UWF Heavyweight Tournament
Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 30 &31, 1986
Opening Round, May 30th
Jim Ross and “Cowboy” Bill Watts stand in the center of the ring surrounded by a raucous crowd as the show begins. Ross and Watts briefly take off their hats and acknowledge the crowd as their cheers drown out Ross’s first attempt to kick off the show.
“Thank-you…Thank-you all very much. (He pauses to listen to their adoration before staring into the camera and beginning his monologue) And thank all of you watching at home. Tonight is a historic night as the Universal Wrestling Federation kicks off the opening round of the tournament that will crown its first heavyweight champion. We’ve got 16 of the top wrestlers in the world chomping at the bit to make wrestling history. Mr. Watts, what do you expect tonight.”
“I expect the same thing all of these fans here and the ones watching at home on the SuperStation should expect every time they tune into a UWF broadcast, Jim. I EXPECT TO SEE THE BEST WRESTLERS IN THE WORLD DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST! (The crowd explodes again and Watts steps back and gives them a huge grin.) Mark words folks, I guarantee when you turn on a UWF wrestling program you aren’t going to see cartoon characters, you won’t see rock stars strutting around… YOU will see men getting into this ring and fighting it out to see who the biggest bull in the woods is. This is about athletic contest, it’s about pride, and it’s about a desire to be the best! That is what will make the UWF stand out. It will make stand apart. If you want to see a wrestling show, watch the UWF. If you want to see a cartoon show, tune in Saturday mornings!”
“Strong words, Cowboy. I couldn’t agree with you more, however. Right now we want to take you to locker-room where three of tonight’s entrants in the tournament are standing by with Frank Dusek .”
- And This Bird You Cannot Change
The camera flips to Frank Dusek who is positioned on a set with the new UWF logo in the background. The Fabulous Freebirds and their recently acquired bodyguard, The Fallen Angel, flank him. Michael “P.S” Hayes stands to his immediate left gazing off camera with a lackadaisical smirk on his face. Buddy “Jack” Roberts is positioned on the far left of the set and appears fired up. He has an intense look on his face as he paces back and forth; frequently leaving the set and marching back in as he rubs his hands together. The huge Terry Gordy stands with his arms crossed behind Hayes. His dark-rimmed cowboy hat sits on his brow and he stares menacingly into the camera. The Fallen Angel stands beside Gordy with a pair of dark shades on. He appears bored and frequently glances around the set.
“Fans, I’m backstage with bad men from Badstreet, U.S.A; the Fabulous Freebirds. Gentleman, all three of the Freebirds are scheduled to compete in tonight’s tournament. How do you feel about being a part of this historic event?”
(jumping into the screen) “It’s just another night of us using people’s heads as mops and using their butts as brooms, Frank Dusek. You are talking to three of the baddest men from the baddest place in HOT’LANTA, son. You think 13 other stiffs have a chance against Georgia’s favorite sons? “
(He gives a quick laugh before continuing)
“And who is first out of the gate? That would be yours truly against “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. I’ll give Duggan credit, he’s big ole’ boy that can take on a hell of a beating and keep coming. He’s going to have to be able to do that if he wants to have a chance against your truly. He’s just another big stiff that is going to get his lights put out by Ole’ Buddy Jack, here. I’ve been in the pound with bigger dogs and there been ain’t a single one that has made yours truly whimper. Tighten up that collar, big boy, because Buddy Jack is ready to make your roll over and play dead! “
“Strong words from, Mr. Roberts. Mr. Gordy, you compete against Koko B. Ware in the first round. Care to share how you’re feeling right now?”
(Glares at Dusek) “That’s a mighty small man to put in the ring with someone as big as me don’t ya, think, Dusek?”
“Koko B. Ware may be small, but he’s a professional. He’s taken on men as big as you before-“
Gordy: “Just make sure and tell the judge that when they call us into court on Monday. I’m gonna kill that boy tonight. “
(Angel of Death and Roberts burst out in laughter at Gordy’s outburst. Gordy crosses his arms and glares menacingly back into the camera. Hayes, however, continues to stare off camera like something else is on his mind.)
(Obviously flustered by Gordy’s outburst) “Mr. Hayes, is there anything you would like to say about your first round match-up with-“
(Hayes holds up his hand in annoyance and silences Dusek. He directs his gaze into the camera and silently looks into the camera with an intense look on his face. After a few moments of silence, he smirks and begins to speak.)
“ EVERYBODY WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE FREEBIRDS ARE GONNA DO, DONT THEY BOYS?! (The Freebirds nod and encourage their teammate on). Everybody is just wrapping their heads around a pole trying to predict what this wild bunch is up to. The answer is pretty simple if you sheep could really think about it though,… The simple facts is, THE BIG BAD WOLF don’t make plans the food, Lamb chop! You aren’t going to see what we’ve got coming until its too late! You are talking to the men who were spending your money before you even realized the bank was robbed.
The Freebirds play by their own rules and lemme tell you Tulsa… they are a pretty loose set of guidelines. I could tell you EXACTTLY how tonight and tomorrow will go down, but what fun would that be? All YOU need to know Dusek… All YOU need to know Tulsa… is that we have a plan and it’s not going to be hard to accomplish.”
(Hayes stares down the Dusek as the rest of the Freebirds walk off camera. As Dusek shifts uncomfortably, Hayes smirks and strolls off the set. )
- Chavo Gurrero Sr. vs. “Mad Dog” Buzz Sawyer
The ring announcer introduces both men as the referee walks over to each corner and examines each contestant. After a quick pat down to ensure neither man has any illegal objects on their person (and receiving a quick tongue-lashing from Skandor Akbar, Sawyer’s manager), the referee calls for the bell and the match begins.
Sawyer quickly attempts to rush Gurrero, but the wily luchadore ducks under some wild haymakers and brawling attempts and quickly rushes back towards the center of the ring as Sawyer goes flailing into the ropes and corner.
An enraged Sawyer charges at Gurrero, but the Mexican wrestler sends Sawyer face-first into the mat with an expertly executed drop toehold. Sawyer quickly pops to his feet, but is taken down with a high armdrag that Gurrero quickly transitions into a standing wristlock /armbar combination.
The next few minutes of the opening match see Gurrero maintain his advantage by using quick maneuvers and his obvious speed advantage over the huskier Sawyer. Sawyer is flustered by a series of dropkicks, flying head scissors, snapmares and a very stiff flying forearm that illicit a two-count on Gurrero’s subsequent pin attempt.
Despite having Sawyer on the run in the matches early minutes, Gurrero loses his advantage when he turns his attention to Akbar who taunts him from ringside and challenges him to a physical altercation. Gurrero doesn’t oblige, but he pays for taking his focus off his in-ring opponent when Sawyer catches him with a quick knee to the mid-section.
The move doubles Gurrero over and allows “Mad Dog” to take control of the match with some viscous clubbing forearms and a blatant eye rake that sends the Mexican wrestler groping into the corner turnbuckle in obvious pain.
As the referee warns him about the obvious infraction, Sawyer keeps his advantage by repeatedly ramming Gurrero’s head into the turnbuckle. A ten count gives Gurrero a temporary reprieve, but Sawyer spends the rest of the match brutalizing his first round opponent. He uses rope-chokes, stiff punches, a wild clothesline and a variety of slams that leave Gurrero grounded and in agony.
The crowd boos as Sawyer mounts the top rope and taunts them for a few seconds. The “Mad Dog” launches himself in the air and lands squarely on Gurrero’s chest with a Flying Body-Splash. Sawyer lazily covers his opponent without even hooking a leg. 1…2….3!
“Mad Dog” Buzz Sawyer via pinfall
The show returns from commercial, Frank Dusek is backstage with Terry Taylor, a popular fan favorite in the UWF.
“Fans, I’m backstage with Terry Taylor. Terry, you’ve won a lot of titles in the world of professional wrestling. Could you give us your feelings about competing in the UWF’s first title tournament ?”
“I’m not going to lie, Frank. It is really exciting. To be able to be part of the beginning of something as big as the Universal Wrestling Federation and to have a chance to be its first heavyweight champion…it’s really something. To think I may get to square off against someone like Ted DiBiase, Dr. Death, Jim Duggan, its humbling. These guys are the best in the world, in my opinion. To be counted among their number is an honor in itself. “
“I’m glad you mentioned that Terry because you will NOT be competing against any of those men in the first round. Care to give us your opinion on your first round opponent, Michael “P.S” Hayes?”
“Let's be honest Frank, I don’t like him. He and his cronies are just a bunch of trash that talk big and act worse. Not to take away from him as a wrestler, but Michael Hayes the person is just a pathetic individual. I look forward to shutting him up and sending him home early. “
“Ladies and gentlemen, some very strong words from Terry Taylor! Terry, good luck tonight.”
“Thanks, Frank. “
- “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. Buddy “Jack” Roberts
Robert’s Freebird companions shout insults at Duggan from ringside as the referee gives both competitors their pre-match instructions. Rather than ignore the verbal jabs, Duggan throws some barbs back at Robert’s teammates. The exchange escalates and Terry Gordy needs to be physically restrained by Michael Hayes and Angel of Death. The referee threatens to banish the ringside observers to the locker room, but Angel of Death and Roberts manage to talk him out of it as Hayes calms “Bam Bam” down. Duggan complicates the situation by throwing some more insults with a mischievous smile on his face, but Hayes manages to calm the big man down.
The match begins with Duggan taking a quick advantage with several big punches that send Roberts reeling. The long-time Mid-South fan favorite charges up the fans by whipping his opponent into the ropes and laying him out with a huge running shoulderblock. The impact of the move causes Buddy “Jack’s” head to bounce off the mat. Duggan waste no time hopping on him bouncing more punches off his skull. The rest of the Freebirds protest from ringside as the referee finally steps in and breaks up Duggan’s barrage of closed-fist punches.
As the referee back Duggan up and admonishes him, Roberts rolls to the outside. His teammates run over check on him as Angel of Death hops on to the ring apron to complain to the referee. Duggan quickly runs over and knocks him to the floor with a stiff shoulderblock, much to the crowd’s further delight.
The temporary distraction allows Roberts to roll back into the ring and avoid Duggan’s fury. He immediately complains to the referee about the closed fist punches and vehemently orders the referee to “Do your job!”.
While his attention is on the ref, Duggan takes the opportunity to sneak up behind him and set his hands on his hips. Roberts briefly shows his disgust at the official and turns around into Duggan’s scowling visage. A startled Roberts fall on his back in fear and quickly crawls on his butt to the corner. This spot elicits a good chuckle form the crowd.
Duggan beckons Roberts back to the center of the ring and the embarrassed Freebird complies with a sheepish look on his face. From that point, the match begins to pick up speed and both men engage in an intense brawl-filled match.
Duggan uses some stiff brawling to keep Roberts on the defensive, but the wily Freebird uses his ring savvy and a combination of dirty tactics (eye pokes, rope chokes and low blows) to stay in the match. Duggan uses his legendary endurance and toughness to shrug off the damage of Roberts ill-gotten offense and keep moving forward.
The end of the match occurs when Duggan catches Roberts with a hard punch to the guts as he attempts and axe-handle off the top rope. The impact of the blow cuts Roberts for a flip and leaves him writhing on the mat; gasping for air. Duggan quickly pins Roberts shoulders to the mat and tightly hooks his legs. 1…2…3! Duggan gets the victory!
Out of the corner of his eye Duggan sees the rest of the Freebirds storming into the ring and quickly rolls out to the floor. Hayes and the Freebird’s body guard quickly rush to Robert’s side to check on him as Gordy rushes to the ring ropes to look down at a smiling Duggan. As the referee raises Duggan’s arm, Gordy mounts the ropes and points and angry finger at him.
“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan via pinfall
The camera flips backstage to Frank Dusek who is positioned on the interview set with “Hollywood” John Tatum and his valet, Missy Hyatt. Clad with his fluffy white boa, Tatum seems intent on Hyatt as she strokes his cheek tenderly. Hyatt wears a tight red halter top and leather pants. A coy smile plays across her face as she flirts with her man. Neither is paying much attention to Dusek as he prepares for their interview.
“Fans, I’m backstage with “Hollywood” John Tatum and his manager the lovely Missy Hyatt. John, you are set to compete against “Gentleman” Chris Adams tonight in the first round of the inaugural UWF title tournament. Can you share your thoughts with the folks watching at home?”
(still focused entirely on Hyatt) “What do you think, Missy? Should I be mad that this idiot is interrupting my time with the most beautiful woman in wrestling? “ (Hyatt laughs and rolls her eyes. She nonchalantly shakes her head. Tatum sighs and spins around.) “Why are you asking me about something as insignificant as Chris Adams? I mean, it was pretty obvious that I was preoccupied with WAY more important things than that English idiot. You see, you are talking to a man that operates on a higher level, Dusek. My taste in women, the clothes I wear, the cars I drive, the food I eat… I’m just that much better in life than that tea-drinking idiot. Look at my lady, Dusek. Have you seen Chris Adam’s squeeze. Her teeth are all yellow and crooked. My lady is nothing but curves and legs. His is fat and nasty. “
“While I doubt that is true, what does it have to do with your match tonight?”
“Adams is second class to me in EVERY way, genius He can’t compete with me in the ring, in the UWF or in life. If you can’t see something that obvious, what is the use in explaining it to you. “
(shaking his head as Tatum and Hyatt walk off the set) “Ladies and gentlemen, there you have it.”
- Kamala vs. The Missing Link
The referee attempts to inspect both men, but the Ugandan savage and the painted eccentric don’t waste time and begin tearing into each other before the bell rings. Link peppers Kamala with quick punches and manages to withstand the big giants powerful blows and keep his momentum going.
Kamala tries to land a solid punch on the oddball in front of him, but Link manages to maneuver to take Kamla’s serious blows on the shoulder and arm. Link manages to cause Kamala to stumble with a several huge head butts that echo out across the arena. Much to the referee’s dismay, Link quickly follows up his advantage by biting Kamala on the forehead.
The referee dives into pull The Missing Link off Kamala as Skandor Akbar begins hurling insults at the Link from ringside. The Arabic manager is incensed at Link’s behavior and dismissively waves his hand and shouts at him. Without a word, the crazy wrestler with green face paint hops through the ropes and goes after Akbar.
The moves terrify the manager and he scurries around ringside with Link hot on his heels. Dark Journey, Link’s lovely valet, manages to cut her client off from his chase and get him refocused on the match.
The merry chase gives Kamala plenty of time to recover and eagerly awaits The Link as he rushes into the ring to avoid a count-out. As Link rolls under the bottom rope, Kamala firmly plants his bare foot on his opponent’s exposed throat and begins to choke the life out of him. Only the referee’s intervention saves the Missing Link.
The next few minutes of the match see Kamala dominate The Missing Link with his superior size. The Ugandan giant traps his smaller opponent in the corners and uses his weight to batter and choke him mercilessly. The referee frequently has to pull Kamala off Link and comes close to disqualifying him for various infractions. From ringside, Akbar directs his client and signals him when to release a choke or pull his fingers out the Link’s eye sockets. His actions infuriate Dark Journey who screams at the manager from ringside. The beautiful valet’s fury only a few sarcastic chuckles from the leader of Devastation Inc.
The Link manages to retake the advantage by stumbling out of the corner as Kamala attempts to get a running start and crush him. The impact of Kamala running into the turnbuckle stuns the large man and knocks the breath out of him. He falls to his back and clutches his chest in an attempt to catch his breath.
Link mounts the top turnbuckle and flies off the top rope. The painted wrestler crashes into Kamala’s chest with a flying knee drop. The Missing Link goes for the cover as Skandor Akbar screams out in frustration from ringside. 1…2…3! The Missing Link gets the pinfall!
The Missing Link via pinfall
- Is There a Doctor in the House?
The show returns from commercial, Frank Dusek is backstage with “Dr. Death” Steve Williams, one of the favorites to win the UWF title tournament.
“Fans, I’m backstage with “Dr. Death” Steve Williams. Doc, you are no stranger to success in the state of Oklahoma. From your college career at OU to your professional career, you’ve always performed well in the state you call home. Do you think that bodes well for you in the UWF’s first title tournament ?”
“Let's hope so, Frank. I’ve got some family here tonight so I’m hoping to do well for them and all my UWF fans. Like Terry said earlier, to be chosen as part of the beginning of something as big as the Universal Wrestling Federation is a true honor. I can’t thank “Cowboy” Bill Watts, enough. “
“Any thoughts on your first round opponent?”
“He’s just like any other stiff that gets in there with The Doctor. I’m kinda hoping Eddie Gilbert decides to get involved so I can plant him in the ground and harvest his butt next spring. I’m ready to be a champion. These goofs just so happen to be in my way.“
“Ladies and gentlemen, some very strong words from Steve Williams! Doc, good luck tonight.”
“Wish Ric Steiner luck, Frank. I don’t need it.“
Terry Taylor vs. Michael “P.S.” Hayes
Hayes’ Freebird companions are quiet at ringside as the referee gives both competitors their pre-match instructions. Rather than being his usual cocky self, Hayes stares intensely across the ring at Taylor. Both men look ready as the referee signals for the bell.
The match begins with Taylor quickly taking down Hayes with a textbook armdrag. Hayes pops up immediately and begins to complain about getting his hair pulled. After a terse exchange with the official, Hayes locks up with Taylor and is immediately pushed back into the ropes. The referee steps in and splits the two up, but Hayes clutches his eye and leans on the top ring rope like he is in agony as Taylor backs off. Clutching his eye with his hand, Hayes yells at the referee to “STOP THIS GUY FROM KILLING ME!” Taylor pleads his innocence as the ref questions him.
The momentary distraction presents an opportunity for Hayes, who immediately tries to lay out Taylor with a sucker-punch. Taylor manages to lift an arm just in time and stone wall Hayes’ ill-gotten advantage. The two wrestlers engage in an intense back and forth that ends with Hayes’ on his butt. The veteran heel slowly slides to the turnbuckle on his butt as he begs off Taylor.
Taylor ignores Hayes’ pleas for mercy and jumps on his first round opponent; peppering him with rapid-fire punches. He quickly jerks the charismatic Freebird to his feet and whips him off the ropes. Hayes comes sprinting back towards the ring and into a high backdrop. The next several minutes see Taylor maintain his advantage; punishing Hayes with a variety of moves (a back-suplex, atomic drop, body slam, a backbreaker, etc.) that focus on his lower back.
A huge turning point in the match occurs when Hayes forces Taylor to release a surfboard attempt by wrapping his left leg around the bottom rope. Taylor complies before the referee’s five-count, but immediately tries to follow up his offense as Hayes struggles to his feet.
The wily Freebird manages to fire off a quick kick that catches Taylor in the gut and throw his opponent through the middle rope and to the concrete floor. Feigning serious injury, Hayes’ grabs his back and falls into the referee, temporarily distracting him.
Gordy, Roberts and Angle of Death immediately jump Taylor when they see the ref’s attention is turned to Hayes. After some viscous stomps from the three men, Taylor lies on the outside in a crumpled heap.
Hayes recovers from his serious back injury and rushes outside the ring to take advantage of his downed opponent. Taylor catches some quick stomps from his opponent and is lifted to his feet. Hayes picks up Taylor and drops him throat first on the steel crowd barrier. As Taylor holds his throat and sputters for air, Hayes jerks him up by the hair and rolls him into the ring.
Hayes takes his turn on offense and uses rough house tactics in an attempt to injure and psyche Taylor out. After every move, the cocky Hayes fires off quips at either Taylor or the capacity crowd. His arrogance quickly earns him the displeasure of the crowd and UWF commentators Jim Ross and Bill Watts.
Watts: “I’m not one of those people that gets his feelings hurt about people mouthing off, but Mike Hayes is acting like the South-side of a North bound mule. I hope Taylor shuts him up here soon.”
Unfortunately for Taylor and Watts, Hayes manages to maintain his advantage and gets several near pinfalls following a second-rope fist drop and nicely executed backslide. The resilient Taylor manages to get his shoulders off the mat at the last instant both times.
The highlight of the match occurs when Hayes whips Taylor off the ropes, but mistimes a shoulderblock and he and Taylor’s head wind up cracking together. The impact almost knocks both men out. Both men lie groggily on the mat as the referee starts a ten count.
With the crowd cheering him on, Taylor manages to make it to his feet first. Taylor stumbles over to pick Hayes up, but the veteran grabs him by the head as he reaches down and rolls him into a small package. The momentum of the move, however, allows Taylor roll through and reverse the hold. As the referee counts the pinfall, Hayes grabs the nearby bottom rope and uses it to reverse the competitors positions. As the referee counts Hayes’ new pin attempt, Hayes maintains his grip on the bottom rope. Taylor kicks his feet rapidly in attempt to get out. 1…2…3! Hayes picks up an ill-gotten win!
Michael “P.S” Hayes via pinfall
- Dire Warnings from the Middle East
The show returns from commercial, Frank Dusek is backstage with Skandor Akbar and his clients Kamala and The Super Ninja. Akbar wears a scowl as Kamala stares off aimlessly off camera and Super Ninja stands with his arms crossed.
“Fans, I’m backstage Skandor Akbar and the members of Devastation Incorporated. Mr. Akbar, I know you had some disappointment earlier this evening, but you have another chance tonight when your client takes on Ted DiBiase. Your thoughts?”
“Spare me your false sympathy, Dusek. I don’t want it; nor do I need it. The amount of disrespect shown towards me and ALL of my clients just illustrates the hypocrisy of this country and the UWF. New beginnings?... To me, it is the same sad story, BUT it is a story where we will control the ending. “
“It sounds like you-?”
“Please spare me, Dusek. Mark my words, Devastation Incorporated will have a huge effect on this tournament. People will tremble at our actions. There is no need to plan for the future. Devastation Incorporated is now.“
- “Hollywood” John Tatum vs. “Gentleman” Chris Adams
Adams, the crowd and the referee are immediately annoyed by Tatum when he chooses to focus on getting his hair right; instead of entering the ring to start the match. Despite repeated calls from the official, Tatum allows Hyatt to hold a mirror so he can get his hair perfect.
The match finally begins when Adams storms outside and throws “Hollywood” John into the ring. The action discombobulates Tatum and leaves him open for some hard kicks from Adams. “Gentleman” Chris begins to wear out Tatum’s chest with multiple elbow drops as Hyatt screeches from ringside.
Adams ignores Tatum’s pleas to let him catch his breath and keeps the heat on him with a variety of suplexes, dropkicks, heavy chops to the chest and a high back bodydrop. The crowd gets excited when the English superstar mounts the top rope and manages to connect with a flying crossbody on a disoriented Tatum. The move gets Adams a two-count, but the referee is forced to stop the count when Hyatt grabs his leg and informs him about an infraction she “saw”.
Being robbed of a quick victory infuriates Adams he jumps and warns Hyatt to keep to her place. The distraction presents an opportunity for Tatum, but Adams manages to block his haymaker attempt and picks up right where he left off. The Englishman continues to rough up his first round opponent. Despite attempts to get out of the way. Tatum eats a few dropkicks and is placed in a painful rear-chinlock.
The referee inquires if Tatum wants to quit, but the glitzy heel manages to hang in there. Adams makes a mistake and leans into the hold a little too hard and opens himself to a deep thumb to the eye from Tatum.
It takes Tatum a few moments to recover from the beating he has received, but he quickly asserts his new found dominance and uses a foot choke to injure Adams. It earns him a warning from the referee, but he quickly places Adams neck under the bottom rope and pulls back on his head. He breaks the hold before the five count is up, but quickly returns to the illegal tactic a few more times.
Tatum holds the offensive advantage for a few more minutes, but primarily relies on long submission locks to wear Adams down (a sleeperhold and an abdominal stretch).
Adams manages to briefly regain the offensive advantage when he breaks the abdominal stretch with a hiptoss, but he gets overeager and attempts to knock Tatum out with his finisher, the super kick. Tatum manages to duck under the move and roll up Adams in a school boy. 1…2… (the referee doesn’t see John Tatum pulling on Adam’s tights)...3! Tatum gets an ill-gotten win!
“Hollywood” John Tatum via pinfall
The show returns from commercial, Frank Dusek is backstage with Ted DiBiase, one of the most established wrestlers in the organization and a favorite to win the UWF title tournament.
“Fans, I’m backstage with Ted DiBiase. Ted, you are no stranger to success in this business. You’ve been competing in the squared circle in the Midwest almost your entire career. Do you think that bodes well for you in the UWF’s first title tournament ?”
“I believe so, Frank. I’ve seen about all there is to see in the ring. I’ve been a hero in the ring and I’ve played the villain. I won’t say I’m perfect, but I’ve got no problems saying that nothing that happens out there will surprise me? “
“Any thoughts on your first round opponent?”
“I heard Akbar popping off earlier. His masked ninja isn’t really that special. To me he is just another goon trying to make a name for himself. I can handle him and whatever else Akbar think he wants to throw at me. I’m hoping to strike gold in this tournament. If I didn’t think I could get past the first round, why would I even show up?“
“Ladies and gentlemen, there you have it. Good luck, Ted.”
DiBiase: “Sure thing, Frank. Thanks for the time.“
- Steve “Dr. Death” Williams vs. Ric Steiner
Ric Steiner is accompanied by the rest of Hotstuff International (Eddie “Hotstuff” Gilbert & The Blade Runners (Rock & Sting). When “Dr. Death” enters the ring to a HUGE Oklahoma welcome from a very partisan crowd, Gilberts immediately hops on the ring apron and begins taunting Williams. The referee orders him to get down, but Gilbert insists on being handed the microphone.
“Wait, wait, wait… There is no way anyone can call this fair. To put MY CLIENT and blue-chip prospect, Ric Steiner, in this position with a biased crowd, a hometown referee and this local demi-God is just a blatant attempt to screw ME and MY ORGANIZATION! This is favoritism at its finest.
Bill, I get the fact that you are trying to suck up to the crowd and sell tickets. I get the fact that I’m too flashy. I get the fact I’m too husband. I get the fact that I make too much money for you and all these hick oil field workers tastes. (The crowd begins to boo. Gilbert briefly acknowledges their scorn with an egotistical smirk) All that being acknowledged, why take this out on poor Ric Steiner? This is just a young guy looking for his big break. In the name of fairness, I demand that this biased situation be rectified this minute.”
Williams storm over and snatches the microphone out of Gilbert’s hands. The heel manager quickly hops off the ring apron to avoid “Dr. Death”
“Hold up a sec, you think I need special treatment to beat this guy? You’ve got to be kidding me, Eddie. I’m thinking your brain has been taking in too much sun because you are talking like a man that is about to have a stroke. I don’t need any help from anyone to whip this kids *censored for television*. Let’s get that-“
Steiner blindsides Williams with a stiff clothesline as he focuses on Gilbert. The large youngster picks up a stunned Williams and easily throws his large opponent over his shoulder with a belly to belly suplex. The large maneuver elicits an “OOOOOH” from the crowd and silences both Jim Ross and Bill Watts on UWF commentary.
The bearded youngster hammers Williams with stiff forearms across the back and lifts his dead weight from the mat and into the bodyslam position. At Gilbert’s direction, Steiner slams “Dr. Death” into the corner and locks his ankles under the top turnbuckle. Williams gets choked by Steiner’s foot as the referee struggles to get him untangled. The ref orders Steiner to the opposite corner, but the aggressive bruiser throws several hard punches to the outstretched midsection of Williams.
The referee finally physically begins to force Steiner to the opposite corner, but he actively resists. The altercation allows The Blade Runners the opportunity to sneak over and get a few moments of roughing up the helpless Williams. Eventually, the referee restores order and Williams manages to get ankles untangled from the top turnbuckle.
Steiner brutalizes Williams with more high powered slams and suplexes and works a very deliberate pace that limits his ability for error.
That error, however, does occur when he whips Williams off the ropes and misses a clothesline as Williams rebounds back towards the center of the ring. Steiner turns around eats a huge lariat from Williams. The force of the blow and the audible smack of William’s arm echo out past the first couple of rows at ringside.
The Doctor goes to work the next several minutes of the match. Using his immense strength, he presses Steiner high above his head several times and slams him to the mat. After flipping Steiner with a cut-block from the three-point stance position, Williams picks him up Steiner by the tights and hoists him up on his shoulder. After throwing a few insults at Gilbert and his henchmen, Williams gets a running start towards the ringpost. He connects with an Oklahoma Stampede Slam! Williams covers Steiner. 1…2…3!
Steve “Dr. Death” Williams via pinfall
- Ted DiBiase vs. Super Ninja
Super Ninja has Skandor Akbar , Buzz Sawyer and Kamala standing ominously in his corner when the bell rings signaling the start of the match. The Super Ninja is clearly outclassed by the veteran Mid-South wrestler in the matches early going. Despite landing a few early sidekicks and a knife-edge chop, Super Ninja has a wrestling clinic ran on him for ten minutes.
While Super Ninja does prove his resiliency by not falling victim to DiBiase’s many pin and submission attempts. Some of DiBiase’s highlights include a huge flying back elbow as Super Ninja rebounds off the ropes, a Boston Crab, a Northern Lights Suplex and a Superplex.
DiBiase has Super Ninja locked in an abdominal stretch when a large man steps over the crowd barrier on the right side of the screen.
“What the heck? Who is that?”
“That is the One Man Gang!!! What is he doing here?”
One Man Gang slides under the bottom rope and approaches DiBiase from behind. As he does, Skandor Akbar signals Kamala and Buzz Sawyer to enter the ring. The move is noticed by DiBiase and he releases the hold to confront the big Ugandan. As he does, OMG buckles him with a clubbing forearm to the back of the head.
As the referee calls for the bell, On Man Gang bounces off the ropes and drops a huge elbow on DiBiase’s back. With a snarl, One Man Gang gets up and stands squarely on DiBiase’s back. As the fan favorite squirms under the giants tremendous weight, OMG smiles at the crowd and holds his enormous arms up. Akbar holds Kamala, Sawyer and Super Ninja back as OMG taunts the crowd.
Before anymore damage can be done, Terry Taylor, Steve Williams and Jim Duggan burst out from the back and hit the ring. The One Man Gang backs off as they enter the ring. Taylor and Duggan square off against the nefarious stable as Williams kneels down and checks on his long time partner. Before anything pops off, Akbar secures the ringside microphone and hands it to Gang.
One Man Gang: “Everybody is wondering why I did what I did. (Holding up a finger) One, meet the newest member of the honorable Akbar’s organization. (Holding up a second finger) Two, the disrespect this organization and Bill Watts showed me by NOT inviting me to compete in this tournament was too much for me to let go (holding up a third finger) and third, I’M THE ONE MAN GANG! What do you people expect me to do?
Devastation Inc. laughs and exits the ring as medics run down to treat DiBiase. The show cuts to commercial.
Ted DiBiase via DQ
The show returns with a close-up of the UWF announce table. Jim Ross and Bill Watts stare somberly into the camera.
“Ladies and gentlemen, we just want to give you a quick medical update on Ted DiBiase and allow Mr. Watts to address what we just saw before we went to commercial.
Ted DiBiase has suffered a lower back injury and has been rushed to the Saint Francis Hospital. We don’t have any information on how serious the injury is, if he will be able to compete tomorrow night or if there will be any long-term ramifications of the injury, but I can tell you he is in very capable hands. We here are all wishing Ted a very speedy recovery.
Cowboy, I know you’ve got some important things to say about this situation.
“Thanks, Jim. One Man Gang threw some accusations at me and the UWF as one of his reasons for bushwhacking DiBiase. Well, let me address those and what I plan on doing about Devastation Inc.’s actions.
First of all, I’m fining Devastation Incorporated 30,000 dollars. One Man Gang will be ineligible for a UWF title shot the next three months. Attacking people from behind isn’t how you earn title shots here in the UWF. Last, but not least, Steve Williams has requested a cage match with One Man Gang next Saturday on this program. Most of you know DiBiase and Williams are long time friends and he didn’t take to kindly to seeing his buddy blindsided. It’s a request that I decided to grant. So One Man Gang, congratulations on making your mark. I hope you can cash the check you’ve written yourself, hoss.”
- “Bam Bam” Terry Gordy vs. Koko B. Ware
The final match of the night is somewhat anti-climactic. Ware uses his speed to fluster Gordy early. Gordy eats several dropkicks and quick jabs as he tries to grab the charismatic fan favorite. Ware taunts the big man and fires up the crowd as he jukes out of the way of the Freebird’s attempts at offense.
Ware makes a huge mistake as he attempts to whip the larger Gordy off the ropes. Gordy uses his superior size to reverse the move and run Ware into a huge short-arm clothesline. From that point forward, Gordy dominates the smaller man with some heavy slams and turnbuckle rams. A huge powerslam lays Ware out but Gordy forgoes a pin and gets up off his helpless foe.
With his Freebird team mates cheering him on, Gordy mounts the second rope. Leaping off his perch, Gordy drives his thumb down into Ware’s throat. The black wrestler squirms in pain following the Aztec Spike as Gordy hooks his legs and gets an easy pin. 1…2…3! Gordy is headed to the second round.
Terry “Bam Bam” Gordy via pinfall
UWF Heavyweight Tournament
Tulsa Convention Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 31, 1986
The second round and finals…
“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan vs. “Mad Dog” Buzz Sawyer
The Missing Link vs. Michael “P.S” Hayes
“Hollywood” John Tatum vs. “Dr. Death” Steve Williams
Ted DiBiase vs. “Bam Bam” Terry Gordy