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[1990-09-29-USWA-Memphis TV] Bill Dundee vs Dirty White Boy

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A few minutes of decent action before Eddie Gilbert runs in and attacks Dundee with a chair. Brickhouse Brown makes the save, but Doug Gilbert attacks him. They end up putting makeup and a blond wig on Brickhouse Brown. He looks like a black Tammy Faye Baker.

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White Boy is trapped in a sleeper when he dropkicks Jerry Calhoun. After a miscommunication spot with the White Girl, Eddie Gilbert clobbers Bill Dundee with a chair. Brickhouse Brown is overpowered when he tries to make the save by Doug Gilbert, who knocks him out with a boot. They put Brown in a chair and the White Girl paints his face with makeup and puts a blond wig on him.

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Action was not as good as I hoped for and we get a decent beatdown followed by the lame move of dressing Brickhouse up as a woman. That is another Memphis standby that I never cared for.

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Dundee with some nice arm work. Decent little match before the DQ finish. Brickhouse Brown ends up being completely passed out sitting in chair while DWG puts make up on his face. I want to know why Brown was out cold like that. They put a wig on his head too. Danny Davis got busted up too while this was going on.

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This was an "excuse match", as in a match that's an excuse to run an angle. Unfortunately, the angle they ran really had nothing to do with either of the participants, so it was kind of pointless. If they were going to paint anyone, it should have been Dundee, not Brickhouse. If they were going to run an angle with Brickhouse, he should have been the one wrestling Anthony. (Brickhouse is one ugly broad, by the way.)

 

Aside from all that foolishness, the camerawork was atrocious. We didn't need a lingering shot of Kim while the action was going on, and whoever was directing missed way too much of the postmatch beatdown. Danny Davis gets busted open and we don't see it, Jerry Calhoun gets waylaid by Eddie and we don't see it, Sam Lowe comes over to gloat to Dave and we don't see it. Instead, we see every last detail of Kim painting Brickhouse's face, which could have been left to a surprise reveal at the end. Bad, bad directing choices, and worse yet, none of this really went anywhere because of the USWA title tournament, which took up the next two weeks if you count the number one contender's round robin.

 

I guess they wanted to do something shocking to promote the show's time change; they were on an hour earlier for several weeks in the fall due to a commitment to air Notre Dame football. (It wasn't the NBC network package that still airs to this day, that didn't start until '91. They might have been the local Memphis station that aired the games in syndication that year.)

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Hmmm, so after the big to-do earlier about a tournament for a first round bye, Dundee has a match against an affiliate of Eddie Gilbert's. I wonder how that ends....

 

So yeah, another big Memphis heel beatdown. Never would have guessed we'd see Gilbert out.

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