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.