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UWF Fury Hour 12-31-90

Taped from Reseda, CA

Airdate: December 31, 1990 (taped 12/06)

Attendance: 315

Hosted by Craig DeGeorge and Bruno Sammartino

Will Cactus take down Muraco or become another victim of the beach bum? Another match has been signed for the “Rumble in the Big Apple.” Who will be involved? Let’s find out!

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Digger Phelps show preceded this airing.

To open the show, we revisit the beating Orndorff took from Williams back on 11/19. Tonight, Orndorff returns!

Opening montage.

The Viking cuts a promo asking Herb to offer his enhancement talent life insurance. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers are laughing at him.

Match 1: The Viking versus Al Lion


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Viking.

At ringside, Abrams interviews Viking who refers to him as an “overgrown smurf.” HA!

Bob Knoll shills Consumer Reports. I wonder if they evaluated this show for the magazine.

Prior to the next match, Orton alongside Tolos cuts a promo on Blair. Tolos then pantomimes ripping “bumblebee” apart. Afterward, Abrams plugs the “Rumble in the Big Apple” on 1/9.

Match 2: “Cowboy” Bob Orton (w/ John Tolos) versus Terry Cooley


Rating: ½*

Summary: Showcase match for Orton.

After the match, Tolos enters the ring to put the Nikes to Cooley.

Call the UWF Hotline!

Prior to the next match, we revisit last week’s episode when Parsons made his UWF debut.

Match 3: “Iceman” King Parsons versus Louie Spicolli


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Parsons.

At ringside, Abrams interviews Parsons who states that Sampson is his cousin. Parsons advises DeBeers to go home.

Ad airs for the Penta Hotel. Also, Tolos shills Midnight Express Limo. Order Bruno’s book!

CAPTAIN LOU’S CORNER: Albano interviews an agitated Tolos who’s not thrilled with Albano’s appointment to the Blair-Orton match on 1/9. Interestingly, Albano calls him “coach.”

UWF BOX OFFICE: Abrams and Sammartino shill the Fan Expo on 1/12 as well as the “Rumble in the Big Apple” on 1/9.

“Dr. Death” Steve Williams cuts a promo about facing Orndorff on 1/9.

Orndorff rebuts.

NYNEX Yellow Pages ad airs featuring Mozart and:

Roxette wants you to have the look:

Get your NY Islanders group tickets NOW!

Catch the New Jersey Nets versus the San Antonio Spurs on Friday at 8pm. Unfortunately, they lost 93-89.

ASK THE WRESTLERS: A letter to Orndorff:

Orndorff states that he lives a clean lifestyle (no drugs or alcohol) and eats right. In addition, he works the “big muscle groups” but doesn’t “overdo it.”

Match 4: “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff versus the Intern


Rating: DUD

Summary: Showcase match for Orndorff. Methinks Intern was taught an extremely tough lesson.

After the match, Orndorff rips off the rest of Intern’s t-shirt which has Williams’ name on it. Abrams interviews him, and Orndorff cuts a promo on Williams while scaring the bejeezus out of Abrams.

Ad #2 airs for the New York Penta Hotel followed by ad #2 for Midnight Express Limo.

Next, the tape suffers from the Blue Screen of Death. Time to reboot. I guess we don’t get a main event.

Match 5: Cactus Jack versus “Magnificent” Don Muraco


Rating: *

Summary: The piledriver on the concrete floor spot was cool and dangerous-looking, but the Reseda faithful sought popcorn rather than endure the main event.

Conclusion: Proper hype and pre-match promos incite reactions from the live crowd, and the main event lacked spark. However, the build for the 1/9 taping is coming along swimmingly.

Next week, the Wild Thing gets a sinister dose of Ivan Koloff. I’d say bring on 1991, but, for those of us who lived through it, we know what happened in 1991.

TV Rating: NONE

Stay tuned for UWF 01-07-91!

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