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 Posted: Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 02:40 am
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On December 28, 1990, the USWA held a TV taping at the Sportatorium in Dallas under the GWF banner, using a combination of the USWA's Tennessee regulars, local Dallas guys, Joe Pedicino's guys from the Georgia indy scene, and some big name out of town guys. The idea was that Joe's money mark was going to buy the USWA and this taping was held not only to fill time on the USWA Challenge show, but to also serve as a GWF pilot. The ultimate goal never worked out, although the GWF did take over in Dallas in June of 1991.

Anyway, the Observer reported on the 12/28/90 card at the Sportatorium without actually printing any results.  Does anyone have full or partial results for the card?

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 Posted: Mon Feb 22nd, 2010 02:57 am
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Looks like I do have it.

12/28/90 Dallas
Jerry Lawler beat Terry Funk dq
Eddie Gilbert beat Jeff Jarrett dq
Mike Davis beat Bill Dundee
Steve Williams & Terry Gordy beat Steve Dane & Chris Germany
Sweet Georgia Brown beat Dazzling Denise
One Man Gang won battle royal
Jeff Jarrett & Matt Borne & Billy Travis beat Steve Austin & California Stud & Dog Of War



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Thanks.

Does anyone have results for the many squashes from that night? It was about a 15 to 16 match card. I think everything eventually aired over a period of 4 weeks or so.

I was impressed by this taping. Unfortunately Pedicino's money mark couldn't come up with the dough to buy out Jarrett. The following week featured just the Tennessee regulars with some Dallas locals and drew 225 fans. Pedicino took over in June of 1991, but his crew featured nothing like the talent that was on hand for this pilot taping.

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Was it promoted locally as a GWF show?  I thought it was just a special USWA show that would serve as a GWF backdoor pilot.

By the way, since I can't remember, was the weekday afternoon USWA stuff ever current like the GWF was or a few months old at the most recent (towards the end)?  ESPN had complaints about the programming and Embry's booking but I don't think it was first run, just recent enough for it to be an issue.

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Looks like only the non squash results. You need to find a tarder with a vid of the taping. The whole 4 weeks of TV.



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Bix wrote: Was it promoted locally as a GWF show?  I thought it was just a special USWA show that would serve as a GWF backdoor pilot.

By the way, since I can't remember, was the weekday afternoon USWA stuff ever current like the GWF was or a few months old at the most recent (towards the end)?  ESPN had complaints about the programming and Embry's booking but I don't think it was first run, just recent enough for it to be an issue.


The Observer doesn't make it clear how the show was promoted, but I'm guessing it was billed as a USWA show since the GWF name didn't mean much at the time and the USWA was a known entity. One interesting thing Dave wrote is that the card was originally scheduled for the Bronco Bowl, home of many Dallas indy cards back then, and only moved to the Sportatorium during the final week or two before the show.

Doc and Gordy were billed as facing Tony Anthony and Doug Gilbert. I'm not sure if that's a missing result, if they no showed or if the card was just rebooked.

Cactus Jack was there, billed as being part of Skandor Akbar's Devastation Incorporated with One Man Gang and Gary Young.

Apart from those already mentioned above or in the results, also billed as appearing were Scotty The Body, Nick Busick, Akira Nogami, Steve Lawler, Chris Walker, and Festus. Apart from Nogami, all were connected to Pedicino via the Georgia indy scene. There was also talk in the Observer that Scott Hall, Mike Enos, Wayne Bloom, Stan Lane, and Jim Cornette would be there, but I don't think any of them showed up. Konnan was there, apparently, but stayed backstage and didn't wrestle or appear in front of the crowd.

While failing to list any results, apart from saying the Lawler-Funk match was good, the Observer did say the card was decent by Dallas standards of the day and drew 1,400. From memory, that 1,400 looked pretty good on TV, so I have a feeling they made people fill in the spots that were likely to be in camera range. It was quite a shock to tune in after this taping cycle was done to see 225 people in the building, Michael St. John as the announcer, all the big name out of town guys gone along with Pedicino and his Georgia crew, and the promotion billed as the USWA with no further mention of the GWF, at least until summer.

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The Lawler-Funk match recently aired on one of the Savoldi PPV's that FIOS airs.

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