CWA Monday Night Tour
Monday, Week 1, May 1983
Attendance: 15,000 (Sell Out)
-Jerry Lawler comes out for an interview with Lance Russell hyping his title defense tonight against Randy Savage and his opponent for Night of Champions, Buzz Sawyer. (B-, 76) He is then ambushed by Sawyer and members of the First Family. (B, 79) Sawyer then taunts Lawler, repeatedly yelling if that’s crazy enough “fo’ the Kang”. (B+, 87)
NWA Mid-America Title Match
--King Kong Bundy w/Jimmy Hart def. Jimmy Valiant in 8:13 by pinfall after a Big Splash. (B-, 74) Bundy makes his first defense of the Mid-America title. After the match, Jimmy Hart hypes Bundy and his title win over “Gwendolyn” this past Saturday on Championship Wrestling (C+, 68) Hart then tells Lawler that come the end of the month, Buzz Sawyer will be the new Southern champion. (C+, 69)
--The Sheepherders come out for an interview and are immediately attacked by the Fabulous Ones. Keirn and Lane throw the Sheepherders into the ring and beat the hell out of them for two minutes before the Sheepherders can finally escape. (C, 62)
--Hercules Hernandez w/Adrian Street def. Terry Taylor by submission after a full nelson. (C, 60) Street hypes the strength of Hercules and the demise of “Gwendolyn”. He says it looks like it will be awhile before he returns to the promotion. (C+, 67)
--The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express def. Phil Hickerson and Troy Graham in 6:40 by pinfall after a double dropkick on Graham. (B-, 74) After the match, as Morton and Gibson are leaving the ring, Jim Cornette and the Midnight Express come out and taunt the R’n’R Express, telling them they can leave so the fans can see a real tag team. (C+, 68) Morton and Gibson respond by telling Cornette there’s only one way to see who the best tag team is and put the tag team titles on the line. Cornette said he didn’t say anything about a match or putting the belts on the line. (B-, 72)
--Lance Russell interviews Bill Dundee, who says that Savage acts like he’s the best but he didn’t win the King of Kings battle royal, Dundee pinned him in the middle of the ring after Savage hit himself with a chair, and will probably lose to Lawler tonight. He says that Savage talks a big game but can’t beat anyone in a big match. (B+, 87)
--Bill Dundee def. Manny Fernandez w/Jim Cornette by disqualification in 15:37 after Randy Savage interfered in the match, leading to a 2-on-1 beatdown of Dundee. (B+, 87) The beatdown continues until Jerry Lawler comes out for the save and helps Dundee drive Savage and Manny from the ring. (A, 91)
--Buzz Sawyer comes back out and grabs a chair away from a fan. He comes over to Lance Russell and says crazy is hitting yourself over the head with a chair. He proceeds to himself in the head with the chair several times before drawing blood, taking Russell by surprise as he gets away from Sawyer. (A, 90)
AWA Southern Heavyweight Title Match
--Jerry Lawler def. Randy Savage in 17:17 by a quick pinfall after a Dundee distraction on Savage. (B+, 88) After the match, an irate Savage comes over to Lance Russell and swears vengeance on Dundee, challenging him to any match of his choice at Night of Champions. (B+, 85)
Show Rating: B+, 86
Post show notes
--Some of the promos on this show were lower than usual. Can’t figure out why. Maybe I need to get out of the Southeast a little bit.
--Junkyard Dog asks for a $1270 pay raise to what he’s worth at $3570. I give him the full raise, which makes him happy. I would say he’s worth it, we have some money to spend and it makes people happy.
--Lawler and Sawyer are sitting at an 86 on storyline heat with Dundee and Savage right behind at 84. Anything less than B+ rated matches at Night of Champions would be a disappointment.
--The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express have challenged The Midnight Express to the tag team titles but Cornette balks.
Game world notes
--Central States has lost two of their five TV slots for Wrestling at the Chase. The struggle continues for them. Naturally, I attempt a takeover and am rejected.
--A slew of upcoming retirements have hit the timeline: co-founder of the AWA, Wally Karbo; former WWF champion, Stan Stasiak; Bob Orton, Sr; Mae Young; Mildred Burke; Whipper Billy Watson; Tojo Yamamoto