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5/4 Match of the Day: The New South vs The Mamalukes

by on May 4, 2011

Today’s Match of the Day continues our three-day WCW Saturday Night series, as we go back to the January 29, 2000 edition of the show. In 1999-2000ish, WCW opened up a working relationship with Nashville-area promoter Bert Prentice where they’d use his crew of wrestlers for random security guard spots, enhancement matches and so on. On Saturday Night around this time period, Jimmy Hart was given the book and often brought in these guys to wrestle competitive matches with lower-end WCW wrestlers so he could both get guys a look-see and chop the amount of money he spent on the show tenfold to show WCW that they could make a profit on something.

Enter the New South.  Kory Williams & Ashley Hudson were probably Prentice’s top tag team at the time and WCW used in random spots here and there. To the best of my knowledge, this was the one time they got to work in WCW as a tag team and they made the most of it. The strength of the team was their gimmick, though it wouldn’t work on a national basis (The New South deal was that Williams was a black dude and Hudson was from Australia (way, way down south), claiming to be Southerners in Tennessee).

I enjoyed the match itself quite a bit. The New South pretty much led the green Bull and questionable Vito through a decent match. The New South busted out a couple of neat double-teams and Williams in particular moved well. They also sprinkled in a couple of Johnny the Bull’s better spots, but in the right spots to where they’d mean something.  In particular, the Bull did this legsweep in the corner at one point where, if he had something good to transition into, would be a great spot.

To view the match in its entirety, click under the cut!

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-TOM. 

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