Written by: Bob Colling
From: Memphis, TN
Dave Brown and Big Jackie are on commentary this week as Lance Russell has taken another week off. They talk about a hair vs. hair match between Don Bass and Jerry Lawler for the AWA Southern Championship. They both had stipulations on the line. There will also be a Wheel of Torture segment and they’ll talk about that later.
Dave Brown brings out Bill Dundee for an interview. Dundee had his hair and jumpsuits on the line against George Barnes. Barnes put the AWA International Championship and his career for a year on the line. Dundee comes out with the championship and recalls Barnes wanting to go ten years in the past and he didn’t want to do that. We are going to see highlights of their cage match.
Both Dundee and Barnes are bloodied as the tape begins with Barnes stomping on Dundee. Dundee dropkicks Barnes from behind and delivers several strikes and an elbow strike for a two count. Dundee scoop slams Barnes and goes to the top rope. Dundee misses a splash. Barnes drives a fist down onto Dundee followed by a scoop slam and an elbow drop. Barnes crotches Dundee on the top turnbuckle, but Dundee tosses Barnes face first to the mat and hit a top rope elbow drop for the win.
We go back to the studio where Dundee continues to chat. Dundee is looking forward to the Wheel of Torture match and he’’ll be back later tonight.
There’s more footage from the Mid South Coliseum shown. Don Bass put the AWA Southern Championship, his hair and Downtown Bruno on the line against Jerry Lawler, 5k and a Corvette. Bass is choking Lawler as the match reaches the 13-minute mark to start the segment. Bass decked the referee with a right hand. Lawler plants Bass with a side suplex. Lawler crawls to the corner and leaps off the middle rope to miss a leg drop. Lawler is absorbing strikes from Bass and staggers Bass. Lawler backs Bass in the corner and is sent into the referee. Bass is tossed a guitar by Bruno. Bass tries to use the guitar and is met with a low blow. Lawler smashes Bass with the guitar and wins the match to win the title in 16-minutes of action. Bass gets his head shaved in the middle of the ring.
Don Bass comes out to the studio and he’s yelling at Dave Brown. Bass doesn’t know what he’s going to do and says that Lawler stole his hair and championship. Brickhouse Brown is with Bass. The crowd pops for the reveal of Bass having a bald head.
Opening Contest: Don Bass vs. David Wilson: Well, with Bass being pissed off about his hair and championship being gone, he’s able to win the match after a clothesline in 11-seconds. After the match, Bass shaves Wilson’s hair. John Paul tries to enter the ring, but Brown takes out Paul. The Commission is blocking the doors to keep anyone else from coming out. The doors break open and they runoff the heels.
Dave Brown introduces Vanna Black to host the Wheel Of Torture segment. As you’d imagine, there’s a makeshift wheel that has a variety of tortures on it for upcoming matches. Jerry Lawler has to go through two lashes in his match if he loses. Tracy Smothers and Goliath come out. The Commission comes out to make all the matches all at once. Tracy Smothers comes out with his group of guys. Randy Hales says there will not be any kind of confrontation and if there is then there will be suspensions. Smothers will have to go through 20 fans with a belt if he loses. Goliath will get lashes, too. RPMs get cattle pods shocks if they lose. It looks like these guys are ironically getting the same punishments. Don Bass will get cattle prod shots if he loses to Rocky Johnson. If Rocky loses, he’ll be forced to eat a can of dog food. King Carl Fergie runs through twenty fans with a strap. Jeff Jarrett will get two dozens eggs to the face by fans. If the Nasty Boys lose they will eat a can of dog food. Randy Hales corrects Dave Brown and says it’s for each member of the team. Sags will eat dog food and Knobbs will get the cattle prod. Diamond will have to eat dog food and Tanaka will have to be painted yellow. Big Bubba will have to eat dog food. Dundee will have to go through twenty fans with a strap.
Second Contest: Rock & Roll RPMs vs. Greg Jones & Ed Mattox: RPMs dominate the match from the start not allowing their opponents any momentum. They hit the middle rope Hart Attack clothesline for the easy victory.
Third Contest: Nasty Boys vs. Keith Erich & Keith Roberson: Nasty Boys storm the ring going after Rich and Roberson much to the delight of the fans. They finish Erich off with a double gut buster in 28-seconds.
Fourth Contest: Bobby Jaggers vs. Freezer Thompson: This is Jaggers debut in the area and he’s got a whip with him. Jaggers is using a cowboy like gimmick, which doesn’t really standout. Jaggers controls the match with an elbow drop and a short arm clothesline. Jaggers decks Thompson with a clothesline to win the match. (1/2*. I could see myself getting behind Jaggers, honestly.)
Main Event: Jeff Jarrett & Billy Travis vs. Goliath & ‘King’ Carl Fergie: Jarrett and Fergie kickoff the main event in an expiration of time match. Travis slaps Fergie while on the apron. Fergie eye rakes Jarrett and rams Jarrett face first into the corner. Jarrett leapfrogs Fergie followed by a slam and decks Fergie to the floor. Jarrett kicks Goliath on the ass to frustrate the big man. Travis comes off the middle rope to deliver an elbow strike to Goliath. Fergie returns to the match and beats on Travis with strikes. Fergie misses a splash in the corner and Jarrett enters to deliver right hands. Jarrett rams them into each other and all four men are brawling. Jarrett gets distracted by Brickhouse Brown. Jarrett has a rollup on Fergie, but Brown delivers a clothesline to cause a disqualification. After the match, Brown decks Fergie with a right hand from the middle rope. (1/2*. They didn’t do a whole lot and felt like it was filling time to close the program.)
The Wheel Of Torture segment was probably one of the worst segments I’ve seen since I’ve started this project of watching Memphis wrestling. The stipulations weren’t at all interesting and it dragged on for far too long. RPMs continue to grown on me and Bobby Jaggers is someone I could find myself getting interested in if he sticks around.
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