AWA All-Star Wrestling on ESPN / TSN, March 7th
Nick Bockwinkel & Larry Zbyszko vs. The Youngbloods
Bockwinkel and Zybysko have not been seeing eye to eye of late, to put it mildly. Bad enough with Bock losing the American title last week, but with Zbyszko’s recent taking of the Canadian title he has become especially insufferable . Nothing Nick did in this match, either in the ring or on the ring apron, seemed to be to Larry’s satisfaction. Not helped by the fact that the Youngbloods were especially determined to prove themselves against the AWA veterans. Every time Wellington and Blackman were able to get one over on them, Zybyszko would blame Bockwinkel for it. During one instance of berating Bockwinkel, Larry was sufficiently distracted to leave himself open for a bicycle kick from Blackman, but unknown to either of them , as Larry fell back, Bock tagged himself in. When Blackman went for a pin on Larry, Nick swooped in with an Oklahoma Roll for the one two three. Even though they got the victory, Larry and Nick continued arguing to the point of shoving each other, and might have come to blows had not the AWA officials intervened. The two did continue bickering all the way back to the locker room.
The Can-Am Express vs. Vince Sly & Max Dawson
The team of Tom Zenk and Phil LaFon have not been seen in the AWA for a while, as they had been on a tour of other promotions, but received a very warm reception from the AWA fans. Zenk in particular, who wrestled most of the match, dazzled the crowd with his new finesse before coming off the top rope and pinning Dawson with a flying cross body press. The level of competition in the AWA tag team division has gotten much more intense since they were last here, but the Can-Am Express look like they are ready for anything.
Chavo Guerrero vs. Larry Cameron
The Southern Tag champ was accompanied by his brother and partner Hector, while Cameron had his Black Irish partner Fit Finlay in his corner. Cameron went after Guerrero like an a mad bull, going for big tackles and power moves. The veteran Guerrero was able to keep out of danger for much of the match, but any time Cameron was able to land one of his big moves, you could tell he did a lot of damage. Chavo tried to rein in Cameron with chain wrestling and submission moves, but Cameron was generally too much to control. Chavo managed to get a waistlock to set him up for a German Suplex, but “Lethal” Larry broke it up with several big elbow shots to Chavo’s face. Larry then tried to get him set up for a running powerslam, but Chavo countered with a slide down, flipping behind Cameron’s back. Chavo was certainly not ready for Cameron’s response, when Cameron whirled around and flattened him with a mammoth spinning clothesline. One … two … THREE! Chavo was still groggy well after the final bell, as Cameron and Finlay celebrated in the ring. The champions clearly need to be on their guard if they end up facing Black Irish in a title match.
Rocky Mountain Thunder vs. The Onyx Express
The new union of Too Cold Scorpio and Leon White had an impressive debut as a team a couple of weeks ago, but becoming part of the Cobra Corps has given them focus and a sense of purpose. With Sgt. Slaughter waving the American flag in their corner, they had the entire crowd solidly behind them as they dominated Koko and Brickhouse, mixing power and speed before polishing off Koko with the Rocky Mountain Launcher. The Cobra Corps is back to being a force to be reckoned with now that these two fine athletes have joined the ranks.
Buddy Rose vs. Paul Diamond
With Black Irish gunning for the Southern Tag titles, it looks like the new tandem of the Razor Boys have their sights set on the World Tag titles held by Playboy After Dark. Once again, this would be a singles match with each man having their partner in their corner. Rose had a lot of experience in matches with Al Perez, but Diamond was largely unfamiliar to him, and the Playboy found himself on the defensive for much of this match. Diamond kept Rose backpedaling throughout the match with his fast paced offense, and even looked to finish him off with the flying back body press, only for Doug Somers to knock him off the top rope by hitting him with an elbow smash. As the ref called for the DQ to give the match to Diamond, the two teams continued to fight it out both inside and outside the ring.
Jake Roberts vs. Buzz Sawyer
Sawyer had engaged in a serious of vicious bouts with all three members of the Snakepit, but with Nord The Barbarian and Cactus Jack currently on a tour of Japan, the Snake would take on the Mad Dog one on one. What resulted was an incredibly savage match that clearly took a lot out of both men. The two wild warriors battered each other throughout the match, with Buzz coming close to getting the bulldog on Jake at a number of occasions, but finally getting lured into the DDT. One … two …. Wait, what’s happening? Two men came out of the crowd and rushed the ring to attack Jake! IT’S RODDY PIPER AND BOB ORTON! The two men had never been seen in the AWA before, but now come out of nowhere to assault Jake Roberts. Both of them brutally pummeled Roberts before Piper had Orton hold Roberts down while Piper took off his belt and started to whip Roberts with it! This ghastly attack continued until the AWA officials flooded the ring, at which point the deadly duo collected the still groggy Sawyer and retreated from the ring, with Piper manically cackling all the way. What fresh insanity is this?