UWF Power Pro, first television taping
(This should probably end up divided into two or three weeks of hour-long TV with a few more filler segments.)
After some opening credits that show clips of most of our headliners, Gordon Solie introduces the program as "something genuinely revolutionary in the field of professional wrestling. Here to talk more about what Universal Wrestling represents is the UWF-I's American promoter, Mister Bill Watts."
Watts: "Thank you, Gordon. It's a pleasure to be here and to get a chance to work with you and with all of these outstanding wrestlers in front of these great fans. As you know, I'd been out of the game a little while, thought maybe I'd retire and take it easy, but it turns out the Cowboy's just not built that way. Wrestling is my profession but it's also my passion. And so I was following some of the news out of Japan, and a man named Nobuhiko Takada claimed to be the real World's Champion. I did some investigating and Gordon, I have to say, I liked what I saw. Mister Takada lead a movement to take the silliness and the extraneous stuff that oftentimes gets in the way of the real sport of professional wrestling. I traveled to Japan and I spoke to Mister Takada and I told him how very impressed I was with what he had accomplished.
"But I also told him that, with all due respect, until he left Japan and faced the best the United States and the world had to offer in terms of great athletes and great wrestlers, he could not call himself a real World's Champion. Things got a little heated at that moment, I can tell you, but we eventually came to an understanding and Takada agreed to participate in a United States tour which we believe will be the start of a new movement in professional wrestling. To that end, I've contacted everyone I know in wrestling to find the very best talent available. I called champions in collegiate wrestling, freestyle wrestling, and Greco-Roman wrestling. Judo champions. Sumo wrestlers and sambo wrestlers. We have a protege of the legendary Lou Thesz and a former NWA World Champion in Dory Funk, Jr., and so many more. The very best from the US, from Japan, and from Europe have been brought here to St Louis to show the people what professional wrestling can be.
"Wrestling fans have heard a lot of talk over the years, and have learned not to trust any of it. That's enough yapping. Fans, stick around for the next hour. Don't believe what we say. Believe what you see. Let's hook 'em up!"
In the ring, Lou Thesz introduces the show. He and Mark Fleming give a brief demonstration to explain the rules of UWF-I.
Gary Albright def. [jobber] by TKO (Dragon Suplex, 2:30)
We'll find some guy who doesn't mind getting murdered on TV. Doesn't have to be much of a wrestler, just able to eat a suplex without getting his fool neck broken. On commentary, Watts and Solie put over his amateur credentials ("still holds the record for career pins at the University of Nebraska" and "wrestled Doctor Death Steve Williams, who we will see later, in the Big 8 finals") and size and power. "It's hard to find opponents for Albright," says Watts. "The big names just don't want a piece of him. And you can see why."
Interview segment with Bob Orton, Jr., who has been to Japan and beaten all those guys. He's not afraid of any Japanese, any Russian, any Brit, anybody.
Malenko Brothers def MacDuff Roesch and Barry Horowitz by Technical Decision (2-0, 10m time limit)
Fast paced, technical match with minimal striking. Lots of near falls and counter wrestling. The Malenkos get most of the match, but Roesch and Horowitz get a few moments. They're a lesser team, but they're not jobbers. Commentary mentions the lineage of Roesch ("student of the legendary - and feared - Karl Gotch") and Horowitz ("trained by Boris Malenko, which may be either an advantage or a disadvantage in this match"), puts over the Malenkos technical acumen ("two of the smoothest wrestlers in the world") and overall place in UWF-I ("may be in line for a tag team title match sooner rather than later").
Taped segment with Vladimir Berkovich and Chris Dolman throwing around training partners. Lou Thesz joins the commentary team as they do voice over explaining the moves and putting over Berkovich and Dolman's credentials. Watts reveals that this "championship-caliber team from Europe" has been signed to face "the best tag team in the world - the Steiner Brothers" for the World Tag Team titles.
Billy Scott def [jobber] by pinfall (3:45)
Get some local college kid who can go a little to trade holds with Scott before Billy puts him away with an amateur-style pinning combination. Watts puts Scott over as "an exciting young junior heavyweight with a lot of promise".
Interview segment with Dory Funk, Jr. Funk welcomes this return to real wrestling. Admits he's a little past his prime - "but in my prime I was the best wrestler in the world. I've got enough left to take care of most of these boys just fine." Looking for one more run at the title before he retires.
Taped segment with Yoji Anjoh leading a brutal training session for Hiromitsu Kanehara, Takeshi Iizuka, and Jun Akiyama. Again, voice over commentary including Thesz to put over the details of the training, why they do certain exercises and moves. Thesz puts over Akiyama as one to watch. "He's young now, but he's got great potential."
Ken Shamrock def. Al Snow by submission (heel hook, 3:00)
Shamrock plays with Snow a little bit. Want him to do his most athletic stuff. He should look like a superhero. On commentary Watts calls him "the best young prospect in the world".
Background piece on Madusa Micelli. "The best female professional wrestler the United States has ever produced," according to Bill Watts.
Masahiro Chono def. Dave Taylor by submission (STF, 8:00)
Watts calls Chono "one of Japan's best young talents. He's on the verge of breaking out as a championship-level contender." Solie talks a little about the contrast of styles between the Japanese and English schools of wrestling. Lots of back-and-forth, with Taylor having a slight advantage, until Chono catches him with the finish.
Piece on Duane Koslowski and the differences between Olympic and professional wrestling.
Fit Finlay and Tony St. Clair def. [jobber team] by pinfall (3:00)
Finlay and St Clair just run game on two overmatched kids for three minutes. St Clair baffles them with science, Finlay just caves their poor fool heads in. It's a mercy when St Clair finally ties one up for the three count.
Piece on Shinobu Kandori and women's wrestling in Japan.
Naoki Sano def. [jobber] by TKO (rolling sole butt, 2:30)
Sheer brutality from Sano, who never gives the local kid a chance to do anything except take punishment.
Adrian Street and Bill Dundee talk about the British wrestling tradition, and the differences between wrestling in the UK and the US.
Koji Kitao Challenge
Kitao in the ring with three large jobbers. Get the third string U of Missouri heavyweight wrestler and a couple backup offensive linemen who need a few bucks. Those kind of guys. Solie - "Kitao has offered five thousand dollars to the man who can take him off his feet." Watts - "This man is a former sumo grand champion. There are not a lot of people on this Earth who are capable of doing that, but these three are willing to try." It's basically three improv sumo matches. Kitao lets the first one charge and just slaps him down. He meets the second for a brief clash and then tosses him to the mat. The third he locks up with and struggles with for a few seconds, then lifts him, carries him a few feet to the edge of the ring, and hurls him over the top rope to the floor. Cue officials running in, lots of pointing and yelling and threatening of repercussions.
Lengthy piece on Steve Williams - his amateur athletic background, his physical prowess, his professional accomplishments. As many bits from former coaches and teammates and opponents as we can get.
Steiner Brothers def. [jobbers] by pinfall (3:00)
Suplex City, the early years. You've seen a Steiners squash, you know what it looks like. Just like that, but fewer Steinerlines and tilt-a-whirls, more Germans and belly-to-bellys. Brief post-match interview with the Steiners, who say Steiner-like things. Bring Berkovich and Dolman out of the audience. Face-off. Announce Steiners vs Berkovich/Dolman for the World Tag Titles.
Nobuhiko Takada profile. Lots of clips of him kicking people directly in the face and those people losing consciousness as a direct result.
Back to the arena, where Steve Williams is in the ring with Lou Thesz. Short interview, he says Steve Williams things. Cue some theme music, march out Takada with entourage and carrying impressive title belt. Face-off. Jawing back and forth. Pushing and shoving. The two men are separated before too much damage is done. Announce Takada vs Williams for the Professional Wrestling Heavyweight Championship of the World.