finishing move was cool, but this was mostly just strikes and not very entertaining.)
Larry Sharpe comes out with AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Bam-Bam Bigelow to cut a promo. Sharpe believes that Jerry Lawler has been running away from them and is taking his retirement seriously. Sharpe doesn’t seem to care about being handcuffed to Kenny D and promises to bring him all around the arena. Sharpe wants Lawler and wants him to be a man and face Bigelow.
Fifth Contest: AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion Bam-Bam Bigelow vs. David Haskins & Larry Santana in a handicap match: Bigelow gets worked over early on, but that doesn’t last long at all. Bigelow pins Santana following a powerslam. (1/2*. So, this was basically the same match that Killer had down to the same finishing move. Killer just did it faster, so that could add to the angle.)
Eddie Marlin comes out and brings out the AWA Southern Tag Team Champions Fire and Flame. Marlin says that he will reveal their opponents shortly. Fire says that Marlin isn’t going to get the titles off of them. Fire and Flame get in the ring to wait for their opponents. It turns out, their opponents are Phil Hickerson and Giant Hillbilly!
Sixth Contest: AWA Southern Tag Team Champions Fire & Flame vs. Phil Hickerson & Giant Hillbilly: Hickerson gets a few right hands in the corner, but Flame bails to the floor and complains at the announcers table that this isn’t fair. Hickerson and Flame kick off the match with Hickerson connecting with strikes. Fire gets tagged in and controls Hickerson with a headbutt a few times. Hickerson is busted wide open, but he did have a bandage on his forehead. Flame tags back in and beats on the bloodied Hickerson in the corner. Hickerson comes off the ropes and is met with a double elbow strike but kicks out at two. Fire tags back in and Hickerson comes back with a double clothesline. Hillbilly gets in the ring and all four men are brawling. Hickerson sends Fire into a chair. Hillbilly leg drops Flame but the bell sounds as Hickerson rams Fire onto the announcers table. The referee has deemed this to be a double count-out. Hickerson tries to remove the mask on Fire and is able to pull it off, but we can’t see his face. Hillbilly comes over and says he wants no disqualification and no referee. (*1/2. This was fun only because it turned into a wild brawl and order couldn’t be maintained.)
Lance Russell promotes the Evansville show and talks to Jeff Jarrett, Pat Tanaka and Jerry Jarrett. In order for them to get a title shot, Jeff had to put his hair up. Jarrett is a little nervous, but he thinks that Tojo is nervous and scared that his buddies could lose the titles. Jarrett promises to win the titles. Tanaka believes they can win the titles as long as the match remains 2v2. Kenny D and The Killer enter the scene to promote the AWA Southern Heavyweight Championship match with Bam-Bam Bigelow. Kenny puts over Killer’s muscles. Kenny believes they will win the title in Evansville.
AWA Southern Tag Team Champions Fire and Flame come out and Fire is livid about saying what is happening to them isn’t right. Fire says they will finish what they started on Monday Night. Phil Hickerson comes in with a chair to take out Fire and Hillbilly is using his boot on Flame. Hickerson took his mask a second time. Hickerson is still bleeding and says he got someone bigger and stronger in the form of Hillbilly. Hillbilly says something but it gets censored, so that must not have been good.
Main Event: Jeff Jarrett, Pat Tanaka & Paul Diamond vs. The MOD Squad & Ron Sexton: Tanaka and Spike kickoff the match with Tanaka hitting an arm drag early on. Tanaka comes off the ropes with a forearm smash and chops Spike a few times. Basher tags in and Jarrett tries his luck. Jarrett keeps Basher on the mat with an arm bar. Jarrett backdrops Basher followed by a standing dropkick. Sexton gets tagged in and avoids Jarrett at the start. Jarrett hip tosses Sexton and Diamond enters to deliver a dropkick for a one count. Sexton takes Diamond to the mat, but Diamond quickly gets control. Diamond arm drags Sexton before tagging in Tanaka. Tanaka continues to have control following a chop. Spike drives Tanaka down with a running bulldog out of the corner. Spike slams Tanaka and Basher enters the match. Basher elbows Tanaka as he’s coming off the ropes. Tanaka gets worked over in the corner. Tanaka is able to tag in Jarrett, who pummels Sexton with strikes and a backdrop for a two count. All six men are in the ring brawling at this point. Jarrett gets a sleeper on Sexton, but Gato and Soto enter the ring with a kendo stick to attack Jarrett. They beat down Jarrett, Diamond and Tanaka. Tracy Smothers and a few enhancement guys enter the ring to make the save. (*. A fairly basic main event match with the aftermath being the main point of the segment. I’m not sure if a DQ finish was necessary here.)
Tracy Smothers being the Mid-American Champion is great to see and I think that could lead to having some great, fast pace matches. Fire and Flame continue to be the most entertaining heel act on TV for the past several weeks. Their TV angle has brought something to the program to look forward to each week.
Thanks for reading.
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