I think the mid 90's feel is because of all these ECW guys I have running around. The promotion has evolved so much, I try to make a good mix of everything, and I am TRYING to be accurate with the timeline. Using guys from 2003 era. Malenko is obviously an older guy and I really wanted to bring him in to push Collyer into a bigger role. Malenko only lost to Ki to give me a start on a future Collyer/Low-Ki feud I want to start up.
I don't want to give away any plans to Taz title reign, but I think on my USWA website in last years "year end awards" column i discussed his reign and hinted at where it might be going.
Last Edit: May 13, 2011 15:15:11 GMT -5 by seanh529
Good news on my front. I have most of my next 5 shows booked and am starting a new job in 2 weeks. My current employer is giving me next week off so I can use up the accrued vacation on my 2nd week of my "2 weeks notice."
Next week (real time.) I'm going to bust out a ton of new cards!
USWA VelocityHartford, CT Taped: May 12th Airs May 17th Hosts: Lance Russell and Corey Maclin
Highlight Video Video of Konnan starts the show.
The song "Freak on a Leash" by Korn plays in the background as we see highlights of Konnan since his USWA debut. The song goes well with Konnans journey. As the words "every time I start to believe, somethings taken from me" play in the song, footage of Vampiro and Latin Lover getting involved in his matches, and costing him the title in Richmond play.
The video helps explain that Konnan is in a position where he can't seem to catch a break when a shot at the title is given to him.
In ring interview Lance Russell introduces Ahmed Johnson!
As Lance introduces Ahmed the fans give the Global champion a warm reaction.
Ahmed enters the ring and Lance asks him about his experience as the referee in the Heavyweight title match.
Ahmed says that maintaining order in that match was one of the hardest challenges he has had since he came to the USWA.
Lance agrees and tells him its been almost impossible for anyone to maintain order in the heavyweight title matches, but did say that fans were impressed when he hit a pearl river plunge on a returning Brian Christopher!
Ahmed said that he has no clue what he was doing trying to get involved in the match, but if things had to get physical, then thats what he was being paid to do that night.
Russel then beings to change the subject until Konnans music hits and the crowd goes wild!
Konnan hits the ring and has a stare down with Ahmed. Konnan tells Ahmed that he had one job in the match, keep the outside interference from becoming an issue, but he couldn't do it. Konnan blames Ahmed Johnson for losing the match!
Ahmed and Konnan continue to bicker back and forth until President Bill Dundee gets in the ring and tells them that here in the USWA we don't argue with words to solve problems, we get in the damn ring! Dundee then announces that next week on Velocity, Konnan will take on Ahmed Johnson one on one in our Main Event!
Alex Shelley pinned Matt Sydal with the Shell Shock in 0:08:26. Rating: *** 3/4
Shelley used a flying closeline to set up the shell shock to get this x-division victory. Alex has been making waves in the division since he went on his own earlier this year. A victory tonight puts him back in the running at Bobby Fish's X-Division title. After the match Shelley joined Scott Hudson to discuss the recent happenings in the division.
Interview Shelley comments on Frank Morell and the X-Division.
Scott Hudson proclaims flawless execution by Alex in tonights x-division match. Hudson tells Alex that a lot of fans are talking on the internet about the type on competition that is going after the X-division title.
Alex tells Hudson that never in the history of the company has the X-division been hotter. With CM Punk, Daniels, Steve Bradley and AJ Styles all competing, along with young guys like that man in the ring Matt Sydal, the newcomer Prince Devitt, and even myself, you have some of the best wrestlers in the world proclaiming that the X-title is the belt they choose to hold.
Hudson asks Shelley his thoughts on the decision by Frank Morell to call the triple countout in Richmond.
Alex says that it was one of the worst calls he has ever seen. Shelley then says that Bill Dundee should FIRE Frank Morell or at least keep him out of bring the ref for the X-Division matches. Frank is too old to keep up with the type of action that the division brings to the table.
Hudson thanks Alex for his time and tells the fans we will be right back after a commercial.
Jun Akiyama pinned Jimmy James after blue thunder bomb in 0:03:55. Rating: -**
Complete and utter domination in this match for Jun Akiyama. Akiyama earns the victory with the debut of his new finisher, which still has the Latin Lover on the shelf, tonight we learned he's calling it the blue thunder bomb! It's an amazing move that a lot of wrestlers in the back need to be weary of.
Brian Christopher defeated AJ Styles by disqualification in 0:30:28. Rating: **** 1/4 [Steve Corino interfered against Brian Christopher.]
This match took place before the show, but highlights of the match were shown to the fans at home. Christopher played by the rules in this one, but the real story coming out of this one was AJ Styles throwing Bill Rush into the ringpost and gets disqualified! Nobody knows what got into AJ to cause him to lose his cool, but USWA management has vowed to get strict on wrestlers that touch officials.
Trinity pinned Miss Janeth after a shooting star press in 0:03:05. Rating: *** 1/4
Competition from south of the border joined us for womens action. Trinity gets the victory over Miss Janeth in this one. It was quick work for Trinity who is proclaiming herself the best female talent to ever step foot in the promotion.
[Jerry Lynn Dream Match] Too Cold Scorpio pinned Jerry Lynn after a Frankensteiner in 0:08:28. Rating: *** 1/2 (Too Cold Scorpio won the Southern Title.)
Tonight we said goodbye to one of the best champions in all of the USWA. A highlight video of Lynn played before the match that almost had him in tears before his match. Lynn took the mic and said he couldn't imagine facing anyone else for his final match than Too Cold Scorpio. When Scorpio hit the ring all the fans knew we were in for a treat.
Scorpio got the win, but it was all about respect at the end of the match. Scorpio told Jerry he was the toughest opponent he ever faced and was happy to be his last opponent.
Velocity was dedicated to Jerry Lynn tonight with his shot at Too Cold Scorpio being his last match in the USWA. As we go to commercial breaks, highlights of Jerry Lynn's USWA career played, along with a tribute video before his match.
Everyone is going to miss Jerry Lynn as an in ring performer, but some people think that Lynn will be back in the USWA after some time away.
Next week Konnan vs Ahmed Johnson should be another stellar Velocity Main Event. The animosity between these two superstars has escalated to the point that only a match in the ring will solve their issues.
Challenge next week looks to have a big main event as well. CM Punk and Steve Bradley will team up to take on Bad Intentions. If Bradley or Punk score the pinfall, they will get a shot at Bobby Fish. If Bad Intentions gets the victory, a USWA Tag Title match will be in their future!
USWA Challenge Hartford, CT May 13th, 2003 Airs: May 24th, 2003 Announcers: DAVE Brown and Scott Hudson
Announcers run down the show
Camera zooms in on Scott Hudson and Dave Brown.
Dave Brown tells the fans that spring is in the air here in the USWA, and with the weather getting better, so does the competition in the tag team division! Dave talks about a big main event on Challenge tonight which will involve Steve Corinos tag team Bad Intentions taking on CM Punk and Steve Bradley, with future title match ramifications on the line!
Scott Hudson says that also on todays card the Latin Lover will return for the first time since being battered by Jun Akiyama back in Richmond. Hudson says that he is looking forward to seeing how Latin Lover responds to the man hunt that Akiyama has been on to contain him as of late.
Brown mentions the Island Boys vs The New Bolsheviks in tag action, Chad Collyer, and even a few words from a man who got a BIG win on Velocity last week Too Cold Scorpio! So stick around after the commercial break!
Latin Lover pinned Matt Sydal with the Magistral Cradle in 0:05:05. Rating: *** 3/4 [Jun Akiyama interfered against Latin Lover.]
Although Akiyama came to the ring and handed Sydal an illegal weapon to defend himself, Latin Lover was able to take advantage of a missed moonsault and hit his Magistral Cradle on the young Matt Sydal.
Lover and Vampiro discuss Akiyama and Konnan.
[Vampiro comes to the announcers area to join Latin Lover.]
Scott Hudson asks Lover how he is feeling after the beating he took a few weeks ago?
Latin Lover asks if anyone else saw Akiyama throw a BAT in the ring to Matt Sydal! Lover again accuses Konnan of paying off The Corino Family and Jun Akiyama to try to take him out of the USWA, but the truth is he isn't going anywhere!
Vampiro chimes in telling Hudson that Jun Akiyama will be facing him one on one at the Mid South Coliseum this Sunday, and he is going to feel the pain, because like Vampiro mentioned in the past, plenty of guys don't like Konnan and what he stands for. In the Coliseum, he will have someone there to watch his back, and when the match is over, they are going to take care of Akiyama and anyone in the Corino Family that decides to get in their way.
Hudson says that is sounds like Vamprio and Lover have revenge on their minds and we are going to see what they have in store this Sunday night at the Mid South Coliseum.
The Island Boys (OG Ekmo and Kimo) defeated The New Bolsheviks (Vladimir Kozlov and Alex Koslov) when Ekmo defeated V. Kozlov by disqualification in 0:08:42. Rating: ** 1/4 [fan at ringside interfered against OG Ekmo.]
A wild match that ended when a fan at ringside attempted to break up Ekmo's pinfall in the match. Referee John Finnegan called for the bell as it looked like the Island Boys were going to rip this guys head off. Kozlov grabbed the fans leg and pulled him away from harm. It looked as if Vlad and Alex were protecting this man and knew exactly who he was.
Interview Too Cold Scorpio recaps his feud with Lynn and his future.
Back from a commercial break Dave Brown introduces Too Cold Scorpio!
Scorpio comes out to a great ovation from the audience. Brown shows highlights of his big win over Jerry Lynn last week on Velocity.
Scorpio says he is going to miss Jerry Lynn a lot, but times keep changing and we can't wait for things to happen, we need to be the ones making them happen!
Dave Brown says that USWA officials have signed a big one on one match with 2Cold taking on someone new to the USWA, but not in professional wrestling, DEAN MALENKO. Scorpio will face off against Malenko tomorrow night at the Mid South Coliseum!
As the fans applaud Scorpio says that they are going to see exactly what each other has left in the tank. Scorpio reminds the fans that those classic matches they remember from ECW took place almost eight years ago. With a little more knowledge it's time to go to work and see what the other one can do.
Dave tells Scorpio that a victory over Malenko could put him in discussion for the Global title, currently held by Ahmed Johnson.
Scorpio says that he has never won that Global title, but if he can keep stepping up his game, the heavyweight division is wide open for him to be the next champion!
Last but not least, Dave Brown reminds Too Cold that we are only about a month and 1/2 away from the 2003 G1 tournament. This is going to be the biggest tournament of it's kind. The tournament is going to be a 12 man round robin, divided into two blocks. The winning blocks will face off on the last night and the winner will go on to face the Global champion at our August PPV. Scorpio has a very good track record in tournaments here in the USWA, the question is, does he plan to participate?
Scorpio tells Dave Brown that if he isn't already the champion by the time the G1 comes around this July, then he will be the first to put his name in the hat for this heavyweight division tournament.
With that information Dave Brown tells the fans to give it up for Scorpio one last time....as we head to another commercial break.
Chad Collyer made King Fale submit to the Texas Cloverleaf in 0:00:30. Rating: *
It didn't take Collyer long to make an example out of King Fale tonight. Collyer continues on a hot streak with tonight's victory. Low-Ki came out to check on his fallen friend Fale, and gave Collyer a stare down in the process.
Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) defeated CM Punk and Steve Bradley when K. Anderson pinned S. Bradley after the The Magic Killer in 0:14:07. Rating: *** 1/4
With the pinfall on Bradley, Bad Intentions will now face The Bulldogs at the Mid South Coliseum tomorrow night and the tag titles will be on the line. Steve Corino was jumping around like he just won the lottery once Anderson hit his Magic Killer finisher. As the Corino family celebrated in the ring, The Bulldogs came to the ring entrance as both teams had a stare down. We went off the air with a camera in Steve Corino's face as he gestured that the titles would soon be around the waist of Bad Intentions!
Last Edit: May 25, 2011 14:42:52 GMT -5 by seanh529
USWA Velocity TV taped May 13th aired May 24th Hartford, CT Hosts: Lance Russell and Corey Maclin
Bill Dundee addresses Frank Morell and a deal with NJPW.
(Bill Dundee comes to the ring to address the crowd.)
Dundee mentions what a great crowd we have on hand tonight for Velocity, and that with so many different things happening in the promotion right now, he needed to come out and clear the air on a few things.
Dundee talks about one of our senior officials in the USWA Frank Morell. Bill talks about the history of Frank Morell as an official in Memphis for over 25 years now, but times are changing and it doesn't look like good old Frank can keep up with the Joneses anymore.
Dundee said that as of today, Frank Morell is being let go from the company as a senior referee. This should make a lot of the talent backstage happy.
Dundee then goes on to new business and says that the USWA has come to an agreement with New Japan Pro Wrestling and will be involved in a talent exchange of sorts. Two new wrestlers from NJPW including a star in the making Tanahashi, and an X-division competitor Taguchi have flown in for tongihts show and will make their USWA debuts.
Tanahashi will be facing off against RAVEN in singles competition, while Taguchi will take on the upstart Prince Devitt in X-division action.
Dundee then reminds the fans that tomorrow night at the Mid South Coliseum the USWA is putting on a big show. If you watched Challenge this morning you saw Bad Intentions earn a title shot against The Bulldogs. That match will take place tomorrow night, along with CM Punk taking on Steve Bradley, and Too Cold Scorpio facing off with Dean Malenko.
Dundee then tells the fans he has received a ton of backlash due to the canceling of the King of the Death Match Tournament that usually takes place in June. Dundee explains that with the new TV deals in place and the expansion of the company, cards like that might not be taking place as much, BUT in its absence USWA officials have come up with a big event that will be taking place on June 8th in Philadelphia, PA titled, "Extreme Dreams" This show can't air on pay per view, but it will be available to the public as a DVD release. On June 8th the main event will feature two different matches that will take place inside a barbed wire ring! So although we will not crown a King of the Death Match this year, Extreme Dreams will give two sets of rivals the opportunity to step inside the Barbed Wire to settle their differences!
::Fans seem to approve of the show concept as we go to a commercial break::
Low-Ki and King Fale defeated Matt Sydal and Alex Shelley when Low-Ki pinned Sydal with the Ki Crusher in 0:07:08. Rating: ** 3/4
Fale and Low-Ki start off our Velocity show with a victory over X-Division stars Sydal and Alex Shelley. Fale, who has been on the losing end of things as of late continued to take out his rage on a helpless Matt Sydal until Malenko and Chad Collyer hit the ring and sent Ki and Fale running. Collyer reminded Fale of his loss to him on Challenge and said if he wants to take out his anger on someone he would be more than willing to go a second round. Fale and Ki walked to the back without a response.
Christopher Daniels pinned Steve Bradley after a double underhook faceslam in 0:09:27. Rating: ****
X-Division action saw Christopher Daneils get a victory over Bradley with a picture perfect double underhook faceslam after he reversed a vertical suplex. Daniels and Bradley put on one of the better matches on TV in awhile. Daniels took the mic and told everyone in the X-Division that he would soon be coming for the title.
Corino Family guarantee victory over The Bulldogs.
(Backstage comments from the Corino Family.)
Steve Corino is with Bernard and Anderson, as he tells the camera to get a real close look at his two men. Tomorrow night in the Mid-South Coliseum, the END OF AN ERA is going to happen. "The Bulldogs" have been on top of the tag team division for quite sometime. Before they became such fan friendly goofs, they were together as New Europe. Some might even go as far as to say that Harry Smith and Doug Williams are the cream of the crop when it comes to tag teams in the USWA, but tomorrow night Corino guarantees new champions!
The truth of the matter is that teams from all around the world are starting to look at the USWA as a breeding ground for tag team competition, and with that in mind, without a shadow of a doubt you are looking at the FUTURE of the tag team division, when you look at Bad Intentions.
Karl Anderson tells The Bulldogs that tomorrow night they are in for the fight of their lives, and that they have never seen competition like they will from himself and Bernard!
Giant Bernard lets out a scream as the camera fades to black.
Prince Devitt pinned Ryusuke Taguchi with the Bloody Sunday in 0:08:31. Rating: ** 3/4
Our first look at NJPW's Ryusuke Taguchi. He is a young newcomer to the sport who competes in the Jr's division. He looked impressive tonight and even had a few fans laughing when he did a little dance before the match. Devitt gets the victory with his Bloody Sunday finisher to ruin Taguchi's first night in the USWA.
Raven pinned Hiroshi Tanahashi with the Evenflow DDT in 0:15:16. Rating: **** 1/2
In a show stealer, Raven steals a victory from Hiroshi Tanahashi. The hardcore fans in the crowd knew who Tanahashi was, and with word leaking out about his arrival to the USWA, people were anxious to see him debut. I don't think anyone assumed he would be put in the ring with Raven. It was a wild match in which Tanahashi almost had the victory on several occasions. A victory over Raven on his first night would of been headline news back in Japan, but he couldn't pull it out. At the 15 minute mark Raven hits the Evenflow DDT and gets the win in the debut match for a young Tanahashi. The fans loved this match and gave Tanahashi a standing ovation as he tried to get to his feet.
Taz comments on Konnan and Ahmed Johnson.
(Taz comes to the ring to meet Corey Maclin.)
Corey talks to Taz about Konnan and Ahmed discussing how things went down in Richmond a few weeks ago, but nobody has really heard from Taz on the subject.
Taz tells Maclin that he hasn't said a word, because fankly he doesn't care what anyone thinks. The fact is he walked out of his match with Konnan as the champ. He had to do it with both Brian Christopher, Ahmed Johnson and Raven all trying to get involved as well. Taz then goes on to tell Ahmed Johnson that he might go down in history as the worst referee in the history of the company.
Taz says that it was only 5 months ago that Johnson, Konnan and himself teamed together in War Games. Taz knew then why he hates to have partners, now five months later none of them can stand each other, and thats just the way he likes it.
Corey gets down to business with Taz and asks him who is next to get a shot at the title? Taz says that since the beginning of this year he has taken on all challenges, despite what Raven tells the world. New Jack, Konnan (twice.) and Raven have all felt the path of rage.
Maclin asks when Ahmed Johnson is going to get his title shot? (The fans have a positive reaction to the comment.)
Taz tells Corey that he doesn't sweat anyone on the USWA roster, and he will take on ANYONE that the USWA puts in his way!...as Taz gets angry at the questioning, he tells Corey that he will be the first man in USWA history to hold the title for one year, and once he gets past that goal, he will break Akiyamas 13 defense record to be known as the most winningest champion in all of the USWA!
Konnan pinned Ahmed Johnson after a small package in 0:11:05.Rating: ** 1/2
Konnan sneaks a victory over Ahmed Johnson with a small package. Konnan looked like he was going lose this one to Ahmed, but after Ahemd hit a chokeslam, and attempted a suplex, Konnan caught him and was able to roll him into a small package for the victory.
As Konnan celebrated his win, Dundee came out and told him "Job well done." But he also said that tomorrow night at the Mid-South Coliseum, these two would have a rematch, and TAZ would be the special guest referee!
Lots to talk about coming out of our TV tapings. The biggest of which is the debut of Hiroshi Tanahashi in the heavyweight division, along with Ryusuke Taguchi in our X-Division. It was reported in Tokyo Sports magazine that Tanahashi would be making his way to the United States to participate in the 2003 G1 Tournament. Our first two block round robin tournament in the HISTORY of the USWA. His match tonight with Raven puts him in a position as a real player for the remainder of his time in the USWA.
Ryusuke Taguchi is another story. He is still very young and will be joining a stacked X-Division. Hopefully his time here in the USWA helps him develop into a future superstar.
Frank Morell, a legend in the Mid South was fired on the air by Bill Dundee to start the show. Frank will be missed among the other referees, but he has been known to make some horrible calls in big time matches for the past few years. The "triple countout" in Richmond seemed to be his last chance. Cameras caught good old Frank talking with X-Division champion Bobby Fish backstage after the announcement.
Two major shows are in the spotlight for the USWA coming up. Tomorrow night at the Mid South Coliseum May 25th our fifth presentation from the Coliseum this year will see the following card.
Alex Shelley vs Prince Devitt Too Cold Scorpio vs Dean Malenko The Island Boys vs New Bolsheviks no count out/no DQ match. CM Punk vs Steve Bradley Vampiro vs Jun Akiyama Bad Intentions vs The Bulldogs for the tag team titles. Main Event- Konnan vs Ahmed Johnson w/Taz as the special guest ref.
Bill Dundee also announced a big show for Philadelphia on June 8th titled "Extreme Dreams"
We do know that the main event(s) will be two barbed wire matches. Who will compete on those matches we don't know, but once we hit Minneapolis, MN for Velocity and Challenge tapings, the card should fall into place.
All of these major shows will lead us into the summer where on July 6th the USWA will present the opening night of the G1 tournament. This week long carnival will crown a 2003 G1 champion, who will receive a Global title shot against whoever the champion might be at our August 24th PPV Global Warfare! Global Warfare will be the first PPV since February SuperBrawl show.
The action in the USWA looks to be better than ever this summer!
Last Edit: Jun 16, 2011 14:45:38 GMT -5 by seanh529
Mid South Coliseum Show #5 Sunday May 25th, 2003 Commentators: Corey Maclin and Scott Hudson Show taped for DVD release
Prince Devitt pinned Alex Shelley with the Bloody Sunday in 0:08:05. Rating: *** 1/4
Action in the Coliseum started off with the X-Division, as Devitt took on Alex Shelley. These two have met twice before and just like those past meetings, Devitt came away with the victory. Shelley has been telling friends in the locker room that he has been contemplating a move to the tag team division.
Too Cold Scorpio pinned Dean Malenko with the Flying Scorpio Splash in 0:08:52. Rating: ** (Too Cold Scorpio retained the Southern Title.)
Scorpio and Dean Malenko attempted to recapture the magic of their mid 90's feud. Tonight was not a match that appealed to the audience like it might have eight years ago. Scorpio did hit his Scorpio Splash finish and with the roll he has been on recently, the USWA officials are taking notice that Scorpio might be in line for a title shot.
No-Countout-No-DQ-Match with Managers Banned From Ringside The New Bolsheviks (Vladimir Kozlov and Alex Koslov) defeated The Island Boys (OG Ekmo and Kimo) when A. Koslov pinned Kimo after a springboard dropkick in 0:34:31. Rating: *** 1/2
These two teams finally got into the brawl they have been waiting for since their paths crossed in the USWA. Alex Koslov, who has been the human punching bag in this feud, ended up getting the pinfall on Kimo for the victory. Kimo continued to want to take the feud to the outside and get aggressive, but Alex knew he was in over his head if the match went to the outside. The Bolsheviks won the battle tonight, but these two teams seem to be far from over with the war.
Steve Bradley defeated CM Punk by disqualification in 0:09:13. Rating: *** 1/4 [Christopher Daniels interfered against Steve Bradley.]
The big contenders in the X-Division faced off in our next bout of the night. Steve Bradley has been attempting to work his way back up the ladder ever since his loss to AJ Styles and the Corino family. Bradley and Punk attempted to earn a victory over Bad Intentions in an effort to get another X-Division title match, but the loss in that match eventually led to arguing, and a set up to tonight.
Bradley earned a DQ win over CM Punk when Christopher Daniels attempted to pull down the top rope on Bradley. CM Punk was not happy with Daniels getting involved in the match and a shoving contest took place.
Jun Akiyama pinned Vampiro with the Exploder in 0:10:11. Rating: *** 1/2
Vampiro took this match in an effort to "wear down" Jun Akiyama who has been a hired gun to take out his friend Latin Lover. It didn't work as Akiyama has looked like a man possessed as of late. Akiyama set up Vampiro for the Exploder by using a Tombstone piledriver on Vampiro, a move that Vampiro has made popular here in the USWA. After the match Latin Lover ran to the ring with a chair and smashed Akiyama over the back, but Jun no sold the shot and ran after Lover, until Latin Lover fled to the back.
Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) defeatedThe Bulldogs (Doug Williams and Harry Smith) when K. Anderson defeated Harry by disqualification in 0:22:28. Rating: *** 3/4 (The Bulldogs retained the Tag Team Title.)
The biggest news of the night was Bad Intentions getting a victory over the Tag Team Champions. Harry Smith lost his cool and took it out on the ref. Harry hit the Stampede powerslam on Anderson, but when he kicked out, Smith got right in the face of senior referee Downtown Bruno. Bruno was shoved out of the ring, when he came to his senses, he DQ'ed the tag team champions. Corino was not happy with the outcome, because he felt that his guys had the titles in their grasp. Corino is already asking for a rematch with a NO Countout/No DQ stipulation.
Match with Special Referee TazAhmed Johnson pinned Konnan after a powerslam in 0:15:03. Ahmed Johnson suffered a sprained ankle. He will be out for approximately 1 card. Rating: **
Taz did a good job as the ref in this match, although both wrestlers felt at times he was playing favorites to one of the others. Ahmed Johnson wasn't able to hit the Pearl River Plunge on Konnan, but he did catch him with a wild Powerslam. This victory kept Ahmed in the running for a match with Taz, but the real news came after the match when a camera caught Vampiro backstage standing over a fallen Jun Akiyama. Vampiro was screaming for Lover to hit the ring, which he did. Lover then took a dazed Konnan and attacked him with a singapore cane! Lover continued to scream at Konnan how much he hated him, and how he knows Konnan was the man who paid Akiyama to hunt him down.
Eventually Ahmed Johnson had enough of this and ran back to ringside to scare off Lover. Ahmed attempted to help Konnan to his feet, but he didn't want any help. Taz at this point had no interest in helping anyone and left ringside as soon as the match was over. The damage was already done at this point.
A great 5th edition of the Mid-South Coliseum show tonight. Ahmed Johnson continues to look strong, and the Tag Team Champions may have met their match with Bad Intentions. Harry Smith lost his cool and in the end lost the match for the tag champs, on the other hand they did keep the titles.
Ahmed suffered an ankle injury, but the doctors backstage are assuring him that he shouldn't miss a significant amount of time.
USWA will be in Minneapolis this upcoming week for our Velocity and Challenge tapings. We will hear much more about our upcoming big show in Philadelphia "Extreme Dreams".
USWA officials have made a Velocity Main Event of Too Cold Scorpio vs Jun Akiyama for a #1 contenders match to Ahmed Johnson's Global Title. That should be one hell of a match.
USWA Challenge Taped: May 26, 2003 Airs: May 31, 2003 Hosts: Dave Brown, Scott Hudson, Brian Christopher Minneapolis, MN
Announcers run down the show
Hosts Scott Hudson and Dave Brown welcome a third man to the broadcast team for today, USWA Superstar Brian Christopher! Brown explains that Brian is back in the USWA and is excited to get familiar with a lot of the superstars that are in the company. Hudson tells Brian he is happy to have him on board!
Brian thanks both the guys and tells them he was in the house last week in the Mid South Coliseum and that main event of Ahmed Johnson and Konnan had everyone talking.
Scott agrees with Brian and says that the USWA titles, both the Global and the Heavyweight are currently around the waist of Ahmed Johnson and Taz, but the competition continues to heat up.
Dave Brown runs down the show today, explaining that our main event should be a classic, as Chad Collyer will take on Low-Ki for the firs time. These two have been having issues ever since Dean Malenko came in to help mentor his former student Collyer. Tonight in the Main Event these two will face off!
Scott Hudson says that the fallout from the Coliseum, and a build up to EXTREME DREAMS will be the theme of the show today. Alex Shelley will take on Christopher Daniels in X-Division action, X- Division champion- Bobby Fish vs Matt Sydal, and when we get back from commercial break Latin Lover and Vampiro will be joining us, so stick around and we will be right back!
Vampiro and Latin Lover explain their attack on Akiyama.
Scott Hudson welcomes back the fans and says that with him now are two guys who have been running wild interfering in the matches and in general causing complete chaos in the USWA. Vampiro and Latin Lover.
Vampiro asks Hudson if he witnessed first hand what he did to Jun Akiyama last week?
Hudson says that the footage was never shown at the show, but we have a tape of the attack backstage.
(footage shows Akiyama getting ready to leave the arena, when Vampiro and Latin Lover took a rag that was covered in formaldehyde and covered Akiyamas mouth and nose with it!)
Hudson doesn't condone their actions.
Latin Lover said that Jun Akiyama and that S.O.B. Konnan are the ones to blame for it! Lover says that he is sick of the silence that Konnan has had on this issue and he demands that Konnan shows up to Velocity tonight and confess to the world that he was the one who paid Akiyama to join up with the Corino Familia and attempt to take him out!
Vampiro grabs the mic and tells Steve Corino that if he wants to wage a war with him and Latin Lover, it's going to be a war he can't win. Vampiro points to the footage of Akiyama being helped by medics as evidence to what might happen to the rest of him "familia" members!
Hudson says that Konnan WILL be at Velocity tonight and we will finally hear from the former number one contender what exactly is going on with Akiyama's intent on destroying Latin Lover.
Alex Shelley pinned Christopher Daniels after hitting him with a fire extinguisher in 0:11:15. Rating: **** [CM Punk interfered against Christopher Daniels.]
When we returned from commercial a small promo played of Alex Shelley talking about his frustrations in losing to Devitt at the Coliseum. Shelley says he begged Bill Dundee for one last chance to prove he is deserving of an X-Division title shot. Dundee agreed, which led to tonight's match. Shelley was in a bad place late in this match, but CM Punk, who is already not happy with Daniels for getting involved with his match with Steve Bradley, threw Alex a fire extinguisher to use while the ref was distracted. At first Alex was hesitant to use the foreign object, but when push came to shove he had no problems blasting Daniels in the back of the head and gaining a big victory. CM Punk had a grin on his face as he left the ringside area, extracting a little revenge on Daniels.
Bobby Fish pinned Matt Sydal after a spinebuster slam in 0:02:34. Rating: ** 3/4 (Bobby Fish retained the X-Division Title.) [Steve Corino interfered against Matt Sydal.]
Bobby Fish was told he would have to defend the X-Division title tonight, but it didn't seem to take him long to get a victory over the young Matt Sydal. Sydal didn't have much of a strategy in this one as the champion looked in tip top condition. Steve Corino took the mic after the match and addressed the threats of Vampiro and Lover. Corino said that he isn't worried because he has Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson who would be more than happy to take them on in a street fight. Corino also took the time on the mic to bring out the "newist" member of the Corino Family, the recently FIRED former referee Frank Morell! Corino invited him in the ring and explained that he would be the new assistant to the USWA X-division champion Bobby Fish! Fish gave Morell the title to carry back to the locker room as the three men left the ring.
Island Boys challenge New Bolsheviks to falls count anywhere.
Brian Christopher conducted the next interview bringing out Kimo and Ekmo of the Island Boys.
Christopher told them that a lot of people were shocked they went down in defeat to the Bolsheviks and this battle of the baddest teams in the USWA has really peaked.
Kimo tells Brian that they have been working their way up the ladder in the USWA just like every other tag team or singles wrestlers. They come to the arenas night after night to compete, and sometimes the rules of the wrestling world can't contain the animosity between certain people. Thats where they are with Vladamir and Alex. The Bolsheviks cost them their shot at the belts, and then last week, they played mind games with them not taking their no DQ/ no countout match to the outside, where they could do their dirty work.
Kimo then holds up a contract that states that the first match signed for Extreme Dreams in Philadelphia, will give those blood thirsty fans exactly what they want. NO countout/No DQ/ falls count anywhere in Philadelphia!
OG Ekmo has words for Alex Kozlov telling him he better call his mommy, because he is going after him in this rematch!
Christopher says that THAT match, in THAT TOWN is going to be one for the ages!
Chad Collyer made Low-Ki submit to the Texas Cloverleaf in 0:14:26. Rating: ***** [Trinity interfered against Chad Collyer.]
Our first candidate for match of the year. Chad Collyer was able to fend off the chair shot by Trinity, and make Low-Ki tap out to his Texas Cloverleaf finisher. Chad has been a big star here on Challenge for the last couple weeks, and I think a lot of people are realizing that he might just make it as a heavyweight contender. After the match Malenko jumped in the ring and raised Collyers hand as the announcer claimed him the winner of tonight's main event.
Last Edit: Jun 17, 2011 11:01:35 GMT -5 by seanh529
USWA Velocity Minneapolis, MN Taped: May 26th, 2003 Airs: May 31st, 2003 Hosts: Lance Russell, Corey Maclin, Brian Christopher
Konnan confesses he hired Jun Akiyama.
(Ringside Corey Maclin introduces Konnan!)
Konnan comes out and thanks the fans for always sticking with him. Konnan looks back at 2003 and says it has been a wild ride. Back in December Taz, Ahmed Johnson and Konnan helped run Nigel McGuinness out of the USWA, with that victory 2003 looked bright for him. In February it was signed that he would get his first Heavyweight title shot against Taz. As much as the internet has been buzzing about Chad Collyer and Low-Ki's match this week, the first REAL match of the year candidate took place at The Milestone Series Finale when Konnan took Taz to the LIMIT, but of course Latin Lover got in my way.
In Richmond I was given my rematch, but Vampiro and Lover had plans for me. They once again ruined my chance at the title. It seems that to move one step forward in the USWA, someone is always pulling you two steps back. Latin Lover, I don't know what happened to you that all of a sudden this year you have a new attitude and you want to get in my face! I was the one who helped get you a job in this company! Every time I go back to Mexico someone is asking me to help them get a job in the USWA, but then when they get here, and they can't deal with the competition, it's my fault. I'm sick of it.
So yes, when I was told that I would get a rematch with Taz, I hired Steve Corino to go out and "protect" me from not just you Lover, but anyone who seems to have an agenda on me from south of the border. Corino went out and hired Jun Akiyama, one of the most dominating forces to step into this ring. By the looks of it, Jun did a pretty good job keeping you out of my way, but once again in the Mid South Coliseum you and Vampiro, another guy who's always on my case, cost me a victory over Ahmed Johnson.
Corey Maclin says that these problems don't ever seem to go away.
Konnan says that we are almost six months into the year, and I realize that I will never be able to accomplish my goal of a heavyweight title with Lover always lurking, so it's time to take care of the problem.
Corey asks what he has in mind?
Konnan says that he has President Bill Dundee's blessing and the match will be signed. In the MAIN EVENT of Extreme Dreams, Konnan will step into the barbed wire with The Latin Lover!
Corey is shocked that this announcement just broke on TV. Corey says that this will be a violent match.
Konnan says their is no other way to move forward. He will destory Lover in Philadelphia.
Hiroshi Tanahashi defeated King Fale by disqualification in 0:09:06. Rating: ** 1/4 [Trinity interfered against Hiroshi Tanahashi.]
Tanahashi gets his first USWA victory, but it wasn't exactly what he was looking for. Trinity jumped in the ring and clocked Tanahashi with a chair, laying him out cold. Mickey Jay DQed Fale immediately.
Raven promo regarding Taz.
(Video fades in on Raven who once again is calling out Taz.)
Raven says that he still hasn't given up on his dream to once again be USWA Heavyweight champion, and once again the USWA roster proves he should be the number one contender.
Raven reminds us of his victory last week over Tanahashi. Raven says he should be given credit for defeating a man that comes to the USWA with high praise. Tanahashi is one of the up and coming names in NJPW, and with no preparation he was able to defeat him.
Raven says that all year long he has been the "big brother" to Taz. Always watching his every move, every title match he has had has been a greater challenge than last year, but the time is coming to put this all to an end. Raven challenges Taz to one more match, with the Heavyweight title on the line in a ring of Barbed Wire. If Raven loses, he will not get another title shot in the 2003 calendar year, but if he wins he will once again become the USWA Heavyweight champion and earn back the life he once loved.
The Bulldogs claim they do not fear Bad Intentions.
Lance Russell intros the USWA Tag Team Champions, The Bulldogs!
Harry Smith and Doug Williams come out to ringside with the titles around their shoulders. Lance questions Harry Smith about attacking referee Downtown Bruno, which forced his hand in DQing their team at the Coliseum.
Harry Smith says that all week he has been reading the rumors online about how the fans think that The Bulldogs fear the competition of Bad Intentions. That couldn't be further from the truth. The truth is that my frustrations got the best of me, and I took it out on the wrong person.
Doug Williams says that they came out today not only to clear the air on the finish of the match, but to publicly apologize for their actions toward Downtown Bruno.
(Downtown Bruno comes out to confront to champs.)
Bruno tells Smith and Williams he accepts their apology, but the fact that they took a loss in Memphis means they will be giving Bad Intentions a rematch for the titles at Extreme Dreams. Bruno goes on to say that he has been in meetings with USWA management and has ordered the rematch to be made with the titles being able to change hands on a countout or DQ! Bruno then tells Harry Smith that the days of the USWA wrestlers taking out their frustrations on the referees is coming to an end. There will be ramifications for those actions from this point going forward.
CM Punk pinned Ryusuke Taguchi with the Pepsi Plunge in 0:14:04. Rating: **** 1/4
Excellent X-Division action with CM Punk getting the victory over Taguchi. Punk took the mic after the match and challenged Christopher Daniels to an X-Division match after his costly interference that took a victory away from him at the Coliseum.
Alex Shelley pinned Bobby Fish with the Shell Shock in 0:08:54. Rating: ***
In a number one contenders-non title match, Alex Shelley gets the UPSET win over Bobby Fish! Shelley's victory over Christopher Daniels on Challenge led to this match with the X-division champion. The upset win tonight puts Shelley in place for the next X-Division title shot!
Matt Sydal pinned Prince Devitt with the Dragon Rana in 0:17:30. Rating: *** 1/2
Matt Sydal gets an impressive win over Prince Devitt and has really confused the X-division contenders list. Last week at the Coliseum Prince Devitt defeated Alex Shelley. Shelley went on to pin the champion tonight, and now Matt Sydal is claiming he should get a title shot because he defeated Devitt, who has a victory over Shelley. Lance Wright went back stage looking for clarification from USWA management.
Number-One-Contenders-MatchToo Cold Scorpio pinned Jun Akiyama after a standing moonsault knee drop in 0:13:53. Rating: *** 3/4 [Latin Lover interfered against Jun Akiyama.]
Our Global Title number one contenders match ended with Scorpio defeating Jun Akiyama, with interference from Latin Lover. Lover one upped Akiyama tonight, and ran to the announcers area to tell Konnan he accepts his challenge in the barbed wire at Extreme Dreams!
Too Cold Scorpio defeats Akiyama in our Velocity Main Event, earning a Global Title match against the reigning champion Ahmed Johnson. That match will take place in Philadelphia at Extreme Dreams. Scorpio and Johnson are scheduled to have an in ring face to face meeting next week on Velocity.
Brian Christopher will host the face to face meeting debuting "The Too Sexaaay Interview Segment". That should be interesting to say the least.
USWA Management was notified after the show tonight of another big name superstar that has given notice to the company. The name will shock some, because he has been with the USWA since the beginning. We will not reveal the name just yet, because we are only weeks away from Exteme Dreams. This Superstar has guaranteed he will finish up with all his bookings before he leaves.
Next week on Challenge Brian Christopher squares off against Steve Bradley, and our main event will put 1/2 of the Bolsheviks Vladamir Kozlov vs 1/2 of the Island Boys Kimo in a "throw in the towel" match.
Velocity next week has scheduled a big Main Event of Konnan and Jun Akiyama teaming up against Vampiro and Latin Lover.
The Extreme Dreams show is shaping up nicely. So far these are the matches we know about.
1/2 Main Event: Taz vs Raven Barbed Wire match for the heavyweight title
2/2 Main Event Konnan vs Latin Lover Barbed Wire match.
Global Title Match <C> Ahmed Johnson vs Too Cold Scorpio
Tag Team Title -Rematch- <c> The BullDogs vs Bad Intentions
The Island Boys vs The New Bolsheviks
Plus we will announce 4 more matches over the next week! USWA action is making it's way to Philadelphia and you won't want to miss it!
It doesn't hurt that my roster includes some great wrestlers, but another 5 star match took place on my next TV taping.
Jun Akiyama and Konnan vs Latin Lover and Vampiro. went 22 minutes and got 5 stars. The Challenge and Velocity shows in general had some great matches.
-So Ahmed Johnsons "1 card unjury" I thought wouldn't last past this TV taping, but with my new card multiplier, Ahmed Johnson will not be able to defend the title at Extreme Dreams. This is a DOUBLE wammy because the wrestler that "gave notice" and has his "final card" at Extreme Dreams is Too Cold Scorpio.
This is something I did not plan on but, With July being the G1 Round Robin tournament I've been looking to do, I might have a reason to vacate the title and put it up on the line in our first ever round robin tournament.
I hate to lose Scorpio. He was to the USWA what AJ Styles is to TNA. He's been there since the beginning. I assumed at one time I'd put the title on him, but it wasn't going to be this year. I also know that 2004 is starting to really put Scorpio over the hill, so long term booking had him doing a "retirement tour" all throughout 2004. It was one of my big plans for next year.
Honestly I'm going to see if by the end of the year I can hire him back and do the retirement tour. I think it would be a cool idea.
USWA Challenge Taped: May 27th, 2003 Airs: June 7th, 2003 Minneapolis, MN Announcers: Scott Hudson and Dave Brown
Steve Bradley pinned Brian Christopher with the Smashmouth in 0:05:23.Rating: *** 1/2
Steve Bradley gets a victory over Brian Christopher in the opener to Challenge tonight. Bradley has been pondering a move back to the Heavyweight division ever since guys like Punk, Daniels and AJ Styles have taken over. If Bradley does decide to make the change, tonight was a step in the right direction.
Interview Bobby Fish and Frank Morell
(The X-Division champion Bobby Fish comes to the ring with Frank Morell.)
Bobby Fish introduces Frank Morell to the crowd. Fish says that the USWA has turned their back on one of their most talented referees on the roster. Morell spans decades of experience as a referee all around the mid south, and the USWA just fired him without even thinking of the years of dedication he showed to this company.
Bobby said that in the Corino Family, FAMILY is the key word. Fish said that Corino has put Frank on the payroll, and has hired him as the personal assistant to the X-Division champion! Fish runs down a typical days work which includes getting the transportation in order, making reservations as the best restaurants when he is on the road. Getting his bag to each city they travel to!
Frank Morell chimes in and thanks Fish and The Corino family for taking him in. Morell beings a sob story about how he has a sick wife at home, along with trying to pay off his kids college tuition, and the USWA just fired him without notice, without warning. Morell says he is going to be the best personal assistant he can to Bobby Fish!
Fish changes subjects and beings to talk about the X-Division #1 contenders match. He goes on to discuss how Devitt, Shelley and Matt Sydal have all stepped their game up and he is ready to take on anyone that Bill Dundee puts in front of him
(Dundee comes out to the ring.)
Dundee gives a stare to Frank Morell in disapproval of his decision to be with Fish. Dundee then says that Bobby Fish is correct, each one of those wrestlers have a reasonable argument to be the #1 contender. So at Extreme Dreams, Bobby will defend his title against all three men in a four corners match!
(The fans cheer as Bobby Fish throws the belt down trying to get his hands on Dundee.)
(Dundee leaves the ring as we go to commercial break watching Bobby Fish explode in anger inside the ring.)
Low-Ki and King Fale defeated Prince Devitt and Matt Sydal when Low-Ki pinned Sydal with the Ki Crusher in 0:10:32. Rating: ****
A standard tag match with Low-Ki taking the mic after the match, challenging Dean Malenko and Chad Collyer to a tag match at Extreme Dreams. Low-Ki says that Chad was a great competitor in the ring, but he wants another shot at both Malenko and Collyer.
Vampiro pinned OG Ekmo with the Nail In The Coffin in 0:11:49. Rating: *** 1/2
Vampiro took out 1/2 of the Island Boys in OG Ekmo in singles competition as this was his last singles match before he meets Jun Akiyama in 1 on 1 competition at Extreme Dreams. After the match Vampiro said that him and Latin Lover will wear out Akiyama and Konnan on Velocity before they all face off at Extreme Dreams.
Ryusuke Taguchi pinned Alex Koslov with the Dodon in 0:06:02.Rating: *** 3/4
Taguchi gets his first victory in the USWA with a pin on Alex Koslov. During the match the announcers discussed the arrival of Taguchi and Tanahashi to the USWA and what type of impact their new relationship with NJPW will have on the future of the USWA.
AJ Styles pinned Alex Shelley with the Styles Clash in 0:09:34. Rating: *** 1/2 [Prince Devitt interfered against Alex Shelley]
AJ Styles gets an x-division victory when Devitt distracted Alex Shelley at ringside. Devitt was out with the announcers for color commentary and continued to bad mouth Shelley during the match. With Alex not paying attention he was caught my Styles with the Styles clash.
Towel Match Kimo (w/OG Ekmo) defeated Vladimir Kozlov (w/Alex Kozlov) with an avalanche in 0:23:46. Rating: ** 1/4
Our MAIN EVENT was a wild one as Kimo of the Island Boys took on Kozlov of The Bolsheviks in a towel match. Their partners were at ringside. The two big men of the teams squared off in this one. Vladimir was injured early as Kimo worked on his shoulder. Alex did his best to hold off on throwing in the towel, but after a huge avalanche where Kozlov was not responding to, Alex threw in the towel. A verbal fight broke out and Alex explained that he needs Vladamir to be 100% for the anything goes match they have booked for Extreme Dreams!
Last Edit: Jul 8, 2011 14:35:09 GMT -5 by seanh529
USWA Velocity Taped: 5.27.03 Airs: 6.7.03 Minneapolis, MN Hosts: Lance Russell and Corey Maclin
Giant Bernard pinned Doug Williams with the Bernard Driver in 0:06:20. Rating: ** 1/4
Steve Corino led 1/2 of the tag champions down to the ring for a match with 1/2 of the former tag champions, Doug Williams. Williams mounded a good offensive attack, until Corino waved to the back for Karl Anderson to come out. Anderson was able to distract Williams and give Bernard a chance to hit the Bernard Driver for the victory. Harry smith ran down to help his fallen partner, but the damage was already done.
Taz calls out Raven
Back from our commercial break, The heavyweight champion is in the ring. He gets right down to business and calls our Raven. Taz tells Raven he is so sick of his constant complaining about the life he once led as the champion.
Taz told him that he will never be the champion again, but if one match inside the barbed wire ring will shut him up once and for all, he is willing to go to the limits. Taz accepts Ravens challenge, and before Raven can say a word, Taz attacks him with the Tazmission. Referees and officials had to use force to get him to release the hold. Taz left the ring to a very supportive crowd, and we have our double main event signed for Extreme Dreams.
Christopher Daniels talks about Punks bad attitude
Backstage Lance Wright catches up with Christopher Daniels. Daniels says that he hasn't been a big fan of CM Punks bad attitude as of late. Daniels says Punk has nobody to blame but himself for his loss to Steve Bradley at the Mid South Coliseum.
Daniels says that Punk left the heavyweight division to reclaim his X-Division title, but hasn't been able to do that. Daniels says that CM Punks USWA career has been nothing short of a failure, and he will accept his challenge for a match later on tonight!
Prince Devitt pinned Matt Sydal with the Bloody Sunday in 0:07:16.Rating: ****
Devitt and Sydal prove once again why the X-Division is the most talked about division in the USWA. An excellent match, which shows the fans exactly why both of these guys are going to be getting a chance at Bobby Fish at Extreme Dreams. Devitt held out his hand in a sign of respect, which was accepted by Sydal.
InterviewToo Sexay Segment
Brian Christpopher is in the ring with an entire interview segment staged in the ring.
Christopher welcomes the fans to his Too Sexay segment in the show and says that for the debut of the show he is going to have the Global champion, along with the number one contender Too Cold Scorpio out here face to face before they meet up in Philadelphia for the title!
Out comes the challenger Too Cold Scorpio, who tells Christopher that he has been impressed with Ahmed Johnson since his arrival to the USWA, but his mind is not on defending the gold, his mind is preoccupied with a future match against the Heavyweight champion.
Christopher says that Johnson might have something to say about that and brings out the Global champion.
Ahmed comes to the ring and tells Scorpio that he knows he has been a big player in the USWA since it's humble beginnings, but that doesn't mean he is guaranteed anything. Ahmed calls out Scorpio on his lack of titles and says that outside of the X-Division, he is a failure.
Scorpio tells Ahmed that he has had a longer career than him, and that his record in the wrestling world speaks for itself.
The two men get nose to nose as Brian Christopher plugs the fact that this will be the first ever meeting between these two superstars!
Too Cold and Ahmed both leave the ring without a physical situation.
Christopher Daniels and CM Punk battled to a double countout in 0:12:57.Rating: **** 1/4
Another great match ends in a double countout as the tension between these two superstars got the best of them. A brawl outside the ring left Bill Rush with the having to call for a double countout. Bill Dundee came out to the ring and told the fans that this isn't the end of it, in Philadelphia these guys will go at it in an anything goes match! THROW the rules right out the window!
Latin Lover and Vampiro defeated Konnan and Jun Akiyama when L. Lover pinnedKonnan with the Magistral Cradle in 0:22:54. Rating: ***** [Rey Bucanero interfered against Konnan]
Another match of the year candidate, Latin Lover and Vampiro get a huge victory over Konnan and Jun Akiyama. All four of these men will meet in singles action at Extreme Dreams, but of course Latin Lover and Konnan will meet in the barbed wire ring.
For weeks Vampiro had promised he would bring someone to the USWA that had a grudge against Konnnan, and that came true tonight. We saw the debut of AAA superstar Rey Bucanero! Rey went to work on Konnan when Bill Rush was busy keeping an eye on Akiyama and Vampiro, Bucanero ran to the ring with a metal pipe and took out Konnans leg! Lover was able to get Konnan in the Magestral Cradle and earn a victory for himself and Vampiro. After the match Rey took the mic.
Rey Bucanero Promo
(After the match Rey takes the mic as he is in the middle of the ring with both Latin Lover and Vampiro at his sides.)
Rey tells the fans that Konnan might be some type of hero here in the USWA, but in Mexico he is nothing but a sellout. He is the guy that took money off the top of every "superstar" he brought the the United States. He is the guy who threatens peoples careers by blackballing anyone that isn't in his group of friends. Just ask guys like Vampiro! Ask guys like Damien 666 and Halloween!
Rey says he is here because he is going to prove that a Luchadore can come to the United States on his own and make it! Rey says that he is going to be at Extreme Dreams, and will make sure that Latin Lover ends the USWA career once and for all of KONNAN!
Rey Bucanero has made his presence known in the USWA. An threat to Konnan, Rey has already cost Konnan one match here in the USWA. Rey told the fans he is here on his own and is going to prove that he can become a star without the help of Konnan. He also said that he will be in Philadelphia to make sure Latin Lover finishes the job!
Extreme Dreams looks to be a wild show, and the only way you can see it is if you are LIVE in Philadelphia. It promises to be one of the bloodiest nights in the USWA. This show will be released on DVD later in the year, but it's going to be a show you won't want to miss.
Konnan was checked on after the match and has been cleared for the match in Philly after taking a shot to the back of the knee from Rey Bucanero in our Main Event.
CM Punk and Christopher Daniels are going to take their X-Division talents to the limits in Philly when they go at it in an Anything goes match.
Two Barbed wire matches on the card include Raven vs Taz with the heavyweight title on the line, and Konnan vs Latin Lover.
Other matches on the show include:
The Island Boys vs New Bolsheviks
Chad Collyer and Dean Malenko vs Low Ki and King Fale
CM Punk vs Christopher Daniels
Vampiro vs Jun Akiyama
Bobby Fish puts the X-Division title on the line vs Prince Devitt, Alex Shelley, and Matt Sydal.
The Bulldogs vs Bad Intentions for the tag team titles.
Last Edit: Jul 25, 2011 13:38:24 GMT -5 by seanh529
USWA Extreme Dreams June 8th, 2003 Philadelphia, PA
Bill Dundee announces Ahmed Johnson is injured.
As the show is about to begin we see the President of the USWA, Bill Dundee walking down the isle to the ring. He does not look very happy.
Dundee takes the mic and tells the fans that this morning when he arrived at the building, he was given news that Ahmed Johnson will not be able to compete tonight and defend his title. At the Mid South Coliseum against Konnan, Ahmed Johnson sprained his ankle. Internal discussions over a title match tonight took place and Ahmed assured us all he would be able to go tonight.
A match with Scorpio was announced, and then when we get to the arena, Ahmed had left a message that his ankle is not in good shape and he would be able to defend the title next week. Well, thats not good enough.
Ahmed Johnson has to learn just like everyone else in this company, that if you LIE to the management, you will suffer the consequences. As of tonight, June 8th, 2003, the Global championship is being vacated! The title will be up for grabs in the upcoming G1 tournament!
(Fans don't know how to react to this announcement.)
Dundee says that a current USWA superstar has announced he wants to leave the X-Division and re-enter the Heavyweight division. Too Cold Scorpio will take on Steve Bradley to open the show!
(Dundee leaves the ring as we prepare for the first match of the night.)
Steve Bradley pinned Too Cold Scorpio after a spinebuster in 0:06:01. Rating: ***
Steve Bradley took on Scorpio in a match that was left open after the news of Ahmed Johnsons injury. Bradley raised his hands in victory and has said that his record in this company speaks for itself. He wants to put his name in the hat for a chance to face Taz for the Heavyweight title.
No-Time-Limit-No-Countout-No-DQ-Falls-Count-Anywhere Match The Island Boys (OG Ekmo and Kimo) defeated The New Bolsheviks (Vladimir Kozlov and Alex Koslov) when Ekmo pinned A. Koslov after a flying splash in 0:06:34. Rating: ***
This falls count anywhere brawl between The Island Boys and The Bolsheviks came to an end in the only city that could contain these two teams. The match made it's way to the parking lot where the Island Boys would seal a victory. Ekmo landed an incredible flying splash off of a Ford F-150 pickup truck onto the skinny Alex Koslov. This victory over The New Bolsheviks proved that The Island Boys are one of the toughest teams in the USWA.
Chad Collyer and Dean Malenko defeated Low-Ki and King Fale when C. Collyer defeated King Fale when King Fale passed out in the Texas Cloverleaf in 0:12:07. Rating: *** 1/2
A fantastic tag match ended when Chad Collyer slapped the Texas Cloverleaf on King Fale, causing a loss for Fale and Low-Ki in this technical match. Low-Ki wasn't happy about the loss and left the ring with Trinity as King Fale was left by himself.
No-Countout-No-DQ-Match CM Punk pinned Christopher Daniels after a Frankensteiner in 0:06:39. Rating: *** 1/2
CM Punk earned a big X-Division victory with his win over Christopher Daniels tonight. Punk told Daniels before the match that his USWA career has been a wild ride, but tonight starts his rise to the top of the mountain in the USWA. The best way to do that is by beating a former Global champion.
Jun Akiyama pinned Vampiro with the Exploder in 0:09:57. Rating: **** 1/4
The fans were behind Vampiro in this match, as it seems the Philly crowd has always been behind Vampiros hardcore ways since he is a former King of the Death Match tournament winner. Vampiro hit his nail in the coffin finisher twice during the match, but Akiyama was able to go back to his Exploder and earn the 1-2-3.
Four Corners Match Bobby Fish defeated Prince Devitt, Alex Shelley and Matt Sydal: x Fish beat Devitt via countout in 0:01:10 x Fish beat Sydal via the Falcon Arrow in 0:22:39 x Fish beat A. Shelley via disqualification in 0:27:15 Rating: ** 3/4 (Bobby Fish retained the X-Division Title.)
The four corners x-division title match saw Bobby Fish prove to the world why he is the champion. Bobby earned all three victories by using his brain to outthink his opponents. He was able to get Prince Devitt counted out by tying him to the guardrail when he missed a flying senton to the outside. He used his falcon arrow finisher on Matt Sydal right after Alex Shelley hit Sydal with his finisher, and was able to frustrate Shelley enough that he tossed referee Mickey Jay out of the ring earning the DQ victory. Fish escaped the four corners match and left Philadelphia still the champion.
Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) defeated The Bulldogs (Doug Williams and Harry Smith) when K. Anderson pinned Williams with the Stun Gun in 0:15:51. Rating: *** (Bad Intentions won the Tag Team Title.) [Steve Corino interfered against Harry Smith.] [Steve Corino interfered against Doug Williams.]
It was the end of an era tonight as Bad Intentions did what they set out to do since their first day in the USWA. Bernard and Anderson are the new USWA Tag Team champions. It also looks like the end of the line for Harry Smith and Doug Williams. Williams got caught with the Stun Gun and once again Harry Smith wasn't there. After the champions left the ring with their titles, Doug Williams called Harry out on his recent carelessness in their matches. Harry Smith told Williams that he didn't care to be singled out in front of the crowd, and that they could discuss this at a later time. Williams and Harry left the ring together, but Harry was a couple steps ahead and refused to acknowledge Williams as they walked to the back.
Barbed Wire MatchKonnan defeated Latin Lover when Latin Lover passed out in the Tequila Sunrise in 0:15:05. Rating: **** [Rey Bucanero interfered against Konnan.]
On an injured leg, and inside the barbed wire, Konnan was able to get the victory over Latin Lover that he so desperately needed. Rey Bucanero kept his promise and showed up during the match, but Konnan was able to overcome the outside interference as well. After the match Lover laid motionless after he suffered the effects of the Tequila Sunrise. Konnan took the mic and told Latin Lover that it's all over between them. Rey Bucanero then told Konnan that as long as he's in the USWA, the Latino led army of Vampiro, Bucanero, and Lover will never allow him to achieve his dreams of being the champion. Konnan broke down in the middle of the ring, because he understands that no matter how many wins, he will never get a fair shot at the championship.
Barbed Wire MatchTaz made Raven submit to the Tazmission in 0:11:19. Rating: **** 1/4 (Taz retained the Heavyweight Title.)
If Raven could go into a deeper depression, we are about to see it. Raven lost inside the barbed wire, in his kind of match, with the title on the line. This loss confirms that Raven will not get another title shot in the year 2003. What the future holds for Raven is something we may never know.
A wild night in Philadelphia as we saw the "Extreme Dreams" of both Konnan and Raven come to an end. Konnan gets the win tonight, but may understand deep down that he will never win the war.
Ravens dream of being the USWA champion has taken a turn for the worse. With the loss tonight, he is unable to get another title shot in 2003. All year it has been Ravens goal to win the championship, but now that goal is over.
Two guys that have jumped up in the rankings after Extreme Dreams would be Chad Collyer and Steve Bradley respectively. Bradley defeated Too Cold Scorpio and has announced that he is going to be competing in the Heavyweight division. Chad Collyer has moved himself into a position where he could be the next heavyweight champion if he can get a match with Taz. Bradley or Collyer vs Taz could be a great athletic contest.
Too Cold Scorpio has given notice to the USWA. Another major name has left the company. Scorpio will not be mentioned in the upcoming shows, because the USWA is hopeful to get him resigned and back in action.
USWA will be headed to Orlando to tape two weeks of Velocity TV, then a big Mid South Coliseum show and two days of tapings in Charlotte. All these shows will help set up this years G1 Tournament.
The G1 Tournament will be a 7 show round robin tournament and will crown the new Global Champion. All this will be explained on the upcoming weeks of TV.
So if you have been paying attention to this fed, here is a funny TNM thing that came up.
Too Cold Scorpio gave notice about 2 cards ago, and I wanted this show to be where he comes out says he was leaving, wants one more shot at a title. Takes on Ahmed...blah blah blah.
Ahmed did get injured on that Mid South show about 3 shows ago. It said he would be out for about 2 cards, but it's never guaranteed. I've seen guys available earlier than expected. I get ready to run the show and realize I can't use Ahmed because he is still in the injury list. He is NOW available, but my booking got all screwed up based on an injury and a guy giving notice. Boo...
Scorpio leaving does kind of stink. I had a VERY long term plan for him where I wanted to kick off 2004 with him talking about how he was going to retire at the end of the year. I wanted him to make 2004 kind of like his final trip with the circuit. I also wanted to bring in Shelton Benjamin and kind of have Scorpio be his mentor, but now that he's gone I don't know if I want to keep that up.
I may do it if Scorpio becomes available to resign in the future.
USWA Challenge Taped: June 9th, 2003 Airs: June 14th, 2003 Hosts: Dave Brown and Scott Hudson
Scott Hudson and Dave Brown run down the show
(Still photos show the outcome of the two barbed wire matches at Extreme Dreams.)
Dave Brown welcomes the fans to another week of USWA Challenge wrestling. Dave says that we have NEW tag team champions after Extreme Dreams and they will be in action tonight in a tag title rematch!
Scott Hudson acknowledges that todays show is a big one. Along with the tag team titles on the line, we will also see The Island Boys, King Fale, in action, along with an X-Division matchup between Alex Shelley and Taguchi!
Dave tells the fans to stick around and we will be back with the Island Boys in action.
The Island Boys (OG Ekmo and Kimo) defeated TD Steele and Mike Anthony when Kimo pinned Mike Anthony with the Kimo-Therapy in 0:03:29. Rating: *
Before the match Kimo and OG Ekmo joined Scott Hudson at the announce table.
Kimo let it be known that their match against the Bolsheviks have earned them another shot at the tag team titles, and this time they will get the job done! Out comes Steve Corino who told the Island Boys that his men don't fear them and are looking forward to a match at the Mid South Coliseum.
Low-Ki says it's time for a change.
(Low KI heads over to Dave Brown at the announcers are with Trinity at his side.)
Low-Ki says that his loss to Collyer and Malenko has been a real wake up call. Ki says that he has been looking back at the last year in the USWA, and hasn't been happy with his record in competition. 2002 was a great year winning the best of 7 series over CM Punk, but this year has been full of grudge matches and defeats.
Dave asks Ki what he has in mind to change his career path?
Low-Ki says that with Trinity at ringside, he has constantly been the victim of disqualifications, and that today he is out here to tell Trinity that he no longer requires her services as his manager.
(The crowd goes wild for the announcement as Trinity stands there in shock.)
Trinity tells Low-Ki that their was no need to drag her out on television to dump her in front of an audience, and that if he wants to be on his own, so be it.
(Low-Ki leaves the area, as Trinity says that King Fale has a match scheduled.)
King Fale comes out as Trinity joins Hudson and Brown at the announcers table.
King Fale pinned Mad Mikey after a flying forearm in 0:05:30. Rating: * 1/2 [Trinity interfered against Mad Mikey.]
King Fale gets the victory with help from his manager Trinity. Trinity joined the broadcast and explained that now that Low-Ki is out of the way, she is going to focus on guiding King Fales career to the top of the mountain in the USWA. Trinity also informed Fale that she will have a contract in hand for a match against Low-Ki on for this weeks Velocity.
Alex Shelley pinned Ryusuke Taguchi with the Shell Shock in 0:07:41. Rating: *** 1/2
Our featured match saw Alex Shelley score the victory over Taguchi in the x-division contest. Before the match Shelley joined Scott Hudson for a few words. Shelley said that he was obviously the most impressive in the 4 way X-division match and has been informed he will get an X-Division Title match with Bobby Fish at the upcoming Mid South Coliseum show.
Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) defeated The Bulldogs (Doug Williams and Harry Smith) when K. Anderson pinned Harry after the The Magic Killer in 0:04:21. Rating: ** 3/4 (Bad Intentions retained the Tag Team Title.)
Doug Williams and Harry Smith came out before the match to try to clear the air on their recent problems inside and outside of the ring. Williams asked Harry if he was mentally ready for tonight's rematch and he agreed.
The match ended with Anderson hitting Smith with his Magic Killer finisher. When Williams went to help Harry up, Smith grabbed Williams and executed his Stampede finisher on his "former" partner. Harry agreed with Williams that maybe it was time to go their own way, because he never earned the right to call himself a Bulldog.
Williams was left motionless in the ring as Harry Smith paraded around the ring as the fans booed him.
Coming up this week on Velocity:
All this plus more matches to be announced for the upcoming Mid South Coliseum show.
USWA Velocity Orlando, FL Taped: June 9th, 2003 Airs: June 14th, 2003 Hosts: Lance Russell and Corey Maclin
King Fale made Low-Ki submit to the T-Shock in 0:08:50. Rating: **** 1/4 [Trinity interfered against Low-Ki.]
The show started off with still pictures showing the results of both Taz vs Raven and Konnan vs Latin Lover barbed wire matches.
They cut right to the ring where Lance Russell is explaining what had happened on Challenge this morning, when Low-Ki dumped Trinity. The match saw trinity interfere and turn the tables on Ki. Fale continued to work on his arm and caught him in THE T-shock submission. Low-Ki was forced to submit and Fale has his first major victory in the USWA.
Steve Bradley and Chad Collyer claim #1 contender.
[As we come back from commercial break Steve Bradleys music hits and he makes his way to the ring.]
Bradley goes to the ring with the mic and tells everyone that the rumors they have heard are true. After a discussion and contract negotiations with Bill Dundee, he has signed on to join the Heavyweight division. Bradley says he was the best X-Division member in the company, and was about to get a shot at Bobby Fish, but since the Heavyweight division has taken such a hit to the talent department, with the recent departures of Jerry Lynn and Too Cold Scorpio, Bill Dundee BEGGED him to join the division.
With that change, Bradleys current record will go with him, making him an automatic contender to face off with TAZ for the Heavyweight title. Bradley has comments for the world champion warning him that he is going after the belt!
[Chad Collyers music hits as he comes down to the ring with Dean Malenko.]
Dean Malenko grabs the microphone and tells Steve Bradley that his protege, Chad Collyer has been working his way up the ladder in this division for months. With Raven out of the picture, it's Collyers time for a title match.
Chad takes the mic and tells Bradley that he respects what he has done in the X-Division as a two time champion, but he hasn't earned a thing with the heavyweights.
Bradley comments back that he was the one that ran Too Cold Scorpio out of town, but Collyer comes right back and acknowledges two big victories over Low-Ki.
[As the two continue to bicker Bill Dundee comes out.]
Dundee tells both guys that it's time they step up in the USWA and get a chance to face the best of the best. They have earned it. Tonight in our main event Bradley will take on Collyer in a number one contenders match. The winner will go on to the Mid South Coliseum to face off against TAZ!
Two-out-of-three-Falls Match With Captain's Rules Rey Bucanero, Vampiro and Latin Lover beat Jun Akiyama, Prince Devitt and Brian Christopher 2 falls to 0: x Bucanero beat J. Akiyama via the Castigo Bucanero in 0:06:07 Rating: *** 3/4
After the match Rey Bucanero and his crew joined Lance Russell at the announcers table to claim that they had mentally beaten Konnan down to a level he has never been at before in his career. Rey tells Konnan he can never show his face again in Mexico because of the way he has held back his own people. Bucanero goes on to challenge Konnan to a one on one match at the Mid South Coliseum.
Harry Smith pinned TD Steele with the Stampede Powerslam in 0:02:25. Rating: *
Our first look at Harry Smith in singles action since the demise of the Bulldogs tag team proved he is ready to make an impact on the heavyweight division. Harry showed no signs of a laxidasical performance he has put on in his last few tag matches. Harry joined Corey at the announcers table and told the fans he doesn't need them in his corner and he is going to be the first to put his name in the hat for the G1 Global tournament.
Hiroshi Tanahashi pinned Doug Williams after a Northern Lights suplex in 0:04:46. Rating: *** [Harry smith interfered against Doug Williams.]
Before the match Lance Russell wanted to get a few words from Williams on the demise of The Bulldogs. Williams told him that a lot of the things Smith had to say came as a shock to him. If he feels that he was never good enough to carry the name of "The Bulldog" that is fine with him. During the match Smith came out and cost Williams a victory. The two had a stare down and Williams challenged Smith one on one at the Mid South Coliseum.
Ahmed Johnson pinned Vladimir Kozlov with the Pearl River Plunge in 0:07:38. Rating: DUD
Before this match got underway Ahmed Johnson came out to join Corey for a few comments. Johnson says that he notified the office about his injury, and finds it ridiculous that he was stripped of the Global title.
Johnson goes on to say that he believes that Bill Dundee has an agenda against him. He has been a number one contender for Taz's heavyweight title for over a month now, but continues to be put on the back burner. Once again Dundee puts Steve Bradley, who has been competing in the X-division against Chad Collyer, who has just recently started getting on a hot streak in a number one contenders match.
Ahmed adds, stripping him of the title is just more proof that Dundee has it in for him. Dundee came out to defend himself and gave Ahmed two options. He can participate in the G1 tournmanet to regain the title, or he can forfeit that opportunity and finally get in the heavyweight title picture. Dundee wants an answer next week on USWA Challenge.
Two-out-of-three-Falls Match With Captain's RulesChristopher Daniels, Raven and Alex Shelley beat CM Punk, Konnan and Bobby Fish 2 falls to 0: x Raven beat Punk via the Evenflow DDT in 0:07:51 Rating: *** 1/2
Daniels and Punk were named team captain as they took their feud to six man tag action. The match ended abruptly when Raven and Daniels double teamed captain CM Punk and allowed Raven to hit the evenflow DDT finisher. Daniels laughed in the face of a fallen Punk, while Raven and Konnan had a stare down.
Number-One-Contenders-MatchSteve Bradley defeated Chad Collyer by disqualification in 0:11:49. Rating: *** 3/4 [Dean Malenko interfered against Steve Bradley.]
Steve Bradley gets a victory by DQ in our main event when Dean Malenko was caught attempting to help Collyer during the match. This wasn't the way either man wanted to see the outcome of the number one contenders match. Bill Dundee made his way to the ring and said we were out of television time, but next week on Velocity these two will be in a rematch, and Ahmed Johnson will be named the special guest referee to make sure we get a clear cut winner!
After Extreme Dreams it was revealed to the USWA that Too Cold Scorpio had wrestled his last match. The USWA would like to have him back. He is one of the originial members of the USWA.
The Orlando tapings have really helped promote the upcoming Mid South Coliseum show that takes place on June 22nd. Here are the matches announced so far.
Harry Smith vs Doug Williams
Bobby Fish defends the X-Title against Alex Shelley
The Island Boys get a shot at the tag titles held by Bad Intentions
We still have four more big matches that will be revealed next week on television.
The G1 Global Tournament for the vacated tite will be starting on July 6th. The tour will last for 7 shows and will take place all around the state of Michigan. Tickets are on sale now. Bill Dundee is scheduled to have a press conference in Detroit later this week.
Highlights of the presser will be shown on Velocity TV. Expect all 16 members of the tournament to be announced and on hand for questions. The winner of this years tournament will be the new Global champion. Talent from all around the world have been setting their eyes on competing in this years tournament. Rey Bucanero, Taguchi, and Tanahashi have all been signed to short term contracts to compete. If any of them do win the title, look for contract renegotiations to take place shortly!
USWA Challenge Taped: 6/10/2011 Aired: 6/21/2011 Hosts: Scott Hudson and Dave Brown
Raven seeks Konnan backstage.
(Raven is looking around the arena for Konnan and eventually finds him in the hallway.)
Raven tells Konnan that the past few months have been trying for both of their careers. Raven tries to explain the different emotions that he has towards failing to recapture the USWA title, and his anger towards Taz.
With the recent events with Konnan, he just wants him to know he feels his pain in the fight against his foreign enemies.
(Konnan doesn't trust Raven as he continues to talk about his current situation.)
Konnan tells Raven that he is one of the guys that took Vampiro under his wing when he got to the USWA, and that he can never understand the pain he feels of being unwanted in his own country.
Konnan wants a match with Raven tonight since he is one of the men responsible for the rise of Vampiro. Konnan goes on to say that he will be taking on Vampiro in a dog collar match on Velocity! Konnan tells Raven to get ready for their match, because he's going to wish he never met Konnan!
(As Konnan walks away, Raven shakes his head and calls him a tourtured soul.)
The Bad Street Boys (Christian York and Joey Matthews) defeated TD Steele and Mike Anthony when J. Matthews pinned Mike Anthony with the Future Shock in 0:05:25. Rating: 1/2*
A new tag team make their USWA debut. York and Matthews, managed by female wrestler/manager, Daizee Haze, make short work of their opponents. The team made their way to the announcers booth to explain their excitement for joining the ranks of the USWA.
Rey Bucanero pinned Dean Malenko after a Tombstone Piledriver in 0:07:29. Rating: ***
A big victory for Rey Bucanero who reversed an armbar submission and turned it into a tombstone piledriver for the victory. During the ring enterance of Bucanero we had a quick comment from him recorded earlier in the day. Bucanero talked about his upcoming match with Konnan at the Mid South Coliseum, and that he vows to ban Vamprio and Latin Lover from the ring so he can prove that Konnan always has been and always will be a fraud!
King Fale defeated Matt Sydal via pinfall in 0:03:55. Rating: ***
Trinity and Fale came out for a quick interview before the match. Trinity said that Fale is on a role under her guidance and that it's time to step up the competition for her man. Fale commented that Matt Sydal is going to get a wrestling lesson that he can take back to the X-Division tonight!
Konnan made Raven submit to the Tequila Sunrise in 0:06:34. Rating: ****
These two always put on a great match, tonight was no different. Konnan makes Raven tap in the middle of the ring. Konnan refused to release his Tequila Sunrise submission. Multiple referees and officials had to come down to help release the hold. Konnan grabbed a mic and told Raven that he would never understand what he is going through, and he could handle himself!
Bobby Fish defeated Alex Shelley by countout in 0:11:17. Rating: *** 1/4 [Steve Corino interfered against Alex Shelley]
Our main event saw a preview of the X-Division match set for tomorrow night in Memphis. Shelley wanted a 1 on 1 with Fish tonight, and the match was granted with the title NOT on the line. Shelley was getting the upperhand in this match from the start. Fish was off his game and his manager Corino felt it. Fish dumped Shelley to the outside and distracted the ref. Corino hit Shelley with a clothesline on the outside which kept him out cold! Fish escaped this one with a countout victory.
(Photos and B-roll of Detroit shows as Scott Hudson announces the G1 Global Tournmanet 2003 opening night will take place in Detroit at the Fairgrounds, and finish up the tournmanent in Ypsilanti, Mi.)
Bill Dundee speaking to reporters says that the USWA is excited to return to Detroit and have the city host the opening night of the tournament.
The recently elected Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm had a few comments thanking the promotion for taking their shows accross the state. She sat down for a few words with USWA Broadcast Journalist Lance Wright, who asked her about her interest in Pro Wrestling. She commented that she remembered her older brothers watching Big Time Wrestling out of Detroit and watching her brothers wrestle around the house when they were kids.
During the Press Conference Bill Dundee said that they would be holding a special ceremony and dedicate this years tournament to the Original Sheik, a staple of pro wrestling in Detroit, who passed away in January.
Scott Hudson announced the rules of the tournament. It will be two round robin tournaments of 8 competitors the A block and the B block. Wrestlers will compete earning 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss. These tournaments will be held in seven Michigan cities over an eight day period. On our final day, we will hold the semi finals and finals matches. Those will include the block A championship match, and the block B championship match. The winners of those matches will face off for the Global Championship later in the night.
The host cities will include the following. July 6, 2003 - Opening night in Detroit Michigan @ The Fairgrounds July 7, 2003 - Flint, MI @ IMA Sports Arena July 8, 2003 - Lancing, MI @ The Lancing Center July 10,2003 - Plymouth, MI @ Compuware Sport Arena July 11,2003 - Battle Creek, MI @ Kellog Center July 12,2003 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Welsh Auditorium July 13,2003 - Finals Night, Ypsilanti, MI @ EMU Convocation Center
Bill Dundee at the podium introduces the A block participants. 1.Doug Williams 2.Konnan 3.Harry Smith 4.Brian Christopher 5.Latin Lover 6.Chad Collyer 7.Ryusuki Taguchi 8.Low-Ki
.....as the participants sit down out comes the Heavyweight Champion Taz! Taz, with the title draped around his shoulder says that HE wants to participate in the tournament. This is one of the biggest tournaments that the USWA has ever put on, and that the champion should be out there. Bill Dundee says that this isn't the time or place to discuss it, and tries to move on, but Taz continues to interrupt. Taguchi gets up in frustration and has a stare down with the champion. Through a translator, Taguchi says to Taz he is being disrespectful, and if he wants to participate he would have to earn it! Taguchi challenges Taz to a match on Velocity, with his G1 spot on the line.
Taz smiles at him and tells him he has guts. Taz then tells him to be prepared for a long flight back to Japan in June. Taz leaves the press conference and we hear a few words from the participants. Former Global champion Konnan is the odds on favorite to win the bracket. Chat Collyer is looked at as a dark horse to take the bracket, and Harry Smith is a young guy with a new attitude that everyone is keeping an eye out for.
After a few questions from the press, the participants leave. Bill Dundee then introduces the block B participants. 1. Jun Akiyama 2. Hiroshi Tanahashi 3. Rey Bucanero 4. Christopher Daniels 5. Steve Bradley 6. Dean Malenko 7. Raven 8. Vampiro
Dundee talks about how the B block is full of great international talent from both Japan and Mexico. Lots of fans are excited to see the Tanahashi/Akiyama matchup, and most feel Steve Bradley could make a run to the top.
Dean Malenko was questioned about his participation in the tournament. Malenko says that he hasn't had the best luck personally in the ring since his arrival in the USWA, but would love to use the G1 as a way to prove he can still go in the ring.
Bill Dundee closed out the conference thanking fans and the media for their participation.
(G1 Global spot on the line): Taz defeated Ryusuke Taguchi when Ryusuke Taguchi passed out in the Tazmission in 0:09:16. Rating: **** 1/4
An awesome match to open up Velocity. We all watched what happened at the G1 press conference that led to this matchup. The fans were behind the heavyweight champion, because they wanted to see him in the tourney, but the fighting spirit of Taguchi shined in this match.
Although Taguchi lost the match when he got caught in an STF, which led to the Tazmission, he showed he has no fear. Taz took the mic after the match and told everyone in the building that Taguchi is one hell of an up and coming wrestler. Taz said that his victory tonight isn't something to brag about, it's about his wants. Taz says that as the champion he is always waiting for someone else to have to compete, to reach a title shot, but as champion he doesn't have anything to chase down. With the G1 tournament right around the corner, it gives him something to compete in, and he says he is going to go in there and once again prove to everyone why he is the USWA heavyweight champion!
Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) defeated Conquistador #1 and Conquistador #2 when Giant Bernard pinned Conquistador #2 with the Bernard Driver in 0:04:33. Rating: -1/4*
Before the match Lance Russell was joined by Steve Corino and the tag team champions. Corino says that some might think the Island Boys are on a roll as of late, but the fact is, they won't be leaving the Mid South Coliseum with the USWA Tag Titles. Corino reminds everyone that his team is still undefeated and things won't be changing anytime soon.
Doug Williams and Low-Ki battled to a draw in 0:20:00. Rating: *** 3/4 [Harry Smith interfered against Doug Williams.]
This match started out with both men shaking hands. We knew it would be a technical matchup, and it was off to a good start until Harry Smith came down to try an interfere against Williams before their match at the Coliseum tomorrow. Low-Ki took a swinging kick at Smith when he hit the ring to keep the match fair. Thats something new from Ki. The match ended in a draw and the fans gave both men a round of applause. Williams went to talk to Corey Maclin after the match and guaranteed the fans he will get his hands on Harry Smith at the Coliseum!
Dog Collar Match: Konnan and Vampiro battled to a no contest in 0:10:01. Rating: *** 1/4 [Rey Bucanero and Vampiro interfered against Konnan.]
A wild brawl that ends in a no contest when Latin Lover and Bucanero both came down to attack a bloodied Konnan. It was another 1 on 3 mugging in the ring when none other than RAVEN ran down and cleared house with a chain of his own! The fans cheered Raven for making the save and as he helped Konnan to his feet. Raven has offered to be handcuffed to Vamprio at ringside during Konnans 1 on 1 match with Rey Bucanero in Memphis, to guarantee Vampiro doesn't get involved in their first ever match at the Coliseum. The two men who have been down on their luck as of late seemed to have come to an agreement on a short term partnership.
Ahmed comments about our Main Event.
(Lance Wright brings out Ahmed Johnson before the main event. Johnson comes out with a sleeveless referees shirt.)
Ahmed says he isn't excited about having to be the ref in this rematch for the #1 contenders match, but Bill Dundee seems to be asking a lot of him lately. Especially after he had the nerve to vacate his title.
Johnson says that if Dean Malenko attempts to interfere in this match, he's going to break his legs! Ahmed said he has been waiting a long time for that title shot against Taz, but tonight someone is going to get that shot before him once again. He doesn't know what kind of mind games the USWA is playing on him, but soon enough it's going to stop, because he isn't here to make friends. He's here to make money and win titles.
Ahmed then makes a joke that his eye site has been acting up as of late, and as the head referee he can make any changes he wants in the match tonight, so he is going to have some fun with it. Since his eyes are so bad, he figures making this a no countout and no DQ match will make his job a little easier.
(The crowd cheers the decision as Johnson asks for the match to get started.)
No-Countout-No-DQ-Number-One-Contenders-Match with Special Referee Ahmed Johnson: Steve Bradley pinned Chad Collyer after the Splash Mountain in 0:05:03. Rating: *** 1/2
A WILD match to pick the opponent for Taz for tomorrrow night. Johnson makes it a no DQ, no countout match, and let the two fight it out. Johnson let the match go to a positive finish as Steve Bradley hit Collyer with TWO splash mountains to get the pinfall. Bradley will now take on Taz with the title on the line in Memphis! The show came to an end with Ahmed Johnson helping Collyer to his feet, and then telling him that if he isn't satisfied with tonights results, he is more than willing to have a 1 on 1 match tomorrow night, with the winner getting a title shot after the G1 tournament.
Ryusuke Taguchi stepped up his game tonight in his match with Taz. The match really put Taguchi on the map in the USWA when he got the endorsement from Taz after his defeat. Now that Taz has offically taken Taguchi's place in the tournament, the entire pro wrestling world is a buzz about who could possibly beat Taz in the tournament. If Taz wins the G1 this year, he will be the first ever UNIFIED world heavyweight champion! A goal that all the wrestlers have attempted to achieve ever since the Global Title was introduced.
Tomorrow night at the Mid South Coliseum the USWA will present it's sixth show of the year, and it's a doozey!
-Taz defends the title against Steve Bradley -The Bulldogs collide as Doug Williams and Harry Smith collide. -Bobby Fish will put the X title on the line against Alex Shelley -Ahmed Johnson takes on Chad Collyer in an #1 contenders match for the title. -The Island Boys will get their tag title shot against Bad Intentions -Konnan and Rey Bucanero square off 1 on 1. Raven and Vamprio will be handcuffed to eachother at ringside to keep them from getting involved in the match.
All these matches and more to take place at the Coliseum tomorrow night!
Thanks dude! One thing I will admit is that I am not good at booking my heavyweight champ. Taz literally just takes on #1 contenders and beats them and calls it a day. I have an angle for the tournament that will benefit everyone. The timing is really good since my biggest show of the year takes place in October and I have enough things booked that the year is flowing nicely.
I am going to do a round robin tournament in December for the tag teams. It feels like a great way to really get all my divisions involved. January I do my x-division one night tourney, but might go round robin next year as well.
Post by snabbit888 on Aug 10, 2011 18:16:52 GMT -5
I'm glad to hear someone else has this problem and not just me. I always find my angles with my top champion to be underwhelming compared to my other stuff. My favorite wrestlers tend to be midcarders so that probably explains it, but it's still frustrating as hell.
USWA Mid South Coliseum #6 June 22nd, 2003 Attendance: 1500
Raven defeated Latin Lover by disqualification in 0:06:26. Rating: *** [Vampiro interfered against Raven.]
Our opening match didn't even get into a rhythm before Vampiro came down to the ring and cracked Raven in the back with a chair. This lead to a two on 1 encounter until Konnan ran down to even the odds. Officials handcuffed Vampiro and Raven together, banned Latin Lover from the ring and we were on to our next match.
[Vampiro and Raven Handcuffed to eachother ringside]: No-Countout-No-DQ-Match: Konnan made Rey Bucanero submit to the Tequila Sunrise in 0:09:22. Rating: ****
With Raven and Vampiro handcuffed to eachother and brawling all over the ringside area, Konnan was able to catch Bucanero with his Tequila Sunrise submission for the win. Raven got some payback on Vamprio on the outside when a fan gave him a frying pan to wack Vampiro with and knocked him out cold. Officials took the cuffs off and Konnan took the mic. Konnan told Raven he earned his respect by taking out Vampiro tonight. The fans applauded Raven, and it's definitely a feeling he has never had before in the USWA.
Bad Intentions (Giant Bernard and Karl Anderson) defeated The Island Boys (OG Ekmo and Kimo) when Giant Bernard defeated Ekmo by disqualification in 0:09:58. Rating: * 3/4 (Bad Intentions retained the Tag Team Title.)
The Tag Titles stay with the champs tonight when emotions got the best of OG Ekmo. After hitting Bernard with a clothesline and getting him off his feet, he also hit the moonsault. When Bernard kicked out, Ekmo threw our ref out of the ring. Tommy Weathers called for the DQ and the Corino family keeps the gold.
Number-One-Contenders-Match with Managers Banned From Ringside: Ahmed Johnson pinned Chad Collyer with the Pearl River Plunge in 0:15:10. Rating: *** 3/4
Ahmed Johnson won the #1 contenders match and will be next in line for a shot at Taz. With the G1 tournament right around the corner, When that match will take place is supposed to be announced this upcoming week on Velocity from Charlotte, NC.
Bobby Fish pinned Alex Shelley with the Falcon Arrow in 0:07:26. Rating: *** 1/2 (Bobby Fish retained the X-Division Title.)
Bobby Fish retains his title with a clean victory over Shelley. Fish has been on a roll as the X-Division champion and Steve Corino by his side. Bill Dundee or someone in the USWA is going to have to look long and hard for competition for Fish.
Harry Smith pinned Doug Williams after a tiger suplex in 0:04:19. Rating: **
Harry Smith took his violence level up a notch tonight. Using camera cables, and various items he could get his hands on to choke and whip Doug Williams in this match. Smith caught Williams in the tiger suplex and got the win over his former tag team partner.
Taz made Steve Bradley submit to the Tazmission in 0:16:45. Rating: **** 1/2 (Taz retained the Heavyweight Title.) (Taz won the Southern Title.)
Taz tonight comes into the Coliseum and gets another title defense under his belt with a submission victory over our number one contender Steve Bradley. After the match Taz held up both his Heavyweight Title and the Southern title in his hands. Taz has unified two titles in the USWA, will the third title be unified after the G1 Tournament?
The Southern title has been on a rollercoaster ride as of late. The third singles championship in the company has been exclusive property to matches that take place in the Mid South Coliseum.
Jerry Lynn won the title from Lawler on our first ever show, but then announced he was leaving the company. Too Cold Scorpio won the title away from the Coliseum because Lynn wouldn't commit to a 1 time defense of the title.
Scorpio won the title and gave notice, in turn causing the USWA officials to put the title on the line against Steve Bradley at Extreme Dreams. Tonight was the first time the Southern title has been on the line in ages, and now its in the hands of the most dominating man in the USWA, Taz.
Taz now holds the Heavyweight title and the southern title. A victory in the G1 tournament will put him in the running to be the first to hold all the heavyweight singles titles in the company history.
Thanks guys. My favorite angle to book right now has definitely been Raven and Konnan. Raven has had an awesome storyline year. He spent the first 6 months challenging Taz to take on real competition, which he has, and he's been successful. Raven couldn't get the title on two different occasions and I felt he might be hard to book after he lost the match at Extreme Dreams. He can't get a title shot for the rest of the year.
Konnan has always had issues with Vampiro and I bumped Latin Lover up into the upper mid card area. The combo of Konnan and Raven is unique, but it works. Raven has always been the loner in the USWA, just like his real character, now I'm going to turn him face and team him up with Konnan for awhile. Two guys that are main event guys, and I can keep them relevant while the Ahmed Johnsons, Chad Collyers and Steve Bradleys compete for the heavyweight title.
G1 is going to be awesome. I still have 2 TV tapings to run. AKA 2 challenge shows and 2 Velocities before the tournament starts, but those shows will be completely focused on bringing the G1 tournament into focus for July.