• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (April 12, 1997) – USWA TV
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on April 12, 1997, Jerry Jarrett’s & Jerry “The King” Lawler’s United States Wrestling Association aired an episode of their weekly TV Show.
The show featured pre-taped matches and interviews including several USWA Wrestlers.
1997 was the last year of the USWA territory, before its successor Memphis Power Pro Wrestling took over.
At this point, the USWA was sort of a developmental promotion for the World Wrestling Federation
Here’s the card:
– Jerry Faith & Troy Hayes vs. Truth Commission (Recon & Interrogator)
– Tank vs. Steven Dunn
– Steve Boz vs. “Moviestar” Mike Samples
– Brakus vs. “Joltin” Bobby Bolton
– Keith Roberson vs. “Too Sexy” Brian Christopher
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• Another Reason Why Brock Lesnar Opened The WrestleMania 35 Main Show
As seen this past Sunday at WrestleMania 35, Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship was the first match on the WrestleMania 35 main show and it ended with Rollins finally capturing the Universal Championship.
According to PWInsider, the original plan was for the Universal Championship match to take place right before the Women’s Title main event and the opening match was supposed to be Randy Orton vs. AJ Styles (which ended up becoming the second match of the main show).
This change was made so that Lesnar could leave the event as early as possible.
According to the Wrestling Observer, another reason Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman pushed for this match to open the main show was because they felt it would be better received at the start of the show, than being placed almost 5 hours later.
WrestleMania 35 ended up becoming the longest PPV ever in WWE history at 7.5 hours (pre-show + main show) and the crowd reaction kept on getting worse as we approached the end of the show due to the crowd getting tired.