Memphis Wrestling: (09.27.80)
September 27, 1980
WMC-5 TV Studio
The current Memphis wrestling champions are as follows:
CWA World Champion: Billy Robinson (8/11/1980)
AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion: Jimmy Valiant (9/9/1980)
AWA Southern Tag Team Champions: The Angel & Sonny King (9/15/1980)
Your hosts are Lance Russell and Dave Brown.
Check out the ad for Winner Furniture featuring Jimmy Valiant. You can’t be a loser with a Winner!
- Gypsy Joe & Dr. Bill Irwin vs. Tony Maley & Carl Fergie
Fergie outwrestles Irwin to start and then works on his arm a bit. Tag to Gypsy Joe, Fergie catches him with a backdrop and grabs a headlock. Gypsy Joe pulls the hair to get out of the hold and applies a chinlock. Irwin tags back in and punches Fergie, but Fergie fires right back at Irwin and covers him for a one-count. Maley gets a tag and this guy has no chance as Irwin and Gypsy Joe brutalize him for several minutes. To wrap it up, Gypsy Joe whips Maley into the ropes for a clothesline by Irwin followed with a running splash for the win in 7:07.
Louisville Gardens promo. Tommy Rich has a piledriver match coming up with Jimmy Valiant. Rich gets all FIRED UP. Man, I love Tommy Rich. Killer Karl Krupp stops by to discuss Billy Robinson who he will be facing over the CWA world title. Krupp wants to make this a loser leaves town match. This spells bad news for Killer Karl Krupp as he will be leaving the Memphis area for an entire year before we see him again.
- King Cobra vs. David Oswald
This is our first look on my Memphis recaps at King Cobra. Russell puts him over as a “success story” who went away and got more experience and got bigger since Memphis last saw him in 1978. He reminds me a little bit of Rufus R Jones. He pins Oswald with an old school flying headscissors in 5:22.
- Tommy Rich vs. Koko Ware
This is the first we have seen from Koko Ware in a while. Koko hits Rich with his signature dropkick and should have got a nearfall, but Rich puts his foot on the bottom rope after a one-count. Ref Paul Morton gets bumped and Rich throws Koko over the top rope to the floor. He then slams Koko on the floor and tries for the countout, but Koko winds up on the apron. Rich grabs Koko and delivers a suplex back inside the ring for the win at 3:40.
Louisville Gardens promo. Lance Russell runs down the entire card.
- The Angel & Sonny King vs. Tony Boyles & Mike Meroni
Sonny King finally got him a decent tag partner. Well, at least he’s not a total jabroni. Total squash here as the Angel pins Meroni after a suplex in 2:57.
- Tommy & Eddie Gilbert vs. David McGee & Tom Stanton
No commercial break here. We go from one match to the next. Another total squash as the Gilberts looked strong. Eddie doubled McGee over for a Mr. Wrestling II knee lift for the win in 2:53. The matches just keep getting shorter and shorter.
- Superstar Bill Dundee & Tojo Yamamoto vs. Frank Savage & Jimmy Kent
This is the expiration of time match. Savage looks at least eighteen inches taller than Dundee and Tojo. Jimmy Kent is closer to Dundee and Tojo’s size and a well-known jobber in Tennessee throughout the 1970s. Dundee and Tojo are no match for Savage and Kent. Dundee catches Kent with a crossbody out of the corner to win the only fall for this match at 6:43.
Another Louisville Gardens promo. We hear from Superstar Bill Dundee who gets five minutes with Jimmy Hart and Jimmy Valiant who faces Tommy Rich in a piledriver match. Lance Russell then interviews Koko Ware putting him over for going the full hour with Les Thornton.
Back in the studio, Lance Russell and Dave Brown wrap up the show for another week.
Not a ton going on here in Memphis right now. They really, really, really need Lawler back.
Posted on March 1, 2017, in Memphis and tagged Bill Irwin, Carl Fergie, David Oswald, Eddie Gilbert, Frank Savage, Gypsy Joe, Jimmy Kent, Jimmy Valiant, Killer Karl Krupp, King Cobra, Koko B. Ware, Sonny King, Superstar Bill Dundee, The Angel, Tojo Yamamoto, Tom Stanton, Tommy Gilbert, Tommy Rich. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.