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Russell Sapp was a wrestler, manager and Referee in The Central States area.  He wrestled fairly sporadically in 1984, losing to Marty Jannetty on May 7, 1984 in Wichita, Kansas. On August 27, 1984, Tug Taylor defeated Sapp. On September 23, 1984, the team of Tug Taylor & Ox Baker beat Russell Sapp & Sheik Abdullah The Great. On November 14, 1984 in Lincoln, Nebraska, Russell Sapp wrestled twice as the team of Ken Timbs, TG Stone and Roger Kirby defeated the team of Sapp, Tug Taylor and Rufus R. Jones in a six man elimination match, and Ken Timbs defeated Sapp in an elimination match. I know of only one match that Russell Sapp had in 1985, a match on July 19, 1985 in St. Joseph, Missouri in which Russell Sapp drew with Zombie. Sapp must have been learning his craft apparently, because the way I remember it, he started on the ring crew and he was able to become a wrestler and a manager as well. Sapp was part of the group managed by Porkchop Cash in 1987. It is Mid 1987 by this point. Kevin Wall has left All-Star Wrestling and Rick Stewart is commentating the shows, with a wrestler joining him for the different matches. Ox Baker opened the show with Rick Stewart. Rick says that Ox can’t wrestle on television because of his tactics. Ox says that years ago, he called Lou Thesz an “old man” and Lou knocked out two of his teeth. Ox laughed at Pat O’Connor, and Pat made him scream in the ring. Rick said that Rick Stewart mentioned that Ox killed two people in the ring, including Ray Gunkle, and Ox got really mad when Stewart said that.

Rufus R. Jones was the Central States Heavyweight Champion at this time.  Rufus won the title on May 21, 1987 in Kansas City from Bob Brown. Rufus R. Jones had his first televised title defense later on in this show (against Mr. Pogo in a match in which Karate was legal) so this match took place either in late May or early June of 1987. Porkchop Cash defeated Rufus for the title on July 10, 1987 in St. Joseph, Missouri. 

The Memorial Auditorium is practically empty. Three years previously, Ted Oates made a reference that there was “2000 people in here.” I don’t think there is 200 people in the Memorial Auditorium by this time.

The song “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top plays and out comes the team of Mr. Russell Sapp, Esquire and “Krusher” Karl Kovac and their manager, “The Boss” Porkchop Cash. Mr. Sapp is wearing a suit coat and a tie with no shirt. Karl Kovac is also known as Karl Steiner and he’s a fairly big man and muscular.  They have a total combined weight of 500 pounds. Their opponents for this match are Rick McCord at 225 lbs. from Roanoke Virginia and his partner at 245 lbs from Long Island is Vinnie Valentino.

Ox Baker has been replaced by Bart Batten for commentary for this match. Russell Sapp is removing his “cufflinks and stickpin”, okay, he’s removing his tie and sunglasses. He slowly strips off his suit coat and then he removes his pullaway pants a la Rick McCord.  More...

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