It’s official! Fritz Von Erich and Cowboy Bill Watts can’t work together! Kind of.
While it has been clear that these two have never been completely on the same page, this week was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Insiders have confirmed that there were numerous screw jobs recently; most of which were headed by Fritz.
First of all at the Super Card in Memphis, TN there was to be a new champion. Dusty Rhodes was to defeat Ted Dibiase and become the new USWA World Champion. Somewhere behind closed doors, Fritz meet with Jerry Jarret and they came up with a new plan. Originally, Jerry Lawler was to rush in and get a huge pop from the Memphis crowd and then he would save the day by acting as the referee and make the three count in favor a Dusty. Instead, Lawler surprised everyone and made the count on Dibiase. This match had huge ramifications for the top star in the USWA as now Dusty Rhodes can’t receive another title shot this year.
The reasons for this might be justifiable as the adding of Jerry Jarrett to USWA would add huge markets including Memphis, Nashville and Louisville to their loops but Watts believes the true motive was for Fritz to get Kerry Von Erich to the top of the promotion and for Jarrett to have Lawler jump right into a mega feud with Rhodes which could be huge!
Screw Job #2: The finish between Stan Hansen and Kerry Von Erich in the Mid-South Coliseum! The original plan was to have Hansen win and have a wild feud with Dusty for the belt but due to some shenanigans and a fast count, Kerry defeated Hansen after only one Tornado Punch! Hansen was so angry he left the USWA and vowed not to return.
Screw Job #3: The coup de gras…. Kerry Von Erich meet Dibiase in Reunion Arena last week and there was not to a title change but both Watts and Fritz agreed that giving Kerry the shot in Dallas would draw a large crowd. Instead, some back room talks were had between Fritz and the ref. Dibiase was to win when the newest members of the Rat Pack, Buddy Landell and Eric Embry emerged but instead the ref fast counted Dibiase’s shoulders to the mat and Kerry became the newest champion.
The Outcome: THE FORMATION OF THE UWF
Fritz and Watts will run their own promotions but will recognize the same World Champion. Watt’s is going back to controlling Mid-South Wrestling while Fritz is still debating on whether to return to his original name of World Class or stay with USWA.
In order for the two to compete with the growing national promotions like the WWF, NWA (International) and the AWA, the two will come together to run 5 or 6 mega shows each year. The first will be the David Von Erich Memorial which is to be held in the Cotton Bowl on May 4th. It will be here that the first UWF Champion will be crowned.
Fritz with some help from Jarrett will run the USWA and focus mainly on Texas and Tennessee while Watts will return to the Mid-South hot beds of Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi.
Ted Turner is really excited and will continue to hoist both shows on WTBS with the announce team of Ross and Ladd staying with Mid-South and Lance Russell and Dave Brown will be back together again announcing USWA Wrestling.
ROSTERS: This was a real sticking point and the best solution was a “Draft” where they both submitted a list of their wants. In the end, both organizations will have 20 full time wrestlers. Anybody not placed on a roster full time will be open to either promotion on a per diem basis. Wrestlers will also be free to work for the other on their “off” days.
USWA (WORLD CLASS) MID-SOUTH
1. KERRY VON ERICH 1. DUSTY RHODES
2. JERRY LAWLER 2. TED DIBIASE
3. KEVIN VON ERICH 3. ANIMAL
4. BEAUTIFUL BOBBY EATON 4. HAWK
5. ARN ANDERSON 5. STEVE WILLIAMS
6. RICKY MORTON 6. TERRY GORDY
7. ROBERT GIBSON 7. MANNY FERNANDEZ
8. JIMMY SNUKA 8. HACKSAW BUTCH REED
9. TOMMY RICH 9. CRUSHER BLACKWELL
10. EDDIE GILBERT 10. KEN PATERA
11. JIMMY GARVIN 11. MICHAEL HAYES
12. JIMMY VALIANT 12. JYD
13. MIKE VON ERICH 13. BUDDY LANDELL
14. ICEMAN PARSONS 14. ERIC EMBRY
15. TONGA KID 15. DICK MURDOCH
16. FATU 16. JONATHON BOYD
17. WARRIOR 17. RIP MORGAN
18. GARY HART 18. SKANDAR AKBAR
19. BABY DOLL 19. PAUL ELLERING
20. BRUISER BRODY 20. BIG BUBBA ROGERS
21. CHRIS BENOIT 21. MR. OLYMPIA
22. BILLY JACK HAYNES 22. STAN HANSEN
ALL WORLD CHAMPIONS MUST GIVE EQUAL TIME TO EACH TERRITORY. IN ORDER FOR THERE TO BE A BELT CHANGE, THERE MUST BE A 2/3 MAJORITY VOTE BY THE HEADS OF THE TERRITORIES. THAT’S RIGHT FOLKS: 2/3. THAT MEANS THE UWF IS LOOKINF FOR NEW MEMBERS TO JOIN. THIS WAS ADDED TO THE CONTRACT BECAUSE NEITHER FRITZ NOR WATTS TRUSTS THE OTHER FROM ANOTHER SCREW JOB! ANY TERRITORIES THAT WISH TO APPLY ARE FREE TO DO SO.
You will just have to tune in to WTBS in the weeks to come to see who is where!’’
UWF WORLD CHAMPION: VACANT
UWF WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS: PERFECT ALLIANCE
UWF WORLD 6 MAN CHAMPIONS: THE MIRACLE VIOLENCE COMMITTEE
UWF WORLD TELEVISION CHAMPION: BILLY JACK HAYNES
USWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION: KERRY VON ERICH
NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPION (#1 BELT IN MID-SOUTH) CHAMPION: HACKSAW DUGGAN
**** FIRST JOINT MEGA SHOW: MAY 4th at the COTTON BOWL: The David Von Erich Memorial!
· ALL WORLD CHAMPIONS MUST GIVE EQUAL TIME TO EACH TERRITORY.
· IN ORDER FOR THERE TO BE A BELT CHANGE, THERE MUST BE A 2/3 MAJORITY VOTE BY THE HEADS OF THE TERRITORIES.
THAT’S RIGHT FOLKS: 2/3. THAT MEANS THE UWF IS LOOKINF FOR NEW MEMBERS TO JOIN. THIS WAS ADDED TO THE CONTRACT BECAUSE NEITHER FRITZ NOR WATTS TRUSTS THE OTHER FROM ANOTHER SCREW JOB! ANY TERRITORIES THAT WISH TO APPLY ARE FREE TO DO SO.
WELCOME TO THE NEW DAY OF SOUTHERN WRASTLIN!