Wrestling Legends in Dothan!
by Michael Calloway
Dothan wrestling couldn't be more alive than it is after tonight! All I can say is "totally freakin awesome". The undercard was ... well, the undercard. However, there were some surprises before the main event. And speaking of the MAIN EVENT, it was everything I could hope for.
Talked to Ron West before the show. He was very excited by the turnout. Looked to me and him to be in the 1500-2000 range. We talked briefly about the Cleveland, Tennessee Turnbuckle show. Says its already done about $1500 in advance sales. Said that Turnbuckle may be doing a show in Eufaula, Alabama, which is 45 miles north of here on the Georgia line. Kind of surprised by that one.
They have stations lined up for TV, just doesn't know when it will start. Ron also mentioned some type of TV in Dothan on WDHN Channel 18, especially since Charlie Platt works there.
As for tonight ...
The banner was Universal Wrestling Federation. Sponsors for the event were 96.9 WDJR, WESP 102.5, Hot 105.3, Comcast Cable, WTVY 95.5, Coca Cola, and Thompson Floor Covering. Even before the first match, ringside announcer Brent West announces that due to the overwhelming response tonight, a return date has been set for Friday, February 9. Mentioned to be on the card will be former Southeastern performer Norvell Austin AND longtime Gulf Coast and Southeastern legend Don Carson. Plus, that night will be a tribute to the career of Bob Armstrong.
Before the main event, we had a 10-bell salute for Gordon Solie. Very nice.
Main Event Time
First out to the ring are the team of Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden with their manager Wild Thing. Actually, Fuller and Golden were meet with a round of cheers, the fans in Dothan clearly showing the longtime competitors the respect they deserve. Next, however, comes the playing of "Bad to the Bone," which brings out The Bullet (Bob Armstrong) and the Masked Georgia JawJacker (Steve Armstrong). The place is going crazy for the routine that Bob has made famous throughout the south of dancing around ringside. But we're missing someone, right? After some trash talking by Robert Fuller and Bullet, the manager of Bullet and JawJacker is announced ... 6'9", 270 lbs. from Knoxville, Tennessee, the Real Tennessee Stud -- Ron Fuller!! Of course, Robert and Jimmy are going bonkers in the ring as the Stud struts to ringside, with Robert yelling defaming remarks towards Ron about Ron being old, out of shape, has beens.
When the match begins, we DO get about 15 minutes of good ole fashion Southern Rasslin'. Bob and Jimmy were throwing some chops on each other in the corner that would have made Ric Flair proud. We also got to see some of Ron Fuller's trademark roundhouse rights on the head of Wild Thing after Things constant interfering. The ending comes as Bullet has the sleeper hold on Golden, but instead of a three-count by Stubbs, Jerry throws powder into the eyes of Bullet, blinding him and giving the pin fall to the team of Golden and Fuller.
Oh, but it ain't over yet!! Now its a melee in the ring. As Bullet is blinded by the powder, JawJacker is battling Wild Thing. Stubbs, Golden, and Robert are beating down Ron in the corner when Scott Armstrong tries to help even the sides. Notice I said "tries". YOU DIDN'T KNOW! YOU'RE ASS BETTER CALL SOMEBODY!! Out comes running and sliding to the ring Road Dawg Jesse James! Needless to say its time for the Stable and Stubbs to high tail and run.
Now comes the buildup for the February 9 show with good mic work from Bullet, Ron, Robert, and, of course, Road Dawg, who gets the "doggy style" comment in. Announced for February 9 is Bullet and the Boys with Ron against Robert, Jimmy, and Stubbs. Also, due to prior commitments on that date, Ron West has assigned as "Special Commissioner" for that night longtime Dothan announcer Charlie Platt, who was also in attendance.
Jerry Stubbs was also on Platt's early morning TV show Friday.
As you guys can tell, it was a hell of a night, and can't wait for next month's show.
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