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While loved by fans, his title reign would be short lived as little more than a month later Bubba would drop the belt to the "Universal Hearthrob" Austin Idol (Dennis McCord) on January 27th, 1986 in Ponce, PR. Idol is probably best known for his on again, off again feud with Jerry "The King" Lawler and his time in the Continental/Southeast area. He had charisma that could easily be compared to "Nature Boy" Ric Flair and a physique that played second fiddle to none. Idol would remain champion until April 18th, when he would lose the title to Al Madril in Pasadena, TX.
Madril was an above average worker with excellent mic skills and was yet another carry over from SWCW. He was best known for denying his Mexican heritage by claiming that he was an American Indian. Madril would turn back all challengers for his belt and rule TASW until a young wrestler named Billy Joe Travis entered the area from Memphis, Tenn. In my opinion, I think TASW officials saw Travis, who was a crowd favorite in the Memphis region, as the promotions savior because not long after he joined TASW he defeated Madril for the title on June 24th. While young, somewhat athletic and considered handsome by the female fans, Travis wasn't able to hold onto the strap for long as five days later, it was decided he should drop it back to Madril in hopes of gaining some form of heat from the fans. On September 30 Travis would win the title for the second and last time in Houston, TX. The promotion would close its doors two month's later and Travis would have the distinction of being the last recognized TASW U.S.A. Heavyweight champion.
A look at the tag team title holders in TASW.
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