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UWF Fury Hour 06-29-92

Taped from Spartanburg, SC

Airdate: June 29, 1992 (taped 06/19)

Attendance: 912 (300 paid)

Hosted by Craig DeGeorge & the “Golden Greek” John Tolos

Fast-forward to 1992, and the UWF is back! Are they back on SportsChannel America? Who are the newest acquisitions, and are our favorites back for more? Let’s find out!

To answer the first question, no, UWF earned a spot Sunday night on Prime Ticket originated by Lakers owner Jerry Buss.

Opening montage.

Orton cuts a babyface promo mentioning his 12-year-old son (Randy) along with his “victory” over Ronnie Garvin for the Southern States title. No, folks, the match didn’t actually occur. Next, he cuts a promo on Orndorff.

Match 1 (non-title): UWF Southern States champion “Cowboy” Bob Orton versus Midnight Star


Rating: **

Summary: Showcase match for Orton.

At ringside, Abrams interviews Orton who gives a squeaky-clean PSA for kids. Wow! He has turned over a new leaf.

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Prior to the next match, Red, clad in a white tuxedo and top hat, berates the Spartanburg faithful who chastise Ivan with a “U-S-A” chant.

Match 2: The “Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff (w/ Colonel Red) versus Jake Steele


Rating: *

Summary: Between Red and Ivan, the Spartanburg faithful added their voice to the match. Beyond the powerslam, Steele didn’t offer much.

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COLONEL RED’S CORNER: Red interviews Ivan and Vladimir Koloff. For those unaware, Vladimir was portrayed by Carl Brantley and was a smaller version of Nikita. Despite the dissolution of the USSR, Ivan touts his Soviet heritage while the Spartanburg faithful boo all of them out of the building.

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Match 3: “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff versus Tommy Angel


Rating: *

Summary: Energetic showcase match for Orndorff.

At ringside, Abrams interviews Orndorff who cuts a promo on Orton.

Promo #2 airs for the UWF PowerLine.

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Match 4: “Pistol” Pez Whatley versus the Marauder


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Whatley.

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Match 5: Wet’n’Wild versus Stone Cole & Johnny Kid


Rating: ***

Summary: Showcase match for Wet’n’Wild who used Kid as a tackling dummy for their own as well as the Spartanburg faithful’s amusement.

Promo #3 airs for the UWF PowerLine.

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Valiant cuts a promo on Colonel Red.

Conclusion: Much better visual presentation, but the audio, along with the recording, suffered greatly. However, I would still grade it well above the Ft. Lauderdale taping. Seeing a Whatley match in the UWF is a nice surprise as well as a promo by Valiant. Let’s see where this goes while it lasts.

Next week, the UWF wrestling debut of the “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant!

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for UWF 07-06-92!

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