UWF Fury Hour
Created byHerb Abrams
StarringSee UWF alumni
Opening theme"The Equalizer Busy Equalizing" by Stewart Copeland
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes69 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerLenny Duge
Production locationsReseda Country Club (1990)
New York Penta (1991)
Universal Studios Florida (1991)
War Memorial Auditorium (1991)
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium (1992)
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Running time60 minutes (including commercials)
Production companyAbrams Productions
Release
Original networkSportsChannel America (1990-1991)
Prime Ticket (1992)
Original releaseOctober 1, 1990 (1990-10-01) –
October 25, 1992 (1992-10-25)

UWF Fury Hour is a professional wrestling television program that was produced by Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF) and broadcast weekly every Monday night on SportsChannel America from October 1, 1990 to September 23, 1991. The show was part of the network's Feet, Fists and Fury programming block that also included kickboxing and boxing.[1]

A shoot occurred during a semifinal SportsChannel Television Championship Tournament match between Steve Ray and Steve Williams that aired in May 1991. Allegedly, Herb Abrams thought Ray was sleeping with his wife and paid Williams extra money to rough Ray up during the bout. Ray would claim years later that this was a worked shoot.[2] [3][4]

After months without television, the company signed a deal with Prime Ticket for new episodes.[5] These new episodes taped at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium began airing as UWF Thunder Hour on Sunday nights in July 1992.

In March 1995, existing Fury Hour and Thunder Hour episodes were repackaged to a half-hour format and aired daily on ESPN2. Those same 24 repackaged episodes later re-aired on ESPN Classic between 2008 and 2013.[6][7] Steve Ray tried suing ESPN Classic in 2014 for using his likeness during these rebroadcasts, but was unsuccessful.[8]

ESPN Classic Canada reran the original one-hour format episodes of Fury Hour and Thunder Hour in 2004.[9]

Commentators

Commentators Tenure
Herb Abrams and Bruno Sammartino September 24, 1990 - November 11, 1990
Craig DeGeorge and Bruno Sammartino December 6, 1990 - July 20, 1991
Craig DeGeorge and Lou Albano April 7, 1991
Craig DeGeorge and John Tolos June 19, 1992
Carlo Gianelli and John Tolos July 24, 1993 - September 23, 1994

Commissioners

Commissioner Date started Date finished
Arnold Ross September 24, 1990 October 11, 1990
Carlo Gianelli July 24, 1993 July 24, 1993
Bruno Sammartino September 23, 1994 September 23, 1994

Recurring segments

Segment Segment Type Host(s) Years Active
Ask The Wrestlers Interview Herb Abrams 1990 - 1991
Captain Lou's Corner Interview Lou Albano 1990 - 1991
To the Point Interview Herb Abrams and Lou Albano 1991
Colonel Red's Corner Interview Colonel Red 1992

See also

References

  1. ^ https://www.americanradiohistory.com/hd2/IDX-Business/Magazines/Archive-BC-IDX/90-OCR/BC-1990-09-17-OCR-Page-0043.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ "UWF - Interview - Zoogz Rift". herbabramsuwf.googlepages.com.
  3. ^ "Wrestling With Wregret - UWF". www.youtube.com. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21.
  4. ^ "Geno In The Evening - S5E3 - Steve Ray (The Interview Part 2)". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-05.
  5. ^ Meltzer, Dave. Wrestling Observer Newsletter. July 6, 1992, p. 14.
  6. ^ 411mania » Wrestling » TV Reports Archived September 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "UWF - ESPN Classic". herbabramsuwf.googlepages.com.
  8. ^ "ESPN Win in Wrestling Footage Case Upheld on Appeal".
  9. ^ "ESPN Classics Canada won't go Raw". SLAM Wrestling. January 21, 2004.

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