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  1. Mad Dog

    NWA Powerrr

    I can live with the week to week TV having mediocre wrestling but it's kind of a bummer when you spend money on the PPVs and don't have a lot of faith in the matches being better. They haven't beaten that Aldis/Storm match from week 1 and that's kind of a bummer.
  2. Mad Dog

    NWA Powerrr

    I sadly said this not on a podcast. What I really love about the NWA is that it reminds me of Silver Age Marvel. This super small universe with a single consolidated voice moving all of the pieces together in a logical and cohesive way. Everyone's place on the roster is carved out and they have branching relationships on the roster that allows storylines to briefly touch each other and then bounce back into their own space. I wish the inring product was a little better but I think the NWA has the best storytelling in wrestling right now.
  3. Mad Dog

    4Corners Podcast

    More looking back at the past decade. We talk about the Bullet Club, Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and Becky Lynch.
  4. Mad Dog

    American Wrestling Association

    AWA All-Star Wrestling #27: 1/5/1985 taped from Chicago, IL Results: Fatu, Kokina Maximus and Samu defeated Charlie Fulton, Kelly Kiniski and Nick Kiniski at 6:19 Ricky Gibson defeated Barry O at 3:32 Shawn Michaels defeated Mike Miller at 9:47 AWA National Heavyweight Title Match: Buzz Sawyer (c) defeated Tommy Gilbert at 10:58 Dusty Rhodes defeated Mr. USA, The Olympic Grappler by DQ at 9:00 Great Lakes Heavyweight Title Match: Stagger Lee defeated Tommy Rich (c) at 15:24 Angle Developments: The Marvelous Masked Manager, Rip Rogers, Mr. USA, The Olympic Masked Grapper, Stagger Lee, The Shadow and Great Lakes Tag Team Champions Super Destroyers start off the show. Solie again says that Lee and Shadow look like Koko Ware and Norvell Austin to him. MMM says he has no idea what Solie is talking about. MMM has big news as he has gotten Stagger Lee a shot at Tommy Rich and the Great Lakes Heavyweight Championship on this very show. He's already got one belt and he's looking forward to adding another belt. Also, Mr. USA, The Olympic Grappler has a match with Dusty Rhodes. He's mentioned that Dusty has been a thorn in his side for the past month and Wahoo McDaniel getting involved was less than ideal. But the MMM has one thing that they don't have and that's numbers. He's got a stable of some of the best wrestlers in the sport right now. Dusty and Wahoo might be great wrestlers but they can't compete with the men he has under contract right now. Percy Pringle came out with Fatu, Kokina Maximus and Samu and joined the booth. He talks about the proud heritage of the Samoan fighter in the sport of wrestling. He talks about the great heritage of the Anoa'i family. He says that these men are going to lead him to championship glory in the AWA. He tells anyone that thinks they can take on his Dynasty to come and take their shot. AWA World Heavyweight Champion Ted Dibiase is out for an interview. He says it was a real surprise to see Ric Flair come out and challenge him for this belt. But that's what being the World Champion means. Everyone wants a piece of your time because you have the ultimate prize in wrestling. So he tells Ric Flair that it's on. He wants Flair to step up to the plate nd see if he has what it takes to be the AWA World Heavyweight Champion. AWA National Tag Team Champions Rock N Roll Express are out for an interview. Morton talks about how they have their eyes on those AWA World Tag Team Titles. He thinks it would be pretty nice to be double champions and Gibson agrees. He knows that they have a lot of teams to get through and the Russians on their backs but he likes their shots. He knows that they come out there and say it all the time but the Rock N Roll have found tag team success wherever they go. They have had a strangle hold on these belts for quite awhile now and he likes their chances of adding a World Title to their resume. Dusty Rhodes was getting the better of Mr. USA, The Olympic Grappler and had him beat after an Elbow Drop. Rip Rogers, Stagger Lee and The Shadow ran in to draw the DQ. They were putting the boots to Dusty when Wahoo McDaniel and Ricky Gibson ran in to make the save. Great Lakes Heavyweight Champion Tommy Rich came out for an interview. He says that he was tired of listening to Buzz Sawyer come out and brag about being the man in the Great Lakes region. That's why he wants Buzz to put his money where his mouth is. During the main event, Buzz Sawyer came out. He and Rich started arguing and Sawyer nailed Rich with something in his hand. This allowed Stagger Lee to get the pinfall and win the title. The Marvelous Masked Manager grabbed the belt and started running around the studio and mocking all of the fans there about how he was able to finally get the belt. Rip Rogers, the Super Destroyers, The Shadow and Mr. USA, The Olympic Masked Grappler storm the studio with nose makers and champagne. MMM runs over to Gordon Solie and Frank Dusek. MMM says that this is one of the best moments of his life. Your new Great Lakes Heavyweight Champion Stagger Lee. Rip Rogers sneaks over and throws confetti in Solie's face. MMM says that they are having a party at Pizza Hut after this. He invites Frank Dusek along but makes a point of saying that Solie can't come. The show fades to black with Solie standing with the microphone covered in confetti.
  5. Mad Dog

    American Wrestling Association

    January 1985 AWA House Show Circuit: Note that the same shows do the circuit of towns they do. There are 3 shows. One for big cities, one for mid size cities and spot shows. Big City Circuit Show: Ivan and Nikita Koloff defeated Scott and Steve Armstrong Missing Link defeated Lex Luger Jumbo Tsuruta defeated Fatu Great Lakes Tag Team Title Match: Super Destroyers (c) defeated Ricky Gibson and Tommy Gilbert Ric Flair defeated Scott Hall AWA National Heavyweight Title Match: Tommy Rich defeated Buzz Sawyer (c) by DQ AWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Ted Dibiase (c) defeated Kokina Maximus Mid Size City Circuit Show: Mike Miller and Rip Oliver defeated George South and Sting Samu defeated Marty Jannetty Curt Hennig defeated Charlie Fulton Bob Armstrong defeated Ray Stevens Buddy Landel defeated Shawn Michaels AWA National Tag Team Title Match: Rock N Roll Express defeated The Nightmares Tornado Tag Match: Dusty Rhodes and Wahoo McDaniel defeated Stagger Lee and The Shadow Spot Show Circuit Show: Batten Twins defeated Doug Vines and Jeff Sword Barry O defeated Nick Kiniski Mr. USA, The Olympic Grappler defeated Kelly Kiniski Rip Rogers defeated Brad Armstrong Phil Hickerson and Tom Prichard defeated Crusher and Dick The Bruiser
  6. Mad Dog

    American Wrestling Association

    ESPN Presents AWA Pro Wrestling #1: 1/1/1985 live from Cleveland, OH Results: Scott Hall and Shawn Michaels defeated Doug Vines and Jeff Sword at 5:29 Mike Miller and Rip Oliver defeated Scott and Steve Armstrong at 8:01 Ivan and Nikita Koloff defeated High Flyers at 12:46 Great Lakes Heavyweight Title Match: Tommy Rich (c) defeated Ray Stevens at 10:59 Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Gibson and Wahoo McDaniel defeated Rip Rogers and Super Destroyers at 15:18 AWA National Heavyweight Title Match: Buzz Sawyer defeated Harley Race (c) at 20:10 AWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Ted Dibiase (c) defeated Thunderbolt Patterson at 13:27 Angle Developments: The show starts off with the surprise appearance of Ric Flair. Flair announces that he has signed a deal with the AWA. Flair heads over to the booth and sits in with Gordon Solie and Frank Dusek for the rest of the show. Verne Gagne announces that The Movement has been stripped of the AWA World Tag Team Titles for failure to appear for several dates in December. He announces the following teams will be taking part in a tournament that will take place at a later date: 1. AWA National Tag Team Champions Rock N Roll Express 2. Ivan and Nikita Koloff 3. Great Lakes Tag Team Champions Super Destroyers 4. Dusty Rhodes and Wahoo McDaniel 4. Bob and Brad Armstrong 5. Scott Hall and Shawn Michaels 6. Stagger Lee and The Shadow 7. Doug Vines and Jeff Sword 8. Batten Twins 9. The Nightmares 10. Mike Miller and Rip Oliver 11. Kokina Maximus and Samu 12. Kelly and Nick Kiniski 13. Ricky Gibson and Tommy Gilbert 14. Crusher and Dick The Bruiser After the six man tag, Dusty Rhodes went after the Marvelous Masked Manger. He got the Manager cornered and started to unmask him when two masked men attacked him. They pummeled Dusty until they nailed him with a double suplex. Solie seems to think the two men are Koko Ware and Norvell Austin. The new AWA National Heavyweight Champion Buzz Sawyer is out for an interview. He brags about how he has been the man in the AWA so far. He talks about how he's run off Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Thunderbolt Patterson and now he's run off Harley Race. He talks about how happy he is to have the National Championship belt back around his waist where it belongs. He wants to know if anyone in the AWA has the guts to try and take it from him. The crowd starts going wild as Great Lakes Heavyweight Champion Tommy Rich walks out. Tommy grabs the mic and says he's listened to Buzz out here bragging and calling himself the man when it comes to the AWA. Rich says this is a load of crap. He points out that he's been the one that carried the big belt for the last 5 months. He's the guy that has been out there taking on the big names and defending this belt against anyone that wanted a shot. He points out a name that never came up was Buzz Sawyer and he wonders why that is. Rich thinks maybe Buzz has been ducking him because he knows he can't win. Buzz sucker punches Rich and it's on. Rich tackles Buzz to the ground and both men start exchanging punches until security barely manages to pull them apart. After the main event Ric Flair gets in the ring. He congratulates Ted Dibiase on his big victory. He talks about how he wants to be the best in wrestling and to be the best he has to beat the best. That's why he wants the AWA World Heavyweight Title that Ted Dibiase has. He says no dirty tricks, he wants to settle things on the up and up.
  7. Mad Dog

    American Wrestling Association

    AWA All-Star Wrestling #25: 12/22/1984 This episode recaps the Great Lakes Heavyweight Championship. It covers Harley Race winning the belt and Tommy Rich's injury. It recaps the promos and Rich winning the belt. It then covers Rich's big matches against Rip Rogers, Masked Superstar and Wahoo McDaniel. AWA All-Star Wrestling #26: 12/29/1984 This episode hypes up Ted Dibiase and the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. It features Dibiase talking about how honored he is to be in the AWA and how he's going to be a fighting champion.
  8. Mad Dog

    American Wrestling Association

    AWA All-Star Wrestling #24: 12/15/1984 taped from Chicago, IL Results: Buzz Sawyer defeated Charlie Fulton at 3:01 Ivan and Nikita Koloff defeated Batten Twins at 6:39 Shawn Michaels defeated Barry O at 4:05 Dusty Rhodes defeated Rip Rogers by DQ at 4:38 Angle Developments: AWA National Heavyweight Champion Harley Race is out for an interview. Just as he starts to talk, he is interrupted by Buzz Sawyer. Buzz talks about how he held that belt at one point and he thinks it's time he held it again. Buzz brags about all of the people he's chased out of the Great Lakes region and says that Race is next on his list. Verne Gagne is out. He announces that starting January 1st, that Great Lakes has signed the exclusive rights to the AWA World Heavyweight Champion Ted Dibiase. He says that because they now have sole control of the World Champion that they will be rebranding as the AWA. He also announces that on New Year's Day there is going to be a big prime time special on ESPN. During the main event, all Rip Rogers would do is stall for time. They finally locked up and the Super Destroyers attacked drawing the DQ. They put the boots to Dusty. Rip grabs a chair and starts nailing Dusty with it when Ricky Gibson runs in. Gibson puts up a valiant effort but the numbers are just too great. Referees come out to try and break it up but Rip and the Destroyers fight them off. Rip places the chair over Dusty's ankle and climbs to the top rope. Wahoo McDaniel hits the ring. It's a stare down for several moments when Wahoo tells them to bring it. The Super Destroyers charge and start double teaming Wahoo in the corner. Wahoo manages to fight his way free with elbows and fists. Both Destroyers get massive chops from Wahoo. Rip hops off the top rope to help but he's met with a big chop from Wahoo. Rip and the Super Destroyers regroup on the outside and get ready to attack again but by this time Dusty and Ricky Gibson have recovered enough to help fend them off. Rip talks massive amounts of trash as they leave the set.
  9. Mad Dog

    ROSTERS AND TRANSACTIONS

    AWA signs Phil Hickerson and Missing Link.
  10. Mad Dog

    NWA Powerrr

    I'm at this point with Powerrr where I have been hoarding episodes. It's weird to say but they are just so good I have to be in exactly the right mood because I want to appreciate them fully. I also hate the idea of being caught up and not having another episode to look forward to.
  11. Mad Dog

    4Corners Podcast

    We talk about the retirement of Jushin Liger. We talk about how technology has effected how we watch wrestling, wrestling and the nerd culture boom and CTE awareness.
  12. Mad Dog

    North American Wrestling Alliance (NAWA)

    Yeah. I thought the title change scenario was really well done. I am interested to see how that plays out going forward.
  13. Mad Dog

    American Wrestling Association

    AWA All-Star Wrestling #23: 12/8/1984 taped from Chicago, IL Results: AWA National Heavyweight Title Match: Harley Race (c) defeated Greg Gagne at 17:41 AWA National Tag Team Champions Rock N Roll Express defeated Danny Fargo and George Weingeroff at 5:59 Ivan and Nikita Koloff defeated Charlie Fulton and Kelly Kiniski at 3:19 Great Lakes Tag Team Champions Super Destroyers defeated Batten Twins at 7:06 Angle Developments: Greg Gagne comes out to start the show. He says that he heard Harley Race has an open challenge for that AWA National Championship. His good friend and tag partner Jim Brunzell wasn't successful last week so he wants to right the wrongs and take up the challenge this week. Harley Race comes out and congratulate Gagne on having the guts to come out here and face him. AWA National Tag Team Champions Rock N Roll Express are out for an interview. Morton talks about how the Russians got the better of them after their match in Minneapolis. He says beatdowns are just part of the game. That wasn't the first time the Rock N Roll got beaten down and it won't be the last. But he reminds the Russians that it happened outside of the ring. The tag team titles are still right here on the shoulders of the Rock N Roll. So the Russians can do all of that outside stuff they want but it won't mean a thing until they can actually win in the ring where it counts. The Marvelous Masked Manager, Mr USA, The Olympic Grappler, Rip Rogers and Great Lakes Tag Team Champions Super Destroyers are out for an interview. Rip Rogers is very upset about the way Dusty Rhodes attacked him and cost him the match against Ricky Gibson in Minneapolis. He can tell that Dusty is very pleased with himself but this is far from over. All you hear all over the world is how great Dusty Rhodes is. Well, now it's time for Rip Rogers to shine. The world is going to be watching and the name everyone is going to have on their lips when it is done is Rip Rogers. He challenges Dusty Rhodes to a match on next week's show.
  14. Mad Dog

    American Wrestling Association

    AWA All-Star Wrestling #22: 12/1/1984 live from Chicago, IL Results: AWA National Heavyweight Title Match: Harley Race (c) defeated Jim Brunzell at 28:51 Dusty Rhodes defeated Barry O at 2:39 Mr. USA The Olympic Grappler defeated Charlie Fulton at 3:05 Angle Developments: AWA National Heavyweight Champion Harley Race came out and said that it's open challenge time. He tells anyone in the locker room that wants a shot at this belt to come out and take their chance. Jim Brunzell answers the call. After the match Harley Race comes back to the booth and says that this challenge will stand for next week's show as well. Dusty Rhodes is out for an interview. He talks about how he got a call from the Marvelous Masked Manager and how the Manager wanted to buy his services. Rhodes says that he thought it would be fun to be a desperado for a little bit but that his services are not for sale. He played along because he wanted to teach the Manager a lesson about arrogance. He says that it is very arrogant to try and buy a person like the Manager did. He tells the Manager he doesn't care who it is. Send Rip Rogers or grab some other guy off the street and shove a mask on him. Dusty says that this is personal and he is going to make it his goal to make the Manager's life absolutely miserable. The Marvelous Masked Manager was out. He laments that things didn't work out with the Midnight Rider so he has a new man this week. Mr. USA The Olympic Grappler is the newest client in his stable. Solie protests this one and says that it's clearly Brad Rheingans in a mask and Solie even points out that he unmasked to wrestle the match. MMM tells Solie to take his Bigfoot and JFK Assassination theories somewhere else. MMM warns Dusty Rhodes that he is playing with fire and now he has Rip Rogers and Mr. USA The Olympic Grappler on his heels. Wahoo McDaniel is out for an interview. He wants to be the first to congratulate Tommy Rich on retaining the Great Lakes Heavyweight Championship in Minneapolis. He says that it was extremely painful to come up short in such an important match. But he has said numerous times that he and Tommy are friends and that is still true now. Yes, he lost the match and he's extremely disappointed by that but there are other prizes to be had in professional wrestling. He wants Tommy to know that he still has his back when it comes to Great Lakes. Solie asks what else is out there for Wahoo and Wahoo says there is always the National Title or even the World Title. Wahoo points out that he is still a top worldwide contender to any singles belt in the AWA and he is going to weigh his options and then go for it.
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