The Enlightenment: Mid-South/UWF Wrestling Vol. 17
Mid-South/UWF Wrestling #17
by J.D. Dunn
Windham counters a headlock to a backdrop suplex. Ninja tries a series of chops and punches, but Windham grounds him with a chinlock. Ninja gets a Butterfly Suplex, but Windham no-sells it and delivers the flying clothesline for the win. 1/2*
The Glassman is kind of a poor man’s Brickhouse Brown. Sting and Steiner just murder them with power moves. Steiner botches a clothesline and brings in the Glassman. Sting finishes the Glassman with a flying fistdrop. 1/4*
Jim Ross and Magnum T.A. talk about the rules changes.
1. You can come off the top rope as long as it’s a flying body press or some other sort of pinning maneuver.
2. Tag teams get one save, and then they’re disqualified. That means you can’t just jump in and keep your partner from getting pinned.
3. It’s no longer a DQ if you toss your opponent into the ringposts.
4. John Ayers has new criteria for judging the top ten.
Massey is a dead man. You can tell before the bell rings because he’s so happy-go-lucky. Petrov finishes with the Russian Sickle. 1/4*
Adams dominates and finishes with the Superkick. 1/2*
Raitz is more JTTS than jobber, so this is a little more competitive than usual. Parsons finishes, oddly, with a flying clothesline rather than the Rumperstumper. 3/4*
Boyette is introduced as “the hippie.” He doesn’t do anything particularly hippie-ish except for the filthy hair. Dr. Death destroys him and finishes with the Oklahoma Stampede. 1/4*
Basically just a light workout for Rogers. He finishes one of the jobbers with a Bossman slam. 1/2*
Raitz goes right after him, but Petrov no-sells everything and finishes with the Russian Sickle. 1/4*
Lots of mat stuff early on, which is fine because Windham does quite well at that. Young catches him with a reverse elbow and a kneedrop. Young gets a sloppy sleeper hold. Windham leapfrogs over him on a backdrop attempt and finishes with the flying clothesline. *
It was supposed to be Adams and Taylor versus the Shadow and the Thunderbird, but Taylor never showed. Thunderbird is a rather large man, but Adams dropkicks him to the outside with ease. They fight off a side headlock as Adams slowly dismantles him. Thunderbird uses the tights a lot, but Adams catches him with a superkick for the win. Extended squash. *
Ninja dominates with kicks early on and delivers a swinging neckbreaker. Out of nowhere, Cox ducks under a reverse elbow and finishes with a side Russian leg sweep. The kind of two-jobber match you might see on Sunday Night Heat. 1/2*
Rogers toys with them and finishes with the Big Bubba Slam. 1/4*
Legalized slaughter as Sting and Steiner continue to roll. 1/4*
Total message match as Dr. Death finishes another “house call” with a powerslam. 1/4*
“UWF Top Ten”
10. Buddy Roberts
9. Angel of Death
8. Rick Steiner
7. Chris Adams
5. Terry Gordy
4. Terry Taylor
3. Barry Windham
2. Eddie Gilbert
1. Dr. Death Steve Williams
Mild workout for Windham, who quickly finishes with the flying clothesline. 1/4*
Very technically oriented, considering this is supposed to be a revenge match. Cox works the arm quite a bit and delivers a flying crossbody. Taylor gets upset. Taylor takes over and drops a knee. Cox sunset flips him for two. Taylor gets a little overconfident, so Cox starts punching him down in the corner a la Cactus Jack.. Taylor gets a chinlock into a backbreaker — a move I’ve only seen Shelton Benjamin do. Taylor slaps on the figure-four, which gets the pinfall. He refuses to break the hold, so the ref reverses the call and hands the match to Cox. Perfectly solid. **
Back and forth jobber match. Young finally gets sick of him and tosses him over the top rope. 1/2*
The Express is Tim Horner and Brad Armstrong, two of the greatest jobbers/JTTS in history. Armstrong is probably more famous for being the Road Dogg’s brother, but he was also the MSW North American Champion only a few years earlier. They were an attempt to create one more version of the Fantastics/R&Rs etc. While they were exceptional in the ring, the crowds just didn’t take to them. They finish when Armstrong drops Horner into a legdrop on Bradley. 3/4*
Rogers was still green, so he has more moves in his repertoire — moves he probably shouldn’t use. He delivers an Argentine Drop and finishes with the Bossman Slam. 1/4*
Gilbert starts out slapping Howe around. Sting comes in and splashes him for one, before pulling him up. Steiner shoves Howe to the corner and begs for fresher meat. Wilburn comes in and only gets a few shots in on Gilbert before Eddie violently suplexes him. Steiner tags back in and rams Whitford into the turnbuckle gut first. Sting and Steiner finish with a Canadian Backbreaker/Forearm Drop, but Gilbert demands the pin for himself. Just pure slaughter. Horrible, beautiful slaughter. 3/4*
More squash anyone? Angel finishes with a Samoan Drop. 1/4*
“As we take a look at this photograph of Steve “Dr. Death” Williams, later in this hour on Power Pro Wrestling you will see a tragic incident. Steve “Dr. Death” Williams, perhaps the most awesome athlete in the history of professional wrestling, has fallen. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams has met with tragedy in the squared circle and later in this hour of Power Pro Wrestling you will see exactly how Steve “Dr. Death” Williams met his fate.
Murdoch is making his return to the region after a little over a year away, and these two are #1 and #2, respectively. Williams manhandles Gilbert and sends him absolutely FLYING out of the ring off a shoulderblock. Gilbert is insane to sell it like that. Eddie tries to stick-and-move, getting a sunset flip and then darting away when it doesn’t get the pin. Doc press slams Gilbert to the outside where Murdoch offers some advice. Dr. Death controls with an armbar as we go to break. When we come back, Gilbert has a sleeper. Williams powers up and slams Gilbert into the turnbuckle. Gilbert goes up but, much like Ric Flair, he gets caught. Williams slams him off the top and starts giving him shoulder tackles. Gilbert tries a flying crossbody, but Williams rolls through and gets the pin. Very long for what they were offering. **
Magnum notes that Boyette is 0-34. I guess hippies suck at wrestling. The Express does some nice crisp stuff, but they keep the jobbers around way too long. Boyette gets a kneelift. The Express doubleteams and alternates headlocks. The finish sees Horner finish Boyette with a crossbody. This was ugly. O
Wilburn tries a little taunting slap, so Adams gets stiff with him. He kicks Wilburn in the shin in one of the more girlie moves you’ll ever see. Terry Taylor comes down to ringside. You know he’s a heel because this is Mid-South and he’s well-dressed. Wilburn misses an awkward elbow drop, and Adams finishes with the superkick. 1/4*
Bart is, of course, a brawler. He drops Howell’s throat across the outside railing and finishes him with a legdrop off the second-rope. 1/4*
You know Ellis doesn’t have a chance because he wears powder blue. Taylor does that Shelton Benjamin chinlock to a neckbreaker across the knee move. And here I thought Shelton was an innovator. The figure-four finishes moments later. 1/4*
This is JIP as a clip from last week. All four men are brawling, so Eddie Gilbert sneaks into the ring. Armstrong reverses a whip, sending Sting into Gilbert’s swing. Gilbert knocks out his own man! Armstrong covers and picks up the win and the title! [N/R]
You think Young burst into tears when he saw the booking sheet that night? Horner and Armstrong do their Rock ‘n’ Roll Express at 3/4-speed act for a while. They finish when Armstrong atomic drops his partner into a leg drop (a la the Bodydonnas). 1/2*
Not sure who the masked Enforcers are. They take turns destroying Howell and then Whitfield. They have a really cool finisher, though. Enforcer #1 backdrops Whitfield into a powerbomb from Enforcer #2. 1/2*
Bart gets a half-clothesline/half-Rock Bottom. He blocks a Raitz charge with an elbow and finishes with the second-rope legdrop (dubbed the Compactor by JR). 1/4*
Murdock misses an elbow, and Gordy hits a stiff jab to the face. Gordy wins a slugfest, so Murdock bails out. Back in, Gordy takes him down into an armbar as we go to commercial. When we return, Murdock has a chinlock. Gordy elbows out of the chinlock and gets his knees up to block a charge. Gordy prepares to apply the Oriental Spike, but Eddie Gilbert runs in and clips his leg for the DQ. Hayes runs in and makes the save. *
And we’re outta time!
The 411: Things went downhill in a hurry as most of Watts' talent left and JCP brought in the stars who hadn't quite made it yet. The Freebirds return to the territory helps a little, but they would soon be castrated so as not to show up the Four Horsemen. One saving grace for this tape is the seedlings planted for a Sting babyface turn, which will play a huge part in WCW once the UWF is finally dissolved.
Mild thumbs down here.
|Final Score: 5.5 [ Not So Good ] legend|