UWF Thunder Hour
Taped from Spartanburg, SC
Airdate: unknown (taped 06/19/92)
Attendance: 912 (300 paid)
Hosted by Craig DeGeorge & the “Golden Greek” John Tolos
Can Orndorff defeat Orton for the Southern States title? Or will Orton find a way to retain? Also, what does Abrams have to say about Colonel Red? Let’s find out!
Before we get started, unlike the previous Spartanburg episodes, this episode was taped from ESPN Classic Canada and is crystal clear.
UWF SPECIAL REPORT: We revisit Colonel Red’s Corner from the 7/06 episode when Red refused to interview the “Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant, and Herb Abrams threatened to terminate him. Next, we revisit Colonel Red’s Corner from 7/13 where Red again refused to interview Valiant. Abrams didn’t fire him, but Valiant arrived to try to knock some sense into him. Before that happened, Ivan Koloff intervened.
Next, we revisit the match between Valiant and Ivan when Red assisted Ivan to victory. On the other hand, Abrams stormed the ring and reversed the decision. As a result, Red obliterated Abrams who left the ring bloody and on a stretcher.
Prior to the match, we revisit the 10/22/90 episode when Orndorff won by countout. Afterward, we revisit the 8/19/91 episode when both wrestlers were counted out. This acted as a solid precursor for the title match.
Match 1 for the UWF Southern States title: “Cowboy” Bob Orton (champion) versus “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff
Summary: Orndorff’s mid-match heel turn turned the tide for him, and some heel shenanigans enabled him to win the match and the title.
After the match, Orndorff celebrates by dissing the Spartanburg faithful. In retaliation, they chant “cheat-er” at him, and Orndorff fumes.
UWF SPECIAL REPORT #2: A vehement and bloodied Abrams vows revenge against Colonel Red.
Conclusion: Sadly, this was the end of the taping, so Abrams never got his revenge against Red. Perhaps all he wanted was to cut a promo while a bloody mess. Nevertheless, the meat of the episode was the great story told by both Orndorff and Orton. I believe it’s the best match in UWF history, and you owe it to yourself to see it.
Next week, we head back to 1991 for an unaired episode that got lost in the shuffle.
TV Rating: NONE
Stay tuned for UWF The Lost Episode!
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