Memphis Wrestling: (12.27.80)

Memphis Wrestling
December 27, 1980
Memphis, TN
WMC-5 TV Studio

The current Memphis wrestling champions are as follows:
CWA World Champion: Billy Robinson (11/14/1980)
AWA Southern Heavyweight Champion: Vacant (11/1980)
AWA Southern Tag Team Champions: Superstar Bill Dundee & Tommy Rich (12/22/1980)
CWA Television Champion: Koko Ware (11/8/1980)

Your hosts are Lance Russell and Dave Brown.

  • The Angel (w/Jimmy Hart) vs. David Price

Pretty aggressive and effective squash from the Angel as he has to pin Price with the CLAWHOLD applied. (4:08) What is the long-term plan with all these squash matches for the Angel? Setting him up for Lawler to beat, I assume.

  • 2/3 Falls: Superstar Bill Dundee & Tommy Rich vs. Gypsy Joe & David Oswald

FIRST FALL: Pretty energetic first fall here. Gypsy Joe and Dundee share some pretty stiff shots on each other. Tommy doesn’t do a whole lot. Oswald backdrops Dundee and actually gets a nearfall on him. Gypsy Joe telegraphs a backdrop and Dundee sunset flips him for the three-count to win the first fall in 5:44.

SECOND FALL: Dundee and Gypsy Joe are still FIRING on each other. Despite all the work Oswald and Gypsy Joe put into beating on Dundee, Oswald gets caught in a small package allowing Dundee to get the win in two straight falls. (12:37 total) Pretty average stuff. I’d like to have seen a little more Tommy Rich though. At least matches are getting more time now though. *½

  • Tony Charles vs. Pat Hutchinson

Superstar Bill Dundee and Tommy Rich come out to talk to Lance Russell and put over Tony Charles as the nicest guy in wrestling. Charles hits the Billy Robinson Backbreaker and applies a Boston Crab, but somehow Hutchinson makes it to the ropes. As Charles continues to stretch Hutchinson, Charles then hits a dropkick and pins him for the win in 5:00.

They show us a match from the Mid-South Coliseum involving the Dream Machine making his in-ring debut against Carl Fergie. The Dream Machine wins with a stepover armbar in 4:58. He wants to continue tearing at Fergie’s arm after the bell, too. Koko Ware and Ricky Morton come out to help him, but they are unsuccessful. Jerry Lawler, however, appears and goes nuts on the Dream Machine and Jimmy Hart.

Back in the studio, Jimmy Hart and his Dream Machine come out to talk to Lance. The Dream Machine cuts a Dusty promo – IMAGINE THAT. He makes fun of Koko Ware and Ricky Morton, but then challenges Jerry Lawler to a fight right now. When there’s no Lawler, he says Lawler was “built on a bluff just like Memphis”. GREAT PROMO. You gotta see it.

  • Jimmy Valiant & Tojo Yamamoto vs. Koko Ware & Tom Maley

FIRST FALL: This is our “expiration of time” match. Koko gets one big shot in on Valiant and he’s then stuck on the wrong side of town until Tojo hits the Wahoo Chop for the three-count in 3:25.

SECOND FALL: Koko gets fired up and punches back on Valiant and Tojo, but then tags in Maley and it’s just a matter of time until he’s beaten. Valiant hits the back elbow and the RUNNING ELBOW DROP for the win. (4:37 total) Yep, just a squash for Valiant and Tojo.

Louisville Gardens promo. Listen to Jimmy Valiant talk about what he’s going to do to Tommy Rich in a “back alley street fight”. Hilarious!

That’s all for this week though. Until next time, so long for now.


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