AWA All-Star Wrestling on ESPN / TSN for April 4th
Ron Simmons & Brian Pillman vs. The Youngbloods
Here we have a match featuring a group of wrestlers who will be appearing in Japan this month, with Pillman and the Youngbloods set to wrestle in the Young Lions Showcase and Simmons in a special tag match. Varsity Club bad cop Kevin Sullivan was once again absent from the proceedings, leaving Pillman with the good cops Mike Rotundo and Ron Simmons, both of whom have taken Pillman under their wings of late. Both Wellington and Blackman were very wary of the imposing Simmons , and used their speed and coordination to keep themselves just out of reach of his dangerous power offense. Sensing a change of gear was needed, Simmons tagged in Pillman, and he was able to match the Youngbloods move for move. With Rotundo cheering him on from ringside, and Simmons doing the same from the ring apron, Pillman really got the crowd going with his impressive aerial tactics. It looked like Blackman might just take him out with the bicycle kick, but Pillman was able to catch himself on the ropes, then follow up with a big dropkick to get the advantage. He rushed to the ropes and hit the Air Pillman to get a spectacular victory. Simmons and Rotundo both congratulated their colleague , something you know Kevin Sullivan would not be caught dead doing.
Tom Zenk vs. Chavo Guerrero
Zenk has been pulling double duty of late, wrestling both in singles and as part of the Can-Am Express, but has been having more success on his own. Contrarily, the Guerreros have struggled a bit of late individually, but have been incredibly tough to beat when defending their Six Man Tag Team Titles. Chavo fought with determination to end that streak, calling on his considerable technical skills as well as cutting some corners on occasion to try to take down Zenk. Zenk showed real fire and kept coming back at Chavo, ultimately catching him coming off the ropes with a Superkick to score the victory. Could big things be on the horizon for Zenk.
Rocky Mountain Thunder vs. Darryl Peterson & Jeff Gaylord
Rocky Mountain Thunder had Sgt. Slaughter in their corner, while the Varsity Club were joined by Kevin Sullivan. Leon White was keen to get his hands on his former stablemates, but this wound up being a detriment , as the Varsity Club capitalized on his eagerness by drawing him into the ring when he was not the legal man then double teaming Scorpio while he was being ushered out of the ring. They kept this up, getting White progressively hotter under the collar, until they were able to hit the Execution on Scorpio to end the match. Sullivan, for once, seemed pleased by the efforts of his recruits. White was very distressed at having cost his team the match, but Sarge and Scorpio assured him that everything was alright and that they would do better next time.
The Great Kabuki vs. Jerry Blackwell
These two men have had some ferocious battles of late, and both men tore into each other with incredible intensity. Kabuki would pick Blackwell apart with brutal martial arts kicks and shots, but Blackwell kept roaring back with his incredible size and power. The action spilled out to the ringside area, and Blackwell had Kabuki trapped in the corner and went for a running splash, but the Japanese legend rolled out of the way at the last moment, sending Blackwell dropping hard onto the concrete. Kabuki was able to get back into the ring in time to win by countout. The two men kept going at it for some time after the bell. It looks like the war is showing no sign of stopping soon.
Shane Douglas vs. Leo Burke
Douglas, a relative newcomer to the AWA, has made a strong impression on the fans, with his mentor Bill Dundee guiding him to some impressive victories. Dundee was in his corner, rallying the crowd behind him as he faced the tough Canadian veteran Burke. Burke gave a very stiff challenge to Douglas in a match that went back and forth. Burke looked like he was taking the advantage over Douglas when he whipped him into the ropes for a back body drop, but Douglas was playing possum and caught Burke with a cradle suplex for the one two three. The younger generation has been rising in the AWA and Douglas continues to be a stand out part of this movement.
Ricky Steamboat & Ron Garvin vs. Masa Saito & Larry Zbyszko
Garvin had recently made his surprise return the the AWA , taking the Canadian title from Larry Z, and was now making his first appearance on All-Star since his comeback, teaming with the World champion. Larry’s fortunes have waned of late, taking some tough losses including his shockingly quick defeat to Garvin, but actually worked pretty well as a teammate for Saito. With Nick Bockwinkel in their corner, the two functioned incredibly smoothly in tandem as they kept Steamboat in the ring for a long time as they did their best to damage him. Steamboat was ultimately able to dive into his corner and bring in Garvin, who went after Larry and once again caught him coming off the ropes with the Hands Of Stone punch, putting an end to the match in decisive fashion. Although his colleagues had lost the match, Bockwinkel seemed pleased with the results as he led his men back from the ring.