The SmarK Rant for GWF Major League Wrestling – 07.07.92
Black History Month continues! I know there’s all this awesome Mid South finally up on the Network to review as a part of this deal, but COME ON! Like I can resist the temptation to review the awfulness of GWF, complete with a battle royale main event. It’s like catnip to me.
Also, speaking of Black History Month, it’s clear that Seth Rollins has no black in his family history.
So this was the GWF, Joe Pedicino’s attempt to sort of carry on the legacy of World Class, but using no-name talent and really stupid booking ideas. There was a period in 1991 when Eddie Gilbert was booking that was pretty decent, but this is well after he was gone and things were going downhill fast.
Taped in Dallas, I believe.
Your host is David Webb.
Booker T & Stevie Ray v. Rod Price & John Tatum
Price is a former bodybuilder who gained his only measure of infamy in the sport by having his hair plugs ripped out by Chris Adams during a match in a rather vicious act of revenge. Booker and Stevie (billed as “The Ebony Experience” at this point) are so juiced they look like cartoon characters who have had bicycle pumps shoved up their ass and inflated them to twice their normal size. Thank god they toned it down when they went to WCW and presumably just switched to cocaine instead like everyone else. The Experience overpowers the heels, but Tatum takes over on Booker as we take a break. Back with Price holding a chinlock, and it’s over to Tatum for another chinlock. Tatum, somewhat past his prime at this point shall we say, looks like a deadbeat dad who lives in a trailer park. Maybe that was his character at this point, I dunno. Booker tries a comeback and misses a bodypress, and Price comes in and he’s even more ridiculously roided than Booker! How could they afford drugs on the shitty paydays they were getting? The white guys take turns beating on the black guys with time running out, but Booker gets the hot tag to Stevie as time expires at 10:00. Why would you book it to end like that? Whole lot of nothing here. ½*
Scott Putski v. Black Bart
Putski is the champion of the promotion, which should tell you everything you need to know, but this is non-title. First 2:00 is stalling, as Bart is coming off the Desperadoes phase of his career and not looking very motivated. Putski controls with armdrags and clotheslines him out of the ring as, I shit you not, fire alarms start going off in the Sportatorium while they’re taping the show. So they take a break. Back with Bart choking away in the corner. Putski seems to be trying to channel the Ultimate Warrior or something with his selling. That’s not a compliment. Putski comes back with the Polish Hammer, but Johnny Mantel runs in for the DQ at 8:00 to continue their heated feud. According to my extensive research on Wikipedia, Putski won the title by beating Mantel in a battle of top contenders when previous champion Eddie Gilbert was fired due to massive budget cuts, and then was himself fired a month later. So now you’re caught up. DUD
“Sensational” Steven Dane v. Chaz
Dane, the former jobber Steven Casey, is clearly ripping off “Stunning” Steve Austin so blatantly that even the guys who make those Asylum direct-to-DVD movies would be like “Whoa, dude, try some originality.” Chaz is the usual white bread Lightning Kid-style babyface underdog, although one who is kinda pudgy. Apparently Dane is now dating Chaz’s former girlfriend or something. Chaz overpowers him with his mighty mullet and gets a bodypress for two, but Dane slugs away on the ropes. We randomly take a break at this point and return with the announcer actually making a Freudian slip and calling him “Stunning Steve”! Dane chokes away on the ropes and gets a sleeper while the announcer clarifies that Chaz is a “teen heartthrob”. Perhaps in the same magazines where Tommy Dreamer was also a heartthrob? Chaz makes his comeback but gets distracted by the chick and rolled up for the pin at 7:40. Yup, a distraction finish. Afterwards, Chaz is so distraught that the announcer has to awkwardly get him to clarify that she was his girlfriend so we can understand what the fuck was going on. ½*
BUNKHOUSE BATTLE ROYALE
So everyone from the show returns, with the winner getting a CERTIFIED CHEQUE for $2000! That’s barely enough to cover Booker T’s steroid bill. So stuff happens here, fuck if I can be bothered to pay attention. So after 5:00 of bullshit and guys I’ve never heard of getting tossed out, we’re down to the Ebony Experience against Black Bart & Johnny Mantel. We return with the cowboys holding our heroes in twin chinlocks. I would be remiss in not noting that Booker T, in his attempt to dress for a bunkhouse match, looks like he’s auditioning for a Paula Abdul video as a backup dancer. The Ebonies escape the vicious chinlocks and come back with chinlocks of their own, then toss the cowboys to win the battle royale at 10:00. Because, you know, two guys could apparently win this match as a team. Afterwards, they issue a challenge to the tag champions, although they apparently don’t know who the tag champions are, but they don’t care anyway! They would in fact go on to win those belts at the end of the month from those mysterious champions. In case you were wondering.
Sucks to be Seth Rollins tonight.