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August 8th, 1999: Quick Results

Taped from the Super Pit! In Denton Texas
August 8 1999

Match One:
Booker T defeats One Man Gang. After the match Vader comes to ringside and challenges One Man Gang. Hart accepts on Gang's behalf and in three weeks the two will meet in a Chicago Street Fight.

Match Two:
The Great Muta defeats Jushin Thunder Liger with a moonsault.

A highlight video plays of last week when Cibernetico tried throwing fire at Fit Finlay only to be blocked by the TASW Tag Team Title belt. Next weeks main event, Cibernetico versus Fit Finlay!

Match Three:
Sting defeats Minoru Suzuki. The match never takes place as soon as Sting started making his way to the ring, a sprinting Randy Savage attacks Sting who leaves through the crowd to avoid more damage. Referee Jimmy Korderas rules the match a DQ win for Sting.

Match Four:
The Mastodons defeat Pretty Swingin when Bison Smith pins Johnny Swinger after a lariat.

Randy Savage closes the show in the ring screaming for Sting to face him man to man. Sting doesn't answer but instead comes Minoru Suzuki, yelling at him in Japanese. Mr. Backlund comes to try and calm Suzuki. Backlund says that Savage did a grave injustice costing Suzuki two points and he wants to settle it right now. Savage agrees and says unlike Sting he will never back down from a fight.

Match Five:
Randy Savage defeats Minoru Suzuki via DQ after Sting hits the ring as Savage was going for the elbow from the top rope and pushes Savage off. Afterwards he hits Savage with a scorpion death drop and then locks in the Scorpion Death Lock until referees, security and Bill Watts himself come to the ring to pry him off. Sting stands victoriously over Savage as the show comes to a close.


Summer Excite Series Standings:

David Von Erich Bracket:

Randy Savage - 4
Vader - 4
Marcus Bagwell - 2
Yuji Nagata - 1
Nigel McGuinness - 1
Pepper Parks - 0

Kerry Von Erich Bracket:

The Great Muta -4
Booker T - 4
Jushin Thunder Liger - 2
Sting - 2
One Man Gang - 0
Minoru Suzuki - 0

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August 16th 1999

WCFL: Texas All Star Wrestling
Power Pro TV
From the Super Pit! In Denton, TX
Taped 8/16/99

The show opens with Bill Watts in the ring and he says that the referee position is one of the most thankless jobs in professional sports. Even when you get a call right, you can be hated by the masses. But here in Texas we’ve had the best referee in the world for over a year and he often went unnoticed by fans but not by the boys in the back or management. His name is Brian Hildebrand, though the fans will know him as Mark Curtis. Recently we saw Brian a few weeks ago as the referee for KAOZ versus Los Hermanos. Since then it’s been discovered Brian has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. Now here in Texas we aren’t going to make his illness part of the show or objectify it but we will just say this. We wish Brian all the best and the details have no been finalized but we will be holding a benefit for Brian in the near future and Jack Brisco has already given approval for the entire WCFL to come together for this future show where 100% proceeds will go to Brian and his family. Now let’s head to ringside to Doyle, Blackjack and Carlos.

The three wish Brian the best but move on to the show where tonight the main event will be Booker T defending his Power Pro TV Title against the debuting Shane Douglas. Shane has held championships all across the world and his reputation precedes him but it will be interesting to see how he fares in Texas where the talent is at a whole other level. Now let’s head to the ring and continue our Summer Excite Series.

Match One:
Pepper Parks scores and upset victory over Yuji Nagata when Johnny Swinger helps Pepper by coming to ringside when Nagata has Pepper in the NagataLock. Swinger gets hit by Nagata allowing Pepper to hit him with a knee from behind and then the Pepper Plex to win.

Nagata slaps the mat in disgust as Swinger and Parks leave ringside absolutely delighted.

COMMERICAL BREAK

A replay is played of Bill Watts explaining to Macho Man to please not interfere with Sting matches. Backstage Watts is with Marc Lowerance and he says that Savage agreed but he tried to extend the same courtesy to Sting but there was no reply, mainly because there is no way to contact Sting directly so the rule will be this. Both men are to not interfere with either mans matches for the duration of the Summer Excite Series. Should they get involved, they will be hit with a $15,000 fine and if money is no object three strikes and the person will be suspended for one year without pay.

Match Two:
Marcus Bagwell and Nigel McGuinness wrestle to a time limit draw.

COMMERCIAL BREAK

Match Three:
Fit Finlay defeats Cibernetico with the white noise. Shockingly neither Nigel or Judas came to ringside and this was a straight up one on one match.

COMMERCIAL BREAK

Match Four:
Vader defeats Randy Savage when Savage went for the elbow but Vader stood up. Savage still jumped and Vader caught him and dropped him with a jackknife. During the match Gary Hart came to ringside to try and give Savage a foreign object but Savage refused to use it. After the match Stings music played but nobody came out.

COMMERCIAL BREAK

A video package plays of “The Franchise” Shane Douglas who is sitting in a fancy satin chair and drinking the finest bourbon available. He says when you are as good as he is, you get to enjoy the finest things in life.

Match Five:
Shane Douglas defeats Booker T to become the new Power Pro TV Champion. Shane went for a belly to belly but fell back and both men took a tumble over the top rope. Booker got in the ring first and then tried to back suplex Shane in. As he tried Douglas hits him with a hidden object and fell on top of Booker T for the victory.

Shane celebrates with the Power Pro TV Title as the show fades to an end.

Summer Excite Series Standings:

David Von Erich Bracket:

Vader - 6
Randy Savage - 4
Marcus Bagwell - 3
Nigel McGuinness - 2
Pepper Parks - 2
Yuji Nagata - 1

Kerry Von Erich Bracket:

The Great Muta -4
Booker T - 4
Jushin Thunder Liger - 2
Sting - 2
One Man Gang - 0
Minoru Suzuki - 0

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August 21st 1999

WCFL Texas All-Star Wrestling Presents:
Power Pro TV
LIVE from the Super Pit! In Denton, Texas
08/21/99

The show opens Pretty Swingin and the TASW Tag Team Champions in the ring and we are going to open the show going right to the ring for our first match!

MATCH ONE:
Union Jaxx defeat Pretty Swingin when Nigel McGuinness hits the Tower of London on Johnny Swinger. After the match Pepper Parks goes to ringside to tell the commentators he still has one win in the Von Erich tournament and there's no way he is going to lose now!

COMMERCIAL BREAK

Back from commercial we have Bill Watts at ringside. He is here to announce the location of the Brian Hildebrand benefit show on September 13th. The event will be held at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas because of the high demand for the event, TASW is expecting a near capacity crowd of 50,000 and just in case anyone might be wondering who is going to show up, check this out.

We cut to a taped video interview of the WCFL World Heavyweight Champion, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin says that he can yell and scream and rant and rave any day of the week. He can stomp a mud hole in anyone and everyone twice on Sunday but that isn't what he is going to do. On September 13th, the Texas Rattlesnake comes home to Texas and will defend his WCFL World Heavyweight Championship against the number one wrestler currently in Texas, Macho Man Randy Savage. People say Savage is too old, Savage is too washed up and that he's only in Texas because it was the only place that would take him. Steve Austin sees it as Macho Man Randy Savage is currently the number one man in the biggest state of the entire promotion. So Stone Cold will just say this, he comes home as the World Champion to pay honor to one of the finest men in this sport, Brian Hildebrand but make no mistake, he's not looking past Savage, he's not taking it lightly and on September 13th, he walks in to his home a winner and he leaves a winner...AND THATS THE BOTTOM LINE....CAUSE STONE COLD SAID SO!

Back to ringside and Bill Watts nods in approval and says that this is the biggest match he could have pulled off in Texas. He tells King and Mulligan that he tries to stay independent of the politics of the WCFL and that in his eyes the measure of a territory is only as big as their own champions carry. Any promotion can rely on the World Champions but it is the top stars, the three former World Champions already here that want to test themselves that he feels is the true measure of Texas All Star Wrestling. All that said, Bill has a real good feeling about Randy Savage. Savage has seen an entire career resurgence and it has been almost 15 years since he was World Champion, but I think he's going to open eyes on September 13th. Not for nothing either, we will be announcing other WCFL Championship matches in the coming weeks so stay tuned!

COMMERCIAL BREAK

A promo airs saying next week, the David Von Erich bracket will have a special 5 point Chris Von Erich themed challenge! Tune in to find out what that means but one person can change the entire dynamic of the series in just one night.

MATCH TWO:
Booker T and the Great Muta wrestle to a time limit draw. After the match Booker T talks to Doyle King at ringside. He expresses his disappointment in losing the TV Title last week. Regardless of the reason and illegal tactics used by Douglas, Booker should have known it would happen. He let his guard down and paid for it. Next week though, he is invoking his rematch clause so Shane Douglas, enjoy the belt for now!

COMMERICAL BREAK

A video promo airs for Macho Man Randy Savage. He apologizes that he is not there in person but the only way to avoid wanting to maim the man called Sting is to just not be there when he isn't booked to compete. He will be back next week and he has something to say to Sting AND Steve Austin.

MATCH THREE:
Sting defeats Jushin Thunder Liger with a middle rope Scorpion Death Drop. After the match Marc Lowerance comes to ringside to try and get a word with Sting but Sting refuses to talk.

COMMERICAL BREAK

Backstage Marc Lowerance is with Gary Hart and One Man Gang as they prepare to head to the ring for their match with Minoru Suzuki. Gary Hart says that Vader proved he was tough last week, beating the American Champion but the only reason Gang isn't held in the same breath is because Savage is scared to face the Gang. But that story is for another time. So the Chicago Street Fight had been listed in two weeks time but now with the huge stadium show finally finalized there is finally the stage for One Man Gang to shine. That is why officially here and now is the announcement that One Man Gang will face Vader on September 13th in a Chicago Street Fight. And just to sweeten the pot for Vader, this is how confident Gary is. If Vader can somehow beat Gang, Vader can have five uncensored, unadulterated, lawless minutes with Gary Hart but we all know it won't come to that. Gang laughs and the two head to the ring.

MATCH FOUR:
One Man Gang defeats Minoru Suzuki when Gary Hart trips Suzuki and Gang hits the 747 splash on the fallen Suzuki. After the match, Bison Smith comes to the ring to try and tell the referee that Hart had interfered in the match but Gang and Hart attack him. From Hart's cowboy boot he pulls out a pair of brass knuckles and Gang mercilessly hammers Smith until he's bloodied leaving him unconscious in a pool of his own blood to end the show.

Von Erich Cup Summer Excite Series:

David Von Erich Bracket:

Vader - 6
Randy Savage - 4
Marcus Bagwell - 3
Nigel McGuinness - 2
Pepper Parks - 2
Yuji Nagata - 1

Kerry Von Erich Bracket:

The Great Muta -5
Booker T - 5
Sting - 4
Jushin Thunder Liger - 2
One Man Gang - 2
Minoru Suzuki - 0

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August 30th 1999

WCFL Presents Texas All-Star Wrestling
Power Pro TV
Taped from the Super Pit in Denton, Texas
8/30/99

The show opens with Bill Watts at ringside with Doyle, Blackjack and Carlos. Bill tells them that tickets are being sold at a record pace and September 13th will most likely be the largest event in Texas All Star Wrestling history. Bill says he will be honest he aimed big because of how much Brian means to the promotion but he had no idea the response would be as large as it is. Because of that he’s going to announce a couple more matches. The WCFL International Championship will be on the line in what we believe to be a first ever meeting when Shawn Michaels will defend against the Unholy STING! The second match we’ve decided that this match was too big to not hold at this event but it is a rematch almost six months in the making as Union Jaxx will defend the TASW Tag Team Titles against the team formerly known as La eMe, the former champions KAOZ!

Out come the Tag Team Champions, Fit Finlay and Nigel McGuinness, the Union Jaxx. Bill wants to congratulate them on becoming the longest reigning Tag Team champions in TASW history. Says they’ve been fighting champions since they won the belts and have elevated the titles to being one of the cornerstones of the promotion. Before they can accept his congratulations out come KAOZ. They say not to worry there’s no fire this week except in their eyes. Yeah the Union Jaxx beat them in April and Bill says they have been fighting champions but have denied the former champions their rematch. Bill interjects saying they had no rematch clause and after La eMe nearly ruined TASW, they should be lucky they still had jobs. Cibernetico laughs and says it’s fine, these past few months have only strengthened the bond of Ciber and Judas and this new version won’t lose like the old one did in April. That’s all they wanted to say and they leave.

Nigel says that they came into TASW looking for a fight and they’ve constantly had to work their way up the ladder and then to stay a top. TASW is not only the promotion of giants but the promotions of legitimate athletes and whether it was La eMe or Hart’s two colossus or two young rookies looking to make a name for themselves, the Jaxx have always needed to be at their best and that’s just the way they like it. September 13th, eMe, KAOZ whatever they are calling themselves this week will get their rematch and will get beat all the same and then again go back to the bottom of the ladder where they belong.

Doyle thanks them and says we will be back with our first match after this!

COMMERCIAL BREAK

A VTR of the new Power Pro TV Champion, Shane Douglas plays. He says he could rant and rave and swear up a storm with the best of them but instead he’s going to sit back and simply say that he’s called the franchise simply because he’s better than each and every one of you. He laughs as the camera fades.

Match One:
Minoru Suzuki defeats One Man Gang by DQ when Gary Hart gets involved. Suzuki had Gang locked in rear naked choke and Gang was fading when Gary Hart reached into his cowboy boot for the golden brass knuckles and nails Suzuki in the head. Both he and Gang start working Suzuki over when Bison Smith rushes the ring with a chair. Vader joins him shortly after and gets on the microphone. He says that he had a lawyer look at the contract for September 13th and he knew Hart had something in it he wasn’t telling everyone so he will say it now because he knows he will beat the One Man Gang and rid Texas of Gary Hart for good. The contract states that should One Man Gang win, Vader will relinquish his Von Erich Cup spot regardless of his position. That’s completely fine because on September 13th Gary Hart will finally understand what time it is.

Bison Smith takes the microphone and says all of that works out nicely but Gang and Hart still have business with the big Bison. How about right now they settle their score?

The crowd wants it but Gary Hart says Gang just got done beating Suzuki up, he has nothing to prove against the small fry Bison Smith.

As he finishes saying that, Suzuki who was being attended to by medics and staff broke free and ran up to Gang from behind and tossed him into the ring. A shocked One Man Gang tries to recover but is hit with a huge lariat by Bison Smith who then follows it up with a chair shot to the back of Gang. Vader teases Hart to come into the ring but Hart just stands at ringside in disgust as the show goes to commercial.

COMMERCIAL BREAK

A VTR plays showing two legs climbing a pair of ladders. When they reach the top hardcore metal music plays and we see Matt and Jeff Hardy. The two point to the camera and it says Team Xtreme coming soon to Texas!

Doyle King commends Bill Watts on the new signing and says that the tag division, just like the rest of the territory is hotter than ever. Now let’s head to the ring for our Power Pro TV title rematch!

Match Two:
Shane Douglas beats Booker T via DQ when Tommy Dreamer rushes the ring from the crowd to attack Douglas with a kendo stick. After the match Booker T shoves Tommy in disgust as security tries to remove him from the ring.

Booker T talks to Doyle at ringside and he says he has no idea why Tommy is here but he just cost him his title and that won’t fly. If Tommy wants to wrestle in Texas, sign a contract and become part of the roster. In fact Booker T will make it easier, he will have Bill Watts draw up a contract for September 13th and all Tommy has to do is sign. This isn’t good guy vs bad guy but Tommy has to answer for his actions today. Sign the contract....SUCKA!

COMMERCIAL BREAK

A VTR segment plays of Sting sitting in a throne made of bones. He’s laughing maniacally like the Joker when a flame blasts in front of him and when the smoke clears a giant man stands in front of him dripping in chains. You hear Sting behind him stop laughing and says “welcome.....to the ABYSS!”

Doyle King and Blackjack try to process what they just saw at ringside but both are at a loss. Blackjack says he’s a big man himself but he’s never seen anyone since Andre the Giant look so physically imposing as that guy. King says that Shawn Michaels better take out insurance on September 13th cause it Sting has this Abyss guy with him, HBK better be doubly prepared.

Changing gears it’s now time for our main event. The very special Chris Von Erich Underdog Rumble. The rules are simple. The first two entrants are the two with the highest points so far on the David Von Erich block then every 90 seconds the next points total person will enter. This will continue until all six are in the ring so Vader and Randy Savage will start and Yuji Nagata will have the final entry. We were also told next week we will have the same thing for the Kerry block and that will be the Mike Von Erich Underdog Rumble. Now let’s head to the ring!

Match Three: Chris Von Erich Underdog Rumble
Entrants: Vader and Randy Savage
No eliminations
Entrant: Marcus Bagwell
No eliminations
Entrant: Nigel McGuinness
No Eliminations
Entrant: Pepper Parks
McGuinness eliminates by Vader and Bagwell
Entrant: Yuji Nagata
Randy Savage is eliminated by Vader
Yuji Nagata eliminated by Vader
Vader eliminated by Pepper Parks and Marcus Bagwell
Pepper Parks eliminated by Bagwell
Winner earning 5 points, Marcus Bagwell!

After the match Doyle King puts over how Bagwell needed this as he joined the Summer Excite Series with a handicap as a late replacement and now this has made the top spot very interesting!

Bagwell celebrates in the ring as the show closes.

Von Erich Cup Summer Excite Series

David Von Erich Bracket:

Marcus Bagwell - 8
Vader - 6
Randy Savage - 4
Nigel McGuinness - 2
Pepper Parks - 2
Yuji Nagata - 1

Kerry Von Erich Bracket:

The Great Muta -5
Booker T - 5
Sting - 4
Jushin Thunder Liger - 2
One Man Gang - 2
Minoru Suzuki - 0

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WCFL presents Texas All-Star Wrestling
Brian Hildebrand Benefit Show
Live from the Sun Bowl Stadium
El Paso, Texas
September 13th 1999

Card so far, CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE

One Man Gang v Vader in a Chicago Street Fight. If Vader wins he gets 5 minutes with Gary Hart. If Gang wins Vader quits the Von Erich Cup no matter where he is in the standings.

WCFL International Title
Shawn Michaels(c) v Sting

WCFL Tag Team Titles
Edge and Christian(c) v Los Hermanos

TASW Tag Team Titles
Union Jaxx(c) v KAOZ

Booker T v Tommy Dreamer? (Dreamer has yet to sign contract)

WCFL World Title
Steve Austin(c) v Randy Savage

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September 6th 1999

The show opens with Bill Watts in the ring. He said he had hoped to start the show with an actual wrestling match but he had a black envelope delivered to his office prior to the taping and he can’t wait to address it. For a little background, there is an agreement in place between Sting and Randy Savage to not interfere in each other’s matches during the duration of the Summer Excite Series. While inside this envelope was a check, a blank check signed by one Steve “Sting” Borden for “future damages.” One has to assume this means he’s planning on attacking Savage anytime and every time between now and September 13th but Sting will not ruin the WCFL World Heavyweight Championship match on the 13th.

Bill says he’s already talked to Randy Savage and although this puts him at a disadvantage his match on the 13th will now be in an enclosed cage. Randy Savage believes he can beat Steve Austin without the flying elbow and would rather have a fair advantage against Steve Austin. Austin was informed of the change and while not pleased said, cage, no cage, he’s opening a Texas sized can of whoop ass regardless.

Since he’s out Bill Watts calls out Tommy Dreamer to come to the ring. Tommy comes out and Bill says that the contract Booker T left has still gone unsigned. Tommy says he has no beef with Booker T and only Shane Douglas. Tommy also blames Bill because he gave the man who only cares about money and women the chance to capitalize on that. Bill says he understands Tommy’s hatred for Shane has cultivated for years now but he disagrees that Tommy has no beef with Booker T. The video screen at the entrance way plays the highlight of last week Tommy costing Booker T his Power Pro TV Title match with Shane Douglas. Bill says there’s plenty to beef about there and that Tommy should Man up for his mistake. Tommy says he wants Shane Douglas on the 13th but Bill says that is no possible. Shane Douglas has agreed this is a one time special occasion and has agreed to defend his Power Pro TV Title on the 13th. Usually the title would not be allowed to be defended on a non Power Pro show but Bill agreed this is the only type of special occasion. So on the 13th Shane Douglas will defend his Power Pro TV Title against Bison Smith!

Tommy laughs and says it’s unbelievable how far Shane would go to avoid a match. Bill says that matchup haw potential so he was happy to have both men sign it. He tells Tommy to sign and face Booker T like a man and who knows, facing his mistakes like a man might sway Bill into making a specific match between two hated rivals for the week after the 13th.

Tommy nods with Bill and says he gets it now. He asks Bill if he happens to have the contract handy. Bill says it just so happens he does. Tommy signs to face Booker T on the 13th and he and Bill shake hands as the scene heads to commercial.

COMMERCIAL BREAK

At ringside Doyle King mentions that the Summer Excite Series will be nearing its conclusion at the end of the month. Fans have been wondering how the winner and Von Erich Cup will be received. We now know that on the 20th and 27th of September the two brackets will have their final matches and then on October 4th the top two from both brackets will face off with the winners meeting on October 11th. The winner will receive $100,000 and a American Title shot in a date of their choosing and will also be in the running for the $1million Texas Triple Crown. Now let’s head to the ring for our first match.

Match One:
Bison Smith and One Man Gang wrestle to a double DQ. Vader came to ringside and chased Hart into the ring. Smith and Vader double teamed One Man Gang until Hart pulled Gang out of the ring and dragged him to the back.

COMMERCIAL BREAK

A VTR segment plays of Shane Douglas sitting in a velvet chair smoking a cigar with the Power Pro TV title on his lap. He says that common people are just jealous that this all comes easy to him. That’s why he’s called the “franchise.” He takes a puff and laughs as we cut back to the ring.

Match Two:
Rhino defeats Johnny Swinger with the Gore. During the match Gary Hart walked down to ringside and took notes on Rhino.

COMMERCIAL BREAK

A video segment plays of the WCFL World Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian first allowing five seconds of flash you photography then say on the 13th it will be four brothers in the ring but only two totally reek of awesomeness. After the result, they’ll let you decide which team that is.

Another video segment plays of two men standing a top of ladders and it says Team Xtreme coming soon!

Before we head to our main event, we have some sad news to pass on. Tommy Noe, a close friend of Brian Hildebrand has sent us sad news to report that Brian’s condition has worsened. Should we hear any news we will break it immediately. Best wishes to “the shooter” Mark Curtis.

Time for our main event the Chris Von Erich Underdog Battle Royal. Like the Mike Von Erich battle royal the top two will start and Minoru Suzuki last in the standings will benefit by being the last entrant. Let’s head to the ring.

Main Event:
Chris Von Erich Underdog Battle Royal

First Two: The Great Muta and Booker T
No eliminations
Entrant: Sting
No eliminations
Entrant: Jushin Thunder Liger
Liger eliminated by Sting
Entrant: One Man Gang
One Man Gang eliminated when Vader comes to the ring and throws Gang out. Hart protests to the referees but to no avail.
Entrant: Minoru Suzuki
The Great Muta eliminated by Sting
Booker T eliminated by Minoru Suzuki
Minoru Suzuki eliminated by Sting

Winner earning 5 points, Sting!

After the match we cut to backstage where we see KAOZ leaving through a door with chains and when the camera walks in both members of the Union Jaxx are laying unconscious and bloody to end the show.

David Von Erich Bracket:

Marcus Bagwell - 8
Vader - 6
Randy Savage - 4
Nigel McGuinness - 2
Pepper Parks - 2
Yuji Nagata - 1

Kerry Von Erich Bracket:

Sting - 9
The Great Muta -5
Booker T - 5
Jushin Thunder Liger - 2
One Man Gang - 2
Minoru Suzuki - 0

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WCFL presents Texas All-Star Wrestling
Brian Hildebrand Benefit Show
Live from the Sun Bowl Stadium
El Paso, Texas
September 13th 1999

Card so far, CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE

One Man Gang v Vader in a Chicago Street Fight. If Vader wins he gets 5 minutes with Gary Hart. If Gang wins Vader quits the Von Erich Cup no matter where he is in the standings.

WCFL International Title
Shawn Michaels(c) v Sting

WCFL Tag Team Titles
Edge and Christian(c) v Los Hermanos

TASW Power Pro TV Title
Shane Douglas(c) v Bison Smith

TASW Tag Team Titles
Union Jaxx(c) v KAOZ

Booker T v Tommy Dreamer

WCFL World Title
Steve Austin(c) v Randy Savage

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Brian Hildebrand breaking news September 8th 1999

Bill Watts is sitting behind his office desk in his office in Tulsa Oklahoma.

“It is with heavy heart we announce the passing of Brian Hildebrand, known to the wrestling world as “shooter” Mark Curtis. The shooter nickname was well earned as Brian, despite being a whopping 135 pounds took no nonsense from anyone. He could be seen taking down 300 pound wrestlers or 300 pound fans who wanted to try their luck. Brian was always one of the first men into the arena and the last men to leave. Brian was not only a referee but part of production, ring crew, and public relations. Brian was the hardest working individual in this business and the exact type of man I respect most in professional wrestling. Brian suffered for almost two years with stomach cancer but continued working up until last month when his fight became too great. The show must go on and Brian would want it that way so September 13th will now be memorial show for Brian. Everything will go as planned but we will also have memories of Brian from TASW, WCFL and pro wrestling legends throughout the show. Brian was survived by his wife Pam and the proceeds from this show will go to covering what was left of Brian’s medical and funeral expenses. Please tune in to a night of amazing wrestling action and to honor one of the greatest men to ever be involved  in professional wrestling. Thank you.”

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September 13th 1999: Brian Hildebrand Memorial Show

Texas All-Star Wrestling Presents:
The Brian Hildebrand Memorial Show
September 13th, 1999
LIVE From the Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso Texas

The show opens with Bill Watts and Jack Brisco in the ring. Between them in the center of the ring is a poster board picture of Brian Hildebrand. All of the wrestlers with the exception of Sting and Abyss are surrounding the ring. Bill introduces Brian Hildebrand’s wife Pam and says we are going to open with a moment of silence and then a ten bell salute.

After the 10-bell salute, Bill Watts welcomes the 41,418 here in attendance for the largest show in Texas All-Star Wrestling history. It is because of the fans tonight they are able to do this. Jack Brisco is handed a giant check in the amount of $250,000 for the Brian Hildebrand Memorial Fund. They both hug Pam who simply says thank you before exiting the ring.

Bill reiterates again how Brian, known as the shooter Mark Curtis was not only one of the most dedicated employees of all time but also one of the biggest fans of professional wrestling. That is why tonight will be the greatest show in TASW history so the name Brian Hildebrand will be associated with the greatest show ever produced. Tonight we will not sensationalize his death or mention it again and again but please remember, this show was created with love and respect for one of the greatest men to ever share a locker room with. Now let’s start the show…

Backstage Marc Lowerance is with the newest TASW signing, Low Ki. He said that Bill Watts came to New Jersey to scout talent and immediately saw his newest star. Low Ki says that yeah, he’s 5’8” and 175 pounds but anybody who’s seen the UFC knows that size can be deceptive and tonight, he will show exactly why.

MATCH ONE:
Low Ki defeats Pepper Parks with the Warriors Way in 3:52. After the match, Johnny Swinger came to the ring to check on Pepper and Low Ki hit him with a kick to the back of his head for his troubles.

A video plays of Dominic Denucci talking about training Briand Hildebrand. Saying despite his size, he was one of the most dedicated and honest people Dom ever knew.

Backstage Marc Lowerance is with Gary Hart and One Man Gang. Hart says tonight, Gang shows that Halstead St tough is tougher than any mountain. Tonight, Gang shows he is the most dominant big man in professional wrestling. Tonight, Vader loses all that he has worked for and will be exactly where he belongs. WITH NOTHING.

MATCH TWO:
Vader defeats One Man Gang in a Chicago Street Fight in 14:11 after hitting a vadersault on Gang who was laying on a table. Both men were bloody messes and after the pinfall, Hart with both hands wrapped with brass knuckles comes in and starts assaulting Vader as the 5-minute clock starts. After about 30 seconds, Vader jumps up and hits Hart with the stiffest left hand ever. He hits Hart with THREE Powerbombs and then TWO Vader Bombs. He stands up and considers inflicting more punishment but decides to pin Hart with one finger after about a minute of the five. Medics immediately jump into the ring and carry Hart out on a gurney.

Backstage Marc Lowerance is with the WCFL International Champion, Shawn Michaels. He says apparently Texas has changed a lot since he’s been home. A clown wearing black and white face paint with some strong man freak show guy apparently is all you need to earn a title shot. It doesn’t matter because HBK won’t lay down for anyone.

MATCH THREE:
WCFL International Title
Shawn Michaels© defeats Sting via DQ in 24:19 after Abyss interferes and starts choking HBK with his long chain. After the match Sting puts Shawn in the scorpion death lock and refuses to release it until Bill Watts comes to the ring and threatens suspension and removal from the Summer Excite Series. Sting simply smiled and released the hold.

Backstage Edge and Christian are with Marc Lowerance. They tease a five second pose but say the hillbillies in Texas are not worth five. They give one second then laugh without saying anything else.

A video plays of Mick Foley aka Cactus Jack. He says that when Brian finished his training, Brian became a manager first and one of his first clients was good 'ol Cactus back in 1986. Back then everyone knew Brian as the super fan but once he started training, he became one of the best backstage leaders anyone could ask for. Cactus says sleep well "Hymie" a reference to Brian's original manger role as Hymie P. Weiss.

MATCH FOUR:
WCFL Tag Team Titles
Edge and Christian© defeat Los Hermanos in 10:44 when Edge pins Silver King after a spear.
Backstage we see Shane Douglas sitting in his velvet chair in his private dressing room as Marc Lowerance comes to talk to him. Marc is shocked Douglas is sitting there smoking a cigar this close to his match. Shane laughs and says he’s facing a nobody. Buffalo Sanchez? Who’s that? This will be the easiest night ever for the franchise.

A video plays of Jim Cornette saying how he trusted so few people in professional wrestling with stuff he owned. Brian had a key to the ring truck and full access to all his equipment. He said Brian was always welcomed at his home like a brother and only the true heroes of this business are allowed at Castle Cornette.

MATCH FIVE:
TASW Power Pro TV Title
Bison Smith defeats Shane Douglas© via countout in 7:19 when Tommy Dreamer rushes ringside with a kendo stick and Shane Douglas leaves through the crowd to never return. Up to that point, Smith had dominated the match.

Backstage Marc Lowerance tries to get a word in with the TASW Tag Team Champions as they walk to the ring however they refused to speak. Fit Finlay had two black eyes and Nigel McGuinness had his ribs taped after their brutal beatdown last week.

MATCH SIX:
TASW Tag Team Titles
KAOZ defeats Union Jaxx© in 11:53 when Cibernetico pins Nigel McGuinness after Judas dropped a double knee from the top rope on his already injured ribs. KAOZ becomes the first two-time TASW Tag Team Champions in the company history. After the match a ladder is shown at the entrance way and on the jumbo tron it says “TEAM XTREME, COMING NEXT WEEK!”

Backstage Tommy Dreamer is with Marc Lowerance and Bill Watts joins him to express his intense disappointment in Tommy from interfering in the TV Title match earlier. He has already talked to Bison Smith and Bison has agreed to let it slide so Tommy can take on Shane Douglas for the TV Title next week…however Bison gets the first shot at the winner.

MATCH SEVEN:
Booker T defeats Tommy Dreamer in 6:20 with the Harlem Sidekick. After the match, Booker tells Tommy the debut has been paid.

A video plays of Tony Schiavone and Bobby Heenan. Tony said he was thinking on the fly the day he coined the phrase shooter but it had never been more appropriate than with Briand Hildebrand. Bobby says there are a lot of negative people in professional wrestling but Brian was one of those always optimistic guys who could turn the entire locker room around with just how active and excited he was. So few people like that still exist today.

Backstage Marc Lowerance is with Macho Man Randy Savage. Savage says that this is fourteen years in the making. Savage tasted the glory once but never got the chance again. For whatever reasons it is in the past no use crying over spilled milk. Randy knows he has an uphill battle and maybe his best days actually are behind him but he’s said it before and he will say it again. No matter what the situation is…THE CREAM WILL ALWAYS RISE TO THE TOP. OOOOOOOOOOOH YEAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!

We see the steel cage complete with top being constructed in near record time as Pomp and Circumstance plays for the introduction of Macho Man Randy Savage.


MAIN EVENT
WCFL World Title
Steve Austin© v Randy Savage

Randy spins Austin around and Steve tries a sucker punch but Savage blocks it and lands a hard-right hand. Austin staggers back as Randy keeps hammering with right hands. The crowd is still chanting for Randy as he now has Austin in the corner and knocks him over the top rope and Austin is now lodged between the apron and the cage. Austin is shaking off the effects. Randy points up and plays to the crowd and they are eating it up. Steve gets back into the ring and they lock up. Austin drags Randy to the corner and then starts stomping a mud hole. Austin keeps stomping at Randy and then picks him up by the hair and whips him hard into the corner but Randy rushes out and takes Austin down with a hard clothesline that knocks Steve for a full flip.

Doyle King mentions how Savage has turned back the clock and its like seeing the 1985 WCFL World Champion version. Mulligan agrees there is an extra speed to his step tonight.

Randy whips Austin into the ropes and elevates him over with a hip toss. Randy now grabs Steve and whips him into the ropes but telegraphs the move and gets met with a kick to the chin. Savage staggers back into the ropes and then as Austin charges forward he’s met with the Thesz Press and punches. Steve with rights and lefts to Savage’s head and then picking him up and throwing him hard into the steel cage. Austin raises both arms up quickly and he plays to the crowd and while not complete boos, the boos are definitely heard over any cheers.

Doyle mentions how it must eat at Austin to be in his home state and be booed.

Mulligan says that Austin doesn’t and has never needed anyone so he doubts it makes a bit of difference. The only thing he cares about is DTA: don't trust anybody.

Austin has Randy back up and locked up in a chin lock then using Savage's arm as Savage tried to claw free and turning it into a Million Dollar Dream. There is a small trickle of blood from Randy’s forehead as he crumbles down in the center of the ring. Steve has a devilish grin as Randy falls to one knee and seems to be on the verge of going out. The ref goes to check is one free arm but Randy fights back to his feet and then drops down with a jawbreaker. Savage is up first but is dazed as he searches for Austin. Grabbing Austin and slamming him hard to the mat and then dropping an knee drop into the chest of Austin and then another one. The fans starting another chant for Randy as he lifts Austin up and suplexes him over but he hangs on and repeats it. Savage goes for a third suplex but hooks Austin’s leg up and then drops him with a DDT. Steve up and he is pumped up as he yells out to the crowd "ohhhhhh hellllll yeahhhhhh" before grabbing Randy again and whipping him into the ropes and going for a spinebuster. Austin with the first cover of the match gets a near fall.

Mulligan points out that although Steve rarely needs to, Stone Cold can wrestle all night long and is a man of hundreds of moves. He’s not just a punch, kick and stunner guy, he can definitely do it all.

Austin pulls Savage up and with both men up they start to exchange fists. First it’s Austin with a hard fists and then Savage, Austin, Savage, Austin, Savage…finally Steve gets the advantage and starts to back Savage into the ropes but Steve uses an age old trick; the thumb to the eye to stop Savage. Steve now lifts Randy up and drops him throat first across the top rope with his famous STUN GUN.

Doyle mentions that prior to becoming Stone Cold, Austin put many men away with that move.

Austin went for a cover but got a near fall when Savage was able to put a foot over the rope.

Austin in a seated position rises Randy up to a seated position between the ropes and cage and starts smashing the back of Randy’s head against the cage countless times.

Mulligan mentions this is frustration but also calculated and that Austin is out to do anything to retain the gold.

Austin rolls Savage back into the ring and starts to work on Randy’s knees with stomps of his own onto the legs of Savage. He follows it up with a half crab but Savage quickly pushes Austin off. Using the ropes Austin drops his full body weight onto the inside of Savage’s knee.

Doyle points out that even though the top rope won’t be a factor, Savage still uses the spring in his step and his explosive leg movements as the crucial part of his offense. Austin with a sound strategy working the legs of Savage.

Mulligan also points out that Savage has almost 20 years of wear and tear on those knees from using the top rope so much, there is simply no way they are ever 100% in 1999. Maybe 75% at most on a good day.

After dropping three times, Austin wraps Randy’s knee over the bottom rope getting an immediate count from the referee. He breaks at three and then starts slamming Randy’s leg into the cage. Randy writhes in pain and finally rolls away from the cage towards the center of the ring. He stands up quickly and tries to shake the feeling back into his leg. Austin follows and tries for a chop block but Savage jumps over Austin and lands on his feet but immediately winces at his knee.
Austin gets back up from the failed block and whips Savage hard into the ropes and lifts him high in the air and down to the mat with a flapjack. Randy is holding his ribs as Austin on the offensive rolls him over and looks to go for a figure four. A couple wooo’s are heard from the crowd but for now Austin hold steady with just spinning toe hold. Savage refuses to quit so Austin after a wrench of the leg drops down both knees right on the inside of Savage’s leg.
Blackjack says that he thinks Savage is washed. The end is near.

Austin now tries for a figure four, but Savage kicks him off and Austin goes flying face first right into the steel cage! He bounces off and staggers back and Savage with a kangaroo kick sends Austin back to the cage wall a second time!
King says that Mulligan might have written of Savage too soon as both men are down on the mat and are on even ground again.

Austin is wobbly but up first. He heads up to the middle rope. Steve measures Randy and then leaps off for a closeline but Savage moves at the last second and Austin crashes to the mat. The fans are at a fever pitch and the very foundation of the building is shaking as the fans are stomping their feet in support of Savage. Randy uses the ropes to get up and then clothesline Austin to the mat hard. Macho Man is now feeling the adrenaline rush as he grabs Austin and lifts him up and down with a back suplex. Randy still in control as he bounces off the ropes and drops a leg across Austin’s throat then picks him up and whips him into corner and follows him in with a clothesline and then a bulldog. Randy points over to the turnbuckle like he is planning on going for the elbow drop!

Doyle mentions how the top of the cage is only at most six feet above the top rope and Randy at 6’1”  cannot fully jump like he would.

Randy still climbs and looks out to the lifeless Austin in the center of the ring. Instead of leaping, Randy Savage digs both hands into the mesh and starts using the cage top as monkey bars and starts hand over hand carrying himself to the center of the cage. He drops…….
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HE MISSES! Austin moved at the last second! Austin is up now and waiting. Macho Man is up next and Steve gives him the double middle finger and goes for the stunner. Savage reverses and into a backslide for a near fall!

Both men up at the same  time and Austin again double birds and this time A STUNNER IN THE CENTER OF THE RING….BUT MACHO MAN STAYS STANDING!

Macho Man reels backwards and falls into the ropes and springs off them. He looks completely out on his feet only standing through sheer willpower. Austin, in complete shock yells obscenities and for the third time, two middle fingers and goes for the stunner….MACHO MAN RANDY SAVAGE PUSHES AUSTIN OFF and he spins him around and slides in with a small package……

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3!!!!!! HE DID IT!

Doyle and BlackJack scream that Randy Savage has done it! He’s pinned Steve Austin and is the NEEEEEEEEEEEEEW WCFL World Heavyweight Champion!

King points out this is the first time the World title has changed hands in Texas in one of the best matches in WCFL history.

Gary Michael Capetta makes the announcement, time of the fall 19:19 and we have a NEWWWWWWWWWWWW WCFL World Heavyweight Champion, "The Macho Man" Randy Savage!

Savage is hurt and shocked as the ring crew is quickly trying to take down the cage. Austin is sitting in the center of the ring, both hands on top of his head in complete shock. They make quick eye contact with each other as both men are in disbelief the match is over.

Into the ring comes WCFL President Jack Brisco, WCFL Representative Nick Bockwinkel and TASW President Bill Watts. Brisco has the WCFL World title in his hand.

The cage was removed from the ring in near record time but as that happened, Austin rips the belt away from Brisco and stares intently. Bill Watts rolls up his sleeves and you can see him mouth “not tonight Steve” as Steve stares a hole through him as well.

Austin turns and walks towards Macho Man who is holding his jaw and still in shock. Steve mouths something to Savage and then hands him the WCFL World Heavyweight Championship! Austin raises Randy Savage’s arm high before sulking out of the bottom rope.

FIREWORKS GO OFF FROM THE TOP OF THE SUN BOWL STADIUM as Savage stands tall, he makes a motion and in comes Brian Hildebrand’s widow Pam and Macho Man Randy Savage hands her the WCFL World Heavyweight Championship and then lifts her onto his shoulder and points to the sky as the fireworks explode in the sky to end the show.


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