Taped every Friday Night and aired to local affiliates throughout the Central time zone throughout the weekend and broadcast across the United States every Sunday Night at 6:05 PM Eastern Time on the Superstation WTBS, the North American Wrestling Alliance proudly presents Power Pro Wrestling, coming to you this week from the Tulsa Civic Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Jim Ross: Hello everybody and welcome to the first every edition of Power Pro Wrestling, a National Wrestling Alliance production. That’s right folks. The NWA is back! So much has changed over the past few weeks so let me Cowboy Bill Watts to shed some light on the situation.
Cowboy Bill Watts: Thank you Jim. Boy, you said a mouth full. The NWA is Back! Bob Geigel, Ted Turner and myself have partnered to bring the best wrestlers into the homes of all the great fans each and every week. We know that the past year has been tough on the NWA but we are coming out with a bang! Saturday, January 31 in Kiel Auditorium there will be a one night 16-man, single elimination, tournament to crown the new NWA World Champion! And that is not all… the winner gets a cool $100,000!
Jim Ross: Wow, that is huge news.
Cowboy Bill Watts: Wrestlers from all over the World have been trying to get into this tournament. In fact, we have had so many people want in, that they will be one round of qualifying matches which will begin today right here on TV. If you win, you are in!
Jim Ross: I can’t wait! Right after this break we will get to the action and you won’t belief who is here…. Hulk Hogan
MATCH: Hulk Hogan vs Greg Valentine with Bobby Heenan
It is obvious the NWA is trying to make a splash here as they have put two of the biggest names in the industry In A Win To Get In Match on National TV. As for the match, we have seen Hogan’s matches and then all seem to follow the same script. Hogan takes the early lead and then Heenan gets involved and we see the momentum swing to Valentine. Valentine comes within inches of winning it several times and then Hogan begins his “No Selling” comeback.
Jim Ross: Hogan with a huge Ax Handle Smash. Whoah….hold on a minute…. That is Bad News Allen rushing to the ring. Hogan lets the fans know he is going for the Big Leg Drop. Hogan hits the ropes… Bawd Gawd … Allen has grabbed the leg of Hogan and he trips to the canvass.
The ref goes to admonish Allen and Heenan comes to the rescue and the three go into a war of words. As this is going on, the crowd gasps as Honky Tonk Man comes out from under the ring and comes in the ring with his guitar!
SMASH…. HTM clobbers Hogan and Allen and Heenan simply walk away from the ref who turns around and sees The Hammer on top of Hogan!
Jim Ross: I can’t believe what I just saw. Bobby Heenan and the Family just stole one from the Hulkster!
Heenan and his stable come over to the interview desk where they are all smiles.
Bobby Heenan: It has been over a year sense I saw Hulk Hogan and we just thought we would play a little chin music for the “Former AWA” champion.
Jim Ross: So, you admit to cheating?
Bobby Heenan: We never admit to anything. Just like you never admit to eating the last donut Jim Ross! Win and Move on was the instructions and Greg “the Hammer” Valentine is moving on!
As we come out of break, we see “Nature Boy” Roger Kirby at the interview desk.
Roger Kirby: Well this tournament is just a formality. I mean with the tournament being in St. Louis, a place I have never lost, you might as well hand me the title.
Jim Ross: Are you sure you never lost in St. Louis
Roger Kirby: Would I have any reason to lie. I am the Nature Boy… the best there ever was, the best there is and the best there ever will be. I am a legend in the Show Me State and tonight I will show all you uneducated folk down here in Oklahoma what a real champion looks like!
All of a sudden, Dr, Death Steve Williams comes out and simply says that it is time for an Oklahoma legend to Show a Missouri has-been what a real beating looks like.
Steve “Dr. Death” Williams vs “The Nature Boy”
One collar and elbow tie up and Kirby feels the power from Dr. Death as the Oklahoma crowd goes wild as their Sooner hero tosses the arrogant Kirby halfway across the ring. Kirby now does a great job of playing the frightened heel and uses the ref as a shield. It works as he is able to hit a lowblow on Dr. Death. This gave Kirby the momentum for a minute or two, but it only served to anger Williams. Once Dr. Death recouped, he hit Kirby with a huge football tackle that nearly split Kirby in two. Dr. Death got the easy pin as Jim Ross announces we now have our second entry into the tournament.
Dr. Death breaks out in a little Boomer Sooner song and the Oklahoma crowd loves it and joins in!
When we come out of break, we here a little moan come out of Cowboy Bill Watts
Bill Watts: I had a bad feeling you would show up here in the NWA… what can we do for you little man!
Jim Cornette: Watch your mouth Watts. My mother’s lawyers are just waiting to sue an oversized, fat bully like yourself.
Bill Watts: Here we go again…Ok Mamma’s Boy. What can we do for you?
Jim Cornette: That’s better. I deserve to be treated with respect around here. I am out here because I have a bone to pick with you… that is, if you didn’t eat all the bones.
Bill Watts: Move on Cornette or move out!
Jim Cornette: Ok… this World Champions Tournament is all well and good but you what about the tag teams. Where is our tournament? I mean I know my team, The Midnight Express, is the greatest tag team in the world today and my mother’s lawyers feel you are not hosting a tag team tournament because you do want to see me win the gold. That is discrimination and the lawyers are drawing up the papers as we speak.
Bill Watts: Not because I am afraid of your mother’s lawyers or because I want to appease you, you little midget but I was going to announce that we will be crowning new tag team champions next month and their will be more information on that next week.
Jim Cornette: Well let me introduce you and all these unworthy fans here in Tulsa to the greatest tag team in the World today…. The Midnight Express
The techno music plays as Cornette heads to the ring with Dennis Condrey and Bobby Eaton
MATCH: The Midnight Express defeats Bubba Dickerson & Billy Bob Bradley as Eaton hit the Alabama Jammer on Dickerson!
Jim Ross: Man, I can’t stand that Cornette but the Midnight Express is the real deal!
MATCH: Ken Patera with General Akbar vs The Tonga Kid
Patera and Akbar’s arrogance quickly goes away as the Tonga Kid is all over the former Olympian at the beginning. Sheik Hercules Hernandez accompanied his manager to the ring but, their seemed to be a little tension between Hercules and his stablemates. It appeared that Akbar panicked and wanted Hercules to get involved as Tonga Kid was in control. Hercules refused and it appeared that he told Akbar that he didn’t want to cost Patera the win as there could be a DQ. In the end, Patera prevailed as he got the win by submission with the Swinging Full Nelson.
At the interview desk, Akbar did his best to infuriate the American crowd as he once again claimed the NWA was trying to sabotage him because of his connection to Arabia. When Ross asked what he was talking about, he said that Patera came to the ring and was going to take it easy on Tonga Kid but the referee was obviously cheating against Sheik Patera.
Watts tried his best to laugh this off and asked if everything was alright in his Army as there seemed to be a problem with Hercules Hernandez. This is when Akbar laughed as he said that Watts was again trying to stir the pot; all because of his nationality. He left by saying that of course his Sheiks were fine and one of them would win the NWA World Title
MATCH: Mark & Jay Youngblood defeat The Assassins as Jay hit the top rope diving tomahawk chop
This match shows the NWA has some real depth to their tag team division as both of these teams are double tough. The Assassins, with their size, power, and questionable tactics could beat anyone and the Youngbloods, with their speed, tag team tactics and never-say die Indian perseverance are one of the best teams in the world.
Unlike Cornette, and the Midnight Express, the Youngbloods are grateful for the NWA giving them this chance and they can’t wait to show all their Indian brothers here in Oklahoma all of their talent. They also make it a point to let Cornette know that they are unsure if his team is the greatest in the world and they would love a shot at them down the road.
MATCH: Barry Windham vs “Mr. Piledriver” Bob Sweetan
A wild match that shows Sweetan might be up there in age, but he is still game for a big brawl. Much of the action has spilled outside of the ring and both men get a little bloody as their heads had been rammed into something hard and metal. In the end, Barry catches Sweetan in a Superplex and gets the win!
In the post-match interview, Windham hypes up this tournament and he can’t believe that he had to face someone as tough as Sweetan in the first round and he knows things will only get tougher.
Before we head off the air, Cowboy Bill Watts hypes up the return of the NWA one more time and lets all the good fans in places like Kansas City, St. Joseph, Lincoln, Wichita, and Oklahoma City.
Jim Ross: Well folks, I told you it would be an exciting hour. Next week, we will have more qualifying matches for the NWA World Champion Tournament. Get your tickets for January 31 at the Kiel Auditorium. So long from Tulsa.