Where Wrestling's Regional History Lives!
- Charles Laffere
UWF CHRISTMAS EDITION, 2002
of all the reindeer you know you're the mastermind
think Hanson did a cover version of this tune. They’re from Oklahoma,
right? Perhaps the Hansters were a little too young to be tuning in to the
UWF. Oh, well, I’m sure Chuck Berry watched his fair share of wrestling
living in St. Louis…
Santa to a boy child ‘What have you been longing for?"
I am Charles Laffere, and welcome back to the Christmas/New Year’s
Edition of my Universal Wrestling Federation Kayfabe Memories. Happy
Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Kwanzaa greetings, and Happy New Year to all.
To our Canadian neighbors celebrating Boxing Day, I asked last year
for--and never received--an explanation of that particular holiday and why
there isn't a Wrestling Day as well. I’ve got a Bob and Doug McKenzie
album where they give their version, and I just want to make sure I’ve
got it straight…
you make him hurry, tell him he can take the freeway down
time we met, we were pulling the curtain on the UWF’s Superdome
Extravaganza on November 27, 1986. Dating back to 1976, Bill Watts’
wrestling promotion held super cards at the Louisiana Superdome in New
Orleans. Starting in 1980 Mid-South would hold an annual card on or close
to Thanksgiving Day. The first UWF Thanksgiving “Superdome
Extravaganza” is the one we will look at in the installment. The UWF had
more cards at the ‘Dome after this, but the show that night was the last
truly big draw the company enjoyed at the stadium, with 13,000 in
attendance for 13 matches…
Santa to a girl child ‘What would you like most to get?"
the opening match, Jeff Gaylord pinned Kayfabe Memories own Art Crews. The
second bout saw Gary Young down the hapless Lybian.
The third contest pitted the Freebirds bodyguard, the Angel of
Death, against Ken Massey. The Angel of Death was a large fellow named
Dave Sheldon. He, along with the ‘Birds valet Sunshine, supplied the
Fabs with an entourage usually reserved for rock stars, fitting perfectly
into Michael Hayes’ Ric Flair meets Ronnie Van Zant vision. Sheldon was
trained by Stu Hart and began his career with the Stampede Wrestling
promotion. In fact, Sheldon was chosen, along with Bruce, Ross and Diana
Hart, to give the Cauliflower Alley Club's highest honor, the Iron Mike
Mazurki Award, to Stu Hart in 2001. Sheldon also accompanied his mentor
when Stu Hart received the Order of Canada medal.
Sheldon had several anecdotal occurrences in his career. The Angel was one of Ole Anderson’s multiple choices to be the Black Scorpion in that (in) famous angle. That would have been a true surprise, for Sheldon was noted almost solely for his stint with, and later against, the Freebirds in the UWF. Sheldon also appeared as the Russian Assassin for a brief time in Jim Crockett Promotions. He is now retired. More...