rainmakerrtv Posted January 17, 2017 Report Share Posted January 17, 2017 AWA All-Star Wrestling on ESPN/TSN for January 4th The Can/Am Express vs. Lex Luger & Rick Steiner These two incredibly fit young rookies were introduced as being from University of Miami and University of Michigan, respectively, for their AWA debut match. They were also accompanied by a curvaceous blonde woman in a cheerleader uniform who was apparently named Missy Hyatt. These two muscular young men were clearly out to make a big impression as the started off by charging over to the opposing corner and brutally elbowsmashing Phil Lafon off the apron. They then proceded to toss Tom Zenk all over the ring, Steiner in particular throwing some nasty suplexes that didn't seem to care where Zenk landed. In spite of her good looks, Missy Hyatt drew the ire of the crowd as she not only cheered her team on but taunted the Can/Am Express as they struggled to gain ground on the newcomers. Luger hoisted Zenk up in an Argentine Backbreaker that he called the Human Torture Rack and it was all over. After the match, Luger placed his foot on the chest of the fallen Zenk and smirked while Steiner ran around the ring, howling. They are clearly a dangerous new force in the AWA. Don Muraco & Bad News Allen vs. Ricky Steamboat & Da Crusher The two biggest guns in the Bad News Breakers have been gunning for the Southern champ Steamboat of late, and they seem to be slowly but surely breaking him down. For this match, Steamboat brought in the popular veteran Da Crusher and, at first, Muraco and Allen didn't seem to be taking him too seriously. They laughed at his playing to the crowd and, overall, seemed dismissive of "The Man Who Made Milwaukee Famous". This proved to be a big mistake, as any attempt to push Crusher around were met by a flurry of flying fists that staggered the two bigger men. They tried to bully him like they had past opponents, but were clearly unprepared for his two fisted style. When he finally tagged out to Steamboat, the Bad News Breakers worked to keep him in their end of the ring , working him over while the ref kept out all of Da Crusher's attempts to intervene. Muraco thought he had finished off Steamboat with a massive atomic drop, but failed to notice that Steamboat had managed a blind tag to Da Crusher. Muraco was blindsided by a huge running Bolo Punch that knocked him to the mat. One ... two ... three? Crusher just pinned the American champ! The crowd exploded in cheers while Steamboat and Crusher celebrated and the Bad News Breakers tried to figure out what just happened. Loser Leaves Town match : Buddy Rose vs. Rip Oliver Speaking of the Bad News Breakers, Buddy Rose had just recently dealt them a major blow by sending Eddie Gilbert out of the AWA, and now looks like doing the same to the rest of the stable. Oliver showed his typical deviousness throughout the match, fighting his way out of tight corners with eye rakes and low blows and pull out the stops to get rid of the Playboy. Rose was far from a newcomer to sneaky tactics, however, and bided his time until the right moment to strike. That moment came when Oliver whipped him hard into the corner and came in for an Avalanche, only for Rose to pull his knees up at the last moment. Oliver staggered back out and Rose hit him with the Inside Out Backbreaker for the quick pin. Just like that, Rose sent his former Portland compatriot packing from the AWA. Who is next for the Playboy? Road Warrior Animal vs. Buzz Sawyer Col. Buck Robley's Army have declared their intention to take the World Tag belts from around the waists of the Road Warriors, but this time out, it would be a singles match. Animal had his partner, Hawk, in his corner, while Sawyer was accompanied by both Dave Schultz and his "Commanding Officer", the Colonel himself. As crazy a match as you can imagine, with Animal hitting some big clotheslines and slams, and with Sawyer bringing his own unconventional offense of clubbing fists and headbutts. Animal looked about to put Sawyer away with a running shoulder block, but has he was coming off the ropes, Buck Robley reached in and snagged his ankle, tripping Animal and causing him to fall to the mat. The ref caught this and immediately called for the DQ as the Army fled to the back with both Road Warriors in hot pursuit. AWA World Title Match : Paul Orndorff © vs. Bob Roop This was Orndorff's first title defense after winning the World championship from Ken Patera, and it was against the former champ's stablemate, "The Beastmaster" Bob Roop. Both Patera and Sheikh Kaissie were at ringside, giving direction to Roop as he used his considerable technical skills to take Orndorff down and work over his legs. Orndorff, however, seemed to be newly invigorated by his title victory and, in an impressive display of matwork, managed to maneuver his way out of every hold without taking too much damage. Roop then tried to change tactics by getting Orndorff in a series of armwringers, but that only played into Orndorff's hands as he countered with big clotheslines, followed by a powerslam. Roop was able to gradually work his way back into a brief period of dominance and tried to get Orndorff in a shoulderbreaker, but the champ slid down his back and staggered him with a big atomic drop. He then got Roop up in the Piledriver and drove him straight down to successfully defend his title. As Orndorff soaked up the cheers of the crowd, Patera glowered at him from ringside. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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