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I am absolutely loving you turning Nikita into the unstoppable force that he needs to be. I always wanted to see him get the Ivan Drago build clear to the top.

Wendi Richter and the S.S.T. may be the strangest combination of all time, but having Albano as the manager somehow makes it work!

Super Sunday is looking absolutely stacked!

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American Wrestling Association

House Show

Cleveland, Ohio

Tuesday March 17, 1985

Bell Time: 7pm

 

The Samoan Swat Team (Samu/Fatu) w/Capt. Lou Albano defeated Fire/Flame when Fatu pinned Flame after a splash off the top rope

 

 

Mr. Olympia wrestled Jumbo Tsuruta to a 20 minute time limit draw

 

 

GRUDGE TAG TEAM MATCH

Tommy "Wildfire" Rich/The Missing Link defeated "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer/"Dirty" Dick Slater when Rich pinned Slater with the 'Lou Thesz Press'

 

 

Mr. USA, the Masked Grappler w/Marvelous Masked Manager pinned Curt Hennig with a handful of tights

 

 

The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton/Robert Gibson) defeated The P.Y.T. Express (Koko Ware/Norvell Austin) when Gibson pinned Ware, post match the Super Destroyers hit the ring and laid out the Morton/Gibson

 

 

Wendi Richter w/Capt. Lou Albano pinned Leilani Kai with a small package

 

 

SEMI-MAIN EVENT

SIX MAN TAG TEAM CHALLENGE MATCH

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair/"American Dream" Dusty Rhodes/Chief Wahoo McDaniel defeated Ivan & Nikita Koloff/Krusher Kruschev when Wahoo pinned Ivan Koloff with a school boy roll up after a 'bionic elbow' from Dusty

 

 

MAIN EVENT

AWA World Heavyweight Championship

Ted Dibiase pinned Scott Hall with a rolling cradle in 34:21

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The people of Cleveland got a treat here!

The way you write a show makes it seem so simple.  It just flows perfectly.  When I sit town to write, I have no idea where I am going.

Like Captain Lou getting off to a rolling start with all of his wrestlers

The 6 Man Tag Match would have blown the roof of the arena

Hall makes a great House Show challenger for Dibiase... every thinks he has a real shot

Rich with Missing Link... that must be some car ride to the arena

The match with Mr. Olympia goes a long way to helping him get some real credibility with his new fan base.

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Olympia wastes no time and gets in the ring with some stiff competition and takes Jumbo to the limit. 

I know that grudge tag match was insane! 

The Destroyers try and soften up RnR before their unification showdown. That's going to be a classic.

Richter and Kai are certainly no strangers to each other. Richter moves up the rankings with the win. 

Seeing Flair teaming with Dusty and Wahoo against the  Russians is so awesome. I'm sure this isn't over. 

I have to give it up to Scott Hall. He takes Dibiase past the 30 minute mark. I wonder if Dibiase was looking past Hall and was to focused on his upcoming match with Flair. This could be a career turning match for Hall. 

 

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AWA Championship Wrestling

Recorded: March 18, 1985

Airing: Saturday March 21, 1985 nationwide on ESPN

The Tropicana Hotel & Casino

Atlantic City, New Jersey

 

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Larry Nelson welcomes everyone to the show and reminds everyone about tomorrow's big event 'Super Sunday' here on ESPN before pitching it to the ring!

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Match #1:

The Samoan Swat Team (Samu/Fatu) w/Capt. Lou Albano & Wendi Richter defeated The Hammer Brothers (Jack/Sledge) when Fatu pinned Jack after a splash off the top rope

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(Larry Nelson is joined in the interview area by 'Nature Boy' Ric Flair)

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Nelson: "Naitch, tomorrow night you get your shot at the AWA World Heavyweight Champion, Ted Dibiase…."

 

Flair: "WOOOOOO! Larry Nelson…..tomorrow night Ted Dibiase gets a dose of reality…..after the disrespect he showed my friend Ray Stevens….I can't wait to get my hands on him and not only teach him some respect but to take that AWA World Heavyweight Championship and show everybody why….the Nature Boy….is the man…WOOOO!"

(As Nelson gets ready to ask another question, Percival Pringle III enters the frame)

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Nelson: "Umm, Percy Pringle……I'm not sure what you are doing out here but as you can see, this is Ric Flair's time."

 

PP3: "First of all, you DO NOT call me Percy….you will refer to me as Percival Pringle, the third! Second of all…I realize this is Mr. Flair's time…that's why I'm out here to speak to Mr. Flair.  You see Mr. Flair, there's no doubt that you are one of the greatest wrestlers in the world today…bar none!  There's only one thing you're missing….and you're looking at him!"


Flair: "With all due respect, Mr. Pringle…..I don't think a fat man with bleach blond hair and a thrift store suit is what I'm missing….now if you'll excuse me I've got a World Championship match tomorrow."  (Flair goes to leave but Pringle steps in front of him)

 

PP3: "Hold on Mr. Flair, I'm going to excuse and forgive that disrespect….this one time….but what I'm well aware you have a shot at the World Championship tomorrow…..and what I'm telling you is if you join my Pringle Dynasty, you WILL walk out of St. Paul the AWA World Champion.  However, if you make the mistake of blowing me off or disrespecting me again….I promise you….you won't!"

 

Flair: "Listen here PERCY…..I don't take kindly to threats and I don't have time for you or your foolishness right now….so I'm once again going to step around you and if you get your fat butt in my way again…..I'm going to knock you on it….understand?" (Flair steps around Pringles and exits the interview area)

 

PP3: "That's fine…..good luck 'Nature Boy'…..you'll wish you had a manager when Ted Dibiase beats you like the second rate phony you really are."


Nelson: "Let's get back to the ring."

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Match #2:

Mr. Olympia pinned Randy Watson following a DDT

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(Post Match: Ken Resnick joins Mr. Olympia at ringside)

 

Resnick: "Mr. Olympia, you've wrestled all over the country and let me be the first to welcome you here to the AWA."

 

Olympia: "I'm very excited to be here, some of the very best athletes in the wrestling world compete here in the AWA and I look forward to stepping in the ring with some of them very soon."

 

Resnick: "In fact you've already started, you recently went to a 20 minute time limit draw with Jumbo Tsuruta one of the top heavyweight wrestlers from Japan. I understand you will be facing him again soon in a rematch that will have a 30 minute time limit."


Olympia: "That's right, Jumbo Tsuruta is as tough as they come, and hopefully this time with 30 minutes to compete instead of only 20, I'll be able to pull out a victory."

 

Resnick: "Well, we certainly wish you the best of luck against not only Jumbo Tsuruta but against all the competition here in the AWA."


Olympia: "Thanks Ken."

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Promo Video: Stan Hansen is coming to the AWA!!

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Match #3:

Jumbo Tsuruta pinned Parker Williams after a 'lariat'

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COMMERCIALS: Police Academy 2: The First Assignment in theaters on March 28th!

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Match #4:

The High Flyers (Greg Gagne/Jim Brunzell) defeated The P.Y.T. Express (Koko Ware/Norvell Austin) when Brunzell pinned Austin after a dropkick

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Promo for tomorrow's event here on ESPN AWA Super Sunday

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Match #5:

MAIN EVENT

The Missing Link vs. "Dirty" Dick Slater

 

This was absolutely the wildest brawl to take place on AWA Championship Television yet….they started out brawling in the aisle before either man ever made it into the ring so the referee couldn't stop the match because it hadn't started yet….after a few minutes of brawling around ringside and hitting each other with chairs, finally Slater rolled into the ring…..followed by Link allowing for the referee to finally ring the bell and officially start the match…..after a few more minutes of hard hitting action the Missing Link nailed Slater with a "battering ram" headbutt and covered Slater for the 1-2-3!!

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Trongard: "Big win for the Missing Link! Tune tomorrow right here on EPSN as we bring you Super Sunday from St. Paul, Minnesota!"

 

 

© 1985 American Wrestling Association

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Great show.... as a kid, I couldn't tell if I disliked the AWA or the WWF more!  Well that has all changed now as they are two of my favorite things to read about.

I think Flair should have thought more about taking PP3 up on his deal.  Win the title and then he could have fired him.  Now... the unexpected is the expected!

YES!  Policy Academy II will be out next week!  I wish I could get out now and see anything!  This lock down in New York is killing me.  

Stan Hansen... Havoc is coming to the AWA... wonder if he will win the belt someday and then toss it in the trash

Verne still has the power here as The High Flyers go over PYT!  Wonder how your supreme ability as a booker can control Verne!

Link over Slater!  Need to keep our eyes on this one!

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With Captain Lou guiding them, the SST might have some gold soon.

Oh man things just got really interesting as Flair and Percy oh I mean Percival have words. Flair better watch his back tomorrow night. 

Olympia makes his televised debut and is already involved in a pretty big program with Jumbo.

Watch out AWA because Stan Hansen is coming!!! 

LOL, Police Academy 2. I actually saw that in the theater. Speaking of movies, in just a few months Rocky 4 will hit the theaters. The AWA could capitalize on that with Nikita.  

High Flyers are on a roll and get a big TV win over the PYT's. 

Man, Link and Slater take the TV show to a new level as they have one heck of a fight. Link wins this one but I have a feeling Slater will be back for more. 

Super Sunday has been built up so well. A lot is going to go down. 

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A good S.S.T. squash match is a great way to start any show.

The Flair/Percy interaction was a lot of fun, and I can't wait to see who Pringle brings against The Nature Boy.

Olympia should be able to have a nice run here. A nice tussle with Tsuruta should get him over nicely.

The Lariat coming in to tear shit up! That should be good fun!!

Poor PYT's having to put over the bosses kid.....

Slater and Link is an odd feud to be sure, but I bet they are some hellacious brawls!

Looking forward to Super Sunday. Should be a good one!

 

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AWA Super Sunday '85

Sunday March 22, 1985

St. Paul Civic Center

St. Paul, Minnesota

Airing LIVE on ESPN!

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(Larry Nelson welcomes everyone to 'Super Sunday' and runs down just a few of the big matches we have scheduled today…..he then says it's time to go to the ring as he pitches to Rod Trongard and Lord James Blears at ringside to call the action!)

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Outback Jack pinned The Flame with the "Boomarang" (clothesline to the back of the head)

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(Backstage Ken Resnick is joined by Stan 'the Lariat' Hansen)

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Resnick: "I'm joined by one of the most dangerous men in the sport of professional wrestling, Stan 'the Lariat' Hansen who has now arrived in the AWA…." (Hansen grabs the mic and shoves Resnick out of sight)


Hansen: "Shut your damn mouth Mr. Microphone man…..These people know who I am…and just know this….I'm here in the AWA to make money…..I'm not here to make friends…and I don't care if you fans cheer me or boo me…..I'm here to get paid….and the people who get paid the most are the ones with those pretty little belts around their waist…..so I'm putting everybody in the AWA on notice….if you hold a title….Stan Hansen is coming for you!"

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(Luscious Johnny V joins Trongard and Blears on commentary….he says he takes issue with Captain Lou because he has a tag team that's coming to the AWA and the Samoan Swat Team better steer clear of them….but more importantly, he has signed Sherri Martel to a contract and if Wendi Richter is smart, she'll go right back where she came from!)

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The Samoan Swat Team (Samu/Fatu) w/Capt. Lou Albano & Wendi Richter defeated The P.Y.T. Express (Koko Ware/Norvell Austin) when Fatu pinned Austin after a splash from the top rope

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COMMERCIALS: Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning in theaters now!

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TITLE UNIFICATION MATCH

National Title vs. Great Lakes Title

Tommy "Wildfire" Rich pinned "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer when Sawyer came off the top rope with a splash, Rich brought his knees up and then rolled Sawyer up into a small package for the 1-2-3!!  Tommy Rich is now the AWA North American Champion!   After the referee raises Rich's hand and presents him with the new championship belt…..Buzz Sawyer attacks him from behind and lays him out….Sawyer takes the belt and smashes Rich in the face with twice! Rich is busted wide open as Sawyer takes all three belts and storms off with them

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VTR: Highlights are shown of the rampage that the AWA World Tag Team Champions the Russians…namely Nikita Koloff have been on lately injuring Scott & Steve Armstrong, Gama Singh, the Tonga Kid, and just last night 'Bullet' Bob Armstrong……Can the High Flyers stop the carnage and take the titles here tonight??

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TITLE UNIFICATION MATCH

National Titles vs. Great Lakes Titles

The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton/Robert Gibson) defeated The Super Destroyers (#1/#2) w/The Marvelous Masked Manager when Super D #2 went for the super plex but Morton managed to shift his weight to come down on top of Super D #2 and hooked his legs for the three count!  The Rock & Roll Express are now the AWA North American Tag Team Champions!

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COMMERCIALS: Coming up later on ESPN highlights of the USFL's game of the week!

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AWA Ladies Championship

Sherri Martel w/Johnny V pinned Candi Devine with her feet on the ropes to win the championship!

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VTR: Highlight video- Coming soon to the AWA "The Universal Heartthrob" Austin Idol!

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Masks vs. Dusty Leaving the AWA

"The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes pinned Mr. USA, the Olympic Grappler w/The Marvelous Masked Manager after a DDT 

 

Post Match: Dusty got on the mic and told Mr. USA and the Marvelous Masked Manager to keep their word and remove those masks or he'll remove them for them.  After a few moments of hesitation….Mr. USA removed his mask to reveal Brad Rheingans to the surprise of pretty much no one at all…..Marvelous Masked Manager reaches up and starts to unlace his mask but then turns to run away but is caught in the aisle by Rheingans who brings him back in the ring to Rhodes…..Rhodes starts to untie the mask and right as he's about to remove the mask…..Nikita Koloff, Ivan Koloff, Krusher Kruschev, Ken Patera, and JIMMY HART all hit the ring and attack Rhodes and Rheingans….the Masked Manager runs away as Jimmy Hart runs around the ring like a madman wearing a red suit with a big yellow hammer and sickle on the back wearing a big furry Russian Hat! Patera and Kruschev focus on beating down Rheingans while the Koloffs choke Rhodes with their chain……Ken Resnick comes down to ringside and asks Jimmy Hart to come speak to him…which seemingly ends the attack on Rhodes and Rheingans.

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Resnick: "Jimmy Hart, what the heck is going on here…..people have speculated for months that YOU have been the Marvelous Masked Manager….and now just as it seemed that was about to be revealed here you are with Patera and the Russians?? What's going on here?"

 

Hart: "First of all….let me just say this is the greatest day of my life baby…..and you can just call me the 'Mouth of Moscow', baby!" (cackles)

 

Resnick: "If not you……then who was the Marvelous Masked Manager??"


Hart: "How should I know baby? It certainly wasn't me…are you kidding me? That guy was a clown…a goof….that's why we chose tonight to show up baby…..We KNEW that masked idiot couldn't get the job done and certainly not with Brad Rheingans under a mask being his master plan….you see the Russians here….they've already been running rough shod all over the AWA, baby and now with myself leading them and the addition of 'Comrade' Ken Patera….we can't be stopped!"


Resnick: "Comrade Ken Patera? So, first you sold out your country to be a Sheik, and now you've joined up with the Russians??"


Patera: "Ken Resnick…..this will be the only time you get a pass for that sort of disrespect….next time I'll lock you in a full nelson until your head pops off!"

 

Hart: (laughing) "That's right Ken Resnick, you show this man some respect….this is the greatest collection of athletes in wrestling today….we've got the World Tag Team titles….soon we'll be coming for the rest!"

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COMMERCIALS- Busch Beer: "Head for the Mountains"

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Semi-Main Event

AWA World Tag Team Championship

The Russians (Nikita/Kruschev) w/Jimmy Hart & Ivan Koloff defeated The High Flyers (Gagne/Brunzell) when Nikita pinned Gagne after the 'Russian Sickle'

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(Ken Resnick is in the dressing room with Dusty Rhodes and Brad Rheingans who are both bandaged up from the beating at the hands of the Russians)

 

Resnick: "Dream, I have to say these are very strange circumstances to see you here in the dressing with the man you did battle with here earlier tonight."

 

Rhodes: "Strange circumstances you say…..well lemme tell ya somethin' Ken Resnick…..I would call having Jimmy Hart run into the ring as I'm about to pull the mask off a man I was positive was Jimmy Hart…..strange circumstances.  I'd call having a man who was once an Olympian for these very United States come in with a gang of Russians calling himself 'Comrade'….strange circumstances if you will……so yes sitting here with Brad Rheingans whom less than a hour ago I was doing battle with, now sitting here contemplating how WE are going to get revenge on these Russians….strange circumstances……but lemme tell ya this….I've fought this man, I trust this man…and so that being said, baby….we're layin' out a challenge if you will…..not for next month….not for next year……we are layin at out a challenge for next week on television……myself, the American Dream Dusty Rhodes, and the Olympian himself Brad Rheingans….against the Russians for them World Tag Team titles….and if we lose the match….WE'LL BOTH leave the AWA…..so it's nut cuttin time you understand?…..put up or shut up…..all on the line….right here on ESPN! Jimmy Hart, do your boys have the guts?"


Resnick: "I understand that Larry Nelson has just entered the locker room of the Russians in hopes of getting a response."


(cuts to Larry Nelson in the Russians' locker room)


Nelson: "Thanks Ken, I'm here with Jimmy Hart and his crew…..Jimmy, did you hear the challenge from 'the American Dream' Dusty Rhodes and Brad Rheingans?"

 

Hart: (laughing) "Are you kidding me? Of course we did, baby! I told you earlier this was the greatest day of my life but when we run Dusty Rhodes and Brad Rheingans out of the AWA THAT will truly be the greatest day of my life!"

 

Ivan: "Dusty Road…you are truly a very stupid man….after the beating we put on you every time you have encountered us…..you are willing to put your career on the line….well Dusty Road….and Brad Ragin we will be more than happy to rid ourselves of both you."

 

Patera: "Alright Nelson, get the hell out of here….we've got celebrating to do.

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Main Event

AWA World Championship

Ted Dibiase

Vs.
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair

 

The match starts out pretty hot due to the recent issues between Dibiase/Flair involving Ray Stevens….within the first few minutes, Percival Pringle III comes to ringside and Flair tells him to "get lost"…..Pringle sits down and seems to be taking notes……A lot of great back and forth action for 27 minutes until Flair gets the upper hand and locks in the figure four leglock…..Pringle gets up on the apron and calls over the referee….while the ref is distracted, from out of nowhere BUDDY LANDEL slides in and hits Flair with his corkscrew elbow drop then quickly rolls out and heads up the aisle……Dibiase crawls over and covers Flair for the 1--2--3!!  Pringle quickly leaves ringside as Dibiase rolls out of the ring and gets his belt seemingly unaware of everything that just took place with Pringle and Landel…..Flair struggles to get back to his feet trying to figure what exactly just happened….

 

Trongard: "Lord James Blears, this leaves us with some questions…..was Pringle really trying to recruit Ric Flair before or was it always his intention to bring this other 'Nature Boy'…….Buddy Landel in all along??"

 

Blears: "Not to mention, was Dibiase a part of this?  Is he associated with Pringle or Landel? A lot of questions to be answered here."

 

Trongard: "Join us next weekend for AWA Championship Wrestling where we'll hopefully be able to shed some light on all this controversy! Thank you fans for joining us for Super Sunday!"

 

© 1985 American Wrestling Association

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This is an extremely prestigious show to be shown on ESPN. I think when you go top to bottom in 1985 you've got some of the biggest names in all of wrestling. Obviously with flair and Dibiase that would sell out anywhere with the right build. I think you add in the other pieces of a Dusty Rhodes Ken patera and the Russians and you've got a real great mix of talent that would be well known in the AWA area to keep it as one of the top promotions in the world. I'm interested to see how you use Hanson compared to how he was used in real life around this time and to see if there's going to be somebody ala Curt Hennig who can be a pet project to build up over the course of your time with this promotion.

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Outback Jack makes his anticipated debut and is victorious. 

SST are making some serious noise now with a victory over the PYT's. I wonder who Johnny V is bringing in?

Rich unifies the titles but Sawyer gives him a post match beating. I'm so glad this feud is continuing. 

All is right in the AWA as RnR unify the tag titles. RnR will draw some big money here.

Oh wow the USFL! Yep this is the 80s.

Sherri wins the AWA Woman's title! Man I cant wait for the Sherri/Richter dream match.

Watch out darlings because the Universal Heartthrob is coming! 

What a wild end to a story and even a wilder beginning to a new story. I was shocked when Jimmy Hart came out with the Russians. Just who was the MMM?? We may never know. The Mouth of Moscow has one dangerous stable with the Russians and Patera. Dusty lays down the challenge for next week. Damn this was great! 

Awesome night for the Russians as they take down the High Flyers.

As if all that wasn't enough, we get a crazy ending as Landel drops the corkscrew elbow and ruins Flair's chances at the title. This is so cool because this game is finally going to get the long awaited battle of the Nature Boys!!!!! Thank you Gene! 

We'll see how Dibiase reacts to all this. I'll defiantly be tuning in next week. 

Super job! 

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WOW... That was one great show from top to bottom.  Great use of your roster as you kept us on our toes throughout the entire show.  As Dusty said, there were a lot of strange circumstances which truly made this show a great read!

Stan Hansen is going to be a force.

Your ending was the most peaceful ending to a Rich/Sawyer match... Rich simple puts his knees up as Sawyer crashed down on him and then Wildfire rills him up.  That is until Sawyer goes nuts... Can't wait for more!

RnR Wxpress and Sheri will make great champs!

And then the chaos starts.... Wait... Jimmy Hart is not the man behind the mask?  Then who is?  Dusty sitting with the man he just fought?  Comrade Patera?  A Loser-Leave Town Match for the belts, Next WEEK!  WOW!  I am hooked

I knew from the previous show that PP3 would be a problem for Flair... Never thought it would be the other "Nature Boy."  I must admit that I am excited for the next show.  The work you did with Landell in Continental last year was one of the highlights of our first year.

Great work

 

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Tie Me Kangaroo Down!! Outback Jack just snuffed The Flame!!

Hansen sends out a warning to anyone with a belt, and those guys had best be real nervous.

P.Y.T. do the J.O.B. to the S.S.T. on the ESPN!!!

Tommy Rich picks up the win and two belts against Buzz Sawyer, then takes a beating from Sawyer. The feud will continue, and that means Hansen is looking for him. Worst title win ever for Tommy.

Love the Super D's, but the Rock and Roll's unifying the belts is definitely the right call here. Ricky and Robert are THE team in 1985, and I am sure you have big plans for them.

Sherri picks up the win and the title! I see a dominant run coming for Miss Martel if she can get past Wendi Richter.

Wow, what a cluster we have here!! Dusty gets the win and unmasks Rheingans to the surprise of literally no one. Then he gets gang raped by The Russians, Ken Patera, and Jimmy Hart as the MMM who was obviously never Jimmy Hart (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more) disappears into the night.  That is quite a stable that Jimmy has put together, and spells big trouble for the AWA.

Then the Russians put away little Greg Gagne to make me like them even more!

Then we get some classic Dusty as he aligns with the man he just finished feuding with to go after the Russians. Love It!!

Flair/Dibiase delivers, then gets cut off when Buddy Landell shows up to show Flair who the real Nature Boy is!! Percy warned him!! The work you did with Buddy in Continental was some of my favorite stuff in this game. This is going to be amazing.

Awesome show!!

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American Wrestling Association

House Show

Detroit, Michigan

Wednesday March 25, 1985

Bell Time: 7:30pm

 

Outback Jack pinned El Casario with the 'boomarang' clothesline

 

The Samoan Swat Team (Samu/Fatu) w/Capt. Lou Albano wrestled Scott Hall/Curt Hennig to a 15 minute time limit draw

 

Grudge Match

"Dirty" Dick Slater pinned The Missing Link when Alberto Madril came to ringside and distracted Link allowing Slater to school boy him and pin him with a handful of tights

 

AWA Ladies Championship

Sherri Martel w/Johnny V pinned Candi Devine with a small package

 

AWA North American Tag Team Championship

The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton/Robert Gibson) defeated Fire & Flame when Morton pinned Fire after a flying crossbody from the top rope

 

AWA North American Championship

BELT ON A POLE MATCH

Tommy "Wildfire" Rich defeated "Mad Dog" Buzz Sawyer by getting up the pole after a brutal brawl and retrieving the title belt….afterwards Sawyer hit Rich in the back with a chair and left with the belt once again

 

SEMI-MAIN EVENT

Eight Man Tag Team Grudge Match

Dusty Rhodes/Brad Rheingans/Wahoo McDaniel/Ric Flair defeated Krusher Kruschev/Ivan & Nikita Koloff/Ken Patera w/Jimmy Hart by DQ when Jimmy Hart interfered, after the match Nikita grabbed Hart by the collar….but Ken Patera and Ivan Koloff calmed things down before things got too far out of hand

 

MAIN EVENT

AWA World Heavyweight Championship

Ted Dibiase pinned "Jumping" Jim Brunzell with a roll up after holding onto the ropes to avoid the dropkick

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Alberto is back! If him and Slater join forces that means a lot of trouble for the AWA.

Hall and Hennig show some toughness as they take the SST to a draw. 

Once again Rich gets the win but Sawyer gets the last word.

Wild 8 man tag. Hart better be careful because Nikita doesn't like to lose. 

Dibiase continues his winning ways with a nice win over Jumping Jim. 

 

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Nice show for people of Detroit!

Great tag match early in the card.  Will be interesting to see if either team gets a big push as they could both be championship quality

I like who you make each match seem special.  Makes the fans feel like they are getting their money's worth.  From the grudge match to the Lady's Championship Match to the Belt on a Pole Match, etc...

Nice push for the Women's DIvision

Rich and Sawyer is building to something big

Is Nikita going to last with Jimmy Hart... will be interesting to see

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AWA Championship Wrestling

Recorded: March 18, 1985

Airing: Saturday March 28, 1985 nationwide on ESPN

The Tropicana Hotel & Casino

Atlantic City, New Jersey

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(Highlights from 'Super Sunday' are shown and we then go to our host Larry Nelson who runs down what's on tap for tonight's show and then sends it over to the ring for our first match)

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Match #1:

The California Connection ("Hollywood" John Tatum/"Malibu" Eric Embry) w/Johnny V defeated Parker Williams/Lonnie Jameson when Tatum pinned Jameson after a double DDT

 

(Ken Resnick approaches the California Connection and Johnny V as they are leaving the ring)

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Resnick: "Johnny V, a tremendous victory for your new team….can you tell us what your plans are here in the AWA?"


Valiant: "What are our plans? I'll tell you what our plans are…..going straight to the top just like Sherri Martel did when she took the AWA Ladies Championship from Candi Devine last Sunday…and if Wendi Richter thinks she's taking that title….she's got another thing coming!"

 

Resnick: "I've also heard it said that you have another 'ace' up your sleeve?"

 

Valiant: "Oh let me tell you Ken Resnick….as great The California Connection are…..and as great as Sherri Martel is……I'm going to be bringing the single greatest entertainer in all the world right here to the AWA….very, very soon! That's all I'm going to let you in on right now!"

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Match #2:

Stan 'the Lariat' Hansen pinned Randy Watson after a 'lariat'   After the match Hansen picked up Watson and threw him over the top rope and out to the floor…..Hansen then grabbed a microphone…"Verne Gagne, you listen to me and listen good!! I want Ted Dibiase in this ring for that AWA World title….and I'm going beat the living hell outta everybody who stands in my way to git there!!"  Hansen flips the time keepers table over before storming back to the locker room

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(Highlights from the AWA World Title Match between Ted Dibiase/Ric Flair are shown including the interference of Percy Pringle and Buddy Landel allowing Dibiase to retain the title/we then go to the ring with Larry Nelson as "Nature Boy" Buddy Landel and Percy Pringle make their way down the aisle to join him in the ring)

 

Nelson: "My guests at this time are none other than Percival Pringle the third and the 'Nature Boy' Buddy Landel."

 

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Landel: "Larry Nelson, despite the fact you look like you should be a cashier at the local Pep Boys I'm none the less impressed that you got Mr. Pringle's name right and didn't call him Percy, so for now….you're on my good side."

 

Nelson: "I'm thrilled to hear that Mr. Landel, but let's talk about what everyone wants to hear…..why did you interfere on Ted Dibiase's behalf at Super Sunday?"

 

Landel: "Wow…and in record time you completely ruined it by jumping right to that….what type of journalist are you? You couldn't ask a few ice breaker questions before diving into that topic?"


Nelson: "Ok….fine….what brings you to the AWA, Mr. Landel?"

 

Landel: "Your ignorance knows no bounds Larry Nelson, are you sure your last name isn't really Platt?  What brings me to the AWA? Umm, you mean besides the fact that I'm MR. AWA?? Where else would I be? Should I be in the NWA where they have a big walking mustache as a World Champion?  Should I be in the WWF where they've got a psychotic Howdy Doody as champion? I guess I should've went back to the USWA to get screwed by the so called King and Jerky Jarrett?"

 

Nelson: "Alright Buddy, we don't need a run down of every territory you could've went to…."

 

Landel: "Oh I can tell….I'm NOT going to like you at all. Fine, I'll answer you're damn question…I didn't interfere on Dibiase's behalf….I interfered AGAINST Ric Flair…..the bogus wannabe 'Nature Boy'….what better way to make my presence felt than to interfere in his match…..not that Ted Dibiase needed it because he would've beaten Flair anyway…" (The theme from 2001 plays)

 

Nelson: "Well speaking of Mr. Ric Flair…..here he comes right now."

(Flair comes down the aisle to a huge pop from the fans)

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Landel: "Flair, this is MY time…what the hell are you doing out here?" (Flair snatches the mic away)


Flair: "Tropicana….it's time for the real NATURE BOY to set the record straight….WOOOOOOO!  Buddy Landel, you know damn good and well that I heard every word you said about me down in Continental last year and when you heard I was coming there…..you suddenly disappeared.  You ran away to the USWA to hide…..NOW you suddenly want my attention again, Budro? Well now you have it…..you cost me the AWA World Heavyweight Championship last week and if you thought we're going to play some game of cat and mouse where you come out here week after week after week running your mouth about the real Nature Boy, pal you've got another thing coming…..I'm out here right now to challenge you to a match right here on television next week!! So put up or shut up! You either face me here next week one on one….or take your low budget Ric Flair wannabe act to one of those other companies you just mentioned." (Pringle steps in)

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PP3: "Ric Flair, you've got a lot of nerve to come out here and trash talk 'Mr. AWA' Buddy Landel.  You aren't half the Nature Boy that Buddy Landel is and what makes you think you can just challenge him for a match here on television next week?"

 

Flair: "I wasn't talking to you, fat boy so keep your mouth shut! Listen Landel, we can have a wrestling match next week…..or better yet, how about I just kick your ass right now! (starts taking off his robe)

 

Landel: "Settle down Richard, I'll be more than happy to wrestle you next week….and give you the ol' rub as they say in the business that clearly YOU are so desperately looking for,  Just promise me this Flair, promise me that we can face each other one on one and settle this like men…..no interference from any of your buddies….don't have the fat Indian out here….or whatever friends you have left after the Russians get done with them tonight."

 

Flair: "I promise you Buddy, I don't need help from anyone to kick your ass……you tell Percy here to keep his fat butt in a seat and watch me give you the wrestling lesson of a lifetime! WOOOOO!"

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Match #3:

"Comrade" Ken Patera w/Jimmy Hart defeated Mike Hunt by submission with the full nelson

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Match #4:

Curt Hennig/Scott Hall defeated Frank Reynolds/Buster Scruggs when Hennig pinned Scruggs with a sunset flip from the 2nd rope……..As the referee is raising the hands of Hennig and Hall, Percy Pringle returns to ringside and starts badmouthing Hennig/Hall…..As Hennig and Hall lean over the rope and ask him what his problem is……from behind come….

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THE LONG RIDERS- Bill/Scott Irwin hit the ring and attacks Hennig and Hall from behind….they get the better of them for a few moments, but quickly Hall and Hennig make a comeback and the Irwins powder out and join Pringle out on the floor as they leave ringside while talking trash to Hennig/Hall.

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(Ken Resnick is joined by Buzz Sawyer who is wearing the AWA North American Championship belt…he says he sold the other two belts since they are "retired" now but he's quite sure Tommy Rich isn't man enough to take this North American belt from him so that makes him the champion by default)

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Match #5:

"Canadian Strongman" Dino Bravo pinned Roy Munson following a gut wrench suplex

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Before the Main Event, Larry Nelson informs us that next week we'll see the debut of 'The Great' Al Madril and his Fiesta Garden!, as well as the debut of the new tag team of Brad Armstrong & Brian Blair, plus the long awaited 'Battle of the Nature Boys' as Ric Flair takes on Buddy Landel w/Percy Pringle right here next week! Another HUGE main event here on television but right now let's get to this week's HUGE main event!!

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Match #6:

MAIN EVENT

AWA World Tag Team Titles vs. Rhodes/Rheingans leaving the AWA

The Russians (Ivan/Nikita Koloff) w/Jimmy Hart & Krusher Kruschev defeated "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes/"Olympian" Brad Rheingans when Nikita pinned Rheingans after a 'Russian Sickle'……and then….ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE!

 

After the match Nikita hit Dusty with the sickle and wrapped the chain around his neck and started choking him relentlessly….to the point that even Jimmy Hart started to get uncomfortable and tried to get Nikita to let go, screaming "you won baby! This isn't necessary!"  Nikita finally listened and let go of Rhodes….he then wrapped the chain around Jimmy Hart's neck and hung him over the top rope!!  Ken Patera came running down to try and save him but was cut off by Ivan and Kruschev!! They beat down on Patera until Nikita noticed and let go of Jimmy Hart allowing him to fall limp to the floor….Ivan/Krusher hold up Patera and Nikita runs through him with the 'Russian Sickle' as well…as he wraps the chain around Patera's neck……Verne Gagne comes down with several police officers to break things up…..before they make it into the ring, Rod Trongard informs us, "We're out of time, we'll bring you the outcome of this intense situation right here next week on ESPN!"

 

© 1985 American Wrestling Association

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Johnny V is quietly putting together a nice little stable. Interested to see who his next guy is gonna be.

Verne better give The Lariat what he wants, or Hansen might be inclined to hurt little Greg... that would be a terrible shame.

Awesome segment with Landel/Flair. You haven't missed a beat writing Landel, and I can't wait to see what kind of chicanery goes down next week!

Who was that in the ring with Patera?

Oh Shit, Percy and The Long Riders! I like it!! Great pairing.

Buzz daring Rich to come get his title is just going to lead to more blood. Looking forward to it.

The less said about Dino Bravo the better.

Well, God Damn...that's how you close a TV show. Nikita sends Dusty and Rheingans packing, murders Jimmy Hart and Ken Patera, and then...WE'RE OUTTA TIME!!

It would appear that the Russian Nightmare is about to make life in the AWA unhappy for a lot of people.

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Great show that has left me wanting more.

I Your interview abilities are priceless and I am excited to see you work with Landell and Madril again.

Flair vs Landell is something I have been waiting for since last year and now I can' wait

Johnny V and PP3 are great fits for you.  

Sawyer and Rich continues to build!

Wow... if Rhodes leaving wasn't enough... the Main event goes wild and we get so much more.  Could Jimmy Hart be a babyface against the Nikita?  We will soon find out!

Hennig and Hall vs the Long Riders could be a wild ride!

I hope Verne doesn't get back to Hansen to soon.  I want to see him beat some people!

 

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Johnny  V brings in the California Connection. Tatum and Embry are perfect for Johnny.

Dibiase might be a bit worried with Stan Hansen coming after him. 

Mr. AWA is back! Your Landel promo was awesome! I loved this entire segment and it went to an even higher level when Flair came out. I have been waiting a long time for the Nature Boys feud and now we're going to get it. Cant wait for next week. This is freak'n great! 

As always I love the commercials. Keep them going LOL. 

Hall/Hennig versus the Long Riders should be a hard hitting match up.

LOL, Sawyer coming out with Rich's title was good stuff. I busted up when Sawyer said he sold the retired belts. 

Good grief what an ending! That was insane! Not only does Nikita send Dusty packing but he goes crazy and hangs Hart with his chain. To top it off Verne comes out with the police. That was wild! I thought Stan Hansen was nuts but Nikita might have surpassed him. 

The AWA is must see TV! Great job! 

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American Wrestling Association

House Show

Chicago, IL.

Sunday March 29, 1985

Bell Time: 5pm

 

As Larry Nelson welcomes everyone to the show, he lets the fans know that Outback Jack will not be appearing tonight or at all for the AWA moving forward as he has left the company effective immediately…..He also says Mr. Fuji will be making his debut tonight as well as the now self proclaimed "Latin Legend" Al Madril!

 

Rocky Johnson (subbing for Outback Jack) pinned Fred Garvin with a sunset flip

 

Dino Bravo defeated The Great Kabuki w/Mr. Fuji by DQ when Kabuki spit "green mist" in Bravo's eyes

 

"Latin Legend" Al Madril pinned The Missing Link when Chicky Starr came out of the crowd and interfered behind the ref's back

 

Brad Armstrong/Brian Blair defeated The PYTs (Koko Ware/Norvell Austin) by count out

 

30 Minute Time Limit-Rematch

 Jumbo Tsuruta w/Mr. Fuji pinned Mr. Olympia after he was tripped by Mr. Fuji in 28:12

 

AWA Ladies Championship

Sherri Martel w/Johnny V pinned Leilani Kai with a bridging german suplex

 

SEMI-MAIN EVENT

AWA North American Tag Team Championship

The Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton/Robert Gibson) defeated The California Connection (John Tatum/Eric Embry) w/Johnny V by DQ when Johnny V got caught trying to interfere

 

MAIN EVENT
AWA World Championship- REMATCH

Ted Dibiase wrestled "Nature Boy" Ric Flair to a 45 minute time limit draw

 

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American Wrestling Association

House Show

Des Moines, IA.

Sunday March 29, 1985

Bell Time: 6pm

 

As Ken Resnick opened the show, he announced that Nikita Koloff has been temporarily suspended due his actions on television this week and will not be allowed in the building tonight when Ivan and Krusher defend the tag titles in the main event tonight.

 

"Nature Boy" Buddy Landel w/Percival Pringle III pinned Brickhouse Brown with a small package with a handful of tights

 

The S.S.T. (Samu/Fatu) w/Capt. Lou Albano defeated Fire/Flame when Fatu pinned Flame after a splash off the top rope

 

Wendi Richter w/Capt. Lou Albano pinned Candi Devine after a dropkick off the 2nd rope

 

Stan 'the Lariat' Hansen fought "Chief" Wahoo McDaniel to a 'no contest' when the referee through the match out when Hansen/McDaniel wouldn't stop brawling

 

The Long Riders (Bill/Scott Irwin) w/Percival Pringle III defeated The High Flyers (Greg Gagne/Jim Brunzell) when Scott pinned Brunzell after Pringle interfered

 

SEMI-MAIN EVENT

AWA North American Championship

Tommy "Wildfire" Rich pinned "Dirty" Dick Slater (subbing for Buzz Sawyer) with a 'Thesz Press'

 

MAIN EVENT

AWA World Tag Team Championship

Curt Hennig/Scott Hall defeated Ivan Koloff/Krusher Kruschev by DQ when Ivan brought the chain in the ring and hit Hall with it

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Nice set of house shows here.

So many of the people coming in to TV were introduced to the fans first this week.  This is a nice touch.

AWA either has some flu or car issues... a few people didn't make their matches... I wonder if this is something to keep an eye on.

Like how we either get Sheri Martel or Wendy Richter.... eventually we will get both!

Flair and Dibiase would be as could as it gets!

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I'm sure the fans weren't to upset about Outback Jack when Rocky Johnson was announced as his sub. 

Chicky Starr and Al Madril could be a very entertaining duo. 

Fuji could take Jumbo all the way to the top. 

The fans sure got their money's worth on that Dibiase/Flair match. 

Landel isn't afraid to bend the rules as he starts off on the winning track.

I cant wait for that inevitable Sherri/Richter match.

Hansen and Wahoo are 2 of the toughest so of course they brawl to a no contest.

Slater subbing for Sawyer works out well because it only makes the fans want to see Rich/Sawyer even more. 

Somebody is going to have to take that chain away from the Russians LOL. 

Great couple of house shows. Always something exciting happening. 

 

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American Wrestling Association

House Show

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Wednesday April 1, 1985

Bell time: 7pm

 

Larry Nelson brings Verne Gagne down to the ring. Verne announces that tonight's scheduled AWA World Championship match with Ted Dibiase defending against Canadian Hero Dino Bravo will not be able to take place because Dino Bravo's vision is currently impaired due to being sprayed in the eyes on Sunday night by Great Kabuki's 'green mist'……therefore we are going to open the show with a special 20 Man Battle Royal with the winner challenging Ted Dibiase in tonight's main event for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship and Nikita Koloff is still under suspension and will not be allowed to compete!

 

20 Man Battle Royal

Winner gets a World Championship Match TONIGHT!!

  1. Curt Hennig
  2. Buzz Sawyer
  3. Ric Flair
  4. Scott Hall
  5. Tommy Rich
  6. Stan Hansen
  7. Buddy Landel
  8. Jumbo Tsuruta
  9. Al Madril
  10. Jim Brunzell
  11. Great Kabuki
  12. Rocky Johnson
  13. Dick Slater
  14. Mr. Olympia
  15. The Missing Link
  16. Wahoo McDaniel
  17. Samu
  18. Fatu
  19. Krusher Kruschev
  20. Greg Gagne

 

  1. Al Madril was eliminated by The Missing Link
  2. Wahoo McDaniel was eliminated by Jumbo Tsuruta/Kabuki
  3. Kabuki was eliminated by Mr. Olympia
  4. Dick Slater was eliminated by Missing Link….Slater yelled at Link after being eliminated
  5. Missing Link was dumped out by Buzz Sawyer while he was distracted by Slater
  6. Rocky Johnson was eliminated by Samu/Fatu
  7. Tommy Rich was eliminated by Buzz Sawyer
  8. Buzz Sawyer was immediately dumped by Stan Hansen
  9. Krusher Kruschev eliminated Curt Hennig
  10. Jumbo Tsuruta was eliminated by Mr. Olympia
  11. Greg Gagne was eliminated by Stan Hansen
  12. Samu was eliminated by Krusher Kruschev
  13. Fatu was eliminated by Stan Hansen
  14. Buddy Landel was eliminated by Ric Flair
  15. Jim Brunzell was dumped out by Krusher Kruschev
  16. Ric Flair was eliminated by Krusher Kruschev
  17. Scott Hall was eliminated by Mr. Olympia
  18. Mr. Olympia was clotheslined over the top rope by Stan Hansen
  19. Krusher Kruschev charged Hansen for a "Russian Sickle" but Hansen ducked and back dropped him over the top rope to the floor to win the Battle Royal!!

***WINNER***

Stan 'the Lariat' Hansen

 

Mr. Olympia defeated The Great Kabuki by DQ when Mr. Fuji was caught by the referee tripping Olympia with his cane

 

 

WOMEN'S TAG TEAM MATCH

Candi Devine/Wendi Richter w/Capt. Lou Albano defeated Sherri Martel/Leilani Kai when Richter pinned Kai with a sunset flip

 

 

Jumbo Tsuruta w/Mr. Fuji pinned "Soul Man" Rocky Johnson with a bridging German Suplex

 

 

SIX MAN GRUDGE TAG TEAM MATCH

Curt Hennig/Scott Hall/Ric Flair defeated Buddy Landel/The Long Riders w/Percival Pringle III by DQ when Landel gave Flair a 'low blow'

 

 

SEMI-MAIN EVENT

AWA World Tag Team Championship

Ivan Koloff/Krusher Kruschev fought the Samoan Swat Team (Samu/Fatu) w/Capt. Lou Albano to a double count out

 

 

MAIN EVENT

AWA World Heavyweight Championship

Stan 'the Lariat' Hansen defeated Ted Dibiase with a running lariat to win the championship!

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WOW!  What a night in Manitoba!  A night the fans will never forget!  The AWA TItle changes hands at a house show!

I an excited to see how the Stan Hansen title reign plays out... Who is first up to challenge The Man!

The SWAT TEAM is ready!

Landell heating up his feud with The other Nature Boy with a low blow!

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