#46 – UWF Fantastics & Terry Taylor vs Sheepherders & Jack Victory May 25, 1986

We jump in the Dalorean and go all the way back to 1986 and the beautiful Tulsa Convention Center to review this awesome barbed wire cage match built with a few things we found at the opening of the beautiful new Wal-Mart in Covington, Louisiana. Grab your American flag, your biggest hand bag, some cut off shorts and let’s watch some rasslin’!

This episode has been archived in the Season 1 digital box set available for $9.99 at the OSWP Merch Store!

25 Comments

  1. Rusty Brooks Biggest Fan says:

    Great podcast as always, guys.

    I had no freakin’ idea that the Bushwhackers started wrestling in 1964. Holy shit! I mean, that’s the same years the Beatles came to America (as you indicated). You know, it’s hard to believe that the Bushwhackers came out 5 years before Led Zeppelin. And in perspective, by the time the Eagles released Hotel California, the Bushwhackers had been wrestling for 14 FUCKING years! THATS INSANE.

    I had no idea the history of the Sheepherders though. Interesting listen. And like you guys, I knew of them only via photos in Pro Wrestling Illustrated (same goes for Abdullah, Bruiser Brody, Great Kabuki, etc.).

    Great job!

  2. Jeff says:

    I used to read about the Sheepherders Fantastics rivalry in PWI back in the mid 80s. Those teams fought each other as much as any team did. I really appreciated the info on the Sheephearders history. Jook, you really did your homework on that one.
    Terry Taylor was probably one of the most misused characters McMahon has ever had. His wrestling background, his potential for a five star match, and also his ability to take great bumps was extremely misused. He did a marvelous job in the smaller regions, like the UWF in his younger days, and then in his later years with Alexandra York in WCW(he was a legit TV champ, taking on all comers), but I think McMahon could have used him in a heel role similar to Ted DiBiase, and would have been sucessful.

    • Black Cat says:

      I agree (as most pro wrestling fans probably do) that he was under-utilized in WWF, but he didn’t really have the look to make it as a headliner for them IMHO, and I’m not sure he even had the charisma that DiBiase had. That being said, he never had a chance with the Rooster gimmick.

  3. Kevin J says:

    Could be wrong, but I believe Johnny Ace was the only flag bearer for the Sheepherders. Ace is John Laurinaitis – Head of WWE Talent Relations and brother of Road Warrior Animal Joe Laurinaitis.

  4. Still listening, top work chaps — think you guys really have this down now.

    Folling on from you two arguing over which of the Fantastics was more of a dish (I’d go for Rogers myself), is it just me who thinks that the remarkable thing about the Fantastics was that — unlike most of those Southern “heartthrob” teams — they were at least good looking? I mean it was at least semi-understandable why the women cheering and screaming. I say this because, and I hope you’re with me here, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Express were FUCKING UGLY.

    I mean both Gibson and Morton were what we here in the UK would describe as “total mingers”. Gibson even had a wonky eye.

    Neither of them had great bodies, neither of them were pretty, so why were they marketed as sex symbols? And more importantly, why were the women cheering?

    Both Fulton and Rogers at least had built up bodies, relatively handsome faces and TWO EYES THAT LOOKED STRAIGHT.

    Here’s a picture of the Fantastics:

    http://cdn3.iofferphoto.com/img/item/104/135/275/uZG0pk7R2qrRw5k.jpg

    Look at that, oh my, hunky.

    Here are the Rock and Rollers:

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_HQoBJqYA6YU/SSqmWsNA69I/AAAAAAAAAZ8/Bg5oIUyEO3Q/s320/rocknroll.jpg

    Look at the bloody state on them!

    That’s all,

    JvK

  5. I loved the history lesson on the Sheepherders/Bushwackers. They started in 1964? Incredible.

    I thought the Fabulous ones were Steve Keirn and Jackie Fargo.

    Jook, you wouldn’t make it to the ring for a barbed wire match because you’d sweat to death in those sweat pants and argyle sweaters.

    I’m pretty sure it was Jackie Fargo who originated the “southern dance” you referred to. He called it the Fabulous Fargo Strut.

    WWF’s answer to Crododile Dundee was Outback Jack, which pretty much failed miserably.

  6. Eric Darsie says:

    This was the first thing I listened to in my new truck. I am happy I was able to listen to something awesome! Thanks!

  7. siskey says:

    I love you guys and feel that you are really hitting your stride. I am ashamed to admit it but I was an over the top fan of the Bushwhackers. Listening to this podcast made me reminisce about glossy WWF magazines ( I mentioned them once on here before) and matches that while low on work rate were entertaining to an eleven year old.
    As a native Georgian and appreciator of old NWA-WCW, I would love to hear you guys review the Arn Anderson- Great Muta match of 1989 for the TV title. Muta was great during his run then and Arn and the rest of the Four Horsemen were still going strong in the days prior to Paul Roma and Mongo McMichael.
    Also I want a sticker but refuse to use Itunes due to my dislike of Apple and the difficulty in navigating the site. If I were to leave feedback I would say ” Remember when wrestling was real even though it wasn’t? Remember when the One Man Gang went from biker to African seemingly overnight? Well if you do then you’ve come to the best site on the internet to listen to guys recap events that maybe you saw maybe you didn’t in a humorous way that is mostly safe for work and your kids while not making you feel like a window licker while you listen”

  8. Andrew Lacelle says:

    A little bit of nitpicking here, but The Bushwhackers/Sheepherders were from New Zealand not Australia. Fun show and I’d like to hear you guys do some more territories, whether it’s World Class, AWA, Memphis or even some obscure ones like Savoldi’s ICW or Atlantic Grand Prix Wrestling.

    • Dre says:

      In the words of Gorrilla Monsoon, “the old school wrestling podcast is a fountain of misinformation.”

    • Black Cat says:

      Not sure how I mixed that up, but like most Americans, I’m guessing it’s just our usual obliviousness to the rest of the world.

      I’m hoping to do World Class soon. AWA is a rough one for me, but Memphis and ICW would be fun, but don’t have access to any of it besides random clips on YouTube. I’m really not familiar with Atlantic outside of Randy Savage’s affiliation with it.

  9. lazxmw says:

    Hey guys! I love listening to guys who seem to be discovering wrestling from Mid South & UWF. You need to review the Ted Dibiase/ Ric Flair match where Dick Murdoch jumps Dibiase before and after the match. It’s an amazing piece of business.

  10. RagnarR says:

    Great show! Loved the breakdown of Jim Ross’ announcing. Sort of surprised he didn’t make a “he played football at the University of _____” comment in this match.

    A friend of mine who grew up in Portland used to see The Sheepherders in the Pacific Northwest territory and was surprised to learn that they did such a cartoon-ish gimmick in the WWF. Prior to seeing them in UWF (around spring ’87 at a friends house in Vegas) I had only seen them and read about their crazy matches in the Apter mags.

    Btw, Michael Hayes also had the Freebird Strut.

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