AWA All-Star Wrestling on ESPN / TSN for August 13th
Cpl. Scott Hall vs. Jerry Blackwell
Before he left the AWA, “Crusher” Jerry Blackwell had the fans solidly in his corner, but since his return he has cared about the opinon of nobody except Sheikh Adnan Al-Kaissie . “Crusher” ruthlessly went after the knee of the powerful young recruit of the Cobra Corps, bowling over Hall and getting him in several painful leglocks. Hall tried to fight back, but the damage done to his knee undercut his attempts at power moves, ultimately collapsing then trying to power slam the huge Blackwell. Blackwell followed up with a running splash to get a victory for the Sinister Syndicate.
Buddy Rose vs. Wahoo McDaniel
“Playboy” Buddy Rose has had some difficulty gaining momentum since losing the Southern title to Al Perez, and certainly was facing stiff competition tonight in the person of Wahoo McDaniel. The double tough veteran really took it to Rose, blasting him with brutal chops and kicks as well as twisting his limbs every which way. Rose tried to rally against this withering offense, but his efforts were swiftly shut down by Wahoo. Wahoo had him trapped in the corner and was blistering him with chops, but when the ref tried to separate the two, Rose took advantage by taking the padding off the turnbuckle. When Wahoo came back with an overhand chop, Rose dodged out of the way and Wahoo brought his hand down hard on the exposed turnbuckle bolt. While Wahoo winced in pain, Rose swept him off his feet and put his own feet on the ropes to get the leveraged pin.
Da Crusher vs. Dan Spivey
This was a show down of the unconventional brawling of Da Crusher and the impressive power offense of Spivey. The battle waged back and forth, with first one man gaining the advantage then the other one fighting back to have the upper hand. It looked like Crusher was starting to pull ahead with a series of clubbing punches, but when he came rushing in for the Bolo Punch, Spivey got his boot up just in time. Crusher was staggerd, and Spivey took him down with a lariat, following up with a big running leg drop to get the win.
Nick Bockwinkel vs. Bob Roop
After a lengthy way with Playboy After Dark, Bockwinkel seems to have set his sights on challenging the Sinister Syndicate. Facing off against the enforcer of the Syndicate, Nick and Roop has a breathtaking technical showdown that really got the fans attention. In a match that mostly took place with both men working the mat in the proverbial case of Human Chess, they exchanged leglocks and limb work to try to soften each other up to try and move in for kill. Ultimately , it was Bockwinkel who was able to finally trap Roop in the Figure Four and force him to submit. An impressive victory for Bockwinkel, who looks like he is intending to work his way up the Syndicates chain to challenge for Lex Luger’s American title.
AWA Southern Tag Team Title match : Badd Company © vs. Buzz Sawyer & Dave Schultz
Another exciting match that pitted the high speed, high flying offense of the champions against the rough and tumble style of Col. Robley’s Army. Sawyer and Schultz were clearly out to inflict some punishment on Sunshine’s men, but Tanaka and Diamond gave as good as they got, showing why they are the champs. Badd Company had Sawyer set up for Tanaka to thrust kick him into a Diamond suplex, but Jesse Barr had rushed out to the ring by this point and yanked down the top rope, causing Tanaka to plummet to the outside. The Army proceeded to beat down the champs until Al Perez charged out to even the sides, forcing a retreat on the part of the Colonel’s soldiers.
AWA World Title match : Paul Orndorff © vs. Rick Steiner
Orndorff has ducked no challengers in defense of the AWA World Title, and he certainly had his hands full with the powerful rookie Steiner. The University of Michigan letterman brought a wealth of amateur skill to the battle and matched Orndorff suplex for suplex and power move for power move. On a couple of occasions, it looked like Fallen Angel was going to interfere in the match, but then Kevin Sullivan would say something in her ear and she would hold back, as though he had given her the order to stand down while he observed the match. Steiner was trying to get Orndorff in a belly to back suplex, but Orndorff reversed the waistlock and whipped him into the ropes to catch him in a mighty power slam. One piledriver later and Orndorff had successfully defended his title. Steiner had lost but Sullivan escorted him from the ring with an oddly thoughtful look on his face.