Written by: Bob Colling
From: Memphis, TN
This episode is not a studio version, but rather a syndication version. I’m not sure how different that will be, so lets check it out.
Lance Russell runs down what we’ll see on the program this week.
JT Southern music video and a match Southern had with Keith Roberson from 1986 are shown to start this week. It would appear to be his debut match in CWA from last year. Southern was also interviewed and he talked about being happy in the area and its because of the beautiful women.
Opening Contest: AWA Southern Tag Team Champions Big Bubba & Goliath vs. Ed Mattox & Jim Jamison: As expected, Bubba and Goliath dominate the match. Downtown Bruno is on commentary insisting that Jeff Jarrett and Billy Travis will not beat Bubba and Goliath. Bubba drives Jamison down with a Samoan Drop. Goliath continues with a backbreaker before hitting a middle rope splash for the win. Downtown Bruno continued to say that Jarrett and Travis couldn’t win against his team. (1/2*. A fine squash match for the big tag team.)
Lance Russell interviews Bam-Bam Bigelow after promoting the next big show, which features a loser leaves town match. Jerry Lawler is in the scene as well. Lawler will be teaming with Bigelow to take on Austin Idol and Tommy Rich. This match has no rules and no time limit. Bigelow says that people will get hurt and bones will break. Bigelow threatens the referee to not get in his way. Lawler says they are going to hurt Rich and Idol.
Second Contest: Jeff Jarrett & Billy Travis vs. The Medics: Jarrett and Travis work well together early on to keep control of the Medics. Travis hits a middle rope elbow drop. Travis scoop slams a Medic followed by an elbow drop off the ropes. Travis gets worked over for a few moments by one of the masked opponents. Jarrett hits a standing dropkick and wins the match. (*. The fans seem to really like Jarrett and Travis. They seem to be growing on me, too.)
They show a match involving Bam-Bam Bigelow against Jim Jamison from last year. It’s the match where Bigelow started on his knees, but that didn’t impact the finish of the match at all.
Third Contest: Alan West & Pat Tanaka vs. Don Bass & Keith Roberson: Tanaka chops Bass to start the match and they have a standoff when Bass goes to a corner. West dropkicks Roberson after a leapfrog. West keeps control on Roberson before tagging in Tanaka. Tanaka gets a few shots in before West delivers a double axe handle. West hammers away on Roberson followed by a backdrop. West pins Roberson following a leaping forearm smash. (1/2*. Man, Don Bass was part of a big angle just a few months ago and now he’s in a throwaway tag team? West and Tanaka were solid in there and it wasn’t too bad of an enhancement match.)
Lance Russell interviews Alan West and Pat Tanaka. West says it’s easy to win when everyone roots for you. Tanaka says it has not been a secret that he’s been looking for a partner. Tanaka and West have done well since Jeff Jarrett dumped him as a tag partner. Everyone knows that he’s teaming with West since Jarrett ditched him. Tanaka recalls saving Jarrett from a bloody attack. Tanaka notes that he took Jarrett under his wing, but then was taken out of the equation. Tanaka was replaced by Jerry Jarrett and then it was Billy Travis.
Jeff Jarrett comes out and says that nobody got dumped. Jeff says that his father agreed to be his partner and then Tanaka agreed to step aside. Tanaka agreed to step aside one time, but that didn’t happen. Alan West decides to leave the scene since they have other things going on. Tanaka thinks that Jarrett has been carried by Travis, which offends Jarrett. Jarrett doesn’t see it that way and thinks they are equal partners. Tanaka and Jarrett argue to end the scene.
Austin Idol and Tommy Rich cut a promo on Bam-Bam Bigelow. Idol doesn’t think Bigelow is that big of a threat and Rich is laughing throughout the promo. Idol says that Lawler hides behind all his partner. Idol says they will knock Lawler down again and this time it will be for good.
A match between Jerry Lawler and Kamala is shown from earlier in the decade. Kamala works over Lawler with overhand strikes. Kamala chokes Lawler on the mat as Jimmy Hart is on a microphone taunting Lawler saying it’s over. Kamala keeps the hold on for several minutes. Kamala keeps control with strikes and claw to Lawler’s midsection. Kamala keeps Lawler on the mat with strikes. Kamala hits a splash but Lawler kicks out on the cover attempt. Kamala slams Lawler followed by more strikes. Kamala scoop slams Lawler before coming off the ropes to deliver a splash for a two count. Lawler gets a second wind and hammers away on Kamala with strikes. Kamala regains control with several strikes. They go to the floor where Kamala drives Lawler face first onto the announcers table. Kamala sends Lawler face first into the ring post. Kamala tosses Lawler over the table into the crowd. They brawl on the floor for several moments. Lawler whacks Kamala a few times with a chair and gets in the ring. The referee proceeds to count incredibly fast and Lawler wins the match after seventeen minutes. (NR. For what they showed of the old match, it came across like it was a solid brawl.)
Tanaka sure came across like a crybaby in his segment with Jarrett. Looks like Tanaka will be Jarrett’s first singles feud. Considering Tanaka is as good in-ring wrestler, I’m thinking they could have some solid matches. A decent show this week, though its a syndication version and it appears most of March is that style.
Thanks for reading.
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