AWA TV @ The Hammond Center 7-23-86
Lance Russell: Hello everybody and welcome to another edition of AWA major league wrestling. Big show lined up as Scott Casey defends the TV title against Greg Gagne. Greg has said that if he fails to win the title he will leave the AWA. Also tonight Larry Zbyszko takes on the Cobra. Dream Machine, Earthquake Ferris, Beasts of Burden, Jimmy Snuka, Ron Garvin will all be in the ring. And of course the AWA world champion Ricky Steamboat will be in action. All that and a lot more. Before we get to the action I want to bring out the AWA national champ Austin Idol.
"Do you want to touch me' by Joan Jett plays as Idol struts out with the title on his shoulder.
Lance: Austin, you will be defending the national title against Jerry Lawler in Milwaukee next week. I wanted to get your thoughts.
Idol: Here we go again. Jeez this place is worse than Memphis. Once again Jerry Jarrett's favorite, Jerry Lawler gets a title shot. Lawler! I don't care if Jarrett's on your payroll, there's no way you're taking this title from me. Just like many men before you, you just don't measure up to me. Never did and brother you never will. Lance, believe me I'm feeling just as good as I look.
Idol gives the booing fans a double bicep pose before leaving.
Lance: Ok, a very confident Austin Idol, let's get to the ring.
Earthquake Ferris vs. Joel Kingman
Ferris swings Kingman to the ropes and puts him down with a back elbow smash. Ferris swings off the ropes and hits a big splash for the pin!
"Diamond" Timothy Flowers vs. Trent Watkins
Flowers spends just as much time antagonizing the fans as he does beating up his opponent. Flowers wins the match with a piledriver.
Resnick: Tim Flowers, welcome to the AWA and congratulations on a tremendous victory. This weekend at the Cook Center, you will be facing Earthquake Ferris.
Flowers: You know why I call myself diamond?
Resnick: I'm not sure.
Flowers: Because I truly am a gem. I'm here to take the AWA by storm and it starts by giving Fat Boy Ferris a beating. As for you Resnick, better get used to talking with me cuz I'm going to be around and winning.
Flowers looks in the camera, sticks his tongue out and blows the viewers a raspberry before leaving.
Resnick: (shaking his head) I...I...we'll be back
Beasts of Burden w/Ox Baker vs. Sam Smith and Royce Jamison
Beasts storm the ring and annihilate their opponents. They hurl Smith over the top rope, swing Jamison to the ropes and put him down with double boots to the face for the win! Beasts pick up Jamison and hold him as Ox gets in the ring. Ox is about to hit him with his heart punch but CABIN FEVER hit the ring with fists flying! They plow over Ox and pound away on the Beasts. Manny tackles Rip and punches away on his face. Boone swings Nord into the corner and follows with a running clothesline. Cabin Fever keeps pounding on the Beasts as a commercial hits.
Resnick: My goodness, that was quite an altercation. As you all know, this weekend at the Cook Convention Center, Cabin Fever will defend their National tag titles against the Beasts inside a steel cage! Also on that night, you will see a special challenge match stemming from what happened last week on the Beauty Shop as Brad Rheingans takes on Richard Charland. And just announced, the Fabulous Ones will go up against the Bruise Brothers. Fans, get your tickets now. Let's go back to the ring.
"Rugged" Ron Garvin vs. Todd Rooney
Garvin slams Rooney and follows with the Garvin stomp. Garvin swings Rooney to the ropes and back drops him. Rooney staggers up and Garvin drops him with a KO right punch for the win.
Footage from WrestleRock is shown as Jimmy Snuka performs his Superfly Splash from the top of the cage!
"Superfly" Jimmy Snuka vs. Gary Williams
Snuka body slams Williams then goes to the top rope. The fans cheer as Snuka flashes them the 'I love you' sign. Cameras go off as Snuka hits the Superfly Splash to get the easy pin.
Resnick: Ok, Jimmy Snuka. I have to tell you, that Superfly Splash from the top of the cage at WrestleRock was one of the most incredible things I've ever witnessed in all my years in this business. So impressive. Now, I understand, you're now going solo, is that correct?
Snuka: Thank you brotha and yes the Superfly is going solo. My brother Siva Afi has business to attend to and he has my full support. Now I'm exciting for my next venture and there's one thing I can tell you, it's going to be a wild ride.
Larry Zbyszko vs. The Cobra
Both men arrive to the AWA with different kind of buzz. The AWA fans are well aware of Larry's antics and mouth. While they're not to familiar with the Cobra, thanks to the wrestling magazines a lot of them know he's an international sensation.
Larry gives the booing fans a nunchucks demonstration. Cobra hops on the apron, climbs to the top turnbuckle and back flips into the ring, which gets a good pop. Cobra turns around and Larry whacks him with the nunchucks! The fans boo as Larry hits him again. Larry starts choking Cobra with the nunchucks.
The fans cheer as El Canek hits the ring! Canek yanks Larry off Cobra and hurls him out of the ring. Larry hits his fists on the apron and throws a major tantrum as Canek attends to Cobra.
Soviet Steel (Chris Markoff and Soldat Ustinov) vs. Paul Carlson and James Hampton
The Russians get classic 80s heat as they wave their country's Flags.
Soviet Steel dominates the match. The finish comes when Markoff hits a backbreaker on Hampton and holds him while Soldat jumps off the middle ropes and hits a knee drop to the chest for the pin.
The camera zooms in on the glowing pink 'Beauty Shop' sign then pans down to Brenda Britton.
Britton: Hi everybody and welcome to the highest rated segment in wrestling, the Beauty Shop. Now, every since day 1 I've been telling you people that I get all the scoops. And tonight I'm getting a big scoop. Please welcome out the Rock n Roll Express.
Ricky walks out and Robert is on crutches.
Britton: Well it seems bad luck follows you boys everywhere. At Wrestlerock, the Fabulous Ones really did a number on you (looks at Robert) especially you. I promised everybody a scoop and I always deliver. When will the two of you be back in the ring?
Ricky: First things first Brenda. Fabulous Ones! You boys made the biggest mistake of your lives! We heard your reasons and you know what? Sounds like pure jealousy, plain and simple. You tried to put my brother out of action because you two are nothing but cowards. Can't face us men to men because you both know who the better team is. Well you didn't get the job done. The injury wasn't as bad as you punks thought it would be. Tell em Robert.
Robert: Exactly right! I'm going to be back and back real soon. Number one on RnR's list of things to do is get the Fabulous Ones in the ring!
Britton: That's all fine and dandy but just when will you be back in action?
Ricky: Soon enough to challenge the Fabulous Punks to a match on Labor Day. Gear up boys because we're coming for you!
Another massive pop!
Britton: There you have it! Once again it all happens here on the Beauty Shop. Until next week tooooodles.
The Dream Machine w/Paul Jones vs. Neil Jurgens
Dream is having a good time beating down on his opponent. Dream swings Jurgens to the ropes and clotheslines him down, then swings off the ropes and hits a jumping elbow drop for the pin.
Resnick: Paul Jones, your man Dream Machine is looking pretty good. I do have to ask, last week at the Rupp Arena, you walked out on your other men Rip Oliver and Matt Borne. What was that all about?
Jones: It's very simple that even an idiot like you will understand. At WrestleRock those two failed miserably. I gave them one more chance and what do they do? Loose to the Bruise Brothers. Enough is enough. This man the Dream Machine was the last man standing in the cage. This man sent the Spoiler packing. This man was the star of WrestleRock and this man has something to say.
Dream: Listen up babay! I had to sit in back and watch you suck up to Jimmy Snuka and go on and on about his splash off the cage. Did he win that match? Hell no! I did! Where's my praise? Snuka! You want to fly solo, well now you gonna dance with the Dream Machine babay!
Footage from last week is shown as Mr. Ito attacks and brutalizes Carlos Colon.
Mr. Ito w/Curtis Iaukea vs. Ray Glader
Ito torchers his opponent before finishing him off with a nerve hold. Iaukea runs in and gives the lifeless Glader a few kendo stick shots.
Resnick: Curtis Iaukea, your newest acquisition Mr. Ito might of gotten himself in hot water because this weekend at the Cook Center he will be facing Carlos Colon.
Iaukea: For months my mission has been to destroy Carlos Colon! I was paid very well by Tiger Jeet Singh and I will fulfill my promise. That promise will be fulfilled this weekend. Mr. Ito is a close personal friend of Mr. Singh. He was chosen specifically by Singh. This all ends this weekend! You hear me Colon! You're done! Finally done!
Iaukea and Ito exit.
Resnick: That man really makes me nervous. Fans...wait a minute, Gerry Morrow? What can I do for you?
Morrow: As you can see I'm a little distraught. Last week those lowlife bums the Bruise Brothers injured my dear friend and tag team partner Carl Fergie. Carl had been financially down on his luck and like a true friend I wanted to help him out. Just when things were looking good, he was injured by those two heartless souls. Did you know Carl doesn't even have proper health care? Don't worry Carl, I've taken care of your hospital bills. You just take care of yourself. Now, fate has entered into this equation. I got a call from a very unlikely source and I'm proud to say he's seen the light. Next week you will meet my new tag team partner. Priceless isn't going anywhere. Bruise Brothers! This is only the beginning.
AWA TV Title Bout
"Cowboy" Scott Casey (C) w/Sunshine vs. The Great Gagne
If Gagne fails to win the TV title, he will leave the AWA.
The bell rings and they hook up. Gagne backs Casey against the ropes. During the break, Gagne goes for a cheap shot but Casey blocks it and hammers away on Gagne. Casey swings Gagne to the ropes and back drops him. Gagne staggers up and Casey dropkicks him through the ropes. Gagne gets up but falls back down. Sunshine is jumping up and down clapping. Gagne looks over at her and is steaming. He gets up and walks towards her pointing his finger. Casey runs outside, grabs Gagne and hurls him back in the ring.
Casey swings Gagne into the corner, charges, hops up on the turnbuckles and monkey flips Gagne over. Gagne sits up as Casey jumps over and executes a neck snap. The fans are cheering as Casey pumps his fists. Cheers turn to boos as JOHNNY VALIANT comes strutting around the ring.
Casey swings off the ropes and Valiant reaches in and trips him. Casey staggers, then turns around and heads to the ropes. The Ref and Casey are warning Valiant. Sunshine runs over and starts yelling at Valiant. Valiant holds his arms up and backs off.
Gagne tries a sneak attack but Casey turns around and levels him with a punch. Casey slams Gagne, hops up on the middle ropes and crashes down with a knee drop 1..2..Valiant puts Gagne's foot on the rope. The fans are up and cheering as Sunshine runs over, jumps on Valiant's back and starts choking him! The Ref is distracted by this. Casey swings Gagne to the ropes and kicks him in the gut, then swings off the ropes and hits a bulldog! Casey is covering but the Ref is still distracted by Sunshine and Valiant.
Thundering boos as JOSE ESTRADA hits the ring with a cigar.
He pulls Casey by his hair and rubs the lit cigar into his chest! Estrada gets out of there. The Ref finally turns around and sees Casey flopping around holding his chest. Gagne cradles Casey 1..2..3!!!!
NO WAY! BOOOOOOOOOOO!
Sunshine jumps off Valiant and runs in the ring. She frantically calls for help. Medics hit the ring. Valiant pulls Gagne out and hands him the TV title. Valiant celebrates and raises Gagne's arm. Gagne can hardly stand.
Winner of the match and NEW TV Champ- Greg Gagne
Resnick: Fans, I can't believe it. Greg Gagne is the new TV champion. I would call that a very tainted win. Scott Casey was helped out by several medics.
Valiant and Gagne walk over.
Valiant: Gagne! Gagne! Gagne! The new TV champion, ladies and germs, the Great Gagne!
Gagne: I did it! I really did it!
Resnick: Hold on, I have so many questions. Johnny Valiant, why are you out here? And why was Jose Estrada out here?
Verne Gagne comes out.
Verne: Greg, I just can't believe what I just witnessed. I'm so upset right now. And you Johnny Valiant, you set this all up last week when you bribed Estrada with those cigars. I'm no fool.
Valiant: Wait a minute! That was simply a gift. I have no affiliation with Jose Estrada. You know him. He doesn't take orders from anyone and he does what he wants. However, I'll tell you who I am affiliated with, yep that's right, the new TV champ the Great Gagne.
Greg: That's right! Come on Dad, get with it. This man's guidance brought me to this here title which is a lot more than you've ever done for me.
Verne: Greg, I'm ashamed and disappointed in you. There will come a day when you have to look in the mirror and see who you really are and when that day comes, I will pity you.
Verne exits is disgust.
Valiant: Don't listen to him champ. You proved you don't need him and you proved who the better Gagne is.
Greg: You're so right and he's not going to spoil our moment. The Great Gagne is on top of the world!
Massive boos as Valiant holds up Gagne's arm while Gagne holds up the TV title.
AWA World Champ Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat vs. Clyde Putnam
Thank goodness Steamboat gives the fans something to cheer about. Steamboat excites them with his usual arm drags and hip tosses. Steamboat swings Putnam hard into the corner. Putnam staggers into a scoop slam. Steamboat goes out to the apron and hits a slingshot splash for the pin!
Resnick: Ricky Steamboat, you've defended the title against all comers but coming up next week in Milwaukee, you will face the power of Billy Jack Haynes. You heard his comments last week.
Steamboat: I'm not taking anything away from Billy Jack. He's strong and powerful and has a mean streak to go along with that. But rest assured Haynes, I've fought powerhouses before and came out victorious. I'm walking out of Milwaukee with the world title and that's a promise.
Cheers as Steamboat waves and raises the world title to end the show.