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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

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I was ahead on my writing so I decided to throw in an extra card and make it an NXT/learning excursion type show. Over half the matches are rookies working with members of the training staff so they would be getting more match time with experienced hands in front of an audience . Then I would cap the show off with a fun brawl with some big names to send the fans home happy.

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I really appreciate how well you are building this group of talent. I tend to run more towards established characters but you are doing a great job at establishing these individuals yourself and making them special. This is all highlighted by the top of the card with the bigger names who draw the houses but they see the younger up and coming talent. Very good development, top to bottom.

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AWA All-Star Wrestling on ESPN / TSN for February 7th

 

Masa Saito vs. Mark Caruso

 

Saito had Larry Zbyszko in his corner for this match, but unlike his appearances during Nick Bockwinkel’s matches, Larry pretty much kept his opinions to himself. This could have been because of Saito’s intimidating presence (Saito could give even Ron Simmons lessons in the cold, hard stare) , or it could have been the fact that Saito clearly needed no “advice” in this match. Saito picked poor Caruso to pieces with his hard edged, strong style moves, mangling the rookie’s legs before hitting not one but two of his trademark Saito Suplexes, knocking him out. Even then, Saito chose not to go for the cover, instead wrapping the unconscious Caruso up in the Scorpion Deathlock until the ref called for the bell. One has to feel sorry for the next person who steps in the ring with Saito, especially if they should somehow make him mad.

 

Doug Furnas vs. Leo Burke

 

Kevin Sullivan did not make an appearance in this match, but Furnas was accompanied by Varsity Club members Mike Rotundo and Dan Spivey, who did offer coaching to the big Tennessee Volunteer throughout the match. Furnas had quite a challenge in this match, as the veteran Burke was not cowed by his power and physique and used his considerable technical expertise to stymie Furnas’s offense. Furnas found himself blocked at several turns by Burke’s counter wrestling, and would head to the outside to consult with Rotundo and Spivey. The more experienced Varsity Club hands seem to be able to give the advice and motivation he needed, as he was able to assert control of the match and start to land his power moves on Burke. It looked like Burke would still pull it off when he was about to cinch in the sleeper hold, but it turned out Furnas was drawing him in for a huge belly to back suplex that got the pinfall. Rotundo and Spivey both slapped Furnas on the back and congratulated him as they led him away from the ring.

 

Ken Patera & Jerry Blackwell vs. The Killer Bees

 

Jim Brunzell was no stranger to this pairing, having faced both men in various configurations back in his old team of the High Flyers. Perhaps this was why the Sheikh’s team was not able to run roughshod over the Bees like they had their past opponents. Brunzell and Blair used their speed and coordinated offense to keep one step ahead of the Syndicate for much of the match. They kept this up until Blair went for a running cross body block on Blackwell, only to be caught in a , yes, crushing power slam. From there on, the Syndicate lowered the boom on the Bees, culminating in a shoulder breaker by Patera to finish off Blair. A game effort by the Killer Bees but they came up just short.

 

Leon White vs. Too Cold Scorpio

 

Kevin Sullivan was certainly present for this match, as he had a personal interest in making sure that the young rookie who had defeated him last week would get his come uppance. One major complication in this match was that it had come out that White and Scorpio had actually been very good friends in the past in Colorado. Sullivan couldn’t seem to be satisfied with anything that White did in this match. When Scorpio was able to duck and dodge White’s initial offense, Sullivan was furious with his Varsity Club Rush prospect. And when White was able to catch Scorpio in several big slams, it didn’t seem to be enough for Sullivan, who was on White’s case to not just beat Scorpio but punish him. White clotheslined Scorpio out of the ring, but Scorpio was able to land on his feet. Sullivan was screaming at White to follow up on Scorpio, but at this point his bellowing was so incoherent that it only confused White, who turned to the Games Master to try to figure out what he wanted. A costly mistake, as Scorpio had swiftly made it back in and dropkicked the huge Colorado Buffalo to the outside. To make things worse, White landed on top of Sullivan, and the two got so badly entangled that the ref was able to count to ten and give the win to Scorpio. Sullivan was livid as he angrily berated the embarrassed White all the way back to the locker room, even smacking him in the back of the head.

 

AWA Southern Title Match : Mando Guerrero © vs. Paul Diamond

 

With Sunshine still nowhere in sight, Diamond, still tending to a damaged shoulder from Starrcade, certainly had his work cut out for him. He gave it the best shot he could, going at it hard with the champ and getting several near falls. He tried to finish him off with a flying back body press, but Mando dodged just in time and Diamond landed hard on his hurt shoulder. Mando put him in the Gory Special, and Diamond had no choice but to give up the match.

 

AWA American Title Match : Nick Bockwinkel © vs. Kevin Sullivan

 

Another match where Sullivan was coming in with a lot of pent up aggression to work off. Bockwinkel, with Zybyszko once again in his corner, was clearly getting progressively more annoyed, both with Sullivan’s flailing antics and with Larry’s constant badgering from ringside to take more short cuts. The two factors combined seemed to distract the usually unflappable Bockwinkel, who found himself on the defensive for much of the match. He would invariably work his way back into control, only for Sullivan’s cheating or Zbyszko’s histrionics to send him off kilter. He almost was able to finish off Sullivan with a sunset flip, only Sullivan to grab a hold of the ropes and get the champion in a pinning position. This provoked Zybysko to jump on the ring apron and clothesline Sullivan. This broke up the pin, but before the ref could take any action, he was knocked out by the Fallen Angel, wielding Sullivan’s Golden Spike. This led to the AWA officials rushing out and declaring the match a no contest, then stating that Fallen Angel was now indefinitely suspended for directly assaulting an AWA referee.

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I really appreciate how well you are building this group of talent. I tend to run more towards established characters but you are doing a great job at establishing these individuals yourself and making them special. This is all highlighted by the top of the card with the bigger names who draw the houses but they see the younger up and coming talent. Very good development, top to bottom.

 

I see this as my place among the various promotions. While big promotions like the WWF and the UWF might focus on established characters, the AWA is the place where they get their initial experience and seasoning. I give them programs and training and work them in matches with veterans who teach them the ropes. That way, when it is time for them to move on to the bigger promotions (like Lex Luger to the UWF or Rick Steiner to the WWF) , they can be credibly be presented as big names, having already done the ground work.

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AWA show from the Met Center, Bloomington, Feb. 7th (as shown on ESPN / TSN Super Cards)

 

The Onyx Express vs. The Youngbloods

 

Brickhouse pinned Blackman after a top rope missile dropkick

 

Jesse Barr vs. Cactus Jack

 

Cactus won with a flying forearm smash to the head

 

Greg Gagne vs. Ron Simmons

 

Both men went to a 20 minute time limit draw

 

Larry Zbyszko vs. Dan Spivey

 

Zbyszko trapped Spivey in a roll up with his feet on the ropes, but failed to notice that Spivey had gotten his shoulder up just before the three and the ref had not made the full count. While Larry was arguing with the ref, Spivey nailed him with the Spivey Bomber lariat to get the win

 

Sgt. Slaughter, Dusty Rhodes & The Great Kabuki vs. Ken Patera, Jerry Blackwell & Sheikh Adnan Al Kaissie

 

Sgt. Slaughter scored the victory for his team when he hit the Slaughter Cannon on Kaissie

 

AWA Southern Title Match : Mando Guerrero © vs. Too Cold Scorpio

 

Mando reversed a sunset flip attempt by Scorpio to successfully defend his title

 

Ricky Steamboat & Nick Bockwinkel vs. Paul Orndorff & Kevin Sullivan

 

Steamboat hit a top rope flying cross body press on Sullivan for the victory

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AWA show from Cobo Hall, Detroit, February 8th

 

Cactus Jack vs. Leo Burke

 

Cactus won with a flying clothesline

 

Jesse Barr vs. Darryl Peterson

 

Peterson made Barr give up to the Wakigatame armbar

 

Too Cold Scorpio vs. Kevin Sullivan

 

Scorpio scored the pinfall with a top rope flying splash

 

Greg Gagne vs. Doug Furnas

 

Both men went to a 20 minute time limit draw

 

Dan Spivey vs. Al Perez

 

In a long , hard-fought match, Perez had Spivey set up for a German Suplex, but Spivey blocked it with several big elbows to the face, then followed up with a Spivey Bomber lariat to get the victory

 

AWA World Tag Title match : Buddy Rose & Doug Somers © vs. The Onyx Express

 

Rose hit the Inside Out Backbreaker on Koko to successfully defend their titles

 

AWA American Title match : Nick Bockwinkel © vs. Mike Rotundo

 

Rotundo was about to hit the Varsity Rush, but Bock grabbed the ropes to stop it, then hit a belly to back suplex and got the win

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Rose & Somers are one of the highlights of late period AWA, so it's awesome to see them here. I actually imagine that Gagne would get his share of offense on Simmons due to...uh....he's...the boss's son? :) Scorpio over Sullivan again, Sullivan has got to be getting pissed.

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The behind the scenes reason for these Gagne draws is a very simple one : Groovy Greg is one of the trainers. Once the rookies have had their intial matches with Burke and Barr, they go the distance with Gagne to work on endurance and match building. From there on, the move on to more intense matches with the British Bullies, The Guerreros and Mike Rotundo for their advanced education. The order can change up, but the methodology remains the same.

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First off, great TV show. I love the description of the Saito match. Hmmmm, Saito vs. Simmons, that's a match I would pay to see. I like Scorpio getting his first title shot against Mando. Scorpio earned that shot. He came up short but I'm sure he gained a lot of experience in that one match. Spivey with two big wins against two top names. No doubt about it, Spivey's moving up. Rose and Sommers continue to look great. I'm sure the fans got a taste of Steamboat and Orndorff in that tag match. Great set up for their eventual title match.

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The behind the scenes reason for these Gagne draws is a very simple one : Groovy Greg is one of the trainers. Once the rookies have had their intial matches with Burke and Barr, they go the distance with Gagne to work on endurance and match building. From there on, the move on to more intense matches with the British Bullies, The Guerreros and Mike Rotundo for their advanced education. The order can change up, but the methodology remains the same.

 

I love the amount of thought you are putting into this. I wonder if your mind works like mine: When I'm on the bus or train or have time to kill and there's nobody to chat with, my thoughts just naturally drift over to Armchair Booking the JWA...

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