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"The action never stops, and Chett Chetterfield never sleeps here at Southpaw Regional Wrestling"

In 2017, a video cassette was discovered in the WWE archives that contains the last remaining footage of renegade promotion, Southpaw Regional Wrestling. These are their stories.

In actuality, the webseries is an Affectionate Parody of early-80s wrestling news segments, interviews, skits, and promos. The various characters are played by actual WWE wrestlers, including John Cena, Chris Jericho, Fandango, Rusev, Tyler Breeze, Heath Slater, and Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. The series is also sponsored by KFC to promote its (Woo!) crispy (Woo!) tangy (Woo!) honey mustard barbecue-flavored Georgia Gold chicken.

This video series contains examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: Chett Chetterfield always has a glass of scotch in front of him, and he is clearly hung over the entire time.
  • Amusing Injuries: Tex Ferguson acquires a series of injuries over the course of the series, including getting blinded in both eyes, a broken leg, and had his arm put in an armbar by Greg Valentine for two and a half hours.
  • Bowdlerise: Tex Ferguson is a character portrayed by Luke Gallows on the indy scene, previously named Sex Ferguson. Obviously, the PG rating means he had to cut down on swearing, alcohol and sexual references.
  • The Cameo: Ric Flair is the Ric Flair Paid Impersonator voiceover for the KFC commercials in each episode.
    • TJ Perkins is John Johnson, the Southpaw Regional Wrestling champion. Referee John Cone appears as a referee during his segments as well.
    • The Ascension appear as the upcoming tag team, Surf Dudes with Attitudes.
    • Luke Harper appears as La Barba Grande. He may be masked, but his physique and nickname give his identity away.
    • As of this writing, it is still unclear who THE SEA CREATURE is, and so far guesses range from Cesaro to Baron Corbin to Randy Orton.
  • Blatant Lies: "This is definitely not Ric Flair." —The Ric Flair Impersonator
  • The Comically Serious: Lance Catamaran constantly speaks with a serious, deadpan tone, even when everything and everyone around him goes bananas. The fact that he's being played by John Cena makes it even more hilarious.
  • Corpsing: Big Bartholomew doesn't even bother to hide his shit-eating grin when his skits get out of hand.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Mr. Mackelroy has bought out the land under Big Bartholomew's farm, and he challenges Big Bart to wrestle for it... against his creature from the sea, the SEA CREATURE!
  • Curse Cut Short: Chett's one line in the first video is "Clint is a piece of-" before being cut to a title card reading 'Technical difficulties, hang on!'
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: To date Tex has lost both eyes, his arm is numb and something's wrong with his leg thanks to all the bad guys Chadd 2 Badd has sent after him.
  • The Eeyore: Chett Chetterfield is permanently depressed and drunk, likely due to his wife leaving him for the gardener.
  • Elvis Impersonator: The Impressive Pelvis Wesley, who has a bad wig, a red beard and Not Even Bothering with the Accent.
  • Expy:
  • Evil Laugh: Mr. Mackelroy has one. It keeps dislodging his mustache.
  • Foreshadowing: Every promo keeps talking about their big upcoming event, Lethal Leap Year, with big captions on the screen. The year the cassette was made was 1987, which is not a leap year.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Lance whispers this to Chett after the latter breaks down over his separation from his wife.
  • Glory Days: Lance Catamaran repeatedly talks about his 6 weeks as a desk anchor in Utica, New York, as the highlight of his entire career.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: The introduction of La Barba Grande note  is just a bunch of stereotypical Mexican phrases, like "¡Lucha!", "¡Mas rapido!", and "¡Ariba!", read by one of WWE's Spanish commentators, Carlos Cabrera.
  • I Can Still Fight!: Despite having both eyes gouged out, a broken arm, and a lame leg, Tex Ferguson is still determined to face his former friend at Lethal Leap Year.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Chett Chetterfield devolves into a weeping mess after recalling how he and his ex-wife had a farm, and that she left him for the gardener.
    • Later, Tex Ferguson has an extended meltdown that is caught on the microphone and broadcast over the air.
  • Kissing Cousins: Big Bartholomew is apparently in a relationship with his cousin, Christian Joy.
  • Large Ham: Clint Bobski, and Mr. Mackelroy.
  • Monster Heel: Literally. Big Bart's opponent is THE SEA CREATURE.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Rusev as Big Bart, who is supposed to be a redneck farmer, doesn't even bother to try hiding his Bulgarian accent.
  • Only Sane Man: Lance Catamaran is the only person in the entire show who takes his job seriously, even though he clearly hates it with every fiber of his being.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Big Bart will sign the contract, not just for him, but for the USA, and all the southern countries! This prompts Christian Joy to break into a chant of "USA!". Also, Actor Allusion. Clint Bobski takes a moment to note that his opponent Mr. Mackelroy is also from the USA.
  • The Quiet One: Chett Chetterfield doesn't talk much next to his broadcast partner. Whenever he opens his mouth, it's usually to say something inappropriate.
  • Retraux: 80s pro wrestling, as done in 2017.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The promotion has been running ads for their biggest annual event, Lethal Leap Year, on February 29th, only to be told nobody checked to see if 1987 was a leap year.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Lance clearly thinks this whole wrestling malarkey to be beneath him, as he used to be a desk anchor for six weeks in Utica, New York.
  • The Stoic: Lance Catamaran ignores numerous mishaps and the unprofessional behavior of his colleagues to read you the news with his trademark deadpan tone.
    • Not So Stoic: Unfortunately, Tex Ferguson's constant crying over the air breaks him. He recovers, only to be told seconds later that 1987 is not a leap year.
    Lance: We have been running television all year for "Lethal. Leap. Year." And NOBODY in the office, NOBODY pushing pencils looked at a calendar to figure out that there is NO LEAP YEAR?!
  • Stylistic Suck: The entire series aims to emulate a crappy 80s independent wrestling promotion film shoot, complete with 80s filter, bad edits, bad costumes, and Leave the Camera Running moments.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Tex Ferguson and Chad 2 Badd used to be partners, but then Chad became jealous of Tex's material possessions.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Big Bartholomew, who is supposed to be a stereotypical illiterate redneck farmboy, has this weird... Russian-like accent.
  • Wrestling Doesn't Pay: Big Bartholomew's a farmer, and Mr. Mackelroy's a banker.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Lance Catamaran keeps using adjectives that make no sense, either because he doesn't really know what they mean, or that he doesn't care.
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