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[1996-05-25-USWA-TV] Jerry Lawler & Bill Dundee vs Brian Christopher & Flex Kavana


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  • 3 weeks later...

This. This is the coolest find on this yearbook thus far. THE ROCK debuts in the USWA, teaming with Brian Christopher against Lawler and Dundee. I'm not sure if Rock had matches in front of crowds prior to this or not, but it's really fun. Lawler and Dundee go into all out heel mode and walk him through some nice sequences. He does a promo with Brian Christopher before the match and Christopher does most of the talking while Rock has one line to deliver, which he pulls off well, but he obviously still had a long way to go as a promo. Lance Russell's facial expressions while Christopher and Rock talk are great. Dundee takes exaggerated bumps off of every Lawler move, including two rolling bumps off a collar-and-elbow tie up. Lawler walks Rock through a nice sequence where he manages to make him look like a talented aerial wrestler, believe it or not. Nice piece of trivia and interesting to see how Lawler and Dundee work with green guys as well. Very much worth watching.

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"We're naughty by nature, and violent by decision." The Rock speaks for the very first time. Not quite IF YA SMEEEELLL...

 

Exhibit #307 of why Lance & Dave are the best ever: Rocky hits a low dropkick that doesn't even reach Dundee's chest, and they don't gloss over it--they point out that "it wasn't the best dropkick I've ever seen," and they STILL turn it into a positive by noting how much power Kavana must have to still knock Dundee over without getting the full dropkick.

 

Flex could charitably be described as "raw" here, but the potential and upside are still clear. And there aren't really two better opponents to have for your first TV match.

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Rock arrives in USWA and this is a treat to see. He gets in one line and all things considered it isn't a bad debut.

 

Match is fine but all about Rock's debut. I agree that Lance and Dave are a super commentary team and Rock being led by masters like Dundee and Lawler is good experience and for a first tv match, this is a good performance by him. **1/4

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Rock's first TV match! Pretty cool to see. Rock's wrestling definitely isn't impressive here. He does stand out physically, but nothing else gives him away as someone bound to become a major star. I mean, yeah, it's his first TV match. Nice promo to set it up with Lawler and Dundee talking about how their experience beats the younger guys' physiques any day in the ring. The match is decent.

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