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Press Release:

Welcome as the former Georgia Championship Wrestling is now known as the Superstars of the Superstation. We will be holding our first TV taping on Saturday, January 12th at the WTBS Studios in Atlanta Georgia. We will be having Tournaments of TV to determine the following titles.

National Heavyweight Championship
National Tag Team Championship
Superstation TV Title

Each tournament will be 1 fall and 2o minutes in the first round. The 2nd round will be 1 fall and 30 minutes and the finals will be 1 fall to a finish. Here are the participants for the National Heavyweight Championship:

Buzz Sawyer
Paul Orndorff
Butch Reed
Masked Superstar
Ted Dibiase
Tito Santana
Ivan Koloff
Jake Roberts

Here are the participants for the National Tag Team Championship:

The Olympians ( Iron Sheik & Bob Roop)
The Samoans ( Great Tio & Chief Tapu)
The Long Riders
The Iron Curtain (Chris Markoff & Korsita Korcheko)
Brad Armstrong & Arn Anderson
Ole Anderson & Dick Murdoch
David Sammartino & Johnny Rich
Mr. Wrestling II & Tito Santana

Finally, the participants for the Superstation TV Title:

Bugsy McGraw
Mike Sharpe
Joe Lightfoot
Lanny Poffo
Mike Miller
Sivi Afi
Les Thornton
Terry Daniels

The Finals of each tournament will take place at the Omni in Atlanta, February 3rd. As longtime announcer Freddie Miller use to say, "Be There"!

 

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3 tournaments to follow will be awesome! I like how everybody gets a shot at something. Very much looking forward to wrestling on WTBS and of course at the Omni. 

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JAN 12TH, WTBS Studios.

ANNOUNCER: Gordon Solie:
REFEREE'S: Nick Patrick & Scrappy McGowen 
 

SOLIE: Welcome to the National Heavyweight Championship Tournament for the Superstars of the Superstation. The rules are the following.

1 fall, 20 minute time limit
Count Out is once it hits 10

Here are the first round matches using a random draw:

Buzz Sawyer vs. Paul Orndorff
Tito Santana vs. "Hacksaw" Butch Reed
Jake "The Snake" Roberts vs. Ivan Koloff
Ted Dibiase vs. Masked Superstar

Commercial break:

Buzz Sawyer vs. Paul Orndorff

Solie: The crowd is jeering Buzz Sawyer as he is being combative already to the fans sitting at ringside. Paul Orndorff on the other hand, is egging the fans to get on Sawyer's case even louder. Referee Patrick calls for the bell and both competitors are being careful before locking up. Both wrestlers are looking at each other very closely, trying to seek an opening. Sawyer starts to get annoyed by the fans yelling at him and he takes a powder outside the ring. Nick Patrick starts to count and Sawyer rolls back into the ring at the count of 7 and he is surprised by Orndorff, who nails him with a few kicks for good measure. Sawyer gets up and runs to the far corner complaining to Patrick. After another few minutes of stalling by Sawyer, he decides to lock up with Orndorff, who frustrates the former Florida High School Champion on the mat. Orndorff is dominating Sawyer with using the same amateur moves that Sawyer likes to use. Sawyer has no answer for Orndorff until he can finally roll out of the rings once again.

Commercial break:

Solie: We come back to the action with Orndorff completely shutting Sawyer down with headlocks, armbars and hip tosses. Orndorff whips Sawyer into the corner and charges to find not Sawyer, but the turnbuckles instead. Sawyer sees his opening and starts to assault Orndorff with various kicks, elbows and forearms to the head and back. Sawyer picks Orndorff up for a powerful vertical suplex and goes for the cover, but only gets a 2 count. Saywer continues to wear down Orndorff's back with various slams and suplexes, hoping to soften Orndorff up. Sawyer then picks Orndorff off the mat and gives him an Irish whip into the ropes and sends a knee so hard into Orndorff that he falls through the ropes to the outside. Sawyer follows Orndorff to the floor, but Paul catches Sawyer with a forearm to the gut. This doesn't stop Sawyer as he continues his barrage of Orndorff as Patrick is continuing his count. Sawyer whips Orndorff into the ring post and charges after him, but Orndorff falls down from the force of the whip into the post. Both men are down as Patrick is up to 6, 7, 8 and Orndorff is the one to his feet and rolls back into the ring as Patrick continues to 9 and then 10 and calls for the bell. Sawyer has been counted out of the ring. Patrick raises Orndorff's arm in victory!

WINNER via count-out in 16:29, Paul Orndorff!

Commercial break:

Tito Santana vs. "Hacksaw" Butch Reed

Solie: Our next match is up in the ring pitting Tito Santana against Butch Reed. Both wrestlers shake hands as referee McGowen calls for the bell. Neither man can get an advantage as these men know each other well and are able to counter what the other is trying to do. After 8 minutes, it's Santana with the armbar on Reed. It appears Tito is trying to negate the strength advantage of Reed by working on his dominant arm. After various arm locks and bars, Reed is able to free himself after a knee to the stomach. Reed bounces off the ropes and delivers a flying tackle to the stunned Santana. Reed is now in control and after about 3 more minutes, Reed picks Tito up for a back breaker and climbs through the ropes and heads to the top. Santana is wobbly and Reed waits, perched on the top. Santana turns around and Reed jumps and hits Tito with a powerful flying tackle and hooks the leg as McGowen counts to 3.

WINNER via pin fall in 12:47, "Hacksaw" Butch Reed.

Commercial break.

Jake Roberts vs. Ivan Koloff

Solie: As we come back from commercial, Koloff is already on the attack, beating Roberts from pillar to post. Referee Patrick is trying to get Koloff off of Roberts to no avail. One of Koloff's teammates, Chris Markoff, is at ringside and gets the attention of Patrick. Koloff sees an opening and hits Roberts with his chain and rolls it to the outside. Hearing the thud, Patrick turns around and see a prone Roberts as Koloff bounces off the ropes to nail "The Snake" with a knee drop to the throat and covers Roberts for the pin fall.

WINNER via pin fall in 3:19, Ivan Koloff

Commercial break.

Ted Dibiase vs. Masked Superstar

Solie: Even though both wrestlers are disliked by the fans, the crowd seems to be getting behind Dibiase. At one time, Dibiase was once the 2nd most popular wrestler behind Tommy Rich, but he has been a rulebreaker for the past 3 years after turning on Rich and driving him from the area after winning a Loser Leaves Town match.  The bell rings and both wrestlers are pulling out every dirty trick in their arsenal and referee McGowen is starting to get annoyed. This match is basically a brawl at this point and McGowen is having a very difficult time getting control. Both Dibiase and the Superstar are in the far corner trying to choke the life out on one another. McGowen is counting for the break but neither man is listening. McGowen then decides to signal for the bell and throws the match out. This will throw a wrinkle in the brackets.

RESULT: DDQ in 5:02

 

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JAN 12TH WTBS Studios

ANNOUCER: Gordon Solie

REFEREES: Nick Patrick & Scrappy McGowen

Solie: With the 1st round over and the DDQ in the Dibiase/Superstar match, he will have one less match in the Semi- Finals. This will allow "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff to advance to the Finals by default. This means that the Paul Orndorff vs. "Hacksaw" Butch Reed  match will now have a 30 minute time limit. We have also learned the Jake Roberts might've suffered a neck injury heading into the big Omni card on Feb 2nd. 

Commercial break.

"Hacksaw" Butch Reed vs. Paul Orndorff

Solie: Referee Patrick is already in the ring as Paul Orndorff climbs through the ropes. Out next is "Hacksaw" Butch Reed, who is walking along ringside slapping hands with the fans. Both men appear to be ready as Patrick calls for the bell. Both men are being extra careful and not get to close to the other before they are ready. Chants of "Go Reed Go" and "Go Paul Go", echo throughout the studio. The finally lock up with a test of strength and after several minutes of it being back and forth, Reed comes out with the advantage. Reed transfer's this into a hip toss and then a side headlock on the mat. Reed is grinding away at the head & Neck of Orndorff, until Orndorff breaks free with a head scissors. Orndorff is in control for a couple of minutes, until it's Reed getting out of the hold and both wrestlers simultaneously.  Both wrestlers again start to circle one another like sharks in the water, looking for that advantage. They both lock-up again and trade holds until Orndorff takes control and whips Reed into the ropes. Orndorff ducks, but Reed leap frogs Orndorff and bounces off and hits a flying tackle to the torso of Orndorff. Reed then starts to deliver knees and elbows into the upper torso and head of his opponent.

Reed uses various slams and stretches to further injure the torso of Orndorff. Orndorff has slowed down to a crawl as Reed looks out to the crowd with a very confident look on his face. Finally after around 18 minutes in the match, there is someone in firm control of the contest. Reed tries to put his foe away with a side suplex, but only gets a 2 count from Referee Patrick. Reed then grabs Orndorff's legs and tries to turn him over into a Boston Crab. Orndorff is fighting for all he's got and with one last ditch effort, is able to wiggle free and grab the ropes. Reed lets go, but then delivers a knee into the back of Orndorff who falls outside the rings. Patrick starts to count and get to 7, 8, 9 and Orndorff makes it back into the ring. Orndorff is hurt and Reed looks disappointed, hoping to win the match by count out. Reed continues to punish the back of Orndorff, getting only 2 counts, much to the dismay of Reed. Reed then picks Orndorff up for a suplex, but Orndorff slips through for a small package and gets a 2 count of his own. The crowd are really into things as Orndorff is trying to make a comeback. Orndorff stands up and sets Reed up for a piledriver and as he is picking Reed up, his back gives out and Orndorff falls down to the mat. Reed gets to his feet as Orndorff is flat on his stomach and stands over Paul and grabs Paul's arms and squats down to apply a camel clutch of all things. Reed isn't known as a submission specialist by any means, but has the move cinched in tight, pulling on Orndorff's neck and starts to really yank back. Orndorff's arms are limp and Patrick lifts Orndorff's left arm up once, twice with no response. Patrick lifts his arm for a 3rd and final time, and again no response. Patrick calls for the bell and the match is over. Reed releases the hold and has his arm raise in victory.

WINNER via submission in 27:46, "Hacksaw" Butch Reed

Commercial break

Solie: We have our first final match-up with "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff going against "Hacksaw" Butch Reed in the finals for the vacant National Heavyweight Championship to be decided at the Omni on February 2nd

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The action is back on WTBS! Really fun set of matches here. I love how you have Gordon calling the action. Nice touch! 

Orndorff and Sawyer have a fun brawl that ends with Orndorff beating the 10 count. Reed gets a strong win over Tito to advance. In classic heel form Koloff uses Markoff's distraction to nail Jake with the chain to advance. I liked the heel vs. heel match between Dibiase and Superstar as both men try to outdo each other with heel tactics. Of course they brawl to a no contest which allows Koloff a ticket to the finals. My favorite match had to be Orndorff/Reed. Great match! Reed gets the submission win. I think Reed has the momentum going now. Koloff better be ready. 

You did a great job setting the tone for Superstars on the Superstation. Cant wait for more! 

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Great show.  This brings me back to my childhood.  I grew up on Georgia and am so excited to have you in the game.  Your roster is awesome and Gordie had some great matches to call.  Koloff with henchman makes him real tough but so is Reed.  This could go either way as all of the matches so far.  That is what made your show such a good read.  

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22 hours ago, spaldoni said:

The action is back on WTBS! Really fun set of matches here. I love how you have Gordon calling the action. Nice touch! 

Orndorff and Sawyer have a fun brawl that ends with Orndorff beating the 10 count. Reed gets a strong win over Tito to advance. In classic heel form Koloff uses Markoff's distraction to nail Jake with the chain to advance. I liked the heel vs. heel match between Dibiase and Superstar as both men try to outdo each other with heel tactics. Of course they brawl to a no contest which allows Koloff a ticket to the finals. My favorite match had to be Orndorff/Reed. Great match! Reed gets the submission win. I think Reed has the momentum going now. Koloff better be ready. 

You did a great job setting the tone for Superstars on the Superstation. Cant wait for more! 

The 1st 3 TV tapings will be strictly wrestling and it won't be until the first taping after the Omni show that it will get the old GCW feel with interviews at the podium and such. Need to build up the programs before having interviews in my view. I'm glad that you like it as I really had no idea on what I was going to do until I started typing. Really did things on the fly.

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21 hours ago, kevinmcfl said:

Great show.  This brings me back to my childhood.  I grew up on Georgia and am so excited to have you in the game.  Your roster is awesome and Gordie had some great matches to call.  Koloff with henchman makes him real tough but so is Reed.  This could go either way as all of the matches so far.  That is what made your show such a good read.  

I grew up in South Jersey, but my 1st real exposure was in late 1980-early 81 with the Freebirds, Rich , Sawyer, Anderson & Hansen.

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JAN 19th WTBS STUDIOS:

ANNOUNCER: GORDON SOLIE
REFERES: NICK PATRICK & SCAPPY McGOWEN

SOLIE: Welcome to another week of the Superstars of the Superstation! This week will be the Superstars of the Superstation TV Title. The rules are the following.
1 Fall, 20 minutes
Count out is at 10.

Here are the 1st round match-ups.

Joe Lightfoot vs. Sivi Afi
"Iron" Mike Sharpe vs. Bugsy McGraw
"Mean" Mike Miller vs. Terry Daniels
Lanny Poffo vs. Les Thornton

commercial break.

Joe Lightfoot vs. Sivi Afi

SOLIE: Lightfoot is already in the ring and here comes Afi, lead by his charges the Great Tio & Chief Tapu. The fans appear to be behind Lightfoot as referee McGowen tells the Samoans that they need to get out of the ring. McGowen rings the bell and Afi charges Lightfoot, who seems a bit unprepared for the quick start of this match. Afi is laying in the chops to the chest & head of Lightfoot and is really dominating the action. Afi has Lightfoot on the ropes and Lightfoot seems to have no answer for Afi. Afi sends Lightfoot into the ropes and sets for a back body drop, but Afi telegraphs it too early and Lightfoot counters with a knee lift to the chest. Lightfoot starts to get his wits back and grabs Afi and sends him into the corner. Afi appears to be hurt and Lightfoot goes charging in, but Afi is playing possum and moves out of harms way. Lightfoot down on the canvas  and Afi quickly picks up his opponent and holds him up for a really long and impressive vertical suplex. Afi jumps up and heads to the turnbuckles. Lightfoot starts to stagger to his feet, turns around, only to see Afi leap off the ropes and hits Lightfoot perfectly in the chin with a dropkick. Afi goes for the cover and doesn't even have to hook the leg as McGowen slaps the mat 3 times for the victory.

WINNER: Via Pin fall in 6:17, Sivi Afi.

commercial break.

SOLIE: Both competitors are already up in the ring as referee Patrick goes over the instructions to both Mike Sharpe & Bugsy McGraw. Patrick calls for the bell and we are underway. McGraw turns his back to Sharpe and this gives the man from Hamilton Ontario Canada a opportunity to charge McGraw. McGraw however, sensing that this is about to happen, side steps Sharpe, who bounces off the ropes and falls to the mat. McGraw jumps on top of Sharpe and rolls him up with an inside cradle for the 3 count!

WINNER: Via Pin fall in 28 seconds, Bugsy McGraw

commercial break.

"Mean" Mike Miller vs. Terry Daniels

SOLIE: After that lightning fast match, referee Patrick stays in the ring as we are waiting for our next 2 opponents. First out is Terry Daniels and the young marine climbs into the ring. Out comes Mike Miller from the Pacific Northwest. Miller had held quite a few titles up there and should give the young Daniels are difficult time. Before the bell can ring, Miller attacks Daniels and goes after his left leg. Miller stomps the left leg of Daniels and puts various leg bars and knees to the leg of the young marine. Patrick called for the bell and we are under way. Miller is all over Daniels, turning and almost trying to screw off the left leg and take it back to Oregon. Nick Patrick finally is able to move Miller to the side and to check on the condition of Daniels. Daniels isn't about to give up and as soon as Miller sees this, he jumps off the middle rope with a well placed knee to the inside of Daniels' knee. Daniels screams out in pain as Miller turns Daniels over for a one legged Boston Crab. Daniels is struggling just to hold on and then Miller switches positions and puts the finishing touches on an Indian Deathlock. Daniels is howling at this point, as Miller is actually smiling and laughing at the pain Daniels is in. Patrick asks Daniels if he wants to give up, but Daniels continues to say no. Miller shifts his bodyweight around slightly and Daniels screams even louder. Daniels is flopping in one spot like a Fish needing water, until he slowly stops moving. Patrick goes to check on the young marine and calls for the bell. Daniels passed out from the pain.

WINNER: Via Knockout in 7:42, "Mean" Mike Miller.

commercial break.

SOLIE: The officials was just able to get young Terry Daniels out of the ring and it appears as of now, that he has suffered a serious injury to either his leg of knee at the hands of Miller. Out comes Scrappy McGowen for the last 1st round match and as we wait for the participants, the big Omni show is only 2 weeks away in which the finals of the 3 tournaments to crown the new champions will be held. There will also be several other matches and just signed this morning, it will be a grudge match between Ted Dibiase and the Masked Superstar in a no Disqualification match. I see now that out next match is up in the ring.

Lanny Poffo vs. Les Thornton

SOLIE: This should be a nice scientific match between the 2nd generation Poffo and the former Light Heavyweight champion, Les Thornton. Poffo tries to shake hands with Thornton, who declines the jester. Both wrestlers are showing off their amateur wrestling skills in this one as neither man can get the advantage. After one particular exchange of chain wrestling, the crowd gives both men a polite applause. the first 8 to 10 minutes is all chain wrestling and neither can take advantage of the other. Finally Poffo slips behind Thornton and is able to trap him in a body scissors, trying to squeeze some air and life out of Thornton. Several times Poffo is able to roll Thornton into a Oklahoma Roll and gets several 2 counts, until he goes back to the scissors hold. Thornton, getting tired and looking desperate, is able to rake the eyes of Poffo and is able to loosen the grip on Poffo's legs. Thornton then starts to stomp on the arm of Poffo, until Poffo is able to roll out of harms way into the corner. Thornton allows Poffo to get up, in which Lanny seizes back control and shoots Les into the middle of the ring with a monkey flip. Les however gets up faster then Poffo anticipated and charges Poffo and hits him with a shoulder into his stomach. Doubled over, Poffo is able to turn this disadvantage into his favor by doing a double leg dive onto Thornton and flip over onto Les, who's trying to bridge out of this maneuver. Thronton, who spent the past 5 minutes trying to get out of Poffo's body scissors, tries several times, but just can't manage to bridge completely out. Finally Thornton's body tires and his lungs gives out as Poffo is bridging on top of Thornton as McGowen counts to 3 for the pin fall.

WINNER: Via Pinfall in 18:58, Lanny Poffo.

commercial break.

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JAN 19TH WTBS STUDIOS:

Soile: The 1st round is in the books as we had a Lanny Poffo finally able to break down Les Thornton enough to get the victory. The Semi-finals look like this.

Sivi Afi vs. Bugsy McGraw
"Mean" Mike Miller vs. Lanny Poffo

Sivi Afi vs. Bugsy McGraw

Solie: We are ready to get things going as Referee Patrick gives his final instructions to Afi & McGraw. It my surprise, Afi doesn't have his Samoans out here for encouragement. I guess doesn't feel the need that he needs their support in this one. McGraw had an quick, short match against Mike Sharpe, but this one won't be as easy. The bell rings and it's McGraw and his very unorthodox offense and movements which are causing Afi some confusion and hesitation on what to do. McGraw is a veteran of the mat wars for over a decade and knows every trick in the book. McGraw is continuing to frustrate the Samoan and Afi climbs to the outside. McGraw decides to chase after him and this is a mistake as Afi's quickness is too much for Bugsy and he catches McGraw with several elbows to McGraw's neck as he tries to re-enter the ring. Afi attacks McGraw with Elbows and Knees to the fallen McGraw trying to soften him up. Afi is in full control as McGraw appears to have run out of gas. Afi has McGraw in the center of the ring and bounces off the ropes 4 different times with various knees and forearms and covering his opposition, only to get a long 2 count at the most. Afi decides to change course a bit and starts to work on the mid-section of McGraw. Afi is attacking the torso of Bugsy using everything from headbutts to knees. Everytime Afi thinks he has him softened up enough, he goes for the cover, but only manages a 2 count each time. Afi actually grabs McGraw by his beard to pick him up and whips McGraw into the ropes and hits a dropkick right in the stomach of McGraw. Afi covers him and Patrick counts 1...2.., kick out at 2 1/2! Afi is looking stunned as his legs are his most powerful weapon. Afi then grabs McGraw and delivers 3 quick bodyslams. Instead of covering his man, Afi decides to pick McGraw up once again, his time for a German suplex. Afi gets up slowly and climbs to the top of the ropes and stands on the top turnbuckle. McGraw looking dazed & confused is wondering around aimlessly. McGraw finally turns around towards Afi, and Afi leaps feet first for a dropkick. McGraw somehow has the sense to move to the side and Afi hands hard to the canvas. Afi is rolling around the mat and McGraw comes off the ropes and hits and devastating body splash. He hooks the far leg and Patrick counts to 3.

WINNER: Via pinfall in 14:11, Bugsy McGraw

commercial break.

Solie: That was a fantastic show of determination by both men. The Unpredictable" Bugsy McGraw is going to the finals of the TV tournament. Up next is Lanny Poffo and "Mean" Mike Miller. Poffo had a hard fought victory over Les Thornton, while Miller decimated young Terry Daniels, possibly injuring his leg of knee in the process. Let's go to the ring.

"Mean" Mike Miller vs. Lanny Poffo

Solie: The crowd in the studio is really giving Miller a tongue lashing for his treatment in the last match to Terry Daniels. Poffo still appears to be tired after having a back and forth affair against the very tough former Lt. Heavyweight champion, Les Thornton. Scrappy McGowen gives his final instructions and calls for the bell. Poffo backs up into a corner, keeping both eyes on Miller, who attacked his opponent before the bell in his last match. Miller is talking trash to the crowd and towards Poffo, telling them that he will suffer the same fate as Terry Daniels. The crowd is chanting , "Poffo, Poffo" and Poffo is starting to get charged up. After 3 to 4 minutes of this and a few stallings by Miller, they both lock up in a Greco-Roman Lock. Miller backs Poffo to the ropes and Scrappy calls for a clean break. Miller slowly backs up and smiles. Poffo is very cautious and not trusting Miller for one moment. Both men lock up again with this time, Miller kneeing Poffo in the stomach. Miller gets the advantage by taking Poffo over with a hip toss and goes immediately to the right leg of Poffo. Miller knows that Poffo likes to use his speed and flying maneuvers to disorient his opposition. Miller is standing upright, picking up Poffo's knee and slamming it into the canvas. Miller does this for 90 seconds or so and then transitions to a spinning toehold, ala Dory Funk Jr. Poffo is banging his arms into the mat in pain as Miller continuously applies more and more pressure to the leg and most importantly, the knee of the high flying Poffo. 

commercial break.

Solie: Miller is still in control, working on the right leg of the 2nd generation wrestler. Miller has used the spinning toe hold for almost 7 minutes now and Poffo is weakening. Miller decides to changes things up and releases the hold, only to pick Poffo up off the canvas and to lift him up by his injured knee and smash it full force onto Miller's leg. Poffo goes down clutching his knee and Miller goes for the cover, but only gets a 2 count. Miller smiling, jumps up and delivers several knee drops onto the injured leg of Poffo. He covers again and this time he gets a 2 1/2 count. This time, Miller changes things up once again and grabs Poffo's legs trying to get them in position for a Texas Cloverleaf. After 45 seconds or so, Miller gets Poffo into where he needs him and flips him over. Miller is able to leaning back farther and farther, putting more pressure onto the legs and now lower back of Poffo. The crowd is starting to yell for Poffo, but Poffo appears to be out of energy. After seeing that Poffo won't give up, Miller then releases Poffo from the hold, only to start another spinning toe hold. However, this time Miller stops and grabs Poffo's other leg and sits down for the figure four leglock. Poffo is screaming just like Daniels did the previous match and McGowen asks Poffo if he wants to give up. Poffo says no, but the pain in Poffo's face is slowing that this is starting to become unbearable. Poffo's shoulders are flat on the mat and Miller yells at the ref to count them down. He count 1..2.. 2 3/4 and Poffo rolls his left shoulder up. Seeing this, Miller is able to grab the middle rope for extra pressure, as referee McGowen is looking at Poffo's shoulder's. Poffo is flat on his back and McGowen counts, 1....2....3.. and the match is over. Poffo passed out for the pain and McGowen starts to count to 5 for Miller to release the hold. Scrappy gets to 4 and Miller finally releases Poffo from this torture.

WINNER: Via Knockout in 16:39, "Mean" Mike Miller

commercial break.

Solie: We have 2 final competitors now as Bugsy McGraw will face "Mean" Mike Miller in the finals for the TV Title. Miller is living up to his nickname and has won both matches by having his opponent pass out from the pain of his leg locks. Can the veteran McGraw cook something up and pull off the victory? Find out at the Omni on February 2nd. As Freddie Miller likes to say, BE THERE!!

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Fun TV tournament here.  I can just picture Iron Mike acting all confident during the introductions and then slapping the ring ropes in frustration as he lost in 28 seconds.  Looking forward to the finals.  Bugsy is one guy who doesn't always get a lot of love in these type of games but he is very underrated.  He was a good babyface and a good heel and his quirky gimmick makes him a fun read.  Mean Mike Miller was big time in the Portland area and with a little build, he could be big in Georgia.  Can't wait for the finals as I could see this going either way.

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Some really competitive TV title tournament matches. I really liked this group of wrestlers. 

First off I have to give a shout out to Scrappy McGowen, one of my all time favorite referees. 

Good opening round as Siva looks good and finishes off Lightfoot with an impressive flying drop kick. 

LOL, Sharpe getting quickly pinned was hilarious and I could totally see that happening. 

Mean Mike sure was mean as Terry finally passes out from all that pain inflicted but Terry does come out looking pretty tough. 

Les and Lanny put on a scientific masterpiece. Great match. Lanny gets the tough win but Les took a ton out of him. 

Action continues into the 2nd round. Siva looked like a star tonight but Bugsy uses his veteran instincts and takes home a victory. Bugsy sure is a crowd pleaser. 

Mean Mike does it again and forces Lanny to pass out. Mike just looked devastating tonight with his submission approach. 

Mike and Bugsy in the finals. This should be a fun contrasting styles match up. I'm really intrigued by this match and cant wait for the Omni show. 

Another solid program on the Superstation! 

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Thanks to everyone for all the kind words. This TV taping was so to write as I started, but once I got going, it only took me 40 minutes as each match unfolded in my mind as I was typing. The Tag Team Tournament will be fun and I wish that I didn't have to wait until next Saturday. I'm curious on how Random.org will spit out the match-ups. For those who might or might not know, I'm also in the 2019 project as NJPW and I will start that on the 28th.

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JAN 26TH WTBS Studios:

ANNOUNCER: Gordon Solie

REFEREES: Nick Patrick & Scrappy McGowen

Solie: This week we have an action packed show as the National Tag Team Championship Tournament starts today. The rules are the same as the previous 2 tournaments, 1 fall, 20 minute time limit.

Here are the first round match-ups:

The Samoans ( Great Tio & Chief Tapu) vs. David Sammartino & Johnny Rich
Tito Santana & Mr. Wrestling II vs. The Iron Curtain ( Chris Markoff & Korsita Korchenko)
Brad Armstrong & Arn Anderson vs. The Olympians ( Bob Roop & Iron Sheik)
Ole Anderson & Dick Murdoch vs. The Long Riders ( Scott & Bill Irwin)

commercial break.

The Samoans vs. David Sammartino & Johnny Rich

Solie: Referee Patrick is in the ring and Tio & Tapu are coming into view, lead by Sivi Afi. The team of David Sammartino & Johnny Rich are ready to go and are pacing back & forth. The bell sounds and it's Rich & Tio starting off. They lock up and neither man can get an advantage. Tio leans through the middle rope as Afi is giving some instructions. Rich sees an opportunity and chargers Tio, kneeing him in the back and Tio falls out of the ring, onto Afi. Both Afi & Tio are furious, yelling and pointing at Rich, This gets Rich distracted and this allows Tapu to attack Rich from behind with several quick forearms to the back and then he tosses Rich out of the ring and to the feet of Afi & Tio. Tapu quickly gets Patrick's attention and this allows Afi & Tio to double team Rich for 10 to 15 seconds, kicking and stomping Rich as he lays on the floor. Tapu is finally heading back to his corner and Afi rolls Rich back into the ring, just as Tio climbs back in at the same time. Tio starts brutally choking Rich and starts to chop Rich in his throat 3 to 4 times before Patrick can pull Tio away. Rich is gasping for air and Tio goes back on the attack. after several tags, it's Tapu's turn to stay and to continue the damage that Tio started. Tio is on the attack, until he goes for an elbow drop and misses. This allows Rich to crawl over and make the tag to Sammartino. Sammartino is a house of fire, laying into both samoans and has Tapu on the run. After several back body drops, Sammartino hits a few back breakers and goes for the pin, but can only get a 2 count. Sammartino then picks Tapu up and puts him in the Argentina back breaker. Tapu is waving his arms and Tio comes in to make the save with a kick to the gut. Rich comes in and goes at it with Tio. All 4 wrestlers are in the ring fighting it out and Rich is now with Tapu and Sammartino is battling Tio. Rich and Sammartino try and simultaneous Irish whip, but Tio reverses it and Sammartino hits Tapu with a cross body block and lands on top of his man. Patrick counts as Sammartino hooks the leg and Rich tackles Tio. Sammartino gets the 3 count for the victory.

WINNER: Via pin fall in 12:41, David Sammartino & Johnny Rich

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Tito Santana & Mr. Wrestling II vs. The Iron Curtain

Solie: Both teams are in the ring and the Iron Curtain attacks Santana & Wrestling II. Korchenko is beating on Santana, while Markoff is working over Wrestling II. Referee McGowen is over trying to break up Santana & Korchenko and Markoff goes into his tights and loads his elbow pad with something metallic. Markoff starts to repeatedly hit Wrestling II in the head with his elbow, while Santana and Korchenko are still entangled on the opposite side of the ring. Markoff whips Wrestling II into the ropes and lands an elbow right on the top of Wrestling II's skull. Wrestling is down and the crimson mask has appeared under the mask of Wrestling II. McGowen finally is able to break up Tito & Korchenko and he sees Wrestling II down in a heap. Markoff is just continuously smashing his elbow into the head of the masked man. Markoff looks over in his corner to see the big Korchenko and tags him in. Korchenko continues the beating with several slams & suplexes. The Russians then tag again and Markoff climbs the ropes to the top. Korchenko has a modified bearhug on Wrestling II, with Wrestling II's head towards the turnbuckle. Markoff decides to jump and hits Wrestling II in the head with his loaded elbow. II hits the canvas and as Markoff goes for the cover, Korchenko heads Santana off at the pass. McGowen hits the mat 1 time....2 times..... and then for the 3rd time. It's a shocker here in the studio as the Iron Curtain has upset Santana & Wrestling II.

WINNER: Via pin fall in 3:28, The Iron Curtain.

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Solie: The crowd is still stunned as one of the favorites have been knocked out in the 1st round. Our next match is in the ring and let's go to the action.

Brad Armstrong & Arn Anderson vs. The Olympians ( Bob Roop & Iron Sheik)

Solie: It's youth vs. experience in this one. Referee McGowen goes off the instructions and calls for the bell. It's Anderson & Roop to start off. It's a clinic of amateur wrestling with Roop getting the upper hand each time, only for Anderson to find a counter and make an escape. Roop claps his hands and offers his hand to Anderson for doing a good job. Anderson looking around, not knowing what to do, decides to extend his hand back and to the surprise off all, it's a clean handshake. Both men circle each other and as Anderson moves forward, Roop gets behind Anderson and lifts him up for a takedown. Roop is on the back of Anderson, until Arn turns himself over and sends Roop off of him and onto the mat. Anderson is up on his feet, as Roop is on one knee shaking his head. Roop stands up and offers his hand again and as Anderson starts to reach forward, Roop nails Arn, taking his breathe away with a quite vicious knee to the stomach. Roop hits several axe handles to the back and sends him into the corner and tags in the Iron Sheik. Sheik goes to work hitting Anderson with a trio of beautiful high angle German suplexes and goes for the cover, but only gets a soft 2 count. Sheik lets Anderson get to his feet and puts himself into position to apply a abdominal stretch on his foe. Sheik is cranking away and digging his elbow into Anderson's side. Brad Armstrong is encouraging his partner to get out, but is struggling just to keep from falling over. Anderson has now been in this hold for 3 minutes or so and the Sheik decides to release the hold and whips him into his corner. Sheik follows Arn in and tags in Roop who is continuing the attack on the torso of Anderson. Roop hits several side suplexes and goes for the cover, only to get a 2 count. Roop looks frustrated and starts to kicking Anderson in his ribs. Anderson is in trouble and Roop is starting to smell the blood in the water. Roop slams Anderson and then climbs to the middle rope, waiting for Anderson to get to his feet. Arn finally makes it and Roop jumps off, om to get a punch in the stomach. Roop is on the mat as Anderson is wobbly heading towards Armstrong. Anderson looks back to see where Roop is and is able to tag in Armstrong. Armstrong throws a bunch of dropkicks to Roop and he is able to take in the Iron Sheik. The Sheik isn't fairing much better as Armstrong's speed is keeping the Sheik off balance. Armstrong is able to get a few 2 counts as the crowd is firmly behind him. After one cover, Armstrong is able to side step a charging Sheik and uses his momentum to push Sheik into the ropes for a roll-up. McGowen starts to count and gets to 2, until Roop breaks things up. Anderson charges Roop , but the veteran pushes Anderson into the corner and he hits the steel post, shoulder first. Anderson is down on the mat as McGowen goes to check on him. This allows Roop to attack Armstrong and Roop and the Sheik grab Armstrong by the hair and send him shoulder first into the post. McGowen sees Roop in the ring and yells at him to get out of the ring. Roop does and the Sheik grabs the injured Armstrong and quickly tags Roop back in. Roop scoops Brad up and puts him on his shoulder with ease. He walks around for a bit and quickly drops to his knee, hitting a powerful shoulder breaker. Roop goes for the cover and McGowen gets a 3 count.

WINNER: Via pin fall in 16:50, The Olympians)

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Solie: The last match as a great back and forth affair, but the experience came out on top. The final 1st round match should be an all out brawl and it has already started!

Ole Anderson & Dick Murdoch vs. The Long Riders

Solie: All 4 men are in the ring hitting one another with everything they got. It's Murdoch paired off with Scott Irwin standing toe to toe on one side, while Anderson & Bill Irwin are rolling around on the canvas. Referee Patrick is trying to get control, calling for the bell and then he starts to count. Anderson follows Bill Irwin to the outside, so by default, Murdoch & Scott Irwin are the legal men. Murdoch & S. Irwin are just going tooth and nail in the ring, as Anderson & Bill Irwin finally break-up their own battle and get back to their respective corners. Murdoch & S. Irwin are just throwing haymakers, while Patrick is trying to no avail, to get them to at least, use an open hand. Murdoch reaches over for the tag and Anderson goes on the attack on the bigger of the Irwin brothers. Ole grabs Scott and puts him in a hammerlock to take him to the mat. Ole starts to do the old Anderson trademark of working the arm, trying to soften up the arm of the stronger Irwin. Anderson & Murdoch tag in and out, working on the right arm of Scott Irwin. By the way they are moving, it looks like they have been teaming together for 10 years. While having Irwin in a hammerlock, Anderson scoops arm Scott and slams him hard on his arm. Murdoch is in the corner hooting and hollering, wanting to tag back in. Now it's Murdoch scooping Irwin up and slamming him on the arm. Murdoch and Anderson tag in and out for it seems 10 minutes, just slamming Irwin on his arm. Ole goes for the pin, only for "Wild" Bill to break it up. Ole grabs "Hog" Irwin and tags Murdoch, who climbs the middle rope and comes down on the injured arm of Irwin with a double axe handle. Murdoch tags Ole back in and Ole does the same thing. Irwin is down on the mat and Ole starts to crank the arm once again with a painful looking armbar. Ole has his full weight hovering over Irwin, putting that extra pressure on that injured arm. Bill Irwin decides to come in with a solid boot to the back of Ole's head. Anderson is down and Bill Irwin is told to get out of the ring. 

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Solie: Bill Irwin is working over Ole Anderson after getting the tag during the break. Irwin is pounding Ole all over his body with his arms and legs. Ole looks tired and in trouble as "Wild" Bill is fully in command. Bill drags Ole over to his brother Scott, who tags back in to get some revenge. Murdoch is getting restless on the outside and tries to break things up, but Nick Patrick goes over to keep Murdoch out. This also allows the Irwin's to do some double teaming and to keep the pressure on Ole. The Irwin's hit several double team moves, but can only get a count of 2. Murdoch has had enough and goes in again trying to get at one of the Irwin's. Murdoch manages to get to Scott and gets a few punches in, while Patrick tries to get Murdoch to the outside. Murdoch shoves Patrick away and he falls to the mat. Murdoch is on the attack after Bill now and Patrick goes back over to Murdoch, who this time hits Patrick with an elbow to the jaw. Patrick is down and finally calls for the bell. After another 90 seconds or so, Patrick manages to get both teams separated and goes over to the Irwin's and raises their arms up for the victory.

WINNER: Via DQ, The Long Riders in 11:26

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Solie: The semi-finals are now set after a surprising first round. The matches are.

David Sammartino & Johnny Rich vs. The Iron Curtain
The Olympians vs. The Long Riders

Solie: Our next match is already in the ring and about to start. It's Sammartino to go for his team, while Korchenko is in for the Iron Curtain. Both men a very strong and have very extensive powerlifting backgrounds. Both men try to get the upper hand with different tests of strength, but neither can overcome the other. Both men decide to tag out as Rich & Markoff try their luck. Rich is able to keep the lumbering Markoff off his game with speed and he starts to get the Russian angry, trying to figure out on how to stop him. Rich is able to keep the advantage and tags in his partner, Sammartino starts to use his strength advantage over Markoff, working on his back, trying to set him up for his backbreaker. Sammartino is in control until Markoff rakes his eyes and is able to bring the giant Korchenko in. Korchenko has Sammartino reeling as David is having trouble getting his vision , which let's Korchenko to start to use some of his power, trying to weaken the neck of Sammartino. Korchenko hits several neck breakers to Sammartino and then tags Markoff back in. Markoff has David face down on the mat and he comes down with all of his weight onto the back of the neck. Sammartino is in definite trouble and Markoff goes for the cover and gets a 2 1/2 count. Markoff picks Sammartino up of the canvas and applies a cobra clutch to the weakened neck of his opponent. Sammartino is trying to get out, but is starting to fade. Johnny Rich comes in the ring and kicks Markoff in the back and he releases the hold. Rich is escorted outside the ring and Markoff tags in Korchenko and whips Sammartino into the ropes and they hit David with a double back drop. Korchenko picks up the opposition and takes David over and starts to twist the neck of Sammartino. After several minutes of this, Markoff is tagged back in and he continues where Korchenko left off. Markoff then tags Korchenko and he then picks David up in the air. Korchenko bounces himself off the ropes and hits David with a clothesline and Sammartino crashes to the mat. Korchenko with the cover and again only gets a 2 1/2 count.  Korchenko immediately picks Sammartino up again and goes for a suplex, only for David to block it, reverse it and hits his own suplex. Both wrestlers are down and Sammartino is slowly crawling to his corner. Korchenko then tries to get to David, but he manages to tag in a fresh Johnny Rich who goes after the giant Russian. Korchenko however, stops Rich in his tracks with a forearm to the chest. Korchenko gets up and grabs Rich, who then pushes Korchenko into the corner chest first. Korchenko rebounds off the corner and falls to the mat. Rich quickly climbs the ropes and dives off the top with a elbow drop, but Markoff comes in for the break up. Rich hits a kneeling Korchenko with a kneelift and Korchenko goes down again. This time, Rich waits and lets Korchenko get up to a knee and hooks Korchenko and rolls him over with a Oklahoma Roll and keeps the big Russian down for a 3 count as Sammartino knocks Markoff out of the ring.

WINNER: VIA Pin fall in 18:27, David Sammartino & Johnny Rich

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Solie: We have one half of the championship finals with the team of David Sammartino & Johnny Rich advancing. They will meet the winner of our next match.

The Long Riders vs. The Olympians

Solie: You have a team who likes to brawl vs. a team who can both brawl and wrestle. Both teams don't mind bending the rules into their favor, so this should be a very interesting encounter. Referee McGowen calls for the bell as it's the Iron Sheik to start off against Bill Irwin. Both wrestlers are looking for a way to get the upper hand, but both wrestler are really cautious as they know that a mistake could cost them the match. It's back and forth action as both teams have tagged out several times and to everyone's surprise, it's been a clean match. Roop has Bill Irwin in an arm bar, grinding his knee into his shoulder. Roop and the Sheik have the upper hand as they continue to work on the shoulder and arm of "Wild" Bill. The Sheik is rowing the boat with the right arm of Irwin. Scott Irwin sees an opening and jumps into the ring and grinds his boot on the face of the Sheik. The crowd doesn't seem to know on who to cheer for in this match and are basically booing both teams. Bill Irwin leans over and tags in his brother and Scott kick the Sheik square in the face with a size 15 boot. There is blood coming from the Sheik's mouth as a few of his teeth might've come loose. The Irwin's are starting to tag in and out, working over the lower back of the Olympian from Iran. Both brothers hits a wide range of suplexes and back breakers and are really taking control of the match. The Sheik is looking slow and can hardly move as the brothers both pick the Sheik up for a double suplex. Scott heads to the outside and pulls Roop off the ring apron and he hits the hard concrete floor. Bill sends the Sheik into the corner and runs in with a knee, doubling him up. Bill Irwin then picks the Sheik up and sets him onto the turnbuckle. Bill climbs on the ropes and picks him up to hit a giant suplex off the top rope. Bill goes for the cover as Scott has Roop on the floor and McGowen counts to 3. The Long Riders are headed to the Omni for a shot of the titles.

WINNER: Via pin fall in 13:44, The Long Riders

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Solie: We finally have it as it will be the brother tandem, the Long Riders facing the duo of David Sammartino & Johnny Rich for the right to be the next National Tag Team Champions. Here is the partial card for the big February 2nd show at the Omni.

National Heavyweight Championship Match: "Hacksaw" Butch Reed vs. "Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff
Superstars of the Superstation TV Title Match: Bugsy McGraw vs. "Mean" Mike Miller
National Tag Team Championship Match: The Long Riders vs. David Sammartino & Johnny Rich
No DQ: Ted Dibiase vs. The Masked Superstar
Plus 5 other matches to be announced!

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Matter what gimmick the Long Riders used they were great!  They rest of the tag team division better be at their best or they are going to be in trouble.

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Another set of tournament matches that didn't disappoint. Loved the teams and match ups. 

Sammartino and Rich were the surprise sleepers of the tournament as they get huge wins over two tough teams, the Samoans and Iron Curtain. Even though they didn't advance to the finals, the Iron Curtain's win over Santana and Wrestling 2 gives them instant credibility. 

Fun seeing a young Arn Anderson here. Him and Brad give the Olympians a good match but like Gordon said, the experience won that match. 

Loved the Long Riders/Murdoch-Ole match. I knew that would be a good brawl. Long Riders get the DQ win, keeping Ole and Murdoch strong. 

Battle of the heels as the Long Riders get over on the Olympians. I like a good heel vs. heel match and this was a good one. 

Should be a good final match between Long Riders and Sammartino/Rich. Both teams had to fight hard to reach the finals.

Next stop, the Omni! 

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Press Release:

February 3rd at the Omni in Atlanta Georgia:

Making his debut will be Al Perez and he will take on "Iron" Mike Sharpe
The Fantastics, Tommy Rogers & Bobby Fulton will be making their debut going against The Great Tio & Chief Tapu
Brad Armstrong & Arn Anderson will be going against The Olympians ( Iron Sheik & Bob Roop)
Tito Santana will face off against "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer
Lanny Poffo will face Paul Orndorff
NO DQ: Ted Dibiase will face The Masked Superstar in a battle of the rulebreakers
Superstars of the Superstation TV Title Finals: Bugsy McGraw vs. "Mean" Mike Miller
National Tag Team Championship Finals: The Long Riders vs. David Sammartino & Johnny Rich
National Heavyweight Championship Finals: "Hacksaw" Butch Reed vs. "The Russian Bear" Ivan Koloff

 

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