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AWA results for March 1986

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.

AWA results for March 1986

28 February 2018 - 10:02 AM

AWA show from the Canada Games Sportsplex, Lethbridge, Alberta, March 2nd


Larry Cameron vs. Norman Smiley


Cameron pinned Smiley after a powerslam


David Finlay vs. Chris Adams


An intense match that wound up going to a 15 minute time limit draw


Steven Regal vs. Mike Rotundo


Rotundo blocked the Regal Stretch and countered with a rolling cradle to get the pinfall


Jake Roberts, Nord The Barbarian & Cactus Jack vs. Buzz Sawyer & The Onyx Express


Yet another crazy brawl with Nord nailing the running double knee drop on Brickhouse for the win


Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Greg Gagne


Bigelow once again dominated his opposition before polishing them off with a slingshot splash


The British Bullies vs. The Razor Boys


A thrilling match where, after a series of moves and countermoves, Perez blocked a straight jacket suplex by Jones and replied with a German Suplex to get the victory


Sgt. Slaughter, Dusty Rhodes & Too Cold Scorpio vs. Jeff Gaylord, Darryl Peterson & Kevin Sullivan


Scorpio hit a flying top rope splash on Sullivan for the win


Leo Burke vs. Doug Furnas


Burke nearly caught Furnas in the Sleeper, but Furnas was able to execute a belly to back suplex and defeat Burke


AWA Southern Tag Team Title match : Chavo & Hector Guerrero © vs. The Youngbloods


Hector ducked under the bicycle kick from Blackman and came back with a running cross body press to defend their titles


AWA Southern Title match : Pat Tanaka © vs. Brian Pillman


A very fast paced match that finally ended when Tanaka was able to execute the rolling wheel kick for the win


AWA World Tag Team Title match : Buddy Rose & Doug Somers © vs. Nick Bockwinkel & Larry Zbyszko


There was a lot of tension in the air for this match, as there was always the threat of violence erupting between Bockwinkel and Zbyszko. That being said, they managed for the most part to stay on the same page through this match, which turned out to be a long brutal bout, which ended in double DQ with both teams popping the ref and continuing to slug it out long after the final bell.

AWA results for February 1986

02 February 2018 - 11:04 AM

AWA show from the Canada Games Sportsplex, Lethbridge, Alberta, February 2nd


The Youngbloods vs. The Onyx Express


Wellington caught Koko in a belly to belly piledriver for the win


Jeff Gaylord vs. Leo Burke


In a match that went close to the 15 minute time limit, Gaylord caught Burke in a power slam off the ropes for the win.


Jesse Barr vs. Too Cold Scorpio


Scorpio hit a top rope splash to get the victory


Greg Gagne vs. Darryl Peterson


Both men went to a 20 minute time limit draw


Mike Rotundo vs. Nord The Barbarian


Nord was going for a short lariat, but Rotundo countered it with a crucifix for the pinfall


Cactus Jack vs. Buzz Sawyer


A reckless brawl that saw Cactus hit Buzz with an elbow smash off the second turnbuckle to the back ot the head to get the win


AWA Southern Tag Team Title Match : Chavo & Hector Guerrero © vs. Brian Pillman & Ron Simmons


Chavo hit a flying top rope somesault senton on Pillman to defend their belts


AWA Southern Title Match : Mando Guerrero © vs. Doug Furnas


Furnas was able to give him a hell of a fight, but Mando was ultimately able to catch him in the German Suplex for the one two three


Double Alberta Bullrope Match : Sgt. Slaughter & Dusty Rhodes vs. Jerry Blackwell & Ken Patera


A lengthy brawl where all four men were busted open and only ended when Slaughter nailed Patera with the Slaughter Cannon, followed by the Bionic Elbow Drop by Dusty to finish him off

AWA results for January 1986

02 January 2018 - 09:44 AM

AWA All-Star Wrestling on ESPN / TSN for January 3rd


The Youngbloods vs. Blake Towsley & Brandon Bellinger


The AWA is looking to have a big year for 1986, and they are kicking it off by introducing the brand new tag team of the Youngbloods, Steve Blackman and Biff Wellington. Blackwell and Wellington are both relative newcomers to the sport of wrestling but were able to get the crowd going, Wellington with a series of suplexes and Blackwell with his martial arts moves. Wellington ultimately polished off Towsley with a jumping piledriver and the Youngbloods start off 1986 and their AWA career with a victory.


Killer Khan vs. Jim Lynch


Killer Khan lost his guiding light in Tojo Yamamoto at Super Clash and it looks like he has gone completely out of control. He savagely dismantled poor Jim Lynch before knocking him out with the Oriental Thumb choke, but even that was not enough for the crazed Mongolian. He kept on kicking and stomping Lynch before going up to the top turnbuckle and coming off with the flying kneedrop to the sternum. Lynch was taken out of the ring on a stretcher,  but even then Khan knocked him off and kept attacking him, only being restrained by a swarm of AWA officials. Can anyone stop his rampage?


Interview : Ken Resnick stands in the ring


Resnick : Folks, my next guest is the leader of the Varsity Club … “The Games Master” Kevin Sullivan!


The crowd boos as Kevin Sullivan comes out, with Fallen Angel, Mike Rotundo and Dan Spivey in tow. Fallen Angel wore her traditional seductive look and not much else, while Spivey and Rotundo were broadly smirking, but Sullivan had one of his peculiarly thoughtful looks, as though he had an ace up his sleeve that nobody would see coming.


Resnick : Kevin Sullivan, you seem to be in a strangely good mood today. Hard to believe, given that the Varsity Club recently lost a member in Rick Steiner.


Sullivan : (chortling sinisterly) It’s the New Year, Mister Resnick, the time of new beginnings! One door opens, several more open. It is an age of new opportunities, and the Club is giving new opportunities for a lucky few. You see, what I am announcing here is the Varsity Club Rush! I have combed the ranks of collegiate athletics for the top prospects and have found the prime candidates for the Club. The boys and I will put them through training camp and put them through their paces to see who has what it takes and the right mind set to be Varsity Club members.  So let me introduce the Varsity Club freshman recruits!


(Loud , college football marching band music blares over the arena PA)


Sullivan : From the Iowa State Cyclones … Darryl Peterson!


The huge Peterson strides impassively out to the ring, his eyes locked forward as he pays no attention to the fans at ringside.


Sullivan : From the Missouri Tigers … Jeff Gaylord!


Sporting an impressive physique, Gaylord hustles to the ring, seeming annoyed by the fans reaching out to greet him.


Sullivan : From the Tennessee Volunteers … Doug Furnas!


Furnas is an incredibly powerful looking man who took time to slap palms and high five some of the fans on the way out.


Sullivan : From the Miami of Ohio Redskins … Brian Pillman!


A decided contrast to the other recruits, the noticeably smaller Pillman enthiastically high fives as many fans as he can before going to the ring.


Sullivan : From the Florida State Seminoles … Ron Simmons!


Simmons does reach out his hands to the fans but is otherwise all business as he joins the other recruits


Sullivan : And last, but far from least, from the Colorado Buffalo … Leon White.


White is another huge man and would look intimidating if not for the shy smile he has as he reaches out to the fans.


Sullivan : This is the Varsity Club Rush, class of 1986! And we will see what these guys are capable of!



British Steel vs. Jesse Barr & Buzz Sawyer


British Steel have had some trouble with interference in their matches, but were wanting to put that aside as they took on the tough team of Barr and Sawyer. They were starting to make some head way, with Regal starting to get Barr in a series of armlocks, when the mysterious masked man struck again. But this time, it was with even greater viciousness than before. He yanked Norman Smiley off the ring apron and drove him hard, head first, into the ringside steps, knocking him unconscious. He then nailed Regal with the thrust kick to the jaw as the ref called for the DQ and Barr and Sawyer bailed from the ring. But this was not enough for him, as he grabbed a chair from ringside and used it to batter Regal before laying it on top of him and taking a high running jump on both the chair and Regal underneath it. He finally pulled off the mask, revealing himself to be … “Gentleman” Chris Adams!!!!!! Adams then ran out of the ring, cackling as the medics came out and had to remove young Regal on a stretcher.


The Rougeau Brothers vs. Sekhou Bunch,  Billy Garcia & JP Calderon


After the chaos of the last match, it took a while to get things calmed down, but the crowd was able to get into the special appearance by Jacques, Raymond and Armand Rougeau. They dazzled the fans with their high flying, acrobatics and double and triple team moves before Jacques finally put Garcia away with a missile dropkick.


AWA Six-Man Tag Team Title Match : Badd Company & Al Perez © vs.  The Guerrero Brothers


The champions were coming in at a disadvantage, not only missing their manager Sunshine (still shaken up after being attacked by the masked Chris Adams at Super Clash), but with Diamond’s shoulder heavily bandaged from injuries at Starrcade. They seemed relieved to at least be in the ring with the popular Guerreros. All went well until Tanaka had to tag in Diamond. The Guerreros went at him like sharks with blood in the water, ruthlessly mangling his arm to exacerbate the injury to his shoulder and double teaming him whenever the ref’s back was turned. Diamond tried to escape to the outside, but then Mando rammed him hard, shoulder first, into the turnbuckle post. He then tossed Diamond back in the ring to his brother Chavo, who locked Diamond in the Gory Special. Paul Diamond had nothing left in him to escape it, and was forced to give up both the match and the Six Man titles. His partners, Tanaka and Pereze, demanded to know what gives with the Guerreros, but the three brothers simply shrugged and laughed as they picked up the belts, all while the crowd watched in stunned amazement, shocked at their change of attitude.

AWA Super Clash 1985

29 December 2017 - 02:52 PM

AWA Super Clash 1985 : The Last Chance Saloon, from the Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, December 31st 1985


Loser Leaves The AWA Match : Dan Spivey vs. Cpl. Scott Hall


Poor Scott Hall’s head (and heart) didn’t really seem to be in this match.  Losing his best buddy, Pvt. Mick Foley (now calling himself Cactus Jack) pretty much took the wind out of his sails, and he seemed pretty listless throughout the match as Spivey dominated him throughout. He seemed to rally late in the match with some big power moves, but he then got distracted by Kevin Sullivan at ringside, only turn around and get flattened by a Big Boot from Spivey. One running legdrop later and Hall was done in the AWA. It looks like Sgt. Slaughter now stands alone in the Cobra Corps.


Loser Leaves The AWA Match : Kendo Nagasaki vs. The Great Kabuki


These two Japanese legends have been going at it, fist and fire, for the past few months, and it would all come to an end here.  While Sunshine cheered on Kabuki from the outside, both men threw down with vicious chops and nasty kicks, while the momentum swung back and forth.  Nagasaki looked like he would take the match when he unleashed the green mist, but Kabuki got his hands up and blocked it at the last second.  He flattened Kendo with a mighty roundhouse kick then got him up in a piledriver, but as he had his back to the outside, the mysterious masked man came out of nowhere … and nailed Sunshine with a thrust kick to the jaw before disappearing just as suddenly! As Sunshine dropped to the floor, Kabuki got the three count, only right after getting his hand raised in victory did he realize that something was wrong. He was quite clearly distraught as he carried Sunshine in his arms and rushed her to the back for medical attention.


Losing Team Leaves The AWA Match : Greg Gagne & The Killer Bees vs. Mike Shaw, Dave Schultz & Buck Robley


Gagne still had his ribs taped for this match but was clearly very determined to get the last word over Mike Shaw and Col. Robley’s Army.  The Army worked over his ribs throughout the match but he and his good friends, The Killer Bees, kept coming at them, eventually with Gagne sinking the Sleeper Hold on Shaw. Shaw kept driving him , back first, into the corner to force him to let go, but Gagne would not release it and the ref dropped “The Tank’s” arm three times then signaled for the bell. Looks like that is it for the Army in the AWA.



Loser Leaves The AWA Match : Rick Steiner vs. Ricky Steamboat


Steiner has been a persistent thorn in Steamboat’s side as part of the Varsity Club’s state goal of keeping him as far away from Paul Orndorff’s belt as possible. Steiner used his considerable power to try to toss Steamboat around the ring, but Steamboat was able to roll through most of those moves and keep coming back with his own smooth offense. Steiner was able to knock Steamboat out of the ring with a huge clothesline, but Steamboat, as he does, caught himself on the top rope and charged up to the top turnbuckle. He then came off with a flying cross body press but Steiner, who had been caught with this move before, rolled through the move and went for the cover, assisted by a fistful of trunks. One … two … no!!! Steamboat was just able to get his shoulder up in the nick of time. Steiner started celebrating, thinking he had won the match, but then exploded in fury when the ref informed him the match would continue. Steamboat took advantage of this by grabbing him by both arms from behind, bridging back and hitting a Tiger Suplex. One … two … three! The Varsity Club was now down one man and Steamboat was closer in getting to a World Title shot.


Loser Leaves The AWA Match : Dusty Rhodes vs. Tony Atlas


Tony Atlas was clearly out to run the American Dream out of the AWA , but Rhodes was just as obviously looking to bring the fight to Mr. Olympia. This was a crazy brawl, with both men being busted open and lots of jarring moves and slams. Atlas was able to trap Rhodes in a powerful bearhug and it looked like Dusty was starting to fade, keeping his stay in the AWA a short one. Dusty was able to rally, however, and started raining mighty elbow smashes on Atlas’ face until he was finally forced to let go. Dusty then sent Atlas to the mat with a clothesline before hitting the Bionic Elbow Drop for the one two three. The crowd roared their approval as Dusty stood triumphant in the ring.


AWA Southern Title Match : Al Perez © vs. Killer Khan (if Khan wins, Perez leaves the AWA , if Perez wins, Tojo Yamamoto leaves the AWA)


Perez was coming to the ring without his manager, Sunshine, and was clearly concerned about her condition, as well as glancing about for possible interference from the masked man.  While the masked man didn’t make an appearance this time out, Perez had more than his hands full with the ferocious attacks of  Khan , as well as the looming presence of Tojo Yamamoto.  Perez tried to battle back with his considerable technical skills, but Khan kept coming at him, several times coming close to cinching the Oriental Thumb Choke , with Perez just barely escaping by getting to the ropes. The Latin Heartthrob gradually was able to work his way back into the match by going after Khan’s legs, kicking and chopping at them and then going for a series of leg based submissions. It looked like he might just pull it off, but he went for a dropkick at a time when Khan was able to grab onto the ropes, so Perez plummeted hard to the mat. Khan then body slammed Perez and hit some massive foot stomps before going up to the top turnbuckle to put him away for good with his Killer flying knee drop. However, Perez was just playing possum and rolled away at the last second, then executed the Indian Death Lock on Khan’s injured leg. Khan struggled mightily but could not escape , and had to give up the match. Who knows what Khan will be like now that he no longer has the influence of Tojo Yamamoto to keep him in check.


AWA World Tag Team Title Match with the Losing Team Leaving The AWA : Buddy Rose & Doug Somers © vs. The British Bulldogs


The Bulldogs were still incensed at Playboy After Dark having stolen the titles from them,  and had put up their AWA careers to get a shot at taking them back. They proceeded to run roughshod over the Playboy and the Pretty Boy, sending Rose and Somers scattering to the outside on multiple occasions. The champs were able to keep themselves in the match with some deft cheating and double teams, but the tide turned in favour of the Bulldogs when Rose collided with the ref, sending them both to the mat while Davey Boy power slammed Somers.  Dynamite Kid went up top for the flying headbutt, but out of nowhere someone grabbed his ankle and yanked him hard down to the ringside area. It was the masked man! He quickly slipped into the ring, nailed the confused Davey Boy with a thrust kick to the jaw, then put Somers on top for the cover before disappearing once more. The ref had by that time recovered and was able to make the count. One … two … THREE! The Bulldogs are now gone from the AWA! The crowd was in shock and the champions seemed as confused as everyone else, grabbing their belts and bailing from the ring. Who is this mysterious masked man and what is his agenda?


AWA World Title Match : Paul Orndorff © vs. Nick Bockwinkel


It was announced before this match that Kevin Sullivan and the Varsity Club woud be banned from ringside for this match. If this fazed Orndorff, he certainly didn’t show it, as all of his attention was clearly focused on Bockwinkel from the get go. Much of the early part of the match involved Orndorff trying to put Bock away quickly with big slams and clotheslines, all while Bock kept his trademark cool and suavely dodging out of the way of possible knockout blows. Gradually Bock asserted control of the match and started to go after Orndorff’s legs, softening him up in hopes of for the Figure Four. He looked like he might get it at a few points, but Orndorff furiously kicked his way out of it. Bock then tried to put Orndorff away with a piledriver, mocking the champ with his own move, but Mr. Wonderful countered with a slingshot that sent Nick hard into the turnbuckle.  Orndorff then started opening up with elbows to the back of Bock’s head and neck, trying to break him down in spite of the champ’s own damaged legs. It looked like he would be able to hit his own Piledriver to put an end to Bock’s challenge, but Nick countered with a small package that got a 2.999999 count. Orndorff then tried to come back with an elbow drop, but Bock rolled out of the way and Orndorff went down hard on the mat. As the match ran down, Bockwinkel kept after Orndorff’s legs, looking to get the figure four, but the champ was always able to scramble to the ropes. It looked like Bockwinkel just might pull it off when he was finally able to cinch in the figure four in the middle of the ring, but in spite of Nick’s mightiest efforts and the clear pain it was causing Mr. Wonderful, Orndorff was able to gut it out and the bell rang , signaling a one hour time limit draw. Both men slowly were able to pull themselves to their feet and Bockwinkel offered his hand to Orndorff as a show of respect. Orndorff stared at him for a long time before very begrudgingly shaking his hand, as the crowd cheered both men for their incredible athletic effort.