AWA All-Star Wrestling on ESPN / TSN for September 6th
Brad Armstrong vs. Robb Zbacnic
While she had initially kept to the background, Sunshine has quietly assembled quite the army of late. Not only does she have the Southern Tag champions Badd Company under her wing, but has lately allied herself with Al Perez, bringing her both the Southern Title and the Six Man Tag Titles to her stable. And now she has another impressive new charge to her roster, the talented and popular Brad Armstrong of the legendary Armstrong family. Brad got the crowd going as he easily dominated the up and coming Zbacnic with dropkicks and armdrags before ultimately hitting the Russian Legsweep to put him away. Looks like the Sunshine Boys have truly become a force to be reckoned with.
Doug Somers vs. Steven Regal
Last week, Buddy Rose scratched out a victory against Norman Smiley. This time out , Rose’s Playboy After Dark partner Somers would face the other half of British Steel, young Steven Regal. The veteran Somers tried to pull the same dirty tactics against Regal, but the “Young Gentleman” was having none of it, firing back with a barrage of punches before hitting him with the Iron Fist Punch. Even though Somers was seemingly knocked out, Regal locked him in the Regal Stretch until the ref called the match. Clearly Regal has had enough of Playboy After Dark and their nonsense, and they had best watch their step with him.
“Crusher” Jerry Blackwell vs. Da Crusher
The two Crushers had faced off many times before, but rarely had the battle been so one one sided. “The Man Who Made Milwaukee Famous” certainly put up a fight, but the giant Blackwell overwhelmed him with is size and power, maintaining an all out assault until finally putting him away with a power slam and a running splash. Blackwell has been taking no prisoners since his return to the AWA, and the Cobra Corps are certainly in for a fight when he ultimately sets his sights on them.
AWA Southern Title Match : Al Perez © vs. Mike Shaw
Even Perez’s biggest fans have been a bit surprised at his more aggressive tack with Col. Buck Robley’s Army, but one can hardly blame him , given their relentless attacks on him. Last week, he went after the big Tank’s arm in his victory in the Six Man Tag title match, and he kept up that assault in this Southern Title defense. Shaw tried to bowl over Perez, making the most of his size advantage, but Perez kept going after that arm, with Shaw only just barely making it to the ropes to break up the Japanese Armlock. He finally attempted to crush Perez once and for all with a scoop power slam, but Perez countered with a single arm takedown and finally trapped him in a cross arm breaker in the middle of the ring. Shaw had no choice but to give up the match, and Perez had earned perhaps his most impressive win yet.
Tony Atlas vs. Ricky Steamboat
Steamboat has had his struggles of late with the members of the Onyx Express, but now he would have to square off against their powerful leader, “Mr. Olympia” Tony Atlas. Atlas had been dominating his opposition in most of his recent matches, but Steamboat was clearly not about to be intimidated by him. The match swung back and forth, with neither man maintaining the advantage for long, but it looked like Steamboat would finally be able to get the victory when he went up top for the flying cross body press. As if on cue, Koko Ware and Brickhouse Brown charged out and knocked him off the top turnbuckle, leading to the DQ decision. Under orders from Atlas, they hit Steamboat with the Spike Brainbuster before Atlas put him in the Full Nelson. Atlas kept him in the hold for an agonizingly long time , in spite of the imprecations of the AWA officials, before finally dropping him to the mat and stalking from the ring with his men. Steamboat had to be taken from the ring in a stretcher.