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During the Victory/Tatum feud, Sebastian was taunting Victory with pizza boxes because Victory and Tatum were feuding over the pizza business they'd started together or some such nonsense. In this one match, Sebastian (I think) grabs Victory so Tatum can hit him. Victory moves, Tatum hits Sebastian who goes flying a good 7-8 feet off the apron, through the guardrail (if he'd actually hit it he would've hurt himself very badly) and into the crowd. Just an amazing bump that gets totally ruined because he gets right up and dusts himself off like he'd tripped or something.

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It was probably the shock of it, like when Jericho got spiked on his head by Gedo and immediately got up like nothing happened.

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Aw man, this is so Memphis that they even threw in Tojo Yamamoto. Nothing but wild brawling and great punches. I've never seen anything with Embry before but he has such facials and selling, and his punches are right there with the Superstar's. Then to make it even more Memphis they throw in a piledriver during the finish. Sadly they're still doing the cutaways.

 

For however green guys like Booker and JBL have looked, and how equally young Stunning Steve was, you can tell this guy's gonna be a star. His size, personality, and skill shine through and you can just tell he's a natural. Not that either of the former two have looked particularly bad, especially with Booker there's the spark that will carry him far, but this is all too clear with Austin. Nightmare Danny Davis (is this the same guy who was the heel ref in the WWF?) is doing some mini-Sting gimmick with similar facepaint and hair. Even though they work a lot of restholds it's way old-school in building heat and leading to the big comeback. Great neckbreaker from Davis too! 

 

The Nightmares were a team in Memphis and Continental. Started in masks, I believe, ended up with some facepaint later on. Solid tag team, even though they both look really small. Track down Nightmares vs Stud Stable from Continental if you can (it's on youtube somewhere).

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They were a number of masked tag teams in memphis, including the first team cornette managed, the galaxians, alpha and beta.

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They were a number of masked tag teams in memphis, including the first team cornette managed, the galaxians, alpha and beta.

 

I'm still sad Cornette didn't turn on them to manage a new team called the Galagas.

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They were a number of masked tag teams in memphis, including the first team cornette managed, the galaxians, alpha and beta.

 

I'm still sad Cornette didn't turn on them to manage a new team called the Galagas.

 

 

The Space Invaders was right there. RIGHT THERE. Especially if they came out to the "dun. dun. dun. dun." music.

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They were a number of masked tag teams in memphis, including the first team cornette managed, the galaxians, alpha and beta.

 

I'm still sad Cornette didn't turn on them to manage a new team called the Galagas.

 

 

The Space Invaders was right there. RIGHT THERE. Especially if they came out to the "dun. dun. dun. dun." music.

 

I can see someone making that gimmick work in the territories.  Downtown Bruno leads his newest acquisitions to the ring, two masked giants named Atari and Vector (loved that game),  They beat up two jobbers, then Bruno cuts a promo.

 

One of the jobbers has to be George South.  It's not southern wrestling unless someone beats up George South at least once.

 

Back on topic, this GWF marathon reminds me how little Eric Embry's babyface act works for me.  Not that I dislike Embry, exactly.  He always struck me as perfect for a chickenshit heel role.  Instead, he's wrestling Akbar as babyface hero.  Ugh.

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New episode on now. If you didn't turn it on, good call, as they had Rip Rogers vs Adrian Street.

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Those are the oddest guardrails I have seen in Global 1991.  It looks like they found some bedposts from a junk yard and used them

 

By the way, is this Terry Garvin the same guy who played the flaming homo in Memphis and USWA? If so then I would love to see how they explain that turnaround. 

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RASTA THE VOODOO MAN puts a curse on Brian Adias' knee! Now, El Fantasma from CMLL!

 

These are actually from the same episode and the matches shown in this block come from two shows, presumably from the same week.

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Yeah, the sheer randomness of the early GWF crew was what made them so endearing and fun before the money dried up.

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Updated list of aired shows:

 

GWF on ESPN Disk 1

First Show – Supercard – Taped 12/18/1992, Aired the week of 12/21/1992

Intro with Tribal Nation and Doyle King – Nocona talks about getting hair cut

Mad Dog Billy vs The Crusher

Calvin Knapp vs Steven Dane

Booker T vs Alex Porteau

Stevie Ray vs The Angel of Death

The Tribal Nation vs Rod Price and John Tatum

 

Second Show – Supercard – Taped 12/18/1992, Aired the week of 12/21/1992

The Ebony Experience vs Kit Carson and Billy Steel

TV Title - Mike Davis vs Manuel  Villalobos

Mike Davis vs Steve Simpson

Mike Lane vs Johnny Hawk

Shawn Simpson Promo

 

Show 3 – Supercard Legends of Professional Wrestling

Chaz and Terry Garvin vs The Davis Brothers

Shaun Summers vs The Handsome Stranger

Sam Houston vs Eddie Gilbert

The Renegade Warriors vs  Butch Blackheart and Tony George

Ben Jordan vs Bull Pain

The Dogs of War vs Black Bart and Rattlesnake

Buster Blackheart vs Sam Houston

Barry Horowitz and Ed Robinson vs  Tug Taylor and Terry Garvin

 

Show 4 – Major League Wrestling

Barry Horowitz vs Terry Daniels

Sam Houston vs Bull Pain

Scott Anthony Rap with Bonnie Blackstone

North American Title - Scott Anthony vs The Patriot

12/1991 – Light Heavyweight Title - Lightning Kid vs Chaz

Rod Price and John Tatum Promo with Scandor Akbar and Bonnie Blackstone

Tag Titles - Steve Simpson and Scott Putski vs John Tatum and Rod Price

 

GWF on ESPN Disc 2

(Continued from Disk 1) 12/1991 -The Patriot vs Al Perez

(Continued from Disk 1) 7/1991 – JIP – Lightning Kid vs  Jerry Lynn

(Continued from Disk 1)  8/10/1991 - JIP – Terry Gordy vs Cactus Jack

 

Show 5 – Supercard – Taped 1/1/1993, Aired the week of 1/4/1993

Manuel Villalobos vs Alex Porteau

Nacona vs Steven Dane

Terry Sims vs Billy Steel

Ebony Experience vs The Rotten Brothers

Steven Dane vs Booker T

Gary Hart/Booker T promo with Sebastian

 

Show 6 – Supercard Taped 1/1/1993, Aired the week of 1/4/1993

End of John Tatum vs Steve Simpson – Mike Davis gets kicked

Jackie Goldman says he will put John Tatum in Spartacus 2

Calvin Knapp vs Mike Lane – Announcers mention Knapp was 1992 Rookie of the Year

Booker T vs The Super Destroyer

Tribal Nation vs The Rotten Brothers

Mike Davis vs John Tatum

Mike Davis promo

 

Show 7 – Legends of Professional Wrestling

TV Title Match – 2/3 Falls - Fans check Eddie for weapons - Eddie Gilbert vs Terry Garvin – Scott Johnson and Bruce Prichard on commentary

2/3 Falls - Lightning Kid vs Jerry Lynn – JIP 2nd Fall

Major League Wrestling – 2/3 Falls – JIP -The Patriot vs Scott Anthony

2/3 Falls – California Connection (Rod Price and John Tatum0 vs The Wild Bunch (Wild Bill Irwin and Black Bart)

 

Show 8 – Legends of Professional Wrestling

Major League Wrestling -  Tony George and Mike Stetson vs Tug Taylor and Chaz

Major League Wrestling – Scott Putski vs Sweet Daddy Falcone

Major League Wrestling – Gary Young vs The Dark Patriot

TV Title - Eddie Gilbert vs Terry Garvin

Major League Wrestling – Gary Young and Scott Putski vs The Davis Brothers

 

Disk 3

(continued from disk 2) Major League Wrestling – Gary Young and Scott Putski vs The Davis Brothers

Chaz vs Billy Joe Travis

Major League Wrestling – Eddie Gilbert and Barry Horowitz vs Larry Green and Rick Garren

Show 9 - Legends of Professonal Wrestling

Major League Wrestling – Gary Young and Lou Spicolli vs Brute Forz(Brute Force) – Amazing haircuts

Major League Wrestling – Chaz vs Bull Pain

Texas Death Match? - Wild Bill Irwin vs Black Bart

Major League Wrestling – Billy Joe Travis vs Terry Garvin

Tom Davis vs Gary Young

Scott Putski vs Barry Horowitz

Bull Pain and Samantha vs Sam Houston and Candy Devine

 

 

 

 

Disk 4 –

Show 10 –Supercard – Taped 1/8/93, Aired the week of 1/11/93

Finish of Destroyer vs Booker T from GWF Supercard

Booker T and Doyle King doing the intro – T threatens Sebastian

Terry Simms vs The Super Destroyer

Billy Steel vs Francis Crybaby Buxton

Steve Simpson vs Steven Dane

Booker T vs Alex Porteau

 

Show 11 – Supercard

Intro – Doyle King and The Super Destroyer – SD promises more SD’s

Horseshoe on a Pole - John Matell vs Bobby Duncum – NOT ON SHOW

Calvin Knapp and Manuel Villalobos vs The Rotten Brothers

Lady K vs The Blue Angel

JIP - Mike Davis vs John Tatum

Grudge Match – Mike Davis vs John Tatum

The Super Destroyer and  Steven Dane  vs  Booker T and Rod Price – Stevie Ray got injured by Tim Brooks on a previous episode

 

Show 12 – Legends of Professional Wrestling

Intro – Doyle King and Skandor Akbar

1992 – Top Ten Challenge - Heavyweight Title Tournament – Eddie Gilbert vs Barry Horowitz

Sam Houston wishes Scott Putski luck

1992 – Top Ten Challenge - Heavyweight Title Tournament – Scott Putski vs Sam Houston

Black Bart wants to skin Rattlesnake

1992 – Top Ten Challenge - Heavyweight Title Tournament – Black Bart vs Rattlesnake(subbing for Bill Irwin)

Bull Pain interview

1992 – Top Ten Challenge - Heavyweight Title Tournament – Bull Pain vs Terry Garvin

1992 – Top Ten Challenge - Heavyweight Title Tournament –  Black Bart vs Scott Putski

1992 – Top Ten Challenge - Heavyweight Title Tournament – Scott Putski vs Eddie Gilbert

1992 – Top Ten Challenge - Heavyweight Title Tournament  - Eddie Gilbert vs The Dark Patriot

 

Show 13 – Super Card

Clips from Super Destroyer and Steven Dane vs Rod Price and Booker T

Intro – Doyle King w/ The Ebony Experience

Chad Starr vs Axel Rotten

The Angel of Death vs Nacona

Calvin Knapp vs Kit Carson

The Ebony Experience vs  Steven Dane and Alex Porteau

Disk 5

Continued from Disk 4 -  The Ebony Experience vs  Steven Dane and Alex Porteau

Show 14 – Super Card

Intro w/ Doyle King, John Hawk and Bobby Duncum Jr. – Duncum says “tell ‘em Hawk”

Francis Buxton vs Mike Davis and Brandon Baxter

Calvin Knapp vs Alex Porteau

GWF Title – Rod Price vs Steve Simpson

The Texas Mustangs - John Hawk and Bobby Duncum Jr vs The Rotten Brothers – Tribal Nation get a deal to take the match instead for $7,000

The Texas Mustangs – John Hawk and Bobby Duncum Jr. vs The Rotten Brothers

Tribal Nation interview

 

Show 15  -Legends of Professional Wrestling

Intro with Doyle King and Skandor Akbar

Major League Wrestling - Gary Young and Scott Putski vs John Tatum and Rod Price

Slammer vs The Patriot

Major League Wrestling – Big Bad John vs Eddie Gilbert

Major League Wrestling – Brute Forcz vs The Taylors – Chaz and Tug Taylor

Lightweight Title -  Barry Horowitz vs Ben Jordan

Patriot gets 5 min. with Prichard if he wins - The Patriot vs The Dark Patriot

 

Show 16 – Supercard  

Clips with Fernandez talking to the ref during a Steve Simpson vs Mike Davis Match

Intro w/ Doyle King and Steve Simpson

The Super Destroyer vs Chaz

Junior Hernandez vs Alex Porteau

Texas Mustangs - Bobby Duncum and John Hawk vs The Bad Breed/Rotten Brothers

Steven Dane vs  Calvin Knapp

Steve Simpson vs John Tatum

John Tatum interview

 

Show 17 – Supercard – Taped 1/22/93, aired the week of 1/25/92

Lightweight Title - Mike Dahl vs Alex Porteau

Mike Davis vs Steve Simpson

Bull Man Downs vs Calvin Knapp

Rod Price vs John Hawk

 

Show 18 – Supercard – Taped 11/6/1992, Aired the Week of 11/9/1992

Intro w/ Doyle King, Ebony Experience

Phantom X vs Kit Carson

Calvin Knapp vs Mike Lane

Butch Reed vs Rod Price

The Ebony Experience vs The Bad Breed/Rotten Brothers

Bad Breed Interview – “If stupidity was a crime, you’d be put on death row”

 

Disk 6

Show 19 – Supercard – Taped 11/6/92, Week of 11/9/1992

Repeat promo from Nacona getting a haircut from Price and Tatum

Rude Dog vs Nacona

Ebony Experience vs Steven Dane and Alex Porteau

Rainbow Brown vs Nuke

John Tatum and Rod Price vs The Tribal Nation

 

Show 20 – Supercard

(They mention Global Gold night the previous week with Price in a title match with Brody Powers, making this the week after 11/6/1992)

Intro w/ Doyle King ,Rod Prince, Gary Hart and Sebastian

Non-Title - Mike Dahl vs Alex Porteau

Francis Crybaby Buxton vs Manuel Villalobos

Chaz vs Mike Davis

Brave Sky vs John Tatum

Rod Price vs Al Perez

 

Show 21 - Supercard

Clips from Jerry Simms vs Alex Porteau – Porteau talks about being Simms - 3 and 2 weeks ago

Francis Crybaby Buxton vs Larry Green

Jack Victory vs John Tatum

The Tribal Nation vs Nick Golden and Dusty Wolfe

Steve Dahl vs Alex Porteau

The Ebony Experience vs Black Bart and Johnny Mantell

Ebony Experience Promo

 

Show 22 – Supercard

Repeat of Show 16

 

Disk 7/8

 

Show 23 – Legends of Professional Wrestling

This episode has matches from the GWF pilot episode taped on 12/28/1990 from USWA Texas.

12/28/90 - Eric Embry vs Bill Dundee

12/28/90 - Steve Austin vs Danny Davis

12/28/90 - Jeff Jarrett vs Eddie Gilbert

Gary Young and Eric Embry vs Jeff Jarrett and Bill Dundee

Dr. Tom Prichard vs Danny Davis

Curtis Thompson(Firebreaker Chip) vs  The Dog of War

 

Show 24 - Legends of Professional Wrestling – Spring 1991

Intro with Doyle King/Skandor Akbar

Jo Jo Jackson/Night Train Jackson vs  The Dog of War

Billy Joe Travis vs Dr. Tom Prichard

Steve Austin and Eric Embry vs Gary Young and Bill Dundee

John Tatum vs  Jo Jo Jackson

El Grande Pistolero vs Danny Davis

Texas Heavyweight Title – Eric Embry vs Bill Dundee

Billy Joe Travis vs Awesome Kong

 

Disk 9

 

Show 25 – Supercard

Repeat of Show 1

 

Show 26 – Supercard

Repeat of Show 2

 

 

Show 27 – Supercard

Intro with Doyle King and Black Bart

Action Jackson vs Chris Barrett

Black Bart and Sweet Daddy Falcone vs The Angel of Death and  Mike Davis

Calvin Knapp vs  Billy Steel aka Jobber (His name graphic legit says jobber)

Scott Putski vs Rod Price

The Colossal Kongs vs  The Ebony Experience

 

Show 28 – Legends of Professional Wrestling

Repeat of Show 3

 

Disk 10

 

Show 29 – Legends of Professional Wrestling

Intro with Skandor Akbar and Doyle King

Sweet Daddy Falcone vs Chris Walker

Chaz vs Axl Rotten

Scott Hudson interviews Jim Cornette and Stan Lane

Gary Young and Brian Adias vs Doug Sommers and Kenny The Stinger

1991 - The Patriot vs Tug Taylor

1991 - Adrian Street vs Rip Rogers – Mukhan Singh comes down during the match

Mukhan Singh promo with Joe Pedicino – Singh talks about The Boss and has just became Mukhan Singh recently

Major League Wrestling 1991 - Mukhan Singh vs Ray Evans

Major League Wrestling 1991 - Rasta the Voodoo Man vs Brian Adias – Rasta puts a curse on Adias’ knee

Major League Wrestling 1991 - Fantasma vs Sweet Daddy Falcone

Major League Wrestling 1991  Jeff Gaylord vs Tug Taylor

 

 

Show 30 – Supercard

Steven Dane vs Stevie Ray – Time Limit Draw

Sweet Daddy Falcone w/ Jackie Goldman  vs John Hawk

Chaz vs El Grande Colossus

Ed Robinson vs Bubba Fangman

Alex Porteau vs Calvin Knapp

Francis Crybaby Buxton vs Booker T – subbing for  Johnny Mantell

The Texas Mustangs – Bobby Duncum Jr. and John Hawk  vs The Blackbirds – Action Jackson and Iceman King Parsons

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By the way, is this Terry Garvin the same guy who played the flaming homo in Memphis and USWA? If so then I would love to see how they explain that turnaround. 

 

Same guy.

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They were a number of masked tag teams in memphis, including the first team cornette managed, the galaxians, alpha and beta.

 

I'm still sad Cornette didn't turn on them to manage a new team called the Galagas.

 

 

The Space Invaders was right there. RIGHT THERE. Especially if they came out to the "dun. dun. dun. dun." music.

 

I can see someone making that gimmick work in the territories.  Downtown Bruno leads his newest acquisitions to the ring, two masked giants named Atari and Vector (loved that game),  They beat up two jobbers, then Bruno cuts a promo.

 

One of the jobbers has to be George South.  It's not southern wrestling unless someone beats up George South at least once.

 

Back on topic, this GWF marathon reminds me how little Eric Embry's babyface act works for me.  Not that I dislike Embry, exactly.  He always struck me as perfect for a chickenshit heel role.  Instead, he's wrestling Akbar as babyface hero.  Ugh.

 

 

I might be in the minority, but I loved Embry as a babyface in WCCW. I like him as a heel also, especially the stuff from Memphis I've seen. 

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They were a number of masked tag teams in memphis, including the first team cornette managed, the galaxians, alpha and beta.

 

I'm still sad Cornette didn't turn on them to manage a new team called the Galagas.

 

 

The Space Invaders was right there. RIGHT THERE. Especially if they came out to the "dun. dun. dun. dun." music.

 

I can see someone making that gimmick work in the territories.  Downtown Bruno leads his newest acquisitions to the ring, two masked giants named Atari and Vector (loved that game),  They beat up two jobbers, then Bruno cuts a promo.

 

One of the jobbers has to be George South.  It's not southern wrestling unless someone beats up George South at least once.

 

Back on topic, this GWF marathon reminds me how little Eric Embry's babyface act works for me.  Not that I dislike Embry, exactly.  He always struck me as perfect for a chickenshit heel role.  Instead, he's wrestling Akbar as babyface hero.  Ugh.

 

 

I might be in the minority, but I loved Embry as a babyface in WCCW. I like him as a heel also, especially the stuff from Memphis I've seen. 

 

 

Not at all, most people loved Embry at the end of the WCCW set. I personally grew to hate the Von Erichs, as their characters were crazy over the top goody two shoes (and massive hypocrites). Embry in 1989 was the saving grace of the set for me, and he was everything as a top face that the Von Erichs were not (and not terribly stale like the Von Erich family). I almost posted a what-if about Embry in a top promotion, but understand that he was perfect for that territory and his act likely would not have translated in WWF or WCW (though maybe it works in WCW). 

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Not at all, most people loved Embry at the end of the WCCW set. I personally grew to hate the Von Erichs, as their characters were crazy over the top goody two shoes (and massive hypocrites). Embry in 1989 was the saving grace of the set for me, and he was everything as a top face that the Von Erichs were not (and not terribly stale like the Von Erich family). I almost posted a what-if about Embry in a top promotion, but understand that he was perfect for that territory and his act likely would not have translated in WWF or WCW (though maybe it works in WCW). 

 

 

In my defense, I really dig Sweet Daddy Falcone in GWF, so.... yeah, what do I know?

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I hope they re-air the ep with the pilot stuff - Austin-Davis sounds good.

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Re: Terry Garvin's "change"

 

My memory is a bit hazy from the original ESPN broadcasts, but I seem to recall Terry Garvin/Sims telling the interviewer that he changed his gimmick and name to "Sims" for his son, who didn't know who his "real daddy" was.

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Greatest pre-match graphic ever.

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Yeah, I couldn't believe it when I saw that. My question is whether that was on the original airing or something ESPN put in.

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