USWA TV @ The Civic Auditorium Knoxville TN 5-30-85
Highlights of the Parade of Champions and all the results are shown to Quiet Riot's Metal Health.
Lance Russell: Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of USWA wrestling here on the USA network. Parade of Champions is in the books and what a tremendous success it was. So much to talk about. You all saw Kerry Von Erich's incredible win over Nick Bockwinkel to win the USWA title but unfortunately it was short lived. I want to bring out Jerry Jarrett for further details.
Jarrett: Thank you very much Lance. Parade of Champions was an amazing night and I know you'll be talking about that throughout the show. Kerry Von Erich defeated Bockwinkel in an unbelievable match to capture the title but like you said it was short lived. Kerry suffered a leg injury during that match. He was scheduled to defend the title on Wednesday night against Tully Blanchard in Louisville. Kerry was not medically cleared to wrestle. I was going to give him a couple weeks off for further evaluation. There is no footage of what happened that night but my understanding is Tully and Baby Doll goaded Kerry into a match and Kerry being the fighter he is decided to defend...
Thundering Boos as Baby Doll escorts a cocky Tully to the podium. Tully arrogantly struts around the podium with the title. Tully puts the title on his shoulder and soaks in the moment.
Tully: Well, well, well here we are after Parade of Champions and look who's standing out here with the title. (BOOS) Oh Jerry, your nightmare is happening isn't it? You tried so hard to keep me from this title but yet here I am! So typical that you and Lance are out here crying about poor Kerry Von Erich when instead you should of congratulated me from the start.
Jarrett: Tully you are the champion and that decision stands but I understand there was a lot of controversy that night in Louisville. Unfortunately there is no footage.
Tully: There was no controversy whatsoever! It was simple. Kerry's win over Bockwinkel was a fluke and I proved Bockwinkel right when he said Kerry was undeserving of being a champion. Where's Kerry now? I sent him home with his tail between his legs. Enough about that. You're looking at a real man, a real champion. I deserve this and there's nothing you can say or do about it.
Jarrett: You're right. You now represent the USWA and you are now our champion. So Tully, congratulations.
Jarrett sticks out his hand and Tully slaps it away.
Jarrett: Ok that's fine. Let me take this time to announce that the number one contender for your title is Jerry Lawler and you will defend that title against Lawler next Saturday night at the Hammond Civic Center.
Tully: Wow big surprise. Your golden boy Lawler is the number one contender. Let me tell you something and that second rate jester Lawler something. This title is going to stay with me for a very long time. I hope you're in attendance that night and watch as I humiliate and put your golden boy down. Tully Blanchard is taking the USWA to heights you never dreamed of. Something Kerry Von Erich or Jerry Lawler aren't capable of doing. Let's go Baby Doll, we have more celebrating to do.
Lance: Ok, that was a lot to take in. Next week at the Hammond Civic Center, Tully defends the USWA title against Jerry Lawler. We'll hear from Lawler later from his home. Fans I'll let you soak all that in while we go to a commercial break.
"Sweet" Norvell Austin vs. Gary Williams
Norvell makes his debut tonight as he comes to the ring wearing long purple wrestling pants, and a fedora hat. The fans are into his charisma.
Norvell swings Williams to the ropes and puts him down with a back elbow smash then swings off the ropes and hits a jumping elbow drop. Norvell hops on the middle ropes and comes down with a flying leg drop to get the win. Norvell makes his way to the podium as the fans cheer.
Norvell: Oh Lance I'm feeling oh so good tonight baby! I'm here in the USWA to make some green baby and to get some gold! Get ready because Sweetness is here and I'm ready to go!
Lance: HA HA ok, Norvell Austin has arrived. Speaking of arrivals, tonight we'll be seeing a man who made quite an impact at the Parade of Champions Battle Royal. I'm talking about Big John Studd. He's coming up next.
Big John Studd vs. Trent Watkins
Studd is all over Trent as he just throws him all over the place. Studd finally puts him out of his misery with a Double Armed DDT! The fans boo as Studd casually walks over the top rope and heads to the podium.
Lance: We all saw what you did to Siva Afi after he won the battle royal. My goodness you smashed the trophy over his back. Just what was that all about?
Studd: None of those men belonged in that battle royal! That island boy didn't win anything because he didn't have to face a giant like me. I'm the true giant in wrestling and now everybody in the USWA knows that! That boy should go back home and eat a banana.
Lance: Alright, that's enough. I know Siva Afi will be back and he's going to be gunning for you.
Studd: Is that suppose to intimidate me? If he's stupid enough to come back then I'll be sure to send him back to the islands for good!
Studd exits to boos.
Lance: Ok switching gears. Jerry Lawler is at home recovering from a concussion he suffered at Parade of Champions. Lawler ended his long and brutal feud with Adrian Adonis as he put him down in a wild street fight. Let's hear Lawler's thoughts on his upcoming title match with Tully Blanchard.
Lawler is sitting on a couch at his home.
Lawler (bandage on his forehead) Well you can say I literally got my bell rung at Parade of Champions but in the end the King prevailed. I'll be back on TV next week. Now I was informed by Jerry Jarrett that I was named the number one contender. Just yesterday I found out I will be facing Tully Blanchard. Tully I heard the controversy and brother I believe every word. I know you think you're riding high but I'm going to bring you back down to reality when I beat you and take that title! It's time for a King's reign.
Lance: Fans we all saw the despicable actions of Ron Bass at Parade of Champions and what he did to our official. I understand Bass has been suspended from the USWA. Speaking of Parade of Champions, my next guess has a lot of explaining to do.
Big time boos as Ron Fuller and the Syndicate (Adias and Young) come out.
Lance: I hope all of you are proud. You put Bob Armstrong and his son Steve in the hospital. Ron Fuller, why would you do that cowardly act? Bob just fought a brutal match with Tully Blanchard in the cage and you attack him with a chair.
Fuller: Let me stop you right there Lance. I want to be real clear. Bob Armstrong and I have unfinished business. Parade of Champions was just a ploy to get me in the door. I knew that would be my night and Bob Armstrong was going to be reminded of what a Fuller is capable of. Come on Bob, did you really think we would co exist here? I always knew you were dumb. This goes way back and I'm here to end this feud for good. Now, Bob has his brat sons running around so I needed a stable. Well it seemed the Syndicate had just lost their manager Carl Fergie. I saw opportunity and I capitalized on it. And now little Stevie is out of commission. That's a shame. Bob, if you and any other of your brat sons want some more than you know where to find us.
Lance: Well it just so happens that they do and here's what I'm talking about.
Brad Armstrong is standing in a hospital hallway.
Brad: Ron Fuller! I guess this just wont end. You opened up old wounds and now you and your goons are going to pay. My father will be back in no time, trust me. I talked with my brother Scott and we're coming and we're coming for you! Get ready for some Armstrong payback!
Lance: Ok, Brad and Scott are on their way and you're the targets. I'm sure Bob wont be far behind.
Fuller: (laughs) Those hotheads will never get to me, not with the Syndicate standing in their way. As for Father Bob. Every moment you're in that hospital bed healing, you think of me boy.
Yoshiaki Yatsu vs. Vic Dutro
Yatsu puts on a awesome display of suplexes before finishing Dutro off with a sitout powerbomb!
The fans and Lance are excited when American Made comes out and meets Yatsu at the podium.
Kernodle: At Parade of Champions, this man Yoshiaki Yatsu showed us what class is all about.
Kirchner: That's right. That slime Slinker thought he got the last laugh but it was obvious he didn't. Yoshiaki Yatsu has earned our full respect and if there's anything we can ever do for you just let us know.
Kernodle and Kirchner shake Yatsu's hand and Yatsu bows to them.
Yatsu bows to Lance and says "I want to bring honor to the ring"
TV Champ Tony "Simply the Best" St. Clair w/Les Thornton vs. William Hillman
Thornton relishes every moment as he holds up the TV title.
St. Clair simply outclasses his opponent before finishing him off with a floating butterfly suplex!
Boos as Thornton leads St. Clair to the podium.
Lance: Well Rick Martel's long and successful run as TV champ came to end end at Parade of Champions. Tony, congratulations.
Les: We don't need that from you. We did what we said we were going to do. Tony St. Clair proved with out a shadow of a doubt that he is the greatest wrestler in the world. He soundly defeated the great Rick Martel and here he is representing USWA television. You see what this man does in the ring. He's a pure technician. There's nobody that can go toe to toe with him. Nobody can match his style and technique. It all comes down to this, Tony St. Clair is simply the best.
St. Clair: Thank you for the flattering words Les. You came to me with a plan and we did it. I showed Rick Martel and the world that United Kingdom wrestling is superior to any other wrestling on the face of the earth. So to all the so called contenders out there, take a shot because after I'm done with you you wont want another.
The Club (Mike George and his new partner Steve O) vs. Willie Lopez and Curtis Jackson
George and Steve come out with matching shiny yellow boxing style robes with 'The Club' written in black letters on the back.
George hits a running shoulder breaker on Lopez then tags in Steve. Steve gets on the top rope as George holds Lopez in an armbar. Steve comes down with a knee to the shoulder to get the pin!
Lance: Come on over boys. Very nice win. So Mike, what's going on here with your new partner Steve Olsonoski?
Mike: Well Lance, after Art Crews and myself lost at Parade of Champions, everybody saw our manager Arnold Skaaland throw his towel at us and walk out. Art was pretty distraught about the whole thing and told me he needed some time away. I completely understand and Art, best wishes buddy, get things together. Now I've been in this business a long time and every wrestler goes through a slump. I want to get back on track so I called my old friend Steve O and he was more than excited to come here and join me. Steve, welcome to the Club.
Steve: Thank you Mike and it feels good to be teaming up and taking care of business in the ring. We have some gr....
Boos as Arnold Skaaland walks out.
Arnold: Oh Mike, Mike, Mike Mike. Here you go again. You just don't know when to quit do you? It's time to cut your losses and head out. You're a pretty good wrestler but its obvious your best days are behind you. Steve, be smart and just walk away before your career disappears.
Mike: Be careful Arnold. What's done is done and we can part ways but just watch yourself.
Arnold: Relax, I actually like this fire you're showing. It's about damn time. I'll tell you what. I have been talking with a couple of extremely talented wrestlers and they are the real deal. Matter of fact I'm calling them the Elite. Why don't we have a little match next week, here on TV. My new team needs a little tune up and why not against you two?
Steve: Mike, I've got your back. Arnold, You want a match against us? Set it up!
Arnold smirks at them and puts his towel on his shoulder then walks away.
USWA and Central States Tag Team Champs The Grapplers vs. Larry Jones and Todd Rooney
Grapplers destroy their opponents and of course the finish sees Grappler 1 hoist Rooney up as Grappler 2 nails him with a flying clothesline from the middle ropes!
It's a cool visual to see the Grapplers hold up both sets of titles.
Lance: Ok Grapplers come on over. You now hold both sets of titles and have ridded the USWA of Sonny King and The Movement.
Grappler 1: A big thank you to Bruiser Brody. The look on Sonny King's face at Parade of Champions was priceless.
Grappler 2: And it feels so good to have both sets of titles! It proves what we already know, we're the best!
Boos as Karachi Vice comes out.
Gama: You come out here and make false claims. You make us sick! You can not claim to be the best when you have not faced the Karachi Vice! You saw what we did to the Harts. That is nothing compared to what we do to you!
Makhan: We are demanding a shot! You don't stand a chance!
Grappler 1: Anytime anyplace!
Karachi Vice have some evil smiles as they leave.
Lance: Ok, looks like we just saw the Grapplers next opponents.
Central States Champ Carlos Colon vs. Roy Glader
Colon has a bandage on his head from his taped fist match with Ayala at Parade of Champions. Colon looks great as he wins the match with a flying body press.
Lance: Well Carlos, you and Ayala had another war and in the end he shocked everybody and myself included when he shook your hand.
Colon: Yes I was taken off guard as well. I commend him on that act of sportsmanship. When it's all said and done we are both fierce competitors.
Lance: I understand you're heading for a 2 week tour of Japan. Next week we will have some footage as you will take on the very dangerous Tiger Jeet Singh.
Colon: Yes, I'm very much looking forward to my trip to Japan and to compete against Tiger Jeet Singh. He's a very dangerous man but after my battles with Ayala, I'm ready.
A vignette is shown. Smugglers Blues is playing as a Ferrari drives up to a club. Out steps a man wearing white pants, a red Hawaii shirt with a couple buttons unbuttoned showing off his gold chains. He takes off his sunglasses, smiles and looks in the camera.
"Vinnie Valentino is the name but you can call me the Vin Man. I hear the USWA is in need of some style and charisma. Well look no more because the Vin Man is coming. I'm not some square like Gino Brito. To many of those types running around. No sir, the Vin Man is young, energetic and full of pizazz. Get ready because the Vin Man is on his way!"
A few girls run up to him as he puts his arms around them and walks into the club.
"Crippler" Rip Oliver vs. Dave Peters
Oliver is on fire as he back drops Peters then hops on the middle ropes. Peters staggers up and Oliver puts him down with a flying forearm blast 1..2..3!
Lance: Rip Oliver picks up another win. Before we get to our feature bout, I want to run down what's in store for next week. We're going to have a new segment called the Beauty Shop hosted by Brenda Britton. That should be interesting. Listen to this, Mr. Wonderful Paul Orndorff will make his televised debut. Rock N Roll RPM's are coming to the USWA. Wendell Cooley will be in action as will the Master G's. Whoa wait a minute, Dick Slater! What are you doing here?
Slater: Whatever I want! Dick Slater is here and serving notice. I want titles and Carlos Colon your title is on my radar boy! It's as good as mine!
Lance: Wow I wasn't expecting that. Our feature bout coming up.
Chief Joe Lightfoot vs. "The Foreman" Spike Huber
Lightfoot is in the ring as Huber enters in full on construction gimmick. Blue jeans, boots, flannel shirt with cut off sleeves, hard hat and a sledge hammer.
Pretty good back and forth match up as the tide turns several times. Lightfoot shines as he dropkicks Huber down. Huber gets up and Lightfoot hits another dropkick. Lightfoot picks up Huber for a slam but Huber's foot knocks the Ref down. Lightfoot doesn't see it and slams Huber down then swings off the ropes and comes down with a flying chop. Lightfoot covers then sees the Ref is down. Lightfoot goes to check on the Ref. Huber rolls out of the ring and grabs his sledgehammer. Huber sneaks back in the ring and drops it down on Lightfoot's back. Huber tosses the hammer and wakes up the Ref then covers as the fans boo 1..2..3!
Lance: That was terrible. I expected better from Spike Huber. Spike why did you do that?
Huber holds up the sledgehammer as the fans boo.
Huber: Because I'm the foreman which means I'm the boss and I get things done by any means necessary!
Lance: That's disappointing. Fans I'll see you next week. Here's a video of Paul Orndorff to end the show.
A video is shown of Orndorff hitting the weights hard to John Mellencamp's "Crumblin Down"
Mr. Wonderful comes to the USWA next week!