GWF Episode #1

Written by: Bob Colling

From: Dallas, TX

Craig Johnson, Joe Pedicino and Max Andrews welcome everyone to the show. Pedicino welcomes Andrews to the company as he will be the interim commissioner. USWA is going Global and that’s why Andrews is in that role. Joe is looking forward to seeing Axl Rotten in action.

Opening Contest: Chris Walker vs. Sweet Daddy Falcone: They start off with some basic wrestling early on including shoulder blocks and headlocks. Walker yanks Falcone down by his hair to break free from the hold. Falcone had done the same to Walker to keep the headlock on. Walker keeps control with an arm drag and controls Falcone with a arm lock. Falcone comes back with a clothesline and tries for a slam, but Walker avoids it and tries for a rollup. Falcone holds onto the ropes and clotheslines Walker. Falcone misses a splash in the corner and Walker comes off the top to hit a crossbody for the win. (1/4*. That was a mostly boring match. Walker appears to be getting a push because he’s a body guy. Falcone seems like he could be a decent heel if given the chance.)

Second Contest: Axl Rotten vs. Chaz: Rotten came out to Adrian Street’s music, which is music that Street created himself. So, that appears to be a feud taking place in the GWF. Rotten taunts the crowd following a few arm drags and Chaz comes back with a few of his own followed by a dropkick. The commentators are talking about Rotten having purple hair, but his hair looks to be brunette. Chaz dropkicks Rotten and continues to deliver strikes. Rotten gets control with a scoop slam for a two count. Chaz gets out of a headlock with a jawbreaker, but Rotten delivers a suplex. Chaz decks Rotten with a clothesline, but can’t maintain the offense. Rotten slams Chaz followed by an elbow drop. Rotten comes off the middle rope to win the match with a splash, which is known as the British Bomb. (1/2* A little bit better than the first match, but it came across like these two are green wrestlers.)

Scott Hudson talks to Jim Cornette and Stan Lane. Cornette says that Will Rogers has never been to Texas because he’d be disgusted to be around these people. Cornette wants there to be better looking girls for when Lane enters the ring. Lane is looking to get some gold around his waist.

Third Contest: Stan Lane vs. Ray Evans: Cornette promotes Lane as being the gangster of love. Lane complains of a hair pull after Evans hit an arm drag. Lane delivers a kick to the midsection and over the back. Lane plays to the crowd and almost gets pinned by Evans with a sunset flip. Lane almost wins after a clothesline. Lane misses a flip in the corner and hits the corner. Evans hits a leaping back elbow strike for a two count. Lane drops Evans with a swinging neckbreaker followed by a kick to the back of Evans head for the win. (1/2*. Probably didn’t need to go as long as it did. However, Lane is clearly someone that should be building around. Having Lane with Cornette should make them the top heel tandem in the company, I’d have to assume.)

Scott Hudson and Craig Johnson talk about various news going on in GWF and other wrestling companies. They claim that the GWF has been successful outside of the USA and now they are here. The Global Dome is talked about and how people should come down to check out the action.

Boni Blackstone is with Donnie and Gene to talk about the change in Norman to Makhan Singh. They can’t believe that Norman changed his way and they don’t want Singh, but rather Norman.

Fourth Contest: Brian Adonis & Gary Young vs. Doug Somers & Kenny The Stinger: Somers and Young start off the match with Somers delivering a chop. Young quickly fights back with a backdrop. Kenny tries to get involved and Young takes Kenny down to the mat with arm drags. Adonis comes off the top with an axe handle to keep control on Kenny. Kenny and Adonis trade strikes leading to Adonis getting a two count. Somers returns to the match and beats on Young with more right hands and a scoop slam. Kenny chokes Young over the apron. Young is worked over for several moments and can’t get to the right corner to make a tag. Kenny comes off the top to deliver an axe handle for a two count. Young tries to get out of the corner but fails to break free. Young backdrops Kenny and tries to tag out of the match. Adonis gets tagged in as does Somers and Adonis cleans house with a standing dropkick. Adonis is able to pin Kenny with a dropkick as Young knocked Somers to the floor. (*1/2. I thought it was a decent tag match, though they didn’t do anything that was over the top exciting or anything. Gary Young and Somers were two guys I found myself interested in and were entertaining.)

Fifth Contest: The Patriot vs. Tug Taylor: Taylor attacks Patriot from behind to get the cheap advantage. Taylor clotheslines Patriot followed by a backdrop for a two count. Tug misses a shoulder splash in the corner and Patriot tosses Taylor across the ring. Patriot drops Taylor with an elbow strike and a scoop slam. Taylor gets the advantage with a scoop slam and goes to the top rope. Taylor misses a top rope big splash. Patriot hits the Patriot Missile, which is a top rope clothesline, for the win. (1/2*. I can see why Patriot was a major focus in the GWF.)

Scott Hudson interviews Buddy Landell and says Landell talks about wannabes out there. Buddy has done what he sought out to do while everyone else is in their armchair. Landell doesn’t care about the challengers and is all about the money.

Norman is interviewed next, but he’s not going by Norman like he had in WCW. Instead, he’s known as Makhan Singh. Singh ribs up a stuff animal and doesn’t care about the American people. Singh insults the fans IQ level and he doesn’t have to care about the kids anymore. Singh mentions his boss several times but doesn’t reveal who the boss is. Eventually we’ll find out who the boss is at some point in the future.

Sixth Adrian Street vs. Rip Rogers: Street is a flamboyant character as the commentators deem him “unusual”. Street works over Rogers on the mat focusing on his legs. Street decks Rogers with an uppercut a few times and slaps Rogers on the butt. Street kisses Rogers and slaps his butt again. Rogers eye rakes Street a couple times to get control of the match. Makhan Singh comes down to ringside to watch the match and is rooting for Rogers. Rogers gets several moments of momentum but can’t get a three count. Street counters a slam attempt for a two count by landing on top. Rogers kept control with more strikes. Street almost wins with a rollup. Street avoids an elbow drop and nearly wins with a crucifix pin. Singh gets in the ring and breaks the cover to attack Street. After the match, Singh and Rogers beat on Street. Singh chokes Street with his gear on the floor. (1/2*. It appears that there is an alliance between Rogers and Singh. The action was alright as Street delivered a few strikes. Street has a good character.)

Main Event: Steve Simpson vs. El Bandalero: Early on, Simpson has control of the match and decks Banderlro with strikes. Simpson locks in a body scissors on the mat and tries to remove Bandalero’s mask. Simpson continues with a snap suplex and a a suplex turned powerslam. Simpson drives Bandalero over his knee and went to the middle rope, but came off to slam the masked man. Simpson leaps off the top rope to hit a splash for the win. (1/4*. That was a boring match. Simpson had some decent offense and I can see him being a top face for the company judging by how he was presented.)

Next week, Rasta the Voodoo Man will be in action. Will we find out more information about the “boss”?

Final Thoughts:
It’s an interesting company and I’m intrigued to see what they can develop over time. Stan Lane, Patriot, and Singh seem to be major guys for the promotion. I’ve always been a fan of the Patriot, so this should be fun to see him in a top role.

Thanks for reading.

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