ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
There is no denying that Cowboy Bill Watts and Ernie “Big Cat” Ladd get under each other’s skin but this week it seems to have reached another level. Ernie Ladd has spent the week saying that the only reason his team of Bad News Allen and Bad LeRoy Brown lost to Dick Murdoch and Rocky Johnson and had to leave the UWF was because that Big Dummy Watts is corrupt and biased.
Maybe because Watts has been hearing negative comments about himself from all over the wrestling world lately, he was a little on edge at this week’s TV taping from Ft. Worth. When Ladd, on national TV, criticized Watts, Watts exploded. The two men, who have faced off in the ring for years, had to be separated from wrestlers from the back.
Ladd vowed to get a new wrestler in his stable that would prove unstoppable to the “cheating cowboy; somebody who hated Watts even more then he did.
Watts asked Ladd “why find a new wrestler to manage… why not do the job yourself.”
And there you have it… Last Stand 86 in Reunion Arena in Dallas on December 26 sees Bill Watts facing off against Ernie Ladd. While Ladd has not been in the ring in nearly a year, he won’t need to review any wrestling moves. This match will see each man bring out a year’s worth of hatred into one huge brawl.
TWO FRONT WAR
So, who do Terry Gordy and Dr. Death go after first? The choices are almost limitless! Let’s look back at where are the problems started. It was last July at the Great American Bash in the Superdome in New Orleans where Freebird Michael Hayes nearly blinded Terry Gordy with some sort of cream to the eyes.
It was just this past Thanksgiving in the Omni in Atlanta that Ted Dibiase turned on his former World Champion tag team partner Dr. Death as Dibiase joined Sheik Adnan Al-Kassie’s Army.
So do these two go after Michael Hayes and the rest of the Freebirds or do they set their eyes on getting revenge on Ted Dibiase and the rest of the Shiek’s Army. Both Gordy and Dr. Death know the right answer because they have others to think about. During this past week’s interview with Jim Ross, they reminded everyone that their good friends, Scott Casey and Sunshine, have also had to deal with the Freebirds of late. They reminded us of the $25,000 bounty placed on the career of Scott Casey by Precious, the valet of the Freebirds and the pig slop dumped on Sunshine at Starrcade by that so-called woman valet of Jimmy Garvin. So, to Gordy and Dr. Death, the answer is simple… Freebirds first
… Dibiase and the Sheik next.
It seems that Bill Watts agrees with Terry Gordy and Dr. Death as he signed a 6-Man Loser Leave Town Match at Last Stand between The Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Jimmy Garvin and Buddy Roberts) against Gordy, Dr. Death and Scott Casey. Jim Ross explains how grateful he would be to anyone who could rid the UWF of Michael Hayes but how somber it would feel around here if Terry Gordy or Ted Dibiase took the loss.
TITLE VS TITLE
To Bill Watts, the term champion and the brand UWF go hand in hand as they both refer to the best of the best. As he would like to expand the UWF all across the nation and maybe even Canada, he doesn’t see the purpose in regional titles. With that being said, the Mid-South Title is obsolete. Rocky Johnson has been a great Mid-South title holder and it would not be fair to just strip him of a title that is being vacated. Therefore, at Last Stand 86, it will be Title vs Title…. The North American Title vs the Mid-South Title. Jake “the Snake” Roberts vs Rocky “Soul Man” Johnson. Winner, and there must be a winner, is the North American Champion. Both Rocky Johnson and Jake “the Snake” are very confident they will come out on top!
Jake “the Snake”: It doesn’t matter who it is. It could be Rufus Jones. It could be Dick Murdoch… Heck… it could be the UWF Champion Hacksaw Butch Reed. They all think they are fighters. They all think they can knock me down with one punch. Well, truth be told, none of them ever have. This time in Dallas, it will be your turn to learn Rocky Johnson. You will use your Soul Man Shuffle or what ever other silly name you come up with for an illegal punch… but trust me… after you are done dancing around, I will drop your head on the mat… DDT style and that will be the last dance you ever do!
Rocky Johnson: First, I want to thank Bill Watts for the opportunity to face Jake Roberts for the UWF North American Title. I know Jake Roberts is one tough individual but I guarantee you that I will give it everything I got and I am pretty sure that will be enough to defeat The Snake. Chop the head off a snake and it dies. I think the Soul Man Shuffle will do just that!
THE ROCK n ROLL RPM’S MIGHT HAVE TO FACE THE MUSIC
Whether it is just the fact that Ricky Gibson is the brother of Rock n Roll Express member Robert Gibson, or some other motive but it is obvious that Mike Davis and Tommy Lane have set their goal on eliminating Ricky. Numerous times over the past month, they have attacked Gibson after a match. They have thrown him into the steel ring post. They have clobbered him with chairs and this week in Jackson, they even threw him through a popcorn machine at the concession stand.
Well, it seems like Ricky Gibson has help.
Koko Ware rushed out from the locker room after the popcorn machine incident with a chair of his own. He went full tilt after the RPM’s. While he did not catch them this time, he vows to make sure Davis and Lane don’t have a numbers advantage anytime they are near Ricky Gibson. Koko has even gotten Bill Watts to sign a Texas Tornado Match (All 4 Men in the Ring at Once) between himself and Ricky Gibson vs The Rock n Roll RPM’s at Last Stand
BIG VAN VADER…. MAN OR MONSTER
No matter who it’s been so far… Big Van Vader has destroyed them. Most matches last less than a minute with the wrestler being stretchered out after a Sit Down Powerbomb; the most devastating move in the UWF today. As scary as that sounds… Kevin Sullivan; Vader’s handler, often demands that Vader execute another powerbomb after the match is over. Neither man seems to care if they are disqualified. As Sullivan told us last time. The only time when Big Van Vader is happy is when he is punishing someone. In fact, lately it has been 2 or 3 men at a time in Handicap Matches all over the UWF.
Last week on TV, the Patriots came to the rescue of Larry Winters and Tom Stone who were just man-handled by the monster. Both Patriots, said that Vader should take on someone his own size. Both men were pretty sure they could take on Vader in a One-on-match at Last Stand. This brought Kevin Sullivan back out, with his eerie laugh. Sullivan accepted their challenge with one minor adjustment… Big Van Vader will wrestle both Patriots in a Tag Team Match at Last Stand 86!
Jim Ross reminded us that the Patriots are one of the best tag teams in the entire world as he reminded up that they just wrestled for the NWA Tag Team Title at Starrcade. Ross already knew that Big Van Vader was one of the toughest men he had ever seen, but Ross said that if Vader beat both Patriots, he is more than a man. He would be a MONSTER.
A NEW FACE FOR THE UWF
Les Thatcher’s big talk is now UWF’s gain. When Thatcher decided to take a stand a say that any Continental Championship Wrestling star who showed up to Starrcade would lose his job, I bet that he never thought that an Armstrong would ignore his words. Well, that is exactly what happened when Brad Armstrong decided it was unfair of the tyrant Thatcher to deny him an opportunity to become the World Junior Heavyweight Champion. Even though Armstrong did not win the title, he had every right to go to Starrcade.
When you look at Armstrong’s title match against Eric Embry, we see another miscarriage of justice as Embry had a lot of outside help to retain his title. As Armstrong was about to win the title, he was attacked by Doug Somers, Sean Royal and Paul Roma. Even though Brad won the bout, he did not get the title. He also got no justice when he complained about the result to Jim Crocket who had just completed a coup against Bill Watts.
Armstrong, extremely frustrated with Thatcher and Crockett, turned to Bill Watts who was more than happy to bring Brad to the UWF. Recently, Watts met with Ted Turner who agreed to a new TV contract for the UWF on WTBS.
Part of this deal included reinstating the TV title to make sure the fans at home get quality mates every week. Watts agreed with Brad Armstrong that he was screwed at Starrcade. He agreed to give him a chance to be the first UWF TV Champion as he will face “The Mighty Yankee” Billy Jack Strong at Last Stand. Brad Armstrong could not have been more appreciative of Bill Watts and let everyone know this is how a wrestling promotion should be run. He just wished the rest of the Armstrong clan could see the light and come on over to the UWF.
A MILLION DOLLAR CHAMP?
It seems like Sheik Adnan Al Kassie’s plan to control the UWF is right on schedule. When he gave Ted Dibiase a million dollars to join his stable, he was sure he found the man who could bring him the world title. This week in Jackson, Dibiase was able to outlast Captain Redneck in an epic battle to become the #1 contender to Hacksaw Reed’s UWF title. Many in the business say that it is Dibiase’s title to lose. They expressed how difficult it will be for Reed to defeat Dibiase as he is not only one of the most skilled wrestlers in the world, but the numbers game might make him unstoppable. Whether it is the Sheik, Hercules Ayala, Demolition or Jake “the Snake,” Reed is going to need eyes in the back of his head at Last Stand to retain his title.
Quotes from around the UWF
“The Mighty Yankee” Billy Jack Strong on his upcoming UWF TV Title match with Brad Armstrong
Armstrong, I heard you talking about how you want to win the TV title… how you want to be the face of the UWF. Understand one thing, all you are is a face. Your body doesn’t compare to mine. You are weak! I’m going to lock you in the full nelson and bend you in half like a pretzel. The Mighty Yankee will run through Dallas like Sherman did Atlanta.
Michael Hayes on the Freebirds 6-Man Loser Leave Town Match against Terry Gordy, Dr. Death and Scott Casey at Last Stand
“Not sure when the last snowstorm hit Dallas, Texas but a blizzard is coming on Christmas. White out conditions … travel at a complete stand still. It will be so bad that Santa Claus will be stranded in downtown Dallas. That’s right, old Saint Nick will have to spend the night in Reunion Arena and he will still be there as Last Stand gets under way. Santa… I’m telling you now that Michael Hayes has been very naughty this year and I don’t need any gifts, but I am about to give the people in Dallas the gift of a lifetime. That’s right… when I hit the bulldog on Terry Gordy, he will be out of Dallas forever. People of Dallas, I think you remember the Ghost of Christmas past… the VonErichs… I sent them out of town and now… Terry Gordy will be the ghost of Christmas present… gone forever from UWF
Hacksaw Butch Reed on his UWF title match against Ted Dibiase at Last Stand…
“I’ve been told the odds are against me. I’ve been told that Ted Dibiase is the future of the UWF. I’ve been told the Sheik has too many weapons. Well, listen up everyone. I don’t pay attention to what anyone else says. I’m coming to Dallas as the UWF champion, and I plan on leaving there as the champion. Ted Dibiase can and will be beat and Sheil, I’m warning you know, get in my way and you will be spending a whole heck of a lot of your money on paying some hospital bills.
LAST STAND 86
DALLAS, TEXAS: REUNION ARENA
DECEMBER 26, 1987
(SHOWN ON SUPERSTATION 17)
Big Van Vader with Kevin Sullivan vs The Patriots (Todd Champion & U.S. Steel)
TEXAS TORNADO MATCH
The Rock n Roll RPM’S VS KOKO WARE & Ricky Gibson
UWF TV TITLE MATCH
Brad Armstong vs Billy Jack Strong
TITLE VS TITLE MATCH
(WINNER IS THE NORTH AMERICAN CHAMP)
“North American Champ” Jake “the Snake” vs “Mid-South Champ” Rocky Johnson
LOSER LEAVE TOWN 6-MAN TAG TEAM MATCH
(WHOEVER SUBMITS OR IS PINNED IS OUT OF THE UWF)
The Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin & Buddy Roberts) with Precious
Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy, “Dr. Death” Steve Williams & Scott Casey with Sunshine
“Cowboy” Bill Watts vs “The Big Cat” Ernie Ladd
UWF TITLE MATCH
Hacksaw Butch Reed © vs Ted Dibiase with Sheik Adnan Al Kassie