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[1996-01-13-USWA-TV] Jerry Lawler, Doug Gilbert and Tommy Rich


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  • 3 weeks later...

Lawler wants Doug Gilbert to come out and explain himself after hitting Lawler with a chain from behind in the previous match. Gilbert says he knows what they did and they should really take this conversation off TV. Lawler says he has no idea what he's talking about and even accuses Gilbert of drug use! "I don't know what you were doing last night, because your brain ain't right."

 

Doug finally admits that the problem is that Lawler wouldn't work on the Eddie Gilbert memorial. Lawler than cuts an amazing promo on Dennis Coraluzzo, saying Dennis once spread a rumor that he had illegitimate children running around Philly, so there was no way he was working for him. Doug says how could you put that ahead of Eddie after everything my brother did for you, and Lawler says instead of talking about what you and your brother did for me, let's talk about everything you and your brother did to me, and starts reading off a laundry list of past Memphis angles involving them both.

 

Tommy Rich comes out to defend Doug against Lawler and Lawler brings up him costing him his hair in the Austin Idol match and the groin ringpost thing. Lawler tries to walk away, but Rich and Gilbert blindside him an end up giving him a spike piledriver on the studio floor.

 

AMAZING angle, even better than it sounds.

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This is an absolutely amazing segment that feels so real. Lawler really is a master on the mic. I don't agree with shoe that Gilbert keeps up with him, though he does keep up emotionally. I don't know the history here, but it sure feels like they're using true events to develop the angle.

 

Random: all those mullets remind me that I grew a mullet my freshman year of college in TX. 1993, baby, and I cut it off after about one year. We called it a Billy Ray Cyrus cut back then.

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I remember somewhere along the line they really get deep with real shoot comments. Don't remember if it is this feud or even during this calendar year (guess we shall see). Doug did a good job keeping pace well enough with Lawler. Gilbert kept throwing accusations at Lawler, then Lawler would take it and ramble on in an explanation. I guess in that role it keeps Gilbert from being walked on by Lawler. I do like how past events are always brought back up in Memphis. I wish WWE or now even TNA would gain some more mileage out of past angles. These three brought out like four or five angles from the past and incorporated it into why they hate each other. Lot of fun to watch, really enjoying the USWA stuff. Was this a hot period from them or had the USWA been solid throughout the 90s?

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This is such a simple way to work an angle between people who have feuded over an over, but one that wrestling promotions never seem to do. Everybody involved plays their role to perfection, and if this went down on WWF or WCW it would be remembered as an all time great segment.

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Doug out to tell Lawler why he did it. Memorial show for his brother Eddie that Lawler wants nothing to do. Jerry tries to explain that has a lot to do with the promoter of the show. Bit awkward bringing up a deceased wrestler as part of the angle. But felt similar to the Lawler/Snowman as far as intensity when Doug and Jerry were going back and forth.

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Memphis at its finest. Three guys with a lot of past history being brought up and real emotion and violence being displayed. Doug's delivery and natural charisma pales to Eddie but he can really bring some vindication at times and he feels that way here where I 100% believe he was slighted and justified for what Lawler did. I also especially appreciated the 1987 stuff being brought up. Honestly one of the USWA highlights of the decade so far for me..

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One of the better USWA segments in a long, long time. Fun to watch especially after viewing the previous Yearbooks where we actually saw this business with Dennis Coraluzzo. The invoking of Eddie really doesn't feel exploitative--as has been mentioned a few times, Eddie was one guy who really would "have wanted it that way."

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