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#1 rainmakerrtv

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 06:35 AM

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.



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Posted 03 April 2018 - 06:35 AM

AWA show from the Met Center, Bloomington , April 4th (as shown on ESPN / TSN Super Cards)

 

Rocky Mountain Thunder vs. The Youngbloods

 

White pinned Wellington after a power slam

 

Cactus Jack vs. Buzz Sawyer

 

Cactus was able to catch Buzz with the Russian Legsweep for the victory. Ater the match, the other members of Piper’s Pit attacked Cactus, leading to a clash with the other members of the Snakepit

 

The Sheepherders vs. The Can-Am Express

 

The Sheepherders got the pinfall on Lafon after hitting a double stomach breaker

 

Greg Gagne vs. Ron Simmons

 

Simmons won with a spinebuster slam

 

Darryl Peterson & Jeff Gaylord vs. Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell

 

A knock down, drag out brawl that went to a no contest with the ref getting caught in the crossfire between the two teams

 

Brian Pillman vs. Mando Guerrero

 

Pillman scored the victory with the Air Pillman

 

AWA World Tag Team Title Match : Buddy Rose & Doug Somers © vs. The Razor Boys

 

Diamond caught Somers with a back heel kick that knocked him out of the ring, leading to a win by countout. Playboy After Dark retained the titles.

 

AWA Southern Title Match : Pat Tanaka © vs. Chavo Guerrero

 

Tanaka knocked Chavo out with a roundhouse kick to defend his title.

 

AWA World Title Match : Ricky Steamboat © vs. Nick Bockwinkel

 

A long intense match that ultimately spilled to the outside and ended in a double countout. Both men continued going after each other long after the final bell and they had to be separated by a horde of AWA officials.



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Posted 03 April 2018 - 06:47 AM

As always, I appreciate the nod in Japan's direction.

I love the team of Steamboat & Garvin. Hope we'll see more of them.

I also love Leo Burke as the vet willing to put the young lads over. Great role for him at this stage.

Lot of good matches on these cards, with Cactus vs Sawyer, Z-Man vs Chavo, and of course Steamer vs Bock looking like real stand-outs.

Nice to see big Leon learning and growing. I think that guy has a future in this biz.

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 09:29 AM

Simmons & Pillman gelling as a team is awesome.  Z-Man is getting a Hell of a push in the AWA despite my not ever caring for him.  white apologizing for being the weak link seems weird, but it works.  Kabuki and Blackwell is a feud I can get behind.

 

Cactus vs. Buzz would not disappoint.  Ever.  Pillman and Simmons gain look strong, this time in singles.  Love Rose & Somers backing into retaining.  Bock vs. Steamer!  Can't wait for more of that.



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Posted 03 April 2018 - 11:40 AM

As always, I appreciate the nod in Japan's direction.

I love the team of Steamboat & Garvin. Hope we'll see more of them.

I also love Leo Burke as the vet willing to put the young lads over. Great role for him at this stage.

Lot of good matches on these cards, with Cactus vs Sawyer, Z-Man vs Chavo, and of course Steamer vs Bock looking like real stand-outs.

Nice to see big Leon learning and growing. I think that guy has a future in this biz.

 

Promoting the Japanese appearances gives a boost to both the JWA shows and the brand of the individual wrestlers, and by extension the AWA.

 

As per my Dirt Sheet articles, Burke is pretty much the head trainer, so part of his duties is to have matches where he puts the rookies through their paces before ultimately putting them over. Once the current crop of rookies gets established, I am hoping to get him in a more focused program with just one newcomer, much like his past program with Regal.



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Posted 03 April 2018 - 11:54 AM

Simmons & Pillman gelling as a team is awesome.  Z-Man is getting a Hell of a push in the AWA despite my not ever caring for him.  white apologizing for being the weak link seems weird, but it works.  Kabuki and Blackwell is a feud I can get behind.

 

Cactus vs. Buzz would not disappoint.  Ever.  Pillman and Simmons gain look strong, this time in singles.  Love Rose & Somers backing into retaining.  Bock vs. Steamer!  Can't wait for more of that.

 

Leon White fits in with my approach of trying to start with wrestlers where they were at the time, then do my own take on their evolution to become what they would become. I'm playing the character of Leon White as a big guy with a big heart. In 1986, he was raw, inexperienced and a bit clumsy, but with a lot of power and definite charisma. There was a match IRL where he and Jesse Hernandez took on Rose & Somers, and the heels outsmarted and distracted White while they took out his partner. Right now in my writing, he is making mistakes but earnestly trying to learn from them. Where he goes from there ... stay tuned!

 

When I decided to make Steamboat the World Champion, I knew ultimately that his first big ongoing program would be with Bockwinkel. Ever since the start of the year, everything I have done with Bock has been moving him to be in position for that. This feud is just getting started.



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Posted 03 April 2018 - 12:17 PM

Another great series of shows here.  Such a blend of youngsters and vets makes this very interesting to follow as you never know what is coming next.  I am surprised that Verne makes Greg take so many falls but he is such a good sport I think he would do what is right for the company.



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Posted 03 April 2018 - 12:38 PM

If I have only one regret since I have joined the Project, it's letting go of The Sheepherders. But I think that AWA is the perfect environment for them. I can see them steamroll the competition until they find the right contenders showing enough heart to defeat them.



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Posted 03 April 2018 - 06:16 PM

AWA keeps its momentum going! Gaylord and Peterson are on the rise even going toe to toe with Blackwell and Patera. I like the singles push of Tom Zenk. I really think he could be a future super star. Pillman seems to be on fire with Rotunda and Simmons around. Sheepherders are having a good AWA run. Piper's Pit and the Snakepit are heading for one brutal showdown. After getting distracted on TV, Rocky Mountain Thunder come back with a good win at the Met Center. Ron Garvin has definitely made an impact. Yes! Steamboat and Bock! Great match and a great set up for future encounters.  



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Posted 04 April 2018 - 10:45 AM

AWA show from Cobo Hall, Detroit, April 5th

 

Shane Douglas vs. Leo Burke

 

Douglas won with a running cross body press

 

The Youngbloods vs. Masa Saito & Larry Zbyszko

 

Larry hit an over the shoulder neckbreaker on Wellington for the win

 

Chris Adams vs. Bill Dundee

 

Adams executed the Superkick for the victory

 

British Steel vs. Hector & Mando Guerrero

 

Smiley countered a German Suplex attempt by Mando with a go behind and roll up and scored the pinfall

 

The Great Kabuki vs. Jerry Blackwell

 

Blackwell hit a running splash on the outside and wound up winning by count out

 

AWA Southern Tag Team Title Match : Black Irish © vs. The British Bullies

 

A ferocious battle that ended when Black Irish executed a Spike Piledriver on Jones to defend their titles

 

Roddy Piper vs. Nord The Barbarian

 

A match that featured much of Piper doing everything he could to avoid contact with Nord ended in Piper winning by DQ when he was attacked by Jake Roberts

 

AWA American Title Match : Dan Spivey © vs. Bob Orton

 

In a match where Mike Rotundo ended up blocking Roddy Piper from interfering in the match, Spivey was victorious with the Spivey Bomber



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Posted 04 April 2018 - 10:51 AM

Dan Spivey is definitely moving into that ace position in the AWA. He's doing great right now!



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Posted 04 April 2018 - 11:10 AM

Nice to see Blackwell win with the splash on the outside this time after watching him go splat on the floor in  Bloomington.

 

I have no trouble believing that Black Irish vs The British Bullies was ferocious.I'll bet Piper vs Nord was totally entertaining, and you gave the fans in Detroit a very good Main Event. 



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Posted 04 April 2018 - 11:42 AM

Another of my little venue quirks is I alway make sure in Cobo Hall, no matter what shenanigans go on in the undercard, the main event will be a competitive match with a clean finish. Never repeat the mistakes of the Sheikh.



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Posted 04 April 2018 - 11:43 AM

AWA show from the Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, April 6th

 

Bill Dundee & Shane Douglas vs. Darryl Peterson & Jeff Gaylord

 

The Varsity Club pinned Douglas after the Execution

 

Tom Zenk vs. Dave Taylor

 

Zenk won with a top rope flying cross body press

 

Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Cactus Jack

 

Bigelow got the win after a slingshot splash in an intense battle

 

Doug Furnas vs. Hector Guerrero

 

Furnas was able to get the win by powering out of a double underhook suplex with a back body drop and bridge

 

The Great Kabuki & Ron Garvin vs. Jerry Blackwell & Ken Patera

 

Kabuki & Garvin won by DQ after Blackwell headbutted the ref

 

The Cobra Corps vs. Playboy After Dark

 

The Cobra Corps were triumphant after White whipped Rose into the Slaughter Cannon by Sarge

 

AWA Southern Title Match : Pat Tanaka © vs. Chris Adams

 

A martial arts duel that went to a 20 minute time limit draw

 

AWA Southern Tag Title Match : Black Irish © vs. British Steel

 

A stiff match that ended with Cameron flattening Smiley with a leaping clothesline to successfully defend their titles

 

Dan Spivey, Mike Rotundo, Ron Simmons & Brian Pillman vs. Buzz Sawyer, Bob Orton & The Sheepherders

 

A long and insane match that went back and forth but finally concluded with Simmons Gorilla Pressing Pillman onto Sawyer to score the victory for the Varsity Club

 

Jake Roberts vs. Roddy Piper

 

Another wild one with both men cheating like bandits throughout and Piper scoring the victory with a cradle with his feet on the ropes.



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Posted 04 April 2018 - 11:48 AM

Bigelow vs Cactus on your under-card is like Kawada vs Hashimoto on my under-card. Just imagine what will be a few years down the line!



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Posted 04 April 2018 - 12:42 PM

Big wins for Black Irish over their major rivals.  Also, matches I would still pay to see.  Bigelow vs. Cactus is indeed a dream match.   Blackwell's win would have been fun to see.  The 8-man tag in Ann Arbor would have been a ton of fun.  Piper vs. Jake!



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Posted 04 April 2018 - 01:05 PM

I would attend any card with Jake Roberts and Roddy Piper headlining!



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Posted 04 April 2018 - 05:13 PM

Another of my little venue quirks is I alway make sure in Cobo Hall, no matter what shenanigans go on in the undercard, the main event will be a competitive match with a clean finish. Never repeat the mistakes of the Sheikh.

 

 

 
It amazes me your knowledge of each of your venues.  What mistake did Sheikh make?  Was Detroit a big AWA city or was it NWA or WWF


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Posted 04 April 2018 - 05:36 PM

As far as I know, Detroit was a wrestling hotbed, period. The town was mostly run by The Sheik back then but I wouldn't be surprised if the Big 3 ran shows there as well.



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Posted 04 April 2018 - 05:41 PM

 

Another of my little venue quirks is I alway make sure in Cobo Hall, no matter what shenanigans go on in the undercard, the main event will be a competitive match with a clean finish. Never repeat the mistakes of the Sheikh.

 

 

 
It amazes me your knowledge of each of your venues.  What mistake did Sheikh make?  Was Detroit a big AWA city or was it NWA or WWF

 

 

Cobo Hall (more accurately, Cobo Arena) was the primary venue for Big Time Wrestling, the Detroit NWA affiliate. It was a hotbed but basically dried up by the end of the 70s. The story goes that the primary factor in killing off the territory was the Sheikh (who was both promoter and champion) keeping himself on top with a lot of screwjob finishes, plus a lot of no shows. That's why I always make sure to finish off each Detroit card with a match that will send the fans home happy.






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