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[1991-05-11-USWA-Memphis TV] Eddie Gilbert vs Eric Embry / Interview: Eddie Gilbert


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Secretly I didn't quite think they'd actually go through with a barbed wire glove match, and they didn't. The DIRTY WHITE BOY makes a surprise return to lay out Gilbert before the match starts. I'm not really close to being tired of Eric Embry yet but the return of DWB definitely freshens things up quite a bit. Gilbert is out to recite his history with Anthony--he was a Maker of Champions for Tony Anthony, and now Anthony will meet his Maker! Great line from another standout Gilbert promo.

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Does feel like a bait and switch for the fans with how much they built up the match last week. DWB also hasn't been away for long enough to counteract feeling cheated. However, Eddie Gilbert continues his fantastic work with his promo here talking about how DWB was family and how he has pissed that all away. Im glad Eddie doesn't act like last year didn't happen as he references the Memphis mafia.

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This whole segment could have been done at WMC. It would have made more sense that way, actually; have a segment at the end of the 5/4 show where Eddie comes out to demonstrate the barbed wire glove, only to have Embry jump him. After a few moments, Anthony (a native Tenneseean, don't forget) comes out to a huge pop, with the crowd thinking that he's about to save Eddie, only for him to join Embry's attack. Miss Texas gets her shots in too, and Gilbert's so badly hurt that Eddie Marlin, who never really wanted Embry to wrestle two unsanctioned matches on the same night in the first place, cancels the barbed wire glove match, leaving the Embry/Keirn match as the only one to be contested the following Monday.

 

Instead, we get this awful bait-and-switch routine, which Gilbert has to bail out with one of his best promos since he returned to Memphis. We all know how close Anthony was to both Gilberts. so we feel Eddie's pain as he talks about what happened the night Tony and Doug won the tag team title, and how he's made Tony what he is and will now send him out of town for good on a stretcher. This was tremendous, and it was the only way to soothe those fans who may have felt cheated by the lack of a Gilbert/Embry match and get them focused on the upcoming Gilbert/Anthony feud. It's just a shame that they had to pay good money for a match that Embry (and Papa Jarrett) never had any intention of delivering.

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