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CWA TV 1/31/1987

Written by: Bob Colling

Date: 1/31/1987
From: Memphis, TN

Lance Russell starts the program promoting what we’ll see on the program. There isn’t a studio audience as the show was taped for syndication.

Born In The USA music video for the Fabulous Ones is shown for a few minutes.

Recently, the Fabulous Ones battled the Sheepherders at the Mid-South Coliseum and we see footage of the match. As expected the match was a wild brawl. They tried to burn the flag, but the Sheepherders stopped them. Somehow the match ends in a disqualification after a baseball bat was used in the ring. Fabulous Ones are able to avoid an attack and run the heels from the ring.

Opening Contest: The Sheepherders vs. Randy & Robert Bryant: This match is from a few weeks ago on television. I’m not going to cover the match again. Sheepherders obviously won the match.

Austin Idol cut a promo during the segment promoting Evansville show. Idol will be teaming with Tommy Rich to take on Jeff Jarrett and Billy Travis for the AWA Southern Tag Team Championships. Idol doesn’t care about Jarrett and Travis. Idol is coming to town and is coming with a storm. They are going to teach the champs what big time wrestling is all about.

We see footage of the attack on Jerry Lawler by Austin Idol and Tommy Rich. Idol pointed to his groin to tell Rich that he wanted to do that to Lawler. That led to Lawler getting sent groin first into the ring post.

Randy Hales talked to Jerry Lawler’s doctor again and the doctor says that Lawler is progressing nicely along. Lawler is on schedule for recovery. There hasn’t been any complications as of this moment. Hales asked when Lawler could return and the doctor said there isn’t a set timeframe. Lawler could return in the next few weeks.

Austin Idol and Tommy Rich cut a promo about the situation. Idol doesn’t understand what the big deal is. Idol says this stuff happens all the time in major sports. Suddenly, when it happens to Lawler it seems to matter. Idol thinks that Lawler had what was coming to him. Idol says that Lawler turned his back on them and nobody will do that to them. Idol suggests that Lawler pray to God to not ever wrestle again. If Lawler were to wrestle again, he’d be finished forever.

Second Contest: The Hunter vs. Jim Jamison: Hunter has a manager named Bambi by his side. Jamison gets worked over for the majority of the match. Jamison kicks out after a snap suplex and powerslam. Hunter drops Jamison throat first over the top rope. Hunter finishes Jamison off with a powerslam. (1/2*. I could see myself enjoying the Hunter if he were to stick around.)

A music video promoting Paul Diamond is shown. We then see footage of a singles match between Paul Diamond and Tony Burton from the Mid-South Coliseum. Diamond won a rather quick match with a superkick.

We see footage of a singles match between Pat Tanaka and Tojo Yamamoto. Tojo gets chopped several times and seems to go into his tights to get something in the corner. Tojo cheap shots Tanaka with something a few times and the referee can’t find what he’s using. Tanaka wins the match following a running forearm.

AWA Southern Tag Team Champions Jeff Jarrett & Billy Travis chat with Lance Russell about their match with Austin Idol and Tommy Rich. Jarrett says this is the toughest challenge they’ve ever had. They want to hang onto the belts and will fight hard. Travis says this is the first time champions are coming in as underdogs. It’s a new era and they will find out how tough they are. Jarrett use to have respect for Idol and Rich. Jarrett thinks they know they are getting older and did something unprofessional. Travis promises it will be a fight in Evansville.

Main Event: AWA Southern Tag Team Champions Jeff Jarrett, Billy Travis & AWA International Champion Soul Train Jones vs. Tojo Yamamoto, Tarzan Goto & Ron Nation: Goto and Travis start the match with Goto controlling the match with a standing heel kick. Tojo works over Travis with several chops to keep Billy on the mat. Nation slams Travis to the mat but misses an elbow drop. Travis backdrops Nation and Jarrett gets tagged in. Jarrett clotheslines Nation and Jones enters the match delivering a clothesline. Travis comes off the top to elbow strike Nation followed by a slam. Travis hits a middle rope knee drop. Jarrett returns to the match and Nation is met with a double back elbow. Travis keeps working over Nation with strikes and a scoop slam. Nation gets knocked down by the champs. Travis dropkicks Nation followed by a scoop slam. Jones tags in and clotheslines Nation. Travis keeps Nation on the mat with a hammerlock.

Travis comes off the middle rope to deliver an elbow strike onto Nation and continues with a dropkick. Jarrett dropkicks Nation and All six men are in the ring. Jones comes off the top to hit a missile dropkick on Nation, but Nation was too close to the corner so it looked rather bad. (*. A mostly boring six man tag match for the most part.)

Soul Train Jones music video closes out the show this week.

Final Thoughts:
I don’t think I’m a fan of the syndication version of the program. I was bummed to see they used MSC matches and they were probably the least exciting matches on that show. I’m for sure interested in the Lawler vs. Idol/Rich angle as those three are the three biggest stars in the company at this point, I’d say.

Thanks for reading.

Bob Colling Jr. View All

34-year-old currently living in Syracuse, New York. Long-time fan of the New York Mets, Chicago Bulls, and Minnesota Vikings. An avid fan of professional wrestling and write reviews/articles on the product. Usually focusing on old-school wrestling.

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